CHESHAM TOWNSWOMEN’S IN THE chair for the September meeting of Chesham Townswomen’s Guild, Greta Thorne announced that the speaker, Wendy Bickler, would open the proceedings with her talk on Making A Difference In Uganda.
She belongs to the South Bucks division of this organisation, which, as she said, is rich in skills as well as money.
The charity was set up six years ago to help hundreds of Ugandan children of all ages and needs.
In Kampala they wanted to find out what was needed rather than do what they thought was best, and they found living conditions were appalling in many places, with cattle wandering the streets and only filthy water to drink.
There is much work to be done to improve the situation and they try to make life a little more bearable by arranging outings for the children, even often having to provide footwear.
There are schools but these are very basic, with a great lack of writing materials and often no windows.
In six years volunteers have managed to raise £75,000, as they wanted to set up a Function Farm so that the people there could raise an income by selling produce, and although it’s still early days, they have already been able to buy a good number of day-old chicks which are now hens, providing eggs to sell and bringing in much-needed money.
Giving the Vote of Thanks, Pauline Baxter said Wendy’s talk really brought home how lucky we are in this country.
After tea the business of the meeting continued and Greta produced photos of the colourful little jumpers knitted by the Art and Craft group. These will be sent off to headquarters, where they will be distributed to the needy children in Africa, some of them Fistula patients.
Pat Jeffrey gave further details of the visit to Waddesdon.
She has bookd a minibus for 16 people, who will enjoy a two-course Christmas meal followed by a tour of the house, which is always beautifully decorated at Christmas.
There was time to spare, so Greta produced one of her quizzes, consisting of 17 photos of famous people and questions about three of them for two teams to puzzle over. This kept members occupied until it was time to close the meeting.
The raffle was won by Joan Edmonds, Pat Fisher and Pauline Baxter
The next meeting is on Wednesday, October 1 in the Lowndes Room at the Town Hall, and the speaker will be Kay Webb on the Swan Lifeline.
Visitors are most welcome.