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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.

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