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Sockbridge and Tirril Community

Women's Guild

Meetings are held in the Village Hall.
Annual Subscription: £12, each meeting costs £2.

Women’s Guild Report June ‘19
Kath’s life-changing link to Uganda
Tirril Women’s Guild meeting opened with remembrance of Audrey Davies, a member for decades, who died recently. Members had attended her funeral and the Guild made a donation to Cancer Research in her memory.This month’s speaker was Kath Wood who first achieved her childhood dream of going to Africa in 2013 when she got a six-month sabbatical from work and went out to north-east Uganda with the Little Big Africa charity.
She lived in a small compound in her own hut, but was hosted by an extended family who soon drew her into all aspect of local life.
Despite being very homesick at times, she became deeply involved in various projects to try and improve life for the rural Ugandans - the country is one of the poorest five in the world.
She has visited five more times since then, latterly with her husband, the Rev David Wood, and has worked alongside various other groups and charities, enabling, encouraging, bringing key folk together and giving training - particularly in aspects of basic hygiene and sanitation.
The meeting heard that Kath has channeled funds from the UK towards getting small self-help co-operatives going, developing an inoculation clinic, and training in schools - particularly around the huge issue of menstruation which can keep teenage girls at home for a week a month.
She has introduced simple technologies to improve basic hygiene, which then prevent disease and reduce mortality rates.
It was clear that she has found all this life-changing for herself as well as for those she continues to work among in Uganda.
A competition for an African carving was won by June Heslop and the raffle by Eileen Prestwell

The Next meeting will be: -

Tues 10th Sept 7.30pm: Ian McCrone  - ‘Crime Scene Investigation’
Tues 8th Oct 7.30pm: Trish Mansbridge – ‘A Tale of Two Squirrels’
Sat 12th Oct 10.30pm: Coffee morning for a local charity
Tues 12th November 2pm: Ron East – ‘Bells and Bellringing’
Tues 10th Dec 2pm: AGM & Beetle Drive

Sat 14th Dec: 12.30pm, Queen’s Head: Christmas Lunch, book via June Heslop – Tel: 890322

For more information about Women's Guild contact:
June Heslop – Tel: 01768 890322