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Programme 2020 - 2021

Due to Covid 19 the programme is in part suspended.

Lectures will be delivered via a Zoom platform

Please use the email address below for further information.

 

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MONTH

DAY

DATE

EVENING MEETINGS

ACTIVITIES

 VENUE              

CHAIR

September                                                       
 

 Monday

2.00/2.15pm

7

 

Rotary International Joint Projects in India

Mukunda Chidrawar

     
 

Wednesday

2.30/4.00pm

9

 

 

 

 

 

 Tea The garden of Jean S.  
                   

 

Friday

 

25

  Book Group     
 October                  
 

 

Wednesday

2.00/2.15pm

21

Pat Collins

Ned Williams 

     
 

 

 Friday

 

30

   Book group    
 November            
    

          Thursday

7.45/8.00pm            

12 

All at Sea in the NHS

Neil Wagstaff 

     
             
 

 

Friday

 

27

   Book group    
 December             
 

Tuesday

2.00/2.15pm 

 

On the Desert Island -which luxury? 

 SCAWG

   

 

 

Friday 

10.30 

11 

Esmie's considerations  

Coffee     
 January                 
 

Tuesday

7.45/8.00pm

 

5

The Re-introduction of Beavers 

Claire Robinson

   

 

 

 

Friday 

 

29

   Book Group    
 February               
 

 Thursday

7.45/8.00pm

4

Business meeting+

Childhood Memories 

Nesta Farrow

 

 

   

Jean S 

 

 

 

Friday

 

26

  Book Group     
 March                    
 

Wednesday

7.45/8.00pm 

 

17

  Clementi

Janette Horton

   Jenny

 

 

 

Friday

 

26

  Book Group     
 April                      
 

Thursday

2.00/2.15pm

 

8

Bringing Two Children Home from India.

Stephen Taylor

 

      
 

 

Friday

 

30

  Book Group    
 May                       
 

 

Wednesday 

7.45/8.00pm

 

12 

    AGM             

   

Jean S 

 

 

Friday

 

28

   Book group    
 June                      
 

 

Thursday

7.45/8.00pm 

 

Conduit Lands and The Royal Charities

Nicola Templeton 

 

 

 
 

 

Friday

 

25

  Book Group    
 July                       
 

Monday

7.45/8.00pm 

Mediaeval Parks and Gardens 

Spencer Gavin Smith

 

 

  

 

 

 Friday

 

30

   Book group    
August                   
 

 

Friday

 

27

   Book Group    
 
    

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Birmingham Sea Life Centre  by Jonny Rudd -  Curator.

Regional Meeting. October, 2020

It must be quite a sight every two weeks when a huge tanker pulls up at Waterside in Brindley Place in the centre of Birmingham to deliver 30,000 litres of fresh sea water from the south coast to the National Sea Life Centre, to top up the 1.5 million litres ...............read more in the Members area

Pat Collins by Ned Williams  October, 2020

Although he died over half a century ago, the name ‘Pat Collins’ is still familiar to many people today. He was an extraordinary man who achieved meteoric success building up a fairground empire, never did things by halves, and even did some things twice! ...........read more in the Members' area

Dementia Awareness by Carrie Jahn February, 2020

Alzheimers is one type of Dementia, a brain disease, which can have a massive impact on the person, their families, lives and emotions...……………….read more in the Member's area

THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD talk by Dr. Robert Sharp. January, 2020

Found by luck, buried in a small ridged area with a curvilinear mark, only 85 metres square, in a farmer’s field in Hammerwich near Lichfield ten years ago, the Staffordshire Hoard was described as the largest Saxon gold hoard in the world, valued at over £3,280,000, split between the landowner and the finder.

Speaker, Dr. Robert Sharp told Sutton Coldfield Women Graduates that it was astonishing the 4000 top quality gold, silver and...……….read more in the Members' area

Hidden Biographies. November, 2019 .......members peeped into the exciting smoke and mirrors world and history of the circus, introduced into Britain 250 years ago, during a lively entertaining illustrated talk............read more in the Member's area

Staffordshire Tithe Maps. October, 2019

A system of tithes was started in the Middle Ages in Europe where the Roman Catholic clergy in every parish were paid their main source of living income in a good year from ten percent of landowners’ produce – sheep, cattle, poultry, crops or eggs, i.e. ten lambs out of a hundred. It was well established by 1300 and worked well for 400 to 500 years, from Mediaeval times to the 19...……….read more in the Member's area

 

 

October, 2018  A Coffee Morning With A Difference.

A plan, to visit a member, who had recently moved to Oxfordshire, soon expanded from a coffee morning into a fascinating day out. 10 members from Sutton Coldfield set off in a minibus on a lovely Autumn day. Coffee and homemade cakes were very welcome on our arrival, where we soon fell in love with her new home in an attractive Cotswold town. However there was no time to dawdle as we were off in the minibus to the heart of Oxford, and meeting with other local BFWG Members. Lunch was held in the vaults of the original University church, St Mary's, the site of the...………...more to read in the Members' Area

Meeting those who have supported Esmie while studying for her doctorate

As a schoolgirl in an African village, Esmie Kanyumbu (nee Esmie Chipala) faced many challenges: lack of food; no running water; having to help with carrying water and finding firewood; walking a long distance to school; class sizes of over 200. But ever since her first year at school Esmie wanted to be educated and she would sit under a tree reading books when other children were playing.

After finishing primary school, where she was always at the top of her class, Esmie was selected to go to St Michael’s Girls’ School in Malawi but her parents had difficulty in paying the fees. Sutton Coldfield Association of Women Graduates (SCAWG) were happy to help. Recognising that in Malawi all secondary schools charge fees, SCAWG set about raising money to pay them. For Esmie, as well as providing much–needed financial support, contact with SCAWG members also gave her encouragement. There were no women graduates in Esmie’s village to act as role models. Getting letters and emails from SCAWG members helped Esmie to maintain her determination to succeed.

When she finished school, Esmie was one of the best in her year and she was offered a place at the University of Malawi. SCAWG continued their support as she studied Economics and they were delighted when Esmie was given an award as the best Economics student in 2004. SCAWG was further delighted after their protégé was awarded a scholarship by the African Economic Research Consortium to pursue a Master’s degree in Economics.

As part of her studies, Esmie had to spend some time in Kenya, and a special donation enabled SCAWG to make a substantial contribution to her costs during that period. After successfully completing her Master’s degree, Esmie obtained employment with the Government of Malawi and thereafter got employment at the Reserve Bank of Malawi, the central bank.

SCAWG have been delighted to hear of Esmie’s many successes over the years, but in summer 2018 they got some very special news. The Reserve Bank of Malawi had decided to sponsor Esmie to study for a PhD in Economics at Loughborough University. She and her family (her husband and two sons aged 8 and 5) were coming to England, to Loughborough. They arrived in September and once they had settled in we arranged a meeting.

“International Women’s Day was very special for us this year,” said Jean Soper, president/coordinator of SCAWG. “Esmie came to our meeting in Sutton Coldfield and told us her story”. Esmie described girls’ education in Malawi, explaining that although in the cities there are a few schools that achieve international standards, in rural villages the children of subsistence farmers have much more limited opportunities. Most cultures in Malawi believe education is unimportant for girls and so they face even more disadvantages than do boys. Although primary education in Malawi is now free, the number of teachers has not increased much and therefore class sizes are still very big. Apart from having inadequate teaching and learning materials, most schools do not have enough classrooms, forcing children to learn under trees and classes to be disturbed/cancelled during the rainy season.  The girl child is further disadvantaged because most schools are unable to provide safe and sanitary facilities for girls.

The many difficulties in this country with a young population structure are very challenging, but the message that came through from Esmie’s talk was very encouraging.  Support from SCAWG had been very helpful, especially at some crucial moments. Despite all the odds, Esmie has succeeded. She has now become the role model that she would have liked to have when she was younger.

Supporting the education of women and girls is an important objective for SCAWG and they continue to raise funds for this.

 

 

 

 

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