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Programme 2018 - 2019

 

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MONTH

DAY

DATE

EVENING MEETINGS

ACTIVITIES

 VENUE              

CHAIR

September                                                       
 

 Monday

at 2.00pm

2

 

Private journals[1792-1820] of Elizabeth Hervey: socialite, novelist, traveller, gardener and mother.

Dianne Barr

  Nesta  Pat
  Tuesday 17

 

 

 

 

 

 Coffee Nesta  
                   

 

Friday

 

27

  Book Group   Margaret  
 October                  
 

 Monday

 

7

 

coffee  Sona  
 

Tuesday

15

The Staffordshire Tythe Maps

RIchard Totty 

 

 Wilma

 Frances

 

 

 Friday

 

25

   Book group  Nesta  
November                                     
 

Wednesday

at 2.00pm

6

Hidden Biographies

Ned Williams

  Jean S  Kate
 

Tuesday 

12

 

 coffee Gloria

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

 

29

   Book group Pat  
 December             
 

Thursday

at 2.00pm

5

Fred Astaire

David Reddish

  Pauline   Jenny
  Wednesday 

 

11??

 

 

coffee/lunch  ??

??

 January                 
 

Monday

at 2.00pm

13

The Staffordshire Hoard

Robert Sharp 

   Pat

Jean M 

 

Monday

20

 

 

coffee/lunch 

 Sona

 
 

 

Friday 

 

31

   Book Group Jean M  
 February               
 

Thursday

6   coffee  Frances  
 

 Tuesday 

18

Business meeting+ Dementia Awareness

Carrie Jahn 

  Pauline

Jayne 

 

 

 

Friday

 

28

  Book Group  Pauline  
 March                    
 

 

 

 

 

 International Women's Day

To be decided

 

   
 

Wednesday 

 

18

  Clementi

Jennette Horton

   Jenny

 Angela

 

 

Friday

 

27

  Book Group   Margaret  
 April                      
 

 

Wednesday 

 

8   Coffee

 Margaret

 
 

Thursday

at 2.00pm

16

Nature, Nurture or Epigenetics? Researching the Factors contributing to the Development of Anti-social behaviour in Adolescents

Lizzie Farrow

    Nesta Carol
 

 

Friday

 

24

  Book Group  Wilma  
 May                       
 

 

Tuesday

 

5

 

 

 

Carol  
 

 

Wednesday  

 

13

    AGM             

  Jayne

Jean S 

 

 

Friday

 

29

   Book group jean S  
 June                      
 

 

  Monday

 

1

Pat Collins

Ned Williams 

 

Frances

Juliet 
 

 Wednesday

 

10

 

Coffee 

 Wilma

  

 

 

Friday

 

26

  Book Group Jenny  
 July                       
 

 Thursday 

 

9

 

Coffee 

 Mary

 
   Thursday  23

Buddy Bags

Carrie Jahn 

 

Gloria 

Janet D  

 

 

 Friday

 

31

   Book group  Gloria  
August                   
 

 

Wednesday 

 

12

 

 Coffee

 Pat

 
 

 

Friday

 

28

   Book Group   carol  
 
    

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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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