Greetham WI January2015
The Speaker for our first meeting of the New Year was Robert Macleod Smith, who spoke about Water Aid. The Charity’s Aim is to provide clean water and proper sanitation in those parts of the world where this is not generally available, particularly in parts of Africa and India. His talk included some shattering statistics, such as the fact that there are more mobile phones in India than there are proper toilets. A further shocking revelation was that the total number of deaths to date from Ebola Fever is about 8000 in total, whereas 760,000 children under five die from diseases directly attributable to lack of clean water. A visual aid in the form of two containers of water of the sizes that would be carried from a water hole by a woman and by a child was particularly disturbing. All of the funding from the Rutland group for Water Aid is sent to Mali, a former French colony. Robert showed us a video of women and children carrying water from the waterhole, followed by footage of a well being
sunk courtesy of Water Aid. The general rejoicing with much singing and dancing when the water was pumped to the surface was very moving to see. The charity also provides back up to maintain the infrastructure and training for local people to take over maintenance of their supply. In Mali the French army are also very proactive in helping to dig and maintain wells and pumps.
Following Robert’s talk refreshments were served and birthday poses presented to Alison Kirby and Pat Kenworthy. The Quarterly raffle was won by Linda Hall.
A busy week for the WI culminated in our popular annual Soups and Sweets lunch held in the Community centre on Sunday January 18th. The lunch was held in the main hall this year to accommodate the number of people requesting tickets. As always, members rallied round to produce a delicious array of home-made soups and desserts. Seventy four people sat down to lunch, with a formidable back up team of washers up and other helpers. Peggie Butcher presided over the raffle, in which several guests (and the odd member) won prizes.
Carol Singing with the Red Bus
A heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to Paul Jenkins for driving the Red Bus around the village for our carol singing just before Christmas. Many people have said how much it was appreciated. As in previous years we were unable to reach everybody in the village, but the result for the Polish Orphanage was £510.00 which should be in Boleslaviec as you read this. I am most grateful for those, both young and old who sang around the village, and by doing so helped those very much less fortunate than ourselves. I look forward to printing the orphanage ‘thank you’ letter- hopefully in next month’s issue. Peter Hitchcox
Soup & Sweets run by WI
Some eighty people attended the annual Soup & Sweets run by the WI. Excellent occasion enjoyed by all. Thank you WI
2014 New Years eve Putting on the Ritz
We had a brilliant nights entertainment at the Community centre to welcome in 2015 - Helen MGarrigle
PC Smith 1920's
Hello, I came across your village website by accident today and thought you may be interested in the attached photo. The one with the motorcycle was taken in Great Lane, outside the Police House, the second was poss at the rear of the house (looks nothing like this now) and the other photo is of Greetham school pupils, my mother 6th from the left, second row and her brother 2nd from the left, front row.
My grandfather ,Charles Smith, was Greetham village policeman during the 1920's, after returning to Rutland after the Great War. He and my grandmother, Dolly and their two children, Dorothy (my mum) and her twin brother, Jack, lived in the police house in Great Lane. He patrolled the Great North Road on his motorbike/sidecar. I believe he was the village bobby until approx 1932/3 when unfortunately, he died, I believe as a result of an injury during the war.
My mother and her brother went to the village school and I think they were around fourteen when they left Greetham.
The family moved to South Luffenham where my grandfather and grandmother grew up and where I was born, I now live in North Yorkshire.
I did meet a gentleman by the name of David Bland when I visited the village a few years ago, he actually lived in the old School House and we exchanged some information but I would be interested to know if anyone knows anything about that time or may have heard stories about my grandfather.