Cancellation of Lunches and Events

Sadly, following Government advice, we have cancelled all lunches and events until the end of August. This includes the Summer Lunch at Guildford and all Group Lunches. The well-being of our members and their friends remains paramount and we hope that you will all remain well during this worrying time. No doubt we will all be feeling a bit isolated, so if you need support, or just a chat, please do ring any Trustee or Group Leader and we will do what we can to help. Our phone numbers are in Autumn Jambo. Spring Jambo will come out as usual at the end of March.

Spring Lunch and AGM postponed

Following government advice, we have postponed our Spring Lunch and AGM on 24th March until further notice. Although our Constitution requires us to hold our AGM before the end of April we have confirmed with the Charity Commission that these are unique circumstances and with the agreement of all the trustees we can postpone beyond this date. Jambo will be coming out within the next few weeks, and we will do our best to keep you informed about future events.

Women In Kenya Magazine

Women in Kenya is produced by the EAWL in Kenya, and Linda Richman looks after the distribution in the UK. Subscriptions are £8 and cheques should be made payable to Linda Richman and sent to 68 Kenley Lane, Kenley, Surrey, CR8 5DD.

Don’t forget – Spring Lunch and AGM on 24th March

Don’t forget our Spring Lunch and AGM is coming up on Tuesday 24th March 2020. Our speaker this year is Dr Chris Spring, for 20 years a curator of African Collections at the British Museum, and author of African Textiles Today. His subject is Kanga, Capulana and Shweshwe – Textiles of Eastern and Southern Africa. The day is very much a lunch, with just a little bit of AGM in the middle, so do please come and join us to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Click HERE to download the invitation.

Europeans in East Africa website launched

A database which holds information on people of European origin who lived and worked in East Africa from about 1880 to 1939 has been launched online.

It concentrates mainly on Kenya, but there are a some entries for Uganda and Tanzania .

It was compiled by Peter Ayre, who worked on it from 1993 until his death in 2018.  Christine Nicholls, an EAWL member, then took over work on the database, editing it and adding new information.

The database can be found at the following webpage: http://www.europeansineastafrica.co.uk

Delicious Northern Lunch

The Northern Branch held its lunch on Sunday 6th October at the Tempest Arms, Elslack, Nr Skipton, organised by Jenni Mayer. Of the 15 attendees 6 were at Jenni’s inaugural lunch 25 years ago.

An excellent curry and lots of reminiscing of life in East Africa was enjoyed by all.

A busy Hampshire Lunch

The Hampshire lunch was held on the 5th October in our usual venue, the Village Hall at Burley in the New Forest.  Over forty people attended, from far and wide, and enjoyed a curry lunch, cheesecake desert and tea\coffee and biscuits to finish.  We had three hours to chat to friends rarely met with these days, going back to our school years.  The weather was kind, and the volume of chat was high.  In addition to the meal there was a small donation bar, a bring-and-buy table, a raffle, and a book table.  Grateful thanks to the many volunteers for their hard work and all who made it possible.

Summer Lunch 2019

Our Summer Lunch was held at the Refectory, Guildford Cathedral, on 28th July. Forty-nine members and guests attended from far and wide, and enjoyed a delicious buffet curry lunch with all the trimmings. It was a most convivial event, relaxed and friendly. Books, Africana and a wonderful selection of African made bags and baskets were available to buy and there were lots of raffle prizes.

Excellent Curry at Norfolk Lunch

The small select group who attended the Norfolk Lunch this year enjoyed an excellent curry and good company on 7th July.

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A successful Devon Lunch

24 EAWL members and friends of East Africa gathered at “Salama”, the Tiverton, Devon, home of Gordon & Anne Davies, in warm & sunny “Kenya weather” on the last Saturday in June – the 10th annual meeting held at this venue. We especially welcomed our President, Annie Appleyard, Ann Narraway (Hon. Secretary Benevolent Committee), Morag Owen-Burke (Leader of Dorset/Somerset Group), and our own Branch Chairman, Christine Marsh. Whilst some of our faithful long-standing members were, happily, still with us, we were also pleased to greet a good number of younger and more recent friends. Happy memories were revived, old friendships renewed, aided by considerable quantities of good Kenya curry, fruit salad and Kenya coffee!