Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's a Good News Week !

A Cornish Pastiche
It started with us celebrating my first day of a new phase in life (having finished paid employment on Friday March 23rd) by visiting Mike, Ali and Safi, in Cornwall; we also celebrated a new arrival into the world, grandchild number two, Raif, a strapping 11.5lbs boy - wow, poor Ali (mum)! A bit of grandparenting for the next couple of days and then we skidaddle off back to Ruthin and then on to our five days of motorbike training, beginning in Kidderminster and ending in Birmingham. More news when we become certified bikers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Farewell and Fundraising Evening on April 28th

Curry and Ceilidh in Llanfair Village Hall - Ruthin
As a way of both saying cheerio to our friends and of raising funds for VSO, we are planning a Curry and Ceilidh evening in our local village hall. Friends and acquaintances are invited to come along and enjoy some of the many different curries that some of our gastronomic friends are helping us to prepare (there will be vegge and non-spicy too!) why not come along and enjoy a good evening's dancing and merriment!
We'll be dining at 8.00, dancing 'til late and drinking - 'til we abate! (bring your own tipple - glasses provided!)
'The Angels' Share' have generously offered to lead the Ceilidh at a knock down VSO price!
There is a limited number of tickets @ £10 p.p. available from Nigel & Jenny (all proceeds to VSO) but you'll need to be sharp as demand is high - see you there!
Raffle prizes gratefully received and other fundraising wheezes for the night willingly entertained.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

We are preparing to go to Ghana

Destination Ghana
It has been confirmed that we are going to Ghana for 2 years on May 13th (predicted date - subject to flights). We are still going through the VSO processes but it looks as though my role (Nigel) will be to support the managers at the District Education Office in Lawra, working with staff to enable them to manage better; also to identify the continuing professional development needs and develop an appropriate CPD programme with Head teachers in the area . Jenny's role will be to support primary school teachers with Basic Skills and 'phonics' (a way of learning to read). Lawra is in the (Upper Western District of Ghana), right on the border with Burkina Faso, hot and tough, no hills!

On our bikes!
We have just fixed up our motorcycle training: April 2nd - 6th (5 days!). I aim to finish on March 23rd when we will visit my son and daughter in law in Cornwall for the birth of our second grandchild. We then have a further week's VSO training later in April on a 'Skills for Working in Development' programme in Birmingham.

We have a massive amount of preparation to do, thankfully Jenny finished work in December and is handling it all really well - there's no stopping her, she can't wait to go!