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Dear Pageant Member. This is your website, and in particular this is your page. We will use this page to keep you informed about activities and events for members. In return, please let us know of any news about Pageant's activities which we have somehow missed. We would also be grateful if you could tell us about any mistakes you spot. We would even appreciate comments on the look and feel of this website! Please send news items and comments direct to the Webmaster em-wm

Members' News

2017 Pageant AGM The fifteenth AGM will be on Sunday 29th January at 2.30pm at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT. All members should have already had an emailed invitation. The 2016 website report is already on-line, so you can read it in advance.

2016 Pageant Newsletter All members are sent a Pageant Newsletter by post (snail-mail) around this time of year. Just in case this didn't arrive, we are going to provide the latest Newsletter online in PDF format. You can read it here by clicking this link.

2016 Summer Get-together for Pageant members will be on Sunday, 3 July at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT.

2016 Pageant AGM The fourteenth AGM was held on Sunday 17th January at 2.30pm at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT.

2015 Summer Get-together for Pageant members This was hosted by Pippa and Ian at the Old School, Southwater on Sunday, 19 July. Read about it here.

2015 Pageant AGM The thirteenth AGM was held on Sunday 1st February at 2.30pm at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT.

2014 Summer Get-together for Pageant members This was hosted by Pippa and Ian at the Old School, Southwater on Sunday, 13 July.

2014 Pageant AGM The twelfth AGM was held on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 2.30pm at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT.

2013 Summer Get-together for Pageant members This was again hosted by Pippa and Ian at the Old School, Southwater on Sunday, 14 July. It was the biggest so far with around 70 members attending. A splendid lunch was enjoyed in superb summer weather. Gambian knick-knacks were on sale, and as usual there was a raffle. Altogether we raised 455 for our work in The Gambia.
[news item about the 2013 Summer Get-together]

2013 Pageant AGM The eleventh AGM was held on Sunday 27th January 2013 at 2.30pm at Old School, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9DT.

2012 Summer Get-together for Pageant members This was again hosted by Pippa and Ian at the Old School, Southwater on Sunday, 1st July. The event went very well - we were EXTREMELY lucky with the weather and managed to have lunch out in the garden in true Pageant style. By the time it rained, at about 3pm, it was time to cut the 10th anniversary cake anyway, so it all worked out fine! A total of 65 people came during the day - the most we have ever had. The small charge of 5 per head for lunch raised 205, sale of Gambian crafts raised 71.50 and the raffle raised 206. The first prize of a 200 Reiss gift card was won by Miriam Reed, and a 'throw' made by Doreen Warren was won by Michelle and John Hoskin. [details of prizes in 2012 Summer Get-together] All proceeds will go towards our appeal for the SHM Nursery School in Gunjur. Our grateful thanks go to all those who worked so hard before and during the day, particularly Ann & Brian and Tina & Frances - we couldn't have managed without them!

2012 Pageant AGM The tenth AGM was held on Sunday 22nd January 2012. About 35 members attended.

2011 'Summer Get-together' for Pageant members was hosted by Pippa and Ian on Sunday 10 July. In all 56 people attended, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We made 338 on sales, raffle and lunches, all of which has gone to our Emergency Sponsorship Fund.

2011 Pageant AGM The ninth AGM was held on Sunday 30 January 2011. About 30 members attended.

2010 'Summer Get-together' for Pageant members Once again Pippa and Ian hosted their annual 'Open House' day for Pageant Members on 11 July 2010. This was attended by over 60 of our enthusiastic members. [news item with full description and photos].

2010 Pageant AGM The eighth AGM was held on Sunday 24 January 2010.

2009 'Summer Get-together' for Pageant members Pippa and Ian hosted their annual 'Open House' day for Pageant Members on 12 July 2009. [news item with full description and photos]

2009 Pageant AGM The seventh AGM took place on Sunday 25 January 2009.
[news item with more details].

2008 'Open House' day for Pageant members Pippa and Ian hosted an Open House day for Pageant members on Sunday 20 July 2008. This was well attended. A buffet lunch was provided, with many of the dishes brought by members. A nominal charge was made, 5 per head, with proceeds going towards Bakary Congira's studies. [news item with photos]

2007 'Open House' day for Pageant members on Sunday Following three years' successful summer meetings, we held an 'Open House' day for Pageant members on Sunday, 15 July 2007. 52 members were present, together with two Gambians who were visiting the UK; Ishmaila Sanyang (Smiley) and Bakary Congira. Smiley is a barman in a Gambian hotel, and Bakary is studying Health Care to work in up-country clinics. A total of 322.28 was raised by charging for lunch, a raffle and a Gambian mini-market. The money raised by charging for the lunch was donated to Bakary to help with his work. Pageant was also presented with a most generous cheque (1,000) by Horsham Rotary.

Website

There is a page showing upto date website usage statistics, and we publish annual reports on the performance of our website in PDF format:

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Ethical Gift Scheme

Pageant has an Ethical Gifts Scheme, which operates throughout the year. There is a list of gifts ranging in value from upward. You purchase a 'Gift Token' for your friend or relative, and schools, children or villagers in The Gambia benefit from an ethical gift which is sure to be greatly appreciated. At Christmas we supply the Gift Tokens in a specially designed Pageant Christmas Card.

Pageant News Blog

The Pageant News Blog is there for breaking news stories, which can be put directly onto the blog without having to send text and pictures to the Webmaster. We invite Pageant members, who are at the sharp end of events, to join the team of contributors.
Please contact the Webmaster em_wm if you have something to contribute, and would like to join.

Pageant T-Shirts

The PAGEANT T-shirt is still available to members at 11.00 (plus post & packing where necessary). The style has been changed to V-neck by popular request. They are deep blue with the Pageant logo in red & black on the front and 'Helping Gambian Education' on the back in black - see pics. Sizes available at present are Adult XL, L, M, S and child 7-8 years. Please contact Pippa for further information.

Frances shows the front of the Pageant T-shirt
Frances shows the back of the Pageant T-shirt
Frances modelling the T-shirt

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