Pageant Ethical Gifts
- Did you know about
Pageant's Ethical Gifts Scheme?
[more details] You can give our
providing help for schools, children, villagers and environmental
projects in The Gambia.
16 May 2013 - Two New Ethical
Gifts - Pageant's list of Ethical Gifts now includes a
solar powered scientific calculator for senior students and a
set of buckets for carrying water into vegetable gardens to
irrigate the plants. See our complete list of gifts for more
27 April 2013 - CH visit - newspaper
article - The Horsham local newspaper, the West
Sussex County Times, published
this article on 21 April,
describing the visit of the Christ's Hospital team to The Gambia
16 April 2013 - New Pageant Loan
Scheme - Our latest Loan Scheme is now up and running in
15 April 2013 - Pageant's April visit
to The Gambia - A Pageant team visited The
Gambia for their regular April visit. They visited schools
and villages and checked on how Pageant's sponsored children were
progressing. Frances and Pippa posted their news on the
Pageant News Blog,
and managed daily updates, in spite of
unreliable internet access. We have collected all their posts on this web page.
24 February 2013 - Microscopy
Wokshops - Latest News - The Microscopy Workshops at Gambia
College have finished and some of the Pageant team have returned to
the UK. Problems with internet access meant that they couldn't
update the Pageant
Blog. But Kathy has now posted her
latest news, which we have copied onto this web page.
13 February 2013 - Pageant's February
visit to The Gambia - Once again a team from Pageant is in
The Gambia, visiting schools, checking up on Pageant projects and
also running two Microscopy Workshops. There will also be four
Christ's Hospital students with their own programme. We are hoping
for lots of posts from people taking part in this visit, and all of
these will be collected onto this web page.
6 February 2013 - Mali in better
times - Pageant has benefitted from sponsorship raised by a
number of teams driving the Plymouth-Banjul Challenge.
In 2007, one of these teams Shap Ahoy took part in
a preliminary expedition before setting up of the new Bamako
Challenge. Tim Lovatt and Nick
Capron drove from the UK to Bamako,
Timbuktu and many other places in Mali.
Their story is detailed in a set of Pageant web pages which you canread here.
They liked the people and
country so much that in 2008 they drove to Timbuktu
again. You can read here
about this second trip. With Mali now in the news for all the wrong
reasons, it is good to read their accounts and see their photos of
this fascinating country. (Please note these are archived pages, so
a lot of the external links no longer work)
4 February 2013 - CH visit to The
Gambia Four students from Christ's Hospital
(CH) will be accompanying Pippa & Ian to the Gambia on
their regular February visit to The Gambia. They have an ambitious
programme of activities planned, and we hope for regular reports on
our News Blog.
We are collecting all their posts onto this web page.
31 January 2013 - Photos of SHM Solar
Pump System - We now have some photos of the solar cells,
battery and inverter for the water pump at SHM Nursery in Gunjur. [see
29 January 2013 - infocus article
2012 Workshops We have a copy of the article written by
Kathy and Pippa for the RMS 'infocus' magazine. [read
21 January 2013 - Video of Pageant in
The Gambia Frances Boswell has uploaded a marvellous video
to Youtube, which shows some of the things Pageant does in The
9 January 2013 - Appeal to re-bore
Bakalarr School well - Pageant is trying to raise £2050 to
re-bore the well at Bakalarr School, and install a water storage
tank, so that their vegetable garden can flourish once again. [see
5 January 2013 - Solar Pump Appeal
- In June last year, we launched an appeal to pay for the
installation of a solar powered pump to raise water from a borehole
at Sheik Hatab Memorial Nursery School (SHM Nursery) in the village of Gunjur. Our target was £1025, and
we managed to raise £622. See
for more details.
Gavin Sandison had raised £785 in
sponsorship for his run in the 2012 New Forest Half Marathon [see
details]. Gavin generously
suggested that some of this should be used to make up the shortfall
in the pump appeal, and Pageant were able to send enough money to
get the pump installed. The pump was working in November 2012, it
has since been supplying water for the school.
A New Appeal - We are
now in the process of setting up a new appeal to raise £2050 to
re-bore a well which supplies the vegetable gardens at Bakalarr
school. The £395 left in Gavin's sponsorship fund will be used to
kick start this appeal, and we hope to announce further details
shortly. You can see details of Bakalarr's vegetable gardens on
this set of pages.
4 January 2013 - Pageant on Twitter
- Pageant now has a Twitter account [see
this link] We will use this mainly
for quick links to news stories.
20 December 2012 - Taking Stock of
the Pageant Website - As 2012 draws to a close, we consider
how the website should evolve, and ask for your feedback.
16 November 2012 - Pageant launches
its 2013 Calendar - Our first calendar is no longer
2 October 2012 - Guardian Launches Africa
Network The UK's Guardian newspaper has just launched its
Guardian Africa Network. This is a
blog featuring news and comment from and about Africa, in
collaboration with many independent websites and solo bloggers.
There will also be contributions from the Guardian's own
correspondents and regional experts.
1 October 2012 - Photos of Gavin's Half
Marathon - We now have some photos of the New Forest Half
Marathon, including Gavin Sandison after finishing it. See Gavin's web page