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Latest News

3 August 2017 - Pageant website is mobile friendly Mobile phones have now overtaken desktops and laptops as the main means of accessing the internet. We have a programme of converting all our main website pages to 'responsive' format - so that they can be accessed with equal ease no matter what the screen size of the device. At present 139 out of a total of 376 pages are in responsive format. This may seem to be a small proportion, but most of the unconverted pages are archives which are seldom accessed. Looking at pages viewed this year so far, 84% of these views were to responsive pages. Despite this most of our users are using large screen devices. Only about a quarter access our website from smartphones. See full details

11 July 2017 - Battle Rotary Club supports Pageant's work - David Daniels CBE, President of the Rotary Club of Battle, presented Pippa and Andrew with a cheque for 500 at Pageant's annual members' summer party. See photo & more details

9 June 2017 - Centre Academy East Anglia - CAEA in Suffolk, which specialises in the education of pupils with a broad range of learning challenges, has raised more than 1300 for Pageant (see more on their new Pageant page) This has been used to fund the refurbishment of classrooms at Unity Nursery in The Gambia.

8 April 2017 - Carol visits Humanity Nursery - Pageant member Carol Peckham (Grace) has been to The Gambia and visited Humanity Nursery. She handed over 500 which had been donated by the Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust from the proceeds of their staff pantomime. She saw the improvements Faks is making after the school moved to its new site, as well as the Chicken House Project at the old site. See more details

Recent News

19 March 2017 - Stafford Half Marathon - Pageant member Carol Peckham (Grace) completed the Stafford Half Marathon today in just over 2 hours. Please help her fund projects in The Gambia by making a donation to sponsor her. See more details

5 March 2017 - Pantomime helps Pageant - Pageant member Carol Peckham (Grace) has starred in the annual pantomime at the NHS Trust where she works. This year they have split the proceeds from ticket sales and the raffle between four charities, and Carol has been given 500 for Pageant's work in The Gambia. Read more here. Previously the Humanity Nursery School, has benefited from money raised by Carol. Carol and Pageant are now deciding how they can best use this extra funding. Carol and Richard will be going to The Gambia later this month, and will be able to hand over the money to the chosen project(s).

28 February 2017 - Pageant's News from The Gambia A Pageant team of Pippa, Miriam, Richard, Kathy and Andrew have been in The Gambia. There was the usual programme of visits to schools and sponsored children, and the trip finished with two days of Microscopy Workshops. The Gambia is suffering frequent power outages. Most hotels have back-up generators, but the cost of fuel is extremely high, so the generators may only run at certain times. Internet service providers and mobile phone companies are also badly affected by the power cuts, and the result is that internet access is very difficult. Despite this Pippa and Andrew kept us up to date with posts to the Pageant News Blog and we have collected these posts on this web page. We hope to add extra photos soon.

9 February 2017 - Visit to The Gambia A Pageant team are making their regular February visit to The Gambia. Pippa, Miriam and Richard travelled out on the first Thomas Cook flight to resume after the crisis following the change of president, with Andrew and Kathy following a week later. As usual for the February trip, there will be visits to schools and sponsored children, and towards the end of the trip, Microscopy Workshops for student teachers. Both Pippa and Andrew hope to be posting their news on the Pageant News Blog. Once again, we will collect these posts so you can see them all in one place.

3 February 2017 - Flights to The Gambia Tour operators and airlines have now resumed flights to The Gambia. However, some have reduced the number of flights per week in anticipation of reduced demand. Please check for any changes of schedule.
Tourism is a vital part of the Gambian economy, and the recent crisis has seriously affected the tourism industry. The state of emergency has been lifted, things are returning to normal, and The Gambia is probably as safe for travellers now as it was before the crisis. Why not take advantage of some great deals available now.

23 January 2017 - Gambia Travel Update UK Government has removed their warning not to travel to The Gambia. see Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice to travellers. We expect flights and holidays to be resumed in the near future. Please check with your travel agent or tour company.

22 January 2017 - Gambia Travel Update Ex-president Jammeh has now left The Gambia, and there is every hope of a peaceful transition to a new administration headed by President Adama Barrow. It is likely that direct fights from the UK will be resuming in about a week. Tourism is vital to the Gambian economy, so please go ahead with any planned visit as soon as it is safe to do so. Keep checking the Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice to travellers. We will tell you on this page as soon as this advice changes.

18 January 2017 - Gambia Travel Advice The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all but essential travel to The Gambia due to the deteriorating political situation and potential military intervention following the Presidential elections on 1 December. Read more here.

January 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 sre invited to attend, and should have had their emailed invitation. The 2016 website report is already on-line, so you can read it in advance.

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