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Pageant Ethical Gifts - Did you know about Pageant's Ethical Gifts Scheme? [more details of our gift scheme] You can give our tokens for any celebration, providing help for schools, children and village communities in The Gambia.

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14 January 2020 - Carole Odumo visits Gambian Scouts Carole was recently in The Gambia where she visited the 2nd Kombo Scout Group which has links with the 1st Fetcham Scout Group in the UK. Read her account of her visit.

Recent News

5 December 2019 - Pageant team in The Gambia Pippa and Andy have been in The Gambia for the regular November visit. Andy organised the construction and installation of a large number of solar powered "homework lights" for Gambian children. Pippa kept us all up to date with their news, by sending txt and photos to Dave for posting on the Pageant News blog. All posts have been copied to our page of collected posts on the Pageant website, so you can see them all in one place.

30 October 2019 - Christmas Shopping with EasyFundraising Christmas is starting to creep up on us, and more and more of us are doing our shopping online. For some time now, Pageant has been part of the EasyFundraising scheme, where over 4,000 online retailers donate to Pageant a small percentage of the purchase price paid by our supporters - and all without costing an extra penny! We currently have 17 supporters who have raised nearly 300.

EasyFundraising is now offering a 5 bonus donation to Pageant when a new supporter reaches 5 with their shopping. Sign up now and help raise even more for Pageant. Please use the link on our EasyFundraising information page so that we get our bonus donations.

12 October 2019 - Shop at Amazon & Donate to Pageant Amazon has now launched Smile. If you shop at Amazon, you can register and select Pageant as your chosen charity, and we will get 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products that you buy. For details of how to sign up, please see our Amazon Smile information page. Remember that you can still raise money for Pageant at around 4,000 other retailers using EasyFundraising. See details on our EasyFundraising information page.

News July - September 2019

9 September 2019 - New School Year - Why not sponsor a Gambian child? September marks the start of the new school year both in the UK and in The Gambia. Children and young people in The Gambia will be moving up a grade and many will be changing schools. So this is a perfect time to start sponsoring one of our students who need help with school fees and other costs. For further information about our scheme, have a look at our Sponsorship Information Page, and also at our Sponsorship Enquiry Page to see details of the students who need you help to continue their education.

15 August 2019 - Packing a container for The Gambia - Another container load is on its way to The Gambia. It was packed with chairs, tables, PE equipment, books and other useful stuff on Saturday 10 August. All these items were donated by two Crawley schools - Hilltop Primary School and The Oaks Primary School. Our special thanks to Moova, who provided their services free to move things donated by Hilltop to The Oaks where the container was packed. Read more and see the photos.

News April - June 2019

4 June 2019 - Microscopy Workshops Upcountry - Pageant runs annual Practical Science and Microscopy Workshops in February in conjunction with Gambia College. Our Gambian agents Wandifa, Yankuba and Abdoulie, provide invaluable help at these workshops, and have built up considerable expertise, particularly in the use of microscopes. They are now running additional microscopy workshops at schools which have received donated microscopes. The schools are delighted to get equipment and teaching materials, but these would be useless without this training. In May 2019 our guys held workshops at four upcountry schools in or close to Kafuta. See photos from these workshops.

18 May 2019 - The Pageant Power Hut - Many villages in The Gambia have no mains electricity, so it is very difficult for families to provide lighting and recharge mobile phones. The cost of the solar panels and associated equipment is beyond the means of most people. Pageant member Andrew Williams designed the Pageant Power Hut as an integrated system, providing and charging portable lights enabling village children to do their homework after dark as well as charging mobile devices. Read Andrew's account of setting up our first Power Hut.

10 May 2019 - Change of Donation Service Pageant's online donation service has been provided by BT MyDonate for several years. They were then the best choice as they did not charge any commision on donations - just the card handling fee. BT have now decided to close MyDonate, and it will cease operating on 30 June 2019.

We are please to announce that we have chosen a new service provided by the Wonderful Organisation. They make no charge of any sort, so we get every penny of your donation. All their expenses, including card fees, are covered by their corporate sponsors. We will get every penny of every donation, and they also handle Gift Aid for donors who are UK taxpayers, meaning that we get an extra without costing you an extra penny. From today, all donation buttons and other links have been switched from MyDonate to the Wonderful Organisation. Please let us know if you have any problems using our new service.

11 April 2019 - Google Site Search Available For many years we have had a Simple Search facility on our website. Though this is fast and convenient to use, it is ... simple. We have now added the power of a Google Custom Search with extra search options such as searching for specified phrases or searching for images - just like a Google web search, but targeted on the Pageant website. Both searches are available from nearly all web pages by clicking the search links on the main menu at the top of each pages. Learn more by looking at our search help page.

News January - March 2019

21 March 2019 - New GEPADG website The Gunjur Environmental Protection and Development Group (GEPADG) operates in the Atlantic coastal area in the southern part of The Gambia. They are motivated by their desire to protect and enhance their natural environment, working to achieve long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty by reversing the destruction of forests, mangroves and coastal ecosystems. They now have a new website where you can keep up to date with all their news.

21 February 2019 - Annual General Meeting Pageant's AGM will go ahead on Sunday 24 February at 2:30pm as planned. Pippa is still in hospital recovering from her accident in The Gambia, so Andrew Groves will be chairing the meeting.

16 February 2019 - Website Report 2018 Our short annual report covering this website is now available online in PDF format. If you would like to read it, click this link to download it. IF you have any comments or questions about our website, please get in touch by email or by using our feedback form, using the links on our contact page.

6 February 2019 - Worldclass and Yundum LBS Bishops Waltham Junior School Worldclass have established a link with Yundum Barracks LBS. They have letter exchanges between 64 children at Yundum and 64 at Bishops Waltham. They are now sponsoring two children at Yundum Barracks LBS and two at the Nursery School. Read the full story

2 February 2019 - Gambia Visit - Latest News The Pageant team are in The Gambia and Andrew is posting uodates on the Pageant News Blog. Unfortunately Pippa has had an accident, and is in hospital with broken bones. Despite this, the team are determined to go ahead with the microscopy and chemistry workshops. Please keep checking the blog for the latest on Pippa. As usual, all the blog posts are being copied to our Summary Page.

24 January 2019 - Improved News Archives We have kept lots of old pages and news items as a record of Pageant's past work since 2003. As a result our news archive page has grown very large. Even with today's fast internet, this could take a while to download, when there might be just one item of interest. Also the drop down menu, which made it easier to find news items for a particular date range, was becoming longer than screen height on many mobile devices. So - the archive has now been split into 8 smaller pages. Also the 'find-by-date' feature is now on its own page so it can be scrolled. The new system works seamlessly with all the news and archive pages and on all screen sizes. It should make access from mobiles much easier.

19 January 2019 - Pageant's February visit to The Gambia A Pageant team will soon be in The Gambia again during February. Pippa, Kathy and Andrew will be joined by Bob Skipper for the regular Workshops for Teachers. Carole and Alan will also be there for part of the visit. As well as the workshops there will be visits to schools, children and village communities. Andrew will be keeping us up to date with regular posts on the Pageant News blog. Once again I will copy these to our website on a page of collected posts.

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