2014 News

13 December 2014: Wake up and smell the coffee

The Zambia Society Trust held a successful coffee morning at Wesley Chapel in Harrogate on Saturday 13 December 2014, raising nearly £600 for a variety of projects in Zambia.  

It was a cold, crisp December morning and an early start as a team of family and friends gathered to prepare for our coffee ‘morning’ in aid of the Zambia Society Trust. This was our first such event at the chapel, and in spite of our research over the last few months, research involving many cups of coffee and slices of home-made cake, we really didn’t know what to expect. Our anxieties ranged from concerns that we would have no customers, to panic that we would have too many to be able to cope!

We opened on time at 10am, and at 10am had our first customers – regulars at chapel coffee mornings who quickly made a bee-line for their favourite tables. We were encouraged when they waxed lyrical about the variety and number of cakes we had on offer, and were positively elated when they reported back that they were the best they had ever tasted! These comments recurred through the day and we were so grateful to all our talented bakers who gave so freely of their time and their ingredients 

Lunch time approached, and that is where our real worries lay. We had no idea of numbers so catered with soup and sandwiches for 100 people, and with a combination of beginners’ luck and sheer skill (!), were left with just 6 sandwiches at the end of the day!

As suggested by the chapel’s administrator, we had a book stall in the chapel grounds, further alerting the passing Harrogate public to the fact that the chapel was open for business. Your treasurer and his brother stood outside stoically for 5 hours in sub-zero temperatures, raising a magnificent £87.00 from the sale of books, all of which were priced at 50p, leading to some fantastic bargains. 

Our day at the chapel ended just before 4pm, so quite a long ‘morning’. It was great fun and we raised a fabulous £558 for the Trust; an amount which exceeded our expectations. We very much hope to be able to book the chapel for a December Saturday in 2015 and if we can do so, aim to beat our 2014 total.

22 November 2014: Annual General Meeting of the Zambia Society Trust

Zambia’s 50th Anniversary of Independence brought a unique sense of celebration to the 2014 Annual General Meeting, held at the Zambia High Commission in London on Saturday 22 November 2014.

There was an excellent turn-out of members, supporters and trustees alike, with an introduction from His Excellency Mr Paul William Lumbi, High Commissioner, talks and discussion surrounding Zambia’s Golden Jubilee year and highlights from the Trust’s projects in Zambia. 

Special guest speakers included Mrs Gloria Sleep, who reflected on her experience as President Kenneth Kaunda’s Private Secretary throughout his time in office.

24 September 2014: Harrogate Golf Day helps to raise £2,500 for The Zambia Society Trust

Our 4th annual northern golf day took place at Rudding Park, Harrogate in late September. We had a record number of teams playing, though sadly one team were unable to join us on the day.

The weather was very kind to us, fourth time lucky, and our 52 golfers thoroughly enjoyed themselves. No waterproofs, brollies or jumpers required!

A slight worry transpired as two non-golfers toured the course on the complimentary buggy to see how our participants were faring in the ‘beat the pro’ competition. Rather alarmingly, the two slightly less accomplished golfers from the first team out, with apologies to two lovely gentlemen, had indeed beaten him! Since this was supposed to be one of our chief money-spinners, we were somewhat panicked – but order was restored fairly quickly and at the end of the day a profit was realised!

Dinner was as usual, delicious and well received, with the chocolate golf balls we had procured attracting a lot of attention and positive comments. Dinner was followed by prize giving and once again we had great support from family and friends, and an alcohol theme was in evidence!

Our Champagne moment, however, was the somewhat unexpected beating of the pro, as mentioned earlier, by one of our golfers who has supported us each and every year so far.

In total, thanks to the generosity of all our golfers and very welcome donations from one or two corporate sponsors, we raised the magnificent total of £2,500. This was our best result to date – so here’s to the 5th northern golf day; onwards and upwards.

22 March 2014: Coffee morning in aid of The Zambia Society Trust

The magnificent sum of £255 was raised at a coffee morning in March 2014 in aid of The Zambia Society Trust held at the Durham home of Janet Lucas. A beautiful spring morning saw a steady stream of friends and relatives calling for coffee and delicious home-made scones and cakes. All enjoyed a lovely social occasion and we had some very generous donations. Thanks to all who contributed, with particular thanks to Janet. The day was a great success – we need not have worried – and if another three ZST members feel that they too could hold a similar event, the proceeds would pay for one of our projects for an entire year. As Janet said: "If we can do it, so can you!"
Zambia Society Trust