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 Alan Archer with several of the school children in Kabubu.

Sandra Blacker gives the Vote of Thanks to Alan.

'A Dream Come True'

The Quicken Trust

Alan Archer

On Saturday 20th January Gamma Chapter gathered at Beechwood School for the first meeting of 2018 and we were in for a treat.  Liz introduced Alan Archer who is a volunteer with the Quicken Trust in Hailsham.  He told us that from childhood he had dreamt of going to Africa and building a school, hence the title of his talk
                                      ‘A Dream Come True’.

The Quicken Trust was started in 2000 to support a village in Uganda called Kabubu which did not have even the basic necessities.  Much has been achieved in the years since then.  4,000 people live in the village, the High School now spreads over three acres, the Primary School, offices and conference centre over three acres and the Resort Centre, which with the conference centre generates income, over two acres.  There is also a Health Centre, a Laboratory, and an Orphanage.  Truly a village changed and  ‘A Dream Come True’. for Alan.


Carole Stirling.  Gamma Chapter

 Jo Corden


            JOANNA MARIA CORDEN 1947—2017:  AN  OBITUARY
Jo, a member of Alpha Chapter, died on the 16th December after a severe stroke on the 13th November. She had just reached her 70th birthday in August.
Jo was born in Bologna, Italy, where her Polish mother, having escaped the Russians during the war, had met and married an Australian Major. He was posted back home and she was given permission to live in the UK. She joined her brother, (who had worked with the Free Polish Air Force during the war), along with 3 year old Joanna, in Harrogate, Yorkshire.
After studying history at Sheffield University, Jo gained her Masters in Archive Administration at University College London. She worked for a year in Huntingdon before taking up an archivist’s job with Barnet Council.
Her flatmate introduced her to James Corden. They married in 1971 and had three children; Gregory, Andrew and Louise (my Goddaughter). Both boys are married, and there is now one grandson.
Having worked for many years as the archivist for The Royal Society, officially Jo retired in July 2017. Alpha members will remember Jo taking us into the archives and allowing us to see, and touch, many ancient documents, including those written by Christopher Wren, and introducing us to The Royal Society Summer Exhibition, what a treat.
Jo was a lovely, pleasant, kind and straightforward person with the most wonderful ‘velvety’ voice. Sadly she hadn’t been able to attend many DKG meetings for a while because of some mobility issues. She will be very much missed.

Diana Bell (Alpha Chapter)

 The Remarkable Story of C W Steel:  Japanese POW

Margaret Sargent kept us all rapt as she told the story of her father's experience as a Japanese POW during the Second World War.
Charles Steel had the misfortune to take part in two great military disasters of the Second World War - the retreat of the BEF culminating in the Dunkirk evacuation, and the Fall of Singapore.   Shortly before the latter he married Margaret's mother, Louise.   Within days of being captured by the Japanese, he began writing a weekly letter to his new bride as a means of keeping in touch with her, in his mind.
Margaret  inherited these diaries.   Part love letters, part diary, they describe the horrors of working as a slave on the infamous Burma-Siam railway and in particular the construction of the famous Bridge over the River Kwai.   She brought to life an uplifting story of a London Stockbroker who recorded both beauty and reality and shows how people can maintain their morale under even the most extreme adversity.
Thank you, Margaret for the vivid picture you had put in our minds of the horrors of war.
A full account of the talk will be in the January edition of GB News.
Gloria Redston   Gamma Chapter


Nine Alpha members and one brother braved the chilly weather to enjoy a guided tour of The Charterhouse, entrance pictured left. It is situated near the Barbican. Since the dissolution of this Carthusian monastery in the 16th Century, it has been a private residence, a boys' school and an almshouse, which it still is today. Our guide was enthusiastic and gave us many interesting facts. The residents are called brothers, although there is now no religious connection, they must be over 60 and in need of financial and social support. The latest resident is the first female and her real surname is brother!

Diana Bell, Alpha Chapter



Alpha Chapter had their meeting in the open on the 14th October. There had been a change of plan due to illness and our school tour had to be cancelled. We informed members - some of whom decided to come along anyway. After a delicious lunch we walked along to Dulwich Picture Gallery. The Gallery garden was an ideal spot for our meeting, the sun shone as we organised our programme for the next year. We then had an interesting visit to the Gallery. A good day out after all.

Diana Bell, Alpha chapter


Woodberry Wetlands

 Diana Bell Alpha Chapter

It was a perfect sunny day when Alpha members arrived at Manor Place Tube Station near Finsbury Park. Just down the road are the wetlands, opened in 2016 by Sir David Attenborough. This wetlands project was conceived by the London Wildlife Trust in partnership with Thames Water, entry is free. It spans 11 hectares of Stoke Newington’s East Reservoir and there is a reed-fringed lake and woodlands with the New River, built to bring water from Hertfordshire, running by.

There are many species of birds to observe and a café in the refurbished Coal House. We found it an ideal place for a pleasant walk.

Unity Harvey attends the  Norwegian State Conference 


I went to the historic Granavolden Guesthouse, which I recommend for its beautiful setting and superb food.  The Norwegian State President, Anne Marie Solstad, welcomed me to the Conference that was held there.  There were about fifty people present. It felt good to chat to friends I had met several times before and to meet new ones as the conference progressed.  The conference was well organized with “Generosity” as its theme.  The speakers, including the Dean Kirsten E.Almås who talked about generosity and how to belong to a community, were much appreciated; so were the musicians, particularly the singer and the violinist.  I enjoyed too, the report from Headquarters given by Hannah Fowler, Member at Large.  Participants were also able to visit the local museum, the church and walk around a nearby primary school. 
     When the conference was over, I stayed a few extra days with Anne Marie.  It snowed and I was able to build a snowman with her grand daughter, much bigger than the ones I can build at home.  The roads were clear so I was able to visit a brand new primary school - a treat, as it was very impressive!  I was also taken to see more of the countryside around an enormous long lake, another church, Babro in her house, a skilled weaver, a wood worker and a group of glass blowers.  My purse was much lighter when I returned but I shall enjoy looking at my purchases for a long time. 
I hope I shall remember this treasured journey for a very long while

 Great Britain Achievement Award

Evelyn Goodsell

 Evelyn with State President, Kathy Hodgson

 The Great Britain Achievement Award is our way of honouring a member for  something special. 
     Evelyn is a very active member who takes on responsibilities at every level, with willingness and initiative.   She has raised the profile of Great Britain in numerous ways. She is calm without fuss, going about DKG business willingly and whole heartedly, without ever expecting special praise or reward. She has presented workshops at International and Regional Conferences. She has worked on an International Committee, and been an International Speaker twice.  Evelyn has recently published an article in DKG`s eminent publication, `Collegial Exchange`, setting out Gamma Chapter`s work with the Pestalozzi International Village as a collaborative learning experience.’


 State Conference 2017 Highlights


Congratulations to

Evelyn Goodsell 

 Evelyn's article Pestalozzi International Village and a DKG Chapter: A Collaborative Learning Experience has been published in the 2016,Volume 83-2 issue of the Collegial Exchange. This article highlights the connection we, in Gamma Chapter, have with Pestalozzi International Village.

To read this article please follow the link.





Dorothy Haley
Gamma Chapter
died on 30th May, 2016

Area Representative for Europe
GB State President
First recipient of the European Achievement Award


For Memories of Dorothy

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