21 November 1997

Hearing Uganda women in full voice…

THIS is the chorus of the Ugandan womens anthem, which was sung by the delegation led by First Lady, Mrs Janet Museveni on their visit to Bath.

The National Strategy for the advancement of Rural Women in Uganda (NSARWU) is a charity set up in 1994 as a result of a UN summit which encouraged participating First Ladies to form organisations that would financially assist rural women.

Rosaline Addicott from Corston Fields Farm, Corston, Bath, has worked tirelessly for the charity over the past few years and it was thrilling for her to welcome Mrs Museveni and her party to Bath. They had come to Britain to raise awareness of the needs of the rural women in Uganda and also to study our farming methods and take ideas home.

On the Friday evening there was a gala charity concert in the Assembly Rooms. The following morning had everyone up bright and early for a tour of some of the Duchy of Cornwall woodland as well as a guided tour of Poplar Farmyard by Ron Hardwick.

The delegation was particularly interested in Mr Hardwicks apple juice production and beekeeping. A short walk up to Stanton Prior church in the autumn sunshine found us singing a typical English harvest hymn and all the Ugandans introduced themselves to the congregation before Mrs Museveni, who they delightfully call "Mama", made a moving speech thanking everyone for their support and generosity to people they hadnt even met. Lunch followed at Marksbury village hall, a true community event where everyone had pooled together to produce a delicious meal. It was great to see so many local people involved, including so many Farm Womens Club members.

In the afternoon everyone went their separate ways but later gathered for a game of skittles at a local pub, a truly memorable evening of bridging the gap between nations.

Jean Howells

Mothers, Daughters

All women everywhere

Wake up and embrace

Your role today

Mothers, Daughters

All women everywhere

Wake up and embrace

Your role today

Theodora Hyuha, head of agricultural economics at Makerere University, dons wellies for the woodland walk.