Olney Newton Link
The charity was set up to find ways in which the people of Olney can help the people of Newton rebuild their town, and their lives, after the horrors of their recent conflict.
Successes for this Olney based charity:
- Money sent from Olney has enabled 80 families to rebuild their houses after the civil war.
- The Olney Newton Link has provided funds to build a Skills Training Centre in the village. (This is now built and ready for internal fixtures and fittings.)
- Two churches in Olney support two churches in Newton
- A microcredit scheme has been set up to help a group of Market Ladies.
- The people of Olney raised over £16000 in 2009. The principal project was the Skills Training Centre in Newton and this is now almost ready to accept its first trainees.
- The charity has purchased eight pairs of breeding goats in 2009.
Skills Training Centre in Newton
One of the Olney Newton Link trustees, Claire Lintern, is planning a visit in order to see the building and negotiate with the Newton committee about what else will be needed. One of the ambitions is to persuade some more of our businesses and organisations in the town to get involved.
The charity has purchased eight pairs of breeding goats in 2009. These are bought in Newton and given to needy families. This is an on going project and details can be obtained fro out treasurer, Tricia Selwood, on 712919.
The schools in Olney and Lavendon now have very active links with 4 schools in Newton.
Olney Infants and Olney Middle have recently sent £1400 to their schools to help repair dilapidated buildings.
Ousedale(Olney) students have been busy in various ways and have recently collected stationery.
Lavendon School is raising funds to repair their link school's toilets. It is very much hoped that a visit by a group of teachers from Olney will take place later this year.
Previosuly, cartons of goods are sent out containing books, paper, writing equipment, computers etc.
Containers for collecting clean water have been provided for all village schools.
Address and contact details:
Treasurer: ‘Olney-Newton Link'
c/o Tricia Selwood,
16 East Street,
MK46 4AP ,