Nailsea and Uganda Water Project folk evening

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By Carol_Deacon | Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 14:03

The Nailsea and Uganda Water Project has hosted a successful fundraising folk.

More than 70 atteneded the event at Holy Trinity church which raised £655.50 and featured the Harry Browns.

The Reverned Jolyon Trickey said: "Thanks go to everyone for their hard work and an enjoyable evening.  

"The folk club were great, especially Dave Urch who provided drinks, washed up and  banked the money."

The community initiate which was officially launched last September hopes to raise £90,000 in three years to support 20,000 Ugandan people living in rural poverty without access to clean water.

In the first few months it has banked more than £23,000.

Mr Trickey said: "The idea of this project was born on a hillside in Uganda.  

"It flowed from two realisations. 

"First, that there are still women suffering, children dying and people trapped in poverty today, through limited access to safe water and sanitation. 

"Second, that a small community, like Nailsea, working together can make a difference. 

"We can save and transform the lives of our neighbours in need."

The groups is supported by the town council, church groups, schools and its development partner, Tearfund.

In 1887, to mark Queen Victoria's Jubilee, a huge water tank was built, to provide ready access to safe water for the people of Nailsea.  

The plaque is still there by the Friendship Inn car park marking the spot. 

It was only in 1906 that the first piped water came to Nailsea.  

Now 100 years later the goal is to provide safe water from Nailsea to those who need it in Uganda.  

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