A tribute to Cecillie Swaisland (10 July 1926–25 December 2016)

Thembisa sends condolences to Cecillie’s daughters Alison and Ruth. Cecillie’s late husband Charles (see ‘Tributes’ under ‘Our story’) was seminal to the development of Thembisa. Cecillie was a constant support, from their marriage in 1949, through Colonial Service years in Nigeria and then various secondments to Africa, when Cecillie held the fort in the UK or accompanied Charles. Both were characterised by their love of people and desire to serve however they could. Cecillie held three different Master’s degrees and various lectureships and authored several books. She was well-known for her delicious cakes that enhanced Thembisa events.

We thank Alison and Ruth for honouring Cecillie by requesting donations in her memory be made to Thembisa through the Charles and Cecillie Swaisland Memorial Fund. The fund will remain open till the end of July 2017. There are various ways to donate:

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Thembisa's annual walk and barbecue  - Sunday 30 July 2017


Please join us on Sunday 30 July. Walk (3 miles) starts at Tiddington Village Hall at 14h30. Barbecue starts at Ferndale, Albury View, Tiddington OX9 2LQ at 16h00; £12/adult, £6/under 10. RSVP 01865 766117 or grace.townshend@ntlworld.com if you plan to come; please leave your contact details!

 All proceeds will go to our focus projects, Mama Ntombi's Community projects near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, and the Chishawasha Orphans' Project in Zimbabawe - both making a difference in the lives of needy people.

 

Thembisa's annual walk and barbecue  - Sunday 30 July 2017

Please join us on Sunday 30 July. Walk (3 miles) starts at Tiddington Village Hall at 14h30. Barbecue starts at Ferndale, Albury View, Tiddington OX9 2LQ at 16h00; £12/adult, £6/under 10. RSVP 01865 766117 or grace.townshend@ntlworld.com if you plan to come; please leave your contact details!

 All proceeds will go to our focus projects, Mama Ntombi's Community projects near Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, and the Chishawasha Orphans' Project in Zimbabawe - both making a difference in the lives of needy people.

NEWS: Stephen Bowley 17.2.1952-9.10.2017

We are very sad to announce that Stephen Bowley died of melanoma on 9 October, and we extend our deep sympathy to his wife Tonia and sons Adam and David. Together with Tonia, Stephen co-founded The Thembisa Trust in 1988. Since then Thembisa has supported more than 70 grassroots projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Stephen was a Trustee of Thembisa throughout that time, and was Chair of the Trustees since 2009. In 2016 Stephen and Tonia also co-founded the St Cross College Thembisa Hope Scholarship, to support deserving disadvantaged students from South Africa and neighbouring countries to study for a Master's degree in Oxford.

Stephen’s involvement in Thembisa’s activities (including our annual fund-raising walk, which he led, followed by a garden party/barbecue at his and Tonia’s home) demonstrated his compassion and concern for the less well off. He was generous in countless other ways too, offering his help wherever needed, and mentoring many colleagues in the planning world. He was a deep thinker, organised, hard working, kind, and fun-loving. We will all miss him very much.

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