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TLBPET 2016 Carol Service

Friends and supporters gathered once more at the Norbury Baptist Church for the annual carol service on December 11…







TLBPET 2015 Carol Service

TLBPET Carol Service took place on Sunday 13th December 2015 at Norbury Baptist Church.

It was a wonderful service with nine carols and nine readings.

We received plenty of well wishes, donations and a large amount of support which combined to make the carol service a success.

All the support was greatly appreciated.


TLBPET 2015 Family Fun Day

TLBPET Family Fun Day has taken place, Saturday 18th July 2015, from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

As the event took place during the summer holidays, it benefited from the presence of friends, relatives and visitors with close links to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust.

The 2015 Family Fun Day was organised in partnership with the University Academy of Engineering (UAE) in Southwark.


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Rice delivery to Staff at Hamilton Rural Primary School

During the Ebola Crisis, schools in Sierra Leone have been closed since July 2014. Understandably, this has had a damaging effect on not only the pupils but their teachers who experienced hardship due to the closure of schools. The Trust took the initiative and provided each teacher with bags of rice to help them out. Now that the worst of the Ebola Crisis is seen to be over and that schools are re-opening this April, our thoughts are with teachers and pupils as they attempt to re-start their education.



Prize Giving at Brunel College

At very short notice, the Chair was invited to Brunel College assembly on Wednesday 4th December 2013 to present a prize for the best decorated box designed by tutor groups. The staff and students at Brunel College did a magnanimous job to donate such a huge amount of books, stationery items, sweets, chocolates, etc., to further our work at REC primary school in Hamilton Village.



Textbook Handover

Melrose Asgill, our Project Coordinator, and Ayodele Betts-Priddy (Lottie’s daughter) were able to hand over a full complement of textbooks to the headmaster, teachers and pupils.




Joseph is taking advantage of the full complement of textbooks that the Charity was able to provide for each class. This will considerably aid both teaching and learning at the school and both teachers and students are excited and motivated by the new resources that should serve several generations of pupils.


Ms Koroma (Deputy Head) with laptop donated by Dobbs

Patron’s Gift

After Dame Linda Dobbs visited Sierra Leone in 2013, she donated computers, printers and a school bell. These were included in the shipment that arrived at the school in September 2014. Along with other donations, they will form the core of a computer unit that can be used by both the school and the village after the school is electrified. We thank our Patron for her continued support of the Charity.



Water Project Completed!

We are delighted to tell you that for the first time REC Primary School in Hamilton has running water. There are taps now outside the Head-teacher’s office, the toilet and the kitchen, significantly improving hygiene at the school.



Christmas Party at Thomas Peters School

There was music so the children were able to dance and really enjoy themselves. The photographs show how much fun the children had on the day The headmaster was also able to arrange for the front of the school to be painted in the school colours with the balance of the donation.



Current Project – Rural Community Primary School

We have signed an agreement with the Rural Community Primary School in Hamilton Village (on the coast of the Western Area in Sierra Leone) to work together to upgrade the school.



Carol Service – December 2011

Our now traditional carol service took place on December 4 2011 at St Albans the Martyr Church in South Norwood.



Exciting Developments at Thomas Peters School

The charity, Making Things Happen in Sierra Leone, is making excellent progress with the renovations at the Thomas Peters School in Freetown.



Dame Linda Dobb’s visit to Sierra Leone

Dobbs combined personal and charitable commitments in a long-overdue visit to Sierra Leone in June. During a whirlwind trip, she was introduced to both schools and meet staff and pupils by Doreen Fergusson, our project coordinator. Visiting the schools gave her an ‘up, close and personal’ perspective on why the Charity needs to do the work it does.



Fun for the Whole Family!

The 2011 Family Fun Day at Lewisham Methodist Church went off well, despite occasional showers.



Raffle Prizes

There has been a wonderful response to our appeal and we have received toys, cuddly bears and even kitchen items. Keep them coming and thank you so much to our generous supporters. If you would like to try your luck, rafffle tickets are available from the trustees and you can contact us by email or phone.



New Toilet Block Completed at Regent School

We are delighted to share the wonderful news that a new toilet block has been completed at Regent Rural Education Community Primary School.



Progress of rebuilding works at Regent School: 21-02-2011

Progress of work rebuilding the school toilets, currently at roof level.



Pouring of libation at Regent Rural Education Community Primary School: 11-02-2011

The pictures show the beginning of the rebuilding of Regent Rural Education Community Primary School toilets. Present at the site on Friday 11th February were the Head Teacher, Mr Leigh, Project Co-ordinator, Doreen Fergusson, Contractor, Sylvester Gouldson and some of his workmen. Prior to the start of the building work, the Sierra Leone tradition”pouring libation”, a tradition inherited from our ancestors.



Carol Service: 05-12-2010

Sunday 5th December 2010, The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust held its Carol Service at St. Alban the Martyr Church, 1 Whitehorse Lane, South Norwood, London, SE25 6RD. The service was conducted by Father Russell Lawson and included musical performances from Sedgehill School Brass Band and a clarinet recital by Josephine Hazeley-Jones. Readings from the Bible were read by Ayoni Williams and Ransford Davies-King.



Vida’s Gap Year: 22-09-2010

Vida Scannell, our second gap year volunteer has returned from three weeks in Sierra Leone. She had a wonderful experience and the children in both Regent School and Thomas Peters Schools were very excited to participate.



Johnny Sow Gap Year Volunteer at Thomas Peters School: 01-02-2010

Johnny Sow spent three weeks assisting, Mr. Kanu, the senior maths teacher with the top class. Conditions were difficult but he has found it a rewarding experience.



Family Fun Day: 28-04-2009

In celebration of the Day of the African Child (June 16th); we held a Family Fun Day on 8th at the Lewisham Methodist Church, Albion Way, Lewisham.



Donation of 86 chairs: 24-10-2008

The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust donated 86 chairs to Regent Rural Education Community Primary School on Thursday 25th September, 2008. This is a continuation of the distribution that took place by the Chair, Isa Davies, earlier this year.



Regent School: 28-08-2008

Regent Rural Education Community Primary School is one of two schools the Trust is currently focussing on. These pictures were taken during Isa Davies’ recent trip to Sierra Leone.



Thomas Peters School: 03-08-2008

The Thomas Peters Primary School is one of the schools the Trust is proposing to support. Located right in the centre of Freetown, it is named after one of the City’s founders.



The Day of the African Child:

Day of the African Child Celebrity Auction held at Silk and Spice Restaurant, Temple Court, 11 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4N 4UJ.



Awarded to The Lottie Betts-Priddy Education Trust by WEIN in 2004 for addressing educational and social needs of deprived children in Sierra Leone.



The Day Of The African Child:

Family Fun Day at Lewisham College, Breakspears Building, London, SE4 1UT. The venue was donated by our Patron, Ruth Silver, Principal of Lewisham College.



The Day Of The African Child:

In 2002, we celebrated with a dinner-dance in Crystal Palace. Baroness Howells, our patron, spoke before dinner. The event was well attended with many guests wearing their most elegant African outfits.



Lottie representing the people at the Lomé Peace Conference:

Lottie went to the Lome Peace Conference in Togo in June/July 1999 as a Civil Society representative.



Celebrating The Day Of The African Child: 16-06-1998

Lottie celebrated her 49th birthday with pupils at the RonSab School, a private primary school owned by her family in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She was the proprietress and taught there for several years up to her death.


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