18 Sep 2017 - Management Committee meeting at 6pm at Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester
PROJECT UPDATES and NEWS:
Nicaragua Now - news and stories from and about Nicaragua
Generous donation of £1000 from Southern Housing Group for projects in Masaya.
The LMLG organises a number of public and fundraising events, including speaker meetings, discussions, displays, workshops and music events throughout the year to inform people about the work we do, raise awareness and promote local understanding of sustainable development, social justice, human rights and other relevant global issues.
Town Twinning Tent at Riverside Festival - 4th and 5th June 2016 - As part of the LMLG’s upcoming 30th anniversary, we will be sharing and celebrating the success of all the twinning links by participating in the Riverside Festival on the 4th and 5th June 2016.
We will be offering a host of activities for all ages - from town-twinning skittles, to food tastings and fun using a giant sized floor map. Click here for more details and please join us!
As the Amigos Bike Rides enter their fourth year, there are 4 dates for cylcing enthusiasts to take part in rides rainging from 25 to 100 miles!
Reaching Out: The Untold Stories of Leicester's Twinning Links - Funded by the Heritage Lottery 'All our Stories', the LMLG embarked on a huge undertaking to uncover and document some of the hidden stories about Leicester's long tradition in town-twinning.
Over the course of a year, we interviewed 37 people who shared their memories and experiences of how their involvement in town-twinning had impacted on their lives.
Look out for their stories that we will be uploading here soon.
In the meantime, here is a review of our achievements.
Amigos Bike Rides 2013 - Sunday 15 September 2013
Another successful bike ride in 2013. A special feature of the ride this year was that Alice Hall completed the last 50 miles of her challenge to cycle the full 5300 miles from Leicester to Masaya in a year. Her maginficent endeavour raised over £1000 for the LMLG's work in Leicester and Masaya and her achievement was celebrated at a party in the Guildhall in Leicester.
Some Like it Hot: Illustrated Talk and AGM - Sunday 4 November at 5.30pm at Secular Hall, Humberstone Gate, Leicester, LE1 1WB
This fascinating talk about the diversity of butterflies, bees and plants around Masaya’s persistently active volcano was based on research undertaken by Dr Michael Gillman, Senior Lecturer, The Open University and Hilary Erenler, PhD Student, The University of Northampton.
Amigos Bike Rides Success - 23 September 2012: With 41 riders setting off from Town Hall Square throughout the day, our supporters clocked up close to 1000 miles, making it a fifth of the way to Masaya and raising £500 in the process. And the challenge continues (see below to see what Alice Hall is doing).
Despite the rain, spirits were high as riders travelled along the Canal and across the Leicestershire countryside. Energy levels were maintained by hot soup and flapjack at the lunch stop on the 25 and 50 mile rides and fairtrade bananas were given to all participants (provided by the Co-op Member Relations).
On their return to Town Hall Square various activities were laid on for participants to enjoy including Nicaraguan mask and maraca making for children and the opportunity to whizz up your own banana smoothie using the Woodcraft Folk's pedal-powered blender. This marked the launch of the LMLG's newest community project 'The World on Our Doorstep' which is funded by Awards for All.
You can still participate in the Amigos Challenge by taking inspiration from Alice Hall who is riding the full 5000 miles on her own over the course of the next year! Why not get yourself sponsored to ride a certain distance too? Download a sponsorship form here.
Donations and sponsorship money can be sent to us via Virgin Giving by clicking on the link www.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=12256&charityId=1003168&invocation=evt0050
You can also keep up to date by following us on Facebook (facebook.com/amigosbikeride) or Twitter (@Amigosbikerides).
11 October 2011 - Learning from our Partners and LMLG AGM. The AGM business meeting was followed by a presentation from Dani Gent and Matt Smith, who have recently returned from 9 months in Masaya. Dani shared some findings of her PhD research into the impact of solar energy projects in Nicaragua and Matt, a Secondary School teacher, talked about creating development education resources for the LMLG. Learning from our Partners - LMLG AGM Invitation Oct 2011
16th, 18th and 19th July 2011 - Reaching Out! took place at Southfields Library in celebration of Leicester’s six international twinning links. The event offered a vibrant array of displays, craft activities, storytelling, dance and costume workshops, music and DVD presentations, as well as an opportunity to sample foods from the different countries. Read our review here Reaching Out Review.doc
Reaching Out Poster
19 June 2011 - Light and Life sponsored bike ride Jon Cloke, the Vice Chair of the LMLG set out on an ambitious and energetic bike ride to cycle from John O’Groats to Land's End (1,035 miles) to raise money for some of the LMLG's poverty alleviation projects. This enthusiastic feat of endurance raised 0ver £800 for project work in Masaya so many thanks and congratulations to Jon! To see Jon's blog, please visit the Light and Life pages.
The Leicester Masaya Link Group was one of more than 600 organisations who signed up to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign at national level. In Leicester we collaborated with other organisations and individuals to co-ordinate and contribute to events and activities to raise awareness and encourage people to get involved in the campaign at a local level.