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Timeline and Associated One World Link Material2021
Restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with lockdowns in the UK and Sierra Leone, prevented face-to-face meetings and visits from January to April
May – Johannes Mallah Jnr visited Bo2020
January – Health Link & Planning visit to Bo
February – AGM for 2019, Teachers visit Bo
Restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with lockdowns in the UK and Sierra Leone, prevented face-to-face meetings and visits from March to December2019
February – Phil Clarke and Mair Evans participate in a planning workshop in Bo.
Three teachers visit Bo
March – AGM for 2018. Glenn Fleet and Derek Greedy provide training for waste management
June – Four teachers from Bo visit UK and participate in the Day of the African Child
November – planners win “Highly Commended” by the Commonwealth Association
of Planners (CAP) in its 2019 Awards for Outstanding Planning Achievement2018
January – AGM for 2017
February – Three teachers visit Bo
May – Glenn Fleet and Derek Greedy provide training and advice on waste management in Bo, Kenema and Makeni
June – Day of the African Child in both Leamington and Bo
November – Jane Knight and Helena White visit Bo for the health link and meet President Bio2017
AGM (for the year 2016)
February – three teachers visit Bo
April – Helena White, midwife, visits Bo
May – Glenn Fleet and Derek Greedy visit Bo, Kenema and Makeni
June – Day of the African Child and three Bo teachers visit UK2016
Mair Evans and Paul Atkins visit Bo schools and initiate cultural links
Bo District councillors and teachers visit UK2015
Glenn Fleet – Waste Management Project
John Archer, Phil Clarke and Richard Hall visit Bo City and District
7 November. WHO officially declares Sierra Leone Ebola-free2014
Glenn Fleet – Waste Management Project
February – UK teachers visit Bo
June -Bo teachers visit UK2013
Visits to Bo: John Archer, Jane Knight, Glenn Fleet and Derek Greedy (Waste management project)
Youth group from Bo visit UK. Bo Mayor Harold Tucker visit to UK
Five teachers visit Bo – return visit by teachers from Bo2012
Youth group visit Bo
February: Visit to Bo by 5 teachers
June: reciprocal visit by 5 from Bo
Visits to Bo by Glenn Fleet (Waste disposal project), John Archer (planning) and Jane Kinght2011
Visit to Bo: Chris King, John Myers and teachers group, John Archer (planning), Glenn Fleet and Derek Greedy (Waste Disposal)
Visits to UK by William Alpha, V V Bockarie and Maada Fobay (Chair & Treasurer of Bo OWL)
Catherine Moody and Ben Wesson of youth group visit Bo, also a group of 7 teachers. Sponsored cycle ride in Napton.2010
Visits to Bo by John Archer (planning) and Jane Knight
Dr Wusu Sanoh, Mayor of Bo visits the UK
Progress on cooperation in city planning2009
Visit to Bo by Ben Wesson and JoAnne Fisher of the youth group and Chris King, Judith Ellis and Jane Knight
Visit to UK by Maada Fobay, Catherine Kamara and Alpha Bah
Pilot Waste Management Project; rubbish clearance begins in Bo2008
Jane Knight, Andy Smith, Glenn Fleet & Kip Warr visit Bo for Waste Management Project. Chris King, new chair of Bo Warwick, visits
Eric Moosa visits UK for professional development fellowship. Local Government Action Plan adopted by Bo City Council
UNDP and CLGF agree to fund Pilot Waste Management project in Bo and Makeni. Project preparation begins.2007
25th Anniversary Celebrations in Warwick: Big Africa Event, Little Africa Event, Postcard Picture Exhibition, Archive Event
Visits to Bo by Kip Warr, Jane Knight and local authority group. Visits to UK by Mary Bakarr and Johannes Mallah
OWL Community Centre in Bo completed with funding from DFID.2006
25th Anniversary Celebrations in Bo: Street March, Aniversary Party
Visits to Bo by Sarah Davis, Joe Cannon, Alison Bryan, Maria Franchi, Brian Austin, Danny Foulstone, Jane Shakespeare, Jane Knight
Visits to Warwick by Fr. Peter Konteh and Michael Samai2005
Mayors sign formal friendship link, Africa seminars at Warwickshire college. OWL hosted UKOWLA conference on Sierra Leone links
Visits to Bo by Mota Singh, Bill Evans, Janet Alty and Hussine Yumkella
Visits to Warwick by Wusuh Sannoh, George Mbago, Jane Nyambe, Joe Pyne, V.V. Bockarie and Josephine Komeh2004
Two year plan. Public meeting. Schools phone link.
Visits to Warwick by Joseph Bockarie, Teresa Bangali and David Ngombu
Visit to Bo by Jane Knight2003
Kayoma group started in Bo. Concert by “Songlines”. Library party. Frank Judd speaks at AGM.
Construction of OWL Centre begins.
Visits to Warwick by Mrs Nicholas (Bo mayor) and J Bengali
Visit to Bo by Lee Hales and Maria Franchi2002
Civil War ends
Leamington library “OWL” shelf set up. Site found for OWL Community Centre
Visits to Warwick by Head of Amadiyya School and Fr. Peter Konteh
Visit to Bo by John McFarlane, John Myers and Bruce Knight (collecting Mende songs)2001
Meeting with Sierra Leone President and High Commissioner. UKOWLA National Conference in Leamington Spa
Visits to Warwick by Marie Theresa Bockarie, Joseph Kobbah, Teresa Bangali, Festus Foray and Moussa Conteh
Visit to Bo by Jane Knight and Bill Evans.
Proposals for a new Community Building in Bo.2000
Rebel attack on Freetown. Mini marathon Bo.
Bo fund established by Bill Evans, Mayor of Leamington; funds raised at “Africa Party”.
Major rebel attack on Freetown. London prayer service for Sierra Leone.
Ceasefire signed by Kabbah and F. Sankoh. OWL meeting with Moussah Conteh.
AGM with R. Clarkson and Mbah Khabu.1998
ECOMOG forces liberate Freetown. Bo situation at its worst.
UKOWLA Conference Birmingham
OWL/Koloseum cooperation confirmed. Moussa Conteh visits Bo.1997
Coup in Sierra Leone
Books and money sent to Bo
UKOWLA Conference Stevenage.1996
Multiparty elections. Ceasefires. Visit to Bo by Tony Sheriff
Joint OWL/UNA meeting with Derek Partridge, former Sierra Leone High Commissioner.
Schools linking seminar at Aylesford school. AGM with Ambrose Gander1995
Sierra Leone evening with Moussa Conteh.
Money sent to Bo for medical supplies, food and household goods.1994
Visit to Warwick by Fr. Patrick Koroma
AGM: guests Dr Jenny Gibson and Mrs Sesoy (wife of Sierra Leone Deputy High Commissioner)1993
Africa Evening. OWL display Dale Street for One World Week.
Sierra Leone weekend for students and expatriates.1992
Visit to Warwick by Henry Sheku. Noel Banks (Water Aid) visited Bo. Moussa Conteh visited Sierra Leone
Shipment of goods and medicines.
Joint OWL/UNA meeting with former Sierra Leone Governor General Sir Banje-Tejan Sie.1991
10 Years’ Celebration Meeting. Shipment of typewriters and paper.
Visits to Warwick by Moussa Conteh, Edward Allieu and Margaret Foday
Two Sierra Leone Weekends.
Start of Civil War1990
UKOWLA workshop “10 Years of Linking” hosted by OWL.
Visit to Warwick by Mohammed Lappia and Raymond James
Myf Hodkin visits Bo1989
Sierra Leone weekend for expats and visitors. OWL concert – S.E. Rogie. Joint OWL/UNA meeting
Visits to Warwick by Sam Stevens and Regina Baion.
Visit to Bo by Janet Alty, Rob Downs, James Proctor and Helen Austin1988
Sierra Leone Symposium in Birmingham. Public meeting on Wells/Clinic Project. OWL gains charitable status.
Visits to Warwick by Johannes Mallah, Joe Taylor and Angela Koker
Visits to Bo by Tim Knight and Marion Grimwood1987
Bo Wells and Clinic Project started. “Gbotima Development Association”. UKOWLA Conference Sheffield. Exercise books shipped to Bo
Visits to Warwick by Bo Scouts and Sam Kpakra (MP for Bo)
Visit to Bo by Janet Alty & Nick Anderson. Dr Griffiths returns.1986
Seminar in Leamington Town Hall “Warwick District and World Hunger”. Educational forum at Kenilworth School with alumni of CKC, Bo
Visits to Warwick by Abraham Mensa, Moussa Conteh, Tony Sheriff and Momadu Koroma
Dr Griffiths went to work on Bo-Pujehun Project.1985
Val Davis, Leamington Mayor, sends medicines to hospital in Bo. BBC Radio 4 programme on linking.
Visit to Bo by Pat Carless and by Roger Bates, Verity Smith and 12 Venture Scouts from Dale Street Methodist Church
Visit to Warwick by Fr Patrick Koroma1984
Public Meeting hosted by Chairman of Warwick District Council in Leamington Spa Town Hall, 200 attended.
Visit to Warwick by Mr Kondo (link with Milverton Primary School), Odette Owada, Joseph Cooper and Ben Smith
BBC interviewed link members in Warwick and Bo for a programme on “Third World Linking”.1983
Sierra Leone Pack “Living in Bo” produced for Third World Information Centre. Momadu Koroma spoke at AGM.
Shipment of books, medicines etc. Second National Linking Conference (18 Links) at Marlborough.. Contacts with Rotary & Townswomens Guild
Visits to Bo by Jane Knight, Sheilagh Holmes and Dr Paul Gully1982
Jane Knight and Moussa Conteh spoke about the link on BBC Women’s Hour
Start of liaison with other UK-Third World links- Conference in Oxford where 12 links were represented.
Visits to Bo by Jane Knight, Ann Parker and Bob Crowther. Subcommittees formed for schools and health.1981
Bo-OWL committee set up. Steering committee under Professor P McAuslan. First AGM for Warwick OWL
Visit to Warwick by Albert Lamin
Visits to Bo by Jane Knight and Colin McAllister1980
Bo chosen formally as linking partner at meeting with Sierra Leone High Commissioner.1979 and earlier
Frank Judd (former FO Minister) addressed local groups on “Third World” issues
Committee formed to define aims and choose an area