Don’t Miss The Chance To Celebrate With Other FIGS Supporters On Saturday 10th November


Sign up today to join other Friends of Ibba Girls School (FIGS) at their Annual Meeting on Sat Nov 10 in Coventry – starting with light lunch at 12.30pm and finishing with optional supper at 6pm (details below):

  • Celebrate the remarkable first 5 years of the school.
  • Join WorldSong singing Zande and other songs.
  • Skype directly with the students and staff, and watch video clips made by the girls.
  • Hear first-hand reports from FIGS volunteers who have just returned from Ibba.
  • Discuss the next 5 years for the school, and the transition to the first secondary stream.
  • Buy FIGS Christmas cards, pencils, CD’s, poetry, embroidery.
  • Hear progress reports from Trustees and volunteers, with Q and A.
  • Panel session on Truth and Reconciliation with the Dean of Coventry Cathedral and others

E-mail [email protected] to reserve your place.

How to get there

St James Church Hall, Leamington Rd, Styvechale, Coventry CV3 5BT.

Travel by road: 
St James Church is on Leamington Rd, on the B4113, which is close to the junction of the A46 and the A45 travelling towards Birmingham – take the 3rdexit from the next roundabout with the big BP garage.

Travel by road:
There is ample car parking behind the church (accessed from Knoll Drive).

Travel by rail:
Come to Coventry station, and either Phone John Scouller for a lift – 07722 504590, or

  • Taxi – 5 mins
  • Bus – 10 mins on the 9 or 9A
  • Walk – 20 mins

Click here to see map.

Buffet lunch 
From 12.30pm £7.50 per person

At 6pm. £12 for 2 courses

Pay on arrival 

12.30pm Registration and light lunch
(£7.50 for the day, including lunch & afternoon tea; no need to book; pay on arrival)
1.00pm WorldSong choir
Una May (Musical Director) and the WorldSong choir perform songs, some sung in Zande, the predominant language in Ibba
1.40pm Welcome and introductions
John Scouller (St James’) and Margaret Eddershaw (FIGS trustee)
2.00pm Voices from Ibba (Video clips; possible Skype call)
Staff and students at Ibba Girls’ Boarding School (Paul Sanders)
2.30pm Looking forward to secondary schooling at IGBS
Julia Sanders (FIGS trustee), Jean Hartley (FIGS trustee) Caroline Holland (FIGS volunteer) based on their recent trip
3.00pm Tea break
An opportunity to buy FIGS Christmas cards, CDs, pencils, poetry, Lydia embroidery, and to sign up for FIGS Newsletters
3.20pm Progress reportsfrom FIGS chair, trustees, CEO and architect
  • FIGS Chair’s report: John Benington
  • Progress report on IGBS site and buildings: Malcolm Worby
  • Fundraising and Finances :Cynthia Bower (in Gary’s absence)
  • Student sponsorships & The Big Give : Mark Simmonsn
4.00pm Q&A & Participative Discussion (Mark)
Developing FIGS & IGBS strategy and action plan 2019-2022
4.30pm Panel session on truth and reconciliation in South Sudan
Jacob Lagu, FIGS Trustee (tbc); Golda Abbe, FIGS volunteer Mark Simmons, FIGS CEO; chair, UK community, Cross of Nails The Very Rev’d John Witcombe, Dean of Coventry Cathedral
5.30pm Complimentary drinks & canapés
6.00pm Candlelit dinner (please book separately; in advance or upon arrival. Cost: £12)
9.00pm Farewell
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