Bury St Edmunds: Treatt boss visits African school project

THE managing director of Treatt, the Bury St Edmunds-based supplier of essential oils, has made a return visit to an African village where the company supports the local school.

Hugo Bovill first visited Seogma, in Tanzania, in 2002 and again in 2006 although a planned visit last year was thwarted by heavy rain.

Treatt has had connections with the village since the 1930s when Mr Bovill’s grandfather, E W Bovill, visited the area to inspect orange plantations.

Company and staff donations initially provide books for the village primary school but have now also funded a new schoolhouse, and a house enabling r a schoolteacher to live locally. Treatt has also funded the secondary education of two local students.

Mr Bovill said that, on his latest visit, he had found that Treatt’s donations had encouraged, or shamed, the government into building an additional classroom, bringing the total to three.

However, with these having to accommodate a total of seven classes of students, due to the popularity of the school, the company is now aiming to fund a further classroom itself.

Anyone who would like to help improve the villagers’ lives even more by making a donation, can send a cheque made out to Treatt ”Segoma Fund” to Claudia Brackenborough, R C Treatt & Co Ltd, Northern Way, bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP32 6NL.