IW Year 2017/18
Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre was the venue on two recent occasions for Arbury Inner Wheel Club. At the first Glenys Gibbs was installed as the new President, receiving the Chain of Office from retiring President Heather Norgrove. Ahead an exciting new Inner Wheel year is planned with not only monthly speaker meetings but with social events too. Glenys hopes that local charities will benefit from any fund raising activities although overseas charities won’t be forgotten. A delicious afternoon tea provided by the volunteers at the Heritage Centre concluded the happy occasion.
Two members of the Club celebrated their 70th birthdays at the Heritage Centre together with most members of the Club. All enjoyed an interesting talk by John Burton about the history of the building plus a member of the flower guild came and demonstrated the art of flower arranging. A fun game of “What do you carry in your handbag” raised a good bit of laughter. Out of fifty items mentioned one member had thirty two and it wasn’t such a big handbag!. Strawberries and cream, tea and cake also went down a treat.
The first Club meeting of the new Inner Wheel year was held at Weston Hall Hotel. President Glenys gave greetings and notices of forthcoming events. Following dinner, Charlotte Kendall, Regional Fundraiser for the Teenage Cancer Trust, gave an illustrated talk about the Charity. Gone are the days when young people are put in the same hospital wards as adults. There are specialist units and plans to create more nearer to the patients’ homes. There is also a need for more nurses and for counselling. The profit from a Coffee morning held at the Nuneaton Methodist Church enabled Glenys to present a cheque to Charlotte for the Charity.
IW Year 2016/17
Conference time again when, along with Robin Hood, the International President and nearly 3,000 members including eleven from Arbury, descended on the city of Nottingham. The mood was set by the song “Always look on the bright side of life” and that was the tone throughout.
(photo: Conference capers with Robin Hood)
Arbury members, together with ‘outworkers’ have been productive again knitting and packing for overseas projects. District International Chairman was pleased to receive 44 blankets, scarves, hats, gloves and baby clothes as well as used stamps and spectacles at the Rally in May.
We were inspired by the talk on ‘Woodland Trust’ by an extremely good speaker in June. She illustrated her talk with slides and there was great encouragement to get out and discover the ‘wonders’ of the wood from trees and flowers to animals, bugs and butterflies.
The icing on the cake to complete a very good Inner Wheel year came on Ladies Day at Leekes Coventry Furniture store. 16 members and friends found it most interesting to hear that the family store originated in Wales and is still headed by a descendant of the original family. We were surprised to hear that there are few stores, mostly in Wales but the Coventry store was started by one of the family who came to live in the West Midlands. Competition time when the group was divided into two, one to decorate 3 cup-cakes each and the other to design a room using anything in the store to tone with a cushion. Good prizes for the winners. At halftime lunch was served, selection of freshly made sandwiches, chips and cakes. It was a most enjoyable day with plenty of time to browse and buy.
The Inner Wheel Year began again in July with a further visit from our furry friend Quartz. Theresa brought him along and explained the way in which he had transformed their family lives. Shopping, holidays and family life now are able to run smoothly without stress and frustration. Her daughter Bethany has Autism and is devoted to the five year old Golden Retriever, an Assistance dog provided by the charity Dogs for Good. Theresa gratefully accepted a cheque
Arbury ladies assisted at a local Care Home Fete providing cakes and biscuits, a tombola stall and a ‘Frog race’ game. The children had more success than the adults at the latter!
Members were most interested in a talk entitled ‘Life and Work’ of a young farmer aged 23. He grew up surrounded by sheep, poultry and dairy cows something which he preferred to life on a tractor. All credit due to him he worked through and gained all necessary qualifications including a university degree to work alongside his father in the family farm.
In October a most interesting talk about Boadicea, Queen of the Iceni, her battles in the local area. Watling Street figured in the attacks, as did Ratcliffe Culey, Merevale, Hinckley and Nuneaton. Work carried out in the 60s and 70s had shown Mancetter to have been a large Roman fort.
The icing on the cake was the Christmas meeting. This was a festive meal where the Arbury Rotarians were invited along to Weston Hall Hotel. In house entertainment was provided by members of Arbury Inner Wheel, directed by an ex Maths teacher, who also performed a very seasonal Nativity monologue whilst the cast was dressing; a ‘Snow White and Reduced Dwarfs’ ‘pantomime’ was produced to great hilarity.
Eight members of the club enjoyed a few days in Glasgow at the Association Conference. After extremely good speakers during the two days, President Trish asked us to wear a plaid sash to dance the night away at her Ceilidh.
Having travelled with the District coach we were treated to a ‘Mystery Trip’ on the last day.
Arbury members and friends have been busy knitting teddies and sewing bags for the School in the Bag project for International Service. These were all brought to the meeting in readiness for their onward journey to be distributed abroad. The 54 smiling faces at the meeting were very impressive and hopefully they will bring much pleasure to their future owners when they arrive at their destinations.
At our fund raising Fashion Show some of the funds were allocated to the Blood Bikers. Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes is a charity run solely by volunteers who transport bloods and other urgent medical samples between NHS hospitals in Coventry, Warwickshire and surrounding areas. They operate every night of the year and all day at weekends and bank holidays when NHS transport has been stood down. They provide support to the medical teams trained to save lives. To keep this vital service operational they need riders, drivers, fund raisers and people to coordinate the urgent calls received from hospitals. They provide training to assist team members in all these roles. They also train riders to an advanced level preparing them for their advance rider test. The web site is: www.wsbb.org
We learnt more about this worthy Charity when two volunteers came to speak at a Club meeting together with a fully equipped bike! The men were great ambassadors for the cause.
February: Members have enjoyed a very convivial couple of months. I guess we are regretting the fact that each event involved the need for an elastic waistband but nevertheless our club activities did not stand still.
Even the ‘Knit and Natter’ held at a member’s home involved lots of biscuits!
Inner Wheel Day was celebrated in great style at a local Sports Club. The profit made will be donated to the Ghurka Welfare Trust to help with their Housing project
Arbury IW members enjoyed a Christmas meal at the invitation of the Rotary Club.
A local farmer afterwards proved to be most entertaining in her account of family life. This included a husband, children and a herd of 150 dairy cows which, come rain or shine had to be milked twice a day. Stilton cheese was for sale at the end of the meeting.
Further festivities were enjoyed at The Cottage Inn where 29 members gathered for another lovely meal. More celebrations, a birthday and the birth of a bouncing 9 .5lbs great grandson!
Our first meeting in the New Year will celebrate International Inner Wheel Day.
I gather it will be attended by all 43 of our members (if none fall by the wayside over Christmas and New Year celebrations!) and will be held at
a local sports club with food purchased from our popular local butcher at a Sports Club.”
The hand crafted beaded tree decorations were snapped up along with other attractive seasonal gifts.
District 6 chairman’s charity of the year, the Oncology Unit at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital will benefit from this very successful event.
It was at our third coffee morning in September that we were able to raise a considerable sum to send to Parkinson’s, the charity adopted by Association President Trish.
Photographs courtesy of the Nuneaton News
The main fundraising event of the year was a Fashion Show where clothes from 'High Street' shops were modelled and available to buy on the night. We provided our own models who played their parts wonderfully. It was a relaxed and friendly evening when the audience picked up numerous bargains and the evening made sure our chosen charities were well supported
District Chairman Pamela has selected Burnaid and Dogs for Good as her Charities for the year.
The District 6 International Charity is Bees Abroad.
The National President, Liz Thomas, has chosen Children's Hospices for her charity.
The International President, Dr Kapila,
has chosen 'Leave a Lasting Legacy' as her theme.