The annual Fashion Show held at Coton Sports and Social Club was an opportunity for members and their friends to replenish their wardrobes at very reasonable prices and an excuse to get rid of items not worn for ages. All the clothes were brands from major High Street stores.
They were expertly modelled by Club members plus friends and the clothes which came in all sizes and for all occasions and were available to buy on the night. Not only did the audience enjoy a fun filled evening but happily three charities benefitted from the proceeds: Marie Curie, Mercia Therapy Unit for Multiple Sclerosis and Guide dogs for the Blind Association.
Arbury Inner Wheel are pleased to be able to support the Association President's Charity this year, Riding for the Disabled, by giving a donation to the local Equestrian Centre for the Disabled.
The funds were raised by holding a Coffee Morning in a Methodist Church Hall where townsfolk could drop in for refreshments and a chat while out shopping!
Arbury members celebrated their 40th anniversary with a lovely dinner attended by members and other IW Clubs from across the District. The speaker was Rosie Goodwin, an author of 36 books with an international following, many of them written in the local area. Rosie talked about how her writing career had begun and signed copies of her books for members inspired to buy a copy.
A Donkey Derby was organised to raise funds for the D6 International Service Charity 'Chinthowa Development Trust'
Members, friends and family had a fun time urging the donkeys to compete in the races and a welcome break for a fish & chip lunch was enjoyed by the 'jockeys'. It was a winning day, both financially and socially.
Our Inner Wheel Day celebrations were held at the local Heritage Centre with a delicious buffet meal provided by our members and we were able to raise our glasses to toast all the other Inner Wheel Clubs. However it was also the occasion to remember and contribute to other charities that we support. Loose change was collected from our Water Aid boxes, items for the monthly collection for the Food Bank were brought, sanitary products and pants for the ‘Pants to Poverty’ were donated and also buttons & bows which were given to the after lunch speaker.
The Talk was given by a lady who has raised several thousand pounds for the local Macmillan Cancer. She has suffered from the disease, and one of her daughter’s was recently also diagnosed with an aggressive form. She raises funds by making and selling items from disused paperback books including hedgehogs, cottages and trees. The buttons & bows etc decorate the models and if these are donated it saves having to purchase them.
Before the talk we were entertained by one of our members giving us two very amusing monologues!
The District 6 International Charity is the Lemon Tree Trust - transforming refugee camps, one garden at a time.
The National President, Enid Law, has chosen Riding for the Disabled for her charity.