Jane Bennett at Atherstone Inner Wheel Club receiving a cheque for Canine Partners from President Sue Smalley. Chico Jane's faithful companion gave a wonderful display of some of his talents as he helps Jane live a full life. He could pick up a dropped 5 pence coin and keys from the floor after showing us his skills in taking tins from the shelf and bringing the telephone. With his help Jane enjoys a full and busy life volunteering at a local school and church as well as giving talks to raise the awareness of Canine Partners.
April’s meeting was a visit from Glynis Gayton updating the club on her recent visit to Nunthama in Malawi (pronounced Unparna). She visits twice a year and collects blankets, toiletries, clothes, any baby items, nappies, fabric, school books, pens, pencils - the list goes on and on.
Sewing machines taken out have provided work for the young men; they make bags to sell in the local market and old jewellery has been recycled by the girls - all making money for the orphanage.
Last year the complete workings of her family bakery were transported to Nunthama and it should be up and running very soon, they are just waiting for the electricity to be installed. Glynis hopes the men will take up the running of the bakery and the ladies will work in the shop.
We gave her many bags of items plus a cheque to help with the good cause and are looking forward to her next update. A very inspiring lady.
At our recent Club Meeting we enjoyed our 60's speaker and we also had a visit from the Atherstone Ball Game Committee and members were able to sign the new 2018 ball.
Money is raised for local charities by the Committee, one of our members is the Treasurer. Atherstone Ball Game is a "Medieval Football" game played annually on Shrove Tuesday in Long Street Atherstone. The 2 hour game usually starts at 3pm by a local celebrity, it has few rules and a winner is declared at 5pm to the person in possession of the ball. Before the game sweets and pennies are thrown from the windows of a local bank to local children, some of which are lucky enough to have a half day holiday from school.
Wendy in her car stuffed full of over 350 toys and members manning the stall on a very cold day, we had had snow early that morning but it cleared away leaving a crisp sunny but chilly afternoon. We thought we had put the toys out in number order to make finding them easier but as we got busy it was chaos, the smiles on the faces of the children as we gave out the toys was wonderful, we give a prize every time .
Decorating the Ansley church Christmas tree is next then an evening with the Rotary Club celebrating their 50th Anniversary, then I think we can put our feet up for a while!
Founder member Sheila Onions was recently awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the village in Fillongley.
Since moving to the village in1980 she has been heavily involved in village life, being instrumental in the development of the village hall, serving on the Local History Group as Treasurer and Chairman, founding the Fillongley Golden Years club as well as being a Parish Councillor for numerous years
Sheila says "It was an amazing surprise to receive notice of the award and I feel very honoured to have been nominated for it. I hope that I will be able to continue with my many activities for many more years to come."
Beverly Attwood came to Atherstone Inner Wheel Club as a Honorary Member in 1991 and has stayed on and off since then. When the rules of membership changed, she became a full member and has taken every position within the club.
When she moved to Nuneaton over 40 years ago she quickly became involved with Nuneaton Festival of Arts, first as a helper, then running the Speech and Drama Section and finally taking the chair for the last 20 years.
The Festival is one of the largest and most diverse in the country encouraging both old and young of varying abilities in all forms of art.
She received a Community Award from the Mayor of Nuneaton in recognition of her outstanding community work.
Association President Trish Douglas has been encouraging Clubs to hold a coffee morning or other event to raise money for her chosen charity, Parkinsons UK.
The ladies in Atherstone recently had their event and were delighted with the fund-raising they were able to do for Parkinsons UK.
District Chairman Jill has selected Hearing Dogs for the Deaf as her Charity for the year.
The District 6 International Charity is the Chinthowa Trust.
The National President, Ann Acaster, has chosen Jessie's Fund (Music helping Children) for her charity.