The ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Edgbaston Convention (and a few partners) visited the Kidderminster Carpet Museum on one of the hottest days of the year where they heard all about the history of carpets including demonstrations of original hand and mechanically operated looms. One loom was set up to weave a cheerful chintz pattern which was achieved by the most labour intensive set up – 288 individual bobbins had to be wound with the wools and each row in the repeat was made using an individual bobbin. Altogether a fascinating visit!
After the visit, a socially distanced picnic was enjoyed on Hartlebury Common in the shade of trees. It was good to be together for real as opposed to Zoom.
Sponsored Hair Shave!
President Chris has had her gorgeous hair shaved off in a sponsored hair shave, raising a fantastic £2,600+ towards the fund for her charity Breast Friends Solihull, to which the Club has also made a £1,000+ contribution. We were able to watch the ‘shave’ live on Facebook. An inspirational lady, Chris also featured on her local radio station and in the newspapers in Barbados!
Some of our members attended the District Rally in October where they heard all about the wonderful work of the District Chairman’s charities Women’s Refuge, and Breast Care Haven, in addition to the Association President’s charity Riding for the Disabled. Club President Chris has chosen Breast Friends Solihull as her charity for the year and we were pleased to welcome their Chairman to our October meeting when she told us all about the charity which is entirely supported and run by volunteers, many of whom have been diagnosed with breast cancer. We will be making a donation to their much-needed funds at the end of the year.
We also continue to support the Birmingham Central Food Bank – our on-going community project; and the Birmingham Crisis Centre.
We are looking forward to a theatre visit later in November and our Christmas Lunch. And in June 2020 we will be donning hats to attend an alternative Ascot Day – sounds like a lot of fun!
If you would like to join us, you can be assured of a very warm welcome.
President Diane’s year got off to a ‘hot’ start in July when members joined Rotary for a visit to David’s Garden at Martin Hussingtree, near Droitwich. It was a scorcher of a day so after a walk around the beautiful colourful garden we retreated to the welcome shade and a cream tea.
We have also been updated by a member on her involvement with Riding for the Disabled.
September saw us again, on another warm day, at the annual Rotary Country Music Extravaganza at Birmingham Botanical Garden where we had two stalls – one selling home-made cakes and the other jams, pickles and garden produce. It was a very successful day raising funds for our charities whilst enjoying good fellowship.
The National President, Enid Law, has chosen Riding for the Disabled for her charity.