Inner Wheel District 6 Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland An Active Organisation for Active Women!
Inner Wheel District 6Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and IrelandAn Active Organisation for Active Women!

Redditch News and Events


Inner Wheel is helping to

eradicate Period Poverty in this country, where some ladies cannot go to school, work,

college etc because they do not have enough spare cash for sanitary products.

The Inner Wheel club of Redditch have got behind this project by contacting Nitin Sodha, owner of Knights Pharmacy for his help.

He has kindly donated a huge number of boxes of sanitary products to be distributed, where needed, through the various Food Banks in Redditch and the Batchley Support group.

Claire Mangan, District Chairman, has also been given supplies for her charity The Refuge and Edgbaston Convention have taken several boxes for the food bank which they support.

If you are a club in District 6 who feel that your area could benefit from these supplies please get in touch with Pat Pritchard in Redditch Club.

Nitin is also very keen to help those in the same situation in other countries and as such some boxes will be sent to Redditch’s International charity this year, Hamlin Fistula; also International Aid and The Chinthowa Foundation.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown.

The picture shows Pat Pritchard representing Inner Wheel Club of Redditch, taking receipt of the boxes from Claudia at Knights Pharmacy.

Redditch members celebrated Inner Wheel Day by wearing pink and taking part in a pink quiz - all in favour of the Breast Cancer Haven charity which is the District Chairman's charity this year.

THE ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch have seen a prosperous end to 2019 raising a bumper sum for the Institute of Cancer Research UK with a particular focus on childhood brain tumours.

The cash box started to fill back in October when a quiz night with maestro Noel Pritchard asking the questions raising funds for the charity.

A fun night for was had by all, the ladies providing a sumptuous feast of goodies and the winning team walking away with bottles of wine.

A month later they were at it again, the ladies from Redditch triumphing in a quiz organised by the Conservative Club of Alcester, adding to the funds.

And the money has continued to roll in, a coffee morning in December with Christmas stalls, a sales table, tombola, cakes, plants, tea towels, jewellery and more pulling in a host of people.

The result was a staggering amount raised on the day for charity – with donations continuing to roll in.

The Inner wheel ended on December 13 with an excellent Christmas meal at Redditch Golf Club with entertainment provided by local singing duo Remini.

Unable to stop themselves fundraising, the ladies raised more towards their own ‘home’ charities.

The year 2020 marks the club’s 65th anniversary and lots of events combining good fun for good causes are planned.

For the Inner Wheel tree on display in Inkberrow Church, Redditch club members made decorations depicting current charities which they are supporting. They have some talented ladies who knitted and made miniature representations and a list is on show for visitors to see.   The tree comes from a sustainable source and will be replanted in January. 

Redditch Inner Wheel made a visit recently to ‘Simply Alpaca” at Flyford Flavel. We were met by the owner who has a passion for Alpacas and loves breeding them, rearing and shearing them

The gestation period for an Alpaca is 11 months and babies are always born in the morning which allows them time to stand up and walk before evening when wild animals would be about. The males make very good guards for farmers on outlying fields to protect the sheep.

In her talk and film show she told us all about this which was most interesting, and we had the opportunity to feed the alpacas and buy goods made from their wool.

We welcomed District Chairman, Claire Mangan, to our October Meeting. 

Members brought along unwanted bras, together with  ‘christmassy’ wrapped gifts of toiletries etc. to support Claire’s charities namely: ‘Breast Cancer Haven’ and ‘Women’s Refuge’. A collection was also made.

Claire inducted two new members before giving us a brief talk following an excellent meal and business items.

At our September meeting the Redditch ladies brought many items, including toiletries, stationary, sweets and toys to put our shoeboxes together for T4U We had a lovely evening of fellowship whilst wrapping and assembling the shoe boxes and were able to put together 39 on our assembly line amidst lots of fun and laughter!

Redditch IW Club have been busy with a number of fundraising events including an Open Gardens and a Car Boot Sale

Donations of the proceeds from the Redditch Christmas activities were given to two community based organisations , Batchley Support group and Reach C I C. Representatives were presented with cheques at the Fellowship Lunch in March.The money will be used to provide sanitary products for schools, the homeless and the food bank in Redditch.

The Club has been busy with several projects  to contribute towards the local community. Members have been  helping to knit poppies for the display at the Bromsgrove Methodist Centre. A Tombola at Burcot Grange’s fund-raising coffee morning for Macmillan was very successful. As an idea to raise the profile of  Inner Wheel the Club decided that one of the gardens in the quadrangle outside the Alexandra Hospital restaurant could do with a little care and attention.  Armed with a large trolley well equipped with bags of compost and plenty of garden tools members set to work digging and clearing all the weeds and pruning some of the bushes.  After some time the main raised bed was sufficiently clear to plant. Here was planted crocus, daffodil, allium bulbs and a couple of geraniums which will hopefully give a colourful display in spring.  

Our IIW 3-year Social Project in this country is Period Poverty - Dignity for Women and Girls. We are working closely with charities, schools, women's refuges,  and supermarkets to highight the issues.

District Chairman Claire has selected The Women’s Refuge and Breast Cancer Haven as her charities.

The District 6 International Charity is the Lemon Tree Trusttransforming refugee camps, one garden at a time.

The National President, Enid Law, has chosen Riding for the Disabled for her charity.

The International President, Phyllis Charter, has chosen 'Together We Can' as her theme.

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