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!
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.
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.