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.
We had a very successful informal meeting attended by most of our members at Gel’s home to discuss issues concerning our membership. We had a good discussion, everyone contributed - we discussed whom we needed to target and how best to achieve this. It was agreed that local publicity was the key factor, so decided the way forward was to produce our own customised leaflet, to have as many articles as we could in local magazines and newspapers and to try to obtain a pop up shop for a day to show photos and give information about us. Watch this space for updates !
On 8th July we joined Rotary Members on their stand at the Astwood Bank Carnival to raise some funds by selling cakes. Thank you to everyone who baked, donated and helped. Rotary were promoting their organisation by holding some “strong man” games. They were very profitable and attracted men and boys and girls too! Having had to arrive and set up early, because the roads were closed for the float parade, we had an hour or two to while away our time with a lazy lunch and chat before the crowds arrived. We had a sell-out – a great way to boost the charity funds.
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.