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!

Stratford upon Avon                  Latest News and Events

Stratford upon Avon ladies were pleased to get together for a catch up recently. Social distancing didn't spoil the pleasure of meeting up and enjoying some tea and cake!

We successfully held our Annual General Meeting via Zoom. Our new President Vivien will continue to support the Shakespeare Hospice as her charity.

Stratford members have been keeping busy despite the lockdown restrictions. Some members having been using their sewing skills to make items for the NHS.

Also a number of charities have missed out with the cancellation of the London and Stratford Marathons and a challenge went out to raise money by doing something whilst in isolation as a fundraiser.

Stratford member Valerie did a 2.6 mile local walk as her exercise on 26th April (doubled when they did the return journey!) to raise money for the Butterfly Tree Charity.

With 'buddy' phone calls, Zoom online meetings and electronic newsletters we are doing our best to stay in touch.

Members were delighted to hear about the progress of the Chinthowa Development Trust recently, our chosen international charity this year. 

Events to support our international work included a 'Hunger Lunch' with delicious soups and puds and a 'Knit and Natter' 

At our recent meeting we were delighted to have a talk and demonstration from one of our own members who is a talented and expert quilter. These are just a few of her creations.

Selling knitted goods and 'name the teddy' earned lots of money for the Hospice and the Chinthowa Development Trust at the Victorian market held in Stratford Town Hall recently. Stratford upon Avon members enjoyed taking part and meeting up with other local community groups at the event.

Backstage at the BBC studios in Birmingham! Members enjoyed an informative and entertaining tour and admired the 'red sofa' used for news presentations. 

Be very afraid - Stratford members put on a 'Spooky Supper' to raise money for the international charities we are supporting.

Members enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Breeding Centre. Unfortunately they wouldn't let us take any puppies home with us!

President Rita had a busy end to her IW year with cheque presentations to the Shakespeare Hospice and to Lifespace, a young person's mentoring charity. Her last role was to induct a new member before handing over to incoming President, Barbara Abrey.

Some welcome tea and home made cake after a visit to a lovely local garden on a very damp Summer's day!

We have had a busy Spring with a number of events going on.  We were delighted to welcome over 80 guests to our fundraising Fashion Show at the Doubletree by Hilton Stratford upon Avon with clothes provided by Gemini Woman. 

The following weekend we worked hard to support the Rotary Stratford Mrathon, we felt as though we had run several ourselves by the time we had seved all the runners!

Our May speaker was Sue Jordan, a Trustee with the Military Wives Choirs Foundation. It was fascinating to hear about their history and future plans for the choirs.

Stratford members and guests enjoyed their 72nd Fellowship Lunch at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel recently. The speaker, Frances Benton, talked entertainingly about her 'passion for pearls', and bought many examples with her. All proceeds from items sold go to support a school for children with autism in Scotland.

Stratford President Rita with members of her family took on the fstest zipwire in the world over the North Wales quarries. Reaching speeds over over 100mph it was an opportunity to fund raise for the charities supported by the Club this year, the Shakespeare Hospice and Lifespace Trust.

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 Margaret has selected The Sick Children's Trust as her charity.

The District 6 International Charity is the International Aid Trust - find out more on our International page.

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

The International President, Dr Bina Vyas has chosen 'Lead the Change' as her theme for 2020-21

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