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.
Lots of focus on international charities at the beginning of the year with a very successful Hunger Lunch followed by a Club Meeting where the speakers were the Ingrams from the Chinthowa Development Trust. Their talk regarding how they had set up their charity and the difference it was making was truly inspirational. The Cub was able to pass on a large number of knitted items.
Stratford upon Avon was delighted to welcome Comic Relief CEO Liz Warner, District 6 Chairman Pamela, Rotary President Ian and other guests to its recent Fellowship Lunch. Liz has had an amazing career as a Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 and CEO of her own production company 'betty' before joining Comic Relief. She has a strong sense of social purpose and campaigns on a number of issues, very much in tune with the objectives of Inner Wheel.
Members have enjoyed a busy end to the year. We listened to a talk about the end of Shakespeare's life in November and indulged in a lovely Christmas lunch in December. There have also been some 'Knit and Natter' sessions and the opportunity to celebrate Christmas with a joint Carol Service held with Rotary.
Stratford members were delighted to welcome the District Chairman, Pauline Smart, to their recent Club Meeting. It is proving to be a busy month with a Skittles Evening, and some members having the opportunity to visit Aquabox and see their good work in operation.
President Barbara's final fund-raising event of her year was a delightful night at the movies. Film clips of many well loved musicals were shown, and members and their guests enjoyed a hearty supper. President Barbara is pictured with Ali Gray from the Stratford upon Avon Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal which the Club has been raising funds for this year.
The Rotary Stratford Marathon took place recently on the same weekend as the celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Stratford Inner Wheel werer delighted to provide refreshments for this popular event, with all proceeds going towards the President's Charity, the Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal.
Members of Stratford upon Avon Club along with friends and family had a very enjoyable night listening to the history of hats and watching a Fashon Show, put on by Hats and Co of Leamington Spa. The evening was a successful fund-raiser for the President's Charity, the Stratford Cancer and Eye Hospital Appeal
President Barbara was delighted to welcome District Chairman Maureen, Rotary President Elect Gilly Rushton, members of the District 6 Committee and over 80 Inner Wheel members from across the Region to the Stratford upon Avon 69th Fellowship Lunch on 8th March. The speaker was John Macartney who enthralled the audience with a World War 2 escape story and everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch.
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.