Besides meeting monthly for supper and a talk, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge also meet up socially. One such occasion was recently when they visited the workplace of a fellow member and had a go at silver-smithing.
Several of them got together and went along to Orchard Workshop in Kingswood, to learn how to make an item of jewellery in silver, choosing from a ring, a bangle or earrings..
They were told by the instructor, Gillian Harkness, how to use the tools, the power equipment and flammable gases etc., and then instructed step by step in making the jewellery.
At the end of the morning they were all pleased with what they had achieved and went home, proudly wearing their new piece of silver jewellery.
Orchard Workshop was founded by Inner Wheel member, Janet Parsons, who is also the co-ordinator. It has evolved over the years since Janet first set up the charity in 1988, resulting in her receiving an MBE from the Queen two years ago for her services to disabled and disadvantaged people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Originally the name of the charity was Girls Workshop, reflecting the work done with girls and women. Now Orchard Workshop offers people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds the opportunity to develop their creativity and skills in practical crafts.