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Inner Wheel Presents money to Forever Friends

Each year a new President is chosen in each Inner Wheel Club, and each year the new the President chooses a charity to support during her year of office.

This year the new president chosen for the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge was Marjorie Robinson, who has chosen Radstock Carers as her charity.
Last year’s president Heather Curtis chose Forever Friends from Bath as her charity, in grateful thanks for all the help they had given her when she was ill. At the end of her year a sum of £800 had been raised, which she was able to present to the charity’s community fundraiser Lauren Noble,  at a recent meeting of the club.
Ms Noble said : “On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, I would like to say a huge thank you to The Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge, for their very kind donation £800 towards our Cancer Care Campaign. I am continually in awe of our wonderful supporters and it’s great to see what can be achieved when members of our community come together.
The Forever Friends Appeal is the charity for the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. We fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Hospitals each year, as well as the friends and family who visit them.
As one of our major campaigns, we are fundraising towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Our aim is to embrace a holistic, patient-centred approach to care; where each patient is treated as an individual with privacy and dignity,” she said.
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Last year’s President Heather Curtis, Lauren Noble and this year’s president Marjorie Robinson.

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Enter a Heather Curtis ( left) presenting the cheque to Lauren Noble from Forever Friends

Inner Wheel contribute to Christmas Boxes

After donating items of food to the Trussell Trust since 2016 the members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge have continued to collect items for the Trussell Trust, with their latest offerings including Christmas boxes and gifts for children
This they took along to Midsomer Norton’s branch of the Salvation Army, which is the collecting point for the Somer Valley Foodbank.
Their contributions were gratefully received by Major Sharon Bond of the Midsomer Norton Corps, who is on the management team.
The Trussell Trust is a charity founded on Christian principles that does not affiliate with any political party and receives no government funding, and the Somer Valley Foodbank is part of its network. You can find out more about what is needed by ringing 07786 514455.
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Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel club president Marjorie Robinson ( right ) donating the Christmas goodies to Major Sharon Bond ( left). at Midsomer Norton’s branch of the Salvation Army.

Inner Wheel members have a go at Silversmithing

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.
Ros Anstey
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Members of Inner Wheel making Jewellery  

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( left to right) Janet Parsons, MBE., and tutor Gillian Harkness.

INNER WHEEL WELCOMES HAZEL WILLIAMS AS GUEST AT MEETING

Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel members were delighted to welcome the talented Hazel Williams from Paulton as their special guest at their last meeting held in Cameley Lodge.
Hazel, who writes fabulous poetry,  moved from Devon, where she had worked for the North Devon College, to Paulton, several years ago and has been busy ever since, as she joined in all that the community had to offer her.
After arriving in Paulton, Hazel became a member of the local Lions club, but had to give that up for health reasons. She also became a member of Paulton Amateur Dramatic Society ( PADS) but gave that up too when she started a drama group for Norton Radstock U3A, which she ran for five years, before she also gave that up for health reasons. It is now run by Gwen Hoskins.
She is an active member of the U3A and has been secretary of Holy Trinity PCC, Paulton, for some time.. At the moment the church is trying to raise £30,000 for the repair of the church organ. She said ; “ I have been donating any money , which I raise with my poetry sessions , to them this year although I usually give it to the U3A for that year’s charity.”
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Hazel Williams ( left ) with Inner Wheel Club President Marjorie Robinson

She also runs the creative writing group but not the poetry group as that happens on the same day, but she belongs to the Barn Poets group at the Book Barn Hallatrow.
Hazel is a very busy lady, but still finds time to attend the Mendip storytelling group, of which she is also a member. She said : “ We meet once a month in Chewton Mendip village hall., where we have two hours of stories and cups of tea/ coffee – and I usually manage to be one of the storytellers.”
She said : “ I also play with the U3A ukelele group, which calls itself Crazy for Uke, and we do concerts for any groups around the area who invite us to play. Any donations go to whatever charity the Norton Radstock U3A are supporting in that year.” It was a very enjoyable evening and we all wish Hazel great success with her fundraising and fun events.

Chelwood-Wells Skittles

For this year’s skittles tournament, Wells has joined forces with Chelwood Bridge and has just played the first match against Midsomer Norton and Radstock at the Britannia Inn in Wells.  Played in a very friendly atmosphere Wells Chelwood managed to win by 31 pins and will meet Mendip in their next match.  The game was followed by an enjoyable lunch for players and supporters,”

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INNER WHEEL WELCOMES ROTARY PRESIDENT TO MEETING

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Photo shows Inner Wheel President Marjorie with Rotary President Doug

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge welcomed Doug Nash, this year’s president of Chelwood Rotary Club, as guest speaker at their monthly meeting held in Camely Lodge..
Doug talked about his life, most of it spent travelling the world as a fully qualified scuba diving instructor, teaching various organisations and groups, the business side of the recreation scuba diving industry. read more

INNER WHEEL CLUB AGM AND HANDOVER

The Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge’s AGM was a memorable event with everyone being thanked by outgoing President Heather Curtis, who said: “I would like to thank all the members of my committee. Each one of them has contributed a great deal to the club this year .

I have enjoyed my year as President and it has been a year of laughter and fun, as well as fundraising .”

Heather,  who chose the Forever Friends Appeal as her charity for the year, said that the group had enjoyed several interesting speakers at their meetings, including Major Sharon Bond from the Salvation Army and the Food Bank, Mark Green from the Freewheelers Blood Bikes, Peter Hopwood from Priston Mill and Olympian and Inner Wheel District Chairman Lynne Evans. The group also held a very successful tea party for senior citizens as their contribution to Inner Wheel Day, along with a couple of coffee morning fundraisers.

New President, Marjorie Robinson, who has chosen the Carers’ Centre at Radstock as her charity for the year, said: “I am a founder member of the club and this will be my second term as President. Our club will continue to host the annual tea party for senior citizens on IW day, support the Somer Valley food bank and pack shoe boxes in the autumn for children at Christmas..  “I am looking forward to the next year knowing that I will be helped and encouraged by my fellow members,” she said, adding : “I hope to make it a fun filled year, with the support of my wonderful committee.”

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Retiring President Heather Curtis (left) handing over her chain of office to this year’s President Marjorie Robinson

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Marjorie handing a bouquet of flowers plus gifts from the club to retiring President Heather Curtis.