Marjorie, Val, Heather and Sandra volunteered to help in the Tea Tent at School in a Bag FarmFest. Inner Wheel District 20 members supply all the cakes and biscuits, all home made, for the three day annual event. Our “shift” was two hours and we sold oodles of tea and cake to the festival goers. The Tent was really close to the Stage so we were able to enjoy the Bands. The Tea Tent raised £1,560.22 over the 3 days. All proceeds go to the fantastic School in a Bag charity. At £1 per drink and £1 per cake that’s a lot of customers.
President Marjorie Robinson and Sandra Blair presented Village Agent Denise Perrin with Twiddlemuffs knitted for dementia sufferers. The Twiddlemuffs are made using different coloured yarns of different textures. Dementia sufferers find it soothing to twiddle with the bells, bows, ribbons and beads sewn onto the knitted material.
We were delighted to welcome to our meeting Sandy Osobrne who spoke about her writing career. Sandy is a serving police officer and began writing humorous articles for the local press and eventually graduated to writing novels. Sandy decided to go down the road of self publishing and has very successfully published two books: Girl Cop and Girl Cop in Trouble loosely based on her experiences in the “Force”. Sandy is retiring soon and plans to continue writing full time.
On Monday evening District 20 held a get together at Giovanni’s in Park Place, Cardiff. 90 members attended and enjoyed great Italian food amidst a wonderful atmosphere.
Just under 2,000 members attended the Inner Wheel Conference in Cardiff. The speakers were excellent. The Reverend Kate Bottley led the service and had us in tears of laughter! At the age of 19 Ed Pratt set off on his journey around the world on a unicycle. It took Ed 3½ years and along the way he raised £300,000 for the School in a Bag charity.
£7,900 raised at the morning Service was donated to Hope and Homes for Children. Rukhiya Budden, Global Ambassador for the charity, was delighted to receive the cheque.
Rukhiya told us the harrowing story of a 4 year old girl left outside an orphanage in India. The child lived in the orphanage until she was adopted at the age of 12 by which time she had suffered, cholera, typhoid and other serious illnesses as well as forcing herself not to eat to avoid the danger of growing up in the institution.
There was an audible gasp from the audience when Rukhiya told us that she was that little girl.
Luke Simons, pictured with Sandra Blair, Ed Pratt and Marjorie Robinson, will be running in the London Marathon on Sunday 28th April. Dressed in a specially made School in a Bag rucksack with matching tights, Luke is hoping to raise much needed funds for his charity.
President Marjorie Robinson and Social Secretary Janet Parsons both volunteer at local Foodbanks on a regular basis. Our club members collect items and bring them to our monthly meetings for one of our members, Kate Atkinson, to take along to the Trussell Trust Foodbank run by the Salvation Army in Midsomer Norton.
Here are Janet and Marjorie holding some of the many Easter Eggs and other food items donated by club members.
Just some of the bags full of Bras, knitted cardigans, scarves, hats, mittens and baby bootees collected by our members and taken to the District Meeting by our International Services Officer. (You can spot two of our bags with red ties). The bags are all taken to the RAFT charity warehouse in Taunton for sorting and distribution as and when they are needed for refugees anywhere in the world.
We were delighted to welcome District Chair Pru Witter to our meeting on 20th March. Pru shared with us the value of friendships she has made in Inner Wheel and how they had helped her through family issues. Pru also told us of her many sporting achievements, including running marathons, all in aid of Inner Wheel charities.