Our enthusiastic after dinner speaker on 20th February, Pauline Alvis, is a cheesemaker, as was her mother before her. Pauline described her life at Lye Cross Farm and the cheese making process where tradition meets the modern day. Our members enjoyed samples of cheddar cheese made on the farm and Pauline also brought some curds and whey and “squeaky cheese” – which was surprisingly sweet – produced during the cheesemaking process. The finished result was of course delicious.
In her spare time Pauline is also a member of IW Wrington. She also promotes the charity FarmLink which she and her husband set up to encourage young children to discover where their food comes from. Farms all over the country take part and invite local schools to visit as part of their school curriculum.
“Cheers!” Another lovely evening out with Inner Wheel friends. Here we are in the bar of the Theatre Royal Bath before a wonderful performance of “A Song at Twilight” by Noel Coward. The play was witty, funny and at times bittersweet and brilliantly acted by Simon Callow and Jane Asher. Looking forward to more theatre visits!
A sum of £200 has been raised for Radstock Carers’ Centre by Mary Smith of Chew Stoke.
Mary, who is a member of the Inner Wheel club of Chelwood Bridge decided to hold a Christmas coffee morning at her home to help raise some money for the club president’s chosen charity for the year.
President, Marjorie Robinson, had chosen the Carers’ centre and was delighted when she heard how much had been raised. She said : “A big thank you is due to Mary for hosting, providing coffee and homemade mince pies and also the beautiful flower arrangements.
“Thank you to everyone who came along, donated items for the raffle and bric a brac table. I really do appreciate your support.”
Photograph shows those attending the Christmas coffee morning with Marjorie Robinson sitting in the chair.
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.
Last year’s President Heather Curtis, Lauren Noble and this year’s president Marjorie Robinson.
Enter a Heather Curtis ( left) presenting the cheque to Lauren Noble from Forever Friends
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.
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.
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.
Members of Inner Wheel making Jewellery
( left to right) Janet Parsons, MBE., and tutor Gillian Harkness.