Foodbanks and Volunteering

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.

Where do all the items we collect for International go?

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.

 

Left to Right District Chair Pro Witter
and Anne Parker

 

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.

A visit to the Little Theatre

On Friday 8th March 2019, four of us had a great evening in Wells.  After a very enjoyable meal in an Italian restaurant we went to the Little Theatre and saw a production of “The Opposite Sex”.  The play was hilarious and the four actors really good.  In fact we had such a good time that we forgot all about a photo to record the event!  Fortunately a very helpful volunteer at the theatre offered to take a photo of us at the interval.  A shame there was not a more interesting image to remember the evening by but we all look like we are having a good time!

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Marjorie. Val, Janet and Heather.

The Cheesemaker

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.

Val Coles with samples of Lye Cross Farm Cheddar

 

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.

Theatre Visit

“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!

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Heather, Val, Sandra, Janet and Marjorie

Inner Wheel say goodbye to 2018 with a meal

Photograph shows some of the members, who belong to the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge, rounding off the year with a Christmas Meal at the Temple Inn.
Secret Santa presents were chosen before everyone finally set off home to carry on with the business of Christmas planning.
Members now look forward to January 23rd, the date of their annual event of the year – their afternoon tea party for senior citizens in the Chew Valley and surrounding areas.
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