News & Gossip - Last Year

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Business Dinner Meeting -

A very busy business meeting with much to discuss and lots of activity - the sale of jewellery and watches for our International charity, a show and tell of lovely hand-knitted blankets and finally a series of videos showing weaving in various parts of the world. The videos showed from very primitive but effective grass weaving/plaiting to make a bridge in South America to advanced extremely fine weaving of the silk from the Golden Orb spider in Madagascar. Our President also brought along her loom and some of her own weaving. 


Super Charity Evening with the Gill Love Band -

The Gill Love Band provided a wonderful evening of entertainment at the Cordes Hall in Sunnninghill. Ascot Inner Wheel ladies, Ascot Rotarians and local village residents enjoyed an eclectic mix of soft jazz, blues and some more upbeat numbers. Inner Wheel ladies provided nibbles and a tasty cheese tray for the interval. Proceeds from the charity event are to go to Mercy Ships and Youthline.


Dinner Meeting -

Members enjoyed a talk by Mike O'Donovan, non-executive director of Frimley Heath NHS Hospital Trust. Mike spoke about the approach taken by the Trust to maximise efficiency, keep patients out of hospital where possible and the future role of Heatherwood hospital. The accompanying slide presentation showed images of the new building, and comprehensive statistics of howthe Trust's money is spent.


AIW Committee meeting change of date -

Please note the change of date to Tuesday 22nd October. 10.00 am, all welcome.


Savill Garden Walk -

Umbrellas not needed. Eight ladies enjoyed an Autumn walk to view the Sculpture Trail in the beautiful Savill Garden. We saw most of the 63 exhibits which ranged in price from the low £100s to several thousand. Sculptures of owls, a Samurai warrior and a beautiful glass exhibit were some of the items on show. A trip to be remembered in the sunshine.


Our Own Antiques Road Show -

What do a 1920's hair dryer and George Bernard Shaw have in common? They were both part of a very interesting evening when several members brought along antique items of value and interest. War medals, several pieces of silver and an opium pipe amongst others, provided members the opportunity to talk about the adventures and travels of past family members.


A Busy Week - Two Coffee Mornings -

The Knit and Natter group of Inner Wheel ladies has provided many, many beautiful blankets to the Ascot Day Centre and to BeKind, the District overseas charity. On Monday, the ladies enjoyed coffee, biscuits and chat, whilst continuing with their handiwork. The Knit and Natter meeting provides the opportunity to sit and chat in a relaxed and very convivial way. All members are welcome to come along.

Friday, Stephanie held a lovely and successful coffee morning to raise funds for the Toilet Twinning charity. Beautiful cakes were for sale, along with a selection of donated watches and jewellery.


Coach Trip to Kew Palace and Gardens -

The sun shone and the sky was blue (mostly), last Thursday, when Members and friends enjoyed the wonderful Kew Gardens, Palace and superb Chihuly glass exhibition. 


Dinner Meeting with District Chairman -

District Chairman, Zannifer Mason, told of her life in Inner Wheel. Having belonged to several different Clubs, she is now a member of Thame. Her nominated charity is National Deaf Children's Society. Zannifer spoke about and demonstrated the sign language she had to learn after finding out that her baby was profoundly deaf. The Society gave her much support and help especially when her daughter started her education.


Charity Al Fresco Lunch -

A most successful event held in the marquee at Mill Ride Golf Club. Art lecturer and award-winning playwright, Joan Greening, entertained members and guests, with a talk about her many experiences at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Money raised will go to chosen Inner Wheel charities. 


The Handover -

With grateful thanks for steering the Club through another year, three of our four role-sharing Presidents were presented with a token of our appreciation. After the AGM session, the Presidential collar was presented to incoming President Sue.


A Royal Lunch -

The sun did not shine but even so, members enjoyed seeing the Royal Procession after an excellent Royal lunch at President Edith's home.


Club Dinner Meeting -

Tonight's speaker was our very own member Stephanie who spoke of her work in a small orphanage in Sri Lanka. Stephanie's visits were spent creating simple classrooms for both children & staff. Progress was slow but the improvements made a huge difference to the orphanage.

Stephanie ‘s second involvement was in Malaysia, where a group of business women wished to improve the conditions in residential care homes. Stephanie showed the value of aroma care products & their use with massage.  The response from these elderly people was wonderful, with the Managers asking to receive training, so they could pass on this valuable skill. 

Stephanie thanked the club for their positive encouragement, supporting her in this work.


Dinner Meeting 24th April -

Members enjoyed a talk by Stuart McNair who told us of his experience of being a “Windsor Street Angel”.  “Angels" receive training including First Aid to enable them to support & aid the homeless night sleepers.  CCTV cameras are monitored by Police, who work with The Angels”. The Charity has their own Radio Link between volunteers.  These measures, as much as possible, ensure the Safety of both “Angels” & the Night Sleepers.



Ascot Inner Wheel Curry Night -

Over £1000 was raised for the New Thames Hospice at the Curry Night organised by President Edith.


March Club Dinner Meeting -

A most enjoyable evening, with a visit from District Chairman Vicki Mountford. Vicki spoke of her nominated Charity Pancreatic Cancer Research, and encouraged awareness of this hidden killer. Vicki also talked about Jesse's Fund and the heartrending video of the work done by the fund that was shown at the District Conference. She also gave an amusing description of her life, family and experiences. We then were shown three lovely blankets created by the Knit and Natter group. The evening ended with President Anne handing the Presidential Collar to Edith.


Birthday Celebration -

Celebrating 56 years of friendship and fundraising. Members, together with friends from 'Mother Club' Windsor and Eton IW, enjoyed a superb Champagne Afternoon Tea at the home of President Anne. The selection of sandwiches and cakes was deserving of a Michelin Star. Anne was ably assisted by sous chefs Edith and Sonja, and our thanks and appreciation go to all three.


Presentation to D.A.S.H. -

President Ann introduced our Speaker, Caron Kipping, Community Engagement Officer for D.A.S.H.  Caron has worked for The D.A.S.H. Charity for 12 years, after starting initially as a volunteer. 1 in 4 Women are affected by Domestic Abuse and at least 130,000 children & young people in the UK live in households with a high risk of Domestic Abuse.   The D.A.S.H. Charity has been supporting victims since 1976 & each year reaches out to over 1000 individuals.  There are 3 local Refuges, for victims from anywhere in the UK, offering a safe & supportive environment. Edith presented Caron with a cheque for £200 along with toiletries donated by members.



Celebrating Inner Wheel Day -

President Anne invited members to celebrate Inner Wheel Day with a 'Frugal Lunch' at her home. Proceeds from the lunch will be donated to DASH. Those attending also provided several bags of toiletries to the charity.