With some caution, and observing the needs for social distancing, the Wolverton members were able to start gathering again for meetings and events from July 2021. Some of these meetings needed to be weather dependent by being held outdoors, but slowly, things started to get back to something like normal.
At the end of each Inner Wheel year, the members take the opportunity to take the Past year’s President out for tea somewhere and this year it gave a chance to do the official handover from Angela to incoming President Judith. The trip for 2021 was to Delapre Abbey at Northampton.
Early Summer and the chance to raise a few pounds from spare bedding plants. Judith and Pat had stalls in their front gardens which were very successful in aid of Willen Hospice.
The Book Club took to garden meetings
As things became more relaxed, we were able to run a Charity Lunch
For the July Meeting of the Club, a guided walk was arranged followed by a talk.
A serious collection of crafted blankets and other items for the Inner Wheel District International appeal
The August Club meeting with District ChairmanBrenda Lowe.Still not a full house of members but a good turnout.
You will begin to think that all we are concerned about is ‘food’, but we did run a very good social day in September, centred around a progressive lunch when members enjoyed a course in different houses with different groups of 6 guests. A lot of organisation but a super day. We have run several of these over the years and they always prove popular.
In October we had a visit from a relative of Alice Hawkins, who told us the story of Alice and her part of the suffragette campaign which is celebrated in her home city of Leicester.A very interesting eveningAlso in October we ran a ‘Tastes of the World’ social eveningas a charity fund raiser - a great event but no one took any photos !
Our November Speaker was from MK Mind, our charity for the year. Also on a cold November day we raised funds for our charities with a stall at the Stony Stratford Christmas Lights switch On ceremony.The intended photos were not too clear from frozen fingers on the camera.
Another couple of food based events were the Christmas meal at a local village Pub in December - a good turnout but you can only see a few of those involved in our photo.
November also featured a craft day run by our International Group to raise funds for a school we support in Cambodia.At least this was in the warm and a great success as well
Also in January, the Club meeting was a Soup and Pudding Lunch at the President’s home. Funds raised and quite a lot of talk.
My Plate’s empty !
A sewing group have been making blankets to send to an overseas charity
A group of members all wrapped up warm for a walk at Caldecotte, Milton Keynes
A generous cheque was presented to President Judith by Rotary President Alan following our help with their Santa Float over Christmas
In March we held a very successful silent auction to raise funds for our International Charity this year
On May 22nd we were ( finally ) able to celebrate the Club’s 60th Charter Anniversary - an event which had been deferred from 2020 because of the Covid lockdowns. We thus declared it our 60plus anniversary.Nearly 90 guests attended a splendid lunch and enjoyed our speaker Richard Griffin, who was past Police Protection officer to several members of the Royal Family including the Queen. An enthralling talk and a very enjoyable event. The Photograph below is of the assembled Club members at the Lunch.
Another very successful event at the end of this Inner Wheel Year was the celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee in May with a Party in one of our member’s gardens. Well supported and catered for by those attending, The sun shone and the conversation flowed for over 3 hours. Another opportunity for our members to get together socially and have a good time.
Which brings us to the end of another Inner Wheel year and our AGM on June 13thwith the presentation of a ‘large’ cheque to MIND BLMK Bereavement by suicide support service
Following the ‘Lost’ year when members mostlykept in touch through the internetwe were able to start recording meetings again though many of the early ones were outdoors
Other Photo Albums
Finally, we show some photos taken at the Club outing toCastle Ashby in Northamptonshire to celebrateour President Judith’s yearAll good Inner Wheel events include food and this one included lunchat Yardley Hastings
The President celbrated with a glass of Tonic Water (??????)The gardens at Castle Ashby were lovely even though the daywas very hot
And finally a group photo of those who toured the gardens