Inner Wheel Club of Shepton Mallet

Meet at The Shrubbery Hotel, BA4 5BU at 18.45

on the 2nd Monday of the month

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The Presidential Team
2021-2022

On a beautiful afternoon we met in Janet's beautiful garden in the the beautiful village of Priddy, on top of the Mendips.

The spectacular views combined with the gorgeous weather, not to mention the simply scrumptious food prepared by Janet, Harriet and other family members, combined to make a memorable  and joyous occasion although it looks as though the dog may have missed out on the tea!

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Our bright event in December was in the production of an entry into the Christmas tree display organised annually in the local Baptist church, Thanks were due to the creativity and hard work of our member Harriet and her daughter. This comprised a 'stick tree' adorned with hand crafted musical symbols painted blue and yellow by Harriet's children, symbolising the club's 'Music 2 Connect' initiative, which seeks to engage  a group of local people, suffering from dementia.

Though meetings had to be curtailed for a time due to Covid restrictions they have now resumed, with the involvement of the Shepton Mallet Ukulele Band bringing a very popular and stimulating addition to the proceedings!

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Our very successful Music2Connect project, which we started in April 2019, has been abeyance during Covid but will be recommencing as soon as we are 'allowed'. 

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To mark Inner Wheel Day, January 10th, we attacked our ever increasing supply of spectacular and colourful crochet squares, originally intended to make blankets for International charities. However as transport under Covid restrictions proved impossible we decided to redirect them to care homes in our local area.

We had a total of eleven blankets and three homes happy to take them. Our International Organizer, Anita sourced printed labels with the Club name, sewing one to each blanket to promote our organization and recipient care staff were advised to quarantine the blankets before distribution to patients.  The blankets made entirely from squares supplied by Valerie, sister of much valued late member of the Club, Gladys Lyons. As Valerie turns out the squares nonstop we will be looking for other good causes to receive blankets soon! 

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Our second needlework project actually predates our blankets, back to when there was a call for breast cushions to afford comfort to post mastectomy patients in hospitals in Somerset, a Home Service initiative. The preferred material for use in this project was pure silk, which on a holiday in India one of our members was able to purchase, but on her return armed with the silk, the RUH Bath had a good supply of breast cushions and the initiative was put on hold for the time being, until the current crisis, when again a need arose. Several of our members stepped forward, the silk again saw the light of day to be fashioned into cushions and draw string bags for their safe keeping.