Brackley

Our changeover meeting was held 15th July 2019 at the Rose & Crown, Charlton. 10 members attended. Unfortunately we had two resignations and the club now stands at 13 members.

Eunice opened the meeting thanking everyone for their attendance. Jean lit the International candle.There was no business and Eunice gave a short resume of her year in office and then handed the chain to Jenny. There was an exchange of badges for the officers standing for the year. The committee is much the same for 2019/20

Eunice received a beautiful Friendship Ball from the members and she in turn gave the committee a small gift and card thanking them for the help and support they had given her on this our 25th anniversary year. She wished Jenny every success for the next twelve months.

Jenny then presented her programme. It is incomplete at the moment with a couple of months to be arranged. Jenny's charity will be for the SERV organisation.

We then had an excellent meal with plenty of friendship and fellowship. A very good evening.

 

We had our Changeover meeting Monday 16th July 2018. It was a lovely evening in the garden of one of our members. 14 members attended. Caroline handed over the chain of office to Eunice. Caroline was two years in office as President. We have the same committee with the exception of Mary who has now retired from the club. Small gifts and cards were given by Caroline to the committee for their work with the club. 

Eunice has a full and varied programme of speakers and outings for 2018/19, something to suit everyone. Eunice's charity for the year will be Dementia UK. After the official meeting we had supper in the garden prepared by some of our members. It was a balmy evening and so relaxing with plenty of fun and fellowship.

The members wished Eunice a Happy and Succesful year ahead in this our 25th Charter year.

 

Our Changeover meeting held 17th July 2017 at Hummingbirds. 15 members attended a very pleasant evening. President Caroline and committee remain the same as last year. Caroline briefly outlined the year and thanked her committee for the support she'd had from them and the club members. All the committee were given flowers and a card as a "Thank you" Our Presidents charity for the year will be SERV Bikers Volunteers. After the official business and our meal we all went on a visit to our local chocolate factory. We had a very interesting talk from the Master Chocolatier with tastings. This was enjoyed by all and was a lovley end to another successful evenng. Well done Caroline.,

 

Our Changeover meeting,18th July 2016 was held at our new venue, Hummingbirds in Brackley. 19 members attended.

Past President Diana said she had enjoyed her year and wished our new president Caroline good wishes for the year ahead. Caroline had the honour of inducting our new member Margaret Sheppard as her first duty for her year. Eunice then lit the International Candle.  

Caroline gave an orchid  to the Past Persident and flowers to Mary and Carol who had helped her set up a very varied and interesting  programme for the year. 

We had a very good evening with plenty of friendship and fellowship and we all wished Caroline a very happy and successful year ahead.

 

Our Changeover meeting was held on Monday 20th July 2015. We have a new venue for the coming year arranged by Diana Cliff. 18 members attended.

President Pam said she had enjoyed her year as President and her last, very pleaseant, duty was to induct a new member, Paula Whitehouse. Jean then lit the International Candle. Pam handed over the chain to Diana and gave her Good Wishes for her year in office.  President Diana presented her programme for the year to the Club Members. There are some interesting speakers and fun events lined up. We had a very pleaseant evening at our new venue and we all wish President Diana a successful and happy year ahead.

 

 

 

Recent Events

 

Tea Party 15th May 2018

Our Overseas Chair, Diana, held a very successful Tea Party in the grounds of her home on a beautiful day and gorgeous setting. The club had about 30 members and guests for tea on the terrace. The funds raised from donations and raffle will go to the Western Kenyan Mother and Child Appeal. The weather was glorious as we sat outside with our home made sandwiches, scones and cakes. We were entertained by a guitarist playing sixties music. For most of us that was our era. Well done Diana and everyone who helped on the day.

Charter Tea 20th November 2017

Instead of our usual 24th Charter Dinner we decided to have a Charter Tea. There were 15 members and 3 guests attending. Our venue was new to us at the newly refurbished Old Fire Station in town. We started with an informal meeting where our President lit the candle and welcomed our guests and club members. There was no other business. We just enjoyed our sandwiches and cakes and each others company. A very pleasant afternoon.

 

18th September 2017 our Speaker for the meeting was indispossed so instead of chatting to one and other after our official business we had a few games of Beetle. None of us had played this game for some time and it was great fun. There was a small prize at the end for the overall winner which was shared by two of our members.

In August 2017 instead of our usual meeting we had our get-together at the home of one of our members. It was Pimm's and Strawberries for everyone. The evening was  mild and we were able to sit outside. We also played some silly games and our usual raffle. Our raffle money will go to our Presidents Charity for the year which is SERV Biker Volunteers. A most enjoyable evening.

Also this month we played in the Skittles competition against Wellingborough. Unfortunately we lost the match but congratulations to Wellingborough and good luck for the next round they play.

Monday, 19th June 2017 instead of our normal meeting we went to a local vineyard. We had a tour of the vineyard and the art of making wine was explained to us. It was a balmy evening and most of our members attended with their guests. We had tastings of four wines, two of which were sparkling varieties.All very palatable and delicious.  After the talk and tastings we were able to sit outside and had supper of garlic bread and pizza's. A very excellent evening with plenty of the three F's Fun, Fellowship and Friendship. 

 

On Saturday June 10th 2017 Brackley held the Annual Carnival. The Club decided it would be a good idea to have a stall at this event and make our presence known in the town. Our gazebo was decorated with blue and yellow ballons and we were able to erect our Club banner. Our theme was The Human Fruit Machine and we charged one pound for a go. This was great fun and we gave out small prizes to the winners. The children in particular enjoyed this. It was a very windy day and we spent a lot of time holding everything down. Nevertheless we had a great day while collecting money for one of our charities. 

On March 10th 2017 one of our members had open house for 5 hours. This was Colouring for McMillan Day. Katie provided colouring books and pencils for those who felt artistic There was coffee and lots of lovely home made cakes. Everyone had a good natter whilst raising funds for another worthy cause.

On 20th February 2017 we met up at a member's home instead of our usual venue. After a short meeting it was a fun evening where everyone read a poem or anecdote. 2 of our members has done a sponsered walk of 6 miles in aid of the BEAT Charity. We all gave a donation to a worthy cause

 

Inner Wheel Day 10th January 2017. At our last meeting it was decided to support the Brackley Food Bank. Our members each brought bags filled with food items for our President to take to the Food Bank. This is Care in the Community and very worthwhile and supported by all the club.

Our 23rd Charter Dinner was held 21st November 2016 at the Whittlebury Golf Club. The evening was attended by 16 of our members, husbands and guests, 34 in all. We had a wonderful evening with good food and pleasant company. A magician had been asked to entertain us. A gentleman known to one of our members.It was quite an amazing act and we were all held spellbound by his tricks and illusions. A most enjoyable evening.

October 17th 2016 instead of our usual meeting place we met at a local village hall. We had a vey interesting lady show the club members how to paint on silk. 15 members attended and 1 potential new member. We were all given a white silk scarf and spent the next half hour twisting and turning the silk ready to apply whatever colours we chose. We were able to take the finished article home to dry off and iron out the creases. It is Presidents Caroline's wish we all wear our scarves to the next meeting. This should be interesting to see how they all turned out. A most enjoyable evening finishing off with coffee and cake.

On 15th August 2016  instead of our normal meeting we went on a visit. Thirteen of us visited the National Herb Centre. We were shown how to take plant cuttings and a tour of the greenhouses and a quick look at the plants in the garden sales area. The centre opened their shop for us and most of us bought a variety of goodies. This was followed by a very nice meal which was home cooked produce. A very pleasant start to Presidnt Caroline's year in office.

On June 11th 6 members and a husband went to the District Fete. President Diana had hired a mini bus again. We set up our jewellry stall outside the village hall. All the pieces of jewellry were hand made by our member Zoe. Fortunately the rain held off and we all had a great time visiting the many stall from other clubs.  Some of us even won prizes. We will send money towards Chairman Pat's Wildlife Charity Fund. A great day enjoyed by all.

Friday 15th April President Diana hired a mini bus to take 7 of our members and 4 partners to Solihull. They attended an evening performance of a Cococabana musical. Our member, Paula was conducting the orchestra and she also sings. The music and costumes were lovely  and everyone had an exellant evening. 

Wednesday, 2nd March

District Games Competition

Several members of the Club attened the Skittles Match at Nether Heyford. The Club played against Northampton. Although Brackley lost the competition a good night was had by all with plenty of Fellowship and Friendship.

On January 13th the Club held a very successful coffee morning in aid of Parkinson's UK. We had several stalls, jewelry,bring and buy, bags, scarves,cards, childrens books and Neil's Yard organic products. There were some lovely prizes to be won on the raffle stall and a special prize for a hamper donated by one of our members. There was a good turn out of local people who gave their support to this very worthwhile charity.

On January 10th President Diana organised a Sunday Lunch for Members and Husbands to celebrate Inner Wheel Day. We had an excellent  venue at a local hostelry. It was a good meal and plenty of fellowship. A lovely start to our New Year. 

In November the Club celebrated the 22nd Anniversary of its Charter.The event was attended by 23 Members and Guests. The President of Brackley Rotary Club and his wife were present and we had a guest speaker who entertained us with a talk on his very interesting carreer as an Airline Pilot. In spite of a very wet day we enjoyed good company, good food and fellowship.

Two weeks later our President Diana organised a mini bus to take 15 members and guests to Stratford on Avon for some shopping and lunch. It certainly got us in the mood for the approaching festive season. Another good day had by all.

On the weekend of 26th 27th September 3 of our Members, Jenny, Jean and Eunice attened Rotary District 1070 Conference at Bournemouth, with husbands. One of the main speakers was our District Chair, Pat Coles. She gave a very imformative talk about Inner Wheel and that she hoped in the future,  Rotary and Inner Wheel will continue to support each other and grow together in Fellowship and Friendship. We all enjoyd a very pleasant time together.

On Wednesday 19th August thirteen of our members and friends had an outing to Bampton Village, arranged by our President  Diana.

Bampton is the village used by the programme makers of Downton Abbey. We were given a guided tour there. It was most interesting to see the beautiful church where the weddings and funerals have taken place over the last five series of the programme. Our guide took us to see and explain the cottages and homes used in the series. I know when the last episodes are screened we will watch with renewed interest having "been there" .

After coffee in the village we drove on to Ashton Pottery for lunch. Unfortunately the heavens opened with torrential rain and we were unable to sit in the beautiful gardens. However, in spite of the weather we had a wonderful day out and would thoroughly recommend the visit to other interested parties.

A very big "thank you" to our President.

On Thursday 21st May 6 Club Members, President Pam,Jenny,Carol, Diana, Jean and Euniceattended the International Service Rally at Greetham Valley. The guest speaker was Rotarian Chis Thorpe who is secretary of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr. She promotes Life Straws, water filters.Chris gave us a very comprehensive talk on the water projects. More than £3900 has been given in cheques from District 7 for the charity. Again an excellant lunch and a renewal of old friendships with Clubs thoughout the District.  

Five of our Club members including our President attended the 50th Charter Lunch of  IW Club of Oadby at  College Court, Leicester. It was reported to the Club what a splendid lunch and  speaker.  Lady Gretton, Lord Lieutenant of Leicester gave a very interesting talk. On the Oadby web site there are some excellant pictures of the occasion.

At our mereting on 18th May Distict Chairman Margaret paid her annual visit to our Club. After our meal and Club business Margaret gave us an interesing talk about her year in office and particularly the Convention in Copenhagen. She had thoroughly enjoyed this visit and gave us an insight into the organisation of this weekend. Margaret told the Club she had enjoyed the busy year and had made many new friends at the various functions she had attended. President Pam then presented Chairman Margaret with flowers on behalf of  the Club. The meeting was well attended and an excellant evening with plenty of friendship and fellowship. 

Thursday March 26th four members of the Club, President Pam, Jenny, Jean & Eunice attended the District AGM & Meeting at Corby. We took with us a quantity of childrens clothing, books, knitted squares and teddies, tooth brushes and paste etc all donated by our members and rquested by District International Committee for distribution to the poor and needy of other countries. Most of the Clubs had provided similar items which will be collectively sent to the distribution depot. We had a very nice lunch followed by the AGM and meeting. A very worthwhile day where we were able to meet up with friends from other Clubs and enjoy the fellowship and friendship which is Inner Wheel.

On Monday 2nd March the Club held a Ladies Lunch at the home of our President Pam.12 of the Club Members attended. We had an excellent 2 course meal and " thank you's" were given to the Ladies who had provided the food. We held a raffle and also sold a few used books. £117.50 was raised, including donations, for Pam's Alzheimers Charity.

On Wednesday 4th February sixteen of us, some with husdands, went to the theatre at Milton Keynes to see Jersey Boys. What a wonderful show. We all thoroughly enjoyed the performance. For most of us it was a trip down memory lane. An excellant outing arranged by our secretary. Well done.

Inner Wheel Day 10th January  President Pam very kindly hosted a coffee morning at her home. Seventeen of us, including some husbands, enjoyed delicious home made cakes with our coffee. We held a raffle and with the money we raised on that morning we were able to give £100 to the Traneker Fund. 

On Monday 24th November we celebrated out 21st Charter Anniversary. We had a splendid Dinner at the Buckingham Golf Club. There were 32 Members and Guests present .Steve Vanns, the President Elect of Brackley Rotary Club brought us Greetings from President Sue Hampshire. David Brookhouse gave a toast to our Club on the occassion of our 21st Birthday. Our guest speaker was the Reverend Carole Peters who gave us an insight into her irreverent and exciting TV profession before she became a Rector.

 

 

On Monday,17th November, instead of our usual meeting at Charlton, President Pam hosted an "At Home" event. Two ladies from our local Boots Store demonstrated No7 Skin Products. It was fun trying their cremes and lotions. There was a good attendance of 30 Club Members and Guests. We had a very sociable and enjoyable evening. Total funds raised on the evening, were £274 for our MSA Charity.

On Sunday November 9th six members attended the Remembrance Day Parade in Brackley. A great number of Clubs and Organisations took part in the parade which terminated at the War Memorial for the Service of Remembrance. President Pam laid a wreath on behalf of our club.

On 29th September six of our members went to Kingsthorpe and met up with six ladies from Market Harborough Club. Both Clubs were entered into the District Team to play skittles. It was a very enjoyable lunch time meeting. There were some very good individual performances. Market Harborough won by 24 points to 18. We then retired to the dining room of the pub and had a very sociable lunch together. We wish Market Harborough well in the next round of the competition.

 
2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Brackley.