Glasgow 2016

Many of District 7 travelled to Glasgow  on  Sunday 10th April ,a gloriously sunny afternoon, to make sure we arrived in plenty of time and fully recovered from the long journey north of the border.  With hindsight this was the best plan as  many, who travelled by train, had long delays and didn't arrive until late in the evening.

Monday  11th April
Fully rested  many ventured into the City to explore the delightful tea rooms and historic city sights aboard the open topped buses despite the weather being much colder than we thought !! 


Many joined one of two   Sheila Craine Walk's also taking in the sights.  Registration , as usual took place on Monday afternoon and we were all delighted to be welcomes to the SECC by a piper in full dress. This wonderful touch st the scene for the rest of the Conference which  celebrated everything Glasgow and Scotland had to offer.

The stalls in the Hall of Friendship were buzzing with activity and Luke Simon and the ladies  from School in a Bag were overwhelmed by the generosity of Inner Wheel Members providing thousands of knitted teddies for the appeal.
We were delighted to see the new Inner wheel scarf  designed by PDC Rosemary Jennings  ( Wreak Valley)  selling like hot cakes too.

Once registered we made our way back to our hotels ready  for a meal and our District Get togethers. Some lucky members were invited to join the Lord Provost for a drinks reception at the very grande City Chambers , here we were lucky enough to meet  International President Charlotte de Vos .

Tuesday 12th April
The United Service of Faiths led by Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, was exactly that with readings , prayers and hymns from many faiths, which was  very uplifting. The collection  during the service was  for for Marie Curie. raising a massive £9,585.

The first session of the conference began  with addresses from Association President Trish Douglas who was thrilled to see so many members  in her home town and an address from the Association president Charlotte de Vos  who explained how her Grand children had inspired the "Unique and United" theme for  2015-16.

Luke Simon  was the first guest speaker who explained how School in a bag came  to be set up  following a massive  fund of donated money following his brothers  death during the Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. He explained how the charity has grown and provides a Red schoolbag filled with all if the items a child needs to learn and express themselves if their school has been destroyed following a disaster. Each school bag being trackable so that  we can see where they go to.

Olivia Giles from the 500 miles charity started the afternoon session off Although many of us had seen Olivia before she spoke  passionately about the Charity and how it continues to help  amputees and disabled people in Africa walking again. Olivia was followed by the hilarious , profoundly deaf , Paul Whittaker as he  played classical pieces of music accompanied  with humorous anecdotes.

The evening entertainment  "A Ticket to the Theatre" was a superb mix of dance and songs from the shows. Ending with us dancing in the aisles to a medley of ABBA songs.

Wednesday 13th April

The Association AGM was held during the morning and again we were amazed how much is done through Inner Wheel Service and Friendship to help those in need. Huge sums of money are raised and thousands of people helped both in GB &I and Internationally. 

The afternoon sessions began with Lady Claire MacDonald  OBE  being  introduced as a new IW Patron and Sheila North who spoke passionately and humorously about living with Parkinson's Sheila received a standing ovation and was overwhelmed by the generosity when presented with a Cheque £38,000  and the £13,000 already donated locally. Trisha Stewart , an original Calendar Girl entertained us with the Calendar Girls story. 

Our own Zena Coles was presented with the Association Presidents Chain of Office ready for next year and the new Association  Executive was introduced. 

The afternoon finished with a fantastic display of Scottish Dancing which also included guest dancer Assoc. President Trish.

Finally the Conference ended with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh which was great fun. 

If you have never been to Conference  make next year's your first as it is only in Nottingham the closest it's ever been to D7. 








2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Glasgow 2016.