Category Archives: Community

Paulton in the Park

The sun shone for Paulton in the Park event on July 6th and it was a busy and fun filled day.  We were there with an information stall and had a lot of interest in what Inner Wheel is all about.




We ran a competition for the children asking them to guess the name of the teddy.  Forty children entered and the lucky winner who correctly guessed the name “Cuddles” was Olivia.  She was delighted to win Cuddles and a bag of sweets!



President Sandra was pleased with the success of the day and keen for us to attend future events to raise the profile of IW in the community.



Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of the Carers Centre

A sum of £200 has been raised for Radstock Carers’ Centre by Mary Smith of Chew Stoke.
Mary, who is a member of the Inner Wheel club of Chelwood Bridge decided to hold a Christmas coffee morning at her home to help raise some money for the club president’s chosen charity for the year.
President, Marjorie Robinson, had chosen the Carers’ centre and was delighted when she heard how much had been raised.  She said : “A big thank you is due to Mary for hosting, providing coffee and homemade mince pies and also the beautiful flower arrangements.
Thank you to everyone who came along, donated items for the raffle and bric a brac table. I really do appreciate your support.”
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Photograph shows those attending the Christmas coffee morning with Marjorie Robinson sitting in the chair. 

Inner Wheel Presents money to Forever Friends

Each year a new President is chosen in each Inner Wheel Club, and each year the new the President chooses a charity to support during her year of office.

This year the new president chosen for the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge was Marjorie Robinson, who has chosen Radstock Carers as her charity.
Last year’s president Heather Curtis chose Forever Friends from Bath as her charity, in grateful thanks for all the help they had given her when she was ill. At the end of her year a sum of £800 had been raised, which she was able to present to the charity’s community fundraiser Lauren Noble,  at a recent meeting of the club.
Ms Noble said : “On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, I would like to say a huge thank you to The Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge, for their very kind donation £800 towards our Cancer Care Campaign. I am continually in awe of our wonderful supporters and it’s great to see what can be achieved when members of our community come together.
The Forever Friends Appeal is the charity for the Royal United Hospitals in Bath. We fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients cared for by the Hospitals each year, as well as the friends and family who visit them.
As one of our major campaigns, we are fundraising towards the build of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Our aim is to embrace a holistic, patient-centred approach to care; where each patient is treated as an individual with privacy and dignity,” she said.

Last year’s President Heather Curtis, Lauren Noble and this year’s president Marjorie Robinson.


Enter a Heather Curtis ( left) presenting the cheque to Lauren Noble from Forever Friends

Inner Wheel contribute to Christmas Boxes

After donating items of food to the Trussell Trust since 2016 the members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge have continued to collect items for the Trussell Trust, with their latest offerings including Christmas boxes and gifts for children
This they took along to Midsomer Norton’s branch of the Salvation Army, which is the collecting point for the Somer Valley Foodbank.
Their contributions were gratefully received by Major Sharon Bond of the Midsomer Norton Corps, who is on the management team.
The Trussell Trust is a charity founded on Christian principles that does not affiliate with any political party and receives no government funding, and the Somer Valley Foodbank is part of its network. You can find out more about what is needed by ringing 07786 514455.

Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel club president Marjorie Robinson ( right ) donating the Christmas goodies to Major Sharon Bond ( left). at Midsomer Norton’s branch of the Salvation Army.

Inner Wheel members have a go at Silversmithing

Besides meeting monthly for supper and a talk, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge also meet up socially. One such occasion was recently when they visited the workplace of a fellow member and had a go at silver-smithing.
Several of them got together and went along to Orchard Workshop in Kingswood, to learn how to make an item of jewellery in silver, choosing from a ring, a bangle or earrings..
They were told by the instructor, Gillian Harkness, how to use the tools, the power equipment and flammable gases etc., and then instructed step by step in making the jewellery.
At the end of the morning they were all pleased with what they had achieved and went home, proudly wearing their new piece of silver jewellery.
Orchard Workshop was founded by Inner Wheel member, Janet Parsons, who is also the co-ordinator. It has evolved over the years since Janet first set up the charity in 1988, resulting in her receiving an MBE from the Queen two years ago for her services to disabled and disadvantaged people in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.
Originally the name of the charity was Girls Workshop, reflecting the work done with girls and women. Now Orchard Workshop offers people of all abilities, ages and backgrounds the opportunity to develop their creativity and skills in practical crafts.
Ros Anstey

Members of Inner Wheel making Jewellery  


( left to right) Janet Parsons, MBE., and tutor Gillian Harkness.


Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel members were delighted to welcome the talented Hazel Williams from Paulton as their special guest at their last meeting held in Cameley Lodge.
Hazel, who writes fabulous poetry,  moved from Devon, where she had worked for the North Devon College, to Paulton, several years ago and has been busy ever since, as she joined in all that the community had to offer her.
After arriving in Paulton, Hazel became a member of the local Lions club, but had to give that up for health reasons. She also became a member of Paulton Amateur Dramatic Society ( PADS) but gave that up too when she started a drama group for Norton Radstock U3A, which she ran for five years, before she also gave that up for health reasons. It is now run by Gwen Hoskins.
She is an active member of the U3A and has been secretary of Holy Trinity PCC, Paulton, for some time.. At the moment the church is trying to raise £30,000 for the repair of the church organ. She said ; “ I have been donating any money , which I raise with my poetry sessions , to them this year although I usually give it to the U3A for that year’s charity.”

Hazel Williams ( left ) with Inner Wheel Club President Marjorie Robinson

She also runs the creative writing group but not the poetry group as that happens on the same day, but she belongs to the Barn Poets group at the Book Barn Hallatrow.
Hazel is a very busy lady, but still finds time to attend the Mendip storytelling group, of which she is also a member. She said : “ We meet once a month in Chewton Mendip village hall., where we have two hours of stories and cups of tea/ coffee – and I usually manage to be one of the storytellers.”
She said : “ I also play with the U3A ukelele group, which calls itself Crazy for Uke, and we do concerts for any groups around the area who invite us to play. Any donations go to whatever charity the Norton Radstock U3A are supporting in that year.” It was a very enjoyable evening and we all wish Hazel great success with her fundraising and fun events.

Chelwood Bridge defeat Warminster in Inner Wheel skittles

Besides meeting for friendship, inviting speakers to give talks at their monthly dinners and fundraising, the Inner Wheel Clubs of District 20 also find time to take each other on in a variety of sports.

District 20 covers nearly 30 clubs, covering such places as Chelwood, Wrington Vale, Shepton Mallet, Frome, Mendip, Wells, Glastonbury and Midsomer Norton and Radstock to name but a few. Their competitive games include golf, and also include skittles, with various clubs taking it in turns to play for a prestigious skittles cup.

On a dark and dismal evening, just before Christmas, the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge met rivals Warminster for a game of skittles at the Red Lion in Paulton and won by a few points. Team captain, Anne Parker, thanked the rival team, especially after they had come all the way from Warminster, in the wake of Storm Angus. They then all enjoyed a hearty supper, courtesy of the pub, before venturing back to their respective homes in the dark night.


Chelwood Bridge are now lined up to play Taunton in the semi finals at East Pennard.