World Inner Wheel Day is held on 10th January. It commemorates the day when our founders had their first official meeting in Manchester in 1924. The Retford club was very happy to mark the day by welcoming Mel Eden as a new member. Members also enjoyed a talk and Powerpoint presentation by Marion Tasker about ‘Projects in Zambia’. This enabled members to see how and where their ‘Baby Bundles’ are being distributed and the ‘Joy Bags’ which are given to new mums for themselves and the ‘Toy Bags’ given to children to encourage their attendance and efforts at school.
The club held a fundraising event in Clarborough Village Hall on the last Sunday of January, a three course Sunday lunch comprising of delicious steak pie with potatoes and vegetables, homemade desserts, cheese and biscuits and coffee. It was an enjoyable and friendly fun event, well supported, which raised over £1,000. This money will be shared between Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and The Bluebell Wood Hospice.
Their meeting in February brought some guests and the speaker was historian Adrian Gray. His topic, delivered with great enthusiasm, informed members of the almost unknown people from Retford, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and its surrounding area who, in the 17th century, were instrumental in working towards a time when people were free to practice their religious beliefs freely, without fear of death or reprisals. Their thinking and writing led to the beginnings of the Baptists, Congregationalists, Methodists and more. Some came to Retford, Sturton le Steeple and Worksop. The words about freedom of religious beliefs and practice in the American Constitution and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights were the result of the bravery of these Christian heroes. Sadly, there is little in our area which shows they are remembered. Perhaps this needs to be righted.
The Retford club’s quiz team is swotting up for the annual Inner Wheel District Quiz. Members are also gathering knitted items and blankets for their Baby Bundles. If there are any knitters out there looking for a reason to knit simple baby garments or square blankets, please get in touch with the club via firstname.lastname@example.org. New members are always welcomed.