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Woodbridge Inner Wheel News
Club Meetings

Thursday 2nd January

Pat Clark said Grace
Following the meal, Rick Chapman gave a most interesting and informative talk about the work he does as a Master Craftsman Jeweller.
Rick left school at 16 with no qualifications to go into the Jewellery business. He served a 5 year apprenticeship at Asprey’s on Bond Street. London where everything made there was for the rich and famous. He worked in the factory upstairs and never knew who he was making the pieces for but later found out he had made a diamond brooch for the Queen as well as Princess Margaret and Princess Anne. At the end of his apprenticeship he had to make a masterpiece and he made a graduated chain which in 1977 sold in Aspreys for £35,000 and got him the Freedom of City of London. After his time in London he moved to Sudbury and several years ago relocated to 80 Thoroughfare in Woodbridge where he makes jewellery designed and hand made to order along with restorations and fine repairs plus jewellery courses. Couples can visit his workshop and design and help to make their wedding rings.
Deirdre Rothwell gave Vote of Thanks


Thursday 7th November

 At our November members meeting, we were delighted by a talk from Clare Perkins, initially about her time as Mayor of Woodbridge for the Civic year of 2017/18, but also about her early career working for the renowned fashion designed, Norman Hartnell, where Clare was part of a select team making gowns for H. M. the Queen and other senior members of the Royal Family. What a unique experience - so many interesting facets of the job to share with us, including how to make good use of chewed cotton! More recently, and initiated during her time as Mayor, Clare has been the driver behind the Woodbridge Creative Arts project, which is going from strength to strength and which currently showcases a range of arts and crafts at monthly fairs at the Longshed. On behalf of us all, Sally Pearson thanked Clare for a truly fascinating talk.   

Last month we were the Host Club for a very successful District Rally at Fynn Valley Golf Club. It was an opportunity to socialise with members from other Inner Wheel Clubs throughout Suffolk and Norfolk, and also a chance to tell them about our amazing town of Woodbridge. President Chris thanked key members involved in planning and organising the event to make sure it ran smoothly.
This month, collectively and individually, our members will be busy supporting a number of events and initiatives in the run up to Christmas, and we are looking forward to our Club’s special Lunch in December. Weather permitting, we are also hoping to get out for one or two brisk, crisp winter walks.


Thursday 5th September

Inner Wheel Supports “Over the Rainbow”
At their recent monthly meeting, the Inner Wheel Club of Woodbridge heard a very interesting talk from a local charity, “Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity”.  This was set up by Beverley Lambert just four years ago to enhance the lives of Suffolk children who are living with a serious or life-threatening condition.  The charity will help with the purchase of equipment such as wheelchairs, specialised beds and chairs.  They also help in organising fun days out.

“Over the Rainbow” will be one of the beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Club’s annual quiz.  If you are interested in supporting them through the quiz on Friday, 28th February 2020, please call 01473-612049 for more information and to reserve a table.





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