Chelmsford Mildmay

2018-2019 – President Elizabeth Stedman

Meeting Place & Time: Chelmsford Club 7.00 for  7.30 pm

Meeting Dates: 2nd Thursday in month

President: Elizabeth Stedman

Committee Members:

Immediate Past President – Janet Cassels
Vice President – Julia Emberton
Treasurer – Jennie Cappin
Secretary – Janet Cassels
ISO - Jackie Bucknel
Correspondent – Susan Almond
Membership Officer – Anthea Tilsley
Entertainments – Rosemary Upson
Programme Secretary - Geraldine Beaurain
Health & Safety Officer – Maureen Pond

New members - Phyl Lilley and Margaret Birt


Chelmsford Mildmay was chartered in 1973 and today has 20 members enjoying a varied programme promoting fun, friendship and service.
Activities include meetings, interesting speakers, lunches, visits, helping in the community and also assisting Rotary colleagues at the Great Baddow races.
One of the joint highlights is the annual Inner Wheel/Rotary Challenge, where we enjoy afternoon tea and light hearted games to win a trophy.
Our shoe sales are one ofour major fundraising event, combining friendship, fun and retail therapy. This year a very successful evening Charity Indian Buffet was held which proved to be equally profitable.
We actively encourage new members to join our lively group.


Shoe Sale at Keene Hall - 13th October 2018
Charter Lunch, Little Channels - 11th November 2018
Bazaar at Chelmsford Cathedral - 1st December 2018
Joint Concert 17th December 2018
Christmas Lunch - 13th December 2018 - venue tba

The President's charity will be CHESS.


Writtle Festival

We Mildmay Ladies had a great time today decorating our tree for the Writtle Festival.
Our 'Cake & Create' ladies have produced all these lovely IW Hearts and we feel they give out a strong positive message about Inner Wheel at this festive time of year!


Chelmsford Mildmay Charter Lunch

Mildmay IW members enjoyed their annual Charter lunch again this year at Little Channels.

They were well entertained after their meal by a singer/piano combo...Kathy Shiels accompanied by our very own Rotarian, John Tilsley.


IW meets WI

IW met up with WI recently when Mildmay Inner Wheel supported the Great Leighs Women's Institute Quiz. The team enjoyed their evening, coming in the top 5 and winning a raffle prize.

They are grateful to friends of IW, Jackie and Peter, who stood in at the very last moment for those prevented from attending by sickness.


Brentwood v Mildmay in the FA Cup

The event was held at Anne Rudkin’s house and Brentwood members made us feel very welcome .They also provided tea and delicious cakes . We all had a very enjoyable afternoon even though we lost!


Mildmay EAT OUT

At President Elizabeth's request we joined her in her garden to partake of a simple EAT OUT to help raise funds for her chosen charity this year...CHESS.

We were fortunate that the weather was fine, the soup hot and the company in good form.


Fun and Fund Raising

Members started their new year. with Elizabeth as President, with their usual Summer Celebration. This year this took the form of a ‘DAY AT THE RACES’ and tradition demanded a challenge activity be offered to our partner Rotary Club. All those attending enjoyed the organised competition. Thank you to Julia for allowing us to use her lovely garden for the fun filled afternoon.

The October Mildmay Inner Wheel Shoe Sale at Keene Hall was a great success again this year. A general buzz of conversation indicated a high level of activity in the shoe-buying area and on all the other stalls. Also the IW Home-made cakes and fresh tea/coffee helped boost profits (for CHESS) to over £600.

Members thoroughly enjoyed their Bingo session with the ladies of Brentwood Club as part of the FA Challenge and had mixed feelings about losing the competition. They felt very welcomed by their rivals and finished with a superb tea at the home of Anne Rudkins. Thank you!

Zandra organised another lovely outing for members when a group walked at Hanningfield Reservoir in glorious weather. They finished by sharing refreshment at the Fisherman’s Lodge and all enjoyed the day. Thank you, Zandra.


Chelmsford Mildmay CHESS Concert

IW recently supported CHESS (Elizabeth's charity for 2018-19) by providing refreshments at their concert at the Danbury Mission.


Inner Wheel Summer Fun

Being a member of Inner Wheel is not all serious stuff. Sometimes we get out and about and this year the weather has helped us to have a glorious time enjoying friendship and fun.
Thanks to Elizabeth, Janet,Zandra and Jackie B for organising outings to Payocks, Kessingland and Ascot.


Chelmsford Mildmay Kool Cats

CATS made an appearance at the latest meeting of the Chelmsford Mildmay Inner Wheel. Several members had recently returned from the Inner Wheel Conference and AGM held in Bournemouth and recreated for those unable to attend how they let their hair down at the Kool Kats Disco! (see photograph).
The April meeting was held on Thursday 12th April at the Chelmsford Club. After an excellent meal shared with our Speaker, Eric Smart, of Hospital Radio and guests, those present enjoyed a lively, informative talk delivered with humour and style. Members were left with an increased appreciation of how meeting with Hospital Radio presenters and having one’s personal choice of music played can bring both pleasure and up-lifting mood to patients. President Janet Cassells formally welcomed new member Phil Lilley.
Plans are in hand for the Inner Wheel Shoe Sale (Sat 28th April, Keene Hall Galleywood, 10- 12 noon) in aid of Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled and for assisting at the Mildmay Rotary Great Baddow Races (Sun 13th May Baddow Recreation Ground.)

Fund Raising Recipe Book

A chance to buy lovely cakes together with the opportunity to purchase a new recipe book with details of how to make such delicious delights at home was made available at the Chelmsford Mildmay Inner Wheel Club’s Shoe Sale. The Recipe Book has been produced by members to help raise funds for this year’s local charity –Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled.
Copies of the book were for sale at the Shoe Sale with all the usual lovely shoes from Hot Footed Shoes, as well as jewellery, ladies clothes and greetings cards. Refreshments included fresh coffee and tea, home-made cakes …....including many from the Recipe Book


Fund Raising for Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled

Mildma Inner Wheel joined other charities at the Christmas Fair at Chelmsford Cathedral.  They held a successful bottle raffle stall. 

We had fun listening to the various choirs performing and with the help of gifts from members and our local Tesco, raised a goodly sum for Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled.


Inner Wheel Hearts Project

Some of our ladies at Mildmay Inner Wheel had fun recently making Hearts for the Inner Wheel Project. Designed in order to leave a heart decoration in public places for members of the community to find as a celebration of Inner Wheel and to thank local communities for their support of the many activities Inner Wheel undertakes in their locality, Mildmay ladies enjoyed cakes and coffee while they worked.

Members had fun making them and already have had compliments on the hearts.

The Crafts Ladies at Broomfield Library have asked Anthea, our Membership Officer, to go along to one of their meetings and talk about Inner Wheel.
Success all round!


Sue presents Janet with chain of office for coming year




Janet thanks Sue for her year as President




Members and Friends enjoying a glass of Prosecco at Anthea’s beach hut, Frinton on Sea




President Sue at Baddow Races.



Saturday 6th May - Hot Footed Shoe Sale, Keen Hall, Galleywood CM28PT

Yet another successful Shoe Sale where everyone who attended enjoyed a "shop till you drop morning" raising funds for Sue's chosen Charity "Families InFocus (Essex). A chat over a cup of tea/coffee with homemade cakes and scones made the morning complete.

Thursday, 11 May - Guest Speakers: Karen Hutchison and Carol Critchley - Working with Families

Karen and Carol gave a very informative talk regarding their work to promote independence, resilience and well-being of children and young people with SEND and their families. The SEN Partnership Workers support the organisation and facilitation skills and effective family liaison and operate a Parent Telephone Helpline.

Sunday 14th May - Edmund Carr Gt Baddow Charity Races

A very successful Bottle Lucky Dip Stall was held at the Gt Baddow Races raising funds for WaterAid being Julia (ISO) Charity this year.


Mildmay Inner Wheel celebrated St David's Day with a Welsh Meal followed by singing from the Black Sheep .


A breath of fresh air Step and Smile for Beat – Friday 3rd March – Southend Pier

District Chairman Janet, Mildmay members and friends enjoying the "Silly Sock" walk, raising awareness for "Beat" - beating eating disorders.

On behalf of all Mildmay members a BIG THANK YOU to all District members who organised the event which we all enjoyed.

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12 January 2017 - ISO Austerity Lunch

To commence the New Year, Julia (ISO) held an Austerity Lunch in aid of her charity Water Aid. DC Janet was welcomed by President Sue , Janet gave us all a very interesting and amusing talk about her life illustrated by her collection of mugs. Lunch was enjoyed by all who attended.

19th January - IW Friendship Meeting with Chelmer Bridge

Members of Chelmer Bridge were warmly welcomed by Sue to a Coffee/Tea and Pastries Fest at the home of Anthea's (District Member of Council and Mildmay Membership Officer) this also included a lighthearted quiz enjoyed by all.





An Evening of Seasonal Music and Readings at Chelmsford Cathedral
Tuesday, 29th November 2016

Members of Mildmay and Chelmer Bridge Inner Wheel welcomed Fred Bear (End Polio Now) from Mildmay Rotary when they were preparing to serve refreshments at the recent successful joint Inner Wheel and Rotary Charity Concert held at Chelmsford Cathedral



HotFooted Shoe Sale, Saturday 29th October
The Shoe Sale once more proved to be a very successful fund raising event for President Sue's year in office. It was very well attended, with a "buzzy" atmosphere, where everybody contributed to make it a very successful morning. Fred Bear (Chelmsford Mildmay's Rotary's own Purple4Polio bear) put in an appearance with Sue in his newly purchased bright red boots!

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November Meeting - Speaker Rotarian - Dave Almond

Dave who is a co presenter of the Rotary Round Up Programme broadcast on Chelmsford Community Radio each month was the guest speaker at the November meeting. Rotary Roundup aims to interest listeners in Rotary events and Dave gave a very interesting, illuminating talk about how the programmes are put together and presented to listeners. Presently this particular radio programme is available on line, however it is now being looked into on how to widen the scope of this programme to go live on radio, which station has yet to be determined. We wish Dave and his co-presenter all success in developing this matter and Inner Wheel Mildmay members wished them success in this particular venture



43rd Charter Lunch, 6th November at Little Channels

President Sue welcomed District Chairman of District 24 Inner Wheel Janet Larkey together with her husband George, President of Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary, Brenda , Inner Wheel Club of Chelmer Bridge Gill Swanson and everyone present to the 43rd Charter Lunch. Rotarian John Tilsley gave Grace and President Brenda gave a toast to Inner Wheel Club of Chelmsford Mildmay.

Fred Bear (Purple4Polio) made another guest appearance.


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President Sue Almond and a few members attended a lunch to celebrate the 30th Charter of the Chelmer Bridge Inner Wheel Club.  On behalf of all members President Sue Almond presented their President Gill Swanson  with a polished pot pourri jar which was given with the wish to ensure all their meetings continued to be endowed with the sweet smell of success!


A very enjoyable afternoon was spent at The Lordship Tea Rooms in Writtle followed by a visit to "Ceramics on the Hop" at Writtle which was established three and half years ago by Mandy Reid and Claire Fogarty. They hold workshops for children and adults which includes Clay Workshops, Potters Wheel and Pottery Painting.

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A warm welcome was given at the induction of our new member Geraldine Beaurain by President Sue at Thursday's meeting on the 8th September.


Rachel Ellis, CEO of Families in Focus (Essex) gave a very interesting talk at the September meeting. She highlighted the aims of the Charity which is to support Essex families with children/young people ages 0-25 with any disability or special needs including those with physical and sensory impairments, learning difficulties, mental health issues and emotion/behavioural problems of an enduring nature. She thanked Sue for nominating Families in Focus (Essex) as her choice of Charity this year.

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Summer BBQ:
This year's summer event was a Barbecue (Country and Western theme) held at Julia and Andy's home. There was a good attendance from both Chelmsford Mildmay Inner Wheel, Chelmsford Mildmay Rotary Club and invited guests and friends. As usual, the food provided by Inner Wheel members was excellent and enjoyed by all in a relaxing atmosphere before the serious annual Challenge . This year it was "Lassoo the Cow Rodeo" where the aim of the game was throwing hoops over the attentive cow's head!!.  Once again Mildmay Inner Wheel excelled and further extended their successful run of winning the annual Challenge Trophy. President of Inner Wheel Sue Almond presented Julia (ISO) with a white rambling rose as a thank you for holding the event at her home.