HARLOW 2018-2019

HARLOW 2018-2019

Anne Crawford (left)

Meeting Place & Time: Varies, please contact the secretary - harlow@innerwheeldistrict24.org.uk at 7pm

Meeting Dates: 3rd Thursday in the month

President: Anne Crawford

Committee Members:
Immediate Past President – Yvonne Bell
Secretary – Jean Kay
Treasurer – Yvonne Bell
International Service – Sheila Clow
Club Correspondent – Jean Hudspeth
Social Secretary – Sue Leverette


The Inner Wheel Club of Harlow was chartered in 1959 and since then has continued to raise money for charities, many of them local and offer service in the community.

With 12 members, we are a small sized, friendly club which welcomes interest from potential members. Anne Crawford is our President for this year 20018-19 and she has chosen the Harlow Branch of Mind as her chosen charity. Anne is delighted to be at the helm to celebrate the Clubs 60th Charter in February next year.

The club meets monthly in Harlow and has a programme of activities and interesting speakers. Anne’s first fund raising event is a Summer Garden Party with Pimms, scones with jam and cream, strawberries and cake in July. Following our Summer Supper in August, Anne’s first speaker is Doreen Frost who will talk about her experiences as a midwife in the 1950s.

Our District Chairman’s visit is on 18th October, and November brings a Festive Craft Fun in preparation for Christmas. 2019 has a packed diary of activities which includes Anne abseiling down the Church Langley water tower in May for her charity.

We are a very happy and active group, organising events to raise funds for both local and national charities. Watch this space for more and contact us for more details to join in our social events and help us raise funds for local charities all in the spirit of friendship, fun and support.
To contact the club email harlow@innerwheeldistrict24.org.uk.


Christmas Crafting

Our November meeting was festive crafting of bottle decoupage lead by President Anne Crawford.

Members all joined in and thoroughly enjoyed this gentle art form which is very impressive. They took home a lovely gift for a special person. One member has become quite addicted and is currently decoupaging 2 more bottles for Christmas gifts.



Beetle Drive

Inner Wheel Club of Harlow challenged IW club of Basildon to a tournament of Beetle Drive . It was great fun and although Harlow lost, they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Well done Basildon who go on to the next round.


A much-needed windfall for Harlow Mind in West Essex

Sarah Bevan was in for a big surprise when she visited the Inner Wheel Club of Harlow on 18th October 2018. Sarah is the new Community Engagement and Fundraising Coordinator for Harlow Mind in West Essex and had been invited by Anne Crawford, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Harlow, to receive a cheque in excess of £900. The presentation was made by Anne and Gill Swanson who is the District Chairman of District 24 was there to congratulate both the Club and Harlow Mind on their good work.

This money had been raised by the hard work of the ladies of Inner Wheel Club of Harlow in July. A Summer Garden Party with Pimms, scones, cream and strawberries drew 90 people on a beautiful summer evening. Jean Hudspeth, a past president of Inner Wheel, opened her garden specially to support Anne’s chosen charity.

Harlow Mind is an independent charity run by local people, for local people and is responsible for its own funding. It provides a range of services including working with families, self-directed support, men's mental health, complementary therapy, befriending, private counselling and many more. Sarah explained how important it was to champion this cause and the monies raised would ensure
that much needed help was able to continue.

For more information visit : www.innerwheeldistrict24.org.uk, Face Inner Wheel District 24book
For local enquiries contact : harlow@innerwheeldistrict24.org.uk

For information on Harlow Mind in West Essex:

Mind in West Essex - Great Dunmow Office
Uttlesford Community Hub
45 Stortford Road
Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1DQ
Phone: 01371 876 641
Contact: Alison Wilson
Email: admin@mindinwestessex.org.uk
Website: http://www.mindinwestessex.org.uk
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 0900-18.30 Sat 0900-1400

Anne Crawford and Sarah Bevan

Anne Crawford, President, Sarah Bevan, Harlow Mind and Gill Swanson, Chairman District 24


The World of International Inner Wheel – Western Australia.

Anne Crawford, Club Correspondent for Inner Wheel Club of Harlow, recently visited Australia and made her first international club visit. Having accessed the WA website she was contacted by Maureen Betts from the IW club of Kalamunda. Maureen has a district membership role and provided Anne with a list of clubs to choose from. WA is the largest district in the world of IIW and has 15 clubs : farthest north was Geraldton, farthest south was Albany and farthest east, Kalgooli.

Kalamuda is famous for its excellent Rotary run Saturday market which Anne visited and then joined Maureen and her husband at her home for lunch and learnt about Inner Wheel in Western Australia.
Anne also visited another club: IW club of Whitford also in WA, which has 19 members and started 37 years ago. The meeting was conducted in the home (with fabulous views of the blue ocean) of President Margaret Horcock and Anne felt like she had known these members for years as it was just like her club at home as everyone was incredibly welcoming and friendly. It was inspirational to hear about the clubs activities and fund raising events and learn from each other. The speaker was the past President from the WA Genealogical Society and provided a fascinating talk on how to trace your family tree as often descendants had traveled from places such as South America, Canada, Ireland and England to name a few. Anne made a small presentation to the club which was made from English Oak and crafted by Rotarian Alan Bell from the Rotary Club of Harlow, and Husband of our President Yvonne. It was deeply appreciated. She also met Joan Cheng who is currently secretary of this club, but taking the District Chair of District 40 in July which covers the whole of WA. Joan informed Anne that to achieve her club visits she will be using her flybys (air miles) as this is the only logical way to do it.

If any club members are planning to make any international trips, Anne highly recommends taking the time to visit other clubs as it is exciting, informative and heart warming.

Anne Crawford Presents gift from IW Club of Harlow to Margaret Horcroft, President of IW Club of Whitford

Anne Crawford meets Joan Cheng of IW Club of Whitford and soon to be Chairman of District 40, covering the whole of Western Australia

Maureen Betts from IW Club of Kalamunda with Anne Crawford


Action for Family Carers

Past President, Yvonne Bell, presents cheque to representatives from Action for Family Carers (Harlow Branch).


Aromatherapy Evening

Our ladies thoroughly enjoyed an evening presented by Jo, a Wellness Advocate, exploring oils that can enhance health either through skin application. inhalation or ingestion. Jo was a breath of fresh air, filling our meeting room with the most wonderful aromas. She gave us so much useful information - something for everyone.'.


Lots of fun and high jinx at the Inner Wheel Bounemouth Conference


Putting Harlow Inner Wheel Club on the map

Our President Yvonne Bell, receives the Daphne Cole Trophy from Celia Clark, District
Chairman at the District 24 Meeting.

This year the Daphne Cole Trophy ties in with one of the objectives of the District 24 Membership Committee. Clubs where asked to make a small heart bearing a label designed by
the membership group with a short note saying "Inner Wheel at the Heart of the Community. The idea was to leave these as small gifts for the community raising the profile of Inner Wheel and to assist in encouraging membership.




Fund Raising for Porridge and Pens

Inner Wheel raises money for children in Ghana.  Ladies from Harlow Inner Wheel organised a coffee morning with a demonstration from an image expert, sale of jewellery, scarves and nearly new clothes on 18th January to raise much needed funds for Porridge and Pens.  Yvonne Bunker, President of this club, opened her house for the event where 35 people attended including Jemma Williams, the founder member of this charity who spoke about the deprivation, poverty and disease she witnessed in the remote area of Ghana when she visited in a gap year prior to going to university to train as a teacher. This inspired her to make a difference to the lives of young by working with the local community. This charity has built an infant and primary school in Ghana and offers free school lunches to the 106 most vulnerable children from poor backgrounds aged between 0-11 years old.

Porridge and Pens works to reduce child abandonment and ensure families are supported to look after their children. It also supports the children via a feeding programme, tests and treatment for HIV and Hep B and supports them through their education.

Several back packs containing essentials for the children were also donated.

This event raised in excess of £425.  Yvonne has many other events organised (including an abseil in May), throughout her year as President to raise money for our local charity Harlow Young Carers.

For more information visit :   www.innerwheeldistrict24.org. uk
Facebook Inner Wheel District 24
For local enquiries contact :  harlow@innerwheeldistrict24.or g.uk

President, Yvonne Bunker, Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge and Pens and Sheila Clow, International Fundraiser for Harlow Inner Wheel.