Pre-dinner drink bubbles with a touch of sparkly dressing was the promising Conference start for our Dursley group. Dinner in a converted Chapel followed, and the high ceilings echoed with our happy chatter and laughter. A wonderful way for us as first timers to get to know the group, or know them better. What a surprise then, on the first morning of the Conference, to find the same themes carrying on. Kate Bottley, our bubbly vicar, wore a sparkly tunic dress, and spoke of offering champagne instead of wine for her Easter Communion Service, of the importance of friendship and fun, and above all about making every moment fulfilling, between being born and dying. Don't be too hard on yourself expecting perfection, she urged, just being a good enough friend is all that is needed, be there for each other, as Pooh and Piglet were for Eeyore. Three key speakers spoke during the day, a wide age range between them, but each speaking from the heart and from personal experiences. There was Jessie’s mother, who turned the family’s tragedy of losing their daughter into a charity that makes a difference to disabled youngsters through the power of music. Then Rukhiya Budden, describing very movingly her experiences as a child, and demonstrating how driven she now is to give Hope and Homes to those in orphanages. Our third speaker woke us all up by riding onto the stage on his unicycle. He conveyed the warmth and care of his family and friends, and of friends he made along the way, as he cycled around the world. How good to see such a young man achieving so much good for other people. The day ended on a joyous high as were treated to the Cor y cam children's choir singing their songs with a light in their eyes and a smile on every face. The ethereal sounds of Ubi caritas et amor floating over us in the huge arena, will stay with us for a very long time. So too will the care and friendship shown towards us by our own group and to those to whom we talked. Over the two days of the Conference, we found an amazing gathering of like minded women, who collectively achieve so much and who do a lot of good in the world. We can thoroughly recommend this Inner Wheel experience, and we were still bubbling and sparkling as we came away to catch our train home. Fiona Chandler and Liz Budden of Dursley
Inner Wheel District 10
Pre-dinner drink bubbles with a touch of sparkly dressing was the promising Conference start for our Dursley group. Dinner in a converted Chapel followed, and the high ceilings echoed with our happy chatter and laughter. A wonderful way for us as first timers to get to know the group, or know them better. What a surprise then, on the first morning of the Conference, to find the same themes carrying on. Kate Bottley, our bubbly vicar, wore a sparkly tunic dress, and spoke of offering champagne instead of wine for her Easter Communion Service, of the importance of friendship and fun, and above all about making very moment fulfilling, between being born and dying. Don't be too hard on yourself expecting perfection, she urged, just being a good enough friend is all that is needed, be there for each other, as Pooh and Piglet were for Eeyore. Three key speakers spoke during the day, a wide age range between them, but each speaking from the heart and from personal experiences. There was Jessie’s mother, who turned the family’s tragedy of losing their daughter into a charity that makes a difference to disabled youngsters through the power of music. Then Rukhiya Budden, describing very movingly her experiences as a child, and demonstrating how driven she now is to give Hope and Homes to those in orphanages. Our third speaker woke us all up by riding onto the stage on his unicycle. He conveyed the warmth and care of his family and friends, and of friends he made along the way, as he cycled around the world. How good to see such a young man achieving so much good for other people. The day ended on a joyous high as were treated to the Cor y cam children's choir singing their songs with a light in their eyes and a smile on every face. The ethereal sounds of Ubi caritas et amor floating over us in the huge arena, will stay with us for a very long time. So too will the care and friendship shown towards us by our own group and to those to whom we talked. Over the two days of the Conference, we found an amazing gathering of like minded women, who collectively achieve so much and who do a lot of good in the world. We can thoroughly recommend this Inner Wheel experience, and we were still bubbling and sparkling as we came away to catch our train home. Fiona Chandler and Liz Budden of Dursley