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LICHFIELD LADIES WELCOME INTERNATIONAL VISITORS

Lichfield Ladies Circle was extremely proud and honoured to host the International Ladies Circle Mid-Term Meeting from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 February.

Around 100 members of Ladies Circle from 11 countries arrived in Lichfield for a ‘Best of British’ weekend in Lichfield organised by Lichfield Ladies Circle. Guests arrived in Lichfield on Friday from Belgium, Luxembourg, Iceland, Germany, France and Austria to name but a few.

The weekend started with a welcome evening on Friday in the superb surroundings of The Guildhall. The international visitors were welcomed by Lichfield’s Town Crier Ken Knowles and his consort Marilyn along with the Mayor of Lichfield Cllr Mrs Sheelagh James. The guests were treated to a traditional fish and chip supper served to them by fabulous waiters from Lichfield Round Table!

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday the Mid-Term Meeting was held in The George Hotel. During the evening the visitors were treated to a sumptuous three course British gala dinner in the beautiful surroundings of MacKenzies Restaurant. The ladies danced the night away to a Robbie Williams tribute act while enjoying the company of their Ladies Circle Friends.

 

On Sunday morning the visitors bid a fond farewell after enjoying a traditional ‘full English breakfast’ at the Premier Inn. The ladies enjoyed a warm welcome in Lichfield and have gone back with some lovely memories of Lichfield and Ladies Circle Great Britain and Ireland.

Why do all of these ladies from around the world join Ladies Circle? Women join because they want to make new friends, have fun, do things they’ve never done before and put something back into the community at the same time. They stay because what they find is a ready-made group of friends from all walks of life who allow them to just be themselves.

Whether you’re new to the area or just looking to broaden your social life, Lichfield Ladies Circle is the perfect way to get more out of life. Lichfield Ladies Circle meets once a fortnight on a Tuesday evening for ladies between the ages of 18 and 45. If you’d like to find out more about joining in the fun, email: info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk or call 0800 148 8595 or visit our website at www.lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk.

 

 

Previous Events

LICHFIELD LADIES ATTEND
80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Lichfield Ladies have finally recovered from the National 80th celebrations in Solihull which took place on 25th June 2016. Members of Lichfield Ladies Circle joined 560 ladies to celebrate the 80th birthday of the National Association of Ladies Circle at St John’s Hotel in Solihull.

 

A 1936 themed celebration was held for guests which included a three course luncheon, entertainment, cocktails and a raffle. The event went really well and the ladies who attended had an absolute blast – the hotel ran out of prosecco thanks to the attendees drinking the bar dry!

 

Guests were greeted with signature blue cocktails (the Ladies Circle logo colour of course), browsed the stalls whilst catching up with friends and enjoying the luncheon with speakers including Rosie Green, Beauty Editor at Red magazine and the Coxless Crew – the incredible young women who rowed the Pacific last year – so inspiring. Everyone was given a gift of a cocktail shaker with the event logo on – to continue the celebrations back home. A vintage singer also had everyone up dancing – it was fantastic.

 

Why do women join the Ladies Circle? Women join because they want to make new friends, have fun, do things they’ve never done before and put something back into the community at the same time. They stay because what they find is a ready-made group of friends from all walks of life who allow them to just be themselves.

 

Whether you’re new to the area or just looking to broaden your social life, Lichfield Ladies Circle is the perfect way to get more out of life. Lichfield Ladies Circle meets once a fortnight on a Tuesday evening for ladies between the ages of 18 and 45. If you’d like to find out more about joining in the fun, email: info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk or call 0800 148 8595

 

 

 

Lichfield Ladies ‘go on a search’ with Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team

Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted to have the opportunity to spend an evening on Cannock Chase with Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team (SSART). The evening started with Paul Keen, SSART Chairman explaining the history behind the evolution of the team, before everyone then took part in a fictitious scenario briefing. The ladies were split into 4 groups each led by SSART members to search for ‘2 males who had gone missing’. On finding the ‘missing persons’, the ladies were shown how the team go about medically monitoring the person before they assisted in using stretchers to carry the male to safety. The highlight of the evening was also having a demonstration from the award winning dogs and their handlers in how they search for missing persons.

 

Denise Softley, Lichfield Ladies Chair, commented “SSART is a fantastic group of volunteers who have such enthusiasm and professionalism, especially when they provide such a valuable role in our community. The ladies who attended the evening were also delighted to be able to present a well deserved cheque for £150 to the team.”

 

Paul Keen said ‘Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the feedback from all involved was excellent. With our equipment and running costs, your generous donation was gratefully received’.

 

More information on membership of SSART is available through emailing membership@ssart.org and they have a recruitment intake in January 2016.

 

Lichfield Ladies Circle ‘learn simple skills to save lives’ with Lichfield Trent Valley Community First Responders

Lichfield Ladies Circle were delighted last week to receive a training session in basic first aid from Mark Walker and the Lichfield Trent Valley Community First Responders (CFRs). As a group of volunteers the CFRs have been helping to save lives without any NHS or public funding and rely on donations to buy specialist equipment and maintain and run the response car. Mark advised the ladies in how to treat people in situations where they could be choking, bleeding, having a heart attack or requiring CPR. Mark who is also trained in the use of Automated External Defibrillators and was able to show the ladies how to use the machine in an emergency situation.

 

 

Denise Softley, Chair Lichfield Ladies Circle said, “We are delighted to be able to donate £75 to this fantastic group of volunteers who give up their time to help save lives in our community. They are often first on the scene of an emergency and can provide essential treatment in life threatening situations as well as providing reassurance until an ambulance arrives.” Mark replied “ As volunteers we have no guaranteed funding and every donation helps. In this case we shall use the money to buy a spare battery for our Automated External Defibrillator. It was a pleasure to participate in the evening and I hope the ladies learnt something new and remember that ‘simple skills save lives’”.

More information on membership of CFRs is available through emailing mark.crispy@tesco.net

 

LICHFIELD LADIES MIGHTY BIRDS

The Mighty Birds ........

Whether it be walking, running, hiking, climbing or cycling, Lichfield Ladies Circle have taken part in all of these, over the last 8 months, in the form of a group and individually to raise money for various charities that are close to the hearts of many of the members.

It maybe, pedaling for pounds over 300 miles, walking and running through events such as the "race for life" and the "color run", taking part in half marathons, zip wiring through the trees or simply walking over fire! All of these various challenges certainly keeps us fit and focused on fun, whilst simply adding a fundraising slant to each challenge raising money as we move!

Emily Rich, raised £150 by completing a half Marathon in Birmingham in October. Emily added "it was hard work and I did the training but my knee gave out at mile 6 miles, however, I still persevered and completed the race. The whole experience and atmosphere was fantastic and I felt a great sense of achievement".

When Ruth Curry (IPC) and her husband Wayne booked their holiday to Cape Town in October 2014 they decided to do something out of their comfort zone and climbed India Venster Route up Table Mountain along with friend Melanie from Zimbabwe and Joanne from Ladies Circle Cape Town. Ruth simultaneously raised in excess of £100 for the National Breast Cancer Helpline and £117.00 for the Cupcake Project.

Gemma Hockin, raised just over £100 by doing a fire walk, which started at 7pm and when Gemma arrived was still actually alight. Once extinguished, the coals stayed at 500 degrees centigrade! Once she had caught her nerves she spent an hour completing different takes designed to demonstrate human capabilities. This started with crazy dancing and ended with breaking arrows with throats! Gemma added "The crowd was amazing cheering us on so much that I completed the fire walk four times".

Sue Kershaw, Lichfield Ladies Chair, added " We are very proud of our fundraising collectively and individually. The ladies mentioned above are truly inspirational and we are very proud of their achievements"

 

 

 

RUTH CURRY FLIES THE FLAG FOR UK
AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Ruth Curry, 43, a member of Lichfield ladies circle will soon be representing Great Britain and Ireland as the National President of Ladies Circle at its international mid-term meeting in Tartu, Estonia.

She and other members of Ladies Circle GB&I will be joining young women from across Europe for the three day event, which will combine their council meeting to discuss charitable and community activities, with tours of the city, parties and the opportunity to meet and make new friends.

Ruth said "As Ladies Circle in Great Britain was the founder of the international organisation, it is an honour to represent GB&I as its President. It is an amazing opportunity to experience international fellowship at its best and I can't wait to join in the festivities!"

Ladies Circle International was founded in 1959, although there have been clubs in Sweden since the late 1940s, and now has members across 34 countries worldwide promoting friendship and raising funds for many and varied charities.

The mid-term meeting takes place in the run up to their international conference, held at the end of August, which provides the opportunity for members of all affiliated member countries to join together for their AGM and a fun-packed stream of events including parties, gala dinners, tours and business meetings. One of the highlights is the parade of all the nationalities through the host city's streets, with each country in "national" or matching costumes. Hundreds of women from various cultural backgrounds all sharing one thing in common - they all love Ladies Circle and want to make a difference to other's lives!

To find out more about Lichfield Ladies Circle and how you can get involved please email info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk. Lichfield Ladies Circle meet every two weeks on a Tuesday. If you'd like to find out more about joining in the fun please visit their website at www.lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk or the National Association of Ladies Circles website www.ladiescircle.co.uk or contact 0800 148 8595, or follow us on Facebook.

 

Toga Party Night - 18th October - Darnford Moors

 

How many ways can you wear a sheet? This was the challenge Lichfield Ladies Circle set to their friends and guests when they held a fundraising 'toga night' for Whizz-Kidz.
Guests, successfully holding their sheets together with numerous safety pins, enjoyed a 3 course Greek buffet, raffle and 80s disco with 'Rock choir' also providing the excellent entertainment. A surprise guest appearance from the ladies of Lichfield Circle singing Abba's 'Does your mother know', rounded up an excellent, fun evening. The event was a huge success with 70 toga wearers and a donation from Vodafone, managing to raise a total of £1276.54.
Ruth Curry, Ladies Circle national president and member of Lichfield Ladies Circle commented, "I sit here with tears! Good tears I might add. Proud doesn't even start to explain how I feel. I can't believe that within six months my target for Whizz Kidz has already been achieved and there are still 6 months to go. Currently, sufficient funds have been raised to secure a wheelchair that will benefit a child in Staffordshire. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for working so hard and supporting such an important charity."

 

 

More Togas on Pictures Page

 

 

Celebrations on the Go-Karting Podium - 3rd Sept

 

 

 

 

 

Lichfield Ladies Welcome another New Member

 

 

 

Lichfield Ladies 'RACE' their way to raising £1,266

Lichfield Ladies Circle held a fantastic fund-raising 'Race night' in June which raised £1,266 for Rocklands School, Lichfield. More than 60 race goers enjoyed the themed night which included betting on fictitious horse and pig races, a race themed raffle, an auction of a fancy dress horse and a fish & chip supper.

Rocklands school is a happy, caring environment that places an emphasis on stimulating learning with the needs of children at the centre of their teaching and heart of everything they do. Ashley Hall, chair of the school ASPF commented, "This money will go a long way to developing the sensory room at the school. After many years of constant use, it is now outdated and much of the specialist equipment is in need of repair. This money will go a long way to enabling the pupils to make progress in a way that would be difficult to achieve without access to such a stimulating environment and specialist interactive equipment."

Pictured Left to right: Sue Kershaw, Sue Jay, Sarah Clark, Ruth Curry, Michelle Crabb,
Emily Rich, Vanessa Young, Helen McDonald (chair)

 

 

Lichfield Ladies Welcome in 2013 With Two New Members

Lichfield Ladies Circle had a great start to 2013 and welcomed another two members. Cassie Probert and Kirsty Churchill were the first new members to be inducted to Lichfield Ladies Circle in 2013, making a total of 8 new members this Circle year. With another 25 enquiries in the mix at the moment, it looks like 2013 is going to be a good year for Lichfield Ladies Circle!

 

 

FIVE TANDEM SKYDIVES - at the end of March!

Brave Burntwood teenager Stephen Sutton is living with incurable cancer. Despite facing a very uncertain future, the 18 year old has sworn to devote his time to charity work and has drawn up a bucket list of 46 things he wants to achieve, one of which is to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Thanks to overwhelming support from individuals and organisations across the country, Stephen is well on his way to achieving his goals, and at the time of writing, his JustGiving page http://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton-TCT is showing that he has already raised over half of his target for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Having heard of his story, Lichfield Ladies Circle have pledged to get involved to help Stephen towards reaching his target. As well as taking part in other fundraising activities including a forthcoming sponsored skydive, members of Lichfield Ladies Circle will be holding a charity bag pack in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust on Saturday 2 March at Lichfield Morrisons. So please, come along, make a donation and give yourself a rest by letting a lady in pink pack your shopping bags for you!

Stephen said, "Thanks to everyone who has got involved and donated towards the cause, we are already well over half way towards the goal of £10,000 and with further funds expected in due course from future events, it won't be long before the target is reached. With fundraising events such as this one, not only is money being raised to go towards a really worthy charity, importantly we're also raising awareness of cancer in teenagers and young adults."

 

 

WELCOME TO EXTREME FUNDRAISING !   Sept 2012

Lichfield activity centre Whitemoor Lakes is right at the centre of a new fundraising concept dubbed 'extreme challenge fundraising'!

Achieved through participation in challenge teams, funds for good causes are generated when local groups get together and undertake tailored programmes of fast and furious outdoor activities including the construction of towers for high climbing, grappling with high ropes for a 'leap of faith', and travelling upside down and at speed on a zip wire.

 

Last weekend (September 22nd), Lichfield Ladies Circle was the latest fundraising group to grab their climbing helmets, life jackets and boots and head for the sunny lakeside at Whitemoor, where teams of trained activity experts were on hand to oversee safety and ensure a good time was had by all.

By the end of the well-attended day-long event which also included campfire events for children and stalls for spectators, over £1300 had been raised for the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

 

Centre Manager, Graham Hughes, said "It was fantastic to see so many men and women new to outdoor activities getting involved and we were all delighted that so much money was raised by people getting outside and having fun."

Whitemoor Lakes was opened just under a year ago and is part of Action Centres UK, the operating arm of Northampton Association of Youth Clubs. The Centre provides a wide range of youth activities including school residential visits, holiday clubs and birthday parties. It also caters for broader based events such as weddings, corporate days, conferences and team building courses, and can provide accredited canoe training for individuals.

 

The site is purpose-built with striking log cabin-style accommodation and state of the art equipment offering a wide range of activities including abseiling and zip wire skills, raft building, open boat canoeing, five-a-side, volleyball, archery, fencing, kayaking, climbing, Birds of Prey, disco, orienteering, triathlon courses, problem solving courses and campfire fun.

 

Graham Hughes said, "This new push towards fundraising through high energy activities is a great way of bringing people together to work as teams, or even on a competitive basis. On this particular day, 72 people took part in mixed teams of men and women including 2 firefighters - both women. Their children took part in a non-competitive capacity by enjoying camp fire activities with our instructors, and team games".

"It was a fantastic event and we congratulate Lichfield Ladies Circle for their team spirit, have-a-go approach and sense of fun."

 

Lichfield Ladies Circle fundraising officer Sue Kershaw said, "Everyone had such a fun day pushing themselves out of their comfort zones on the challenges. The competitors achieved a great sense of satisfaction personally, while fundraising for such a worthy cause. We hope to do the same again next year"

www.actioncentres.co.uk/whitemoor-lakes 

 

 

  

Events in 2011

 
Lichfield Bower Float wins 2nd PrizeBhangra Ball Raises £1500 for charity
Bower float 30th May 2011 Bower float 30th May 2011
Not even the wet weather could dampen the holiday spirit of Santa and his helpers from Lichfield Round Table & Ladies Circle at the Bower on Bank Holiday Monday.(30 May 2011) As Santa rode into town on his new look sleigh,
in his holiday shorts, he was full of the joys of summer. He didn't let the wet weather get in the way of raising money for very needy causes in and around Lichfield. With holiday tunes blaring out from the sleigh throughout the procession Santa and his helpers entertained the rain drenched crowds. The icing on the cake for the two local charity groups was to scoop the 2nd prize for the the most 'Competitive Tableau'! Lichfield Ladies Circle Chair, Gaynor Webb
said "I'm so proud of everyone, I could burst!"
Lichfield Ladies Circle joined forces with Birmingham's Nachda Sansaar Bhangra Dancers to raise the roof on the Guildhall. Over £1000 was raised for local charities during the evening which included an auction of prizes from signed football shirts to beer hampers. The event was heavily supported by Coors Brewery supplying gifts for our gentlemen, in celebration of our links with Lichfield Round Table. Chairman Gaynor Webb said "Our ladies looked so pretty in their traditional Indian outfits and we all had a great time. The annual event will take some beating next year" If you'd like to get involved in the fun, friendship and fundraising of Lichfield Ladies Circle please get in touch. info@lichfieldladiescircle.co.uk.