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A diamond celebration for LCI

What every woman should know

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ISSUE 19 2019

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From the Editor... So here it is, my last edition of Circler. When I was voted in as our association’s Media & PR Officer in May 2017, I had no idea how much the role would become a part of me. From getting savvy with social media to designing flyers, it has been an amazing experience. Since leaving school I’ve not had the need to excite my brain cells with creative writing or researching topics and I’ll admit sitting down to a blank screen to write my first ever magazine was nerve-wracking! But as I opened email after email from Circlers across GB&I sharing their success stories and the crazy antics their Circles had been up to, I realised I wasn’t doing this on my own, it’s a team effort. Thank you to everyone who has contributed over the last two years, it couldn’t have happened without you. This edition marks 60 years of Ladies’ Circle International. Sixty years of friendship and service across the globe. Sixty years of women coming together, supporting each other and making a difference locally, nationally and internationally. Enjoy the celebration! To those of you taking on challenges and stepping out of your comfort zone, you #Inspire me. To those of you working tirelessly in your local communities fundraising, you #Inspire me. To those of you out there, week in week out, having fun and reaching out a hand in friendship, you #Inspire me. Thank you!


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NERE Committee 2018 & 2019 Terry Cooper Richard Holland Jill Harris Holly Carey (Marie Curie) Northwich Ladies Circle Leigh Herd Ruth Farrell Samantha Newsham

Laura Rudge Lucy Hillman Danielle Ling Leah Wong Claire Quinn Heidi Murphy Helen Dawson NHS Organ Donation Register Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust CoppaFeel! Breast Cancer Care

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Jo Hudson National President 2018-2019 Hello fabulous Circlers!

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control I have been unable to swim…so I am currently

I hope you enjoyed an indulgent festive break over

stuck halfway in France…but I hope to get going again

Christmas and New Year, and you are now well and

soon and resume my Swimathon across the channel

truly back into the swing of things and organising all

and back for Marie Curie. Thank you to those that

your brilliant social and charity events as we enter the

have supported and sponsored me so far, it is very

last part of the Circling year. I enjoyed a quiet break

much appreciated.

with the other half and little Matthew after visiting


many of you at all your amazing events and I’m very

Thank you to all of you also getting

much looking forward to seeing more of you in the

involved this Spring with Marie Curie’s

coming months. I have a few dates free in the run-up

street and supermarket collections – bring

to AGM season - if you still wish to book me, just

on the yellow hats! Don’t forget to keep

email josdiarylady@gmail.com and check what is

track of the amounts you collect so we

available in the calendar.

can see the impact Circlers are making.

March is a special month in the international Circling calendar as it's a month dedicated to celebrating the amazing charity work Circlers do. We asked you to shout about your successes on social media and you didn't disappoint. #CharityMarch filled my timeline and it was brilliant to see the huge range of charity activities you took part in. Thank you for embracing #CharityMarch - you really managed to #Inspire! I know the last part of the Circling year is going to fly by really quickly, but I hope to see many of you before the AGM where I hand over to Lindsay Pickard. I want to thank you all for all that you do, Ladies Circle wouldn’t be the same without you, those that are

COMPETITION Ladies' Circle International is 60 years young this year in recognition of their diamond anniversary, we have hidden diamonds throughout this edition of Circler.

currently on the National Exec especially, as they do such a tremendous job and all for the love of it! Lastly, good luck to all those standing for positions on the National Exec for 2019/20 (there’s still time to #GetInvolved as the Media & PR position has had no nominees meaning we’ll be inviting ladies to ‘stand from the floor’ at AGM), thank you for your time and commitment so far and I look forward to working with you in the near future! See you soon!

Jo x

To be in with a chance of winning a fizzy gift hamper, just count them up and send the number to media@ladiescircle.co.uk by 15th June. Happy hunting and good luck! 5

Every day of your life matters Whether it’s terminal cancer or any other illness, the right care and support at the right time can make all the difference. We’re here for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. We offer expert care, guidance and support to help them get the most from the time they have left. And that’s only possible thanks to the support of people like you.


Charity reg no. 207994 (England & Wales), SC038731 (Scotland). A281e. Photo: Simon Rawles/Marie Curie

Ladies Circle and Marie Curie partnership How can you #GetInvolved?

There are many areas in the UK where we don’t have boxes because we don’t have any local volunteers - can you help us fill these gaps?

Host a collection

Hold a Fundraiser

Marie Curie have collections taking place throughout the UK and are always look for support, if your club could get involved with a local collection, contact your local community fundraiser or Holly Carey on: holly.carey@mariecurie.org.uk.

Alternatively, why not organise a fundraising event - you could hold a quiz, race night or even a fire-walk! Or perhaps, like Jo Hudson, swimming the channel is your thing? For all these and many more ways to #GetInvolved, contact your Marie Curie community fundraiser or go to mariecurie.org.uk/ getinvolved

Manage the local daffodil boxes If you can’t attend your local collection, why not support us by coordinating the Daffodil box campaign. We need support in placing and collecting daffodil boxes in businesses throughout the UK.

Marie Curie are proud to have a partnership with Ladies Circle. Thank you for your ongoing support.


Travel the World with Circle Friendship across LCI

Celebrating 60 years of friendship and service The Circle movement was started in Bournemouth by the wives of Round Table members in 1932 and by 1936 Circles of friendship and service soon spread and in 1947, LC Sweden was founded. Two years later, LC Denmark came into existence. Ladies within these countries made contact and on 29th May 1959, at the RTI AGM in Leiden, Netherlands, Ladies’ Circle International was formed. Molly Worley from GB&I was the very first LCI President and, as we celebrate our diamond anniversary year, we are very proud that a GB&I Circler, Alex Bennett, is the current LCI Vice-President. Today you’ll find Circles across the world in more than 45 countries and they are always ready to greet you whether you are in their country on holiday, for business or attending a Circle event.

“If you ever need a friend, someone to gossip with, to drink with, to sight-see with, to travel the world with, become a Circler” Anne Belcher, Biggleswade Circler.

LCI AGM 2018 Haugesund, Norway The highlight of the LCI year is of course the AGM! From home parties to sightseeing, extravagant galas to the parade, it’s a true celebration of friendship and service centred around business meetings…but don’t let that put you off… the meetings are a riot of colour and laughter.


ARE YOU READY FOR AN AGM THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET? ARE YOU READY TO CELEBRATE LCI’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY? ARE YOU READY FOR ROTTERDAM? IF YOU ARE, WE ARE READY TO WELCOME YOU! We hope to see you all from 28th August to 1st September 2019. For this LCI AGM we have organised fantastic venues and a beautiful conference hotel. Rotterdam is a city full of history but is also known for its architecture and gastronomy. It is a city that maintains a large harbour and it is also a city where you can party. We will show you all of this! As it is our 60th anniversary - our diamond edition - we will make this AGM extra special. Here are a few things to expect: - The gala will be a bit different: we will kick off with the official part (exchange of the regalia, speeches, etc.) in a theatre. After that, we will make our way to the Oceandiva ship, where we will eat, dance and have a wonderful time together.

- Every lady wants to shine at the gala, so we will provide beauty services before the event. You can book an appointment for hair, nails and/or make-up through our website. - During the AGM, we will support a wonderful project called Women Win. This organisation empowers adolescent girls through sports. They do this all over the world in places where girls do not enjoy the same opportunities as boys. - We will be selling beautiful ‘Power of Dreams’ bracelets. You can order them as you book. - For the farewell brunch, we have organised the Dutch Olympics. We will have a real competition with typical Dutch games, Dutch music and much more. Be aware that we only have limited places for this fantastic ending to our AGM, so book now!

Of course, there will be lots more, but we won’t spoil all the surprises.

To find out more and to register please have a look at our website www.lci2019.org, follow us on Facebook LCI AGM Rotterdam 2019 or email us info@lci2019.org We believe in the Power of Dreams and we will make this diamond dream come true. See you all in Rotterdam!

AGM 2019 committee, Femke, Marieke, Selma, Marjon, Nanna and Ilse


Travel the World with Circle Friendship across LCI

Premier LC4 Club World Meeting The Round Table Family has a long tradition of ‘World Meetings’ – when clubs across the world with the same number meet up. Usually attendees stay with families in the host country, visit local projects, see the sights and of course make a ton of friends. It’s an excellent opportunity to experience new cultures first hand and Ladies' Circle International is encouraging Circles to do the same through the number club exchange. In September 2018 the first international number ‘4’ club exchange was held in Chennai, India. The trip was open to all Circles whose club number ended in 4 and it coincided with the National AGMs of Ladies’ Circle India and Round Table in Jaipur. Lisa Roehr, a Circler from City of London, and Kenza Sbihi were just two of the international ladies who signed up along with ladies from Estonia, Zambia, Germany and Morocco. India is the fastest growing country in LCI and together with Round Table India they focus on the Freedom of Education project, raising funds and creating much needed classrooms. “It was an amazing experience and I learned so much about circling in India“ Lisa Roehr, City of London Circler “Dearest Circlers from all over the world, I invite you to experience this incredible journey being in touch with those wonderful Circlers...they achieve the dream of friendship but also inspire with all the service projects that they assume especially in education. NAMASTE!” Kenza Sbihi, LCI President 2018/19


MTM Romania 2019 Anne Belcher jumped at the chance to attend her first Mid Term Meeting (MTM) in Bucharest. Travelling out to Romania a little earlier than the other GB&I delegates meant she not only got to take in the stunning sights but linked up and became firm friends with Circlers from Austria. She took to the podium during the business meeting and even stepped in last minute as a GB&I voting delegate! “I don’t know how to start explaining how amazing the weekend I just had was... I am totally bitten by the Ladies Circle travelling bug, and can’t believe how wonderful, warm and welcoming everyone has been. If you need a friend, you will always have someone by your side when you are a Lady xxx” Anne Belcher, Biggleswade Circler

Fellowship Tour of India and Bangladesh In June 2018, Ryan Twigg, Rotherham RT, met some Indian Tablers who were on a fellowship tour of the UK. Through them Ryan learned about their national charity, Freedom Through Education and an idea for a fundraiser and return Fellowship Tour was formed. Tanya Harder, Southampton Circle, contacted Ryan and they worked together collecting items for an internet auction of Table and Circle pins and memorabilia. They set off on their 12-day tour in January taking in Mumbai, Chandigarh, New Dehli, Agra and Dhaka, visiting various projects, Tables and Circles along the way. Their auction raised an amazing £6,200!

Our story - 60 years of friendship and service with LCI The very first LCI History Book will be launched at the 60th LCI AGM in Rotterdam. The book costs €20.00 plus shipping and any profits will be donated to the incoming International Service Project for 2019 – 2021. There will only be 1,000 books printed so don’t miss the opportunity to get your copy! Orders can be placed by emailing Susanna Georgii on susanna.hohaus@vodafone.de or via the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/e/1FAIpQLSfciNohVAE2JCO3I-UAYBTihDJG34nK0a09k1X7xneEIEApw/viewform

International Service Project For the last three years LCI has been supporting "Happy Hearts". This is a project in Botswana whose mission is to provide temporary accommodation for childhood cancer patients and their care givers from remote areas who must undergo cancer treatment in Gaborone. Support for this project will come to an end in August when the next ISP is voted on at the LCI AGM but there’s still time to donate via the ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. https://ladiescircleinternational. org/projects/buy-a-brick-campaign/

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Bits & Boobs It’s time to get personal, ladies - and focus on our bits and boobs, starting with the bits we won’t need when we die.

Did you know the law on organ donation in England is changing? From Spring 2020, ‘Max & Keira’s Law’ comes into effect - meaning all adults will be considered as potential donors, unless they choose to ‘opt out’ or are in one of the specific excluded groups. This is a 360° on the current ‘opt in’ system and brings England in line with Wales and Scotland. It’s understandable that for personal or religious reasons, not all of us will want to be donors or may only want to donate certain organs. If that’s the case you can opt out on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Whatever your decision, opting out or saying yes, it’s important to have a serious conversation about organ donation with your family/ next of kin as, when the time comes, they will be asked to honour your wishes. Why the change? Simply, to save and improve more lives - there are not enough organs available for transplant and sadly three people every day die in need of an organ. The ladies from Haverfordwest Ladies Circle know a lot about how hard life can be waiting for a donor. Here’s Belle’s story… Meet Belle Curran, an amazing 10-year-old girl from Wales, who is on the priority waiting list for a double lung transplant. Belle has an interstitial lung disease - her lungs are stiff and

hard which makes breathing very difficult, she relies on a wheelchair to get about and needs an oxygen mask 24/7. Belle takes a lot of medication every day to help soften her lungs, but the drugs have many side-effects too - one being the loss of appetite. Belle has a peg in her stomach to assist with getting the right nutrition to enable growth and development to ensure she is healthy enough for a transplant when the time comes. Belle’s mum Stella is a Circler in Haverfordwest and they, along with other Circles in their area, are helping Belle raise awareness of organ donation, particularly in children, as well as fundraising for the fabulous charities that have supported her and her inspirational family so far. “THE MORE PEOPLE WHO REGISTER/ OPT IN AND TALK ABOUT ORGAN DONATION SERIOUSLY WITH THEIR NEXT OF KIN, THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO FIND A MATCH FOR BELLE AND MANY OTHERS LIKE HER.” Haverfordwest are supporting several charities that give life-saving support, advice, care and respite to Belle and her family: Puffin Ward at Withybush Hospital; Noah's Ark Children's Hospital Cardiff; Ty Hafan Welsh Hospice - a place Belle loves to spend time at; Great Ormond Street Hospital (Heart & Lungs) where Belle is on the transplant list; and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish granted Belle a weekend trip to London last summer complete with hotel stay, limo ride and meeting Will.i.am on the set of The Voice Kids!

The Haverfordwest ladies have pushed themselves this year, trying a huge variety of fun and challenging fundraising activities including taking part in a Tri-Challenge; the Cardiff Velothon, Cardiff Half Marathon and abseiling down Pembroke Castle, raising more than £9,000. They created a huge carnival float with Belle as the central character, sold pens they’ve designed as well as holding various raffles and spreading the word at local superstores and shops along the way. Superhuman Circler, tri-athlete Lindsey-Anne Richards, competed in Iron Man Wales coming home in an impressive 13hrs 34mins and 50secs and raising £5,000! Braver members bared all in the name of art and became human canvases for a unique calendar using hand-drawn images highlighting the organs that can be donated. To date the Circle have raised in excess of £20,000 but they’ve not finished yet and are rounding off the Circling year with a “Give so others can live” charity dinner and “Belle’s Bingo”.

“Our chair Mandy has done an amazing job this year getting us all involved in various ways to spread the word and making our Circle such fun” Since this article was written Belle sadly lost her fight and passed away peacefully on the 5th April 2019. To see more of her inspirational story visit www.facebook.com/Bellesstory-1886305571611422 For more information or to register on the organ donation list, visit: https:// www.organdonation.nhs.uk/


Tits Up!

“Around 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.” We can think of at least 100 names for them but whatever your favourite word is, it’s time to grab your boobs – if you’re a bloke reading this, keep your hands to yourself and check your own as breast cancer affects you too. Along with cervical cancer, we want breast cancer to be on the Circle agenda as well, and are pledging to work on various initiatives and campaigns to raise awareness - not just across our association but wherever we can. With one in eight women affected by breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s important we step up and do all we can.

Time to get intimate… a public cervix announcement The shocking stats cannot be ignored. The number of women not attending their cervical screening AKA ‘smear test’ is just too high – with approximately one in four skipping the test, attendance is at its lowest for 19 years in England and 10 years in Scotland and Wales. Playing hooky and bunking off the test is risky; smear tests literally save lives.

“Around 3,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year” “Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 35 and under” We know a quick coffee with friends is a much more enjoyable way to spend 15 minutes but are urging all Circlers to attend their test and encourage the women around them to do the same. We want to ensure our friends are still around to have that coffee with! 99.7% of cervical cancers are caused by infections with the human papillomavirus (HPV) and 80% of sexually active adults are infected with some type of HPV in their lifetime. HPV is common; cervical cancer is rare but not rare enough. The HPV vaccine offered to girls aged 11-13 is an important step in the right direction and research shows that if 80% of people have the vaccine when offered, it could prevent twothirds of cervical cancers in women under 30 by 2025. We could make a joke about a tiny prick - both the injection and smear itself - or say ‘don’t fear the smear’ or even ‘don’t be a diva, it’s only a beaver’ but for many women the whole concept of a nurse poking around their bits is unnerving and not a topic talked about openly. We think it should be. We need to break down the barriers stopping women attending their test as well as increase awareness of the symptoms of cervical cancer.

For more information visit www.jostrust.org.uk

When Ladies Circle GB&I turned 80, we raised money to support breast cancer charity CoppaFeel! In their own words: CoppaFeel! exists to educate and remind every young person in the UK that checking their boobs isn’t only fun, it could save their life. They have some great resources, in particular a free text service giving you a cheeky monthly reminder to check for changes. Routine breast screening is offered every three years to women from the age of 47-50 years, so until then - and even between appointments once you reach this age - it’s down to you and your hands to hug your boobs, look for lumps and go to your GP the moment you notice your norks are not normal for you.

For further information, visit coppafeel.org.

or your pecs - guys, we’re talking to you too! Did you know that both men and women can get breast cancer? So get into a habit of regularly checking and be aware of the signs and symptoms below. Ladies - remember that some of these changes may occur naturally with your cycle and can be perfectly normal. But if in doubt, get it checked out...









changes in skin texture e.g. puckering/dimpling lumps and thickening

nipple discharge

nipple inversion and changes in direction

swelling in your armpit or around collar bone constant, unusual pain in your breast or armpit a sudden change in size or shape a rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area

Need a reminder? Text BOOBS TO 70300 for a free monthly text from Boob HQ We’ll never send you spam or ask you to donate money, you’ll just get a friendly reminder to check your boobs, once a month. Standard network rates apply for the text you send to sign up but every text we send you is free after that, promise.

CoppaFeel! is a registered charity - no:1132366 (England and Wales) and SC045970 (Scotland)


Circle News

A round-up of news from across the country

Growing old gracefully!

Falkirk reached a massive milestone this year – their 60th Charter. They partied with Circlers old and new and are determined to build membership back up so more local women can join in the fun, friendship and fundraising. Leigh Herd, Chair, Falkirk LC

There aren’t many Circles that have reached 70 so a celebration is certainly called for! Winchester turned back time with a novel DIY Ball – each table choosing a decade and bringing their own food – dancing the night away to music from 60ft Chicken. From punks to queens, desperate housewives to hippies, the costumes on display were fabulous. The aim of this brilliant Ball was to have a great time celebrating Circling and the crazy, mad laughs that go with it, but it went one better and raised £385 for Hounds for Heroes! Helen Dawson, Media, Winchester LC

1,893,456,000 Seconds for Shirley! On 6th October 2018, Shirley Circle had their 60th Charter and celebrated in the best way possible... with prosecco and afternoon tea! They were delighted to be joined by current and past Circlers, Area, Tangent and National President, Jo Hudson. The ladies were entertained by a vintage-style singer and spent a lovely afternoon sharing photos and memories with friends old and new. They loved comparing how Circle had changed over the years but also how fun, friendship and fundraising had remained our focus. A raffle in aid of Marie Curie raised an amazing £338. The occasion made the Shirley club feel proud to be Circlers and excited for the next 60 years! Laura Rudge, Chair, Shirley LC

Fabulous Fashion in Falkirk Hats off to Halifax Huge congratulations to Halifax Ladies Circle who recently turned 70! Circlers past and present came together for a hat-themed event celebrating this massive milestone – with a guest speaker, singing from the Cherry Tones, a raffle raising more than £300 and a ‘head decorating’ competition - the fun, friendship and fundraising that are unique to Circle was certainly on display!


Even thought current membership is down to only two ladies, it’s not stopping Falkirk from embracing the friendship and service of Circle. Back in November they organised a charity fashion show and luncheon in aid of the Butterfly Trust and Marie Curie, raising a brilliant £3,120 on the day, and then followed it up in December walking their socks off working side by side with Falkirk Round Table on their Santa Float. This raised even more money for local charities.

Troon Tunes

In November 2018, more than 200 ladies descended on the Carlton Hotel, Prestwick dressed in all their finery to attend Troon Ladies Circle's 5th annual Black and Bling Ball. The ball is a highlight in the diary and tickets sell out within days. This year the ball was supporting the inspirational ‘Small but Mighty Fund’ who fundraise locally on behalf of the Brain Tumour Charity. A fantastic night was had eating, finding out more about the charity and dancing to the wonderful band Memphis who belted out amazing tunes and kept the dancefloor full. Most importantly £3,100 was raised - a truly amazing amount.

Ruth Farrell, Troon LC

London Calling

Essex Expands!

City of London LC is going from strength to strength and one of the joys of being in the capital is the number of international Circlers they meet who are over on their travels. They have hosted Circlers from Finland, Sweden and France this year. Their Swedish visitors joined them for an Indian meal cooked by Lisa, one of their members who is a chef. In addition, she has home-hosted a series of dinners this autumn, which has been a great chance for socialising and games in good company! Lisa even headed off on an international trip of her own to India – see article on page 10 for more details.

Sun, Smiles and Santa The sun was shining for the annual Dorridge Day, a huge community event hosted by Knowle & Dorridge Round Table and assisted by Knowle & Dorridge Ladies Circle who baked hundreds of cakes and had a full-tothe-brim tombola stall with a face painter. Solihull’s Mayor was in attendance and she was very impressed with the huge range of baked goods on offer! The Circle stalls raised a fantastic £2,500 for local charity St Basils, who help young people at risk of homelessness in the area.

Closer to home, the ladies have visited a gin distillery and taken a boat trip along Regents' Canal ably steered by captain Stephi - a trip with a difference that encouraged a new lady to join.

In November they held their nowtraditional pub quiz, with more than 40 attendees from the Round Table Four Club Family, raising £480 for their charity of the year, Dogs Trust. Samantha Newsham, London LC

The ladies did a lot of self-publicity on the day too and their hard worked paid off as they have since recruited six lovely new members to Circle – a great day all round for fun, friendship and fundraising. K&D Circle is going from strength to strength and now has 17 members with more ladies thinking of joining soon – they were all joined by Tangent and honoraries in December for a great Christmas celebration rounding off the year in style and taking a well-earned break from helping on the Round Table Santa Sleigh.

After more than 60 years of Circling, Chelmsford have really cracked the Circle formula. In fact, they are so successful they have nearly 30 members and 30 prospectives! This has been great for the club but with so many ladies to liaise with, it’s time for change. Jen Harknett and Danielle Ling are leading the way and re-chartering Chelmsford Tindal Circle having decided splitting off and reinstating Tindal is the best way to accommodate the city’s ever-growing circle of friends! Danielle Ling, Chelmsford Tindal LC

Maidenhead Massive on tour Christmas is always a favourite time of year for Maidenhead Ladies Circle, even if it's one of the busiest. They started the festivities with a weekend in Bruges visiting the Christmas markets and taking in the sights. After fuelling up with fizz, they toured the city, enjoying a trip round a chocolate museum and almost didn't make it home, getting stranded in Brussels! Thankfully they were held at the Eurostar terminal with a choir who kept everyone entertained. In addition, they helped at their local Mencap Christmas party, supplying hundreds of sandwiches and mince pies before rounding off the year on the Santa Sleigh, building up their steps and raising more than £500 for Daisy's Dream - an organisation which supports children going through bereavement. Leah Wong, Media Officer, Maidenhead LC

Lucy Hillman, Chair, Knowle & Dorridge LC


Circle News

Notes from Norfolk It really is very exciting to finally put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard for our Hunstanton & District Ladies Circle article - welcoming 2019 and looking back at a busy, fun-packed 2018 full of new experiences. Over the year, Hunstanton have tried axe throwing, life drawing, beach nights, pole dancing and kayaking, to name a few activities. One highlight was exhibiting a tree again at the local Christmas Tree festival - trying something different and making an ‘alternative’ tree in the shape of a lady! After a competition to give her a name she was christened BETTY BAUBLES! Claire Quinn, Chair, Hunstanton & District LC

Festive Foliage Fun Littleborough ladies got crafty this Christmas, holding not one but two nights of festive wreath-making. They had more than 40 ladies attend of all ages, many of whom were interested in joining Circle and the new Littleborough Tangent. With mulled wine, music and a generous donation of foliage from Ripponden Christmas Tree Farm, the ladies raised more than £530 for their charity Mac House. Heidi Murphy, Vice-Chair, Littleborough & Areas LC


Tiara Travels At the Joint Scottish Area Event in June 2018, Ruth Farrell was given the honour of the ‘Make A Difference Tiara’. Since then, Ruth and the tiara have been inseparable and have had a great time attending events in Troon, Callander and Falkirk as well as travelling south for the September National Council Meeting in Peterborough. The tiara is definitely a brilliant conversation-starter about what Circle is all about… and its travels are not over yet! In fact, it’s even going to the big smoke as Ruth is busy training for the Virgin London Marathon in April 2019. The tiara will be going sightseeing with Ruth but alas can’t take part in the run as Ruth is too scared to lose it – can you imagine how many hair pins would be needed to keep it place on a 26-mile run! In June 2019, the tiara will be passed to the next deserving Circler in Scotland at the JSA Event in Callander.

Children in Need We are proud to be ongoing supporters of BBC Children in Need and are looking forward to working with them over the year ahead. From volunteering at CarFest to organising rambles, our members raised an incredible £33,564 for the 2018 appeal and even got our own special mention on TV on appeal night - will we top this in 2019?!

How will you #GetInvolved?



BBC Children in Need will celebrate another Appeal this November, but the charity is hard at work year round to make a difference to children in our communities. Look out for ways to get involved and don’t forget these all important dates for your diary!

SEPTEMBER Merchandise will be delivered, start planning your events to sell your Pudsey stock!

MARCH We will start recruiting volunteers to sell raffle tickets at both Carfest North and South.

MAY attend The Ladies Circle key contact will 2019 partner day and learn about our tion campaign plans! Important informa will be shared in the newsletter.

5-6 OCTOBER Ladies Circle Ramble Weekend! Inspire your friends, family and for local community to raise money off BBC Children in Need by setting on a ramble!

NOVEMBER Bonfire Night. If you’re organising a firework display, hold collections, have a fancy dress competition, invite Pudsey along!

26-28 JULY Carfest North.

volunteers Bolesworth Cheshire: A team of You camp will sell raffle tickets at the festival! and have the on site, are provided with meals and amazing evenings off to enjoy the music atmosphere!

23-25 AUGUST Carfest South. Laverstoke Park Farm: A second chance for volunteers to sell raffle tickets at this fantastic festival! For further information about organising rambles, holding station collections, attending Carfest or any other fundraising activity for BBC Children in Need, please contact Lindsay Pickard vicepresident@ladiescircle.co.uk

Big BBC Quiz Night. We’ll be sending you everything you need to hold a fantastic quiz night, including exclusive content from all your favourite BBC faces! Bake a Difference. Look out for ways to take your cake sale to the next level - we’ll be partnering with some special BBC programmes to raise even more this year!

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Circling Diary National Conference Weekend 3rd to 5th May 2019 - See Page 10 for details Joint Scottish Area Luncheon & Callander’s 10th Charter 8th June 2019 National Round Table Family Camping Weekend 21st to 23rd June 2019 National President’s Speakeasy Ball 28th September 2019 North East Regional Event 5th October 2019






Member Benefits We can’t believe it’s been three years since our patrons Meg Dyos and Lizanne Van Vuuren were part of the allfemale team that rowed the Pacific, travelling 8,446 miles and spending 257 days at sea. The documentary Losing Sight of Shore is sure to #INSPIRE you and is currently available on Netflix.


Up to £7k discount As a member of the Round Table 4 Club Family, a Hyundai Affinity partner you could receive up to £7,000 discount on a brand new car. For more details, log in to www.affinity.hyundai.co.uk and register using code A01


We Are Family We are proud to be part of the Round Table Four-Club Family - if you are over 18, we have a place for you. Read on for messages from the National Presidents for 2018/19.

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Phillip Ellis, 41 Club President 2018-19, chose a charity for the year that is very close to his heart, Muscular Dystrophy UK. His grandson, Enzo, has this life-limiting condition and he’d like to thank everyone that has kindly donated so far. You can read more about their story here https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/ muscular-dystrophy/club41 Past 41 Club President, Terry Cooper, is organising a new event for this year for all motorcycle enthusiasts within the Round Table Family. If you have a motorcycle or three-wheeler of any age or make, then you are welcome to attend along with passengers, partners and friends you ride with regularly.

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I’m into the last few months of my presidency and boy the time has gone fast! While away in Spain for the Iberian cluster I was taken ill, and I would like to thank all the Circlers that sent me get well wishes. It’s at times like this that you really know what our RT family is like - I also got messages from Circlers in New York, South Africa and all over Europe! Unfortunately, I was not able to join the other National Presidents in London for the Remembrance Parade which I was gutted about but health has to come first. I have been getting out and about again and am pushing Circle and Round Table wherever I go. There is a need for Tangent to push all our clubs and as I tell them, we can get you members - you just have to work at it. Those of you that are ageing out of Circle this year please get in touch with our membership officer Sue Hill, if you have not already been in touch with or joined a Tangent. If there isn’t a suitable Tangent nearby then we can help you get one started! Once a Circler, always a Circler - so don’t stop, continue on in friendship, we do have fun and you can still travel the world and take on new challenges like paragliding, rock climbing, water skiing, walking with lions - I still do and all of these were only done after I joined Tangent. See you about! Yours in continued friendship Jill Harris Tangent National President 2018-2019 Email: president@tangent-clubs.org


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Santa Sleighs, Fireworks and Beer Festivals bring smiles to the faces of adults and children everywhere. Just like Circlers, Tablers give up Past Presidents Luncheon their time to make these events happen and in doing so, they also raise millions of pounds for local good causes. But it doesn’t stop there. As you know, Round Table has been around since 1927 and 2019 marks the 92nd anniversary of our movement’s foundation. By pure coincidence, there are also 92 football clubs in the football league. So, my Presidential Liaison Committee (‘PLC’) came up with an awesome idea – to visit all 92 stadiums in 92 hours to celebrate 92 years of Round Table.


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My PLC were then tasked with finding a good cause that we could raise money for. As some of you know, I am a member of City of Birmingham Round Table and a lifelong fan of Aston Villa Football Club. You may also know that I am a father. When she was a small child, my eldest daughter was involved in an accident at her nursery, which resulted in her needing surgery. Birmingham Children’s Hospital provide a truly outstanding service and I figured there could be no better way to say thank you, than to do what we can to help them. I also know of a great many Tablers and Four Club Family members whose children have been looked after by them. So, my PLC team got in touch with them and asked what we could do to help them.

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We learned that they are currently raising funds for a mobile intensive care unit, which costs somewhere in the region of £1million #CriticalJourneysAppeal. I was invited to visit the hospital and along with Jim Conway (41 Club), we were shown around one of the vehicles and the control centre. The work these guys do alongside St John Ambulance is simply incredible. To date, not one child has passed away in one of these vehicles. They literally save lives. So, the day after my Presidential Ball in Coventry, our journey began. It was filled with highs and lows but showed the full force of our Four Club Family with supporters coming out at all hours of the night bringing hot drinks and bacon sandwiches. The support on social media was amazing and every message spurred us on. Part way through the challenge we realised we might be able to break the current World Record of 74 hours and 20 minutes - we didn’t just break it, we smashed it by 9 hours 41 minutes meaning the record is now 64 hours 39 minutes. To date we’ve raised more than £20,000, thank you. If you’d like to donate, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/92in92for92 Yours in Table Dickie Holland National President RTBI 2018-2019


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