The handover of the Salisbury branch of the National Association of Tangent Clubs took place in April when joint chairmen Fi Green and Jacky Williams received the chain of office from Melodie Brookes.
During the past year, while having great fun and enjoyable shared experiences, the members have raised the awareness of their club in the local community with their tree at the St Thomas’s Christmas Tree Festival, and a Spring Coffee and Cake morning.
They raised funds by recycling unwanted gifts, holding a strawberry tea and a Summer Supper and Antiques quiz. They supported Salisbury Rotary events at a joint pétanque match, a quiz and helped with stewarding at Wallop Wheels and Wings and the Clarendon Marathon.
They have learned about the history of The Rocketship Bookshop, the ‘Her Salisbury Story’ project, the development of International Aid through a talk from a local expert and new skills at a challenge at a nearby shooting range.
The club has featured twice in the National Tangent Magazine, has entertained the National President at the Salisbury Cathedral Flower Festival and afterwards at South Wilts golf club, and has been represented at the National Conference in Cardiff, and one local and six regional lunches around the UK.
The members rose to chairman Melodie’s two challenges given at the AGM last year. The first was planting some native, bee-friendly, Woodland Trust saplings to add to the Queen’s Canopy. The second challenge was ‘growing £10’.
They responded in many different and imaginative ways, both individually and together, to raise an amazing £1,100 for the national charity Re-engage, helping to combat loneliness in the elderly.
Throughout the year they have also supported the national charities of Tommy’s, Breast Cancer Now, the Disaster Emergencies Committee, and locally, among others, Shop Mobility, Alzheimer’s Support, Her Salisbury Story, St Thomas’s church, and shoe box packing.
The club’s year culminated with the presentation of individual awards and gifts of wild flower seeds to celebrate King Charles’ Coronation for his wildflower meadow project.
Salisbury Tangent was formed 47 years ago by ladies originally linked to the National Associations of Ladies Circle and Round Table. It is part of the National Association of Tangent Clubs of over 8,000 women.
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