District Holiday Break Scheme

For over 40 years District 11 has provided a week long holiday for women who are need of one. These women are often carers but can also be anyone who needs a break. The holiday is 7 days full board in a hotel, usually in Bournemouth, with activities arranged for daytime and evening, all at no expense to the participants. Two or more Inner Wheel members are resident in the hotel for the week and during the day the ladies are usually hosted by one or more Clubs in the District with outings to interesting places and lunch or tea is usually included. In the evening sometimes Clubs will provide quizzes or games, or local entertainers will be brought in. The final evening is always a special Gala dinner where everyone dresses in their glad rags to round off a memorable week. At the beginning of the week 10 to 15 rather apprehensive ladies gather at the hotel but they soon start talking and enjoying the change of scenery. By the end of the week they are firm friends and very much more relaxed than when they arrived.

If you know of any ladies living within our District who might benefit from such a holiday please use the Contact Us page to give us contact details

Holiday Break, Ullswater Hotel, Bournemouth, 13 – 20 May 2017

Thullswater hotele holiday break for 2017 will be from 13th to 20th May. We are holding it at The Ullswater Hotel in Bournemouth.

To see the programme for the week click here

To see a diary of what went on during the week click here. Holday Break 2017
Holiday guests with two Hotel staff members

Holiday Break, Ullswater Hotel, Bournemouth, 14th-16th May 2016

To see the Programme for 2016's Holiday Break click here.

To see a heart warming report from one of our 2016 Holiday Guests, click here. 

2016 Report from District Chairman Alisson

I was so pleased to be able to join members and guests for part of the Holiday Break week this year and this is just my diary of the events I attended. Unfortunately, SVC Linda was taken unwell on Monday which was such a shame after all the hard work she had put into organising the week with her committee. However, the five guests still had a great time. On the Saturday we arranged plants and items of welcome in each of the guest’s rooms and soon the guests began to arrive. First was Joan from Guernsey who Susan Parsons (Hythe) had picked up early in the morning from Southampton Airport and then Ann Edwards (Ferndown) brought along Pam and Jean and then Portsmouth & Southsea’s President and Secretary arrived with Jane and last, but by no means least, Mary Smith, Parkstone & Poole’s President arrived with Cheryl. We were soon mixed up and chatting together over tea and after our guests went to freshen up they returned to the lounge for a welcome drink and then we had dinner. After our meal we were entertained by members from Parkstone & Poole and everybody was soon involved with the quiz and ‘guessing the items in a bag’. An excellent start to the week. 
I rejoined the group on Tuesday when 8 of us headed off to Wareham. Our first port of call was Liz Rudd’s home for coffee and then we made our way down to the quay for a lovely trip on a small river boat on the River Frome. The weather was kind and we had a very jolly captain with a dry sense humour who kept us entertained with stories of the river and Wareham! The view of the town from the river was very pretty, with the church in the centre. Nearly everybody enjoyed the trip although one of our party on their return felt a little queasy. Wareham Club President, Venn, gave us a few anecdotes on the way to and from the quay. Our little trip was finished off by a visit to a local church with beautiful stained glass. On our return from the town we again went to Liz’s home where her club members were there to greet us and we had a lovely buffet lunch which included, salmon, prawns, new potatoes and “the best quiche”, that Cheryl had ever had. We had coffee and cake to finish off a lovely outing. Once we were back at the Ullswater, the energetic duo, Cheryl and Jane decided that they wanted to walk to Sand Banks and so they set off together. The rest of our group put their feet up! 
My last visit to the Ullswater Hotel was on Friday evening for the ‘final’ dinner, preceded by the Holiday Break committee meeting. All the committee members had thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a successful event and felt it should definitely be continued. I am happy to report that although Linda had to return to the Isle of Wight without being able to join the group, she is now feeling much better. On the last evening meal, the ladies who had arrived a week before, fairly quiet and unsure of what lay ahead were so complimentary about the week and very pleased indeed that they had come away. Ann Edwards, who had taken over from Linda, was given some gifts which included a bottle of Bombay Sapphire Gin!! One of our lovely guests had however, written a poem on behalf of them all:-

To the Inner Wheel Ladies – District 11

We all arrived from different parts,

All feeling down, with heavy hearts.

You ladies from the Inner Wheel

knew straightaway how we’d feel.

You made us laugh with silly games,

and on our chests we wore our names.

We tried to make some cards as well,

don’t think they’d be good enough to sell.

We went upon a river trip in a boat so small,

we thought we’d tip.

We’ve walked and talked and laughed and cried

released those feelings locked inside.

Museums, car rides – some longer than planned

all contingencies were well in hand.

We’ve wined and dined and drunk enough tea

to send the Queen Mary out to sea.

We’ve made new friends – we will keep in touch

So, to you ladies we say ‘Thanks so much’  

Joan Rouget, Guernsey  

SVC Linda would like to thank everybody who was involved with the Holiday Break for their contribution, however, large or small.

Young Carers' Holiday 2015

Every third year the scheme provides a holiday for children who are carers rather than adults. This year a group of young carers are being given a holiday at Honeypot House in the New Forest and Alisson Smith, our current Senior Vice Chairman has written the following:

"The Honeypot Children's Charity vision is for every child to make the most of their one chance at childhood"
Since 1996 Honeypot has been working to enhance the lives of vulnerable children and young carers aged 5-12 years by providing respite breaks and on-going outreach support.  We give young carers a break from demanding and stressful responsibilities at home and provide a safe, nurturing environment where children at risk can develop their full potential.
District 11 Inner Wheel been involved with Honeypot House for some time and this year we hope to send at least 12 children on a week's respite.  Members have volunteered and in November we were able to help Honeypot by wrapping hundreds of presents for distribution to the young carers.

Honeypot House For more information about the charity please go to their Web site.

To see a letter of thanks received fromthe Honeypot House Charity please click here.

Putting up Bunting made by Lymington Inner Wheel

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HP Bunting 2   


Adult Carers Holiday 2013

Below are some of the activities from the 2013 holiday: