We’re All Mad Here

The setting for Wonderland, is a strange and seemingly crazy world where animals act as normal people, and you enter by dropping into a rabbit hole. But in the real world health and safety wasn’t about to let that happen, so Warsop Inner Wheel decided to recreate Wonderland at The John Fretwell Centre (JFC).


Our story starys in the ‘real’ world, where President Ruth was sitting next to her sisters discussing what the theme should be for the 2019 Charity Ball. The next thing the Ball Committee know is we are waking up to an email detailing the theme. A dream world where the Mad Hatter is throwing a tea party.

“President Ruth’s main charity this year has been the Mansfield Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The President’s Charity Ball was created to raise money and awareness.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is a novel written in 1865 by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.


Chapter One:

Our amazing Wonderland was created very generously by Kelly Wilson-Parkes from A Touch of Charm The room at the JFC was originally a sports hall, and has already been dressed as a fantastic party venue and regularly booked out for weddings, events and conferences.

Kelly arrived with her charming team and began to transform the room. Kelly created a beautiful floral arch which we used as a photo wall.

Kelly has a very generous Queen of Hearts and has supported many great events with her room decorating skills. This year alone she has donated £10,000 worth of event dressings and time, to help support such causes as our own across the East Midlands.

Together, Inner Wheel members Elaine and Anne, husband Dave and Kelly’s gran Olive, helped put on over 150 black chair covers. Kelly and her team then decorated each chair with a mixture of purple, orange, green and pink chiffon bows.

Four tall brightly coloured trees were set at each end of the hall. While members of the Ball Committee continued adding the finishing touches, Kelly added an oversized ballon to each table, matching the colours on the chairs. The effect was stunning.

Our tables were then finished off with incredible floral center pieces made by two of our wonderful Inner Wheel ladies, Sue Pasierb and Christine Fretwell, who had generously donated the flowers and their time to create the individual masterpieces.

Also on each table was a brown goodie bag for each guest containing items donated by the East Midlands Mulitple Sclerosis Community Fundraiser Caroline Kew. There was information, pin badges, trolley tokens, furry creatures, and a book of information. The Ball Committee added a sweet treat to finish off the bag. Elaine and Anne were our fantastic bag ladies.

Inner Wheel member Hilary donated her time to create for the ball the ticket and poster designs, which were beautiful. But she also turned her creative hands to the completion of the tombola tower.

This year with the theme of Wonderland her creation was amazing and perfect as a focal point for the entrance to the room. The butterfly sparkles were to be added to the table a finishing touch, but looked great on the floor, when the box split. A happy accident as we like to call it.

We had some incredible donations for raffle prizes from members of the Warsop Club and from business friends.

Jill Hallam of JH Legal Services donated a jam packed (literally) full hamper of Fortnum and Mason treats. We had be hampers for men, women, children and families, plus a tea and coffee hamper donated by Donna and Paul Moodie of Quantas Bathrooms.

Elaine decorated the table with prizes, together worth well over £1000. All our amazing donations for the tombola and most for the raffle were wrapped by our super secretary Christine. Making both tables look fabulous.

By noon the room was looking breathtaking and all the helpers were ready to relax and some left for a pamper session at the hairdresses.

All that remained for the day was for President Ruth to run through the programme and timings with our volunteer Host John Fretwell. John was a willing volunteer at short notice to host our event.

End of Chapter One……

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