Cheadle started the year with feathers flying and have not really looked back since. After a sell out disco at The Winking Man, the Cheadle Chicks spent September in frantic training for the Five Nations Cheerleading final held in October. We were proud to represent England and even prouder when we won the competition–beating the Welsh team by one point. The Chicks flew back from Stoneleigh to for the Autumn Ball (yes it was the same night!) We landed home, threw on our ball gowns and partied hard celebrating our success. In the same month we held our New Members Evening which was really well attended. (We had ten new members by the end of the night-it’s amazing what you can do with plenty of loo rolls, cocktail sticks and polos!!!!)
In November our hard work was rewarded at the County AGM where we won the Small Clubs Competition Trophy which Cheadle had not held for 17 years. Christine was chosen as the best Club Treasurer and Ness was awarded the individual Merit Award for the most outstanding Staffordshire member. We won the Gwen-Earp Hayward Award for Public Speaking. We were presented with our cheerleading trophies and we also won the Scrapbook Trophy (but still haven’t managed to remove the glue from the carpet!)
December arrived and it was time to celebrate Cheadle’s half century. Members past and present gathered at Rudyard Hotel for a celebratory meal and lots of reminiscing. In between constructing holly wreaths (ouch!) and tuning up for our annual Carol Singing (which raised well over £100 and a lot of noise!!) we enjoyed the usual round of Christmas and New-Year celebrations and then at the beginning of the New Year fourteen of our members and friends enjoyed a mornings shooting at Doveridge.
Following this we headed off to Ken Unwin's for some much appreciated tuition for our Public Speaking; meanwhile Cheadle shared the top spot with Stone in the County Quiz. Competitions Day arrived and our practice paid off, Matthew, Ashley, and Holly were placed first in the Junior Public Speaking competition. Both the Intermediate and Senior Brainstrust teams were awarded second places. Ness came away as the Senior Female Member of the Year too.
The Call My Bluff proved to be an entertaining evening heightened by the fact that we won the competition.
Cheadle YFC was well represented this year at the Blackpool AGM. Everyone donned their cowboy hats and partied hard Wild West style at the Winter Gardens. It was three nights of fun and a week of recovery!!
Once we had recovered from the Blackpool experience it was time to concentrate on the Rally, which is always hectic, but we managed to prove that bigger is not always better by being placed third overall, we were delighted!!
The Pre-Show reception proved to be very successful for Cheadle’s members. Lisa’s Cher impression clinched her second place and our Club Display was placed first. On the following day Ness and Rachel joined Stone girls to win the ladies Tug ‘o’ War competition and later went on to gain second place at the West Midlands Area Final. Our Peter Pan themed float was unplaced although everyone enjoyed themselves (even the lads in tights!) and the Float Name Board was placed second.
In July Cheadle joined forces with Leek YFC for their annual Leek Show fundraising activities. The stand and games proved to be very popular and the money raised was donated to the Dove Valley First Responders. Fortunately their services weren’t required at the Swimming Gala and Cheadle swam into third place. In the Raft Race no swimming was needed (although in some cases it might have been quicker) but both our rafts completed the course in good time.
Cheadle members have spent the year socializing, having fun and fundraising. The club donated £500 between the Neo-Natal Baby unit and the County Air Ambulance.
Overall Cheadle has had a fantastic year. The club is buoyant both socially and financially. Thanks to Julia and the team at County for their help and support, also a big thank you has to go to our Advisory Committee whose input has been invaluable. Thank you to the club officers who have done a splendid job and to everyone who has helped the club over the past year. It has been a year to remember so let’s hope next year is just as memorable and we can prove once again that bigger is not always better!!!