Fun and fundraising
In 2013, the bazaar raised £13,000 and this year the amount exceeded £14,000, largely thanks to the sale of 277 gift baskets. The club estimates there were more than 1,100 people who turned up to grab a preChristmas gift bargain.
Despite its name, CAWC is not only open to Americans. Pam Showalter, originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and now living in Jordans, said: “We have around 130 members and a very strong volunteer corps. About 10 per cent of those members come from countries other than the United States including Britain, of course, Australia, Japan, Canada, South Africa, India, Mexico, Peru and the United Arab Emirates.”
The club meets on a monthly basis at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham Court Drive, Denham and both Pams are fulsome in their praise for the club which has welcomed CAWC and provides them with rooms in which to hold their meetings at a very competitive rate.
“Several of us play golf,” said Pam Houghton, “so this is an ideal venue for us. We hold lunches here, fashion shows, wine tastings and we get speakers in to talk to us about a wide range of subjects.”
Membership of CAWC costs £85 a year but it seems like a small amount to pay for the obvious camaraderie and care that it buys.
“The only thing we ask new joiners is that they share our enthusiasm for the three ‘Fs’. We have a wide age range – from 28 up to 80 – and we just want to try to make sure that people visiting this country on a temporary basis make the most of their time here,” said Pam Houghton.
If you would like to know more, visit the website at www.cawc.co.uk.