News Continued


Just over a week onto the new job and we've photo's of Inner Wheel in Action.

Today was the Rotary Club of Wells Boules Tournament! A beautiful summers day, great food, pimms too, great fun and friendship, I was delighted that yet again both Mendip IW & Wrington Vale IW had teams, I was a team member for one of the Shepton Mallet Rotary Club.

We'll gloss over the results! However there was much talk of an Inner Wheel Friendly Tournament so over to our Sports Officer this year Maureen!

Newly elected President begins as she means to go on

After being newly installed as President of Chelwood Bridge Inner Wheel Club, President Heather Curtis was out a few days days later helping at Publow Church's monthly morning market when she and fellow member , former District chairman Linda Quinn, were selling goods in aid of the Purple Community Fund (PCF)..

They had a stall full of goods from the PCF , selling a lot of items, as well as telling everyone about the good work this charity does and promoting its work.

A member of the Inner Wheel club of Chelwood Bridge has raised a good amount for Forever Friends, after she decided to hold a coffee morning at her home.

Forever Friends, which is a charity for the Royal United Bath Hospitals, and  is the chosen charity of this year's newly installed President, Heather Curtis.  Mrs Curtis said : “ Thank you so much to Marilyn for hosting today's coffee morning. It was an enjoyable way to spend a morning, as well as helping this wonderful charity.  “I chose Forever Friends because of the wonderful treatment I received in the RUH when I was ill”.


West Woodspring Inner Wheel   Bacon Butty stand

A great turnout from our ladies to help Weston Rotary with their charity golf day, at Weston super Mare golf club, on 27th July. Carol Shubert organised a good team of helpers, and we set about preparing our tent, and camping stove for the days cook up. The weather started badly with pouring rain and howling winds, but fortunately improved as the morning progressed. Teams of three cooked bacon, cut rolls and served the golfers as they passed through the halfway mark. Unfortunately in the afternoon the wind got the better of the tent and our girls had to be rescued by a passing team of golfers, but nothing stopped the bacon butties! President Sheila and her helpers ended the day’s work and a good day was had by us all.

At the Weston super Mare Dairy festival, past president Rose Gilbert set up an West Woodspring Inner wheel stall. Where, helped by President Sheila Harding and girls from the club, she has worked tirelessly for several days raising money for our charity. The Dairy festival is a community project, showcasing local produce, crafts, music, many animals, with sheep shearing and displays, which has been very successful and fun for locals and visitors alike.

Rose has run a charity stall here every year for several years, and local children make a beeline for her in hope of winning sweeties and treats!

New president of Mendip Club Alison Webb held a barbecue for members in her lovely garden. Despite this being an informal event some members were kind enough to make donations to Alison's chosen charity - Headway. Alison is very appreciative.  A photo showing Alison with dome of the members is below together with photos of the clubs at the recent handover from outgoing president Amanda Charlton

A small team of ladies from Crewkerne Club nnington Ride when we were all fortunate to enjoy a gorgeous day, almost too hot for some!

Rotary had a different ‘Café’ arrangement this year which worked very well, a tarpaulin strung between the two (extremely well cleaned) cattle trailers which were the operations centre. We were very well protected from the flies and the weather (luckily there was no rain from the west) and everyone saw where we were!  The riders were once again very appreciative of the drinks, rolls and cakes provided and all left saying they were looking forward to seeing us next year.

Three members of the Inner Wheel Club of Chelwood Bridge went along to the Children’s Centre at Chew Valley School, near chew Stoke,  to give a hand with a project to make some cushions for the Village Agents. Quite a few of the chairs are wooden and cushions were required to make them more comfortable. After a 'ssper lunch' the sewing began and twelve large and six small cushions were sewn and stuffed. These will be used when the Village agents start their weekly events at this new venue starting in October.

Photo shows Mary Smith at the machine, plus Linda Quinn and Marjorie Robinson, with some of the cushions which were produced

       Sedgemoor Inner Wheel

The Memory walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Dot Christian from Sedgemoor club recently did a sponsored walk in

support of the Alzheimer’s Society. Here are a few notes about the event:

On September 3rd 2017 a Memory Walk took place near Bridgwater for the Alzheimer’s Society. Setting off from Swingbridge Lock in Taunton and arriving at Maunsel Lock after the 5mile walk in pouring rain. Having set

off at a cracking pace I completed it in an hour and a half, with one of

my Marks and Spencer colleagues as support. I had the welcoming face of President Beryl at the finish, plus a good hot coffee and a piece of cake!! Luckily my husband was there to take me home to dry out!! Thanks to all sponsors and club members, I was able to send £250 to the Alzheimers' Society on behalf of Sedgemoor Inner Wheel.

The photos show Dot’s arrival at Maunsel Lock, and another when she had dried out at home.

The Inner Wheel Club of Weymouth had a lovely first meeting of the season last Thursday. The highlight of the evening was a visit from District Chairman Lynne Evans. Lynne gave us an insight into her busy life starting with her prowess at Archery which led her to compete at the Munich Olympics. I don't wish to spoil her future visits so I'll leave it at that, I think it's going to be a fun year. One of our 17/18 team of ladies Shirley later presented Lynne with a cheque for her charities. Picture shows some of the Team 2017/18 ladies

Glastonbury and Street

Photo taken at our October  Lunch Meeting at the Wessex Hotel when we filled and packed 12 Boxes of treats for distribution by SWEEPS for Romania.

President sheila Harding welcomed Danny Greeno from the Veterans Charity, her father, Veteran of Normandy, Reg Charles, husbands and friends to our Partners night club meeting

A very pleasant evening was held at our club on 5th of October, we welcomed husbands, friends, family, and partners, to join us for supper and to listen to an inspiring speaker, Danny Greeno, from the Veterans Charity.(one of president Sheila’s charities for West Woodspring Inner Wheel this year)

After enjoying a carvery supper, and delicious puds, we learned how this small charity has changed the lives of many servicemen who on leaving the forces have found themselves struggling for one reason or another. So many were helped, in the first year with improving housing conditions, providing emergency food, and basic items of  essential furniture and furnishings, that the charity evolved to “ the Veterans charity”. This has continued to fill gaps left by other services charities, and is expanding, providing much needed assistance. Our club is happy supporting this worthwhile cause this year, President Sheila plans to present them their cheque at Pegasus Bridge in June 2018 as part of the annual memorial of the gliders landing at the bridge, which she plans to attend with her father Reg Charles.

Visiting the Sewage Works

Who would have believed that such a visit could be so fascinating!

Interesting, informative and entertaining – it simply was great, and a very big ‘Thank You’ to Sam for having the courage of her convictions.

It is difficult to know where to start when writing about sewage but in a nutshell we learnt what not to put down the loo, how much water we all use and how most sewage is recycled in one form or another.

Only three Ps should go down the loo (with a fourth permissable in certain circumstances) think about it then tell your grandchildren. The absolute bug bear of the moment is wet wipes, even if it does say flushable on the packet, they are a menace!

The first process removes all miscellaneous rubbish – it’s compacted  and amounts to three skips-full a week.

 Any gravel  is then removed before the dirty water spends ages going round and round being sprayed onto clinker. There are active microbes in this, digesting all the unwanted bodies and eventually, after constant testing, the clean water is pumped back into the river.

The Inner wheel Club of Bath

The first District Workshop for Correspondents was held at the Haynes Motor Museum cafe on Sat. Nov. 11th. It was agreed to be a very worthwhile exercise although it would have been good to have had more of the Correspondents there. Harriet, from Shepton Mallet, a Correspondent herself, was a great help as our IT advisor, and we thank her very much. A good exchange of helpful hints also took place. I thank the members of the Executive who were able to come and support. Sylvia - Editor

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel Club held a very successful Soup and Puds lunch in aid of Mercy Ships at St. James Hall Winscombe. For further information on the wonderful surgery carried out on these Mercy Ships do go to - The Club would like to thank  all those who supported this event.

A photo of club members working hard in the kitchen.

On a dark,damp Thursday evening The Inner Wheel Club of Weymouth met for their November meeting. As we don’t have a President this year our Ladies are taking it in turns to host a meeting. This is proving very successful so far, the November meeting was hosted by Margaret Chapman and Christine Hazard who both gave us a demonstration of Christmas flower arrangements. The Arrangements were raffled off at the end of the evening. Also this evening we presented cheques to two local charities. Steps which is a youth club that has been seriously let down by council cuts. Also The St Johns Ambulance always a good cause

On Monday 30th October members of the Inner Wheel Club of Yeovil assembled at the home of Margaret Cox the Club’s International Overseas Officer to pack fourteen shoeboxes (for young children and teenage boys) in time to take them to the District Meeting. A donation was also sent to S.WE.E.P.S. to help with the cost of transportation to Romania.