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We enjoyed a delightful lunch at Bickleigh Mill in Devon to mark the anniversary of our Charter date in May 1975.  It was a lovely setting and we were pleased to take advantage of some ‘retail therapy’ in the gift shop.

In June, we supported the League of Friends of Wellington Hospital at their 50th Anniversary Garden Party with an ‘Accessories' stall.  It was a gloriously hot afternoon and we were very grateful to our member Carole Chilcott for the loan of two gazebos, so we didn’t melt in the heat!  Our scarves, jewellery, bags and shoes proved a great attraction and we raised a good sum for the League’s Community Nurses project.  The photo shows one of the teams of members who manned the stall throughout the afternoon, from the left Doreen Hearle, Veronica Vassalli, president Rosemary Wharton and incoming president Margaret Kent.

Welcoming home Ed Pratt after he unicycled around the world for School in a Bag with Yeovil Inner Wheel ......Unicycle to Conference next ?

The Inner Wheel Club of Weymouth spent a wonderful summer evening in the garden of member Ruth Davies beautiful home.

It was great to see everyone after the summer recess and catch up on the gossip.The Evening started with cocktails ( Woo Woo’s) then Ruth and a few committee members produced a wonderful spread of food, including some very unusual salads to try with cold meats followed by an amazing array of deserts. We are all looking forward to a great year of friendship

Wrington Vale Inner Wheel Club finished their year off with a day trip to Hampton Court Castle. The middle of August a sponsored walk up Brent Knoll took place. 12 ladies did it. The combined age of the ladies was over 850 years. The average age was 75. They raised a large amount for female cancer charities. Thanks to sponsorship and donations for fresh wild mushrooms.

We returned to the September meeting with an interesting talk on the life of a midwife.

After a sunny summer break, West Woodspring held their September supper,  where we welcomed two prospective new members Sonia Mortell and Angela Castell, also a guest Angela’s sister Jackie.

Our charity this year is Arthritis Research UK, so we were delighted to have speaker Adrian Williams from

The organisation. He talked movingly of the problems caused by arthritis and how it affects all ages in many varieties of the disease(200 plus different types of arthritis) he explained the great progress made by funds raised supporting the various research teams, especially the leap forward in medications for juvenile uveitis, (arthritis in the eye)which is now preventing blindness in affected children. Much research is also going into pain management, essential for quality of life.

It was a very interesting evening and we shall be making every effort to support this worthwhile charity.

The Inner Wheel Club of West Woodspring

Gill, our President hosted a fund raising coffee morning, our ladies enjoyed scrumptious cake, raffle and chat, and all in aid of our charities. A sunny day and social gathering.

The Inner Wheel Club of Yeovil Members plus husbands and friends enjoyed a visit to Cothelstone  Manor on a lovely late summer’s afternoon. Nigel Muirs- Raby gave a fascinating insight into living in a manor house, with its long history. Our visit was followed by a delicious tea.

Frome Ladies enjoying a club evening with District Chairman Prue Witter and showing the wonderful collection of Christmas Shoe boxes ready to go to Sweeps.

The 26th Annual Harvest Thanksgiving Service, conducted by Rev. Clive Fairclough Market Chaplain  and organised by the Inner Wheel of Frome was held at Standerwick Market on Thursday 10th October.  Renee Cole, President of Frome Inner Wheel and Rotarian Hilary Daniel read the lessons and Rotarian Kim Hyde played the piano.  The service was followed by an auction, conducted by Rotarian Dennis Barnard, of gifts and produce and raised over £800 for Children’s Hospice South West. President Renee Cole welcomed Emily Mitchard of the charity who told of the work and support extended to families by the hospice.  The Inner Wheel of Frome would like to thank all those who helped with this event and those who attended for their kind generosity

West Woodspring enjoying afternoon Tea at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant.

Carol Schubert kindly organised a social outing for President Gill Simmons, a special afternoon tea at Cadbury House. Gill was joined by 15 of our members for a happy get together .. lots of natter and diets forgotten for the day!

"For this year’s skittles tournament, Wells has joined forces with Chelwood Bridge and has just played the first match against Midsomer Norton and Radstock at the Britannia Inn in Wells.  Played in a very friendly atmosphere Wells Chelwood managed to win by 31 pins and will meet Mendip in their next match.  The game was followed by an enjoyable lunch for players and supporters,"

“We have passed the 1000thBreast Care Cushion”, xclaimed a jubilant Member of the Club.

Time to celebrate.  We invited our Sponsors and Nurses from the Breast Care Unit at Yeovil Hospital, our recipients of the cushions, to a photo shoot with subsequent Dinner.

We joined the Breast Care Cushion initiative which was started by a Street and Glastonbury member in 2008 after her own Breast Cancer Operation.

Hundreds of hours have been spent making the cushions out of donated duchess silk, soft stuffing and ribbons, packaged in neat pouches complete with our best wishes and the list of Sponsors.

The cushions are stuffed and finished during chatty and thoroughly enjoyable sessions in each other’s houses complemented with tea/coffee and sweet meats.    

Bath Club had the Charity Stall on Sunday and I thought you may like these pictures. The Stall was in a new location – Milsom Street – and despite our initial reservations it turned out to be very beneficial as out total take was increased  so we’re very pleased