Messiah update from our Bideford Club

We started planning our Messiah from Scratch over a year ago. We needed a venue that would be large enough and affordable and the Methodist Church in the High Street fitted the bill. Our President, Jan Wicks put in a huge amount of work and found sponsors who paid for the soloists, conductor and the organist.  Rotary sponsored local advertising, so that all revenue was profit. This was to go to Northam Lodge, which is a local Charity that cares for 24 residential adults with profound physical and learning disabilities.

On 17th November, over 100 people, representing local choir schools and choral societies and the general public paid a small sum and began rehearsals at 2.30. They had a break for food supplied by Inner Wheel, leaving time for the soloists to rehearse.

At 7.30 an audience of over 100 came to listen to and enjoy an evening of wonderful music that sounded as though they had been singing together for years. At the end of the performance we were amazed to learn that £1,600 had been raised. President Jan was delighted that all the hard work had produced such a wonderful result and is grateful to all those who supported us.

Erica Malone, Club Correspondent and Vice President

Is this a first for District 17?

When President Jan Wicks (nee Braddick) took the Chair of Bideford Inner Wheel in July, her niece President Sharon Snell (nee Braddick) took the Chair of Bideford Rotary Club. How rare is this? Does anyone know of another Club that is so closely related? The photo taken at our November Meeting shows Sharon presenting Jan with a commemorative Friendship Plate in recognition of our mutual support.

Editor’s note: Apologies for the poor quality of the photo.  I took this on the one day of the year that the sun shone!

A Reflection of our Times?

Miriam Tolman of our Exmouth Club thought this would amuse everyone. It made me quite nostalgic.

“Checking out at the supermarket, the young cashier suggested to the older woman that she should bring her own shopping bags in future because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologised and explained. “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The cashier responded, “That’s the problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

She was absolutely right that our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, pop bottles and beer bottles to the shop. The shop sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilised and refilled so it could use the same bottle over and over. So they really were recycled. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen every time it ran out and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But she was absolutely right, we didn’t have the green thing in our day. We walked up the stairs because we didn’t have an escalator or lift in every shop and office building. We walked to the shops and didn’t climb into a 300 horsepower 4 x 4 machine every time we had to go round the corner.

But she was absolutely right, we didn’t have the green thing in our day. Back then we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the disposable kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 2,200 watts – wind and solar power did dry our clothes. Our children wore hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters; not always brand new clothing.

But the young girl was right. We didn’t have the green thing back in our day.”

Message from Ottery St Mary …

We have a Christmas Stall, with lots of lovely Seasonal items, including Gifts, Toys, Christmas Decorations, etc. for sale, at The Ottery St. Mary Christmas Fayre, on Friday, 30 November 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Institute, Ottery St. Mary, Devon.

This is also Ottery’s ‘Late Night Shopping’ evening with Santa’s Sleigh (Otter Valley Rotary Club) and the shops handing out Seasonal Cheer in the form of Mulled Wine and Nibbles, etc.

Jan Mullen, Club Correspondent

New member for Brixham …

Pru Preston, Club Correspondent of Brixham has sent me this lovely photo of another new Inner Wheel Member.  Carol Ghalmi is the second new member of Brixham with no affiliation with Rotary as per the new Constitution Rules.  Here she is being inducted by our District Chairman, Jill Cobley.  I am sure we all send Carol our very best wishes and hope she will thoroughly enjoy the fun and friendship that comes with membership.

Jill Cobley & Carol Ghalmi

Jill Cobley welcomes Carol Ghalmi to the Brixham Club

Double Celebration at Totnes …

Totnes celebrated their 48th Charter Night at Seale Hayne in October.  I’m told they had a fantastic meal which everybody enjoyed.  It was a miserable wet night but they had a very warm welcome as usual.  It was a double celebration as it was also President Wenda’s Golden Wedding Anniversary.  Here she is with Peter, her husband of 50 years. Congratulations from all of us in District 17.

PDC Anne Francis presents a flower arrangement to President Wenda on the occasion of Totnes Charter Night.  Wenda and Peter Ackland celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary at the Totnes Charter Night

Anne Francis presents flowers to Inner Wheel Totnes president Wenda





Inner Wheel Totnes president Wenda and husband Peter

A fundraising idea from Totnes …

At Totnes we put our thinking caps on to see if we could think of some fun ideas for fundraising or for fellowship using the initials HP.

Inspired by the history page of the new website we wondered if the letters could stand for ‘History on Parade’.  Each club could attend an event dressed in the style that fits the time that their club was formed. Perhaps it could be a Murder Mystery Dinner in the style of Hercule Poirot? Or, maybe we could try to collect Half Pounds (50p pieces) to fill a Half Pint mug?

(Editor’s comment:  I think this is a brilliant idea.  Perhaps it could be discussed at our next meeting on 5th December.  If you can think of other unusual ways to raise funds, let me know and I will put them on our website for others to consider.)