Exmouth Inner Wheel find a use for unwanted spectacle cases …

A few of the sewing kit spectacle cases

January 5th 2013 was the annual Inner Wheel Day of Service. This year, our members gave their time to help the charity, Operation Sunshine South West. Our task was to make sewing kits to be inserted into glasses cases for the use of women in the rural areas of Africa. Eighteen members gathered at President Sue Turner’s house and between us we filled sixty six cases with pins, needles,cottons, tape measures, scissors, buttons, and much more. These items will be used to mend clothes and recycle old ones into new garments.

Each year the charity sends the containers to Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The containers are filled with educational materials, medical supplies, tools, furniture, and of course sewing kits. We are pleased to know that our contribution, with others, will soon be on its way and that the  results of  our efforts will be put to good use.
Janet Wood. Exmouth Inner Wheel Club Correspondent.

Brixham Inner Wheel give a Fond Farewell to Liz Holroyd …

A very important occasion took place at the Berry Head Hotel on Wednesday, 6 February. It was a lunch to thank and honour one of their longest serving members, Liz Holroyd, who is moving from Brixham to be nearer her family.

Liz has been President of Brixham Inner Wheel no less than three times as well as undertaking numerous other duties. She has supported and encouraged the club indefatigably through her long tenure and they are sorry to lose her. The food and the atmosphere was superb and Liz was completely taken aback as she knew nothing of the lunch beforehand.

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District 17 Day Skittles …

The Waie Inn was packed to capacity as our teams battled it out for the Skittle Crown.  In the end it was Torquay who were victorious with Braunton only losing by 1 point.  We can now look forward to 2014 with Torquay organising the event.

Everyone who attended had a wonderful and the food was excellent Grateful thanks must go to Wendy Lea who organised the event on behalf of Bideford, the 2012 winners.  Wendy also brought with her a dastardly quiz which definitely had us all putting on our thinking caps and in between skittles everyone played darts.  With several clubs tying for first place in a couple of quiz categories, the winning teams were Brixham and Tiverton and the individual dart competition was won by Jeanne Milburn of our Bideford Club.

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District 17 Inner Wheel Rally held on Friday, 22 February 2013 …

The sun shone, as over one hundred members and guests attended the service of rededication at St Marys Church, Otter St Mary and continued to shine whilst we enjoyed lunch in West Hill Village Hall.

I would like to thank all members of District 17 who shared in making the day so special. It was like one big party, where nobody wanted to go home. We had new members attending for the first time and those who have been in numerous Rallies.

Yif Jill Cobley, District Chairman

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Golf Competition on Monday 22 April in Plymouth

I received this email from Andrea Parker who is organising the above Golf Competion for the Annual Conference in Plymouth.

“Calling all ladies with golf handicaps of 36 or less. Allow me to introduce myself – I am the person who volunteered(?) to organise the Golf Competition at the forthcoming Association of Inner Wheel Clubs Annual Conference in Plymouth this year. I am writing to you all to remind you of the warm welcome that awaits you at St Mellion International Golf Resort on Monday 22nd April. The Competitiion will take place on The Kernow Course which is equally as beautiful as the Nicklaus course but less challenging and golf balls find the Kernow Fairway a lot more often than on the Nicklaus Course! So please come and join us.

It is not too late to register and you do so by logging on to our Association Inner Wheel website and click on the Conference 2013 tab and then scan down to the ‘Golf Competition Booking Form’. There is a Cornish Cream Tea awaiting you as well!

If you wish to speak to me personally I would be very willing to answer any queries you may have and my contact details are below. Looking forward to perhaps meeting up with you at St Mellion, My handicap is 27 and you mustn’t let me win it – so sign up!

Yours in Friendship

Andrea Parker


01752 787058 (home) 07775 600078 (mobile)

Date for your Diary …

The Inner Wheel Club of Tiverton are holding a Skittles and Social Evening on Friday 26 April 2013 with a 7.00 for 7.30 pm start.  It will be held at Tiverton Rugby Club and all proceeds are in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.  Tickets are £10 to include a hot supper.  Please come along a support such a worthwhile cause.

RSVP by 15 March to either President Jackie Ferrier (telephone 01884255528) or Secretary Frances Mitchel (telephone 01884242687..

Inner Wheel Conference 2013 …

Do you want to attend the AGM at the Annual Conference in Plymouth but don’t want to go to the whole Conference or pay for the privilege of one morning session?  If so, our District Chairman has informed me that any member wishing to go the the AGM on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 can attend free of charge.  This session runs from 9.30 am – 12 noon.

If you would like to attend, you will need to contact your Member of Council, Margaret Kempton (01271 344059) and inform her of your intention to attend and then apply to Headquaters by the 25th of February 2013.



Teignmouth Inner Wheel and Rotary working together …

The Inner Wheel Club of Teignmouth joined forces with the Rotary Club of Teignmouth in a Community Day at the Methodist Church Hall, Teignmouth on Saturday, 19th January, 2013.   They invited local charities to join them in the successful event.   Apart from raising £200 for the Inner Wheel we were also recruiting new members.

June Austen (Secretary) manning the cake/bring and buy stall

L-R: Sue Maberly (Treasurer), Kay Webber (Club Correspondent), and Kate Neville (President) busy at work in the Methodist Hall kitchen

Exmouth Inner Wheel – In memoriam …

We are sorry to report the death of Brenda Whittle who was an active member of Exmouth Inner Wheel Club for many years.  Although she had not been able to attend meetings for a long time because of ill health, she is remembered for all her hard work and helpfulness.

Janet Wood, Club Correspondent

Another successful fund-raising event for Bideford …

From the pen of our Bideford Club Correspondent Erica Malone:

Over 80 people turned up to support Bideford Inner Wheel’s Curry Lunch which was held at Littleham Village Hall. We are lucky enough to have a wonderful friend to Inner Wheel in`Past President’s James Corkery’s wife, Alexia. Alexia can produce many and varied curries with all the lovely authentic accompaniments without breaking sweat! She is truly amazing and we are so grateful to her and her helpers. Inner Wheel supplied a wonderful array of delicious desserts. It was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and thanks to good support, and a productive raffle, President Jan will be able to donate a cheque for over £1,200 to Northam Lodge, her chosen Charity of the year. Northam Lodge, a local  residential home for 24 profoundly learning disabled adults. A really enjoyable, convivial time was had by all.