Last week the Inner Wheel Club of Sidmouth hosted the East Zone Overseas Rally in St Francis’ Hall, Woolbroolk. President Anne welcomed District Chairman Jill Cobley and District Overseas Officer Lesley Roberts then introduced Dawn Veal who told us about ‘HOPE and AID for children’, a very worthwhile charity that we have supported this year which sends lorries of food and clothing to Kosova. It costs £3-4,000 per lorry so they need to raise a lot of money. All the volunteer drivers and helpers pay their own way. Our Overseas Officer Lorna Lever presented Dawn with a cheque as did other visiting clubs. Everyone then enjoyed a delicious cream tea which rounded off a very interesting and sociable afternoon.
Three past Devon District Chairmen
L-R seated Val Roberts, Anne Francis and Madge Bell
On 15 May, 35 members of Inner Wheel Clubs attended an Interclub organised by the Inner Wheel Club of Teignmouth. A lovely buffet lunch was laid on in the splendid surroundings of Bitton House. Local historian, Viv Wilson, then gave an entertaining and informative talk on Admiral Pellew followed by a short tour to show some prized features of the property.
The event was organised by Kate Neville, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Teignmouth and her committee.
On Wedneday, 15th May 44 members of District 17 gathered at the Pier House, Westward Ho!. President Jan Wicks was pleased to welcome our District Chairman, Jill Cobley, and all the guests.
Sue Barker, ably assisted by our own Hilda Caldwell
After a lovely lunch, Julie Barker showed us some of the many beautiful and varied quilts that she has made over the years. She took up quilting 12 years ago when expecting her daughter and she conveyed the passion that she feels for the craft. Some of her quilts have been taken to show in America. Like all craftswomen, she made it sound so easy – but I’m sure it is not.
We had a very enjoyable day and thanks must go to Hilda Caldwell for organising the event. Our thanks to everyone who was able to come and support us.
Erica Malone, Vice President and Club Correspondent
If you read the News page of our website on a regular basis, you will already have read our District Chairman’s report and I promised to add my comments at a later date. As I agree with the adage that ‘a picture paints a thousand words’, with my paintbrush at the ready, take a look at these:
Okehampton Club are delighted to introduce two new members to their Club. Here is President Sheila Box after inducting Cynthia Gelder and Carol Cogdell.
Welcome to District 17.
Pru Preston, Marilyn Sharpe and Moira Withey manning Rotary’s charity shop in Brixham. The shop was the brainwave of Rotarian David Sharpe who is Chairman of the fund raising committee and is in its third week of opening. David and Marilyn have worked tirelessly, not just arranging everything, selling but also delivering when necessary.
The shop will be open as long as there is enough stock, enough staff and hasn’t been sold. Members of Brixham Rotary and Brixham Inner Wheel have emptied their attics and purloined treasure hidden for years and the shop has raised an amazing amount of money for Shelter Box. Congratulations to all who put their time, energy and good will into making this an extremely successful project.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of our much loved and respected member Kathleen Callard. She was President of the Club on three occasions and had been in Inner Wheel for 48 years. Although she was very frail she came to our April Meeting to see everyone, to say thank you for our friendship and to say goodbye. A very brave lady who will be greatly missed.