Brixham Inner Wheel raising funds for Literacy in a Box …

On Tuesday 16 June, Brixham Inner Wheel gathered in the Methodist Hall for a Beetle Drive, with tea and cakes organised by our Overseas Correspondent Ann Burt. The Beetle Drive was in aid of ‘Literacy in a Box’ whose object is to promote education in school, primarily, but not exclusively, in Zambia and sub-Saharan Africa. To receive a full education, children need school materials to be sent regularly. To achieve continuity of supply, 400 Literacy boxes need to be sent each year at a cost of £275.00 each. The Beetle Drive was a great success and half way through Chris Bryan gave a short talk on the purpose and aims of Literacy in a Box. Lots of fun, lots of laughter and lots of noise mostly emanating from the fast and furious shaking of the die!


District Meeting and AGM – 25 June 2013

The sun shone and more than 90 members came along to our Summer District Meeting, many wearing hats as suggested by our District Chairman as our Speaker was Rivka Jacobs, a milliner from Exeter. Our Inner Wheel ethos has always been fun and friendship, so Jill ensured that the seating on the tables was mixed and it made for an enjoyable afternoon meeting new friends from across District 17.

As I wandered around snapping groups as I went, I was once again struck by how happy and friendly everyone is within District 17 – not a sad or gloomy face to be found among our members. The gallery below says it all.

District Executive for 2013/14

During our Business Meeting, Jill announced that we have a second Vice Chairman and to a round of applause she asked Gillian Altham of our Brixham Club to join us on the District Executive Table.

We now have a full District Committee for 2013-2014. They are back row from left to right: Lesley Roberts (Overseas), Maggie Ellison (Editor), Hilary Hatherleigh (Treasurer), Jill Cobley (Membership) and front row from left to right: Gill Altham (Vice Chairman), Julie Turner (District Chairman), Margaret Kempton (Member of Council), Madge Bell (Secretary).

After lunch we had a very informative talk by Rivka Jacobs, who showed such enthusiasm for her craft from start to finish. A bit shy to begin with, she blossomed and showed her passion for hats once she got into her stride and began to get questions from the audience. Hats have come and gone out of fashion over the centuries, but she is absolutely right that hats make you feel like a lady. She makes hats to order and can match any outfit. She is also considering making hats to hire. If you want to make an appointment to see her you can call on 07739 469263 or email She shares a studio in Cathedral Close with a dress maker.

At the conclusion of our AGM, Jill Cobley passed the chain of office to Julie Turner of our Bideford Club, who is our new District Chairman for 2013-14. She was presented with a lovely floral display from Jan Wicks, President of our Bideford Club and Julie’s childhood friend.

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Two great grandparents in our Dartmouth Club …

Not one, but two of our members have recently become Great Grandparents.  Congratulations go both of them.

Sylvia (President) and her husband Mike, have, for the first time, become a great grandparent of a baby boy who was born on 7 June 2013.

Not to be outdone, Molly Blake and her husand John, have also, for the first time, become great grandparents to a baby boy born on 31 March 2013.  This is the first boy born in their family for 52 years!

Diary Dates for 2013/14


15 July 2013 – District Assembly – 09.30 Boniface Centre, Crediton, EX17 2DE

25 September 2013 – Autumn Meeting – 18.00 Waie Inn, Zeal Monochorum, EX17 6DF

11 December 2013 – Christmas Meeting with Lunch – 11.00 Exeter Golf & Country Club, EX2 7AE

14 March 2014 – Spring Meeting – 14.00 Waie Inn, Zeal Monochorum, EX17 6DF

20 June 2014 – Summer Meeting & AGM – 11.00 Waie Inn, Zeal Monochorum, EX17 6DF


02 November 2013 – Abbotsham Village, Bideford, EX39 5AP – further details later


26 February 2014 – Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, EX17 6DF – further details later


21 September 2013 – International Day of Peace

10 January 2014 – Inner Wheel Day and 90th Anniversary


Thank you Beryl – from all of us …

Alison Ferraro, Beryl Cuff, DC Jill Cobley, President Sue Turner

I’m sure we all know Beryl Cuff of the Exmouth Inner Wheel Club. She has been our Archivist for many years as well as being a Past District Chairman and District Editor so I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating her on receiving the presentation of a certificate to thank her for all her hard work over the past 40 years.



Not one, but two 90th birthdays for Bideford Inner Wheel …

Eileen Tinsley and Joyce Derrigan are presented with bouquets by President Jan Wicks

Congratulations and Happy Birthday twice over.  Two of Bideford Inner Wheel’s members were 90 years of age this month.  Eileen Tinsley, a members for 33 years, and Joyce Derrigan (a member for 25 years) were each presented with a bouquet of flowers and Trudi Brown baked a lovely birthday cake to help us celebrate this happy occasion.

A day trip to Sidmouth …

Want a trip to the seaside? Then why not drive down to Sidmouth on Saturday, 22 June or Sunday 23 June and visit the OPEN GARDEN at 2 Orchard Close, off Manor Road which is a short walk from Manor Road car park and the sea front.
New member, Veronica Wood, has offered to open her lovely garden between 1.30 and 5.30 for President Anne’s charity – Exeter Hospice. Refreshments available courtesy of Sidmouth Inner Wheel. Entry £3.

Tiverton Inner Wheel supports Children’s Hospice South West …

On Monday 3 June, Jackie Ferrier, President of the Inner Wheel Club of Tiverton presented a cheque for £1,500 to Paula Hullett, Community Fundraiser for Children’s Hospice South West. The main event for raising this money was from a successful skittles’ evening held on 26 April at the Tiverton Rugby Club. Tiverton send a huge ‘thank you’ to all those who attended and gave donations which enabled them to raise such a magnificent sum for such a worthwhile cause.


Otter Valley spreading the word …

This was Otter Valley at the Rose Festival and Garden Fair held at Cadhay Otter St Mary on Bank Holiday Monday on 27 May. The Otter Valley Club was given a stall to promote Inner Wheel and sell books on behalf of Hospiscare. The members in the photos are Secretary Angie Hutchins, District Chairman Jill Cobley, Ann Blackler and Monica Lacey.