Hilary’s April Foolery Walk is no joke …

For those of you who were at the 11th December meeting at Exeter Golf and Country Club I will refresh your memories and for those that weren’t there, I will re-cap:

Hilary Corless from our Bideford Club is walking 230 miles, commencing 1st April, around Devon to all the clubs in District 17. She is endeavouring to do this in order to raise funds for The Piers Simon Appeal “School in a Bag” charity. School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each School Bag is filled with stationery equipment and resources that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn.
She will commence the walk in Bideford and then basically walk in a anti-clockwise direction until she finds her way back. The order she will be visiting your club home will be Okehampton, Totnes, Dartmouth, Brixham, Torquay, Teignmouth, Exmouth, Sidmouth, Seaton, Axminster, Otter Valley, Tiverton, Braunton and Barnstaple.

What she is hoping will happen is that some of you from each club will walk part of the challenge with her. She is happy for people to join her for as little as mile or for one or two stages, in fact as far as you want. All she asks is that you arrange some sponsorship. If you don’t feel able to walk yourself perhaps you have a relative, friend or neighbour who might like to join in. The more the merrier is the motto as the more walkers the more money we raise. It is also much harder trying to do it alone.

She will also need somewhere to stay each night, along with the husband who is acting as road crew! She has already received offers from Ann Mitchell at Totnes and Joan Denning at Sidmouth but basicallyshe will need accommodation at the other stops. Please email me or Hilary direct if you can help.

Logistically it is easier if all walkers use the same method of donation and there is a fund raising page which can be found at www.virginmoneygiving.com/aprilfoolery (please remember to gift aid if possible). If you wish to join in the walk simply email Hilary at glaisdale@yahoo.co.uk with details of which stage you would like to walk, she will then contact you with confirmation and keep in touch with you with more precise details as they emerge. She will also need a note of walkers so they can be credited on the above donation page so their sponsors know they are sponsoring the right person! She is hoping that Lucas Simon who is the Charity Liaison Officer for the appeal will be walking with her some of the way as indeed I will.

Current route and timings:

1st April Bideford to Meeth 16 miles (easy)
2nd April Meeth to Sticklepath 16 miles (easy to moderate)
3rd April Sticklepath to Chagford 6 miles
4th April Chagford to Holne 16.5 miles (hard)
5th April Holne to Totnes (Week) 8.5
6th April Totnes to Dartmouth 12.0
7th April Dartmouth to Brixham 10.8
8th April Brixham to Torquay 12.8
9th April Torquay to Exmouth 15
10th April Exmouth to Sidmouth 13.1
11th April Sidmouth to Seaton 10.5
12th April Seaton to Lyme Regis 6
13th April Lyme Regis to Ottery St Mary 18.0
14th April Ottery to Tiverton 17.0
15th April Tiverton to South Molton 18
16th April South Molton to Barnstaple 12
17th April Barnstaple to Fremington 14 (via Braunton)
18th April Fremington to Bideford 7
TOTAL 229.2 miles

Julie Turner
President Inner Wheel District 17

Bring a smile to ladies less fortunate than ourselves …

Once again Exmouth Inner Wheel have thought of a novel and fun way to bring a smile to the ladies of Kosovo.  Last year it was spectacle cases full of sewing items and this year it’s … well, read on.

For their Day of Service, 19 members gathered together in member Sue Turner’s home, armed with handbags, scarves, gloves, cosmetics, jewellery and other items, which would fit into the handbags. The aim was to give personal pleasure to older ladies in Kosovo who have very little in their lives. Each bag had a hand written greetings card in it, the message was in English and a local language, which was researched by member Allison Ferrero. Susan Naile, their Club Correspondent, tells me it was good fun, and they filled 46 bags of all shapes, sizes and colours.

We all have handbags that we never use and drawers and cupboards full of unused cosmetics etc so I’ve emailed Susan to ask for more details.  Watch this space.

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Three forthcoming events from Sidmouth Inner Wheel – make a note in your diary …

14 February 2014 – Beetle Drive with buffet supper at St Teresa`s Hall, 7 pm for 7.30, Tickets £8 available from Paragon bookshop. Bring your own drink – we supply the glasses.  Proceeds will go to Arthritis Research UK.

22 March 2014 – Spring Sale at St Johns Hall, 10 – 12 noon. Various stalls and refreshments available.  Proceeds to IW charities and Devon Free Wheelers.

31 May 2014 –a Concert at the Methodist Hall, with Budleigh Salterton Male Voice Choir and the Ystarid Mynach Welsh Male Voice choir.  Proceeds to Arthritis Research UK.


How did you spend the 90th Anniversary of Inner Wheel?

Lesley Roberts, Ann Francies and Jill Cobley all PDC were fortunate to celebrate the day in the company of 521 other Inner Wheel members and guests at the Inner Wheel Founder Club of Manchester on Friday 10th January 2014.

The quotation above was from the service held in St Ann’s Church Manchester.

To say the service was uplifting would be an understatement. The singing by the three soloists from the Royal Northern College of Music made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, as did the organists final piece, Crown Imperial by William Walton. The theme of the service was service above self and friendship.

Then there was a mass exodus from the church and guided by Manchester Rotarians we made our way to the Midland Hotel for lunch. Again it was an experience to sit down with so many fellow Inner Wheel members to enjoy a lunch of salmon followed by Midland trifle.

We heard from the Mayor about how thriving Manchester has become, by reinventing itself and adopting new ways of working in a multi-cultural city. This was followed by a history of District 5,128 and 12, linked to greetings from their District Chairmen.

The President of the Rotary Club of Manchester brought greetings, and spoke about Rotary and Inner Wheel working together and how both organisations have brought about change not only to their ways of working and attracting new members but supporting others who need our help.

The President, Joan Johnsons, of Manchester Club talked about the privileges of being a member of the founding club of Inner Wheel and harked back to the past with the wearing of hats to meetings. This was followed by a melody of songs by the Manchester IW choir, some we knew but not others.

The Association President, Gill Rowley, congratulated the Manchester Club for all they have done for Inner Wheel over the years towards making the ‘wheels turn’. Gill spoke of the need to blow our own trumpet about what we have and will achieve in the future. We have changed and adapted by altering our membership, we are a stand alone organisation, and we must become an inspiration to others so they want to join us and achieve our aims of service and friendship.

I would like to end with a quote from the’ Beauty of Friendship’:

Friendship knows no boundaries – it’s there for all to share,

It’s at the heart of all we do,

It shows the world we care.

We celebrate these 90 years of fellowship that’s real,

Of ‘Friendship through service – The Story of the inner Wheel’.

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Article sent in by Jill Cobley, PDC, Otter Valley Inner Wheel

Is this the first new member for District 17 in 2014?

Tiverton Inner Wheel have just sent me details of their first new member for 2014.  President Avril inducted Pat Jones into Tiverton Inner Wheel at their January meeting and wished her a happy and long association with Inner Wheel.  Pat is the second new member in Avril’s year as President  Only 4 more to go to achieve the Chairman’s Challenge.