Otter Valley Birthday Celebrations …

A very special evening event marked the birthday meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Otter Valley on 3 March. Members were joined by their partners, some former members and visitors from Sidmouth and Exmouth clubs.

Joint President Eleanor with cakes

After an enjoyable meal Joint Presidents Eleanor Watson and Monica Highnam gave everyone an individual birthday cake which they had decorated with the wheel of the organisation symbol. Tables were decorated with floral displays in blue and yellow, colours of the organisation, created by Monica.

The highlight of the evening was a “Call my Bluff” type quiz with antiques experts from Bearnes Hampton and Littlewood of Exeter. Richard Bearnes a specialist in books and manuscripts, Dan Goddard a pictures expert and Nic Saintey whose field is ceramics and glass. They brought along some pictures, ceramics and other interesting objects which were due to be sold in forthcoming auctions and then regaled us with possible histories of the pieces. At the end of each explanation they gave a value of the item and we were asked to judge either from knowledge or facial expression of the narrator the value of the piece. It was great fun deciding whether a painting was a genuine masterpiece or a reproduction, a chinese vase was priceless or a modern copy.

The winner was Sue Pink who scored 9 out of a possible 10 and was rewarded by a bottle of bubbly. Would it be champagne or sparkling wine?

Members and husbands met up the following Sunday to enjoy a Safari Lunch, where different courses were eaten at different houses, with everyone meeting up to enjoy sweets and coffee at the home of Coral Roberts, our Overseas Service Organiser. The event was held to have fun and get to know each other better, but also to raise funds for Coral’s chosen overseas charity Door of Hope. The club has also been collecting baby clothes which will be delivered to the charity’s childrens’ homes in Johannesburg, by Paul Floyd. Paul is a member of the Rotary Club of Otter Valley and his work means frequent visits to South Africa where he heard of the plight of abandoned babies in the city. The charity cares for them and gives them a home until they can be adopted by a family.

Article sent in by Linda Shingler, Club Correspondent, Inner Wheel Club of Otter Valley.

Update on Hilary’s 18 day walk for School In A Bag …

Hot off the press, here is Hilary’s message to all the ladies in District 17.

She has managed to raise sponsorship from a few companies in the Bideford area to help with petrol costs (support vehicle) and breakdown.  If you feel you (or your Club) can sponsor her, please see the link at the bottom of the article.

“Hello Everyone, What wonderful walking weather! For those of you who were asking, here is the definitive list of where I am walking and when. I am not going to stick to the lunch stops on the list as I don’t have people joining me for any of the afternoon sessions so I will just continue walking.

(l to r) Julie Turner, Wayne Daniel, (WD Joinery Ltd) Sharon Carroll, (D&S Recovery Ltd), Kevin Cole, (Elliotts Garage) Erica Malone & Lucas Simon (Founder of The Piers Simon Appeal and School in a Bag)

If you are intending to walk on the 1st April can you please let me know. Also if you are intending to just join me just for the photo can you also let me know so as we know when everyone has arrived. It will be an early start I am afraid as the walk is 16 miles. Can we get together at 9 at the railway carriage at the station behind the Royal?

I am still firming up what is happening on the 18th as Julie is organising a boat from Crowe Point back to Instow and we are subject to the timing of the tide but I hope that there will be a number of people who will meet me at Instow and we can then all have a lovely leisurely walk back to Bideford!

This is the route, with a possible change on the stretch Widecombe in the Moor to Totnes because of road restrictions for walking.

Route planner day to day

The fund raising page is still

Yif, Hilary Corless”

NB: If you can, please be there to welcome her when she gets in to your town and it would be great to have a group of Inner Wheel ladies at the start of the next day to cheer her on. Any photos would be very welcome.  Send them to me in jpeg format to

Maggie Ellison, District Editor

Information re CR4EE …

This is a message from Lesley Roberts, our District Overseas Service Organiser:  “I have just been advised that CR2EE have lost the use of their warehouse in Exeter. I would therefore ask you not to bring any items collected for them to the next District Meeting as I do not have any long term storage facility. If anyone has any further information please let me know and I will pass it on.


It’s Wheels all the way to Conference …

We’ve had mini buses, wheeled toys and prams, and now Brixham Inner Wheel have added to this list with the presentation of an “Evac Chair” to their local theatre.  Should an emergency happen and evacuation from the theatre is necessary, anyone who is disabled can be quickly and easily removed from the premises.  Lesley Roberts demonstrates the chair.

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