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.
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.