Inner Wheel Club of Midsomer Norton & Radstock
Chartered 22nd October 1957
Meet at Old Down Inn, Emborough BA3 4SA at 19.30
on the 3rd Wednesday of the month
Another interesting speaker who recently captivated MSN & Radstock Inner Wheel members was a member’s husband who gave us the magistracy’s history, from being set up by Edward 3rd over 660 years ago, to the present.
Amongst other things we were told that Magistrates range in age from 18-75 years, need no qualifications, are unpaid and over half are women. The maximum sentence a magistrate can give is one year, and two years in the criminal youth court, and it costs a staggering £98,000 a year to keep an offender in prison. The hardest decision a magistrate had to consider was whether to allow a defendant bail as, under the Magna Carta of 1215, they are deemed innocent until proven guilty.
Plenty of festive food and cheer accompanied the club’s Christmas party at Emborough’s Old Down Inn when each member donned a corsage they had made and Treasurer Sue Hopkins’ colourful creation was judged the overall winner. Further fun came in the form of a Secret Santa when wrapped gifts, bought by each member in a charity shop for no more than £5, were then randomly chosen and opened, often to much hilarity.
Inner Wheel Day saw a “laterally flow tested get together” at a member’s house where food items were collected for the Somer Valley food bank and everyone tucked into a fish and chip and dessert supper followed by the showing of the entertaining film Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War, with its showcase performance by Pauline Collins.
Avril (picture left) used her floral decoration expertise to inspire all present to go home and have a go at making a festive wreath for their front doors, a beautifully decorated wine bottle and a Christmas table arrangement, all completed with colourful baubles that she demonstrated how to prepare for positioning.
Move the Mind, the Kilmersdon farmyard and fields project that helps young people on the autistic spectrum gain joy, confidence and calm through interaction with animals and birds, has been given a boost by members of MSN and Radstock Inner Wheel club.