Inner Wheel Club of Wrington Vale

Saturday evening saw our first fundraiser for International - a Quiz with Fish & Chip supper! Member Pauline B was in charge and she soon realised that the evening was going well when she had to ring the local chippy to increase the order! Eventually 68 ardent quizzers enjoyed their meal eaten out of paper, of course, the traditional way!

A team from the U3A Creative Writing Group won 1st prize. Final figures are not yet available but an excellent amount was raised on the evening.  


Well done everyone and thank you for your support.
The picture shows Chris and Yvonne Greenwood, our able question-setters-cum-referees-cum- adjudicators, and Pauline Britton who organised the evening.  They are standing behind a table groaning with raffle prizes.

Cometh the hour – cometh the ladies of Wrington Vale!  


Eight energetic ladies from Wrington Vale answered the call from their President Angie and packed Water Boxes.  These boxes are life savers for so many people who have suffered a natural disaster in their home country.  Working in pairs – one collecting the items, the other packing them into the survival box – they filled over 60 boxes ready to be shipped overseas to help deal with the aftermath of the latest disaster.   Each box contains a purification system which fits neatly into the box rendering the water passing through safe to use for drinking and cooking.  Also included are a ground sheet, hammers, nails and other DIY tools, plus cooking utensils, etc.  There are even some colouring books and pencils to keep the children happy.  Something for all the family in fact.  These essential boxes are sent wherever they’re needed. 


Well done all of you!

Coffee morning today at District 20 Chairman Maureen Nethaway’s home in support of School in a Bag and Mission 20:20. The lavender bags we made last week made an impressive display and were sold in memory of Past President Chris Irwin, using Chris’s lovely material which her husband had donated in aid of Inner Wheel charities. Chris is very much missed by all Yeovil Inner Wheel Club members.

Several members visited Coates Willow & Wetlands in Stoke St Gregory and enjoyed a walk around the site while listening to a talk given by one of the staff.  I was unable to attend so my thanks to Pauline Alvis for sending me this photo of everyone tucking into lunch which I’m reliably informed they all enjoyed!  The outing is one of many that our own mini social committee organise from time to time.  Ann Thatcher and Angela Jones do a wonderful job of getting us put and about.  They are a Dynamic Duo!

BTW did you know that Coates had made the gondola for the hot air balloon recently featured in an advert for a local cider?  Not a lot of people know that!

Inner Wheel club of Mendip held a “toe tapping” concert in Draycott Memorial Hall on the 5th October. Ably assisted by Rotarians running the bar. The icing on the cake was the very large amount raised for The Children’s Hospice South West. Many thanks to all who attended.


The Ark Unveiled!


At our October meeting last evening the long-awaited presentation took place of our knitted Noah’s Ark!  This has been the project of a weekly Knit & Natter group instigated about three years ago by handicraft supremo Kate Arklay.  Meeting every week in Kate’s conservatory (but lately in various venues due to major renovations) the knitters started with blankets, teddies and baby hats, then progressed to knitted people for a 2019 calendar which were sold in aid of children’s charities and many members bought them at District meetings (thank you!)


The idea for an ark was a stoke of genius on Kate’s part. You can see just how creative this project has been with each of the knitters taking on a pair of animals ranging from large to small. Mr & Mrs Noah are surrounded by elephants, tortoises, giraffes, zebras, lions, sheep (why didn’t the lions eat the sheep???), crocodiles and a delightful pair of skunks.  There are monkeys hanging off the side of the ark with snakes below. It isn’t clear but there’s a mouse sitting on the roof of the Ark along with two ladybirds on a leaf! The Ark will be raffled in aid of children’s charities, in particular one relating to Bristol Children’s Hospital where new procedures in heart surgery are being trialled. 


A mammoth project – and thank goodness that mammoths are now extinct!  Well have you ever tried to stuff an elephant?

It was a delight last night for The Inner Wheel Club of Weymouth to entertain the new District 20 Chairman Maureen Nethaway. Maureen told us all about her life as a Teacher for the military and how she met her husband when she was posted to Germany. Moving around the world as a wife of a member of the Royal Airforce and eventually landing near Yeovil where she lives today. Maureen spoke about her charity for the year, School in a bag and how she hoped to raise enough for at least 96 bags.
Maureen was presented with a beautiful picture to remember us by.

Wrington Vale Summer Outing to Stobery House & Gardens

The day turned out to be one of the best and 19 of us enjoyed the hospitality of Frances and her team.  

Frances and her husband started off the day with a talk on the history of their time there, followed by a guided tour of the grounds. We then had a delicious lunch in the conservatory before finishing the day wandering around on our own.


The photos show the group as a whole plus one of Angie playing peek-a-boo.  The others are of some of the Rotarian hubbies NOT on best behaviour!

Wells IW International Fund Raising

Safe Anesthesia

Dr Roger Eltringham talked about Safe Anesthesia Worldwide and how the amazing anaesthetic  machines that he has helped design and develop over the past 10 years are being used in poor countries and emergency situations worldwide.


Here he is showing Sheila (President of Wells IW), Rita (IW District International Service Organiser) and Chris (President Wells Rotary) a portable Aneasthetic machine that can be used without Oxygen cylinders and electricity made by Diamedica  (UK) Ltd, in Barnstable, Devon.

What did we do? Yes you guessed it we had a wonderful Brunch in the Sunday sunshine organised by our International Chairman Sue Leworthy, and that raised an amazing donation.



Inner Wheel-v-Rotary Skittles


August each year sees our annual match against WV Rotary Club in the skittles alley at our new venue in Winscombe.  It could be said that we were playing on home turf but that would be stretching it a bit as this is the ‘local’ for several Rotarians!  So no advantage to be gained there I’m afraid.


Handover pictures



Wrington Vale

Wrington Vale President Pauline’s year finished with donations to Teenage Cancer charity, St Michael’s gynaecology oncology team, BUST, Breast care charity in Southmead plus Eve Appeal for Gynae cancer research. This was in addition to supporting overseas charities, Rotary fun day and Young Carers weekend. 

Donations to Southmead Maternity & Dementia Departments

Inner Wheel District 20 and Rotary District 1200 Handover with a difference at Home Farm, School in a Bag. After a very happy year with DC Pru Witter at the helm, Pru handed over to incoming Chairman Maureen Nethaway. A unique occasion with Maureen, a Yeovil IW Club member and incoming Rotary District Governor Dennis Stevens, a member of Yeovil Rotary Club. A lovely occasion with much fun and friendship.

Presentation of cheques to Gynaeoncology Specialist Nurse Jayne Alexandra

Chard Club was delighted to induct two new members last night! Welcome to The Club Ladies!

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