Inner Wheel Club of Taunton Vale

Chartered 3rd November 1982

Meet at Oake Manor Golf Course, TA4 1BA at 19.00

on the 1st Wednesday of the month

No meeting in August

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Margaret Brown & Laurian Cooper
Joint Presidents 2021-2022


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This year we have filled 47 boxes. Thanks to the generosity of our members we spent almost £200 on contents to go with the beautiful, knitted hats, mittens, teddies, puppets, dinosaurs, and bags and baby jackets and hats crafted by members and friends of Margaret A and Jennifer. The baby boxes (4) for new mothers have two baby grows, a knitted jacket and hat, baby toiletries and knitted toys.  Household boxes (4) designated for senior citizens have warm socks, hat, scarf and gloves, toiletries, writing materials, candles, and cleaning materials.


The children’s boxes range in age from 2 years to teenage.  All have basic toiletries, age-appropriate educational materials, hat, gloves, socks and toys and games.  We always add a puppet, even for the older children, as it can be a means for traumatised children to express their emotions and worries. The boxes will go to Eastern Europe, distributed by trusted Rotary associates, to needy families living in dire poverty many of whom will have never received gifts before and we can easily imagine the delight of a child opening a box.


Thanks, as always, go to our Club members for their support and especially to the team of packers who did a great job!  Great to have our current joint President and next year’s President involved.

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Taunton Vale Rotary Club recently celebrated their 40th Charter anniversary. To mark the occasion we donated a bird bath to Abbeyfield Residential Home in Bishops Hull, which has been supported by the Rotary Club for many years. Our joint Presidents were joined by the Rotary President to make the presentation.

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So here we are, meeting for the first time since September 2020 and celebrating our Handover to our new Presidents, Margaret Brown and Laurian Cooper. 


Cheques were exchanged for the charities we have been supporting this year, The Food Bank and Motor Neurone.

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We have a very proud mother in our midst! 

Warrant Officer Class 1 Angus Bartaby is a Pilot Instructor at the Headquarters Central Flying School (CFS). 

He has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

The citation for his MBE noted Angus’ “long and distinguished career as a Qualified Helicopter Instructor in the British Army has made him an outright leader in his field” where “he has made an outstanding and vital contribution to UK and International Defence”. 

Anne, you must be so proud of your son!


‘A Rotary Canal Challenge’  


A band of enthusiastic cyclists, including our member Di Besley, bravely cycled over 40 kilometres to complete the challenge. 


Di regularly cycles with a group covering over 50 kilometres each time in search of coffee and cake or the odd pint or two!

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A little bit of history - we are nearly 40 years old!

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World Inner Wheel Day was celebrated in many ways and our President, Jennifer Bird, and I joined the World Inner Wheel Day Church Service held on Monday 11 January, 2021 organised by District 5 and 128 of Inner Wheel.  Up to 192 ladies joined in, including members from India, Bangladesh, Germany and France.  Everyone was muted so we could sing the hymns to our heart’s content.  As a Club, we celebrated the day by making numerous phone calls to each other, it was a great day for chatting!  , To recognise World Inner Wheel Day, I, as did many others, put a light in my window for two days.

Our International Officer, Ruth Jenkins, has been busy collecting puppets that members and friends have made.  These will go into the shoeboxes that we hope will be ready by March.  Members have been generous in donating their meal money so that Ruth can buy bargains on Amazon to help fill the boxes. The Club has been supporting the Rotary Shoebox Scheme for over 10 years now which operates all year and not just for Christmas.  They spread a little happiness to disadvantaged children and adults in Eastern Europe.  The boxes cost £2.00

Ruth has been busy with another project which was started in 1986 and was originally intended for her daughter who was then aged 5.  Her daughter designed the central cat motif and using Laura Asley fabrics, Ruth was prompted to complete the quilt during Lockdown 2 for her 13-month-old granddaughter, Florence. 

Lovely words embroidered:

For Flo from Granny

with love in every stitch

Christmas 2020