Inner Wheel Club of Wellington  

Chartered 14th May 1975

Meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month

Phone 01823 663232 for details.

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Fran Allen

President 2021-2022

Our delayed Inner Wheel Day collection of goods were eventually packed and transported to our local Women’s Refuge this month.  Including gifts of toiletry sets, children’s toys and jigsaws for the residents.

 

Under the direction of Becky from AgeUK we took part in a chair-based flexercise class when we were told of the importance of keeping mobile and of maintaining good posture.

 

We were delighted to welcome DC Pam to our March meeting at Oake Manor Golf Club for her ‘formal’ visit to the Club.  We enjoyed a very relaxed lunch (with desserts that included far too much cream!) and were thoroughly entertained with details of Pam’s remarkable

life story.

Wellington members Betty and Christine with the knitted blankets they have produced during periods of lockdown.

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We recently welcomed Maria Ford from Hope for Tomorrow who gave a very interesting talk on the work of the charity, which President Fran has chosen to support this year.

President Rosemary, at a coffee morning to raise funds for her charity of the year,

"Freewheelers Blood Bikes" 

Onboard local volunteer Biker Mark’s own bike, with Mark standing by to catch her if she fell off it!

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Club member Sarah Lithgow, has been awarded the honour of 'Member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem' in recognition of her work with St John Ambulance in Wellington. 

For 13 years Sarah has volunteered as a first aider and crewed an ambulance, as well as working with young people and she currently runs the Badger and Cadet Units. In addition, she is the County President for St John Ambulance in Somerset.

 Sarah was to give us a first aid demonstration and instruction on the use of defibrillators at our Inner Wheel Day meeting but, sadly, the coffee morning was cancelled because of Omicron concerns.

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We had hoped for a balmy September day to sit outside for our informal coffee morning. Instead, we were indoors with the central heating switched on! 

As well as all the chatter and biscuits, we were able to sort squares to make into knee blankets for residents of local nursing homes.

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President Fran's first action after receiving her Chain of Office was, on behalf of the members, to present Immediate Past President Rosemary with an orchid in recognition of her service.

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We held our first face-to-face meeting since March 2020 on a beautiful sunny morning with coffee in the lovely garden of founder member Margaret

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We have managed to keep busy during the past year and enjoyed meeting up in small groups for coffee and lunches as lockdowns came and went, taking opportunities to celebrate special birthdays and anniversaries 

Our members have sewn scrubs and bags for NHS staff and face masks for family, friends and the School in a Bag charity.  Knitting needles have worked tirelessly producing cot blankets, jackets and hats for babies and children at home and overseas, as well as knee blankets for residents of nursing homes.

A few memories from years past......

40 years on, our oldest founder member Yvonne Fox cuts the celebration cake

2015

Inner Wheel helpers on the Rotary stall at Wellington Food Fair with celebrity chef

Jean-Christophe Novelli.

Meeting up with old friend and

Keep Fit teacher, Emma Britton

of BBC Radio Bristol

at an Inter-Club event.

Claire Carter of

BBC Radio Somerset

was guest speaker at our

October 2019 Inter-Club Lunch 

An enjoyable evening with the team at Horseshoes & Handprints

The Silly Socks ‘Step and Smile’ Sponsored Walk for 'Beat' (raising awareness and helping young people with eating disorders).