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Champion Award!

We are beginning to appreciate how much charity work is now being sponsored, by local businesses. In Cirencester, ‘Smiths News’ is a prime example. They recently held a special lunch, with Olympic Swimmer, Michael Jamieson, as guest of honour, to present no less than 20 awards, which were all to do with volunteering and charity fundraising.

The most impressive award of Community Champion of the Year was awarded to the Inner Wheel Club of Cirencester’s own Nic Hewlett - awarded for the events she had run during the year both at work and during her own time.

Nic, our youngest member - and the first with no ties to Rotary - joined us two and a half years ago and is already on the committee, showing great enthusiasm and totally ‘being a friend’.

Well done Nic, we are all very proud of your achievement. Liz Tovey Cirencester D10.

Valentine Success

Members of Lincoln Bailgate Inner Wheel together with friends and families were greeted with a wonderful array of red hearts, bows and balloons as they entered Sudbrooke Village Hall for their Annual Valentine’s Lunch.

With tables laid and gentle cooking aromas exciting our appetites we took our places for a delicious meal of chicken and vegetable with apple pie to follow.

Time passed happily with much chat and laughter before, raffle drawn and the entertainment, with a variety of music and songs by Sophie O’Halloran, richly applauded, it was time to go. As our kind members, who had tirelessly prepared the meal, set to on the clearing away, we all left with memories of a very enjoyable and successful day.

Debbie Houston Lincoln Bailgate D127. Tummy Tuck–in!

The ladies of Dudley Inner Wheel Club, along with friends, came together for an hour of fun and exercise. We watched eagerly, as instructor Lisa gave us our instructions, although some of us did get our right and left somewhat mixed up. After a gentle but energetic routine standing, Lisa then asked us all to sit on chairs where she went through a number of exercises we could all do at home while watching TV. – but don’t be under any illusion that these were easy!

After almost an hour of pushing, balancing and holding in that tummy, we were ready to ‘tuck-in’ to our lunch of jacket potato, fillings and salad followed by ice-cream and profiteroles. (Well at least we had tried to work off some calories before eating!)

A very enjoyable time was had by all but it would be the next day before we found out the effects of all that exercise!

Val Walden Dudley D21. ’Twas on a Monday Morning

On a very cold but bright Monday morning, 15 ladies descended on Chipping Sodbury (which will probably never be the same again). Starting with coffee at Hampton’s, we then walked the short distance along the High Street to the well known Hobbs House Bakery, a business owned and run by the Herbert family since the early 20th Century. Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert, are now also famous for their popular television series.

Though the overnight shift, which deals mainly with breads of all kinds, had finished and only a few people were working, a warm greeting awaited us, as we split into two groups for the interesting tour - all kitted out in plastic coats and hats - what a sight to behold!

Returning to Hampton’s for lunch, after coffee and a lot of chatting, we returned home, having all agreed it was a very pleasant way to spend a Monday.

Dursley D10.

Saggy Bottoms!

The Community Committee of The Inner Wheel Club of Horwich held a Lancashire Evening with entertainment by ‘The Saggy Bottoms’, a ladies trio who sang humorous Lancashire songs written by themselves, followed by ‘Rivington Morris’, a ladies team who, after giving a superb demonstration of their skills, encouraged the audience to ‘get up and have a go’. A supper of pasties and mushy peas was served and a raffle was held for A Lancashire Hamper. The evening was a great success raising substantial funds and needless to say was enjoyed by all.

Sylvia Twist Horwich D128. Amazing Ashanti

Participating in a visit by the Rotary Club of Leigh to the village of Bimma in the Ashanti area of Ghana, as they finalised the project they have been working on there, has been an emotional and humbling experience. The Rotary club have aided development of the village, by putting in sanitation, running water and a food processing plant, as well as assisting the farmers. Leigh Inner Wheel have, over the past two years, raised funds for the benefit of the kindergarten, where ninety children, aged about three to four years of age, share two small classrooms – with not a toy to be seen. The children are amazing and our plan is to upgrade their outdoor play area.

Trish Stephenson Leigh D128. An Unexpected Invitation

The Headquarters of International Inner Wheel is in Altrincham in District 5, so the members of the Inner Wheel Club of Altrincham were delighted to be invited for pre-dinner drinks with IIW President Carole Young and her Executive. What an honour to meet these ladies who, most of the time, are just to us names in the directory.

A delightful couple of hours were spent exchanging news and views. Altrincham’s link club is Auckland East, in New Zealand, but by the end of the visit we were considering also linking with Catherine Refabert’s Club - Tours, District 72 in France.

Now, when we see Carole Young at the Association Conference in April we will be able to tell others that we have had drinks with her – what a feather in our caps!

Betty Hayhurst Editor D5. Where Next?

Jessie Murray and Isobel McLean, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Loudoun, were among a group from Galston Parish Church of Scotland visiting the Lutheran Church in Ahrensfelde near Berlin to mark 25 years of friendship.

During a service of worship, a candle was lit by Isobel and the very appropriate ‘Candle of Friendship’ written by Kathryn Yarsley of Wednesbury, was read by Isobel’s husband, Alistair who had translated the poem into German.

A candle of friendship, A candle of light, A candle of warmth burning bright, A candle of hope, A candle of peace, May our candle never cease To symbolize our wish for you Fellowship and Friendship all night through Now used in several countries – where will the poem travel next? Loudoun D23.

Whatever the Weather

Trudging through the snow to ensure delivery of Meals on Wheels, Ann Wickenden, a member of the Inner Wheel Club of Littlehampton, underlines the selfless response to the call to duty that is so typical of Inner Wheel members.

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