Inner Wheel of Cupar Millennium Tree

Back in the dim and distant past, otherwise known as the start of the new Millennium, Inner Wheel Clubs all over Britain were asked by Association President Janet Day to plant a tree within their community to commemorate the Millennium. Since Cupar Inner Wheel (District 1) draws its members from the Howe of Fife area as well as Cupar itself, we felt that it would be appropriate that our tree should grow in the grounds of Bell Baxter High School, whose catchment area includes both Cupar and the Howe of Fife.

With Clubs now being encouraged to 'Leave a Lasting Legacy' in some way, we thought we would re-visit our tree and see how it was doing. There are now so many trees there that we had to go back to the very old and rather grainy photo taken at the time to remind ourselves where it is! However, having found it, we are delighted to say it is doing well, although the plaque may need to be renewed! Has anyone else got 'then and now' photos of their tree?

Elspeth Smith - Club Correspondent

Seamen and Sailing in the Sun!

The Inner Wheel Club of Woodbridge (District 8) supports the Seafarers Mission in Felixstowe as one of our charities, for which some of our members regularly contribute hand-knitted hats and blankets. This led to us being invited to the Mission for a fascinating talk from Peter Hesketh about his four months spent travelling the world on container ships. Who knew you could even BE a passenger on a container ship!

Original Photo courtesy of The Courier newspaper Imagine who I Met!

I was recently on a Canada and New England Cruise on the Royal Princess. There was a meeting for any Rotarians on the ship and I went along with my husband Pete where we met up with three Rotarians from the US and one from Larne, Belfast - John Shannon.

John went to fetch his wife when he realised I was an Inner Wheel member. She is the District Chairman of District 16, Norma Shannon, so we had a lovely chat and will be meeting up again at the Cardiff conference.

This year we have also supported the Woolverstone Project, which is based at Alton Water and also on the River Orwell at Woolverstone. This charity provides opportunities for people with disabilities to learn to sail and also has a purpose-built boat which takes wheelchairs, giving users and their carers a chance to go out on the water. Our members were invited to Woolverstone for a trip on the “wheelie-boat”. First, we donned the lifejackets – so flattering that we looked like Michelin men! – then boarded the boat to enjoy a wonderful trip down the river. On our return (having shed the lifejackets) we were treated to tea and cake – perfect!

Sue Holloway – Club Correspondent Fit and Cheat!

President Jackie of the Inner Wheel Club of Hinckley (District 7) started off her year by having a great idea to keep us fit! A “Fit and Cheat” fun afternoon was arranged for members and guests. The idea was very simple - to lose weight the fun way! No Chance! Any weight loss was quickly regained with the consumption of delicious desserts. It was a good thought!

A Little Word of Thanks

The grand zip wire adventure raised an incredible, amazing and absolutely staggering total of £8,500 through the enormous generosity of our members. What a wonderful way to end my very special year. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

Immediate Past Association President Liz Thomas

“What do you call that?”

Association President Ann and Sue Howard, Chairman of District 18, are standing either side of a Super Lamb Banana - a sculpture that is part lamb and part banana! The original was a seventeen-foot tall concrete and steel sculpture created by a Japanese artist known as Taro Chiezo. In 2008, 125 individually designed miniature Super Lamb Banana replicas were created as part of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year and the statues were placed around the city. Some can still be found in Liverpool and some were sold off. This one is in the main room of the Adelphi Hotel where the Rally was held.

Wonder what the Association President thought of it! Thanks to District Editor Carol Tynan

Jeans for Genes Coffee Morning

The Inner Wheel Club of Hereford Wye Valley was delighted when President Judith and members of the Newent Club invited them to a Jeans for Genes Day Coffee Morning taking place at Newent Community School. Six members of the club enjoyed coffee and a fantastic selection of homemade cakes – and lots of them – in the Main Hall while the talented musicians of Newent School provided entertainment. One boy played the piano beautifully without needing any music, another was extremely talented on the saxophone and there was singing too.

There was a tombola (some were lucky) and a white elephant stall and everyone was invited to guess the weight of a fantastic cake made by the head of the catering department at Newent School, with the help of some of the students. The pair of blue jeans on the cake, made from icing, was cleverly done. The cake felt very heavy when lifted, weighing in at 13lbs 11oz. However, President Jane Tiley of the Inner Wheel Club of Stroud won by guessing within 2 ounces. Ah well – better luck next time!

It was a lovely morning, very well supported for President Judith’s chosen charity, which is Genetic Disorders UK.

Remember When?

Do you remember when hats, gloves and finery were brought out for every special occasion? How things have changed today. The Inner Wheel Club of Stowmarket decided to bring back a little glamour to one of their meetings. At the handover meeting in June, it was decided to have a retro evening reminiscent of how it used to be when the club was formed in 1971. Everyone arrived in hats, gloves and pearls and all looked very glamorous. Somewhat different from today!

Here we are pictured on board the ship in the middle of the St Lawrence River as we sail up to Quebec!

Suzanne Griffiths – Brigg - District 127

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