District 129 covers Plymouth, Roborough, Tavistock all of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

I.W. Club of Bodmin

I am a retired Mental Health Nurse working within a hospital setting where I qualified in 1970. After this I worked on nights then in a day hospital, as a Community Psychiatric Nurse before being pensioned off due to a back injury. After this I was a Chiropractic aid, a Registered Manager of a Residential Home and finally doing private care in people's homes. After retiring four times I stopped in 2019!

I have two sons both in their late forties. three grandsons aged 11,14 and 22 and one granddaughter aged ,9. I'm very lucky as two of the grandsons live in Bodmin along with their dad and one in Camelford while my granddaughter lives just outside Tiverton with her mum and dad.
I help run a Memory Cafe twice a month, volunteer at a lunch club weekly, I am also co chair of our Patients' Group and now have the Presidency of Inner Wheel again for another year.

All I can say is if I have half the fun I had last time I will be happy'.

My hobbies are my grandchildren(of course), knitting. walking, gardening and my dog Charlie.
Here's to a fun filled and exciting year.

Adopted community flower bed

In 2019, the Club became aware of a Community Group called ‘Bodmin ‘BlueTits’ which was regularly tidying up the various areas in the town by carrying out litter picking, and by tidying and re-planting long neglected flower beds. Following the decision at the Inner
Wheel of Bodmin’s September Meeting, that a worthy Project would be to adopt the ‘Still moor Flower bed’, a group of Members met in light drizzle and had a hard but great day!

We were delighted to have the support of two Staff members from Bodmin Town Council Parks Dept. who arrived and joined in digging, clearing, removing, and replanting. The Council also donated two truckloads of mulch which we ladies removed from the truck so it could then be spread over the bed.
During 2020, it became known that Bodmin would stage the Finish of the First Stage of the 2021 ‘Tour of Britain’, and many Organisations took responsibility for tending to the flower beds as well as incorporating bicycles. We installed our bike in our logo colours of blue and gold!
Since then, members have followed a monthly rota, weeding and planting in line with the various seasons, and for Christmas the bed was decorated with tinsel.

Whenever the members are working on the flower bed, it is not unusual for passing members of the Public to make complimentary comments, we are also able to proudly publicise the Bodmin Branch of the Inner Wheel.

The current committee for 2022/23 is:
  Brenda Keen
Vice President
  Pauline Gifford
Immediate Past President/ Membership Officer
  Linda Tucker
  Clare Ridgway
  Judith Luker
International Overseas Officer
  Margaret Hammond
Club Correspondent/ Newsletter
  Terri Young
Membership Officer
  Linda Tucker
Sandy Melmoth
Health & Safety
Chris Cameron



The ladies of Bodmin Inner Wheel Club have been undeterred by the current restrictions and have been meeting in small groups for socially distanced coffee mornings or afternoon tea at our local herb nursery cafe, this helps us to keep in touch and share ideas for support one another through the restrictions.

We have made Scrubs bags for our local hospital staff who were delighted to receive them, fabric face masks to protect ourselves and to sell to raise funds for The Smile Train Charity and our knitters have made 500 jumpers for overseas charities as well as blankets.

Our next project is to make heart cushions for breast cancer patients undergoing surgery, I am told that they are the ideal size and shape to provide comfort post-operatively.

Our ladies are taking part in a monthly raffle which also raises funds and provides a little excitement as we wait to find out who has won each month.

Lin has organised a walking group that has undertaken local walks along the Camel Trail here in Bodmin and a local history walk around the town. Julie, our Club Correspondent is writing a newsletter every few months to keep us up to date and we all talk regularly over the phone (no Zoom meetings yet but perhaps in the future we will try this).

So although we cannot meet as usual we are keeping in touch and supporting each other in many ways as is The Inner Wheel way.

We look forward to seeing our fellow Inner Wheel Clubs in the near future - Terri Young


2019 News
Bodmin President Clare has started up a member of the month scheme so members can be nominated for an award for good deeds or support etc.
The following have been presented with gifts so far the Inner Wheel year:
Margaret Hammond for her work in setting up and organising the community flower bed that our club is responsible for , have a look if you are in Bodmin as it is outside the Stillmoor Surgery beside the car park.
Also Membership Officer Lin Foad for her work inviting new members to the club, she has advertised in the local press and placed posters around the town as well as hosting friendship coffee events for prospective new members ,hopefully we will have 4 new members in the new year.
The third is Club Secretary Marion Stubbs for her tireless work and support for the President and club members.

Margaret Hammond and Lin Foad
Marion Stubbs being presented a gift from President Clare
In September, Dawn Nicholas from The Hugs Foundation joined us for a delicious meal at Bodmin Herb Nursery following which she gave a very enlightening talk about the foundation which is based here in Bodmin.

Dawn told us that Hugs is a charitable organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes unwanted and neglected horses and ponies, as well as giving a home to many other farm and domestic animals. Dude is one of the ponies who regularly visits care homes and brings pleasure to the residents.

Hugs also provide an intervention/support to children and young people in need of help to improve their physical and mental well-being, including Nature walks, Animal Interactions, Arts and Crafts for example, it is also open during school holidays and it holds open days for the general public, all visits must be by arrangement only.

Have a look at the website for The Hugs Foundation: www.hugsfoundation.org.uk

The President's chosen charities for this Inner Wheel year are:
HUGS Foundation in Bodmin, rescuing abused horses and providing services for those with mental health issues.

Cornwall Coast Watch, safeguarding the lives of people by watching over vulnerable craft and everyday coastal activity.


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