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

I.W. Club of Perranzabuloe
President Vanessa Hughes.
What a year this has been so far. It's not over yet and I'm beginning to wonder if I am dreaming. I belong to the lovely Club of Perranzabuloe, full of friends who help each other daily and do more for their community than they let on. The left hand really doesn't know what the right one is doing and I am so proud of them all.
I am also proud to be able to say that I shall be their President next year and know that, because we always work as a team, I won't be taking on too much to cope with. We can all pick up the phone and ask for assistance. Isn't that what life is all about?
Raising money will not be my priority. I intend celebrating and partying whenever possible!
The pond we dug at the start of the first lock down now needs cleaning, thus the latest addition to my wardrobe. I couldn't get a size 4, it's a size 6 boot and the belt sits not at my waist, but Empire line! Chin up and Carry on Regardless!


President - Vanessa Hughes
Secretary: Sheila Bing
Treasurers: Linda Frear and Margaret Earnshaw
Membership Officer : Maggie Hill
International : Barbara Sugden
Club Correspondent : Christine Clough
Assistant Correspondent : Sue Langston
Number in Club 21 plus a member transferring from Cumbria


Like all Clubs, all meetings organised and arranged for the last six months have had to be cancelled. However, we have kept in touch with each other through phone calls, and social-distancing walks and visits. Vanessa Hughes has organised three Zoom meetings, where we met on screen, with varying results. Those of us who can join in the meetings. One of our Zoom meetings was for a charity National Cream Tea Day - I can't think how this can be a national as cream teas are Devon and Cornwall specialities! Anyway, our President Dot suggested it, so some of us came on screen with our own scones, jam and cream (cream on top of course!), and a cup of tea. She suggested that we wear hats! Only three did, but it was an enjoyable occasion, and those taking part put £5 in an envelope to give to our Treasurer some time, and others made a donation by bank transfer. All in aid of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, our President's charity. We also tried to have our AGM, not very successfully, but we agreed that our officers should carry on for another year.


During lockdown, one of our members, Mary Mitchen, has been volunteering to man the phone for her local Covid-19 Support Group, but most of us have been doing things at home and in the garden. Vanessa and Mike Hughes have made a new pond in their garden, Sue and Garth Langston have made a new seating area in theirs. Sheila Bing has been decorating her lounge, and Beryl Nolan has been turning out her flat ready for sale. We have been fortunate that the weather has been kind for the first two or three months, and we were able to make the most of our lovely countryside without going too far from home.,

Just before lockdown, we had a prospective new member wanting to join, and we are delighted that she still does. Very sadly, one of our most popular members, Jocelyn Osborne, who joined us after Newquay Club closed, died just before lockdown started, so were were unable to go to her funeral. Otherwide all members seem to be in good health and coping well.

We normally meet at Perranporth Gold Club for a business meeting at 5.45 p.m., followed by dinner at 7.00 p.m. Our area covers both Perranporth and St Agnes, but we do have members as far afield as Probus, Mawgan Porth and Newlyn East. Until recently we had a member from Penzance, after the Club there closed, but she is unable to travel now due to ill health. So we are open to all comers!


Sue Langston


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