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

I.W. Club of Saltash
Presidents Linda Durbin and Linda Oakes

Linda Durban

Linda Oakes

I am pleased to be sharing the Presidents coming year with fellow member Linda Durbin. This is my third time as President.
I was born in Ivybridge, South Devon but moved to Saltash when I married 52years ago! We have a son who works in the banking industry and a daughter who teaches, both live locally with their families so we have been lucky to be able to see plenty of our 3 grandchildren . We also now have a Great-Grandchild.
I worked at the local doctor's surgery as a receptionist for 26 years, a job I thoroughly enjoyed, and am now happily retired.
I am looking forward to the new Inner Wheel Year and hope some normality returns for us all. Our Club is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year hopefully with some special celebrations.

I am Linda Durbin and am 75 years of age and will this year will be sharing the presidency of the Saltash IW Club. I have two children, Andrew and Jane, and three grandchildren and have lived in Saltash now for over forty years.
Most of my working life was spent as a medical secretary at the main Plymouth hospital but I have been retired now for six years.
I enjoy swimming and badminton.


On 6 July 2020 members got together for a picnic in our local park overlooking the Tamar the weather was perfect and we had a great get together.

Our monthly meeting was held in the garden of our member Linda who provided a cream tea which was delicious! It was decided to donate to Children's Hospice South West and the Cornwall Air Ambulance both of whom have given us talks on Zoom. One of our members has been making re-useable sanitary towels for a Gambian health education programme and a further 16 crocheted blankets were also sent.

In August we met again for a social picnic and were once again blessed with good weather.

Our September meeting was held in the garden of Diane we enjoyed lovely tea and cakes. We agreed to give a donation to an appeal from Lebanon. We discussed ongoing events but all 'on hold' at the moment due to present circumstances. Another social get-together has been arranged for coffee at the local garden centre.
Report for 2019
In June to celebrate our outgoing President Linda ten ladies attended an afternoon tea at Pentillie House in a beautiful setting overlooking the Tamar , several past members attended and a very happy, jolly, afternoon was had.

Also during June several members helped 'man the gates` at the very popular annual Port Elliot Dog Show where over £5,500 was raised for Children`s hospice South West.

In July two ladies attended Tavistock IWClub`s 30th anniversary lunch it was a lovely afternoon.

During August we had a get together with some family and friends for a 'Walk with Alpaca` the weather was not kind to us but everyone had a great experience the walk was followed by a very welcome cream tea!

9 boxes of assorted clothes, and blankets knitted by one of our members, are due to leave on a container soon for Gambia. £100 was also donated by the club towards the cost of this.

October has been busy with four ladies entering as a team in a quiz at a local pub, very good fun and lot`s of money was raised for local charities.

We has also been busy making craft items to sell at our Festive Afternoon Tea on 1st December at the Ashtorre Centre in Saltash. All proceeds for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Everyone Welcome. tickets. £10 each.


Report from 2018 - 2019

Our club year started with 5 members attending an African Childrens Choir Concert in the Methodist Central Hall in Plymouth. The children were travelling around the country raising money for their schools etc. Our club supports the Gambian childrens project and the evening was full of fantastic singing and dancing by the children, their enthusiasm was amazing!
In February one of our members arranged a Pub Quiz to raise funds for St Lukes Hospice the event was a huge success and a large cheque was presented to the Hospice. At our meeting that month we invited a speaker from RNIB Talking Books She spoke of the many ways they help the blind and partially sighted with equipment and the wonderful talking books service which brings joy to thousands. We presented the speaker with a cheque and hope to visit their local premises where the books are recorded.
This month we invited Debbie Williams from Gambian Projects to our meeting, she comes in quite regularly and keeps us up to date with her projects. She has a large container to fill with childrens clothes, stationary and first aid items especially required for Gambia. We presented Debbie with uniform, book bags, P.E. bags and water bottles no longer required by a local school who are changing their uniform. Debbie then showed a video of the children at her school in Gambia thanking our club for the donation which helped with the installation of water pipes. Members have also been working hard knitting blankets for the children.
Our Club will have a table at our local Mayfair in Fore Street this year we have small games for children and hope to raise funds for Children's Hospice South West our President Linda's charity

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