Club of Saltash
Linda Durbin and 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
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.
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
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
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.
from 2018 - 2019
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