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

St Austell I.W.
Liskeard and Looe

President Hilary Genes has had a special Birthday!

Happy Birthday Hilary from all the members of 129

Inner Wheel Club of Saltash

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.
Liskeard and Looe
Liskeard and Looe are a club of 30, with many of our members having to “shield" during this pandemic and continue to do so. We have continued with zoom committee and group meetings and have had two attempts at organising socially distanced meetings, the first was cancelled due to the weather and the 2nd as the "rule of six” came in.

We organised a photographic competition in Aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance and are now in the process of putting a calendar together, A4 which drops to A3. The calendar will cost £5, With most of the profits going to the Air Ambulance. With this in mind, If other clubs would consider a bulk order, then we are happy for them to contact us with a view to reducing the cost of the calendar so that they can make some money for their own club charities.

We are hoping to get more speakers in our group meetings starting this Tuesday 22nd, with a speaker from “Medical Detection Dogs”. We continue to work together, contact our members regularly and posting minutes and information to those whom do not have internet access. Many of our members have managed to safely get together during the summer in their gardens for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.

Below a photo, which shows the Photographic Competition Committee, choosing the type of calendar to be produced with the winning photos.

The members in the photo, left to right are: Gail Udy, Bridgette North (Current President) and Ruth Roach (Current Vice President).

Vanessa Hughes in Lockdown!
The Covid19 lockdown forced Michael to stay at home and in the end, I succumbed to a pond! The weather was extremely kind to us and within days, without proper research, the hole was dug. 2.5 meters long, 2 meters wide and 0.5 meter deep. Fortunately, a 'kindly neighbour' had just demolished a beautiful, ancient Cornish hedge, leaving us open to the wind and losing our privacy, which gave us somewhere to tip the contents of the hole.
He wasn't in the hole at the time! Hey Ho! You can't have it all ways. When the liner was in, the water came next, then the filter and the pump.
Our first trip out was to the Garden Centre. Nerve racking, but we obeyed all the rules and were soon home again with water plants galore.
The task was complete when I finished giving the gnomes a revamp. Now each day, no matter the weather, we sit and watch the water trickling, the diving beetles, diving, the water skaters, skating and listen to the bees buzzing. Our greatest thrill was the visit of our first Dragon Fly as he darted from leaf to leaf.

Just as with many charities, Children's Hospice South West needs all the help it can get at the moment. The children with life-limiting conditions and their families still need supporting. The first ever Virtual Rainbow Run was organised in July. 'Just 5K', we thought. 'We're walking every day at the moment and our children and grandchildren are fit and healthy.' We coloured in our rainbow strips, pinned them to our tee-shirts and set off. Yet again, blessed with perfect weather and accompanied by our daughter Catherine we were soon home again. As you can see from the photo, carrying Michael all that way was a little tricky, we didn't want him to fall! Vanessa Hughes
Tavistock Inner Wheel
Sue Lake, Past President of Tavistock Club presenting a cheque to Tavistock Library from the proceeds of the coffee morning held in February of this year. The money will be used to buy a new mat for the children to sit on at story time.

St Austell Inner Wheel News Report

Photo of President Yvette Flux with Colin Micklewright before social distancing measures came into place.

At our last meeting before the country descended into "Lockdown" President Yvette Flux welcomed speaker Colin Micklewright from the Sunrise Appeal. The Sunrise Appeal is President Yvette's chosen charity.The Sunrise Centre is the oncology (Cancer) centre based at The Royal Cornwall Hospital. It serves the whole of Cornwall and was opened in 2002. Facilities include an outpatient suite with several rooms dedicated to radiotherapy. Around 18,500 patients are seen and treated at the centre per year.
The Sunrise Appeal Charity was formed in 2000. Funds raised over the past twenty years have funded not only the building the centre but also providing specialist equipment. During his interesting talk Colin explained how charitable funds have been added to funds received from the government's health service budget to provide more specialist and sophisticated equipment that is able to detect and treat various cancers.
Looking back to 2018 when NHS England proposed major changes to cancer services in Cornwall which would have meant patients with rare cancers having to travel out of county for treatment. Colin explained how the campaign launched by the Sunrise Appeal, the success of its Facebook page and how it helped to get NHS England to rethink the plans and keep the cancer services in Cornwall. Looking to the future the the Sunrise Appeal continues to have an important role in supporting the Sunrise Centre. The talk closed with the vote of thanks given by Jacquline Norris.

At the time we didn't realise that this was to be the last meeting we would have for a while as the Coronavirus known as Covid 19 was about to impact on all of our lives.
Our main fundraiser the Charity Fashion Show and Easter Tombola were both cancelled which was not only disappointing but left our charity account rather emptier than usual.
The Inner Wheel Association made some sensible decisions on how to proceed and it was decided that as assemblies could not be held, officers would stay in place for two years. So for now Inner Wheel has been effectively paused and President Yvette will stay in office and her chosen charity of the Sunrise Centre will remain the main charity for a further year.

Bodmin Club
Without doubt the year 2020 will go down in history as the year of the global, Covid 19 pandemic and the horrendous and tragic loss of life throughout the world, but back in July 2019, when the new Inner Wheel year was getting under way for Bodmin, members were looking forward to 12 months of friendship, camaraderie and fund raising not knowing then what nightmare was looming in 2020. As the new Membership Officer for the Club and hearing the rallying cry of the Association to increase membership, I’d been thinking about ways and means to bring in new members. Through the summer break I decided to update our ‘New Member Leaflet’ and incorporated this into a ‘New Member Folder’ which also included a letter of welcome from our President, Association leaflets, information on our club, contact numbers and a month by month list of our activities throughout the year
A poster was designed and sent out to as many local clubs/groups/supermarkets/community centres as possible and an article placed in two, free local newspapers. I had 3 enquiries from this publicity one of which brought in a new member and contact with the Community Champion for Asda which has resulted in free milk, coffee and tea for our coffee mornings and also the offer of raffle prizes, so a good result. Of course, members always chat about Inner Wheel to friends and we were fortunate to gain a new member through this route plus there is another in the pipeline to be badged up once we’re up and running again. Back in November I held 2 ‘Friendship meetings’ at my house and asked members to bring along a friend primarily to hear about Inner Wheel and then, hopefully, either join or at the very least, spread the word about our organisation. Again, there was a new member from this initiative and another lady will be badged up on our return. But whilst thinking about new members I felt , as Membership Officer,acknowledgement should be given to existing members for their loyalty and commitment to the Club for over 20 years. So, in our last meeting in March, ‘Achievement Certificates’ were presented by President Clare Ridgway to 10 members who between them had clocked up 301 years, not bad going! Hopefully, whenever life returns to normal and our meetings resume there is a plan to hold an Inner Wheel ‘Awareness Day’ at Asda to inform the public of this wonderful organisation but, for now, we must keep safe, support each other and think of others, which really is what Inner Wheel is all about – its just getting other people to realise that as well! Take care.
Lin Foad Membership Officer
Roborough Club
At our February club meeting it’s always quite special we have a cheese and wine evening and invite the charities we raised money for by doing Santa Sledge over the Christmas period.
The charities we chose this year for the Samaritans little things and co-a baby bereave meant charity Plymouth musical Activities club. Liz our president presented them each with a cheque they were absolutely delighted with the amount we raised. The evening was really Lovely and it was so nice to share it with the three charities well done ladies for all your hard work.

Tavistock Club
A successful coffee morning was held at the home of Liz Williams where the table was groaning under the weight of a delicious range of cakes, scones and other goodies. Money raised will go to Inner Wheel charities.
Coffee morning held at the local library with proceeds being split between the library and I.W. Charities.
The photo shows President Sue Lake and members of the Tavistock Inner Wheel together with Sophie Sherlock, granddauhter of Cathy Sherlock selling tickets.
Liskeard and Looe Club
Our Club spent a delightfully relaxing weekend at The Falmouth Hotel 7th-9th of February. Gina & Phil Evans are the current Presidents of The Rotary Club of Looe Valley and our own Inner Wheel Club and they organised this weekend and husbands and wives of both organisations to join in the fun and entertainment of the weekend. We had discount entry tickets for Pendennis Castle, some visited the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth. Each evening we enjoyed a lovely meal in the hotel's restaurant which is such a treat at this time of year. Many of us blew away the cobwebs strolling along the sea front before Storm Ciara arrived on the Sunday morning. We all set off early to make our way safely home with happy memories of a good few days in Falmouth.
Truro Club

Every year, in January, Truro Inner Wheel members celebrate the anniversary of the establishing of their club. This year it was their 75th anniversary and the celebration took place at St Kea Church. A very moving service was led by Curate Will Harwood with music by David Godfrey and the club appreciated the warm welcome given by Kea Church. Two members, Yvonne Allkins and Jenny Braga, read 'Lessons from Geese' which is about working together as a team; and Shirley Tyack sang 'What a Wonderful World'. Members recited their pledge to help and serve others - community service being the aim of the Inner Wheel movement. As usual, this well-attended event was supported by other Inner Wheel Clubs from across Cornwall. A collection was taken in support of the Cornwall Refuge Trust, and a buffet lunch served in the Church, was enjoyed by all. As Winston Churchill said, 'We make a living by what we get - but we make a life by what we give'

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro enjoyed an interesting and informative talk by Liam Shoesmith of Truro City Council's Park department. Liam's talk was about his job with the department, and his determination to continue to enhance the gardens and green spaces of Truro shone through. His passion for wildlife is inspiring members to make their gardens a haven for bees, bats, moths and butterflies, birds, insects and hedgehogs. This year there will be plants for pollinators, wildflowers beds instead of lawns, habitats for bees in logs, insect 'hotels', piles of rotting logs for stag beetles and holes in fences to make 'hedgehog highways'. The talk was illustrated by beautiful photographs of gardens, and there was even an enchanting short video 'lecture' about bats given by Liam's young son. Liam was warmly thanked and it was agreed that Truro is a vibrant place to live and our roadsides and parks are truly enhanced by Liam's gardening team based at Boscawen Park.

Helston/Lizard Club
President, Sarah Corbridge presenting a cheque to BF Advernture
Monies raised from our sponsored sleepout.
Saltash Club

Air Ambulance Receiving a cheque
Raffle Table and Afternoon Tea
Inner Wheel Club of Saltash held a very enjoyable festive afternoon tea to kick off the Christmas season at the Ashtorre Center in Saltash December 2019.
The event was in aid of Cornwall Air Ambulance for the new helicopter appeal, our little club managed to raise £ 700.
We had a wide variety of food – sweet and savory, flute music, an overladen crafts stall and of course Father Christmas came for a short
Roborough Club
On Saturday 25 January we held a charity event for Livewell foundation Edgecombe unit it was a lovely afternoon with music from Plymouth music activities club they were excellent all the ladies got together to put on an afternoon tea really yummy we hope we raise a lot of money well done ladies

Inner Wheel of Tavistock

Sue presenting the cheque to David for Pete's Dragons
The Tavistock Club enjoyed their annual dinner at the golf club on Friday 10th January. We were delighted to welcome Roborough Inner Wheel President Liz & Rotary President John Hanson along with other Roborough & Rotary members, partners, family and friends
The Speaker was David Lacey from Pete's Dragons, a Devon-wide Suicide Bereavement Support charity, which is President Sue Lake's main charity this year. Sue was then delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to David to help further their work, as pictured
President John Hanson then handed Sue a cheque from Tavistock Rotary for Inner Wheel support in the Rotary Christmas fundraising at the local supermarkets.
We are now looking forward to our trip to the Theatre Royal panto and the visit of District Chairman Beryl later this month.
Liskeard and Looe
Inner Wheel Club of Liskeard & Looe and Rotary Club of Looe Valley jointly held a Harvest Supper evening in October at Lanreath Village Hall. Members and their guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet followed by a delightfully amusing talk on The Life of Joyce Grenfell given by Yvonne Toms. Dancing followed to the music of the group Lost Cousins.
Proceeds from the evening were donated to Parkinson’s UK - Mid Cornwall Branch and were gratefully received by their representative Sue Whipps at the Christmas gathering of The Parkinson’s Hub who meet on a monthly basis with Rotarians. The presentation was made by Phil & Gina Evans who are current Presidents of Looe Valley Rotary & Liskeard & Looe Inner Wheel Clubs.
Bodmin Club      

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

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.

  three ladies  

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.

  two ladies with a gift  
Inner Wheel Helston Lizard
Helston/Lizard had an interesting talk on St Petroc's and Sarah Corbridge,our President, presented Lois Wild from St Petrocs presents and useful items donated by Club members. Members are all getting ready for our "sleeping rough" on Saturday 7 December 2019 to experience the way the homeless live and cope with the cold temperatures at night.
Inner Wheel Club of Roborough
At our last meeting Mr Ian Parker came to the club to give us a talk on literacy in a box from the Rotary club Roborough extremely interesting talk we really enjoyed it. Elizabeth for international had arranged a quiz night to raise money for literacy in a box Elizabeth presented the check to Ian at the end of the talk and he was extremely grateful for the amount we had made. Elizabeth‘s husband John also came to the club to present him with another check his lodge has raised the literacy in the box
    Inner Wheel St Austell  
Members of the Inner Wheel Club of St Austell and Friends embarked on a shopping trip to Exeter Cathedral and Christmas market on a beautiful sunny day on Monday 18 November 2019.
This being our first outing of the Inner Wheel year, we were in high spirits. There was plenty of chatter and laughter going on during the journey and we arrived at 11 a.m. after which we had free time to enjoy the many shops, market stalls, cathedral, water front, cafes and restaurants.
We arrived home to St Austell at 8 p.m. well pleased with our purchases and our day of friendship and fun.
    Inner Wheel of Tavistock  

In the Studio

12 members of Tavistock Inner Wheel, accompanied by 7 husbands, enjoyed a fascinating visit to BBC Plymouth studios. We were welcomed by James Watts who was our host and guide for the tour.
After a brief introduction we started our visit with Matt Woodley in the Radio Devon control room, before moving on to watch the lunchtime Spotlight news with the control room sound effects coming through just as they were to Justin and then weather reporter Dan, with all the timing complexities.
We then went in to the Spotlight studio where we were made very welcome by Julie who is in charge of getting the programme on air, Justin and Dan, who was very perky at the end of his shift which had started at 4.30 am, having done far more weather bulletins than we could have imagined, some live and some recorded for several radio and TV stations throughout the country, none of which are scripted, while also creating weather maps and editing the photos sent in by the public.
Julie then took us in to the gallery, or control room, where she and Simon, the director, gave us more insight into the creation of the programmes and the seamless way that they can transfer from London to the regions.
We would thoroughly recommend this visit to any clubs, but it did take 15 months to come together

27 November 2019
    In the gallery  
Inner Wheel of Roborough
Members of the Roborough Club had a day out at the garden house it was very Wet but very enjoyable and some beautiful colours
    Inner Wheel Tavistock  

President Sue Lake presenting a cheque to Dr Peter Brinsden after a very interesting talk on China, Ancient and Modern
For our November meeting, we were delighted to welcome partners and guests plus Tavistock Rotary Club President John Hanson along with other members and their partners, who joined us to hear an excellent talk by Dr Peter Brinsden FRCOG entitled 'China, Ancient & Modern'.
Starting with his great -grandfather who was a missionary in China in the late 19th century, through to his grandfather, also a missionary, who met Mao Tzedung, to his father who was based in China & Hong Kong , to his own birth and childhood there until the family were expelled in 1949, and from his first trip back in 1989 and regular visits since then, often as a visiting lecturer in gynaecology, he brought the civilisation to life, how they invented paper, printing, gunpowder, parachutes and myriad other, armour, drilling, and countless other things centuries before they were 'invented' by western civilisations.
    Inner Wheel Truro  
Charity evening
In November the Inner Wheel Club of Truro hosted a Beauty and Fashion evening at Carnon Downs Village Hall. The event proved to be a 'sell out' raising funds for the Cornwall Refuge Trust and other Inner Wheel charities. The audience was treated to a highly amusing and informative hair-dressing display from new Truro salon, 'S-J Hair'. A model's hair was cut into a new style (and it proved to be a transformation!), elements of hair care were explained, myths about the many hair products we all purchase were dispelled, and our questions were answered by the stylist and the colour technician. After refreshments, staff from Truro White Stuff took to the stage and gave a riveting talk about their new autumn collection. The audience came away knowing more about 'dressing to suit your shape', dressing confidently and adding style with stunning accessories. The manager explained how the White Stuff company is run on highly ethical lines such as providing education for the children of parents who work in the factories in India, fair trade wages are paid and working conditions are monitored closely, Furthermore, much of the cotton used for their garments is grown and produced organically using less water and chemicals. Everyone was impressed to hear that this high street store is bringing fashion to our city centre of Truro whilst furthering the ethics of fair trade in their factories abroad.
President Anita Bryce thanking staff of White Stuff
    Inner Wheel Liskeard and Looe  

"Bring Back a Smile" Our Speaker for the International Rally at Lanivet

In July 2018 Liskeard & Looe Inner Wheel were treated to a truly inspirational talk given by Anna Gurung on 24th July on behalf of her own charity 'Bring Back the Smile to Nepal'. Anna's and her husband Sanu's dedication, motivation and enthusiasm has seen an entire village re-built by local people through the aid of the charity Anna formed. A 7.8MW, severe earthquake on 25th April 2015, devasted the region of Gorkha, an area of Nepal where Anna and Sanu have family. Anna then travelled to the region to offer help and chose the village of Archanbas to receive funding. Nepal's proud traditions meant that communities would only accept funds if the monies could be used to buy the materials needed to help everyone in the community re-build their homes. Anna and Sanu were honoured to receive recognition from the Queen at a Garden Party for all their good charitable work. Our Liskeard & Looe Club continue to donate funds towards 'Bring Back the Smile to Nepal' most especially because our Immediate Past President, Alison Maiklem, is Anna's aunt. Our Club continues to donate funds, most recently from our Summer 2019 BBQ, and also we send out much appreciated tooth brushes and tooth paste, which is rather appropriate to 'Bring Back a Smile'. We'd like to share with you some photographs recently sent by Anna from Nepal of local people accepting their tooth brushes and paste.
for more photos click here.


David Morton being welcomed by President Gina Evans

At our recent lunch time Club meeting our president Gina Evans welcomed David Morton from the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau), who gave us a salutary talk about the wiles and trickery of the modern technological age - SCAMS. David's informative talk highlighted the ease with which the internet and the sharing of personal data has led to far too many people being tricked out of their life savings. Sadly, it is the under 30's who are becoming the fastest growing age group of people who are falling prey to these scoundrels, as younger folk think they know all about computers which consequently makes them immune to such fraudulent skulduggery. We were grateful for his advice and hints and tips on how to stay safe on-line, or over the phone and also to be aware of door to door callers claiming to possibly be from the police, or a bank, or a charity or other such organisation, the sort of institution anyone would normally hope to trust. Our sincere thanks went to David, who said that if he could save just one person from losing thousands of pounds to these crooks, then all his talks will have been worthwhile.

    Inner Wheel Truro  

There were smiles all round when Phoenix Ward's senior physiotherapist Deborah Cock met with members of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro to receive delivery of a band new Hydro Tilt rehabilitation chair. The chair was purchased through funds raised by the Inner Wheel and donated to the friends of RCH. Chairman of The Friends, Beatrice Dyer, described it as, "An all singing dancing piece of equipment that provides support to patients with a variety of ailments."
Seeing the chair for the first time Deborah described it as, "A fabulous piece of kit. The benefits this will bring to our patients will be enormous. Our highest dependency patients on the stroke unit can sit out much earlier in their rehabilitation. This is a tilt-in-space chair and its whole mechanism reclines. Patients feel more supported and it allows greater assistance with sitting and standing. The wheels mean that a patient can go outside for fresh air or for a visit from a family pet." She concluded, "This is a much needed piece of equipment and we are all incredibly grateful to the Inner Wheel of Truro and the Friends of RCH for making it possible. The effect this will have on patients will be tremendous." The photo shows Deborah with members of Inner Wheel.

    Inner Wheel of Redruth  

Left - Sandra Rees held a coffee morning on Friday 27th September 2019 for Macmillan with cake sales and bring and buy stall.


Members sent over 2000 bras to Africa !

    Inner Wheel of Redruth and Liskeard and Looe  

Tuesday 1st October IW of Redruth meet with Liskeard and Looe at Duchy Nursery, Lostwithiel for lunch and some retail therapy for the garden, we were very fortunate to be driven by a members husband in a mini bus, so lots of room to transport plants home. This is our yearly get together. Great time, lots of noisy conversations, good food. Sandra Rees

    Isles of Scilly with Sarah Corbridge, President Helston/Lizard  

September 2019

Sarah Corbridge President of the Inner Wheel Club of Helston/Lizard visited the Inner Wheel of the Isles of Scilly Club and met Penelope, Sabine, and Jane (left to right) with Sarah on the right.

Both Clubs are working towards an exchange in the coming year.

    Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock 2019  
Members of the Inner wheel club of Tavistock enjoyed a happy chatty coffee morning at the home of member Barbara Miller on September 11th.
4 founder members of the club were present, and all still taking a very active role in the club's events and we were delighted to be joined by Marion, Andrea and Michelle from the Roborough Club.
Money raised was for president Sue's chosen charity Pete's Dragons

Karen, the owner of the garden with the delicious cake she baked for us
VP Jan with her cornflowers at the stall
Members Members enjoying one of the flower beds

8 members of IW Tavistock enjoyed a very special treat in August with a visit to the Dartmoor Flower Shed. Karen grows virtually all her flowers from seeds, a few from corms, and sells them outside her garden gate in Lydford.
We strolled around the garden rooms, which were all full of glorious flowers and busy insects, and are all in awe of this little patch of heaven on the edge of Dartmoor, not least because in the last 3 or 4 weeks it has been visited first by 6 cows and then by a few deer who were not as careful of the garden as they might have been!!!
The garden is not usually open to visitors but we were made most welcome and enjoyed tea and cream cake with pansies in the sunshine to round off the afternoon and all went home with bunches of sweet peas and cornflowers among other flowers, just look how delighted Jan is with her cornflowers!!!
Next event is a stall at the Heritage festival in Tavistock in mid-August, and then off to a farm shop for lunch later in the month,
Inner Wheel Club of Helston / Lizard
Now Inner Wheel is Open to all ladies who feel they would like to join a group - why not give it a go, contact your nearest Club and go along to a meeting.
I was a founder member of the I.W. Helston Lizard which was formed in 1990. I have found so much friendship it has enriched my life. We are not all about fund raising. We have done so much as a group of Ladies, set up a book Club, organized Garden Trips, Ballet outings to Plymouth and London, Spa Days, Walks and luncheons and Quad Biking with the Rotary! In my case I met friends who were interested in cycling and back in the 90's we met every Tuesday morning. We raised over £20,000 for cycling for Lepra in India, had cycling holidays in France and watched Anne swim on Christmas Day for Charity! We often went from Helston to Lands End or the Lizard and back for coffee! We are still cycling but only an hour and back for coffee in the village!
Anne, Jo, Wendy, Angela

A member of Helston-Lizard Inner Wheel has visited and is now supporting ParCo, a community led development organization in Vilankulo, Mozambique.
ParCo are running "The Bonguile Project" to ensure that local children have access to learn-through-play preschools in two neighbourhoods in Vilankulo. The project has been going strong since 2014. Support includes a meal every day, basic overheads, building repair, subsidies for volunteer teachers from the community and professional development.
From three to five years old is a critical time for cognitive, physical and psycho-social development in an individual. The "preschool difference" lasts well into adulthood with better health, income and further education. We are so proud to be able to make the difference for 140 students per year in two schools in Vilankulo.

If you are interested in learning about this project contact Debbie Osborne email debbielaurence@btconnect.com

Update from the Bonguile Project below

Dear Debbie,
Since the arrival of your donation, the Quinto Congresso school (which you visited) had problems with their well. It was pumping out visibly dirty water. We analysed how much it would cost to repair it temporarily or permanently versus how much it would cost to get on the public water line. We decided for the latter. We applied your donation to the following expenses:
Opening a contract with EMA, the water company: 2,500mt/$42 - Tubes and taps to link to the mains: 3,622mt/$60 - Labor to dig the trench: 300/$5 - Total: 6422mt/$107
We also paid Quinto Congresso volunteer teacher subsidies (3000 x 4 = 12,000) and the guard subsidy (3000 x 1= 3000) for the month of June (15,000 or $250).
So we have spent $357 of the $738 and still have a balance of $381. We plan to use it toward repair the playground surface and playground equipment next week while the children are on school holiday.
Thank you again for your support. I promise in the next update I will provide photos of the works.Best Wishes,Juliet

Update January 2020
That is so exciting! The children are graduating at the end of this week. We will give the graduates diplomas, a small kit of supplies to take to primary school and an apple. School will resume again in January. This year we struggled a bit with the budget and your donations really made a difference. Thank you for helping us for next year! Please let me know if you need anything from this side to support in your efforts.


Humming bird

Balisier Flower

Trinidad - Hilary Genes

During my visit to Trinidad, I visited the St Augustine club of Trinidad with whom I have had a long and happy relationship since 2004. The club invited me to their Mothering Sunday Meeting and afternoon tea which was celebrated at a beautiful Mariposa Cafe in the hills of Lopinot. The theme was about Mother. We had arrived a half an hour early for our Tea . The club President decided to start the Meeting in the hired bus in order not to waste time,
This made everyone smile and was typical of the Caribbean, relaxed attitude to life.There were 16 members on the bus, all beautifully dressed and welcoming , dying to know who the stranger was, to some members who had not met me before. Because we were early for the tea, the President decided to hold the meeting there on the bus. A new one for me Meeting on Wheels! The Club President introduced and welcomed me to their meeting with great enthusiasm, and a welcoming smile. I brought Greetings from my club and The Inner Wheel District 129 and was delighted to be their Special guest. My two friends made me most welcome and the President continued with the Business part of the Meeting which was very interesting and included Poems, Raffles and dedications to Mother. I was given a gift for attending and shared in the Raffle prizes. There was much laughter during the meeting , everyone was very relaxed and members shared fond memories and experiences about Mother . I spoke about the importance of a Mother’s role is one of the most meaningful roles. Mothers must exercise shama to understand , help and love the child , ond of caring, kindness. Mother’s teach us to have confidence and belief in ourselves in order for children to be whole, strong, and grow in a healthy estimation of one self. Poems about Mother and jokes which made the atmosphere a happy one. I received a gift as their Special guest and a Raffle followed with everyone getting a prize.
The Tea Room was very authentic with a garden with the natural vegetation (cocoa trees bearing fruit and hummingbirds which is the National Bird). A fascinating Earthenware Oven was still in use among the many rustic treasures. The menu contained many choices of fillings from local produce for sandwiches, cake, fruit drinks and teas which were all very tasty. We mingled and I chatted with members and found that we had shared similar problems with Membership, since the changes in the criteria for becoming an Inner Wheel member in 2012. Many women preferred to join the Rotary clubs with their husbands, instead of Inner Wheel. However, there were many non members who support and attend the Social events. I had a wonderful evening and was pleased to know that after 14 years of Friendship, we were still very close and demonstrated the Third Objective of Inner Wheel. The club members invited me to many more Social events and sent me emails of some of their meetings.
The Inner Wheel Friends whom I originally met in 2004, had become close friends and invited me to many more social events at their homes which enabled me to learn and share in their family lives , tasting the delicious curries and attending the Breakfast clubs, Shopping malls and even a Casino. We had lots of fun and other members joined as many of our outings. They said that they wished. that we had more time to share with me how we do things in my club. They were also interested in twining with my club and attending my Rally next year.!
How wonderful to be interested in how other International clubs function. We have a lot to learn to network and share. The original members of the club had decided to apply for their own Charter and became ‘ The Inner Wheel Club of Trinidad and Tobago’ ‘through application to the International Inner Wheel and have their own Charter. They follow a different Constitution and regularly attend the Inner Wheel Conventions and Conferences of Inner Wheel abroad and developed good friendships abroad. They have given me a letter explaining how they went about forming their club which I will take to my next club meeting. One of the original members Tara Sharma also gave me their own Banner which they designed. I had asked Tara for a letter telling me about the Formation of their club and she brought me the letter and the banner to the Airport to bid me farewell with another friend Katy.
I read the letter which I found to be very interesting and really touched me. In ending her letter , she said ‘‘ In my opinion, it’s the Friendship, Caring and Concern, Togetherness which we share as members, are the true reflection of the Inner Wheel Sisterhood ‘’. What a. wonderful club , fully committed to the true Objectives of Inner Wheel. We do share the same objectives in our clubs, but I was really touched by their demonstration of Love, Friendship , Togetherness, Caring and true concern for others at every occasion of our encounters. I will continue to keep our contact with these wonderful friends. Yours In Inner Wheel Friendship Hilary Genes


Earthenware Oven

.......The happy leader of the Parang Musical Group

Mariposa Cafe with the President and some club members

Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock

30th Birthday celebrations

We enjoyed a lovely celebration lunch at the Two Bridges Hotel near Princetown on Wednesday 26th June to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our Charter. 3 of our founder members who are still very much part of the Club, Denise Bacon, Joan Barron and Ruby Ditcher all took part in the celebrations

We were delighted to be joined by District Chairman Fran and in-coming District Chairman Beryl, as well as ladies from Plymouth, Saltash and Roborough.

The friendship candle was lit by Joan Barron, Ruby Ditcher gave a very amusing & interesting talk on the battle to get Tavistock off the ground, it took several attempts over quite a few years!! Denise then spoke of some of the memories of the last 30 years.

    Inner Wheel Club of Helston / Lizard  
At the June meeting of IW Helston/Lizard President Carole Drew handed over the chain of office to Sarah Corbridge the new President for 2019 - 2020

IW Helston/Lizard raised money for the Sea Sanctuary, Penryn and President Carole Drew presented a cheque in June 2019 to the Charity.
Sea Sanctuary is a unique mental health charity and one of the world’s leading exponents of blue health, the concept that ‘blue spaces’, such as the sea, are beneficial for people’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
The Sea Sanctuary team has had years of success combining evidence-based therapies and counselling methods with marine-based activities that give people an invigorating sense of adventure along with the help and support they need to lift their spirits, overcome issues and find their sense of wellbeing.
Sea Sanctuary takes therapy out of the office and onto the water – it’s a recipe that has helped hundreds of people improve their mental and emotional wellbeing since the charity was launched in 2006.
link: www.seasanctuary.org.uk

Some of Helston/Lizard Inner Wheel Members had a day at the Philleigh Way Cookery School, near St Mawes www.philleighway.co.uk learning how to make some Italian dishes. Inner Wheel is not all fundraising, it is about friendship and enjoying the company of other Club members.

Inner Wheel Club of Truro presented a special wheel chair to Truro Hospital for the stroke Unit.


Truro members enjoyed a visit to Trewithen Gardens at Probus.


Beatrice Dyer, president of the Inner wheel Club of Truro planted three peace roses at Victoria Park in the city. Beatrice, pictured with members of the club and head park-keeper Barry Cooper, said, "The rose planting was inspired by the Inner Wheel international theme "Leave a lasting legacy" and signified the Inner Wheel's commitment to world peace. (Left)


At the recent meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro the outgoing president Beatrice Dyer handed the chain of office to our new president Anita Bryce (Anita on the right). Beatrice was warmly thanked for her hard work and highly successful year. Anita and all the club members are looking forward to another year of friendship, fun and helping others in our local community and wider afield. Anita's main main charity for the year will be the Cornwall Refuge Trust. (right)


Truro have given Long Service Awards this year (which was organised by the president Beatrice). They are Margaret Purser, Elizabeth Cliff, Rita Temblett and Barbara Uren.
Also received their Long Service Awards are Jean Battell (left) and Margaret Julian (right).

Congratulations to Beatrice Dyer, who was presented with the Order of Mercy at the Mansion House in London, recognising her voluntary work at the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Beatrice is Chairman of Truro Hospital League of Friends and Past President of The Inner Wheel Club of Truro and involved with the YFC. An inspiration to us all. Congratulations from Members of Inner Wheel. July 2019
Photos of the handover to the New President of the Inner Wheel Club of Trinidad and her Officers for 2019 - 2020 Photos from District Vice Chairman Hilary Genes




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