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

Inner Wheel Roborough
Today,18 December 2021,members of Roborough Inner Wheel were busy preparing Xmas boxes with goodies baked and supplied to our members. Boxes were packed with all sorts of goodies ready for Christmas celebrations. Past members of both Inner Wheel Roborough and Rotary were included. We wish them and all members of Inner Wheel A Very merry Christmas.
Inner Wheel Roborough
Lovely Christmas lunch at Yelverton Golf club for Roborough Inner Wheel. Merry Christmas to all our Inner Wheel friends
Inner Wheel of Liskeard and Looe

Due to the pandemic, our 60th Birthday was put on hold from March 2020 and finally celebrated 18 months later, on October 9th 2021 at the Hannafore Point Hotel, Looe. Special guests included our District charman Hilary Genes, our founder member Margaret Shepherd who cut the cake, and our own Pat Richards, who was presented with the Honorary Members Award. We also welcomed several members from other clubs in District 129.
Inner Wheel Perranzabuloe

Presentation of the cheque: Amanda (left), Barbara Collins and President Vanessa on the right.

In September our Club held a Cream Tea, organised by Barbara Collins, one of our members, in aid of Children’s Hospice South West in Cornwall. It was held in the garden of another member, Marsha Ferguson, and was well attended by the majority of our members, plus one or two visitors. We had a cake table and a raffle, and although the weather was a bit unsettled we managed to stay out in the garden.

We raised the sum of £270.20, and invited a representative from Cornwall Hospice Care to our October meeting to receive the cheque. Amanda gave us a most interesting talk and slide show about Little Harbour in St Austell, where not only children with cancer, but other children with different disabilities, are welcomed, and their parents and siblings are helped. Some children visit regularly for about eight or nine years. The complex includes many facilities, such as sports facilities, a small hydrotherapy pool, a sensory room, music therapy etc. and a beautiful garden with many interesting ideas to help children and their families. The families are given hotel-style accommodation, and enjoy a welcome break. Siblings are able to meet other children, which helps them to come to terms with having a disabled brother or sister. Amanda said they are willing to give a talk to any group so if you are interested, get in touch with them.

Inner Wheel St Austell
President Pat Pettit welcomed Brendan Hale Membership Secretary of Cornwall Blood Bikes to our meeting.
St Austell Inner Wheel have recently given a charitable donation and have previously donated to Cornwall Blood Bikes.

Cornwall Blood Bikes is a registered charity and is run by volunteer members providing an out of hours service and weekend service to the NHS. It has around 65 members and 15 motor bikes. The service relies on charitable funding.
For convenience the county is split into three i.e. west, east and central regions and they also work in collaboration with Blood Bikes for other counties. They have a formal arrangement with NHS partners to transport and deliver Human Blood and blood products, Medication, Pathology Samples, Medical Equipment, Medical Notes and occasionally Donor Breast Milk. Strict protocols are adhered to in transporting goods with a separate and specialised box used for transporting COVID samples.
The service was extremely busy at the beginning of the Pandemic, the members worked 24 hour shifts to meet the needs of the NHS and care services in the county. It was a particularly challenging time as unable to fundraise in the usual way funds became depleted.
During the talk Brendan was able to give a more personal view to his role as a member. He explained how on occasions when he worked with Blood Bikes from neighbouring counties pathology specimens that were unable to be tested in Cornwall were transported by a relay system to their destination at a bigger hospital such as Bristol.
Brendan also regularly transports emergency O negative blood to the Air Ambulance really which highlighted to us how essential this service is. Brendan described to us that just like himself, most volunteer members tend to be slightly older and have become dedicated to their role. He briefly explained to us how the BMW bikes have been especially formatted for a single rider and have safety cameras and trackers on them. The bikes are numbered and named such as "Spirit of Cornwall" and "One and All".
The interesting and informative talk was brought to a close with the vote of thanks given by Inner Wheel Member Janice Jerome.

Inner Wheel of Roborough
So very good to be back meeting with each other and to have such a very good speaker. We were delighted t be able to have Mr Paul Brookes CEO of the 'The Box' here in Plymouth. Paul took us through the changes that have taken place to the city Museum and library. There was no better person to tell the story as he has been directing the transition right through from the preliminary stages. An informative and visual talk. Information was well received and we are looking forward to visiting this stunning addition to the city. The museum caters for all ages and I might be an adult but will enjoy seeing the woolly mammoth, will even buy the toy for my grand daughter. Future events are going to be amazing starting with the upcoming aboriginal themed item which will only be shown here in our city museum. It promises to be a great day out with a tasty treat at the end.

We also were able to give Helen West, who is president of Roborough Rotary. Two cheques were given to support her two charities which she raised money for by cycling from Lands End to John O Groats. An amazing challenge. Well done to our honorary member.

Inner Wheel of Roborough
First District meeting for 2021 at Trehorne 18 September. So god to put faces to the names of all the lovely ladies that I have heard about, very informative and quite fun. Our club at Roborough was very well represented with ten of us journeying across the Tamar into Cornwall. Lovely day and a very good meal. Yummy desserts!


Inner Wheel Perranzabuloe
A gorgeous Cream Tea, in aid of Hospice Care, host hosted by President Vanessa on 24 August. It was a lovely, sunny afternoon and Vanessa, with her husband Mike, had laid out picnic tables all over their garden. Ladies brought their own cup and plate, and everyone was so happy to be able to talk face to face, after all the months apart, rather than through Zoom meetings. We were very pleased to be joined by District Chairman Hilary and three ladies from Redruth Club. We were also joined by two prospective members, who have been waiting for over a year to join the Club. Vanessa had made a huge pile of scones, and provided pots of jam and cream. Mike Hughes, with fellow Rotarian Les Parson, and another friend, acted as waiters, and went round with endless pots of tea. A raffle was held, and with donations over £200 was raised for Hospice.
Inner Wheel Tavistock
Tavistock IW Club enjoyed a social gathering with lunch at the Tamar View Nurseries, Saltash on Thursday 19th August.
Inner Wheel Roborough
Lis Bosworth handing over to Jan Dickman
As with all the other inner Wheel clubs we were so very happy when we could meet face to face. Hopefully no more zoom meetings unless absolutely necessary.
What an auspicious occasion! The Handover! Our past president Liz Bosworth who has done sterling work keeping the club functioning and ensuring contact was made with all members. From daily photos of the most beautiful flowers to uplifting tales and jokes to keep us all smiling. Thank you Liz.
Liz handed over to Jan Dickman who has started with great enthusiasm and energy. Jan has been a member for several years and is a great asset to our Club. Her chosen charity this year is 'The Mustard Tree' who are connected to Derriford hospital in Plymouth. Through personal experience Jan knows how much support and advice they give to both patients who have cancer and to their families.
It was a happy meeting at the Yelverton Golf Club, beautiful buffet and delicious deserts. Two of our ladies were kindly sent home with 'doggy bags'. A great social and business event to launch a new year for Inner Wheel Roborough.
Inner Wheel of St Austell
In July we were lucky to have a meeting in the Carlyon Bay Golf Club and Cecilia Warren was presented with her award by Fran Tregaskes - Member of Council.
I also have a Handover photo from the same meeting with with outgoing President Yvette Flux handing over to new Incoming President Pat Pettit.

Inner Wheel Club of Helston Lizard
President Dorothy hands over the Chain of Office to our President for 2021 - 2022 Karen Moseley
Inner Wheel of Truro and Figeac in France
Separated by the Channel but joined in Friendship

Inner Wheel of Truro links with Figeac in France

During Covid the Inner Wheel Club of Truro has established links with a similar club in France. The Truro ladies raise funds for charities such as The Refuge and Macmillan Cancer Care and our local hospice. The ladies in Figeac have supported
Resto du Coeur a French National charity which distributes food packages and hot meals to those in need, and have also helped finance a Black Labrador called LOL. He has been trained to help comfort battered children and women to regain a little confidence. At the heart of their adversity many battered women and children cannot communicate with other human beings, but will "off-load" to an animal.
So here are all these ladies linking across the Channel helping good causes while enjoying each other's company and friendship.

Recently both sides signed a charter pledging their friendship and links. The process was managed via Zoom so they could see other and share a toast of Champagne! They look forward to the day when they can meet up in person when Covid is beaten for good.

Ladies in Truro signing the charter document

Ladies in Figeac signing the document
The Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock
Tavistock Inner Wheel Club held their AGM and "Handover" meeting in outgoing President Jan's garden. New President Sue Lake was duly installed with the chain of office. Ladies enjoyed an afternoon tea and meeting socially for the first time since restrictions were lifted. A very welcome change from those meetings on Zoom!
The Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock
Tavistock Inner Wheel have been busy throughout lockdown raising money for various charities by selling homemade jams, preserves and cakes at Christmas time, as well as sloe gin. A large hamper of treats was donated to the local foodbank for one of their clients.
During the time between lockdown 2 and 3, we held several small coffee mornings all on the same day so everyone had the opportunity to meet up. Although we have not met in person for many months, President Jan and other members have been busy keeping in contact with ladies by phone. We have also had monthly zoom meetings, with some very interesting speakers. Dominique, from Rethink Mental Illness gave an extremely informative talk, and President Jan has also organised speakers as fund raising events. We've had a talk on the way to get a perfect fit of jeans and this was attended by members throughout the District. The highlight talk was given by well-known TV weather presenter Ben Rich, who is the grandson of one of our members. This event attracted people from Scotland to the Isles of Scilly, as well as Rotarians, friends and family. Ben told us about his early life, how he always wanted to be a meteorologist and starting work at the Met Office in Exeter and graduating on to television. He prefers the late nights to the early mornings! Our final speaker of the year was Rachel, a celebrant who leads ceremonies for weddings, naming ceremonies and funerals in the way people want.
Our final meeting of President Jan's year will be the AGM, followed by a cream tea in Jan's Devon garden.


The Inner Wheel club of Tavistock
Vice President of Tavistock Sue Lake presenting a cheque to Elizabeth Dill, local volunteer for Riding for the Disabled May 2021.
The Inner Wheel Club of Truro
The Inner Wheel Club of Truro met via Zoom and were interested to hear an excellent illustrated talk, given by Gemma Love, about Mary's Meals. Mary's Meals was started by two chaps in a pub in 1992 and has grown so that it is helping to feed children in disadvantaged countries across the world reaching 1.6 million children. The meals are provided in the child's school so it encourages them to attend regularly and it furthermore lifts them out of poverty in later life. Members were impressed to learn that for every £1 donated 93p is spent directly on the children and that local communities are always involved. The charity buys the food locally which in turn supports small farmers.
Mary's meals is still operating during the pandemic and has provided the meals at the children's homes. Now, however, the children are returning to their schools. The charity is even working in Ethiopia where, due to the civil war, people are starving. This is such a good cause and information can be found on the website www.marysmeals.org.uk
The Inner Wheel Club of Truro

Fake tax refunds, fake TV licence requests, fake bank messages, fake cures, fake friends on-line and many more scams were the subject of a recent on-line Zoom meeting of the Inner Wheel Club of Truro. The session was led by Laura Venn and Hannah Dutchak of the Nat West Bank. Their informative talk contained a serious warning about investment scams, 'friends' sending e mails asking for money saying the person is stranded, art sales, fine wines which do not exist and many more. Relationship scams are very dangerous where the person is targeted by a criminal pretending to be a friend. This often results in a loss of thousands of pounds with no hope of it being returned. All this is extremely pertinent during these Covid times as cases of fraud have risen sharply. Everyone is more vulnerable now we are isolated. Hannah and Laura advised members that if in any doubt contact your bank or the Action Fraud helpline on 03001232040. They also said to contact a family member or friend and never give bank details. An excellent talk by two very knowledgeable ladies which was much appreciated.

And here is an e mail sent to us:

Wow that's brilliant, thank you for your kind words, and what a great summary! We are so pleased it proved useful for you all and got the conversation flowing around scams!!

When things settle more and we return to some 'normality', we are happy to join you again with future updates or new scams, as we know they are ever changing and developing! Some of our groups we work with like to do a shorter 'update' session every 6-12 months or so, so bear us in mind when you are booking in the future, we would gladly return!

If anyone asks for further information regarding the event off the back of your lovely report, please do feel free to pass on mine and Laura's email addresses. We work very heavily on word of mouth for booking these events, and as we established, the more people know and talk about scams, the better for us all, so please spread the word far and wide, as you have done!

Thank you once again for your glowing report, and do keep in contact.

All the best,

Hannah (and Laura)

Inner Wheel of St Austell
I have great pleasure in informing you that one of District 129 Inner Wheel ladies has been awarded the MARGARETTE GOLDING AWARD.
Cecilia Warren of St. Austell Club is the recipient of this prestigious award. In recognition of her long term personal service and unstinting dedication to raising funds for the League of Friends of the St. Austell Community Hospital. I am sure you will all join me in congratulating her on this well deserved award.

Inner Wheel of Roborough
The club this year decided to spread a little bit of love around on Valentine’s Day by making friendship boxes and delivering them to some of our friends, each box containing scones clotted cream jam butter yoghurts chocolate shortbread biscuits and cupcakes we certainly brought some smiles to some very dear friends like to say a big thank you to Lang gauge fun for their donation of the yoghurts and clotted cream. It was a wet miserable day but most enjoyable one
Inner Wheel of Perranzabuloe
Perranzabuloe Inner Wheel President Dot Blackman kindly sent an open invitation to their February Zoom meeting to listen to a talk on Perfumery through the Ages by Vanessa's grandson Joshua and his business partner Sam, who have both worked in the perfume business for several years helping people to find a fragrance that they love.
They have started up a virtual perfumery, Fiole.co.uk , which launched on 1st November 2020, as a direct result of the lockdowns . sadly they are not yet able to create a perfumed website, I am sure it will happen one day!
Josh started with an introduction to the idea behind their business and the science of creating perfumed oils; who knew that ' perfume ' comes from 'par fumer' or 'through smoke'. The most popular floral fragrance today is still Rose. The perfumes loved by the Aztecs and Cleopatra are still very popular today in more modern styles, and Sam introduced us briefly to the history of a couple of the perfumes in their collections, and how, 100 years or so after their original launch they were freshened up for the modern age.
All those present at the meeting were off to check the website!! I have ordered my set of 6 samples chosen according to my answers to a brief survey.
When we finally get to meet up again in person, your noses should lead you to the Perranzabuloe ladies!
Thanks must go to Dot and Vanessa, Joshua and Sam for a lovely afternoon. We all wish their new venture well, and I can't wait to receive my set of 6 fioles, or vials.
Inner Wheel of Redruth
President Sandy presenting 90th birthday presents to Marjorie Burtenshaw
more photos on Redruth Club page
Inner Wheel of Tavistock

December 2020

Member Chris Tout has been responsible for several years for sending get well messages to members of our club when appropriate, and generally looking after the wellbeing of members. Even before the pandemic struck, she visited members, did their shopping and organised shopping expeditions on the local Country Bus. Chris has been delivering a home cooked evening meal every day for over a year to one member of our club who can no longer manage to cook herself. Tavistock club also ring each member to have a chat every couple of weeks to ensure the spirit of friendship is kept alive as not everyone can join our zoom meetings.

Inner Wheel Liskeard and Looe

Liskeard and Looe club members started by considering an on-line photographic competition and then realised we could use the winning entries to produce a 2021 calendar. We are pleased to say that with fees from the photographic competition, sales of calendars and donations we have raised £1,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance. Thank you for your support and all canendars have now been sold.


Fay Clamp the Winner of the Competition
Inner Wheel Club of Tavistock
Tavistock are delighted to be able to again support the local food bank this year.
President Jan gathered it all together from the members ready for collection.
Inner Wheel Club of Bodmin

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



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