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

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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