Club and District Activities

Hythe fundraising for Abbey's Heroes

In November, Hythe & District Inner Wheel club organised a charity flower demonstration and afternoon tea at St Andrew’s hall in Dibden Purlieu. The afternoon was well attended, enjoyed by all and the fantastic arrangements, by demonstrator Pip Bensley, were raffled off at the end of the afternoon. The event was held to raise money for Abbey’s Heroes who support children receiving cancer treatment and their families at University Hospital Southampton. This very worthy charity supports the families, both physically and emotional, at such a devastating time.  (  
The event was a huge success and so on Thursday 13th January, Hythe & District Inner Wheel President Susan and Past President Margaret, presented a cheque for £1000 to Abbey’s Heroes CEO and founder Sally Randall.

Susan Parsons (President of Hythe Inner Wheel), Pip Bensley, Sally Randall (CEO of Abbey’s Heroes)
Susan Parsons (President of Hythe Inner Wheel), Pip Bensley, Sally Randall (CEO of Abbey’s Heroes)

Pat President Margaret Vance, Sally Randall and Susan Parsons
Pat President Margaret Vance, Sally Randall and Susan Parsons

Havant Coffee in the Orchard

Having achieved our first fund-raising event , our first meeting and hand-over, we settled down to enjoy our first social event. 
We were fortunate to take advantage of a generous offer from one of our members, Jeanette Crane, to hold a coffee morning for members and some guests in Jeanette’s beautiful orchard. This is a delightful venue, where we can sit surrounded by some very venerable trees, survey the tennis court with youthful memories - although some of members are still playing! 
Our guests were former members who appreciated being able to catch up with the club’s activities. 
The weather was very different from last year. The temperature was much lower, the sky was grey and it rained a little, but we remembered we were British and carried on. We were rewarded by a small fly-past of planes going into Goodwood aerodrome and a few minutes of sun!

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the End of Year Roundup 2020-21

Although fundraising for charities during Lockdown 2020 and early 2021 was very difficult, from May 2020 to May 2021, members of Hythe and District Inner Wheel bought and donated a staggering  748.65 kg of food to the Waterside Foodbank which is equivalent to providing 2,317 meals!!

President Wendy also made donations on behalf of the club to the following charities: Families Matter, The Crossing Drop in Centre, Piggle’s Trust, The Pier Heritage Association, H & I.O.W. Air Ambulance, Oakhaven Hospice, Riding for the Disabled and the International Charity Smile Train.

In June members of Hythe & District Inner Wheel met at Calshot beach for an open-air meeting where the chain of office was passed to incoming President Susan. It is hoped that indoor meetings will start again in September. In October members and guests will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hythe & District Inner Wheel club with a 50th Charter Celebration dinner at the Beaulieu Hotel. 

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Hythe Calshot meeting
Hythe handover 2021
Hythe handover 2021

Havant at Lordington Lavender Fields

Havant lavender 21 1As usual, Havants first fund-raising activity of the year was providing the refreshments for the Lordington Lavender. There was much anxiety as we only knew very shortly before the event that it was, in fact, going ahead. This was our 12th year at Lordington. Due to the pandemic there was a lot more planning to keep our customers feeling safe, but that was achieved.
The support from the club was amazing , we had plenty of lovely cakes and enough helpers for both days. The stall looked most attractive and the cakes were all safely covered.

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Our thanks go to Havant Rotary who tutored us in the use of their machine, showing that Havant IW are ready for all challenges. 
We are always dependent on the weather so despite the lavender not being at its best and trade being slower than in previous years, we made an amazing profit. We have been invited back again next year!
This is the team on the first day. It is worth noting that six of the ladies were members of the original team!

Itchen Valley Walking 500 Miles and Cycling 500 More!

Lynne and SaraTwo of our members Lynne and Sara realised that this year has been a real challenge to raise money for charities and while going through two lockdowns they looked for another way to help some very worthwhile local charities and essential organisations. In these difficult times, many families and young people need some extra help with everyday living. So when they heard The Proclaimers song last year they decided that this would be their challenge, they would walk 500 miles and cycle 500 more. Hence a sponsored walk and ride, and they would be very grateful if you could sponsor them in this challenge. they are both walking the 500 miles as in the song title and Sara is also cycling 500 miles.

Any money they raise will be given to Eastleigh Basics Bank and Fledge.
Eastleigh Basics Bank is a food bank which collects groceries and provides practical support for individuals and families in crisis . (
Fledge supports young people through mentoring and the provision of supportive housing for young adults. (

If you would like to support Lynne and Sara please visit their Just Giving page:

Parkstone and Poole celebration of International Women's Day

These pictures were taken to celebrate International Inner Wheel Day. We asked the nurses at the ICU Unit at Poole Hospital how we could help and they asked for shampoos and shower gel as they have to shower after every PPE change. These are photos of the team receiving the ‘goodies’. We thought it would be more helpful than just a card.

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Hythe celebration of International Women's Day

As part of a national Inner Wheel campaign to show members’ gratitude for the hard work done by health workers during such difficult times, and to celebrate International Women's Day on 8th March, the Inner Wheel Club of Hythe and District sent gifts and cards to say thank you to all NHS workers in local surgeries on the Waterside. 

President Wendy and Secretary Jan delivered cards, boxes of biscuits and tubes of hand cream to The Waterside Surgery from where they will be distributed to the five surgeries in our local district who have been providing the vaccinations at the clinics. The Practice Nurse Manager, Karyn, was very pleased to receive the gifts.
The cards and bags were hand- made and the message in the cards read, 

"This gesture is a way for our members to show their appreciation for the dedication and effort shown by our Health Workers during such difficult times."

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Romsey Test Activities

All of our meetings since September have been zoom meetings. 

In September Test Valley Rotary member Martin Radford gave us a very interesting talk about the artist “Joseph Wright of Derby and the Lunar men of Birmingham.” Wright, essentially a landscape and portrait artist, became fascinated by the industrial revolution and painted scenes of science and engineering which were most enlightening for those who saw his paintings in the eighteenth century.
In October, our secretary, Cheryl Collier told us about how royal visits to the Army units were organised when she had been working there. In true British Military fashion every “t” was crossed and every “i” dotted, several times!
In November, Sue Perdue, showed us how to make festive table centres and hangings for Christmas. Later Cheryl and Gillie delivered parcels of scones, jam, clotted cream and a slice of drizzle cake to each member and their spouses for us all to participate in a zoom cream tea party. As usual we wrapped and delivered presents for the adult members of the Romsey Family Support Group.  
We repeated the party theme just before Christmas with a zoom “mince pie and glass of wine” festively attired get together. The twist for that event was, that they provide their own food and drink.
In January at our zoom coffee morning and natter we passed on district news and then decided that we would share a recipe every week until lock down was lifted and give points of approval for each recipe. Some of our members have been busy knitting Teddies.

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Guernsey International Inner Wheel Day

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Margaretta Golding Award given to Anne Sexton of Hythe Club

MG awardDistrict Chairman Mary had the great honour this morning of presenting the prestigious Margarette Golding Award to Anne Sexton.
We congratulate Anne on this achievement, for all the work that she has done in the village of Fawley, in aid of Oakhaven Hospice and The Air Ambulance.
Due to social distancing only 6 people could meet in Mary's garden. Anne was very surprised as she does hide her light under a bushel.
She was totally amazed to receive it.

District 11 has not had a Margarette Golding Award given for a very long time and the International Executive committee look very carefully at the nominations. It is awarded to a person who has given outstanding and exceptional Service in the local community. We are all delighted that it is a member of Hythe & District Inner Wheel Club.

Well done Anne.

International Rally, 13th November 2019

On 13 November the District meeting and International Rally were held at the Hamworthy Club. As usual it was a well-attended meeting with the opportunity for retail therapy, an excellent raffle and a good lunch to boot !!
Jenny Lewis DIC introduced Milton Frary from the Wheelchair Foundation who was the speaker after lunch. Milton is a Rotarian from Yorkshire and with his wife travels around promoting this very worthwhile charity. Initially a very wealthy American Ken Behring was asked if the space in the hold of his private aircraft could be used to transport wheelchairs to Africa which he agreed to but for some reason the idea did not take off in the States. It started in the UK in 2002/3 after Rotarians at a conference were challenged to send one container to Africa the response was so great that in the end 4 containers were sent. These chairs are reconditioned, not new, and the cost at present is £95 per chair. There are 100 million people with out mobility and the numbers are increasing. This can be because of conflict, disease, accidents, illness, ageing and post polio syndrome . In many countries disability is treated badly and people are hidden away so much more awareness is needed. In Africa most disabilities are in villages not in the main towns. There is also white poverty in South Africa.
Milton had stories to tell of his visits which were very moving. 
The quote that is used on their leaflet says it all .'Yesterday I was a maggot crawling on the ground. Today I am a butterfly.'The charity provides both adult and child chairs and spare parts are also sent.35,147 wheelchairs over the past 15 years to 350,000 people in 31 countries have been sent. 10 people can benefit from each chair as they are passed on.
The charity also works with Physionet and delivers second-hand disability equipment and provides training for Physio and Occupational therapists.
If clubs or organisations provide chairs their logo can be on the back of the chairs in recognition.
A cheque was presented to Milton which included the raffle money £663 and £750 that 2 Inner Wheel members from Romsey Test had raised from a sponsored walk. 

£ 146.55 was made on the cake stall for Kids for Kids

£ 166.90 on the Jewellery stall for the Purple Fund

£ 186.00 on the handbags and scarves for Jaipur Limb

£ 40.00 on Association Pens for Malaria Prevention

Sue Lewis, Lymington

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 Jenny Lewis and Jane Ingram with speaker
  Milton Frary and Elaine Frary 

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Speaker Milton Frary with two members of
  Romsey test who raised money on a
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 Jane Ingram , International Service Committee
 with Milton and Elaine Frary

Havant Remembrance Sunday

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The Inner Wheel Club of Havant always takes part in the annual Remembrance service in the centre of Havant. It is customary that we walk with the Rotary president and lay our wreaths together. It was a bright sunny day, with many groups taking part. There were many bystanders who clapped to express their appreciation.
Here President Jeanette pauses for a few moments of quiet reflection.

Havant Drive out and Cream Tea

The Annual Drive Out and Cream Tea was an event set up by Havant IW many years ago. The idea was that we should find lonely or disadvantaged elderly people. With the privacy laws that has become a difficult task, and another example of laws with unintended consequences. However, we find people who thoroughly enjoy the afternoon, which is rewarding for us. Some Rotarians from the Havant club helped on the day.
We also took the opportunity to include our less mobile members. We had tea at the Stansted Garden Centre Café, where some of our guests undertook some retail therapy, and went home with shoes and books! In addition, they each received a house plant, which was a gift from our President and one of the Rotarians who assisted.

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Lymington's 70th Charter - 7 June 2019

Lymington 90th Charter

Lymington Club celebrated its 70th Anniversary on Friday 7 June 2019 at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.
All members of the District Executive were in attendance as were past members of the club. Our guests included our District Chairman Mary Smith and her husband Reg, Michael Haines, the husband of our President Jane and Lymington Rotary President George Dick. We were also pleased that Past International Inner Wheel President, Janet Day was with us.  Members from 13 clubs attended: Hamble Valley, Southampton, Fordingbridge, Ventnor, Shanklin, Hythe & District, Cosham, Locks Heath, Waterlooville, Boscombe & Southbourne, Parkstone & Poole, Salisbury and Wareham.  One guest was Jan Harper from Marlow Club in District 9. All Lymington members had been involved in some way with planning the day.
President Jane warmly welcomed and thanked everybody for attending and this was followed by member Sally Reed giving us a short history of the club. The candles of friendship were lit by Eileen Rayner for the past, District Chairman Mary for the present and out newest member, Vivien Godfrey for the future.
The flower arrangements were co-ordinated by Pamela Haigh with Doreen Cummins and Jill Turner’s able assistance. The lovely cake was made by Eileen Rayner and expertly iced by Pamela. It included the Inner Wheel Rondel and a Lymington boat, taken from the Coat of Arms of the Town. This had been on the celebration cake for our 60th! The cake was cut by President Jane and DC Mary and after Pamela said Grace, lunch followed. After the loyal toast Secretary Doreen read the roll call and greetings were then brought from DC Mary and President George who congratulated the club on its long service.
Then followed our speaker, introduced by member Alisson Smith. Simon Meanwell-Ralph’s company is Marvellous Millinery in Winchester. He makes every hat himself, for all sorts of occasions, including mother of the bride, or groom and Ascot. He is a very entertaining speaker. He came armed with three large boxes which he delved into time and time again bringing out a spectacular hat which he described how it was made up and then found a lady in the audience whose ensemble closely matched the colours in the hat. At the end of a very entertaining talk nearly 30 members were wearing either a hat, fascinator or pillbox. 
Simon says he is very lucky to be able to have turned his lifelong passion of making hats into a full-time profession and that he just adores his day job. Member Anne Rimer warmly thanked Simon for making our day so special and all it remained for President Jane to do was thank everybody for attending and wish them a safe journey home. In true Inner Wheel fashion, it was a fabulous day full of laughter, fun and friendship.

Cardiff Conference Report

(from Council Minutes)

Conference started on the Monday with the Golf. The Sheila Craine Walks seemed to have been a great success with numbers reaching 145. The John Lewis Event on the whole members enjoyed this but there were a few issues with timing and the fashion section was not really geared to our age group, although Sue had made them fully aware of the age group of our members. President Ann attended many of the District Get-Togethers in the evening. The Service on Tuesday morning was led by Rev. Kate Bottley - what an amazing job she did and the collection raised nearly £8,000.00 for Hope & Homes. The Melingriffith Brass Band was really good, as was the District 4 Choir directed by Robbie Morgan and accompanied by Peter Acaster. A great Service to start our Conference. This was followed by some amazing speakers starting with Rev. Kate Bottley. It was such a disappointment that Dame Esther Rantzen was ill and unable to address conference but it was such a relief when Eileen Hammond agreed to step in at the last moment and speak about The Silver Line. The Mayor of Cardiff brought greetings, as did the IIW President Chris Kirby and the R.I.B.I. President. Liz Thomas spoke about Period Poverty. In the afternoon we were entertained by Ed Pratt, what enthusiasm this young lad had. During the Conference we had moving and inspiring presentations from Jessie’s Fund, Hope & Homes and our Association President Ann. We were entertained so well by the Cor y Cwm children’s choir on the Tuesday afternoon and Rainer Hersch & his musicians on the Wednesday afternoon. The AGM was well-orchestrated by President Ann. Tuesday evening’s entertainment was Andrew Grisewood, a Floral Entertainer and what an entertainer he turned out to be. We had a raffle and all the proceeds went to Jessie’s Fund, this raised £2.300. Wednesday evening’s entertainment was The Amazing Blues Brothers. The Staff at the Motorpoint could not believe the number of members that spent all evening dancing and enjoying the entertainment. Although we couldn’t have as many stalls as we normally would have due to space restrictions, all the stall holders seemed to have had a very successful Conference.

Gillingham Club's Inner Wheel Day

Gillingham Club tried to do something different! As we wished to mark Inner Wheel Day, we thought we would participate in a new experience beyond our norm! One of our members, Diana, now has her husband as a permanent resident in a care giving establishment. With her help, we arranged with Colten Care Ltd (Sturminster Newton) to hold an event in this  wonderful residence. It was decided afternoon tea with music and their residents to attend;  IW Members and friends would also be invited. For our part we were asked to interact with their clients, some of whom had their own family visiting, and in return their chef provided cakes and scones to go with tea and coffee. We had a splendid raffle, which was displayed in Newstone House before the event, and a "bring and buy table”.
We had no overheads and the staff and management were very happy that all the proceeds could be given to our Association President’s charity, Jessie’s Fund. It was also fitting as Diana whose husband needs total care,  had a disabled son who very much benefited from musical interaction some years ago.

We all had an engaging and enlightening few hours, and it is quite gratifying to know that we may have given a few people some pleasure, even if it is soon forgotten. For other clubs in our District,  we have been told by Colten Care that they would happily have a local Inner Wheel club visit, if a function can be arranged that is inclusive. 
Thank you Newstone House, you have given us thought for the future for other events with you.

Havant Inner Wheel Day

Havant Easter ChicksInner Wheel Day is always popular at the Havant Club. It is an opportunity to have good social interaction as well as to do something useful for one of our charities. 23 of our members turned up at the house of our President Barbara. There was stamp trimming as usual, and a delicious lunch of three home-made soups, cheese, pâte, home-made meringues and other treats which we had foresworn on New Year's Day but made an exception for on Inner Wheel Day. 

One member organised the knitting group, and a number of delightful little Easter chicks were made. Inside each chick we will put a Cadbury's cream egg, and these will go to SDA at the appropriate time.
As you can see in the photo, our knitters were fuelled with sweet treats


Ventnor Christmas activities

Ventnor have been busy in the runup to Christmas. 
As part of Ventnorville Day at the beginning of December Ventnor members donated over 230 wrapped prizes and decorated a colourful Tombola stall, always a hit with the locals.
The Club also decorated a tree for the Ventnor Christmas tree festival. 

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 Ventnor Xmas tree
Ventnor's newest member helping at the Tombola

Hamble Valley Presentation to QE2 Activity Centre

On Thursday, October 11th 2018, seven members of the Inner Wheel Club of Hamble Valley (President Bernie Phillips, SVC Jane Ingram, Jan Gibson, Gwyn West, Liz Bandey, Joan Asprey and Kate Watkin) visited the QE2 Activity Centre to present a cheque to the Centre Manager, Phil Oates.
The Activity Centre is a haven for people of all ages with challenging conditions and various disabilities to access different adventurous opportunities, learn new skills and make friends. The highly qualified staff create challenging but achievable activities, which boost the individual’s self-esteem and confidence as well as having fun. Please look at their website for more information.
It is remarkable what is offered at the centre and we are pleased to be able to support such a life changing charity. The money was raised locally from our efforts from the carol float door to door and static collections and a game stall at the Hedge End Christmas Lights Switch-on event.
The QE2 Activity Centre has used the money to purchase 10 gas-life jackets for wheelchair users while sailing on the river Hamble. These slim line lifejackets are more comfortable and less bulky to wear than traditional lifejackets.Additionally, they were able to purchase an electric bilge pump for the James Male Wheelyboat which is the wheelchair accessible boat.
We are pleased to have been able to support such a worthwhile cause.

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Bernie Phillips presenting a cheque
to Centre Manager Phil Oates
Club members modelling the 
slimline lifejackets

Swanage Inner Wheel Toilet signage success

After the motion was passed at the Association Conference re signage in toilets, Swanage Inner Wheel Club inspected their local toilets and found them wanting. After contacting our Mayor the signs in various locations in Swanage have been changed or modified to make them clearer for all.
A success for the roots of Inner Wheel.

Parkstone and Poole Summer Activities

Parkstone and Poole Club have had a very busy summer. An organised club walk was held at Upton House on an extremely hot day, more time was spent under parasols drinking coffee.
We had a very good attendance at a Fun Evening Supper at a local Restaurant attended by Partners and a few friends.
The most delightful day was arranged for a full coach of club members with Partners and friends to enjoy a Horse Drawn Barge Trip along the Kennett and Avon Canal. A Ploughman's lunch was included and we were truly blessed with the most glorious weather.

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P&P partners evening
Summer 'walk' at Upton House A fun evening with partners

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Horse Drawn Barge on the Kennett and Avon Canal

Cosham Rotary Cordon Bleu

Cosham Cordon Bleu 2018

Inner Wheel International Service Chairman Lyn Gutteridge and Member of Council Lyn Ashley acted as judges at the Cosham Rotary Cordon Bleu contest. The picture shows the two Lyns presenting prizes to the winners.

Itchen Valley handover 19th July 2018

Our handover meeting opened with retiring President Val handing over a significant cheque to Dom Hooley, a representative from the Eastleigh Basics bank. We have supported the Bank throughout the year with donations of food and other supplies and the donation table was groaning under the weight of bags for this final offering. Dom thanked Inner Wheel for our support throughout the year and explained that, due to the generosity of several local businesses providing shop and warehouse space for free, every penny of the money donated would go to supplies for the bank.
Val then handed over the chain of office to Martha Smiley and Martha gave Val some flowers and a garden token in appreciation of her leadership of the Club for the last year. (Helen McLean who was joint President with Val was unable to be at the meeting but will receive a similar gift.)
Martha thanked the Club for trusting her with the Presidency and told us that her  charity for the year would be The Friends of Romsey Hospital. Elaine Grainger, Chairman of the charity gave a short talk about the Friends and what they do for the hospital. Because the hospital is very small the Friends are able to be quite hands on and can have quite an influence on the hospital policies. Of course new volunteers to assist are always welcome.


Havant Lavender 2018

Havant lavender 2018As many readers are well aware, the Havant club begins its activities at the commencement of the Inner Wheel year. We are fortunate to be invited by a local farmer to provide tea and cakes on some days during the week that he opens his lavender field to the general public. So it challenges the Club Correspondent on how this can be reported in a different way each year. 
This year, I was very lucky, Holly Green, the ITV Weather presenter came to do the weather report from the lavender field. So as well as being able to see "our" field on the TV News, some of our team were fortunate enough to meet Holly and to be photographed with her. She was very friendly and interested in what we do.
It was very hot this year, as one can imagine, but the colour and perfume of the lavender along with the humming of the bees and watching the increased numbers of butterflies, made it a pleasurable task as ever.
In the photograph, from left to right, Margaret Anderson, Gill Clear, Mo Valentine, Holly Green, Lesley Syme who masterminds the refreshments every year, Jenny Hiscock and Dot Hunt.
This was the eleventh occasion that we have performed this task, each time under Lesley's direction.

District Installation June 2018

On a bright sunny June afternoon, after a splendid lunch at The Sandbanks Hotel, President Brenda handed over the chain of office to incoming Chairman Mary Smith of the Parkstone & Poole District Club. Representatives of our twin Districts, 7 and 20, and from the local Rotary Clubs, brought their greetings and best wishes to Mary and District 11 for the coming year. A representative of Mary's charity, Autism Wessex gave a short talk on the work of the society.

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DC Brenda investing Mary Smith

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DC Mary giving Brenda her PDC badge

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Parkstone & Poole Club

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Incoming Club Presidents

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Executive 2018-2019
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Rotary Assistant District Governor
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Rotary Club Presidents


Activities 2017/2018
Activities 2016/2017

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