Club and District Activities

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.

hamble Valley QE2 1
Hamble Valley QE2 2
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.

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

P&P Horse barge 1

P&P Horse barge 2

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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