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June 2018

Tessa hands over the chain of office to our new President Barbara Gadd

I am sure we all wish Barbara a very happy year in office.

Handover meeting at Mo Scanlan’s.


Mo Scanlan kindly hosted our Handover meeting and as we were so lucky with the weather - very warm and sunny - it was held in her lovely garden with a delicious meal provided by the members.


Tessa presented a cheque for £2,000 to Ruth from Diabetes UK .


Many members made cakes and turned out to help in the tea tent at the Home Farm Fest held from the 8th to the 10th June, distributing tea, coffee and squash and slicing all varieties of scrumptious cakes. The marquee looked very welcoming with bunting, flowers on the tables, and tables and chairs set up inside and outside. A big thank you in particular to Pam Brewster and Maureen Nethaway for all their hard work throughout the weekend and also to the many other Inner Wheel members from all over District 20 and to Rotarians Frank Spurr and John Hollis who fetched and returned the tables and chairs from East Coker Village Hall and set them up on site.


The following District Picnic report and photo was also kindly provided by Carol Price.


Yeovil Inner Wheel Club enjoyed a fabulous evening at the District Picnic, District 20’s unique version of the International Service Rally. It was attended by Association International Service Chairman, Shamim Govani and was in support of the District 20 Mission, restoring dignity and empowering women and also four charities, our own local charities, School in a Bag and Akamba Aid Fund, together with Rotary District 1200 charity, Water Survival Box, and the Wiltshire based charity, Women and Girls. A wonderful evening illustrating Inner Wheel at its best, fun and friendship whilst supporting those less fortunate than ourselves.


May 2018

On 16th May we held our Interclub at East Coker village hall. This was an afternoon tea with delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes provided by the members. The speaker was Miranda Pender and her talk was entitled ' Lifting the Lid ' a darkly comic aspect of researching family history. We did not know quite what to expect from her talk but we certainly did not expect her to include songs composed by her and played by her on the guitar. As District Chairman Lynne was unable to attend Past District Chairman Kate kindly represented her. Unfortunately Tessa was also unable to attend but Barbara very ably stepped into the breach.

Top table from left to right - Wendy, Kate Lewis Past District Chairman, Barbara, Miranda Pender our speaker, and Joy.

The catering staff enjoying a welcome cup of tea!

April 2018


29thApril - Ham Wall Walk. Report and photos kindly provided by Carol Price.


Several of our members and members of Yeovil Rotary Club joined Yeo Vale Rotary Club for a walk along the old railway line at Ham Wall, an RSPB nature reserve on the Somerset Levels. Yeo Vale Rotarian Richard Pither who is a keen and expert bird watcher explained the sounds of some of the birds to us and we were thrilled when we actually identified the sound of a bittern. It is a lovely and unique area, we are so lucky that it is so near to us. And of course we finished the visit with lunch at the local pub!!

A great way to spend a Sunday.


Participants in the walk stopping to look at the birds or enjoying the view.


Thirteen members enjoyed a cookery demonstration at Santa Checkley’s home. She demonstrated cook in advance recipes after which the members were served lunch which consisted of all the dishes cooked during the demonstration. A great day out and a few more pounds on the waistline!

Everyone watching the demonstration while the imbibing a delicious cocktail.


Member enjoy their lunch

The speaker at our April meeting was Katalin Fernando, wife of Yeovil Rotary President and A and E consultant at Yeovil Hospital, who gave a very interesting talk on her life and varied career which included service in the Hungarian Army in Afghanistan and a doctor in the Air Ambulance Service.

March 2018

On 17th March a successful quiz with fish and chip supper was held at the Memorial Hall Queen Camel in aid of President Tessa's charity Diabetes UK. The princely sum of £583.87 was raised for Tessa’s charity Diabetes UK.

Instead of our normal March monthly meeting at Yeovil Court Hotel twenty members and guests enjoyed an evening of fellowship and good food at Tambarinos Italian Restaurant in Yeovil.


November 12th 2017


The coffee morning on 12th November at the home of Mike and Maureen Nethaway in aid of the Nepal Project raised a fabulous £521

A report from our ISO on the Neem Tree Trust can be found on our International Services Page

November 22nd 2017

Our 80th birthday was celebrated at the Acorn Inn on Wednesday 22nd November. Guests were Cate Whitewood, Yeovale Rotary Chairman, Caroline Ansell, Yeovil Rotary Vice President, Lynne Evans, District Chairman, District Secretary Janet Fulford, from Chard Chairman Claire Gibbs and Sylvia Hopkins District Editor, Trisha Harris Crewkerne Inner Wheel, Jackie Mosedale, Soroptimists, and Sue Phillips.

Guests were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and all received corsages made by members Margaret Spurr, Margaret Cox and Mo Scanlan. Tessa and Barbara cut the beautifully decorated cake. Trisha Harris on behalf of Crewkerne Inner Wheel, our daughter club, presented a visitors’ book to the club. A basket of flowers arranged by Meg Longman was presented to Lynne Evans with a cheque for £25 for her charity Children's Hospice South West. Members also brought along contributions for the Lords Larder.


President Tessa and

Vice President Barbara

Cut the cake


Tessa and Lynne Evans with contributions for the Lords Larder


Trisha Harris presents Tessa with a visitors book from Crewkerne, our sister club

November 28th 2017



On November 28th Tessa presented Matt Callaghan from the Lord’s Larder at the Gateway with fourteen bags of gifts collected by the members.



Our Christmas Coffee morning was held this year at the lovely home of Mo Scanlan on 11th December. Members enjoyed mince pies and shortbread and there was also a tombola. A princely sum of £331.25 was raised for Tessa’s charity Diabetes UK.

December 11th 2017

December 23rd 2017

Several members helped with bag packing at Tescos Yeovil in aid of the School in a Bag charity on 23rd December.

January 10th 2018


On World Inner Wheel Day, some of our members attended the District Service at St Peter’s and St Paul’s at Shepton Mallet, and returned in time to attend our belated Christmas lunch at the Lime Kiln.

Tessa attended Rotary's Young Chef competition at Stanchester School and was presented with a cheque for £159.50 for the sale of tickets in the Community Draw.


January 24th 2018

The speaker at our January meeting was Mike Fernando, President of Yeovil Rotary and Consultant Paediatrician at Yeovil Hospital, who gave the members a fascinating resume of his life and work as a paediatrician. Also at the meeting Margaret Cox showed the members the latest blanket, the centre of which was crocheted by Barbara Gadd’s mother.

August 2017

President Meg Longman (on the right) handing over a cheque for £1,000 to Wendy Knudsen, Treasurer of the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Katalin Fernando is presented with the Enid Helyer brooch.

28th June Handover Meeting Meeting


At our handover meeting in June held at the lovely home of our retired member, Hannah Crinks, Meg relinquished the chain of office to our incoming President, Tessa. Unfortunately Tessa was unable to attend the meeting in person due to her recent operation. Meg also handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Wendy Knudsen, Treasurer of the local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association which was Meg’s chosen charity for the year. The money was raised through various activities including running a tea and cakes stall at the “Classics at the Castle” Show held at Sherborne Castle last July.


Also, as is tradition, Meg presented the Enid Helyer brooch to the wife of the incoming President of Yeovil Rotary, Michael Fernando, Katalin, for her to wear during his year of office. For those new to the club this brooch was originally presented to the Club by the family of Enid, a former member, in her memory.


In the last few weeks our members have been busy making cakes for and serving teas firstly at the District tea stall at Home Farm Fest in aid of School in a Bag, and secondly at Yeovale Rotary’s two day event Classics at the Castle at Sherborne, this time the proceeds from our Tea Stall going to Diabetes U K, Tessa’s main Charity for her year. Hard work but fun we are told. £1037.47.was raised for Diabetes UK and the stall at Home Farm Fest raised a total of £976.00.

15th & 16th July

Rotary Classics in the Castle event


This year we were on duty on our cake, coffee and tea stall for Two days!

Thanks to the help of Yeovale wives and friends we managed to keep the stall open until the end of the event though we were running short of cakes.


Above Lesley Lindsay and Hilary Forward, second and first from the right, both wives of Yeovale Rotarians, Joy Bailey, our secretary, third from the right, and, sitting down, hopefully not from overwork, Patti Champion, our newest member, serving tea and cakes at Classics at the Castle.



Also on duty at the tea stall, from the left, Barbara Gadd, Joy Bailey, Pauline Bland, Carol Price, Maureen Nethaway and Margaret Cox. Don’t the cakes look good!


And as you can see we were kept very busy

On the 3rd July nine members, some with partners, attended Yeovale Rotary’s Presidents Handover Meeting which took the form of a dinner held under Concorde at Yeovilton.

A tasty meal and an unusual venue made the evening a great success.

Guests enjoying their meal under Concorde

On July 13th six members from the Club, including Maureen Nethaway, who is now District Second Vice President, attended the District Rally at Haynes Motor Museum

From the left, Barbara Gadd, Pauline Bland, Joy Bailey, Carol Price and Wendy Rea

Above from the left Pauline Bland, Barbara Gadd, Meg Longman, Maureen Nethaway, Joy Bailey and Carol Price.

Our speaker at the July meeting was Dr. Seshandri Pramodh from the Endocrinology Department Yeovil Hospital told the members about the types of Diabetes, the causes and treatment - quite technical but very interesting. Apart from the speaker four other guests were present - Diana Hartnell, who will be inducted into the Club at the September meeting, plus three more potential new members Sally Whatley, Joy’s neighbour, Valerie Hillard and Lesley Lindsay, both wives of Yeovale Rotarians.

Meg’s coffee morning held on the 28th July at the Foresters Arms Holywell in aid of the local branch of The Motor Neurone Disease Association raised £622.25. Meg was very pleased with the result and has thanked everyone who helped to make this event such a success.

May 2017

The speaker at Yeovil’s April meeting was Stephen Greenhalgh, Somerset County Road Safety Officer who not only gave an amusing talk to the members but also brought along a variety of goodies including key ring torches, pens, hi-vis jackets and copies of the Highway Code.


On Friday 28th April.

Our International Service Organiser Margaret Cox held a very successful coffee morning at her home in aid of a the Neem Tree Trust, The founder of the Charity, Kathy Miller, and one of the trustees, Pat Kinzett, were able to attend.


All three ladies made a colourful sight dressed in their saris. The sum of £330.16 was raised plus £88.60 on the charity stall making an impressive grand total of £418.76.



From left to right - Margaret Cox, Kathy Miller, Founder of the Neem Tree Trust, and Pat Kinzett, a Trustee of the charity

12th April Our Sports Officer Barbara Gadd organised a successful skittles evening at The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, for Yeovil Inner Wheel members and Yeovil and Yeovale Rotarians and their partners. Anne Hartley was the winner. Barbara and her partner will be taking part in the District Tennis Tournament in June.

Some of the walkers taking a well earned rest after the walk.

Member and friends on the walk.

On 12th May twenty members and friends took part in a walk round Ninesprings Country Park in Yeovil in aid of B-eat. £110 was raised at that event.



17th May was the date of our Interclub Afternoon Tea at East Coker Village Hall. 28 Yeovil members entertained members from others Clubs in the District. The speaker was Rear Admiral Terry Loughran who gave an amusing talk starting with a brief history of all the aircraft carriers named the Ark Royal followed by an insight of life under his command of the Ark Royal in 1993/94 during its first peacekeeping mission in the Adriatic. A delicious tea, ladies. Well done to all concerned.

Top table at our Interclub.

From the left - Wendy, our Interclub Secretary, Rear Admiral Terry Loughran, President Meg, District Chairman Kate Lewis and Treasurer Jill.

A Sedgemoor member having her collar touched for luck by Rear Admiral Terry Loughran.

The three members from the Sedgemoor Club came to our Interclub dressed in nautical attire in honour of our speaker.

March 2017

24th January


At a reception held at Stanchester School on 24th January for participants in Yeovil Rotary’s Community Christmas Draw President Meg was presented with a cheque for £110.00 by President Paul Rogers.

The Yeovil District Round of the Rotary Young Chef Competition also took place during the evening


At our January meeting President Meg inducted new member Patti Champion into the Club and our speaker at this meeting was Yeovil Rotary President Paul Rogers.


It has now become the custom for the Yeovil Rotary President to come and speak to Yeovil Inner Wheel members every year. None have refused so far!

New member Patti being inducted into the Club

Some of our members wearing their silly socks

Chris, Maureen and Jill (plus John Hollis) wearing their silly socks on B-eat’s Sock it to Eating Disorders Day on 3rd March.

At our February meeting a number of our members wore silly socks to mark B-eat’s Sock it to Eating Disorders Day on 3rd March. Even three members of the Club who were on a Rotary Friendship Exchange in Orange, New South Wales Australia did not forget to wear their silly socks despite the summer heat.

Knitted blankets

Members (one of the most productive being Margaret Crossland) are still busy knitting squares for Margaret Cox to make expertly into blankets to send overseas. Margaret took three blankets to the last District Meeting. Keep up the good work girls!


Here is a photo of one of the latest models


The Royal Mint Trip. (Report kindly provided by Andy Irwin, Yeovale Rotarian).


Thirty Seven Yeovale and Yeovil Rotarians, their wives and Inner Wheel members left a sunny Yeovil, with a pick up at Cartgate, to travel to The Mint at Llantrisant near Cardiff. Cate Whitewood was in charge of Yeo Vale and there were guests from Inner Wheel, Yeovil Rotary & friends . At Gwasanaethau we halted for a break. Any Welsh speakers, please an accurate translation into English.


The Royal Mint Experience is only a couple of years old and along with the Mint itself has all the usual “add ons” along with a really excellent Museum. The hour tour, with guide, was very informative on exactly how coinage is made and the standards needed for perfection – every time. 90 million coins are made every week, 24 hours a day, 362 days a year; with over 80 countries requesting help to mint in one form or another. Also produced are medals of all sorts, bullion coins, commemorative items & proof sets. To see a sea of coins – many thousands at a time - being tipped into a hopper to be completed & bagged is a sight not to be forgotten. There were no free samples!! We were however offered a chance to stamp and complete your own new 12 sided £1 coin. The cost was £5 for one or £7.50 for two – but only one per head, and all before issue date. Good for the Grandchildren.


For all but the last 50 odd years the Mint has been in London, so why move to Wales? Well James Callaghan, MP for Cardiff, was the Chancellor at the time and he promoted this move. A great day out, with many thanks to Cate, President Elect of Yeovale Rotary, for all the organisation and to South West Coaches for a safe & comfortable ride.

Some Inner Wheel and Yeovil Rotary members in front of the famous mini car, covered in old English pennies, used in the promotional film for the Beatles’ song Penny Lane.

As there was no speaker arranged for the March Meeting Chris Irwin kindly organised a beetle drive instead. This proved to be a great success and was much enjoyed by all the members

January 2017

At the beginning of November Meg attended a reception at Sherborne Castle where she presented a cheque for £700 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. This amount was raised from our tea and cake stall at the Classics at the Castle Show held in the Castle grounds in July

At the end of the month Maureen Nethaway, who is also District International Service Organiser, held a coffee morning for members and friends in aid of her District Overseas Charity, Purple Community Fund, and goods made from ring pulls collected for this Charity’s project were on sale. The coffee morning and ring pull stall made £705 and this sum together with the £5.00 profit from the sale of scarves and costume jewellery at Yeovil car boot sale were sent to District.

Maureen and Margaret Cox, Yeovil’s International Service Organiser, behind the ring pull stall


Also in November we welcomed Kate our District Chairman to our monthly meeting.

Our annual December Christmas coffee morning for members with mince pies and shortbread took place at the home of Liz Brown. The Lucky Dip made £66 and donations in lieu of cards and donation to the coffee morning totalled a further £165 making a grand total of £231.


On 23rd December several members helped with bag packing at the Yeovil Tesco store in aid of School in a Bag


Yeovil members enjoying their January lunch.

One of the teams of three listening carefully to one of their questions.


In order to mark World Inner Wheel Day, we assembled at the home of Carol Price to enjoy a cold buffet lunch provided by the members and entertainment in the form of a version of the TV show “Who wants to be a Millionaire” expertly organised by Wendy Rae.



President Meg inducting Patti into the Club at our February Meeting



During our January meeting new member Patti Champion was inducted into the Club. Our speaker was Paul Rogers who gave us an interesting and entertaining insight into his four families - his own blood family, his sporting family, his religious family and his Rotary family

Our January speaker Paul Rogers giving his talk to the Yeovil Inner Wheel members

September 2016

The speaker at our September meeting told us about the work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, President Meg’s charity for the year.


Also at the meeting Meg inducted Olga Varde into the club


Eleven of our members attended the District Picnic at the Edgar Hall where Yeovil ran a Scarves and Jewellery stall. The princely sum of £90 was raised for the District Overseas Charity PCF (Purple Community Fund). As there was a lot left over from the stall Maureen and Margaret Went to the Car Boot Sale in Yeovil and collected a further £20 which it was agreed would be divided between MND,PCF and the Neem Tree Trust.

28th October Shoe box Packing


A Coffee morning was held at our International Service Organiser Margaret Cox’s home during which members packed nineteen shoe boxes for boys and girls aged four to eight in time for collection at the District Meeting


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