Spokeswoman Newsletter

Spokeswoman 2018 -2019

President Barbara, our new President, has chosen C.R.Y. (Cardiac Risk in the Young) as her main Charity for her year. It is a very small one and in July we welcomed a couple from Chard who gave a very moving talk about their experience of losing a young relative and how they became involved in  the Charity, and hope that it will will help in raising awareness and further research.


The Club was delighted to welcome Val Hillard and Lesley Lindsay, our newest

members, and they were inducted by President Barbara in July and October



The Club was deeply saddened by the deaths of Margaret Hodge and Phyll Orgar (Maureen Nethaway’s mother in law) two of our oldest members. Our sympathies were also sent to Marion Bourke who had recently lost her husband, Ray.


Please start collecting any broken and unwanted jewellery to be recycled. This is to be collected at a Welsh Cake Coffee Morning to be held at Carol Price’s on 1st March 2019 in aid of Association’s Charity, Jessie’s Fund. These will be taken to Conference in Cardiff in April. Open up those safes and search the attics; you may find a few surprises!

“Sadly invisible in the photo at Heather’s, but definitely present at the D. Mtg, !) “

Several members gathered at the home of Heather Wilson to pack 11 shoe boxes. It was decided to fill them for men this year as they are a rather overlooked group. These ( the boxes, not the men !) were taken to the District Meeting on 1st November 2018 and they are to be given to the Charity S.W.E.E.P.S. for transportation to Romania. The Club had agreed at the October meeting to donate £50 to S.W.E.E.P.S. to help with the costs of transportation.



Our skittles hopes for glory faded rapidly as we were beaten by both Crewkerne and Weymouth but both matches made for an enjoyable and friendly evening.


We’ve had 2 mid month Coffee Mornings. Carol Price arranged one at Palmer’s Garden Centre in September, which was very successful, with 12 members and 3 friends enjoying coffee, cake and plenty of chat.

Margaret Cox had visited The Hub where people with Special Needs undertake activities, help in the café and are involved in workshops. This maybe something we could support as Community Service as well as fundraising in the future.


Members plus husbands and friends enjoyed a visit to Cothelstone on a lovely late summer’s afternoon in September, which President Barbara had arranged.. Nigel Muirs-Raby gave a fascinating insight into living in the manor house, with it’s long history, Our visit was followed by a delicious tea.


President Barbara has come up with a rather novel idea for a fundraiser for C.R.Y. by way of a Strictly Come Dancing sweepstake - no American Smooth or Pasa Doble skills required ! Using a grid, members who choose the winning couple will receive a share of half the money raised whilst the other half will go to the Charity. The half way stage has been reached so the excitement is mounting!

“Home coming of

Ed Pratt”

Teas were served at Home Farm by several Club members to celebrate the homecoming on 27th July 2018 of Ed Pratt who had completed his incredible World Unicycle Tour and had raised an amazing £20,000 for School in a Bag.



15TH JULY 2018

This gave members the opportunity to showcase the Club’s baking skills with delicious cakes and bakes in the tea tent, raising a magnificent £851.

President Barbara will present the Charity Cheque to our C.R.Y.

representative on 26th November.

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.

May 2018

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.

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.

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.

March 2018

Members enjoy their lunch

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.

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.

December 11th 2017

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.

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.

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

President Tessa and

Vice President Barbara

Cut the cake

Tessa and Lynne Evans with contributions for the Lords Larder

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

November 28th 2017

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

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

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

On Friday 28th April 2017

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.

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

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.