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Thursday 5th September

Inner Wheel Supports “Over the Rainbow”
At their recent monthly meeting, the Inner Wheel Club of Woodbridge heard a very interesting talk from a local charity, “Over the Rainbow Children’s Charity”.  This was set up by Beverley Lambert just four years ago to enhance the lives of Suffolk children who are living with a serious or life-threatening condition.  The charity will help with the purchase of equipment such as wheelchairs, specialised beds and chairs.  They also help in organising fun days out.

“Over the Rainbow” will be one of the beneficiaries from the proceeds of the Club’s annual quiz.  If you are interested in supporting them through the quiz on Friday, 28th February 2020, please call 01473-612049 for more information and to reserve a table.


Thursday 2nd May

In April we were pleased to take part in Woodbridge on Show, where we had the opportunity to give visitors an insight into who we are and what we do.  We have a variety of events planned for the summer which include a visit to New Suffolk College for lunch, and a riverside walk followed by a pub lunch.  Some members enjoyed a sunny day in April exploring the Shotley peninsula, visiting Shotley Gate, Pin Mill and Grayson Perry’s house at Wrabness.
At our May meeting, Martin Tickell gave a fascinating talk about house martins, accompanied by wonderful pictures of the birds and their nests.  The arrival of house martins from Africa is one of the first signs of spring, and they quickly get busy finding mud to build their nests, often under the eaves of houses.  Some pairs will raise two broods of chicks over the summer before returning to Africa in the autumn.  A vote of thanks was given by Deirdre Griffin.


Thursday 4th April

At our March meeting, members enjoyed a fascinating glimpse of a very different life when our guest Margaret Lury spoke about her home in Kenya.  Stunning sunsets, staff (who are housed in the grounds), and abundant wildlife roaming free and drinking at the nearby river.  Certainly different...although the potholes in the roads are remarkably similar!
Also in March, we held our annual Quiz Night; with 22 teams competing, it was a very close contest and much enjoyed by all, as well as raising £1,000 for the charities EACH and SARS. 
Another £800, including £300 from a raffle was raised for the same charities on1st April when our club entertained guests to Afternoon Tea, preceded by a talk by Chrissi Rix, of The Style Show in Norwich (www.styleshow.co.uk).  Chrissi advised us on dressing to suit our colouring or body shape.  Chrissi’s models demonstrated different looks for different occasions, including what to wear when walking the dog!  Pictured are guests Sue Verow and Sara Foster Pegg enjoying the tea and cakes.
At our April meeting our guest was Anne Griffiths, who’s talk was entitled “Art for a Synchrotron.”  The Synchrotron is a scientific establishment in Oxfordshire where research is conducted into various of diseases. Oxfordshire W.I. groups collaborated with the scientists to produce fabric panels reflecting this research, using a variety of textile crafts such as dyeing, collage, embroidery and weaving.  These beautiful panels now hang in the atrium of the Synchrotron.


Thursday 7th March

During the evening the club members were able to enjoy a talk given by Margaret Lury. She told us about living in Africa. She spends some of the year in Woodbridge and some of the time in Kenya. It was interesting to hear how different life is compared with Suffolk. She, together with her husband, daughter and grandchildren live in quite a remote location where wild animals are able to roam freely. They have a staff of four. She explained that working for a familiy is quite a prestigious post. They are well looked after with medical bills paid for should they need care. It is quite a dangerous way of life in many ways but one in which you quickly adapt. There are no fall back services such as the AA when your car breaks down or quick response ambulances. Clearly Margaret enjoys her time there but admits that the travelling to and fro cannot be for much longer. (She pointed out that when they first went there over 35 years ago the flight took 12 hours, with three refuelling stops, but you only needded to be there half an hour before take off adn the only class was first class.)

Thursday 7th February

At our February meeting we were joined by District Chairman Linda Fellas.  Linda first joined Inner Wheel when her husband became a Rotarian.  She later took a break to study sociology at university, followed by full-time work before re-joining after retirement.  Linda was presented with a cheque for her chosen charity, Asperger’s East Anglia, which provides help and support  for sufferers of Asperger’s of all ages as well as for their families.
The Club was also very pleased to welcome a new member, Lynda Pearce, pictured receiving her badge from Linda Fellas.

Members have been busy fundraising; a collection of unwanted trinkets and jewellery is to be sent to Jessie’s Fund along with a £50 donation and a soup lunch held on Inner Wheel Day raised £132 for Shelterbox.
Our next event will be our Quiz Night on 8th March, followed by an Afternoon Tea on 1st April.       

Thursday 3rd January

Our last meeting of 2018 was when twenty five of our members enjoyed a pre Christmas meal at the Seckford Golf Club. We enjoyed the fellowship and the good food. We were entertained with quizes that our President had prepared for us. We held our first meeting of the new year on Thursday and were given a visual journey through Papua New Guinea and Myanmar, (Burma). It was a real treat on a cold winter’s evening. Max Pemberton was able to give us an informative talk along with his slides. We saw pictures of colourful birds and landscapes together with pictures of dancers in tribal dress. Fascinating to see the tribal dress made from feathers and leaves. Max was able to give us a potted history of Myanmar, pointing out how much control the military have had since the country became independent in 1948. Beautiful architecture was very much in evidence in his pictures of the many temples.

Thursday 1st November

November is here and it is a busy time for our Club.  At our monthly meeting, member Sheila Harrison treated us to an amusing account of the life of Norfolk parson James Woodforde, which he recorded in his diaries in the 18th century.  Having grown up in Somerset, James gained a degree at Oxford before then being ordained.  He was granted a parish in a Norfolk village, where he quickly became a valuable part of the community.  His diaries give vivid descriptions of his life and parishioners, as well as some detailed accounts of memorable meals (he also always had a dose of rhubarb before bed!)  A vote of thanks to Sheila was given by Kay Hirst.
Some of our members are sharpening their brains ready to enter two upcoming quizzes; the first organised by Deben Rotary Club and the second to raise funds for the Tide Mill.  Our Club will also be represented on Remembrance Day, with Club President Pat Clark laying a wreath.
After a busy month, we look forward to enjoying our annual Christmas lunch in December.

Thursday 4th October

To mark the World Day of Peace on 21st September, we planted a Peace Rose in the Woodbridge Memorial Garden; this was organised with the assistance of Town Clerk Kate Lacey, who also joined us for the ceremony.

Following the planting, a successful coffee morning was held at the home of member Mary Walker, raising £75 for the Club’s charity fund.
At our October meeting, we were joined by Julie Button of Woodbridge Emporium, who entertained us with her talk about tea – including a tea-tasting.  Having learnt about the plastic used in teabags, many of us are now planning to use loose-leaf tea in future.

Some of our members also enjoy walks (with or without dogs!) on Sutton Heath, led by our President Pat Clark and followed by a warming cup of coffee – or tea!
Our next meeting is on 1st November, when Sheila Harrison will be telling us about the life of a Norfolk parson.

Thursday 6th September

A new Inner Wheel year has begun and we have much to look forward to.  At our first meeting in September our speaker was Elizabeth Berry from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).  Set up in 1972, this is an entirely voluntarily funded charity which provides immediate critical care at pre-hospital emergencies.  Locally based first responders, including paramedics, GPs and critical care consultants are alerted by the 999 call desk to attend serious accidents and emergencies alongside the ambulance service.  All the responders are entirely voluntary.  SARS attended 303 incidents last year, at which 24% were reached before the ambulance.  To find out more, see their website at www.sars999.org.uk
SARS is just one charity which our club is supporting this year.  Members have also raised £200 for the Rotary Pennies for Polio initiative; we also continue to support Ipswich Lighthouse.  For more information about us, please visit our website at www.woodbridgeinnerwheel.org.uk 


We bid farewell to Lesley Deas who sadly is leaving us, and welcome to new member Liz Lord.  We look forward to a new programme of social gatherings, interesting speakers and fund raising events for the various charities supported by the Club.
Our next meeting will be on 6th September, when we will hear about the work of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

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