Shepshed

Club Meeting day: 1st Tuesday of the month

Time: 7.15pm start

Venue: Shepshed Baptist Church Charnwood Road Shepshed LE12 9QF

Members: 14

About the Club:

The Club was chartered in 1947.

Shepshed has had a variety of names over the years such as Sheep’s Head,Sheep

Shed, etc. The town is situated on the edge of Charnwood Forest. Industries in the town included hosiery, until recently, where it was a prominent name and a long established brickmaker.

 

 

President - Lynne Atkin

Secretary - Christine Clay

Treasurer - Pauline Bailey

 

YEAR 2017 - 2018

 

4 members attended the District Rally held at Greetham Valley, once again the weather was warm and sunny enabling us to be outside on the veranda admiring the greens.  Autumn colours just appearing on the trees.

The room look resplendant for District Chairman Jean with the tables adorned with Stewart tartan, heather, shortbread and red and green napkins, we began to wonder if there would be a Scottish bagpipe player!

After greetings from District 6, 11 and 22 and also Rotary Govenor Chris Davies and Rtn Mark Winfield we enjoyed a delicious lunch.

Afterwards we listened to an uplifting message from Assocaition President Liz Thomas and her plans for the rest of the Inner Wheel year.

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Three members attended the 70th Charter for the Leicester Club at Barnsdale Hall Hotel.

What a delightful day we had, beautiful setting, lovely lunch and and entertaining  speaker  -Christopher Tarratt speaking of his life and insights in the world of customers buying Jewellery.

The beautiful table arrangements were given to each table and Pauline got one of them.

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On a sunny Tuesday members and guests  enjoyed a cooked lunch at the home of Dorothy.

This was to raise funds for the Presidents Charity - Steps.

Normandy Pork with vegetables was followed by 2 puddings both using pears from the garden. Poached Pears with hot chocolate sauce and pear gingerbread pudding.

 

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At our September meeting member Enid gave a talk about her time in the Womens Land Army and life generally in the 1940s and 50's. members also took along mementos from the 1950's.

Each meeting during our 70th year a member is taking a different decade and next month Pauline will remember her time in the 1960's.

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Lynne Atkin was installed as President of the Inner Wheel Club of Shepshed at the  July meeting held in a members home.

Lynne has been a member for 25 years and has held every office except President  and the members wish her a great year as the Club celebrates its 70th year having been Chartered in 1947.

Afterwards member Carole gave a talk and slide show on her visit to the Golden Triangle in India..

 

 

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Year 2016/17

 

 

The Club celebrated its 69th Charter with an afternoon tea at President Enids home. This was a delightful afternoon with 3 friends from Coalville Inner Wheel joining members. June Taylor entertained us with amusing tales of when she was a Postmistress. District Chairman Dorothy brought greetings from the District. The afternoon was full of laughter and fun and of course good food!

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Three members and Dorothy attended the Association Conference in Nottingham on 4th and 5th April.

 

 

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Susie and Mo of Portsmouth and Southsea, with DC 11  Linda and DC 7 Dorothy and Association President Zena at the Rally on Monday 13th March

 

 

 

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Several members organised a coffee morning at Loughborough Baptist Church.

Monies raised was split between the District Charity - The National Autistic Society and the Clubs Charity -Air Ambulance.

 

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Several members attended the 70th Charter of the Rotary Club of Shepshed held at St Botolphs Church Hall.  This Charter took the form of a 1940s evening with many of the guests dressing up in character from the era

 

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A very successful evening was held in aid of the  Macmillian  Mammoth Quiz.

The Club has been supporting this for many years.  At the interval a ploughmans supper was served.

 

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Members spent Inner Wheel day at the home of the President, knitting, chatting and enjoying lunch together.  Squares were knitted for International charities.

 

 

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 Members met at the home of President Enid to join in singing Christmas Carols with the Radio Leicester Sing Christmas event.  Members enjoyed drinks and nibbles afterward

 

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A  birthday and Christmas meal was enjoyed by members and their husbands on Sunday 20th November at the  Donington Manor Hotel.

 

 

 

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Lynne Atkin laid a wreath on behalf of our club at the Remembrance Day Parade held in Shepshed. Pictured also, is IW member Ngaire Hall, who is also President of Shepshed Rotary Club

 

 

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Dorothy Watson came to our November meeting and AGM, in her official capacity as our District Chairman.  She told us a bit about her year so far, and some lovely stories about Charters and meetings she had attended so far.

 

 

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 President Enid attended the semi circle lunch at The Wisteria Hotel in Oakham, with District Chairman Dorothy, for their October meal.

 

 

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10 members were present at Dorothy's District Rally, held in September at Greetham Vally Golf Club

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 At a Pre-Rally supper Dorothy was presented with a Rainbow Tea Set to help her on her journey along the Yellow Brick Road.  Members met at Dorothy's house for supper along with members of the District Executive.

 

 

 

 

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In memory of Joy Whowell who was a member of our club for many years, and who also held the position of Association President.  It was decided as a club we wanted to remember Joy, so the idea of a Bell was thought of.  Club President Enid  presented the Bell to District Chairman Dorothy at the first meeting of the IW year. The Bell is to be used by District.

 

 

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Our very own Dorothy Watson, has become our Districty Chairman for this IW year. Well done Dorothy

 

 

 

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We held a joint handover with the two Rotary Clubs, where Carole gave the chain of office to Enid Smith, who is our President for this IW year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2015/16

 3 members represented the club at the District Fete, where we had a 'meringue' stall selling homemade meringues and also some shop bought ones.

 

 

 

 

 

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Our cheque presentation took place at the new garden behind the Shepshed Volunteer Centre.  The garden has been the chosen charity of President Carole for this year.  A total of £796.20 has been raised during the year, this includes purchasing the bench that we are seated on.  The garden was full of weeds last summer, and now hosts raised beds with vegetables, a craft shed, sensory garden with pond, paths for wheelchairs and much more.

Members enjoyed Pimms and Pate after the cheque presentation on a lovely sunny June evening.

 

 

 

 


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Maureen Freckleton celebrated her 90th birthday with a family party.

 

 

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 The garden at The Volunteer Centre was opend on Saturday 14th May.  The garden is not yet quite complete, but is work in progress.  Dorothy can be seen seated on the bench donated by IW members.

 

 

 

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On a lovely sunny Saturday, we held our 68th Charter at the home of President Carole.  Members were joined by members of Coalville IW Club, District Chairman Pat Coles and her friend Robin, and Ernestine Wells.  An informal afternoon tea was held in the garden of Carole's house.  We all enjoyed a flower demonstration by Karen from Belton Blooms, and the arrangements were raffled off, being won by Pat and Betty, and a hand tied bouquet was given to DC Pat.  A lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon

 

 

 

 

 

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Dorothy visited District 58 in Holland on the District 7 exchange.  Staying with Jantje from the Pumerand Club and Suzanne from the Lutterworth Club staying with Elianne they were treated to a wonderful time of friendship with lots of fun and laughter.  Each evening they went to a different members home for dinner to which other members from the Pumerand Club also joined in.  They were taken to the spectacular gardens at Keukenhof.  Over 7 million bulbs are used in the displays. 

 

In Amsterdam they went to the Tassen Museum which is housed in an opulent 17th Century Canal House which showcases handbags and purses from the last 500 years, followed by a boat trip along the canals.  On the last day they attended a wonderful Church Service with a congregation of nearly 200.

 

 

 

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On what should have been a lovely Spring Day, 7 members went for a wildlife walk, using the District Chairmans charity as inspiration.  We walked at Ulvescroft Priory, some walking further than others, we had snow on what was a very cold and windy day.  After the walk we went into the tea rooms for tea and cake and a chat.

 

 

 

 

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Four members attended an "Afternoon Tea" to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday, hosted by Kay McDermott of the Coalville Club

 

 

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 A champagne breakfast was held on Grand National Day. at the home of President Carole, members enjoyed a 3 course breakfast, and held The Grand National race, in the garden, our winning horse was  Onenightinvienna, which was rode by Jim Hutson.  President Carole presented Jim with a bag of carrots for winning the race.

 

 

 

 

 

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A coffee morning was held at Loughborough Baptist Church in aid of Shepshed

Volunteer Centre on Saturday 2nd April raising a total of £113.50.

 

 

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We played our minor sports game against Ashby de la Zouch at The Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston, the first round went to Ashby, the second was a draw, and the third went to Ashby, so we wish them luck in the next round.  We all enjoyed a skittles supper afterwards.

 

 

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Six of us  enjoyed a 1940's style meal at our March meal out.  We went to an eatery in Ashby de la Zouch, where the whole cafe was based on 1940's.  Amongst us we ate, dripping on bread, bubble and squeak and corned beef hash, followed by jam rolypoly or spotted dick.

 

 

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A Murder Mystery evening was held at President Carole's house, members came dressed up in 1848 costume, and solved the mystery whilst enjoying a 3 course meal

 

 

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At our March meeting, Jenny Brown from the Alzheimer's Society, talked to us about Dementia, it was a very interesting talk, and made us all a lot more aware, and taught us to look at the person and not the dementia.  At the end we all became a 'Dementia Friend'

 

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We hosted a quiz in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care on Friday 26th February at Kegworth Village Hall.  We had 18 tables of 4 players each.  8 rounds were played with a ploughmans supper being enjoyed in the middle.  A raffle was also held and we raised a total of £558.25

 

 

 

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A soup and pudding lunch was held on IW day, to raise money for Shepshed Volunteer Centre, a total of £96 was raised, everyone enjoyed  lovely soups and puddings, and a quiz.

 

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 8 Members joined in with Radio Leicesters Sing Christmas, on Monday 21st December at President Carole's house.  We even got a mention on the radio.  We enjoyed singing the Carols and then enjoyed drinks and nibbles, before exchanging gifts.

 

 

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Members all bought an item to our November meeting, to make a hamper which was raffled off, through the Volunteer Centre.  The raffle was drawn on 21st December, and the winning ticket was sold through IW, and one of our members also won 3rd prize.

 

 

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 Our birthday and Christmas meal was held at Beaumanor Hall on Thursday 10th December, everyone enjoyed a festive menu and good fellowship

 

 

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A coffee morning was held at Loughborough Baptist Church on Saturday 31st October in aid of International funds, and £139 was raised.

 

 

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At the District meeting in October, President Carole was presented with the plate for the best newsletter/web page in our District.  Congratulations to us.

 

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Our entry in the Shepshed Sheep Festival, our entry no. 29 out of a total of 46, which was in Lynne's garden.

 

 

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Our Distirct Chairman visited us for our October business meeting.  She gave us a lovely talk about her life in IW, and also helped us make sheep, for the Sheep Festival which is being held in Shepshed on October 10th and 11th.

 

 

 

Members making the sheep to decorate our entry into the Sheep Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

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6 members from our Club attended the Rotary 1070 Conference in Bournemouth, here we are before the Gala Dinner.

 

 

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A Sunday lunch was held on a lovely sunny Sunday, at President Carole's house, for Carole's charity.   Members enjoyed a dinner of roast pork and pudding.

 

 

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Four members attended the District Rally in September, the guest of honour was Trish Douglas.  It was a lovely sunny day, and the meal and company was wonderful.

 

 

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At our September meeting President Carole had the pleasure of inducting Ngaire Hall as a new member of our club.

 

 

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Following on from a talk we had by Margaret from Beaumanor Hall, our August meeting was firstly a meal at The Bulls Head, Woodhouse, which was delicious.  Then we had a tour around Beaumanor Hall and Grounds, also looking at Morse Cottage, which was used during WWII to de-code messages.  The Hall and grounds are magnificent.  A really lovely visit was had by all who attended.

 

 

 

 

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President Carole visited the IW club of The Quantocks in District 20, whist on holiday.  She enjoyed a vibrant meeting, and has come away with ideas.  The speaker talked about Court Leet, which has been happening in Watchet for the last 1000years.

 

 

 

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Sally Small handed over the chain of office to Carole Harriman at our July meeting.

Carole' chosen charity for the year is The Shepshed Volunteer Centre.

 

 

Pauline Bailey was presented with our Honoured Active Member pendant for the year.

 

 

 

 Year 2014/15

 

A cheque for £1140 was presented to Maggie Deere from Rainbows, representing our fund raising for the year.

 

 

 

 

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A Ploughmans lunch was enjoyed by members as a farewell to end Sally's year as President.  Members enjoyed the warm sunshine and a wonderful meal.

 

 

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Members took part in a 'wear it blue day' in aid of the refurbishment of Hind Leys Swimming Pool in Shepshed.

 

Our Charter was held on Sunday 10th May at Quorn Grange Hotel, members enjoyed a delightful afternoon.  Our speaker Margaret entertained us by being Bess of Hardwick, and telling us about her four weddings and funerals.

 

 

 

 

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4 members attended a joint meeting with Coalville Club, where everyone enjoyed supper and a quiz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We held a quiz in aid of Macmillan in February, 77 people attended, a ploughmans supper was served and a raffle was held.  A total of £533.50 was raised for the charity.  This was the 7th annual quiz, and so far a total of £150,000.00 has been raised. 

 

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Members celebrated 'Inner Wheel Day', by having a lunch of soup and pudding at President Sally's house before taking part in a quiz.  All the profits go to Rainbows.

 

 

 

 

 

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Members enjoyed drinks and mince pies just before Christmas, before exchanging christmas parcels, all in aid of Rainbows.

 

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Members  enjoying one of our regular coffee mornings in November.

 

 

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A coffee morning was held at Loughborough Baptist church  on Saturday 1st November for our International Service project, it raised £185.

 

 

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On Tuesday 21st October 2014 Dorothy, Pauline and Janice had the pleasure of escorting Enid Smith, our very own Land Army Girl, to the National Memorial Arboretum to attend the unveiling and dedication of a tribute statue to honour the work of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps. The statue was unveiled by the Countess of Wessex who afterwards sat and talked to many of the ladies during tea.   It was a memorable day especially having to combat the strong wind, occasional showers and sunshine with rainbows in abundance!

 

 

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4 members from Coalville Club joined us for our October meeting, which was held at President Sally's house, we enjoyed a meal of soup and pudding with lots of chatter, too much in fact to play any games.  Christine joined us for coffee with her new dog, Millie, she was enjoyed by all, and was the star of the night.

 

 

 

 7 members from Shepshed and 4 members from Hinckley Ambion, met together on September 30th, to play our Minor Sports Game.  We played skittles at The
Wheatsheaf at Thurcaston.  Hinckley Ambion won in every single game, and 
therefore were outright winners.  We will watch as they progress through the 
games.  A  wonderful supper was then enjoyed by all.

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4 members attended the District Rally held at Greetham Valley, on 11th September, where District Chairman Margaret, introduced Association President Thelma Pasco.

 

 

 

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District Chairman, Margaret visited our Club for our September meeting, it was lovely to hear all about Margaret, and how we can encourage more people to join IW.

 

 

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A Ploughmans lunch was held on 30th August, at the home of President Sally.  £132 was raised for the President's charity, Rainbows.  A wonderful spread was enjoyed by members and partners.

 

 

 

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Harry is great grandchild to Vi Atkin and also great nephew to Lynne Atkin, a possible new Rotarian

 

 

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Pat Betts celebrated her 80th birthday, the picture shows Pat with President Sally, and the bouquet of flowers presented to Pat from the Club.

 

 

 

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Vi Atkin celebrated her 90th birthday at home with a buffet lunch, Inner Wheel members were invited to join the family, and we presented Vi with a plant and special birthday card, which contained photos of us all.

 

 

 

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Pauline Bailey handed over the office of President to Sally Small, at our July meeting.  Sally outlined her year to us, and her charity is to be 'Rainbows'.

 

 

 

Dorothy Watson was presented with the Honoured Active pendant for the coming year by Sally Small.

 

 

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 Year 2013/14

 

President  Pauline presented a cheque for £913.50 to Sharleen Taylor from 'Homestart Charnwood" which represents funds raised during her year of office.

 

 

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12 members and friends enjoyed a summer lunch on a lovely sunny day on 26th June at President Pauline's home.

 

 

 

 

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An enjoyable day was had at the District Chairmans Ladies Day at Ascot, three members enjoyed good company, food and the horse racing dressed in their lovely clothes.

 

 

 

 

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Our June meal out, was held at The Old Brickyard at Scalford, near Melton Mowbray, members enjoyed a 'Taste of Melton"

 

 

 

 

 

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Our 66th Charter was held on Sunday 18th May, at Quorn Grange on a lovely sunny afternoon.  A delicious lunch was enjoyed by 48 members and guests.

 

 

 

 Our speaker was Felicity Austin who entertained us by giving the story of the Music Halls, we joined in singing many old favourites.

 

 

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Six members joined members from Coalville IW Club, for a night of friendship and food, on Wednesday  30th April, at The Wheatsheaf, Thurcaston. We played six games of 'beetle' and enjoyed a pub supper.

 

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Three members went to the National Memorial Arboretum on a windy Sunday afternoon on 6th April to see Gill Rowley plant a magnolia tree to represent 90 years of Inner Wheel friendship.

 

 

 

 

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At our April meeting, we welcomed Alan Jones from Shelter Box to talk to us about the work involved in Shelter Boxes.

 

 

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On the way to the March district meeting, Pauline, Dorothy and Sally called in to see Joy Whowell in her new care home in Oakham.

 

 

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A coffee morning for Homestart was held at the Baptist Church in Loughborough on Saturday 8th February.  Members served coffee and cakes to a constant flow of customers.  We raised £157 for Homestart, a very enjoyable morning of friendship and fellowship.

 

 

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 The Macmillan Mannoth Quiz was held on Friday 28th February at Kegworth Village Hall.  We had 73 people participating in the quiz.  Bill Watson was the quiz master.  Enid greeted people on arrival and sold raffle tickets.  President Pauline, Dorothty and Joyce Pegg were behind the scenes preparing the ploughman's supper and serving the coffee.  £647.50 was raised for Macmillan.

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Members and their partners held a very successful soup and pudding lunch to celebrate Inner Wheel Day.  The event raised £153 which will go towards President Pauline's chosen charity for this year which is Homestart.

Homestart helps families with young children.  They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children.

 

 

 

Look at the nice pudding someone made!

 

 

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At our December meeting, President Pauline had the pleasure of inducting a new member, Ann Gibson.

 

 

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We also celebrated Enid Smith's 90th birthday, the club celebrated with her at her house on the previous Sunday, then at our meeting we presented her with a card and plant.

 

 

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In November members enjoyed a day at Chatsworth House, they visited the Christmas Market and viewed the Christmas decorations in the House.

 

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A 'Pate and Pimms" evening was held in October to raise money for the 'Wheels Project' which all Inner Wheel Clubs are taking part in.  We have chosen to buy baby activity walker and a three wheel trike for 'STEPS' in Shepshed which is a playschool for handicapped children.  The money was raised during the evening by eating pate, drinking pimms, and playing a game of LOGO.  A raffle was also held.

 

 

This is the winning team from our game of LOGO

 

 

President Pauline and Enid went to STEPS to present the 'wheels'

 

 

 

 

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Our October meeting was our joint meeting with our friends from Coalville IW Club, we enjoyed an evening  playing skittles and eating a superb traditional fayre of faggots, black pudding, sausage and all the trimmings.  The evening was rounded off with a game of dominoes.

 

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Dorothy Watson represented our Club at the District Rally held in September, she enjoyed lunch with our friends from Coalville Club

 

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District Chairman Jackie also joined us for our September meeting.  It was good to learn about the different aspects of IW from Club to District.  Jackie commented on how well our meetings were run, and was especially impressed with Enid who gave comprehensive highlights of the minutes of the first meeting of Council

 

 

 


Sharleen Taylor from 'Homestart' gave a very interesting talk about Homestart which is the UK's largest family charity.  For over 35 years Homestart has supported families with pre-school children in the Charnwood area.  They currently have 50 volunteers, each one receives 40 hrs of training before they are able to visit families.  Training costs £1000 for 12 people, so any funds we raise will be very gratefully received.

 

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President Dorothy handed over to Pauline Bailey, our new President for 2013/14.

Pauline's charity for the year is to be 'Home Start, Loughborough'

Pauline outlined her year up to Christmas, which includes a monthly meal out for members, a monthly coffee morning, a trip to the theatre with lunch before, a joint meeting with Coalville Club, and an outing in November to see the Christmas Decorations at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire.  There is to be an overseas coffee morning in November at the Baptist Church in Loughborough, and our usual monthly meetings with a speaker.

 

 

Lynne Atkin was made our Honoured Active Member for the year.

 

 

Year 2012/13

 

Our June meeting saw President Dorothy present a cheque for £750 to David Innes from the Carpenters Arms.  This represented the fund raising done during the last IW year.

 

 

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Our 65th Charter 'afternoon tea' took place on Thursday 9th May at Donington Manor Hotel in Castle Donington.  62 guests enjoyed afternoon tea.  Vi Atkin was presented with the Inner Wheel Silver Rose Bowl filled with flowers in recognition of 60 years in Inner Wheel.

 

 

Our speaker Penny, told us about her life as a librarian at Royal Ascot.

 

 

 

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We hosted a quiz in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, on Friday 22nd February in Kegworth Village Hall.  Seventy people took part in the quiz, one of 88 quiz's taking place at the same time all over the UK.  Eight challenging rounds were played, and a ploughmans supper was enjoyed by all.  A total of £537 was raised for the charity.

 

 

 


To celebrate Inner Wheel Day, members and partners met at the home of President Dorothy.  They enjoyed a lunch of curried parsnip, leek and potato and broccoli and stilton soups.  Followed by tiramisu, fruit salad, chocolate and courgette cake and sticky toffee pudding.  A raffle was held and among the winners were Maurice, Bill and Terry Pegg.  £236 was raised and this will be going to the Carpenter's Arms.

 

 

 

 

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Three members visited Joy Whowell on the occasion of her 90th birthday to give her a card and flowers from the Club

 

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Instead of  giving gifts to each other this year, we all bought a childs present, which have been given to the 'Carpenter's Arms", and will be distributed to needy children in the Loughborough area.

 

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 Members enjoying a Champagne Breakfast to celebrate our birthday, and below Pat Betts in good spirits after the breakfast

 

 

 

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Our IW Christmas Tree at St Botop's Church in Shepshed, for the Christmas Tree Festival

 

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Lynne laying the wreath for our club on Remembrance Day

 

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 Our November meeting was our AGM and our vist from the District Chairman Janet Barwood, we also had one extra special task, to induct a new member Margaret

 

Margaret with President Dorothy

 

 

Members with District Chairman Janet at the home of IW member Joyce

 

 

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Five members after they had enjoyed The District 7 Rally held in September at Greetham Valley Golf Club

 

 

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A coffee morning was held at the home of President Dorothy on 13th September to raise money for her chosen charity - The Carpenter's Arms.  25 IW members and friends enjoyed coffee and biscuits in the warm September sunshine.  There was a raffle and sales table and a total of £167 was raised.

 

 

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At our September meeting Bryan Spence from the Carpenter's Arms talked about the drug and rehabilitation centre, which runs a programme for users and explained that the clients come from nationwide as well as the Loughborough area.  He also explained about the food parcels that are handed out on a Tuesday and Thursday

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A Cream Tea afternoon was held at Christine's house in August to raise funds for our charity

 

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At our August meeting President Dorothy told us of her experiences at her first IW Convention which was held in Instanbul and showed us photos she had taken, and gave us all a gift that she took to exchange and give to other IW members.

 

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Members met at the home of President Dorothy and enjoyed an evening of Pimms, Pate and Pudding.  A cheque was handed over to Stan Bean of the Leicester Children's Holiday Centre in Mablethorpe by President Carole, before Carole handed the chain of office to Dorothy. Dorothy then outlined her year, and informed us that her charity for the year would be "The Carpenters Arms" in Loughborough.

 

Carole with Stan Bean

 

Carole and Dorothy

 

Pat Betts was made our Honoured Active Member for the year

 

Dorothy and Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Shepshed.