Spring Half Marathon 2013

The Spring Half Marathon was rescheduled due to the bad weather but the Inner Wheel members turned out as usual to support their men folk by selling T shirts and food. Rotary provided new marquees to replace the ones that collapsed on us in the wind last year. Members were greatly encouraged when District 10 Chairman Ann Fox visited their stall.

Visit of District 10 Chairman, Ann Fox

District 10 Chairman Ann Fox was warmly welcomed when she visited the club. After joining us for a meal she said how much she had enjoyed her year as District Chairman especially the tremendous feeling of friendship she had encountered everywhere she went. Vice President Helen Freeman was pleased to present Ann with a donation to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.

Helping Hands

The Helping Hands Club of Drybrook provides lunch once a month for elderly housebound people most of whom are now over 75. Amazingly all but one of the helpers is over 80 years of age. So once a year the we don our aprons and roll up our sleeves to do all the catering and give the helpers a day off. We provide morning coffee and biscuits, cook a hot lunch and pudding and in the afternoon there is tea and homemade cakes for all the members and their helpers. While the washing up and kitchen clean-up was being done the organized quizzes and beetle drive generated lots of laughs from everyone.

Alzheimer Society celebrates 3 years of the monthly tea party in the Forest

Three years ago the members of the Inner Wheel of the Royal Forest of Dean decided to arrange a monthly tea dance for sufferers of Alzheimers and their carers here in the Forest, It is held in the church hall at Harrow Hill every month.

On Friday 13th July there was a celebration Birthday Party combined with a Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The hall was decorated, a lovely tea was provided ...

... and there was dancing!

Jean Hall, an Inner Wheel member who is herself already 80 years old, made a beautiful celebration cake.

2012 Handover

The weather was not so kind to us this year so we were not able to sit outside in President Marge Matthew’s garden. The Handover was combined with the AGM and officers presented their reports.

Local donations of the year included The Children’s Opportunity Centre, Great Oaks Hospice, Broadwell Salvation Army, RFOD Age Concern, RFOD Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Broadwell Play Group and the Forest Sensory Services. Nationally the James Hopkins Charity, Brain Tumour UK and CLICK, while internationally we supported the Addis Ababa Fistula Charity which is working to prevent and treat women with obstetric fistula - a wrenching childbirth injury - through hospitals and midwifery training centers in Ethiopia, with training and surgeries throughout Africa.

It was with much pleasure that Peggy Daniels, Karen Yonge’s mother was inducted into the club raising the membership to 22.

New President Karen Yonge was handed her chain of office by Marge.

In return Karen presented Marge with a rose bush to mark the end of her year.

It also happened to be Dilys’ ninety-first birthday so we were able to wish her a Happy Birthday!

18 of the 21 members were present and shared a very diet-busting supper. And so we look forward to another good and happy year of friendship and service!

Royal Forest of Dean Interclub, 28 June 2012

On the morning of the 28th June the Forest of Dean was swathed in mist, all the club members were anxiously looking at the dark clouds and worrying that the planned Interclub afternoon boat ride on the Wye was going to be a wash out. The boats provided cover but it is no fun staring out at pouring rain.

Just after lunch the sun suddenly shone, the puddles dried and President Marge was able to welcome Chairman Nicky Clarke, 1st Vice-Chairman Ann Fox, Secretary Jackie Matthews and all the guests from the visiting Clubs.

Due to the previous heavy rainfall the Wye was high and a rich brown colour but the sunshine stayed hot the whole afternoon. We were glad we had chanced wearing summer clothes in the hope of a nice day.

We saw the swans floating serenely down river and then paddling furiously to go back again. The ducks sheltered mostly under the overhanging trees on the bankside.

The boatmen provided a history of the river as we enjoyed a leisurely tea and chat with our fellow members. Diets were forgotten as the cream cakes tempted.

One moment of excitement was when a large group of canoes filled with youngsters wearing lifejackets came by and then one overturned and we watched as he or she swam quickly to the leader’s boat and was hauled safely aboard if rather wet. There were no volunteers to jump in and help!

We were pleased to hear our guests saying they always liked to come to the Forest of Dean Interclubs because they are different and interesting. We have such a beautiful resource here in the Dean.

Supporting Stonham

This Christmas we were able, with the help of Rotary and our families, to present to STONHAM, supporting Agencies for Victims of Domestic Abuse, a donation, 175 children’s presents and 60 presents for the mums, a box full of used toys and books for the Refuge as well as a hamper of food and a big box of general toiletries. We had a great deal of fun wrapping them all up and were invited to the Centre for a coffee morning to meet some of the staff, volunteers and mums.

L-R: Jean; Lorraine, Stonham coordinator; Sherry; Iris; Marge; Helen