District 12 Inner Wheel

Westgate and Birchington Inner Wheel Club

About our club

Westgate and Birchington Inner Wheel Club was formed in 1983. We meet once a month on the third Thursday at St Augustine's, Westgate. CT8 8NL at 7.00 for 7.30pm for a 2 course meal.

We also meet up to 'Come And Meet Each Other (CAMEO) 4 Coffee' (or sometimes something stronger!) at members' houses or at a local venue such as Quex Barn, the Turner Contemporary Cafe, The Garden Centre in Ramsgate or in the summer, at a member's beach hut. These CAMEOs can be mornings, afternoons or evenings. We like to give all of our members a chance to come to meet up with everybody, and our working members like to come to evening functions when they can. 

We don't meet formally in August but usually get together for a social evening, sometimes with husbands or partners. Our club has 32 members at present.

The Inner Wheel club of Westgate & Birchington was proud to have a member of our club, Hazel Hedges as District Chairman in 2016 to 2017. She is the third member of our club to have held office as District Chairman. Diana Taplin was District Chairman 1999 - 2000, and Margaret Hawkins was District Chairman 2010 - 2011.

(For more information please use the 'Contact Us' page.)

Club Officers for 2018 to 2019 

Name Office
Charity Supported

Lily Doody

President

Lily Doody Vice President and Membership Officer


Local Community Day Care Centre

       Minnis Community Hub

Jacquie Agnew

Vice President


 


Liz Stefaniak Secretary Liz Stefaniak Social secretary
Hazel Hedges

Social Secretary

 (Invitations/ Interclubs)

Club Correspondent

Website



Louise Stokes
Treasurer Louise Stokes

Gill Condron
International Service Chairman
Living Guard Technology for Women and Girls
Janet Knuth Membership Officer Janet Knuth Vice President Westgate and Birchington



Margaret Hawkins House Margaret Hawkins

                 President Lily's year 2018 to 2019

Our next meeting will take place on 20th September, when we shall welcome District Chairman Joan to speak to us. We will present Joan with a contribution to her charity, 'Riding for the Disabled', which will have been raised at the Cream Tea CAMEO to be held at IPP Margaret's home on 5th September.

FUND-RAISING QUIZ - September 1st

Our first fund-raiser of the year for President Lily's charity, was a Quiz held in Kearns Hall on September 1st. 8 teams from both Inner Wheel clubs and the general public cudgelled their brains to answer questions about such diverse subjects as Food & Drink, Literature, Numbers and Cumbria, (the last being for President Lily's benefit!)  Two table rounds on Women in Sport and Places in Kent, proved quite taxing. Many of the Inner Wheel members were embarrassed to reveal that they had failed to recognise the Community Centre at Ditton where the District meetings have been held for the last 10 years! One Rotarian achieved the accolade of being the only person there to recognise 'Fanny Blankers Koen' as one of the athletes in the table quiz. The team from the Inner Wheel Club of the Isle of Sheppey were the eventual winners. Congratulations to them!

Presentation of cheques from the year 2017 - 2018

During the summer, IPP Janet was able to make a presentation to the Shelters and Amenities group to help with restoration of the shelters on the sea front. IPP Janet and IPP Margaret also made a presentation to 'Birchington in Bloom', to help to purchase planters and plants to brighten up the area around 'Dog Acre', in Birchington.

Cheque presentation to 'Shelters' Committee
Cheque presentation to Birchington in Bloom

We don't have a formal meeting in August, but usually hold a CAMEO down at the Beach Huts in Minnis Bay, where several members have a beach hut. Members enjoyed the sunshine, sipping Sangria and eating canapes.

Beach Huts CAMEO 1
Beach Huts CAMEO 2
Beach Huts CAMEO 3

At her first meeting, President Lily Doody was delighted to welcome two new members to the club. Christine March and Emma Seckington. Christine was introduced to the club by her friend, Wendy Edmeades, and Emma was introduced by her mother, Ann Dallas. Emma’s induction brings us a second duo of ‘Mother and Daughter’ members. We already have one duo in Christine Wilkinson, a founder member of our club, and her daughter Rose Brightling.

Lily inducting members at her first meeting
Christine's induction
Emma's induction

L to R, IPP Margaret, Emma, Wendy, Christine, Lily with her back to the camera and IPP Janet

L to R, Wendy, Christine, President Lily and IPP Janet L to R, Emma, her mother, Ann and her cousin, IPP Margaret 

                  Joint Presidents Janet and Margaret hand over to new President Lily

Lily has chosen to support the Minnis Community Hub, which supports elderly and disabled people from all over Thanet, giving day respite care, assistance with bathing, washing hair and other personal care activities as well as providing social activities and a home-cooked meal every day.

Handover to Lily


Presidents Margaret and Janet's year 2017 - 2018

Here are reports on the latest events we have held

Our AGM and Handover took place on 21st June

We were lucky with the weather which enabled us to have a Barbecue. Before Joint Presidents Margaret Hawkins and Janet Knuth handed over to incoming President, Lily Doody, they thanked members and friends who had contributed to the year in many different ways. Reports of the years’ events were given by all the officers of the club, and congratulations on a very successful year of fun, fund-raising and friendship were given by Immediate Past President Rose.A substantial sum has been raised by the club for local community projects, from three fund-raising events, a Quiz, an evening at the ‘Inner Wheel Spokes Pub’ and an Afternoon Tea and Flower Demonstration, as well as a good sum for International charities, Water Aid and BookAid, masterminded by Gill Condron, our International Officer. Many other items have been made, collected or donated for causes as diverse as the Bereavement Room at QEQM, (gowns for stillborn babies), knitted articles for children abroad, (Operation Sunshine), blankets for homeless charities, used stamps (Leprosy Mission), Pennies for Polio, printer and cartridges for the Red Cross.

Quilted 'Beach Bags' similar to the one made for the competition, were presented to the outgoing Presidents, complete with wine, a glass, flip flops, and other useful beach items! Then it was time to hand over to our incoming President Lily.

    Janet and Margaret with their presents           Janet and Margaret with their presents opened   


  

On 20th June, 10 of us attended the Summer District Meeting at Ditton

We entered 3 items linked by a common theme of 'Beach Huts' for the Craft Competition, organised by DC Ruth. Our entries were 'Highly Commended'!

We were delighted to learn that we had won the 'Ten Pin Bowling Competition' and accepted the new trophy from DC Ruth. The two winning members, Jan Harvey and Jenny Graf were unable to be there, so three members of the team accepted the Shield on their behalf. At our next meeting the rest of the team were there, (except for Jan!) so we took a photo of the team and Margaret and Janet presented Jenny with the trophy.

Wendy's knitting

Child's tabard with Beach Huts motif

Picture of Minnis Bay Beach Huts


Painting of Minnis Bay with Beach Huts

close up of bag and contents


Quilted Beach Bag with Sunglasses, flip flops and wine!

Accepting the Ten Pin Bowling Trophy
Bowling team
Bowling trophy awarded to Jenny

On the 6th June, International Officer Gill Condron organised a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ to raise money for our International Charity, BookAid. 

It seemed appropriate to celebrate a very well-known and loved children’s book, ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to raise money for a charity that provides books for children all over the world. They are committed to;

a)creating a world where everyone has access to the books they need to enrich and improve their own lives,

b)helping children discover books and develop a life-long love of reading and learning,

c)providing access to books for people forced to flee their homes or facing conflict,

d)supporting education from Primary School to University helping pupils succeed in reaching their full potential, and

e)providing medical and health care books to libraries, universities and hospitals around the world.

Gill opened her home and lovely garden to members and friends and provided a delicious tea. Guests wore ‘silly’ or fancy hats and a competition was held for the best hat! Raffle tickets were on sale for many wonderful prizes and at the end of the afternoon, a substantial sum had been raised. Earlier in the year, a raffle had been held at a Quiz evening, the proceeds of which also went to BookAid, a cheque for which will be presented at a forthcoming meeting.

                                                                                                                                  general view 3                       general view 4


We held our 'Afternoon Tea and Flower Demonstration' on May 14th

We did not have a formal meeting in May because we held our major fund-raiser of the year. We welcomed 130 guests to the Chapel at St Augustine's to be entertained by our guest speaker, Floral Arranger Alison Mount. During the afternoon, Alison made 7 arrangements which were raffled at the end of the afternoon, after our delicious tea. The proceeds of the raffle and any profit from the afternoon were towards two community projects; 'The Birchington Shelters and Amenities Group'  and the 'Birchington in Bloom Project'.


Alison and Margaret

President Margaret and Alison

before the tea

President Janet with Gill and Susan checking arrangements for the tea.

Below are some of the prize winners with the arrangements they won.

Raffle Table 2


Lily and Wendy selling raffle tickets before the tea started.

Alison with the first arrangement

       Winner with arrangement 3     

      Winner with arrangement 4

    Winner with arrangement 2


       Winner with arrangement

Winner with bouquet


Our fellowship Italian evening was held on 19th April.

We enjoyed a huge buffet of 'Italian antipasti', followed by Tiramisu or Italian Meringue, which was delicious. After our meal, some members had arranged an Italian Table Quiz, and an Identify the Pasta competition. The winning table was awarded 'Ferrero Rocher'. (Oh Ambassador, you are spoiling us!)

We were delighted to congratulate Liz Hobcraft, one of our 3 remaining founder members, on reaching 80 years old, and she was presented with a bouquet by Joint Presidents, Margaret and Janet. She in turn kindly treated everyone to a drink, which was most appreciated!

                                              Liz Hobcraft with flowers and the two Presidents

National Conference in Bournemouth 19th to 22nd March

10 of us attended the National Conference in Bournemouth this year. We enjoyed the friendship and fellowship and particularly enjoyed the keynote speakers, John Benjamin, antique jewellery valuer and expert from the Antiques Roadshow, and Helen Sharman, CMG, OBE, the first British citizen to go into space. We also very much enjoyed the entertainment on the second evening of 'The Opera Boys'. District 12 met up with District 5 on the first evening and we had an enjoyable evening trying to crack the Table Quizzes, which DC Ruth had prepared.


Chris and Penny at our own get together in Lily and Margarets room Mo and Jean and Liz 2
Margaret, Lily and Hazel having a drink before going out for the evening

Lizs friend Angela with The Opera BoysJohn Benjamin

We all gathered in Margaret and Lily's Room for drinks before we ventured out for our evening meal. Lily, Margaret and Hazel decided to dispense with glasses and enjoyed theirs straight from the bottle!

We weren't lucky enough to get to meet The Opera Boys but Liz's friend Angela did, so she sent us a photo.

Also not a very good photo of John Benjamin on stage with Assn. President Liz Thomas.

Thursday 15th March Club Meeting and speakers from the Minnis Community Hub

Two of the leaders of the Minnis Community Hub, Gill Newman and Sue Sykes, came to talk to Westgate and Birchington Inner Wheel at our March meeting and told us all about their work. Following supper Gill and Sue gave a talk about the services that they provide. The Community Hub takes service users from all over the Thanet area.  They spoke about how, following the refurbishment four years ago, they offer services to help keep people living in their own homes for as long as possible.  They provide a meeting place to avoid isolation and groups for sewing, singing, gardening, even bongo drums! Many people come to enjoy the meals provided in a social atmosphere. Some people take the opportunity to bathe in specially adapted baths and to have their hair washed or use the hairdressers and many use the clinic support, such as chiropody. At the moment they have fewer service users but they tend to have more complex needs.  Gill and Sue asked if anyone was aware of someone in the community who may need their services to provide details to the Case Manager who would arrange an assessment of need and a financial assessment for them.

Although the centre is funded by KCC the members of staff run coffee mornings and other fund- raising events for their Amenity Fund which provides money for the garden, an annual pantomime and other activities. President Janet Knuth made the presentation to Gill and Sue of a professional hairdryer and brushes together with a cheque towards a camera. The money was raised through our ‘Supper at the Inner Wheel Spokes Pub’, when we gathered together to enjoy a supper and play typical ‘pub’ games, earlier in the year. Our group of 'Sing For Your Life' presenters were delighted to be invited to come to look round and bring our 'Music Box' to be enjoyed by the service users and we are looking forward to making regular visits.

Sue, our Welfare Officer, presented a bouquet to one of our members, Lynda MacGowan, who was celebrating her 80th birthday on that night. Lynda, very kindly treated everyone to a drink that evening.

The pictures show the ladies on the top table listening to the speakers, President Janet presenting the speakers with the gifts of hairdryer and money for a camera, and Sue presenting Lynda with her bouquet.


Ladies on the Top table listening to the speakers Janet with the two speakers from Minnis Community Hub Lynda with Welfare Officer Sue

Thursday 8th March Bowling at Bugsy's in Margate. Seven of us gathered for the annual bowling evening to enter for the District Bowling Competition. None of us were very expert but we had a great laugh and enjoyed the evening tremendously! 

After our games were completed, the winners who would go forward to compete for the prize were the two top scorers on the evening. We played two games, with very mixed fortunes. Some of us were definitely feeling the effects of having played the second game, and our scores dipped down, but others gained a second wind and improved dramatically with the practice! The most spectacular bowl of the evening was Wendy’s when she almost threw herself down, as well as the ball, and only by dint of a somersault onto the ground managed to throw the ball and get a strike after a nought on the first throw.

The two highest scores from the first game were Wendy Edmeades with 105 and Jan Harvey with 133; In the second game, Mo Reid scored 90 and Jenny Graf scored 112, so the two to be submitted will be Jan Harvey and Jenny Graf with a combined score of 245.


The Bowling gang Janet about to bowl Wendy in action
Wendy choosing the ball Wendy and Jan the first game winners Mo and Jenny winners of the second game


The winners Jan and Jenny


Wednesday 7th March CAMEO at Chris's home when Hazel and Jacquie showed their ideas for the   'Beach Bag' that they are making for the District Craft Exhibition.

Thursday 15th February Informal evening at the Fishbone Grill. We all enjoyed a supper of fish and chips, (or salad, for those members watching their waistline!)

Wednesday 7th February CAMEO at Hazel's home when the 'Sing For Your Life' team demonstrated the Music Box, and everybody enjoyed a sing-song!

Wednesday 10th January World Inner Wheel Day

We celebrated World Inner Wheel Day this year by a visit to a pub! Well not quite! For one evening only, Bay Church Hall, Minnis Bay, was changed into a venue for a delicious meal and the opportunity to play some traditional pub games! It was all done in the name of fund-raising for our community charities projects. Our ‘catering committee’ headed by one of our newest members, Wendy Edmeades, provided a delicious traditional ‘pub supper’ of ‘Sausages’n’Mash', with onion gravy, followed by ‘Apple Crumble Muffins’ and custard. Two of the brave menfolk, Rex Morley and Lester Edmeades, had their arms twisted to don ‘pinnies’ and bow ties, to wait on the ladies, so we kindly let them eat their supper afterwards! A very big thank you to both the catering team and Rex and Lester!

A true ‘pub quiz’ followed the meal, when questions were asked about every aspect of pubs, real and fictional, and drinks. Hazel Hedges won the quiz, with a worryingly impressive knowledge of pubs and alcohol, and was awarded a prize bottle of fizz! A giant Jenga tower was erected and 2 pairs of members. Lily Doody and Margaret Hawkins, and Mo Reid and Jenny Graf, started to demolish it in the traditional way. The tower was about the height of the ladies’ waists at the start and eventually built up to somewhere over their heads! Eventually Margaret Hawkins managed to cause the dramatic collapse.

Other members played bagatelle and there was keen competition amongst the group. Finally our two most senior members, Jean Munday and Jean Lewis, were judged the winners having scored two balls apiece in the 350 slot!

Money raised from the evening will be used to purchase items for the Minnis Community Hub for the elderly. The Hub provides personalised activities, group sessions and themed days, therapy and wellbeing services, including hairdressing, chiropody, a bathing service and home-cooked meals to mention just a few of the services on offer.


Cheers! Cheers again The Gents
The start of the Jenga
Jenga 2 Jenga 3

                Jenga 4


Jenga 5 Jenga 7
The final downfall Jenga Bagatelle with Hazel and Gill Bagatelle Hazel going wrong
Bagatelle Hazel scoring Bagatelle Jean the winner Jean the other winner


Wednesday 3rd January 2018

Liz Stefaniak hosted the first of our 2018 CAMEO's, and we all enjoyed catching up with the news, (and demolishing the last of the Christmas shortbread!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Friday 29th December

After Christmas all members and partners were invited to join Presidents Janet and Margaret for canapes and drinks. 

Thursday 14th December

A group of our members plus Rotarians and other Inner Wheel club members get together as a choir each year to rehearse for the Joint Thanet Rotary Carol Service, formed by Chris Hedges of Westgate & Birchington Rotary Club. here is a picture of the choir with Chris to the right and Rev. Peter Russell, who accompanied us on the organ, to the left.

Joint Thanet Rotary and Inner Wheel Choir 2017

Thursday 7th December

We all enjoyed our Christmas Dinner, and rounded off the evening with table quizzes and puzzles. Our Joint Presidents Janet and Margaret gave each member a present of a special pen on which was inscribed our logo and club name, with which we were all delighted. 

Saturday 2nd to Saturday 9th December

Our entry for the St Thomas Christmas Tree Festival featured gold and blue baubles with our logo and pictures of some of our activities, both social and charitable, and our blue and gold angels which were made at our Craft CAMEO in October. All donations from the Tree festival will go to ASSERT (Angelman Syndrome Support, Education and Research).

Inner Wheel Tree on view at the Tree Festival

Thursday November 16th Fellowship Meeting with a 'Show and Tell'

We enjoyed a friendly meal together for our Fellowship Evening, and afterwards several members regaled us with stories of their activities. Jacquie appeared in Victorian costume to tell us about her 'acting' with the St Peter's Historical Walks, where the volunteers dress up to tell the story of Victorian St Peter's. Wendy showed us a beautifully bound and illustrated family history, and Sarah told us of her Norwegian background.

Wednesday, 8th November District 12 International Rally

16 members of our club attended the District 12 ‘International Rally’ in aid of ‘Water Aid’ at Ditton. We had been asked to wear ‘Blue’ which is the colour of Water Aid’s logo. We were very smart in our blue club sweatshirts or polos, and money aprons. Club President Janet provided a twig tree to display the wooden angels on and we had display shelves and boxes provided by Barbara and Gill, which made our stall look very professional! It was devoted to ‘Angels’ in many different forms, ranging from wooden carved angels, pottery, paper, knitted and peg doll angels to ‘angel’ key rings and Christmas cards, most of which had been made at our ‘Craft Day’. We were delighted to hear that the money raised will be match-funded by the British Government. There were several new stalls this year as well as our ‘Angels’ stall, and as usual we all toured the other stalls with interest, spending money on such diverse activities as ‘Christmas arrangements’, Tombola and ‘Lucky Numbers Wheel’. We shall be using the twig tree again for our IW entry to the St Thomas’ Christmas Tree Festival, which starts on 2nd December. 

Members with the stall


Close up of wooden tree

close up of angels


close up of stall


Thursday, October 19th Meeting

At our last meeting we welcomed our District Chairman Ruth Portway and Eileen Docherty.  Eileen is Chair of the Thanet Group of Diabetes UK which is Ruth’s chosen charity for the year. Earlier this year, our Vice President Lily, held a Strawberry tea to raise money for Diabetes UK. She was delighted to present Eileen with a cheque. After the presentation, Ruth spoke to us about Inner Wheel, having obviously done some research on our own club. She congratulated us on our wide range of social and charitable events, and was keen to come to other events which we were holding, if she had the time. Presidents Janet Knuth and Margaret Hawkins presented Ruth with a book of pictures about Old Birchington, and she gave each of the Presidents, a Hebe, which she assured them was easy to grow even in our ‘salty’ seaside environment.

Pictures show Lily and Eileen with the cheque and L to R Janet, Eileen, Ruth and Margaret

                       Margaret, Janet, Eileen and Ruth                                  Lily and Eileen with the cheque for Diabetes UK

Wednesday, 4th October Craft CAMEO

We assembled in the Bay Church Hall for a Craft Day CAMEO to make 'Angels' for our stall at the International Rally. 

We were making ‘angels’ to be sold in aid of ‘Water Aid’ at the District International Rally, in November. The theme of ‘Angels’ was chosen because the Rally will be held close to Christmas, and we thought ‘angels’ could be used in many different ways at Christmas time. Several different forms of angels were made, ranging from knitted and ‘peg doll’ angels to Christmas cards. Members sewed, stuck, cut out and decorated, while chatting and enjoying frequent refreshments during the day. At the end of the day, a large number of peg dolls, numerous knitted angels and many packets of cards had been made, with many people taking materials to make more at home.

knitted angels angels workshop again 3 peg doll angelsknitted angels workshop angels workshop again angels workshop

Some angels are also destined to decorate our entry for the ‘Christmas Tree Festival’ at St Thomas Church, Minnis Bay, which will be on show during the week, 2nd to 9th  December.

On 21st September Speaker Raychel Mount from the 'King Street Greening Project'

We were delighted to welcome, as our speaker, Raychel Mount from the ‘King Street Greening Project’. She talked to us about her initial idea of making a ‘green’ area in King Street, Margate, ‘connecting people and nature in Margate’. The aim is to reintroduce plants, trees and all things green back into our busy town environment, with the aim of improving the well-being of residents and visitors alike. They want to create a nectar oasis for pollinating insects as part of the www.plantpotsforpollinators.org campaign and re-introduce life and nature in an urban setting for the benefit of all who pass through it. This initial aim led on to several other initiatives, the first being the Listening Wall. This is a vibrant, 28 metres long wall of plants, dedicated to providing a safe place for the public to share emotions safely. This is in two parts; The Loving Wall – Where messages of love, hope, connection, positivity and unity can be written and expressed on a large chalkboard heart for the world to see and enjoy and The Listening Wall – Where those struggling to feel the love, can express more painful emotions by posting private messages through letterboxes in the wall, to be read by a peaceful, respectful and non-judgemental Listening Group, enabling them to feel heard in a safe environment, and without hurting those around them. The group does not offer any advice or solutions; however, they passively lend an ear and appropriate space to people who need to be listened to. The idea then spread to introducing a ‘Help Yourself Herb Garden’ which encouraged people to use fresh herbs in their cookery, to encourage children to understand where their food comes from and that growing plants is useful for nourishment as well as for pleasure.

Since poetry is an expressive and artistic medium of communication, they decided to use it for their signboards on-site! The poetry signs were written by Adiroopa Mukherjee who is a poet and graduate student at the University of Kent. We were absolutely fascinated by Raychel’s talk, and were keen to be informed of any other initiatives that Raychel is involved with.

Help yourself herbs at the living wall Happiness Board for messages at the living wall Margate Living Wall  with Raychel Mount

                     Highlights from previous years!

  The Club at the bench and table with the workmen


Jean, Rose and Hazel with certificate


Westgate and Birchington District Quiz team

Strawberry Cream Tea in Lilys Garden

Penny pausing on the walk


The ladies manning the bricabrac stall at the hospital fete

Past Presidents' Roll of Honour

Mrs D Boardman  1983 - 1984  Mrs J Jackson 1984 - 1985 Mrs D Abrahams 1985 - 1986

Mrs C Wilkinson 1986 - 1987  Mrs D Taplin 1987 - 1988  (Past District Chairman) 

Mrs Daphne Fisher  1988 - 1989  Mrs Elaine Walker  1989 - 1990   Mrs Iris Harvey   1990 - 1991

Eileen Heigl 1991 - 1992 Elizabeth Hobcraft   1992 - 1993  Margaret Jones   1993 - 1994  

Jean Lewis 1994 - 1995  Bobby Kulasinghe 1995 - 1996  Kate Morgan 1996 - 1997  

Louise Stokes 1997 - 1998 Janet Harvey 1998 - 1999 Susan Wade 1999 - 2000  

Wendy Mitchell 2000 - 2001 Iris Harvey   2001 - 2002   Bobby Kulasinghe 2002 - 2003  

Gwennyth Hogsden   2003 - 2004   Angela Norman   2004 - 2005 Sarah Seyler  2005 - 2006  

Margaret Hawkins  2006 - 2007 (Past District Chairman) Janet Harvey   2007 - 2008

Wendy Mitchell  and Iris Harvey  2008 - 2009   Susan Wade 2009 - 2010 

Kath Porteous 2010 - 2011 Lily Doody   2011 - 2012   Rose Brightling 2012 - 2013 

Hazel Hedges  2013 - 2014  (Past District Chairman)  Maureen Dunderdale   2014 - 2015 

Angela Norman 2015 - 2016 Rose Brightling 2016 - 2017 

Margaret Hawkins and Janet Knuth 2017  - 2018       Lily Doody 2018  -  2019