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The Inner Wheel Club
Cuckfield & Lindfield

Events 2007 onwards

President Wendy Sawyers

Inner Wheel Club pages: Welcome | Club Snapshot | Club Archives | Events 2005/06 | Inner Wheel District 25
Also on this page: Charity Mime Show | Rotary Darts | Murder Mystery Evening | The Kangaroos | District Chairman's visit 2008 | Memory Walk | Club Report March 2009 | Songs from the Shows | Presentation to Sussex Air Ambulance | New President 2010 | Mayor's parade | Christmas trees | Wine tasting | Quiz night | Village Day 2012 | Village Day 2013 | Lupus presentation 2014

Valentines' Evening 2007

Club members' husbands were guests at the Valentines' Evening Supper at Paxhill Park on 14 Februrary. During the evening members entertained the diners to selected readings of verse appropriate for the occasion.
(Barbara Wykes, Mella Hopkins and Deborah Ruse pictured below).


Afterwards there was a quiz, won by Moira Kinnear's team. Their moment of victory after a tie-break went unrecorded sadly, but we can see the booby-prize winners, not named here to protect the innocent. And bottom right: President Rosemary Hands flanked by President Alex Mackenzie and President-elect Richard Hands.

Barbara is the new Pam AyresMella tells a storyDeborah shines
Three lemonsRosemary between two thorns
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Motor Neurone Charity Event

Rosemary & Natasha sort out the raffle

The Club engaged the international mime artist Nola Rae in a presentation entitled Elizabeth's Last Stand at Clair Hall Haywards Heath on Sunday evening 4 March 2007 to raise funds for President Rosemary Hands's Charity of the Year, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Special guest Natasha Kaplinsky, BBC newsreader, dancer, and local girl from Barcombe, drew the raffle during the interval and was perhaps a major attraction for many of the Rotarians lending Inner Wheel their support for the evening.


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Murder Mystery Evening

President welcomes everybody

The Wivelsfield Village Hall was filled with members and guests on Saturday 23 November 2007 for a fun & fund-raising evening.

Members of the audience followed action on stage looking for clues to work out the identity of Miss Black's killer. After home-cooked supper and some close questioning of the characters in the play the villain was unmasked. As well as providing a novel evening's entertainment, the event raised £1700 for the President's charity Kangaroos. Well done!

The sleuths look for clues
Suspects give some answers, true or false? The villain confesses

President's Charity for the year 2007/08: The Kangaroos

Kangaroo Christmas Tree

The Club was again allocated a tree at the Cuckfield Christmas Tree Festival. Sue Landauer and her team made “Kangaroo” decorations and the tree was on show at Cuckfield church on the weekend of 8/9 December 2007.The theme this year was “Jumping for Joy”.

Kangaroos on the tree

The Kangaroos is a charity for out of school actvities for children with disabilities or special needs. They meet at the Holy Trinity Primary School in Cuckfield on Saturdays and during school holidays

Kangaroos has been running out of school activities for children with moderate and severe learning difficulties since January 1994. They organise appropriate, stimulating activities in a safe and happy environment where children aged 5 – 18 years can interact with their peers.

Saturday Clubs meet in the afternoon at Holy Trinity School, Cuckfield. Breakaway Club runs three times a month at The Yews, Haywards Heath. Playschemes are run each holiday and half term break when the children have the opportunity to go out on trips as well as enjoying in-house activities.

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Rotary Darts Marathon: Inner Wheel gets involved

ll Goodrich, Wendy Bosker & Barbara WykesThe teamWinkie Grundon, Gill Harris & Sue Landauer
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District Chairman visits her own club

Presentation to the District Chairman

The special guest at the Club's meeting in September 2008 was District Chairman Valerie Clapp, a member and Past President of the Cuckfield & Lindfield club.

During the meeting Valerie addressed the Club and brought her Chairman's message. Mary Gratwick gave the vote of thanks and President Norma then gave Valerie a small gift wrapped box with the message “Think rockery”

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The Memory Walk 2008

Going for itLeading lightsThe next wave

On 21 September 2008 Members of the Club completed their own memory walk in aid of The Alzheimer Society. Inner Wheel Association President Myrtle Buchanan had chosen this as her charity for the year and asked members if they would consider doing a walk to raise funds for this very worthwhile charity.


Pictured above are some of the Club walkers (supported you'll notice by a few Rotarians), and (centre) walk organiser Diane Martin, President Norma Jarvis and District Chairman Valerie Clapp.


Songs from the Shows

Singing along

A full house at the Wivelsfield Village Hall on 27 March 2009 helped the Club raise more funds for the President's charity this year, Sussex Air Ambulance. Entertainment was provided by the Campbell Singers from Lancing, but only after a dedicated group of Club members had put on an excellent supper.

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District Rally at Ardingly

All present and correct

The District 25 Lunch and Rally took place on Wednesday 20 May at the Norfolk Pavilion, Ardingly Showground. In the morning there was a Service of Dedication at All Saints' Church in Lindfield conducted by The Reverend Canon James Clarke.

(pictured bottom right) Principal guests Myrtle Buchanan, President of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain & Ireland (right), and Pat Evans, Governor of Rotary District 1250 (left) – together with the District 25 Chairman, Cuckfield & Lindfield's Valerie Clapp..

Club support teamThe top team
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Cheque Presentation to Sussex Air Ambulance

The cheque presented

On Friday 26 June President Norma Jarvis and Vice-president Sue Sumpter along with Carole Sharp and Winkie Grundon from the Fund Raising committee went to the Sussex Ambulance base at Dunsfold Airfield.

As they approached they saw the air ambulance take off. Delaine Sherman welcomed the party and said that the crew had been directed to Brighton but that they might not be needed. Fortunately they were not required at the incident so they returned to the base whilst the visitors were enjoying coffee.

Norma was then able to present the fund raising cheque to the crew – Peter the pilot, Scott the doctor and Gary the paramedic. After a photo shoot they were able to look at the helicopter and Gary explained the workings of the life saving equipment. They thanked Delaine for her hospitality and left the airfield, Norma's last duty as President completed.

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New President takes over for 2010/11

Julia Vokes takes over from Sue Sumpter

President Julia Vokes presents a thank-you gift to Immediate Past President Sue Sumpter at the June 2010 Club meeting. Following the exchange of gifts Julia said ‘It is an honour and privilege to serve as President and I hope to build upon Sue’s hard work and maintain the ethos of fun and friendship that characterises our Club’.

Presidential handshake

On 10 August Julia was guest of the Rotary Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield at its Tuesday meeting when David Limes talked about his exploits cruising round the world.

Julia brings greetings to Rotary

Pictures: (left) Rotary President greets the Inner Wheel President at the Bent Arms, and (above) Julia bringing Rotarians greetings from the Inner Wheel Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield.

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Cuckfield Mayor's Parade 2010

The Club team ready for the offOn the road now

The Inner Wheel team prepares to march
on Saturday 16 October in the
Independent State of Cuckfield Mayor's Parade

And here they are along with Alan Hancock's old Rolls

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Christmas Trees in Cuckfield Church

The Inner Wheel treeAnother view

The Inner Wheel tree in the Christmas
Tree Festival in Holy Trinity Church Cuckfield

The theme was Caring, Sharing, Supporting
to promote St Peter & St James Hospice

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Ridgeview Wine Tasting

The party at Ridgeview

On 6 May 2011 members visited Ridgeview Wine Makers at Ditchling, where they enjoyed sampling the wines, and not much business was done

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Quiz Night & Village Day

The winning teamLindfield Day

Pictured on 20 May 2011 is the winning team at the Inner Wheel Quiz Night, in aid of St. Peter & St James Hospice. President Julia's team won! Joining the team is Quiz Master David Turner.


Then on 5 June it was Lindfield Village day when Club members raised the banner and sold home-baked cakes, again in aid of St. Peter & St. James Hospice.

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Lindfield Village Day 2012

The parade team groupsMarching down the High Street

As usual the Inner Wheel Club of Cuckfield & Lindfield played their part in the grand parade through the centre of Lindfield to kick off the celebrations of Village Day on 2 June 2012.


To share in the celebration this year of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee they sported union jacks and were gloriously bedecked in red, white and blue.

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Lindfield Village Day 2013

The 2013 paradewith supporting cast

Another sunny day, this time in 2013, with another strong turnout by the Inner Wheel stalwarts

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The President's Charity 2013/14: Lupus UK

Presentation to Lupus

(left) President Wendy Sawyers presenting a cheque to Professor Graham Hughes, Life President of Lupus UK. This charity is one of the two principal charities supported by Cuckfield & Inner Wheel this year, the other one being West Sussex Young Carers. The donation to Lupus UK at the moment is £600 but it is hoped some more cash will be available at the end of the year.

Graham Hughes was a consultant at St Thomas's Hospital who led research into Lupus and associated conditions over many years thereby bringing the disease to the attention of his colleagues and raising awareness of the symptoms and their treatment. Lupus UK is a relatively small charity helping sufferers from the disease and funding research. The photo was taken today.

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