Charity Bridge Tea 11th October 2019

Inner Wheel visit to Highclere on 21st August 2019

President Jackie's first meeting on 25th July 2019

Speaker Ronan Busfield, President Jackie and Rosa Nesca from the Inner Wheel Club of Tricasse (Southern Italy)

Rosa presenting Jackie with a banner and gift

Incoming President Jackie receiving her regalia from outgoing President Valerie

13 June 2019

Valerie's last meeting as Club President began with a toast to Valerie and our club

13 June 2019

President Jackie with some of her new committee

Then followed the official business of the meeting ...

the presentation of a cheque for £5000 to Margaret Moss of the Motor Neurone Association. £1500 was also raised for Arthritis Research

Valerie ended her year on a high by inducting new club member Louise, and receiving the beautiful scrapbook made for her by Hilary.

On the famous steps of the Old College building at Sandhurst Military Academy where a group of us enjoyed a guided tour - 30 May 2019

Frances and Ian admiring the painting of the Battle of Waterloo in the Wellington Room

The beautiful dining room not, alas, laid up for our lunch

Inside the

Royal Memorial Chapel

Below - a long shot (of part) of the New College buildings

The speaker at our May meeting was Caroline's vicar, David Little, who entertained us with his explanation of how he went from being a member of the paparazzi to becoming ordained in the Church of England.

Some of our members who enjoyed the celebration of the 30th Charter Anniversary of the Rotary Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh - May 2019

On Tuesday 7 May a group of our members (plus a couple of partners) spent a lovely morning walking round Black Swan Lake at Dinton Pastures, followed by lunch at The Wheelwright's Arms. Striped tops seemed to be the fashion choice of the day.

On Thursday 25 April some of our members visited Mapledurham Watermill for a guided tour by the Miller who also gave us a talk about the very unusual church.

We all had some retail therapy in the Miller's shop before enjoying a delicious cream tea, made by the Miller's wife.

President Valerie with Jeff Rozelaar, an experienced amateur actor for 50 years and a professional film extra for 5 years. Jeff was the speaker for our April meeting and entertained us with tales of an actor's life.

Karen and Toni busy with the raffle, which alone raised £774

Our John Lewis

Charity Fashion Show

17 April 2019

All but one models were

members our club

Compere Sue did a brilliant job despite having just hurt her leg.

Two of our models - Cathy (left) strutting her stuff and Jackie, our own dancing queen.

This article and photo of our models appeared in the Wokingham Times.

On Friday 15 March club members and guests thoroughly enjoyed a Medieval Evening, complete with medieval food, drink, music and dancing. The evening raised in excess of £1300 for the Next Generation Christian Foundation charity.

Organiser Ann with President Valerie and Ben Krauze from the NGCF, and Ye Olde Pearson Hall transformed for the evening with art work by Cathy.

Steve and Gerry served a welcoming glass of mead, while Sue, Sue & Carole performed a medieval miracle in the kitchen.

Senior Vice President and dance teacher Jackie led us in some medieval dances.

Then Scott and Toni, ably assisted by Colin and Hilary, encouraged us to join in with some medieval songs.

Current Club President Valerie with 11 former Presidents of our club at our 17th Charter celebration - February 2019

President Valerie receiving a cheque for £1,184 from Rotary Senior Vice President Pat Holloway for our 'elf' duties at the Rotary Christmas Grotto. February 2019

The speaker at our 2019 Charter Evening was Steve Roberts who gave us a very entertaining talk about his time as a Scotland Yard detective.

President Valerie receiving the gift of some soil from our January speaker Hugh Gibbons. He spoke to us about the USAF B17 Bomber which crashed in Winkfield during World War 2. January 2019

Junior Vice President Lesley invited us all to her lovely home to celebrate Inner Wheel Day - 9 January 2019

With food, drink and friendship.

On Tuesday 8 January a group of us thoroughly enjoyed a craft session - complete with tea, cake and chat.

President Valerie with our tutor, Sue

On Sunday 6 January some of our members joined Rotarians on the annual New Year Walk

The worrying moment when the map comes out!

Afterwards a lovely meal at the Fox and Hounds, Theale

Our December meeting took place at Valerie's home where we enjoyed great company and carol singing, thanks to Maureen and her keyboard.

Some of our members spent a happy morning singing carols with some of the residents of Lakeside Care Home. Valerie's hand can be seen conducting us! We all enjoyed the cakes and mince pies afterwards . 17 December 2018

The joint Rotary and Inner Wheel Christmas Party at Hennerton Golf Club 18 December 2018

Rotary President Sarah with Inner Wheel President Valerie speaking to guests.

Right - a select group of 'thespians' provided entertainment with a sketch about our Christmas grotto.

President Valerie planting an Inner Wheel Peace Rose in Woodford Park, Woodley to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the first world war -

17 December 2018

Inger and Valerie elving at Wyevale Garden Centre. The total amount raised by the joint efforts of Rotary and Inner Wheel was £5,010 of which £1,184 was received by Inner Wheel for our elving duties.

Karen and Ann welcoming visitors to Santa's Grotto - 1 December 2018

Sarah and Maggi on elf duty with Santa Brian.

Cathy and Beryl assisting Santa at Winnersh Garden Centre

District Chairman, Vicki Mountford was our guest at the November meeting. She told us about her life and her chosen charity - Pancreatic Cancer Action (

Some of the items former Club President Hilary has knitted for the community.

The baby hats went to Buscot Ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, the baby jumpers were for Aqua boxes and the bags were for the Red Box Project.

On 7 November some of our members and partners enjoyed a visit to the Bombay Gin Distillery

President Valerie with Senior Vice President Jackie with raffle prizes at the Barn Dance, held in aid of NGCF. October 2018

The speaker at our October meeting was John O'Neill from NGCF (Next Generation Christian Foundation) a local charity set up to enable children with potential to receive a secondary education in Nigeria.

President Valerie with a representative from the Motor Neurone Association at our Bridge Drive on 5 October. The magnificent sum of £1,014 was raised at this event.

Our speaker in September was Debi Evans, author of a series of children's books about dragons and the adventures of Rolo (her own Jack Russell). Her talk was absolutely delightful and several of us bought books to give to our grandchildren (after we've read them ourselves?!)

President Valerie trying out one of the vehicles in the RBH's Soap Box Challenge - 9 September 2018

Our tour of Reading's Abbey Ruins Quarter on Thursday 16 August began with us splitting into two groups and a brief talk in Reading Museum, continued through the cemetery to the Forbury Gardens where we learned that what we thought we knew about the Lion statue is a myth.

We then entered the Abbey Ruins to hear more about their fascinating history.

Some of us ended the visit with a meal at Carluccio's.

A thoroughly enjoyable and educational afternoon.

Some of our members joined Rotary for a Safari Lunch on Sunday 12 August. This should have been held in a garden under gazebos to protect us from the hot sun. Alas, due to a poor weather forecast we had to make do with the Scout Hut instead! But nobody seemed to mind too much as the food was plentiful, as was friendship and conversation.

President Valerie running her first Club meeting. Pictured here with Margaret & Lou, representatives of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Valerie's main charity for her year. We learned many things from Lou and Margaret's presentation but mainly that MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.

If you would like to know more about MND please follow this link:

On 21 July some members of our club and Rotarians had a lovely afternoon playing games in Hilary's garden, followed by a cream tea. Much enjoyed by all.

On 15 June a group of us enjoyed afternoon tea on Whittington's Tea Barge on the Thames in Reading.

Handover Meeting - 14 June 2018

New President Valerie presented Chris with a gift of theatre tokens and wine at the Handover meeting.

June 2018

Chris presented Valerie with the President's regalia

President Chris gave particular thanks to her Club Secretary Frances ...

... and Club Treasurer Ruth

Club members gathered round to see ...

... Chris presenting a cheque for £7000 to Reading Learning Centre, Chris' main charity for her year, watched by club member Mary Knox who inspired Chris to choose the charity.

Valerie introduced some of her new committee: Sarah (Secretary)

Jean (Treasurer)

Margaret (Membership)

Toni (Club Correspondent)

Gerry (Speakers)

Maureen (Social)

Frances (Welfare)