Originally from Lichfield in Staffordshire, after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in French and Librarianship, I worked in London and the south east. Having met and married my husband, Nigel, when we were both working at the Public Health Lab in Colindale, much of our working life was spent in Berkshire. We managed to move to Cornwall in 2006, having wanted to move to the West Country for some time.

I joined Inner Wheel in 2013 originally at the Liskeard & Looe club – Nigel was a Rotarian at the time – and then transferred to Exmouth in 2015.

With cautious optimism, I’m hopeful of a full programme for this year and want to make it as much fun as possible in keeping with our ideals of friendship and helping others.

My chosen charity for the year is Alzheimer’s Research.



Happy New Year! The Committee met at Pam’s who had some very good ideas for fundraising, namely a Quiz and a photo competition to compile a Calendar for 2023. The latter will contain NO Inner Wheel bodies! Pam will have more news on this at the next meeting.

We celebrated Inner Wheel day of service by meeting at Gerry’s home for coffee and providing items for the Exmouth Foodbank. A table was filled with goodies, which Gerry took to the Foodbank.

Our business meeting at the Imperial was nearly a full house. The food again was not perfect, but it was an enjoyable gathering.

Sue Turner organised an extra day out for a meal at the Exeter College Training Restaurant. 6 of us attended. Gerry, unfortunately, was unwell. Delicious meal, well presented and half price! We’ll definitely go again.

The Working Party at Sue T’s was well attended. We each brought a plate of food for lunch, and enjoyed the variety, ending it with Pat H’s meringues, yum! A blanket was almost completed, and Sue N took it to finish it.


December was suddenly upon us, and we started the month with our Christmas business meeting at the Imperial Hotel. After the business was completed we pulled crackers, donned hats and enjoyed a 3 course Christmas lunch.

5 members joined District 17 for the Annual Christmas meeting and Table-top Sale at the Tiverton Hotel. We filled a large basket (provided by Gerry) with Christmas goodies to raffle, and also sold some of our Christmas handicrafts. All proceeds for our charity fund. It was a lovely gathering and good to see everyone. A delicious lunch was served, after which the winners of raffles and games were announced.

President Pam and Sue Naile met up for coffee with prospective member Julie. We hope she will be joining us at our January meeting. Watch this space!

A few days before Christmas, the Ocean complex on the sea-front held a Christmas Fair. We went along with our filled Christmas bags and ran a Tombola. It was very successful and all monies will be shared between Pam’s chosen charity the Alzheimer’s Research and local charities.

It’s been a difficult year for everyone, so let’s hope that the coming year will be a good one.


Our Club was invited to visit our local Food Bank, so President Pam and Sue Naile had a comprehensive tour of the premises and how it works. It’s a very smooth running and busy operation, where the volunteers work very hard and efficiently 2 days a week under the guidance of Craig Jolly who showed us around.

We met for our business meeting at the Imperial hotel on the 11th November, when Craig Jolly enlightened the rest of our club members on the work done at the Food Bank. Our members brought along Xmassy food items for Craig to take back to the FoodBank. We enjoyed a lunch and a chat.            

On the 17th November, Sue Turner organised a coffee morning at Littlemead Church with proceeds going to the Red Cross appeal for Afghanistan. It was a very successful morning where apart from coffee and cake, we sold puzzles, books and Xmas items we had made.                                                                       

On the 22nd, 5 Exmouth members met up with 8 Liskeard & Looe ladies at Endsleigh Garden Centre for coffee. After some retail therapy, we gathered together for lunch which was a lovely catch-up, especially for Pam who transferred to us from L&L. Their loss is our gain. This has become an annual event on the Exmouth calendar.

To complete a busy month, Sue Turner organised the Fish & Chip Supper at the Open Door Centre. Although the Mary’s Meals speaker could not attend (Covid!) the 40+ people who attended were given an idea of the work of Mary’s Meals before enjoying our Fish & Chips. Delicious desserts were provided by our ladies. Sue T. handed out a quiz, which was won by President Pam. After the successful raffle had been drawn we all went home happy and replete knowing a good sum was raised for Mary’s meals.


We started the I/W year with the District Zoom Assembly organised by Exmouth’s Pam Day which was very successful with its break-out rooms. Also Sue Naile attended the District Pre- Rally and Rally in Barnstaple which were lovely events. Pam, Sue and Gerry Creed joined others at the get-together at the Waie Inn, a very chatty lunch. Gerry & Sue attended the Autumn District meeting which was enjoyable though poorly attended. It’s nice to know we support all District events, even though in lesser numbers through personal circumstances.

Our club is now meeting face to face, which we started in July with our change-over at the Devoncourt Hotel where we enjoyed a cream tea. Pam Day took over the Presidency from Iris Buteux who stayed as president through the pandemic year, and was thanked by Pam for doing so. Pam gave out programme cards for the year and told us her charity would be Alzheimer’s Research.  

In September we met in our usual venue The Imperial Hotel, Exmouth, for our meeting and a meal, and likewise in October. The meals weren’t a great success but we’re hoping for better in November. It was agreed that it’s lovely to meet up again.  Pam organised a handicraft day in October, when members joined her at home and made gnomes (guided by Pam!) to hopefully sell over Xmas.

We had a stall at the Transplant Awareness Day in July, where we sold, amongst other things, all the puzzles we had been occupied with over lockdown!

More than 50 blankets have been made from knitted squares during the course of the year (see January 2021 as well). This is just one of the many!

MARCH 2021

Recipe bags for Exmouth Larder

Following the general collection for Exmouth Larder in January for the Day of Service and after liaising with them, it was decided by members to put together specific recipes and bag them up – with thanks to District 1 for coming up with the idea! It was decided that Mother’s Day would be our target date. Twenty-five bags were filled in all and contained the ingredients and recipe for a meal for 4 people. They were a mix of main meals and desserts. The Larder was very grateful for our contribution.


Collection for the Larder

A new year, a new lockdown but with vaccines on the horizon we are hopeful of resuming some activities some time after Easter. We did manage a collection for the Exmouth Community Larder for our Day of Service by collecting items from members’ homes, delivering them to Sue Naile’s who then took everything to the Larder. They were extremely grateful and also extremely busy, so a very worthwhile cause helping local people.

Knitting squares has proved a very useful activity with completed blankets going to Moldova via Christian Response to Eastern Europe.

MARCH 2020

Our meeting took place a day prior to what should have been the Skittles and Spring District Meeting. Sadly, that was cancelled and for now our future meetings have been suspended.

We had a lovely meal hosting District Chairman Jeannette to our meeting. We enjoyed hearing about how she became involved with Inner Wheel and all the events and visits she has made during her busy year to date.

Who knows how soon we will be able to resume our activities but the important thing is to stay safe and well everyone.


The new year started with the Inner Day of Service and a collection for The Larder in Exmouth, the local food bank. President Iris hosted and provided refreshments and delicious home made biscuits and fudge (made by her daughter).


A busy month, starting with a tombola stall at Ocean on Exmouth sea front. Members had been busy filling gift bags for this. With all other stalls selling goods, the tombola proved very popular and is the main fundraiser during the year for home charities.

With the change of venue this year, the Imperial Hotel did us proud with a Christmas lunch for our monthly club meeting. Our business meeting being concluded before lunch is served.

Having had a craft day in October, members brought along their hand crafted goods for the stall at the District Christmas lunch. Eight members attended and four Exmouth members hosted the event; always a fun one!


A busy month especially for our International Service Organiser! The International Rally at Aylesbeare was well attended by members. A presentation was given by Hugh Scudder from Christian Response to Eastern Europe which they found both enlightening and distressing to see the conditions some people live under in Moldova. Many Inner Wheel clubs support CREE through donations of warm bedding, clothes and filled shoe boxes at Christmas.

On the 12th, several members of the club enjoyed a social lunch at Endsleigh Garden Centre in Ivybridge and met with ten members of Liskeard & Looe club, where one of our members used to belong. Inner Wheel friendship in action plus some retail opportunities!

A coffee morning will be held on the 20th and any money raised will be going to support International Inner Wheel’s chosen charity for malaria prevention.

The club held its annual Fish & Chip supper on the 22nd Novemebr, which raises funds for international charities each year.  This year there was a talk given by Daniel Francis from Smile Train, which offers free corrective surgery to children who are born with a cleft lip or palate and operates in over 80 countries. Without surgery, many children would not survive. The charity also trains local doctors to perform the necessary procedures and then for them to train other medics, thereby sustaining the programme.

In addition, every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need dental care, orthodontics and speech therapy. The charity also funds these services where they are available.

In addition to the fish and chips, the evening was completed with a tricky quiz and a raffle.


The Rotary disco for the disabled was held in early October and saw some of the Inner Wheel ladies providing refreshments and taking to the floor!

As well as our usual business meeting, two teams took part in the Rotary quiz but didn’t make it onto the honours board.

A Christmas working party was held to make items and gather ideas for things to make for the stall at the Christmas District Meeting.

Several members attended the Autumn District Meeting which was enjoyable though the food at the venue could have been better.


There was no meeting in August and so resumed the Inner Wheel year at our new venue and amended time – The Imperial Hotel at 12 noon. Members were very happy with both the venue and food. There was quite a lot of business to get through at the start of the year.

Rotary were holding a walk at Bicton College and a board was passed round for helpers with refreshments and cakes.

JULY 2019

Our handover meeting took place at lunch time at The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth where we enjoyed an excellent 2-course meal. Outgoing President Val Whiteley handed over to our new President Iris Buteux.

Iris’s charity for the coming year is FORCE Cancer Charity.

The Imperial Hotel with a lunchtime meeting is to be our regular venue from September.

The first fundraiser for the year was having a stall on The Strand in the centre of Exmouth for Transplant Awareness Day. Cakes, jewellery, plants and books were all on offer and our ladies do look smart in the new tabards!

MAY – JUNE 2019

May saw the club host the International Zone Rally for the south of the District. Held at Withycombe Rugby Club, there were pasties and puds and a very enlightening talk from Rosa Matheson from the charity ‘Freedom Kitbags’. Rosa had recently returned from Nepal and explained how these kitbags make such a difference to women’s and girl’s lives.

June was the AGM so there was plenty of business to get through.

Three members had an enjoyable time at the Summer District Meeting at Tiverton at the end of June.

APRIL 2019

Early April saw two Exmouth Inner Wheel teams attend the Rotary Quiz evening. They are always testing quizzes, the one team came a very respectable fifth, the other team did not do so well!

Six members attended the conference in Cardiff which was enjoyed by all. At the club meeting, President Val gave a demonstration and card showing the alphabet in sign language.  The Deaf Academy is Val’s charity for the year and with it relocating to Exmouth in the future, an ability to communicate with the students is likely to be very useful.


Five members attended the Souper Lunch in aid of Mary’s Meals which was organised by Tiverton Inner Wheel. It was open to all and gave us an idea for a fundraiser.

With welcoming District Chairman Margaret to our March meeting we switched the month for our meal out from February to March – it was also Valentine’s Day!  Our meal out in March saw us testing out the Imperial Hotel in Exmouth as a possible lunchtime venue for our meetings from September. It was lovely to welcome DC Margaret to this meeting and share her thoughts about Inner Wheel.

Her visit was a day before the Spring District Meeting preceded by the skittles competition.  The Exmouth team made a valiant effort and made it through to the final but lost out to Torquay. The five members who attended enjoyed the skittles, the quizzes and the meeting.


We started the year with a collection for Exmouth Larder for Inner Wheel Day .  This was hosted by President Val in her home followed by a chat over coffee and cake.

One of our members, Jean Moodie, gave us an entertaining talk at our club meeting about the years she had spent in Malawi.  Going out in 1971 and returning 25 years later. Her husband was a vet and they were allocated a bungalow.  This was very basic with no mod-cons so having servants was almost essential as everything was very labour intensive. There was not a lot to do so Jean managed to get a job, drinking at the club was not an appealing alternative which,unfortunately, some of the women chose to do. They made their own entertainment with amateur dramatics, helping Rotary in its fight against polio making crutches and calipers and setting up an Inner Wheel club with Jean as first President.  The time ran out with plenty more tales to tell!

A coffee morning was held towards the end of the month in aid of the International charity Freedom Kit Bags.  This was the second one that the club had held at a church hall in Exmouth and they seem to be proving popular and a good fundraiser.


We started the month with seven members attending the District Christmas lunch at Tiverton where we had a stall selling mainly Christmas craft items.  The meal was very good and with choosing a table number at random, we enjoyed some Inner Wheel friendship with members from a range of clubs.

This was followed by a tombola stall at the Christmas fair held at Ocean in Exmouth.  Unfortunately, it was not especially well attended and there were not that many stalls.  Despite this, we did reasonably well.

At our December meeting we enjoyed a ‘meal to share’ with members all bringing a plate of food.  We never go hungry!  This was followed by a tricky quiz which was won by Beryl.


A very busy month …… In readiness for the Christmas District meeting, a craft day was held in the home of one of our members.  In addition to some of the items we made last year, a few other ideas were demonstrated with some of the results of the day shown in the photo.

Past President Sue demonstrated Christmas wreath-making at our monthly club meeting.  She had collected holly, eleagnus, yew and many other evergreens and made 2 lovely wreaths at minimal cost. She made it look so easy!

The Fish & Chip supper was held on the 18th of November.  This is an annual event which raises money for international charities.  It was well attended by over 40 members, otarians and guests.  After enjoying fish & chips followed by desserts made by members and an excellent quiz (well done to the winning team which only got one question wrong!), we enjoyed a talk given by a speaker from the charity Toilet Twinning. This charity works closely with Tearfund in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Afghanistan and Nepal and elsewhere in the world.  Many people in these countries have no access to any toilet facilities resulting in women being attacked at night when they have to make a ‘bathroom visit’ and diarrhoeal diseases are rife.  Education is a key part of their work; helping families to learn about the need for toilets and how hygiene principles such as hand-washing will improve their health. Teaching illiterate women how to read and write enables  them to understand how sanitation helps to prevent the spread of disease. From this, most of the women go on to build latrines for their families – because they have understood how having a toilet will transform life for themselves and those they love. This really brought home how we take for granted modern sanitation.  A donation was made to the charity to help with their vital work.

Members, Rotarians and guests enjoying the evening plus two blankets made at the monthly working parties and which get sent to Moldova through the charity Christian Response to Eastern Europe.

Several  members had an enjoyable trip to Endsleigh Garden Centre to meet up with members from Liskeard and Looe club – the former club of one of our members.  After meeting for coffee there was an opportunity for retail therapy before reconvening for lunch.  The Garden Centre did us proud and we shall certainly be back next year.


The Exmouth and District Rotary Disco for the disabled was held Lympstone Village Hall on 5th October.  Inner Wheel ladies prepared and served the food and enjoyed taking to the dance floor afterwards!


Past District Chairman Wendy Matthews and club member until recently, has sadly passed away. 

She will be greatly missed.


The Rotary Kite Festival was held on the first week end of August with Inner Wheel   having a stall selling cakes, jewellery, books, plants and a game for children. With cloudless skies it was very hot with not quite enough breeze for some of the larger kites to get airborne.  It’s always quite a spectacle, though, and a good fundraiser.

A bit of downtime on the stall after spending much of the previous day manning it as well.

 Exmouth Inner Wheel had a stall at the Rotary Charity Fair held in the Pavilion gardens.  A fundraising tombola proved very successful.

JULY 2018

Our changeover dinner was held at the Manor Hotel in Exmouth.  Sue Naile and Val Whiteley had been joint Presidents for the previous year, so outgoing President Sue handed over the chain to President Val who is serving as sole President for the coming year.  Gifts were presented to both Presidents and they were thanked for all their hard work over the previous 12 months. 

Earlier in the week a cheque was presented to the Devon Wildlife Trust which had been President Val’s chosen charity for the previous Inner Wheel Year.  Their headquarters are based in Cricklepit Mill, which is Exeter’s last working watermill; it proved to be a very interesting visit.

Four members attended the District Rally in Barnstaple which was preceded by a service of thanksgiving and dedication at St. Peter’s church, Tawstock which is a very impressive church in a lovely setting.  After the meal at the Barnstaple Hotel, Association President Ann Acaster talked about the theme for the year Empower & Evolve, her chosen charity Jessie’s Music and the need to look to the future but value the past. 

The club had a stall at the Transplant Awareness Day which was held on The Strand in Exmouth on July 24th.  Jewellery, cakes and books were available for purchase.  The cakes disappeared quickly and it was a successful fundraiser.

MAY – JUNE 2018

For our May club meeting, we were regaled with life in Liberia from a lady whose husband worked for Dunlop and they lived on and ran a rubber plantation.  She was involved with various health and hygiene programmes and promoting literacy.  Witch doctors and superstitions were rife so there were plenty of battles to be fought.  It had certainly been an interesting life.

Our AGM was held in June with plenty to discuss for the next Inner Wheel year.

An Inner Wheel team took part in the May Rotary quiz – always quite a challenge. Members also helped Rotary by serving the teas and coffees at Youth Speaks at the national final which was held at Exmouth Community College this year.

APRIL 2018

We held an interclub meeting on 12th April at Withycombe Rugby Club. It was a lunchtime get together rather than the regular evening club meeting. A total of 50 Inner Wheel members attended from throughout Devon. All enjoyed a hot pasty with salad for lunch followed by a wide choice of puddings to follow, apart from the pasties, Exmouth members brought along all the food to share.  Entertainment after lunch was provided by the Tudor Dance Group from Exeter who performed a number of dances originating from different royal courts – some members were also roped in to take part!  All their costumes were painstakingly made by members of the group and as authentic as possible and very impressive.

On display were knitted blankets and teddy bears, made by members, which will be sent to local charities.


Our February business meeting was held at the Redwing in Lympstone and followed a very enjoyable meal; in March, a very interesting talk was given by Diane and Jill from the Tudor Dance Group explaining about the clothes that were worn in Tudor times.

As winners of the skittles competition, Exmouth organised the competitions for the meeting at the Waie Inn. There was a road closure and a detour on the way, but the Exmouth team arrived in good time to set up the skittles and darts which started on time! Iris Buteux, Sue Turner and Gerry Creed each took charge of a lane, while Sue Naile recorded scores and organised the darts. Everything went smoothly with Dartmouth being the eventual winners. Pat Cutts of Torquay was the darts champion. Sue Turner’s quizzes went down very well, (3 in all) and she completed the answers spot on 12.30 in time for lunch. Tiverton were the quiz champions. It was very hands on for the 4 members, but good fun.

The Inner Wheel conference in Bournemouth was attended by six members and a good time was had by all.  In addition to presentations from the Association President, the President of Rotary GB&I and others, there were two guest speakers.  The first was John Benjamin who stars on the Antiques Roadshow and specialises in antique and modern jewellery.  He kept the audience enthralled and amused by his knowledge and illustrated his talk with pictures of famous people wearing fabulous jewellery.

The second guest speaker was Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut.  She spent 18 months in Star City in Russia training for the mission and conducted various experiments on the Mir Space Station in 1991.

Association President Liz said that the Conference showcases the best of Inner Wheel and highlighted the huge difference members of Inner Wheel make to communities all over the world.

The theme for the final evening’s entertainment was to wear animal print as shown in the photo!

Productive Working parties were held each month with six blankets being taken to Christian Response for Eastern Europe.


For our Inner Wheel Day of Service, a collection was made for the Exmouth Larder, our local food bank. This was followed by a very pleasant, sociable lunch of soup and cheese at President Val’s home.