Tales of the sea at club

Morpeth Inner Wheel members Suzanne Hannett, Vivien Scott, Shirley Fitten and Elaine McClarence at the Rotary quiz.
Morpeth Inner Wheel members Suzanne Hannett, Vivien Scott, Shirley Fitten and Elaine McClarence at the Rotary quiz.

MORPETH INNER WHEEL

The Inner Wheel Club of Morpeth has had a busy start to the New Year.

President Michelle Nelson held a lovely luncheon to celebrate the World Inner Wheel Day at her home. Members enjoyed a variety of soups and puddings, and in return brought gifts of toiletries to distribute to our local refuge home.

Also in January, the Rotary Club of Morpeth held its Annual Quiz Competition at the Golf Club and four teams took part.

The Inner Wheel team came a close second to the winning Soroptimists, but beat both the Rotarian and Lions’ teams.

Also in January, the club enjoyed a light-hearted talk from its President’s husband Captain Ray Nelson about his early experiences as a young naval cadet when he joined 
the Merchant Navy as a 15-year-old.

This talk was followed at the February meeting with another sea-going tale. Mr Stephen Healy gave an excellent talk about the life of Lord Collingwood. Although Collingwood spent only short breaks in Morpeth, he obviously loved the town and its surroundings. Mr Healy quoted many extracts from Lord Collingwood’s letters and diaries.

It was surprising to hear that our Clock Tower had once served as a jail and his two young daughters would have to pass there often on their way home. Although he was based in Plymouth, he still chose Morpeth as his home.

Sadly, after 44 years at sea, he died on his journey home after not seeing his family for seven years.

Mrs Iona Gott gave the vote of thanks and pointed out that the talk on Lord Collingwood’s life had been preceded by our very own local Captain Nelson’s.