Stroud Inner Wheel

STROUD Inner Wheel's first meeting of the New Year gave members and visitors the opportunity to forget the wintry weather when Speaker Jan Lawry gave her illustrated talk on a trek she had made from Kathmandu in Nepal through the Himalayan foothills to the base camp of Mount Everest.

She and her fellow adventurers were undertaking the journey to raise several thousand pounds in aid of Cancer Research.

The way rose steadily past small villages with spectacular views of the mountains and valleys and occasional tantalising views of Everest itself.

Eventually with the invaluable help of the wonderful Sherpas, their goal was reached and they saw the whole mountain itself in all its glory.

They could only wonder at the skill and bravery of those who have conquered it.

Down to earth again, members were reminded that the day January 10, was actually World Inner Wheel Day when all the clubs, both here and in countries overseas, celebrate friendship, opportunities of service and the wider the wider understanding that their organisation provides.

The club's recent activities include a collection for Gloucestershire Young Carers at Tesco, Stroud, with the invaluable help of Father Christmas.

A goodly sum was raised and would like to thank the management and the customers who gave so generously.