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Plymouth & Exeter Spring 2016 District Day

Plymouth & Exeter Spring 2016 District Day
April 23, 2016 Liz Marriott

On Thursday 21st April, the Plymouth and Exeter District held their MWiB Spring District Day in the delightful Methodist Church in Porlock, Somerset.
Reverend Andrew Vidamour, Superintendent of the Circuit, welcomed us at the start of the day. Several Circuits were represented, in spite of the venue being at the ‘Somerset end’ of the very large District, and ladies and gentlemen came from as far afield as Plymouth and Teignbridge to share together.
Plymouth Exeter 3Rod Sinclair, a representative from ‘Freewheelers’ came to tell us about the range of his work across the counties of Somerset and Devon. Blood, pathology samples, drugs and baby milk are just some of the items which the bikers transport across the counties, sometimes clocking up 450 miles a night. Tyres are changed on an average of 4 weeks, and the bikes themselves, which cost £17500, last about 3 years. All the riders work on a voluntary basis, 365 days a year, completing 12 hour shifts at a time.
‘Freewheelers’ is our current District charity, and various Circuit groups are raising money in imaginative and effective ways, our total being £11004 so far. The picture shows Rod with our District President, Sharon Canning.
After lunch, we heard from Rev Deborah Kirk, District Forum Representative, about the work of the Forum, and just some of the events planned for the next few months. MWiB aims to connect women through creative spirituality, and offer opportunities for engagement with social justice.
The chapel at Porlock is set in its own garden and was a perfect venue for our group. The local people were wonderful hosts, and had made two celebration cakes in recognition of the Queen’s 90th birthday, which we enjoyed before our return journey.

Forthcoming Events:

5th May        Coffee morning – fundraiser for ‘Freewheelers’ at Bovey Tracey MC

14th June     Cream Tea  – fundraiser for ‘Freewheelers’ at Elbrton MC, Plymouth

17th June     Pudding Party and Harmony 4 MV Quartet, Sketches, at South Molton MC

30th June     Garden Party at Webbery Cross Cottage, EX39 4PU, Torridge Circuit

13th Aug       Summer Lunch at 42 Clifford Avenue, Taunton, TA2 6DL

Liz Marriott