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The International Day of Inner Wheel was on January 10. This was marked at the meeting by the lighting of the Friendship Candle to commemorate the first meeting, organised by Margaret Gouldin in 1924. A letter to all groups from Charlotte Denise Margaritte, the international president, was read out.
Linda Bankier, the Berwick town archivist, spoke to the Inner Wheel January meeting about the Berwick 900 project. Although the project officially started in April 2015, it had already been under way for 18 months, researching, collecting and collating materials for the many events throughout the following six months.
The 900 signified the first time that Berwick is referred to in a written document, a Scottish document as Berwick was Scottish at that point.
The festival aimed to show different aspects of the town and its history by using different themes for selected weekends from April to October. This was approached through the Our Families project with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, allowing research, training and workshops.
The project addressed aspects of Berwick’s history through individuals who had been part of it, for example the First World War looked at the only woman named on a war memorial in Berwick, Ellen Ainsley, and researched her life. This led to the discovery of munitions works and workers in the town, and on to a theatre project investigating military tribunals and conscription through the cases of Messers Middlemis and Gladstone.
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The maritime research covered the Greenses and fishing history through the Manuel family and the Burgons.
The information compiled on many topics is available through Linda and her team to help with future research and exhibitions.
The business meeting voted on the two designs for the coat of arms badge that will be on the chain of office. The cake stall at the Cancer Fair had raised over £260. The Christmas drinks event raised £600 for Cancer Cars, the Christmas dinner collected goods and donated money to the Salvation Army and Cancer Cars, and the January coffee morning raised over £200 for Parkinson’s.
A very successful five weeks and thank you to all who helped.