HAVING just returned from a day out at the Royal Cornwall Show sudden thoughts of “Wheels 2017” came to mind and that the need and desire to write something for the Cornwall Advertisers Group (North and Mid Cornwall Advertisers) - a consistent and loyal supporter of all things Rotary, but especially of Wadebridge Rotary Club’s premier event - is now an absolute priority.
So, pen in hand, a blank piece of paper (well, actually of course, a laptop, a keyboard and a blank screen courtesy of Bill’s Word) and away we go… except that over the years so much has already been said that the mind goes blank. Help!
Until, that is, the writer is reminded that this year - on Sunday 16 July, yes Sunday 16 July - it will be Wheels’ (now, is the apostrophe in the right place? – oh, how easy it is to be side-tracked, led down a blind alley) birthday; and not just any old birthday, but the 21st! How did we get to this anniversary so quickly? “Who cares”, I hear someone cry – “just get on with it and tell the good people of Cornwall what a good day is in store for them on Sunday 16 July”.
Righto – doors open to the public at 10am (on Sunday 16 July) where you will be given a very warm welcome by club members as you enter through the East Gate (adjacent to the free parking) of the Royal Cornwall Showground. There you will behold over 1,000 registered exhibitors (these lovely people bring their classic cars, vans, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, steam engines, etc, for you to admire, ask questions and so on), catering facilities galore, children’s entertainment, trade, craft and autojumble stands and no doubt lots of people you know; kindred souls, ‘er similar spirits (oh, such is the fun of owning a thesaurus). And there will be a whole series of Parade Ring events to enhance everyone’s day; yes, really!
Entry to the Showground is £7 per adult (cash only) and accompanied children come in for free. And what happens to all this money? Once the club’s minimal expenses are covered, the entire balance will be donated to local charities, projects and organisations over the coming weeks and months. Last year over £20,500 was handed out to a whole range of charities and good causes. Nothing is wasted by the club on administrative expenses, so please come along and join us on Sunday 16 July.
If you are still wanting to register your vehicle, please visit the club’s Wheels web site for details: www.wadebridgewheels.co.uk If you want to know more about the Rotary Club of Wadebridge then here is the web site address: www.wadebridgerotary.club Thank you in anticipation of your visit to a great family day out on this, its 21st birthday!
Rtn Graham Renwick