The Inner Wheel Club of Wells
The Inner Wheel Club of Wells held their November meeting as usual in the Brittania Inn.
Official business was dispatched quickly. Over £1,000 had been raised by members of District 20 for Riding for the Disabled, the Inner Wheel poppy wreath had been laid by President Margaret Haslam, and bags of tinned food collected for the Salvation Army Christmas food for next month was requested. The coffee morning to raise funds for the Freewheelers EVS Blood Bikes will be on December 7. Collecting of buttons, used stamps and disused spectacles will be ongoing.
The Club then welcomed members from the Wells Rotary Club led by their President, Sharon Haigh, to join them for lunch and the talk.
Mr Gerald Little gave a fascinating talk on our money – 'The History of the Bank of England'. Surprising facts were learned. From the 18th century, until printing of all notes became possible, girls with good handwriting were employed to write on the £5 upwards bank notes. In Second World War, the Germans had tried unsuccessfully to forge the £5 note.
Until 1993 the Bank was guarded nightly by the Army in a formal ceremony of handing over the keys. So there was a long history of money in our handbags and pockets, one in which the paper mills around Wells had played an essential part. Mr Little also gave a health warning of "after handling money have a good hand scrub". Forensics tests showed that used notes carried a residue of illegal substances on them.