Club Meeting Date: On the second Monday of the month

Club Meeting Time: 6.30 for 6.45pm

Club Meeting Place: Belton Park Golf Club, Grantham

Number of Members: 27

About the Club:

The Inner Wheel Club of Grantham received its charter in 1962.

Grantham’s most famous son is Sir Isaac Newton who was born in nearby Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth on Christmas Day in 1642.  He was educated at the King’s School in Grantham before going on to Cambridge University and his theory of gravity is thought to have come from the observation of an apple falling from a tree in the grounds of his home, the Manor House at Woolsthorpe.

Mention should also be made of one of Grantham's most famous daughters Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven. Born Margaret Roberts above a grocer's shop in the town, she was educated at Huntingtower Road School and Kesteven & Grantham Girls' School, before going up to Oxford to study chemistry. She became the first research chemist ever to become Prime Minister (and the first woman to hold that appointment). The first woman police officer, Edith Smith, was also a Granthamian.

 Changeover July 2017



Linda presents Kathy with the President's chain of office at the changeover meeting at the Golf Club in July 2017



Grantham Inner Wheel members enjoyed dinner and then a photo call for those members present at the changeover evening


Officers and Committee  Members 2017-2018

President - Kathy Klingels

Vice President - Margaret Graham

Past President - Linda Burr

Honorary Secretary - Pam Wiggins

Honorary Treasurer - Kathleen Holmes

International Service - Veronica Phillips

Social Secretary - Sheila Redman

Minutes Secretary - Delia Hearmon

Club Correspondent - Pam Kalbassi

Community Service - Mavis Coxon

Health & Safety - Janice Charity

Membership/Club Welfare - Pam Metcalf


Programme for 2017-2018

December 1st     Toilet Drive

December 11th   Christmas Party

December 15th   Coffee Morning at Sheila's

January 8th         Inner Wheel Day 

February 02-04   Swimarathon

February 12th     Heckington Mill

March 8th           District Meeting & AGM

March 12th         SW Lincs NHS

March 19th         IW Conference Bournemouth

April 9th              Children's Brain Tumour

April11th             International Lunch Harlaxton

May 14th             District Chairman's Visit

May 17th             International Rally

June 11th            AGM

July 9th               Changeover Meeting







John Nowell from the charity Helipads for Hospitals collected bags of aluminium cans which will be used to build a helipad for an air ambulance to land on. Recycling at its best!



(Apologies for the blurred picture!)








In  February our meeting at the Golf Club was attended by friends and partners. Jim from Heckington Mill gave a very informative talk about the 8 sailed windmill, the only working one of its kind in the world!

Samples of bread and flour milled there could be purchased

Diana gave the vote of thanks having being born in Heckington . She presented Jim with a bag which came from her father's seed merchants business for his museum.







At our first meeting in January and many ladies are knitting and nattering after enjoying soup and sandwiches .

We packed clothes for The Passage and sorted items for Trade Aid all successfully organised by Ron.


In December we held a

fun evening to raise funds for the charity "Toilet Twinning" .


Patricia won one game and as forfeit had to wear an amazing shower cap before passing it over to another guest


A super amount was raised with great support and it enables us to twin with 4 toilet blocks in Africa and 5 single latrines








Delia, Margaret, Sheila and Pam put the finishing touches to the Inner Wheel Christmas tree in St Wulframs Church


 Kathy welcomed Chris Andrews to our November meeting. He gave a lively presentation about the bird life in our gardens and handy tips...including putting chilli powder on nuts to deter squirrels!


Several ladies arrived early at the 55th Inner Wheel Charter to set tables and get organised with President Kathy before the guests arrived


 District Chairman Jean, President of Grantham Inner Wheel Kathy, President of Grantham Rotary Club Jeff, President of Grantham Kesteven Rotary Club Sue and President of  Grantham Sunrise Lez awaiting their entry to the celebrations!


President of Grantham Sunrise Rotary presented a cheque for the District International Charity Toilet Twinning. We are holding a Toilet Drive on Friday December 1st to which all family and friends are invited

We will be twinning with families in Africa




Grantham Inner Wheel ladies have a joke together after the Inner Wheel District Rally at Greetham Valley on September 28th . Our Association President, Liz Thomas was the guest of honour and an entertaining speaker.



The three Rotary Clubs of Grantham, Inner Wheel and friends met at Nappa Lodge to welcome Brian and Margaret Mullan on their visit from New Zealand on a pleasant evening in August









 Margaret was a member of Grantham Inner Wheel before emigrating to New Zealand. Brian belonged to the Rotary Club of Grantham



















Seventy friends enjoyed fish and chips in the garage and marquees. 








New member Midge was inducted 




 September 2016 Meeting













The International candle was lit to recognise the International Day of Peace.

We paused for a few moments to think of those people around the world who do not experience peace in their homeland because of circumstances  which are not of their making. We hope that solutions to conflict will be found and this will bring about peaceful lives for these people.

























 Janice & Mike Charity organised a super walk, followed by a pub lunch







































Charter Lunch at the Golf Club enjoyed by 85 guests. The two most important people are pictured above!










  We were entertained by "It Ain't What You Do"




 October Meeting





 We collect aluminium cans for the "Arrive Alive "charity based in Rutland. The cans are smelted down to build helipads at hospitals for air ambulances to land on.


A coffee morning was held at Pam's home . Ladies brought goods for the refugees in Calais. Other clubs also donated back packs, sleeping bags & food. Pam delivered items to Alison from Medicins sans Frontieres to take to France.




Members enjoy a fellowship coffee morning at Janice's home










Our speaker for the November club meeting told us some amusing tales of his work as a Royal Protection Officer




Christmas Party



Fun and games were had at our Christmas party. We celebrated Linda's birthday in her absence with a glass of champagne she kindly provided for us...hic!!




Pam controlled the music for pass the parcel. It was a case of  back to our childhood for this game, but we all enjoyed the fun.







Kathy gave three extra raffle prizes. Happy Christmas everyone.








 fund raising coffee morning



Dec 16th Coffee Morning at Sheila Redman's home to raise funds for the Stroke Club and Children's brain tumour research


Lots of members attended and enjoyed mince pies, cheese scones, guess the weight of the cake, guess how many beans in the jar, raffle  and bring and buy. Lots of money raised!



 Diana held a very successful coffee morning and we celebrated her birthday which was on the following day. She kindly gave us champagne,cake & lots of lovely nibbles.


We celebrated Inner Wheel Day by knitting, sewing and sorting goods for Tilinanu Orphanage. Ron filled her car with all of the goods we collected.





Our team of swimmers completed the 55minute swim with lots of laughter. We were well supported by Grantham members clicking for each lane.












Grantham Inner Wheel had a wonderful display to promote the club at the Grantham Museum. Several enquiries about the club have been made and we hope to have 2 ladies come to our next meeting! Well done all of the members who made this a successful event





















At our March meeting Rotarian Neville Thompson, President of the Rotary Club of Grantham and David Holmes of Grantham Sunrise Club presented District International Service Chairman, Pam with cheques for the District International Charity which is providing mosquito nets for children in Joytown School, Thika, Kenya. Grateful thanks were expressed for supporting such a worthwhile cause


pams coffee morning march



Pam Wiggins held a very successful social coffee morning






pams coffee morningWe all enjoyed a good chat, coffee and biscuits


































We're raffling this super Easter Egg to support a local charity "Arrive Alive" .

We collect used aluminium cans for them to smelt down to make helipads at hospitals


 Linda thanks Ron (&Barry!) for hosting an International evening at their home




30 members had a fun evening with 3 course meal, coffee, cake and chocolates followed by bingo

A hunt for Barry's jumper ...lost in Australia...was won by Rotarian Alistair Holmes










The kitchen staff worked hard to serve the food...with time to enjoy their own of course!









Eyes down and enjoy yourselves! Line by line and then a full house. Ably "called" or "shouted" by President Linda










We had smiles when washing up. The evening was in aid of mosquito nets for Joytown Schools in Thika, Kenya




The National Inner Wheel Conference took place in Nottingham











Fellowship drinks in Linda & Kathy's room with friends












The Deepings and Rushden ladies joined us








President Linda & her gang at the Conference







Ron, Jill and Janice sang with District 7 choir. They were brilliant and  looked very colourful.





            We visited Corby Glen for our April meeting and enjoyed a lovely meal together










April 26th Step and Smile Walk for BEAT at Belton Park 11am




Association President Zena was able to join ladies, husbands and dogs for our "Silly Socks " walk in aid of Beat. 










23 of us enjoyed the bracing weather and hailstones towards the end of the walk!












We had soup and sandwiches at Syston Farm Shop








We'll set a new fashion trend!!??






 District Chairman Dorothy visited our Club for the May business meeting. She gave an interesting talk about her Inner Wheel journey and brought along her Dorothy which our member Mavis had made for her. We presented her with a cheque for her charity and a plant






International Officer Veronica presented DISC Pam with a cheque for mosquito nets which is her chosen charity for the year.








14 Grantham ladies supported Pam at her International Service Rally at Greetham Valley.

She was delighted with their help setting up and working throughout the day which was a great success and attended by 172 ladies from clubs in District 7. A warm welcome was extended to  Ann Acaster from York, our Association International Service Committee Chairman.Geoff Blurton and Irvin Metcalf  gave an interesting update on Joytown Schools in Thika, Kenya for whom we have raised enough funds to purchase 1000 mosquito nets.

2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Grantham.