Club Meeting Date:               On the third Wednesday of the month except July and                                          December.

Club Meeting Place:             The Kings Centre, Bull Head Street, Wigston,                                                              Leicestershire, LE18 1PA

Club Meeting Time:               7.30 p.m.

Number of Members:             38

About the Club:                      The Club was chartered in 1967.

The Inner Wheel Club of Blaby, Oadby & Wigston was founded in 1965 and became The Inner Wheel Club of Oadby in 1976 when Blaby and Wigston formed their own clubs.

Club Officers:

President:                               Brenda Newnham

First Vice President:              Betty Nuttall

Second Vice President:         Vacant

Past President:                      Margarete Knight

Secretary:                              Jane Moelwyn Hughes

Treasurer:                               Valerie Gooding

International Service:            Elizabeth Gilbert

Club Correspondent:            Sally Matthews

Assistant Secretary:              Sheila Kondras

Committee Member:              Shirley Robertson


The year so far…….

The handover and presentation of a donation to MacMillan Nurses by Past President Margarete took place on a sunny afternoon at the home of Glenys Hasdell.  Pimms, (and soft drinks) followed by tea and cakes were enjoyed by members after new President Brenda was handed the Chain of Office.  President Brenda thanked Past President Margarete for her all her efforts over the past year and presented her with a beautiful orchid plant.

Macmillian Nurses Presentation                                               New President Brenda,                                                                                                                            'Calm before the storm'          

Treasure Hunt at Burton Overy                  

International Service Organiser Elizabeth Gilbert was joined by members, partners, Rotarians and friends to a Treasure Hunt she had arranged at Burton Overy.  We were lucky to have a fine evening and the villagers of Burton Overy were very patient having their homes and gardens scrutinized by groups of strangers.  Supper afterwards had been booked at The Bell and everyone enjoyed a very social evening raising funds for Tilianu Orphanage, one of the International Charities the Club is again supporting this year.

Association Assembly, Leicester

Two members acted as Stewards and four flower arrangements were supplied by a Club Member.


July 21st - District Meeting

Officers' Meeting and District Meeting at Rockingham Forest Hotel were well attended with all Officers' Meetings covered.


July 25th - District Games Competition

The IW Club of Leicester was invited to a Games Afternoon to start off the District Games Competition.  This was held at the home of one of our members and an assortment of board games from Jenga to Snap were played with fun and merriment followed by an afternoon tea in the garden.  Leicester won this round and Oadby wishes them further success in future rounds.


August 16th

Club Meeting and Social Evening


September 20th

Club Meeting, Speaker Richard Adams "Gardens Home and Away"


October 18th

Club Meeting, Speaker David Siddons "The fascination of the English Language"


November 8th


Members met at the home of IW member Tessa for coffee and chat with members past and present. The sum of £95 was raised for Inner Wheel Charities.


November 15th

Club Meeting, Speaker Debra Pickering "Ideas for Christmas"

Our speaker demonstrate how to make a  Christmas Swag and  flower decorations

one of which was donated for the monthly raffle. 



December Rotary & Inner Wheel Walk



Inner Wheel and Rotary members enjoying a Winter Walk at Bradgate Park. 



December 15th

Christmas Dinner at Leicestershire Golf Club with partners

7 for 7.30 p.m.

Lounge suits or Black Tie



A lovely start to the Christmas festivities, good meal, good company and good entertainment of Christmas poems and readings finishing off with heartily sung carols.


22nd December 2017

Inner Wheel members helped Rotary Club of Oadby over the lunchtime period  with their Annual Collection outside Sainsbury's to enable Rotary to enjoy their Christmas lunch at their meeting.  President Brenda and Secretary Jane with their buckets.





10th January 2018

Inner Wheel Day


Members gathered for a delicious lunch of

Soup and Crusty Bread supplied by club members in 

support of the local children's hospice


A lunchtime of friendship and chat ensued with

generous second helpings of soup and 





17th January Club Meeting

Social Supper Event


7 p.m. at The Kings Centre.


Pate and Puds - £3.00





A sociable evening was enjoyed by Members with a  light supper of Pates and Salad with French Bread and butter followed by a choice of tray bakes with tea or coffee.






21st February Club Meeting

Speaker Simon Lucas - 'Pride of the Borough'


25th February

IW 'Water Wheelers' team participating in Rotary's Swimarathon

picture to follow.  The Club raised £210 on their behalf.


7th March

Coffee Morning at Melissa Wragg's home in aid of Rotary's Memory Cafe (£197 raised)


8th March

District Meeting and AGM

2 p.m. Rockingham Forest Hotel, Corby


19th - 21st March

Bournemouth Association Conference


21st March Club Meeting

Speaker Sue Clews "From Sketchbook to Wire Lady"


18th April Club Meeting

Speaker Julie Ede - "Edith Piaf"


Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Thurnby Village Hall

7 for 7.15 p.m.


                  Rolling Pin Challenge and

              International Evening with Rotary


                        Would I lie to you?

followed by Supper of Chilli, Jacket Potatoes, Salads  and Quiches, coffee and delicious traybakes organised by Internation Organiser Liz Gilbert and her helpers, Anne Steventon and Melissa Wragg.  All profits to Tilianu Orphanage.

Teams from Rotary and Inner Wheel competed against each other in order not to end up with the Rolling Pin as whoever has the Rolling Pin has to organise the event next year.  A very amusing evening of great fun and fellowship which saw Rotary ending up with the Rolling Pin and Jane Moelwyn-Hughes with the



Inner Wheel vase.



16th May 53rd Charter Meeting

Social Evening and Supper in the company of the District Chairman Jean Callaghan


17th May International Rally

Greetham Valley Hotel


20th June AGM & Club Meeting




Other Club fellowship activities including a Walking Club, Hobbies Group, Monthly Lunch group and cinema outings will take place.  Members will continue to serve lunches at the local Age Concern whilst continuing to offer help and support to  Rotary and members when needed.




Members will continue to help with the educational needs of children at Joe Homan Girl's School  in India sponsoring Sharmila.


Members sent our sponsored child, Sharmila some money at Christmas for her to buy a new dress for the Pongal festival. This is her thank you letter.


Karisalpatti January-2018 Dear Aunties, I am very well with my friends here. I pray to God for your good health. Thank you very much for the Christmas gifts sent by you. I have received Chudithar, flipflops, electronic watch and cosmetics (necklace, bindi, studs, hair clips, hair bands, nail polish and henna). I showed them to all my friends. They are very nice and useful. I am very happy. I have recently written my half-yearly exams. I hope to score good marks in my half-yearly exams. Pongal sports competitions were conducted. I participated in Kho-Kho and Kabadi sports. I am happy to inform you that our team won the 1st prize in both. Thank you once again for all your generous support to continue my education. Love from S.Sharmila. 


 Our International Officer also hopes to continue to support for Tilinau Orphanage and Water Aid during the year.



 Interesting items from last year................


My visit to Blaenau Festiniog - Jane Moelwyn-Hughes 12th May 2016 

When I saw the article in the Association Magazine that a plaque would be unveiled to commemorate the birth on 20th November 1881 of Margarette Golding nee Owen at 134 High Street, Blaenau Festiniog North Wales, I just knew I had to be there for three reasons.

Firstly, Inner Wheel has been part of my life since my mother was a founder member of the Caernarvon Club in 1951.

Secondly, Mum had been District Chairman of District 18 which included the local club Porthmadog who were hosting the event and finally because of my surname which is Moelwyn-Hughes.  Blaenau is situated at the foot of the Moelwyn mountains and has very close associations with my late husband's family.

So I contacted Katharine Dobson District 18 Secretary and asked if I could attend.  She was delighted and sent me all the details.  The plaque made of welsh slate and was to be unveiled by the local M.P. Liz Saville Roberts at 10.15 a.m. on Friday, 12th May in Encil Gardens, Church Street, Blaenau Festiniog.

The day dawned chilly and very wet as I drove from my brother's home in Shropshire.  The rain persisted all the way and for the rest of the day but the welcome i received and the fellowship gained was well worth the journey.  Because of the weather, it was decided to unveil the plaque and then drive down to Llechwedd slate quarry who were providing refreshments and the speeches could then be in the dry!

Association Editor Enid Law represented the Association (she in fact if a member of the nearby Llangollen Club, several District 18 Officers and members were present and a goodly number of the local Porthmadog Club.  On a personal note, i met a lady from Llangollen who was at my Grammar School in Caernarfon albeit five years after me but we had a long chat about all the teachers we remembered.

Having travelled a long way from Oadby I am so glad i was present to witness this mark of respect to a lady who gave so much to Inner Wheel.

In the words of Max Boyce "I was there".

Jane Moelwyn Hughes, Oadby.



 Jane-Moelwyn Hughes and Enid Law



                                                           The unveiling



                              Inner Wheel Club of Porthmadog


17th May 2016


An Evening with Lars Tharp at the Ramada Stage Hotel, Wigston Road, Leicester




President Margarate, Lars Tharp and District Chairman, Dorothy 

71 members, partners, friends including District Chairman Dorothy gathered for a pre-dinner drink and chat before the much looked forward to talk given by Lars Tharp of Antiques Roadshow fame.  He didn't disappoint guests with his talk about his early life growing up in Leicester and his pathway to becoming an 'expert' on the Antiques Roadshow.  A great evening of fun, fellowship and friendship.













2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Oadby.