Spalding

 

The Inner Wheel Club of Spalding

 

 

Spalding is an ever growing market town having an outdoor market on every Tuesday and Saturday together with a Farmers Market at the beginning of each month.  Many visitors, especially in the Spring, come to see the fields of daffodils and locally decorated churches.  Visitors and locals alike also visit the popular Springfields Outlet Shopping Centre and gardens with dancing water displays.  The Spalding water taxi links the Shopping Centre and the Festival Gardens to Spalding town centre by enjoying a relaxing 30 minute cruise along the river Welland.

From the town centre and crossing the main town bridge over the river Welland, rebuilt in 1838, a worthwhile visit can be made to Ayscoughfee Hall Museum. This was originally a medieval town house built in 1451 by Richard Alwyn, a wool merchant. It is now enjoyed for not only the Museum but for its gardens and recreational features.

The South Holland Centre in Spalding’s town centre is a busy arts centre, theatre, cinema, functions venue and a base for all sorts of fun creative activities.   Approximately one mile from the town centre is The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum which is the largest public display of Romany Vardos and Romany history in the world.  Margaret Boswell is a Member of our Inner Wheel Club.

Visiting Spalding and its surrounding area you can be sure of seeing many interesting places and much to do.

 

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Jenny Symonds

2017/2018 President

 

 

 

 The Inner Wheel Club of Spalding was Chartered in 1954.

 

Club Meeting Date: On the second Thursday of the month

Club Meeting Time: 1.30 p.m.

Club Meeting Place: The Welland Yacht Club

Number of Members: 28

 

The Officers for 2017/2018 are as follows:

 

President - Jenny Symonds

Vice President - Carole Cooke
Secretary - Pauline Start
Treasurer - Kathleen Price
International Service Officer - Marina Hutchison
Correspondent - Meryl Gedney

 

Other Committee Members -

Jean Hastings

Sue Thomas

Heather Girdlestone

Pam Clay

 

 

Web Mistress - Pam Clay

 

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Club Diary Dates

2017

Thursday 13th  July - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - Speaker is Sue Lock on Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (President's Charity for 2017/2018)

Thursday 10th  August - No Club Meeting - Afternoon Tea at Waterside Garden Centre, Baston

Thursday 14th September - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - Talk by The Spalding Fire Brigade

Thursday 5th October - International Lunch at Pinchbeck Church Hall

Thursday 12th October - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - No Speaker - 'Cakes and a Cuppa'

Thursday 9th November - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - Talk and demonstration by First Aid Responder Neil Chadwick

Friday 10th November - Birthday Party at Spalding Golf Club

Thursday 14th December - Club Meeting and Christmas Tea at Welland Yacht Club

2018

Thursday 11th January - Inner Wheel Day Sausage Sizzle at Welland Yacht Club

Thursday 8th February - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - No Speaker

Thursday 15th March - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - Keith Seaton from Spalding on 'The River Welland Mariners and Shipping in Spalding'

Friday 16th March - 64th Charter Luncheon at Spalding Golf Club - Guest Speaker, Dr. Dominic Symonds

Thursday 12th April - Frugal Lunch followed by Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - No Speaker

Thursday 10th May - Club Meeting at Welland Yacth Club - 'Desert Island Discs'

Thursday 21st June - Club AGM at Welland Yacht Club - No Speaker

Friday 29th June - Handover at Welland Yacht Club

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A very Happy Birthday to those Members who have a Birthday in October

 

Pauline Start

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2017/2018

2017 International Lunch

On Thursday 5th October, 2017 we held our 2017 International Lunch at the Pinchbeck Church Hall.  President Jenny gave the opening remarks and then handed over to our International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison.  We were very pleased to have with us District International Service Chairman, Pam Metcalf, and our speaker for the afternoon was Patricia Parker on 'Kids for Kids'.  A wonderful afternoon of friendship was spent with not only some of our own members but members from other Inner Wheel Clubs, the South Holland Rotary Club and also with other friends.  A delicious lunch was served and our speaker gave a very informative talk on her charity.

From left to right - our International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison, our President, Jenny Symonds, District International Service Chairman, Pam Metcalf and our guest speaker, Patricia Parker

Our International Serivce Officer, Marina Hutchison giving her opening remarks at the commencement of the afternoon.

District International Service Chairman, Pam Metcalf, lighting the candle of friendship.

Our guest Speaker, Patricia Parker, at the start of her talk on 'Kids for Kids'

Below are Members and friends enjoying their delicious lunch

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Club Meeting

On Thursday, 14th September, the Spalding Fire Brigade team came to our Club Meeting to inform us of all aspects of keeping safe in our homes.  Four members from the Service trundled up to the Yacht Club in their bright red fire engine.  After giving us a talk we were all able to go outside to have a look at the the vehicle and we were all amazed at the amount of equipment they have to carry.  After viewing the vehicle they stayed to have tea and cakes with  us.

Here is President Jenny with four of the fire crew.

Here is one of our Members, Sue Thomas, pretending to be a fireman!!

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Petanque Challenge

In July the annual Petanque Challenge took place between Spalding, Bourne and The Deepings Clubs.  A fun evening was had by all with The Deepings winning the trophy this year.  Following the challenge a meal was had at The Sugar Mill in Bourne.

 

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Inter Club Sports

In July members of the Bourne Club joined six of our members at the Spalding Yacht club for a challenging game of Beetle.  There was much fun and laughter and quite a  bit of rivalry.  One of our members, Carole Cooke, joined the opposition for a while to even up the numbers.  Her son lives in Bourne so she had some allegiance.  However she stepped down when another Bourne member arrived claiming her husband had lost his way and gone to Springfields instead! Fortunately she found us in the end and helped Bourne to win the competition with a score of 6 games to 4.

We then enjoyed afternoon tea with sandwiches, sausage rolls and beautiful cakes.  A splendid afternoon of friendship was had by all.

2016/2017

Handover

On Friday 30th June, 2017 saw Members, husbands, partners and friends at The Welland Yacht Club once again for the Handover of the Chain of Office to the 2017/2018 Club's Inner Wheel President, Jenny Symonds.  Below are some photographs taken during the evening where everyone had a good time and enjoyed a delicious cold meat buffet and dessert provided by Club Members.

Below is a photograph showing the outgoing Joint Presidents, Pam Smith and Mary Stanford handing over the Chain of Office to the 2017/2018 President, Jenny Symonds.

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2017 Conference

On Monday, 3rd April, 2017, nine of us set off for Nottingham to attend the 2017 Conference held at the Theatre Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.  We were joined on Monday afternoon by Joint President Pam Smith who travelled independently to stay with her daughter in Nottingham.  We all had a wonderful time with lots of chat and laughter as you would expect.  We also have untold stories to tell of our experiences over the four days.

Here we are all on the mini bus ready for the off.  Nottingham here we come....

After arriving and checking in we all made our way to The Fat Cat for our lunch.  Following this Pauline and Carole had to head off to the Conference Centre to rehearse as they were in the District 7 choir.  Below is a photo of Pauline and Carole looking very professional.

During the afternoon Joint President Pam had registered us all in to Conference and several of us had the time to browse the many stands on the various levels at the Concert Hall.

District 7 ladies manning the BEAT 'Yellow' stall.

I must tell a funny story about the cast iron daffodil bird feeder that had been taken to a Committee meeting, a Club meeting and then finally taken on the mini bus to Nottingham for the BEAT 'yellow; stall.  Well someone from another Club must have had the same idea as you wouldn't believe who won it in the tombola - Marina.!!!! So, another daffodil bird feeder came back with us on the mini bus!!

In the evening we all went to the Italian Restaurant, Ask, for our evening meal.

Tuesday morning saw one or two of us up VERY early for breakfast to ensure that Pauline and Carole were at the Conference Centre well in time to get ready for their debut in the District 7 choir.

We were welcomed to the Conference Centre by Robin Hood and here is Jenny with him!!!

The Tuesday morning session commenced with a service accompanied by The Salvation Army Fellowship Band.  It was during this service that the choir sang 'What a Wonderful World' and 'The Lord's my Shepherd'.  Below is a photo of the choir on stage and what a magnificent sight this was.

Following the service Association President Zena made her opening remarks and greetings were brought from Councillor Jackie Morris, Sheriff of Nottingham, Oluyemisi Alatise, the President of International Inner Wheel and the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland.  A presentation was then made to BEAT, Zena's charity in the sum of £15,000.

A break was then taken for lunch.

The afternoon session opened with a presentation by Malcolm Wells MBE on Canine Partners and a cheque was presented to him in the sum of £8,675 which had been collected during the morning service. Following this there were presentations of the Golf Trophies and presentations by Goalball and Young Carers.  The afternoon session ended with the first guest speaker, John McCarthy CBE, who told us about his life whilst in captivity in Lebanon.

Our Tuesday evening meal was at another local pub/restaurant, Sinatra's, and below here we all are with Joint President Pam with us as well.

The evening entertainment at the Conference Centre was performed by The Classic Buskers.

Wednesday morning began with the AGM where Association Officers gave their reports.  Three general motions were then proposed, discussed and voted upon.  It was during this session that we learnt that Clubs throughout GB and I had raised the sum of £970,999.03 for various charities which is an enormous sum to raise.

A lunch break then took place where members were able to have their last chance to purchase items from the stands.

The afternoon session then commenced with the second guest speaker, Lydia Slack, who is a 25 year old talking of her life as a hill farmer's daughter.  She was an excellent speaker and had everyone in fits of laughter as her delivery and timing was so very good.

Following this Association President Zena addressed everyone during which we learnt that her BEAT Tombola stall at the Conference had raised the sum of £2,257.  After Zena's address she then introduced the Association Officers for 2017/2018.

The 2017 Conference ended with songs being sung by the Bevox Choir who, at the end of their performance, were joined by our own District 7 choir.

All good things come to an end and Association President Zena then declared the 2017 Conference closed.

We visited the Slug and Lettuce for our evening meal.  I know it doesn't sound very nice but we had a lovely meal and was very well looked after by one of the waitresses.

Here is Margaret enjoying her dessert, which I do have to say that quite a few of us sampled as well!!

The finale of the Conference was an evening disco at the 'Pryzm' nightclub and several of our members danced the night away.

Here we are wearing our District 7 sashes and sunflowers.

i apologise for the quality of this photograph but it was difficult to take this with so many lights flashing!!!

Above are some of our ladies really getting into the swing of things

Above is Zena thoroughly enjoying her last event of the Conference.

So, after a very good Conference where we met lots of other Inner Wheel ladies, some we knew and some new members, we were able to have a more leisurely breakfast Thursday morning before we headed back to Spalding.

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63rd Charter Luncheon

On Thursday 16th March we held our 63rd Charter Luncheon at the Spalding Golf Club.  This was attended by our District Chairman Dorothy, Joint President of the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, John Syson, President of the South Holland Rotary Club, Steve Colby and Members from Bourne, The Deepings, Grantham and Sleaford Kesteven Club.  We had a guest singer this year, Winnie Clarke, singing 'Songs from the Shows'.

Joint Presidents Mary and Pam with District Chairman Dorothy

Our Guests

Back row from left to right - Sue Syson, John Syson, Joint President of the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club, Rtn. John Stanford, Jonnie Colby and Steve Colby, President of the South Holland Rotary Club

Front row from left to right - Joint President Mary, District Chairman Dorothy, Joint President Pam and guest singer, Winnie Clarke

Spalding Members and guests from Bourne, The Deepings, Grantham and Sleaford Kesteven Inner Wheel Clubs enjoying lots of chat and friendship.

The 'candle lighting' ceremony.  Joint President Pam lighting the candle for 'the Present'. Joint President Mary lit the candle for 'the Past, Vice President Jenny Symonds lit the candle for 'the Future' and International Service Officer Marina Hutchison lit the candle for 'International'.

District Chairman Dorothy bringing greetings from the District Executive Committee

Joint President John Syson bringing greetings from the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club

President Steve Colby bringing greetings from the South Holland Rotary Club

....and to complete a successful Charter Luncheon and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon we were entertained by our guest singer, Winnie Clarke, singing 'Songs from the Shows'.

The top table really enjoying themselves as they link arms and

sing along with Winnie.

What a wonderful afternoon we all had

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International Frugal Lunch

On Thursday 9th March we held an International Frugal Lunch prior to our business meeting.  This was so very well organised  by our International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison. Marina was helped by two Members making soup and then by other Members for setting up, serving and clearing away.  Marina even roped in her Son to do all the washing up for us!!!

Marina looking very happy with the success of her Frugal Lunch.  Nothing to do with what she is holding in her hands I hasten to add!!!!

Here are Members enjoying their Frugal Lunch

Marina's Son doing all that washing up.  Wasn't it so very good of him.

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BEAT Coffee Morning

On Friday 3rd March we held a Coffee Morning at Joint President Pam's house.  The profit from this Coffee Morning is to go to Association President Zena's Charity BEAT.  We all wore, as Zena requested, silly socks and we gave a prize for the silliest socks.

Below is Pauline Start who won the prize for the silliest but most colourful socks.

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February Club Meeting and

'Any Questions'

On the 9th February we held our monthly Club Meeting and were delighted that District Chairman Dorothy was able to join us for the afternoon. The afternoon began with our usual business meeting followed by tea, coffe and delicious cakes made by Jean Hastings.  The rest of the afternoon was taken up with three panelists for 'Any Questions'.

District Chairman Dorothy was one of the panelists and she was joined by two former Inner Wheel Members - Cllr. Liz Sneath and Revd. Aileen Workman.

We were also delighted to see another former Inner Wheel Member, Jose Bray, the Mother of Cllr. Liz Sneath.

From left to right - Cllr. Liz Sneath, District Chairman Dorothy, Joint President Pam Smith, Joint President Mary Stanford and Revd. Aileen Workman

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Sausage Sizzle

On Wednesday 11th January, 2017 we celebrated Inner Wheel Day with our annual Sausage Sizzle again so very well organised by Carole Cooke.  We began the day with our usual business meeting and then we were joined by Members from The Deepings and Bourne Inner Wheel Clubs for lunch and a 'fun' afternoon.  The lunch consisted of sausage and mash with either mushy peas or baked beans followed by apple crumble and custard - delicious......   Carole had then organised some quizzes for us - there were two jars filled with sweets and we had to guess how many were in each jar.  I am pleased to say that one of our Members won one prize and one Member from the The Deepings won the other prize.  We then had three, not too challenging, quizzes but fun ones to complete.  Again, another day of true Inner Wheel fun and friendship.

 

Carole and her team

Members from Spalding, The Deepings and Bourne Inner Wheel Clubs 'catching up' with one another.

Sausage and Mash ready to be served to everyone

Apple Crumble and Custard about to be served

Carole explaining the first of the 'Sweets in a Jar' guessing game

...and that's it.... Carole having given the answers to the quizzes which brings to a  close another very successful Sausage Sizzle

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2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Spalding.