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.





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



Club Diary Dates


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


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


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


Heather Girdlestone

Pauline Wallder

Margaret Boswell



Coffee Morning

On Wednesday 7th March we held a Coffee Morning at The Welland Yacht Club which was attended by Members, their partners, friends and also Members from other Clubs.  The sun shone for us and it was a pleasure to look out of the windows and see the lovely view of the river.

Coffee and biscuits were served, daffodils made a lovely Springlike effect on the tables and lots of chat and laughter took place.  An enjoyable time was had by all and the proceeds of the morning was being donated to President Jenny's charity, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Items were able to be purchased from a plant and flower stall, Easter and Mother's Day stall, cake stall, craft stall, book and bric-a-brac stall.  Below are some photographs of these stalls.

Besides the above stalls we also had an Easter cake raffle and guess the name of the Easter Bunny competition.  The beautifully decorated Easter cake was made by the daughter of one of our members.

The Easter Bunny was looking very glamorous with its yellow ribbon and decorated straw hat.

Below is the proud winner of the Easter Bunny - doesn't he look handsome!!

Below are some photographs of everyone having a good time.

Another very successful and ejoyable event for our Club


2018 Sausage Sizzle

On Thursday 11th January we celebrated Inner Wheel Day with our annual Sausage Sizzle at The Welland Yacht Club organised again so very well by Carole Cooke.  We started at 10.30 a.m. with coffee and biscuits followed by our business meeting.  At around 12 noon we were joined by our friends from Bourne, The Deepings and Sleaford Kesteven clubs for a delicious lunch of sausage and mash followed by apple crumble.

After all this lovely food Carole provided some quizzes which, once again, were so entertaining and caused lots of laughtter by everyone.

A very big 'thank you' to Carole and her helpers for providing a wonderful day in the usual spirit of Inner Wheel.

Carole Cooke and some of her helpers

So..... how many sausages am I to dish up!!!

Custard or cream on the crumble please......

Oh, after all that lovely food now for a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Carole and her helpers having a well deserved rest after all that hard work.

BUT, before the fun can begin we have to do all that washing up!!!!

Members and friends enjoying the day.

So the fun will begin when I can get this computer to do what I want it to!!!!

So, how many pieces of popcorn are there in this jar???  I can't count them properly.

I think I know the answer to this one!!!

This is a bit hard - it might give me a headache!!

Lots of thought is having to go into answering these questions.

Carole giving the answers amid 'Oh, I should have known that' or 'Of course, that's who it was'.

Another very successful day.


Christmas Meeting and Party

On Thursday 14th December, 2017 we held our Christmas Meeting and Party at The Spalding Yacht Club and were delighted that District Chairman Jean was able to join us.

After our business meeting we all enjoyed a delicious Christmas tea provided by Jean Hastings and a thoroughly sociable afternoon was held in the usual Inner Wheel way.

Here is our District Chairman as we have not seen her before - a Christmas elf.

President Jenny presenting District Chairman Jean with a Christmas gift.

Vice President Carole presenting President Jenny with a Christmas gift from all the Spalding members.

Some Spalding members enjoying that delicious Christmas tea.

District Chairman Jean with Members who attended the Christmas meeting and tea.


Birthday Party

On Friday 10th November the Club held its 64th Birthday Party at the Spalding Golf Club. Members and partners attended and a delicious meal was, once again, served by the Golf Club.  President Jenny made and decorated the birthday cake which was served whilst we had our after meal coffee.

Following the meal Carole and Terry Cooke provided a 'fun' quiz which was in three parts, one involving books and authors, one 60's songs and singers and one where we had to name the person in the photograph whose name was either Carole or Terry!

A good time was had by all in the usual Inner Wheel way of lots of chat and laughter.

President Jenny cutting the Birthday Cake

President Jenny cutting the cake again and this time assisted by our longest serving Member, Jean Hastings.

Members and partners enjoying the delicious meal

President Jenny and her husband, Graham, enjoying themselves

I think we know the answer to this question!!!!

I think this is the right answer but oh dear, this is making my head hurt!!!

Carole Cooke giving the answers to the questions and you could hear around the room 'Oh, of course. I should have known that'!!!


District Rally 2017

On Thursday 28th September six of us attended the District Rally at Greetham Valley Golf Course. It was lovely meeeting up with many friends from other Clubs and also making new friends.  The Association President, Liz Thomas, addressed the Rally which was very interesting.  Greetham Valley did us proud with the room looking wonderful on arrival and a delicious lunch,  Another afternoon of lots of chat and friendship.

President Jenny and three of our members at the Rally.


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


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!!


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.



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.



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.


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.


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


2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Spalding.