Lutterworth Wycliffe

Club Meeting Date: On the first Wednesday of the month

Club Meeting Time: 7:30pm

Club Meeting Place: The Greyhound Coaching Inn, Lutterworth
Members: 21
Club President : Vanessa Cookson
About the Club:

The Club was chartered in 1988 so in May 2018  we celebrate our 30th Charter. 

The Club was named after the English Reformer John Wycliffe who was Rector of St Mary’s Church, Lutterworth from 1374 until his death in 1384. John Wycliffe inspired the first translation of the Bible into English from Latin.

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2019-20 Upcoming Activities

This year our Club will be supporting the following Charities

Club- Brain Tumour Charity
International - tbc
 Recent Club Activities
January 2020

We were pleased to welcome Sarah Smith who runs  Riding for the Disabled at  Witham Villas Riding School in Cosby. She gave us a very informative presentation about the work they do and how they support local children with varying abilities learn to enjoy riding. We were pleased to present her with a cheque, the proceeds from the Christmas Hamper raffle.

Sarah from RDA and Chairman Vanessa


District Chairman Suzanne joins us and the Lutterworth Club for a joint business meeting welcoming a new member to the Lutterworth Club.

October- Meals on the Move

October saw another very successful joint Rotary and Inner Wheel event. "Meals on the Move " where several hosts welcome several ( usually 6) surprise guestsfor pre dinner drinks and the first course. They then leave and travel  separately to additional hosts for the main course etc. It is a fantastic evening and a great way of meeting up with many fellow diners.

September - District Rally


Members were delighted to attend the 81st district Rally with our own member Suzanne as District Chairman. A lovely day was had by all which had continued on from the Pre Rally Supper held at the Cricket Club were members were able to meet with Exec officers and Association President Enid Law and the two visiting District Chairman .

DC Jane  D11, Enid Law Ass Pres, Suzanne DC , DC Anne D22

Club members with DC Suzanne  and Rotary President Rob



July District Meeting as Suzanne becomes District Chairman

Four members of the Club were delighted to be present at the District Meeting  where fellow member Suzanne  became the District Chairman. It is an honor that the club has not had before and we are all very proud of her.

President Vanessa prersented Suzanne with a bouquet from the Club and wished her every success as District Chairman.

July 2019 Handover
Jenny hands the Presidents Collar ro Vanessa
June 2019 Summer BBQ

We held a joint Rotary and Inner Wheel Summer BBQ at the home of President Jenny. It was a gloriously hot and sunny afternoon which was enjoyed by all. We were supporting  Cancer Research  and Headway.

 In coming Presidents Vanessa Cookson and Rob Blackman with outgoing Presidents Jenny Benford and Ian Atchison

May 2019 Kelmarsh Hall Visit

We arrived at Kelmarsh Hall in glorious sunshine to celebrate our 31st Charter, our Birthday !! The sun continued to shine as we took the guided tour of the house and whilst we had our cream tea. Unfortunately the tour of the beautiful gardens was cut short due to a heavy down pour. We are sure to return to  explore the gardens some more.

New members Helen and Gill with President Jenny ( centre)

Whilst  we drank tea and ate our enormous scones we officially welcomed  member Helen and presented both our newest members with their badges.

November 2018

On Thursday 29th November members planted a Peace Rose  in the Memorial Gardens in the centre of Lutterworth. The Peace Rose was  planted close to the Garden of Remembrance by President Jenny Benford and members to celebrate International Peace Day which was on  21st of September and also to commemorate the end of the end of WW1.   The club recently celebrated it’s 30th year of friendship giving service to  the local community. The Club has supported many local charities and was keen to support the Voluntary gardening group that maintains the Memorial Gardens in Lutterworth whilst remembering those that gave service in WW1.

Pictured is President Jenny with some of the Club members

July 2018

Coffee Mornings and Afternoon tea for Toilet Twinning

We were delighted when one of our newest members , Gill, said she would host our coffee morning for Toilet Twinning. We were also delighted when Marcia held an afternoon tea for friends also in aid of Toilet Twinning.

Both days were blessed with fabulous weather, fun and friendship.



30th Charter Celebration.

This year we celbrated our 30th Charter with an Afternoon Tea at the Lutterworth crick Club. We were absolutely delighted that so many members from the District were able to join us on what was a lovely afternoon full of fellowship and friendship. 6 Founder Members are still members of the Club and it was lovely to see past members returning for the occasion.

Founder President Shirley (right) and Current President and Founder Member Jenny cut the birthday cake.

District Chairman Jean presented a 30th Charter  certificate to President Jenny

July 2017 - Handover

Outgoing President Avril hands over to Jenny at a lovely sharing supper  at Jenny's house. We are all looking forward to another year of friendship and fun !


Afternoon Tea to celebrate our birthday.

We had a wonderful time at Ivy's tea rooms to celebrate our birthday.

District Chairman Dorothy visits the Club


Walking to the B-eat to raise awarenesss for eating disorders

Ladies from the Club joined with ladies from leicester and Lutterworth  for a walk around Bouskells Park in Blaby to raise awareness for the charity B-eat. 


November 2016

The assistant Principle of the Frank Whittle Studio School  explained how a Studio School differs to that of a mainstream school for pupils aged 14 years and above at our meeting. 

Handover meeting July 2106

The rain stopped just long enough to have our photograph taken in the garden of retiring Preident Lynn. Lynn had prepared a lovely meal for us all as she handed the chain of office on to Avril. As last year, this year the Presidency will be a shared role.


May 16th 2016 Charter Event

" Get ahead get a Hat " An Evening with Philip Warren

This year we wanted to support a local Dementia Care Group - Lutterworth Share and Care Group and thought we would do this at our Charter Event .  Philip Warren the Principal Curator for the Leicestershire Museums Service  gave another of his  wonderful talks this time "400 years of Fashionable Hats". As usual our members provided a wonderful supper for fellow Inner Wheel members and visitors.  Lyn   from the Share and Care Group  provided a " pink hat" cake  for us to guess  the weight of and was delighted to attend the occasion.

April 2016- Association conference

The Conference in Glasgow sent four of our members north of the border to brave the cold wind and rain. A  lovely comfortable hotel  was welcomed after the  long drive north. As usual the conference was more than just the business meeting on Wednesday.  Four  evenings of fun and friendship took place and we did manage to visit the Willow Tea Rooms for the  huge Meringues Ette told us about.

As usual  we had wonderful speakers Sheila from Parkinsons UK, a Parkinsons sufferer helfelf was both hilarious and  straight talking about how she copes with this  progressive disease. Tricia Stewart , one of the original Caldendar Girls  had the entire  audience laughing with her anicdotes. Detailing   the  rise to fame  of the ordinary ladies from WI and how they became household names. The huge sums of money they have raised for cancer charites everywhere  left us breathless


See the  report  on the main Home page  for more phtographs


September 2015- DC Chairman Pats Visits


May- 27th Charter Event with Fun and Friendship 

In May  we had our Charter or Birthday event and to celebrate 27 years of fun and friendship we  had an entertaining presentation from the Wardbrobe Mistress from the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley. Members and guests alike enjoyed seeing   some of the costumes  made for the productions at the Concordia . `The costumes were modelled by some of the supporters of the theatre but the star of the show  was our own good sport Vanessa who may have found a new career in the Movies as Super Woman, Cleopatra or Mrs Bennett perhaps !!  





April - New Member  Ette

President Lynn  welcomes our newest membet Ette Bray  into the club. 


 September- District Chairman Margararets Visit 

At our first meeting of the new year District Chairman Margaret visited . At the meeting President Lynn prrsented a cheque to towards her chosen charity the Osteoporosis Society. Both Margaret and Lynn suffer from the painful condition. 

August- Presentation Afternoon

The Wheels Project - At an informal meeting at President Lynn's  house Past Presidents Jenny and Chris  presented wheeled toys to Lizzie Keenan  for the South Leicestershire Mobile Toy Library  which supports  children with additional needs providing relief and stimulation through play. 

Women's Aid- An addidtional wheeled toy was purchased and member Suzanne acepted this on behalf of the Hinckley and Bosworth womens refuge in support of Past DC Jackies chosen charity

 In support of the Friends of Chernobyls Children member Rika held an afternoon tea at her home.  A cheque was presented to John from the charity. This we felt supported the  International Happier Futures programme too.


AGM and Handover

Following our AGM we formally saw Jenny and Chris hand over the Presidents role to Lynn Wood as we will be visiting Jenny's sister's garden in July.


Pampered Chef Evening

President Jenny held a Pampered Chef Evening at her home  where lasted cooking utensils were displayed and demonstrated. We also enjoyed a lovely supper raising funds for Cancer Charities supported this year as Presidents  Jenny and Chris' chosen charity

Telford Conference 

This year four members attended conference in Telford. We thoroughly enjoyed  the three days away meeting new and old friends. We particularly enjoyed the Gala Dinner which was great fun. 


District Chairmans Visit - March 2014

It was with great pleasure we were able to have District Chairman Jackie at our business meeting in March. We were able to tell her of the  womens refuge we supported at Christmas allowing the women and their children to visit the Panto. This was a trip everyone concerned enjoyed. 

Inner Wheel Day - January

As part of the 90th Year Celebrations Presidents Chris and Jenny organised a lunch at Chris's house. This was a wonderful way to celebrate our fabulous organisation.The proceeds from the lunch along with the Christmas Hamper Raffle at the joint Inner Wheel and Rotary dinner will be donated to Cancer Charites. 


Overseas Quiz Night - October 

Suzanne, our Overseas Service Officer organised a  well attended Quiz Night  at Lutterworth Golf Club in aid of the Africa Educational Trust- Libraries Poject. We have supported the project by collecting children's books to send to Uganda. Suzanne has managed to gather and forward approximately 1200 books enough for 3 libraries. The Quiz profits will help fund the cost of sending the books abroad. 

Wheels Project - Cream Tea

President Chris held an afernoon Cream Tea at her house to raise funds for the Wheeld Project. We Had a wonderful time and raised much needed funds for the South Leicestershire Mobile  Toy Library. The Mobile Library amis to “To provide therapeutic, educational and stimulating toys and equipment, to relieve and educate children with additional needs within South Leicestershire.”. We are hoping to provide a couple of very aptly named  "Wheely Bugs"  for them. 




25th Charter Garden Party - 11th May 2013  Despite the sudden  drop in temperature and heavy showers our 25th Charter Celebration in President Jenny's garden took place. We had a lovely afternoon of Friendship and Food. It was wonderful that many of our past members were able to make the journey to join us too. 










Association Conference

Four members  ventured to Plymouth for this years Conference and Lynn has written a report which is already  on the Website. We all had a wonderful time  sharing in the friendship and fun that conference brings. We enjoyed helping on the Association Presidents  Potted Presents stall which managed to raise a fantastic amount for Brainwave.





We hope to encourage more of our members to join in the fun next year in Telford. 


We were all pleased to welcome  our new member Lydia to the Club.



Murder Mystery Evening- A very successful and enjoyable event where guests were entertained by a theatre group acting out the Crime and subsequent investigations. Over £100 raised towards the Air Ambulance.

Philip Warren from the Leicestershire Museum Service once again entertained us with  his latest presentation about ladies fashion. This time he explained how women were the first true motorists and how their fashion  reflected  this. A raffle held  raised £49 towards the Air Ambulance.


The ever popular Meals on the Move - a joint venture with Rotary took place with even more of us travelling around to different houses for each course. We even raised £51.95 towards the Air Ambulance Charity.

District Chairman Janet visited the club where she was presented with a cheque towards her chosen charity the Alzheimer's Society.

Presidents Chris and Jenny with DC Janet



July 2012 ( The rainy season)

Strawberry Cream Tea
On Sunday July 1st  we  held  a Strawberry Cream Tea  in the garden of member Sheila.
Although the weather was not forecast to be good we did manage to see the sunshine.
£ 245 raised from the Cream Teas and raffle which was  all for the




June 6th saw President Suzanne officially hand over the presidential collar to Jenny and Chris for our 25th year both Jenny and Chris are founder members of the club.





Inter Club games.

On Wednesday 16th May we played  6 ladies from the Rutland Club in the Semi final of the District competiton. It was a close fought thing but Rutland finally won the game of table skittles at the Cherry Inn.


December 2011

Christmas Tree Festival 9th & 10th December2011

The festival was a fantastic success held In conjunction with St Mary's Church Lutterworth  Funds raised were for the Town Mayors Appeal. Many local groups and businesses took part to decorate a tree displayed in the church. It all made for a colourful display.



Pictured above Tony Hirons Town Mayor  with President Suzanne and Rev Mervyn Coussens.

September District Chairman's Visit

DC Margaret visited our Club accompanied by Chris. We were very pleased to see her after such a long journey to Lutterworth. DC Margaret was able to see us welcome new member Margaret Gould who has already made a valuable contribution to our club.

Margaret G helped organise the nearly new sale held the next day for the Alzheimer's Society where a massive £500 plus was raised.




President Suzanne presented DC Margaret with a cheque for £50 for the Mend a Broken Heart Appeal.

June - Overseas Barbecue

Chris our Overseas service officer and her husband Graham organised a Summer Barbecue to raise funds for Smile Train. The weather was glorious and we sat outside until late into the evening. Chris and Graham were excellent hosts and provided an excellent meal. Including the raffle we raised £150 for the charity.

March - 1940's Gala Night

A fabulous time was had by all who attended the 1940's evening. With the hall decorated with union jacks like a Wartime party the mood was set. Many people had dressed up to add to the occasion. Ratby Cooperative Band played brilliantly performing a set of Big Band sounds and then Wartime favourites.

The band had never played to an audience who danced and had never played to allow a singer to accompany them but both were a huge successes. Paul, an off duty policeman from the North East finished off the evening with a set of Rack Pack songs ending with everyone on their feet for New York New York. A cheque for £400has been sent to Help for Heroes as a result of this most enjoyable evening and a cheque for £800 has been sent to the Leicestershire Downs Syndrome Group from this and and other events held this year.






 Ratby Copperative Mid Band

Ringwoods Old Fashioned Ice cream

We'll meet again .......












February - At our February meeting we welcomed new member Fiona Davies officially when President Suzanne presented her with her regalia. We were also pleased to welcome visiting District Chairman Elsbeth and Stella Tallis from the Blaby Club.



January- To celebrate Inner Wheel day on Monday 10th January the Club invited 50 elderly members of the community to an afternoon tea sponsored by the Greyhound Coaching Inn. The Club provided the cakes and served our guests. Entertainment was provided by West End singer Nathan Dowling who proved to be a huge success. .
2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Lutterworth Wycliffe.