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.




Marina Hutchison

2019/2020 President




 The Inner Wheel Club of Spalding was Chartered in 1954.


Club Meeting Date: On the second Thursday of the month

Club Meeting Times: 1.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.

Club Meeting Place: The Welland Yacht Club

Number of Members: 26


The Officers for 2019/2020 are as follows:


President - Marina Hutchison

Vice President - Carole Tovell
Secretary - Pauline Start
Treasurer - Kathleen Price
International Service Officers - Pam Smith and Mary Stanford
Correspondent - Pam Clay

Past President - Carole Cooke


Other Committee Members -

Jean Hastings

Jill Bradley

Jenny Symonds

Susanna Elliott

Margaret Headley



Web Mistress - Pam Clay



Club Diary Dates


Thursday 18th  July - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m.

Thursday 22nd  August - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m.

Friday 23rd August - Visit to Masonic Lodge followed by meal at Prezzo

Thursday 19th September - Frugal Lunch at 12 noon followed by Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club  - Speaker - Janet Corcoran on Lincolnshire Autistic Society

Wednesday 2nd October - International Lunch at Pinchbeck Church Hall - 12 noon for 12.30 p.m. Speaker - District International Service Chairman, Glenys Hasdell on Mary's Meals

Thursday 10th October - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m. - Speaker - Barry Grainger on Free Masonry

Tuesday 22nd October - International Coffee Morning at Pam Smith's house - 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Friday 15th November - Birthday Party at Spalding Golf Club at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 21st November - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - Speaker from St.. Barnabas Hospice, Spalding

Thursday 12th December - Club Meeting and Christmas Tea at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m.


Thursday 9th January - Inner Wheel Day Sausage Sizzle at Welland Yacht Club commencing with business meeting at 10.30 a.m. and lunch at 12 noon for  12.30 p.m.

Thursday 13th February - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - Speaker - Val Sandall on Flower Arrangements

Friday 14th February - Cheese, Pate, Wine and Puddings Evening at Welland Yacht Club - 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.

Thursday 19th March - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - No speaker.

Friday 20th March - 66th Charter Luncheon at Spalding Golf Club at 12 noon for 12.30 p.m. - Guest Speaker - Sir John Hayes

Thursday 9th April - International Frugal Lunch at 12 noon  followed by Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - No speaker.

Wednesday 15th April - Visit to Boundary Mills/Downtown at Grantham

Thursday 14th May - Club Meeting at Welland Yacth Club at 2.00 p.m. - Speaker from Karis House, Spalding

Thursday 11th June - Club AGM at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m.

Friday 26th June - Handover at Welland Yacht Club at 6.30 for 7.00 p.m.


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

Elisabeth Britten

Margaret Headley

Pam Smith

Jenny Symonds



66th Charter Luncheon

On Friday 13th March, 2020 we held our 66th Charter Luncheon at The Spalding Golf Club.  This was very well attended including Inner Wheel friends of other Clubs. A delicious lunch was enjoyed and our Guest Speaker was Sir John Hayes MP who gave a very entertaining talk. 

Below are one or two photographs taken on the day.


Cheese, Pate, Wine and Puddings Evening

On Valentines Day, 14th February, we held a Cheese, Pate, Wine and Puddings Evening at  The Welland Yacht Club. This was so very well organised by President Marina and her band of helpers.  The spread that was put on was delicious including all those scrumptious puddings!! Everyone had a lovely time and as usual, lots of chat and laughter took place.

Below are one or two photographs taken during the evening.


February Club Business Meeting

On Thursday 13th February we held our usual Club business meeting but before the usual business commenced, we were given a demonstration on flower arranging by Val Sandall who used to work at Flowers and Things in Spalding.  She made flower arranging look so simple with a snip here and a snip there and push a flower in here and a flower in there and, hey presto, a beautiful arrangement.  Below is a photograph of her arrangements.


Sausage Sizzle

On January 9th we held our annual Sausage Sizzle to celebrate Inner Wheel Day. We were delighted that our friends from the The Deepings and Bourne Clubs were able to join us.

We have to thank Carole Cooke and her helpers for organising, cooking and serving everything so splendidly. We had a delicious lunch following by three of those special quizzes that Carole and her husband, Terry, put together. Carole always manages to get everything cooked and served all at the right time and there is always plenty left for 'seconds'.

Below are some photos from the day.

Before Lunch

The workers!!!

President Marina drawing the first lucky raffle ticket

Our quizmaster as well as cook!!!

Not sure if this is the right answer......

A lot of frowns although Jenny's face seems to say that she knows the answer!

Another very successful Sausage Sizzle - keep up the good work Carole


Christmas Meeting and Tea

On Thursday 12th December we held our Christmas Club Meeting and ejoyed a Christmas Tea afterwards prepared by President Marina and Jean Hastings.

We were delighted to have District Chairman Suzanne join us and we were entertained by Linda and David Walters on their ukuleles.

Mmmmm.... which shall I eat first......

Below is President Marina receiving a Christmas gift from Vice President Carole Tovell


November Club Meeting

On Thursday 21st November we held our Club meeting at The Welland Yacht Club as always.  Before the buisness side of the meeting we had a talk about St. Barnabas Hospice and all the good work they do.  St. Barnabas Hospice is one of President Marina's charities this year and here is a photo of her presenting a cheque to Paisley Paddison of the fund raising team.


Birthday Party

On Friday 15th November we celebrated our Birthday with our usual party at The Spalding Golf Club.  This was a very enjoyable evening with lots of chat, laughter and friendship.

We had a delicious meal which was then followed by the cutting of the Birthday Cake which we all sampled with our coffee.  Jean made the scrumptious cake and Jenny decorated it beautifully.  Well done to both of you.

Following the meal we all had to put our thinking hats on to cope with Carole and Terry’s quizzes. Thanks go to you two as well.

A much deserved ‘thank you’ though goes to Marina for organising the event – well done Marina.


Collecting Together

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Spalding and Roythorne Solicitors have joined forces to collect for various charities both nationally and internationally.

We are collecting a number of items for Roythornes, including hard backed books for a local book shop, undergarments for vulnerable ladies and children in Africa and school uniforms for children overseas.  In turn, Roythornes are collecting a number of items for Inner Wheel, including drinks cans for Helipads for hospitals, pull rings from the cans for a charity in the Philippines who turn them into handbags and jewellery and material to make sanitary packs for a ladies and girls charity in Africa.

On Friday 15th November we had a photo shoot at Roythornes offices and hopefully this will be in the local newspapers.

Here are some of our members with Roythorne's staff


District Meeting - November

On Thursday 14th November eight Members travelled to Corby for the second Distrcit Meeting of the year.  After setting up stalls - Mary and Jean with the craft stall, Pauline with the Inner Wheel shop stall and helping Glenys with the International stall we all had a welcoming cup of coffee. 

Following a delicious meal with lots of chat we all assembled in the main room for the meeting.  Before the business began we were given a presentation by Samantha Jenkins on District Chairman Suzanne's Charity - Brain Tumour Charity. Following this came the usual officers reports and also lots of other interesting information.

Below are some photos of us eating and talking and of the stalls.


Inter Club Sports

On Wednesday 25th September four Members travelled to the Crosskeys public house at Molesworth to play the first round of the Inner Wheel Inter Club Sports against the Huntingdon Inner Wheel Club.  Unfortunately Huntingdon were the better side and I'm sorry to say that we lost the first round.

We had a lovely morning playing bar skittles with lots of chat and laughter. Following playing several games we then had a light lunch before  making our way back to Spalding.


Frugal Lunch

On Thursday the 19th September and before our Club Business Meeting we all enjoyed a Frugal Lunch organised by President Marina.  This consisted of soup, deliciously made by Jean Hastings and Suzanne Elliott, cheese and biscuits and fruit.  You can see from the photographs below that we all thoroughly enjoyed the meal.


Masonic Lodge Visit

On Friday 23rd August a few Members, acompanied by President Marina, visited the Masonic Hall in Pinchbeck Road for a tour of the building which many of us have seen from the outside but not the inside!

We were met by Worshipful Brother Barry Grainger who showed us around the ground floor and then the magnificent Lodge Room on the first floor.  We were shown the Boards which displayed the names of Past Masters, the Master's chair, Wardens chairs and lots of other interesting items.

After the visit we all walked to Prezzo's for an evening meal where we were met by some of our husbands.  Thank you Marina for organising this.


Petanque Challenge

On Wednesday 17th July, we held our annual Petanque Challenge with Bourne and The Deepings.  There were a total of 22 members attending and before playing we all enjoyed nibbles, wine, juice etc. and a catch-up with old friends.

Here we all are ready for the challenge

There were 5 members from the Petanque Club to help us keep to the rules and make suggestions on where to aim the boule.  Some took their advice but mostly it was pot luck!

President Marina in full swing ....

Just look at that determination on Carole's face!

The weather was perfect for the evening and finally at 7.15 p.m. all the games had been played and the results of the matches counted and then the exciting news that it was a Spalding team who had won the cup by one point!  We were over the moon as it has been some time since Spalding won the cup.

Just look at that joy!!!!

After President Marina had thanked everyone for a very enjoyable evening we all drove to the Wishing Well at Dyke to a buffet supper.


District Meeting

On Thursday 11th July, 6 of us attendedthe District Meeting at Corby when Susanne Robinson became our District Chairman.  These occasions are always very pleasant and it is good to meet up with friends from other Clubs.  Below here we are waiting to be served with our lunch which was delicious.


June 2019 Handover

On Friday 28th June, 2019 Members, partners and friends attending the Welland Yacht Club for the Presidential Handover when Outgoing President Carole Cooke handed over the Chain of Office to our 2019/2020 President,Marina Hutchison.

A very enjoyable evening was had by all and, once again, a delicious cold buffet was provided by Members.

Below are Members enjoying the evening

.... and now for dessert, some lovely red strawberries and cream

or cheese and biscuits if you wish

Below outgoing President Carole having handed over the Chain of Office to incoming President Marina.  I do have to say that they both look so very happy

.... and now President Marina presenting outgoing President Carole with a gift


2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Spalding.