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: 28


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


Other Committee Members -

Jean Hastings

Heather Girdlestone

Anne Alexander

Jill Bradley

Pam Clay



Web Mistress - Pam Clay



Club Diary Dates


Thursday 19th  July - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m.

Thursday 9th  August - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m. -   Speaker - Vanessa Brown from 'Safe Places'

Thursday 20th September - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.00 p.m. - Fish and Chip Lunch

Friday 28th September - Charity 'Fun Quiz' at Welland Yacht Club commencing at 7.00 p.m. in aid of President's charities. Two course supper.

Thursday 11th October - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m. - Speaker - Jill Storer on Ice Skating

Thursday 18th October - International Lunch at Pinchbeck Church Hall at 12 noon for 12.30 p.m.

Friday 9th November - Birthday Party at Spalding Golf Club at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 15th November - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - Speaker to be confirmed.

Thursday 13th December - Club Meeting and Christmas Tea at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. together with a Christmas Raffle.


Thursday 10th 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 14th February - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - No speaker.

Sunday 10th or 17th February - Sunday Lunch with Partners or friends - Venue to be confirmed.

Thursday 7th March - Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club at 1.30 p.m. - No speaker.

Friday 15th March - 65th Charter Luncheon at Spalding Golf Club at 12 noon for 12.30 p.m. - Guest Speaker - David S. Reeve MVO, MBE - Sandringham Security Officer.

Tuesday 26th March - Coffee Morning at Welland Yacht Club - 10.00 a.m. to         12 noon

Thursday 18th April - Frugal Lunch at 12 noon  followed by Club Meeting at Welland Yacht Club - No speaker.

Thursday 9th May - Club Meeting at Welland Yacth Club at 2.00 p.m. - Speaker to be confirmed.

Thursday 27th June - Club AGM at Welland Yacht Club at 2.00 p.m.

Friday 28th 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 July

Susanna Elliott

Sue Thomas

Carol Stimson

Pam Clay

Barbara Newcombe




Frugal Lunch and Club Meeting

On Thursday 18th April we held an International Frugal Lunch prior to our Club Meeting.  This consisted of soup, cheese and biscuits and fruit.  This was Marina's final function of her three year period as International Service Officer.  Many thanks must go to Marina for organising this and everything that she has done during her three year period.

Everyone enjoying their lunch.

Marina, feeling de-mob happy!!!  She offered us all a chocolate to round off the lunch.

Following the lunch we held our usual Club Meeting.  We were very happy to have as our speaker, Michael Morris from Tonic Health which is one of President Carole's charities this year.  Below you can see President Carole presenting Michael with a cheque for his charity.


2019 Conference

On Sunday 7th April six of us, together with some husbands, made our way to Cardiff for the annual Conference which was held at the Motorpoint Arena.  We stayed, with grateful thanks to Pauline, at a Premier Inn within a five minute walk to the Conference centre and a five minute walk to the shops! Once we had all arrived and unpacked we had a leisurely afternoon, some of us with a glass of wine (!) before we all met for our evening meal at a local steak house.

The following day, Monday, we all went our separate ways but four of us had to go shopping!!!  Below you can see that we were very keen to help Pauline spend her money.


Below -

We have had enough now and a well deserved cup of coffee is the order of the day.

That evening we went for a meal to a Jamie Oliver restaurant close by.

Tuesday - the first Conference Day.  Pauline and I were up at the crack of dawn as Pauline had to be on the Fairs Pool table  just after 8 a.m.

The morning commenced with the usual service led by the famous Revd. Kate Bottley who currently presents Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2.  Following this the Lord Mayor of Cardiff welcomed us and our first guest speaker was, once again, the Revd. Kate Bottley. Then the President of International Inner Wheel, Chris Kirby, from Sydney, Australia gave her address.  Our second guest speaker was to have been Dame Esther Rantzen but unfortunately she had been poorly during the night and was not able to attend.  The presentation of the Golf Trophies came next with an update from Liz Thomas on the Period Poverty Project.

After the lunch break Rtn. Debbie Hodge, President of Rotary International in GB & I gave her address which was followed by a cheque presentation to Jessie's Fund.  Our third guest speaker, Ed Pratt, gave us an interesting talk with photos of his trip around the world on a uni-cycle.  The afternoon session closed with the Cor y Cwm - Children's Choir entertaining us.

We did not attend the evening entertainment who was Andrew Grisewood, a Floral Entertainer.

That evening most of us went to Nando's restaurant in the shopping centre for a meal.

Wednesday - yet another early start at the Conference Centre.  Below are some photos around the arena before everyone arrived.

Here we are before one of the Conference sessions.  It looks as though everyone is absolutely fed up but no, we were enjoying ourselves and just waiting for a session to begin!!!

Wednesday morning was taken up with the AGM and we were all relying on Carole to vote for us. The afternoon session opened with a cheque presentation to Hope and Homes for Children.  After this President Ann Acaster gave her address and introduced the 2019-2020 Executive.  Our final speaker was, well not a speaker as such - more of a singer, Rainer Hersch.  He and his fellow musicians entertained us so very well with an Inner Wheel Sing Along which, I do have to say, ended the 2019 Conference with everyone going away with a smile on their faces.

The evening entertainment which again, we did not attend, was 'Dressy for Jessie' and provided by The Amazing Blues Brothers and the Amazing Soul Revue.  We all decided to stay at the hotel and have a relaxing meal.

Thursday morning, and not having to get up so early, saw us all at breakfast and then making our way back home to Spalding.


Coffee Morning

On Tuesday 26th March we held a Coffee Morning at the Welland Yacht Club during which many Members, partners and friends who attended had a lovely sociable morning.  There were many stalls including a raffle and guess the birthday of the doggie.  Tea, coffee and biscuits were also being served.

Getting ready for a cuppa and a chat

The stalls consisted of cuddly toys, plants, cakes, books and craft work.


Everyone enjoying themselves and looking for a bargain!!!

The winner of 'guess the birthday of the doggie' was Jean Hastings.

Another sociable and friendly Inner Wheel event.


65th Charter

On Friday 15th March we held our 65th Charter at the Spalding Golf Club.  The sun shone for us and the room looked delightful with thanks to not only the Golf Club but Presidient Carole and her band of helpers.  The theme for our Charter was a yellow rose and this was carried through on table flowers, table plan, table cards, name cards and down to every person attending having a yellow rose placed within a wooden key ring which President Carole had had purposely made by a friend.

Forty nine Members and guests attended including the Presidents of The Spalding and Welland Rotary Club and the South Holland Rotary Club.

Before proceedings commenced a photograph was taken of President Carole, District Chairman Barbara and our guest speaker, David Reeve MVO MBE holding hands symbolising friendship.

Before lunch was served we had the usual roll call and here you can see our Secretary, Pauline Start, giving the roll call with President Carole and District Chairman Barbara standing.

Following this we had the usual lighting of the candles.  The first photograph showing Past President Jenny Symonds lighting the candle for the past, President Carole lighting the candle for the present and Vice President, Marina Hutchison, lighting the candle for the future.  Marina, in her role as International Service Officer also lit the candle for International.

Following this Greetings were brought from District Chairman Barbara on behalf of District 7 Executive Committe and the Presidents of the two Rotary Clubs also brought greetings from their clubs.

Below is a photograph of District Chairman Barbara presenting President Carole with a certificate for our 65th year.

Following this we had a delicious two course lunch and, yet again, the Spalding Golf Club did us proud.

Below are some photographs of Members and guests enjoying the lunch with, I do have to say, lots of chatter going on as well.

Following lunch, our Guest Speaker, David Reeve MVO MBE gave us both a serious and humerous account of his role as Sandringham Security Officer to the Royal family. He told us some funny stories of situations he found himself in when in the company of the Royal family which created lots of laughter in the room. Below is David about to begin his talk.

Following this President Carole presented David Reeve with a gift in a very suitable bag for his positiion and she also presented District Chairman Barbara with some beautiful flowers.

And, as they say, all good things must come to an end.  What a wonderful afternoon we all had and, once again, in the usual Inner Wheel way of fun and friendship.


Back Packs and Fish and Chips

On Thursday 7th March many Members met at the Welland Yacht Club to pack back packs for Mary's Meals.  Many Members had donated items and our International Service Officer, Marina, purchased other items which had not been donated. Below are some photographs showing items purchased and donated and Members filling the back packs.

All done and we are delighted to send 18 filled back packs to Mary's Meals.

Now, after all that hard work we all sat down to a delicious fish and chip lunch.

After we had consumed our fish and chips, cleared away and washed up we then had our usual business meeting.


Sunday Lunch

On Sunday 10th February several of our Members and their partners went to The Woodlands Hotel in Spalding for Sunday Lunch.  It was very much a social meeting and the hotel did us proud with a lovely roast dinner.  We were also entertained by a singing duo during the meal which the hotel provided.  It was then back home to have a nice little snooze!!!!

Below you can see us all having a good time.


Sausage Sizzle

On Thursday 10th January we held our annual Sausage Sizzle to celebrate Inner Wheel Day.  This, again, was a huge success thanks to our President Carole for all the organising and her band of merry helpers.  Carole was banned from the kitchen and not allowed to do any cooking as she is our President this year.  She did, however, manage to sneak in on odd occasions to make sure all was going according to plan!

The day commenced with coffee and biscuits and our usual business meeting.  At around 12 noon we were joined by Members from other Clubs for lunch and the fun quizzes afterwards.

Some of the team before battle commenced on 'dishing up'

Above are some Members and guests ready to enjoy their lunch

Are there enough sausages on that plate and not too many peas on the other plate please!!!!

President Carole supervising the 'dishing up' of apple crumble!!!!

....and now for all that washing up .... perhaps we should encourage the Yacht Club to invest in a dish washer!!!  Pleased I brought my 'marigolds' with me!

Now the fun begins ....   Two jars of sweets were handed round and we were invited to guess how many were in each jar.

I've tried counting them but it is difficult.....

This is a difficult quiz......

....and so is this one although I think I know one or two answers!

After all the fun of the quizzes with lots of laughter and chatter going on and 'Oh, I knew that song' and 'I thought that was who it was' the afternoon was drawing to a close.  However, before we all went home we found out who had won some lovely prizes in the raffle.  Jenny Symonds was our lucky Member who won a cushion beautifully cross-stitched by Jean Hastings and put together by Mary Stanford.

Finally, about 4.30 there was nothing else to do other than say our 'goodbye's' to everyone, finish all that washing up and leave the room clean and tidy before we all left for home.

Once again, a great big 'Thank you' to President Carole for organising, yet again, another superb Sausage Sizzle'


Christmas Meeting and Tea

On Thursday 13th December we held our Christmas Meeting which was followed by a Christmas tea and a 'Sing-along'.  We were delighted that District Chairman Barbara, who came dressed as Santa, and her fellow member Jean Harrington were able to join us for the afternoon.

We were also delighted that Dorothy Bratley who is a Founder and Honorary Member was able to join us together with Carole Tovell who returned to the fold following her dreadful accident on holiday.

Following a short business meeting we were all able to partake of the delicious buffet tea that President Carole had provided which was then followed by everyone singing Christmas Carols and Songs.

Here is Presidient Carole presenting District Chairman Barbara with a Christmas gift from all the Club Members.

Here is President Carole being presented with a Christmas gift from Club Members by Vice President Marina.

Here is President Carole presenting our Founder and Honorary Member Dorothy Bratley with a birthday gift.  It was lovely that Dorothy was able to join us and on the 29th December this year she celebrates her 100th birthday.

Below is the deliciious Christmas tea that President Carole provided which was thoroughly enjoyed by District Chairman Barbara, guests and fellow Members.

Above is District Chairman Barbara trying to decide which sandwich or cake she should try next!!!

Here is President Carole getting her laptop all set up with the music for our Christmas 'sing-along'.

Below are photos of everyone getting into the Christmas spirit by singing along with all the Christmas carols and songs.


Birthday Party

On Friday 9th November we celebrated our 65th Birthday.  This was held at the Spalding Golf Club who, once again, did us proud providing us with a delicious meal. Members and partners attended and as always a very sociable time was had by all.  The evening started with the meal and then the cutting of the birthday cake followed by the game of  'Call My Bluff'.

Here is President Carole and Club Member Margaret Headley cutting the bithday cake which was happily made by Club Member Jean Hastings.

Below are Club Members and partners enjoying the evening.

Above is President Carole, husband Terry and friends enjoying the evening.

Below is President Carole and husband Terry explainging the rules of the game 'Call my Bluff'.

Below are Club Members and partners trying to get to grips with the game which, on several occasions, was a bit tough going!!!!  In the end though we all managed to get the hang of it!

And .... once again, a thoroughly enjoyable evening spent in the usual Inner Wheel way.


Planting of 'Peace' Rose

On Thursday 7th November, President Carole and several Members congregated at Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding to plant a 'peace' rose to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1 and to recognise World Peace Day which was on the 21st September, 2018.

With special thanks to Head Gardener of Ayscoughfee Gardens, Dan Cooper, a most suitable place to plant the rose was arranged directly in line with the World War 1 memorial in the gardens.  You can see this memorial at the top of this web page. It is the last photograph and the memorial has the lake in front of it.

Head Gardener, Dan Cooper, digging a suitably sized hole for the rose and sprinkling some fertiliser on the roots to strengthen the growth.  Dan and his team are now going to look after the rose for us.

President Carole ceremoniously planting the rose.

President Carole and Members of the Club

President Carole and Head Gardener of Ayscoughfee, Dan Cooper

That's it....... the 'peace' rose suitably planted and the placque in place.


Inter Club Sports

On Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 we held the first round of the Inter Club Sports. We had been elected to play against Grantham Inner Wheel Club and as we were hosts this was held at the Welland Yacht Club.

Eight Spalding members played against 5 Grantham members and even though we competed as best we could we still managed to lose the first round!!!

We arranged to meet at the Yacht Club at 10.30 a.m. to prepare and once the Grantham members had arrived we had coffee and then the contest began. Games played consisted of Jenga, Connect 4, Dominoes and a 'Pea' game whereby you had to suck up dried peas with a straw and transfer them from one dish to another.

Following the games we all then had luch with sandwiches prepared by our Vice President, Marina Hutchison, and cakes made by our residential cake maker, Jean Hastings.

Having a bit of a clean and tidy up before our guests arrive!

Having a practice run!!!

Steady does it.......

I shall be pleased when that minute is up as I am getting really puffed out now!!

I am not too sure which domino I ought to lay!!!

Below, here we are at the best bit - sandwiches, crisps, cake and a nice cuppa to end a very pleasant morning and lunch time.


International Lunch

On Thursday 18th October, 2018 we held our annual International Lunch at The Pinchbeck Church Hall, Pinchbeck.  Our International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison, was delighted that so many members, friends, guests and members from other clubs were able to attend.  A delicious cold meat buffet was provided with a variety of mouthwatering desserts to follow all provided by Club Members.

In addition to our District International Service Chairman, Glenys Hasdell, joining us we were fortunate to have two speakers.  Firstly, Wendy Chew talked about Hope and Homes and Tracey Vowels gave a very amusing talk on being a fitness instructor.

A raffle was also held with many lovely prizes to be won.

Front Row: President Carole Cooke, District International Service Chairman, Glenys Hasdell, our Club's International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison and guest speaker, Tracey Vowels.

Back Row: Rotarian Terry Cooke, Rotarian Barry Hasdell, guest speaker, Wendy Chew and Rotarian Chris Chew

International Service Officer, Marina, welcoming everyone to her third and final International Lunch.  Well done Marina for all the hard work you have put into your three years,

District International Service Chairman, Glenys Hasdell, lighting the International Candle.  I do have to say that it took three attempts for the candle to actually light!!!

From left to right: Guest Speaker, Tracey Vowels, International Service Officer, Marina Hutchison and Guest Speaker, Wendy Chew.

From left to right: International Service Officer Marina Hutchison, District International Service Chairman, Glenys Hasdell, and President Carole Cooke.


Below are some photographs of members, guests, friends and members from other clubs enjoying the afternoon.



Charity 'Fun' Quiz

On Friday evening, 28th September, President Carole held a Charity 'Fun' Quiz to help raise money for her two local charities - Safe Places and Womens Refuge.

Sixty people met at the Welland Yacht Club to take part but before the quiz commenced everyone enjoyed a delicious two course supper comprising pork baps with salad and apple crumble to follow.  All this was prepared by President Carole and her usual band of helpers. Drinks were also available and provided by the Welland Yacht Club.

After supper  the quiz commenced, previously prepared by President Carole's husband Terry, and so very much fun was had by everyone.  There were four quizzes in total and after each quiz each person on the winning table was given sweets in a small wooden bowl and then the people of the overall winning table of the evening being given a bottle of wine each.  A raffle was also organised with many very good prizes.


Below are three photographs showing everyone having enjoyed their supper and waiting for the quiz to commence.

Below are a selection of photographs of Members, husbands, partners, friends and guests racking their brains for answers to the questions whilst Quiz Master Terry looks on.

This is a difficult paper!!!

I think I might know the answers to some of these questions!!!


No, the answer is ..........

Some of these are making my head ache!!!!!

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

Well, we knew most of the answers to all the questions says this table who won two out of the four sets of quizzes and then went on to be the overall winner.  Hence, all the sweets on the table!!!!

Now for the raffle and who will be the lucky winners.

I am a lucky winner and what shall I have??????

Another lucky winner - don't eat them all at once though!!!


And so, after all the 'thank you's' were done another very successful evening came to an end and yet again, in the true spirit of Inner Wheel .... fun and friendship.


Club Meeting

On Thursday 20th September, and before our business meeting, 15 Members enjoyed a fish n' chip lunch. These were purchased from one a local well known fish shop and brought to the Yacht Club by President Carole's husband Terry.

The fish and chips were delicious and we still made room for tea and biscuits half way through our meeting!!!

Below are Members enjoying their lunch.

We must do this again!!!!


Thanksgiving Service and District Rally

On Thursday 6th September several of our Members attended the Thanksgiving Service at Finedon and the District Rally at Kettering Park Hotel, Kettering.  The service was given by the well known vicar, the Revd. Richard Coles with the District 7 choir also in attendance.  We are proud to say that two of our Members, Pauline Start and Linda Walters, are part of the District 7 choir.

It was a very memorable day for everyone and some of our Members were able to be photographed with Revd. Richard Coles.

Below is a photograph of some of our Members at the church before the service began.

Below is President Carole's claim to fame - being photographed with

Revd. Richard Coles


Petanque Challenge

On Wednesday 18th July Members from the Spalding, The Deepings and Bourne Inner Wheel Clubs met at the Petanque Club in Bourne for the annual Petanque challenge. A big 'thank you' must go to Heather Girldestone for arranging this challenge.

It was a glorious sunny evening and after gathering we were offered wine, orange juice and nibbles which was provided by the Petanque Club.  Everyone was keen to gain as many points as possible in order to obtain the cup.  This year it was won by the Bourne Inner Wheel Club who were delighted.

After playing we all made our way to The Sugar Mill in Bourne for an evening meal where, as you can imagine, lots of chat and laughter continued.

All ready for action!!!!

Here we are enjoying the drinks and nibbles beforehand.

President Carole in action!!

President Ann Colyer of the Bourne Inner Wheel Club feeling very proud at winning the Petanque cup.

Here we all are at The Sugar Mill in Bourne deciding what to have for our evening meal.


Rotary Gateway Sports

On July 15th the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club held the annual disabled Gateway Sports event at The Castle Fields in Spalding.  This is always a very competitive event and this year it was between the Spalding and Boston Gateway Clubs.

Inner Wheel ladies are very much a part of this event in as much as they, together with wives of Rotarians, always provide a delicious afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes.  Everyone attending looks forward to when it is the break for food and compliments on the quality and quantity are always in abundance.

Below are two photographs of competitors with their medals together with the President of the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club this year, Fay Barret.


2018 Handover

On Friday 29th June, Members with their partners and friends attended the Welland Yacht Club for the Presidential Handover when outgoing President Jenny Symonds handed over the chain of office to incoming President, Carole Cooke.

A fun evening was had by all with lots of chatter and laughter as always.  A cold buffet was provided by some of the Club Members which again, as always, was delicious.

Outgoing President Jenny handing over the chain of office to incoming President, Carole.

Now I must get this on right and make sure it is straight!!!!

Aaah yes, perfect!  Our new President for 2018/2019 - Carole Cooke.  Enjoy your year.

President Carole looking a little bemused about receiving the bag with all the other bits and pieces that a President needs!  After she has decided that all seems to be in order, outgoing President, Jenny is just about to present President Carole with a gift.

Below are a selection of photographs of Members, partners and friends enjoying the evening.


2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Spalding.