Wellingborough Hatton

Please note our new meeting date:
We now meet on the 3rd Monday of the month for dinner and business,
7.30 pm for 8.00 pm at:
Wellingborough Golf Club, Harrowden Hall, Great Harrowden, NN9 5AD

Number of Members: 21
About the Club:

The Club received its Charter in 1987.

Wellingborough Hatton takes its name from the town and also Sir Christopher Hatton who was one time Lord Chancellor and a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I.

He was also instrumental in the financing of ‘The Golden Hind’ for Drake’s voyage to the new world.


International Inner Wheel Theme for 2019-2020


International Inner Wheel President - Phyllis Charter


President the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I - Enid Law


Inner Wheel Club of Wellingborough Hatton Executive

Joint Presidents - Jan Johnstone and Moy Parfitt

Secretary - Jilla Parsley

Treasurer - Diann Layram

International Service - Sheila Cheetham

Club Correspondent - Bernie Birkett

Immediate Past President - Pat Waller


Welcome to the new Inner Wheel year.  This year, we have two for the price of one!  Yes, this year, Jan Johnstone and Moy Parfitt are sharing the Presidency.  They jointly received the Chain of Office from outgoing President Pat Waller, who had brought at piece of blue ribbon with her to extend the length of the chain!

IPP Pat Waller, handing over the chain to Joint Presidents Moy Parfitt and Jan Johnstone.


Jan and Moy want us to have FUN AND FELLOWSHIP this year, whilst helping our local community.


The July Coffee Morning was held at Maureen Randall's home.  Twelve members met in August at The Britannia Inn, Northampton for lunch.  For the first time ever, we selected to sit inside because of chilly weather conditions, but this didn't spoil the fellowship of all attending.


We played the final of the 2018-2019 Indoor Games Competition on Monday 19th August 2019 against the Inner Wheel Club of Blaby, at The Shoulder of Mutton pub in Gt Bowden.  It was agreed that it would be the best of 5 games of Skittles and after 3 games, Wellingborough Hatton was declared the winning team.  Each game played was very close.  District Chairman Suzanne presented the Joint Presidents with the trophy and then took it home with her to be engraved.  The evening finished with both clubs mixing together to enjoy at supper of Lasagne and Salad.


Flower Arranging at Rosewood Court, Wellingborough.  Five members visited Rosewood Court to arrange flowers with some of the residents.  They were shown how to do a posy arrangement and then invited to make one themselves.  Some needed very little help, others needed more attention.  They were a lively group and happily chatted with members.  The results looked lovely and they were able to take the flowers back to their bungalow/apartments.  The members were invited to stay for tea and cake in the community sitting room.



How the mighty are fallen!  Having been winners of the District Indoor Games Trophy for 2018-2019 (see earlier photo) we fell at the first hurdle this year.  Our Beetle Drive match against Kettering Club proved our downfall.  However, there was much fellowship and laughter between all members during the event and followed by delicious sandwiches and cakes, provided by Kettering's President Lorraine.

Seven members attend the District Rally at Greetham Valley on 12th September when Association President Enid Law addressed the gathering following lunch.

Our Mother Club was a joint sponsor with us for a Macmillan Coffee Morning held at The Tithe Barn, Wellingborough on 28th September.  There were delicious cakes for sale, together with 2nd hand books and good quality Bric-a-Brac.  Although footfall was lower than hoped, we raised a good sum for Macmillan Cancer Care.

 A party of 19, made up of members and Rotarians attended our Mother Club Wellingborough's 75th Charter lunch at The Courtyard Stanwick.


Rosewood Court residents had fun making ghosts, owls, black cats and spiders' webs for their Halloween party.  All made from toilet rolls, card and pipe cleaners - President Jan is a whizz crafter! 



A Musical Wash Board and Wobble Board were presented by the Club to Carers at Rosewood Court, to add to the collection of instruments, ready for Musical Afternoons.



Our Rotary Club, on behalf of the Royal British Legion, does the  Poppy Collection at Wellingborough Sainsburys for two weeks, with support from 6 members of Inner Wheel.


8 members attended the District Meeting on 14th November.  This was to be Refugee Relief's final collection of goods, as Bob & Moy Parfitt have decided to close down the charity.  Bob & Moy were surprised by the presentation of a gift to thank them for their work over many years.

Since September, we have held our Business Meetings at the Tesco Community Room in Wellingborough.  However, the last meeting there will be on 2nd December.  This follows a Member's Survey, when it was agreed that we would revert to one meeting a month from January 2020.

Following discussions with Wellingborough Golf Club, we have agreed to assist the Golf Club, by changing our meetings to the 3rd Monday of the month with effect from January 2020.  This is the same day as Wellingborough Club meet.


Five ladies from Rosewood Court were joined by Presidents Moy and Jan and members Jean and Jilla for a craft afternoon.  They made Christmas wreaths and crackers - see photo of the ladies with their handiwork..  Not only did the ladies enjoy the craft work, they love the interaction with our members. (photo to follow)

We sang Carols at Rosewood Court on 11 December, when the residents joined in the singing.  It was the birthday of one of the residents, so we began by singing Happy Birthday to her. Mulled wine and cakes were served by the Home to all afterwards.

16 December saw us singing again, this time at Lancum House, which we have visited for a number of year.  A few of the residents listening to us, happily joined in - not needing the carol sheets to remember the words.


We had a joint Christmas Dinner with our Rotary Club which was a lovely evening, all helped along by President Jan's two quizzes.



 Future Events:

13 January 2020 - to celebrate Inner Wheel Day - a Frugal Supper, at Jilla's home, 7.00pm for a Business Meeting, followed by supper at 8.00pm when Rtn Brian Evans will be coming to talk to us about "Street Meals".


15 January a Coffee Morning at Pam Groome's home

 23 January - Games Night v our Rotarians at Wilby Working Men's Club

12 February - Craft Afternoon at Rosewood Court

17 February - Dinner & Business Meeting at the Golf Club

28 February - Macmillan Quiz at Gt Doddington Memorial Hall

12 March - District AGM & Meeting at Rockingham Forest Hotel, Corby

16 March -  Dinner & Business Meeting at the Golf Club

18 March -  Craft Afternoon at Rosewood Court

20 April - Dinner & Business Meeting at the Golf Club

27 - 29 April - Association Conference in Belfast








 Archive 2018-2019

International Inner Wheel Theme for 2018-2019


 IIW President - Christine Kirkby


Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I President - Ann Acaster


Inner Wheel Club of Wellingborough Hatton Executive:

President                                  Pat Waller

Secretary                                  Jean Harrington

Treasurer                                  Diann Layram

International Service Officer  Sheila Cheetham

Club Correspondent                Bernie Birkett

Immediate Past President       Jilla Parsley


President Pat's Charity for the year is CICRA,  a small charity which supports children and young people suffering from Crohn's Disease or Colitis, their families, schools and creates awareness.

Meetings for this year will only be held monthly, mainly at the Golf Club and have speakers at some meetings.

We will continue to support Macmillan Cancer Support with the Coffee Morning at Hardwick Village Hall on 28 September and the Quiz at Great Doddington village hall on 22 February 2019.  We will also continue with the carol singing at residential homes in Wellingborough; joint Christmas Party with our Rotary Club; Frugal Supper at President's home in January 2019; support a coffee morning for Dementia UK in March 2019; have a World Cuisine evening; have a stall at the Rotary Fun Day in June 2019 and attend Association Conference in Cardiff.

We will also be supporting District Chairman Barbara in her year in Office and wish her well.  Members will be accompanying her on her club visits.

President Pat hopes to have a major fundraising event in May 2019 - details to follow.

President Pat reminded members that the club belongs to everyone and ideas and suggestions will always be welcome.  Can we widen our appeal to younger women?  


Michelle won the putting competition in August - well done Michelle!

District Chairman Barbara's Thanksgiving Service before the District Rally was a lovely day with many members attending.  Rev Richard Coles took the service in Finedon Church and even accompanied the District 7 choir!   Sadly due to other duties, he was unable to attend the lunch.

We held a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Care at Hardwick Village Hall, we could have done with a few more customers, but there seemed to be several coffee mornings for Macmillan taking place on the same date - 28th September.

In October we played our Mother Club in the District Indoor Games Competition and it proved a close competition with Wellingborough Hatton finally the winners by one point.

Several members helped the Rotary Club manning the stall in Sainsburys for the RBL Poppy Appeal.  President Pat laid a wreath at the War Memorial in Wellingborough on Remembrance Sunday.

Carol G led a team who arranged flowers with some of the residents of Lancum House, which was a happy afternoon, with tea and cakes provided afterwards which the residents had baked in the morning.

Carol Singing at Bilton Court and Lancum House has become an annual event in our calendar. 

At the combined Inner Wheel/Rotary Christmas Dinner, the entertainment was provided by Rtn John C who tested our memories on no.1 songs at Christmas.

The New Year started with a Frugal Supper at President Pat's home to recognise Inner Wheel Day.

Inner Wheel members supported Rotarians and helped them to a win in the Rotary Minor Sports competition in January.

An honourable draw was the outcome of the Games Night challenge to our Rotarians, having played Skittles, Bendominos, Bagatelle, Shuffle Board, Shut the Box and Perilous Penguins.  

The Vicar of Orlingbury was our guest speaker at our meeting in February, when she told us how she came to be a Vicar.  She had several funny stories to tell us.

The club again hosted a Macmillan Cancer Care Mammoth Quiz evening, with 85 members and guests taking part.  We were delighted with the financial outcome of this event and all the monies raised will stay in Northamptonshire.

Members have continued with monthly social skittles, Book Club, coffee mornings and a few lunchtime get togethers.

Those members involved in the regular Hatton Hobblers walks have enjoyed mainly good weather on their Monday walks.  The walking weekend in March, based at the Warner's Hotel at Thoresby Hall in Nottinghamshire proved a good venue and many more walks could be undertaken.

In the pipeline is a 2nd hand Clothing Sale at President Pat's home, and a Musical Evening.  All monies raised at these events will go the President Pat's charities.

12 members attended the Association's Conference to be held in Cardiff 8-10 April.  We travelled there by coach with members of both Kettering Clubs and it was an easy journey.

Conference itself was very good and much enjoyed by everyone, with excellent speakers throughout from the Rev Kate Bottley  Ed Pratt who cycled round the world on a unicycle, Rukhiya Budden who spoke so movingly about Hope and Homes for Children and our International Inner Wheel President Christine Kirby.

Evening entertainment on the Tuesday evening was an amusing florist and on Wednesday evening we could dance the night away!

"Spring Serenade" was an evening of songs from the shows, together with a delicious supper raising an amazing amount for President Pat's charity CICRA.

A number of members helped our Rotarians steward the Waendel Friendship walks at the start of the Waendel Walking Weekend.

Saturday 1st June dawned bright and sunny and continued like this all day, so the weather was perfect for the Rotary Fun Day at Bassett's Park in Wellingborough. This year we had two stalls, a Tombola for adults and children and a stall with 2nd hand clothes, handbags, shoes and books.  All monies raised going to President Pat's charity.

10 members attended District Chairman Barbara's Tea Party, when the guest speaker was a Pantomime Dame, a vision to behold in purple!  

We were pleased to welcome members from Wellingborough and Rushden clubs to our 3 Clubs Dinner, with speaker Sally Searle from the Rotary Club of St Neots talking about the charity Littles Faces.  She told us about the work going to build schools and provide meals for the pupils.  Money goes a lot further in Africa that in the UK!

Members under the leadership of Moy Parfitt, catered packed lunches for 75 children and carers at the KIDS OUT day at Wickstead Park.

Our Club Charter Tea was held at President Pat's home with our Rotarians all being invited to join us.  Pat inducted our newest member, Anne Leathers.  We welcome Anne to Inner Wheel and hope she will find it rewarding being a member of our club.

During the year, members have accompanied DC Barbara on many of her club visits.  Members have also attended the District Meetings, the District Rally, the District International Rally and a number of local club Charter Anniversaries.

Also during the year, a small group of members have assisted their Rotarians in supporting the Northamptonshire Branch of the British Polio Fellowship - people who have suffered from Polio.  The branch has pioneered a Hydrotherapy programme at Moulton College with Physio Function.  Wellingborough Hatton Rotary Club have made grants in support of this project, which has now been running for 3 years.  

The Club has taken part in the District Indoor Games Competition and at the time of writing this, we are through to final which was play against Blaby Club in August.

Our Club Handover evening was on 8 July, when President Pat handed over the President's chain not to 1 President, but 2!  Jan Johnstone and Moy Parfitt are sharing the post this year and we wish them well.



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