Wellingborough Hatton

Club Meeting Dates: for 2019-20101
Business Meeting - lst  Monday of the month - Business Meeting 7.30 - 9.30 pm
in the Community Room at TESCO Wellingborough

Dinner Meeting - 2nd Monday of the month 7.30 pm for 8.00 pm
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


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!

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


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.





Archive year 2017-18

International Inner Wheel Theme for 2017-2018

"Leave a Lasting Legacy"

IIW President -  Dr Kapila Gupta

Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I President - Liz Thomas


President                                      -  Jilla Parsley                           

Vice President                              -  Pat Waller 

Secretary                                      -  Jean Harrington

International Service Organiser - Sheila Cheetham

Club Correspondent                    - Bernie Birkett

Immediate Past President           - Bernie Birkett


At the Handover meeting, Incoming President Jilla said that she would like to support Dementia UK as her charity for the year, together with the Foodbank/Daylight Centre in Wellingborough.  Jilla hoped to be able to arrange a guided tour visit to Chester Farm to see the work taking place there.

The District Handover & District Meeting would be held on 20 July and the Club's Fundraising & Social Committee would meet on 25 July. 

Members had made salads & puddings for the Rotary President's BBQ held on 30 July - showing off their culinary skills again!

At the District Meeting, PDC Dorothy told members that the District Bench is now back in the Inner Wheel Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum and looks like a new bench.  It is well worth a visit to the Arboretum if you haven't been.

We were stunned by the death of our youngest member, Karen Evans, who died on 3rd August, just 2 days short of her 55th birthday.  All our thoughts were with her husband, Brian.

Our Annual Putting Competition took place at the August meeting with Rtn John Collins in charge.  Moy Parfitt was this winner this year.

In the first round of the Indoor Games competition, we played skittles against Rushden and were the winners.  We also won the second round against Kettering, perhaps this will lead to greater things!

Our member, Pam Groome, celebrated her 80th birthday with a lovely tea-party to which all members were invited.  It was a wonderful afternoon.

We agreed to try having a Macmillan Coffee Morning which took place in Little Harrowden Village Hall on 29 September.  Sadly, the footfall wasn't great, but we managed to raise some money which will be used within Northamptonshire.

A speaker from Thomas's Fund, Past President Bernie's charity came to talk to us in October and received a cheque from money raised during Bernie's year.  This would provide 32 music therapy sessions, equating to 3 children each receiving a block of 10 music therapy sessions.  It is good to know what our money raising can do.

Nene Valley Dairy gave an interesting talk about their goats and cheese making and members were able to purchase cheese, which was delicious and nothing like the author thought it would be!

Instead of collecting food for the Wellingborough Daylight Centre/Food Bank members this year are collecting toiletries which are either given to clients of the Centre or included in the parcels from the Food Bank.

Several members helped our Rotary Club selling poppies on behalf of the Royal British Legion at Sainsbury's in Wellingborough.  President Jilla laid a wreath on Remembrance Sunday at the War Memorial in Wellingborough.

A "P is for Party" evening was held in November with pate, pork pie, pizza, pickles, potato crisps and puddings to eat.  Games included a "P" Quiz, Pot Luck and Pass the Parcel!  Everyone joined in and a great time was had by everyone.  Money raised will go to President Jilla's main charity this year - Dementia UK.

We sang carols to the residents at Bilton Court, with members of Wellingborough Club joining us.  Sherry and mince pies were served in the interval.

The snow put a stop to visiting Lancum House to sing carols, but we promised to go before the end of the Inner Wheel year.

Inner Wheel Day was celebrated at President Jilla's home with a Frugal Supper - 19 members attended. Money raised on the evening will go to DUK.

The Pub Games evening against our Rotarians was an honourable draw.  Ladies we must do better next year!

The Macmillan Quiz was another successful evening, held at Great Doddington Memorial Hall.  The Fish & Chip supper was greatly enjoyed and Quiz Master John was in good form and stood no nonsense when he read out the answers.  This was another good evening with a large sum of money raised for Macmillan.

At the end of the March meeting, President Jilla inducted two new members, Michele and Sally and said she hoped they would enjoy many years being members of our wonderful organisation.

Our "Time for a Cuppa" event for DUK was held on 10 March at the Wollaston Methodist Church schoolroom.  The event was well supported by local people as well as our members and Rotarians.  The Tombola Stall sold out, as did the cake stall.  Tea/coffee and toasted tea cakes flowed from the kitchen and it was standing room only at one stage.  Our thanks to all who attended.

12 members attended the Association Conference in a very chilly Bournemouth, there was even snow on the beach on the Monday morning (19 March)!  

The following weekend, the Hatton Hobblers walking weekend took place based at Westleton in Suffolk.  The weather was kinder to us and we had good walks, good friendship and plenty of food!

Our speaker at our Invitation Evening was from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Northamptonshire (BCN) Wildlife Trust who spoke about the Nene Valley and the projects with which the Trust is involved.  We were delighted to welcome members from Wellingborough Club, sadly no-one from Rushden was able to join us.

Pat & Alan kindly hosted the World Food Evening, this year the country was Ireland.  Irish Stew and Fish Pie were served as the main course with a variety of puddings, including a Baileys Bread & Butter pudding!

A number of members with their Rotarian partners acted as stewards for the Wellingborough Waendel Friendship Walks on the Friday evening before the walking weekend. 

On 2nd June at the Rotary Family Fun Day, the Club had a Tombola Stall, tickets were £1 and each was a winner.  All the prizes went, raising a substantial amount for DUK.

Members supported Rotary KIDS OUT by making sandwiches for the packed lunches handed out to the children from Ferrers School and Homestart.

As we had "pushed the boat out" last year for our 30th Charter, President Jilla said she would like to have a low key event this year.  So, we had our Charter Tea Party just with members and partners in President Jilla's garden.  This was a very happy event where everyone joined in together - even one of the Rotarians was spotted washing up!

Throughout the year, we have held coffee mornings at various member's homes, Book Club has been held at Diann's and there have been a few lunch outings. A few members have regularly helped Refugee Relief with packing goods for various overseas locations.

We haven't had an International Tea yet, this will take place on Wednesday 25th July 2018.

President Jilla handed over to President Pat on Monday 2nd July 2018.

Wellingborough Hatton enjoys having fun, raising funds to help others and offering friendship and support to our fellow members. 


Archive year 2016-2017

International Inner Wheel Theme for 2016-2017 "Touch a Heart"


Club President: Bernie Birkett

Vice President:                        

             Secretary: Jean Harrington

         Treasurer: Diann Layram

International Service Organiser: Sheila Cheetham                      

Club Correspondent: Barbara Rogers    

Immediate Past President: Serena Handcock         


We met at Wellingborough Golf Club on Monday 4th July for our President's Handover Dinner.  Outgoing President Serena gave a brief summary of her year and said how quickly it had passed.  She told us that the majority of funds raised during the year will be going to provide outside music equipment for Rowan Gate School, with smaller donations to other local charities.

Serena then thanked her Executive Team for 2015-2016 and gave all members of the Club a small gift of an IW folding shopping bag with her thanks for all their support during her year.

Serena then handed over the President's Regalia to Bernie, telling her she had put on a new ribbon and sewed back on all the name badges.  Bernie said it felt heavier than the last time she had worn it.  Bernie then handed badges out to the current team including IPP Serena's Past President's badge.

President Bernie reminded members of the first Business Meeting of the year to be held on 11 July.

On 7 August, we held our World Cuisine event.  This year it was the USA and of course, it had to be a Barbecue!  This was held in President Bernie's garden at lunch time.  The weather was perfect and much fun and laughter ensued during the afternoon.  Some tried their hand at Croquet, others chipping golf balls and there was also Quoits to try.


On 5th September, District Editor Caroline Morrice came to talk to us about the IW Facebook page and also about producing a Facebook page for the Club.  Members asked many questions.  President Bernie suggested that we discuss it at the next business meeting.


Did you know there is a vineyard at Earls Barton?  The owner came to our Charter Lunch in June to talk about it and suggested that we might like to visit later in the year.  On 12th September 9 members plus partners met at the Vineyard to wander around in the warm remaining sunlight, looking at the vines and the growing grapes.  There were several varieties to look at.  After that Joyce, the owner, talked to us and brought out 3 different wines for us to try - Bacchus, Solaris and a Rose, made from Pinot Noir and Solaris wines.  A selection of cold buffet bites was served and later some hot bites.  We sat in the warm evening enjoying the wine, the food and the company.  Before we left, we were able to purchase some wine.  All in all, a very pleasant evening.

At our November Dinner meeting we had a fascinating talk by Sarah Bridges senior archaeologist  from Northampton County Council about Chester Farm, Wellingborough.  10,000 years of Northamptonshire's heritage is here, underground and in the buildings.  Not only is there a Roman walled town, but also evidence from the Mesolithic, Iron Age and Medieval periods, together with a complex of 17th to 20th century buildings.  For more information see www.chesterfarm.co.uk 

In the run up to Christmas, the Club had a very busy time.  Carol singing at both Bilton Court Residential Home and Lancum House.  Sherry and mince pies were distributed to the residents and a good time had by all.  Ours thanks to Rotarian Dennis Randall for accompanying us on the piano.

A few members also helped our Rotary Club with the Santa Sleigh collections.

A joint Inner Wheel/Rotary Christmas Dinner was held with the entertainment provided by Rotary this year.  John Collins was in his element hosting a game of "Mr & Mrs"  finally won by Rotary President Alan and Pat Waller.

Inner Wheel Day was celebrated early at President Bernie's home.  Beautiful white cloths on the table bode well, but there was a bowl of rice and a glass of dirty looking water - a stark reminder to us of what some of our fellow human beings get to eat daily, if they are lucky.  President Bernie actually produced soup, bread and cheese for us, but seeing the rice and water certainly made us think.

For the past 5 years we have challenged our Rotarians to a Pub Games Evening and have managed to beat them.  This took place on 25th January.  Sadly, it all changed this year, with our Rotarians soundly beating us - BUT - next year it will be different!!

Our annual Macmillan Mammoth Quiz to took place on 24th February at Great Doddington Memorial Hall, with an excellent turn out of quiz teams.  Thanks to their great support with the event and supporting the raffle, a tremendous amount was raised for Macmillan Cancer Care and do really appreciate the support received.

Book Club continues under the guidance of Diann Layram - contact her for details of the next meeting.

The monthly Coffee Mornings and Lunches have a different hostess each month.  

Nine members attended the Association Conference held in Nottingham, we all wanted to support President Zena, a member of our District.  Look on the Association website for photos of President Zena with Robin Hood.   The District 7 stall in the House of Friendship was a Tombola with every ticket a winner - all the prizes were wrapped in yellow paper.  The sun flower was the District flower for Conference and were decorating the stage and most members wearing a sun flower corsage, particularly on the Wednesday evening at the Pryzm nightclub!  An excellent Conference with great speakers and much enjoyed by all.  Those who were unable to attend missed out!

President Bernie's charity this year was Thomas' Fund a charity based in Northampton who through the means of music helps children with disabilities of several kinds.  A cheque will be presented to Lucy from the charity at our October meeting.

We didn't do well in the Indoor Games Competition this year, but it didn't put us off meeting during the winter months for Fun Skittles & Supper at The Lamb Inn.

Our 30th Charter Anniversary dinner was held at The Kettering Park Hotel on 10th June with a black tie event.  District Chairman Dorothy & her husband were present together with 60 members and other guests to make it a very special evening.

The Rotary "Kids Out" day was held on 14th June and the usual ladies made the picnic lunches.

Handover took place at Wellingborough Golf Club on 3rd July, when President Bernie handed over to Jilla Parsley.


 Archive year 2015-2016             

Inner Wheel Theme for 2015-2016:  "UNIQUE & UNITED"


     Club President: Serena Handock 

Vice President: Bernie Birkett

            Secretary: Jean Harrington

               Treasurer: Diann Layram        

           International Service Organiser: Moy Parfitt 

                              Club Correspondent: Barbara Rogers 

                     Immediate Past President: Jilla Parsley

President Serena took over the Chain of Office from IPP Jilla on 6th July, when she said she hoped to have a fun year in office.  The first event of the year would be the District Assembly and Meeting on 23 July, when those members on the club executive would have the opportunity of hearing from the District leaders of proposals for the new IW year.


Members were saddened to hear of the death of long time member and twice President, Christine Orr who passed away on 8 July.  Christine had a wealth of knowledge about Inner Wheel.  Members honoured Christine by attending her Memorial Service in great numbers.


Jean Harrington was the winner of our Annual Putting Competition held on 9 August.  Rtn John Collins again kindly organised the evening for us.

A group of members lead by Immediate Past President Jilla visited the Wellingborough Daylight Centre in August to learn more about the Centre and the Wellingborough Food Bank and presented a cheque for the Food Bank.

Our monthly Fun Skittles evenings commenced again in August, meeting at The Lamb Inn, Little Harrowden.  The monthly Lunch Club also started again in September as did the Coffee Mornings.

A group of members attended the District Rally in September, when they heard Association President Trish address the gathering.  

District Chairman Pat visited the Club on 14th September, when she talked of her plans for her charity day in June 2016 and her charity for the year, The Wildlife Trusts.

Members joined their Rotarian husbands for the Rotary District 1070 Conference held in Bournemouth on a very sunny and warm weekend.  District Chairman Pat addressed Conference and spoke of wish for Inner Wheel and Rotary to work more closely together on projects. 

6 members joined the Inner Wheel Club of Kettering to celebrate their 80th Charter  Anniversary - Kettering was the first club to be formed in the East Midlands.  The founder, Mrs Margarete Golding was travelling to London by train, the Kettering ladies were all on the station platform to greet her as she got off the train to present their charter to their founding President, Mrs Jessie McGibbon.  All were smartly dressed in hats and gloves!

Times have changed and we have modernised our dress!

A Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea was held on 21 October 2015, club members pulled out all the stops for a delicious tea with the fashions being presented by Trudi-Clare of Rothwell.  Following the show, all the clothes shown were for sale, with many bargains to be had.  This was the main fundraising event of President Serena's year.

In November, we were back at Sainsbury's with our Rotarians manning a table selling poppies and collecting on behalf of the Royal British Legion.  So many members of the public stopped to buy poppies and had stories to tell of either serving in HM Forces themselves or about loved ones who had served.

Christmas came early with Carol singing at residential homes in Wellingborough, when we visited Bilton Court, Lancum House and Glamis Hall.  Sherry and mince pies were offered to all the residents.  A few members became some of Santa's helpers with the Rotary sleigh collection around various estates in Wellingborough.

At the request of Association President Trish, we held a Coffee Morning on the Saturday closest to Inner Wheel Day (10 January) in aid of her charity for the year - Parkinson's Society.  This was held in the Methodist School Room in Wollaston and was "standing room only" for quite a while.  A cake stall, bric-a-brac and children's lucky dip, together with a tombola encouraged visitors to spend their money.  It was a very successful morning and the fund raised were sent to our local Parkinson's group.

For a number of years now, we have challenged our Rotarians to Pub Sports evening.  This was held on 21 January at the Wilby Working Men's CLub.  The ladies were the winners again, but by a much closer margin than previous years.  Ladies, we have to try harder next time!

The Macmillan Mammoth Quiz has become another regular event in our diary and this year was no exception, with 93 people taking part.  Rtn John Collins was Quiz Master and his decision was final!  A fish/chicken/sausage and chips supper was enjoyed by all.

Eight couples attended the Rotary Club of Wellingborough's 80th Charter celebration.

Our Rotary Club was involved in "Clean for the Queen" days in Wellingborough and a few members went along to help them.

Eleven members travelled to Glasgow for the Association Conference held on 11/12/13 April.  WE travelled up on the Sunday by Virgin Trains and returned on the 14th.  The trains in both directions were delayed and President Serena applied for refunds on our behalf; in the end, our train travel cost us £9 each.!!  The Conference was very successful with over 2,000 delegates. It was inspiring conference with excellent speakers.  The final conference event was a dancing display from a Dancing School in Trish's home town of Montrose.  The final dance had senior members taking part in top hat, white tie, tails and fishnet tights - there was an extra dancer with them, yes! you've guessed it, there was President Trish tapping along with them!  President Trish made certain that we all enjoyed ourselves at the Ceilidh Ball on the final evening, with all District 7 members wearing the same tartan sashes, over mainly black and white outfits.

Another Coffee Morning was again held in Wollaston to celebrate St George's Day - not quite so successful as the Parkinson's morning, but boosted the Club's charity account.

17 May was a busy day for some members.  We held a plant sale and coffee morning in Vice President Bernie's garden, raising funds for International projects.  Then in the evening we play St Neot's Club at skittles in the District Indoor Games Competition, sadly we lost the match, but it was an evening of great fun and fellowship.

6 members attended the District International Rally at the Greetham Valley Golf Complex, where the speaker was the Founder of the Philippines Community Fund, who talked about how the charity started and her work in the Philippines and how she had started a school for worked on the rubbish dumps.  That was 25 years ago and it is wonderful to see the progress that has been made.  There are now teachers at the school who were originally pupils there.  They got an education, took their exams and attended universities and are now giving back to help other children who are like they were.

The Club had a stall at the Rotary Fun Day, selling plants and crafts.  For the first time ever, we didn't run the tea tent.

District Chairman Pat Cole told us at the beginning of her year that she would like to hold a Summer Fete to raise funds for her charity The Wildlife Trust.  This took place on 11 June in Great Oakley.  We had a craft stall  and there were many other stalls selling goods or organising games from Hoopla to Horse Racing.  It was an excellent day and enjoyed by all who participated.

Our 29th Charter lunch was held the day after the Fete with DC Pat in attendance.  The speaker was the owner of the vineyard in nearby Earls Barton, who talked about her life there and wine making.

It was our Rotary Club's 30th Charter anniversary this year and the ladies were invited.  The evening was held at Wellingborough Golf Club, in the marquee, which was beautifully decorated and lit by many twinkling lights.  We were also invited to their handover on 28 June.

During the year, members have attended the District Meetings and District AGM.  We have taken part in fun skittles with supper once a month; some members meets for a monthly book club meeting; monthly coffee mornings in members' homes and monthly lunch club meetings.

A number of members walk regularly with our Rotarians, the group known as Hatton Hobblers.  The walking weekend this year was held in the Yorkshire Dales, staying in Malham - this was voted an excellent weekend, although the walks were hillier than we are used to on our monthly walks!

All in all a busy year, full for friendship and laughter.

One of our members is serving as the District Member of Council, sitting on the Association's Governing Body.  Another member has been elected to be District 2nd Vice Chairman with effect from 1 July 2016.


Archive Year 2014 - 2015

                                               Club President: Jilla Parsley

Secretary & Vice President: Serena Handcock

Treasurer: Diann Layram

International Service Organiser: Moy Parfitt

Club Correspondent: Barbara Rogers

Immediate Past President: Jan Johnstone


Our Handover Dinner took place on 7th July, when outgoing President Jan handed over the Chain of Office to Jilla Parsley and the above named were inducted as the Committee for the year.


Our year started quietly, following handover.  17th July was the District Handover meeting when 8 members attended.

A large group supported Northampton Tangent Club attending a Strawberry Tea and Chairman Alex Voller's home.

Our first monthly lunch of the year was at The Britannia in Northampton, when we were able to sit outside in the sunshine and watch boats on the river.
Our annual Putting Competition at Wellingborough Golf Club took place on 11th August with Joyce Wingrave being declared the winner on countback.  Rtn John Collins kindly organised this event once again.

A number attended our Mother Club's Overseas Tea & Bring & Buy on a sunny afternoon.

Our monthly coffee mornings commenced again, the first one being at Serena's home.

We "Partied in the Garden" at Wellingborough Golf Club on one of the coldest and wettest nights of the summer, but we weren't downhearted!  A delicious supper provided by members kept our spirits up and we even danced in the rain!

August's lunch club met at The Red Lion at Yardley Hastings.

10 members and their partners attended our Mother Club Wellingborough's 70th Charter Anniversary, when Association President Thelma brought greetings.  President Jilla gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the guests - a new visitors book was presented to commemorate the 70th Anniversary.

Lyvedon New Bield was the subject of the guest speaker at the September meeting.  Susan Lees' talk has inspired us to visit this impressive local National Trust property and a picnic outing is planned for the Spring.

Only 3 members attended the District Rally on 11th September - those who weren't there missed a treat.

Seven members accompanied their Rotarian partners to Rotary District 1070's Conference in Scarborough.  Everyone found Scarborough very hilly!  Whichever way one walked to the Conference there was a hill, either up or down and sometimes both!

We have taken part in the District Indoor Games Competition and achieved success against Huntingdon and Sandy (so far).

Each year, the Club has held an International Food Evening - however, with the change of "Overseas Service" to "International", it was decided to rename our event as a "World Cuisine Supper".  11th October saw a large group descend upon member Janet's home for an evening of Greek food ably prepared by several members.  The whole evening was a great success with fellowship being the order of the day.  Congratulations to all the chefs and many thanks to Janet for the use of her home.

In October, we welcomed District Chairman Margaret to our meeting and listened avidly to her talk after dinner.  Her escort for the evening won the raffle prize!  The monthly coffee morning was held at Maureen's with Dennis helping out because of Maureen's hand/wrist being in plaster following surgery.

A number of members assisted our Rotary Club with the RBL Poppy Appeal collection at Sainsbury - during the two weeks over £6,000 was raised.

The British Heart Foundation shop in Wellingborough were looking for volunteers to help out and a suggestion was made that Inner Wheel members could possibly help out.  So far 3 members have volunteered, making it a fortnightly commitment.

Members have continued to assist Rtn Bob Parfitt with packing for Refugee Relief sending aid to Croatia, Sierra Leone and the Philippines.

On 10th November at our dinner meeting we were entertained by "Duo" - David Wilson and Richard Oberman who spoke of the story of the First World War in prose, verse and song.  A very fitting tribute on the eve of Armistice Day.  10 guests from local Inner Wheel Clubs and our Rotarians joined us.  "Duo" were raising funds for "Help for Heroes".  The club held a raffle that evening and over £100 was donated to "Duo" for their charity.

The next evening, our Rotary Club had a WW1 singalong night at a local hostelry with Rtn Nigel Grimmitt leading.

Jean hosted our November coffee morning inspite of being "hors de combat" following a fall and breaking her shoulder; members rallied round to make the coffee and wash up afterwards.

Wednesday 19th November was an early start for those members going on the trip organised by Joyce to visit Chatsworth House decorated for Christmas.  "Alice's Wonderland" was the theme this year and it was quite amazing from the start of seeing the White Rabbit disappearing down a hole to the Queen of Hearts playing croquet and the final court scene.  Sadly not all the house was open, but it has inspired members to think about a future visit during the Spring/Summer.  There was also a Christmas Market to visit with over 100 stalls, plenty to look at or buy and many food stalls to tickle the taste buds.  All in all a very good day out.

Only 6 members were able to attend the November District Meeting.

On 29th November, President Jilla along with Jan and Moy took Bric-a-Brac, Christmas wrapping paper and cards to a Table Top Sale in Wollaston.  Although we sold a number of items, there wasn't the footfall to really do well and most stall holders went home disappointed with the day.

As in previous years, the Club has been carol singing at various residential homes in Wellingborough, ably accompanied on the piano by Rtn Dennis Randall.  This year was no exception with performances at Glamis Hall Day Care Centre, where we provided cakes for the afternoon tea; this was followed by evenings at Lancum House and Bilton Court.

Rotary were hosts for the joint Rotary/Inner Wheel Christmas "Do" and this year it wasn't held at the Golf Club, but at Woodford Mill, with Rtn Nigel on his electric piano encouraging us to sing along.  A different event with no Christmas Dinner, but enjoyable none-the-less.

Our December coffee morning was different in that we met at Bosworth's Garden Centre - Jean had booked us a table where were able to take our drinks and chat away the morning.

The final event before Christmas was arranging Christmas table arrangements for Glamis Hall's final Christmas Lunch - due to colds our numbers were down, but the 4 members there made light work of the arrangements, which were to decorate the tables.  Glamis Hall under its present management by Wellingborough Council, closed at the end of December 2014.  However, since then has re-opened led by a team of volunteers, who have formed themselves into a charity and is now up and running again, with some amendments. 

The New Year started with a celebration of Inner Wheel Day at President Jilla's home with supper, followed by the packing of "Roy" bags for men, with underwear, socks, toiletries and small gifts being packed into 24 colourful bags.  These were then delivered to Refugee Relief for onward transmission.

We continued further in the Indoor Games Competition, winning against Kettering.

Each year, we have challenged our Rotarians in various indoor games and were again the winning team, but by a closer margin than for several years,  This event was held at the Wilby Working Men's Club.

For a number of years, the club has taken part in the McMillan Mammoth Quiz and

again on 27 January had a good turn out of teams taking part, which meant that over £500 was sent to the charity.

Another win in the Indoor Games competition in February when we played Beford.

In March, we held our International Dinner with a speaker from the charity "Where-ever the Need". David Crossweller, the speaker, is passionate about the provision of toilets in Africa and India and told us of the simple toilets which make such a difference to the health of some many people.  Members from Wellingborough and Rushden joined us for the evening.

The charity "500 Miles" was the recipient of funds raised at a Coffee Morning and President Jilla's home in March, when partners and friends were invited.  The Hot Cross Buns and Danish Pastries were well received.

March also saw the revised "Pink Party" take place, with Pate & Puddings and games beginning with a "P" played, including Pass the Parcel!

11 members travelled to Bournemouth in April from the annual Association Conference, which was voted one of the best in recent years.  The final speaker being the Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe, who was both informative and entertaining.

Having returned home from Bournemouth, the final preparations for our Flower Arranging demonstration evening with International Flower Arranger, John Chennell.  The hall was licensed for !40 people and we sold 138 tickets!  There was such a buzz before the evening commenced and then you could have heard a pin drop  once John started.  His huge flower arrangements, choice of colours, containers and accessories stunned the audience and he received a wonderful ovation at the end of the evening.  The arrangements were all raffled off.  Everyone agreed it had been a sensational event and was a large money raiser for President Jilla's charities.  Those to benefit included Breakthrough Breast Cancer, WNAA, Glamis Hall and Wellingborough Daylight Centre.

In May in the semi-final of the Indoor Games Competition, we beat Melton Mowbray Belvoir, playing Beetle!  We went on to play Northampton West in the final and finally achieved success, winning the District trophy!

The Charity "Life Straws" was the subject of the speaker at the District International Rally.  It is amazing that such a small piece of plastic can make any water potable and an individual one for a child should last a year.

The Plant Sale and Afternoon Tea for International projects was held this year in Jan's garden, which a huge selection of cakes for guests to enjoy and plenty of plants to purchase.

Our Rotary Club held a Family Fun Day in Wellingborough on 6 June and Inner Wheel played their part, providing tea/coffee/juice and cakes in the Refreshment Tent.  It was a hot day, so there were plenty of customers!

Members again helped our Rotarians, preparing the packed lunches for the children supported in the visit to Wicksteed Park as part of "Kid's Out" Day.

District Chairman Margaret organised a Tea Party at Brigstock Village Hall, which the club were pleased to support.

Our 28th Charter Anniversary was celebrate with a lunch at Wellingborough Golf Club with 40 members and guests.  The speaker was Rtn Chris Davies, who talked about her job as a Justice of the Peace, which she made into a very entertaining talk.  District Chairman Margaret and her husband were also in attendance and President Jilla inducted our newest member, Sheila Cheetham.

6th July saw our Handover Meeting, when Jilla handed over the chain of office to our new President for 2015-2016 Serena Handcock.

It had been a very successful year and the New Year looks to continue.



Archive year 2013-2014 

Inner Wheel Theme for 2013 - 2014:  "WE, FOR WOMEN"

                        Club President: Mrs Jan Johnstone

Committee      Vice President - Mrs Jilla Parsley

                        Secretary - Mrs Serena Handcock

                        Treasurer - Mrs Diann Layram

                        Overseas Service Organiser - Mrs Moy Parfitt

                        Club Correspondent - Mrs Christine Orr

                        Publicity - Mrs Moy Parfitt

                        Speaker Finder - Mrs Jan Johnstone


 Our Handover meeting took place at Wellingborough Golf Club on 1st July 2013, when President Jean handed over the chain of office to our new President Jan.  Jean thanked the outgoing committee and members for all their support in her year, which was particularly busy due to her being Mayoress as well. 

President Jan then introduced the new committee, presenting them with their badges of office, but prior to that she presented IPP Jean with the gift of a garden mirror and flowers.  Jan then gave members a brief idea of her thoughts for the year and said she would expand further on those at the Business meeting on 8th July.  One pleasant duty was for her to announce the winner of the Fun Skittles evening for the highest overall score and that was Carole Voller who received a medal, flowers and a wooden cheese.


Mad Hatter's Tea Party was held in President Jan's garden on 10th August, when 42 members and friends got together, many suitably attired for the occasion.  The garden was decorated in the theme, with Alice's clock, large bells, a croquet lawn (but no flamingos).  Sandwiches, jellies and cakes were served with copious quantities of tea - even a dormouse in a teapot!  Funds raised from this event will go towards our "Wheels" project for the year.


Our first dinner meeting of the year was held at Wellingborough Golf Club when Rotarian John Collins organised a Putting Competition for us - the one held last year being so successful, it was agreed to hold it again.  Competition was fierce, but the final winner was Jean Harrington, who was awarded the trophy to keep for the year and a medal. Well done Jean!


Serena told Jilla that she would collect her at 6.15 am on Tuesday 13th August,  to go to  Wellingborough on the day of our "Bric-a-Brac" market stall in Wellingborough Market Place.   Members had been busy clearing out drawers and cupboards to find many varied items for sale on the day.  Jan, Jilla, Serena and Diann did the first shift with Carole, Jean, Bernie and Moy following on.  Fortunately it was a dry day and there was lots of interest in the stall, to begin with from other stall holders, then the general public came along.  We sold lots of items, but still had some left at the end.  Money raised on the day will go to cover our annual donation to the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and to other locally supported charities.  The balance of goods left are being taken to a Car Boot Sale in September to support of our Overseas Charities.


Sunday 8th September - up with the lark again!  This was the day of the Car Boot Sale at Overstone.   Moy, Jan, Serena and Jilla had a good morning selling the residue from the Market Stall, plus many other donations of bric-a-brac and clothing.  Bob Parfitt kindly delivered what we were unable to get into cars and he had his stall for Refugee Relief next to ours.  We were again blessed by a dry and sunny day.   We've got the bug now and plan to do more next year when the weather is better again!


Moy & Bob hosted a Fun Evening for Overseas Charities at their home in October.  We had a delicious meal of chilli with jacket potatoes, followed by Apple & Blackberry Crumble with custard.  John Collins then divided us into 3 teams for a game of "On the Stairs".  This meant that John sat on the staircase and a member of each team went to him to get a clue - they then had to go back to their team and either draw or mime what the word/phase was.  There was great hilarity in all 3 teams as the person doing the drawing/mime tried to encourage the rest of the team to guess!!  A fun evening was had by everyone, with the event raising funds to support the education of two girls in Sri Lanka, through ICT.


Teddy Boys with drainpipe trousers and long jackets, girls in short full skirts with stiff petticoats - what was happening to Wellingborough Hatton?   An evening entitled "Dream Boats & Petticoats" when members and guests danced the night away to music from the 50s and 60s.  Supper was served first and then, if people weren't on the dance floor, they were singing along to the songs.  The evening was compared by none other than Mr Elvis (John) Pressley (Collins) and was a huge success, raising funds for our "Wheels Project" to celebrate 90th years of Inner Wheel.

Inner Wheel activity wasn't over for the year yet, we had sessions packing at Refugee Relief, helped our Rotary Club with the Santa Sleigh collections, sang carols at Lancum House and Bilton Court and had a fun Christmas Dinner with our Rotarians where we played Christmas Beetle (Father Christmas instead of Beetles) and sang along with Rtn Nigel lots of familiar songs!  Oh! and also in December, we beat Huntingdon in the Skittles Competition!  Who said Inner Wheel was dull?!!

Our first "Community Service" event of 2014 was held on Inner Wheel Day, 10th January, when 10 Inner Wheelers and Rotarians, entertained clients at the Glamis Hall Day Centre in Wellingborough.  Rtn Dennis took his keyboard along and played all the old favourite pub songs which soon had everyone joining in.  Members had made cakes to take along and these were served by the staff during the singing.  As we left, we were asked "can you come again - soon?"


Macmillan Cancer Support Mammoth Quiz Night on 28th February was certainly a "Mammoth Event"  88 members and friends sat down to take part in the quiz, with Rotarian John Collins as Quiz Master once again.  A fish & chip supper was served and everyone supported the Monster Raffle.  Proceeds from the evening, which all went to Macmillan exceeded our expectations and previous years results.  We even have names for next year already!


The Association President's "Wheels Project" to celebrate 90 Years Service of Inner Wheel has produced nationally some wonderful ideas - the request by President Gill was to provide something with wheels for our communities and show off what Inner Wheel is and what is does.  Our Club President, Jan, found out that our Mother Club was providing items for Day Nurseries in the town and wanted to do something different.  She was walking through the Wellingborough Children's Zoo Park area (where the old Zoo used to be) when she noticed how few seats there were for parents to sit on whilst the children played on the wooden animals and play things around the park.  Her idea was to provide a wooden bench in a sunny spot in the park, identifying that it was presented by the Inner Wheel Club of Wellingborough Hatton, celebrating Inner Wheel's 90 years of service.  Club members readily agreed to this and a series of fund raising events took place, including a Bric-a-Brac stall at the Tuesday market!

Tuesday 11th March was "B Day" when the bench was delivered and securely fixed into position.  A concrete slab for the bench to sit on was kindly provided by a local building company at no cost to Inner Wheel.  The bench was fitted by the suppliers - see the photo below.  A gentleman came up to see what was happening whilst the fitting was taking place.  He saw the wheel and said "Oh Rotary" - our response was "No, Inner Wheel" - "What's that?" he asked and we explained who were are and what we do, pointing out the difference between the Rotary and Inner Wheel logos.  "Nice one", he said and went on his way!


President Jan and Vice President Jilla testing our Bench.


In April we had the official handover of the Bench to Wellingborough Mayor, Councillor Graham Lawman.

Ten members joined President Jan in attending the Association Conference at Telford, which was a most enjoyable few days.

Five members held a flower arranging afternoon with clients of the Glamis Hall Day Care Centre.  We were asked that day to do the arrangements for the Christmas Lunch!

 We had another stall on Wellingborough Market in May, again selling Bric-a-Brac, raising more funds for our charities this year.  Business was very brisk at times, with all 4 sellers helping customers.

The rain came down very heavily at the annual  Coffee Morning & Plant Sale at Bernie's home, which put off many people from attending, none-the-less, plants were sold and many delicious cakes eaten.

4 members joined in helping our Rotary Club at the KIDS OUT event at Wickstead Park.  The weather was kind and the children had a great time on the rides.

Periodically throughout the year a group of members have helped Refugee Relief by packing boxes at the warehouse.  All sorts of items are packed, clothing for young and old, male & female; foodstuffs, household goods, baby bundles, Joy, Roy & Toy bags, educational equipment etc.

Our Charter was a low key celebration this year with a delicious tea in President Jan's garden.

The final event of the year was a picnic in the park near our bench, with many events clashing, on 4 members and their husbands attended, but we sat in the sunshine and put the world to rights!


Then, it was time for our Handover Dinner, when President Jan passed on the chain of office to Vice President Jilla and so another  Inner Wheel year commenced.


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