Melton Mowbray Belvoir


Inner Wheel Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir



The club meets at Quorn Lodge Hotel, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December).

Number of Members: 17

About the Club:
The Club was chartered in 1986.
Melton Mowbray is a small market town which still has a cattle market every Tuesday, one of the few left in the country.   It’s also famous for its pork pies and Stilton cheese.


2020/21   Executive Committee Members:

President:                      Deborah Hutchinson

Vice President:               Sandra Fancourt

Secretary:                      Anne Yates

Treasurer:                      Audrey Hutchin

International:                          Di Inman

Correspondent/Almoner:  Joy Pick


Club Activities



President Deborah at handover on 4th July, complete with accessory (Lewis the cat).  President Deborah hosted an afternoon tea for six socially distanced members to celebrate handover.  It was so good to see each other, even if good old Inner Wheel hugs were absent - we will get them back - one day!


Wendy hadn't seen anyone since lockdown, so we had an inpromptu picnic in her field, taking our own food, drinks and chairs.




6th July 2019:  It's the start of another Inner Wheel Year, so we had another Inner Wheel Handover.  This time from outgoing President Margaret to incoming President Anne.  Our theme was an afternoon at the races.   We asked Wendy if we could 'borrow' her field for the event.  Being such an amazing lady, Wendy brought her whole family together to organised the event.  Barbeque, drinks, tables and chairs all set out beneath gazebo's - good plan, it rained!  However, our spirits weren't dampened and everyone had a great time.  Thankyou Wendy and family.

Handover complete

President Anne's first official duty - dishing out the badges.

Di likes her badge

looks like a serious moment with Audrey

Debbie looking delighted to be Vice President




....and she's so delighted, she showed us how she plays 'air guitar'



...then we played games.  Under cover at first because of the rain.  Here's Sandra reciting a nursery rhyme wearing bunny ears - keenly observed by Jane to make sure everything went well.

Wendy giggles as Carol makes a good attempt at patting her head and rubbing her tummy.

The rain eventually stopped and we moved on to outside games and races.

First heat of the three legged race - such determination

Preparation for the final - it's serious stuff!

The grand final - everybody ready?


  Egg and spoon, sack, and three legged races were brilliant fun (all organised by Ros - thankyou Ros). Stickers and prizes were handed out accordingly.  However, President Anne didn't receive a prize of sticker for the final game, which was tossing the egg from person to person.  It started with hard boiled eggs, but of course there was one that wasn't - can you spot where it is in the photo?


...and here they are, Wendy and her wonderful family who made it all possible and such a great day - we might 'borrow' that field again.

President Anne's first official duty was to welcome new member Judith Dalton, who has transferred her membership from IW club of Wreake Valley.  Welcome Judith, it's good to have you with us. 

Emmaus is President Anne's charity for the year, a charity that supports and engages with the homeless. This lovely young lady is Jayela and she came to the first meeting of this IW year to describe the work that the charity Emmaus does. 

This odd looking creature is 'Annie Ant'  She will appear at meetings accompanied by Debbie Hurchinson in her role as Sergeant at Arms.  Look out ladies, Debbie and Annie want your money.

This hat is to become our trademark as we plan to raise our profile within the local community.  We will wear it at various events, spreading the IW message whenever we have the opportunity.

.......and here we are wearing our glorious blue hats and ready to spread the word.  Looking good ladies.


6th August:  Ten of us had dinner at The Royal Oak, Great Dalby, followed by the monthly quiz.  We didn't win, but we had a great time.

11th August:  The annual Inner Wheel car boot stall at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market

We caused quite a stir in our blue sparkly hats

....but this man got a bit over excited - he thought we were selling Sandra!

22nd August:  President Anne attended a tea hosted by District Chair Suzanne Robinson for all those taking office of President this year. The photograph shows Suzanne welcoming her guests.

...also on 22nd August, this article was printed in the Melton Times



13th September:  Book Club met at Millie's house where we were treated to tea/coffee and homemade flapjacks.  A day later I was asked what we were reading, and I couldn't remember the title - here it is

..............Is there any hope?


22nd SeptemberWe walked in support of a larger Alzheimers Memory Walk taking place in Leicester.

President Anne jumping in puddles, watched by a bemused Elizabeth Raines

...a soggy, but happy band of walkers (and dogs)

...we're even happier now.  Back at Millie's home devouring her scrummy home made scones and cakes, with many cups of tea and coffee.  Thankyou Millie, a great finish to a fun afternoon.

8th October:  Let's play darts and socialise - looking at this picture some of us were better at socialising than playing darts!!

Debbie demanding applause after scoring 83 - well done Debbie


....however, 'Tiger' Raynes scored a bullseye - there's so much talent in this club

President Anne taking great pleasure in presenting prizes, this one for the lowest score - well done Audrey!

...and this one for the highest score

...says it all

22nd October:  Our 33rd Charter celebration, this time with a difference.  Forget the usual formality and let's have some Pizza Express

This lovely man started the party with Prosecco - always works in aiding the frivolity.  Then he taught us how to make pizza

Here we are decked out in caps and aprons and raring to get started

...a work in  progress, some had to start again having been a trifle harsh when shaping the dough - but it all added to the fun, and great hilarity ensued. 

Look at that, the finished product - absolutely delicious - now to eat it - yum, tasted as good as it looks

...and we all received one of these to round off the evening.


Thankyou Pizza Express, we had a great time

29th and 31st October and its time to start thinking about the festive season(oh no!!)  It began at Rhonda's home where she taught some of us how to make paper angels which will decorate the IW tree for the annual Christmas Tree festival.

Rhonda and Margaret hard at work


...and here they are, 'the angel host' in Rhonda's kitchen

Saturday 2nd December:  An art workshop held in Melton.  Five of us met to receive tuition and to try our hand - results below

Demonstration piece painted by tutor Margaret Hall

...showing our 'test pieces'

..proudly displaying our finished pictures - a great day with lots of fun

Friday 15th November:  A small games evening to raise funds for Children in Need, a national event.

Whether it was snakes and ladders, genius or twister, we played it - and we raised money for Children in Need, thankyou to all who took part and made the evening such fun.

18th November:  Inner Wheel members join Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir to celebrate their 35th Charter.

December marks the beginning of a major fund raising event for our Rotary Club.  Santa's Sleigh roams the streets of Melton Mowbray for a week, accompanied by Santa and his elves (alias Rotarians and Inner Wheel members).  Not content with this roaming, Santa and his elves set up home outside various local supermarkets to relieve shoppers of their hard earned gains.  Did we do well?  YES - WE DID!!!

Rotary and Inner Wheel - working together!

We continued working together when we were invited to the Rotary Christmas Party on 16th December. Rotary provided the organised the event and arranged the venue - we paid for our meals and provided much of the entertainment.....and a good time was had by all.

We were still in party mood on 20th December at President Anne's home, where we shared food, drinks, secret santa and various 'daft' games.  The theme for the evening was head-dresses.

Sophisticated Sandra

Elegant Elizabth

Rhonda, our feathery friend

Sally brought her antlers, and we all threw rings at them! Audrey looked on with bemusement.

...there was icing on top of Wendy's - unique or what?

Debbie went Egyptian

...then there were the games

My dear friends, you are such good fun, let's look forward to more fun in the coming year.



11th January 2020.  What better way to begin the New Year than by celebrating Inner Wheel Day - officially on 10th January, but a little poetic licence to enable those who work to celebrate with us.  We had a feast of a breakfast at Sit 'n Settle in Melton Mowbray, and all agreed amidst fun and laughter that it was a great breakfast.  We also amassed many toiletries which will be given to Melton Mowbray Community Hospital for use by the patients.

Ladies at breakfast - yum

....and IW members delivering toiletries to Melton Mowbray hospital.  What a reception we received from all the staff.

21st January, club meeting night.  Member Rhonda Bolton regaled us with her experience of taking part in the TV game show 'Countdown'.  She gave us the inside view of the show and how it is set up, and then brought it all to life by challenging us to play the game - of course some were better than others! Thankyou Rhonda, informative and fun.  Rhonda won a 'Countdown teapot' as a winner prize on the show- well done Rhonda.

Rhonda with her teapot





Saturday 30th June was the Inner Wheel event when President Ros handed ove.r the chain of office (and power) to incoming President Margaret.  President Margaret's charity is Homestart, a much respected charity for which we will happily raise funds.


Ros smiles happily as she hands over office to President Margaret

A well deserved gift for all Ros's hard work - thank you Ros

President Margaret's first official duty - presenting Anne with her vice president badge of office

President Margaret and her executive team members for this year - there will lots of fun and laughter - i can tell



Sadly our friend and former president Margaret died on Wednesday 18th July.  She will be missed greatly for her gentle sense of humour, her sense of fun - but most of all, for being herself.  We were fortunate to have known her.


Monday 16th July:  IW members were invited to join Rotarians on a visit to Le Blanc Fine Art Sculpture Park.  We had no idea what to expect, but all agreed that it was amazing to be able to view such skills and to talk about them with the artist.  An excellent visit - and of course we ate together afterwards.

Photograph shows a small sample of the artist's work.


24th July:  The first meeting of the new year, and what a meeting!  We were joined by some of our Rotarian colleagues for a special presentation to a well deserving IW member.  As if this wasn't excitement enough, President Margaret then enrolled a new member to the club.  What a great start to the new year.

Past President Ros receiving her Paul Harris award from Past Rotarian President David

Something was obviously tickling Rotarian Carol Scarborough as she was enrolled into the club - I don't think it was Margaret!  Welcome Carol, we hope you will enjoy being a member with all the fun and friendship that goes along with it.

.....and our little furry friend this year is Morris Mouse.  He made a good entry by travelling the length of the dining table at our meeting on Tuesday evening.  He is of course the pet of our sergeant at arms, and his desire is to raise as much money for charity as possible throughout this IW year - look out everyone, Morris is about!


2nd October:  We now have an interest group who enjoy visiting the cinema together.  We are called The Regal Ladies (after the name of the cinema - of course)  Our most recent foray was to see Swimming With Men, which caused much hilarity.  We shared fellowship over a meal afterward in a local hostelry - well, you just have to don't you?


12th October:  32nd Charter was celebrated at Melton Golf Club.  Good venue, good food and excellent company made for a great evening.  Our speaker was Jan Cummings, a poet (amongst other things) provided us with something to laugh about and something to think about.  Thankyou Jan.

....thankyou also to President Margaret for organising a great evening.  It was relaxed, informal and fun.


Debbie and Charles looking forward to quenching their thirst.....

Penny and Keith catching up on a little chat about their beloved North East of England ........

                        .....they look harmless, but you should have heard the saucy laughter!!!

...and here we are again - all girls together for another year of fun and fabulous friendship.

Tuesday 16th October: Inner Wheel Games are here - yet again!


Skittles was the chosen game, played against Nene Valley - is this Wendy preparing to give a demonstration?

...obviously the demonstration paid off - just look at those scores!!!

...and here's the victorious quartet, all smiles and ready to share a light lunch and good fellowship with the team from Nene Valley.  Well done everyone who took part, winners and non winners alike.

Monday 19th November:

Inner Wheel members were invited to join Melton Mowbray Belvoir Rotary Club to celebrate their 34th Charter.  The speaker was Lydia Slack, who gave an extremely amusing talk about her life as a farmer's daughter.  The photograph shows from left to right:  Rotary President Jim Schofield, Lydia Slack, IW President Margaret Morris.

...and a very good evening was enjoyed by all.


27th November:  A meeting with a difference.  IW member Rhonda has her own craft business and can be found at various craft venues round and about.  This meeting she brought her craft stash for the club members to practice their talents.

President Margaret trimming her bauble, watched keenly by Debbie - is she looking for tips?

Hilda and Wendy looking very serious

I think that tinsel must be tickling Ros, it's certainly making her smile

...and here are the finished results - didn't we do well?


So - after all that, it was time to think about the IW entry to the Christmas Tree Festival held annually at St Mary's Church in Melton.  Once again Rhonda came to the fore, taking volunteers under her wing to produce beautiful snowflakes to decorate the tree.

How beautiful, they could all be professional tree decorators - perhaps!  Thankyou ladies, you did a great job.


President Margaret continued the theme of Christmas in December when she hosted a buffet for all members - thankyou Margaret, it was a great evening.  Here's Wendy getting into the spirit!

...and look who came to visit - bringing gifts!

.....time to go home - loving the headgear ladies


Can't believe it's 2019!  Inner Wheel Day comes round again and we meet for our breakfast at a local hostelry - well, you have to get the new year off to a good start!  We also delivered toiletries to Melton Community Hospital, who continue to be grateful for our ongoing support in this respect.


....and just look who's here - all dressed up to the nine's

....yes, it's Carol Scarborough, collecting for Macmillan - well done Carol

26th March: it's time to welcome District Chair Barbara Rogers to our meeting.


President Margaret chats with District Chair Barbara Rogers over a meal.

Elizabeth Raynes presents a cheque to Barbara for her charity which supports children with cancer.

...and finally, a gift to mark the occasion.  Thankyou for your visit Barbara, it was great!

3rd April 2019 International Tea at Rearsby Village Hall

International Service Organiser Elizabeth receives guests

...and there has to be a raffle - it wouldn't be Inner Wheel otherwise!

...just arrived and looking forward to lunch

waiting patiently - with hunger pangs!

These two thought they could escape the camera - ha ha!

Serving tea and coffee seems to be a struggle....

...and of course, this is where it all happens...

Relaxing after the event, left to right:  President Margaret, District International Chairman Glenys Hasdell, International Service Organiser Elizabeth Raynes and speaker Debbie Hutchinson


8th - 11th April 2019  IW Conference in Cardiff

Ros was the only one who fancied this for dinner

Guess who didn't want to be seen eating this!

....but Anne and Joy didn't care - it was tea time!

...and of course, we had to prepare for pre-dinner Prosecco - by borrowing suitable glasses from the bar


                 Here we are, ready to party, all with a touch of pink                            (and a glass in each hand)

We've had a great time of fun and friendship - now it's time to go home

Bye bye Cardiff


15th April:  Inspired by Carol, Sandra and Anne agreed to join her in creating a display for the Bare Tree Festival which takes place in St Mary's Church from 16th to 28th April (excluding Easter Sunday and Monday).

...and here's Sandra - being artistic

Finished result.  Showing how our support in raising funds for Toilet Twinning helps women who are at risk.  We had fun mounting the display, but more importantly drawing attention to this important issue.  It's so easy to think that everyone worldwide has access to toilet facilities - not true! 


Sunday 19th MayPresident Margaret's 'meander' took place in Melton.  Seven intrepid members discovered the delights of nature in Melton Park and surrounding area as we meandered happily in the green and pleasant land.  Naturally we finished with ice cream and/or tea (some had both, but I couldn't possibly say who) prizes for guessing, but who do you think these feet belong to?

Thursday 23rd May:  The Melton Mowbray Belvoir Inner Wheel Book Club decided to have an outing to Belvoir Castle Engine Yard, where we would have lunch and chat about the book just finished.  Well.....

....this was the start - handbags at the ready, as you can see.  We           began in the sun (decided the book was rubbish).....

...moved into the shade to make decisions on lunch choices, then back to the sun.....

....but Carol felt it was a little too hot for her.


...and this, for anyone looking at this web page, is one of the many reasons that our members belong to the Inner Wheel Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir - supporting and striving to make life a little easier for so many of our brothers and sisters worldwide.


While we're thinking of brothers and sisters worldwide, Inner Wheel was called upon to assist in hosting the Rotarian German exchange visit to Melton Mowbray.  Naturally Carol and I were not averse to attending a local hostelry in our efforts to be considered good hostesses. Together with Rotarian David Sharp, we did a good job!

Furthering international understanding.....

10th June:  President's Challenge - an annual challenge between Rotary and Inner Wheel.  The event (kurling) took place at Thorpe Arnold Village Hall, followed by a fish and chip supper - yum!

Debbie showing us how to do it - she was good


Di's turn next, watched over by a very serious looking Rotarian, Richard Holton

However, we lost (again).  So here is President Margaret graciously presenting the trophy to Rotarian President Jim Schofield - well done Rotary - but watch out next year.

6th June saw a gathering of members to celebrate the 90th birthday of our friend Don Tempest.  Don is the husband of our Past President Margaret Tempest, who sadly died a while ago.  We continue to support Don and were delighted to join him in his birthday celebrations.

25th June:  President Margaret's final club duty was to present a cheque to representatives of her chosen charity, Homestart.  They were delighted with the sum raised - as you can see from their smiles!

....and Debbie made it special by taking a selfie...

1st July:  Inner Wheel member (and Rotarian) Carol Scarborough was inaugurated as Vice President of the Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir - some of our members were there to support her of course.  Debbie has also been made an Honorary member of Rotary.     

President Frank Inman and Vice President Carol Scarborough





Saturday 1st July, and we have a new President!  The hand over was conducted by founder member Wendy Whait and took place at Gates Garden Centre in Rutland.  Needless to say we had a wonderful afternoon with far too much food - but we managed! 

    Ready, steady ......

.....GO.....and the hand over is complete!  Welcome to President Ros Eggleston, we look forward to a fun packed year under the leadership of Ros - we just know it will be good.  Ros has selected Melton Mowbray First Responders as her charity for the year - a very worthwhile charity which we are keen to support.


Where shall we start?



Now you see it.....

........and now you don't!


Hanne and Ros Sylt, still smiling, despite all that food.

Ros and Penny sharing a moment before the hand over.

....and look who's here.  Outgoing President Margaret was unable to be with us on the day, but she was sure 'up for it' today as she handed the chain of office to incoming President Ros - fancy being handed over to twice!

Sealed with a kiss

Just look at that smile as Margaret receives gifts and good wishes from President Ros on behalf of all club members.  Thank you Margaret, it was a great year - you did us proud xx


It's always good to start a new year with a bang - and here's President Ros enrolling new member Sally Kuzmicz - a joyful occasion, although Sally was a bit worried that there might be an initiation ceremony!  Welcome from all of us Sally.

Look at that grin - she looks like the cat that got the cream!  

And this little chap is Eggbert Eggleston.  He has taken over from Teddy Tempest and plans to continue where Teddy Tempest left off - relieving members of their cash for minor (or more serious) misdemeanours.  He has already started as he means to continue so - ladies beware!!


13th August:  the Rotary club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir held a fundraising afternoon cream tea, to which we were invited - we were also invited to swell the numbers by bringing along friends and relations.  An excellent afternoon was had by all, with the blessing of sunshine and good company.

28th August:  Our (now) annual car boot sale took place on August bank holiday Monday.  Lots of fun and laughter helped towards making a tidy sum of money for President Ros's charity.  Sandra has the remains stored in her garage ready for the next one - bring it on!!


9th September: An act of service saw some of us making cakes for a fund raising fete at a local residential home for elderly people in Melton Mowbray.  They raised a good amount of money (to which our efforts contributed) which will be used to the advantage of the residents.  Well done ladies - and thank you.

12th September:  We were invited to play indoor bowls at the nationally renowned indoor bowling club of Melton Mowbray.  We had fun, but doubt any of us will be enrolling for membership.  The club has a good restaurant, and of course we sampled their food afterwards - goes without saying really.

Ready, steady .......thinking about it .....

Hanne receiving expert tuition from Yvonne

Wendy looking very serious


...and President Ros 'going for it'  ee she was good...


13th September: and we were supporting Rotary again, this time by selling tickets and attending a fashion show held at the local M&Co store - again a good amount of money raised for local charities.


18th September  We have long realised that our Rotarian colleagues don't have a great deal of knowledge of how Inner Wheel works or what it does - so under the leadership of President Ros, we decided to do something about that state of affairs.  It was arranged that three IW members would give an informative (and fun) presentation to our Rotarian colleagues.  President Ros talked about the historical beginnings of Inner Wheel, Elizabeth expanded on the international focus and Anne gave a powerpoint presentation on our club and its activities at the current time.  We received positive feedback for our efforts, with several Rotarians commenting that they would like to have fun in their meetings also!  Altogether, an evening well spent.


26th September brught an invitation from Wendy to attend her home for a night of food, fun and cinema - this was different.  Wendy and her family went to huge lengths to provide a superb evening of entertainment.  We began with tasty, home cooked food, followed by the film Going in Style starring Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.  What a treat - and we had popcorn as well.  Brilliant evening, thank you Wendy and family.

Here's the invitation we received

...and here's Wendy, complete with 'clapper board'


26th October, and it has to be the greatest event of the year - that's right, our 31st Charter.  A change of venue this year - we graced Brooksby Melton College with our presence.  We were served and generally looked after by students from the catering course, and what a privilege that was.  Excellent food, excellent presentation by some very inspiring young people - we should be so proud that they are studying in Melton Mowbray.  Altogether we enjoyed a wonderfully relaxed evening devoid of the usual formality - this way lies the future.

President Ros welcoming her guests

...and everyone's listening

she even did the flowers - she's good you know

Beside every good woman lurks a good man.  President Ros and husband Ken Charter would be complete without a picture of 'the gang' so here we are, all ready and willing to support President Ros


Wednesday 15th November, and it seems like a good idea to meet in a local hostelry and try our hand at darts - well, some were more successful than others, and there was more than one dart that didn't quite manage to hit the board. No names shall be mentioned, they know who they are!  An excellent evening of fun and friendship (plus food).

Sandra won the first prize - there were rumours that maybe it had been 'rigged', but ..........would she?

.and Maureen won first prize in the second round - its alright for some!

.and here's the dart board - just look at the dart in the ceiling - it wasn't staged - no names mentioned Joy!!!


Rotary Club of Melton Mowbray Belvoir held their 33rd Charter on 20th November.  Inner Wheel members were invited and well represented - and a good evening of food, drink and fellowship was had by all.  

Inner Wheel President Ros and Rotary President David Brown



....and look who this is!  It's Margaret T on her first outing since her illness.  Following some tuition by the Occupational Therapist Margaret was able to transfer into and out of Ros's car - and then we went for a ride.  Brilliant and well done Margaret.


1st December marks the Victorian weekend in Melton Mowbray.  There are many attractions and stalls to see, also a Christmas tree festival at St Mary's anglican church and a Nativity festival at Sage Cross Methodist church.  Individuals and community groups are invited to submit trees and nativity scenes - we just had to do it!

Each item on the tree was made by hand under the supervision of Artistic Director Rhonda (right).  I understand Margaret and Penny were good assistants!  The theme was of course 'Touch a Heart'

Inner Wheel nativity scene produced by Creative Director Wendy Whait.  Completely hand made from wood and pegs.  This is the real meaning of Christmas.


Speaking of the real meaning of Christmas, President Ros had an IW bash at her house on the 21st December - hurrah!  and fancy dress will be optional - oh dear!  However, as you can see, members recovered from the shock, and the photos prove the point that we're up for anything - well, most of us.

Wendy as the only human Christmas tree in existence.......

Nice legs Mother Christmas (also known as Audrey)

........and here's Elizabeth 'flapping around'

I think Margaret was trying to transform the drink in her glass to something a little more palatable - it takes more than a wand Margaret!

We often see a happy Maureen, but have you ever seen a happier snow-woman?

If you want to know what an elf drinks, ask Millie

What lovely ears you have Sally!

Were we seeing double?  No it's Debbie and Di, but with a single thought .....

...and of course, here's President Ros, saying "drinks are on the house"


Inner Wheel Day saw us meeting at Wetherspoons for breakfast.  Nothing unusual in that, except that this time we had a theme of wooly hats or tiaras!  Here are the results:

As you can see, some did and some didn't - and it didn't matter anyway because we all enjoyed celebrating Inner Wheel Day 2018


Wednesday 14th March:  Someone thought we should have a fashion show - what a good idea, but we needed models, not to mention ticket sellers, guests and a good cause.  The good cause was easy because we had agreed to support LWA (living without abuse).  Then members set to, and tickets were a sell out in no time at all - we had a waiting list!

Models weren't too difficult either - a little persuasion here and there and we were all set.

The audience waits in anticipation!

....and here are the models, also waiting in anticipation!!

Full of smiles and ready to go........they could be professionals you know

LWA models looking happy.  It was a good night, everyone had fun and we raised a good amount of money for LWA charity.  A huge thank you to all who took part, and to SOS fashions for providing everything needed for a successful event.  Our grateful thanks also to Quorn Lodge Hotel for their generosity in providing us with a suitable room and for their warm welcome and help during the event.

Bournemouth Conference 18th-21st March 2018

It is tradition that we begin each evening with drinks before we go out on the town.  That's a bottle of Bacardi that President Ros seems to be threatening to tip over Margaret -  all agreed it tasted much better in the glass!

....and here we are, sipping (again) drinks whilst waiting to experience the delights of Harry Ramsden's dining emporium

...well, it was so good, we had to go back the next day for lunch - a somewhat less formal occasion methinks.

Following our lunch at the afore-mentioned Harry Ramsden's superior restaurant, President Ros decreed that a visit to the coast would not be complete without a paddle in the freezing cold sea.  Being good and obedient members, we complied with the dictat.  You will notice that President Ros is wearing several layers of warm clothing - and Sandra is wearing her tights!!!!  

eeeh but it was cold

...still on the subject of food.  Our final evening saw us in an Italian restaurant.  What an excellent time we had, full of fun and laughter - great Inner Wheel traits.  The waiter seen here had just asked Wendy if she was married. It was more than a casual piece of conversation - I think he was proposing -we can't take her anywhere!!

So, final night of conference is party night, and here we are dressed as per the theme Cool Cats - showing our claws and wiggling our tails - yes really.........we padded our way to the Bournemouth Conference Centre where we purred throughout the evening as we danced to the band Hot Dogz, New Trix.

What a great conference, all thanks to a very hard working Conference Committee and of course to Association President Liz.  Well done ladies and thankyou.


At our meeting on March 27th we were priviliged to welcome District Chair Jean Callaghan and her friends Rosemary and Murdoch.  Jean gave us a whistle stop tour of her journey from the beginning to present day of her Inner Wheel membership - encouraging and inspiring for anyone who has ambition to work at district level.  Thank you Jean, we all enjoyed your visit and the fun and friendship that was evident throughout the evening.  We were delighted that you found our meeting 'entertaining'.

ps You can just see Murdoch peeping out of the cloth bag that was made especially for him by Rhonda (our club seamstress).  I'm sure that the Easter egg that Jean is holding so casually will be consumed before too long!


Sunday 15th April International Lunch:  Arranged by club International Officer Elizabeth Raynes and attended by District International Service Organiser Pam Metcalfe.  A wonderful, relaxed time was had by all who attended.  A delightful mix of members from several Inner Wheel clubs, Rotarians and friends.  Catering was superb in the tender culinary care of Joy Pick and Millie Eggleston, with many luscious desserts contributed by individual members - YUM to it all!!

District International Service Organiser Pam Metcalfe and club International Organiser Elizabeth Raynes, both enjoying a moment's relaxation - after eating all that food!

....also enjoying a moment together are Inner Wheel President Ros and Rotary President David Brown.  

...and here they are, the stars of the show.  Without them it wouldn't have happened.  They plotted and planned and cooked up a storm.  Well done and a huge thank you to Joy and Millie - we love you xx

Lovely to see you with us Margaret and Don

....happy smiles from Peter and Judith Dalton from Upper Wreake

Ladies in black! - Debbie Hutchinson (Inner Wheel) meets Julia Joseph (Rotary) and it was smiles all round - great.

Of course there had to be a presentation, in true Inner Wheel style - miles of smiles and relief that it all went so well.

...and then there was the clearing up, done in true style by Di Inman

.....not sure that President Ros looks quite so happy about the task!!!!!

But look at this - Rotarian Richard Trevarthen lending a hand - thank you Richard.


Toilet Twinning benefitted from everyone's efforts on the day - and a good time of fun and friendship was had by all - which is what really matters.


7th May:  Car boot at Melton Cattle Market to raise funds for First Responders

...and Rhonda shows us how to sell our wares


17th May was the indoor games played against Hutingdon

Indoor skittles was the name of the game - sadly we lost, but with good grace.  

5th June:  President Ros encouraged some of us to take a trip to Cadbury World - we needed a great deal of persuading!

Assembling at the railway station (pre chocolate eating weight!)

Really getting into the swing of it here - bathtime beauties!!

...not sure what to say about this one - look hard and you will see President Ros, Wendy, Maureen and Anne. All hiding behind Freddo (now at their post chocolate eating weight!!!!!)

20th June:  It would seem that district organisers of the IW games were a trifle confused!  Having played (and lost) on 17th May we thought we were out of the running.  Just shows how wrong you can be, because we were invited to play again on 20th June against Lutterworth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  and guess what........we still lost, but I am assured that a wonderful time was had by all - so it was ok in the end.


21st June:  Seven members attended the District Chair's end of year afternoon tea at Thrapston.  Having triple parked our cars in the hotel car park, we were served with tea and then entertained by a biology teacher (Russell Attwood) from Kettering. Russell's passion is growing pumpkins, and it seems that he knows no bounds in his enthusiasm for his subject.  He started the afternoon by serving us pumpkin scones made by himself first thing that morning.  He continue by regaling us with his research into the best way to grow them, then said he would lead a sing-a-long with revised words to well known tunes.  No-one knew what to expect, but the singinge was good with a great deal of laughter.  A fitting end to District Chair Jean's year.

23rd June:  Walking for Rainbows to raise funds for Association President Liz Thomas' chosen charity event.  Our own President Ros took this to heart and arranged that we should walk round Melton Mowbray Country Park in our pyjamas - yes that's right - in our pyjamas!!  Well, we raised a few smiles, some people stopped and asked why, some looked a little bemused, and some ignored us - which just goes to prove that you can't win them all.


Full of smiles before we started - the car park has never seen such style

Dogs were welcome as well - not sure what Tony Pick is saying but it seems to be amusing Joy and Derek

Enjoying a rest half way round, two elegant ladies - even in night wear.

26th June:  Our final meeting of President Ros's year.  An excellent talk and demonstration by First Responders from the Melton area - now we know how to do it should the occasion arise - hopefully not

Club member Sally demonstrating her skill on 'resuscitation Annie'

President Ros handing over the cheque as our contribution to the work of First Responders - they were delighted - so were we!!  Well done President Ros and team Melton Mowbray Belvoir











Introducing President Margaret who took up the reigns of office at our Inner Wheel Handover on 2nd July.  An afternoon tea was shared by club members and guests.  Yet another happy afternoon of shared fun and laughter.  President Margaret plans to support the air ambulance charity this year - a popular and worthy choice. 

This little fella is Teddy Tempest, who plans to help Margaret raise money for her chosen charity this year.  Teddy Tempest will appear at every meeting with Anne, who holds the newly created informal role of Sergeant at Arms.  Beware ladies, there will be fines!

President Margaret's first official duty was induction of new member Di Inman.  A wonderful first duty performed with obvious pleasure and grace - well done Margaret and a warm welcome to Di.

Our first speaker of this new Inner Wheel year is Carol Campbell (step-daughter of President Margaret).  Carol teaches floristry in London, and agreed to speak to us whilst demonstrating her many skills.  A lovely arrangement to reflect our forthcoming Pearl Charter year.

It also just happened to be National Wellie Week - which President Margaret thought we should celebrate.  Quite an array of footwear was produced  - those not taking part were fined by Teddy Tempest.  It was a bit of fun, enjoyed by all - that's what we're about.


Bank Holiday Monday 29th August at Melton Cattle Market.  We held a car boot stall in aid of President Margaret's charity, and much fun was had by all.

Here's Penny, showing her skills as she displays our wares.

                                                                  It's enough to make you scratch your head .....

...oh no, here's Wendy and husband Neville with yet more stuff to sell!



After all that hard work President Margaret invited us to join her for breakfast at Wetherspoons on 3rd September.  Excellent plan Margaret.

                                ...a bit of a chat going on here.....................

The three amigo's


21st September saw a group of us visiting the Air Ambulance site at East Midlands Airport.

We were this close - amazing

this is what the inside looks like - well equipped and super organised

President Margaret looks as if she's giving instructions!

                       smiles from a highly skilled team

and of course, the rest of us had to get in on the act!



Look who's here - it's Joy giving a vote of thanks to Rosemary Conley who spoke to us with great humour and humility at our meeting on 27th September.  An excellent evening, with one or two things for each of us to think about.  (And you know what?  Rosemary forwent the healthy fresh fruit salad for pud and opted for the much more appealing Key Lime Pie - and what's more - she enjoyed it!)


30th Inner Wheel Charter Friday 7th October 2016

Looking relaxed - after the event!

District Chair Dorothy Watson and President Margaret

Wendy Whait showing President Margaret just how to cut a cake


Smiles galore!


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We've had a change of International Officer recently.  Due to an ongoing health issue Audrey Hutchinson has reluctantly stepped down from this Office.  It was with equal reluctance (but understanding) that her resignation was accepted.         Thank you for the short time you were in Office Audrey, hopefully you will feel better and more able soon (then we can find you something else to do!)  

Thank you also goes to Elizabeth Raynes who has taken over from Audrey to become International Officer.  Our best wishes to you both.



16th November Tea at Gates Garden Centre, Rutland

President Margaret raising funds for her charity Air Ambulance, here she is with raffle tickets ready to be drawn.

Elizabeth and Wendy looking replete after they've enjoyed their scones and tea.

Rhonda and her mother came too - that was lovely.

Who knows what this conversation is about!


Melton Mowbray Victorian Weekend 3rd and 4th December

Thankyou to Sandra and Joy for decorating the Inner Wheel tree which was displayed in St Mary's Church as part of the Victorian Weekend.  Doesn't it look pretty?  Well done ladies.


...and the other event in December was hosted by President Margaret at her home on 20th December.  We enjoyed a sumptuous buffet and one or two drinks of course!  The entertainment was provided by ourselves and much fun was had by all.  President Margaret insisted that the theme of the evening would be 'Sparkle'

.....and Rhonda certainly took it to heart and - SPARKLED!!


Wearing a little less sparkle, but sparkling nontheless - Maureen and Margaret enjoying a joke and a glass of ?something...



Inner Wheel Day, 10th January 2017

Here we are with President Margaret taking the lead in delivering toiletries and chocolates to Melton Hospital as our way of celebrating Inner Wheel Day 2017.  Perhaps surprisingly many patients arrive without basic toiletries, face cloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc.  It was our privilege to provide essential items for those who, for whatever reason are unable to provide for themselves.  Thank you to all the staff who gave us such a warm welcome and were so clearly grateful for the items we gave.






New member Rhonda Bolton being presented with her club badge by President Margaret.  Always a joy to receive a new member, welcome Rhonda and we all hope you enjoy being part of a world wide womens organisation as much as the rest of us do.


Sadly we say goodbye to member Sue Ayres who has decided that life is too busy to be able to incorporate Inner Wheel as well.  We will miss you Sue, but wish you well for the future.


Saturday 25th February:  Five members met at a local venue to try their hand at acrylic painting.  Here are Maureen, Di and Wendy showing their 'test' pieces.

....and here's Di having some personal tuition.......

...and look at these end results - David Hockney eat your heart out!!


Inner Wheel Conference 2017 held in Nottingham.

 Eight of our members attended conference this year.  Sadly President Margaret was unable to attend, as planned, due to illness, but she was in our thoughts and our hearts throughout the conference.  The photograph above was taken as we arrived at the Conference Centre on the first morning, when we were greeted by Robin Hood.  What a greeting - we swooned as his roguish smile embraced us - and we're all planning to change our names to Marion!!!


International Service Organiser Elizabeth welcomed members and guests to an afternoon tea at Rearsby Village Hall on 10th May.  A delicious tea was prepared and served by IW members - hard work but worth it.  Our guest speaker was Helena Mitchell who works with the Barnardo's organisation.  Her subject was 'Barnardo's Carefree Project for Young Carers'.  An excellent afternoon with an inspiring speaker.


Saturday afternoon 3rd June saw some of our members, family and friends taking a relaxed walk round Melton Country Park.  Our aim was to enjoy fellowship and fun whilst raising funds for Association President Zena's charity BEAT.

...and as you can see, we were wearing our 'silly socks'

Receiving our reward following a great afternoon - ice creams  - yum!


21st June:  and a visit to LWA (Living without abuse) to deliver some toiletries for the use of some of the families that the charity supports.  We were met with warmth and smiles and many thanks for the items we donated:


27th June:  it's that time of year again!  This year we presented a cheque for a handsome amount to air ambulance.  Roy Stephenson received the cheque on their behalf and spoke with genuine warmth about the work that is done on behalf of the whole community.  Well done to all of our members who have worked so hard in many different ways to raise this money - and well done to President Margaret for encouraging us.












4th July:  President Anne handed over the chain of office to Penny Hancox at a splendid afternoon tea - yes another one!  Penny's charityfor the year is CLIC Sargent and she has a varied speaker programme and activities for us to enjoy.


President Penny:  formalities over, in relaxed mood (but don't be fooled 'cos she's raring to go! )

Christine and Agnes, good friends from Inner Wheel Club of Leicester.

              ...and yet more friends - all the way from the north east of England

Here we are again - the gang - all gathered to bid farewell to outgoing president Anne, and to welcome new President Penny.  We wish you well Penny, enjoy your year.

Look at those happy faces - a reflection of our latest venture at Melton cattle market car boot sale.  Building on previous experience we excelled ourselves in persuading customers that they couldn't live without our rubbish - result, happy faces and money for Clic Sergent.
.......and yet another new member, Sandra Fancourt.  Having been a guest for a few meetings, Sandra decided she would like to become a member.  Welcome Sandra, we all hope you enjoy Inner Wheel as much as we do.
And it's Charter 2015 -  came round all too soon for President Penny!
.....but here she is with our speaker Zena Coles who gave an informative and amusing talk on her adventures in Brazil.  Elizabeth presented the 'jungle in a pot' which is very nice (and also very heavy).  Zena didn't think the cat would be able to help her get it out of the car when she got home. 
....and of course, here's the rest of us as usual - we're not waving at the photographer - it just seemed like a good idea at the time.
28th November started out well with a visit to The Curve theatre in Leicester to see a production of Oliver.  All 20 of us made our way there by various means, some meeting for lunch on the way.  The production was excellent and enjoyed by everyone.  Leaving for home was a bit different, being caught in torrential rain and literally paddling to the cars - oh boy were we wet!!!
Lunch at Frankie and Bennie's before the show - before we got wet
December has to be the busiest month of the year - for Inner Wheel and individual members.  We joined Rotary for Santa's Sleigh collections which support local charities, and we joined with Rotary to provide a service of 'Cake and Carol's' for the elderley residents of Melton Mowbray.    
Margaret Tempest celebrated her Silver Wedding Anniversary on 15th December, our best wishes go to her and husband Don.
A few of us travelled by train to Birmingham Christmas Market on 16th December.  We were a little disappointed - goodness knows what we'd expected.  However, our spirits were revived when we found the champagne bar at New Street Station - yes, we did imbibe - it would have been rude not to really.
Joy Pick smiling in the face of disappointment.
President Penny hosted a President's evening at Italian restaurant Amici in Melton on 22nd December, and a good time was had by all.  Lots of chat and laughter, as ever.  Picture below shows Margaret Morris enjoying one of Debbie's amusing anecdotes.
........and then it was Christmas.
15th March was the start of Inner Wheel games for us - we lost - I'll say no more.



4th April 2016: Margaret Morris was inducted as a member of Melton Mowbray Rotary Club.  We're proud of you Margaret, well done.  We know you will go on to achieve many things.  The photograph shows Margaret and her sponsor Kate Theobold (right).



Sadly, Joyce Gunby, one of our much loved members died today, 7th April 2016.  Although Joyce had been unwell for some time she maintained her characteristic sense of humour and love of people.  She will be greatly missed by many people.  Rest in peace Joyce.       

Glasgow Conference 2016



It was a verrrrry good conference.


We won, we won, we won!  Time for celebration.  President's Challenge, we played skittles against Rotary and won - first time for ages - well done team.



A new year begins

President Elizabeth Raynes handing over the chain of office to incoming President Anne Yates - and a good day was had by all - maybe something to do with the Prosecco?



Two President's together:  Rotarian President Tony Pick and President Anne


Speaker Bunty Gotts entertains with tales of 1000 years of history in 30 minutes - and she did it!

Speaker Bunty Gotts (left) looking as she normally does.


After the event - and everyone's still smiling - it was a good night, thank you ladies.

Inner Wheel Day

Toiletries were collected from club members and delivered to Melton Mowbray Community Hospital for the use of patients.

St George's Day

Rotarian President and IW President Anne were invited to attend the St George's Day service of remembrance in Melton Mowbray.

District Chair's visit

District Chair Margaret Hedley receives a cheque from President Anne for her charity Osteoporosis.  Then she agreed to judge our Easter Bonnet competition.  Look for the one with the big white ears - she was the winner.



Here we are, all set for a night out at Conference.

....and here we are again - dressed for a night of fun and laughter in our white wigs.

Anne's Amble

Walking round Melton Country Park to raise funds for Homestart.  Is it really water in those bottles?

President's Challenge

Here's President Tony consoling President Anne on IW's inability to win the challenge - but we had good fun trying!


Presentation of cheque to Homestart, President Anne's charity.






2012 Inner Wheel Distict 7 Melton Mowbray.