Club Committee

…and we will, as a TEAM because

Together Everyone Achieves More

From left to right in the photograph;

  • Immediate Past President Ruth Riches, Membership Officer
  • President Elaine Hopkins, the Boss
  • Vice President Ann Holland, Charity Secretary

Committee members:

  • Sue Lunn, International Service Officer
  • Anne Benison, Treasurer
  • Lesley Wilson, Committee Member
  • Gloria Humphrey, Almoner
  • Gillian Rackham, Club Correspondent
  • Janine Beech, Club Correspondent
  • Christine Parkin, Secretary
  • Jen Garner, Attendance Officer

International Inner Wheel President


International President Phyliss Charter

With my Theme of “Together we can” – I want you to join with me and show the world that, by being an Inner Wheel Member, together we can achieve our dreams and help others to achieve theirs, whilst enjoying friendships in our Clubs and with 110,000 other Members across the globe.

Let us be proud of our heritage and what our founder Margarette Golding achieved for Inner Wheel in the early days. Nearly 100 years later, we have to continue to inspire other women to join Inner Wheel by being Innovative in our efforts in this ever changing world. Let us prove that whatever the size of your Inner Wheel Club, or wherever you are in the world, together we can support each other in our projects, both in our own communities and internationally. Let us prove that 110,000 Inspirational and Innovative women in Inner Wheel together can achieve so much.

St Francis of Assisi once said “Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible”. On behalf of all those that you probably have never seen but have assisted by doing the impossible over the years, may I say a very big thank you to you all.

Let us reinforce how small the world is and how successful International Inner Wheel is in holding hands around the world whilst leaving footprints for others to follow.

Alone We Achieve So Little

Together Everyone Achieves More.



Chatsworth Ward

Back in November 2018, Warsop Inner Wheel presented one day date time clock to Tom Hunt, Ward Manager of the Chatsworth Ward at the Community Hospital. President Ruth asked Tom to put a wish list together for staff and patients, to pick things that may help them whilst at the ward. Many patients are in Chatsworth for rehabilitation 24/7 for  upto 6 weeks, and in special cases even longer.

As you will see from the wish list, we did pretty well by March, when we took in items donated from Dave Logan at The Adrenalin Jungle. Dave said ‘I’m not always able to attend events as we have a pretty busy schedule here at the Jungle. So when President Ruth put out a request for some fans, and other bits and bobs, we were really pleased we could help out’. The Adrenalin Jungle purchased two each of digital radios, fans and day date time clocks. We also had donations of hair dryers and straighteners from a campaign ran on facebook. Plus a donation of two blue DAB radios from Karen and Vince Newbury in Ware, who’s lives had been touched by MS. Plus a donation from the Club of toiletries, as not all patients are fortunate enough to arrive with the basics that most of us take for granted.

In June 2019, ladies of Warsop Inner Wheel, family and friends of patients attended an open day to celebrate a year of fundraising and present the ward with over £700 worth of items, donated and purchased for their specific use. Including two beautiful love seats with coordinating parasol.

Members of the Huthwaite Hub joined us on the day to provide a craft themed entertainment. Jewellery making, wood turning lathe demonstrations and wood burning skills were all available for staff, residents and our guests to have a go at.

Well done everyone for a fantastic event. Patients and staff were thoroughly excited about the event and couldn’t believe the generosity of people who attended.

Thank you ladies for all your hard work and for those who came to help out on the day.

A generous donation was given to the fund by the UDM Nottingham Section Welfare & Convalescent Fund. This Charity was initially set up in 1988 to assist persons employed or formerly employed in the Nottinghamshire coalfield, providing charitable benefits for members/ex-members of the UDM who were suffering from hardship.

The Charity’s governing document gives the Trustees a wide discretion as to the use to which the Charity’s assets are awarded.  Anyone wishing to benefit from the Fund should telephone the UDM on 01623 541407.

Off with her head

Chapter Two

Guests were met for the evening by a beautiful floral seating plan, created by President Ruth. No mistaking the creation’s author as her fingers were stained red from painting the roses. Only to find out you can buy red and white mottled flowers. Thanks to our Queen of Hearts Kelly for decorating the room the guests were ddelighted and excited the start.

As the lights changed to pink and purple in the room, the sky lights darkened and guests arrived, the excitment in the room was unbeleivable. Guests had made such an effort to take part in the ball theme. Some wore simple accessories, some wore fancy dress. All looked incredible.

The meal started promptly at 7.30 thanks to our host and compare John Fretwell. The evening meal was gorgeous, very tasty and with wonderful service. All manner of dietary requirements were catered for, we really did challenge the chef this year. Well done everyone at The John Fretwell Centre.

At 9.15 our entertainment began but not before everyone had indulged with raffle tickets, and tombola. There is nothing better than seeing people walk away with an armful of beautiful prizes.

Thanks to David from Design A Band, we were entertained, for the second year by SWAY International Allstars.

As you can see a brilliant floor filling band. The dance floor was full all evening. Here are just a few of the highlight photos.

If you attended our fabulous ball and want to share you photos with us we would be delighted. Just email

We’re All Mad Here

The setting for Wonderland, is a strange and seemingly crazy world where animals act as normal people, and you enter by dropping into a rabbit hole. But in the real world health and safety wasn’t about to let that happen, so Warsop Inner Wheel decided to recreate Wonderland at The John Fretwell Centre (JFC).

Our story starys in the ‘real’ world, where President Ruth was sitting next to her sisters discussing what the theme should be for the 2019 Charity Ball. The next thing the Ball Committee know is we are waking up to an email detailing the theme. A dream world where the Mad Hatter is throwing a tea party.

“President Ruth’s main charity this year has been the Mansfield Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The President’s Charity Ball was created to raise money and awareness.”

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is a novel written in 1865 by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a young girl named Alice, falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.

Chapter One:

Our amazing Wonderland was created very generously by Kelly Wilson-Parkes from A Touch of Charm The room at the JFC was originally a sports hall, and has already been dressed as a fantastic party venue and regularly booked out for weddings, events and conferences.

Kelly arrived with her charming team and began to transform the room. Kelly created a beautiful floral arch which we used as a photo wall.

Kelly has a very generous Queen of Hearts and has supported many great events with her room decorating skills. This year alone she has donated £10,000 worth of event dressings and time, to help support such causes as our own across the East Midlands.

Together, Inner Wheel members Elaine and Anne, husband Dave and Kelly’s gran Olive, helped put on over 150 black chair covers. Kelly and her team then decorated each chair with a mixture of purple, orange, green and pink chiffon bows.

Four tall brightly coloured trees were set at each end of the hall. While members of the Ball Committee continued adding the finishing touches, Kelly added an oversized ballon to each table, matching the colours on the chairs. The effect was stunning.

Our tables were then finished off with incredible floral center pieces made by two of our wonderful Inner Wheel ladies, Sue Pasierb and Christine Fretwell, who had generously donated the flowers and their time to create the individual masterpieces.

Also on each table was a brown goodie bag for each guest containing items donated by the East Midlands Mulitple Sclerosis Community Fundraiser Caroline Kew. There was information, pin badges, trolley tokens, furry creatures, and a book of information. The Ball Committee added a sweet treat to finish off the bag. Elaine and Anne were our fantastic bag ladies.

Inner Wheel member Hilary donated her time to create for the ball the ticket and poster designs, which were beautiful. But she also turned her creative hands to the completion of the tombola tower.

This year with the theme of Wonderland her creation was amazing and perfect as a focal point for the entrance to the room. The butterfly sparkles were to be added to the table a finishing touch, but looked great on the floor, when the box split. A happy accident as we like to call it.

We had some incredible donations for raffle prizes from members of the Warsop Club and from business friends.

Jill Hallam of JH Legal Services donated a jam packed (literally) full hamper of Fortnum and Mason treats. We had be hampers for men, women, children and families, plus a tea and coffee hamper donated by Donna and Paul Moodie of Quantas Bathrooms.

Elaine decorated the table with prizes, together worth well over £1000. All our amazing donations for the tombola and most for the raffle were wrapped by our super secretary Christine. Making both tables look fabulous.

By noon the room was looking breathtaking and all the helpers were ready to relax and some left for a pamper session at the hairdresses.

All that remained for the day was for President Ruth to run through the programme and timings with our volunteer Host John Fretwell. John was a willing volunteer at short notice to host our event.

End of Chapter One……

Knitters Tea 2019

Warsop Inner Wheel has some amazing support from our local community.

Throughout the year as part of our International Service, under the leadership of our International Officer Sue Lunn we send out much needed baby bundles to African countries.

These bundles include such things as a crochet or knitted blanket, beautiful knitted baby coats, nappies, baby cream and much more. These are delivered via the National Police Aid Convoy (NPAC)and are so well received by the new mothers.

We send in the region of 100 bundles a year and could not do this with out our dedicated group of community knitters.

These ladies although not Inner Wheel members give us fantastic support by knitting baby items and squares for blankets all year round. Many of these ladies having been doing so for 17 years and more.

It is important to us that we thank and value our volunteers, so last Friday Sue organised our knitter’s tea.

We had 25 ladies attend including two that had come all the way from Blackpool, as people arrived there was chatter and laughter as friendships were renewed. Several of our guests were then taken out for a trip to the Welbeck garden centre by Inner Wheel members.

Returning to the Oaklands to hear Joan Green from NPAC give an update on their work overseas and how our contributions made a huge difference to the lives of the recipients.

Again, we saw team work at its best as club members sprang into action serving a fabulous afternoon tea to or guests which had all been made by the members.

As the ladies left, they all commented on how much they had enjoyed the afternoon and hoped to see us again next year.

It just makes me realise how much I love being part of Inner Wheel, all the team pulling together, we were even laughing as we washed up and cleared away. A good afternoon was had by all.

We are always looking for new knitters, if you feel you would like to help please contact us though our website or call our secretary Christine Parkin. Also do the same if you would like to find out more about Inner Wheel or coming to visit one of our club meetings.