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.

Fantastic Final Fundraiser

International Fundraiser

 Inner Wheel District 22 International Service Committee Chairman Marion Tasker organised her last International fundraiser yesterday before she steps down at the end of June 2019.

The venue was the Hostess restaurant where 90 guests met for a lovely lunch and friendship. There was much chatter and laughter as the event started.

The event was in aid of Water for Kids who aim to preserve and protect the good health of children and communities in the developing world by assisting in the provision of safe drinking water, good sanitation and other public health related measures.

Water for Kids

After a splendid lunch the entertainment started. Local artist Margaret Clarkson painted a superb water colour of a 1950’s back yard on washing day whilst we watched. She had all the audience enthralled and at the end she donated it for a silent auction which raised a fantastic £255 for Water for Kids.

At the end of the event Marion was able to announce that this year we have been able to donate just under £2000 to this fantastic charity.

Water for Kids: OUR IMPACT 86% of all funds go to overseas projects. In 20 years Water for Kids has transformed the lives of over 390,000 people. We have provided water, sanitation and hygiene education to 154 communities in nine countries.

Inner Wheel does such good work for many amazing charities.

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As an all female ogransiation, any woman can join us. If you need any more information please visit our website.


Spring in to Easter Market

The winter is past, the rain has gone.  Flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing birds has come.

People say that the English spring is the mostly beautiful season in the year. The meteorological calendar states Spring starts on 1st March and ends on 31st May.

We associate many wonderful things with spring and none more so in the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop than the resurgence of our Spring Market at the John Fretwell Centre. We were very delighted to be able to share the day with many of our members from across the District, with locals from the surrounding villages and friends who travelled in from afar. Only the morning birdsong could rival the revelry in the room on the day.

The Spring months of March, April and May are famous for a time of beautiful flowering due to the increased levels of sun energy. The country is literally is sinking in flowers. The heaths in Yorkshire, rhododendrons in London, narcissus and tulips in Leeds and the Northern primrose are the marks of this season as much as the famous spring fragrance. The world is reflected in the little drops of the dew, and the early morning mists. Like busy bees and worker ants we toiled together to get the room ready for our doors to open at 10am on 17 April 2019.

Our International Service Officer (ISO) Sue organised and over saw the event making sure that everything ran smoothly. She need not have worried, as members arrived in support of the event, they took up their various posts around the room and the room came alive.


Bric-a-brac is always a popular stall and this year we started again from scratch with our goods, ensuring that everything we collate is given to other charity organisations to use or sell on in a similar fashion. We also had our wonderful new to you boutique and jewellery stalls, Flower arrangement and raffle tables sat perfectly in line with the professional stalls of Candle Lite, Temple Spa, The Dressing Room, Mary’s meals, and Margaret’s cards.


During the morning a little Easter bunny informed us we had a birthday in our midst, so in true Inner Wheel style we jumped at the chance to hand out more cake and sing happy birthday to Christine.


It was great to see so many people enjoying the morning and we can say Thank you to you all for your hard work and support, we have been able to share the proceeds from the morning 50/50 with our International Charities and President Charity Funds.

Look out for our next Christmas Market towards the end of November.

If you like the look of what Inner Wheel Warsop is doing, then please consider coming along to join us at a monthly meeting. Details can be found on out contact and joining information page.


The Greatness of Inner Wheel

Following on from Cardiff Conference, Vice President Elaine was moved to put pen to paper to share her experience and encourage anyone who either hasn’t been, or been for a while to join her in Belfast next year. This is her 2019 Conference Report.

Who are we and what is Inner Wheel?

I am often asked this question. Having attended the National Conference of the Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland this week, I have seen the aims of Inner Wheel at their best.

Over 1700 ladies from all over the world met in Cardiff to celebrate the 95year of this great organisation as well as to hold their Annual General Meeting.

Fun, Friendship and Service

This was in abundance as we met old and new friends in the House of Friendship, on the first day. The atmosphere was electric with anticipation of what the next few days would bring. Chatter and laughter were all around us.

Our Association President Ann lit the friendship candle and declared the conference open. She thanked all the members present for making the effort to attend. In her opening remarks she was very motivational about us moving forward as an organisation and us embracing change and technology. She reminded us that the thread that always ran through Inner Wheel was, Friendship, Kindness and Respect.

We were then treated to a celebration of service and friendship led by the very Popular Rev’d Kate Bottley of TV fame, who happens to live within district 22 area (and yes, she has been asked if she would like to join Inner Wheel)

With the hymns, readings and address all centering on service and friendship. Kate led the service in a lovely way, being very upbeat and leaving us with a buzz and the feel-good factor.

After the service we were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Cardiff and then Kate Bottley was her first guest speaker.

Kate was very entertaining and had her audience enthralled all the way through.

Kate was followed by Chris Kirby from Australia who is president of International Inner Wheel. With a very inspirational speech, she acknowledged our founder Margarette Golding and spoke to us about, friendship, community service and International understanding.

She said at times it appeared that Inner Wheel was a best kept secret and we needed to look, learn and listen. Look for new members, learn the needs of the organisation and how and why we evolve and listen to the needs of members and clubs, which will be different for all of us and accept change to move the organisation forward for our daughters and granddaughters.

The future of Inner Wheel is ours to shape.

Our next guest speaker should have been Esther Rantzen unfortunately she was ill and a very capable Inner Wheel member who is also a trustee of Silverline stepped in at the last minute and gave us a very informative talk about Silverline stating that there was 1.2 million chronically lonely people that need support. Silverline makes weekly friendship calls and works to alleviate loneliness.

In the afternoon Association President Ann presented a cheque to Lesley Schatzberger the founder of ‘Jessies Fund’, who had given us an insight of how the fund was set up and the good works it does in memory of her daughter who passed away at the age of nine.

This cheque brought the total to over £10,000 that has been donated with more to follow before the end of this Inner Wheel year.

Our last speaker of the day was a very inspirational and entertaining young man, Ed Pratt, who set off alone at the age of 19 with the aim of becoming the first person to ride a unicycle around the world. Three and a half years later he arrived home, having learned a lot about himself and having achieved his goal. Along the way he raised over £300,000 for the ‘School in a Bag’ charity.

The conference day was ended with the children’s choir ‘Cor y Cwm’

The evening entertainment was Andrew Grisewood who is an internationally acclaimed Floral Designer. He wowed his audience with his beautiful creations and stories about his life. The displays were than raffled off, with some very happy ladies going home.

The following day commenced with the AGM and some lively debates as we worked through the proposals and general motions. I felt very honoured to be Warsop’s voting delegate and to be able to be part of it. There were some excellent reports from the members of the executive committee bringing us up to date with all things Inner Wheel.

Once the business was over it was back to what we do best, hearing about fundraising achievements and enjoying ourselves. A cheque for £7,792 was presented to a representative from ‘Hope and Homes for Children’ from the Celebration service collection we had held the previous day. We heard how the representative had herself been a beneficiary of the charity and there were not many dry eyes by the time she had finished speaking.

It was then time for our final speaker Rainer Hersch who is a British conductor, actor, writer and comedian, he was joined by some friends. They gave us a musical extravaganza with many of his audience have a good singalong with him.

There was a definite feel good factor as President Ann closed this year’s conference.

The final nights entertainment had us returning to the Arena for a show by the amazing ‘Blue Brothers’. This was a sight to behold with over 1000 ladies dressed as: dressy for Jessy with a hint of pink. From the moment the band started we were up on our feet and the dance floor was never empty until they waved their final goodbye.

People ask did I enjoy conference?  Yes I did, I had so much fun and laughter during the week.

Did I see lots of friendship?  Yes I did, I saw many people that I had met at previous conferences and made new friends as well as being with my own club and district members whose company I always enjoy.

Did I see evidence of Service I was overwhelmed by how much the Inner Wheel Clubs of Great Britain and Ireland do, during the conference we heard that during the last Inner Wheel year collectively we raised over a million pounds for worthwhile causes big and small, home and abroad. As well as putting in many volunteering hours for numerous organisations during the year. It is apparent that Inner Wheel ladies give a lot of their self and are very special ladies of all ages and from all backgrounds.

I came home very tired but full of motivation for the next Inner Wheel year, to spread the word and help to move our fantastic organisation forward. I am very proud to be an Inner Wheel member and I am already looking forward to Belfast next year.

Elaine. Vice President of Warsop Inner Wheel and District 22 Treasurer.

Cardiff Conference 2019



After Conference we usually ask one attending member to write, and read out at the club, a short review of their experiences. This time we thought why not let all of them who want to, share with you what they thought of Cardiff.



Gloria: Since 1994, I have attended all Inner Wheel Conference in GB&I and enjoyed every one. Each year I say that it was the best, and the 2019 Conference in Cardiff was no exception, with a musicality theme throughout, chosen by our Association President Ann Acaster.

From the start of the Celebration of Service and Friendship, led by the Reverend Kate Botley, to the finale of Rainer Hersch, a Musical Conductor and comedian, it was a pleasure to be there and enjoy all that Conference has to offer.

Gloria, District 22 Chairman Linda Elkin and the Reverend Kate Botley taking a selfi.

For me this is lots of fun, making and renewing  friendships, listening to fantastic speakers, whilst covering the Proposals and Motions at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), to make our Organisation ready for the next decade and beyond.  For me we are an organisation that every lady should want to join.

I always come away from Conference invigorated, renewed and excited about the future. I’m hoping that all our Members can join us in Belfast next year, it will be wonderful.

Member of D22 Council 2018/19 and Past President of Warsop Inner Wheel 2016/17

Josephine: Just returned from our Annual Conference on a’high’. Amazing! The programme revolved around Ann our Association  President and her love of  music and her charity Jessie s Fund.  Jessie died of a brain tumour and her mother spoke of how music helped children like Jessie with disabilities to communicate. It was very  moving I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house.

On a lighter note the highlights for me were the Rev Kate Bottley who was extremely  entertaining and on day two Rainer Hersch. Both of them kept  us all enthralled and the  day ended on a very happy  note.

I have  been  a member of four Inner Wheel clubs and for me the highlight is to meet up with old friends The friendships are renewed and throughout the conference there is an air of fellowship and fun.

I urge anyone  who has not been to a conference to consider Belfast next year to widen your appreciation of what Inner Wheel really is all about.

Member of Warsop Inner Wheel 2018/19

If you found our members stories fun to read and it has peaked your interest about Conference, the look at our Belfast Conference page and make sure you follow the website when we update it with news of the 2020 Conference.

Ruth: They say your first will always stay with you, and it has. Glasgow was amazing and I didn’t think it could be bettered. Until I went to Nottingham Conference the following year. You can ask anyone when they come away from Conference you are so tired, but good tired and you look forward to the next one. You’ve spoken to lots of wonderful like minded people, you’ve heard speakers that you would never have the opportunity to hear any where else and (if you are anything like myself) you have partied hard in to the ealy hours and still made it up for breakfast with everyone else. I attended Bournemouth in 2018 and had another great time; no fabulous time.



Sadly this year, neither holidays, finances or personal circumstance has enabled me to go to Cardiff. Like many others amongst our membership the reality of life takes precidence, and I like many just didn’t have the various resourses this year to make it.

However, I just wanted to share how much I missed not being part of Cardiff conference, especially as Club President. Seeing what everyone is getting up to on Facebook and receiving messages from the friends I’ve made from the different and diverse districts across GB&I was lovely, but not the same as being there with you. I will be planning for Belfast in 2020, reserving holidays, yes saving up and potentially getting the husband to come over too so we can make a longer holiday out of it. Where there is a will there is a way. If something is important to me, I will find the resources to do it.

President of Warsop Inner Wheel 2018/19, Club Correspondent 2016/2019

Thank you to everyone at Conference who took photographs they were great to see and we hope you don’t mind we have used a few we found on Facebook of Ann visitng the stalls and her Charity Jessies Fund to show everyone just how amazing Conference is.



Fabulous flower arrangements by Andrew Grisewood Tuesday evening entertainment, hosted by our very own Gloria.


Fantastic speaker Ed Pratt talked about his unicycle journey around the world for School in a Bag, the Charity President Ann supported in her term as International Service Officer. And a fabulous sing along from Rainer Hersch, a Musical Conductor and comedian


Where else but in Inner Wheel would you put such a wide and varied array of entertainment together. Well done president Ann.

Variety, the Spice of Life

People often ask what Inner Wheel ladies do and we try to tell them. It always starts with we have lots of fun and friendship, whilst helping others that have a genuine need. Very few people as us why we do what we do, but that is the hardest question to answer.

Inner Wheel is special. We are a group of busy ladies who serve the community, who enjoy giving to others, who enjoy friendships new and old, we enjoy the spice of life and a diversity that gives our life flavour.

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What we do would actually take for ever to tell you, but in a nutshell we ‘do’ different activities and events that enables our members to choose what they would like to join in with. This article is all about our social gatherings but there are many more things that we do like fundraising for various charities and trips to places of interest. We welcome new ideas and new members from all walks of life. As a member you are certainly not expected to do everything, you can do as much or as little as your time, your money and your interests allow.

This editorial was written by our Vice President Elaine, who has to be one of our busiest members to date. Having only just retired from working full time, Elaine still volunteers a lot of her time to the Royal British Legion and she occassionally works part time, she is a new grandma, she is our District’s treasurer and active within the community. If she can find time for Inner Wheel, we wonder….could you?

In just a week we have held a fantastic Craft and Crumpet night organised by our President Ruth. There was so much chatter and laughter in the room it became infectious. We were first treated to a brief demonstration of how to make a rag garland and then we were off making our own. Without exception we were all pleased
with our lovely wreaths that we had to take home. Along the way we enjoyed hot buttered crumpets and luxury chocolates. A lovely evening was had by all and thanks were given to Ruth for sharing her talents with us.

Two days later members went visiting the Aquabox Warehouse in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. Sue Lunn, our International Services organiser, had arranged this trip. Aqua Box is a charity run by Wirksworth Rotarians that send out emergency aid boxes to disaster stricken areas abroad. Included in these boxes are a water system that turns dirty water into clean drinking water. These are a life saver for the recipients.

Twelve members were shown a video of where previous water pumps had been sent to, and the difference they were making, by allowing people to have clean drinking water; something we take for granted. We also had a tour of the warehouse seeing how the pumps were assembled and what went into the boxes, ending with a demonstration of the dirtiest of water being turned into crystal clear water and some of the members had a drink of it.

We finished our trip off at the local pub for lunch, where there is always much chatter and we reflected on our morning, remembering that not all parts of the world are as fortunate as we are. A great trip Sue, well done for suggesting we visit.

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Three days later members were at The Nottingham Belfry for the celebration of the 47th Annual Rally of our District, D22. District Chairman Linda did an excellent job of organising a wonderful day.

The day started off with a service of thanksgiving for the wonderful organisation that is Inner Wheel, that we all belong to.  Part of attending this day is that we were given the opportunity to renew our commitment to Inner Wheel. A fantastic moment in the day where almost 200 ladies pledge to serve their community, true friends and international causes.

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The music and readings chosen were just perfect with the icing on a perfectly decorated cake. The D22 choir sung A Cloak of Unity written by the very talented D22 member Maureen Tunney of the West Ashfield Club. Maureen also had the honour of conducting this piece which moved many of the audience to tears.

After the service we enjoyed the early spring weather, and together for coffee and cake. A great time for renewing friendships with members from other clubs as well as meeting new friends.

As we moved in for lunch, the room was full of laughter and conversation with District
Chairman Linda being reluctant to stop to get the proceedings underway. During the
afternoon we had a very inspirational speech by our Association President Ann Acaster
who reminded us of our Inner Wheel values and that whilst respectively looking after our older members. We are an organisation that is moving forward and is embracing different ways of doing things to make use of the benefits of technology and social media.


District Chairman Linda’s year has been a year of doing things differently whilst remembering to have fun as you do it. Again, she didn’t disappoint as this was the first time, we have had the service and rally in the same place, looking around the room and listening to people it was a huge success.

In her final address to 170 ladies, Linda set us a challenge to speak to one person that does not know what Inner wheel is and tell them a little bit about what we do and the good times we have. So here I am talking to you, and hoping you like what you are hearing about.

If you would like to find out more about Inner Wheel or would like to visit
one of our clubs to see not what we can do for you, but what you can do for others, get in touch:


Association –

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.  — Maya Angelou

I want to do is because I want to do it. – Amelia Earhart

The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – Ayn Rand

Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic. – Rosalind Russell


Craft and Crumpets 2

Most people will say they are ‘not crafty’ or ‘not creative’ but really we all are. It just takes a little know how and time to practice. Crafting and creating is a big part of President Ruth’s life and during her year she has been sharing her knowledge with members and friends at Craft and Crumpet nights. This March, 20 ladies met to learn how to create a rag wreath or garland. These garlands are easy to create, cheap to make and beautiful to keep or even give as a gift.

The venue was a local church hall and perfect for hosting this kind of crafty event. The room was set out with the essentials on one long table down the centre of the room. The idea is that the crafting technique can be learnt, whilst chatting; providing a relaxed and social environment.

At a time when many of us feel overwhelmed by the 24/7 demands of the digital world, craft practices, alongside other activities such as colouring books for grown-ups and the up-surge of interest in cooking from scratch and productive home gardens, are being looked to as something of an antidote to the stresses and pressures of modern living. With what is increasingly referred to today as “mindfulness” being a much-desired quality for many people, it’s not surprising crafts are being sought out for their mental and even physical benefits.

One of the strengths of a craft practice, especially as a contributor to well-being, is precisely that it can be both solitary and collective, and it’s up to the individual to decide. Add the comfort of hot buttered crumpets and a few luxury chocolates, the ladies heads, hearts, minds and tummies are all being catered for by Inner Wheel.

Many people think that to be  a member of Inner Wheel you have to be retired and/or wealthy. But just like crafting and being creative you don’t. You just need to have the knowledge and the time. You’ll find that many of our members are just like you. The hardest thing you have to do is get in touch. We’ll help you through the rest.

These pictures will help you understand quickly the technique that we used. And as they say a picture speaks a thousand words which is why we have included a picture of the hot, crispy, butter laiden crumpets wer served at half time.



0b8bf8b1e30dce61c4f85df731b04f3a_ a Polystyrene Wreath  that can be found at craft stores. They come in different sizes but we chose the 20cm as the cost was only £2.80 for the ring

_ fabric scraps cut into strips – we suggest 2.5/3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Medium weight cotton fabric such as quilting fabric works well but this is also a great way to use up old sheets or pillowcases-the amount of fabric that you will need will depend on the size of your wreath form  but 1/4 of a yard of each color or
pattern is a good start. Our fabric was donated

_ scissors

_ PVA Glue – we purchased half a large tub which we bought for £3 from a high street store. Any glue not used is recycled back in to the tub for the next event

_ Pointed end of a knitting needle or similar

_ Buttons, bows, little trinkets to decorate, if you want to

Our Inner Wheel evenings are always about getting to know your fellow members, whether you have been in a few days or for many years.

Every lady attending paid £10 for the evening to cover costs (craft items, all refreshments and the hire of the room). Anything left over would go towards our charity pot. It is a great way of having fun, networking, improving our well being and as a by product we raise money for local charities. Not bad when you think about it.

We are sharing the Club Correspondent role asking ladies to write something for publication when they go to an event. Christine, one of our crafty ladies wrote the following about the evening. Thanks for sharing this Christine.

On the evening of Wednesday 20th March members and friends gathered at St. Theresa’s Hall, Wasop in eager anticipation. President Ruth had already been busy and on the tables were polystyrene rings, fabric, ribbon, glue, scissors and a knitting needle!!

All was revealed when Ruth gave us instructions and tips on how to make a lovely rag wreath. We looked at Ruth’s wonderful examples and set to work. The concentration in the room was palatable but as we mastered the technique of cutting, glueing, positioning and prodding our squares of fabric into place, everyone relaxed and the chatter and laughter began.

Everyone’s design and colours were fabulous, the time flew by and unbelievably we had created a beautiful hand crafted rag wreath. What a lovely relaxing and creative time we had all enjoyed together with delicious crumpets, tea and coffee (thanks Lynne) and chocolates (thanks Elaine).

Our thanks to Ruth for passing on her knowledge and talents. Well Done another fantastic craft session.’