Knit and Natter Night

A lovely, if not very hot British summer evening for a knit and natter night with friends.


We wanted to share with you all the goodies, the joy and the friendship that go in to the collation of these joy bags and baby bundles on a knit and natter night.

Marjorie is knitting together squares, knitted by members and volunteers to make one of these wonderful blankets for the baby bundles. These are used to hold together the bundles with two oversized safety pins. All bundles are specific to a boy or a girl and contain a beautiful hand knitted cardigan or jumper made by volunteers and members.

Ruth, with one of the finished bundles ready to send off.  Each bundle contains a knitted blanket, cot sheets, soap, sponge, nappy cream, 4 nappies, baby grows, knitted garments, 2 complete outfits, 1 toy, 1 towel, wipes, cotton wool (baby girl bundle shown). All items that are new, are purchased from fund raising events across the year.

If you love bags, you will love this donated bag pile.


079CA67E-6BC1-4B40-88E2-864AF051460B These lovely donated bags made us smile. In each joy bag you will find a flannel, towel, soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb/brush and a pack of tissues. A pen/pencil and notebook, scarf, slippers, a jewellery/costmetic bag containing items of shampoo, conditioner, moisturising lotion, body wash/shower gel. If we have them extra items such as sewing kit, shoe shine tights and perfume will be included.

These wonderful bundles and bags go to the Notts Police Aid Convoy. In 1993, at the height of the Balkans wars the UK National Police Aid Convoys was formed to carry humanitarian aid to refugee camps. At the end of the wars they built on their experience and continued procuring and delivering humanitarian and development aid to wherever the need was identified. Warsop Inner Wheel and our District Clubs support this continued humanitarian aid project.

These bags don’t make themselves, but are lovingly put together by members under the supervision of Christine our International Service Officer. She ensures that all bags used are in good condition and that no bundle or bag goes out without being fully stocked.


A fantastic sight to see – the first joy bags of the evening catching the British sunshine.

We even have this lovely bunch of ladies sorting out donated jewellery to make sure it is worth of being passed on to a lady in need. L2R: Sarah, Sue, Anne, Sue, Marjorie, Sharon and Sheila.


We will keep you posted on exactly how many joy bags and baby bundles we put together tonight, but we were so pleased with tonights group effort, we thought we’d share some pictures immediately.

Here we have (from top left) Lesley and Sue collating a baby bundle, with Sue affectionately naming each toy that goes in to the gift bag. Marlene and Sue gathering the items together and finally Ruth, Sue and Marelene working as a team to pull the bundles together. Great team work ladies.


We just couldn’t resist finishing off this post with a picture of cute little baby toys.

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International Coffee Morning

To raise funds for our international charities, members will often host a coffee morning at their home or other suitable location. Stalls are set up including the Clubs much love bric a brac stand and some well chosen gift stalls.

The sun doesn’t always shine but on this occasion tea, cakes and a cheeky bargain made for a perfect fund raising day with friends.

A beautiful garden setting always helps to walk off the cakes.
Sunshine and chit chat
You’ll always find them in the kitchen at parties
Keep the cakes coming ladies
We’re bettter together

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District Hand Over Meeting

President Gloria, Immediate Past Present Sharon and Vice President Helen all attended the hand over meeting with other members of the Club’s Committee. We were delighted to share in the celebrations as outgoing Chairman Di Sardesai handed over the chain of office to our new District Chairman Di Hylton for the coming year.


We also welcomed new members of the District Committee and said fond farewell to others who have served three years in office. Our new District Committee for 2016-2107 left to right is:

Diann Jacobs Editor, Linda Elkin Second Vice Chairman, Di Sardesai Immediate Past Chairman, Sue Curley Member of Council, Di Hylton Chairman, Anne Lyons Secretary, Vera Dilkes First Vice Chairman, Lyn Woolmer Treasurer and Marian Tasker International Service Committee Chairman.


Below: The District’s Club Editors  are seen here with our new web master Jacquie Chapman (centre right front) and District Editor Diann (centre behind, Jacquie), who is entering her third and final year. Editors from all over the district wish you both well.3BAF8C00-6E8C-4FB2-9F66-468F3175DA19

From Warsop our 2016 -2017 Committee members who attended today are. Below left to right: Joanne new Club member, Elaine retains her role as Treaurer, Sue rejoins the Committee as Secretary. Front row right to left: Ruth retains her role as Editor and takes on the role of Junior Vice President,  Immediate Past President Sharon, President Gloria and Vice President Helen. Lynne retires from Committee work after three years as Club secretary. Christine will be our International Officer for this last year  (on the bottom photograph only next to Lynne).



During the afternoon meeting the outgoing Chairman Di Sardesai presented an amazing £10,000 cheque to the NSPCC Child line, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire School Service which has been delivered to over 52,000 children in those regions. Sales from the Cakes and Jams stall raised  £1,736 from four events and a cheque was presented to member Pam McConnell MBE for The Gambia Trust for £3,380.

Di has now become our membership officer for district and reported that there are now 650 Inner Wheel Clubs in GB&I with over 16,100 members. We were all asked to remember that whilst we continue to put the fun in fundraising, our Clubs foundation and values should always focus on promoting true friendship, encouraging the ideals of personal service and fostering international understanding.

Ladies, a wonderful day was had by all and we wish everyone great success and much happiness in the year ahead.

Change Over July 2016

On 06 past and present.pngJuly 2016 at the Hostess Restaurant in Sookholme, President Sharon Smith hung up her chain as President after a fantastic year  in office. Sharon has been a member of Warsop Club for only a short time, before getting stuck in and becoming President.

Seen here President Gloria (L) and Immediat Past Prsident Sharon (R) smile as they hand over the chain of office.

In Sharon’s year the Club raised an amazing £5,200 for local and national charities. Sharon chose Cancer Research UK as her charity and presented a cheque of £4,000. Donations were also given over the year to the NSPCC and to The Royal British Legion.


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Present to collect from local clubs were Alison Collier from The Oaklands and John Fretwell from Warsop Sporting Trust.Sharon is seen below with both charities accepting with thanks monies from the Club.

A great year Sharon and the Club, well done.

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President Gloria NSPCC Winner

AF49D539-09DE-45E1-98EC-E69982D1679B.pngWarsop Club are so proud of Gloria Humphrey, President of Warsop Inner Wheel. Gloria has won the NSPCC Childhood Champion Award for Outstanding Achievement of the Year for East of England! 

The Childhood Champion Awards is a new set of awards at the NSPCC, all about meaningful recognition of those who go the extra mile. It’s about more than length of service. It’s a chance for colleagues on the front line to share real stories about how the volunteers they work or volunteer alongside are an inspiration, and why every moment of time they give the NSPCC brings us closer to ending child abuse in the UK.  Emma Grishin, Area Coordinator (Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire -NSPCC Schools Service) shared with the award committee everything that Gloria does with and for the NSPCC. From all of the nominations received across the East of England region Gloria has been chosen as this year’s recipient. We are so pleased and proud of her.

On 06 July Gloria met up with all the other regional winners for a gala dinner in London at the Banking Hall in London. The Countess of Wessex was in attendance, as was Dame Esther Rantzen, who both thanked all the volunteers for their amazing work with and for children. CEO of the NSPCC Peter Wanless, gave his thanks too.

Gloria then returned to Warsop to take over as President for 2016-2017 from outgoing President Sharon Smith. The Club meeting held at the Hostess was full with all 45 members in attendance. Gloria also welcomed three ladies to the club with her first inductions of the year. Special guests from local organisations The Oaklands and Warsop Sporting Trust were invited to receive cheques of £600 each and a fantastic £4000 was given to Cancer Research UK from funds the Club has raised in Sharon’s year 2015 – 2016.

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Glasgow Conference April 2016

In April 2016 members of Warsop Inner Wheel and members from District (District 22) attended the Association of Inner Wheel Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) Conference in Glasgow. Over 2,400 women attended from across the UK.

Immediate Past President Sharon Smith (left) and President Gloria Humphrey wearing the District 22 Stewart tartan sash before the conference ceilidh ball on the last night.

20160413_203027_resized  Members met President Sharon (as she was at the time) in her room to thank her for her year in office and presented her with a memento of the 2016 conference.


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Speaker Luke Simon’s (see below centre) brother Piers died in the tsunami in 2004. Luke spoke to the conference about The Piers Simon Appeal (PSA). PSA was launched  by Luke and his family to help disaster victims around the world. To date, victims in 13 countries have been financially supported by PSA. In 2009 PSA created School in a Bag (SIAB) an initiative that distributes rucksacks filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils to disadvantaged children around the world giving them an opportunity for a better education. Each rucksack costs £15 and Warsop IW helped raise funds for many bags. PSA encourage people to promote the SIAB Campaign and anyone wishing to raise funds receives a little bear (Camon) with his own tiny red rucksack which holds 15 £1 coins. PSA encourage fundraisers to promote their campaign by taking photographs of their little Camon bear sharing his life with you. These are just a few of the images from Warsop’s Camon Bear activities. These images were used by Luke to present to the conference – images taken by Ruth Riches Warsop Club Correspondent.

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20160412_090703_resized International President Charlotte de Vos from Belgium opened the guest list of speakers and wished current IWGB&I President Trish Douglas a happy conference. Seen here with Ruth our Club Correspondent.

There was not a dry eye in the house from either laughing or crying following a speak by local Nottinghamshire lady Sheila North. Sheila spoke about the IWGB&I president’s charity Parkinsons UK. Sheila is living with Parkinsons and provided a real, raw and incredibly funny account of her life and how it is affected by this terrible disease. ( ). IWGB&I presented Sheila and Parkinson’s UK with a cheque for over £50,000.

Other inspirational speakers who attended over the two-day conference were Olivia Giles, Order of the British Empire (OBE), who in 2002 at the age of 36 contracted meningococcal septicemia and required quadruple amputations. She is the founder of the charity 500 miles ( ) which supports the development and delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services in Malawi and Zambia and a little in Zanzibar.

Award winning cook and food writer Lady Claire McDonald, OBE was announced as a new IWGB&I Patron, following her energetic work to promote Scottish Food and Scottish Food Farmers Markets across the world as a growing tourist attraction for Scotland.

Entertainment was provided by Dr. Paul Whittaker, OBE. Born in Huddersfield in 1964 with hearing loss and profoundly deaf since the age of 8, Paul became an organist and pianist, graduating from Oxford with a degree in music. In 2015 Paul founded the charity Music and the Deaf to help deaf people access music and the performing arts. Paul is an inspirational speaker and performer playing classical and contemporary pieces for the conference delegates. ( )

Tricia Stewart, an original Women’s Institute (WI) Calendar Girl spoke to the conference about the success of the Calendar Girls campaign which started out as a local fundraising project to buy a ‘comfy sofa’ for a WI member’s husband suffering with Hodgkins Lymphoma. This was an inspirational and motivational talk about fundraising and friendship.


Warsop Carnival July 2016


On 03 July 2016 members supported the Warsop and District Carnival by facilitating a refreshment tent. The ladies of the club all provided cakes, cup cakes, tray bakes and savoury goods to be sold on the day.

Volunteers served on the stall and provided tea, coffee and other light refreshments. This is a great day for members to have fun togeher and get to meet the local people. It is always a resounding success and again this year we served nearly 1,200 people.