Inner Wheel District 8


Archived News - 2021

December 2021


During the lead up to Christmas Saffron Walden club collected for a day outside Tesco’s for local charities . The local community were very generous .

Thetford club decorated a tree for the Methodist Church Christmas tree Festival.
The theme was Music.

Ely club held an enjoyable Christmas lunch at the Golf Club. There were Secret Santa parcels for everyone and knitted covered Chocolate Oranges for sale for Charity.

Gt. Yarmouth
Following an excellent lunch under the direction of Guest Speaker Helen Bluckert we enjoyed making our own Christmas tree decorations.

Watton members taking part in the Town’s Festive Market on Sunday 28th.Nov. with a “Pretty Parcel” stall. £500 was raised

November 2021

On November 24th. The D.C.M. took place at the Park Hotel Diss. It was a well attended and lively meeting with much discussion particularly on financial matters. The host club was Ely with club President Julia Smith giving a talk on Ely. Photo shows District Chairman Coral with the new Banner


Julia Smith President about to lay a wreath on the War Memorial. Along side her is husband Phil laying a wreath for Ely Rotary

October 2021

The Speaker at Thetford’s Meeting was renowned Knitter Lois Gill who with other knitters from the village of Caston make and exhibit life size models of famous people. Here is Captain Tom.....totally knitted even his walking frame

On 20th.October the District Rally took place at Briarfields Hotel North Norfolk .
District Chairman Coral Campbell and Association Chairman Betty Roberts attending.

Watton Club held a successful Cake stall raising over£300. A visitor from Thetford club can be seen making a purchase.

September 2021

Group photo at meeting ( several members absent)

August 2021

District Executive Outing
On August 4th. the nine members of the District Executive Committee met up in the Cutter Inn in Ely for lunch and a catch up. This was an opportunity for Immediate past Chairman Deirdre Griffin to pass on the District Chairman’s chain in person to Coral Campbell. Presents and gifts were exchanged. Lunch was followed by a river boat trip on the Liberty Belle and afterwards by coffee at the Riverside Cafe. The weather was perfect and an enjoyable time was had by all. Thanks went to Coral for organising this outing.

The Summer BBQ was held in the Cart Shed due to poor weather.

July 2021


On July 21st. Ely Inner Wheel Club held their President’s Evening with food and wine at the Golf Club. This was our first “real” meeting since the beginning of Lockdown. Everyone was on good form and it was an opportunity to catch up with friends on a most enjoyable summer evening. President Julia Smith passed on the Vice Presidents Badge to Mary Rone who then drew the raffle ticket which Maureen Woodbine won.


Coffee mornings have started again

June 2021

Susan Watson is now the new club President for 2021-2022


On 23rd. June the Inner Wheel club of Ely held their A G M on Zoom. Hopefully from now on our meetings will be held face to face. It was well attended and apart from business there was lots of chat. Susie Sallis Browne handed the chain to new President Julia Smith. The Handover took place in Julia’s kitchen and we look forward to a year of fun, friendship and fund raising! Julia’s chosen Charity is EACH (East Anglia Children’s Hospice)

District Executive

On 22nd. June the District Committee Meeting and AGM was held via Zoom. Here are some of the attendees. All clubs were represented. The new Executive Officers were announced (see list) and Immediate Past Chairman Deirdre Griffin will hand over the chain of office to Carol Campbell when they meet in person on Aug.4th

May 2021

Watton club celebrated getting out of lockdown (well nearly) by enjoying their 40th. Birthday Tea in a member’s Cart shed on a very cold, wet and windy day. It was quite an adventure! District Chairman Deirdre Griffin attended.

Ely club’s international Fundraising meeting via Zoom.
Firstly Johnathan Roberts from Smile Train gave a presentation and Q and A session on the work of this Charity. We were joined by members of Ely Rotary. This was followed by a Raffle Prize draw and guess the weight of the Cake ( baked by Vice President Julia Smith). Closest guess wins the cake ...winner was President Susie. Then it was Eyes Down for Bingo. Cards had been emailed to us and excellent Bingo caller Jenny Axford (our Treasurer) rolled the balls. Prizes for lines and full house! This most enjoyable evening raised £570 for SmileTrain. Jonathan Roberts was very pleased with this sum and said it would cover the cost of four corrective operations for children born with cleft palates.

On 3rd May, the Inner Wheel Club of Saffron Walden organised a Captain Tom Challenge as suggested by the late Captain’s family. It was to walk 100 laps of Saffron Walden Common. Members of the club, friends, family and other residents of the town rose to the challenge and we raised £485 for Mind, the mental health charity.
Photos show some of the early attendees and the ladies who ticked off the laps. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Saffron Walden

April 2021

1. I was there!

The Virtual Convention Building lobby showing layout plan and guidance.
In theExperience Zone I went on guided tour of Jaipur, Agra and Delhi . Also learnt Indian cookery, how to tie a Sari , Indian dancing, visited Bazaars where I could buy all manner of craft and Jewellery items. The Project Hall exhibited the service projects of 100+ countries (Ann Acaster gave the GB&I video)

Then into the Convention Hall for all the live business , discussions, proposals, voting etc. 

Here is President Bina Vyas giving her opening speech

The 18th.Inner Wheel Virtual Convention  April 2021 

Thetford Committee still all smiles after a year’s Lockdown

March 2021

Saffron Walden
Always keen for a chat and some fun some members of Saffron Walden club had a Zoom Bingo Evening. It was declared to be fun and Maria our District Member of Council won both Line and Full House. She will receive a small prize when we are allowed to meet up again.

Presidents Lunch and Commitee Meeting

On March 18th District 8 held their Presidents Lunch and Committee Meeting via Zoom. Here are some of the 50 participating members. At 1p.m the Executive Committee met with club Presidents for “lunch” in different “breakout rooms” which was very sociable and then at 2p.m the Committee Meeting began with the rest of the members. It was a very successful meeting , chaired ably by Deirdre Griffin with a considerable amount of discussion, business and proposal decisions achieved.

District Executive
District 8 Executive Committee looking happy continuing their meetings on Zoom...no long distant driving needed!

February 2021

February 24th should have been our 71st. Charter Night . Instead we held a Charter Tea on Zoom. One of our members, Julia Smith (Vice President) made a “tea” of cakes and sandwiches, all home made, boxed them up and arranged delivery to each member so that we could all eat our delicious tea together. Candles were lit by President Susie for Past/Present and Future and then I.S.O Mary Rone lit the International candle. Greetings were brought by Ely Rotary President Robert Barnes who also enjoyed a tea. A most enjoyable sociable time was had by all and £350 was raised for local Charity Poss+Ability.

Saffron Walden
Members of Saffron Walden club rose to the challenge to write Pancake Limericks.

January 2021

Committee Meetings can be fun! All smiles!

World Inner Wheel Day January 10th 2021

This is the Candle lit for our International friends on Inner Wheel Day and placed in President Beryl’s porch during our Zoom meeting.

Saffron Walden

Here are some members of Thetford club celebrating Inner Wheel Day by lighting a candle and having a Zoom meeting with lots of chat and catch ups.

Zoom Meeting: Deidre Griffin with Club Presidents


Thetford Inner Wheel have answered the call! Making children’s masks for the appeal from School in a Bag who want to put one in each school bag they send out.