21st Oct, 2017

End of an era for Warwick's Inner Wheel

Leamington Editorial 7th Jul, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE END of an era has come for Warwick’s Inner Wheel Club.

After 47 years of friendship and fellowship, the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club have held their final meeting.

Inner Wheel clubs were created after the Second World War as a women’s equivalent to Rotary clubs.

Down the decades, members of the Warwick branch have raised over £100,000, donated seven beech trees to Warwick Castle Park following an outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease, and helped out in the community.

Joint president Janet Warren said: “The club has sadly taken the decision to close due to falling numbers and the shortage of members to fill the posts required for affiliation to the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs.

“The Warwick Club was formed in 1969 with 20 members. It was originally a group of Rotary wives, but more recently it has been open to all.

“Over the years the club has provided both financial and practical help and support for the district, both in association with the Rotary club and on its own.

“Members used to cater for Rotary events, and prepare and serve all the refreshments provided at Carols in the Castle.

“They also did a weekly round for Meals on Wheels in the town for many years.

The Warwickshire Record Office will hold the records of the club meetings and accounts, as a permanent reminder of the years of service that the club has provided both to the community and to overseas causes.

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