Inner Wheel Club of Clevedon marks 70th anniversary with celebration
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:27 02 March 2018
A women-only Clevedon charity has celebrated its 70th anniversary.
The Inner Wheel Club of Clevedon’s first meeting was held in 1948, 25 years after the first group was founded in Manchester.
To mark the occasion members gathered for a celebration at Clevedon School and reflected on the charity’s achievements.
The club started out with just 20 people as it was originally exclusive to wives of Rotary International members but has gone on to become hugely popular with more than 600 clubs operating across the UK.
Club member Molly Hutton said: “This small beginning has now grown into the largest women’s service organisation in the world.
“Originally only for Rotarian wives, the constitution was changed to invite women with no Rotary connections to join us.
“In those early days help given was more of a practical nature, Clevedon then being a much smaller community.
“Today there is still an emphasis on local needs, some of those benefitting in recent times being the Foodbank, Springboard Opportunity Group and Andrew House, but national and international charities are also well supported.
“In our 70-year history Clevedon is proud to say we have provided five district chairmen and in the coming year that will rise to six.”
One of the charity’s regular projects over the years has been the production of blankets.
In 1979 a blanket was made for a baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo who appeared on TV wrapped up in it.
As well as supporting numerous charities, the club also provides friendship for all of its members. It hosts regular outings to places including the Royal Mint, Dyrham Park and Priston Mill in Bath.
Members have also enjoyed a tour of a lifeboat station and a steam train trip to Minehead.
Quizzes, beetle drives and skittles, which it became district champion at in 2013, make up a large part of the club’s busy annual calendar.
The Inner Wheel Club of Clevedon meets at 2.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month at the Methodist church hall in Halswell Road.