Inner Wheel stops spinning

Members of the Inner Wheel at the club's charter presentation in May 1964

Members of the Inner Wheel at the club's charter presentation in May 1964

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WHITBY’S Inner Wheel Club held its final meeting on 30 June after almost half a century of fund-raising.

The group first met on 16 October 1963 and since then has seen births, marriages and deaths as the firm group of friends lived their lives together, but now all that is coming to an end.

Members celebrate the club's tenth anniversary with a tree planting

Members celebrate the club's tenth anniversary with a tree planting

Ann Livsey, the club’s final president, said: “We are no longer able to find the officers to fill vital posts, which means we can not function as we would wish.

“It will not be goodbye, but au revoir, as we ladies intend to lunch together on occasions and we have circulated contact details to neighbouring clubs, hoping that we may keep in touch socially.

“It’s a very sad time as something special will be missing from my life.”

The first meeting of the club was held at the Metropole Hotel and 20 ladies attended the formation of Inner Wheel Club No. 1091.

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Representatives from 25 other clubs around Yorkshire and many Rotarians were also present to welcome the ladies to the organisation.

The Inner Wheel is the world’s largest women’s voluntary organisation and membership is open to female relatives of all Rotarians and Inner Wheel members, but now it will no longer have representation in the Whitby area.

The Inner Wheel Club’s final meeting took place on Thursday at the River Gardens cafe at Perry’s Garden Centre in Sleights.