District 12 Inner Wheel

President Rita Rowlett

President Rita Rowlett

About our Club

Broadstairs Club meets at North Foreland Golf Club on 3rd Monday of the month. Meetings are held in the evening 6.45pm for dinner at 7.15pm, (except August).   Our membership currently stands at 24.

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Broadstairs Inner Wheel 2017/2018

President's Charity 

The League of Friends & Broadstairs Life Boat



Our next meeting is the AGM

June 18th        Club AGM & Handover @ North Foreland Golf Club

Monday 21st May

Interclub - May 2018



Bridge Competition

Wyn Briggs and Linda Stanford have got through to the semi final in the Bridge Competition. Congratulations to both of them and good luck in the next round. 

Monday March 19th 

Speaker Sheila Burke on 'The Poetry of Life'

President Rita Rowlett is pictured with Sheila Burke

24 members gathered together to enjoy a meal at North Foreland Golf Club and to listen to our speaker for the evening Sheila Burke. Sheila enacted poetry depicting Sex and the English Lady and the Alphabet of Old Age. Altogether a very enjoyable evening.

Monday 15th January 2018

Speaker Carolyn Goddard 
"Is your Journey Really Necessary"

                         Acting President Val Hinds & Speaker Carolyn Goddard

Acting President Val Hinds is pictured with our speaker for the evening Carolyn Goddard. 
After a delicious meal at the Golf Club Carolyn spoke to us about the trials and tribulation she encountered whilst travelling to France. First in the early days as a 13yr old, when it was normal practice  for a young girl to travel by train, on her own, in a strange country to meet people she had never met, in order to learn french. Later, stories relating to the restrictions imposed by the airline companies on travellers after the Shoe Bomber incident, and then what can go wrong when travelling by car, a very interesting talk.

Inner Wheel Day 10th January

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IW Day

IW Day IW Day

Broadstairs Ladies are seen above celebrating  Inner Wheel Day at the home of one of their members.

The focus this year was the advanced preparation of Shoe Boxes. A discussion took place into what exactly should go into the boxes which will eventually be distributed to Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kosovo and  many other bordering countries

18th December

Christmas Dinner

Our meeting in December was our Christmas Dinner with husbands, held at North Foreland Golf Club.

The raffle raised £69 for the QEQM League of Friends.

President Rita Rowlett helps Broadstairs Rotary with their Christmas Collection

President Rita collecting for Rotary in Broadstairs

Bridge Competition

President Rita has informed us that Wyn Briggs and Linda Stanford have won their first round in the Bridge Competition. Congratulations to both of them and good luck in the next round.

Thursday 14th December  2017
Members of Broadstairs Inner Wheel
 take part in 

The Joint Thanet Clubs Carol Service

 at the Baptist Church Queens Road Broadstairs

Joint Thanet Clubs Choir

Choir Master Chris Hedges,  accompanied by The Reverend Peter Russell who played the piano are pictured with the choir at the Baptist Church Broadstairs.

Inner Wheel Poetry Competition

Closing date 12th December

Leave a Lasting Legacy

The Francis Forbes Barton

Old and abandoned by seafarers all,

Rotting, crumbling, stuck fast on arid land,

Once did answer Earl Goodwinís trembling call

Neglected now, she cries for helping hand.

Brave crews who manned her all those years gone by,

Capsized thrice, thrown beam end with sail and mast submerged;

Survived, but not revered, I hear you sigh,

Not then, but now, her former neglect purge.

With mouldering frame and sails destroyed by choice,

This grand old lady, lifesaver of the past

When marinerís shipwrecked hearts did once rejoice,

Cries loud, for restoration and repair, at last.

Presidentís charity sets out to lead the way,

Legacy, lasting, she will stand high for all to view;

Display now in splendid style on Bradstow Cliff, this day,

Repaired, restored, revered, reborn, renew. 

Broadstairs Inner Wheel District 12

                    FFB - Goodwin Sands

Sunday 3rd December  

Me Before You 

Our Film Night on Sunday was a great success. The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs was full for the special showing of the film "Me Before You" starring  Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin.  Not a dry eye in the place, the audience really enjoyed the evening. A raffle was also held which helped to boost the funds  raised. Proceeds will go towards our President's Charity, The Frances Forbes Barton, the Broadstairs Life Boat  from 1897 to 1912. John Nichols, a member of the "Friends" who is overseeing her return home for a full and sympathetic restoration, spoke to everyone updating them on the current status of this grand old lady and thanked Broadstairs Inner Wheel for all the work involved in helping to raise funds for her renovation and repair.                                                                                                                                                    

     Flyer - Frances Forbes Barton     

          The evening raised £505.00 

          Thank you everybody for your support.

me before you - emilia Clarke and sam claflin

                                                         Sunday 12th November 

                                        Remembrance Sunday

                                     Sheila Dicks                                                                         

Sheila Dicks, acting President of Broadstairs Inner Wheel is pictured at the Broadstairs Cenotaph after laying the Remembrance Day wreath on behalf of the Club.

Wednesday 8th November 

International District Rally

Broadstairs Scarf Stall

Ladies from Broadstairs Inner Wheel are pictured next to the scarf stall they manned at the International District Rally held at Ditton. A sum of £130 was raised which went towards the total of over £3,000 raised by the District, for WaterAid UK. Funds raised will be matched by Government funding, so well done everybody.

Thursday 26th October

Diabetes UK

Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes.

Diabetes UK

President Rita and Sheila Dicks are pictured presenting a cheque on behalf of Broadstairs Inner Wheel to  Eileen Doherty  Chair of Diabetes UK, Thanet Group. Group meetings are held monthly on the last Thursday of each month, from February to July and then from September to December at Northdown House, Northdown Park Cliftonville, at 7.30pm. After the cheque presentation Philip Chandler gave a very interesting slide show on the prevention and management of this major medical condition.

Wednesday 25th October

Knitted blankets for Operation Sunshine

Operation Sunshine Knitted Squares

Jill Barber, Past President of Broadstairs Inner Wheel has worked tirelessly to produce these beautifully knitted blankets for our International Charity, Operation Sunshine.  Operation Sunshine has a depot in Folkestone and large items can be taken there directly. However these blankets will be taken to the District meeting at Ditton on Wednesday 25th October, for onward transmission.Thank you Jill for all your hard work.

October 16th

District Chairman - Ruth Portway's Visit

Ruth Portway

President Rita Rowlett is pictured presenting a basket of flowers to District 12 Chairman, Ruth Portway, our speaker for the evening. Ruth, as well as being District Chairman is also the Immediate Past President of Gravesend Club. 

After a delicious meal at the Golf Club, Ruth spoke to us about our achievements during the previous year and praised us for our efficient running of our Club. The District charity for 2017/18 is Diabetes UK, however Rita agreed with Ruth that rather than give a cheque for the charity to District, Broadstairs would make a donation to our local Diabetic support group. Ruth then presented Rita with a Hebe plant, the flowers of which represent all the clubs in District. Jill Barber was then called upon to give the vote of thanks.


September 26th 

Edinburgh Woollen Mill - Fashion Show

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Fashion Show
Fashion Show FAshion Show

Ladies from all over Thanet gathered together in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Broadstairs on 26th September to watch Edinburgh Woollen Mill's Autumn Collection presented by President Rita's team of models. Edinburgh Woollen Mill once again displayed a selection of beautiful clothes that are available at their outlet in the Wyevale Garden Centre in Ramsgate. Fizz and nibbles were provided by Inner Wheel and a raffle was held to support the evening. The event raised £547.38 for our International Charity and the Broadstairs Life Boat Restoration Fund.

Club Meeting Monday 18th September 2017
Speaker Kevin Cooke on "My Life as a Town Sergeant"

Kevin Cooke

Broadstairs Inner Wheel started the year with an explosion of events.

In August members supported the QEQM by raising a sum in  excess of £157 for the League of Friends, at the hospital fete.  Later in August a coffee and cream scone social was held at Mama Feelgoods at QUEX. Early in September Broadstairs took part in a Quiz night organized by Westgate and Birchington Inner Wheel, taking first place in the competition.  

Our Club meeting was held at North Foreland Golf Club on Monday 18th September, where after a delicious meal, President Rita Rowlett introduced the speaker for the evening, Town Sargeant for Sandwich, Kevin Cook. Kevin, wearing ceremonial livery topped with a tricorn hat talked about his job attending the Mayor of Sandwich. Following the terms of his job description, which dated back to  1736 in the reign of George II, Kevin explained how  the MACE symbolised a weapon once used  to protect the Mayor and his jewels. Kevin also took on the roll of Town Cryer in 2011 which allows him  to cry on behalf of Sandwich and the Cinque Ports. 

A film night, featuring  Me Before You @ the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs on Sunday 3rd December 5.15 for 6.00pm is next on the Broadstairs Inner Wheel agenda. Tickets are £5. with proceeds going to  our Presidentís Charity the Broadstairs Lifeboat Restoration Fund Ė The Francis Forbes Barton.

Club Meeting July 17th 2017

Speaker John Nichols on "The Francis Forbes Barton 1896-1912

Broadstairs Life Boat

John Nichols with Rita Rowlett
Ladies of Broadstairs Inner Wheel

President Rita Rowlett introduced our speaker for the evening John Nichols. John spoke to us about the Broadstairs Life Boat, that he and a group of his  friends have rescued and brought back to Broadstairs after more than 100 years, to be renovated. 

This grand old Lady - The Francis Forbes Barton - is a 'lifeboat built by Rutherfords of Birkenhead and served at Broadstairs from 1897 to 1912. She then saw service through the Great War at North Deal before being sold out of service in 1926.

                         CLUB PROGRAMME


July 17th        Club Meeting @ Golf Club - Speaker John Nichols "Broadstairs Life Boat"

July 27th        DISTRICT - Club Officers' Assembly @ Ditton Community Centre 10.00 for 10.30am

August 5th    QEQM Fete 9.00am setup. Start 10.30am - 2.00pm

Sept. 18th    Club Meeting @ Golf Club -Speaker Kevin Cooke on "My life as a Town Sergeant"      

Sept.  26th     Fashion Show @ Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs

Sept   27th     DISTRICT Cameo Lunch @ Chart Hills Golf Club 12.00 for 12.30pm     

Oct. 16th       Club meeting @ Golf Club - District Chairman's visit - Ruth Portway

Oct. 25th        DISTRICT meeting @ Ditton 10.00am for 10.30am

Nov   8th        District International Rally @ Ditton 9.30am setup for 10.00am start.

Nov  12th        Remembrance Sunday Broadstairs 

Nov. 20th        Club Meeting @ Golf Club - Speaker - Margaret Ovenden "Catwalk to Quire"

Dec. 18th        Club Christmas meeting  @ North Foreland Golf Club, with husbands 6.45 for 7.15pm


Jan  10th        INNER WHEEL DAY

Jan  15th         Club Meeting @ Golf Club, Speaker Carolyn Goddard "Is your journey really necessary"

Feb. 20th        Club Meeting @  Golf Club - Business meeting (voting papers)

Mar  14th        DISTRICT meeting @ Ditton

Mar   19th       Club meeting @ Golf Club, Speaker Sheila Burke on 'The Poetry of Life'

April 16th       Club Meeting @ Golf Club Joint Clubs Evening & Silent Auction.

April 25th        DISTRICT Quiz Ditton 6 for 6.30pm

April 28th        Broadstairs Inner Wheel - Wine & Wisdom @ St Peter's Church Hall.

May 21st        Broadstairs INTERCLUB @ North Foreland Golf Club.

June 5th        DISTRICT Rally @ Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel

June 18th        Club AGM & Handover @ North Foreland Golf Club

June 20th        DISTRICT AGM & Handover @ Ditton 6.30pm

Monday 21st May