Sidmouth’s Inner Wheel Club celebrates 60th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 17:23 23 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:26 24 March 2017

President of The Inner Wheel Hilary Hatherley with guest speaker Anna Sutherland. Ref shs 11-17TI 8860. Picture: Terry Ife

President of The Inner Wheel Hilary Hatherley with guest speaker Anna Sutherland. Ref shs 11-17TI 8860. Picture: Terry Ife

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Sidmouth’s ‘active and vibrant’ Inner Wheel group celebrated its diamond anniversary this week with a celebratory meal at the Victoria Hotel.

President of The Inner Wheel Hilary Hatherley with District Chairman Diedre Stewart cutting the cake to celebrate Sidmouths 60th anniversary. Ref shs 11-17TI 8854. Picture: Terry IfePresident of The Inner Wheel Hilary Hatherley with District Chairman Diedre Stewart cutting the cake to celebrate Sidmouths 60th anniversary. Ref shs 11-17TI 8854. Picture: Terry Ife

Some 91 women from clubs across the region attended the celebration last Tuesday to mark 60 years since the Sidmouth group’s formation in 1957.

District chairman Deidre Stewart also attended to present the club a certificate from Zena Coles, the national president of Inner Wheel.

Joyce Deary, from the Inner Wheel Club of Sidmouth, said: “Deidre remarked that since 1957 when women’s career choices were limited to not much more than marriage and family or shorthand typing - and that it was not usual for women to enter major sports events of any note. Much had changed, which was a matter for celebration.

“She congratulated Sidmouth on forming such an active and vibrant group when women were not much thought of despite their considerable contributions during the war.”

President Hilary Hatherley thanked members and cut a special birthday cake, before presenting flowers to founder member Sheelagh Mitchelmore.

The group’s next event will be a coffee morning and sale in aid of the Admiral Nurse Campaign. The sale will take place in the Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, Match 30, between 10am and noon.

Visitors will be able to browse a range of stalls including cakes, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, bags and scarves. Refreshments are available, admission is £1.


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