INNER WHEEL DISTRICT 15
District 15 team with Association President Anthea
fun at Blackpool
About District 15
District 15 covers the counties of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire on the West coast of Wales, part of Powys in Mid Wales and across the South Wales counties to Gwent in the East. All clubs meet at least once a month (apart from August) with fun and fellowship on the agenda.
Our activities include lots of coffee mornings, lunches and afternoon teas. This is often where we raise money for charities, and where we come up with more interesting ideas on how to do so whilst we are socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Recent fundraising ventures have included a sponsored walk along the entire Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (not all at once), making masks during the Covid pandemic and a Zipworld Challenge.
Who we are
The senior club in District 15 is Newport.
Mrs Margerette Golding travelled down to visit on 20th June 1931, so the Club dates itself from this visit, when they were inaugurated as an Inner Wheel Club. There were 33 Inner Wheel Clubs around GB & I at this time and Newport became the first in Wales. It started with 39 members, and a yearly subscription of 2 shillings (10p in decimal currency!). The photograph above shows some of Newport’s founder members. How times have changed!
Who we support
Our Association President’s Charity this year is BEAT. Beat is the UK’s leading charity supporting those affected by eating disorders and campaigning on their behalf. Founded in 1989 as the Eating Disorders Association, it celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.
Our District Chairman’s Charity this year is SSAFA, supporting members and families of current and ex-servicemen in all the UK armed forces. It provides that support in many ways – providing welfare services, benefits advice, helping the return to civilian life, providing emotional and physical support to older veterans and their families, and support after bereavement. At our Rally in October, we raised £556 for SSAFA (on the day).
Our Immediate Past District Chairman’s charity was “Hearing Dogs for the Deaf”. Pauline presented Cate and mum Joanna (both hearing impaired) – not forgetting Marshall, the hearing dog – with a cheque for £2400.
Each Inner Wheel Club also decides what other charities they would like to support – some are local, some Wales or UK wide, and also International Charities, both small and large.
In the last year, Machen Club have celebrated their 50th Anniversary, Cwmbran their 60th, and Carmarthen, Aberdare and the District itself, their 85th. Let’s keep this going!
The District 15 Year
In October 2022, the Inner Wheel Club of Machen were 50 years young. We enjoyed celebrating this milestone with them.
In 2023 Cwmbran celebrated 60 years, and Carmarthen celebrated 85 years of service. Congratulations to all.
District 15 itself also celebrated 85 years of service.
OUR MAGAZINE – THE SPOKESWOMAN
click below for news from around District 15
District 15 Officers 2022-2023
DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: Brenda Scourfield (Carmarthen)
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN: Pauline Minshull (Briton Ferry)
DISTRICT VICE CHAIRMAN & EDITOR: Liz Bettles (Cardiff)
DISTRICT SECRETARY: Marian Curtis (Pontllanfraith)
DISTRICT TREASURER: KarenTulley (Tenby)
MEMBER OF COUNCIL: Daphne Harries (Maesteg)
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE CHAIRMAN: Mary Emment-Lewis (Porthcawl)
MEMBERSHIP & DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: Gwyneth Perkins (Haverfordwest)
District 15 Events
|District Assembly||20/07/23||Hi Tide Inn Porthcawl CF36 5BT|
|District Rally||19/10/23||Aberavon Beach Hotel|
|District Meeting 1||14/11/23||Aberavon Beach Hotel|
|District Meeting 2||08/02/24||Aberavon Beach Hotel|
|International Rally||18/04/24||Trefloyne Manor, Tenby SA70 7RG|
|District AGM and Handover||18/06/24||Aberavon Beach Hotel|
Coleg Morganwg, Aberdare CF44 8ST
Ffordd Parc y Llyn, Llanbadarn Fawr, Aberystwyth SY23 3TL, UK
11am, 2nd Tuesday of the month
Cadoxton Community Centre, Cadoxton, Neath SA10 8AR
Cyncoed Methodist Church, Westminster Cres, Cardiff CF23, UK
7.30pm,or 2.30pm November – February, 3rd Monday of the month
Ivy Bush Hotel, Carmarthen SA31 1LG, UK
7.30pm, third Monday of the month
Green Meadow Golf Club, Cwmbran NP44 2BZ, UK
2nd Tuesday of the month
Venue varies – please contact Secretary Betty Smith Colby Scott 01437710813 email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Plough, Rhosmaen, Llandeilo SA19 6NP
Maen Llwyd Inn, Rudry Lane CF83 3EB
Corner House, Llangynwyd, Maesteg CF34 9SB
Castle Hotel & Restaurant, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8BG, UK
6.30pm, 1st Wednesday of the month
Venue: Horse & Jockey, Steynton
Norton House Hotel, Norton Rd, The Mumbles, Swansea SA3 5TQ, UK
12.30pm, 1st Friday of the month at members’ homes
please contact secretary Edwina Higgins for details 01633 864415
South Pembrokeshire Golf Club, Military Rd, Pennar, Pembroke Dock SA72 6SE, UK
Three Horseshoes Inn, High St, Pentwynmawr, Newbridge, Newport NP11 4HN, UK
lunchtime, 1st Tuesday of the month
Hi-Tide Hotel, Porthcawl
The Giltar Hotel, The Croft, Tenby SA70 8AP, UK
The Falcon Hotel, 111 Lammas St, Carmarthen SA31 3AP, UK
On the District 15 map above , click on a pin and meeting details for that Club will be displayed
(1984) BRITON FERRY
(1939) MERTHYR TYDFIL
(1959) MILFORD HAVEN
(1992) TYWI CARMARTHEN
Cwmbran members have been busy making flowers for their contribution to the 100 for 100 campaign. Pictured are just a few of the 100 target. They hope to use them in wreaths and flower arrangements to sell and raise funds
Eileen Bullen from Pontllanfraith Inner Wheel has been busy for the 100 for 100 campaign. 100 syringe driver bags for use in local hospitals
Pontllanfraith member Eileen Bullen is seen here receiving her Margarette Golding award from District Chairman Brenda Scourfield, watched by Club President Barbel Jones – she was most surprised and delighted to be given this honour. Eileen’s daughter was also in attendance at the Club meeting when the award was first announced.