Warm welcome to the first of the year

AT the first meeting of the Inner Wheel year, the President June Hudspith welcomed members at the Queen’s Head Hotel.

Hoping that everyone had enjoyed the summer break, she said that the charity for the year would be Barnabas Safe and Sound.

After the meal, President June introduced the speaker Margaret Moore of Alnwick Inner Wheel Club. However, as Mrs Moore has held many District offices and was a past District Chairman, she was well known to us all. Her talk was entirely unrelated to Inner Wheel for 40 years ago she was one of the few women police constables in Northumberland.

Duties were many and various, but women were particularly assigned to missing persons, especially children, rape cases and anywhere a female officer was deemed appropriate. Station duties could pose a challenge as often the unexpected happened, although it was not quite like Dixon of Dock Green.

Mrs Moore also enjoyed doing Police Call, a short programme at the end of ITV News one evening a week. This entailed her spending some hours of the day at the TV studios and meeting some well-known names.

She was thanked by Vivien Scott.

There followed a short business meeting. The Overseas Organiser congratulated members on the amount of sewing and knitting, which has been produced for areas in need abroad. Future functions were discussed and the meeting closed.