Inner Wheel District 4

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About District 4

Inner Wheel is an international service organisation for women, open to all who share its aims and ideals. Inner Wheel was founded in Manchester by Mrs Margarette Golding in 1924. District 4 is one of 29 Districts in the UK & Ireland and has 24 clubs covering West & North Yorkshire. Inner Wheel is one of the largest women’s voluntary service organisations in the world with members in 104 countries with a worldwide membership of 108,641.

Members enjoy trips to the coast, Country Houses, raising money in imaginative ways e.g Sky Dive, Charity Walks, Bake Off, Wine Evenings and much more.

Inner Wheel is where dedicated women share their friendship, passion for community service and take action to make lives better.

District 4 Rally

District 4’s 89th Rally took place at the Pavilions, Harrogate on Monday 16th October. About one hundred guests arrived in the morning for coffee and chat before going into the Conference Room for the Act of Friendship. The welcome was given by Pat Mirfield, Immediate Past District Chair and as this is District 4’s 90th Year, the emphasis of the programme that followed was on Friendship, Service and International Understanding, supported by music played by Rotarian Peter Acaster and singing from the District 4 Choir, conducted by Inner Wheeler Robbie Morgan. The audience left the room for lunch to the strains of ‘Together We Are Stronger’ on a recording by the Military Wives Choir. In the afternoon, we once again congregated in the Conference Room where we were welcomed by District Chair Christine Hines who together with Association President Anthea Tinsley lit the Candles of Friendship. There followed greetings brought by Rotary District Governor David Phillips, District 15 Chair Brenda Scourfield and an address from Association President Anthea, after which the audience was amused and enthralled by Laura Festa who demonstrated and explained the work of the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre. After her wonderful talk Laura was presented with a cheque for £1800 which had been collected over the year as DC Christine’s charity. The votes of thanks were given by District Editor Ann Lowe and MoC Edith Davison. A big thank you from DC Christine to all who supported this event and those who worked so hard to make it such a happy and friendly event.

Who we Support

Some of District 4 Exec held a raffle at Rotary Conference in Scarborough

The Zikomo Trust supports orphans, vulnerable children and the elderly in Malawi. Through education, healthcare and community support we aim to offer them a brighter future.

Our aim is to raise awareness of the problems faceing malawi and to assist in the eareas of education, poverty and healthcare.

From our office base at Chorley, UK we work with Churches and trusted Christian partners across the world and in the UK to relieve suffering through practical aid such as food, clothing, medical supplies and shoebox gifts.

Our dedicated staff and volunteers in Eastern Europe, West Africa and India also share Christ’s love with people in need through a wide range of ministries. These include schools, children’s homes, prison ministry, rehab centres, Bible college, evangelism, healthcare, Christian holidays and clubs for children and training courses such as tailoring projects. We have a network of Charity shops in the UK which help to fund our life changing work.

What does the charity do?

  • We recycle your donated personal, educational, vocational and first aid items.
  • Goods are sold in our charity shop to raise essential funds; items requested by groups in Africa are sorted and packed ready to send; the rest are recycled.
  • We support small scale, sustainable self-help projects with known organisations.

How are we different from other charities?

  • Every penny you give goes directly towards sending goods to Africa.
  • We are run entirely by volunteers both in the UK & Africa. No salaries or fees are paid.
  • Goods are shared amongst those with the greatest need, regardless of faith, religion, social status, ethnicity or gender by local organisers of proven ability and trust. Read about our work in our projects page

November District meeting

At our recent meeting, various charity goods were brought by the attending clubs. Our Collection Challenge was for 190 of the following items (100 for Association of Inner Wheel and 90 for D4’s milestone) and listed is the number we actually received
Shoe Boxes 229, knickers 732, baby blankets 416, baby/childrens’ knitted items 1,014 and ring pulls 16.125kg
Well done District 4!


Jennifer Angus, our International Chairman, handing over a cheque for £300 to Carol Cook, Chairman of Parkinsons UK Leeds Branch.  The money was from the Zip Wire Challenge.

Halloween Party

Brighouse Town & District have had a Halloween Party as part of their Monthly Get Together and Pat, Denise and Ann from Airedale Inner Wheel were brave enough to join them. To find out how scary it was check them out on Facebook at “Brighouse Town & District Inner Wheel”

North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre

This charity is our Chairman Christine’s charity for the year.  They provide music therapy and group music sessions both on their own premises and across the region.  The centre, the Byre, provides a calm welcoming space where people can meet in a safe environment, experience the power of music and through exploration and self-expression, encourage people to achieve their own personal goals. 
NYMTC works with individuals and groups.  Currently they provide sessions at Springhead School in Scarborough as well as family sessions in the communities of Pickering and Malton.  The Centre also has a partnership with York Downs Syndrome Support Group which provides the opportunity for young people to sing as a choir.  To aid communication, Makaton sign language is used.  This group have performed with Stamford Bridge Community Choir.
The Centre works across the age ranges and there are sessions for pre school children through to those in their twilight years.  Music Therapy is highly beneficial to those suffering from Dementia and the centre provides sessions for care homes as well as supporting families in the community.  Ideally they would like to expand the service they provide as they have seen the benefits for those who have received/attended their sessions.

We are thrilled to announce that Inner Wheel District 4 raised £1850.00 for North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre over the course of this year! Laura, their Director attended District 4’s Rally at the Pavilions, Harrogate and gave a presentation that had the audience joining in music making, which made everyone smile. A big thank you for a wonderful day and such a huge donation. Pictured are Christine Hines, District 4 Chairman and Laura accepting the cheque.

District 4 Officers

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: Christine Hines 2023-2024


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District 4 Events

MeetingDate Place
District Rally16th October 2023'The Pavilions' Harrogate, HG2 8NZ
District Committee Meeting 115th November 2023
St Chads Parish Centre, LS16 5JT
Christmas Party7th December 2023St Chads Parish Centre LS16 5JT
District Committee Meeting 20th March 2024St Chad's Parish Centre
LS16 5JT
International Rally3rd June 2024St Chad's Parish Centre
LS16 5JT
District Meeting AGM & Handover24th June 2024St Chads Parish Centre LS16 5JT

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