Inner Wheel District 5

About District 5

Inner Wheel District 5 is part of the world-wide Inner Wheel organisation. Active in more than 104 countries around the world, there are around 108,000 members in 3,895 clubs. The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) is our national governing body and District 5 is one of the 29 Districts in GB&I. Inner Wheel members are women who combine friendship with hands-on service to positively impact their local community and the wider world.

Who we are

The name, The Inner Wheel Club of Manchester was adopted in 1924 by Mrs Margarette Golding.

The event was commemorated by the unveiling of a plaque ninety years later in 2014 by past president, Mrs Joan Johnstone. The plaque marked the site of the first meeting.

The club is still flourishing after the pandemic and despite all our meetings being held on Zoom.  What would Mrs Golding have made of that?

We meet at the Manchester Hall on the second Tuesday of the month for lunch and a speaker or some kind of entertainment.  Club activities include coffee mornings, a Grand National breakfast, fashion shows and we’ve even been known to hold a very entertaining belly dancing display with audience participation from some of the more daring members!

In January this year Mrs Vera Moore became our 98th president.


President Vera Moore at her inauguration January 2022

Community service is quite difficult for a city centre club but we support Lifeshare through our Vice President Mrs Christine Sivori, who in 2015, was awarded the prestigious Margarette Golding award for her service to Lifeshare.

We look forward to our centenary in 2024 and to carrying on the long tradition of friendship and understanding and supporting others less fortunate than ourselves.

Who we support

We support a wide range of charities and community groups; these can be small projects that individual clubs have chosen to support, to larger national and international organisations.
During 2022-23, District Chairman Gill has chosen to support Versus Arthritis.

Julia Garden, Community Engagement Officer at YoungMinds had this to say:

“We are the UK’s leading charity fighting for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges. We’re here to make sure they get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.

The crisis in children and young people’s mental health is real and it is urgent. More children and young people than ever before are reaching out for help with their mental health. But for those who take that brave step, help is much too hard to find.

We are changing this – but we can’t do it without the support of our amazing fundraisers. We are so appreciative of the support from District 5 Inner Wheel – the money you raise will go a long way in helping us fight for a future for all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.

Without your help we would not be able to make an impact to the lives of children, young people and their families affected by mental health issues across the UK.”

For more information about YoungMinds click here.

Social Links

The District 5 Year

We have had trips to St. Annes where, luckily for us, one of our members has hosted beautiful afternoon teas for us at her hotel. In July, President Vera will be organising a visit to Buxton to the D’Oyly  Carte festival to see Iolanthe. In August  we are hoping to visit Lytham where there will be a weekend of activities commemorating the World Wars. In November 2021 Audrey Davies placed a wreath on the cenotaph in Manchester.

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President Audrey Davies laying the Inner Wheel wreath in November 2021

During the festive period in December we celebrate both Christmas and Chanukah with a special lunch and entertainment. We have carol singing and the lighting of the chanukiah. We try hard to promote understanding and fellowship, the main tenets of Inner Wheel.

We have links with two clubs in Australia.

We support or have supported Lifeshare, Young Minds, Cancer Research ,Women’s Aid, shoe boxes and Stroke Box.

Since 1929 nine District Chairmen have come from the Manchester club and in July this year it will be ten when Gill Wilson becomes Chairman.

District 5 Officers

DISTRICT CHAIRMAN: Gill Wilson 2022-2023
1st Vice – Diana Ayres

2nd Vice – Moira Beswick

District Secretary – Ann Wood

District Treasurer – Hamida Adkins

Member of Council – Helen Lamerton

District Editor – Audrey Davies

International Service Chair – Pat Hopkins

Membership & Development – Christine Sivori

Email Us

Do you have a question? If so, drop us a line. One of our members will be happy to answer your query as soon as we can.

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We aim to respond within 3 working days

District 5 Events

District Assembly01/08/2022Altrincham Methodist Church WA14 1HF
District Committee Meeting 113/09/2022Plumley Village Hall WA16 0TR
District International Service Rally12/10/2022Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL
District Committee Meeting 208/12/2022As Above
District Committee Meeting 302/03/2023TBA
District Rally15/03/2023Manchester Hall M3 3BT
District AGM13/06/2023TBA

Current Clubs

Alderley Edge & Bollin Valley







Hazel Grove


Macclesfield Castle


Marple & Goyt Valley





(1930) Altrincham
(1970) Biddulph
(1930) Buxton
(1946) Crewe
(1947) Denton
(1959) Hazel Grove
(1927) Macclesfield
(1979) Macclesfield Castle
(1924) Manchester
(1983) Marple & Goyt Valley
(1958) Nantwich
(1937) Sale
(1953) Sandbach
(1991) Tarporley

District 5 latest news

Zip Wire Challenge Success!

Zip Wire Challenge Success!

Anne Rawsthorne from Nantwich Inner Wheel reports: After many postponments due to covid restrictions and/or weather conditions Nantwich Inner Wheel past president Angela Smith was finally able to undertake her zip wire adventure. A group of members and Angela's...