Inner Wheel District 5

About District 5

Inner Wheel District 5 is made up of 14 clubs that are situated in Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. We currently have around 250 members. We are very proud to have within our district the Founder Club of Manchester, where the Inner Wheel story began almost 100 years ago.

All of our clubs hold monthly meetings, some in the evening, some at lunchtime and some a mixture of the two! A wide range of fundraising activities take place in our clubs during each Inner Wheel year. More information can be found on the individual club pages. All of our clubs warmly welcome women who are interested in joining our wonderful organisation.

District 5 Officers 2023-2024


1st Vice – Vacant

Immediate Past District Chairman – Gill Wilson

District Secretary – Ann Wood

District Treasurer – Hamida Adkins

Member of Council – Helen Lamerton

District Editor – Audrey Davies

International Service Chairman – Pat Hopkins

Membership & Development – Christine Sivori

2022 Home Service Report

Click the link below to read a precise of the D5 Home Service Report that covers the reporting period Jan 1st – Dec 31st 2022


Focus On

If you visit the individual District 5 club pages you will find much more information about the history and current activities of each of our clubs. These pages will be updated from time to time. 


District 5 Friendship Lunch Photos


Julie Johnson, President of IW Hazel Grove Saying Grace.








District 5 members have made 100 Christmas Puddings for Association President Anthea Tilsley’s initiative of 100 for 100 years for the 100th Anniversary.

D5 Christmas Puddings. Sold to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK

If any member of District 5 would like to buy a pudding, Small £3, Medium £6, Large £12, please email


A Very Special Year


On July 1st we began our new Inner Wheel year. A very special year as The Founder Club of Manchester celebrates its 100th birthday and the whole, worldwide, Inner Wheel family celebrate 100 years since our magnificent movement began.


District 5 Chairman Diana Ayres

Few organisations reach their Centenary and even fewer do so with their Aims and Objectives as relevant today as at the time of their  founding. When The Inner Wheel Club of Manchester was created in 1924 it was conceived as being allied and parallel to the Rotary movement, whose ideals it shared.

From these small beginnings, Inner Wheel, now completely independent but respectful of our Rotary heritage, has grown to become the world’s largest women’s organisation, with 120,000 members in 104 countries dedicated to Friendship, Service and International Understanding .

As members of District 5, the District in which the Founder Club is located, we are looking forward to The Triennial Centenary International Inner Wheel Convention which is being held in Manchester over 4 days in May 2024 , where we will be welcoming members from all over the world .

This wonderful Convention will ‘Shine a Light ‘ on the outstanding contributions of Inner Wheel Clubs to their communities, in their own countries  and to supporting those in need wherever they may be .

My own Inner Wheel journey began in 1980, when I was living in Market Bosworth in Leicestershire  and I was asked to become a founder member of the newly constituted  Inner Wheel Club of Market Bosworth.

With an Italian father and an English mother , a French schooling in Egypt, which was my home till I was 21, plus periods living in Germany and Italy, it was the international dimension of Inner Wheel which initially  resonated for me.  After 4 happy years I moved to the Inner Wheel Club of Hazel Grove .

I have since  become passionate about the depth of friendship which we find in our membership of this unique organisation, which is based on caring for each other in our Clubs and the sense of achievement we feel, working together to make the world a better place, one small step at a time .

District 5 Friendship Lunch

September 2023

District Chairman Diana Welcomed Everyone and Proceeded With Lighting the Friendship Candle

This was followed by a short address from Liz Norris, Association Membership & Development Committee, about Margaret Day who had sadly died very recently. Margaret was the Association Conference Chairman, a vital role during this very special year.

Julie Johnson said the grace and then everyone enjoyed a delicious meal.

After lunch there was plenty of time to mingle and catch up with friends old and new.

Upcoming District & Club Events

District 5 International Service Rally October 2023

On Sunday October 8th over 70 people gathered at The Deanwater Hotel in Woodford for the District 5 International Rally. District International officer Pat Hopkins hosted the event and the charity benefitting from the event was The Book Bus. Pat had worked very hard prior to the event sewing 100 book marks and these were placed at each table setting for guests to take away with them as a memento of the event. Association International Service Chairman Pam Boyes attendedwas in attendance  with her husband Chris and special guests Monica and David Gordon, The Book Bus founders. As an added bonus Monica and David had brought a Book Bus along to the event.

District International Officer Pat Hopkins with Monica and David Gordon, The Book Bus Founders.

A raffle was held and there were several lovely prizes. those attending the event were very generous when buying raffle tickets.

District Chairman Diana Ayres with District Editor Audrey Davies at the Raffle Table

After a delicious lunch Pam Boyes, aided by her husband Chris and Monica and David Gordon gave a very interesting presentation about the Book Bus project.

Association International Officer Pam Boyes Talking about Her Recent Visit to The Book Bus in Zambia

Social Links

 District 5 Magazine: Quinta

Watch this space for the next Quinta newsletter, which will include a look back at all of the activities that took place in D5 clubs during the 2022/23 year.

Meanwhile we hope you enjoy reading the D5 2022 Quinta magazine. Please click the link below to open the magazine.

D5 Quinta 2022


Friendship Lunch Photos




The PDOs – Ladies Who Lunch

Past District Officers (PDOs) meet up four times a year to share news, have fun and enjoy a leisurely lunch in a relaxed environment.

No business to conduct – just a reminder of the state of our charity fund and news of when and where we will meet next time.

No stress!!

It does have to be planned and arranged, of course. Chief “fixer” is Chris Gravestock – who never complains about being “re-elected” year after year.

The Chairman changes each year – in the order of joining the group. This year, wearing one of many “hats”, it is Christine Sivori who plans the programme of events.

Our September get-together was at The Ship in Styal, where 14 members chose from the Senior’s Lunch menu. We all qualified!!



Here’s to the next time.


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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District 5 Events

District International Service Rally08/10/2023Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL
District Meeting & Christmas Lunch29/11/2023Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL
District Committee Meeting 27/02/2023
12 for 12:30pm
St Michael & All Angels Church, Bramhall, SK7 2PG
District Rally12/03/2024
12 for 12:30pm
Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL
District AGM & Handover Lunch18/06/2024
Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL

Current Clubs






Hazel Grove


Macclesfield Castle


Marple & Goyt Valley





District 5 latest news

Trish at the UN

Trish at the UN

It has been a great privilege for me to be at the United Nations in my role of V.P. of International Inner Wheel. This has given me the opportunity of meeting our IIW representatives at the UN Martine Gayon and Michelle Burgess, together we have been to all the...