Inner Wheel District 5

Celebrating 100 years of Inner Wheel in Manchester

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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 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.

Next District Meeting: Tuesday June 18th 2024. 6:30pm to 9pm at Plumley Village Hall, WA16 0TR

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

News from D5 Clubs

Hazel Grove Club Welcomes Convention Visitors from Nigeria

Hazel Grove members shared a wonderful afternoon together recently with Convention guests and friends.

Several International visitors from Nigeria enjoyed a tour with us around Bramall Hall. With re-enactors enthusiastically educating us, in the various rooms, on life in Stuart times.
Afterwards, we returned to a club members home where we enjoyed a sumptuous English afternoon tea and glorious weather.

An Extract from “Friendship Through Service”


In Inner Wheel “Friendship” frequently follows “Service”. Friendships formed serving coffee, selling jumble, knitting squares, trimming stamps, travelling together to meetings, sitting next to another delegate at Conference, sharing a taxi to a President’s Party dressed in outrageous costumes….There is a special quality about Inner Wheel friendship which those outside our movement find difficult to comprehend. You move house to another part of the country and immediately you have a group of ready- made friends in the local Inner Wheel Club. You attend a Rally, a Conference, a Convention and you are among friends. Walking along the promenade at Blackpool or through the gardens in Bournemouth, shopping in Marks and Spencer in Glasgow, you are among friends. Travelling on a train wearing your lapel badge you can recognize another member wearing hers and there is immediate rapport.Then there are the special groups of friends within friends – the Semi-Circle and Solo groups within Clubs and Districts for members who are widowed or divorced who share meals, outings and holidays together.

The Past District Officers’ Groups which keep alive the friendship forged while in office at District level. The Past District Chairmen who meet annually with the Association President for a weekend break in differing venues – all friends. Friendships which engender fun and laughter, but are also there in difficult times to share the tears.

To quote from a recent Association President’s address at Conference; “How fortunate that we are bound together through friendship. We always have a friend to turn to… We should be so grateful for this organisation which not only gives us unprecedented friendship but a united purpose as volunteers working for the good of others.”…

Friendship through Service, the story of Inner Wheel”

Taken from Kathleen Hovey’s book “Friendship through Service The Story of Inner Wheel” published in 2004

Chris Gravestock D5 Historian

Celebrating 100 Years of Inner Wheel in Manchester

  The Manchester Club Display at the 2024 IIW Convention in Manchester




2024 District Rally

Well, of course, this is our Centenary year!- and District 5 members rose to the occasion in response to District Chairman Diana`s  idea of “DRESSING FOR THE DECADES”

Gatsby Girls were everywhere – flapping their tassles, pearls and feather boas

The prize for the most striking outfits must, surely, go to the Macclesfield Castle Gang who marched in menacingly in their immaculate Mafia gear – automatic weapons at the ready!

After a delicious lunch, DC Diana introduced her guests, and our special guest, Association President Anthea,  spoke to us about her vision for the future. She told us about the steps being taken to ensure that our great organisation survives and flourishes.

A final treat was a performance by Inner Wheel member, Nicola Mills,  a professional opera singer, who enchanted us with her beautiful voice.

This 2024 Rally was a fitting celebration of our ten decades of Inner Wheel Service, Friendship and Fun.

Thank you, Diana.


 News from D5 Clubs

Marple & Goyt Valley Fashion Show

100 for 100  Postbox Toppers

Three of the ladies from Hazel Grove Club are pictured outside Bramhall Post Office with a knitted Inner Wheel Pillar Box Topper.
Ann knitted the base and letters, and a daffodil.
Vivien made the lettering and flowers around the edge.
Sheila knitted the bees, shamrock, rose, daffodil and tea sign.
Then they all got together to attach the items, which was great fun. 
The Postmaster was delighted ! 
What a lovely way to celebrate our Centenary year!


Email Us

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District 5 Events

District International Service Rally08/10/2023Deanwater Hotel SK7 1RL
District Meeting & Christmas Lunch29/11/2023Davenport Golf Club
SK12 1TS
District Committee Meeting 27/02/2023
12:30 for 1pm
St Michael & All Angels Church, Bramhall, SK7 2PG
District Rally12/03/2024
12 for 12:30pm
Alma Lodge Hotel,
Stockport SK2 6EL
District AGM & Handover Lunch18/06/2024
Plumley Village Hall
WA16 0TR

Current Clubs






Hazel Grove


Macclesfield Castle


Marple & Goyt Valley





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