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On 23rd February our brave President Andrea, along with Rotary President Andy, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Click HERE to read an extract from Andrea's diary of the expedition.They have rasied £6,600 and the money will be split between Derby Mountain Rescue, Breast Cancer Care and NSPCC.



We are an enthusiastic group of women who also want to put something back into the community. 

Members can take part in activities that benefit the local community, overseas charities, and various emergency aid projects.

We meet once a month at The Royal Oak, Ockbrook, Derby and enjoy a swift meeting and well prepared meal.  If members wish they can become involved in the committee with a further committee meeting approximately once every 6-8 weeks.

A charity is chosen by the President for that year, most fund raising efforts are then directed towards this charity. One of our favourite social/fundraising events is the Safari Supper. This involves members and their partners meeting at one members home for a starter before separating into groups of 6-8 who travel to different members homes for their main course.  Dessert is usually at the President's home and calorific value of the dishes on offer is strictly not for discussion!

We also support various overseas charities and have an Overseas Service Organiser who collates the various requests for assistance that we have been sent and ensures members are aware of those we choose to support.  There are often many deserving causes and the task of choosing which to support is quite a task. 

We sometimes hold Jumble Sales or collect unwanted toiletries, costume jewellery or make-up for Joy Bags that are distributed to areas of extreme hardship.  We also make Baby Bundles and Toy Bags that can also be distributed to similar areas.  One of a smaller but never the less important projects has been collecting bags of pasta from family and friends for distribution to Bosnia, or the knitting of foot warmers for babies and young children in an orphanage in Rumania.

This is just a taste of the activities in which our Inner Wheel Club takes part.  If you would like more information on membership or just a general chat about what being a member entails, email from the link on our contacts page.

Recent Events 2019-2020

Coffee and Collections...

January 2020

We started the new decade with a coffee morning to raise funds for Inner Wheel International in January – part of the money raised will be donated to charities working to eradicate malaria.

Home-baked scone anyone?

Joyce thanks Ann for hosting the coffee morning.

Members are busy knitting garments and squares to be made up into blankets to be shipped abroad to those in need.

Joyce and Ann check out a finished item ready for dispatch to the International arm of Inner Wheel

At the January meeting Kerry Collyer from the Padley Centre told us about the work they do to provide services to vulnerable people who are experiencing homelessness, social isolation and insecurity. Whilst there are currently no hostel provisions for women, the Padley Centre has just received funding from the "Tampon Tax" which will be used to improve support for homeless women in Derby.

Club members donated food, clothes and toiletries towards supporting the Padley Day Centre, which provides: • somewhere warm, dry and safe for vulnerable men and women;
• use of a WC and shower;
• nutritious cheap/free meals;
• a change of clothes or facilities to wash their own clothes;
• access to various services including health and dental care; potential housing providers; drug and alcohol services and when ready, support to make positive life changes.

The Padley Centre sees over 120 people on some days. It costs around £100 per hour to open the day centre with enough staff to provide support to those needing it, 365 days a year.

Kerry certainly helped us to appreciate what we have . . .

Kerry with some of the Club's donations.

Christmas Party Time!

December 2019

The Christmas party at the Queen's Head in Ockbrook took place early in December – members wore their Christmas jumpers – luckily no two designs were the same. There was a challenging Christmas quiz to tackle, with a few of those elusive answers which are on the tip of your tongue. A good evening was had by all and "secret Santa" gifts were handed out from Santa's sack before Club members headed home.

Two of the very impressive jumpers on show.

We also enjoyed a very sociable evening at the Rotary Christmas Party – a good opportunity to put on our party frocks!

Jane and partner.

Malcolm and Cheryl.

Ken and Anne.

Paul and Diane.

Glue and Glitter. . .

November 2019

Our District Chairman Anne Lyons came along to the November meeting and she gave Club members an interesting insight into her life and career in teaching. Little did she realise that she was shortly to be challenged with glue and lots of tiny novelty items to put into oversize baubles at our Christmas craft evening. Some Club members definitely got "stuck" into their crafting and one group could not stop laughing. Amazingly the finished designs looked very presentable – despite glue and fake snow getting everywhere!

Some of the impressive finished baubles.

Raising money for the London Marathon

October 2019

In October our guest Donna came to talk to us about how running has helped her conquer mental health issues and anxiety caused by the loss of her mum to cancer then her sister to meningitis. This year she is raising money for the Meningitis Research Foundation – a donation was made to this charity by the club.

Donna displays her running kit for the London Marathon.

Burgers galore . . .

September 2019

Church Wilne Inner Wheel Club supported the Rotary Charity Horse Ride in September by running the Refreshment Tent for riders and their supporters. Our club members sold hot rolls and drinks to raise funds for the nominated charities Meningitis Now and The Island Project (a "not for profit" company now based in Borrowash, offering alternative education for learners who thrive better in a calm and less rigid learning space than the traditional classroom, using animal assisted projects and non-classroom based sessions).

Many thanks go to the large supermarkets and local businesses that kindly sponsored us by donating materials for the refreshments – the success of the refreshment tent relies very much on their generosity.

Working hard at the griddle.

In September Ali from the Island Project explained in detail how they help children take control of their lives. Our Club Presidents presented her with a cheque from the refreshment tent proceeds. A cheque was also sent to Meningitis Now, our other nominated charity.

Ali receives the cheque for the Island Project.

Prosecco afternoon tea

August 2019

We had a lucky break with the weather in August for the prosecco afternoon tea held at President Andrea's home. It stayed dry all afternoon and only started to rain as the event was drawing to a close. Much fun was had by all!

Lots to eat to go with the prosecco.


July 2019

At our July meeting, Claire Johnston, who is a local Pilates instructor, gave us a lively and interesting talk about Pilates. She told us about the history of Pilates and how it was invented by German-born Joseph Pilates in 1883 to improve his own health. He went on to develop the exercises for the benefit of other people and that's how the Pilates we know today came about. Pilates benefits posture, balance, muscle tone, and improves flexibility and relaxation and increases body awareness. Claire showed us some of the equipment she uses in her sessions. Several of our members showed interest in attending one of her taster sessions.

Claire shows us some of her kit.

Presentations were also made to Ann A for her special wedding anniversary, and to Margaret A and Margaret S for their special birthdays.

Ann, Paula, Margaret S, Andrea and Margaret A.

A Hog Roast and Ceilidh event was held at Risley Memorial Hall to celebrate the start of the second year for our Inner Wheel and Rotary Presidents. It's amazing how difficult some of those dances can be – Jane M could hardly dance at all at one point because she was laughing so much!

One of the more straightforward dances!

Events 2018-2019

AGM and Charter Cake

June 2019

Our AGM was held at the June meeting. It was agreed at the business meeting that an amount from the Presidents Charity Fund be used to purchase sleeping bags to support homeless people in Derby.

The AGM business was followed by a brief ceremony to mark the 32nd Charter of the Inner Wheel Club of Church Wilne. President Andrea lit the Candle to all current and past members, Cathy lit the Candle for International Inner Wheel and Yvette read a message from District 22 Chairman Linda Elkin. This was followed by Andrea cutting the beautiful cake which had been made for the occasion by Jane P.

Jane's magnificent Charter cake.

Amy Cartwright, with the support of Inner Wheel, ran a Body Shop event to raise money for DARE, raising a fabulous £235. The club also made a donation to the DARE project. The money raised will be used to purchase materials in the UK to be sent to Tanzania for reusable sanitary products to be made locally. The club feels that this is an appropriate charity to support as it is helping girls and women who may otherwise miss education or work due to period poverty.

Members and friends take advice on prospective purchases.

On Monday 3 June eight ladies enjoyed being pampered, rounded off by a lovely afternoon tea. Two ladies still have this treat to come.

Hard at it on the pampering afternoon!

"Baking scones for cream teas . . ."

May 2019

Several members of the Church Wilne Inner Wheel Club had a busy morning on Saturday 11th May baking fruit, cherry and plain scones for the Rotary senior citizens tea party. You just can't beat a freshly baked scone and the guests at the tea party certainly enjoyed the fruits of the Club's labours!

Club members helped to serve the cream tea and afterwards members enjoyed dancing with their guests to live music.

At the May club meeting Inner Wheel Joint President Andrea and Rotary Joint President Andy gave a presentation about their climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. They explained the challenges they faced and told us how marvellous the team of local men were who helped them to achieve this amazing feat. They showed us the t-shirts which they wore on summit day.

For more information on the Mount Kilimanjaro walk,
Click HERE or click on the link near the calendar.

Inner Wheel club members also brought in "Toy Bags" which were sent on for distribution to children in deprived areas of the world. "Toy Bags" include items such as puzzles, colouring books, crayons and pens, toys, and essential toiletries.

Members are looking forward to a spa day in Long Eaton in June.

Spring Flowers

April 2019

Due to Easter being so late this year there was no formal meeting in April, however, we had a lovely visit to Treetops Hospice Gardens instead, followed by a meal at a local hostelry. It was rather chilly as we were guided round the gardens in the early evening, and we admired the beautiful spring flowers as we walked around the site. Our guide pointed out the many different varieties of daffodils that they grow. The gardens are maintained by volunteers who do an amazing job to ensure that there are continual blooms throughout the year for patients and visitors to admire.

The Guides with the well wrapped-up group.

Glorious Spring Flowers.

We also visited our "mother club" – Long Eaton Inner Wheel. We enjoyed a delicious buffet provided by the club and had fun doing the quiz which contained various little known facts about Long Eaton club members.

Listening to the quiz answers – most enlightening!

District Chairwoman Linda's visit

March 2019

We ran the raffle at each performance of Buddy at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton. Proceeds from this were donated to the Oesophageal Patient Association.

At our club meeting we all heartily congratulated President Andrea on her achievement of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in February. We all agreed that a donation from the club should be made to Andrea's charity fund.

We also celebrated a special birthday.

President Andrea presents Jan with an orchid for her special birthday with a zero

District Chairwoman Linda Elkin spoke to us after the meal. She explained why the DC's chain of office has a "V" at the bottom and also passed the chain around for members to look at – it was really heavy. She told us how she had worked as a coach station manager for National Express and spoke of her considerable knowledge of "Men's Urinals". Her coach station even won an award for "Loo of the Year"! She told us that an Eddie Stobart truck is named after her. She also spoke of her thoughts about Inner Wheel and the future, wondering why all Clubs and Districts, have trouble finding officers, despite the great satisfaction that she has experienced from performing these roles.

DC Linda tells us about her chain of office

"Mountains and more mountains"

February 2019

Paul Barlow from Derby Mountain Rescue gave us a fascinating presentation at our February meeting. He highlighted the various ways that the Mountain Rescue team provides assistance in often challenging circumstances. All members of Mountain Rescue are trained volunteers, and are on 24-hour call-out, 365 days of the year. The Mountain Rescue Service receives no public funding, so donations are essential to keep it going.

President Paula presented a cheque to Paul, who thanked us for the donation.

On 23 February our brave President Andrea, along with Rotary President Andy, reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – Click HERE to read an extract from Andrea's diary of the expedition.

"A challenging climb . . . Mount Kilimanjaro!"

In late February, Inner Wheel President Andrea and Rotary President Andy are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity. The plan to climb Kili first came about to celebrate Andy's 40th birthday, and Andrea volunteered to join in. They will be climbing the 19,340 ft Kilimanjaro Mountain by the Shira Route, stopping at Outward Bound Camp (15,585 ft), to acclimatise before summiting at Uhuru Peak (19,340 ft). Amongst the challenges they will face are: extreme weather conditions (rain, wind, hot and cold temperatures all in one week); high UV levels from the sun; and extreme altitude (no-one knows how their bodies will react until they reach such an altitude and any physical activity will become very taxing).

All donations will be split between three charities: Derby Mountain Rescue; Breast Cancer Care and the NSPCC. Andrea and Andy have paid for the experience themselves, so all monies raised will go to charity.

Andrea and Andy on a training walk.

"Chicken in a Basket and Black Forest Gateau"

January 2019

Our Inner Wheel club held a 70s evening in February - wow what a great night! In addition to the fantastic outfits, a quiz got everyone scratching their heads and a disco saw some cool moves on the dance floor. 1970s themed food was served ranging from Chicken and Chips in a Basket to Black Forest Gateau, Sherry Trifle and Pineapple Upside Down Cake. A good sum of money was raised for local charities.

Cool Dudes in their seventies outfits!

When will this be back in fashion?

Late January saw President Paula host a cheese and wine evening to celebrate Inner Wheel day and raise funds for overseas charities.

A group of members went to see "The Full Monty" in Nottingham – what a fantastic funny play, and true to the film. Another week saw Inner Wheel host a 10-pin bowling night – competition was fierce and we all enjoyed competing for the prizes – the best of which was presented for the lowest score!

As I write this article, Inner Wheel President Andrea and Rotary President Andy are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity. We wait with baited breath to hear how they are getting on – news will filter through when they get back in signal . . .

"Ring out the old year and ring in the new . . ."

December 2018 and January 2019

Sunday 9th December saw members of Inner Wheel alongside Rotary members marshalling at the Santa fun run at Elvaston Castle in aid of Rainbows Hospice.

Wednesday 12th December was our Inner Wheel Christmas meal at Erewash Golf Club, where we enjoyed an evening of good food and lots of laughter. We did a Christmas quiz, followed by the left/right game (passing presents round, ensuring nobody ended up with their own Secret Santa) - boy did some us get in a mess!
We donated toys to the Salvation Army and also collected luxury food items for the Hope Help Centre. Some members chose to make donations in lieu of cards, which were also used to purchase items for the Hope Centre.

Club members enjoying Christmas fun.

Pass the Present game.

In the second half of December, we helped on the Rotary Santa float, collecting for local charities.

On Thursday 6th December some Inner Wheel and Rotary members met at St Chad's Church to decorate the Christmas tree, ready for the Rotary and Inner Wheel carol service which took place on 15th December. Despite the terrible weather the service was well attended, and the mince pies and mulled wine provided warmed us up.

At our January meeting of Inner Wheel, Rotary Presidents Chris and Andy gave us a very amusing portrait of themselves, highlighted with photos of their families and various activities including scuba diving and kayaking. What a sporty pair they are!

In February, Inner Wheel President Andrea and Rotary President Andy are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity – watch this space . . .

"Winter crafts and a safari supper to warm a chilly November evening . . ."

November 2018

At our November meeting of Inner Wheel, we had a craft evening decorating Christmas baubles. A splendid array of adornments was available for us to choose from and our efforts resulted in a glorious set of baubles ready for our Christmas trees at home.

Concentrating hard on the unique bauble designs!

We had a safari supper this month, enjoying starters and superb home-cooked meals in the first locations followed by desserts and cheese and biscuits at President Andrea's house later in the evening. Thanks to our various members who hosted a lovely evening of friendship and laughter.

Enjoying each other's company at President Andrea's home.

On 3rd November, Rotary organised a guided walk round the National Memorial Arboretum, joined by Inner Wheel Members. We visited the Inner Wheel Association Plot. In 2012, to celebrate our 25th Charter, Rotary had donated a tree and plaque to us and it was great to revisit the site, admire the tree and give our plaque a shine!

Former President Diane next to our tree with the freshly cleaned plaque.

Club members enjoying the fresh air at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Last but not least, eleven of us went to see Bohemian Rhapsody – a wonderful film giving an informed insight into Queen and, in particular, Freddie Mercury.

"Aquabox - A dream come true . . ."

October 2018

At our October meeting, John Gregory of Church Wilne Rotary Club came to tell us about Aquabox - a Rotary charity run by Wirksworth Rotary Club.

In the wake of both man-made and natural disasters, Aquabox provides a rapid response provision of safe drinking water and welfare aid items. It provides an inexpensive, easily transportable and simple method of restoring safe drinking water from disease-ridden dirty water. Since 1992 Aquabox has packed thousands of Aquaboxes, capable of producing millions of litres of clean water, as well as providing materials to allow victims of natural disasters to build temporary shelters and sustain themselves. Recently Aquaboxes have been shipped to Kerala in India and Palu on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Major disasters always bring in a surge of cash, but in leaner times it is hard to fund the everyday, less newsworthy, but still desperate situations around the world and the charity continually seeks donations for its work.

A Basic Aquabox before other items are added.

Aquabox in action.

In response to the latest disaster, our club decided to donate a cheque for an Aquabox. Individual members also made contributions.

After the meal, we had a very lively beetle drive. It was the first time some of us had taken part in a beetle drive and we realised just how competitive some of our members are!

Starting a game . . .

and . . . the winners!

Earlier in the month, President Andrea and 4 other club members hit the road to Birmingham to the Grand Designs Show at the NEC. They thoroughly enjoyed their day and came away with a few design ideas.

"Burgers and Sausages!"

September 2018

9th September arrived and it was time for the Rotary Charity Horse Ride. Inner Wheel supports this event by providing the catering and refreshments. We are supported by many businesses who donate food and other items: thanks for your ongoing support to Asda, Bluebells Ice-creams, the Co-op, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Warburtons. We raised just under £600 - a tremendous amount. A huge thank you to all those who helped.

Quality control!!!

Some of our refreshment tent team.

10th September was the delivery date to International, for items which we have collected over the last few months. The items donated will go to deserving families overseas.

Another sunny day on the 12th September saw our first pub lunch and walk. Ten of us had lunch at the Malt Shovel in Aston-on-Trent and then six went for a walk along the canal accompanied by 2 dogs. It was a lovely relaxing walk.

Our speaker at the monthly meeting was The Reverend Gary Dundas, who is well known to most of us as a Rotary member, but also he is an associate minister at St. Chad's, Church Wilne. Gary shared with us some of his experiences when he worked as a chaplain at the Derby Royal Infirmary on London Road in Derby. The variety of work was one of the most rewarding parts of this role, as he never knew what he was going to be faced with next. There were a lot of very serious matters which Gary became involved with, and Gary stressed that it was a privilege to help people at key points in their lives and sometimes, deaths.

President Paula presented Gary with a cheque from charity funds raised through the Horse Ride refreshment tent. The funds will help pay towards the re-ordering of the ashes plot at St. Chad's in Church Wilne.

President Paula presents the cheque to Gary.

"Hello and welcome to the East Midlands News . . ."

July and August 2018

On 12th July, 9 ladies went to the BBC Nottingham studios where they had a very enjoyable, interesting and informative visit. Much to our surprise one of our ladies was interviewed live on air!

Presidents Andrea and Paula and other club members get comfy on the East Midlands News sofa!

Sunday 15 July brought us together with Rotary for our annual "Meet the Presidents" event. Thank you to all the ladies who provided desserts and for all the other help that was given. What a lovely day it was and with the weather being so sunny we were able to sit outside and make the most of it.

Inner Wheel Presidents Paula and Andrea with Rotary Presidents Chris and Andy
posing with the musician who played at the event.

We enjoyed a coffee morning held on 17th July, hosted by President Paula - it was most enjoyable with lots of tea, coffee, cake and chatter.

A trip to the cinema in July to see "Mamma Mia Here We Go Again" was a lovely evening and a few tears were shed.

On the 7th August, a small group of us went along to Highclere Castle, where the famous Downton Abbey was filmed. The weather was superb as it has been for most of the summer and we all had a great time. Some came home a little dustier than others!

The imposing Highclere Castle.

Later in August, on another sunny Saturday afternoon, 20 people attended the prosecco afternoon tea held at Andrea's house. We were lucky with the weather as the rain held off until 6pm. It was great to hear the chatter and laughter, and all seemed to have a relaxing time.

Presidents Andrea and Paula serving afternoon tea
Don't drop it Andrea!!.

"31st Charter"

June 2018

On 9th June we celebrated the 31st Charter of our Club at Erewash Valley Golf Club with a lovely dinner followed by dancing afterwards. Our current and previous Club Presidents lit candles to mark the past, present and future of the Club. Guests included our District 22 President and the President of Church Wilne Rotary Club.

District President Vera and Club President Stephanie
cut the Charter Cake made by one of our members

Rotary President Adrian and other guests having a giggle on the dance floor.

Here is the poem which President Stephanie wrote to summarise her year as Inner Wheel President:

Inner Wheel Poem 2017/18

We danced to Buddy Holly and raffled our prizes;
And with the Sally Army gave children some surprises;
We dressed up as witches and ghosts for Halloween;
Adrian said we were the scariest he had ever seen!
We baked scones with cheese and thyme for Inner Wheel Day
And a gingerbread village on the way…
We've met the daughter of Bess of Hardwick
And were quizzed on music – we were so slick!
We raced wooden frogs for money to give kids a start
As my charity Action for Children is close to my heart.
And finally we give thanks to everyone for the money we have been raising!
We really could not do this without you, you are all amazing.

On Monday 11th June at the "In/Out meal", committee members presented President Stephanie with a gift to thank her for her service over the past year.

President Stephanie is presented with a gift from the committee members.

Before the business of the June meeting, President Stephanie welcomed Kerry Wilson from Action for Children and was delighted to be able to present her with a cheque over £2,200 making a grand total of over £2,400 for the president's charity in this Inner Wheel year. Kerry thanked Stephanie and all the Club members and said that this would make a big difference to the young people of Derbyshire who are helped by Action for Children.

At our AGM on 26th June, as well as the usual business agenda, President Stephanie handed over the reins to our new joint presidents Andrea and Paula. Thank you Stephanie for such a great year. Our new presidents Andrea and Paula will lead the club together over the next 2 years. Good luck ladies!

President Stephanie hands over to new joint Presidents Andrea and Paula.

To round off a very busy month, we hit the ground running or should I say walking! On Friday 29th June new Presidents Andrea and Paula and 15 others walked as team Inner Wheel for the Treetops Starlight Strut. Well done to all our ladies who took part, we are so proud of you all. Also on Saturday 30th June Andrea and Paula were walking again with some of the Rotary team - 10k around Colwick Park in aid of March for Men (prostate cancer).

Presidents Andrea and Paula with some of the team showing off their finishing medals.

For more information on Inner Wheel, our monthly meetings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Inner Wheel member and Club Correspondent Jane Page at: