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Our President, Andrea Tew, is climbimg Mount Kilimanjaro with Church Wilne Rotary President, Andy Cartwright, to raise money for Derby Mountain Rescue, Breast Cancer Care and NSPCC.
For more information and to help, please click here to go to their MyDonate fundraising page.



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 2018-2019

"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: