District 12 Inner Wheel

Canterbury Inner Wheel Club

July 2020 to date: Meetings by ZOOM VIDEO CONFERENCING

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been unable to meet together as a Club for many months, but we have held regular meetings by Zoom. We are thrilled to have opened up again since October 2021

About our Club

We meet USUALLY at Littlebourne Village Hall (CT3 1ST) on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 10.00am and at other times by arrangement. Our membership currently stands at 42.

The main focus of fundraising each year is the President's chosen charity. In addition the Club supports the District and Association selected charities, and a range of local and overseas causes**.

Representatives from the Club attend District Meetings three times a year and the Inner Wheel Association Conference (Bournemouth in April 2022)

When Inner Wheel came into being in 1924 membership was open to the wives of members of Rotary and this continued to be the case until relatively recently.  However, since the International Inner Wheel Convention held in 2012 in Istanbul we are able to offer membership by invitation to other ladies sharing our aims. If you are interested in finding out more about us please contact our Membership Officer via the "Contact Us" page of this website.

Name Office Charity
Pauline Pybus and Elizabeth Jackson President Macmillan Nurses
Pat Wakeham Secretary
Christina Sloman Treasurer
Liz Jackson and Pauline Pybus International Service Officers Sightsavers and The Butterfly Tree
Sheila Cragg Club Correspondent
Pauline Pritchard Membership Officer
Immediate Past President Pauline Pybus


Our most successful ventures in 2020-21 were our outdoor COFFEE MORNINGS for 6, held in members' gardens. Because of the wonderful weather these were well attended and members’ generous donations resulted in our Fund Raising problems being solved. Importantly it gave the opportunity for members to talk and get to know each other better. True friendship is one of our core aims.

Some members have made masks in brightly coloured cottons, all generously donated.

Canterbury members in garden Canterbruy members made face masks to sell for charity
Outdoor Coffee Morning for 6 Canterbury members made these face masks to donate to Porchlight and others were sold for charity.

In 2020-2021 we acquired 4 new members but sadly lost 2 due to ill health. The pictures are of 3 of our 4 new members being presented with the Rose of Friendship by our then President Pauline. They are L to R RAJINI Dasan. LINDA Witts. and MARY Brown. 

New member Rajini Dasan Linda Witts Mary Brown
Canterbury new member Rajini Dasan Canterbury new member Linda Witts Canterbury new member 3

** During the year 2020-2021 we supported the Inner Wheel Association's chosen charity: Riding for the Disabled; District 12 Chairmen's chosen charity: Air Ambulance (Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and District 12's International Service Charity Footsteps and the Save the Children immunisation plan: plus our customary local causes and the President's choice - The R.N.L.I. Internationally we raised funds for The Smile Train, alongside the Club's regular charities, WaterAid and collecting Polio Pennies with the aim of eradicating Polio through the world.

In 2021-2022 we supported The Stroke Association, Dandelion Time, MacMillan Nurses and Sightsavers.


13th July Sightsavers presentation by President Pauline on Zoom 

14th July Zoom Club Officers Assembly on Zoom 

27th July Coffee Morning – members’ gardens (Sightsavers) 

10th Aug Coffee Morning and Programme Launch at Diana’s home, proceeds to Macmillan Nurses 

24th Aug Visit to Bilsington Priory for Tea 

8th Sept New Presidents’ afternoon tea at DC Pat’s home 

14th Sept Macmillan Nurses presentation by Elizabeth Leech on Zoom 

15th Sept 2pm Cameo/Charity Tea at Bridgewood Manor Hotel, Chatham (supporting Breast Cancer Research and Care) 

21st Sept UN Day of Peace 

21st Sept Macmillan Coffee Morning at Littlebourne Lounge 

5th Oct Walk in aid of The Stroke Association (Assn. President's Charity) at Deal - contributing miles to the Land's End to John O'Groats Walk

12th Oct Royal British Legion presentation at Littlebourne Lounge 

24th Oct World Polio Day 

26th Oct Rachel Koopmans 'The Medieval Stained Glass Windows of Canterbury Cathedral' at Littlebourne Lounge 

28th Oct District 12 Autumn Meeting at Ditton 

9th Nov District Chairman Pat’s visit followed by lunch at The Evenhill 

11th Nov District 12 International Service Rally at Ditton 

23rd Nov Social at Littlebourne Lounge (Harvest table & Food Bank donations) 

7th Dec Social with Christmas theme at Littlebourne Lounge 

14th Dec Christmas Lunch at The Holiday Inn Express, Harbledown


10th Jan International Inner Wheel Day 

11th Jan Frugal Lunches (Groups - up to 6 - in members' homes)

25th Jan 'Bloodrunners' presentation by Lynne Holder and G. Perrin

8th Feb Frugal Lunch at Littlebourne Village Hall, proceeds to Sightsavers 

22nd Feb Nominations meeting. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Presentation by PDC Hazel Hedges 

8th Mar Celebrating International Women’s Day. Inter-Club Lunch at KCC St. Lawrence Ground, Guest Speaker: The Reverend Estella Last, Adviser for Women’s Ministry in the Canterbury Diocese.  “The Fun and Pitfalls of being a Woman in the Church of England”

16th Mar District 12 Spring Meeting by Zoom

22nd Mar Coffee morning social (More cake)

26th Mar Fundraiser Quiz at Lower Hardres Baker White Hall (Fish and Chips) in aid of MacMillan

4th – 6th Apr IW Association Conference in Bournemouth CANCELLED BUT replaced by a virtual Conference.

12th Apr Social Coffee Morning for members and friends at Littlebourne Village Hall celebrating a 90th birthday!

26th Apr Kent Wildlife Trust presentation by Victoria Goulding “ A year in my garden” 

27th Apr District 12 Quiz at Ditton.

10th May Coffee Morning – members’ gardens 

24th May Outside Visit

26th May Bingo Fundraiser afternoon at Littlebourne (MAIN HALL) 

9th June Pre-Rally Supper for D.Executive members

10th June District 12 Rally welcoming IW Assn. President Betty Roberts 

14th June Garden Lunch

22nd June District 12 Summer Meeting - AGM and Handover at Ditton 

28th June Club Handover at Littlebourne Lounge

Presidents 1925 - 2021

1925 - 1945 : Mrs. H. Bigglestone, Mrs. A. Baynton, Mrs. J.H.B. Young, Mrs. G. Browning, Mrs. W.H. Hamilton, Miss A. Page, Mrs. F. Brownscombe, Mrs. H. Rigden, Mrs. G.R. Barrett, Mrs. H. P Dawton, Mrs. R. Wood, Mrs. H.P. Dawton, Mrs. S.W. Bligh, Mrs. J. McLaren, Mrs. R.F. Dashwood, Mrs. G. Denne, Mrs. E.A. Wood, Mrs. W. Parker, Mrs. S.H. Jennings

1946 - 1965 : Mrs. A.M. Pennington, Mrs. J.A. Godley, Mrs. E.A. Wood, Mrs. G.A. Kennett, Mrs. T. McCallum, Mrs. J.A. Godley, Mrs. A.V. Wilson, Mrs. R. Tophill, Mrs. B. Dawton, Mrs. A. Incles, Mrs. S.H. Jennings, Mrs. A.S.P. Mason, Mrs. H.W.F. Hooker, Mrs. G.H. Kennett, Mrs. R.M. Brazier, Mrs. R.L. Stanford, Mrs. F. Hooker, Mrs. E.N. Shephard, Mrs. S. Terry, Mrs. S.H. Jennings

1966 - 1985 : Mrs. Peggy Clague, Mrs. Joan Tyler, Mrs. A.S.P. Mason, Mrs. Gladys Young, Mrs. Patsy Kerr, Mrs. R. L. Stanford, Mrs. B. A. Porter, Mrs. F. Hooker, Mrs. H.W. Hooker, Mrs. L. Incles, Mrs. Peggy Clague, Mrs. Grace Goodman, Mrs. Grace Goodman, Mrs. Joy Ruston, Mrs. Maimie Greene, Mrs. Elaine Constable, Mrs. Joy Ruston, Mrs. P. Burbidge, Mrs. B. Roberts, Mrs. Irene Roe

1986 - 1995 :  Mrs. Patsy Kerr, Mrs. Valerie Martin, Mrs. Rosemary Dawkins, Mrs. Pauline Banks, Mrs. Jeanette Daniels, Mrs. Mary Beere,  Mrs. Shirlee Sandy, Mrs. Mela Quarrell, Mrs. Margaret Wright, Mrs. Jane Rice 

1996 - 2005 : Mrs. Dorothy Southgate, Mrs. Sheila Cragg, Mrs. Pauline Beckett, Mrs. Jean Talbot, Mrs. Joan Hill, Mrs. Maggie Harris, Mrs. Shirley Hodge,  Mrs. Sheila Cragg, Mrs. Diana Forrest, Mrs. Ann Lynch

2006 - 2015  : Mrs. Pauline Banks, Mrs. Bernice Barton, Mrs. Maggie Harris, Mrs. Valerie Reid, Mrs. Judith Wiltshier, Mrs. Anne Arnold, Mrs. Ann Lynch, Mrs. Maggie Harris, Mrs. Pauline Pritchard, Mrs. Judy Wiltshier (Jt) with Mrs. Val Reid (Jt)

2016 - : Mrs. Judy Wiltshier (Jt) with Mrs. Val Reid (Jt), Mrs. Sheila Cragg, Mrs. Pat Wakeham, Mrs. Anne Arnold (Jt) with Mrs. Imogen Sayer (Jt), Mrs. Pauline Pybus, Ms. Liz Jackson (Jt) with Mrs. Pauline Pybus (Jt)