District 12 Inner Wheel

Canterbury Inner Wheel Club

During the Coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to meet together as a Club for many months, but we held regular meetings by Zoom. 

We are thrilled to have opened up again and now meet regularly once again

About our Club "SHINE A LIGHT!" International Inner Wheel theme 2023-2024

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 41.

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. There will be no Association Conference in 2024 as the International Inner Wheel Convention will be held in Manchester, celebrating 100 years of service!

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 2012.  However, since the International Inner Wheel Convention held 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. We welcomed three new members in 2022-2023.

Name Office Charity
Tina Sloman and Sheila Cragg Joint Presidents  Pilgrims Hospice : League of Friends of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Pauline Pybus Vice President
Pauline Pritchard Secretary
Pat Wakeham Treasurer
Rajini Dasan International Service Officer Mary's Meals, Polio Pennies, The Book Bus
Elizabeth Jackson
Club Correspondent
Pauline Pybus Membership Officer
Immediate Past President Pauline Pybus

BUILDING ON OUR ACHIEVEMENTS  "SHINE A LIGHT!" International Inner Wheel theme 2023-2024

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. It will be to the fore too in this Inner Wheel year 2023-2024.

** During the year 2022-2023 we supported the Inner Wheel Association's chosen charity: The Air Ambulance, the District 12 Chairmen's chosen charity, WellChild, District 12's International Service Charity Bees Abroad, plus our customary local causes and the Club President's choice - Bloodrunners. Internationally we raised funds for Optima Foundation, whilst continuing to raise Polio Pennies to help eradicate Polio throughout the world.

2023 Dates for your Diary  "SHINE A LIGHT!" International Inner Wheel theme 2023-2024


11th July 10 am Coffee Morning/Programme Launch at Julia's home with Raffle and Bring and Buy in aid of Pilgrims Hospices and the League of Friends of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital 

19th July 10 am - 1 pm D.12 Club Officers' Assembly at Ditton

25th July Coffee Mornings in members' homes/gardens

2nd August 2.45 (Wednesday) Twelfth Night at The Malthouse (The Old Stagers)

8th August Garden Coffee Mornings

22nd August 10.30 am Coffee at Elham Valley Vineyard Café and visit the Garden Centre (Fifth Trust)

12th September Steve Howe Medical Planning for Conflict   

21st September (Thursday) United Nations Day of Peace

Outing to Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne with the Scramble Experience - followed by lunch

26th September Speaker from The Pilgrims Hospices 

10th October Preps for International Service Rally: Stall and decorations for Book Bus

18th October Autumn District 12 Meeting at Ditton

24th October The Wilder Blean Project: with Elysia Barker-Davies

9th November  Int. Service Rally at Ditton (in aid of The Book Bus)

14th November District Chairman Chris's Visit  (followed by Lunch at the Old Gate Inn, Canterbury)

19th November World Toilet Day (WaterAid)

28th November Canterbury FoodBank (Martin Ward) - with "Festive" donations

5th December  Club meeting with a Christmas Theme Lord Mayor of Canterbury's Christmas Gift Fund

12th December Christmas Lunch 12/12.30 pm The Rising Sun (Donations to The Pilgrims Hospices in lieu of Christmas cards)

Presidents 1925 - 2023

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), Mrs. Pauline Pybus, Mrs. Tina Sloman (Jt) with Mrs. Sheila Cragg (Jt)