Inner Wheel District 6 Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland An Active Organisation for Active Women!
Inner Wheel District 6Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and IrelandAn Active Organisation for Active Women!

Redditch News and Events

Having enjoyed listening to speakers on zoom, we are now delighted to be back to meeting up again and having “in person” speakers along with packing shoeboxes and gathering together gifts and Christmassy items for our forthcoming coffee morning which is being held in Webheath Village Hall. This is a new venture for us insofar as in recent years the event has been held in a private house and now we look forward to welcoming members of the public.  As well as having a most enjoyable day we expect to raise funds for the Redditch Blind Association and our International Service Organiser is running a raffle with a top prize of a helicopter ride.


Members are also busy using their craft skills to make items for the local Christmas Tree event.  The decorations represent the charities which we currently support. Plans are well in hand for future events


We continue to collect for the local Foodbank and Batchley Support Group – a charity which aims to empower local people by building resident participation and involvement in community activities, advancing social inclusion and lifelong learning along with reducing inequalities in health.




Coronavirus can’t stop the ladies of The Inner Wheel Club of Redditch!!


As a club we are busy holding our usual meetings on zoom and this month had a most interesting talk from the charity - Kissing It Better.

They are a Health Care charity and training provider, working to end the isolation of old age by bringing the generations together-what a great mantra, particularly at the moment whilst everyone is struggling through this virus.

Older people feel more alone and isolated but the charity is still sending out singers to spread cheer through windows and in the streets.

Their talented team have expertise across healthcare and education as well as the media and performance industries.

Patients and their carers all benefit from this interaction and we are delighted to be able to support them this year.

We have already done a quiz raising over £400 for them

Our club have also collected from their members over 40 shoeboxes, which will be sent to the charity T4u, based in Evesham sending gifts to children abroad to receive for Christmas. We also collected a mountain of food items again for the Batchley support group, St Basils and the Trussell  Trust in Redditch.

We decided as a club that we would be unable to hold our usual Christmas coffee morning this year and so our President and secretary have created the most wonderful Christmas catalogue, where we can all contribute and buy gifts.

We are also running a raffle and guess the weight of the cake-which is all proving to be most successful and lucrative for local charities.


It’ll take more than Coronavirus to stop us!!

The Inner Wheel Ladies of Redditch have done it again!!

They have made an amazing collection of items for a local care home :-


4 beautiful little bags to hang on walkers for personal items

14 pom-poms,12 hearts and little toys to hang  on walkers

6 knee blankets 

9 Twiddle muffs 


Also a HUGE mountain of food, toiletries and sanitary ware to be shared between:-

St Basils-Redditch 

St Basils-Bromsgrove 

The Food bank in Redditch 

Batchley Support Group

This is a demonstration of what 30 ladies from Redditch IW Club can achieve together!! 

In a couple of weeks we have achieved a staggering:-


  • 26 pairs of Hearts ( to give to patients and their loved ones at home)
  • 15 blankets (for patients old and young)
  • 7 twiddle muffs ( for dementia patients)
  • 33 scrub bags ( for NHS staff)
  • And a little box of mask extensions for the NHS staff
  • Some of the smaller blankets are going to the Children’s hospital in Birmingham
  • A huge collection of toiletries, sanitary products and snacks, also for the NHS staff- for the Well Being stall at the Alex
  • A mountain of games, puzzle, dominoes, cards etc for the residents of St Basil’s who are self isolating in their rooms and can’t use the central tv lounge.
  • And the most incredible selection of non perishable food items, divided between-

- The Food Bank

- St . Basils (Redditch and Bromsgrove)

- Batchley Support Group

Everything  has been delivered and all are gratefully accepted.

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch celebrated its 65th anniversary by placing a plaque in the League of Friends Garden at the Alexandra Hospital. The plaque was donated in memory of Audrey Stubbings, a former member of Inner Wheel, who when she died in 2018 at the age of 97 was the oldest and longest serving member of the club.

It was an appropriate location too as the Inner Wheel ladies have long tended the garden and also because a former member of Inner Wheel, Elsie Haden, was a founding member and past president of the League of Friends.

On hand on the day was the chair of Inner Wheel District 6, Claire Mangan, current president of the League of Friends Pat Hadley, along with the Friends’ Angela Smith who facilitated the whole event. Also attending were the joint chairs of the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch Rosie Harvey and Rosie Waine and the club’s team of keen gardeners Judy Keight, Jenny Tonry, Pat Pritchard, Jenny Cole, Liz Trevis, Kate Roberts and Dawn Williams.

The original charter of incorporation for the Redditch Inner Wheel Club which was signed in 1955.

The Club is now celebrating 65 fantastic years of frindship and service.

The Redditch 65th Fellowship  Lunch 


After time preparing the room we set up the cakes - the big one decorated with 65 and flowers in Inner Wheel colours and a small undecorated one with plain icing on the top in case we needed more slices. The very big blue 6 and 5 balloons were put behind the cake stand and the photographer from the Standard newspaper arrived at 11.45, shortly before our top table guests, District 6 Chairman Claire Mangan, the Mayor Mike Chalk and his wife Jean and our speaker Bill Farnsworth.


Ladies from other clubs in District 6 (and beyond) started arriving and had time for a drink in the bar, and a catch up with each other before lunch. We had a long top table for 9 people! Everyone seemed to enjoy lunch and after a short comfort break, our top table guests made a short speech or brought congratulatory greetings to the club. Our speaker Bill Farnsworth gave a very enjoyable and interesting talk, with photos, about his early years as a chef at the Savoy Grill.


Everyone went home with an inscribed pen celebrating our 65th anniversary and a piece of cake, wrapped up in either a yellow or blue paper napkin. Claire left with a very large box of Easter eggs for the children at the refuge. After the event, we had various emails and cards to say how much our guests had enjoyed themselves.


Inner Wheel is helping to

eradicate Period Poverty in this country, where some ladies cannot go to school, work,

college etc because they do not have enough spare cash for sanitary products.

The Inner Wheel club of Redditch have got behind this project by contacting Nitin Sodha, owner of Knights Pharmacy for his help.

He has kindly donated a huge number of boxes of sanitary products to be distributed, where needed, through the various Food Banks in Redditch and the Batchley Support group.

Claire Mangan, District Chairman, has also been given supplies for her charity The Refuge and Edgbaston Convention have taken several boxes for the food bank which they support.

If you are a club in District 6 who feel that your area could benefit from these supplies please get in touch with Pat Pritchard in Redditch Club.

Nitin is also very keen to help those in the same situation in other countries and as such some boxes will be sent to Redditch’s International charity this year, Hamlin Fistula; also International Aid and The Chinthowa Foundation.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown.

The picture shows Pat Pritchard representing Inner Wheel Club of Redditch, taking receipt of the boxes from Claudia at Knights Pharmacy.

Redditch members celebrated Inner Wheel Day by wearing pink and taking part in a pink quiz - all in favour of the Breast Cancer Haven charity which is the District Chairman's charity this year.

THE ladies of the Inner Wheel Club of Redditch have seen a prosperous end to 2019 raising a bumper sum for the Institute of Cancer Research UK with a particular focus on childhood brain tumours.

The cash box started to fill back in October when a quiz night with maestro Noel Pritchard asking the questions raising funds for the charity.

A fun night for was had by all, the ladies providing a sumptuous feast of goodies and the winning team walking away with bottles of wine.

A month later they were at it again, the ladies from Redditch triumphing in a quiz organised by the Conservative Club of Alcester, adding to the funds.

And the money has continued to roll in, a coffee morning in December with Christmas stalls, a sales table, tombola, cakes, plants, tea towels, jewellery and more pulling in a host of people.

The result was a staggering amount raised on the day for charity – with donations continuing to roll in.

The Inner wheel ended on December 13 with an excellent Christmas meal at Redditch Golf Club with entertainment provided by local singing duo Remini.

Unable to stop themselves fundraising, the ladies raised more towards their own ‘home’ charities.

The year 2020 marks the club’s 65th anniversary and lots of events combining good fun for good causes are planned.

For the Inner Wheel tree on display in Inkberrow Church, Redditch club members made decorations depicting current charities which they are supporting. They have some talented ladies who knitted and made miniature representations and a list is on show for visitors to see.   The tree comes from a sustainable source and will be replanted in January. 

Redditch Inner Wheel made a visit recently to ‘Simply Alpaca” at Flyford Flavel. We were met by the owner who has a passion for Alpacas and loves breeding them, rearing and shearing them

The gestation period for an Alpaca is 11 months and babies are always born in the morning which allows them time to stand up and walk before evening when wild animals would be about. The males make very good guards for farmers on outlying fields to protect the sheep.

In her talk and film show she told us all about this which was most interesting, and we had the opportunity to feed the alpacas and buy goods made from their wool.

We welcomed District Chairman, Claire Mangan, to our October Meeting. 

Members brought along unwanted bras, together with  ‘christmassy’ wrapped gifts of toiletries etc. to support Claire’s charities namely: ‘Breast Cancer Haven’ and ‘Women’s Refuge’. A collection was also made.

Claire inducted two new members before giving us a brief talk following an excellent meal and business items.

At our September meeting the Redditch ladies brought many items, including toiletries, stationary, sweets and toys to put our shoeboxes together for T4U We had a lovely evening of fellowship whilst wrapping and assembling the shoe boxes and were able to put together 39 on our assembly line amidst lots of fun and laughter!

Redditch IW Club have been busy with a number of fundraising events including an Open Gardens and a Car Boot Sale

Donations of the proceeds from the Redditch Christmas activities were given to two community based organisations , Batchley Support group and Reach C I C. Representatives were presented with cheques at the Fellowship Lunch in March.The money will be used to provide sanitary products for schools, the homeless and the food bank in Redditch.

The Club has been busy with several projects  to contribute towards the local community. Members have been  helping to knit poppies for the display at the Bromsgrove Methodist Centre. A Tombola at Burcot Grange’s fund-raising coffee morning for Macmillan was very successful. As an idea to raise the profile of  Inner Wheel the Club decided that one of the gardens in the quadrangle outside the Alexandra Hospital restaurant could do with a little care and attention.  Armed with a large trolley well equipped with bags of compost and plenty of garden tools members set to work digging and clearing all the weeds and pruning some of the bushes.  After some time the main raised bed was sufficiently clear to plant. Here was planted crocus, daffodil, allium bulbs and a couple of geraniums which will hopefully give a colourful display in spring.  

The International President, Ebe Martines,  has chosen 'Pink First" as her theme for 2021-22

The 3-year Social Project's theme is "Strong Women, Stronger World"  and in this connection  Association will be supporting the mental health charity MIND.

District Chairman Sylvia has selected Rugby Womens Refuge as her charity

The District 6 International Charity is Project Gambia - find out more on our International page.

The National President, Betty Roberts, has chosen The Stroke Association for her charity.

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