This section of the website is going to provide a more in depth look at the committee that oversees District 5 and also the clubs within our district.
Focus On Crewe Club
The Inner Wheel club of Crewe was founded in 1946 and this year in May we should have been celebrating 75 years but of course Covid-19 has altered all that: hopefully we shall be able to celebrate that next year.
One of our founder members, Muriel Leach, became District 5 Chairman and eventually Association President of GB&I. Also one of our members, Mary Mackenzie, was both District Secretary and Chairman of District 5. Another one of our founder members gave birth to Ailsa Clewlow, who became founder member of the Biddulph Club and also District 5 Chairman.
We are very sad that the club has become homeless: Hunter's Lodge Hotel where we have met for a number of years has been sold. We are currently looking for a new venue but wherever we go they will be hard pushed to look after us as well as Hunter's Lodge did.
In the past we have met on the first Thursday of each month, (apart from August), and we have had a meal followed by a speaker or some kind of activity.
We usually have about six speakers each year, some are connected to charities we are supporting and others come from a variety of backgrounds: we have had a talk about religious clothing, design and making of jewelry by a silversmith, climate change and also waste disposal to name but a few.
In 1949 our club won the District 5 competition to name their magazine and the prize was a visitors book. In 1987 the club held a brass band concert which raised enough money for them to buy a Guide Dog, which they also called Quinta. As soon as the site was ready (in 2001), the club planted a Golden Leaf Elm tree at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to celebrate the Millenium.
Our biggest annual fund raiser has been a quiz with over 100 people attending, which we have held for several years. Our youngest member works for Santander bank and for the last couple of years they have matched whatever we have made on our raffle, which has helped enormously!
We have also had a very popular annual coffee morning near the end of November for several years at Chris Gregory's home, when we have had mince pies and mulled wine as well.Chris is also very good at coming up with some very imaginative ways of spending the non-speaker evenings, such as mini quizzes and competitions such as “The most unusual egg cup”. We also have the occasional outing; we visited Keele University last summer, and were given a guided tour of part of the grounds after afternoon tea.
Naturally we also support the Rotary Club that most of our husbands belong to. We fill Rotary Shoe boxes each year and in December we usually help them with their Christmas float by providing Santa and all his helpers with refreshments at the end of their rounds each evening over a two week period. Last December they were not allowed to knock on doors because of the virus so we weren't needed, but hopefully things will get back to normal next Christmas.
We have some very good 'knitters' in our group who have knitted baby blankets for Past District Chairman Helen's charity 'SANDS' and Sue Protheroe has also knitted blankets for for overseas charities.
Very recently, whilst in 'Lock Down', some of our members, have knitted bunnies in aid of the “Women and Girls” charity.
Due to the pandemic our monthly meetings are held using Zoom on the first Thursday of each month, and after the business side of things we carry on for quite a while just chatting – hopefully that's not too hard for you to believe?
The Crewe club was the first one in our district to have two members acting as joint Presidents and it suited us so much that we have had joint presidents ever since. We may be a small club nowadays, but we are certainly a very happy one.