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Welcome to the Derbyshire Federation

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I would like to welcome you most warmly to our Derbyshire website, whether you are a long-standing member or have either recently moved into the County, or you are simply interested in finding out what we do in the WI!

Derbyshire is a wonderful and diverse County, with many thriving market towns, rural villages and also the vibrant City of Derby itself.  Geographically, it is a lengthy County, stretching from the Peak District in the north to the National Forest in the south, with a myriad of places in between, steeped in history and well worth a visit.

We have almost 6000 members in 179 WIs, (ranging in size from 12 to over 80 members) which then are divided into 29 Groups.  We are fortunate to own our Headquarters - Derbyshire House, situated at the top of Sherwin Street, which was purchased in 1974, so this year sees our 40th anniversary!  The building has recently had a stage refurbishment, and is well appointed for both in-house events and hiring out to external users.

Our sub-committees organise a varied programme of events throughout the year, both at HQ and at venues around the County, and we strive to appeal to eclectic tastes.  We also offer holidays and trips to other parts of the country, as well as some abroad from time to time, for those who enjoy travel.

The Shows at Elvaston and Bakewell are focal attractions for us, where we encourage you to enter Home Economics, Craft, Photography, Art and Co-operative Competitions, as well as being able to rest your feet in the Catering area with a refreshing cup of tea and a home-made cake.  We view these Shows as promoting what Derbyshire Federation has to offer, and Membership Support Committee would be able to answer any questions you may have.  So, come along and find us!

We are passionate about Denman - our WI College, which is situated in beautiful, extensive grounds in Marcham, Oxfordshire.  Every other year, we descend there and take over the College, enrolling on courses to learn a new skill or brush up on a favourite one - or even just relaxing in the bar!  Whatever is decided, new friends and a vow to return are guaranteed.

Should you be interested in becoming a member, please contact Denise at the Office for more information.  Do try a couple of WIs in your area as a visitor, before deciding which one to join.  No two WIs are the same, choose one to suit YOU, but rest assured, you will be made extremely welcome, you will learn new skills, make some new friends, but best of all you will have lots of fun and laughter.  We look forward to meeting you.

Chrissie Booth
Federation Chairman