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Welcome to the Derbyshire Federation

200 Photo of County Chair Christine Booth

Thank you for visiting the Derbyshire website - whether you are an existing WI member of our wonderful County, or are looking to join one of our 175 Institutes. They range in size from our smallest with just 9 members to our largest with over 100 members! Every one of our WIs is varied and friendly, and they will make you feel most welcome.

It is a particularly memorable time to be a WI member, as this year, 2015, sees the Organisation's Centenary Year - WI Day is actually September 16th, but as you can imagine, many events are on-going - as we are well known for our celebrations!

Our Headquarters is situated at the top of Sherwin Street, Derby and on the celebration theme, we had our 40th anniversary of purchase last year, when many members were invited and treated to refreshments and entertainment from two County Choirs.

Our numerous sub-committees organise eclectic events, either at HQ or other venues around the County so that as many ladies as possible can easily attend. Many of these feature food- we play to our strengths as WI has long been associated with these talents. But Craft and Public Affairs are catered for just as avidly - and if we enjoy a cup of tea and some cake as well - all the better!

We are heavily involved in the two Shows - County at the end of June at Elvaston, near Derby and Bakewell on the show area in this market town famed for its Bakewell Pudding at the beginning of August. Do consider entering a competition – Craft, Cookery, Painting, Photography or Co-operative - these all make for a varied and colourful display in our marquee, as well as being able to find out more about us and have a welcome rest with a drink.

We are also passionate about Denman - our own College situated in fabulous extensive grounds at Marcham, Oxon. Once you have visited there, I guarantee you will return, whether to learn a new skill, re-visit a favourite one or just to catch up with like-minded friends - it's a place to recharge the batteries! Finally, just to say the WI is here to inspire you - it can be whatever you want it to be, and you will have some fun and gain new friends along the way - If you require any more information, just give our Office Staff a call on 01332 342596 - you will certainly not regret it.

Chrissie Booth 
Federation Chairman