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Welcome to the Derbyshire Federation

Quick links to useful information - click to access
Handy link to the Speaker Handbook
Handy link to 'Stop Press' for information on new events hot off the press
Handy link to Federation Downloads for all useful forms
Handy link to Denman for information on residential and day courses

Details of the Resolution Briefing Meeting 2017

How could your WI help mark this milestone for Derbyshire WIs

Information on the MHA -Methodist Homes Association - Tea Party packs
Extra packs to fund raise for the MHA are now availalbe from Derbyshire House

Former County Chairman Barbara Parkinson BEM receives her Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Willie Tucker during  the reception held at Treetops Hospice where Barbara is a volunteer.  Congratulations Barbara and Well Done.  We're very proud of you.

Another very successful Federation Meeting.  Over 700 members were at the Riverside yesterday.  Methodist Homes Association Music Therapists enthralled everyone during the morning and Rev Kate Bottley was our Guest Speaker in the afternoon.  She was brilliant and got a standing ovation.  Members arrived early but were content to queue in the sunshine for the doors to open.  A truly wonderful event.

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Federation Chairman's Letter

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 over100 members! Every one of our WIs is varied and friendly, and they will makeyou feel most welcome.

Our Headquarters are 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 entertainmentfrom 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 associatedwith 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 anymore information, just give our Office Staff a call on 01332 342596 - you will certainly not regret it.

ChrissieBooth 
Federation Chairman

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