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Welcome to the Derbyshire Federation

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Thank youfor visiting the Derbyshire website - whether you are an existing WI member ofour wonderful County, or are looking to join one of our 175 Institutes. Theyrange 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.

It is aparticularly 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 ourcelebrations!

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 withlike-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.

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