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ACWW Supporters Day - 16 April 2018.  Click here for application form

Walk the Derwent Valley Heritage Way

ACWW - Walk the World 2018!

Members from Higham and Shireland WI are walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way to raise funds for ACWW from Monday 23 April to Friday 27 April 2018. You can Sponsor the WI participants via:

Click here to read about the challenge and the itinerary for the walk

Denman Appeal Update: Thanks to your fundraising efforts DFWI recently sent a cheque for £1315.00 to National as a donation to the 'Save Denman Appeal'  Well done ladies!


For details of the schedule for the County show 2018 click here

For details of the schedule for the Bakewell Agricultural event click here

Centenary Celebration Service

Derby Cathedral

15th April 2018 at 2pm

Does your WI or Group have it’s own banner?

Would one of your members be willing to process with it at the above service?

Please let Judy Stanhope know asap. or 01283 703266/07814265592


For information on the Lady Denman Cup 2018  Schedule click here

For information on the Lady Denman Cup 2018 Individual Entry Form click here



For details of the DFWI Centenary Programme 2018 click here

For early information about the Competitions and Shows for 2018 click here


Walking Netball at Derby Arena - Dates and Tmes

Walking Netball

See the poster below for information on this new fitness initiative in Derbyshire.  Already featured on BBC Breakfast and available at various locations around the county.


NFWI AM Resolution Briefing Meeting.

Wednesday April 18th 2018.

The Ballroom, The Whitworth Community Centre

Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2FT.

Doors open 10-00am for 10-30am until 12-30pm.

Cost £3.50 per person including coffee/tea on arrival.

Please use a DFWI application form and send a cheque made payable to DFWI including a SAE to Derbyshire House. Closing date March 22nd 2018.

This is an opportunity to hear and ask questions of informed speakers on the selected resolution(s) which will be presented at the NFWI Annual meeting to be held in Cardiff on Wednesday June 6th 2018.

We do not know which of the shortlist of resolutions will be selected until sometime in February.

There is ample parking space at the venue and a lift is available to use for access to the Ballroom. WIs should be prepared to fund the cost of 1(one) ticket. Every WI applying for a place will be allocated a ticket.

Resolution Coordinator and contact: Diane Smiles 01773 828586 or


DFWI Public Affairs and International
Afternoon Tea and Talk on Alleviating Loneliness

Tuesday 24 April 2018 – 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm
Tickets: £7.00 to include Afternoon Tea
Derbyshire House Sherwin Street Derby DE22 1GP

Join us for a talk on the problems surrounding loneliness in the community – one of the NFWI Resolutions passed in 2017 and highlighted frequently in the press and media.

A representative from a local branch of Age Concern will be with us to discuss the well developed programme of events they run supporting their community – bringing ideas which we can adopt or expand to suit our local needs.

This will be followed by Afternoon Tea and an informal discussion on how we can develop networks and partnerships to support people of all ages at risk of loneliness.

We are looking to share personal and family experiences along with ideas, research and resources and would very much welcome your participation and input.

If you have any queries please contact Viv Rhodes on 01909 723437 or email

Apply in the usual way to Derbyshire House with a SAE and cheque payable to DFWI. Closing date: Thursday 1 March 2018


Craft Sub-Committee

DFWI First Sewing Bee! Are you ready?
Bainbridge Hall. Chapel Road. Bolsover. S44 6JD.
(5 minutes from M1 Junction 29A.)
Thursday May 17 2018  9.30am to 4.00 pm

£20 per team    (2 ladies per team)

You will be given recycled textiles to create and complete a project. The projects will be judged at the end of the day on their design, finish and suitability for purpose. A haberdashery table will be available for you to use and a list of other items to bring will be sent with your confirmation.
Each team will need 1 basic sewing machine and some knowledge of applique and hand embroidery is advisable.
More information, email Sue Coulton at:
Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch with you.
Closing date Thursday 5th April 2018.
Please send a cheque made payable to DFWI with applications and a SAE. If there are more than two applications from the same institute please send an envelope 9 x6½ ” (23 x 16cm).


Staring Dame Judy Dench  
19 FEBRUARY 2018  1PM
At Derbyshire House, Sherwin Street Derby DE22 1GP
No tickets will be issued, just turn up.  Bring your own lunch.
There is no charge but donations for refreshments would be gratefully accepted.  There will also be a raffle


New for 2018 - Two sessions  - Baking to Win!

Come and hear tips and insights into how to improve your baking skills and not lose any of the 20 points you start off with at a WI Show!
Maureen Anderson will be judging at both events and presenting a running commentary of how she ends up with her final marks.
For information on the event at Long Eaton on Wednesday 11 April 2018 from 7.30 - 9.30 pm click here
For information on the event at Chapel-en-le-Frith on Saturday 28 April 2018 from 2.30 - 4.30 pm pm click here


To view the list of  WI Resolutions 2018 click here


On With The Show - winning hints and tips.
Monday 9th April 2018 10am – 1pm  £5 per person  
We are pleased to offer another venue for 2018 - Darley Dale Methodist Hall

  • Know the rules, understand the schedules
  • The marking system explained
  • Interpretation and staging – what is that?
  • Entering a Co-operative competition
  • Using the ‘On With The Show’ folder
  • Pitfalls and successes – examples for you to judge for yourself, or bring your own items.
    Closing date Friday 1st March 2018. Contact: Maggie Bristow  Tel:  01298 814988 Email:


Sashiko Embroidery with Maryl Simpson
Thursday 15 March 2018 - 10.30am to 3.30pm

Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery combining country style with intricate designs – all made with simple running stitch. You will be able to make a small drawstring bag using different Sashiko stitches. The process is said to be meditative and relaxing, so why not join Meryl for a pleasant day sewing?
A £4 kit (fabric, thread, needle) will be available on the day.  An equipment list will be sent with your confirmation.Tea and coffee will be provided during the day but please bring a packed lunch with you.

Venue -  Derbyshire House. Sherwin Street. DE22 1GP
Closing date Wednesday 31st January 2018.
Please send a cheque made payable to DFWI with applications and a SAE. If there are more than two applicants from the same institute please send an envelope 9 x6½ ” (23 x 16cm).
Any queries - please contact Maggie Bristow Tel: 01298 814988 email


For information on the Subscription Fees for 2018 Click here


Huge congratulations to our very own Bolsover WI for coming 3rd in the Elizabeth Bell Digital Story Challenge



The new Denman Brochure - March 2017 to February 2018 is now available.  Click the link to see just what is on offer for the next twelve months


DFWI Centenary Showcase

On Saturday 12th May 2018 we’ll be celebrating 100 years of WI in Derbyshire and we want you to join the party.

We’ve invited all our institutes to help us.  

It’s only early February and so far 19 institutes have volunteered to take part and are planning a wide range of exhibits including:-

*A display of 100 years of weddings
* A performance by two different groups will each showcase the songs of a decade:
*The Swinging 60’s
*The Fabulous 50’s
* An exhibit of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
* A display of kitchen utensils and how they’ve changed over 100 years
* A group will be in costume as they cover women in wartime
* An exhibit of a groups’ embroidery covering 100 years of fashion

Can your institute join our growing list of participants?

We’d like to cover the following topics, you can do it any way you like table top display, exhibition panel, performance on stage, demonstration, fashion show

* 100 years of women in sport – think about the Olympics, keep fit or sportswear
* How Education has changed over the last 100 years - from slates, to books then computers, or what women are allowed to learn
* Cover 100 years of toys and games – from Marbles and Whip & Top to Ninteno and X-Box
* Health & Medicine over the period – think nursing or consider treatments & cures
* Changes in our diet, what we eat and cook – different ingredients, changing recipes, from Mrs Beaton to Gordon Ramsey
* Famous women over the last 100 years – Margaret Thatcher, Mother Teresa, Ellen MacArthur, Jessica Ennis
* Epic events over the century – moon landing, ascent of Everest, first heart transplant, votes for women, first woman fighter pilot  
* Communication 1918-2018 – carrier pigeon, telephone, mobile phone, internet

You can choose any topic that has affected the lives of women over the last 100 years.

Call Joyce Brown on 01246 477034 email


WI LIFE Stories

Do you have a story you would like to share with 226,000 WI members? Click the link to see what we’re looking for in each of the different sections of the magazine and on page 2 there is a form for you to download and return to us as and when you have a story to tell. We look forward to hearing from you. This form can also be found on the Moodle.


ACWW update and events 2017

We start 2017 with some great news.  Following the November Midlands Supporters Day we fulfilled our commitment to sponsor the project in Kituntu.  834 villagers now have access to clean water.  

Never letting the grass grow, we have signed up for 2017's project.  The aim is to provide 15 very poor Dalit widows with a milk cow. As the cows breed, further female calves will be passed to another widow.  They will be able to sell milk and cow dung.  

It is expected that the beneficiaries, who presently have to rely on daily agricultural labour for employment, will have a more sustainable income as a result of this project allowing them to send their children to school and meet their family members’ other needs. They will become self-reliant and lead a more dignified life than before.


NEW WIs FOR 2017

Calver & District WI is a newly reformed Derbyshire WI, here are Kat and Sarah the Secretary and President at their first Committee Meeting since forming. Monthly meetings will be held in the Derwentwater Arms, Calver on 3rd Thursdays each month at 7.30pm. Best wishes to them and their members.


NEW WIs FOR 2016

The League of Ladies WI in Glossop had their inaugural meeting on Wednesday 27 July 2016.  51 new members attended.

Meet members of the newly formed Woodville Whirlwinds WI - fantastic name ladies!

Woodville Whirlwinds WI - New WI


Say hello to the members of Whaley Bridge WI Committee



Photographs of two newly formed WIs during 2015.  Please send any information of other new WIs from 2015 and, of course, those hopefully formed in 2016 to the editor.

Members of New Mills WI

Clay Cross WI Committee Members

Clay Cross WI Members
Clay Cross WI Members

Cliffe Park Dronfield WI

The President of Cliffe Park Dronfield WI with two WI Advisers

DERBYSHIRE HOUSE is our Federation Headquarters

The Federation office is open between 10 am and 2 pm Tuesday to Thursday. During this time the office is manned by part-time staff, if you contact us outside these hours the answer phone is always on when the office is unoccupied.  We will endeavour to respond to your query as soon as possible.

The Hall is available for hire, please see DFWI Hall Lettings below.  New audio visual is available to hire at an extra cost, please contact the office on 01332 342596 for further information.

DFWI Hall Lettings

When visiting Derbyshire House for an event, etc. please note that on-street parking is very restricted. Please display a DFWI parking pass (available from DFWI HQ) on your windscreen to prevent receiving a parking fine. The traffic wardens are trying to cut down on university students parking  on the roads around Derbyshire House, so please be aware of this when visiting.