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Derbyshire House Christmas Closure dates 2018

Derbyshire House will be closed from Friday 21 December 2018 and re-open on Wednesday 2 January 2019

Centenary Service at Tideswell

The winner of the Chairman's Centenary Quiz is ..........Liz Mangle from Barlborough and Clowne WI - well done Liz

Click here for a copy of both the questions and answers

Home Economics

ACWW Autumn Supporters Days 2018

Once again there are two venues for this popular event:

Monday 19 November 2018 at Glossop - 1.45 pm to 4.00 pm approx.  Click here for information and application form

Monday 26 November at Derbyshire House - 11.00 am to 3.30 pm.  Click here for information and application form.

The closing date for both venues is Friday 2 November 2018.

New Denman Brochure 2018 - 2019

Check out the new Denman Brochure.  Click the link below 🌷 #WhatsOn

with Proffesional Tutor Mel Pierson

Saturday 29 September 10.00 am - 3.00 pm - Cost £15

Broadway Baptist Church, The Broadway, Derby DE22 1BP

No previous experience - bring a packed lunch - tea and coffee included in the price

Closing date 31 August 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 a SAE 9”x 6½” (23 x 16cm


Sashiko Embroidery with Meryl Thompson

Thursday 20 September  10.30 am to 3.30 pm - Cost  £28.00

Wadshelf Village Hall, S42 7BX 

A £4 kit (fabric, thread, needle) will be available on the day. An equipment list will be sent with your confirmation.
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery combining country style with intricate designs – all made with simple running stitch, examples of which were on show at the Spring Council meeting. You will be able to make a small drawstring bag using different Sashiko stitches. The process is said to be meditative and relaxing, so come and join Meryl for a pleasant day sewing.Tea and coffee will be provided during the day but please bring a packed lunch with you.
Closing date Thursday 23 August 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 a SAE 9”x 6½” (23 x 16cm
Contact: Maggie Bristow Tel: 01298 814988 for any further dtails


If your  WI is submitting  a Resolution for consideration at 2019 National Annual Meeting, please ensure that it is submitted to the Federation office in Sherwin Street before August 22nd 2018.
For helpful notes and guidelines please look at the NFWI website Public Affairs link

Diane Smiles
Resolution Coordinator.

For the results of the competitions at the County Show click here



TICKETS £37.50

7pm Drinks Reception in the Festively Decorated Painted Hall  and self guidedtTour of the Festively Decorated
North Wing of the House followed at 8.15 pm by a 2 Course Festive Dinner in the Carriage House Restaurant (Dietary Requirements catered for) Carriages 10.30pm
CLOSING DATE 5 OCTOBER Application forms with your WI Secretary



Save the date - Tuesday 25 September 2018 join members of PAI for an afternoon workshop making reusable sanitary protection for girls in the third world. We are hoping that those who attend will be willing to cascade the information and skills down to their own WI


Friday 5 September 2018 - Join us for our next Flicknic at Derbyshire House from 12.30 pm - bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the film.  Gary Oldman starring in Darkest Hour.  Film starts at 1.00 pm - Entrace Fee £3.  to include tes/coffee and biscuits.  There will also be a raffle.

Mental Health Matters
Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

Resolution Results

For the motion - 5,945 ---------- Against the motion - 104


Would you like to try an Advanced Driving Course this autumn?  IAM Roadsmart in conjunction with NFWI are running a course locally - in Rotherham on Saturday 13 October 2018 price £40 per person.  Click here for details and here for the application form


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 DFWI Centenary Programme 2018 click here


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


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.