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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

  • 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


ACWW Christmas Market Afternoon in the north - Tuesday 28 November 2017
Details of this new event were missed off the article in the Link. Click here for information and to print off the application form

FLICKNIC Afternoon - Monday 27 November 2018

Bring a packed lunch and enjoy a re-run of the classic - The Lady in the Van.  Screening starts at 1.00 pm at Derbyshire House.  No application - just turn up.  No charge - but a donation for refreshments  would be appreciated. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit we will be serving mince pies and fruit punch as well as tea and coffee .  As ever there will also be a raffle.  We hope to see you there


Re Centenary Brick:

Please note that the finished measurement of the brick should be 9 inches X 5 and a quarter inches or 23 cm x 13.5 cm.  Please note that any enquiries about this email should be made to Diane McHarg   at


For information on the Subscription Fees for 2018 Click here

Early notification - look out for details and how to apply in the Link magazine


Home Economics Sub-committee are planning a Wreath Making Workshop at Derbyshire House on Thursday 30 November 2017 from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.  Price £15 to include mulled fruit punch and mince pies


Craft Sub-committee are to hold two workshops - On with the Show - Winning Hints and Tips to encourage more members and WIs to enter the County and Bakewell Show competitions.

Both will be half day workshops:
1. Thursday 23 November 2017 to be held at Derbyshire House

2. Wednesday 18 April 2018 to be held at Darley Dale Methodist Hall
Details of times and costs to follow


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.


Autumn Federation Meeting –  Tuesday 3 October 2017.
Main speaker will be Liz Carr, star of BBC 1’s Silent Witness.
Please note there will be no delegate tickets for this meeting


NFWI Recipe Archive/Collection

The NFWI Cookery Committee is in the very early planning stages of creating a WI recipe archive. Several members have been in touch to say they have recipes that they think may be of interest for this project. We are very keen to hear from more WI members who may have a WI recipe or cookbook of interest.


DENMAN NEWS - We have a fantastic range of new courses and events running in  2017.  Check out our Denman Page for more details.


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.