Group Events

Many WI branches are part of a local group of WI's.  The Group meetings are a great way for members to meet, learn and have fun.  Over the coming months we hope to show the range and flavour of group activities across Derbyshire.

From the successful Hopwell Group Celebration of the DFWI Centenary at Risley. Thank you to everyone who made it such a great day.

The Pennine Group of WI's celebrated the DFWI centenary in style, by holding a party for all the groups WI’s to attend with a theme of celebrating games through the last 100 years.  There was hop scotch, hula hooping, beetle drives and board games galore, plus much much more. As it is also the centenary of Votes for Women  the venue was decorated in the suffragette bunting and paper chains.  Topping a wonderful day off with a superb WI tea.

The DeRodes Group meeting hosted  by Chesterfield Town WI was a meeting with a difference. We were entertained by The Tuneless Choir of Chesterfield- their very first public performance and they were good!  Then after supper Stephen Booth the crime author who bases his novels in Derbyshire talked about his love of writing and how his career as a journalist had eventually lead to the publishing of his 18th novel - due to be on our bookshelves in August 2018. A very entertaining evening and our thanks again to Chesterfield Town WI for another meeting with a difference

Barn dance at Scarsdale Group meeting

Members of the De Rodes Group visited the Houses of Parliament at the invitation of local MP Dennis Skinner in November 2017.  A very early start to a fantastic and interesting day - and a place on the front cover of the January 2018 edition of the Link magazine

The De Rhodes Group had a fantastic evening hosted by Chesterfield Town WI on Monday 4th December.

Here's a video of their instant choir group; it looks as if everyone's having a great time and don't they sound amazing.

Sir Richard Fitzherbert of Tissington Hall gave a hugely entertaining and informative talk to the Trent Vale Group on Wednesday 25th October.  Built in 1609, Tissington Hall has 48 chimneys, 61 rooms, 4732 panes of glass and 7 bathrooms. Sir Richard is a superb advocate for the Hall and Estate, which he inherited in 1989, and group members were an enthusiastic and interested audience at this event held at Aston on Trent, hosted by Alvaston WI.

Around 60 members attended the Cavendish Group Autumn Social hosted by Darley Dale WI.  The hall was decked out in 40’s style with flags,  bunting, memorabilia and even sandbags. Darley Dale WI and some of the members of other WIs had ‘dressed to impress’.   The evening commenced with a 40’s quiz which had most members guessing at dates and events.  Pie and peas were served followed by parkin and tea and coffee. The highlight of the evening was a 40’ style singer, Jayne Darling, who brought back memories and had everyone singing along.

The De Rodes Group met on Thursday 12 October 2017 and enjoyed their Bollywood evening. Members were interested to learn the history of classic Indian dance and how movements tell a story, and they had a great time trying some Bollywood dancing and learning how to wear a sari.

Draycott & Wilne WI hosted a superb meeting of the Harrington Group on 18th October which was dedicated to Doreen Williams the former group co-ordinator.

President Kris Bingham was proud to introduce the speaker for the evening Andrew Smyth from Bake Off. Andrew was a superb speaker and his presentation "From Take Off to Bake Off: an Engineer's approach to baking" kept everyone spellbound. Andrew told group members how he trained as a pilot before going to University and also sings with several choirs in Derbyshire.