News from around the County
A page full of interesting articles and information on WI activities from around the County. Members can scroll down to see just how different and varied our activities and WIs are.
Barlborough and Clowne WI in the community holding a Coffee Morning in Barlborough supporting the Five ways to Wellbeing project being promoted by our local council.
Nine members of Chaddesden WI enjoyed a good day out using their gold cards to visit Chesterfield market.
Heanor WI celebrated its 10th Anniversary at Morley Hayes. Good food and spooky entertainment afterwards by Ann Featherstone as it’s nearly Halloween made for an enjoyable evening.
CPR training for Barlborough and Clowne WI members this evening given by members of the St Johns Ambulance. An opportunity to ask questions and test the procedure.
Shardlow WI - Construction commencing at the Cenotaph after many many busy weeks making poppies- a couple more sessions to finish off hopefully when it isn’t raining !!
A true group effort! A good afternoon playing Walking Netball in the first ever East Midlands Festival. Our local group initially, set up by Barlborough and Clowne WI, includes players from Bolsover WI and several other ladies from local communities, (helped out today by players from Long Eaton) played against teams from Queens Park, Derby and Southwell. Queens Park were the overall, well deserved winners.
Baslow WI annual Jumble Sale: Here are the 'Darlings' who helped sorting jumble at the sale. Approximatey £700 was raised for the running of the WI and educational bursaries for members
Well done to Willington WI - The area around the railway station looks absolutely stunning. Congratulations to everyone who has had a hand in making such a lovely display.
Barlow Newbold and District WI had an interesting evening listening to Elizabeth Holloway on her five & a half years Narrowboat Life. Following their Charity Spring Bonanza in March a cheque for £200 was finally presented to Jan Alcock representing the Chesterfield Branch of The Compassionate Friends; offering support & friendship to parents & families following the death of a child of any age. Their support will offer help to those who unfortunately suffer such a loss.
Burton Belles were in chocolate heaven. They were taught how to temper chocolate and make truffles by Cathy Wright ( Cathy’s Chocolates and Cakes). They enjoyed sampling the chocolates too
A project that Killamarsh WI members participated in this year, knitting squares, which were crocheted together by the talented Lisa Green and embroidered. The blankets will be donatd to local care homes for their residents to use, a worthwhile project.
League of Ladies WI fashion event October 2018. What a fantastic evening
The speaker at October's Briz Valley WI meeting was Mr Ken Knowles & his Consort Marilyn. Ken is Lichfield's Town Cryer and Sword Bearer. He gave a brief history of himself and of his job as Lichfield City Council Town Cryer.
Baslow WI had a lovely day at the Baslow Community Orchard celebrating Apple Day. They raised funds for the Orchard Group and also Derbyshire Blood Bikes.
Heanor WI had a bursary from their Group to spend on something educational. To make sure all members could benefit, they held a bumper craft day at Heanor Baptist Church today. Some members were unable to attend, but there was still a very good turnout for all the crafts. Thank you to the ladies leading the crafts, which were, respectively, Folk Art and Papercraft, Chicken Scratch Embroidery, Sugar Craft and Rag Rugging. Everyone learned a lot about the crafts and had a very enjoyable time while learning.
Burton Belles had a fun night at the Burton Bridge playing skittles and enjoyed chatting in between throws. The winning team took away prizes!!!
Willington WI -busy within the village this week. Cakes were made and sold at the Arts Festival and the station team met to do a 'group tidy'- followed by coffee and planning for winter.
Chaddesden WI meeting - Pat Hall entertained with sketches, jokes and anecdotes. With the theme of the first World War and the WI, she became different characters. An upper class lady, a Land Army girl, a bossy lady and a worn down wife with many children. Chrissie Booth spoke about the day she went to Harry and Megan's wedding.
The rather fabulous Paula Marie singing the ‘40s songs whilst Barlborough and Clowne WI members prepared the teas at the Clowne Welcome Homecoming Party. Part of the local WW1 centenary celebrations
Members of Pentrich WI spent an interesting morning at the very busy Aquabox packing shed near Wirksworth. They were about to load 250 boxes for shipping to the Philippines, providing clean drinking water for people in disaster zones.
Baslow WI members enjoying several different activities for WI Sports Week, including cycling,walking netball, gym sessions and tennis.
A member of Repton WI gets to grip with making sausages at The Greedy Pig's Sausage and Pie making Workshop. The pies sound very tempting!
Members of Chaddesden WI made a return visit to Doveside WI - over the border in Staffordshire. Always good to visit other WIs and exchange ideas.Baldock and Clothall WI - for Sports Week, an afternoon's petanque down the Orange Tree, after a very good lunch. Members had excellent coaching from Brian, Jill and Danny and all had a brilliant time. Everyone enjoyed it so much they are thinking about starting a petanque team. Members all had a great week, enjoyed different activities and managed to come up with a few activities that appealed to members and some are likely to continue.
Baslow WI - WI Sports Week: Two 'Baslow Warriors' warming up with a little yoga.
Breaston Belles on another great WI adventure- this time to Hanson’s auction rooms.
Baldock and Clothall WI As part of Sports Week six members walked the Greenway from Baldock to Stotfold, visited the Nature Reserve and went to Stotfold Watermill for a tour and lunch.
Ravensdale WI Rambling group enjoyed a lovely walk from Findern Marina to Willington and back. A new Piazza building and bridge have been built at the Marina. A warm day for the walk meant everyone was ready for a cool drink and lunch at the ‘Green Man’ in Willington.
Breaston WI Sports Week- a game of rounders on Breaston Park.
NB. Some of these ladies had also been to an exercise class in the afternoon too ! Didn’t they do well ?
Thanks to Barlborough & Clowne WI ladies once again for supporting the Eats & Treats event. A very busy morning.
Thanks to Anne and Josanne for baking the gorgeous cakes. And thanks to Viv and Josanne who helped make the tote bags.
Baldock and Clothall WI members had a day trip to Denman. A cookery demonstration, lunch, a tour of the college and grounds and afternoon tea before returning home. A great day out!
WI SPORTS WEEK - Baslow Bikers: This days cycle was not as easy going for the Bikers as usual!!
South Normanton WI Volunteers have been busy making hand made up cycled tote bags for the up coming Eats and Treats event on Tuesday 18th September 2018 at Shirebrook Leisure Centre!
At the Risley WI September Harvest Supper the members celebrated Judy's 90th birthday. A very special lady.
Willington WI had a busy meeting! Chatsworth, the Canine Partners puppy they met earlier in the year came back to give them an update on progress- well his handler did!
Baslow WI had a talk from David Brocklehurst, who took along Alice, his pet dog and a promoter for Medical Detection Dogs.
Duffield Cumberhills WI with their scarecrow for the 2018 trail in Duffield. She is Vivienne Westwood our Derbyshire designer hero. There are 70+ scarecrows this year.
Uffa Magna - Mickleover WI at their September meeting - pleased to see so many members again after the summer break.
Briz Valley WI had a talk by Jo Robinson FCILEx Head of Wills and Probate at Timms solicitors. Jo gave the in's and outs of will making and how important it is to have one, if not for yourself but for everyone left behind as there are many pitfalls. And also some guidance on Power of Attorney, which is also something very important to do. There were lots of questions which Jo hopefully helped with the answers. Jo highlighted what could go very wrong without both of the above.
Willington WI Centenary rose in the station garden is in full bloom and the triangle looks stunning in its red, white and blue.
Chaddesden WI had an orange theme for their September sales table. Something different!
Some of the members from Briz Valley WI visited The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.
Barlborough and Clowne member Lorna Riley and her daughter are braving the worlds' fastest rip wire to raise money for charity. We are sure that Lorna won't mind us stating that she is just 83 years young! Well done Lorna
Members form Alfreton WI had a great afternoon at Alfreton Pottery
A member from Bingham Belles WI as featured in the September issue of WI Life! Photo was taken at Tea and Tents 2018
Members of Bamford WI enjoyed lunch at Losehill House Hotel during August 2018
Pie and peas and a natter. The annual August meeting for members and friends of Barlborough and Clowne WI started with a walk around Clowne followed by supper in the Community Centre.
Ockbrook and Boroughwash WI members attending a tea party atTrent College organised by Long Eaton Rotary Club
This was a lovely tea party attended by 11 of us from our WI.
Burton Belles WI Two of the Belles ( Sue and Sandra) had the tough job judging the produce show at Mona Road allotments.
We hear they had to taste some things several times just to make sure!
On 8 August 2018 Julie Shaw PC, and Karen Green PCSO from the Safe Neighbour Team Police Chapel, Chinley, Dove Holes and surrounding areas gave a talk to Chapel-en-le-Frith WI
Chaddesden WI photos from the successful Hopwell group Celebration of the DFWI Centenary at Risley today. Thank you to everyone who made it such a great day.
Calver and District WI August members meeting started with Barbara Dakin - Storyteller. Her stories were really interesting and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The picture shows the Union flag which was made in 1918 by the nurses at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Hayfield and District WI August meeting was a Mystery Tour visiting, once again parts of the Peak District many had not seen before. This was followed by a delightful supper in Tideswell at H&D who opened specially for the event.
Pentrich WI members and friends enjoyed a lovely summers evening walk from Buckland Hollow up to Heage Windmill.
Members from Briz Valley WI (and a couple of husbands) had a guided tour of Melbourne Hall. It was a very informative tour, a lot of history and and a few family names to remember Thomas Coke, Cowper, Lamb and the present Lord Melbourne Ralph Kerr to name just a few. A lovely house so lived in, lovely paintings, furniture, glass and great to see family photographs in every room. Thank you to our guides for making it a great afternoon. Then on to Melbourne Community Hall where the ladies of the WI served afternoon tea. It was a lovely spread.
Briz Valley WI ladies enjoyed a night at the races with a fish and chip supper which everyone agreed was a great success. As everyone dressed up a group photograph was taken. Don't they all look fabulous!!!
Barlborough and Clowne WI members went on a long awaited outing with friends and partners to Bletchley Park. What an amazing place this is. Well worth a visit to learn how the secrets of the Second World War unfolded and to understand the dedication and commitment of all who worked here it total secrecy.
Duffield Cumberhills WI had a great afternoon tea and visit to the beautiful gardens at Felley Priory, Underwood. More than twenty members went along and had a lovely time in the sunshine. Thanks to Linda, Chris and Jane for organising the day
For their August meeting Shardlow WI sampled their own ‘Tea and Tours’. Members Alicia and Val J gave a guided tour of the amazing historical wharf, followed by a delicious fuddle in the village hall, complete with stunning sunset over the playing fields!
Ashover WI at AshoverShow. Seen here are members of the 'early bird' team plus some of our homemade cakes and savouries, which literally sold like hot cakes. Drink donations will go towards the continued Bassett Rooms refurbishment - our village meeting venue. This year there were beautiful home sewn bags for sale as well as jams and fudge. Big thank you to all our ladies, who as usual pulled out all the stops and made such a huge contribution and to those who bought produce and made a donation. Always a fabulous day for members and visitors alike.
Hilton and Marston WI ladies and their friends/partners had a lovely trip to Scarborough! The weather was perfect and a staycation is the perfect way to enjoy it! Many beautiful views, paddles in the sea, fish and chips and even a cheeky drink were enjoyed!
47 Chaddesden WI members, partners and friends, the Terracotta Warriors, The Beatles, the famous Liver Building and The Albert Dock - all made for a great day out in Liverpool.
Duffield Afternoon WI members have been knitting squares to be made into blankets.This means that now every primary and secondary bed in Kabale (a town in Uganda) now has a blanket. Thanks to their incredible work over the last four years there were also sufficient blankets to start equipping beds at the Equator School in the town. Here are photos of the blankets on display so hopefully you can spot your squares or blankets.
Chapel-en-le-Frith WI On 9 May 2018 Margaret Bywater of Chapel en le Frith WI presented Dave Harvey of Derbyshire Blood Bikes (pictured) with a donation of £110. The WI received the funds in appreciation of the work that the ladies of Chapel WI perform for the Four Inns Walk and donated this to their Charity of the Year. The work consists of making 100 loaves in to sandwiches and serving these and other food and drink from the Chapel Scout Hut on the day of the walk.
Ravensdale WI committee and regular helpers treated themselves to a meal at Nonno’s in Belper. Unfortunately our President and Treasurer had prior commitments,so were unable to attend.An excuse to go back again! The editor couldn't resist this photo!
Baslow WI members supporting Chatsworth WI fundraising event - "Coffee in the Garden" Lovely to meet new and old friends and enjoy the sunshine and gorgeous nibbles with coffee. Thanks and good luck to Chatsworth WI.
Tibshelf WI had a wonderful night for Heathers Bowling Hen Party! Members presented Heather with a signed Bowling Pin at the end of the night (which everyone is sure will take pride of place on the mantelpiece.... maybe!)
Bakewell WI Annual Tea Party - Lashings of cake made by the committee!
Pankhurst and Equilteas Tea Party
Ockbrook and Borrowash WI members attended this event on Friday 7th July a Derby University. They tried to dress in the Suffragette colours of mauve, green and white and baked some cakes!! The event was chaired by our local MP, Pauline Latham and we had some inspiring women speakers including Professor Judith Lambert from the University of Derby, Jasvinder Sanghera from an award winning human rights charity, Anna Ince from Resonate a company specialising in rail and connected transport, Jacci Woodcock from the Dying to Work campaign and Georgia Vicars from Fluid Design who spoke about needing more women in technology. Members reported that it was a brilliant morning, thought provoking and interesting.
They received a letter from Pauline Latham thanking them for their attendance after the event.
Pentrich WI celebrated the DFWI Centenary with Codnor WI at a Sparkling Afternoon Tea with entertainment by their own ladies, the Codnor Warblers.
Bakewell Tasting Tour
Ladies from Chapel en le Frith WI took the Bakewell Tasting Tour in July with guide Sally Mosley who showed them some interesting places in Bakewell and fascinated them with her local knowledge of the history of the town. Setting off from the Agricultural Business Centre and finishing at the Wee Dram they tasted some great local produce along the way: cheeses, pork pie, sausages, bakewell pudding, handmade chocolates and ending with a wee dram of Atholl Browse.
Hope WI visited the World Museum in Liverpool to see the Teracotta Warriors It was a truly wonderful exhibition, much enjoyed by all. On the journey home they had a brief visit to Port Sunlight.
Willington WI ladies took a walk round Melbourne Pool finishing with wonderful tea and cake at Pool Cottage Residential Home. Whilst there they picked the brains of Melbourne ladies who were attaching knitted poppies to camouflage netting. A reminder to get knitting for their station project!
Tea and Tents 2018- Breaston WI what an amazing weekend with 500 fabulous ladies. We took part in laser quest, throwing axes, rifle shooting, assault course, climbing wall. Listened to interesting speakers, watched cookery demos, made Christmas Baubles, needle felting, hoola hooped and lots more. Julie and Sharon took part in the talent show and read some of Kay’s great poetry. We ran a laughter workshop. Sang Jerusalem with 500 WI ladies from all over England.
Come along to the next tea and tents fest, you won’t be disappointed
21 members of Ravensdale WI Social Group enjoyed lunch at Newton Park Hôtel,Newton Solney. The weather was glorious and after lunch some members were able to enjoy sitting out in the garden,
Tea and Tents 2018 Breaston WI - Five very happy ladies with stories to tell about a great weekend
Tea and Tents 2018 - Bingham Belles WI - Helen, Karen and Andrea had a fabulous, relaxing weekend
Whitwell and District WI at Whitwell Village Gala stall on Saturday 21st July. Well done ladies!
Uffa Magna-Mickleover WI - Such a lovely afternoon tea party, raising funds for their charity, the Derby MS centre. Lots of lovely sandwiches, scones and cakes and of course lovely company. Thank you so much to everyone who helped.
Tibshelf WI - Carnival ready! 'Votes for Women' and 100 years of WI
Breeston WI celebrating 100 years of votes for women which is part of Breaston’s fantastic “Breaston in Bloom” display.
Barlborough and Clowne WI members in action at Clowne Gala selling pancakes, cakes sausage rolls,pie, scones and games. A great day
On a recent visit to Bruges a wreath was laid at the Menin Gate on behalf of the Derbyshire Federation by members Chris Cummings - Sawley WI and Sue Walker - Ockbrook Redhill WI. A very moving ceremony.
Whitwell and District WI contribution to the WW1 flower festival in St Lawrences church is absolutely wonderful! Well done to everyone who contributed and helped create it, especially Dorothy for the beautiful arrangement on the window sill.
Killamarsh WI Killamarsh WI on a trip to Buxton to the dome, where we had a tour with (Vera brittain) acted by Sarah. What a marvellous tour and so interesting about Vera Britains life.
Holbrook WI members and friends, the Community Action Group (Holbrook) all gathered to see Ron Brien unveil the commemorative plaque on the centenary planter
Briz Valley WI celebrating the Strawberry with home made, lovely scones and cream
Chaddesden WI have donated this lovely planter to help cheer up the commuters in the station
Chesterfield Town WI held their very own football tournament! Lots of fun with Football musical bingo (who knew that many football songs were about!) Hope everywhere is wearing their medals and enjoying their Chocolates
Members of Drone Roses WI attended a wonderful ‘Strawberry Tea’ event organised by Old Brampton WI in June.
What a superb evening at ALFRETON WI X 100 YRS of Women, the Vote and Equality
The Calver Cookies were out walking again in the sunshine. Our walk to Lumsdale Falls was hot and rather steep in places but enjoyed by all.
Bamford WI presented a cheque for £750.00 to Caroline Court Day Care Centre, Hope. Earlier this year members of our WI chose the Centre as our annual charity and the money was raised with a coffee morning, a raffle and other social events
Bolsover WI with the human fruit machine at Bolsover Gala in June
Repton WI celebrated their own centenary in style, decoratong the cross in the village and enjoying a delicious afternoon tea in the sunshine
The beautiful Bolsover WI Centenary garden by the entrance door to St Mary and St Laurence Bolsover Parish Church. Photographs were taken by one of our members.
Ashover WI hosted the Centenary Walk 2018 in June. Here are the helpers behind the scenes on the day in the Bassett Rooms.
This is the story Ashover WI village Church yard bench. Placed there 30 years ago by the original Ashover WI it was in great need of some TLC. So a few of us got together to slough off years of dirt and bring it back to it's former glory. It's now been returned to its original site, looking lovelier than ever - just in time for this week's Centenary Walk.
Long Eaton WI at the annual carnival with a delicious array of cake!
Members from the De Rodes Group of WIs enjoying the first of twenty Walking Netball sessions at the Arc Sport and Leisure Centre in Clowne
Newton Solney WI held an Italian evening with entertainment for members friends and partners - it looked fantastic!
Several members Chinley and Buxworth W.I. enjoyed a very interesting visit to the Hat Works Museum in Stockport last week followed by a extremely pleasant lunch at the Plaza !
Members of Duffield Cumberhills & Duffield Afternoon WI's had a delicious Afternoon tea as a thanks for knitting blankets. They were wonderful, all 122 of them and thanks go to all members of both institutes, who over the Winter months knitted the squares for us to sew up. Jane with her husband Peter and students from Littleover School will be taking them to Kabale, Uganda at the end of June. A new dormitory has been built for older children so the project continues next year. Please keep knitting!
Old Brampton WI. A lovely day out for 4 of our Old Brampton members at Brodsworth Hall, near Doncaster. If you haven't been before, the gardens are stunning.
The League of Ladies WI Choir singing at the rememberance event one year after the Manchester bombing
Heanor WI. Our lovely President, Diane, receiving flowers and a gift card from the members on stepping down after five years’ service. Thank you so much Diane, you’ll be a very hard act to follow.
Briz Valley WI AGM. Judy Stanhope was our DFWI Advisor for the night. Our President Louise gave her report plus thanks to the out going committee,
Newhall WI enjoying Afternoon Tea to celebrate the Royal wedding and DFWI centenary
Bolsover WI A lovely sunny morning for our Suffragettes Hill race team publicity photoshoot. Fabulous outfits and hats!
Three members from Bretby WI and WISH had a busy afternoon sprucing up the WI seat at the National Memorial Arboretum. Nice clean seats to sit on now when you next visit!
Hilton and Marston WI had a lovely meeting this month. Members created bouquets of flowers as part of a national initiative to distribute flowers to those you love, those that are lonely or just because. Some members gave their bouquets to friends and family and some left them on a doorstep of a neighbor.This is something everyone can do and it is so lovely to bring a smile to someone's face! Well done ladies, all the arrangements were beautiful!
Briz Valley WI turned back to Christmas 2017. As they had to cancel Christmas in December they decided to have an extra meeting in April! It was a tad surreal. But they soon got into the swing of the night by making "Mocktails".
Killamarsh WI ladies enjoying afternoon tea
Longford WI link with Whitley WI, Cheshire for a Tissington Walk
Breadsall WI. What an enjoyable evening it was at our Film Premiere! A full hall, lots of food and wine, happy people and a most brilliant film showing the changes in education over the last 100 years, It was a definite teary moment when Jerusalem came up at the end, and so many ladies stood up and joined in the singing.
Whitwell & District WI's visit to the Veolia Materials Recovery Facility was amazing! Lesley, the Education Officer, taught us so much about what we should and should not be doing with our recycling. We learnt about the problem of recycling low-grade plastics, how to do the 'scrunch' test, what to do with hard plastics, etc. The actual tour to see the highly sophisticated sorting machinery in action was mind blowing. We are now all fired up to be better recyclers and do our bit towards the future of the planet.
Bolsover WI took part in the Big Clean in April. A small group of 5 managed to fill 8 bags of rubbish from Hornscroft and surrounding area. Great work clean up team!
Barlborough and Clowne WI enjoyed a Bollywood Evening meeting in April
Littleover WI All of us in our finery to celebrate the Queen’s birthday, don’t we look grand!!
Alfreton WI Mothering Sunday stall on Alfreton Market selling amazing cakes and preserves. All homemade from fab ingredients. The WI doing what it does best!
2018 COUNTY QUIZ RESULTS
Initially a 3 way tie between Breadsall, Hatton and Pentrich A, who all finished on top with 87 points out of a possible 90, Breadsall WI was declared the overall winner when answering a tie break question gave them that final vital point. Congratulations Breadsall, and well done to everyone who took part.
Four Darlings at Baslow WI's Social Afternoon in April 2018. WISA, it's time for tea and chat keeping busy or being lazy everyone does what they want!
This is a picture of the Nelson Handbell Ringers featuring two members of Ockbrook and Borrowash WI it was taken when they gave a performance at the Briar Close Care Home in December
Ockbrook and Borrowash WI pesented a cheque to Borrowbrook Home Link group made in early December
We had raised money by selling delicious cakes for a number of monthly meetings and then topped donation up to £100 which we presented to Borrowbrook. This is an organisation which helps to alleviate loneliness in older people in both parishes. This ties in with the WI resolution on loneliness. Borrowbrook were very pleased and have recently sent us a thank you letter.
21 members of Chaddesden WI met at the Toby Carvery at the Park Hotel for sociable time with a good meal.
Members of Chapel-en-le-Frith WI making sandwiches for the Scouting Association Four Inns Walk in the High Peak in March.
Burton Belles WI selling cakes, fudge and jam to raise funds for the Burton YMCA at the Burton Beer Festival in March.
Barlborough and Clowne WI. Easter Crafts kept everyone busy at the March meeting. Everyone went home with something to help decorate the house for Easter. We had Easter Chicks, Easter buns, Easter cards, Easter trees to decorate and two types of Easter wreath to choose from. A great evening to chat, laugh and get creative
At the March meeting on Tuesday evening Patricia Quinn, President of Barlborough and Clowne WI presented a cheque for £202 to Anne Bellamy, DFWI County Treasurer as our contribution to the Saving Denman Appeal. The money was raised at a recent WI Coffee Morning in the village.
Drone Roses WI were delighted this evening to present a cheque for £750 to Dronfield First Responders. Funds were raised after our recent beer brew in conjunction with Drone Valley Brewery.
Barlborough & Clowne WI organised a walking netball session at The Arc in Clowne. Other WI members from the De Rodes Group of WIs were also invited. What a fantastic afternoon, thanks to Sue for organising the taster session and for applying to NFWI to be part of the walking netball project. Sue is waiting to hear from England Netball as to when our sessions will start.
Congratulations Holbrook WI on your Centenary. Enjoy your special year.
Whitwell and District WI -The victorious team from the curling evening in March. Good fun and well done the winners!
Arlene a member of the admin team at Derbyshire House has completed 20 years service - and she is still smiling. She was presented with a bouquet of flowers, a card and gift by Chrissie Booth DFWI Chairman.
Braving the snow! Sudbury WI members met up at 'Sweet Little' in the Courtyard at Sudbury Hall for coffee and light lunch before choosing from the range of vegetables on display.
Calver & District WI have moved their meetings to the Village Hall and look how they are taking advantage of all the space they have. Good luck to you all with your re-formed WI.
Barlow, Newbold and District WI ladies enjoying a very nice Friday luncheon in The Peacock at Barlow
Shardlow WIs speaker was our very own Nancy Hawksworth. She whipped up an amazing 4 dishes in an hour, all including at least one of your five a day, and all absolutely delicious!
Little Eaton WI committee enjoying the annual meal out at The Clock Bistro, Spondon. Even WI teddy had his own chair and had a wonderful time!
Burton Belles WI members were treated to a Caribbean cookery demonstrationnand enyoyed eating the final product.
Trustees on TV. Members of the Board of Trustees made the trip to Scotland to take part in a recording of the quiz programme Eggheads which was broadcast in January 2018
Congratulations Nancy Sallis from Tupton WI who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Chrissie was joined by Scarsdale Group Coordinator Jean Groom and Secretary of Tupton WI Pam Cash on a recent visit. Nancy was a former Treasurer of Tupton WI and shared wonderful WI memories. She looks forward to hearing about all our Centenary Events during this special year.
Willington WI give Darts a try! Our first darts evening was a success- in terms of laughter if not in accuracy of throwing! The regulars in the bar of the Rising Sun were kept entertained by our attempts, but we did improve as the evening progressed! We've got a month to practise before our next night.
Risley WI members (Hopwell Group) held an 'in between' get together party - a great idea between Christmas and New Year. Great fun with Chrissie at the piano, lots of raffle prizes, a quiz, carols and of course, lovely food.
Drone Roses WI engoying their December 2017 meeting
Baslow WI Darlings having some fun at the lunch stop on their Christmas walk..
Barlborough and Clowne WI Glitz and Glam Christmas meal evening
The Sherwin Singers having their final practice in Repton Church before the Federation Christmas Service early in December
Tibshelf WI - And they're off ......Christmas Celebrations 2017
Ilkeston WI held their Christmas Fair this morning. There was a variety of fundraising stalls, great refreshments and a warm welcome for everyone.
Wonkatastic! Bolsover WIs' display at the Bolsover Scarecrow Festival - After weeks of preparation and a busy few hours today, Willy Wonka and his sweet shop is finally finished for this weekends Scarecrow Festival at Bolsover Parish Church. This years theme is 'Storytime'. Thank you to all our members who have helped put together our fantastic display.
Eighteen members of Ockbrook Redhill WI visited the tale of 'Beauty and the Beast' at Tissington Hall on Wednesday night. The Hall was superbly decorated and looked magnificent. Sir Richard met everyone at the door and the group enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies and a tour of the house to see the tale unfold. They were also entertained with the reading of two amazing stories in the main hall. A wonderful evening.
Clay Cross WI had a fun evening creating snowmen and reindeer from Jumping Clay
Turnditch & Windley WI celebrated their 95th anniversary in style with a cocktail and canapes evening for members and guests. The hall was transformed with bunting, flicker lights, flowers and mood music – all a background to a most enjoyable evening of friendship and fun. Oh what glamour! Roll on 100!
Egginton WI enjoyed a guided walk around Shardlow where the 3 Shardlow WI Guides told us stories about the development and demise of Shardlow as a busy inland waterway. They also provided us with a tasty supper. Many thanks Shardlow WI for your expertise in tourism and cooking. Our members and guest had a memorable evening.
Calver and District WI: A few of us enjoyed exploring the Hidden Gardens today and thanks to Elaine for donating some plants for our stall at Froggatt Show next week
Swanwick WI visited Tissington Hall for a private guided tour of the 17th century hall, we didn't meet Sir Richard as he was not at home today! The village was beautiful the sun shining & most of the visitors had not yet arrived. After our visit we went onwards to Ashbourne where members had time for lunch, shopping or both. Some of us went to Betty's Sewing Room & Vintage Tea Room's (as advertised in Link) readers if youv'e not gone for tea I can highly recommend it: service, atmosphere & food gorgeous!
Barlborough and Clowne WI spent an evening with a walk around Clowne, thanks to Diana. We walked along paths that some of us didn't know existed! Then we rounded off the evening with pie and peas, thanks to Eleanor,
20 members of Briz Valley WI made a visit to Tissington Hall and Gardens during August 2017. They started off the tour with tea and coffee in The Herbert Tearooms then had a guided tour round the Hall and the beautiful gardens.
Members of Breaston WI enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea in Ashford in the Water.
Coffee and cake with Chatsworth WI. It was nice to meet up with members from Beeley WI, Calver WI, Breaston WI, Baslow WI and Chatsworth WI in Mary's lovely garden in glorious sunshine. Lovely refreshments served up by Mary and friends with super prizes on the tombola. It was great to see members from Calver WI - Louise, Helen & Sue.
A few unusual shots from Bakewell Show 2017
Wadsley WI enjoyed a visit over the border from S Yorkshire into Derbyshire to Chatsworth and called in to meet some friends (made via Facebook) at Baslow WI. I suppose this means we should change the page title to News from around the Counties!
The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat was filmed at Haddon Hall in January. It was a wonderful experience being pampered, dressed and treated like the aristocracy we portrayed for the banquet scene. BBC2 8pm. Make sure you watch/record it ..... especially my lovely Codnor and District WI ladies. Oh, just in case I make it to the credit ..... my real name is Elizabeth MacPherson with Emily Anslow and Rachel Atkinson
Using 'home grown' talent Barlborough and Clowne WI had a great meeting running a Dabble Evening. Members made and sampled truffles, discovered the Japanees art of threading to make decorative key rings, made silver dragonflies and also made an incredible amount of noise with brightly coloured flowers and mallets to produce fabric prints!! All this with lots of laughter and good humor
Members enjoyed a six mile walk today with Calver W.I. walkers. Thank you Louise Roberts for leading the walk.
A few photos of members who went on the Derbyshire Federation trip to see The Girls and to see the Diana exhibition at Kensington Palace in July 2017
Burton Belles WI - A fabulous night in our new home
Thanks to all our lovely ladies for taking part in the fun and games
Making a difference in the community. Once again 6 WI members from Barlborough & Clowne WI supported an Eats and Treats event for the over 55's. This time they were at the Post Mill Centre in South Normanton. Over 70 people attended and they were very thankful for a cuppa provided by the WI. See the case study to understand more about the work being done locally by Eats & Treats.
SOMETHING AMAZING HAPPENED TODAY AT BASLOW WI - THANKS TO FACEBOOK! Alison from Country Women's Association Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia turned up at our meeting. CWA is the equivalent of the WI in Oz and we follow each other on Facebook. Alison was in London and told her family she had to go and visit friends in Baslow! What a lovely lady and a great surprise.
Breaston WI ladies on judging day for Breaston in Bloom! Despite the rain and getting soaked by the cars the judges were very complimentary about the development of the bench area. Thank you to everyone who has helped with planning, planting and watering. We'll be continuing to work to maintain and develop our wild flower area so please keep up the support. Thanks again 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻
Members of Pennine Group enjoyed a glorious day at the National Memorial Arboretum in June. These ladies, pictured at the WI seat, were quite scary as they sped round on their mobility scooters!
Barlborough and Clowne WI members didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits as they attracted visitors to their stall at the Clowne Gala on Saturday 15 July 2017. The DFWI human fruit machine made everyone smile and the well stocked cake stall also pulled in the crowds. Members reported that there was much interest in the WI display boards and they are hoping that the event has raised awareness of the WI in the community
On the 6th June three representatives from Longford WI, Sarah Redlaff (committee member), Anne Mitchell (treasurer) and Lorna Gagie (joint president) visited Derby Women’s Work Charity to present to them a cheque for a staggering £553.30.The money was raised at a very successful Coffee Morning held in May 2017
Killamarsh WI on a very interesting trip around the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. We had a tour guide to tell us all about the gardens and it's history. Another successful trip.
Bakewell WI makes the headlines at Bakewell Carnival! Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Gill Roberts and Rachelle Maltz-Jones members of Bakewell WI. Photo: Jason Chadwick.
Some of our members enjoying a morning trying out Nordic Walking in Whitworth Park, Darley Dale. Brilliant exercise for mixed abilities & you get lots of lovely fresh air. Best quote of the morning was 'Well that's the best £7.00 I've spent!' Thank you and well done ladies.
Derbyshire Federation Bowls Team (and coach!).
Played at Southwell Bowls Club today in an Inter-Federation bowls match between, Notts, Lincs, Leicestershire and Rutland Federations. A very enjoyable day, sadly we didn't win, but gave a very credible account of ourselves against some very good and very experienced players, all of whom play flat green bowls regularly, while here in Derbyshire we mostly play crown green bowls (much harder!). Well done ladies, you were a credit to Derbyshire!
Some of the De Rodes Group who visited Manchester and the BBC at Salford Quays.. The weather was awful, but we were made very welcome on the BBC tour. Some of us also visited the Imperial War Museum which was thought provoking and worth a visit. Others also managed the Lowery Gallery and shopping!!
Burton Belles WI. Some of our lovely ladies spent the weekend in Lancashire at Jam Jars and Tent Pegs
Activities included rifle shooting,dancing,weaving and other crafts. I hear there was plenty of yummy food and the odd drink too.
Hayfield & District WI hosted the annual Kinder Group Walk. Intrepid members braved the wind and rain to complete two seperate walks finishing with a well earned supper.
Whaley Bridge WI's first ever knitted welldressing is complete! Hundreds of knitted petals combined to create a Jane Austen inspired scene all done by members of our Threads group and some fabulous customers. All donations collected during the week will go to help victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The editor does not know which members of which WIs were there - but this photo of the Derbyshire flag at Glastonbury just has to be included!
Walton WI enjoyed a lovely day out in Eyam which included a private visit to 'Wild in the country' , a cut flower garden grown by Mrs Gill Bagshawe who opens up her garden for the NGS and who has recently appeared on Gardeners World. This was followed by a meal at Eyam tea rooms before heading for a private tour around the Eyam Hall Gardens.
Denise Porter from Old Glossop WI with Barbara & Kath from Charlesworth WI were host to the 5 ladies on the right who are walking from Liverpool to Hull - Trans Pennine Trail - Saving Denman Appeal. Walk started again at 8am this morning. Well done ladies and hope it stays dry. Our very own Barbara Bailey is sitting third from the right in the photo.
Pentrich WI visited Chatsworth to see the new fashion exhibition, well worthseeing.
The gardens were as beautiful as ever with preparations well underway for the RHS flower show in June.
Bolsover WI ladies doing what the WI does best - joining in and having fun for a good cause!
League of Ladies WI Choir performing at their annual meeting
The DFWI Spring Walk 2017. We had a super 7 mile walk from Ashford in the Water taking in Monsal Head. Chris Gilbert (Morley WI) led us and gave us 'snippets' as we went. It was good to be with members from WIs all over the county, including Glossop League of Ladies, Pentrich, Cromford, Tissington, Youlgrave, Rowsley and Ambergate. Look out for the next one!! Diane McHague
A few of the teams taking part in the County Quiz 2017
Hulland and District WI members enjoying the entertainment provided by Tribal Belly Dance Moon Hare .
Repton WI had a fabulous Spring Meeting with the Ukulele Crazy Band getting our toes tapping and us singing along as they entertained us with melodies from The Beatles to Pachelbel. Some of our Repton members were playing in the band so it made it an extra special event plus we had an Easter raffle which involved chocolate!
Members of Shipley W.I join forces with members of the Community for giant litter pick in our beautiful parish.
What a team!
Eats and Treats Event - Barlborough and Clowne WI and Bolsover WI
On Thursday 9 March 2017 six WI members were on hand at Clowne Community Centre to support the Eats and Treats event for disadvantaged and vulnerable people aged 55 years or over living in the Bolsover District. We expected around 30 people but 64 people attended. It was an extremely busy day. Barlborough & Clowne WI members Sue Ammon, Joyce Brown, Liz Mangle, Viv Rhodes, Doreen Wright and Flo Smith from Bolsover WI were all rushed off their feet.
Linton WI spent their evening meeting decorating cup cakes using sugar paste in a variey of colours
The ladies of Smalley WI have been very busy this week with the launch of their "Easter animals". Look out for our beautifully knitted or crocheted little eggs around Smalley and the local area. Only £1.00 each. Proceeds split between our 2017 charity The Salvation Army and Smalley WI.
Look who Chairman Chrissie spotted at the Leicestershire Federation Annual Council Meeting - the truly amazing Lucy Worsley
Some of the ladies from Doveridge WI had a wonderful day with Louise and Vikki at Hats From The Hall making fascinators and hats. Such fun and look at the creations
Whittington WI has a very a talented new member. At her very first Annual Meeting at the Winding Wheel Sheila Whitehead discovered that her entry in the Design a Centenary Tea Towel competition had been highly commended. Well done Sheila! Sheila is pictured here with Whttington WI President Margaret Palfreyman
The ladies of Belper WI rose to the challenge of creating the floral displays for the Annual Council Meeting at the Winding Wheel with some very unusual arrangements. Well done ladies.
Huge congratulations to our very own Bolsover WI for coming 3rd in the Elizabeth Bell Digital Story Challenge
Shipley WI's annual snowdrop walk in our beautiful local woods
A group of Duffield Cumberhills WI members went to Hopton Hall to see the lovely snowdrops.
.Breaston WI held a fantastic Community event this month when Charles Hanson came and valued more than 70 items for members.
Swanwick WI have raised an amazing £2,600 for their chosen charity 2016, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service. Well done ladies.
Members of Tibshelf WI with the 'Show the Love' hearts distributed at their latest meeting.
Christine Levasseur, Judy Noble and Janet Chambers of Cromford WI ready to publish their first web pages on the NFWI web site after a training session today.. Take a look: https://www.thewi.org.uk/become-a-member/structure-of-the-wi/england/derbyshire/find-a-wi/cromford
Maggie Bristow has stood down as Trustee. She has worked tirelessly and so very hard for the Federation and was our County Treasurer for several years. Well Done Maggie and enjoy retirement.
Members of Darley Abbey WI updating their Weeby web site earlier this week during a training session Retiring Editor Wendy giving support to Kathy and Pat who will now be editing the site. Take a look http://darleyabbeywi.weebly.com/
Congratulations to Jean Holland from Mosborough WI who has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years Honours list for her tireless work in the Mosborough community. Whether through her work for St Marks Church,Mosborough WI or her roles on various committees,she is at the heart of village life.
Youlgrave WI found a unique way to help raise funds to repair the village church roof. In true WI fashion they baked cake - but what cake! Cakes in the shape of village buildings were raffled off to raise cash.
Sherwin Singers - the Derbyshire Federation Choir - performing at Sudbury Hall
Windyridge WI member Pauline Agar presenting a 'nosegay' to Charles Hanson at the recent Hopwell Group event.
Baslow WI member Judith, has made a Christmas wreath for the grave of the 11th Duke of Devonshire and his wife Deborah who were both great supporters of the WIs in Derbyshire.
Walton on Trent WI Saturday morning Christmas Floral Arrangement Workshop
Ilkeston WI - CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA. All income from this event will be shared between the Flamstead Centre and the Air Ambulance. Well done ladies for your work in the community.
Cliffe Park Dronfield WI brew their own beer - article in local newspaper Dronfield Life
Tupton WI Reverse Advent donations - chocolate and toiletry treats.
We decided a few years ago to support our local Trussel Trust food bank and monthly make a collection of different items. Members are, not surprisingly, very generous! Several members have also volunteered to collect at local supermarkets.
Derbyshire Federation of WIs Trustee Linda Singleton laying the DFWI wreath at the Rememberance Service in Derby on sunday 13 November 2016
In the July edition of the WI Life there was a call for members to remember the women who died in service in the two World Wars by taking part in the CWGC Living Memory Project. Chaddesden WI discovered and explored the six service women buried in Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby and today remembered them by laying tributes on their graves.
Ashover WI member displaying decorative Christmas ideas
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire giving a talk at Hayfield WI
Former County Chairman Barbara Parkinson BEM receives her Medal from the Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire Willie Tucker during the reception held at Treetops Hospice where Barbara is a volunteer. Congratulations Barbara and Well Done. We're very proud of you.
Barlborough and Clowne WI hosted the DeRodes Group autumn meeting in October 2016. A fun evening Barn Dance had everyone up on their feet and burining off the calories from the supper provided!
A new WI for BREASTON.
The WI is very popular in the Village of Breaston and there is a waiting list to become a member. At a meeting today over 40 ladies came to learn more about what the WI has to offer and hopefully they will all soon be members.
Clay Cross WI This is our lovely wall hanging, made by Chris and with a few poppies on that the WI ladies have made. We would like more poppies added, so if you would like to contribute one, the hanging will be dispalyed at the The Rykneld Turnpyke on John Street in Clay Cross from the weekend. Poppies can be made from anything at all. Come down and pin one on. You don't have to be a member of the WI or even a woman! The more the better.
Stapenhill WI ladies like icecream – especially Bluebells!!
June Blurton, President of Oakwood WI, in the Star Chamber at Bolsover Castle surrounded by her ‘Ladies in Waiting!
Walton WI members on a visit to Felley Priory in August 2016
Stapenhill WI raised £450 for Burton Breast Cancer Care during their annual coffee morning in August 2016
Members of Woodville Whirlwind WI , South Derbyshire first event for WI Get Active Week - checking the vines before wine tasting. Well we did walk 1.5 miles to get here
Meet Celia, the Duffield Cumberhills WI entry in the Scarecrow trail of the Duffield Arts Festival I think we wi be seeing quite a lot of Celia over the next few weeks!
Breaston WI member and County Chair - our very own Chrissie Booth competing in a local charity event Taking part with over a thousand others, Chrissie completed the Wilne 10K run this morning. Chrissie took part to raise funds in memory of Doreen Williams and Chris Clee. It's not too late to support Chrissie and donations can be sent to her at HQ
Breaston WI member Lorraine Wright competing for Great Britain in a cycling event in Australia
Little Eaton WI at their Annual Carnival - and they won 1st Prize! Well done.
Cry Screeining at Cavendish Hall Edensor
Several Trustees went to the screening today. It was great to see what happens - 121 of the youngsters seen todayhave had an ecg and if a potential problem was found then are seen by a doctor- all this input comes from CRY. The time given up is amazing.
Elaine is to put the resolution forward again
Photo - left to right
Elaine,Jackie and Meryl
Margaret Harrison at Tea and Tents 2016 with other WI members - Margaret is in the middle!
Barlborough and Clowne WI members along with other women and girls stood with umbrellas near the Toads Mouth, Hathersage to be photographed by artist Mary Younakof from Los Angeles wearing a selection of dresses from her project, 343 Dresses: The Chromatic Convergence Project in the Peak District National Park, United Kingdom, August 2016
Dethick Lea and Holloway WI had a fabulous craft session with Angela Thompson at Tissington Glass.
Loscoe Ladybirds W.I entry in the 'Ey Up Mi Duck' race to raise funds for Sight Support Derbyshire. They obviously rose to the challenge to turn a giant plastic duck into a ladybird!
Heanor WI raised £835 for the Derby Breast Scanner The donation was raised over the last twelve months by holding various charity events, including a coffee morning and a Quiz with Pie and Pea Supper, which were both very well supported.
Celia Dyson won £100 First Prize in the WI Monthly Prize Draw. With the winnings she enjoyed a family meal at Le Mistral in Wirksworth.
Littleover WI members dressed for the occasion to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday followed by strawberries and cream, shortbread and Pimms!
Killamarsh WI coffee morning celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday.
Ilkeston WI walking group. We had a wonderful day out at Melbourne, walking from Melbourne Hall over lovely
countryside giving fabulous views over to Breedon on the Hill.
Elvaston & District WI held a Fashion Show and make-up demonstration
courtesy of Debenhams. Very glamorous WI ladies
Members of Tissington & District WI had a very enjoyable visit to the Weleda Gardens at Ilkeston on the 22 June. Members were given a guided tour of the gardens and wild life meadow, with a very informative talk about the work of Weleda UK, their biodynamic gardening methods and the plants which are used in their products.
Fairfield WI members plus friends from other WIs in Peak District visit the Houses of Parliament -courtesy of their MP Andrew Bingham.
Aston on Trent WI members were involved in the Aston on Trent Well Dressing weekend. This is their Well Dressing
Risley WI celebrated the Queen`s 90th Birthday wearing Red,White and Blue. A sumptuous Buffet Lunch and Quiz was organised by the Risley WI committee.
Shottlegate and District WI enjoyed a private tour of Tissington Hall, followed by high tea in the Herbert Tea Rooms The trip was courtesy of Mary Harrison who had left a small legacy for WI members to enjoy.
"Don't they scrub up well! Some Walton WI ladies enjoying the lovely spread at
Holmesfield and Cordwell Valley's Strawberry Sparkle. Thank you for
inviting us Holmesfield!"
Newhall & District WI welcoming the Aviva Women's Cycle Race through our Village on 18th June 2016.
DFWI trip to the Moselle Valley - June/July 2016
A group of 45 members and husbands recently enjoyed a holiday to the Moselle Valley.
Leaving by train from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Derby Stations to St Pancras the group then went by Eurostar to Brussels and then onto Aachen by coach. The following four nights were then spent in Kinheim with visits to Koblenz, Cochem, and Trier. Cruising on the river and enjoying superb weather made this a brilliant holiday.
Linton WI celebrating thier 70th Birthday in style - July 2016
Collage of some of the 80 members of Baslow WI
Derbyshire Federation Members at the Tea and Tents Events 2016 - Whalesby
Let us be honest - we all wish we had been there!
Tibshelf WI at the local Carnival in July 2016
The ladies of Tibshelf WI as Land Army Girs at the local carnival
Barlborough and Clowne WI promoting the WI
Barlborough and Clowne WI members were at Brockley School, Shutlewood on Saturday promoting the WI at a Community event.
Dennis Skinner, our local MP, spent some time at our information stand.
Baslow WI and Barlborough and Clowne WI members cycle ride - July 2016
Liz from Barlborough WI joined six ladies from Baslow WI on Thursday 7th July, for a bike ride round Derwent Dams approx. 17 miles. We all thoroughly enjoyed our day despite the rain, most annoying as it never rained in Clowne! WI ladies in action!
Bolsover WI involved in producing a felted hanging destined for the local library once embelishments have been completed.
Willington WI have adopted their train station. We had a grant from EM and Cross Country Trains and had also asked local businesses for sponsorship but on Thursday 30 June 2016, in all the rain, the train people came with planters, paint brushes, spades... we came with plants, gloves, water....!! and we spent the day transforming the station environment. Now it’s up to a team of 9 members to keep it looking good
What a fantastic project and a great way to promote your WI in the community
Beighton WI promoting the WI in Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, Sheffield in June 2016. They have done this for the last three years with some success - their current President was recruited during their first promotion event. So it does work!
Bakewell WI members as The Bakewell Belles at the annual Bakewell Carnival
Ockbrook and Borrowash WI Cleaning for the Queen earlier this year
Mosborough WI have been busy raising money for a Defibrilator for their local community - May 2016
Baslow WI Ladies were sent to the Workhouse at Southwell in June 2016 We can only hope that they were eventually allowed home for 'Good Behaviour'?
DFWI 'Fun and Games' at Chinley - A brilliant video of the antics at the 'Funand Games'event in the north of the county.
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