The DFWI DENMAN LEGACY COMMITTEE is delighted to announce their intention to use the HAYES CONFERENCE CENTRE at SWANWICK in DERBYSHIRE as venue for day and residential courses.

FACILITIES at the venue include:

  • A very high standard of accommodation with all rooms accessible   for those with reduced mobility and inclusive of an en-suite bathroom and WiFi.
  • 100 acres of award-winning gardens and grounds to explore.
  • Stunning lounge area to unwind in with fellow WI members.
  • Restaurant area serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Quiet and peaceful location situated in the heart of Amber Valley
  • Fully Licensed bar
  • Easy access from A38

FURTHER Information:

Look out for more information in ‘Link’ in August and September!! We have a taster day coming in March 2022 and places will be limited!!


Take a well-earned holiday for 11 nights in 2022 in Jersey.DFWI Fun(d) Raising Committee are organizing a holiday in Jersey starting on the 3rdSeptember to the 14thSeptember 2022. Venue: The Norfolk Hotel St Helier This family run hotel is in St Helier, handy for the shops and sea front, and a large park. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool and fitness room.
The price will include:
Dinner, bed and breakfast
Flights from and to East Midlands airport.
The approximate costs will be:
Single room £1121
Double room £989 each.

These prices are only available for a short time now, as are the rooms, the original dates we asked for were already fully booked.

If you are interested, please send an application form plus £150 deposit (ABTA included) to DFWI at Derbyshire House, Sherwin Street Derby DE22 1GP by 30th July 2021. Cheques made payable to DFWI. (Applications will stay open after this date but we cannot guarantee the price or room)

If you require further information please contact Sue Murgatroyd at murgatroyd95@btinternet.com or Joan Rowland at dojorow@gmail.com or to speak to one of us call Joan on 07703 166406 and Sue on 07870 176926


SEPTEMBER PICNIC AT CROMFORD MEADOWS DFWI Fun(d) Raising Committee invite you to join us for a picnic at Cromford Meadows, Cromford on the 9thSeptember 2021. Meet up with friends you have not seen for some time and enjoy the company.
We ask you to bring your own picnic. There will be a prize for the best dressed picnic table or blanket!
There are the options too: glide down the canal in Birdswood the canal barge and/or take a tour and learn the history of the very first industrial factory at Arkwright’s Mill. Or just take a gently stroll round the shops at the Mill (access to the Mill yard is free) or visit the chocolate shop in Cromford!

The cost of the day will be your choice!

The car park is £4. This is at the Cromford Meadows car park. This is the venue.
The trip on Birdswood will be £5. Start times 11.00 am and 2.00 pm
The tour and Mill experience will be £9. Start times 11030 am and 2.00 pm

Both will last about one and half hours.
Picnic your choice!
To ensure the prices above, we need 40 people for both venues at both times. This is an ‘open event’, so you are welcome to bring family and friends, just indicate numbers for the Mill tour and the barge trip, on the application form, to be sent to Derbyshire House for the 20thAugust 2021.
There is NO deposit required, but we do ask you to have the correct money available on the day, as we will collect it from you before entry to the Mill or barge.
Access to the Mill is wheelchair friendly if a little bumpy, due to the cobbles.
Access to Birdswood is down 4 very steep steps.
In case of rain we do have the option of using a marque in the Mill yard for our picnic.
Look forward to seeing you!



National Federation Annual Meeting 2022
Save the date - Saturday 11 June 2022 - NFWI Annual Meeting - Liverpool


DFWI Diary and Calendar 2022 Order Form
Please check here for a copy of the order form for 2022 Calendars and Diaries


DFWI Autumn Federation meeting 2021
For information on the Autumn Federation meeting to be held on Tuesday 5 October 2021 at The Winding Wheel. Chesterfield and how to purchase tickets please check here


Parking Restrictions on Sherwin Street
AS FROM THE 10th MAY 2021 the residential streets in the vicinity of the DFWI HQ will be RESIDENTS PARKING ONLY between the hours of 08:00am - 20:00pm.

Please try to ensure you park in the DFWI car-park when visiting the office to avoid any unnecessary fines while our Business Parking Permits can be obtained on the day of your visit from the office.

DFWI Public Liability Insurance
Please check here for details of the form for 2021 - 2022

DFWI Autumn Bulb Scheme for Spring Flowers
New for 2021 - for details on how to order bulbs for your WI members please check here.
Amended DFWI Subscriptions form
The Subscription form sent out to WIs with the March 2021 Link magazine has been amended. Please check here for the amended form.  Please note that either form will be accepted when submitted to the office
Constitution and Rules for Womens Institutes 2021
Please check here for the updated Constitution and Rules for WIs
You will find the changes made are on page 13 - section 38 & 39 to allow for Virtual meetings.
Page 23 requires signing
A message from the DFWI Resolutions Co-ordinator Diane Smiles

2021 Resolution
A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer
Every two hours in the UK someone dies of ovarian cancer. Making sure GPs and the public know what to look for will not only ensure the early detection and treatment of this disease, but transform lives today and for generations to come. NFWI calls on WI members everywhere to help increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer.
The deadline for WI's to cast their votes is 9th July 2021.

Great News for DFWI members - we can now pay for events and items such as diaries and calendars over the phone.  Simply ring the office on 01332 342596 to make your payments.

Fantastic news!
Even though we are in the middle of  a pandemic, thanks to the diligence of the office staff and WI Advisers Derbyshire Federation has officially launched a new WI.  The Sherwin Street Ladies are holding Zoom meetings at the moment but once the current restricitions are lifted they will meet at Derbyshire House at 7.00 pm on a day to be decided.  If you are interested in joining this new WI please ring the office on 01332342596 or email offfice@dfwi.co.uk for  more information

New -Virtual Events
Derbyshire Federation is now offering virtual meetings for members.  Check here to see the events on offer and for information on how to apply or simply click on the Virtual Events tab above

Following the recent election the Board of Trustees 2020/22 is as follows:

Anne Bellamy
Sheila Berry
Chrissie Booth
Sam Hall
Diane McHarg
Linda Odell
Viv Rhodes
Fay Rumley
Margaret Scott
Linda Singleton
Diane Smiles
Judy Stanhope

The officers are as follows:
Chairman - Chrissie Booth
Vice Chairmen - Sheila Berry
Vice Chairman - Diane McHarg
Hon. Treasurer - Anne Bellamy
Asst. Treasurer - Sam Hall


DERBYSHIRE HOUSE is our Federation Headquarters.

The Federation office is open between 10 am and 2 pm Monday to Thursday, however, 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