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.

bBriz Valley WI Meeting on Monday 13th January 2020. The  first meeting of the New Year was a busy one. The President presented The Young Ones with a cheque from the Coffee Morning in November.Sheila Meacham  kindly came to receive it. She thank the members who had helped with packing boxes and told us some of the stories of the children who are less fortunate than others who loved the gifts. Then the  speaker was Tim Coltman VC, who's great Grandfather William Harold Coltman received the Victoria Cross for the part he played as a stretcher-bearer in the 1914-18 war.

rThe speaker at the January 2020 Ravensdale WI meeting was Linda Proud, who  gave  a very interesting talk on the history of Markeaton Park.


cChesterfield Town WI
The  Festival of Christmas Trees at Chesterfield Parish Church
Members have been busy knitting and crocheting squares which Siobhan has kindly joined together in Christmas Tree form! Doesn't it look gorgeous and cosy?!
🎄Thank you to Karen for the fantastic idea and coordinating all things relating to the Christmas Tree Festival for us.
🎄Thank you to all members who have contributed to the Tree and to members who have volunteered to steward at the Festival. We hope you have a wonderful time!
🎄And thank you to Chesterfield Parish Church for organising such a wonderful community event!

bA fabulous afternoon up at  Bakewell WI for local members and friends to make bee's wax wraps.

sWell done to Sawley Women’s Institute for producing poppies to cover the flag area and around the memorial today
Cllr Alan Chewings, Chair of Sawley Parish Council said:
“The Women’s Institute  done a marvellous job which is very respectful and in remembrance of those on all sides who lost their lives or who were badly injured.”
Alan added: “ Marion Stokes was putting in the poppies - 10 to a dozen, far more able than myself. Well done Marion.
Also a Big Shout out to Chris Roberts who was hard at work cutting the grass around the area.”

South Normanton WI has a  fantastic new banner taken at Post Mill  - thank you Kaydor signs

chBaslow WI members and guests got together for the celebration at East Lodge Hotel. Christine welcomed everyone and read out a letter  received from Buckingham Palace to comemorate 100 years of Baslow WI.

bChesterfield Town WI had an enjoyable and informative talk from Digital PCSO Sarah Dufton about how to keep  safe online.
She shared a lot of useful resources  and a few key links are listed below:
* Take the digital mot for tips tailored to your usage:
* Check if your email address has ever been compromised at:
* Download the HollieGuard personal safety app to alert designated contacts if you're in danger. Find out more:
* Sign up to for alerts relevant to your local area

Don't forget to the top 3 things  to prevent 80% of cybercrime:
* Passwords - don't use the same password for multiple accounts. The latest recommendation is 3 random words e.g. teaCatBiscuit2
* Antivirus - on any device that accesses the internet
* Updates - they can be annoying but they're necessary to fill cracks in your online safety wall

cChanges of Committee and President at the Chaddesden WI AGM 2019. Thank you to Jean, Barbara and Hazel for their work on Committee and Janet handed the President's badge back to Pat.

lLeague of Ladies WI featured  in Glossop Chronicle with their  clothes swap and cream tea event which raised an amazing £346.88 for The Bureau Thank you to everyone who made it a great day.

amThree ladies from Killamarsh WI just back from the tour of Amazon warehouse,  really enjoyed the visit

tTibshelf WI had a fantastic evening trip to Veolia

Top tips:-
Check what can be put in your roadside recycling bin - contamination is bad
Clean your recycling rubbish before putting it in the bin - food stains cause rejections and bad smells for the staff who hand sort items
Specialist recycling, like carry bags and electronics, can go to the household recycling centres rather than in your main rubbish bin

risRisley WI were entertained by a group of Greek dancers at their October meeting. They wore traditional dress and between dances they explain both the history of the dances and their costumes. Then members were invited to model the various headscarves and there was an opportunity to join the group in a final dance.

chChesterfield Town WI had an absolutely fabulous meal out at Thai Pavilion . 16 members joined together to enjoy excellent food and hospitality. Thanks to Jo G for organising it  and a big thank you to all the staff for looking after everyone so well.

oldOld Brampton WI  Some of the activities during the year.  A great way to display!

bBaslow W I Darling Gill's recipes are 'menu of the month' on My WI the website dedicated to WI members. Starter Tamarind Onion Soup - Main Diwali Celebration Plate - Dessert Cardamom Panna Cotta.

amThe Amber Group Meeting which Pentrich WI hosted last night.  took the form of a cookery demonstration by Sue, who showed us how to make a “simple” three course meal of smoked salmon pate, followed by lasagne and tiramisu with a fruity twist.

jamTibshelf WI Wow....what a productive evening!! Yes, we are the WI but 90% of us had never made jam until this evening!! I think I know what everyone will be having for breakfast tomorrow

LosLoscoe WI at the 60s Night at Heanor

KillMargaret and Sue of Killamarsh WI at a local Macmillan coffee morning,   Final total of cake and coffee/tea sales is £254 a good contribution to a worthy cause

SwanwickAt the Swanwick WI  meeting  a cheque was presented to Sheffield Children's hospital, (half of the proceeds from the afternoon tea held in July, the remaining half went to the Children's air ambulance).
Photo shows Liz and Janet presenting cheque to Abbie who told us about the fund-raising for the hospital.

NewhallNewhall WI enjoyed a day out at Bletchley Park today.  Beautiful weather, good company and we learnt a lot.

BreestonBreeston WI ladies were out and about again . This time they were walking, foraging for blackberries , sitting on the WI bench and having a coffee ( of course!).

Barlow5 members of Barlow and Newbold WIs perhaps newly formed Cinema Group went to see Downton -

DarlingsThe Baslow Darlings enjoying catching up on the news of what everyone has been doing, they hadn’t seen each other for a least a week. The lunch provided by Charlie was very enjoyable.

BarllowTwo beautiful people at the Bakewell WI meeting  which was very well attended. The subject was paper making from natural fibres, like banana skins. Erica Just produces paper from almost anything including onion skins.

BarlboroughBarlborough and Clowne WI Great meeting. Neil from Barlborough Heritage Centre told us about their work and the information available through their research. One member was so pleased that information had been captured for future generations which we often lose because we don’t write down the stories told by our grannies and granddads

Beaston WIBreaston WI. We’re not ladies who lunch- we are ladies who bat!  The rounders group met for the last time this year with a final score of 13 to the Aches and 9 to the Pains. Sue says a fun time was had by all.

BreastonIt’s “Back to school” time and  ”Welcome  back to Breaston WI” time and we started the year with a bang and a new STAR BAKER  
Huge Congratulations to Elaine, May your lemons be ever fresh and zingy, your linings never be shop bought and your bottom be slightly firm but never soggy !!

League of LadiesThe League of Ladies WI in Glossop enjoyed getting arty during their last monthly meeting and explored a little further what the WI means to them! Aside from completing our "The WI is...." posters, we also worked on a art collaboration consisting of individual members  artwork on what the WI means to them. As you can see, lots of love for the WI on show

Baslow WIBaslow WI.  WI Day is getting together with WI friends at Great Hucklow Embroidery Group. #WI Day.

LoscoeLoscoe WIs mystery tour took them through some beautiful villages in the county as thye  headed north through Ambergate, Cromford, then down to Carsington. Where would thye end up. Sudbury museum of childhood? Tutbury Castle? They wound their way to Burton upon Trent, where a superb afternoon cream tea awaited them in the Market Hall. Beautifully presented by the staff at The Summer House Bakery and Tea shop.

FindernFindern and Friends WI had such a good evening with Rocks &  Frocks!  Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets to raise valuable funds for Derby Blood Bikes.

Ravensdale WIRavensdale WI At our September meeting we welcomed Louise Grey from ‘Silver Sentiments’. Louise brought along her beautiful,distinctive and ethically produced jewellery of semiprecious stones.She started her jewellery business in 2005.   Member Margaret Kerry ,celebrated her 90th birthday during August.  Our President Vanessa Dorricot presented her with flowers at our September meeting.A very busy enjoyable morning catching up after the August break.

AshoverAshover WI. Thanks to Sam from Fresh Ideas Florists in Chesterfield who  gave a wonderful demonstration on autumn floral arrangements which was enjoyed by all. And 3 lucky raffle winners got to take her creations home.

ReptonSTRICTLY COMES TO REPTON WI! The professional dancers on the BBC need to watch their step. The ladies in Repton WI have proved that they can 'Keep Dancing' with the judges there to award straight 10s!

WillingtonRicknild Rabble Morris dancers gave Willington WI members a very interesting presentation about the various forms of morris dancing, theirs is Border Morris. They did a couple of dances- and then it was the members turn! The dancers enjoyed it and so did the audience, just watching them! A very enjoyable evening.

MindfullnessBack from the August break Barlow and Newbold WI were very pleased to welcome Beki Eakins & Elaine Smith from 'Young Living Essential Oils' Facebook Group: Considering Health.

Ashbourne WI had a busy meeting  as they welcomed two new members.   There was lots to discuss after the long summer break.  The blankets knitted for the prem baby unit at the Royal Derby hospital were on display; they were beautiful.

Who doesn't like a man who makes chocolate? Barry Colenso was a fabulous speaker at Baslow WI , telling members  about his early career and the making of Prince William's chocolate wedding cake

Briz Valley WI evening speaker was Natasha from Burton YMCA. She talked about the Modern Work of the YMCA .It was very interesting and informative.  At 170 years old the YMCA is the oldest Youth Charity.

South Normanton WI held their first Barn dance and hopefully not the last. Well attended and enjoyed by all

Baslow WI : Baslow Bikers Ann & Liz visit Bavaria's lakes, rivers and mountains on ebikes

Another busy afternoon for the Heanor Crafty Ladies at Heanor Library.

Members of Uffa Magna WI enjoying the meeting following the August break.

A member of Tibshelf WI, presented a Blood Bike volunteerswith a cheque for £225, the proceeds of a tombola run  for DBB at the Teversal Village Fete.

Chapel-en le-Frith WI held an afternoon tea at Chapel Town Hall in aid of Blythe House Hospice and Home

The wonderful women at the League of Ladies WI held a tombola to raise funds for The Bureau.

Barlborough and Clowne WI walking netball team the Arc Angels took part in the Bolsover Hill Race. Well done ladies

Loscoe Ladybirds baked cakes and ran the stall at the Party in the Car Park at the Gate Inn, Loscoe. Helping raise money for the Air Ambulance and Motor Neurone Association. A great local event to be part of.

Calver Cookies at Froggatt Show

The SherWIn Singers at Alderwasley Church - Songs of Praise at Alderwasley

Bamford WI received a legacy for their members and  on what would have been her birthday, they all enjoyed an afternoon tea at East Lodge Hotel, Rowsley.  Thank you Jennie

The  August Social Meeting at Barlborough and Clowne WI started with a walk through Clowne, along the Clowne Branch Line Greenway and back to the community centre where they met up with  other members for pie and peas.Thanks to Karen and Sue for leading the walk. A lovely evening with great company.

Phew that was hard work. Alfreton WI members moved their wool bombing to the train station where it was in  place for 3 weeks

Baslow WI HOW FAR? DONT KNOW! A  challengeing day a long walk from Longshaw. Will they keep up with Izzy's Nordic Walking Group?

A thoroughly wet day for Willington WIs August outing to Stratford did not dampen spirits! Maybe just a little more retail therapy and coffee shops than everyone imagined!

Despite the rain Breaston WI ladies had a lovely day at Notty Hornblower’s “Hope Costume Museum” with fascinating insights into the history of fashion and a delicious afternoon tea

Some League of Ladies WI ladies enjoying their pinch pot session at Kiki and Clay - Smithy Fold

Little Eaton WI Summer Social Barn Dance with The Treacle City Dance Band. A fun filled evening with wonderful music and dancing.

Ashover WI members raising money for CRY and Childrens’ Air Ambulance at Ashover Show.

Members of Repton WI enjoyed a social afternoon in the garden.  A great way to catch up with old friends and make new ones too

For their August Social Meeting 29 members of Briz Valley WI visited  Shardlow W.I. and had a guided walk around the village and along the canal.

Baslow WI members who are also 'Friends of Denman' enjoying a special weekend.

Burton Belles had a  summer social instead of a meeting  They  had a walk along the Jinnie Trail then dinner at the pub with a great turn out of 28 of our members attending

Now it is the turn of Heanor WI Committee for their annual meal  which was held at the Mundy Arms.

Heanor WI Bookworms had their annual meal at the Thorn Tree, Woodlinkin, this year.

The Woolly Women of League of Ladies WI  have some wonderful croched and knited items ready for their Christmas Fayre

League of Ladies Choir had the pleasure of performing at Glossop Town Twinning Association afternoon tea today at St Andrew's in Hadfield

Chatsworth WI members held a 'Coffee in the Garden' fundraiser for their WI today. In glorious sunny weather members and visitors enjoyed coffee, cake and sandwiches.   It was good to meet up with members from around the Federation.

Alfreton WI attending Alfreton Happyfest 2019 at Palmer Morewood Memorial Social Club Ltd.

Willington WI As a thank you to all station adopters before Albellio take over the contract, East Midlands Trains invited our station adoption team to join them on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. We had a lovely day which included a tour of the yard at Wirksworth, a short ride on the Ravenstor line, an even shorter ride on a miniature railway and a picnic lunch too.

Tibshelf WI. Stroll and Supper at Hardwick.

Heanor WI Crafty Ladies  had a very productive afternoon making greetings cards.

Shelford WI member  Carol has knitted these little gorgeous teddies.  They are now in Tisai Island, Uganda, with their new families. Have fun, little teds!

League of Ladies WI A corking evening had by all at @cask_and_kitchen prosecco tasting. Not only was there great company, delicious food and fizz but we actually learnt something too!!!!

Duffield Afternoon WI  photo collage of some of the blankets their members have helped to knit for the charity Child Africa. what an amazing achievement

Bamford WI’s annual ACWW day, with a walk in the morning followed by a bring and share lunch, this year in the Derwent Room, Bamford Mill.  All donations for ACWW.

Baslow WI. Two of the Baslow Nordic Walkers joined another  group for a walk from Holmesfield . This was a lovely 2hr walk down towards Barlow looping around to Cowley Lane and back up to The Angel Pub for a quick coffee/cold drink.

Alfreton WI Craft Club x glittering x

Baslow WI. Six of the Baslow Bikers met today for a 30 mile cycle and picnic lunch enjoying the gorgeous Peak District scenery.

Chapel-en-le-Frith WI enjoyed a talk from David Bell -  Trust me, I am a Plague Doctor.

Alfreton WI fundraiser at Ironville Methodist Church in August 2019

Here is a group photo from Baslow WI: Centenary Evening Walk at Longshaw Estate followed by dinner at The Grouse Inn, Grindleford.

Stanton by Dale WI had great fun running the human fruit machine at the village fete on Sunday. We also judged the baking and flower competition entries. Great promotion for our institute.

Ladies from Ashove WI have worked hard  to replant the 3 beds in front of the Bassett Rooms.  Well done, they look lovely and will shortly be enhanced by new paths and lighting.

Willington WI had a fun and competitive evening at Willington Bowls Club. Club members helped us choose the correct size bowls and then coached us throughout the evening. As we were 'the WI', one wife had made cakes... she needs to join! Thank you gentlemen, for a lovely evening. We'll come again if we may.

And the last blanket to Adelaide.  Thank you Woolley Women crafting group from League of Ladies WI who are knitting blankets for women in Africa.

Baslow WI members enjoyed a couple of hours sitting chatting in the Village Hall working on their crafts and knitting for charities. It's good to attend these social afternoons when there is time to get to know each other and share news away from the busy monthly WI meetings.

Willington WI enjoyed a Cocktail evening at The Dragon with a fabulous selection created by Paul. On a hot evening the long Apple and Elder Sour and the Jumping jack Mule went down well. But the Cherry Bakewell and Raspberry Ripple tasted just like their namesakes. Straws all round and a sip of each other's before deciding on the next....

Ten Baslow WI members enjoyed a day out starting with a walk from Rowthorne via Hardwick to Ault Hucknall, followed by lunch at Heath and a walk around the village enjoying the Well Dressings, Flower Festival in Church and of course the scarecrows! Plenty of eating and drinking as always on WI outings!

At Tibshelf Carnival  the weather didn't  dampen yhe spirits of Tibshelf WI, especially as their float  won 'Best in the Parade'!!!

Members of Baslow WI, enjoying the centenary celebrations with tea on the steam train between Rowsley & Matlock.

In the sunshine at Sweet Little Sudbury - A few members of Repton WI enjoyed a sunny morning, a coffee and each other's company in the courtyard.

Bingham Belles enjoyed an interesting talk from   Graham Keale about his working career as an ex showbiz reporter at their last meeting.

Heanor WI spent a fun-filled evening with Mary de Ville and her Swinging Sixties talk, with songs from 60s films, some amusing poetry, and a slide-show of other notable events of the era. Thank you Mary - it brought back a lot of happy memories for the members who remember those days!

A lovely afternoon at the Uffa Magna and Mickleover WI  Tea Party, great company, and delicious sandwiches, strawberries and cream, scones and, of course, cake!

Nine Baslow Bikers enjoyed a 16 mile easy cycle from Poolsbrook Country Park in wonderful warm sunshine and with dry paths to ride on. What a treat, it usually rains on us!

Uffa Magna and Mickleover WI returned from a beautiful but very hot walk from Ilam to Dovedale, Derbyshire, via the famous Dovedale Stepping stones!   8 ladies went on the walk which was 5 and a half miles. The Peak District is really stunning and right on our doorstep too!

Well ladies you’ve done it again ! You make us so proud to be part of Breaston WI.  A huge thank you to everyone for donating food to the food bank for the school holidays. This is a time when the food bank usually struggle so thanks again for your massive effort.

Shipley WI held a  Friendship Cafe at - Weleda’s Open Day brought in the crowds. But thanks to our wonderful members we managed to share all our fabulous cakes and had a great afternoon. Shared some crafts and James particularly liked our potter, Richard. Asked if we could do it every month.......

Ravensdale WI member, Sylvia Phillips, recently celebrated her 90th birthday and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion during a very busy meeting

CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) - Today at Chatsworth approximately 100 screening tests will be done on young people. DFWI members donated cakes and served refreshments to helpers and young people being tested

Two members of Swanwick WI completed the Chatsworth 10K sponsored walk in aid of Sheffield Children's Hospital and raised £200. Well done both of you

Alfreton WI - Another day out with the ladies x

Barlborough and Cowne WI at Clowne gala. Thank you to everyone who has been able to contribute their time and baking . You will be pleased to know we sold everything!!

Swanwick WI held a  cream tea event, sponsored by Roddas Cornish cream and Tiptree jam.  Thanks to all who attended and supported this event for the Children's air Ambulance and the Sheffield Children's Hospital Helipad appeal. The  rising total has now reached £950.

Ashover WI had a great meeting . Elaine and Ian from CRY (Cardiac Arrest in the Young) came along to tell us about the life-saving heart screening programmes run by CRY and the young lives being saved. Our knitters have been busy producing 'Traffic Light' hats for premature babies at Doncaster Premature Baby Unit, and Anne has made some beautiful dolls to sell at the Ashover Show and delicious cake provided by Sue W. Thanks to everyone.

Breaston WI had a wonderful day out. First to Bakewell for fish and chips then to Thornbridge Gardens, a great successful day!!

Ladies from Ashover WI had a great afternoon at Walton Cottage NGS garden. Lovely garden and grounds followed by delicious of scones and tea.

A group of Chesterfield Town WI ladies had a lovely evening out to 'Byways' . Thank you to Eileen and Terry for showing us around your beautiful garden and for the delicious cakes, and thank you to Andrea for organising the evening. Great company and a gorgeous garden!

Chaddesden WI A wonderful fun filled afternoon down Memory Lane to the 1970s with the History Wardrobe at Wyaston. Thank you to the two Lucys and Judy Stanhope and the DFWI Fun(d)raising Committee.

Briz Valley W.I. had a speaker from Burton Albion Community Trust, Wayne Chadfield. Evryone had their eyes opened to the different things that they do and the charities they support.

Swanwick WI The progress of the garden adoptedby members at Rowthorn is coming along, doesn’t it look lovely.  We understand that the residents are enjoying sitting out in the garden.

We are delighted to share our latest Peak District Voice with you ... all about the Baslow WI, which this year celebrates its centenary year. Grab a chair and a cuppa, and have a read all about these inspiring Peak District ladies and their adventures in the lovely village of Baslow:

Uffa Magna WI last meeting before the summer break but members will be seeing lots of each other over the summer - there is a walking group trip to Ilam on Monday, afternoon tea party next Tuesday, the munch bunch are going to Zizzi’s the week after!  A coffee morning on 29th July at the community centre too!  Exhausted already, perhaps everyone gets  a breather in August but no they are  going to Llandudno on their annual trip to the seaside

What a fabulous afternoon for a garden party! Gill (and Chris) worked extremely hard in planning and setting up Willington WI's garden party to raise funds for this year's charity- a local women's refuge. On a garden theme there was guess the weight of the planter, a garden tombola, name the pig and of course cake and Pimms. Thank you to both, and to all the members, family and friends who came to support and made the afternoon such a success.

League of Ladies WI Wonderful morning at Bradbury Community House sharing all the great things we do!

Bakewell WI - Let the Carnival commence....

Here she is, Barbara, our Denman Ambassador and Briz Valley member, having fun at the NFWI Annual Meeting in Bournemouth. This photo is in the July/August edition of WI Life along with all the rest of the  WI news.

League of Ladies WI Wow! What a night?! The choir sounded fabulous at their Fringe Festival gig last night. Well done ladies! Jar of Hearts gave me goosebumps.

At Tibshelf WI we are making a difference one step at a time!  Over the next few months our members are pledging to reduce their plastic consumption.

Ashbourne WI joined other local WIs for a trip along the Cromford canal. We progressed at a stately pace spotting flowers, birds and even the odd dinosaur!  We stopped at High Peak Junction where we all got off to explore and to have an ice-cream.  It was a lovely day out.

Five Baslow WI members from the Nordic Walking Group met today for a 4 mile walk at Linacre Reservoirs, Chesterfield followed by a picnic lunch. Good walk and good chat!

WI Adviser, Baslow Biker and member of Barlborough and Clowne WI, Liz Mangle cycled across England from Morecambe to Bridlington, on 'The Way of the Roses'. She had all her clothes for the journey in panniers on her bike and accommodation booked along the route. This was the photo from the start of her journey that we just couldn't resist!

A big thank you to all who helped with the Briz Valley W.I Litter Pick .W.I. members Lynn, Lynda, Lynn, Gordon,Renee, Pam, Pat, Teresa. Councillor Bernard Peters & Councillor Peter Marston and the beavers, cubs, scouts and their leaders Alison, Paul & Helen  from 16th Burton (Stapenhill) Group. A successful 2 mornings with 12 bags of litter collected. THANK YOU EVERYONE.

Duffield Cumberhills WI had another successful carniva dayl! Lovely to be in the marquee with the other Duffield WIs. Thanks to everyone  who supported us! Just wondering what was being discussed on the cake stall though.

Alfreton WI members enjoyed an Afternoon Cream Tea hosted by Trustee and Alfreton WI member Linda Singleton

League of Ladies WI had a brilliant day  @prideofthepeaks for a delicious afternoon tea in their pod!

Chesterfield Town WI at the WW1 D Day event at Barrow Hill Roundhouse promoting not only the WI but Zero Single Use Plastic simply by serving their delicious cake in brown paper bags. Small changes making a big impact. Well done ladies

Barlow Newbold and District WI were visited by Occupational Therapists, Sue Boam & Sue Haynes promoting 'Strictly No Falling'.
Their aim is to provide instructions on core strengthening & balance exercises designed to help maintain physical fitness & to strengthen abdominal/back muscles essential for daily tasks e.g. carrying grocery bags, climbing stairs or getting out of a chair.
The session was very absorbing providing members with a solid foundation for all types of physical movements & exercises.

Bakewell WI’s Well Dressing is finished in time

Well done to everyone taking part in Chesterfield Race for Life. And thank you to all of our volunteers including Chesterfield Town WI - huge thanks for your support!

Bingham Belles WI had a  very sedate productive evening of crafting at their meeting in June

Chaddesden WI Group photo from their visit to the National Memorial Arbouretum

Heage WI spent  a great weekend at The Old Goats Grumble, and would like to offer their appreciation thanks and support to the team managing the weekend, despite the problems with the weather and lots of mud. It was a great team effort all for a worthy cause The Teenage Cancer Trust. Do hope you have raised lots of money.

Bolsover WI recently held an event in The Old Bolsover Yard to promote the WI. It was a lovely day for it and to round it off with the Red Arrows was the icing on the cake!

Alfreton WI recently handed over  £726.50 to Elaine Ward for  the charity 'CRY'.   Thanks to all the ladies of Alfreton WI who helped with all of the fundraising activities

Baslow WI visited Great Hucklow Gliding Club....why have we never been here before....what a wonderful place full of excitement....apart from the rain. Thanks to Tom, Andrew and Shirley for making it so special and for the wonderful lunch.

Willington WI. Another lunch date. This time at the Greyhound in Woodville and enjoyed by all.

League of Ladies WI had brilliant evening for their June's monthly meeting - Milliner.  A huge thank you to Lorna Young who gave  a brief history of hats, the hidden importance of Stockport and a little demo as well as bringing some of her fabulous hats to see!

Old Brampton WI hosted a Strawberry Tea for their Group  one Tuesday afternoon and it was the perfect way to spend a cold wet day - miserable outside and a lovely warm atmosphere inside. Brampton Singers entertained everyone before they all tucked in to a scrumptious buffet. The chosen charity was Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, who will benefit from such a well attended afternoon. Thank you to everyone who supported this and to all the fantastic helpers who ensured everyone had a wonderful time.

Some members of Bamford WI enjoying a brunch at Woodford Garden Centre, then a good look round and after a trip to M&S at Handforth Dean.   A good day out for everyone

Liz Mangle, WI Adviser and member of Barlborough & Clowne WI is in the news, she has run the Race for Life 'in the pink' at Graves Park raising money for Cancer Research with her family.

Despite the rain 6 members of Breaston WI had fun playing rounders under the trees. It was the Burlington Bashers versus the Drowned Rats! Thanks for organising Julie

Heanor WI had a Bake Off event   with three Celebrities to do the judging.  It isn’t every day you get Mary Berry and Prue Leith on the same show. They had a really fun night, with a big Thank You to Diane, Paula and Julie for being such good sports.  Thank you to all the bakers. All the cakes were delicious and some looked stupendous too. Everyone  ate thier  fill, but they  did  take some home as well. Thank you Alison for the lovely prizes given to those in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places!

A group of ladies from Chaddesden WI had an enjoyable meal at Mozzas indian restaurant .

Repton WI scarecrow PRUNELLA WAS GETTING DRASTIC ON PLASTIC AT THE WEEKEND!  Well done to all the members who helped create such a great model

Barlborough and Clowne WI member and WI Adviser  Liz Mangletook part in the Race for Life in Graves Park Sheffield in June . She managed to avoid the rain. 2019 is the first year that  men could take part.

Alfreton WI's Little Allotment after the Rain.  What a great idea to recycle plastic milk bottles too!

New Mills WI craft group a few months ago learning new skills and making a  lovely quilt for their newest member Logan

The Rothervale Ladies Choir provided a medley of songs at the open garden event of a member of  Barlborough and Clowne WI. They were were fortunate that the sun shone. The cream scones and cake were delicious

Well dressing by the ladies of Findern and Friends WI on display at the local Fete.  Well done ladies

Breeston WI members had a great day at Shugborough hall!  They visited Patrick Lichfield’s private apartments, went round the hall, explored the lovely gardens and farm park and even got to dress up as servants!

Little Eaton WI had a fun filled evening learning about the history and origins of Belly Dancing.  they were taught a few moves by Diana Mehir and after burning all those calories were all ready for homemade cakes and a cup of tea!

A busy Willington WI meeting! Steve from Canine Partners returned with Lacey.  Steve was presented with a cheque for £400 from  fund raising events. Then it was heads down, glue out, to make a card under the direction of Sally Shaw. Plenty of time for a chat whilst being creative! With donations from members and the efforts of a small team of sewers,  nine 'Days for Girls' kits have been completed. They will be collected in September and taken out to Uganda, enabling nine young girls to go to school every week of the month and giving them some protection from abuse.

Chaddesden WI made a visit to Baslow . Lunch in the Cafe on the Green before the Baslow WI meeting. Chrissie and Linda, DFWI Trustees, were also there. Baslow is celebrating 100 Years this year. Congratulations Baslow WI.

Baslow WI had a fabulous talk from Mike Gildersleve, 'The History of Thornbridge Hall' followed by entertainment by 'Darling Jayne & Friends'. They were pleased to welcome visitors from Chaddesden WI also Chrissie & Linda, DFWI Trustees.

6 Ashover WI ladies completed the Chesterfield 5K 'Race for Life' in aid of Cancer Research today at Queens Park. Well done to Emma, Ann, Marion, Lynn, Carolyn and Barbara who all walked at their own pace for people in their lives they had lost to cancer. A very worthy cause and great fun!

Darlings, Judith & Ann met up with a past Baslow WI Treasurer & President at her home in the New Forest recently. A lovely get-together for three friends who met through Baslow WI.

Chapel-en-le-Frith WI display in the Tramps Garden to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Our display would not be complete without the appearance of The Soldier courtesy of the Boy's Brigade. Thanks to those who made our display possible. Lest We Forget!

Heanor WI enjoying an interesting day at Tissington

Some members of Ockbrook Redhill WI together with former Chair Barbara Parkinson were guests of Lord and Lady Fenton at Kilburn Hall last night.  Wonderful food and great hospitality.

Briz Valley WI member and Denman Ambassador Barbara Bailey enjoying a reunion with other participants in the WI Walk at the National meeting in Bournemouth

League of Ladies Choir are taking part in Buxton FriBriz Valleynge this year! Take a look at the programme, there is lots going on but League of Ladies Jar of Hearts show is one not to be missed!

Alfreton WI WOOLBOMBING TEAM - Watch out Alfreton this event will be happening near you soon!!

Lovely ladies from New Mills WI enjoying the outdoor life at 'Wigs n Wellies'

Barlborough and Clowne WI.  Nine Arc Angels took part in a walking netball festival at Derby this morning. Have a look at our new shirts with our logo. Great morning and our thanks to Netball England for organising the event.

Burton Belles WI Another great walk with lovely belles ..if rather warm and a quick pit stop .

Willington WI welcomed 11 new people at  a  Walking Netball session in June so well done Netball host Nicola for keeping everyone active!

Alfreton WI lovely poster girl  Jayne, President again for 2019-2020

League of Ladies WI Woolly Women put so much Iove into crocheting these beautiful squares which were taken by @winniemabasofoundation to South Africa for their granny club who can’t wait to begin knitting them into blankets for those in need.

Thanks to Viv Rhodes and the DFWI PAI Committee, Chaddesden WI ladies were able to visit The Veoila Recycling Plant at Mansfield. Photo of 5 of their members with a member from Carver and District WI.  A very interesting morning and now on a mission  to get the Derby City Recycling team to one of their meetings!

League of Ladies WI all set up and ready to save the bees at Glossop Market Arcade.

League of Ladies WI had  a very  busy night  at their monthly meeting.

Swanwick WI’s Well Dressing.  Fantastic design by Lynne and lots of hard work by all the WI 'petalers'.

Baslow WI members at the Centenary Tea at The Hollow, Little Longston.  What a beautiful venue..

Heanor WI Annual Meeting and Resolutions voting night. The Committee and the President were returned for another year. Well done everyone. Everyone made green hearts after all the business was finished.

Duffield Afternoon WI members who helped with knitting squares so this  blanket could be completed. It will be given to Jane Holden together with  many others, at her 'tea party' to celebrate all the blankets she has been given over the year. They will be taken to a school in Kampala, Uganda in August.

Uffa Magna - Mickleover WI ladies set out  from Markeaton Park on a 4 mile walk to Mackworth and back to the park. The weather was perfect.

Alfreton WI Craft Club - Handmade apron printing

Burton Belles WI planter - rhe plaques are now in place - reward for all the hard work ladies!

Duffield Cumberhills WI have even more knitting!  They  are now still knitting for a Ugandan school. Their ladies took all this work to be despatched recently!

40 ladies from South Derbyshire WIs met at Greenbank Leisure Centre  for the first of ther sessions of Walking Netball.  They are the largest WI group  England Netball have had in the whole country!  Well done South Derbyshire members!  They all enjoyed the afternoon, got to know each other and after  a refresher on the rules had a short game of Netball. i.

Chris Gilbert led a group of DFWI members on a fabulous walk  around Birchover visiting the Nine Ladies Stone Circle, the Earl Grey Tower and Rowtor Rocks. It was good to meet up with members from all over the county. Thanks Chris for organising this.

2nd walk for the Bingham Belles walking group today at Rushcliffe Country Park. A  slower pace as they  only walked 2.5miles. They walked, talked, dodged the showers & finished with a cuppa at the end! A nice way to spend a couple of hours on a bank holiday Monday

Kirk Langley WI had a brilliant Celebration Centenary Party at Morley Hayes recently with Chairman Chrissie Booth and WI Adviser Sally Jury in attendance. The highlight of the evening was receiving a letter of congratulations from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II after one members, Linda Smith, wrote to her about their  Centenary Year of celebrations.

Chatsworth WI was represented at the County Quiz in Baslow . Their table would have won the prize for decoration had there been one, they were super organised!

Heanor WI had a very enjoyable night at Swanwick for the DFWI annual Quiz. They didn’t do too badly, but the winner at their venue was Pentrich, who just pipped Wessington & Brackenfield to the post in a tie break. Well done everyone!

Kirk Langley WI Litter Pick  as part of the Great British Spring Clean . Just one of the projects the WI are involved in  to celebrate thier Centenary. Super tea and cakes in the church afterwards made this a very enjoyable and fun event. Well done everyone !!

Bingham Belles WI  birthday/annual meeting done for another year.  Thank you to everyone who made it this evening. The beetle drive certainly was fun after the formalities. Also Thank you to Anne Sneath from Notts Fed for coming all the way from Worksop to oversee our formalities.

A wonderful social evening of Cheese and Wine for Stanton by Dale WI at their local pub. With the support of Ian and Sue who run The Chequers pub they have raised £50 for the pensioners summer tea party they hosting later in the year.

Bakewell WI - Litter pick completed in and around BakewellAt the April meeting of Loscoe WI Mig Holder showed members how she recycles any fabrics, garments and haberdashery items into beautiful garments, soft furnishings and decorations. From an embroidered table cloth into a trendy cape or fabric samples into a fashionable jacket. Repurpose and recycle and you can have a whole new look. Mig is taking part in the Derbyshire Open Arts event 25th - 27th May, find her at 10 North Street, Derby.ALFRETON WI CRAFT CLUB WOOL BOMBERS...ALFRETON WI GARDENING CLUB... Allotment Paint Jobs xxRisley WI. Once again lots of choices at the monthly craft session.Ockbrook and Burrowash WI. This is our WI planter sponsored for Borrowash In Bloom, looking nice with the pansies blooming.  It will be replanted in next two months with summer bedding.Shardlow WI ladies enjoyed a afternoon tea and cake last week  at the gorgeous  Strawberry House Interiors cafe in Castle Donington. If you haven't been you really really should 😋 the cake is to die for!Hats off to the volunteers from Long Eaton WI who took part in the community litter pick at West Park in Long Eaton on Saturday morning as part of the Great British Spring Clean 2019 | Keep Britain Tidy.Risley WI members joining together to make a difference, litter picking in and around Sandiacre Park. Thanks to Richard from Erewash Council for leading this activity.Chaddesden WI. Out and about today around Elvaston Country Park.Heanor WI enjoyed a fun evening with the Exercise Roadshow, sampling Bhangra Blaze.Ockbrook and Burrowash WI members enjoyed listening to speaker John Whitfield who gave a very good talk on the Mitfords, a very interesting family!!  Easter cards making was also a highlight of the eveningDrone Roses WI at Dronfield Old Barn  making a donation of £500 to the Barn gardening team, in memory of their late treasurer, Gill Middleton. Stay tuned to hear further details of what it will be spent on.Chaddesden WI Quiz evening with a fish and chip supper!  A good time was had by all.Members of Ockbrook and Burrowash WI  were invited to help celebrate Castle Donington WI 90th birthday celebrations.  Congratulations!Baslow WI. Three Baslow Bikers enjoyed a 16 mile circular ride from Pleasley Country Park via Brierley where they had a picnic lunch. It was cold but dry- thankfully!Members of Briz Valley WI enjoyed listening to speaker David Knowles from The Community Forest Project in Mercia Forest.Members of Burton Belles WI were joined by Ellen from Wacky Willows who taught them  how to make a willow heartBakewell WI members had a fabulous evening  helping Youlegrave WI celebrate their 100th Anniversary......with a little help from the multi-talented Judith Hibbert.  Congratulations Youelgrave WI....Another busy evening at Ashbourne WI this week.  Although we have contributed to ACWW (associated country women of the world) over the years, many of us did not know how it operated.  Sam Hall ACWW rep. gave us an indepth talk on the work and aims of the organisation.Baslow WIs Darling Jane their Roving Reporter at the Right Royal Tea Party!Burton Belles WI recent fundraising events enabled them to donate a substantial amount of much needed food to the YMCA Burton Food bank today . The trouble is this won’t last longChaddesden WI on their visit to the Sheffield Lyceum to see the wonderful Calendar Girls. 'I don't think there is anything on this planet that more trumpets life than the Sunflower. A satellite dish for sunshine' John ClarkJane Lowe gave members of Little Eaton WI fabulous ideas for Easter flower arrangements as well as  an interesting talk about how she became a florist and the jobs she has done. Jane kindly donated all the arrangements for raffle prizes and look who won!Barbara Bailey our Denman Ambassador spoke about  Denman at Newhall WI.  Here she is with a few of the lovely ladies.Baslow WI was thrilled to welcome NFWI Chair, Lynne Stubbings as their speaker  at their last meeting. She spoke about her life in the WI inspiring everyone with her enthusiasm to move with the times and at the same time look after  long standing members. Lynne was keen to meet our mascot Baslow BearMembers of Long Eaon WI enjoyed Easter needle felting, hosted by the gorgeous MoOn Saturday 6 April 2019 a group of Ladies from Chapel-en-le-Frith WI manned the refreshments at the 1st Chapel Scout HQ, one of the check points on The Four Inns Walk.  The previous afternoon they had made 91 loaves into sandwiches for the event.  These wonderful ladies do this every year!Baslow’s Bear had his photograph taken with the Duchess of Devonshire and her bear🐻. The Duchess was opening the new adventure Playground in Baslow.Bingham Belles WI membefs. Liz & Elaine  doing well at selling  books at the Scout FairTibshelf WI had a wonderful evening with David Wood the Master Thatcher! Great competition pieces by  members too all using the same contents of a craft bag - what a variety!Heanor WI Here are the makes at Heanor Crafty Ladies. It’s surprising how different they all look, even though everyone made the same basic cards. Thank you Alison, once again , for providing the components and the instructions!Sawley WI out doing a litter Pick on Sawley Park.
Photo EBCShardlow WI enjoyed a fabulous speaker  in the form of Natalie Dawn Sims, a lovely local lady who, along with her sister, has danced her way around the world including stints on cruise ships and an on-off 10 year career at the Moulin Rouge in PariRisley WI Floral Afternoon. The wonderful stand-in demonstrator, Kay, showed everyone an Easter arrangement and 10 members followed her directions. Such lovely arrangements and delicious cakes from Eileen. Happy, friendly afternoon.Ashbourne WI joined the annual litter pick again this year.  In one morning collecting  6 bags of rubbish, 1 battered traffic cone, 1 street light cover, quite a few vodka bottles and dozens and dozens of undelivered charity collection bags.Baslow WI members visiting Heage WindmillAs part of the Great British Spring Clean, Willington WI have planned 3 litter picks. The first  pictured here  with their kindly donated litter pickers.Chapel-en-le-Frith WI members enjoyed a day in Liverpool,including a cruise on the Mersey.Baslow WI Nordic Walking Group walked across the Moor to White Edge Lodge in sunshine and no wind, lovely blue sky.Baslow WI Baslow Bear met Diane Mc, Derbyshire Federation vice-Chairwoman.  He meets the best people.Shelford WI darts evening.  Well done to Angela and Maureen, who won the darts pairs (again!).Willington WI: Tutbury Castle was the venue for another lunch, followed by one of Lesley Smith's fascinating historical talks. Dressed as Mary Queen of Scots, Sex and the Tudors was an intriguing subject and highly entertaining!Members of Baslow WI busy collecting a mountain of rubbish around the village!Wayne of Salvaged Bar, Clowne, with Alison Cook of St Johns Ambulance and some of the ladies from Barlborough and Clowne WI at the defibrillator in Clowne; funded by the WI, hosted in situ by Salvaged, organised by SJA and all for the local community.  And some spring sunshine to bootKillamarsh WI celebrated 75 years with their 2 longest standing members Lorna Jackson and Jean mantle cutting the birthday cake. They all had a lovely party good food and entertainmentCromford WI’s Italian evening at Holloway looks like everyone had a great timeRavensdale WI enjoyed their annual lunch at Mickleover Golf Club.  As usual the meal was excellent,and thanks were  given to the staff by Chris Black  .A vote of thanks was given by Brenda Woodhead to Chris for organising the lunch.In March 2009 about 30/40 ladies living in Barlborough and Clowne met with Derbyshire WI Advisers in the Little School Barlborough to decide if they would like to form a WI. They did  and Barlborough & Clowne WI was formed in April 2009 with Jen (cutting the cake) as  President. What great friends have been made over the last 10 yearsLeague of Ladies WI .  Our fabulous Woolly Women hit their target of 500 squares for The Winnie Mombaso . A big thanks to Phoenix Crafters and other members of League of Ladies who contributed. Well done ladiesBurton Belles WI - A group of members went to Birmingham to see the musical  Kinky Boots   and enjoyed cocktails and lunch before seeing the showAlfreton WI Craft Club visited the NEC and took great interest in the WI stand thereBurton Belles WI had lots of fun learning to dance modern jive with Victoria Neale ( and worked up a bit of a sweat so it’s clearly good for you!)Repton WI had a GINTASTIC EVENING! - Tthanks to Stuart & Herbie for a very entertaining evening introducing everyone to some botanical gin mixes and giving a brief insight into the history of gin. It was a really social, fun event with coffee and delicious cake to finish off the evening.  The photo says it all!Pentrich WI - It was a big Aaaaah moment when we met Alice and her handler David last night.  She is an ambassador for the charity Medical Detection Dogs. These dogs do some amazing work with sufferers of Type 1 diabetes and sniffing out a variety of cancers.Chesterfield Town WI - We were honoured to be invited to Friends of Spital Cemetery International Women's Day service this year. Unfortunately, the adverse weather today means the event has been postponed.  Nevertheless we persisted!  Mandy and Ann joining together with Lyn to lay the beautiful wreath Mandy has made for the occasion.
Thank you ladies for representing us all and for celebrating one of the extraordinary women  buried in the cemetery. We look forward to hearing more about some of them in our June meeting!Despite the intermittent rain, Breaston WI had a packed hall at their coffee morning - obviously eager to enjoy the delicious home made cakes baked by our WI ladies. Another successful fund raiser !Uffa Magna - Mickleover WI spent a very enjoyable afternoon learning to crochet with the help of Gill James and YouTube!  They decided to change the name of the craft group to the Monday Makers, to  encompass lots of different crafts.  Next month they will  be painting stones to ‘hide’ in various locations around the village.Alfreton WI A Great night raised £110.00 for the local Alzhimers societyWillington WI - Last Monday of the month- it must be darts night!   The general opinion was - we are improving... slowly!!Breaston WI visit to snowdrops at Hopton Hall. A bevy of Breaston flowers amongst the Hopton flowers !Uffa Magna - Mickleover WI  ladies enjoyed an excellent three course lunch to celebrate thier 24th birthday.  On a beautiful spring like day they gathered at Mickleover Golf Club for  a lovely meal.  The company was great and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves (which is always the plan!)Heanor WI had a very enjoyable quiz evening fundraiser and the  profit will be in the region of £300. This will be donated to Heanor Vision, who do such sterling work for the people of Heanor.Janet Green came to talk to Bakewell WI members about her eclectic mix of clothes she has collected over the years.  Absolutely brilliant, and our members enjoyed trying them on too!Members of South Normanton WI with Egg Head celebrity Steve Cook.  A local lad from Bolsover who gave a talk on his 'rise to fame'Breaston WI 5 ladies went to Denman for an event to celebrate the first year of the Walking Netball programme . (Sue, Sally, Cherie, Melody and Helen ). They were privileged to meet Ama Agbeze captain of the England Netball team and NFWI chair Lynne Stubbings. Looking good ladies !Heanor WI had a talk from members of the  Chernobyl Children Lifeline, who gave them an insight into the valuable work that is undertaken every year by the trust!   They heard about  the living conditions of people who live in the area where the nuclear disaster took place in April, 1986. The group, based in Pinxton and East Derbyshire, raises funds all year to bring several children from Belarus over to the UK for a month’s respite and to build up their immune systems with good food, fresh air, and multivitamins, which sets them up for the next two years once they go home. The children are all looked after by host families.Burton Belles WI. A group of ladies ( and a doggy) walked around Dimminsdale today to see the beautiful snowdrops
A well earned cuppa ended a lovely morningRavensdale WI enjoyed listening to  speakerJo Golby at their February meeting.  .Her talk ‘A postcard from the past’  travelled through the bygone age of holidays. She had members involved, talking about where they went for holidays,what sort of accommodation they stayed at and their mode of transport, adding her own funny memories to the talk.  A nostalgic trip down memory lane.Old Brampton WI celebrated the Chinese New Year  for their WI meeting . Everyone dressed in red or gold and made flower arrangements in tea cups with a Chinese theme. They all had fortune cookies and the afternoon finished with red and gold cupcakes and everyone went home with a Chinese gift.Risley WI - Ian Hartland with his handmade pies. Such an interesting and jolly evening. He even managed to teach us things we didn't know about pastry!Littleover WI - Just a normal Thursday night!Chaddesdon WI had a very enjoyable time at Hanson ‘s jewelery auction.  Hope they were not tempted to buy!Duffield Cumberhills WI  had a wonderful Caribbean night - great fun! Cocktails, mocktails, music, Caribbean recipe cakes and so much more!Hope WI celebrating their 30th anniversary party - what a great cake!Briz Valley WI Judy Stanhope Trustee spoke to the meeting about the Derbyshire Federation archives.  The Archives committee members sort papers and artifacts from WI's some of which no longer are running and date back years. It is so important to keep records,photographs etc from mothers and grandmothers and as we saw it is part of the WI,s history.Baslow WI Fourteen “darlings” (plus dog )enjoyed the walk today along the Rowsley Trail to the Whitworth Park cafe for a very pleasant lunch stop before returning to the carpark. A mild, sunny day to enjoy the spring flowers, peaceful cattle and views of Peak Rail.Breeston WI Art Club.  Ania’s Doodlebags Group in action. Artists in the making !Members of Baslow WI very popular Nordic Walking at Longshaw in early February.  Very windy outside but the hot drinks afterwards were vey much appreciated.Briz Valley WI members at The Dial in Burton for their Birthday Meal.  We think they all had a great night. judging by the photo!!Chesterfield Town WI were very proud to present Helen's Trust, their chosen charity for 2018, with a cheque for £1,051.38 at the February meeting.  Well done and thank you to all members for their generosity and hard work - especially those involved with the Garden Party. A big thank you to friends at Barlborough Hall School for all their help with and hosting of the Garden Party.Glossop Woolly Women are making these beautiful squares which will be taken to South Africa and made into blankets by their granny club.  Not too far to go before they reach their target.A group of Moseley WI ladies attended a ‘Fusing with Frit’ (crushed glass) Workshop at Jo Downs Glass in Ripley in February.  Here are some of the creations that were made.  How lovelyBurton Belles WI.  Some of our ladies enjoyed a French themed meal at Burton College recently.     Great value dining.  Supporting local students.  Fun & friendship.Bretby WI celebrating their 80th Birthday - lunch at Pascal at the Vicarage.  Delicious meal and good company! The first of many events in 2019The Willington WI station team met to discuss some minor damage to plants in one planter but with such frozen conditions they retired to the warmth of The Dragon for future planning and coffee! Having got all togged up to leave and pay, they discovered an unknown lady had made a wonderful gesture in paying for all their coffees. A very big THANK YOU to you from Willington WI.The Women’s Insitute and England Netball teamed up to run a national programme for WI members and following a successful taster session at Arc Clowne, Barlborough and Clowne WI member Sue Ammon applied for the group, now known as the Arc Angels, to be part of the programme and 20 funded sessions began in June last year.  Eventually opened up to the winder community, the group now has around 16 members and is also now self sustaining after the funding ended but group members successfully negotiated with Arc Clowne to add it to their weekly timetable.Willington WI held a small workshop where they  started to make feminine hygiene kits after the DFWI ‘Days for Girls’ event in September 2019.  Well done ladies - it is not as easy as it looks at first glance!

Members of Ashbourne WI enjoying Walking Netball.  Walking Netball is really taking off in Derbyshire with new venues being set up.Anyone in the Ashbourne area is very welcome to come to the Ashbourne Leisure Centre each Friday from 10.30am until 11.30am and join in with the great group of ladies who have been coming to that session.  A super fun activity 🏀👍come on down and bring a friend!For more information call Jenny on 01335 360171

Barlborough & Clowne WI ladies once again supporting the Eats & Treats event this morning at Pinxton. A very busy morning and thanks to Anne and Liz for baking the gorgeous cakes.Tibshelf WI enjoyng their Christmas mealMembers of Tibshelf WI had a great afternoon of singing and dancing with 'Harmony Plus' celebrating their 7th Birthday!Barlborough and Clowne WI members have been very busy this year fundraising and are pleased to present a cheque for £1500 to St John Ambulance to install a defibrillator in ClowneThank you Libby Slattery for a very interesting talk at the Calver WI January meeting l. Members are all  looking forward to visiting the Boot Factory!16 ladies from Buton Belles WI have signed up to the challenge of walking 1000 miles this year Here are 4 of them taking part in a local park run last weekend. They walked rather than ran and had a natter along the way, followed by a cuppa and more nattBaslow WI members enjoyed their first outing of the WI Centenary Year. IT was 'The Bakewell Pudding Experience'! They all made a pudding and whilst they were in the oven ate a late breakfast.Chapel-in-the-Frith WI members enjoying a meal at Old Hall. BuxtonPhoto's from Briz Valley WI January meeting. Laughing Yoga with Anne Huckerby, and what a laugh it was. Originating in India  it is now world wide. Everyone interacted with one another and became a bee or a penguin!!!  Evefyone was laughing at the end so it worked!!!Chair Yoga with Louise Croome at Bakewell WI was a winner...thoroughly enjoyed by all, and a great turn out on a Winter's night.Four Baslow WI members and a friend met at Linacre Reservoirs  to take up the challenge of the 'Virtual Runner Winter Walk'. They all achieved their goals and went home tired but happy!   See @virtual_runners on Twitter.Duffield Afternoon WI celebrated their 5th Birthday  with cake and prosecco!Uffa Magna WI held their first meeting of the year with 67 attending and one visitor.  The members voted on the resolutions and talked about recycling and how to reduce the amount of plastic used.  Linda from Derby MS Society joined the meetijng and was  presented with a cheque for £600, the result of last year’s fund raising activitiesCongratulations to Sophie, Joyce and Pat of Tibshelf WI for winning their WI Big Quiz of the Year!During their January meeting the President of Ashbourne WI presented Maureen with the Thorley Cup, awarded for her outstanding contribution to the InstituteMembers from Heanor WI found their first Crafty Ladies session of the new year very productive, with most ladies making four, or more cards.  Very useful to send as thank you cards for their Christmas presents.Over the last year Little Eaton WI members have raised a grand total of £1400 though  social events, raffles and book stalls. President, Sue Tulloch presented cheques to representatives from Little Eaton Playschool and The Village Pre-School Little Eaton for £700 each. Well done !!!!CONGRATULATIONS - BASLOW WI'S GILL STEEL has the menu of the month spot on MY WI, part of the NFWI website for members.Take a look, the menu is bursting with interesting flavour combinations it includes a dragon fruit starter and a spicy turkey hot pot main. Find the full recipes on My WI: WI green hearts made to draw awareness to the problems of climate changeAt the first meeting of their Centenary Year, five Baslow WI members acted out a sketch of how they imagined the meeting in January 1919 would have been. Great fun was had researching from the WI Record and Minute Books and dressing up too!Pentrich WI Christmas dinner at the Dog Inn, Pentrich. Happy Christmas everyone, see you in the new year.Cathy McTeer was at Wirksworth WI Thursday group giving her Russian Christmas talk.  Brilliant as alwaysA lovely Christmas meal was enjoyed by members of Uffa Magna Mickleover WI at Mickleover Golf Club.  Happy Christmas!Members of Heanor WI spent a very enjoyable evening at their Christmas Party. After the business, they played a fun game of Snowman Drive and then had a very tasty buffet, contributed to by all our members, rounding the evening off with carol singing, led by Sharon Howe, and a good time was had by all.Willington WI members were in the Conservatory at The Dragon for their Christmas meal. A very good evening with excellent food. What a wonderful 'local', for coffee, cocktails, and special meals, plus they sponsor the WI  in their work at the station. Happy Christmas to all.Breaston WI ladies like to have FUN! They like to do silly things, to try new ventures and they  love to laugh.
Mulled  wine, cake and mince pies brought festive cheer to their action packed Christmas party. A scripted Cinderella play, performed by the committee with humorous ad-libbing was the order of the day  , followed by a quiz testing our memory of advert slogans and products, followed by a Christmas sing song and the highly enjoyable 12 days of Christmas .Santa paying a visit to Barlow, Newbold & District WI at their recent Christmas partyThe tables were laid out with crackers and sparkles for Ashbourne WI Christmas party, where lots of chatter was accompanied by a buffet supper. Afterwards everyone made gingerbread men to take home for their Christmas trees.  A good time was had by all.A lovely afternoon with Walton on Trent WI - didn’t they do well!Alfreton WI Crafty Crazies making baublesChristmas came early for Ashover WI when they were entertained by a group of ladies named Kelly’s Heroes from Woolley Moor.  They sang various songs and members joined in the fun both singing and dancing along to the music. Refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies were served later.Baldock and Clothall WI had a brilliant evening at The George. The Christmas meal was great, the company was great and everyone enjoyed themselves. Many thanks to Nina for arranging such a successful evening.Wiilington WI had a touch of Christmas magic.  Everyone agreed we had the best Christmas celebration meeting ever! We'd invited ex-members as part of our 'kindness' initiative so it was lovely to share with them. Jack Dent not only performed some unbelievable magic, he gave us a bit of the history of magic and its different forms. It was a fabulous show- and the bring and share supper with mulled wine was good too! Happy Christmas to all members and friends, past and present.Bamford WI enjoyed a lovely Christmas meal served by Jo’s Pantry  followed by some games.  The dress theme this year was purple and silverBaslow WI had a craft session and everyone who attended made a snowman! The craft session was led by our team members, Christine & Judith. They celebrated the start of their Centenary Year with fizz and cake made by our former President Kate. There was a fabulous raffle with prints donated by Peak District Photographer, Andy Gill and raised £200 for Derbyshire Blood Bikes. Members were extremely generous with donations for the Elms Foundation. A great meeting.Pentrich WI Christmas party and final meeting of 2018, lots of laughter with Leisha and Ally from L&A Vocals, they got everyone singing.Uffa Mgna - Mickleover WI had a very busy Christmas meeting with 67 members attending.  Members played bingo, built structures out of spaghetti and marshmallows; listened to poems, enjoyed party food and a glass of wine!  An excellent start to the week.  Merry Christmas 🎄🍷🎄🍷Hope WI had a lovely Christmas meeting.  The new President, Sue, presented our outgoing President, Marcia, with a bouquet of flowers.  There was  a craft class -with a demnstration of how  to make a holly brooch, which was followed by opening the Secret Santa presents.  Happy Christmas everyone!Baldock and Clothall WI hada great time in Gent, Brussels and Bruges visiting the Christmas markets!! Thanks so much to Debbie for organising.This weekend some of the Burton Belles went to Skegness for a 60s weekend.  The fancy dress was fabulous and they had loads of fun.  Just what we’re aboutBreaston WI ladies were out carolling one evening in Decembr, visiting the Coop , the two care homes, then into the Navigation ending up at the Chequers. We were all in fine voice as we serenaded the people of Breaston and we collected over £80 for our charities.Briz Valley WI had a great Christmas meeting.   A presentation from Sam & Louise about their Denman Day. The photo competition was judged by the amount of pennies for friendship that was placed by each picture, the winning photo's will be made into a calendar for all to see in January.  There was a visit from Santa who gave out the secret Santa presents, everyone said they had been good!! A lovely buffet that all contributed to, the table looked ( and tasted) amazing. Thanks to everyone for making it a great evening, and Happy Christmas to all.South Normanton WI all set up at the Post Mill centre with loads of interesting things for SantaOld Brampton WI are so proud of one of our members, Gillian Gibson who recently attended the DFWI Awards evening where she was presented with the Dorothy Bonsall Art Trophy for the beautiful landscape she painted. Well done Gillian!Bingham Belles WI enjoyed another lovely Christmas meal at the Horse & Plough in December.. Big thank you to Andrea for organising xxBaldock and Clothall WI had avery busy weekend  displaying their Christmas Tree at St Mary's. The title of the  entry was '100 years of progress, however, not there yet!'. Thanks to Sue B for all her hard work putting it together and then dismantling it, Lucy for the donation of the branch and Celia and Jill for all their sewing.THURSFORD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: Members of Baslow WI and friends travelled with London Tours to see the Christmas Spectacular at Thursford yesterday. What a great show! No photography allowed during the show, Google it for fabulous images!Barlow, Newbold and District WI say - Thank you Dronfield WI for hosting a varied Carol Service at St Swithin's Church, Dronfield followed by a Soup & Sweet Lunch on a cold & frosty morning.The Chapel-en-le-Frith WI Tree of Angels exhibited in the Festival of Christmas Angels at St Thomas Becket Church.28 members of Ravensdale WI Social Group enjoyed their Christmas lunch at Mickleover Golf Club.Helping to serve coffee, tea, mince pies and mulled wine at Bamford WI Christmas Fair today.  Love the tartan pinnies!Breaston WI What a brilliant Dabble Day! Lots of crafts, lovely refreshments and a room full of busy, smiling people. Here are some pictures taken just before everyone arrived !Burton Belles WI Christmas Fair 2018Breaston WI - Once upon a magical day at ChatsworthBarlborough & Clowne WI’s Christmas Tree at Barlborough St James Church Grand Christmas Tree Festival.
Viewing 24-25 Nov, 1-2 Dec and 8-9 Dec open 11am- 5pm Refreshments available all day.The November 2018 Eats and Treats event was held in Creswell.  Once again ladies from Barlborough and Clowne WI supported the event by baking cakes, making tote bags and most importantly serving the refreshments during the morning.Ilkeston WI held a very successful Christmas Fayre .  It was wonderful to see so many people from the Community involved as well as support from WI members,League of Ladies WI. Getting ready to give gifts of bouquets and biscuits in Glossop ❤️ #happyworldkindnessdayUffa Magna - Mickleover WI -To mark World Kindness Day, the President and several members of the committee visited Mickleover Ambulance Station to deliver cakes and chocolates to show appreciation of all the hard work they do for the community.Littleover WI Coffee Morning November 2018  Everyone seems to be having a great time!Alfeton WI members placing the wreath on Remembrance Day 2018Duffield Cumberhills WI Tea Dance to commemorate the Centenary of the end of the First World WarUffa Magna - Mickleover WI welcomed 60 members and 5 visitors to their morning meeting  - a brilliant turnout!  Gay Evans gave a very interesting talk - The Last English Nobleman to be Hanged for Murder! Members were also given  a brief report of the DFWI’s Federation Autumn meeting held on 20th October.Baslow WI were active today helping at the Community Armistice Centenary Celebration in Baslow Village Hall. They were responsible for setting up the hall, providing and serving tea.Killamarsh WI ladies catering for the Rememberance Day tea at the church hall.  Well done ladiesChairman Chrissie Booth laid a wreath at the cenotaph in Derby on behalf of DFWI.FABULOUS! - 100 poppies in jam jars for table decorations at the Armistice Day celebration in Baslow Village Hall. These poppies have been knitted by WI members and friends in our community and arranged by Iris a member of Baslow WI and Baslow Flower Circle.Alfreton WI's display in Alfreton Library, call in and see. The fence rail outside the library has also been poppy bombed by the WI.Breaston WI held another very successful Coffee Morning in November. Well done to all the committee and helpers  and a very big thank you to everyone who donated cakes, prizes, bags and scarvesWillington WI Remebrance.  Three members either work or volunteer at the RSPCA so heard about the purple poppy being in remembrance of the animals killed in war- horses, dogs and pigeons being amongst them.  Their display is now complete with a plaque of knitted purple poppies.Alfreton WI World War 1 celebrations.  What a lovely idea!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 membersWell 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 tooA 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 eveningThe 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 celebrationsMembers 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 LornaMembers form Alfreton WI had a great afternoon at Alfreton PotteryA member from Bingham Belles WI as featured in the September issue of WI Life!  Photo was taken at Tea and Tents 2018Members of Bamford WI enjoyed lunch at Losehill House Hotel during August 2018Pie 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 WIChaddesden 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 dayFor 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.

Posted by The Anglers Rest - Bamford after a visit from Bamford WI. A pleasure  to have W.I ladies yesterday  for afternoon  tea. #communityhub #cafe #afternoontea

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!

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

Chesterfield Town WI joined with other organisations in the town at the annual Christmas Tree Festival.  What an amazing tree!
Killamarsh WI had a crafting morning at crafters companion , where 15 members made a Christmas cracker and a Christmas card.  A successful morning which everyone enjoyed.
Members of Hope WI took 39  shoeboxes filled with goodies to the collection point of T4U, to be sent on to Romania and other countries
Some of Killamarsh WI ladies who catered for the Rememberance Day tea in Killamarsh church hall yesterday which was enjoyed by over 100 people
Barlborough & Clowne WI wreath being placed at Clowne War Memorial
Briz Valley WI president Louise laying their poppy wreath on the St Peters, Stapenhill  war memorial yesterday.
This beautiful poppy wreath was laid at the cenataph in Derby this morning by Linda Singleton on behalf of every member of DFWI. Chrissie Booth was also in attendance, both braving a fearsome wind!
Members and Presidents past and present of Bolsover WI gathered this morning to unveil our new stone in our memorial garden at Bolsover Parish Church. The stone commemorates the centenary of the WI which was in 2015 and is a replacement for our tree which was sadly stolen last year. This was followed by a two minute silence for armistice day at our Cenetaph. Look out for our beautiful stone next time you're passing through the churchyard.
Simply wonderful - great work Little Eaton WI
Members of Barlborough and Clowne WI with Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover on the Terrace Pavilion at the Houses of Parliament
Breaston WI Fundraising Coffee morning for the community was so well supported today.  So many stalls and wonderful cakes.  Well done ladies.
Marston Montgomery Women's Institute enjoyed a very informative and poignant visit to The National Arboretum at Alrewas in August. We were greeted by the knowledgeable staff who pointed out memorials which would be of particular interest to us. This was very welcome as the site covers an area of 150 acres and contains over 300 commemerative displays.
Whatstandwell and Districts WI decided to visit Bettys Vintage Tea Rooms in Ashbourne  for their September meeting as the speaker was unable to come.  The owner, Jacky, gave the Institute a talk on the setting up of the enterprise.  Not only is it a very good tearoom but a shop selling all types of haberdashery items, plus she holds many courses in crochet, sewing, quilting, knitting etc. The talk was followed by a delicious afternoon tea.  All in all a very enjoyable afternoon.

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!

The recent craft dabble day at Wyaston
National Chair Lynne Stubbings was in Derbyshire today to talk about the many opportunities the WI has to offer and encouraged members to become more involved in their WI or Federation and join a sub- committee or help out at an event.
Calver & District WI have made £444 at this fundraiser. Well done on such an amazing effort and good luck to them for the future of their re-formed WI. Great photo too - thanks for sharing!
At the October meeting of Barlborough and Clowne WI local retailer Edinburgh Woolen Mill organised a fashion show with several brave members acting as models
Alfreton WI - Cooking Demonstration Evening By Kathy
Briz Valley hosted our 60s themed evening and as ever, they'd gone to town on the dressing up!! Lots of music we could sing along to (but then completely forget to name the tune in the quiz!) and lovely nibbles. I've not had a vol-au-vent for years! Many thanks ladies.
Members of Barlborough and Clowne WI supporting the Eats and Treats event in Shirebrook today.  WI members have been serving refreshments at these events in the community for a number of years now supporting local organisations giving advice to the public on a variety of issues.
A busy morning at the Baslow WI Craft Dabble Day in aid of Denman College.
Cromford WI held a coffee morning in the village in October 2017to promote their WI.  Members made delicious cakes and on display were some wonderful craft items made by members.  Such talented ladies.
The Sherwin Singers say thank you to Cromford WI members for the cake at a recent rehersal at Derbyshire House.   Special treat during tea break - delicious.
Bolsover WI ladies showing members how to make felt flowers at the Rutland Group Dabble Day.  The event raised £110 for Chesterfield's Macmillan nurses.  Well done!!
Briz Valley ladies enjoying a very worthwhile day out at the Derbyshire Federation Meeting. Raffle sellers had a very healthy day and on our selling scarves for Denman we managed to raise £1100! Well done girls you were brilliant!
Hayfield and District WI A group of 33 WI members, plus 1 very brave husband, from the Cumbria Westmoreland Federation on holiday in the Peak District came this morning to Hayfield.  We had arranged 2 different walks, according to ability, which due to wet weather had to be tweaked a little. After setting out in rain it dried up and the sun came out.  We were pleased to welcome Chrissie, DFWI chairman, who joined one of the walks.  Returning to the Village Hall a substantial lunch was served.  Many thanks to all our members who contributed in any way to a very enjoyable day.
Bolsover WI had a busy Saturday morning planting bulbs ready for Spring in our church remembrance garden, followed by tea and cake (gardening burns alot of calories!) The planning has also begun for our WI scarecrow, as part of the annual Christmas Lantern Parade
SAVING DENMAN: Baslow WI held a lunch in aid of the 'Saving Denman Appeal'. We were pleased to welcome friends and family and also our Derbyshire Federation Vice Chair & Denman Ambassador, Diane McHarg. This event, ticket sales and raffle, raised in the region of £240 which added to funds raised earlier this year takes the total to approximately £700. Well done to everyone involved.
Two members of Pentrich WI doing their thing for chosen charities!  Deena is doing the Cancer Research UK Peak District Hike and  Pauline is doing a parachute jump to raise funds for Dukes Barn at Beeley, an outdoor classroom for children with disabilities. Good luck to you ladies!
Willington WI have been awarded silver in the 'It's your station' category. A great achievement in our first year as station adopters. Thank you to all villagers and travellers who stop us to comment how lovely the station area looks. We're thrilled with how the plants have flourished and look forward to receiving our award at a gala dinner at the Roundhouse next month.
Willington, Milton and Repton WI members enjoying a slice of Bakewell Pudding on the Bakewell Taste Trail, with Sally Mosley
Smisby WI members at their Open Meeting when Kevin from Derby Mountain Rescue Team was the speaker.
Sawley WI members who prepared and provided the refreshments at the
Sawley Flower Festival.  Sawley have been doing this each August Bank Holiday for the community over many years.

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:

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

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

Marian Askew from Woodville Whirlwind WI was unable to celebrate the group’s Vintage Tea Party to commemorate the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebration as she was in Kenya, volunteering for a month at Footprints Children’s Home. In true WI style Marian organised an English Afternoon Tea Party for the children and staff with cucumber sandwiches and red, white and blue
cakes. The children had a fantastic time decorating the cakes, dressing up and making flags and bunting plus singing ‘God Save Our Gracious Queen’ and Happy Birthday your Majesty.

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.