Youlgrave Women’s Institute

Youlgrave WI has been ‘inspiring women’ in the village since 1919 – so in 2014 we are celebrating our 95th birthday.  We are part of the Derbyshire Federation of Women’s Institutes and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, and along with our sister WIs around the country we make up the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. We do make jam (well, some of us do) and we do sing Jerusalem; we also support national campaigns on vital issues, learn about anything and everything from belly dancing to fairtrade tea, take trips to places of interest locally and further afield, and we have a lot of fun doing it!

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Youlgrave W.I. at a recent visit to Renishaw Hall

Monthly meetings

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm, usually at the Village Hall.  Each meeting focuses on a speaker or an event of some sort, there is ALWAYS cake, and we are delighted to see new faces – don’t be shy, just come along and you can be sure of a warm welcome! But do be prepared to learn things you never expected to know – in recent months we’ve heard about the life of a hunt servant, been introduced to the world beneath our feet in the old lead mines of the area, been treated to some expert advice on hair care and listened to the very moving story of life as a child in East Germany.

Supper club

We also have a monthly supper club, usually on the last Thursday of the month and usually involving supper (and wine!) – this gives members the chance to get together and socialise in between the monthly meetings.  So far this year we’ve tried Zumba, learned about the life of a teabag and tried our hands at bead crafting – we’ve still got falconry, a trip to a local winery and a night at the greyhounds to come. 

Trips and activities

We have regular trips and outings, locally and further afield; in 2014 the diary includes outings to Renishaw Hall and the Albert Docks in Liverpool. You can find out about these at each meeting, in the Bugle or through our regular email updates.

Clubs and groups

We have a committed book group and a lively craft group, both of which meet regularly in members’ homes and will always welcome new participants.  For more details contact Liz McCloy on 01629 630244.

National campaigns

The WI has a reputation as a strong and very effective campaigning body.  This year we are supporting the Time to Talk campaign and the national resolution encouraging all members of the WI to talk about organ donation with their family and friends:

“The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise.”

Other current national campaigns include the SOS for honeybees.

Happy birthday to us!

As 2014 marks our 95th birthday – we came along just four years after the Women’s Institute was first founded in the UK – we have a couple of very special events planned.

In October we’ll be having a celebratory meal for members at Hassop Hall – where, just for once, we won’t be the ones baking, serving or washing up! – and we are also planning a very special tea party for our retired members, honouring their contribution to keeping Youlgrave WI fit and well for the best part of a century.

Want to hear more?

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Want to join us?

Just come along to one of our monthly meetings, or email for more information!