Smisby Village

Smisby WI Programme



2017-2018 Programme

The AGM has moved from from November to May, in line with the national federation.

All meetings at Smisby Village Hall unless stated otherwise.

Please note the  meeting start time of 7:15 pm. So please arrive at 7 pm.


Advice to Tea Hostesses

Now that our WI has grown we have arranged for 3 tea hostesses per month. Every effort is made to rotate this duty and to share responsibility within the group.

If you are a tea hostess, it would be a great help if you arrive early to help set out. Also tea towels need to be laundered afterwards. £5 will be allocated for expenses to provide food plus milk.

Please note your date. If you are unable to do this one, please swap dates with someone or arrange a replacement in good time and notify the secretary of this.



Please park responsibly, without causing obstruction to driveways and the road. Where possible please car share.



Date Topic Hostesses/Venue Word of Thanks Competition
20th April Queen Eleanor of Castille: Julie Ede W Vallis, S Wallis, R Wood Marie South A Cross  
6th April Oliver musical

Open event

Repton 400 Theatre

4th May Visit to Trentham Gardens and Middle Port Pottery  Stoke on Trent    
10th May Harpur Crewe Group meeting at Ticknall village Hall Smisby is the hostess    
24th May Evening visit to Chatsworth farm Shop Leaving Ticknall at 4.30pm. £16    
15th June Metal Detecting for History: Jonathan Smith Margaret Bailey, Lynn Benoist, Sue Betteridge Felicity Archer An old metal item
11th July Bletchley Park visit      
20th July Herbs: Lynn Tann-Watson Dorothy Ikin, Sylvia Murphy, Sheila Heap Sybil Wallis Posy of fresh herbs
28th July Ladies Day at Uttoxeter Race Course Open event    
17th August Guided Walk with Keith Blood around Repton

Supper at Repton Tea Rooms

Open event

19th August Murder Mystery Open event
26th August Bacon Buttie and Boules morning Open event. Contact Pat Barnes for tickets    
21st Sept Derbyshire Mountain Rescue:Kevin Corcoron Pooled Refreshments Jean Raynor Item to take on a walk
18th Oct Harpur Crewe Group Meeting Ticknall village Hall    
19th Oct Day in the life of a Photographer: Ruth Downing Lorna Gamble, Else Godfrey, Pam Hollingsworth Marie South Autumnal Photograph
26th Oct

 Special Meeting Lynne Stubbings NFWI Chair on the Future of the WI

Open Event:

Tickets from Suzanne

9th Nov Special Lunch in village hall after walk from Smisby, open to friends and family

Open Event:

Organisers, Pat and Suzanne. Meal £5

10.15  Meet for coffee in the village hall and place food order. Return from walk approx 1pm
16th November Personal Safety For Women Drivers: John Budulis  Maria  Jackson, Felicity Archer, Lynn Dent  Sheila Heap  A car in any form
3rd December DFWI Carol Service, St Wystan's Church Repton, 2p.m. to 4.00
4th December Harpur Crewe Group Carol Service at Breedon on the Hill Church
8th December  Christmas Quiz Open Event: 7pm at Smisby Village Hall £5pp Jacket  potatoes with bolognese and mince pies.
14th December  Market Bosworth handbell Ringers Pooled Refreshments Adrienne Burton Best Wrapped Gift
21sr Dec Christmas meal at Willesley Golf Club 12.noon for a 12.30 sit down    
18th Jan 2018 Murder, Mystery and Intrigue Margaret Beaufort: Suzanne Jones Sonia Bowker, Sue Fitch, Pat Barnes Ann Devitt Photograph of lady from your family history
15th Feb A Thoroughly Modern Milliner: Louise Brooks Avril Smith, Ann Devitt, Trisha Hewitt Cynthia Massey Hat or Fascinator
15th March Fit Steps: Rose Debney Wilma Mulgrew, Maureen Crabtree, Christine Cox Pam Hollingsworth Best effort on the night
 19th April Garden birds in Spring and Summer:David Tideswell  Adrienne Burton, Margaret Boyd, Phillipa Mitchell  Sue Fitch Bird in any medium
 17th May  A.G.M. and Resolutions

 Venue: Cedar Lawns.

All Pooled Cheese and Wine

  Competition for Trophy  : TBA


 In addition to this evening programme of meetings, two other regular monthly meetings are held:


Smisby WI Craft Club

Meeting at 10am on first Thursday of each month, except January 2016


Smisby Striders

Meeting at 10.15 for 10.30 start on second Thursday of each month


Also members meet regularly to play games


Smisby Canasta Club including other card games

This club was  initiated by W.I. members but is a stand alone club with its own organizers, and is open to anyone who wishes to play.

Meets every Wednesay afternoon in the village hall 1.30pm to 3.30pm. All WI members, husbands, partners and friends invited