Smisby Village

Smisby Women's Institute




Smisby WI was founded in 1934 and we celebrated our 80th anniversary in  2015. A short history is available via the history page.  The national  WI organisation celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2015. Smisby is a membef of the Derbyshire Federation, and the DFWI celebrates its centenary in 2018, see below for more information.


 Smisby WI are a very friendly institute and meet on the third Thursday in the month in various locations.

Currently membership has risen to 60, so at the moment new membership is restricted to Smisby residents. We have a varied programme with a speaker at most meetings.

Smisby WI meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of the month, 7.00 pm for 7.15 pm prompt start. The 2019 programme is now available on the programme page and has details of some new events.reports about past activities can be found on the Past events page


The first Tuesday lunchtime Line Dancing was successful and  regular  weekly sessions will run. All are welcome,  non members - male and female .


All meetings normally in Smisby Village Hall, Main Street LE65 2TY at 7pm for a 7.15pm start.  In addition, monthly craft sessions and walks aare organised on the first and second Thursday of each month respectively and also weekly canasta/card games on a Wednesday afternoon.



Refreshments are £1 per meeting


Guests (carers exempt) maximum of 3 meetings per year


A waiting list is now in operation for new members who live outside of Smisby parish.


Secretary;  Mrs Suzanne Jones 01530 415346


We are part of the Derbyshire Federation

DFWI Headquarters

“Derbyshire House”, Sherwin Street,

Derby, DE22 1GP

Telephone 01332 342596


 News from the April meeting


  • Walking netball at the Green Bank Leisure centre Swadlincote 16th May 2 p.m-3 p.m. cost £2.50pp (several members have shown interest)
  • Two glass fusion workshops  have been booked for 25th July and 22nd of August, cost £12 pp plus materials.  (a board will be out at meetings and craft morning)
  • The next meeting, AGM and Resolutions will be at Sheila Heap’s house in Forties Lane, it is a cheese and wine evening, please bring along a plate of food to share or soft drink.
  • The competition for the silver bowl is a flower arrangement in a tin.


Smisby WI visit to Elford Community Gardens June 2013