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.  Also the WI organisation celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2015.


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

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.


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.


Subsidised Subscription 2017 is £37 and Dual membership with another WI is £17  

Refreshments are £1 per meeting


Guests (carers exempt) maximum of 3 meetings per year


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


Special dates for your Diary

Thursday October 26th 10.30a.m. to 12.30.p.m at Smisby village hall,

We have arranged an open meeting with the guest speaker LYNNE STUBBINGS the new Chair of the NFWI, who will give a talk about the future of the WI as a whole.

As the village hall will only seat 70 comfortably if you wish to attend can you please email  Suzanne ASAP as she will offer tickets to other institutes if the places aren't filled.


Watch out for the November  WI Life Magazine

Laura has been interviewed and photographs  taken of her with the Alpaca, and the article  should be appearing in the November WI LIfe.


25th Jan 2018 First Aid and De fibrillator training by East Midlands Ambulance Service. Open meeting (this is a provisional date and time to be announced)


Febuary Date TBA   Food Hygiene Course


Open meeting Sept 2017

Once a year Smsiby WI have an open meeting where husbands, partners and friends are invited to join one of our monthly meetings.  For September 2017, our speaker talked  about the wonderful work,  done by the volunteers of the Derbyshire Mountain Rescue service. This was a topic whichwe knew this would appeal to the audience and, Kevin the training officer for the charity did not disappoint. He gave a superb talk on the many rescues they have undertaken within Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, he also gave a very good insight into the intensive training the volunteers have to take in order to be part of the team.

Christine Gardner ,the publicity officer for Derbyshire WI , joined us this evening as Smisby is to be featured in the December  issue of Derbyshire Life Magazine. Some of the photographs taken are shown below ( click on each to enlarge. A great night was had by the members and visitors who also enjoyed a buffet supplied by the Committee.


Uttoxeter Ladies Day July 2017

As you can see from the photographs it was wet and windy but in true WI spirit we carried on with a fabulous 'bring and share' "posh picnic", and some had the classy option of the restaurant.We had a great day with many of us going home with winning, for some of us it was another tick of the bucket list.

Please click to enlarge the photos








Smisby is part of the Derbshire Federation of WIs and the Derbyshire Federation  centenary is in 2018.


To commemorate Derbyshire Federation of WIs Centenary in 2018 every WI in Derbyshire had the opportunity to design and make a “fabric brick” depicting their WI and could also enter a competition to produce a commerative tea towel. Smisby entered both commerative events.

Fabric brick


We at Smisby WI are very fortunate to have within our membership two very talented ladies who between them have made this 2018 centenary brick. 

Pat Barnes designed the art work. with Angela Regan using her talents on the embroidery machine.

The design depicts St James Church Smisby, the anvil and hammer represent the Craftsmen of Smisby who undoubtedly forged work for the occupants of Ashby de la Zouch Castle.

The books tell us that Smisby is named in the Doomsday Book of 1086 (spelt Smithsby or Smidesbi)

Sir Walter Scott is believed to have visited Smisby where he got the idea for Ivanhoe, and of course we must mention the Women’s Institute. 

The brick will be sewn on to a large wall hanging and displayed at Federation meetings and the county shows and are a unique record of W.I.s in the Federation.

There have been two previous wall hangings which were completed in the 1980's and the year 2000.



 Tea Towel Competition

Marie and Suzanne designed a commerative tea towel  for the Derbyshire Federation showing every WI on a map and a selection of activities ( see pictutre). However, it was not selected for printing but the art work will be on display with the other successful and unsuccessful entries at the Autumn Council meeting.teatowel





Smisby WI visit to Elford Community Gardens June 2013