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Wentworth Women’s Institute

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Photo of members on our 1940s night

Wentworth Womens Institute meet every second Thursday in the month at The Mechanics Institute, Wentworth from 7.15pm.

Cost £39.00 for a 12 month subscription (includes 8 WI Life magazines), or £3.00 per visit which includes refreshments (3 visits allowed in 12 months).

Gentlemen are very welcome to attend any meeting or go on any outing they might find interesting.

Refreshments are served at the end of each meeting. Outings and theatre visits are organised plus other social evenings.

For further details of any events contact Jennifer Brunskill at

Programme for 2017


Speaker & Subject

Thursday 12 January Mel Marshall – Befriending Service
Thursday 9 February Hugh Parkin – Vanished Hamlet of Levitt
Thursday 9 March Tracy Simmons – Mobility Issues
Thursday 13 April David Bell – Plague Doctor
Thursday 11 May Resolutions Discussion followed by Members’ Night
Thursday 8 June Dave Wright – Gilbert and Sullivan
Thursday 22 June Trip to Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley
Thursday 13 July John Gillegham – Yorkshire Dales
Thursday 10 August Beetle Drive followed by cakes
Monday 14 August Trip to Denman College in Oxfordshire
Thursday 14 September Alan Ryder – The Red Cross
Thursday 12 October AGM and Quiz followed by Pie and Peas
Thursday 9 November Michael Davidson-Paine – What the Butler Saw!
Thursday 14 December Christmas Celebration

Our annual outing is on Monday 14 August and we are going to Denman College in Oxfordshire. We propose to go to the Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley to see Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat on Thursday 22 June.

All About the WI

Wentworth WI was formed in 1985 and is part of the South Yorkshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (SYFWI) and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI). In 2016 Wentworth had 36 members. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Mechanics Institute, Main Street, Wentworth at 7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm prompt start. Visitors are always welcome.

ACTIVITIES – The Committee organises various functions during the year, which include outings, theatre trips and social evenings. We join in village activities and usually have a stall at any local charity fair to raise funds. Our ongoing Millennium Project is collecting litter, planting spring bulbs and keeping the footpaths clear in the Memorial Wood. We sited a litterbin on the back lane near the gate leading on to Hague Lane, which is emptied by local members.

MEETINGS – The main part of the evening is a talk or demonstration (sometimes with hands on experience) preceded by some brief WI business. Members, on a rota basis, serve tea or coffee and biscuits.

SUBSCRIPTIONS – for 2017 are £39.00. This is shared between Wentworth WI, SYFWI and NFWI.

THE ROCKLEY GROUP – Wentworth WI belongs to this Group which is made up of five other local WIs. The Group is run by each WI on a 2 yearly basis and this is currently Wath. It arranges a number of social events during the year and each WI takes it in turn to organise the annual Group Rally, which in 2017 is to be organised by Chapeltown on Saturday 24 June in the Community Centre at Grenoside.
During 2015 to celebrate the centenary of the WI, the Rockley Group planted five mountain ash trees in Elsecar Park and in 2016 we placed a commemorative seat near the trees.

SYFWI – Acts as an umbrella for all the WIs in South Yorkshire. Dorothy Meekins is the Federation Chairman and Kirsty Bowser the Federation Secretary, they are based at the local office at Hall Cross Cottage, 5, Albion Place, Doncaster, DN1 2EG. Telephone 01302 325829. Email
Office hours Tues and Wed 11 am – 3 pm. Within SYFWI there are several committees that arrange events and activities to cater for the needs and interests of members.

NFWI is an even bigger umbrella for all the WIs in England and Wales. Their office is in London, Tel: number 0207 371 9300 Email Web site:

RESOLUTIONS – on social and topical matters, submitted by individual WIs in England and Wales are selected and discussed thoroughly at all levels. If carried at the national annual meeting, they empower the WI to influence local or national policy making.

DENMAN COLLEGE – is the WI’s own residential college near Oxford. Rockley Group and Wentworth WI have bursaries for which members can apply. They can choose a course from a very wide variety of different subjects from the college programme. Denman College is now open for holidays for members and non-members.

ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) is a worldwide organisation to which the NFWI belongs. Each WI donates small amounts to ACWW (coins for friendship collection box out at each meeting) and this money is used to help under privileged women in third world countries.

WI PUBLICATIONS – These include News ‘n’ Views – SYFWI monthly newsletter. WI Life is the WI magazine, which is part of the subscription and is delivered to each subscriber’s home eight times a year.

PRESS REPORTS – Our secretary sends reports of meetings and activities to local organisations and newspapers.

COUNTRY MARKETS – These are held at Doncaster, Holmfirth, Penistone, Sheffield and Tickhill. Tel 01302 855379 or email
or visit website: for details.



Archived Info



Click the links below for archived WI information from previous years:-

Click here for 2002

Click here for 2003

Click here for 2004

Click here for 2005

Click here for 2006

Click here for 2007

Click here for 2008