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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 £37.50 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 2016


Speaker & Subject

Thursday 14 January Adrian Egglestone – DNA
Thursday 11 February Jeff Hutchinson – Maurice Dobson Museum
Thursday 10 March John Mumford – Wills
Thursday 14 April Keith Booker – History of the Orient Express
Thursday 12 May Resolutions followed by a Beetle Drive
Thursday 9 June Belly Dancing with Hayley Brown
Thursday 14 July Mary Creasey – An Actor’s Life
Thursday 11 August Meryl White – Granma Abson’s Traditional Baking
Thursday 8 September Linda Daley – Massage Demonstration
Thursday 13 October AGM followed by Paula Lowson – Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service
Thursday 10 November Andrea Lorriman – Home Farm Crafts (Christmas Card)
Thursday 8 December Christmas Celebration

Our annual outing is on Saturday 21 May. We are going to York, Scampston Hall Gardens and having a meal with Cawood WI. We propose to go to the local theatre in Birdwell to see Dial M for Murder between 14 and 17 September.

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 2015 Wentworth had 39 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 2015 are £37.50. 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 2016 is to be organised by Wentworth on Saturday 18 June in the Village Hall at Brampton Bierlow.
During 2015 to celebrate the centenary of the WI, the Rockley Group planted five mountain ash trees in Elsecar Park and in 2016 we are placing 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