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wi logoPlumtree WI meets at 7.30 pm on the second Thursday of each month, usually in the Burnside Memorial Hall. Membership is open to all women and girls aged 16 and over. For more information, please contact the Secretary, Elaine Harvey, on 0115 937 3336 or email her at

The annual subscription for 2020 is £43.00, although new members pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join.  £21.10 of the subscription is kept by Plumtree WI, £11.90 goes to the Nottinghamshire Federation and £10.00 goes to the National Federation (and pays for the monthly magazine WI Life).

We charge £1 for refreshments and hold a raffle each month to help cover costs.

You're welcome to come to our monthly meetings as a visitor; your first 'taster' visit is free, after that we ask £5 for each meeting you attend.

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Plumtree WI is registered with the Charity Commission, no 1025762.

Programme for 2020

9th January
Body language - John Smith
Competition: A table decoration

13th February
Amish quilting - David Lee
Competition: A hat

12th March
Confessions of a country Vicar - Canon Alan Haydock
Competition: A pretty plate

9th April
Charity work abroad - Jordan Box
Competition: An animal ornament
Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus

14th May
Resolutions meeting
Competition: A teapot
Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus

18th May
Visit to West Bridgford Fire Station with tea and cake at The Refinery
Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus

11th June
Plumtree WI's 102nd Birthday Party with entertainer
Dave Moylan
Competition: A coaster
Meeting cancelled due to coronavirus

9th July
Gender neutrality
Competition: A notebook

13th August
Tea at Blue Diamond Garden & Home, East Bridgford

10th September
Kurling (Click here for more details)
Competition: A candle or tealight holder

8th October
Tax, Care and Toy Boys - Susanne Furness from
Co-op Estate Planning
Competition: Embroidery

12th November
Annual Meeting
Competition: A Christmas decoration

10th December
Christmas party



History of the WI

The WI (Women’s Institute) was founded in Stoney Creek, Canada in 1897 with the aim of improving education for rural women. The Canadian activist Madge Watt brought the WI to Britain in 1915, initially to Sussex, Dorset and Kent. 2015 was the centenary of the WI in Britain. 2018 is the centenary of the WI in Plumtree.

The first WI group in Nottinghamshire was formed at Southwell in 1917, followed shortly by East Bridgford and then by Plumtree in 1918. These WI groups belong to the Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs, and are part of the largest women’s organisation in Britain – the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. This has over 200,000 members and owns its own college, Denman College in Oxfordshire, which organises a range of excellent courses.

For information about The WI in the UK, visit their website.


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