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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 2018 is £42.00, although new members pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join.  £20 of the subscription is kept by Plumtree WI, £9.30 goes to the Nottinghamshire Federation and £11.70 goes to the National Federation.

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

In 2018 we celebrate our 100th birthday, and have plans to visit Denman College (the WI's college in Oxfordshire).

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

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

Programme for 2018

11th January
Rapid Response Team representative Oliver Bere is returning, by popular request, to give a more in‑depth talk on his life‑saving experiences.
Competition: A decorated hanky

8th February
'Yankee Swap' - A fun evening where each member brings a small gift. With cakes!!
Competition: An American recipe

11th February (Sunday)
10.30 am: Special Service in Plumtree Church giving thanks for Plumtree WI reaching its 100th birthday. Everyone is welcome (it's not just for WI ladies) and after the service there will be tea/coffee and CAKE.

8th March
Eco-house and garden, presented by Janice Jackson. She and her husband built their own home from natural resources.
Competition: A miniature flower display

12th April
'Relaxercise' - Gentle exercises for all abilities with Penny Kimmins.
Competition: A decorated egg

10th May
Resolutions meeting. We will be joined by a NFWI County Advisor to discuss this year's Resolutions.
Competition: A comical postcard

21st May
Visit to Denman College (fully booked).

14th June
100th Birthday Celebrations. Join Plumtree WI as we celebrate 100 years

12th July
A magical experience with Ray Lewis.  With audience participation.
Competition: A birthday card

15th August
Centenary tea at Norwood Hall, Southwell. Celebrating with three other centenarian WIs.

13th September
Games Night.  Members are asked to bring along a board game.
Competition: A small puzzle (not a jigsaw)

4th October
WI Auction and Jacket Potato Supper

11th October
A demonstration by Vanessa from Flowers on Main Street, Keyworth.
Competition: A floral brooch

8th November
Annual Meeting with wine and nibbles. Plumtree WI will be joined by a NFWI County Advisor
Competition: An old coin

13th 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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