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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.  £20.50 of the subscription is kept by Plumtree WI, £9.80 goes to the Nottinghamshire Federation and £11.70 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.

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 2019

10th January
"Excuse me madam, but..." presented by store detective, Richard Papworth
Competition: A photo from the past

14th February
Craft evening, with Janet Merryweather
Competition: What have you knitted?

14th March
Alzheimers -Theresa Brennan from Lings Bar
Competition: A dessert recipe

11th April
Celebrating St George's Day - please wear red and white
Short stories, poems and games
Competition: An Easter bonnet

9th May
Resolutions meeting
Competition: A favourite or unusual mug

13th June
Surprise entertainment
Competition: A favourite scarf

11th July
The Fire Brigade
Competition: What would YOU save in a fire?

8th August
Summer event, to be arranged

12th September
Blood bikes
Competition: An inspirational quote

10th October
Charity work abroad, Africa/Thailand/Sierra Leone by Jordan Box
Competition: Something you have painted: canvas, china, paper, silk etc.

24th October
WI Auction

14th November
Annual Meeting
Competition: An evening bag

19th December
Christmas party
Postponed from December 12th due to election



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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