The Heanor branch of the WI is a vibrant, varied group of ladies who meet on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baptist Church on Derby Road at 7.30pm.
There are currently 40 members, with ages ranging from from 20 to 80. The group gives women the chance to get involved in many different social activites, from the more traditional book club, crafting and cooking, through to going out for meals, and even to the theatre and on farm visits.
They get involved in the local community, and have recently helped with support for the Heanor Festival and Mundy School Jubilee Garden, they have stalls at the Community Fair and even help put the Christmas Tree into St Lawrences Church.
As part of the West Leys group of WI (Includes Morley WI, Loscoe WI and Breadsall WI), it was Heanor's turn to host the bi-annual group meetings earlier this year, which involves all of the local groups coming together for a much larger celebration, with entertainment and a more notable speaker.
Member Lisa Marie described hosting the event as "terrifying but wonderful".
Heanor certainly put on a real show, which involved a rendition of scenes from Sister Act, a parody of the Queen (well it is a Jubilee Year) a bit of juggling, a WI version of the Tiller Girls, and the speaker for the evening was Dulcie Lewis, discussing a short history of toilets!!
The WI prides itself on being a non-religious, non-political group which provides women with friendship, support and education with a community focus. They are always looking for new members, so if you're interested, pop along to one of the meetings - you can visit up to 3 times before you decide if you want to join or not.
For more information, contact Brenda on 01773 763036 or visit http://heanorwi2008.webs.com/
Member since: 10th July 2012
Hi, I'm Sarah. I've lived in Heanor with my family for over 10 years and I'm passionate about our beautiful little corner of this historical county. If you know of something that's great about our area,...