News & Photos
Welcome to the most recent page of news and photos from our WI, for earlier reports see the other news pages. We welcome photos from our members and friends to add to our news pages.
18 July 2018 - Lunch Club at Fischer's Baslow Hall
Fischer's Baslow Hall was the meeting place for the WI Lunch Club July meeting. Most of the members and friends enjoyed a garden tour from Max Fischer and his two gardeners. The gardens look wonderful all year around but today they were splendid and still full of colour despite the dry weather we have been experiencing. A glass of Prosecco was served with canapés outside and in the dining room a two course meal followed by coffee and sweet delights were enjoyed, all beautifully served! Thanks to the staff who looked after us so well and for Lorna who organised the outing for us.
Press 'Play' to see photos taken on the tour of the Kitchen Garden with Max and his new gardener.
16 July 2018 - WI walk
Our July walk was well supported by eleven members enjoying the fantastic summer weather we have been experiencing here in Derbyshire. Judith B was our leader today. After meeting at the Spar shop in Baslow we walked up the bridle way and turned towards Curbar, we met up with two more of the walking group at Curbar Gap car park for our picnic lunch and walked back together leisurely over the beautiful heather moorland which is starting to turn purple with the heather a sure sign that autumn is on the way.
13, 14 & 15 July 2018 - Golden wedding
12 July 2018 - Photos from Beamish
Sandra sent us these great photos with a message to Baslow Bikers: 'At Beamish and thought of you!'
Photos by Sandra Jenkins
11 July 2018 - WI Monthly Meeting
A fabulous summer meeting for Baslow WI members and visitors today... Rodney Amos gave us a wonderful insight into 'Bodysnatchers' he was a great speaker. Our members kept in tune with the theme of the day and brought epitaphs from famous and not so famous people - very entertaining! Everyone supported the raffle for the President's Charity, Derbyshire Blood Bikes, and raised £56. Well done! As always our members excelled in their support of the local Women's Refuge, The Elms Foundation - see the photo.
9 July 2018 - Baslow Bikers
Starting at Parsley Hay Baslow Bikers cycled on the trail to Tissington, enjoyed a cycle around the village stopping for a picnic lunch and then came the uphill return completing a 23 miles round trip. It was great weather for this day out in beautiful Peak Park. 🚴♀️
7 July 2018 - A new arrival!
Baslow WI Team Member, Marion, is a Granny again! Her new grandson, Rex arrived today weighing in at 8lb 4oz. Congratulations to all the family. Enjoy your time together.
6 July 2018 - The National Trust, Longshaw Estate
Baslow WI members and friends met for their regular Friday session with British Nordic Walking Instructor, Phill. This week we did 20 minutes of Mindfullness Walking followed by time spent on improving our style and then finished our the lesson with some interval training before a refreshing cuppa at the NT cafe. Thanks Phill for all the help and encouragement you give us.
5 July 2018 - Breezy Knees visit
Some Baslow WI 'Darlings' who are also Baslow Garden Society members joined a group visit to Breezy Knees Gardens near York today. They had a wonderfully warm sunny day to enjoy the gardens and water features and no doubt some shopping, eating and drinking rounded off the day for them! 🌻
Photos by Kate Treves
4 July 2018 - Derbyshire Federation Centenary Tea
Kate, a former President of Baslow WI, attended the tea at Chatsworth yesterday. What a fab tea and great venue!
Photos by Kate Treves, a former Baslow WI President.
3 July 2018 - Garden walk at Chatsworth House
Today in wonderful sunshine eight Baslow WI members enjoyed a walk around the garden and greenhouses at Chatsworth. We were lucky to have Christine, our President, with us she worked at Chatsworth for many years telling us little snippets of information as we walked around enjoying the stunning scenery and noticing the changes made to the garden during recent years. Jane, our Roving Reporter, is always great to have on walks as she recognises so many of the plants on the way.We were all very taken with production in the greenhouse where we saw grapes and bananas growing happily
1 July 2018
29 June 2018 - Nordic Walking instruction
Ten Baslow WI members and friends met together with Phill Alcock our British Nordic Walking Instructor for their weekly session at the lovely Longshaw Estate today. It was a glorious Derbyshire summer day, harsh sunlight made photography hard. Everyone enjoyed the session which started with 20 minutes of 'Mindfulness' walking, no talking allowed. (Difficult for WI members!) This was followed by interval training on the level and on slopes. (Plenty of chat resumed!) We worked on steps using our poles in various ways to assist and make safe our climbing and descending. All useful stuff for future WI walk.
27 June 2018 - WISA (WI Social Afternoon)
At WISA today we were pleased to meet Janice who contacted us via this website and is interested in joining Baslow WI. We look forward to welcoming her again to our next meeting in July. There were less members present than usual at WISA today probably due to the wonderful weather and holidays but those who attended had a good natter and shared lots of news and information, some WI related but mostly not! Ice cream from the Italian Restaurant across the road was enjoyed by many of our group! What a treat on a lovely hot, sunny day!
25 June 2018 - WI walk
Today 16 members and friends of Baslow WI met outside Baslow Village Hall for a 4 mile circular walk into and around Chatsworth House following well used footpaths. Alison had planned the route carefully for us and along the way Jane told us things of interest that we could see close to and in the distance. Most of the walkers lunched at Chatsworth Stables Restaurant and others had a picnic.
24 June 2018 - Meet Tommy, Ann's new puppy!
This little Darling, a three month old Chocolate Labrador, has moved in with Ann. He will be joining us on WI walks next year - but only if he is a very good boy! 💙
24 June 2018 - Picnic walk
Our Nordic walking group met today and walked up to Solomon’s Temple then back to Pooles Cavern for a picnic lunch before our next walk in the shade of Grin Low Woods. A few of us climbed to the top of the Temple. It was a great day out. Thanks to Phill, our tutor, for organising it for us and leading the walk.
Report & photos by Sandra Jenkins
22 June 2018 - Longshaw Estate
20 June 2018 - Lunch Club
At our Lunch Club today, at Rowleys, Baslow we had a choice of desserts. Chocolate and Pistachio Mousse with Lime Jelly, Rowley‘s Bakewell Tart with vanilla ice cream, Rowley‘s Eton Mess or Three British Cheeses.
Report and photos by Lorna Wilson
17 June 2018 - Our message to Dad's on social media today...
15 June 2018 - Nordic Walking
Every Friday at 2pm Baslow WI members and friends get together for a Nordic Walking instruction session with British Nordic Walking Instructor, Phill. See our Diary Page for full information and give it a try. We'd love to welcome more to our happy little group.
Today Phill's group did a very nice walk at Longshaw, around the pond, across the road, over and along the brook up the hill to the road and back along the drive to a welcome cup of tea. 7 of us walked and had some laughs. It's amazing how the conversation flows! Lorna
13 June 2018 - WI Monthly Meeting for Members & Visitors
At a busy meeting today John Hawkins was our speaker telling us about four British Plant Hunters with all the history, geography and botany you could wish for. Our members served a wonderful tea with cakes to die for. Lorna told us about her week at Denman doing courses in the Ukulele and goldwork. Other members have also been to our college and we will hear from them in September. Our Mascot Baslow Bear was in attendance and it seemed as though everyone was having a good time. Members collected together great donations for the Elms Foundation/Chesterfield Women's Refuge. Thanks everyone.
10 June 2018 - Baslow Bikers 'Dukeries Ride'
Seven Baslow Bikers met at The National Trust Clumber Park Cycle Hire Shop today for a 20 mile circular cycle through Clumber into the Welbeck Estate to Creswell Crags and back along to Clumber. They enjoyed a picnic lunch in the sunshine and returned to the cars tired but happy looking forward to a beer at home! 🍺
NB: Credit to two of our riders who cycled 12 miles to the meeting point and back home again afterwards. Well done Liz & Paul. 🚴♀️
Photos by Baslow Bikers, Ann, Gordon & Sandra
8 June 2018 - Nordic Walking, National Trust, Longshaw
Our Br. Nordic Walking instructor, Phill, gave us a challenge to walk without talking for five minutes using walking with poles as a 'mindfulness exercise'. We all agreed it was very relaxing and stress relieving especially if we did it when walking alone ie on the way to and from work. After that we were free to natter away on our way to the pond, looking wonderful in the todays light. There were midges around so next time we must use insect repellant!
8 June 2018 - World Oceans Day
On this day and every day WI members all over the world will be thinking of ways to save our oceans and remembering our 2017 NFWI resolution regarding 'Plastic Soup'.
6 June 2018 - Report from one of our members regarding Book Lovers
Every first Wednesday of the month our most select band of readers meet at either Jacqueline or Angela's house in Baslow for two hours of lively discussion, tea and biscuits. Sandra Marshall is our excellent leader, providing the group with a whole list of thought provoking questions which must take her a long time to prepare and is much appreciated by all the group. We all contribute and no one person dominates; we often have different opinions but this leads to lively discussion. The books are chosen by the members and are an eclectic mix, we have read 'The Gift of Rain,' 'The Siege,' ' 44 Scotland Street ' and our next book is 'Nutshell'. Of course these are just a selection as the group has been meeting for well over a year. We all enjoy meeting and are always surprised that we can discuss a book for two hours!
Caroline E: A member of Book Lovers.
June - Denman this week
Two Baslow members and our mascot Baslow Bear have been at the WI College, Denman this week.
Baslow Bear photos from L. Wilson
Baslow Bear has been busy visiting all the craft classes at Denman this week, helping where he can, he also sneaked into the Cookery School to say hi to Tutor Peter Lien! Great promo for Denman B.B. and Baslow WI on Social Media too.
1 June 2018 - Walk in the park!
Five members of our of Nordic Walking Group met together for a walk in Chatsworth Park this afternoon. It was interesting seeing the 'village' being built for the RHS Chatsworth Show starting on 6 June. We walked 4½ miles and ended up pretty hot in the wonderful 'summer sun'. Yes we do have some here in Derbyshire!
1 June 2018
31 May 2018 - WI Walk at the National Trust Estate, Longshaw
30 May 2018 - Baslow WI Team Meeting
Members of the Baslow WI Team (committee) met at Lorna's home today to plan meetings and events for the future. Christine started her 2nd year as President and there were no changes to the Team or roles within the Team. It was Caroline's birthday and she was presented with a card and small gift. Baslow Bear, our WI mascot, was in attendance, he is a perfect gent when he is on duty! Watch out for him in our photos he pops up quite often!
28 May 2018 - The gardens at Chatsworth stunning colour & heady scents
Life is really hectic for our neighbours at Chatsworth now as they prepare for their 2nd RHS Flower Show which will be open 6-10 June. In the garden though today it was wonderfully peaceful and the perfume from the flowers filled the air. One Baslow WI member enjoyed a visit early in the day to avoid the Bank Holiday crowds.
Please click on one of the photos in the gallery below to see the photos full size and click the arrows to move on, you will just have to imagine the sensational scents! 🌸
25 May 2018
The Nordic Walking Group formed at Baslow WI welcomed two new members from Gt Longstone today, Margaret & Sheila.
It was a dull wet day but it didn't stop us having fun whilst trying to improve our skills at Nordic Walking. Quote of the Day from Patient Phill our instructor - 'Julia is the only one I get any sense out of!' Her halo was shining brightly today. 👼🏻
Nordic Walking - style definitely improving according to our instructor! All these Friday sessions are starting to pay off. 😊
23 May 2018 - WI Social Afternoon 'WISA'
Just eleven members of Baslow WI came to WISA today, some were working on computers, others did various crafts including making cards for sale at WI events.
22 May 2018 - Hardwick Garden Visit & Walk
Today four Baslow WI members met up with friends from Calver WI to join them for a walk in the garden at Hardwick Hall. Marita
a member at Calver WI gave an informative talk on the health properties of many of the herbs grown in the garden followed by a leisurely stroll around the garden enjoying the sunshine and all the wonderful smells coming from the herbs.
Thanks Helen for organising the outing and Marita for the research and talk. A light lunch in the National Trust Cafe was great and three Darlings; Ann, Sandra and Sue went for a walk around the park using their Nordic poles.
19 May 2018 - Royal Wedding
Many congratulations to the new Duke & Duchess of Sussex. We wish them happiness and good luck in their life and work together.
18 May 2018 - Nordic Walking
Seven Baslow WI members met with Phill, our British Nordic Walking Instructor, for our weekly session today. We practised walking over a circuit of just over two miles in the beautiful surroundings of the National Trust Estate, Longshaw, our regular meeting place. Two of our members, Jane and Sandra, are doing their Masterclass tomorrow. Good luck, enjoy!
16 May 2018 - Bridge Cottage, Baslow
Baslow WI's President's home all dressed up for spring in wisteria!
16 May 2018 - Baslow WI Lunch Club at The Maynard Arms, Grindleford
Thirteen 'Darlings', members of the Baslow WI Lunch Club met at The Maynard Arms, Grindleford. They were looked after extremely well by the staff who served pre-lunch drinks outside on the decking overlooking the wonderful garden and hillside views before going inside for the meal. Today is the 75th Anniversary of the Dambusters we had hoped to see the Lancaster Bomber flying by but due to windy conditions it was cancelled.
Thanks Mr Google for the photo!
14 May 2018 - Baslow Bikers
Four Baslow Bikers enjoyed a 22 mile cycle around the Derwent Dams and Ladybower Reservoir the temperature was perfect for cycling 18c and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. The cyclists ate their picnic lunches watched by ducks, sheep and lambs. No punctures or falls so a good day in all! Our next cycle is planned for 10 June when we will be going on a round trip including Clumber and Osberton. Join us, everyone is welcome. Check web diary for full details. 🚴♀️
11-13 May 2018 - Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Chatsworth Park came to life at the end of the last week and during the weekend when competitors from all over the world came to take part in the Dodson & Horrell Horse Trials. Many Baslow WI members were there and although nothing had been planned managed to get together for a chat, course walk or just enjoying the fabulous horse and rider combinations, the weather and the fantastic scenery.
12 May 2018 - DFWI Centenary Showcase
Derbyshire Federation of WIs organised a wonderful event at the Winding Wheel, Chesterfield in celebration of their Centenary. It was good to see so many of the 178 Derbyshire WIs contributing to the occasion either with live shows on the stage or display boards and tables showing how things have changed in the 100 years for women and their families.
11 May 2018 - 'Hello ducks!' Spotted at National Trust Longshaw Estate today
9 May 2018 - Update on our ACWW, Walk the World fundraiser
At Baslow WI's Annual Meeting today Treasurer, Vikki, announced that the sponsored walk organised by Lorna and the team at Baslow Sports Field on 23 April has raised £718. Awesome news. 🏃🏻♀️
9 May 2018 - Baslow WI Annual & Resolution Meeting
Baslow WI held its Annual & Resolution Meeting today. The NFWI resolution on Mental Health Matters was supported by the majority of our members the delegate representing us at the NFWI Annual Meeting from Chatsworth WI will be given discretion to change the vote if she thinks it appropriate. Changes to our WI 'Decisions' were introduced regarding financial matters, Data Protection and Equality & Diversity. Nominations were taken for the role of Baslow WI President, Christine Thompson will be the President for 2018-19. Members enjoyed a strawberry tea prepared and served by members our members.
4 May 2018 - National Trust Longshaw Estate
SHOCK! Phill, our British Nordic Walking Instructor, emailed to say his car had broken down and he wouldn't be able to meet his two groups for lessons today at Longshaw. They walked and talked and had a good time but had to admit, 'Patient Phill', as he is now called was missed! They've adopted and adapted something from Brucie on Strictly.... Keeeeeeeeep poling!
3 May 2018 - Chatsworth Garden visit
Nine 'Darlings' at Baslow WI met at Chatsworth House for a walk in the gardens today. They enjoyed a quick coffee followed by an excellent guided tour led by a member of the Chatsworth staff and then went to the Stables Restaurant for a light lunch. Four of the group enjoyed a further walk around the perimeter of the gardens and noticed significant improvements following much clearance and new planting.
1 May 2018 - Birthday girls this May!
28 April 2018 - Hot off the press! News of the Derbyshire Denman Visit - March 2019
Prices include travel, accommodation, all meals and expert tuition. to edit.
London, beneath the City Streets, £375
Writing your own life story, £350
Stunning Scarves, £350 + material costs
Willow Creatures, £350 + material costs
Music of the 40s and 50s, £350 and
Viennoiserie: Breakfast Pastries, £390.
Individual applications for these courses will be required. As soon as the forms are available they will be posted on this and other DFWI social media.
27 April 2018 - Longshaw in the rain!
Seven of our members enjoyed instruction in Nordic Walking today with our instructor Phill at Longshaw Estate on this very grey day. It was shocking weather but they wore the appropriate gear and got on with it! The first group met at 1pm and did their first session of time trials, a training programme will be worked out for them by Phill. They will repeat the exercise next week looking for improvements as the weeks go on. They will need to get out on the hills and practise in-between instruction!
The second group will do their first time trial next week.
26 April 2018 - County Quiz
Baslow Village Hall was one of the venues for the County Quiz this evening. Our members helped set up the hall and serve refreshments and Judy was Quiz Leader with the questions and answers! Baslow WI was represented by two teams, thanks to all eight of them. It was a very good evening with 16 teams of 4 attending. The hall was nicely filled! We had two lovely young women visitors from India who saw the queue outside the hall and joined it (as you do)! They were interested to learn about the WI and wanted to take photos and of course Ann had to take their photo too!
26 April 2018 - Two items of news today!
We've opened a new page on this website to post news from in and around the Baslow community including groups like the Community Orchard Group and the Festivals Group. Caroline a WI Team Member will be reporting on that page so if you have any news for her please let her know if possible with photos. Take a peep at the page today and watch it grow over the next few months. Her first bit of exciting news is that a date has been arranged for Apple Day at the Orchard - Saturday 6 October.
25 April 2018 - WISA
Baslow Darlings met together in Baslow Village Hall for their monthly WI Social Afternoon (WISA). Some were knitting, others were busy working on their appliqué under the tuition of our WI President, Christine. Others were just playing on computers, drinking tea and chatting. Our WISAs have turned out to be a great idea, just two hours in the month where members can come together for a couple of hours at no cost. There's tea, coffee, biscuits and often cake too! Today it was Christine's birthday, what a star giving up her special day to run the appliqué workshop for fellow members. Thanks Christine.
23 April 2018 - Baslow WI members 'Walk the World' for ACWW
Twenty seven Baslow members and one husband did a sponsored walk of circuits of the Baslow Sports Field in aid of the WI's international charity, Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). The walkers raised over £500 and there may be more money to collect. We were thrilled to welcome two WI members from Higham & Shireland WI who are walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way for ACWW. They finished the second leg of the walk in Baslow in time to join us for tea. There was a wonderful spread of a 'bring and share' tea and our kitchen volunteers did us proud keeping the tea flowing! Thanks to everyone who helped and to the Sports Field Committee who allowed us to use their facilities.
20 April 2018 - Nordic Walking at National Trust Longshaw Estate
Nine Baslow WI members and friends met with instructor Phill for Nordic Walking today in two sessions at 1pm and 2pm. The first group walked for an hour after their instruction and met up with the second group for tea at the National Trust Information Centre & Cafe. The Longshaw Estate looked fabulous in the dappled sunlight today it was a pleasure to be out in the warm weather with friends enjoying beautiful Derbyshire. Today's quote from Phill, the first group was told: 'That's better - you look almost like Nordic Walkers!' They think 'we're getting better all the time'!
Two photos above credit Lorna Wilson
19 April 2018 - Baslow Bikers
In glorious warm spring weather (It was the hottest day April day in the UK since 1949.) Baslow Bikers met at Pleasley Pit Country Park cycled via Silverhill to Brierley Park where they stopped for lunch and very welcome mugs of tea. This was a leisurely ride 16 miles, flat apart from the hills! Baslow Bikers is open to everyone, not just WI members and not just women as you can see! Contact us via this page if you wish to know more about this cycling group. Many of our rides start at car parks with cycle hire shops so if people can't transport bikes they can still join us. See the Diary Page of this website for full details of planned rides.
18 April 2018 - WI Lunch Club
The monthly get together of the Lunch Club was held at The Riverside House Hotel, Ashford in the Water. The members gathered together for a pre-lunch drink in one of sitting rooms at the hotel then moved to the dining room where they enjoyed a two course lunch with wine followed by coffee. We were looked after extremely well as always when we go to the Riverside. Thanks to all the staff who make us so welcome.
16 April 2018 - ACWW Spring Meeting
Four Darlings, Ann, Judith, Lorna and Vikki from Baslow WI went to the Associated Country Women of the World Spring Meeting. As always they had an excellent day out learning about reducing the use of plastic andthe ACWW projects around the world helping women and children grow businesses and support themselves. The ACWW committee found excellent speakers and provided us with good shopping facilities too! A light lunch of soup, bread rolls and fresh fruit was enjoyed breaking the morning and afternoon session and we finished with tea and cake. An enjoyable and educational day out. Thanks DFWI Team ACWW.
15 April 2018 - Masterclass information
NORDIC Walking Masterclass: It is proposed to hold another Nordic Walking Masterclass, a whole day class for anyone who feels competent in Nordic Walking but wishes to advance their practice. So far it is proving difficult to set a date. Therefore I would be most grateful if members who are interested would please email me with preferred days, not dates. That is would a Sunday be convenient if not what days in the week? Many thanks, Phill Alcock, British Nordic Walking. firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 13th April 2018 - National Trust, Longshaw Estate
Fridays at 1pm has become the regular meeting time for four of our members to have the first session of Nordic Walking Instruction with Phill Alcock. At 2pm, the 2nd group arrive and both groups finish together with tea. This is a great way of spending some social time with friends as well as exercising and enjoying the Derbyshire countryside. Do join us if you can, everyone is welcome not just WI members. Check our diary page before leaving home because meeting places vary depending on the weather. Today we learnt about the birds nesting in the various boxes around the NT Longshaw property as well as how to use the walking poles to assist our walking and general fitness in numerous ways. Thanks Google for the bird images.
11 April 2018 - WI Meeting
We welcomed Paul Lobley as our speaker at Baslow WI this month. It was very interesting and also rather scary and surprising to hear statistics regarding carers in Derbyshire. Paul's presentation was based around a quiz won by Lorna our Vice President. Members and visitors at this meeting supported our charities; ACWW via donations at tea time, Derbyshire Blood Bikes via the sale of cards made by Christine, Paul's charity via the raffle and The Elms Foundation (Chesterfield Women's Refuge). Recently we have introduced 'Finish with Fun' into our WI meetings when time allows. Today Lorna told us some of the entertaining topics discussed whilst out on our Nordic Walking sessions! 🙃
6 April 2018 - Nordic Walking
It is now four months since members of Baslow WI and their friends started learning Nordic Walking with our British Nordic Walking Instructor, Phill Alcock. We walk every Friday in various beautiful Derbyshire locations. Today we were walking on the Monsal Trail from Hassop Station. As you can see by the photos we were blessed with beautiful sunshine and dry paths to walk on. Newcomers are always welcome, check the diary page of this website to find out where we will be next and come along and meet us.
4 April 2018 - Fancy joining our overnight trip to Thursford 4 & 5 December?
4 April 2018 - Team meeting
1 April 2018
30 March 2018 - National Trust, Longshaw Estate
Today the Nordic Walking group met with tutor Phill at The Wooden Pole car park at The National Trust Longshaw Estate. We welcomed Ellie to our group for the first time. Members who had completed the Improvers Masterclass met earlier for a tutored session then joined the others for their session and enjoying a warming cup of tea at the NT Cafe before the last 20 minutes walking back the car park. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon! Thanks Phill and thanks WI members and friends for joining in.
29 March 2018 - BBC Radio Nottingham & East Midlands Today TV Studios
Members of the Media Hub Committee at Derbyshire Federation of WIs with friends went on a tour of the BBC studios in Nottingham today. It was interesting having a peep behind the scenes and the chance to meet some of the presenters.
28 March 2018 - 'WISA' ... WI Social Afternoon
This was the busiest WISA ever! Our President, Christine, ran an appliqué session, other members met to knit, chat and fathom out changes on computers! Others came for a cuppa with some of Paul's wonderful parmesan biscuits and still more came to litter pick! See the photos - they tell the story...
27 March 2018 - Our Facebook page is four years old
Four years ago today, Derbyshire Federation Trustee, Linda, ran a Facebook workshop at Derbyshire House. One Baslow member attended and started a Facebook page for Baslow WI. Now two Baslow Team Members administer the page along with Linda as backup. Its been great fun making friends all over the world sharing news and information, good bad and often humorous! We are heading for our next big goal - 4,000 'page likes'. Could you help, please?
25 March 2018 - Derbyshire Blood Bikes
Derbyshire Blood Bikes is the Baslow WI President's Charity this year. Today we shared a great little video made by students at Derby University explaining how the charity was built and what the volunteers do. Take a look at the video:
You can also find it on the Baslow WI Facebook page - 25 March 2018
23 March 2018 - Nordic Walking
Today a nine of the British Nordic Walking Group for Baslow WI & friends met at Whitworth Park, Darley Dale for their tuition session. We enjoyed the get-together with instructor Phill Alcock. Much discussion took place regarding future plans for our little group. We are all looking forward to doing more as the year progresses, tail walks, picnics and meeting with other groups. Watch our diary page to find out all the latest information. Beginners welcome, Phill is good at revising instruction with us - he needs to be! 😆
Photo credit: animated images.org
21 March 2018 - WI Lunch Club
20 March 2018 - Sewing Group at Gt Hucklow
Some photos from today at Great Hucklow with ladies from Baslow, Bamford, Sheffield and Great Hucklow WI also Nicola, the tutor.
Thanks to Lorna for this report and photos
17 March 2018 - Masterclass!
Today four of our members, Ann, Anne, Lorna and Sue, attended a Nordic Walking Improver Masterclass at Whitworth Park, Darley Dale. The course included a PowerPoint presentation and was run by Phill Alcock our usual instructor and his fellow instructor, Isobel. The weather was sun and snow and we managed to stay comfortable with regular coffee breaks and mixing the inside work in the Whitworth Centre Library with the outside work in the park. Videos were taken of our walking at the beginning and end of the day - we saw and felt the benefit of the instruction. Thanks were given to Isobel and Phill who gave up their day for us.
17 March 2018 - St Patrick's Day our social media message to friends and followers...
16 March 2018 - Nordic Walking
Here in Derbyshire we woke up to fog and heavy rain... Did we think we would get out Nordic Walking this afternoon? No, but look at the photos! The sun shone brightly and we were even feeling a little glow coming over the hillside from Chatsworth House! Some of our followers might not have come across Baslow Bear before, he is Baslow WIs mascot and lives with Lorna & Rod, he likes to come on outings and day trips from time to time.
14 March 2018 - Monthly Meeting
At this month's meeting we were pleased to congratulate one of our members, Janette Lobley, on being elected to the Derbyshire Federation Board of Trustees. We wish her all the best in her new role in the WI. Two members were celebrating birthdays today Anna and Julia. Happy birthday 'Darlings'! Our speaker Linda McLuckie, a member of South Normanton WI, gave us a great talk about the charitable work of the Body Shop. A draw for two Denman College bursaries of £200 were won today by Jayne Rawlinson and Sue Hermiston. Our President, Christine Thompson, talked us through the all the news and information from DFWI and the local area including all our plans for future months. We 'finished with fun', a jokey reading by birthday girl, Julia.
11 March 2018
9 March 2018 - Nordic Walking
Some of the ladies who were Nordic Walking today took note of Instructor Phill’s advice and wore boots. Most of the snow has gone but it's still soooo wet everywhere! Photo by Lorna Wilson
8 March 2018
7 March 2018 - Baslow WI's entry in the WI Adviser Competition 2017
This was our entry in the WI Adviser Competition 2017. Congratulations to South Normanton WI, announced as the winners by Liz Mangle, Membership Support Chairman, at the Council Meeting yesterday. This was our entry. This fundraiser was a happy occasion and Baslow WI members were pleased to have the support of the local community for Helen's Trust a very local charity.
6 March 2018 - Council Meeting
3 March 2018 - Jumble Sale... this one of the sadest posters we've ever had to post. Jumble Sales are our main fundraiser and very important to the running of our WI.
1 March 2018 - Birthday Darlings this month
27 February 2018 - Another milestone for Baslow WI
In March 2014 Ann went on a Facebook course at Derbyshire Federation HQ and learnt how to start a Community Facebook Page for Baslow WI. Linda Singleton, a DFWI Trustee, who ran the course has been a huge help and remains as an Administrator for Baslow WI's page still. Lorna is our other Admin who finds some incredibly useful and entertaining posts. We wish more of our own members would join in sharing and posting with us. Hopefully in time they will. Ann, also with Linda's help started the Twitter account, Darlings @BaslowWI it currently has approximately 4,000 Tweets and 750 followers. Please do join us on our Social Media sites, it's all about fun and friendship.
26 February 2018 - WI Walk Linacre Reservoirs
23 February 2018 - Nordic Walking
21 February 2018 - Lunch Club
It is the third Wednesday of the month so that means Lunch Club for the Darlings. Nineteen Baslow WI members met at The Cavendish Hotel for lunch beautifully served to us in the Board Room.
16 February 2018 - Nordic Walking
It's Friday so that means Nordic Walking for some of our WI members and their friends. This week they met with British Nordic Walking Instructor Phill at Edensor for their session on the slopes and steps in Chatsworth Park. See our Diary Page for meetings times, places for the newly formed 'Chatsworth & The WI Nordic Walking Group'.
Photos Lorna Wilson
14 February 2018 - Monthly Meeting for members & visitors
At Baslow WI today we enjoyed a talk from Caroline Wedd 'How I came to with my book - The Walnut Tree'. A raffle raised £64+ for our President's Charity 'Derbyshire Blood Bikes' and as usual members were very generous with donations for The Elm Foundation, formerly Chesterfield Women's Refuge. Gill Steel won our competition for a Valentine's heart, hers was a chocolate cake.
Thanks to Lorna for report & photos.
Thanks to Lorna for report & photos.
14 February 2018 - St Valentine's Day
13 February 2018 - Shrove Tuesday
9 February 2018 - Nordic Walking
Twelve walkers joined Phill Alcock for his Nordic Walking tuition session in Chatsworth Park this afternoon including two newbies, Muriel and Pat. The sun shone some of the time and there was a biting wind but we were all wrapped up warmly. We are getting better at deciding what to wear with experience!
Thanks to Lorna for report & photos.
3 February 2018 - Burns Night Celebration
Baslow Darlings and their partners attended a Burns Night Supper in Baslow Village Hall to help raise funds for the repair of the St Anne's Church roof. It was a great village occasion, with lots of dancing after the excellent supper of venison stew, potatoes and neeps followed by pavlova. The haggis and the lasses were toasted with whiskey all in all it was a very happy event!
Thanks to Lorna for report & photos.
2 February 2018 - Nordic Walking
Seven Baslow WI members and friends met with Phill Alcock for their weekly tutored session of Nordic Walking in Chatsworth Park. It was a damp chilly afternoon but they soon warmed up with the exercise and enjoyed the get-together. They are looking forward to venturing further afield later this year. On Friday 16th February they will meet for the first time outside the cafe at Edensor and walk on the gentle slopes over to Chatsworth House. Check Diary Page of this website for full details.
1 February 2018 - Congratulations to Gill
Gill's Valentine's three course menu has been chosen as Menu of the Month on the new NFWI My WI website a 'members only' site. Congratulations Gill from us all at Baslow WI. See Gill's own page on this website 'Gill's Gourmet Gallery'.
1 February 2018 - Happy birthday Darlings
28 January 2018 - Book Lovers, a Baslow WI Book Club
26 January 2018 - Nordic Walking
This afternoon nine of us met with Phill Alcock for our weekly session of instruction in Nordic Walking. The sun was low in the sky and very bright not good for photos but excellent for the walkers who Phill says are 'improving'!
25 January 2018 - Sewing
Three Baslow WI members, Lesley, Lorna and Sue, regularly attend Nicola Hilton's sewing group at Great Hucklow. This week Lorna kindly sent in some photos of the wonderful work that Lesley is producing at the moment helped by Nicola.
24 January 2018 - WISA (WI Social Afternoon)
Knitting, computers, sewing, beading and lots of brewing of tea happened in Baslow Village Hall this afternoon! It was nice to have a couple of hours to catch up with WI friends and chat with members who just popped in to say 'hi'.
23 January 2018 - Derbyshire Village Halls
Rural Action for Derbyshire held a meeting for all village hall representatives in Derbyshire to get together to discuss the new data protection regulations that come into force on 25 May 2018. Baslow WI members attended including Councillor Sue Hobson. During the meeting Councillor Steve Flitter, Chair of Derbyshire Dales Community Affairs Committee, presented two of the Baslow Village Hall Trustees, Maria MacDonald and Julia Warne, with long service certificates. Maria and Julia are Baslow WI members and have volunteered on the Village Hall Committee for more than 10 years. Lorna Wilson
19 January 2018 - Saving Denman Appeal - Denman is the WI's College in Oxfordshire
Baslow WI's Treasurer, Vikki, has received this thank you letter from Denman today regarding the £1,262.14 we raised for the Saving Denman Appeal last year. We will continue supporting Denman in all sorts of ways along with our other charities, Derbyshire Blood Bikes and Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW).
19 January 2018 - Nordic Walking
Eight of us joined Phill Alcock for the regular Nordic Walking tuition session this afternoon. We met as before at 2pm and walked into Chatsworth Park for our lesson. We worked on various different sequences of steps and exercise routines. It got our brains working as well as our muscles! During the next week we have been asked to think about what we want to gain from these sessions. Phill will put together a workout programme for us as individuals to build on. Please do join us next week or any Friday, everyone is welcome, not just Baslow WI members.
17 January 2018 - Lunch Club meeting at Piedaniel's, Bakewell
Today the Baslow WI Lunch Club members met at Piedaniel's in Bakewell. The town was very quiet today due to the awfully wet weather. Perfect though for a good lunch and some excellent company. Thanks to the staff at Piedaniel's, they looked after us extremely well and thanks also to our Lunch Club organisers, Jane and Lorna who do an excellent job fixing all the venues for us.
16 January 2018 - Ten Pin Bowling
Darling Muriel organised a visit to Chesterfield Bowl today. Eight of our members met at 10.30am for a coffee and teacake followed by two games. It was serious fun! It wasn't terribly competitive!
12 January 2018 - Nordic Walking
Today Baslow WI members and friends met up with Phill Alcock for the 6th time for a tutored Nordic Walking session. Phill is a British Nordic Walking Instructor find out more about him on the diary page of this website.
12 January 2018 - Walk from Rowsley to Matlock
Judith and Vikki were the leaders of the WI walk this morning. The meeting place was the car park at Rowsley opposite The Grouse & Claret. There were 9 walkers and one Darling met up with them on her bike. The walkers enjoyed a lunch at The Whitworth Centre before returning to the car park.
11 January 2018 - Derbyshire Blood Bikes and Facebook
Yesterday afternoon our President's Charity for 2018 was announced. We have shared this on our social media accounts and already had this very positive offer of support from the Admins. at Derbyshire Blood Bikes. We will look forward to welcoming them back to Baslow WI in the future when we can report on our fundraising. Let's hope we do really well for them.
10 January 2018 - First meeting in 2018 members & visitors
The first meeting of 2018 was a huge success. We were pleased to welcome visitors and a new member, Alison.
Sally Mosley gave us a wonderful presentation 'A year in the Peak District'. Some places we knew some we didn't but the photos were great and as always Sally's talk very interesting and entertaining.
Derbyshire Blood Bikes will be our President's Charity for 2018 a local charity we learnt about in October when a representative from the charity came to speak to us.
We had a 'Show & Tell' entitled 'My favourite Christmas card' and members voted with coins for their favourite card. The winner was the card from our Link WI, Hukanui Hamua in New Zealand. We have plenty of plans and a good mix of events in place for this year. See the diary page of this website for full information.
6 January 2018 - Panto time!
Some of our members met for lunch at Ego in Sheffield today before enjoying an afternoon at Manor Operatic's 'Sleeping Beauty' at Sheffield City Hall. It was a great show which had us clapping, singing, and laughing we were all on our feet at the end!
5 January 2018 - Nordic Walking
Five 'Darlings' from Baslow WI met with Phill for the 5th Nordic Walking instruction today. It was lovely to be out in Chatsworth Park even though it was damp and muddy. Phill says we are getting better - just a bit!
4 January 2018 - Baslow Bookworms
Today the Bookworms one of the Baslow WI Book Clubs met at Kate's home. The book of the month by Alan Bennett had not been a favourite of the club members. They gave it 4/10 and enjoyed posing for these photos looking tired, bored and fed up! The morning wasn't a complete wash out, they enjoyed coffee and chatted about plenty of other things apart from the chosen book. Next month the read will be slightly easier a novel by Maggie O'Farrell 'This must be the place'. Watch this space to see what the 'Darlings' think of that!
1 January 2018 - Birthday message to Baslow WI members
25 December 2017 - Our Christmas greeting sent to all Baslow WI email contacts
22 December 2017 - The 11th Duke & Duchess of Devonshire
The Duke and Duchess were dearly loved by both local residents and those who worked on the Chatsworth Estate. Deborah Devonshire was a great supporter of the WI and many of our members have met with her and heard her speaking at various local events. Since her death Baslow WI members have placed a wreath on the grave at Christmas each year as a mark or respect. This year the wreath was laid by Jayne.
22 December 2017 - Nordic Walking
Baslow WI members and friends met with Phil for the 4th session of instruction in Nordic Walking. Three first timers joined today and we look forward to welcoming more in the future. Why not give it a try? Next session 5 January see Diary Page for full details.
21 December 2017 - Chatsworth House visit
20 December 2017 - Annual Tinsel Walk
Our Treasurer Vikki led the Annual Tinsel Walk.Twenty members wearing Christmas hats, jumpers and plenty of tinsel met together in the Bus Shelter outside the Village Hall, walked through the Kissing Gate into Chatsworth park and over to the Cavendish Club for lunch. Such fun!
13 December 2017 - Christmas meeting at Baslow WI
This month instead of our regular meeting format we had a party. The party started with a 'Shout out Quiz' led by Ann, followed by a short session of WI News & Information including voting on the 2018 Resolution Shortlist and drawing a bursary for Denman. Next on the agenda was tea; sandwiches with nibbles, sausage rolls and cakes. After tea we were entertained by our surprise visitor 'Darling Jayne' and we ended the afternoon playing the Snowman Game led by Kate. All great fun.
Shout out Quiz (with answers) used at our December 2017 party meeting
8 December 2017 - Nordic Walking in Chatsworth Park
This was the 2nd session of instruction in Nordic Walking by Phill Alcock. Today we had perfect Nordic conditions, we were all wrapped up warmly and we kept on the move. It is great exercise and fun too. Next session will be on 15 December, meet 2pm at Baslow Village Hall to collect your walking poles from Phill and head off into Chatsworth Park via the Kissing Gate. Cost - £3 per session pay on the day.
2 & 6 December 2017
1 December 2017
29 November 2017 - Nordic Walking
Today 15 Baslow WI members joined a taster session led by Phill Alcock a British Nordic Walking Instructor. British Nordic Walking is a not for profit organisation and is a member of the International Federation. Phill told us that Nordic Walking has proven health benefits and turns walking into an entirely new experience. It can be enjoyed by virtually anyone including individuals with mobility issues. This session was enjoyed by everyone and we were all keen to go to another session which Phill has agreed to lead on 8 December at 2pm from Baslow Village Hall.
25 November 2017 - Quiz
Jayne and Lorna with their husbands were part of the winning team at the Winter Festival Quiz in Baslow Village Hall. Many congratulations 'Darlings'.
24 November 2017 - Sewing Group in Gt Hucklow
22 November 2017 - WISA
20 November 2017 - ACWW Christmas Market Day
Eight Baslow WI members drove to Derbyshire Federation Head Quarters, Derby today to attend the ACWW Christmas Market Day. They learnt about the work of Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). The speakers were excellent and gave us fundraising ideas. They explained how our money can create opportunities for women to exercise more power through being better informed and being given the necessary tools to carry out the changes they want for themselves and future generations. The projects sponsored by ACWW are very varied eg buying and rearing goats for sale as meat, leaning how to grow fruit and vegetables and rope making. The ACWW/International sub-committee at Derbyshire always put together and excellent day with coffee on arrival, a light lunch and a drink and cake before leaving. WIs were encouraged to appoint an ACWW Representative to keep members informed and encourage them to support this, the WI's international charity. At Baslow WI Judith C and Lorna share this role.
17 November 2017 - Baslow Bikers
Baslow Bikers met today at Parsley Hay near Monyash and took two different routes. Two went to Tissington via Carsington and Bradbourne on the High Peak Trail and four went directly to Tissington Village for a picnic lunch and tea with cake at the Tea Rooms next to Tissington Hall. All six returned together to Parsley Hay just before sunset for the last photo of the day!
15 November 2017 - WI Lunch Club and walk
Three Baslow WI members decided to do the short circular walk from Eyam via Stoney Middleton before meeting the other Lunch Club members today. This was a perfect morning for a walk, mild and no wind they revised their history knowledge about the Plague Village, Eyam and the Boundary Stone.
Seventeen Darlings gathered together for a delicious lunch at the Eyam Tea Rooms where we were looked after extremely efficiently and everyone enjoyed good drinks and food and as usual we were the biggest and noisiest table!
12 November 2017 - Remembrance Day
11 November 2017
This knitted poppy wreath was made by Baslow WI members in 2014 marking 100 years since the beginning of the 1st World War.
8 November 2017 - Baslow WI Monthly Meeting
Baslow Village Hall was full to the brim with WI members and friends who had come to see Jo Thomspon from 'More Pretty Things' a specialist gift wrapping service. Jo gave us a great presentation and some fantastic ideas of how to wrap gifts professionally and with economic use of paper and ribbon. After a tea break with 'melt in the mouth cakes' we heard WI and local news before having our very popular 'Show & Tell' this time with a wartime theme to fit with Remembrance Day this weekend. Judy presented a great Bring & Buy table for us - best shopping for miles and our members did us proud donating items for the Chesterfield Women's Refuge.
For more information see our Roving Reporter's page on this website.
1 November 2017 - Baslow WI 98th birthday lunch
Today Baslow WI members got together to celebrate 98 years since the formation of their WI in November 1919. Bakewell Golf Club was the venue for an excellent two course meal with canapés, wine, coffee and mints. We were welcomed and looked after by Justine and her team who always do a wonderful job when we visit.
Take a peep at the slide show to see some of our members at the lunch party...