Barby Womens Institute


WI Logo with tea & scones

Come along to Barby Women’s Institute where you are guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome at our meetings.  These are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month (except August) in the Old School Room of Barby Village Hall.  We currently have a membership of 34 and we belong to Northamptonshire Federation of Women’s Institutes.  All ages are welcome.

For further information, please contact one of the officers:

Mrs Mary Evans
01788 890114

Mrs Caroline Bradnam
01788 315827

Ladies who are non-members can attend up to two meetings in a year before deciding whether to join the W.I. Visitors are charged £3 towards the cost of the evening. Should you decide to become a full member, the 2023 subscription from 1st April 2023 to 31st March 2024 will be £46.  

We usually start our meeting by singing Jerusalem, followed by a welcome from our President. The minutes of the previous meeting are then read. The President will then go through any WI notices. These can include courses or events being organised by Northamptonshire Federation of WIs or may be about up and coming events within Barby that the WI may be involved with. The speaker for the evening will be welcomed and give an enjoyable talk, demonstration or slide show. The evening concludes with coffee and cake.


The WI Christmas tree in St Mary's Church December 2020
Throughout this year we have had an interesting and varied selection of speakers.   In June we held our annual Pétanque and BBQ in the Millennium Orchard and in August went to The Countryman at Staverton for a meal.
We recently had Afternoon Tea at Kilsby WI.     In November we held a Bingo Night which was well supported by many villagers.  

We have continued to support Daventry Food Bank and make Cakes for the Freezer for Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton once a year.

2024/25 activities programme. 

 Some of the members who attended the Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall held to celebrate the work of health and care workers in July 2021


2022 Pétanque Competition Winners

2022 Winning team of the 2022 Pétanque Competition being presented with their trophies by the President, Mary Evans
The winners were Maureen, Carol, Doris and Rosemary 


WI Members 2019


Barby WI 90th Anniversary


Meal to celebrate 100 years of WI 


In November 2017 we celebrated our 90th anniversary and in October 2015 we held a celebration meal for 100 years of the National W.I.


Dancing at 100 year celebration meal 




Chris Smith & Jan Middleton cutting the cake at the 100 year celebration meal 

Fun & Games at the 2017 Christmas Party