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 37 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

Vice President
Mrs Liz Grange
01788 891555

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 2021 subscription is £25 (the full amount being adjusted as we were unable to meet last year).

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
It has been a difficult time over the past year as due to Covid19 restrictions we have not been able to meet.    We set up a “buddying” system whereby Committee members contacted members to ensure their well being. We were however able to hold zoom meetings and in addition to having speakers, we have also arranged several quizzes.  Several members knitted/crotcheted forget-me-knots, being the symbol of the Alzheimer’s Society, which were displayed on the Webb Ellis Trophy in Rugby to promote Dementia Awareness Week.  At the beginning of July we held an Afternoon Tea in the Village Hall to celebrate the NHS.  We raised over £200 in donations which have been sent to Friends of Hospital of St Cross.  We were able to hold our annual Petanque and BBQ in the Millennium Orchard and hope to have a canal trip in September.

Twice a year we meet with other WI’s in the surrounding villages and enjoy a joint meeting with speaker,; each Institute taking turns to act as host. We also have a Group Carol Service.

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

We hope that with the easing of lockdown we shall be able to resume our monthly meetings in the Village Hall.


2021 Pétanque Competition Winners

2021 Winning team of the 2021 Pétanque Competition
Maureen Vasper, Pat Webb, Ros Galt and Gill Smith (not present for photo) 


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