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Chaddesley Corbett WI is a thriving group of around 70 members who are friendly and enthusiastic.  We meet together each month to enjoy demonstrations and talks on a variety of subjects given by experienced speakers.  Other activities include our craft group for the creative, a book club for those who enjoy reading, skittles and rambling for the energetic and the lunch club for all who enjoy eating and talking!


For the more adventurous, Worcestershire Federation provide groups to cater for art, public affairs, sport, science, drama, home economics, regular outings to places of interest and holidays in the UK and abroad. There is sure to be something to interest you.


Do pay us a visit and find out more.  A warm welcome awaits you at Chaddesley Corbett WI.

Drene Baker


Have a look through our website to see more about the sort of things we get up to.  To contact us and get directions to our meeting place please go to our Contact Us page.

Our WI was 100 years old in 2020 so in addition to our normal programme we were planning a whole range of extra activities to celebrate our Centenary.  Unfortunately due to Coronavirus we had to cancel virtually all of these activities, so we were unable to celebrate our Centenary as we wished.  We have been busy rearranging lots of things so that you can enjoy them in 2021 instead.

We shall have to continue using Zoom for a little while yet, see below for details of our upcoming meetings in 2021.  We have our fingers crossed for the government's road map out of lockdown and hopefully face to face meetings will be able to resume in July.

Take a look at our Centenary page to see a list of the events that we are hoping to be able to hold in 2021, our Centenary Plus One Year, and Watch this space!

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congratulations to ccwi !

The WFWI Chairman’s Challenge for 2020 was entitled – What  your WI and members do in your community.


Last year Drene collected reports and photographs of our various WI and individual activities. Sylvia Beardshaw then put them into a power point presentation to enter the Chairman’s Challenge competition.  There were 10 entries from WI’s across the County.

The good news received yesterday is that we have been awarded 2nd place!  Congratulations to all who joined in the presented activities and huge thanks to Drene and Sylvia for their work too.

Click on the image below to take a look at our entry.


meetings & events

to look forward to

Any get togethers are subject to any Covid regulations at the time!


April Book Club

Monday 12th April at 8.00pm via Zoom

The book that we shall be discussing this month is 'Hamnet' by Maggie O'Farrell.

April Craft Group

Wednesday 28th April at 7.30pm via Zoom

Easy Gift Bags and Pillow Boxes with Wendy and Ann.

May Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 5th May at 7.30pm via Zoom

This will be our Annual Meeting and the 2021 Resolution - Ovarian Cancer.  Members on Zoom can vote at the Zoom meeting, but anyone else not attending can vote by  either phone, post or email.  If there are any new Committee Members out there, who would like to join us please let us know.

Morton Hall Gardens

Wednesday 7th July at 2pm & Wednesday 11th July at 11am

We have now re-arranged our proposed visits to Morton Hall Gardens for two dates in July this year.  Go to our Outings page for more details and to find out how to sign up for the visits.

Garden Party

Wednesday 21st July

A Get Together for members in Jackie's garden. Details to be confirmed but, if all goes according to plan, it will be a good chance at long last to gather together as a group for a chat with Afternoon Tea etc.

Flower Festival Weekend

The Flower Festival Weekend which was due to be held on 26th/27th September 2020 will be rescheduled for later this year.

Centenary Celebration Lunch

We plan to rearrange our Centenary Celebration Lunch at Brockencote Hall for some time in November this year. 


Don't forget to look at our Programme, Activities and Centenary pages to see what else is happening during the year.

what DID we GET

up to in 2020?

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Some of our members enjoyed a socially distanced ramble in September.

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Community Litter Pick - thanks to all those who turned up in the pouring rain, we got really wet but we collected in just 1 hour 11 bags of rubbish!  We worked in two’s so we were able to socially distance.  It was certainly a good effort and something we’ll do again, hopefully not in the rain!

October Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 7th at 7.00 pm via Zoom

27 members and 5 husbands enjoyed hearing Sylvia Beardshaw’s entertaining talk about Chaddesley Corbett from 1900 -1950. Sylvia showed us some wonderful photos of the period which really brought it all to life and we look forward to seeing her finished book when it is published.  Thank you very much Sylvia.

October Commemorative Tree Planting

Wednesday 28th at 11.00 am

CCWI held the one and only event to commemorate its Centenary Year by planting a Rowan Tree on the Green opposite the Church and entrance to the village.  Our President, Drene, brought her own spade along to top up the hole with soil but, because of Covid restrictions, only just a few of us could be present.  However, an invited guest was Councillor Will Mack, Chairman of the Parish Council and also present was Rosabelle Needham, our longest serving member whose mother was a member in 1920 when Chaddesley WI came into being.  Following the ‘Ceremony’ the few of us that were present appropriately sang Jerusalem before going our separate ways.


Thanks to Sylvia Beardshaw who organised the purchase from Woodrow Nursery and also the guys who dug the hole and then put the stakes in and erected the barrier.   We can’t help feeling some regret as this could have been a really fantastic get together but at least we have managed to carry out one event this year, the tree is now planted and we trust it will thrive and give pleasure to generations to come.




October Craft Group

Wednesday 28th at 7.30pm via Zoom

Sixteen members enjoyed our first Zoom Craft Group meeting where Wendy King demonstrated how to make a fabric floral wreath.  It was a very successful evening and members sewed along with Wendy and produced some lovely flowers.






November Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 4th November at 7.00 pm via Zoom

This was another Zoom Meeting  with our speaker Julian Hunt presenting his talk on “The Blue Bird Toffee Factory”.  In 1927 Harry Vincent brought his toffee factory from Birmingham to the wide open spaces of Hunnington (near Halesowen).  He built a model village for his key workers and provided work for over 300 locals, many of whom were women.  Julian gave members a really interesting, illustrated talk about the factory and the people who worked there and several members shared their own personal memories too.

November Craft Group

Wednesday 25th at 7.30pm via Zoom

Twelve members had a fun evening making Paper Angel Christmas Decorations, thank you Ruth is for doing the demonstration.  We finished the evening with a Christmas themed music quiz to get us all in a festive mood. 

















December Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 2nd December at 7.00 pm via Zoom

Joyce Valentine gave a brilliant flower arranging demonstration via zoom for 31 of our members.  She showed members how to make three different arrangements, including a wreath for the front door and a lovely centrepiece for the dining table.  They all looked beautiful and hopefully people were inspired to have a go themselves.  Thank you very much Joyce.

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Here's a beautiful lemon cake that our member Kate Williams baked using a recipe from the April edition of the County Newsletter.

At our Zoom Craft Meeting on March 24th Ruth showed us how to embroider on a paper napkin.  The results were very effective and we were able to create some very pretty greetings cards.  Thank you Ruth for an enjoyable evening.



Recipe Book

If you haven’t done so, please let Shirley have your favourite recipe.


2020 Album

Thank you to those who’ve already sent in photographs and details of what you’ve been up to during this 'Memorable Year’, this has been really great but we could do with more!



Then why not join us at Chaddesley Corbett WI

Walk with us on one of our Monthly Rambles.


Start reading our latest Book Club book.

Try a new craft at our Craft Group.

Have a chat over Lunch at a local pub

or restaurant.

Support our Skittles team, or even have a go!

Come along with us on one of our Outings.



Check out the Activities pages for more information.

Get in touch via our Contact Us page.



The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption this lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities and your membership experience this year. They recently held consultations with all federations to discuss ways in which they can acknowledge this in the membership subscription this year. 


The NFWI are delighted to share with you that as a result they are offering a three month extension to this year’s membership subscription. The next renewal date for membership subscriptions will therefore be 1st April 2021 and the cost will be £44. In addition, from this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April.

Pro-rata subscription for new members in their first year:

New members joining the WI from April  2021 for the first time, or who have not previously been a member of any WI in the past 10 years, will pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join.


Date of joining 2021                     Total subscription

1 April-30 June                               £44.00

1 July-30 Sept                                £33.00

1 Oct-31 Dec                                  £22.00

1 Jan-31 March                              £11.00


They have added full FAQs to My WI to help you understand a bit more about the process and how this will impact WIs. The FAQs can be found here.


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