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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


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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.

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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 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.

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CCWI Chairman's Challenge 21

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meetings & events

to look forward to

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


August Book Club

Monday 9th August

We shall be discussing 'The Diary of a Provincial Lady' by E M Delafield.  If the weather is suitable then we may hold the meeting in the garden, otherwise it will be inside at Andy's house.  Time tba.

Garden Party

Wednesday 18th August

A Garden Get Together for members. 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.

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday 1st September

Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall at 7.30pm

Our talk this evening is called 'The Clee Hills' by Alf Jenkins MBE.  We are hoping that we will be able to hold our first face to face meeting of the year in our village hall.

A Shropshire lad born on the Clee Hills, Alf will tell us about the industrial history, social life and dialect of these South Shropshire Hills.

Virtual Travel Club - Coming Soon!

We are planning to start our Virtual Travel Club in September so join us on Zoom on the 3rd Thursday of the month to visit some far away places as members share their travels .  Watch this space for further information.

EnviroSort Visit

Wednesday 13th October

We have organised a visit to the EnviroSort facility in Norton near Worcester starting at 10.30am and lasting about 90 minutes.  This will be followed by lunch at St Peter's Garden Centre for those that want to.  Maximum 30 people.


Centenary Celebration Lunch

Thursday 11th November

We have rearranged our Centenary Celebration Lunch at Brockencote Hall on 11th November this year.

Flower Festival Weekend

It has been decided that the Flower Festival Weekend which was due to be held on 26th/27th September 2020 will now be held in 2022.


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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Some of our members recently enjoyed a guided tour of Morton Hall Gardens followed by a lunch in the sunshine.

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Book Club members were able to enjoy their June meeting in the garden.  It was wonderful to get together in person at last!

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We had tea towels printed as part of our Centenary Year celebrations in 2020.  Our talented member, Jackie, has made some of them into aprons as you can see in the photo below.

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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.

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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.

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For our Zoom May Craft Meeting members had dug out all their old buttons in preparation for creating pictures and cards.  Wendy gave us ideas and a short demonstration before everyone had a go themselves.  The finished results were very effective.

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Recipe Book

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


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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.