Thornton le Dale Womens Institute


Thornton Dale WI 2015

      Click here to see photos of our activities - see what you could enjoy by joining us!

The Thornton le Dale branch of the WI was established in 1924 and has met regularly since that date. We are pleased to say that today, our branch continues to thrive and grow, with an active programme of activities (you can read our 2020 report by clicking here or on the link below).


IMPORTANT NEWS: WI fees are payable from 1 April 2021, this shoud be £44.00pp but - this year we have set the cost at £22.40 (this is the amount we are obliged to collect, in order to pay National and the Federation for their ongoing support). The remaining £21.60 will be met from our funds as a goodwill gesture to our members for their commitment to our WI throughout the COVID crisis. 


We are unable to meet at present due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.  However.....during lockdowns, the ladies of Thornton le Dale WI have been busy:

  • Providing a support group, for members (collecting groceries etc)
  • Keeping in touch via an active WhatsApp group and monthly Newsletters, as well as occasional informative emails
  • Quizzes (on line and on paper)
  • YouTube craft video + Christmas Tree Decoration Craft sets 
  • Zoom book club meetings
  • Virtual afternoon tea event (in December)
  • Socially distanced walks (when regulations have allowed)
  • Zoom Committee meetings
  • We are organising virtual meetings (via Zoom or other platforms)
  • Several of our members have taken part in the 'Denman at Home' Zoom talks and demonstrations
  • December 2020 - our Virtual Christmas afternoon Tea (click here to see photos) - Delicious! many thanks Willows Catering
  • Click here to see the Vitual Christmas press report 
To keep in touch with one another, we have written Zoom instructions and have provided help with setting up Tablets/PCs. If you would like to have a go, here are the instructions:
In December, members were kind enough to donate items for the Ryedale Food Bank. Items were collected in a socially distanced manner on the village green, and over twenty carrier bags of items were taken to the Food Bank in Norton for distribution. We were also able to donate £250.00 from our funds to both St Catherine's Hospice and to the Food Bank. Letters of thanks were received from both these orgnisations. 
In January, we held our first Zoom WI meeting, which was well attended by members. Our speaker was Hen Johnson, who gave a fascinating and insightful talk on all the activities the WI undertook during WW2. Indeed, ladies of Thornton le Dale made jam on an industrial scale at that time. We also held a tea and chat session which members enjoyed. We were invited to a Zoom talk by Malton WI which those joining thoroughly enjoyed. Members were deivered a 'provisional' programme for 2021 - this includes Zooom speakers and (hopefully) some in person meetings - only time will tell if we are able to go ahead with these. 
Early in February, one of our members, Mary, gave a Zoom demonstration of how to make Yorksire buttons. This created much amusment from those attending, especially as we got into a muddle with our wool and template! Despite this, everyone vowed to try again, and the WhatsApp feed can testify to their undoubted success. Our Zoom speaker for February is 'The Baroness of Bolsover', who will take us through Afternoon Tea etiquette. Invitations have been sent to Lockton and Malton WI's.  There will be another informal tea and chat session (date to be finalised).
The talk by the 'Baroness' was fascinating - whoever knew that you shouldn't stir your tea, but move the spoon forwards and baclwards in the cup!
In march our speaker is Polina from Elemental Pilates who will talk us through Facial Yoga - we are all hoping to look several years younger by the end of the evening! For our Zoom meetings we have been pleased to welcome guests from other local WI's and our friends, relatives and neighbours. If you are reading this, and wish to be included, please ring the number above. 
In March, we say goodbye to a long standing member of our WI; Joyce Helliwell, who is moving to be nearer to her family. A card and spring planter have been given to Joyce from all her WI friends. We wish her every happiness for the future. 

During unrestricted times, we meet on the second Tuesday of every month in the Village Hall, Pickering Road, at 7pm and all are welcome. Due to Covid 19 we are not meeting at present, but we will update this page when we are able to resume activities.


To see our 2021 Programme of Events click here. As indicated, some of our speakers have changed from the original programme - two things to look forward to are: a demonstration of Thai cokkery in April and a flower demonstration in May. 

Do you enjoy a good read? We have a WI Book Club which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. We also have a walking group which meet, weather permitting, for informal walks in the Spring and Summer months. We also arrange workshops for our members with good quality tutors. Towards the end of 2019 we held a Christmas Tree Fairy afternoon and a Christmas wreath/table decoration session. These workshops are part funded from our 'bursary fund', with members paying the remainder of the costs. Already in 2020, we had a very enjoyable day learning the basics of calligraphy - we have great hopes of our Christmas cards this year being a joy to behold! 


Please feel free to give us a call or you can contact us by email, using the form below (scroll down to the bottom of the page). 


Recent and forthcoming events:

Guests are always welcome at any of our meetings  - yes some of our members do make (very nice) jam, some of us even do the odd bit of baking, but we also take part in a range of Federation run activities such as gliding, golf, sail boarding and quizzes. There may be more to the WI than you think!




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Business name:
Thornton le Dale Womens Institute


Contact person:

Margaret Smith



The Village Hall Pickering Hill, Thornton Dale
Thornton le Dale
YO18 7LG


Phone: 01751 476876