Thornton le Dale Womens Institute


Thornton Dale WI 2015

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).


Covid precautions have been relaxed sufficiently for us to start meeting once again:


                                      Click here to see the photos from the evening


We meet on the second Tuesday of every month in the Village Hall, Pickering Road, at 7pm and all are welcome. Click here for directions to the Village Hall


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.

During lockdowns, the ladies of Thornton le Dale WI kept busy however, by:

  • Providing a support group, for members (collecting groceries etc)
  • We organised virtual meetings (via Zoom or other platforms)
  • 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 (December 2020)
  • Socially distanced walks (when regulations have allowed)
  • Zoom Committee meetings
  • 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 2021, members were kind enough to donate items for the Ryedale District Council Food Bank. Members were very generous with donations of food and Christmas items. We were also able to donate £200.00 from our funds to Samaritans. Our knitted Trauma Teddies were given to the Food Bank and to the Salvation Army.

Please feel free to contact us by email, using the form below (scroll down to the bottom of the page) or click here 


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 activities such as our book club, our walking group, visits and outings, together with WI Federation activities such as gliding, golf, sail boarding and quizzes. There may be more to the WI than you think! 



Files to download

Business name:
Thornton le Dale Womens Institute


Contact person:

Pauline Closier - please email in the first instance



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


Phone: 0