Although small Milton Womens’ Institute is a lively and friendly institute, which attracts members from the village and surrounding areas.

Meetings are held in the Village Hall on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm, and visitors are always welcome.

Members of the WI


Most months there is a speaker followed by light refreshments and a chance to chat.

If you are interested in becoming a member please use the contact form on this website and one of the Committee will reply to you personally to welcome you at the next meeting. We do not wear hats and we do not make jam, but we are a friendly group, have many interesting outings and we have fun!


2019 Programme

20th February – Janina Wyzykiewicz   – Tax, Care and Toyboys

6th March – Annual Dinner at The Mount Pleasant in Repton 7 pm

20th march – Tony Hurrell – Pots and Tales from Swadlincote

17th April – Member Speaker

15th May – Resolutions and Members’ time

19th June – Krav Maga Demonstration Part 2

17th July – Susan Bailey – Diabetes

21st August – Social Outing

18th September – Heather – Safety in the House

16th October – AGM and Members’ time

20th November – Liz Wibberley – Christmas Craft Evening


Officers – President Linda Murray

Secretary – Roberta Higson

To contact please use the contact form on this website.


Update January 2019

The speaker at our January meeting was Mark Vallis from the Derbyshire Blood Bikes . Mark and his wife Sue explained the work of the Blood Bikes organisation and its importance to the National Health Service in helping to save lives in the community.

The Role of Volunteers is an essential part in this work as they travel  between hospitals in the area transporting urgently needed blood.

A new member , Carol,  was welcomed at the meeting.

Further dates for your diary are –

Annual Dinner on Wednesday March 6th – 7 o’clock  at Mount Pleasant Inn.

Upate October 2018

At our AGM in October, the Committee was formed and Linda Murray was re-elected as President. The Treasurer’s report and financial statement was approved and Secretary Roberta Higson reported on our many activities over the past year.

Delicious refreshments were served by Sue Goodwin and Avril Skipper. The new programme will be available at our November 21st meeting in Milton Village Hall.

Our speaker for on November 21st is Pat Hall, who will entertain us with humour and music. Afterwards refreshments will be served with time for a chat and a cuppa. This a very informal and light-hearted evening so do come along and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Update September 2018

On Wednesday 19th September Milton WI members and friends visited Tutbury Castle to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
Following a short outdoor introduction and a delicious buffet we climbed the stairs to the Great Hall to be entertained by Nell Gwyn played by the curator Lesley Smith. Her performance, costume and historical detail was astounding and very entertaining.
Our Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 17th October 7.30 in Milton village hall.

Update August 2018

For our annual August social outing nine members visited King Richard 111 visitor centre and Cathedral in Leicester. The car park grave has been preserved for all to see and the tomb and stained glass in the Cathedral is beautiful.

Our next meeting is to be held at Tutbury Castle on September 19th to celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Update July 2018

At our July meeting Richard Stone gave a very interesting talk about ‘The Body in the car park’ prior to our visit to the Richard 111 exhibition in Leicester on August 15th.

Update June 2018
On 27th June a group of WI members enjoyed a day out to Betty’s Sewing box and tearooms in Ashbourne. We all made our own unique bookmarks followed by a delicious afternoon tea.

Update May 2018

At our May meeting, following a delicious supper served by the committee, members discussed the 2018 resolution Mental Health matters.

All WI’s get one vote to go forward to the Annual Meeting held in Cardiff in June 2018.

On June 3rd, Milton WI ladies will serve homemade cakes and beverages at Milton’s 12th Open Gardens event. A visit to Betty’s tearoom and craft centre in Ashbourne has been booked for Wednesday 27th June.

At our meeting on Wednesday 20th June, Tony Hurrell from Sharpe’s Pottery Museum will give a talk about the clay/coal based heritage around the potteries and sanitary ware manufacture.

Update January 2018

Niki Walker, a trustee from the Friends of the Baby and Neonatal Unit at Derby Royal Hospital gave a very informative and interesting talk about their charity. Many volunteers work tirelessly to provide the baby unit with essential equipment, baby clothes and family support.

At refreshment time, Helen Skipper and President Linda Murray served members with homemade tomato soup and garlic bread followed by delicious cakes.

Update December 2017

December 13th saw members enjoying a Christmas party with a generous cheesboard and an amazing selection of desserts prepared by members.

This was followed by a hilarious pass the parcel game – an imaginative forfeit was required each time a new layer was unwrapped!

A few games of Irish Bingo and then gifts were allocated using the time honoured left/right game. Although this is a tradition every Christmas members have never yet managed to get it right, but that just adds to the fun.

What a surprise as members left the Village Hall – we opened the door to find a covering of snow – very festive.

A lovely friendly evening with laughter every step of the way. Thank you to the Committee and all who helped make this a memorable evening.

Update October 2017

At our AGM on October 18th, The committee was formed and Linda Murray was re-elected as President. The treasurer’s report and financial statement was approved and secretary Roberta Higson reported on our activities over the past year. Delicious refreshments were served by Avril Skipper and Sue Goodwin.

Update September 2017

The magazine deadline is once again too early to report on our September meeting and speaker Jill Barker’s talk about The Runneymede Chairs.

I can however remind members that our Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 18th October 7.30 pm in Milton Village Hall

At our November meeting we will be collecting items for the food bank.

Non food items such as toiletries, toothbrushes and cutlery would be gratefully received.

Update August 2017

Our Charity breakfast held in Milton Village hall on Saturday 5th August to raise funds for the Methodist Homes for the Aged was very well supported. Many thanks to all who helped and donated.

In August nine members visited the Award Winning Hypnos Bed factory in Castle Donington. Following a short film about the manufacturing process, we were taken around the factory to see the beds and mattresses  being made. After spending some time in the showroom testing the quality of the beds we made our way to The Castle Inn for lunch.

Update July 2017

On Tuesday June27th a group of WI members and friends enjoyed an organised tour of Derby Cathedral. We then walked around the corner to see the Weeping Wall of Poppies at the Derby Silk Mill followed by lunch at the Council House.

At our July meeting, Jo Walker gave a very interesting talk illustrated with a slideshow about Haddon Hall.

For our social outing on Wednesday August 16th we will visit The Hypnos bed showroom at Castle Donington for a tour followed by lunch at the The Castle Inn.

The next members meeting will be held in Milton Village Hall on Wednesday 20th September 7.30 pm.

Milton WI is holding a Charity breakfast event in Milton Village hall on Saturday 5th August 9.30 to 11 am. £5 for adults and £2 for children under eleven. A full English breakfast will be served with tea and coffee.

This event is to raise funds for the Methodist Homes for the Aged who provide music therapy for Dementia sufferers.

To book, please contact Roberta Higson on 01283 225620


Update on June 2017

At  Milton Open Gardens on June 4th  he WI ladies of Milton WI served delicious homemade cakes and gallons of tea and coffee. Many thanks to all the bakers and helpers on the day.

Linda Murray and delegate Roberta Higson attended the WI Annual General meeting in Liverpool on June 7th. The morning speaker was Jo Fairley from Green and Black’s chocolate company which she founded in 1991and is a Fair Trade company.

In the afternoon, Suzy Dent from Channel 4’s Countdown talked about how words and phrases have evolved and come into common usage.

Next meeting; Wednesday 19th July 7.30 pm in Milton Village Hall, where speaker Joe Walker will talk to members about Haddon Hall.

If you would like to join us at any of our meetings you will be made very welcome.

Meeting 17.05.17

At our May meeting following a delicious supper served by the committee, members discussed the two resolutions, alleviating loneliness and plastic soup. Two short films relating to the resolutions were shown and members cast their votes to be taken to the Annual General Meeting in Liverpool on June 7th.

On 27th June a visit to Derby Cathedral, St Mary’s Chapel, and the Poppies at Derby Silk Mill followed by lunch at The Council House has been booked by Jan Tunstall.

Milton WI is catering for the Open Gardens on Sunday 4th June and will be serving home- made cakes and gallons of tea and coffee.

At our next meeting on Wednesday 21st June 7.30 pm in Milton village hall, fellow member Sue Carey will give a talk about her volunteer work at Tutbury Castle. New members and visitors are very welcome to join us.

Meeting 19.04.17

President Linda Murray welcomed members to our April meeting.
Following our business discussions and diary dates Linda welcomed our speaker Steve Seymour. Steve designs and manufactures lifts and gave an informative talk about the history of lifts. Many questions were asked about the safety features and members were assured that travelling in a lift is one of the safest forms of travel. On a lighter note, Steve shared a few of the more humorous stories relating to lifts in residential properties. Sue White gave the vote of thanks and Helen Skipper provided the refreshments.
Next meeting; Wednesday May 17th 7.30 in Milton village hall. We will watch two short films about the resolutions to be voted on at the May meeting. A light supper will be served by the committee.

Meeting 15.03.17

Our Annual Dinner held at The Wheel in Ticknall on March 1st was well attended and very enjoyable. Outings and events were discussed at the March meeting and we plan to visit the Poppy Exhibition at the Silk Mill in Derby on Tuesday 27th June followed by lunch at the Derby Council House.

Dressed in character as a Norfolk Fen man, our speaker Patrick Ashcroft entertained members with his tall stories and tales from the Fens.

Jan Tunstall gave the vote of thanks and refreshments were served by Sue Carey and Kay Dolman.


The You Tube clip below shows the many talents of the members. What you see was written and performed by members of Milton WI; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORinVyYqZpw – this was performed at a group meeting and not in the Milton Village Hall

Members of the WI helping out at Milton Open Gardens.
Three members of Milton WI at Milton Open Gardens