About Wythit WI

It is with great sadness that we announce that after 19 years Wythit WI has had to close (hopefully only temporarily). Wythit WI members have had a lot of fun and friendship over the last 19 years so this is a very sad time. However if, within a three year period, some other local people want to restart the group or create another WI in the area then all is not lost. Hopefully Wythit will be back x

Wythit WI was so named as we aim to ‘go with it’, whatever it may be that our members would like to do, be it a challenging event, developing skills, meeting new friends, organising a fund raising event or simply having fun.

We meet in Bedale on the third Sunday of each month from 7pm to 9pm, please keep an eye on our Facebook page, calendar or get in touch via our contact page to check the venue as this will change monthly.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

These are some of the activities we hope to be able to do in 2024:

  • Beekeeping talk
  • Beeswax candle making
  • Holistic wellbeing workshop
  • Blind taste testing
  • Gin tasting

Our flyer is available to download, please Click Here

Brief Overview of events in 2023:

  • Local chef cookery demonstration
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Evening trip out
  • Fudge tasting
  • Macrane key rings
  • Coronation celebrations


Our flyer is available to download, please Click Here

Brief Overview of events in 2022:

  • Games Night
  • Crafting
  • Wellbeing Pamper Evening
  • Guided tour of Bedale Hall
  • Picnic in the park
  • Eithne Cullen, Author
  • Local chef cookery demonstrations
  • Dance Fusion
  • Temple Spa wellbeing evening
  • Chocolate making


Brief Overview of events in 2021:

  • Pamper session
  • Decluttering and organising
  • Stand up Comedienne
  • Cartoon drawing workshop
  • Domestic Abuse talk
  • Anniversary party
  • Thai Chi
  • Bedale trail
  • Pudding club
  • Visit to Foxglove Covert
  • Litter busting
  • Christmas Crafts

Brief Overview of events in 2020:

  • Cookery
  • Food poverty talk
  • Sewing workshop
  • Eco friendly workshop
  • Bedale trail
  • Thai Chi
  • NHS healthwatch talk
  • Games nights
  • Dancing
  • Craft making

Brief Overview of events in 2019:

  • Pub quiz
  • Cheese and wine tasting
  • Copper pipe ring making
  • Guide dogs for the Blind
  • Garden design
  • Biscuit decorating and fudge tasting
  • Singing
  • Morris dancing
  • Bread Making
  • Jewellery Sparkles party

Brief Overview of events we had in 2018:

  • Pool Tournament
  • Dru Yoga
  • Recycle your denim
  • Ten pin bowling
  • Yorkshire Rotters
  • Ladies clothing and spa
  • Burlesque workshop
  • chocolate truffle making
  • Family History
  • Xmas Floral decorations
  • Make Social Media work for you

Brief Overview of events we had in 2017:

  • Pasta making
  • Chocolate making
  • Beekeeping talk
  • Jute bags
  • Chinese evening
  • Equestrian centre visit
  • Hula hooping
  • Trip to Thorp Perrow
  • Tin can jewellery
  • Tarot cards
  • Masons Gin

Brief Overview of events we had in 2016:

  • Doorstops and Pinboards
  • Mixology Masterclass and Christmas party
  • Women's Breast Health Awareness
  • Burlesque class
  • Bell ringing
  • Upcycling a photo frame
  • Treetop/Aerial adventure
  • Bedale Museum tour
  • Shoeberry Party
  • Chocolate making Workshop
  • Homemade Pasta making Workshop with local chef
  • "A Country Childhood" in words and song by Zeke Deighton

Brief Overview of events we had in 2015:

  • Line Dancing
  • 10 Year Celebration
  • Pilates
  • Boozy pudding taster
  • Window Crystals and Beading
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Guided Walk
  • Scrap bag making
  • Swap Shop
  • Dementia Friends talk
  • Party hair styling
  • Boxercise


Other activities/events we have participated in:

The Great Yorkshire Show

Annual attendance at the Pavillion catering for the hundreds of visitors every year. (Come along and say hello!)

Bedale Litter Pickers

Regular attendance to this community group, keeping Bedale looking beautiful.

National Federation Meetings

Members have the opportunity to attend the National Federation Meetings which are held across the country.

Other WIs

Our members are encouraged to join in and collaborate with other local WI groups and we welcome anyone coming to join and share our events too.

Attendance at the Centenary National Federation of WIs AGM at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2015

Our President, Beverley, attended the National AGM in London on 4th June. Over 6000 women from across the UK attended this special event. Because it is the WIs Centenary year the Queen was present and spoke about history of WI. Princess Anne and Countess of Wessex were also present. Our local Federation's Chairwoman had made the Centenary WI cake which the Queen cut at the AGM, a photo of which was on front page newspapers next morning. Speakers included Lucy Worsley (social historian) who has made a documentary about the History of the WI due to be aired on BBC2 in June, Helena Morrissey (CEO of 30% club) and Baronness Tanni Grey-Thompson who spoke about life, disability and parenting. All the speakers were highly motivational and very entertaining. Next year’s AGM will be in Brighton - A Wythit member to attend if possible as we are the link delegate.


Attendance At The National Federation Of WIs AGMs

Beverley, Wythit’s president, attended the 2012 AGM at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 30 May and took part in the Guiness World of Records Knitting Challenge with approx. 2000 people all knitting at the same time. As you can see by the photos the Hall was packed. It was very moving to see so many thousands of women all singing Jerusalem together too.


Members of Wythit have attended these AGMs on various occasions at Cardiff and the Royal Albert Hall in London.


BBC One’s - The One Show

In July 2007 Wythit appeared along with Dance Kiya on one of the first episodes of The One Show. Carol Thatcher interviewed some of our members and in the studio Eve Pollard discussed traditional Wis in comparison to less-traditional ones like Wythit.


Fundraising Events

Wythit WI participated in Bedale's Jubilee Celebration weekend by holding a stall on Monday 4th June run by volunteers. We sold mixed fruit cups, which were very popular and also tied in with our ethos of promoting healthy eating in the Community. It was a lovely day and we raised some funds for our coffers and did some publicity for our WI by talking to lots of people who attended the celebration day. We displayed photos, flyers and posters of our 2012 activities so that everyone could see what fantastic things we do.


Wythit try and do fundraising as often as possible for ourselves and other local community groups/organisations such as the £1 challenge, which involved making as much money as possible through enterprising ideas starting only with a £1 coin. We have also held events such as a quiz, raffle night, autumn ball, amongst others.

Autumn Ball 2007

Wythit held a Ball at Hall Garth Hall, Darlington to raise funds for local organizations. An Auction of Promises and Dinner Dance were held. It was a very fruitful evening.



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