Women’s Institute


President: Anne Charles
Tel: 01438 812098
Email: annecharles@amca.co.uk

The Women’s Institute is a National Organisation which celebrated its centenary in 2015.
2017 was Datchworth’s 90th Year
We completed a commemorative quilt which was worked in Red Work embroidery.  A number of our members completed at least 1 square and the quilt was assembled by Bev Jeffrey. This will again be exhibited at the Herts WI Autumn Council Meeting in Redbourn on 25th October  We will continue to exhibit it at every opportunity.
The photo shows members who had contributed towards the quilt.

It is a very friendly WI.  Our current membership is 47 and we welcome new members.  Anyone in the village is welcome to come along as a visitor for at least 2 meetings before deciding to become a full member.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30 pm in Datchworth Village Hall where we enjoy talks and demonstrations from our visiting speakers. For details of our previous meeting see the Parish

On 13th November 118 people attended The Bayeux Tapestry  

Gary Fisher gave the audience a very informative illustrated talk about the Bayeux Tapestry describing the illustrations of events leading up to and including the Battle of Hastings in 1066 where William of Normandy defeated Harold.  He gave us all the history in depth and pointed out the figures and actions depicted.  After the talk he answered questions from the floor.
The evening concluded with a generous spread of cakes and savouries provided by members and guests were invited to browse the craft stalls and Fair Trade Stall at the rear of the hall. 

 Additional social events we hold are:
On the 1st Wednesday of each month we enjoy a short ramble in the local countryside followed by refreshments at the nearest tea room or Public House.
On 5th September  We enjoyed a very pleasant walk from the Whitehill Golf Complex, Dane End taking in the wonderful rural views before returning to the Club house for coffee.   On the way we made friends with a couple of very sociable horses.

Next walks:  on  5th December at 9.30 from the Church Hall to which we will return at 11 a.m for mince pies and mulled wine.
All non-walking members invited to join us.

2nd January 2019– Venue tba

 3rd Wednesday of every month we hold a Coffee Morning at 10.30a.m. in the Church Hall.

Next coffee mornings       21st November & 19th December

4th Wednesdays   Lunch at a local Public House.
Next Lunch   will be 12.30 on 28th November at the Red Lion in Woolmer Green

1st Thursday of every month the “Scribblers”  group meet at 73 Nutcroft at 10:30a.m. for an informal Creative Writing session where they write short stories, poems etc. and of course enjoy a cup of tea together.  Next meetings      6th December

 1st Monday of the month our  Knit & Natter group in the Church Hall 2.30 – 3.30. is becoming very popular
Next meetings   3rd December.  when one of our members will assist us in the making of a Christmas wreath.

Art Group.
Just a few of us to start with but we hope to encourage more of our members to join us and find their creative abilities.
We meet every 4th Wednesday of the month at 9.30 for 2 hours in the Small Committee Room (where the Post Office is held) in the Village Hall.
Next Meetings:   
28th November – Christmas Card
No art group in December as it is Boxing Day but a display of our work during the year will be exhibited at our December meeting on 11th December

Click the link below for Diary Dates for all of 2019
Diary Dates 2019