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.  The Datchworth branch, which was formed in 1927, celebrated by holding a coffee morning on the National Day with cake and many members dressed up in how the members would have looked 100 years ago!

It is a very friendly WI.  Our current membership is around 40 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.

On 11th April, to celebrate our 90th Anniversary year we held a special meeting open to not only our members but the general public.  The demand for tickets was so great that we did have to disappoint some people as we filled the hall to seating capacity having over 160 people attend.
The nationally acclaimed speaker Michael McGrath presented an inspiring illustrated talk about his determination to overcome his own disabilities with Muscular Dystrophy and his enthusiasm to encourage young people who were facing life with this debilitating disease.  We were treated to film clips of youngsters who, through his charity Muscle Help Foundation, had realised personalised experiences or “Muscle Dreams”. The charity is aiming to deliver 657 of these- representative of the 657 muscles in the human body.  He also showed  a short film demonstrating his sheer determination and resolve resulting in his achieving the fulfilment of an ambition to reach firstly the north and then the south poles in temperatures of -42º.  We were all inspired with the thought that nothing is impossible if you really want it.

Members and guests were then treated to what the WI do best- home made cakes and tea.

Subjects for our next meetings are  as follows:
9th May – AGM

13th June – Taking Better Photographs –  speaker Fallon Ismail.

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.
Next walk will be from the Car park at The  Bull PH  at 9.30. on Wed  3rd May from Lytton Arms, Knebworth for a ramble in Knebworth Park. .  Refreshments afterwards in the Lytton Arms..  Visitors welcome

On 11th March 16 members took a minibus to the Phoenix Theatre to see the musical The Girls and a very enjoyable time was had by all.

Click on the link to see our photos   Collage of The Girls

 3rd Wednesday of every month we hold a Coffee Morning at 10.30a.m. in the Church Hall.
Next coffee morning    19th April   2017

4th Wednesdays lunch is arranged at a local public house for any members (or friends) wishing to attend.  1st March clashes with the Ramble so the two events have been combined- See details for walk above.
Next Lunch   will be 12.30  26th April venue – tba- watch this space.

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 meeting  4th May 2017

 1st Monday of the month our  Knit & Natter group in the Church Hall 2.30 – 3.30. is becoming very popular   Next meeting   8th May 2017 We are looking to extend this meeting to include various other crafts in future.
On 16th December Anne Charles & Shirley Ashby presented a box full of knitted blankets and garments knitted by the members of Datchworth WI  to the Neo-natal unit at the Lister Hospital and we are currently working on our next contribution which will be delivered in May.


All 2017 dates

Knit & Natter Committee Meeting Ramble Scribblers Members Meeting Coffee Morning Monthly Lunch
1st Monday 1st Tuesday 1st Wednesday 1st Thursday 2nd Tuesday 3rd Wednesday 4th Wednesday
9th January 3rd January 4th January 5th January 10th January 18th January 25th January
6th February 7th February 1st February 2nd February 14th February 22nd February 1st March
6th March 7th March 1st March 2nd March 14th March 22nd March 29th March
3rd April 4th April 5th April 6th April 11th April 19th April 26th April
8th May (Bank hol on 1st ) 2nd May 3rd May 4th May 9th May 17th May 24th May
5th June 6th June 7th June 1st June 13th June 21st June 28th June
3rd July 4th July 5th July 6th July 11th July 19th July 26th July
7th August 1st August 2nd August 3rd August 8th August 16th July 23rd August
4th September 5th September 6th September 7th September 12th September 20th September 27th September
2nd October 3rd October 4th October 5th October 10th October 18th October 25th October
6th November 7th November 1st November 2nd November 14th November 22nd November 29th November
4th December 5th December 6th December 7th December 12th December 20th December