President: Anne Charles
Tel: 01438 812098
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!
2017 is Datchworth’s 90th Year
for which we had a celebration cake.
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.
Church Flowers Weekend 12 & 13th August the WI took their turn to decorate the church and we had a good turn out of members on the Friday all with their flowers and foliage to create some beautiful arrangements. Click on link to see our collage of the results- Church flowers collage 2017
Our August meeting although called the Garden Meeting and held traditionally in the garden of one of our members, was taken indoors due to the rather inclement weather. Member Helen McIntyre opened her home to us where we all enjoyed tea, cakes & sandwiches provided by the committee. We did also manage to get a view of her beautiful garden.
Subjects for our next meetings are as follows:
12th September – Woodturning talk and demonstration by Peter Branford
10th October – Folk Evening- musical entertainment with Ray Bomber
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 the 5th July 8 members had an enjoyable walk at Chapmore End, followed by refreshments at the Buttercup Tea Rooms
Next walks will be:
9.30 on 6th September – Walkern- meet by the Old Brewery Tea Rooms and return there for refreshments after the walk.
4th October – venue tba
3rd Wednesday of every month we hold a Coffee Morning at 10.30a.m. in the Church Hall.
Next coffee mornings 20th September, 18th October
4th Wednesdays lunch at a local Public House.
Next Lunch will be 27th September
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 7th September, 5th October
1st Monday of the month our Knit & Natter group in the Church Hall 2.30 – 3.30. is becoming very popular Next meetings , 4th September & 2nd Otober We are looking to extend this meeting to include various other crafts in future.
Following our donations to the Neo-natal unit at the Lister Hospital in December 2016 and May 2017, our next project is to knit Twiddle Cuffs and make Twiddle Blankets for dementia patients for the Knebworth Care Home. So we are now using our creative skills to produce very original items using up our left over wool, ribbons, buttons and anything else we have to hand.
NEW – STARTING 26TH JULY 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 will 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.
Meetings: 23rd August, 23rd September.
All 2017 dates