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!

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

Knit & Natter Committee Meeting Ramble Scribblers Members Meeting Coffee Morning Monthly Lunch/ Art Group
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 August 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