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.

We also 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 has been exhibited at the Herts WI Autumn Council Meeting in St. Albans on 28th November and again at Datchworth Christmas Tree Festival, where it was greatly admired on both occasions.  We will continue to exhibit it at every opportunity.
The photo shows members who had contributed towards the quilt.

The 90s Theme was also carried to the Christmas Tree Festival on 2nd December in Datchworth Church and  WE  WON !!!

It is a very friendly WI.  Our current membership is 43 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:
9th January – 
Talk by Andy Gibb- Hitchin Victorian School.
13th February – Talk by Linda Gilley – The Ups and Downs of Being a Carer
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 3rd January -from Datchworth Church
9.30 on 7th February – venue t.b.a.

 3rd Wednesday of every month we hold a Coffee Morning at 10.30a.m. in the Church Hall.
Next coffee mornings        20th December, 17th Januay

4th Wednesdays   Lunch at a local Public House.
Next Lunch   will be  24th January- venue t.b.a

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     4th January 2018 (no meeting in Dec)

 1st Monday of the month our  Knit & Natter group in the Church Hall 2.30 – 3.30. is becoming very popular   Next meetings   8th January 2018,  5th February  We are looking to extend this meeting to include various other crafts in future.
This year we made Twiddle Muffs for the local Care home to be given to them just before Christmas.

For 2018 we propose making Trauma Bears for the local Fire Brigade to give at the scene of a fire or accident to traumatised children.  We also will be making Bonding Squares for premature/sick babies. Made in pairs, one is given to the baby the other to the mother and they are swapped over on a weekly basis.
So this year it is Bears & Pairs of Squares

Recently started  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:    Next meeting  24th January

All 2018 dates

Knit & Natter Committee Meeting Ramble Scribblers Members Meeting Coffee Morning Art Group
Monthly Lunch/
1st Monday 2.30p.m 1st Tuesday
1st Wednesday
1st Thursday
2nd Tuesday
7.30 p.m.
3rd Wednesday
10.30 a.m.
4th Wednesday
9.30/ 12.30
8th January    2nd January 3rd January         4th January          9th  January 17th January     24th  January
5th February 6th February 7th February 1st February 13th February  21st  February 28th February  
5th March 6th March 7th March 1st March 13th March 21st  March 28th March
9th April
(2nd Easter)
3rd April 4th April 5th April 10th April 18th April 25th April
14th May (7th Bank hol ) 1st May 2nd May 3rd May 8th May 16th May 23rd May
4th June 5th June 6th June 7th June 12th June 20th June 27th June
2nd July 3rd July 4th July 5th July 10th July 18th July 25th July
6th August 7th August 1st August 2nd August 14th August 22nd August 29th August
3rd September 4th September 5th September 6th September 11th September 19th September 26th September
1st October 2nd October 3rd October 4th October 9th October 17th October 24th October
5th November 6th November 7tht November 1st November 13th November 21st November 28th November
3rd December 4th December 5th December 6th December 11th December 19th December  None
-Boxing Day