Women’s Institute

President: Chris Hills
Tel: 01438 811627
Email: datch.hills@hotmail.co.uk
For further information pack contact our secretary at:         peteandshirl1@talktalk.net 

The Women’s Institute is a National Organisation which celebrated its centenary in 2015.  The Datchworth branch was formed in 1927. 2022 is therefore, our 95th Anniversary which we will be celebrating with cake and wine at our AGM on 10th May.  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.

If anyone thinking of joining our WI would like to participate in any of the meetings,  please contact Shirley Ashby on peteandshirl1@talktalk.net . 

Monthly Meetings are normally 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. Visitors are always welcome. 

Our meeting on Tues 9th August – was our Garden meeting where we meet in the garden of one of our members for afternoon tea.  This year we invited representatives from the Stevenage Fire Service to give us a short talk and presented them with 53 trauma teddies knitted by our members.  3 Firefighters attended and gave us a very interesting insight into the diverse proficiencies that are required in their role.

Next meetings will be 7.30 p.m. on 13th December – Magician
7.30 p.m. 

2023 Monthly meetings

10th January – 
14th February – 
14th March – Open Meeting 
11th April-
9th May-
13th June-
11th  July-
8th August
12th September-
10th October-
14th November-
12th December-

As well as the monthly meetings members also enjoy other activities .

Monthly Ramble –  1st Wed of month
The group usually walk roughly 1½ hours – about 3-4 miles.  

Next walk 9.45 a.m. 21st December  from  Datchworth Church
        4th January – venue TBA

Book Club.  Meet on a monthly basis to discuss their latest book. 

Knit & Natter and Craft Group  – 4th Monday of month
Next meeting 23rd January

As well as  donating  items for the homeless, we are supporting a local Women’s refuge and we were were able to fulfil a number of items on their wish list and will continue  to support  them  in  the  future.

Coffee Mornings. Meet in the Church Hall   , 3rd Wednesdays of the month at 10.30 a.m.  in the Church Hall.   

Next  Coffee Mornings  21st December 2022
                                                        18th January 2023

Again, If anyone would like to join us, please  either come along or email peteandshirl1@talktalk.net for more details

Monthly Supper Evening to enable our members who are working and unable to attend daytime events, we are starting to hold supper evenings with members meeting at a local pub or restaurant for a meal and chat.  The lunchtime meals will continue alongside these for those not wishing to attend in the evening and these will be on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7.00 p.m.  or 12.30 p.m.

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