Women’s Institute


President: Anne Charles
Tel: 01438 812098
Email: annecharles@amca.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. 

On 8th March we invited all local residents and members of local WIs to our talk  by Paul Robbins entitled Great British Eccentrics and we were pleased to see the hall full of guests who enjoyed both the talk and the refreshments we provided as well as having a long  chat with friends. 

Our next meeting is Tues 10th May  – our AGM and celebration of our 95th Anniversary

Next meetings will be 10.30 a.m. on 14th June – Community Gardening & 12th July – Tropic Skin Care

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

On 25th April  we visited  Gotha Gardens at Pembroke Farm in Ashwell for a tour of the gardens and afternoon tea. 

Monthly Ramble –  
The group usually walk roughly 1½ hours – about 3-4 miles.  

Next walk 9.45 a.m. 1st June  is starting from Mardleybury Woods

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

Knit & Natter and Craft Group  –  The Art Group has now amalgamated with the Knitting group and we are now exploring a number of different crafts  This takes place on the 4th  Monday of the month at 2.30 p.m in the Church Hall.   
Next meeting 23rd May May  

Look out for our Jubilee Phone Box which we intend to decorate in time for the Jubilee Celebrations in June. 

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 Morning 18th May

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.

We did manage to get a Christmas meal in 2021 which was taken at the Chequers in Bragbury End and we all had a very enjoyable evening. 

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