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 was celebrated 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. 

2023 Monthly meetings

14th February –  My 2000 mile walk to 24 English Cathedrals – Barbara Foster
14th March – Open Meeting – History of Para Olympics & Wheelpower – Martin McElhatton
11th April-  Secret London – Mike Beech
9th May-  AGM
13th June-  Rockford Roses – Kerry Austin
11th  July-  Panshanger Park 18th Century Landscape  – Kate Harwood
8th August  –  Garden Tea
12th September-  Flower Demonstration – Chris Thompson
10th October-  Ringing of Birds Worldwide – Keith Dean
14th November-  Ladies Barbershop Choir – Sarah Stevens
12th December-  Nature and National Trust – Stuart Warrington

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.  

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

Knit & Natter and Craft Group  – 4th Monday of month


We are currently knitting blankets for those in need and currently have 5 completed and a further one on the way.  
We will continue with knitting larger squares to forward to a project to provide blankets for Ukrainian refugees. 

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.   

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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