Sad news from Denman

IMG_0302-800x600We are deeply saddened to be sharing the news that NFWI have made a proposal to close Denman permanently. Already struggling financially, Denman has been hit by the impact of COVID-19 and closure during the pandemic.

This has been announced by NFWI today; the rationale for their decision and the full details of implications for Denman staff, the estate and members can be found in this WI Member letter re Denman[102185] and Denman FAQs – for members 21 July[102186] document from Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair and Jeryl Stone, Denman Chair.

Many of our members will have happy memories of their experiences at Denman, and a number have enjoyed the Denman at Home online sessions during lockdown. We hope that NFWI continue to develop new ways of extending accessible opportunities for learning such as this to the WI membership.

Easter Wishes



As we near the end of our third week of social distancing, self-isolation and shielding, our Federation have published another newsletter. Please click the link below to find out more !

Federation Newsletter 200410

Although we may not be spending Easter in the way in which we would choose, we hope that the arrival of Spring echoes the hope of the Easter message, and we can all look forward to a time when we are re-united with those dearest to us and life returns to normal.

Stay home, stay safe and remember we are here if you need us.

Our April Meeting


This evening we should have all been enjoying the first meeting of our new programme.

We were looking forward to seeing Megan Jones again; this time she was coming to share her plans for a visit to Moldova to help build much-needed new homes. We are very much hoping that Megan will be able to join us once our meetings resume, even if it’s after she has been on her trip and she can tell us all about the fruits of her labour !

Our competition this month was to bring an Easter Egg. We had intended to add them to those already donated to our shared appeal with our local Co-op store, to be passed on in turn to the Salvation Army to be distributed  to families in need of a little kindness. Sadly, having had to cancel our meeting because of social distancing and the continued risks posed by Covid-19 this has not been possible, but we are delighted to share the news that over 100 eggs had already been donated in store, and these will still be handed over to the Salvation Army as planned.

A huge thank you to everyone who responded to our appeal and has helped share a little happiness in these strange times !