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Centenary Year

The WI celebrates its centenary in 2015 and the NFWI Centenary Annual Meeting will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Thursday 4th June. To involve as many memebers as possib;e, the meeting will be broadcast live across the internet for the very first time.

WOW-WI committe are contemplating streaming the annual meeting to a venue on campus and making a bit of a day of it with lunch and nibbles. This would be from 10.30am - 4pm therefore giving members the opportunity of dipping in and out when time allows.

Further information regarding this will follow soon.


Throughout 2015 Denman will be holding a series of days on an Inspiring Women theme to celebrate the WI’s centenary.

Inspiring Women: Fern Britton

On Wednesday 27 May, Denman will be hosting a day with the fabulous broadcaster and author Fern Britton to tie in with the publication of her new novel 'A Good Catch'. Fern Britton’s highly acclaimed novels include, 'A Seaside Affair', 'The Holiday Home', 'Hidden Treasures' and 'New Beginnings', she has also written a bestselling autobiography, 'Fern: My Story'. She began her career as a television presenter in 1980 and she is most famous for her role on ITV's flagship show This Morning. Priced at £50 for members and £55 for non-members, the day will include a fantastic talk and book signing, followed by a lovely two-course lunch.

Tea and Textiles with Pat Lumsdale

Interested in textiles? On Monday 11 May 2015, come and listen to an illustrated talk from Pat Lumsdale, the past NFWI Craft Adviser and expert on the NFWI Textile Collection housed at Denman. The collection is a mix of wonderful items, including exhibition winners, teaching samples, student certificate work from years gone by, donated pieces and a beautiful smock collection.

The talk will be followed by a sumptuous afternoon tea and a chance to look at the pieces up close. Pat will be available to answer any questions about the collection. The event is priced at £30 for members and £35 for non-members.

For further information or to book, please call our Guest Services Team on 01865 391991 or go to

National Federation of Women’s Institutes: 100 Years Membership Survey

To mark the WI centenary, the NFWI is conducting a special one-off survey of WI members.

The aim of the survey is to understand the views of WI members on some of the big issues in Britain today, and also to understand what role members think the WI has to play in today’s society.

The results of this survey will be used to inform the NFWI’s future policy and campaigns. The findings will also contribute to a new centenary publication celebrating the WI’s historic achievements over the past 100 years and exploring the views and concerns of today’s members.

How to take part

We would really like to make sure that we hear the views of as many WI members as possible. We would therefore be delighted if you would be able to complete the survey using the link provided.

Survey link:

The link will also appear on the home page of the NFWI website.

The survey should take around 20 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey no later than 8th June 2015.