New Denman brochure!

If you didn’t have a chance to leaf through the shiny new Denman College course brochure at our last meeting, it’s now available online.

Click here to have a look.

This brochure covers the period from March 2015 through December 2015 and offers all sorts of exciting courses from millinery to cooking Indian street food to life drawing to public speaking. There are also history and heritage courses which get you out and about touring such sites as Blenheim Palace, Bath and Hampton Court.


If you’ve never been to Denman, do give it a go! You’ll have a fantastic time! And don’t forget – non WI-members are welcome to book as well, so you can bring a friend (non-member rates are slightly higher).

If you’d like a paper copy of the current brochure sent to you, ring Denman on (01865) 391991.

Vote for the WI Cookery School!

denmanAs many of you will already know, the WI Cookery School has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award at the British Cookery School Awards 2014. We were runners up last year, but we can definitely win this year with your help.

It’s not too late to vote, but the deadline is Monday 8th September, so don’t delay!

To vote, email ‘WI Cookery School’ to:

Vote today and tell everyone you know to do the same!

New Denman brochure available

The new Denman College course brochure (February – December 2013) is now available! You can see a digital copy here.


New this year is the one-day residential course. Starting at noon on day one and finishing after lunch the next day, you can have a taste of the Denman experience at little expense. With options including Astrology, Flamenco and Dressing with Style, there really is something to suit everyone. See page 43 for further details.

In April and May there will be a Bulb Festival, kindly sponsored by Walkers Bulbs. During this time, two open afternoons will be held, where you can come and stroll in the Denman gardens and treat yourself to a cream tea. These will be on Sunday 14 April and Sunday 28 April from 1pm-5pm. Additionally, there is a range of flower themed courses to coincide with the Festival. See page 15 for more information.

Other highlights in this brochure include a wide variety of Family Cookery Days (see pages 8-10), the Denman Summer School (see page 33), which will take people on a grand tour of Oxfordshire, and a whole range of special events, including a Classics Weekend and a Mother and Daughter Weekend (see page 15). No doubt these will fill up fast, so get booking today!

If you’d prefer a hard copy of the brochure, contact Kate Bullas, Denman’s Marketing and Communications Manager, on (01865) 391991 ext. 222, or by email at

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Those of you interested in music or embroidery may want to know about the two Denman bursaries available this year:

To mark the late Clare Emery’s considerable involvement with the WI and her teaching of embroidery, a fund was set up by her family, friends and many WI members for an embroidery course bursary. Members wanting to apply for the Clare Emery Embroidery Bursary may choose any embroidery course but priority will be given to first-time embroidery course applicants. The two bursaries are for up to £275 towards the course fee and travel.

The Dr Ernest Walker Bursary provides three bursaries for music courses, and will be awarded to members living more than 200 miles from the College. Each bursary covers travelling expenses only, up to a maximum of £150.

New members (or old) who’ve never been to Denman College should really consider it. It’s fantastic! If you want any first-hand information, just ask some of the other members who’ve been – they’ll be more than happy to share their experiences with you.