Denman Ambassador – Helen Carter
There really is something very special about Denman, the WI’s own residential College in Oxfordshire. Back in the 1940s, when war was rampaging all over Europe and beyond, a group of women had a dream. Sir Richard Livingstone, President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was invited to be the guest speaker at a conference organised by the NFWI in September 1943 at Radbrook College in Shrewsbury. He spoke about the future of education, and then suggested that one day the WI might have a college of its own, thus planting the seed that was to grow into Denman College.
The seed grew, and finally came to fruition in 1948 when NFWI purchased Marcham Park in Oxfordshire, renamed it Denman College after its first and most influential Chairman, Lady Gertrude Denman, and opened its doors to its first students in September of that year. How much fun and laughter and learning has gone on both inside and outside its mellow Georgian walls since then! There are literally hundreds of courses offered in Cookery, Craft and Lifestyle so there’s sure to be one that interests you – or you can contact the College and ask them to put on a course in your particular area of interest.
Now open to members and non members alike, men are warmly welcomed too, and many WI members love the chance to escape from their everyday lives for a few days to enjoy the peace and tranquility, the fun and stimulation of learning that makes up Denman today. Go there, and try it for yourself.
If you are a tax payer and would like Gift Aid any donations to Denman they can reclaim a further 25p in every pound if you complete a Gift Aid Form. Please click here for a Denman Gift Aid Form .