Denman offers a wide variety of day and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle. Set in the picturesque village of Marcham, in Oxfordshire, the Georgian mansion and seventeen acres of grounds provide the pitch perfect atmosphere for learning.

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West Yorkshire Federation Visits to Denman


West Yorkshire Federation Visit to Denman 2018

Friday 7th September 2018 - Sunday 9th September 2018

Twenty seven members traveled to Denman for the Federation Weekend. We had a wonderful time and I am now in the process of organising our next visit in 2020! If you haven't experienced Denman yet you may like to join us then.

We all enjoyed the workshops: Autumn Preserves and Ribbon Embroidery. Thankfully the weather stayed fine for the ‘Mistresses and their Houses’ tour to Hampton Court. We all had a great time with WI members and friends. Here are some of the photos from our visit.

Thank you to Heather Ross, Board of Trustees, for being a fantastic host throughout the very busy weekend as this enabled me to do the Autumn Preserves workshop. I have a wonderful selection of preserves ready for Christmas!

Maureen Hancox

Federation Chairman
Denman Ambassador



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West Yorkshire Federation Visit to Denman 2017

Friday 5th May 2017 - Sunday 7th May 2017

We returned to Denman in 2017 for a two-night stay.

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West Yorkshire Federation Visit to Denman 2016

Friday 27th May 2016 - Sunday 29th May 2016

Thirty two WYFWI members and one non-member set off on our Federation visit to Denman College.  It was an early start with the first pick up in Leeds at 7.50am!
We had two stops en route and arrived at the college at 2.30pm with time to settle in our rooms before afternoon tea was served. It was a glorious afternoon – we all enjoyed sitting in the sunshine getting to know one another and we had a walk around the beautiful grounds. Take a look at the photo albums from our visit.

At our welcome meeting we were introduced to our tutors and also to Jane Dixon, the Head of Denman. Liz Walker our Federation Secretary was host for the weekend and she did a great job looking after us all.
The food throughout the weekend was wonderful and we also enjoyed time in the bar at the end of the evening!

The courses were enjoyed by everyone and this is what we did:

Ramble the Chilterns
John Harris and Christine Booth
The weather was perfect for this ramble. They walked the chalk uplands of the Chilterns, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The group spent a full day walking in this spectacular landscape, rich in natural and historical interest and explored pretty villages en route such as Turville, the set for "The Vicar of Dibley", with its sweet half-timbered cottages and old church.

They passed through the landscaped grounds of Stonor House and paused for refreshment at a friendly country pub near Upper Maidensgrove. The walk ended at the village of Nettlebed. In the evening they had a talk and reviewed the day with their photographs.
On the final morning after breakfast there was a short local walk in and around the village of Marcham returning in time for lunch before the journey home.

WI Patisserie Weekender
Tutor: Kelly Mauger
This patisserie course with Kelly, Head of the Cookery School, covered many of the classics of French pastry work, including sweet shortcrust and choux pastry.



They made wonderful lemon tartlets and chocolate tartlets plus decadent ├ęclairs. They also learned how to make fashionable macaroons in a variety of flavours, florentines and ganache fit for tea at the Ritz.

Silk Painting with Quilting and Embroidery
Tutor: Mary Day
The WI ladies combined painting silks and stitchery to produce a wonderful decorative surface which some have finished and framed! Embroidery, hand and machine, as well as quilting and beads added a special quality to their painted silks and they were all very industrious thoroughout the weekend.
They all enjoyed the opportunity to experiment with colour, stitching and bead embellishments throughout the weekend. They managed to create a hand painted silk scarf too!




Silver Jewellery
Tutor: Pauline Payne
They enjoyed making a range of silver jewellery starting with a silver band ring then progressing by choosing to make items such as pendants, earrings, brooches and bangles.

Some members were complete beginners and three members who had done the course previously on the federation visit last year were able to practise and extend their existing skills. Everyone was surprised by the standard of work that they all achieved.

It was an action packed weekend and we all enjoyed the ‘Denman Experience’!
We look forward to our next Federation visit 5-7 May 2017.

Maureen Hancox

Federation Chairman
Denman Ambassador

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