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Denman Weekend 2020 – book your place …

June 12 @ 3:00 pm - June 14 @ 4:00 pm

£360 – £445

Friday 12th June 2020 – Sunday 14th June 2020
Come and join us for a fabulous weekend at Denman!
If you have never been, this is an ideal opportunity to visit our wonderful college with the Federation!
If you have been you will know you are in for a treat!
You can use your WI Bursary or Denman Gift vouchers (ideal birthday and Christmas presents!)
We have six fantastic courses to choose from.

Each member wishing to attend must fill in an application form and send it to Federation House, with a deposit of
£50 made payable to WFWI.
Please use the Denman reference for the course of your choice
by Thursday 19th December 2019 at the latest
(Federation House, 1 Corunna Court, Corunna Road, Warwick, CV34 5HQ)

There is usually a high demand for places at this weekend, so be sure to apply early to ensure your first choice course.

Please contact Sue Ensor if you have any queries.
07843 565520 or moc.l1581953156iamg@158195315681ros1581953156neeus1581953156

Final balance due by 27th February 2020
Deposit is non-returnable if a place is offered.
Additional forms can be printed at home using the link below, photocopied or obtained from the Federation office.
The estimated cost of the courses is detailed on the course information below.

Denman Weekend – Application Form 

Mistresses and their Homes (£445) John Vigar
REF – 192.1482
Many of our monarchs have had love interests outside of marriage. This course looks at lovers as varied as the Duke of Buckingham, Nell Gwynne and Daisy Countess of Warwick and looks at the history of their houses as well as the part they played in our national history. Visits to Hampton Court Palace, and one other house will be arranged, subject to availability

Glass Fusion – an Introduction (£360 + materials) Shirley Eccles
REF – 192.1485
This workshop will give you an introduction to glass fusing and slumping techniques and you will aspire to complete four projects during your visit to Denman. You will learn about different glass materials and how they react once fired and you will have the opportunity to explore different colours, textures and techniques in glass.
Project 1: Microwave Glass Fusing. For this project you will be using a microwave to melt glass and you will be able to observe how glass reacts when heated. The small finished glass pieces are suitable for jewellery, keyrings and fridge magnets. This project is a wonderful opportunity to test and experiment with different materials and colours.
Project 2: Decorative Tile. For this project you will extend your use of different glass materials and colours (transparent and opaque) to create an interesting design for a tile, coaster, small wall/window hanging or wind chime. You will be guided in your use of different glass tools and how to melt glass stringers over a candle flame.
Project 3: Slumped Bowl. You will have the opportunity to create your own sheet of art glass that will undergo two firings, first fusing and then slump firing it into a mould of your choice to make your own beautiful, unique bowl. The bowl will be functional and is suitable as a decorative centre piece or to serve treats or salads.
Project 4: Learn the technique of kiln carving and how to create texture in glass. For this project we will work with extra thick clear glass and you will have a choice of projects to select from. Either a cheese board, wall plaque, four coasters or a platter.
Cost for all four Projects is £55 or £65 (depending on the size of the platters) and this price includes all firings. Findings for jewellery, keyrings and magnets are optional extras; these along with silver chains, can be purchased from the tutor.

A relaxed weekend of baking (£440) Alison Haigh
REF – 192.1486
Allow yourself the opportunity to dedicate a whole weekend to baking, learning new and re visiting old skills – there is no better way to enjoy being creative knowing you will take home lots of delicious healthy homemade bakes for your friends and families to enjoy.
We will be making a tasty cornbread which is quick and simple to make and enjoy with a bowl of soup or have toasted with butter, in addition to this we will make a pastry and fill it with some delicious vegetables to make a tatin and a batch of carrot cake muffins or they can be made into a traybake to pop in the freezer when you get home.
Following on from this we will make the e most amazing chocolate almond cake which keeps well and for those of you who may have gluten free family and friends this is ideal for a dinner party or supper as dessert – you will have everyone asking for the recipe (and is very easy to make) gluten free or not ! You will also learn how to make the perfect crisp meringue with a sticky centre and a traditional whisked sponge which you may choose to make with either gluten free and reduced sugar or standard recipe – an absolute favourite particularly once filled with raspberry jam and lashings of double cream or if you are dairy free can be filled with a coconut cream if you have any room left in your bags then a banoffee pie too. Do join us for a fun. relaxing and informative weekend of baking – we all need to bake and create our own food rather than relying on pre made and there will be lots of inspiring tips and ideas on minimising food wastage and using the recipes and ingredients to bake for our families giving them much healthier options.

Singing: Lloyd Webber – Then and Now (£360) Jo Sercombe
REF – 192.1481
With a career spanning half a century and counting, composer and business impressario Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has made an enormous contribution to the evolution of the British Musical and the growth of the musical theatre industry. Discover more of this man’s amazing talents as we learn a selection of songs from his shows spanning his early 1960’s output right up to recent works. We’ll be doing some harmony singing but you don’t need to be able to read music notation as we will be learning our parts ‘by ear’ with lyric sheets. All levels of experience welcome.

(Free Machine Embroidery (£360 + materials) Clair Muir – NO LONGER AVAILABLE)

Ribbon Embroidery: The Denman Garden (£360 + Materials) Marilyn Pipe
REF – 192.1484

Using photos and samples of ribbon work for inspiration, as well as demonstrations of flowers and foliage, create your own interpretation of your chosen corner of Denman’s beautiful grounds with silk ribbons and embroidery threads. Silk ribbon is very easy to use as it is soft and malleable, while other materials can be too stiff. A background can be lightly sponged on with paint before flower details are added, all flower stitches will be demonstrated then you can “plant” your garden at your own pace. This piece will be framed in a frame ready to take home.
Packs of silk ribbons will be available to purchase from the tutor, for £25 including your frame.

Willow Weaving (£360 + materials) Victoria Conner
REF – 192.1483
Spend the weekend learning the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving. Throughout the two days, you will make a willow flower or two for either, outdoor or indoor use and a willow heart to hang from a wall or door, decorated with a ribbon of your choice. You will also make a wonderful willow dragonfly to decorate your garden shed or fence, followed by your very own willow piglet. A must have for all gardens.
Extra approximate material cost of £30.

Interested in Attending?

If you are interested in attending this, or any other, event please contact your WI secretary for further details and an application form. If applicable, please try and reference any Event Ref Number(s).


June 12 @ 3:00 pm
June 14 @ 4:00 pm
£360 – £445
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Denman College
New Rd
Marcham, Abingdon OX13 6NW United Kingdom
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01865 391991


Event Ref Number:
Organised by:
Board of Trustees
Closing Date:
19th December 2019
Additional Notes:
Balance due by 27th February 2020