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Join us at the Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019

Join us at the Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019

Come see us at Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019 and save £2 on entry*

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Save 5% with Crafts Beautiful this Winter

Save 5% with Crafts Beautiful this Winter

Crafts Beautiful readers can now save 5% on selected craft courses this winter…

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Save 20% on residential courses this Winter

Save 20% on residential courses this Winter

Save 20% on selected courses this winter. There’s plenty to discover at Denman, take a look for yourself….

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A fantastic fabric sale thanks

A fantastic fabric sale thanks

Thank you to everyone involved, you’ve helped raise over £3,500! Wow.

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Escape with Denman on Tour in 2020!

Escape with Denman on Tour in 2020!

Plan a trip away in 2020 with like minded people and discover plenty more, plus of course you get a to see us here at Denman too!

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Join us at the Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019 (Save £2 with special ticket offer)

Join us at the Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019 (Save £2 with special ticket offer)

Come see us at Creative Craft Show Birmingham 31 October – 3 November 2019 and save £2 on entry*

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Join us for a Kalettes Denman Day on 11 November 2019

Join us for a Kalettes Denman Day on 11 November 2019

Join Kalettes for an interesting and engaging Denman Day on Monday 11th November. FREE. WI members only.

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WI Life discount offer October/November 2019

WI Life discount offer October/November 2019

Be sure to read your latest edition of WI Life where you’ll find a delightful discount offer on the Denman page. Be quick, this offer won’t last forever!

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Come cook with Valentina Harris

Come cook with Valentina Harris

Food Writer, Cookery Teacher and Chef. With a heritage like Valentina’s, it is no wonder she is such a well-respected authority on Italian food and food culture. We’re delighted to have Valentina share her passion here at Denman.

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Christmas Lunches at Denman 2019

Christmas Lunches at Denman 2019

Book now for your Denman Christmas Lunch 2019! Don’t miss out, call us today for availability on 01865 391991 ext 240.

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Q&A with Denman tutor Jude Karnon!

Q&A with Denman tutor Jude Karnon!

Jude Karnon started making jewellery as a hobby over ten years ago. When redundancy from a website and communications role loomed, Jude decided to turn her hobby into her business and Jude Karnon Jewellery launched in November 2015. Jude works in both silver and gold and makes all pieces using traditional techniques and hand tools. Her passion is designing alongside her clients to create jewellery that encapsulates their personality, style and individualism. Jude joined as a Denman tutor in 2019.

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DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERT?

DO I NEED TO BE AN EXPERT?

This is the first in a series of blogs by one of our tutors, Melanie Blaikie. Come back each Thursday for a new installment! Now is a great time to be teaching crafts. Why? TV programmes like Pottery Throw Down, Bake Off and the Sewing Bee have made ‘making’ fun again.

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Missing Book

Missing Book

Our tutors Trish Zachariah and Paula Bray have lost a precious book, can you help?

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Learning to Sew to Refresh Your Wardrobe, Boost Your Mood and Make New Friends 

Learning to Sew to Refresh Your Wardrobe, Boost Your Mood and Make New Friends 

As part of a campaign last year to reduce textile microfibre pollution, the WI also encouraged its members to repair clothes, instead of simply throwing them away. From patchwork and embroidery to dressmaking and soft furnishings, not only can you learn valuable and practical sewing techniques, but you will also benefit from meeting new people and sharing creative ideas.

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7 Questions with New Denman Tutor Janine Kilroe…

7 Questions with New Denman Tutor Janine Kilroe…

Janine Kilroe has created images for the last 30 years, initially as an Editorial Advertising Photographer commissioned by many international blue-chip companies. For the past 9 years, she has focused on creating a truly unique one-off style of hand painted fine art photography. In 2019, she embarks a new challenge… Teaching at Denman! 

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Denman Q&A: Charles Hanson – Antiques Expert

Denman Q&A: Charles Hanson – Antiques Expert

We were able to exclusively interview Charles Hanson and he kindly answered our most pressing questions about the world of antiques…

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Floral Tutorial: Bright Sunflowers with Anna Stevens

Floral Tutorial: Bright Sunflowers with Anna Stevens

Brighten any room in an instant with a fantastically fresh arrangement that will bring a smile to your face.

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The Denman Calendar Has Arrived!

The Denman Calendar Has Arrived!

It’s here! At long last, the Denman 2019 Calendar has arrived in print!

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Floral Tutorial: Contemporary Roses with Anna Stevens

Floral Tutorial: Contemporary Roses with Anna Stevens

Contemporary thinking? Using no foam in your flower arranging! Learn how to achieve a floating roses look in this step-by-step guide with tutor Anna Stevens.

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#MadeAtDenman: Silver Clay for a Special Day

#MadeAtDenman: Silver Clay for a Special Day

Emma visited our Craft School the year before her big day to discover the magical world of silver clay jewellery.

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Denman Q&A: Anne Stamper – Archives and Exhibits

Denman Q&A: Anne Stamper – Archives and Exhibits

We sat down to talk about Anne’s work, her experiences with us and her hopes for the future in preserving both Denman’s past and its future…

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Floral Tutorial: Elegant Roses with Anna Stevens

Floral Tutorial: Elegant Roses with Anna Stevens

In anticipation of our Cocktails & Flowers event at Denman, we’ve teamed up with tutor Anna Stevens to show you how to create simple, elegant and effective arrangements with easily found materials.

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Wellbeing At Denman

Wellbeing At Denman

With the WI celebrating Healthy Living and Wellbeing week (11-15 June 2018), I wondered whether Wellbeing is a new buzz word embracing sumptuous spas, visits to beauty therapists and idyllic holiday resorts?  OR, is there a more personal meaning attached to those two rather short words? For my bank balance, I sincerely hope that it’s […]

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Afternoon Tea at Denman

Afternoon Tea at Denman

Thirty three ladies from Didcot Evening WI spent a wonderful afternoon at Denman on Tuesday 24 April 2018. The theme of the afternoon was “Afternoon Tea”, and it was to say thank you to our members who have given us support over the years. Denman did us proud.

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Bake Off: The Professionals by Kelly Mauger

Bake Off: The Professionals by Kelly Mauger

Kelly Mauger, WI Cookery School Manager, regales us with how she and Katie Churchard first got involved in Bake Off: The Professionals. 

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