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Denman is thrilled to welcome the amazing Sandie Shaw this autumn for a special one-off afternoon event. Recording and performing in five languages she became Britain’s most successful International female singer of the 1960’s.

Sandie will take us on a journey through her incredible career, from when she left school and worked in a car factory to the release of her first number 1, ‘There’s Always Something There To Remind Me’ at the tender age of 17, the iconic 1967 song ‘Puppet on a String’ which became the first British entry ever to win the Eurovision Song Contest, to her shocking Eighties re-emergence with The Smiths, right up to the present day. 

Discussing teaching Buddhism, becoming a psychotherapist and founding The Arts Clinic and currently as an advocate representing the interests of fellow recording artists in Westminster, Brussels, Washington and within the Creative Industries as President of the Featured Artist Coalition. This year Sandie collects her MBE for her services to music. This a no holds barred conversation, so start preparing your questions….

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Sandie will give her talk

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

This is a fantastic opportunity to meet an iconic British star so book early and don’t miss out!  

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



With beautiful photographs from the era and personal accounts from the women, Joanna Foat narrates the story of the forgotten army of Lumberjills. Uncovering the story of thousands of young women who signed up to work in a branch of the Women’s Land Army in wartime, felling trees with an axe and saw.  But prejudice from the all male timber trade and local communities made a tough job in forestry even tougher. Nearly seventy years after World War Two the women finally received recognition for their war work.

After being disbanded in 1946 with barely any recognition for their war efforts, more than seventy years on, Denman is proud to present an event that celebrates their stories and achievements.

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Outline of the Event:

1.30pm Arrival

2.00pm Talk by Jo Foat

3.00pm Q&A

3.30pm Afternoon tea

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Denman are delighted to welcome Charles Hanson for a fascinating afternoon. Charles is best known for his appearances as an antiques expert on the various television programmes. In his working life he is a popular auctioneer and antique valuer.

The afternoon will commence with a talk from Charles about his life as an auctioneer in the world of antiques. Charles will then go on to talk about selected items brought in by the audience, so if you have a family heirloom that you would like to know a bit more about or something you think might be more valuable than it appears, bring it along and you might get your item valued!* Following this there will be an opportunity to ask Charles questions, before we sit down to a wonderful Denman Afternoon tea.

 *Please note: Charles will not be able to value all items brought on the day and we kindly ask that you only bring a maximum of one item*

 About Charles Hanson

Charles started his career at Christie's in 1999, as a valuer in the European Ceramics and Glass Department. Subsequently, he worked for auction houses in Cheshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire, before founding Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Derbyshire in 2005.

Charles has appeared on the BBC's Bargain Hunt programme since 2005, where he acts as a consultant and auctioneer, advising teams of contestants who buy and sell items in the hope of making a profit; Charles also appears on the BBC's Flog It! and Antiques Roadtrip - all of these programmes present antiques to the viewing public in a fun and educative format, opening the world of antiques to everyone. 

Charles feels there's something for everyone in the world of antiques - and the story behind the object is all important, 'if it could talk what could it tell us'.

Outline of the Event:

1.30pm Arrival for tea/coffee 

2.00pm Talk: My Life as an Auctioneer

3.00pm Q&A 

3.15pm Valuation of a selection of items

4.00pm Afternoon tea and departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £57.00


Non Member: From £62.00



Simon King OBE 'Naturalist, Conservationist, Author, Artist and Broadcaster is an aficionado of capturing the natural world (receiving an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2011). As a passionate conservationist Simon specialises in wildlife documentaries. His extensive knowledge and expertise behind a camera has seen his work included in many programmes including the BBC’s Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Springwatch and Autumnwatch to name but a few.

 The naturalist and author will be presenting at Denman from an expert angle in what promises to be a truly inspiring talk. With a Q&A session and the opportunity to talk with Simon, purchase his book and have it signed; gain an insight into the world of a wildlife film-maker.

 Outline of the Event:

 

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk with Simon

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Denman Premium Afternoon tea

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £20.00


Non Member: From £25.00



Ring in the celebratory season by combining two of life’s greatest pleasures: Cocktails and Flowers! Add a bit of sparkle to your day with an evening spent in good company at Denman – we’ll be shaking up some delicious cocktails and mocktails with Lindy Wildsmith for a sip of bubbly or two, followed up with a fabulous floral demonstration from Anna Stevens. You’ll go home in the party spirit with this festive pick-me-up!

Outline of the Event:

6pm- 6.30pm- arrival

6.30pm- 7.30pm- Demonstration with Lindy Wildsmith- Cocktails and Mocktails

7.30pm - 7.45pm- short break

7.45pm- 8.30pm- Floral Demonstration with Anna Stevens

8.45pm depart 

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £67.00


Non Member: From £72.00



Are you interesting in learning how to identify bird species by sight and sound? Denman are delighted to be working with Cotswold Rural Skills for a fantastic day event where, by the end of the day, you should, hopefully, be able to identify between 10 and 20 common Cotswolds bird species, through their appearance and range of calls.

This day is a combination of field-work involving two 1- hour bird walks around Denman and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on these walks, plus information about the species themselves, from their habits, behaviours, anatomy and other useful information.

Outline of the Event:

10:00-10:30 Arrival tea/coffee                                           

10:30-11:30 Classroom session

11:30-12:45 Walk 1

12:45- 13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:45 Classroom session

14:45- 15:00 Tea/coffee

15:00-16:00 Walk 2

16:00- 16:30 Summary and Q&A

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

 

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Spend an afternoon with one of fashion’s most recognisable faces: Daphne Selfe – the world’s oldest professional model. In her own words, Daphne doesn’t ‘do retiring’ and has fronted some of the industry’s biggest campaigns – modelling for Dolce & Gabanna, Red or Dead, TK Maxx, Primark and more. Daphne and her daughter Claire will be sharing images and secrets from Daphne’s extraordinary life and career. Join us for a celebration of diversity and change in fashion – lit up by Daphne’s zest for life.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival

2.30 - 3.30pm Talk with Daphne and Claire

3.30 - 3.45pm Q&A

3.45pm Prosecco Afternoon tea

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Oxfordshire freelance journalist and mother of three, Penny Farmer, is a woman like any other that you might meet on the street, at the school gates, at the supermarket check-out, indeed your next-door neighbour. She is also the sister of a murdered junior doctor and has spent almost 40 years trying to find his killer. Penny will be joining us at Denman this October to present an extraordinary talk and Q&A based around her book Dead in the Water.

 The discovery of the bodies of Penny’s 25 year old junior doctor brother and his girlfriend found tortured and murdered off the coast of Central America in 1978, led to the family’s heart-breaking 38 year quest to discover what had happened and who was responsible for this most heinous of crimes. Despite the best efforts of Chris’s parents who went to unbelievable lengths to discover the truth, the case quickly went cold. The family were haunted for almost four decades as to why their beloved son and brother should meet such a gruesome and tragic end just seven months after setting off on a holiday of a lifetime travelling the globe.

 It was on a dog walk with her then 91-year old mother that the thought came to Penny that she should search for her brother’s suspected killer on the internet. It was this research that led to the re-opening of the 38 year old international murder case and the eventual arrest of her brother’s serial killer at the age of 75 in Sacramento after 50 years on the run.

 Outline of the Event:

2pm- arrival

2.30pm - 4pm- Talk and Q&A

4pm- Denman Premium Afternoon Tea

 There will also be the opportunity to purchase a copy of Penny’s book during the event.

 

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



With our flagship WI Cookery School, love of a good old-fashioned get-together and Bake Off: The Professionals alma mater (Chef Manager and Tutor Kelly Mauger), it was only a matter of time before we answered your call for tents, tea and a healthy dose of competition! We’re proud to present to you The Great Denman Bake-Off – your chance to shine in the tent with that top secret signature bake! Teams of two will be given a fun challenge, the chance to make something magical, have it judged by our experts and potentially win the Denman Bake Off crown! Naturally, be prepared for plenty of giggles, cuppas and treats to keep you going.

 

Outline of the Event:

1pm arrival for tea/coffee

1.30 intro and demonstration of the challenge ahead

2pm- challenge commences

3.30 challenge ends

3.30-3.45- judging takes place

3.45- feedback given and the winner announced

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Mark Twain famously said that Berlin was the newest city he had ever seen; and in many ways that remains as true today as it was in his era. 

Denman are delighted to welcome back Simon Gregor , this time exploring the history of Berlin from 1870 to the present day, from the unification of Germany in the late nineteenth century, to its reunification just over a century later. 

The upheaval of the First World War, the collapse of the ruling Hohenzollern dynasty, the foundation of the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of the Nazis, the division of Germany, the Cold War, and the building and then collapse of the Berlin Wall - all are writ large in the landscape and architecture of the city. 

Yet even after all this upheaval and division, Berlin still retains the capacity to reinvent itself, to be something new - and to retain a sense of hope and positivity which makes it an endlessly fascinating place to visit.  

This talk will serve as a useful introduction to the city for anyone planning to come on the Denman on Tour Berlin trip in 2019; and for those unable to go on the tour, a brief overview of the recent history of Germany's capital city.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £67.00


Non Member: From £72.00



Come and join us for a fascinating day exploring what happens when Blenheim Palace becomes a film location. The day starts at Denman with Antonia Keaney from Blenheim Palace giving an illustrated talk on how the Palace has been used as a filming location in a huge variety of TV adverts and programmes, and has appeared in both Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters. 

 The talk will show what actually happens at the Palace when Hollywood descends - and what happens behind the scenes!

 After Antonia’s talk and a wonderful 2 course lunch, we will take a coach across to Blenheim where you can spend the afternoon exploring the wonderful house and gardens at your leisure before arriving back at Denman for around 5pm.

Outline of the Event:

11am- attendees arrive for tea/Coffee pastries

11.30-12.30- Talk and Q&A

12.30-13.30- 2 course Denman lunch

13.45 coach to leave Denman to travel to Blenheim

16.30- depart Blenheim

17.00- arrive back at Denman

About Antonia:

Antonia Keaney joined Blenheim Palace in 2008 as a member of the Education Team, then later took on the role of Social History Researcher for the Palace.  She has curated a number of exhibitions at Blenheim including ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ in 2013 and the hugely successful ‘Passion for Fashion – 300 years of Style at Blenheim Palace’ in 2017.


Researching and delivering talks has always been a favourite part of her role and in addition to speaking at varied venues, Antonia has delivered a ‘Conversation’ at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, been in Conversation with fashion editor, Caroline Issa at a Bicester Village Brunch, hosted an event at Soho Farmhouse, made a guest appearance on Radio 4’s Saturday Live Show with the Reverend Richard Coles and Aasmah Mir and, most recently appeared, with John Craven on BBC’s Countryfile and Phil Spencer in his Stately Homes series for Channel 4.

In her spare time, Antonia enjoys the company of her family and her dogs – particularly Percy, the wire-haired Dachshund, who has inspired her to write and illustrate her first children’s book – Percy at the Palace (a Dog’s Eye View of Blenheim).  She is currently working on her second children’s book, Percy and the Pug (Chatting with Churchill) as well as her first non-fiction book, A Passion for Fashion – Putting on a Show at Blenheim Palace – due for publication in Spring 2019

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



MP Layla Moran is a serving Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon, having won her seat in the 2017 general election. As a woman in politics, Denman is delighted to welcome Layla to talk on education here with us at our college. Layla is the first UK Member of Parliament of Palestinian descent and the first female Liberal Democrat MP from an ethnic minority background. In June 2017, Moran was named as the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Education, Science & Young People in the House of Commons - uniquely placing her for an informative discussion on all things education. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into politics and education from a woman who has defied the odds! 

Outline of the Event:

11am guests arrival

11.30am talk and Q&A

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non member: From £47.00



Looking for tasty gluten free baking? No problem! This type of cooking doesn’t have to be tricky… Claire and Sally, the minds behind Oast to Host, have been taking on the challenge! When it comes to exploration and experience, get a step closer to gluten free mastery with a fabulous demonstration from Claire who’ll show you how to make and roll gluten free pastry with ease! You’ll also come away having learnt the rather special recipe to their award winning quiche – one that promises no ‘soggy bottom’! Join us for ways to get the most out of your baking and sample some treats that’ll get you excited to recreate the magic at home!

Outline of the Event: 

2pm – Guests arrive for tea/ coffee and pastries

2.30pm – Talk and cookery Demo and Q&A session

4.15pm – Denman  Premium cream tea with Prosecco

5.00pm – Depart

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Gorgeous gowns with fantastic frills, dramatic decoration and luscious lace abound in this talk celebrating the skill of the Victorian dressmaker.  Celebrate the sumptuous styles of the era whilst also considering the cost of the gowns on the women who made them. See what the dressmaker wears to dress the debutante in her new fabulous frock with original examples on display for you to study and admire.  A talk by Meridith Towne: Costume Historian & Dressmaker. 

 

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £200.00


Non Member: From £240.00



Join us on this exclusive event and be inspired to make toast and marmalade the stars of your breakfast table. A practical course combined with tutor demonstrations. Learn how to make perfectly set marmalade and discover easy ways to make two breads ready for toasting and pairing with Paddington's favourite spread.

Day 1
12-12.30pm - Arrive
12.45pm - Lunch in the Denman restaurant
1.45pm - Welcome and Notices with tutor Vivien, Ruba Asfahani (Deputy Head) and college host
2-4.30pm - Three Fruit Marmalade Stage 1 preparation, demonstration and practical. Spelt Bread demonstration and practical.
4.30pm - Afternoon Break
5pm -6pm - Tour of House
6.45pm - Dinner in the Denman restaurant
8.15-9.15pm - Setting and finishing stages of Three Fruit Marmalade, demonstration. 

Day 2: Thursday 29th November 2018
9.00-10.45am - Three Fruit Marmalade stage 2 cooking, practical. Multi-seeded bread demonstration and practical.
10.45-11am - Coffee/tea
11 -12.15pm - Three Fruit Marmalade Stage 2 setting practical.
12.30pm - Lunch in the Denman restaurant. There may be time to look at work of guests on other courses, please ask your tutor.
1.30pm - Depart

Tutor Profile
Vivien Lloyd is a leading authority on the teaching of preserves using recipes championed by the Women's Institute. Author of First Preserves and six e-publications about preserves and baking, she frequently shares her skills at cookery and summer schools in the UK. As an Air B&B super host, Vivien teaches others how to make delicious breads, marmalades and jams for their guests. 

Notes for Students
Please bring a cool bag or box suitable to take home 4 jars of marmalade and two loaves of bread. Please bring a kitchen timer if you have one.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



People come to Denman to have a jolly good time! Curious how this was done a century or so ago? Hop back in time with Oxfordshire historian Liz Woolley as she gives a fascinating talk on the leisure and entertainment habits of those in Victorian and Edwardian Oxford. In the mid-nineteenth century, the world was once again changing: With a little more time and money to spend, recreational activities arose to meet the demand for something to do. For a descriptive tour of period’s entertainment scene and discover why “habitual drunkards” were “induced to spend their evenings in the library”…!

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

Did you know that you can extend your visit to Denman? Have a buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner or even stay the night with us! The cost for breakfast is £12, lunch is £13.50 and dinner is £24 including multiple courses. We offer a B&B rate at £75 for a single room and £100 for a shared double. Bookings can be made through our guest services team* - please telephone 01865 391991 or email info@denman.org.uk. 

*Please note that these extras are offered where available.

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Join acclaimed author, journalist and broadcaster, Sonia Purnell, to discuss her new biography of Virginia Hall, A Woman Of No Importance, which is the incredible untold story of a glamorous American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated wartime France for the SOE and became the Gestapo’s most wanted Allied Spy.

 This is the epic tale of an heiress from Maryland who determined that a hunting accident would not define her existence; a young woman who gambled her life to fight alongside the British for what she believed in; an espionage novice who was one of the first to penetrate Vichy France for the Allies and help fan the flames of French Resistance. In the end, through sheer courage and ingenuity she became one of the Second World War's greatest secret agents.

 Pursued by the Gestapo, the Abwehr and a wicked priest who betrayed her, she escaped over the Pyrenees in winter only to return to the field in disguise to lead a guerrilla campaign against the Nazis around D-Day. Secretly decorated by a British king and an American president, she never talked of her exploits right up to her death in 1982. Her name remains virtually unknown today but now finally Sonia brings this extraordinary and inspiring figure out from the shadows. Based on brand new and extensive research, this is an astounding account of resistance, heroism, spycraft and overcoming prejudice.

Outline of the Event:

2pm – Arrival for tea/ coffee and pastries

2.30pm – Talk and Q&A session

4 pm – Denman Premium cream tea with Prosecco

5.00pm – Departure

 

 Bio:

Sonia Purnell is an author, journalist and broadcaster known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. Her first book, Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, was long listed for the Orwell Prize for its insightful and ground breaking portrait of Boris Johnson. Her second book, First Lady: The Life and Wars of Clementine Churchill, tells the astonishing but previously untold story of Clementine Churchill, and has already been widely hailed on both sides of the Atlantic as 'riveting', 'eye-opening' and 'exemplary'. Sonia also writes for a variety of newspapers and is a regular broadcaster in Britain and abroad. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.