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WI Member: From £57.00


Non Member: From £62.00



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!  

 

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.

 http://thelumberjills.uk/author/index.html

Outline of the Event:

1.30pm Arrival

2.00pm Talk by Jo Foat

3.00pm Q&A

3.30pm Afternoon tea

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



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

WI Member: From £42.00


Non Member: From £47.00



Denman are pleased to welcome Peter Barratt, great-grandson of Alice Hawkins, a prominent suffragette in the fight for the woman’s right to vote.  A shoe machinist by trade, lifelong socialist and mother of six, Alice formed her local suffragette branch with the help of the Pankhurst family.

With a bronze statue of Alice unveiled on February 4th 2018, the first to be unveiled in the Centenary year and only one of four Centenary commemorative statues for 2018 (Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison and suffragist Millicent Fawcett being the other three) Peter gives a stirring and passionate account of Alice’s campaign for the vote over a 100 years ago.

Outline of the Event:

2.00pm Arrival for tea/coffee

2.30pm Talk and Q&A

3.45pm Afternoon tea

4.30pm Departure

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

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 

 

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

 

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 and 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

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

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

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

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

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