The WI

The WI is the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK. The ideals of the Women’s Institute of truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship are as strong and important now as they were at the birth of the WI in 1915. It exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills.  The WI celebrated its centenary in 2015 and currently has over 220,000 members in around 6,300 WIs. See more at:

Hertfordshire Federation of Women’s Institutes acts as an umbrella body for all the WI’s in Hertfordshire and has a federation secretary based at County HQ in Wheathampstead. There are several sub-committees that arrange events and activities to cater for the needs and interests of all Hertfordshire members. Information about the events and what all the Herts WI’s have been up to can be found in the Hertfordshire News newsletter. (PDF). County headquarters is also home to our county shop which sells handicrafts produced by members. It’s open 09:00-1300 Monday to Friday and the first Saturday of every month 10:00 – 14:00.

County House
29 High Street
01582 834010


Denman College in Oxfordshire is the home of WI learning. Hundreds of different craft, cookery and lifestyle courses are run every year to appeal to everyone – members and non-members alike.

The WI Cookery School is also based in the grounds of Denman College and boasts a vast range of different cookery courses to attract the most experienced through to novice home cooks.

For more information on this wonderful college and to find out how to book on a course or enjoy an overnight stay please visit