Saving Denman Appeal



**Saving Denman Appeal Update**

Thanks to all your hard work, the total to the end of November is £500k! Keep up the great work, this is an amazing total and just in time for Christmas!!

How to Make a Donation to the Saving Denman Appeal:

You can donate online using JustGiving. Click here to be redirected to the Denman page:

Alternatively, simply send a cheque made payable to ‘Denman’ in the post to: Saving Denman Appeal, Finance Office, Denman, Marcham, Oxfordshire, OX13 6NW.

Saving Denman

Ladies, I am sure you have all seen in WI Life that a fund has been established  for the maintenance of Denman. At the annual Meeting in Brighton in 2016, Janice Langley said that bookings are up and the Trustees are keen to keep Denman open and are supporting the maintenance appeal.

So are Cheshire.

Denman is our college founded at the end of WWII when so much rebuilding was needed and women were at the forefront of that development.  They are our inspiration: we cannot let them down.

We are working with The Weaver Valley Choir on 21st October 2016 as a first event and more are being prepared so watch this space as they say.

I know some of you have already sent a contribution personally, or from your WI for which we, the Trustees of Cheshire Federation thank you most sincerely.

We would appreciate it if you could send the cheques to WI House so we can keep track of our Federation contribution or if you prefer let us know how much you are sending.

Any WI which wants to know more about Denman can contact me on 01244 375283 or email I have a short power point presentation and lots of photographs to support my talk. And it will only cost you a small amount for petrol.

Thank you for taking time to read this plea to support Denman.

Best Wishes

Lyn Hand
CFWI Ambassador

Chairman of the Denman Committee at NFWI Trustee, Pat Tulip Pat has given us a statement following the launch of the appeal at the meeting in Birmingham:

“As reported by NFWI trustees Pat Tulip and Ann Jones Chair and Vice Chair of the Denman committee, at the meeting, the Board of Trustees is fully supportive of the member led Saving Denman Appeal. The board is very grateful to members for their support of the college and to the members of the working group chaired by Christine Hounslow for their hard work- it is wonderful to see such a positive response to the appeal.”


SAVING DENMAN APPEAL update – August 2017


Weaver Valley WI Choir Concert

The concert in aid of the Denman Appeal was well supported by members and guests who included The Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs and his wife Michelle, and NFWI Trustee Amanda Willday.

The choir performed with great enthusiasm a wide range of music including Parry, Purcell, Irving Berlin, Tom Springfield and Rodgers and Hammerstein and the audience joined in with gusto on several items. There were many solo performances, which showed us what talent  we have in Cheshire Federation. Without offending others Nancy Gates stole the show with her rendition of “Keep the Home Fires Burning” – what a voice at 90.

The Choir also showed their range of talents with several highly amusing sketches and readings: the comic timing of “Séance” and “A Hole in the Bucket” was superb and had us crying with laughter.

As the concert was in aid of the Denman appeal Helen Carey, compere, asked all to do their best to support Denman to enable future generations to benefit from its courses.  To encourage members to go to Denman, Lyn Hand, Denman Ambassador for Cheshire, outlined the next County visit and had flyers for members to collect during the interval.

The raffle was very well supported with £504 raised and 18 members winning prizes.

Thank you to all for their support.

 Lyn Hand, Denman Ambassador

Saving Denman Appeal

“Give Denman a Birthday Present”

As part of our “Saving Denman Appeal” we are asking all WIs to give the proceeds of their September raffle to the Appeal. If you no longer have a raffle could you have a special in September? Devon have been doing this for several years and last year raised over £2000.As we have over 60 federations you can see that this would make a huge contribution to our Appeal Funds without being a big effort on the part of the WI. You should send your cheque to your federation with “Saving Denman Appeal” on the back.

The Appeal is going well but it is a large sum to raise so we need to get contributions in lots of different ways. I hope you will be able to help us in this.


Christine Hounslow

News from Brighton

We are thrilled to announce that £4,901 and 40p was collected for the Saving Denman Appeal at the Annual Meeting on Saturday. A massive thank you to everyone who donated and to all the wonderful volunteers who held the buckets.

Latest News about the Saving Denman Appeal

Denman Appeal


As of the end of July 2016, the Saving Denman Appeal had raised £75,471. Thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far.  This is an ongoing fundraising appeal asking federations, WIs and individual members to organise fund raising activities and make donations over the next two years.  The money raised will be added to a special maintenance fund to maintain the fabric of the buildings and grounds.

There is now a donations box at reception in Denman.

If you would like to give a donation to the Saving Denman Appeal you can send a cheque made payable to ‘Denman’ to WI House, 11 White Friars, Chester.  CH1 1NZ.  We will keep a tally of the amount of support sent by the members of the Cheshire Federation.

Below is a report of the meeting held in Birmingham where many of the Federations were represented.  The report has been written by our Denman Rep, Lyn Hand

Fund raising meeting report

Fund Raising Ideas

Please let us know if you are planning a fund raising event for Denman so that we can advertise it for you here on the website and on the Federation Facebook Page.

We are in the process of organising some County Events for members to help with this appeal and will let you know further details once they are available.

Annual Meeting in Brighton

If any of you want to send a donation for the Saving Denman Appeal with your delegate to the Annual Meeting we are pleased to be able to share the following message with you:

The NFWI has obtained permission from The Brighton Centre to fundraise for the Saving Denman Appeal at the Annual Meeting on 11 June.

Attendees will be given the opportunity to donate money into official fundraising buckets, on their departure, at the end of the meeting. If you are able to share this information with your members we’d be most grateful.

With best wishes.


Kerri Le Roux-Marx
Board Secretary & Events Manager

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