Women's Institute (WI)

Helmdon WI - An Introduction

Helmdon has had a branch of the Women's Institute since 1921. We meet in Helmdon Reading Room every 2nd Wednesday of the month (except for August) at 7.30 pm. We welcome women of all ages from Helmdon and other local villages.

Today, in common with WIs all over the country, the branch is much more than "jam and Jerusalem". It still binds together the women of the village, who at heart, have the same interests of those of over ninety years ago, but who as the twentieth century passed by and merged into the twenty first, have widened their view of the world to embrace wider interests and activities.

We have a varied annual programme The occasional garden party is always much enjoyed, as are the harvest suppers of the members' own making, the occasional meals out, and outings, whether to local attractions, or a coach visit farther away. In addition, members have the opportunity to join in county events such as: Guided walks around Northamptonshire; visits to Northamptonshire Federation's adult education facility, Denman College; study days; demonstrations of practical skills.

Why not come along one evening? A warm welcome awaits you.
If you would like further information please contact us.

Helmdon WI Programme 2020

Most months there is a competition, "Flower of the Month" and a raffle

Wednesdays 7.30 p.m. unless otherwise specified

Come and see if this village organisation is for you. You will be warmly welcomed.

Further info from Vanessa Vicars (President) or Jenny Saunders (Secretary)



January 8th

Cinema Evening

"Enchanted April"

Competition: Something Italian!

Refreshments: popcorn and ice cream

February 12th

"Rainbows Children's Hospice"

Paul Stothard

Competition: A childhood treasure

Refreshments: Doreen, Jean Brookhouse and Pauline

March 11th

"My Father's Journey through WWII"

Andy Tennet

Competition: A piece of WWII memorabilia

Refreshments: Audrey Barbara and Carol

April 8th


"Iceland - in Autumn and Winter"

David West

Link Meeting with light supper

Cancelled due to Covid19

May 13th


Macrame Craft Evening

Amy Filbey

Competition: A favourite pot plant

Refreshments: Jenny L, Pam J and Sue G

Cancelled due to Covid19

June 10th


"Helmdon in 1939 and 2019 - a changing village"

Ross Vicars

Competition: A photo of Helmdon - old or new

Refreshments: Ann S Louise and Mary S

Cancelled due to Covid19

July 8th

Garden Party

Louise's – Manor Barn, 68 Church Street


No Meeting but possible outing

Sept 9th

Cancelled due to Covid19

Autumn Flowers and Foliage Masterclass

Jane Borton

Competition: A flower arrangement in a small vase or container

Refreshments: Louise, Vanessa and Eileen

Oct 14th

Cancelled due to Covid19

AGM, Hallowe'en Supper and Games Evening

Competition: Four Hallowe'en decorated cupcakes

Nov 11th

Cancelled due to Covid19

Needle Felting demonstration

Mary Hawtin

Competition: A woolly item

Refreshments: DI Pam and Jean Bates

Dec 2nd

CHRISTMAS PARTY – 7.00 pm Start

Competition: Favourite Christmas decoration