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 2019

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 9th

Cinema Evening

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

Competition: none

Refreshments: popcorn and ice cream

February 13th

"Stories behind Nursery Rhymes"

Terry Penny

Competition: childrens book / toy

Refreshments: Doreen and Jean Br

March 13th

"Iceland- Land of Fire and Ice"

David West

Competition: A glass item

Refreshments: Audrey and Carol

April 10th

"Where there's a Quill there's a Play"

Christine Farmer

Competition: Shakespeare quotation

Refreshments: Margaret R, Pauline and Pam M

May 8th

"The Agony and The Ecstasy of a Canal Hotel Boater"

Barry Watson

Competition: A canal ware item

Refreshments: Jenny L, Pam J and Sue G

June 12th

"Piers - Their History and Future"

Janine Kilroe

Competition: A seaside item

Refreshments: Ann S and Mary S

July 10th

Garden Party

Vanessa's – 20 Wappenham Road


Saturday August 31st

Afternoon Tea

All welcome to come and spend some time enjoying good company, tea and cake and learn some more about Helmdon W.I.

Sept 11th

Member's Night – Details to follow

Competition: Refreshments:

Oct 9th

AGM and Games Evening

Competition: a sporting item

Refreshments: committee

Nov 13th

"Christmas Craft"

Jackie Lonsdale

Competition: loved / made craft item

Refreshments: DI and Jean Bates

Dec 4th

CHRISTMAS PARTY – 7.00 pm Start

Competition: Decorated pine cone