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 Provisional Programme 2022

Most months there is a competition, "Flower of the Month" and a raffle.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm unless otherwise specified

Come and see if this village organisation is for you. You will be warmly welcomed.
Further info from Louise Stothard (President) or Jenny Saunders (Secretary)

Wednesday 12th January 7.30pm Film night with ice cream and popcorn

'A Little Chaos" starring Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman

Competition – A favourite houseplant

Wednesday 9th February 7.30pm Claire Bryant, Senior Specialist nurse in Palliative care at The Katharine House Hospice and Gill Garner, Senior District Nurse, talking about their work and careers.
All are very welcome (small charge of £3.50 for visitors) Do come and join us!

Competition – An injured soft toy!

Wednesday 9th March 7.30pm A talk about the Hedgehog Preservation Society Claire Shepherd

Competition – Anything hedgehog related!

Wednesday 13th April 7.30pm Macrame demonstration and workshop with Amy Filbey (£2.50 for materials)

Competition Something made of string

Wednesday 11th May 7.30pm David West Iceland, Hot and Cold

Competition – A glass ornament

Wednesday 8th June 7.30pm Masterchef comes to Helmdon!

Kirsty Rattray of Anchor Farm Catering will give a cookery demonstration and talk about her career and experience as a Masterchef contestant.

There will be refreshments and a raffle.
Visitors are very welcome (there is a charge of £3.50)
Competition – Flower of the month and a favourite recipe

Wednesday 13th July Garden party tba

Wednesday 14th September 7.30pm Block printing workshop – decorate a tote bag or t towel

Wednesday 12th October 7.30pm AGM and 'Desert Island Discs'

Wednesday 9th November 7.30pm Helmdon footpaths, a talk by Roger Miles A favourite warm hat

Wednesday 7th December Christmas meal tba

Competition – A Christmas table arrangement

Contact Louise (01295 760816) or Jenny (01295 760721) for more information

Helmdon WI Programmes for Previous Years


Helmdon WI - News

2021 is our Centenary Anniversary, to see an expanded view of this poster, please click this link