July 2020 Important update about Denman
On behalf of the NFWI Board of Trustees, it is with great sadness that we announce our proposal to close Denman permanently. We appreciate this will be difficult news for you, as it is for the NFWI Trustees and our staff. Most of all, this is a difficult time for the dedicated and passionate Denman staff team who are at risk of redundancy.
For a number of years, Denman has been operating without unrestricted reserves and operating a cash-flow model reliant on future bookings. This has always made Denman vulnerable to any economic changes and particularly so during this period of complete lockdown.
Throughout lockdown, the NFWI Board of Trustees have been carefully examining the financial position of Denman and considering all possible options. As the proposed reopening date of 1 July approached, it became clear that Denman would be unable to open and operate its full range of services, and that participants and visitors were uncomfortable visiting, which meant the scheduled courses were no longer viable.
This has been an extremely difficult decision and has not been taken lightly. Significant work has been undertaken over the last 18 months to address Denman’s financial challenges and rebuild its reserves position, including the introduction of a new business plan in June 2019 which opened up the opportunity to develop non-educational activities on site as a way of increasing income. This has been incredibly positive and we saw a significant reduction in deficit in the last financial year. Denman has also been helped enormously by the money received from the Saving Denman Appeal and Love Denman, as well as other donations and legacies that we have received over the years. However, Denman’s lack of unrestricted reserves and the cash-flow position meant that the College was left in an incredibly vulnerable position when faced with a minimum 3 month closure during the lockdown period.
We would like to thank all members for their support of Denman over the years, including their enthusiasm and support for the recently established ‘Denman at Home’ courses. We are absolutely delighted that this programme has proved so popular, and in the short term it is our intention to continue to deliver and grow this offer to ensure that members can continue to access the high quality Denman activities that we have always prided ourselves in. You can sign up to these courses via the Denman website here: www.denman.org.uk.
This announcement and accompanying FAQs were sent to WIs via federations on 21 July, so we hope this news has already reached most WI members. If you did not receive this information via your WI, you can find the FAQs on My WI, which should help to explain the background and process in more detail. These will be updated over time; however please note that we do not have answers to everything at the moment, as we are still within the consultation period and have not yet fully explored some of the complex legal and financial practicalities. If the proposal is taken forward following the staff consultations, we will also be hosting a series of Zoom Q+A calls for WI members in September, where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions about Denman. Whilst we know how upsetting this news is for many WI members, please hold any further questions for these calls.
If you did not receive the FAQs from your WI and are unable to access My WI, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
All members and non-members with existing bookings will be contacted separately and will be refunded in full within 30 days of this announcement. You do not need to contact us to arrange this as you will be contacted directly by the team.
Please note the closure is currently only proposed, as we have formally entered a consultation period with all Denman staff facing redundancy. The consultation period is an opportunity for staff to make representations on the proposal; therefore no decision can be made until the consultation period has ended.
Surrey Federation resolutions, selections by 31st January 2020
World Kindness Day is coming up on Wednesday 13 November! We have a few small ideas for how you could get involved:
– Invite a neighbour or friend to attend an upcoming WI meeting
– Reach out to a member who you haven’t seen for a while
– Visit My WI to find the instructions to make this paper pocket folder for a friend – you can fill each pocket with photos of shared memories and trinkets: https://mywi.thewi.org.uk/interests/craft/project-library/papercraft/paper-pocket-folder
– Join the UWI Pen Pal Exchange programme, started by WI member Valerie Hughes to connect with someone via handwritten letters: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UWIPenpalExchange/
If you already have plans for World Kindness Day, let us know by emailing email@example.com
On Friday, we hosted the Riverdown 85 meeting in Molesey, this is a regional meeting held twice a year. The meeting was attended by 54 ladies from New Malden , Walton, Hersham, Surbiton and Molesey WIs. The atmosphere was very homely and welcoming and we’d like to say a big thank you to those who donated and prepared the food, which received many compliments.
The guest speaker at the meeting was Polly from the Hampton Court Palace Chocolate Kitchen. The Chocolate Kitchen was a small but specialised series of rooms used by royally-appointed chocolate makers to prepare this expensive delicacy for kings and queens. Until the 1800s, chocolate was mainly served as a drink. Although the Chocolate Kitchen was built in 1690, it’s location was only discovered in 2013. (It is situated in Fountain Court)
Polly has written a book about the kitchen which is on sale at Hampton Court.
Molesey Night Shelter were in the church next door to the meeting, which gave us an opportunity to proudly introduce our new charity to the group and to offer them any left over food.
As a thank you for hosting the meeting we received a beautiful flower arrangement from the Riverdown 85 committee. Text by Sue Adam, Photo by Miranda Ingold.
The Molesey Women’s Institute voted for Molesey Churches Night Shelter to be our charity for 2020.
Upcoming community events:
5-7pm Thursday 28th November Walton Road’s Magical Molesey
4-8pm Thursday 5th December Bridge Road Winter Wander
Molesey Carnival Saturday 8th June 2019 where we sold our homemade cakes and crafts for SOSSEN!.
We also won Best Stall! Get us?! 🏆
#LOVEMOLESEY IS BACK FOR 2019!
Last Easter we decided to show Molesey some love. We set ourselves a target of 1,000 hours of serving our community in a four-week period. The target seemed huge, but we smashed it! – we exceeded 1,100 hours across 50 different projects and events. We baked cakes, washed cars, planted and tidied gardens in our schools and day centre, ran tea parties for senior citizens, helped the foodbank, visited folk in the care homes…and so much more.
This year, we are running #LoveMolesey again, and we believe it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. Between Sunday 24th March and Easter Sunday 21st April how much love can we show Molesey this year? Please click in this link for more information.
RNLI Throw Bags Delivered to Molesey Riverside
Miranda, our president, delivered our WI sponsored throwbags to local riverside establishments yesterday. As a result of supporting the local RNLI as our charity last year, we purchased these bags as they are a great life saving aid.
Miranda presented throw bags to 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts.
They have kindly sent us some photographs showing the Sea Scouts learning to use the throwbags.
Resolutions to choose from 2019.
Some of our lovely ladies have been making biscuits ready to sell at Magical Molesey Thursday (29th Nov) & will again next week for Bridge Road Winter Wander (4-8pm Thursday 6th December). Please come down and support us. Miranda Ingold, President
The Molesey Women’s Institute unanimously voted for SOSSEN to be our charity for 2019. They “offer a free, friendly, independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information and advice on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).” and are based in Creek Road, East Molesey. A representative from SOSSEN will attend the December meeting to explain their work.
Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Sunday, we shall be meeting outside the Royal British Legion at 10am to walk to the war memorial in West Molesey to lay our wreath.
MWI were thanked by RNLI for our donation and support in sharing information about throw bags. We have enjoyed having RNLI as our charity for 2018.
Molesey Matters interviewed Miranda (Page 9)!
What a lovely idea!
Visit to Poppy Factory
“We can’t recommend visiting the Poppy factory highly enough. We learnt about the history of the remembrance Poppy (a corn poppy) and the factory, then had an opportunity to make a poppy or two. The work that they do in supporting disabled veterans to find employment is incredible.
Every poppy sold by the Royal British Legion for Remembrance Sunday is created at the factory together with most of the wreaths laid at the cenotaph and the petals used at the festival of remembrance. Each member of the royal family has their own wreath design.
The factory will be closing for a year in November for renovations so there will be no more visits during this time.
For more information go to www.poppyfactory.org 15th August 2018 Sue Adam”
Wednesday 15th August 2018
Meet there 20 Petersham Road Richmond Tw10 6UR
Or for12.30 at Hollyhock Cafe Terrace Gardens TW10 6UX
Girlguiding Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
Would you like to join a movement of women empowering girls and girls empowering women – a place that makes a difference to hundreds of thousands of girls and young women, and where new volunteers can use their time and skills to change girls’ lives? Then why not volunteer to work Girlguiding?
If anyone is interested in volunteering, go on to the girl Guiding website https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/ and click on ‘volunteers’, the district commissioner will reply as she will pick up the information.
Sunday 12th November 2017
The MWI will lay a wreath in Remembrance. Please do come along in support.
October 2017 We have chosen RNLI to be our new charity of the year
Help needed for Molesey Library Coffee Morning
Moves Fitness Charity Event for Alzheimer’s Society:
Our current charity is Richmond Fellowship Mental Health Charity. Maddy has kindly invited members for tea and cake at Croft House in Matham Road, East Molesey at 12.30 – 2pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017.
The report came back, “Such beautiful surroundings for residents to progress in their rehabilitation. The homemade scones and cake were made in their cookery session and were delicious. We were made to feel very welcome as residents and care workers showed us around and happily chatted to us in their group room”.
Sounds like a lovely afternoon, thank you for having us.