Denman

Chavey Down WI Bursary

We, as a WI, give a £250 bursary each year to a member that has never been to Denman and wishes to go and has been in our WI for 12 months.
Many of our members have attended and all cannot speak to highly of the experience, the fantastic courses the excellent meals and food which does not stop appearing and most of all the wonderful WI members one meets and also learn from.

Denman, formally Denman College, is a residential adult education college centred on Marcham Park in Marcham near Abingdon in the English county of Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire). OX13 6NW

All of Denman’s sixty-nine en-suite bedrooms are designed and furnished by WI members — providing a unique and individual feel to each and every room.


Founded by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) in 1948, Denman offers day schools and residential courses in cookery, craft and lifestyle.
Marcham Park stands on the site of the original manor house of Marcham which was a grange of Abingdon Abbey. The present house dates from the late 17th century, but was heavily remodelled for Thomas Duffield in around 1820. Its most well-known resident was Duffield’s grandfather-in-law, the infamous miser, John Elwes.The college was formally established in 1948, and named after Lady Denman, the first chairwoman of the WI federation. Today, students attending Denman do not have to be members of the WI, and the college accepts both male and female learners.

Residential courses at Denman last between one and four nights.  Non-residential day courses are also offered.
Course subject areas include the arts, crafts, music, history, sport and technology.

Denman is also the home of the WI Cookery School.
The WI Cookery School  is a modern purpose-built cookery school, each of the 12 workstations is kitted out with its own oven, fridge and a choice of electric,induction or gas powered hobs. Best of all, they do all the laborious preparation such as weighing out ingredients so that you can spend more time cooking.