East Sussex Federation

Crowborough Vale WI

Where we meet

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE

When to come along

2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm

What we do

We hold friendly meetings with the general business of the group, feedback from our spin off groups and an interesting speaker every month, a raffle, a competition, a cup of tea and a chat to finish off.  Please feel free to join us at any meeting. You will not be on your own when you walk through the door; we will make you welcome and ensure you have a pleasant evening.

President – Jennie Wood
Committee Members – Sybil Twinn, Anne Knight, Sue Booth, Shelley Nowell and Maureen Peake.

Crowborough Vale WI meetings
9 January 2018The History of the Spa Valley Railway
& British Rail Days in 1985
Brian Halford
13 FebruaryExploring the Myth of Eating 5 a Day
Helen Prosper
13 March64th Birthday Party
Party Food & Entertainment
10 AprilWhat Makes a Superstar?
Simon Mott, BSc., MRICS
8 MayStreet Furniture
Glenda Law
12 JuneThe History of the British Seaside
Don Dray
10 JulyBonsai Traditions
David Penny
14 AugustMembers' Take Over
11 SeptemberPostal Pranks and Mischief
A Victorian Prankster
David Bramwell
9 OctoberTown Criers and Bellmen Past and Present
Peter White
13 NovemberAnnual Meeting with Cheese & Wine
11 DecemberChristmas Party with Pooled Supper & Entertainment

Crowborough Vale WI Events

Members from Crowborough Vale WI have been busy sewing red crosses on to a white background as part of the’70273 Project’. 70273 is the number of babies, children, men and women who were killed between January 1940 and August 1941, because they were deemed, by Nazi Germany, to be a burden on society as they were imperfect and unworthy of life, in their search for a perfect race. The white background represents the paper and the two red crosses represent the two doctors evaluation, it was such a simple way to end someone’s life with the stroke of a pen.
In February 2018, 13,817 crosses made by people across the South East have been on display in Rochester Cathedral.
A group of our members who had been involved in this project visited the cathedral to see the crosses which had been made into quilts and were displayed in the cathedral. The 70273 project is a mass petition for love and humanity, being signed in stitches from people all over the world in a 100 countries. When the quilts are taken down they will carry on spreading the love in different countries.
It was a very interesting and very emotional day.

Litter Picking
Litter Picking

A group of ladies from Crowborough Vale WI have joined members of the community on regular litter picking in the town. This is part of ‘Brighter Crowborough’ which was launched late last year to try to keep our town clean, green and litter free.

Visit to Festival of Flowers Arundel
Visit to Festival of Flowers Arundel

A group of ladies from Crowborough Vale WI recently visited Arundel Festival of Flowers and were really impressed with what they saw in the Cathedral. The carpet of flowers down the aisle was beautiful as were all the flower arrangements and decorations though out the Cathedral. On the way to Arundel a stop was made at Goring by Sea to visit the English Martyrs Church. This church has the only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in the world. From the outside the church is very plain but upon entering it is stunning, the ceiling was amazing. It took Gary Bevans, a member of the church, over 5 years to complete starting in1987 and finishing in 1993. Of course the day would not have been complete without a visit to a restaurant for lunch.

In March Crowborough Vale was 61 years since its formation and sixty one members celebrated in great style. We had a ‘Bring & Share’ finger buffet and excellent entertainment brought to us by Teresa Hayward and Rita Allcorn who played on their piano-accordions some really good toe-tapping music for our members to have a good sing-along. Food was in abundance and there was a real party atmosphere. Members and helpers worked hard to lay out the tables complete with floral decorations and it all worked out really well. The Committee appreciates all the praise and thanks we have had for organising this party. Well done Crowborough Vale.

61st birthday buffet
61st birthday buffet
61st birthday with members and accordion entertainment
61st birthday with members and accordion entertainment by Teresa Hayward and Rita Allcorn

On 11th March 2014 Crowborough Vale WI enjoyed a celebratory meal at the Plough and Horses, Crowborough to mark 60 years since its formation. We were very pleased to have as our guests two founder members, Kate Smith and Alice McDonald, also our Federation Chairman Kathryn Hutson. The competition was ‘The Best Glitzy Outfit’ and was won by Hilary Brown. We all enjoyed a good meal, a few drinks and plenty of chatter and laughter.