East Sussex Federation

Lady Denman celebrated with Blue Plaque

East Sussex County Chair, Gill Nokes, accompanied by two past Chairs, Shirley Kirby and Kathryn Hutson, and fourteen other East Sussex Federation members joined members of West Sussex Federation to celebrate the life of Lady Gertrude Denman with the inauguration of a blue plaque. The plaque was placed on the side of the Victory Hall, Balcombe and commemorated Lady Denman’s hard work in the Women’s Institute of which she was a founder member and the first elected Chairman of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes. It was unveiled by the current National Federation Chair, Lynn Stubbings.

CarrTaylor Vineyard Visit September 2017

On a beautiful early Autumn day, we enjoyed a few hours at the Carr Taylor vineyard in Westfield, the second oldest English vineyard!
We received a very warm welcome and were given a very interesting vineyard tour where we were lucky enough to actually see the grapes being picked, pressed and bottled- such a great time of year to go. We were then treated to an informative wine tasting session (hiccup) followed by a fabulous buffet lunch.

Thanks to all the staff at Carr Taylor for a great day from the ESFWI.

Friends Against Scams

Consumers lose £5-10 billion to scams each year!

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to:

‘Take a Stand Against Scams’

We are running a session for members to find out how to become a Friend Against Scams. See the Events page for more details.

Bowling Taster Day

The Leisure and Learning Sub-Committee organised a bowling taster day at the Isle of Thorns & District Bowling Club, Chelwood Gate. A number of WI members attended where they received tuition from some of the club members. Larger bowls were not needed!

Federation Quiz Final 2017

Congratulations go to Westham Evening WI, whose team the ‘Four Candles’ won the final at ESFWI HQ. Six WIs took part in the final: – West Ham Evening WI – Four Candles; Hailsham Nightingales WI –’ WI’s Owls’;Pett WI – ‘All the President’s Women’; Ovingdean WI – ‘Seagirls’; Heffle WI – ‘Heffle Buccaneers’; Hastings Ore WI – ‘Hastings Mermaids’, where they also enjoyed a fish and chip supper! Well done all.