East Sussex Federation

WI Women Go Wild???

Up and down the country, groups of WI Women are getting together for well-being weekends in the countryside.
As part of our East Sussex Centenary Celebrations we’d love to give you the opportunity of being part of this exciting venture.

What is this all about?
We are hoping to hold a women only outdoor camping and activity event in the beautiful Ashdown Forest (now if the idea of camping horrifies you – there will be indoor accommodation on site).
Similar successful events have been held in other parts of the country include ‘Tea and Tents’ in Sherwood Forest and TWICE in Essex. More are starting up all the time! Our weekend would include taster sessions and activities tailored to meet your needs as well as a great social get together.

Sounds good?
We hope so! However, we can’t do this without your help. We must have a group of like-minded women to make this happen. So we need your enthusiasm, your ideas and practical help.

A bit more detail.
We are thinking of using Blacklands Camping and Activity Centre near East Grinstead (the Tea and Tents uses a similar venue in Nottingham).
We envisage a Friday evening to Sunday morning duration, with day visitors attending. Ideally we’d like to hold the event in summer 2018 (sounds a long way off but there’s a lot to do!)The precise dates are negotiable.
Looking at how other events are organised it is clear that we will need a range of skills and expertise! We have already floated the idea past a few local WI’s and it is obvious that the interest is there!

This is your chance to get involved… get in touch with Dorothy Proietti or Steph Gaunt through ESFWI HQ by phone 01323 442592 or email hq@esfwi.test

Federation Annual Meeting 2017

The Federation’s Annual Meeting will once again be held at the Winter Gardens, Eastbourne. On Wednesday 29 March 2017  from  1.30 – 4.30 pm (doors open at 11.30am)

Our main speaker this year will be RUTH GOODMAN. Ruth is a well-known TV Historian and a prolific author specialising in social and domestic history. Most recently Ruth has worked on BBC’s ‘Full Steam Ahead’ and before that shows such as Tudor Monastery Farm, Secrets of the Castle, Victorian Farm and Wartime Farm.

Please note that contrary to that previously advertised, Peter Field, the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex will not be giving a talk at the ESFWI AM, but a Deputy Lord Lieutenant will be giving a presentation on the role, history and importance of this position and how community groups benefit. We apologise for this but we can still look forward to a very interesting and enjoyable day.

Come and browse around the stalls:  SoE Display, Fairtrade Gifts, WI Stationery, ACWW, Craft & Art, Lifestyle, Leisure & Learning, Lime Cross Nurseries, Denman, The Raffle and lovely baskets provided by WIs.   Join the 300 Club and take part in the Denman Dip.

Make sure you purchase a ticket through your WI for your Federation’s most important Annual Event and as places are limited, please do apply on time. Application Form