The Federation’s Annual Meeting was held this year at The Hastings Centre, the Ridge, Hastings TN34 2SA on Wednesday 21 March 2018 from 1.30 – 4.30 pm (doors open at 11.30 am)
Our main speaker: Tom Hart-Dyke from Lullingstone Castle. Tom Hart Dyke first shot to international prominence in the year 2000, when he was kidnapped in the Colombian jungle on a plant hunting expedition that went dangerously wrong. The idea for The World Garden was born in the depths of despair in the Colombian jungle and since his release Tom has been busy building the now renowned ‘World’ in his back garden at Lullingstone Castle. His fascinating talk about his experiences and his knowledge and love of plants were greatly enjoyed by all those members who attended.
Sam Taylor, Editor of ‘The Lady’ magazine and local resident entertained the meeting with a delightful presentation and talk about howThe Lady is Britain’s longest-running weekly women’s magazine, being in continuous publication since 1885 and specialising in quirky, entertaining and informative features and quality writing. Sam Taylor became the magazine’s eleventh editor in August 2015.
Members browsed around the various stalls:
ESFWI Centenary Mugs, WI Stationery, SoE Display, Fairtrade Gifts, ACWW, Craft & Art, Food & Garden, Leisure & Learning, Denman, The Raffle and lovely baskets provided by WIs. Join the 300 Club and take part in the Denman Dip.
There were reports from the Honorary Treasurer, Kim Dunn, from Dorothy Proietti giving an update on ACWW and a very amusing and informative talk from the Federation Chair, Gill Nokes.
Certificates were presented to WIs achieving their Centenaries as well as to other WIs for various achievements and also to winners from the South of England Show and other events. The County Cup was accepted by Kathryn Hutson on behalf of Preston Village WI.
It was a very enjoyable meeting in a new venue which everyone agreed had been very satisfactory and one which could be used again.