East Sussex Federation

Two great ‘Mid-Centenary’ events for ESFWI this summer.

This is the famous Flower Carpet in the Grand Place in Brussels, enjoyed by a group of WI members on a Federation trip in August.

‘Mid-Centenary’? Yes – we have two rounds of centenary celebrations here in East Sussex. In 1917 the original Sussex Federation of Womens’ Institutes was founded, and in 1919 that Federation split to form what are now the East and West Sussex Federations. We celebrated with events in 2017, and have more to come in 2019.

This summer, in June, we organised a major camping event for WI members, ‘WI Goes Wild’. Over 200 women from across the country enjoyed a fabulous sunny weekend filled with activities, learning and laughter in the beautiful Ashdown Forest near East Grinstead. WGW was  entirely organised by volunteers from the East Sussex Federation – the first such event to be organised by a Federation.  Although we had aimed the event to particularly attract our younger members, many of the more senior ladies joined in enthusiastically as well. Eighty-year olds on the zip wire? Yes, of course, why not! We are the WI!

In August our second major event saw a smaller, but equally enthusiastic group enjoy a weekend in Brussels and Bruges, again organised and led by volunteers from the Federation. Everyone seems to have had a great time.

Please be patient with us!

Over the summer period we are changing to a new Website Editor.
This means that this site will not be as up-to-date as you normally expect it to be. We’ll try to get new events added, but in the meantime, don’t forget to check in the printed WI News, or look at the postings all WI secretaries receive each month. You’ll find application forms for events in the back of the News, and in the postings.
If you want to add material to your WI page, please email it to the WI office.
We expect normal service to be resumed by 1 September.
We hope you are enjoying the summer sun!