East Sussex Federation


Please note that staff are back at work at HQ on a part time basis.   Vicky Booth, Federation Secretary, will be in the office on Mondays and Tuesdays only and Vanessa Wood, the Book Keeper will be at HQ on Wednesdays.  Judy Buckle, the Assistant Secretary, will attend on some Thursdays.  Members are welcome to email the office with any queries but please note they might not receive a reply immediately but only when the relevant staff are back in the office.


Any member who wishes to purchase stationery or drop off/collect anything from HQ should phone first and a special arrangement can be made.

WI members can still contact the WI Advisers and Board members relevant to their query, using the contact details in the ESFWI Year Book.

Thank you for your patience and we hope that members and WIs are coping as well as possible in these uncertain times.

A Letter from Gill

Dear Members,

Four years have now passed since I became the Federation County Chairman in 2016. So, it is time to say goodbye and hand over to our new Chairman, Anita Jobling. Congratulations, Anita, on your new appointment. I wish you and the newly-elected Board of Trustees all the very best for the future.

I have had an amazing time whilst in office with so many happy memories that I have shared with you, the members. Thank you sincerely to all the WIs that have welcomed me so graciously, giving me tea and cake, and also many magnificent celebration cakes to cut on your special occasions. I also remember with great fondness the good times spent with some very inspirational women within the WI who I thank so much for all their friendship, laughter and sometimes tears that we have shared together, especially during this last difficult year, your support has been very much appreciated.

I have been very fortunate to have had Vicky, our Federation Secretary by my side, and also had the pleasure of working with Judy and Vanessa in the office, a great team, thank you to you all.

I am thinking of you all during this terrible situation we find ourselves in at the moment. Be strong, keep smiling and we will get through this together in true WI spirit.

Very best wishes
Gill Nokes

The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.
So true at this moment in time. Stay in, stay safe.


Anita Jobling, our new Chairman

We are very pleased to announce that following an online Special Meeting the officers for the Board of Trustees 2020-21 are:

Chairman – Anita Jobling, Cross in Hand WI

First Vice Chair – Dorothy Proietti, Hailsham Nightingales WI

Second Vice Chair – Sue Davies, Westham Evening WI

Coounty Treasurer – Clare Biddiscombe-Woolgar, Polegate Sundowners WI

Assistant Treasurer – Kim Dunn, Horam WI

The remaining trustees are:  Lee Ede, Westham Evening WI; Jacquie Frost, the Harbour WI; Steph Gaunt, Hastings Ore WI;  Trudy Gower, Herstmonceux WI; Sharon Hamby, Herstmonceux WI; Hilary Lewis, Micheldene WI; Avril Parrini, Polegate WI.

Congratulations to Anita, a long standing member and stalwart of our Federation and also to the other officers and trustees who serve the members in our lovely county.   We welcome Trudy and Hilary to the Federation Board and welcome back Kim Dunn who was previously on ESFWI BoT.

But we also say a sad Au Revoir (certainly not Goodbye) to Gill Nokes, who has been our Chairman for the past four years.  She has lead us and entertained us through some very busy but also enjoyable times.  You will see her at the postponed Annual Meeting on 30 September where we can all give her our thanks for her leadership and dedication to the WI.


Following the address by the Prime Minister last night we are sorry to announce that ESFWI HQ will be closed after today (Tuesday 24 March) until further notice and so the office will no longer be manned.

If any member has an urgent enquiry you can email Vicky, the Federation Secretary, on vboothwi@gmail.com.

Even though these are extraordinary times please note that WIs should still keep a record of their decision to cancel WI meetings and it should be minuted either as a separate report or in your Committee minutes and should be kept with your meeting records and committee papers.
Please note that if the decision was taken using phone/email/digital media you can add this information to the form.

Finally, if you are still waiting for a refund for a cancelled event (such as for the NFWI Tickets and coach fare) you will receive your payment, but it may not be for a week or more. Please bear with us.

Keep your eye on this website and the East Sussex Federation of WIs Facebook page for future updates.

To all our WI Members, stay safe!