East Sussex Federation

AT LAST – A new location in the East of the County for ESFWI Arts and Crafts events

As from the start of 2019 we’ll be adding yet another venue to our list for regular Craft and Art workshops. We know that members in the east of our county may have felt a bit neglected when it comes to workshops, and now we are able to respond. We will be using Pett Village Hall, off the A259 just east of Hastings. It is a lovely modern hall, very well equipped, with plenty of parking on-site (and it has an excellent pub next door!)

The first event at Pett will be Making Willow Animals and Birds, on Saturday 23 February. The details of this workshop, plus a downloadable application form, can be found on the Events page of this site.

Please support these events so we can continue this initiative.

Data Protection Consent Form Notes

Data Protection Consent Form Notes

The Data Protection Consent form will help WIs ensure they are complying with new GDPR requirements which came into effect May 25th 2018.
The form is designed to be simple and easy to alter to suit your WI, but these notes have been written to help with any queries. An electronic version can be downloaded from the WI Advisor section on the ESFWI website.
If you need any help or are not able to alter the Data Protection Consent Form to suit your own WI, please contact Vicky Booth at the Federation office, who can help with simple queries or will ask a WI Advisor to contact you to help.
You may need to add to or remove any of the blue parts to say what happens in your own WI. You should already be doing the parts written in black.

Data Protection Consent Form Guidance Notes

A copy of these notes was sent to all WIs in the July Posting.

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.


Gill NokesEast Sussex Federation of Women’s Institutes (ESFWI) was formed in 1919 having originally been part of the Sussex Federation which was the first to be created in the country in 1917 – just slightly earlier than the National Federation.

Today we have 101 WIs across the County in both towns and villages. They each have a regular monthly meeting and many WIs have interest clubs and other activities in between. One thing is certain, wherever you live in East Sussex you are not too far from a WI.

Each WI has its own character, activities etc. and we encourage prospective members to visit several to make sure they find the one that suits them. Many of our members enjoy the WI so much that they belong to two WIs.  As a member in East Sussex you will also have access to the wide range of activities, workshops and outings arranged by ESFWI.

Our friendly office staff are happy to give information about local WIs for you to visit. In the unlikely event of you not finding a WI to suit you (wrong day or time) then why not gather a few like-minded friends, contact Hailsham HQ and we’ll talk about starting a brand new WI.

Come and join us!

Gill Nokes
County Chairman, ESFWI

Green Hearts update

These are some of the green hearts made by members who came to Hailsham to take part in the Drop In days making Green Hearts as part of the Climate Change campaign. Everyone made two or three hearts from the amazing stash of free materials supplied by members of WIST (WI Advisers) to take back and inspire their own WIs.

Green Hearts

For the past couple of years on Valentine’s Day, WI members have been busy creating green hearts to show their love and support for people, plants and places threatened by Climate Change.

We know that some of WI members already take part, but this year the WIST team are joining in. We are holding two days of drop in sessions at Hailsham ESFWI HQ early in February.

We invite you to join us in knitting, stitching, crocheting, embroidering and any other form of creativity to produce as many green hearts as we can. It’s also a chance for those of you who have never been to ESFWI HQ to come and have a look and meet other members for a natter over a needle while enjoying a little light refreshment.

We’ll have a stash of materials but please feel free to bring your own. You’ll be able to take something you have made plus some ideas back to your WI to help spur on other members to be part of the Climate Change campaign, and maybe your WI will be holding its own Green Hearts Day on 14 February.

More information on the Events page.