East Sussex Federation

National Winner of Lady Denman Cup Competition 2014


Congratulations go to Stephanie Gaunt from Hastings Ore WI, who as this year’s winner of the East Sussex stage of the Lady Denman Cup, has gone on to win the National Final and will be invited to receive the Lady Denman Cup at the 2015 NFWI Annual Meeting at the Albert Hall. How fantastic for Stephanie, her WI and for ESFWI. We hope you all read her lovely poem printed below which is also printed in the November East Sussex WI News.

WHAT MY WI MEANS TO ME – Stephanie Gaunt: Hastings Ore WI
I see the women walking on the beach,
Talk and laughter snatched by the breeze, dipped by the waves,
Feet scrunching on the shingle.
Young women, old women, all shapes and sizes.
I’m there too. I belong.

A clump of sea-kale catches our attention,
We sniff foam-white flowers above dark crinkled leaves.
‘Can you eat it?’ ‘Yes, indeed,
Pick when it’s young and tender, steam like spinach.’
I listen. It’s always good to learn.

Gathering shells and wave-smoothed twigs,
We share ideas. ‘Let’s make wreaths, or pretty hanging mobiles,
Sell them at the next bazaar.’
Thinking, I hold a piece of sea-glass to the sun.
I join in. Making things is fun.

Here, shifting pebbles bank up high, too steep.
Hands reach out to help each woman make the climb.
Scrambling, we arrive together,
Laughing, shaking stones from sandals, panting, holding sides.
I help. I am helped in turn.

Now, we wander inland along the rutted track.
The village is ahead, we can almost see the café sign.
‘I’d really love a cup of tea.’
‘A scone for me, and the fruit-cake’s really good, they say.’
I like cake. I’ll enjoy a piece today.

National Broadcast of NFWI Centenary AGM

The NFWI Centenary Annual meeting will be held at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 4 June 2015. One in every two WIs will send a link delegate to this Annual Meeting. As a result there will be fewer observer tickets than usual and so the meeting will be broadcast live across the internet to enable as many members as possible to participate in this very special event. Application Form for Delegate
It will be possible for members to view this in their own homes on a personal computer, laptop or tablet where you will need an internet connection of at least 5 – 10 mbps (under 3mbps will not work at all) or members might like to use their local hall for this purpose, making their own arrangements.
However, Cineworld cinemas will be set up to receive this broadcast and the Board has agreed that if there is a sufficient number of members who would like to attend the event at either Brighton or Eastbourne Cineworld cinemas, then the East Sussex Federation will facilitate this. Cineworld have assured NFWI that members will be fine for re admission after the lunch interval.
There is of course a cost involved in hiring the cinema and so we need to have a reasonably accurate idea of the number of members who would wish to attend either Brighton or Eastbourne to take part in this special event.
Your WI Secretary has been sent a form for completion to let us know, as soon as possible, how many members in your WI would wish to attend and at which Cineworld venue? Once we have an idea of the numbers we will send out more information.

Resolution passed at NFWI AGM

98% of WI members at the NFWI Annual Meeting voted in favour of the resolution requesting that all WI members make their wishes regarding organ donation known and to encourage their families and friends and members of their local communities to do likewise. This will now become the campaigning focus for over 212,000 WI members across Enbgland, Wales and the Islands. For more information see the Campaign Section on the NFWI website

Centenary Link Baton

2015 is the Centenary of the WI.  On 1 January 2014 the Centenary Baton started its eighteen month journey in Anglesey, where the first WI was formed in England and Wales.  It will travel throughout all the federations finishing in London at the NFWI AGM 2015.  East Sussex will receive the baton from Kent-East-Kent Federation on 16th December 2014 when we will upload pictures onto a memory stick contained in the baton before passing it on to West Sussex Federation.  These pictures should give an overview of our Federation, a mixture of members, landmarks, buildings, scenery, people, work etc. whatever really depicts the heart of our Federation.
If any of your photographs have pictures of people on them it is very important that you have asked their permission to use their photo as, once submitted to NFWI, the photo becomes the property of NFWI and could be used for marketing or publicity purposes as well as copies being made.
Please start taking photographs which will be required at HQ by 1st November to enable the Board to select the twelve photographs which best represent our Federation.
You can follow the baton’s progress and see the pictures sent in by other Federations.
Picture supplied by North Shore Photography