East Sussex Federation


We have some great events and initiatives planned to commemorate 100 years since the founding of the East Sussex Federation, These will be advertised throughout 2019.  Watch out for more information!  This list should give you a taste of what is happening.

 Centenary Craft Day, Crowborough Community Centre, Saturday April 6

This year, the ever-popular Craft Day will be bigger and better than ever, and held on a Saturday to enable working members to attend. More details in Craft and Art News.

Centenary Promotional Coffee Mornings.

We’ll be encouraging all WI groups to hold a coffee morning for members and their local communities during May 2019. We’ll be producing packs to assist you in organising your coffee morning.

Federation Centenary Quiz

Heats will be held at:

Brede Village Hall Monday 20 May 2.00pm, Herstmonceux Village Hall Wednesday 22 May 7.30pm, Meriden Centre, Peacehaven Thursday 23 May 2.00pm, Luxford Centre, Uckfield Thursday 23 May 7.30pm.

The top six highest scorers overall will go through to the final to be held at Hailsham HQ on Friday 12 July.

South of England Show, Ardingly, 6,7,8 June

Don’t forget that the West Sussex Federation is also celebrating its centenary. Both Federations are busy planning a great centenary show – schedules have now gone out to WIs. Why not make up a coach party from our WI to visit the show?


Federation Garden Party/Fair, Saturday 6 July, 2pm until 5pm.

It will be held at the beautiful Fairlight Hall, the home of WI member Sarah Kowitz. Sarah has kindly agreed to open up her gardens for us, and a lucky few members will also be able to book tours of the house on a first-come first-served basis. You’ll also be able to book guided garden tours with the Head Gardener. There will be tea and cake, Pimms, live music, and a range of entertainments and stalls, including a bake-off competition and a display of rarely-seen WI archive material.  The first opportunity to book tickets for this great afternoon will be in February – application forms will be in the News, in the postings and on the website.

Come on all you creatives and crafters! We want WI groups or individual members to book stalls in our ‘Market Street’. You’ll need your own tables and gazebo. There will be up to 400 WI ladies attending, so it is an excellent selling opportunity.

Calendar Girls, The Musical, Congress Theatre Eastbourne Tuesday 6 August 7.30pm

We have reserved 100 tickets for our WI members at a bargain price of £40.50. Why not get a group together of WI colleagues, friends and family? The tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis, and you will need to pay in full to reserve your places. The Congress will only hold the tickets for us until February 2019, so book quickly. Download the application from the Events page.

Annual Meeting, Eastbourne, Wednesday 18 September.

A special meeting for a special year.  Guest Speakers will be ‘Calendar Girl’ Tricia Stewart and inspirational ocean rower Sally Kettle, plus NFWI National Chair Lynne Stubbings. We’ll also have dance in the aisles music from ‘The Retros’.

Federation Centenary visit to Denman, 18-20 October 2019.

We are not going to advertise this event much more because it is nearly full!.. If you’d like a place, please contact Vicky at the ESFWI office as soon as you can.


Rebranding the 300 Club!

From the middle of 2019 we’ll be relaunching the club as the Centenary 100 Club. Does that give you a clue? Yes. Each month we’ll have a prize of £100, as well as the usual prizes to be won at the Annual Meeting. Watch the News for further details.

The Centenary Membership Drive

Let’s go all out to recruit more WI members! The County Competition will be a membership drive for 2019/20, with prizes for the winning WIs.  More details soon!