East Sussex Federation

Barcombe WI

Where we meet

Village Hall, Barcombe, BN8 5BH

When to come along

2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm

About Us

We were founded 100 years’ ago in November 1918 and have around 50 members. We are a village group with a strong community and we welcome visitors and new members

What we do

We choose our speakers so they cover a wide range of topics. This year for example, we have talks on “Rebuilding Nepal after the earthquake”, “The Making of a Superstar”, “Downton Revisited: Entertainment in the Edwardian Era”, “The History of Preston Manor”, “The History of Room Interiors” and a visit from Medi-Dogs.

Our regular groups include Pilates, choir, mah-jong, a walking group and a sewing group.

We also arrange regular outings. Last year groups of us went to “The Marriage of Figaro” in Tunbridge Wells; had a spa day at the Felbridge Hotel; went on a trip to Plumpton Races; had a visit to Chartwell; had our centenary trip on the Bluebell Railway. We often go on theatre visits and have been on a vineyard tour. We also have a garden party in August and go out for a Christmas meal in December.

This coming year we hope to look at some of the following options: tea at The Grand; going to a live screening at The Depot in Lewes; visit to Petworth House and a trip to Monk’s House, Rodmell.

We also help out with community events. Two of our members set up a “Good Neighbours’ Scheme”, we carry out an annual litter collection and we also provide teas for some charity community events.

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‘Belonging to the WI means being able to make a real difference, through our national and local campaigns’;

‘Some of our speakers are inspiring, for example, the woman who took up sailing in her 60s and made a solo journey across the Atlantic’;

‘It’s a very relaxed, friendly and fun WI.  Most of the members are in their 60s and 70s and it’s really interesting to talk to those whose families have lived around here for generations’;

‘I admire the way the WI seeks to educate its members – I learn something new every month’;

Many WIs are doing exactly the right thing in introducing fresh ideas and gradual change without doing away with long standing traditions.  It is a terrible shame that many young women are still put off from joining by a stereotype which no longer exists’.