Where we meet
Village Hall,Cackle Street, Brede, TN31 6DX
When to come along
Brede WI takes pride in its warm welcome to visitors and new members from all existing members, but two members in particular are tasked with checking that guests are made to feel comfortable during their initial visits. We are a village WI that was founded in 1927 and currently there are 43 members. We like to think that we retain the original WI values and some of the traditions, for example we still sing Jerusalem at our monthly meetings, but conducted in a spirit of informality, good humour and acceptance of modern trends too.
What we do
The usual format at our monthly meetings is to update members on WI news, followed by a speaker, then tea and cake. Sometimes instead of a speaker there is an activity organised by members, which always seem to be particularly enjoyed. We mark our birthday meeting in April and the Christmas meeting with a special tea.
In addition, members are invited to attend Lunch Club in a local pub suggested by members (third Wednesday of month), Walking Group, Film Club at the Kino, Rye (second Tuesday of month), Book Club in members’ homes (approximately every 4-6 weeks), Card Group in members’ homes (approximately fortnightly) and a Knitting Group.
Outings are arranged in accordance with members’ ideas and for 2019 visits are already arranged to attend Hastings Piano Festival, tour of Royal Opera House, Gourmet Lunch in France, ‘Calendar Girls’ at Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Herstmonceux Observatory, and our annual bus trip to Hythe.
We usually support a community project or charity each year. For instance, in 2018 Brede WI initiated fundraising and organised the purchase of a defibrillator for installation at the Village Hall. We try to support ESFWI events when possible and for the last few years have held an annual bursary draw to enable a member to attend a course of their choice at Denman College
Visitors are always made very welcome at our meetings.
Find Out More
Via the ESFWI Office or use the Contact Us form on this sitE.
Some of our Activities
Lunch under the awning of a restaurant at Hythe during the annual bus trip using our bus passes, September 2018
Knitting group, November 2018
London & South East Walking Netball Festival held in Coulsdon on Saturday 9th November 2019
We are so proud and delighted, not just at the success of our Brede WI Walking Netballers, but also the generosity of their team spirit, support and enthusiasm. The team has only been in existence and training together since the spring of this year, so to achieve second place at the London & South East Walking Festival last weekend, and the only WI that entered in East Sussex, was quite an achievement.