East Sussex Federation

Catsfield WI

Where we meet

Village Hall, Catsfield, TN33 9DP

When to come along

1st Thursday of every month except August. November to March at 1.45pm
April to October at 2.30pm

About Us

We are a small village WI founded in 1918 – we celebrated our Centenary in April last year.  We have around 34 members and offer a warm welcome to new members and visitors – do come along – we would love to meet you.

What we do

We meet on the first Thursday of the month and have a range of speakers.   Our current programme includes talks on ‘How to Paint Birds in Watercolour’, Etymology – Its all Greek to me (a quiz), a Tribute to Stanley Holloway and much more.  We have a delicious tea of Cake and Sandwiches, tea and coffee which are provided by the members on a voluntary basis.  We also have a summer Garden Party and as well as our Christmas Party meeting, we also have a Christmas Celebration lunch at a local hotel.

We have a nominated charity each year – this year we are fundraising for the Sara Lee Trust and have a Jumble Sale arranged for the 16th March in our village hall and also a planned coffee morning in June.

Recently we enjoyed a trip into Hastings for a backstage tour of the White Rock Theatre, followed by afternoon tea at the theatre.   We have in the past also taken a Steam Train from Bodiam to Tenterden, stopping for lunch and some shopping and then returning back to Bodiam.

At our Easter and Christmas meetings we hold a craft competition.  This year our members are being tasked with making an Easter Card using any medium, (we have supplied the card).  Last year it was an Easter Bonnet and at Christmas it was to make an angel entirely out of paper.

At our June meeting we have a ‘Fun Flower and Produce Show’ where members are given a list of classes that they can enter into. For example, Home produce, Home crafts, Floral decorations, there are usually around 5 categories in each.

In September we hold our ‘At Home’ meeting which is a chance for members to talk about a particular aspect of their lives, currently members talk about their various and varied occupations.

We also arrange walks in the local area (weather permitting) culminating in coffee and cake in a nearby café.  We also have a scrabble group which meets throughout the year in a member’s house.

Find Out More

Via the ESFWI Office or use the Contact Us form on this site.

Catsfield WI Committee

From left to right – Denise Piguet, Janet Heath (Treasurer), Ann Davey (President), Catherine Nicholls, Beryl Bodey (Secretary)

ART, CRAFT AND HOBBY DISPLAY – October 7th meeting

With the business section of the meeting concluded, The President made her way along the tables covered with ‘Art, Craft and Hobby’ items made by our Members; while several Members gave the background story of the items they had brought to display.

Among the many artworks displayed were pictures of animals, birds, boats, flowers, a car, dancers and Santa, all worked in a wide variety of mediums.

Needlework items displayed were knitted, crocheted and cross stitch work and included sweaters, collars, an evening bag, a Gothic picture and a baby’s shawl, all worked in a wide range of wools and silk.

Other craft objects displayed were jewellery and sugar paste flowers and literary efforts comprised of poems and a children’s Christmas Story.

The President led a big round of applause thanking everyone who had brought items for display, providing us with a very interesting and entertaining afternoon.

From left to right:  Sandie Secular, Joy Simmons, Victoria Crawshaw, Rita Bullard, Diane Blyth, and Ann Rushbrooke

Upcoming Meetings

On 2nd September 2021, Catsfield WI Committee members welcomed members and guests to their first meeting in the Hall for several months.  We meet on the first Thursday afternoon of the month in the Hall. Our programme for the last few months of the year is:

7th October @ 2.30pm

Members ‘Art, Craft and Hobby Displays’

4th November @ 1.45


2nd December @ 1.45


Entertainment provided by The St Lawrence Quartet

Coronavirus Update

During the last lockdown, Catsfield WI carried on with the plan set up in March 2020.  All committee members were allocated 4/5 members to keep in touch with by phone on a regular basis to make sure that they were coping ok and to see if there was anything we could do to help – also a nice long chat was welcome especially to those who are living on their own.

When lockdown restrictions were lifted and we were allowed to meet in the open in a group of no more than 30, we arranged a meeting at our local playing field.  Our members were really receptive to the idea and we had a great turnout.  The Committee turned up early and got to work sanitizing the chairs and tables (that were stored in a shed at the playing field), and members were asked to bring their own picnic.  A quiz was arranged which was enjoyed by all, even if most of us couldn’t answer all the questions.  The weather that week had been glorious, the day we had the get together – 21st August – it was like April showers, umbrellas were going up and down at a rate of knots.  Still it did not spoil the afternoon.  The feedback we got was that it was a great idea and everyone enjoyed the fact that they could have a good natter and meet up with friends.

Here’s hoping that next year will be a vast improvement on this one.

Catsfield WI are winners!

The ESFWI Centenary Annual Meeting was held on the 18th September at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.

All ESFWI’s were asked to contribute to a Centenary Banner – made from squares of fabric (decorated anyway they chose) to form a patchwork.  All the members at the meeting were asked to vote for their favourite square and would you believe it – Catsfield WI won the prize of £50.00.  The very talented lady who made our square is Ann Clegg (our treasurer and vice president).