East Sussex Federation

Crowborough St Johns WI

Where we meet

WI Hall, Ghyll Road, Crowborough, TN6 1ST

When to come along

1st Wednesday of every month at 2.15pm

About Us

New members and visitors are always welcome.

Crowborough St John’s is a traditional but very informal WI established in 1924. We currently have 36 members and that number is growing. We are a very friendly group of ladies who meet in the afternoons.

What we do

At our monthly meetings we have interesting speakers, a raffle and a competition, finishing with a chat and tea and biscuits. Current highlights include talks on Guide Dog Puppy Walking, Sussex Inn signs, the Spa Valley Railway and the Swiss Alps.

We also hold a  monthly book club – details below

Weekly exercise classes are led by a fully qualified instructor who makes it a great way to improve your level of fitness and flexibility while having fun at the same time.

Recently we have enjoyed a quiz afternoon with tea and cakes, a Ploughman’s lunch, a cream tea at Barnsgate Manor and a soup lunch at our AGM meeting.

Our members also enjoy our annual outings which have included trips to Hever Castle, Michelham Priory and Chichester Harbour.

Every year we hold a coffee morning to raise much needed funds for The Friends of Crowborough Hospital.

Crowborough St John’s is a member of the High Weald group of WIs. Every year we look forward to all meeting up for an annual lunch in the Spring and a Carol Service in December.

Crowborough St Johns Book Club

The Book Club meets every second Wednesday of the month at 10am at our hall in Ghyll Road Crowborough.
Our Book Club is one with a difference, rather than read and discuss a single book each month we have a theme or topic. This can range from Historical fact or fiction, Crime /Murder/ Mystery, Classical literature to Poetry or Travel books and many more besides.
Discussion is quite lively, and everyone is keen to share thoughts on the books which they have read, but it does seem as though crime and murder books hold the most fascination for us.
It’s true to say that such is the variety of tastes of the group that one can end up reading authors that would have been passed by in a shop or library as books are shared in thought and passed amongst the group.
We regularly have about 12 members at our meeting and, also enjoy Summer and Christmas lunch out.
New members would be made very welcome at our club, do come along.

Find out more

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

Current Situation regarding Covid 19

The WI cannot continue at present because the new regulations.

The Hall – The WI Hall, Ghyll Road, Crowborough TN6 1ST –  is open for some letting but not able to use the kitchen.

The Flex and Stretch Group has restarted on the Tuesday Morning at 11am. There is a maximum of six people plus the person who takes us who is Wendy James and she is very good at keeping us on our toes.  As it is not possible to have our usual number we are operating a rota system.  Anyone who wishes to attend would have to phone the contact for Flex and Stretch – Margaret Martin on 01892 661364.  The Book Club has continued on Zoom.