East Sussex Federation

Crowborough Vale WI

Where we meet

Crowborough Community Centre, Pine Grove, Crowborough, TN6 1FE

When to come along

2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm. Our meetings are held in Room 1 at the local Community Centre on the second Tuesday of the month and commence promptly at 7.30pm.

About Us

Founded in 1954 we are a traditional WI with a membership of up to 95 members.

If you are interested in joining our WI we welcome you to attend two meetings free of charge with the exception of our Birthday Party (March) and our Christmas Party (December).  Depending on the current number of members you may have to be registered on our waiting list.

What we do

A programme of speakers is arranged to offer a wide variety of subjects and fascinating information.  A monthly competition is held whereby points are awarded to the best three entries; at the end of the year the member with the highest number of points receives a cup and a gift voucher.  To raise funds towards our social programme we run a monthly raffle.  At the end of our meeting members have the opportunity to chat with one another over a cup of tea.

In addition to our meetings we arrange a social programme of events, for example last year we arranged trips to the theatre, a bursary trip to Rochester with a historical tour of the city and a visit to the London Postal Museum.

Regular activities on offer include a regular local walk on a Monday morning, a coffee morning (1st Tuesday of the month) and a lunch at different local restaurants (usually the last Friday of the month).  For those who like reading we have a Book Club and there is Craft Group.

We are keen to help within our local community and currently have two teams of ladies who volunteer with the Brighter Crowborough Group in an attempt to keep our town free from litter. Here are some of our volunteers:

We provide a tea tent with refreshments on Sussex Day (16 June) and also at the Town Council’s Fun Day which is held in July.  On the August bank holiday we organise and man the Cake Stall at the Crowborough Hospital Fete; the cakes and confections being supplied by our members – all funds going towards The Friends of Crowborough Hospital.

We encourage our members to engage in Federation activities such as the South of England Show by providing cakes for the refreshment tent and stewarding of WI exhibits.  Also to attend the meetings and workshops which are on offer as this is an opportunity to meet with members from other local WIs.

Here are some pictures of our 64th Birthday Party – entertained by the East Grinstead Ukulele Band and some of our members playing hand bells.


Find Out More

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

Earlier Crowborough Vale WI Events

Members from Crowborough Vale WI have been busy sewing red crosses on to a white background as part of the’70273 Project’. 70273 is the number of babies, children, men and women who were killed between January 1940 and August 1941, because they were deemed, by Nazi Germany, to be a burden on society as they were imperfect and unworthy of life, in their search for a perfect race. The white background represents the paper and the two red crosses represent the two doctors evaluation, it was such a simple way to end someone’s life with the stroke of a pen.
In February 2018, 13,817 crosses made by people across the South East have been on display in Rochester Cathedral.
A group of our members who had been involved in this project visited the cathedral to see the crosses which had been made into quilts and were displayed in the cathedral. The 70273 project is a mass petition for love and humanity, being signed in stitches from people all over the world in a 100 countries. When the quilts are taken down they will carry on spreading the love in different countries.
It was a very interesting and very emotional day.

Litter Picking
Litter Picking

A group of ladies from Crowborough Vale WI have joined members of the community on regular litter picking in the town. This is part of ‘Brighter Crowborough’ which was launched late last year to try to keep our town clean, green and litter free.

Visit to Festival of Flowers Arundel
Visit to Festival of Flowers Arundel

A group of ladies from Crowborough Vale WI recently visited Arundel Festival of Flowers and were really impressed with what they saw in the Cathedral. The carpet of flowers down the aisle was beautiful as were all the flower arrangements and decorations though out the Cathedral. On the way to Arundel a stop was made at Goring by Sea to visit the English Martyrs Church. This church has the only known reproduction of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling in the world. From the outside the church is very plain but upon entering it is stunning, the ceiling was amazing. It took Gary Bevans, a member of the church, over 5 years to complete starting in1987 and finishing in 1993. Of course the day would not have been complete without a visit to a restaurant for lunch.

In March Crowborough Vale was 61 years since its formation and sixty one members celebrated in great style. We had a ‘Bring & Share’ finger buffet and excellent entertainment brought to us by Teresa Hayward and Rita Allcorn who played on their piano-accordions some really good toe-tapping music for our members to have a good sing-along. Food was in abundance and there was a real party atmosphere. Members and helpers worked hard to lay out the tables complete with floral decorations and it all worked out really well. The Committee appreciates all the praise and thanks we have had for organising this party. Well done Crowborough Vale.

61st birthday buffet
61st birthday buffet
61st birthday with members and accordion entertainment
61st birthday with members and accordion entertainment by Teresa Hayward and Rita Allcorn

On 11th March 2014 Crowborough Vale WI enjoyed a celebratory meal at the Plough and Horses, Crowborough to mark 60 years since its formation. We were very pleased to have as our guests two founder members, Kate Smith and Alice McDonald, also our Federation Chairman Kathryn Hutson. The competition was ‘The Best Glitzy Outfit’ and was won by Hilary Brown. We all enjoyed a good meal, a few drinks and plenty of chatter and laughter.