Where we meet
Village Hall, East Dean, BN20 0DR
When to come along
1st Monday of every month (2nd if there is a Bank Holiday) at 7.30pm
Micheldene WI is based in the village of East Dean and Friston, close to the iconic Seven Sisters. Initially established in 1960 as a village WI, we now have a membership of 90 women, of whom over 25% come from across East Sussex, Eastbourne, Seaford, Polegate and beyond!
We are a modern 21st century WI, with a mix of women within our membership, women who are working and those who are retired, although it’s difficult to sum them all up, but perhaps, active, interested, interesting and great fun just about covers it. A quote from a new member says it all “I walked into a meeting of Micheldene WI, and could feel the energy in the room, and thought… I’ll have some of that!”
What we do
Our monthly meetings are lively and interactive, with a varied programme of speakers and activities, we have been “Back to Skool “revisiting our school days attempting hula hooping and sitting the 11+ exam (surprisingly popular!) amongst other things, we have played People Bingo, attempted Laughing Yoga, and Ballroom Line Dancing. We also embrace the learning objective of the WI with interesting educational speakers.
With such a large membership Micheldene WI has a number of special interest groups that help members to get to know other through a shared activity. We have a lunch club, a walking group – the Walkie Talkies (it’s all in the name), Micheldene Hookers, a crochet group, Stitch and Natter, and a Family History Group researching family trees and genealogy; in addition we run 4 book groups, one of which is called “Reading between the wines” once again it’s all in the name! We run outings to local cinemas and theatres, and have been further afield to Portsmouth, Winchester, and to Wimbledon for a Tour of the All England Tennis Club.
Our Charity Committee liaise with local charities for members to support, each quarter a different charity receives proceeds from raffles and donations, we have Christmas project with members donating items, for example the new baby scheme run by the Foodbank, toiletries for the local women’s refuge, and a centre for the homeless, and the crochet group has a “Hats for the Homeless” project. We hold a garden party every summer to
Find Out More
See what we do on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MicheldeneWISussex/