As you are now on our new website and viewing this post on our 'News' page, did you know that under the tab marked up as ‘Find a WI’ by scrolling down this page you will find the details of your WI.  The details in the grey panel are taken directly from your MCS Record. If any of the details are missing or incorrect please contact your MCS Rep, to make the appropriate changes.
If you have a separate Website for your WI, then please make sure that this is up to date, and that the link to it is included on MCS.
In a recent review we found several excellent examples of bespoke websites, which enquirers can find by following the link – take a look at the Groombridge WI website for instance:
Some WI’s who don’t have a website, but do have an excellent Facebook Page, have chosen to add this, as their Website Link, which works beautifully. For instance, take a look at Westham Evening: So if you have a Facebook Page why not add this as your ‘Website’ link on the MCS System.
Please check that you have specified ‘Disabled Access’ as we know that this is something that some prospective new members have been looking for, but have not found.
Please remember that any changes you make today on MCS will not show as changed on the Website until the next day.
One of the joys of our new Website, is it gives each of our Wis the possibility of creating their own website, which means they will be able to ‘show off’ all that they do. There are some excellent examples from some of our Wis who are doing exactly that.
For inspiration please take a look at: or
Are you feeling inspired?? Would you like some help in creating pages for your own website, under the East Sussex Pages?
We would like to hear from you if you are interested in receiving some face to face training, in the basics of creating additional pages on your basic entry. The course will be held in Hailsham HQ and will be a half day session. Please email if you are interested in this. We will gauge the level of interest in this and arrange accordingly.
Having reviewed all of the pages of each of our WI’s we would like to thank all of you who have already taken the initiative to create your own websites, or Facebook pages, and to those who have already taken the bull by the horns and added pages to the new website – Well done – we are sorry that we have not mentioned you all by name.

Our Federation Annual Meeting

Our Federation Annual Meeting saw many happy WI members enjoying a fantastic day at the Winter Garden theatre in Eastbourne on the 29th March ...  Here are a selection of photos taken on the day intended to give you a flavour of the day, were you there? maybe you can spot yourself.... If you weren't there this year we hope this will whet your appetite for coming along next year.

Our New Federation Secretary

We were all sad to say goodbye to Vicky Booth, who had been our Federation Secretary for some 15 years. Vicky had worked alongside Judy and in previous years, with Vanessa, to build a strong team in our Hailsham HQ.

We were however, delighted to welcome Symone Krista, as our new Federation Secretary. We asked her to provide a few words for us to share with you, here's what she said:

"Hi, my name is Symone. I am the new Federation Secretary.  

I would like to say thank you for all your kind welcome messages.

I am very excited to work with you all.  I have more than 20 years of administration experience working with charities and the private sector.  I have organised several events, conferences, seminars, and workshops.  I particularly enjoy the process of setting up of the events, meeting everyone who will be involved and meeting the guests. I am looking forward to the annual meetings in Eastbourne and Cardiff.

I believe together we can work and get people excited about the events we organise and promote. I am looking forward to working with you all. 

I appreciate there is a lot to learn regarding the WI.  Besides work, I am a mother of two boys and enjoy gardening."

Report from Jacquie Frost – our roving reporter …

A bright and sunny afternoon in Eastbourne saw over 80 WI members from all over the county streaming into the Langham Hotel for a superb lunch, and a Christmas Wreath and flower arrangement demonstration.

Kevin Loveland, who has over 30 years experience in floristry and has his own shop in Pevensey Bay even managed to answer his phone and take an order whilst introducing his telephone customer to a room full of WI ladies.

Here's a photo of our fabulous demonstrator ...

He then went on to demonstrate a beautiful yew, rosehip and cheeky robin Christmas wreath and five stunning arrangements with a wealth of tips given on how to utilise some normal household items to enhance the arrangements. These included removing the stem from a wine glass, and then pushing the bowl of the glass into the leafy arrangement, and for safety setting a candle inside it, as well as using kebab sticks to allow nuts, orange slices etc to be inserted in among the flowers .

Ladies were each given a raffle ticket on arrival, and 6 lucky ladies  each won one of the arrangements.

Thank you Jacquie – looks like it was a great success!!

On behalf of East Sussex Federation of WI’s we offer our deepest condolences to all the Royal family at this sad time.

Her Majesty the Queen will be sorely missed by the WI as a long standing member and supporter of our organisation.

With gratitude to a life devoted to the service of others and  an inspiration to so many.

Willow Workshop - 25th June 2022

We were delighted to see the return of In Person workshops - Zoom has been wonderful - but to welcome real live people into a room and then watch them produce 3 wonderful pieces of willow work, was just magical!!!

Thank you to Danny Manning - our wonderful tutor and to our fantastic students.


Please note that a current WI Membership card will need to be presented in order to obtain any discount.

Closs and Hamblin (formerly C&H Fabrics)

A 10% discount is offered to any member who can show a current membership card at any of their branches (Eastbourne, Brighton, Winchester, Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury, Chichester, Guildford, Horsham and Windsor).  You can also qualify for the discount on their website by quoting the code WI99. The discount is also available in the coffee shops.


Fiveways Arts & Crafts, 261 Ditchling Road, Brighton BN1 6JH 01273 551600

10% discount

Cass Art, 21 Market Street, Brighton BN1 1HH 01273 733896

10% discount. Also offer a rewards card scheme which can be used in conjunction with the 10% discount.


Little Miss Sew n Sew, On-line only 01323 483947

10% discount online using the code WI10. This excludes workshops.


Lansdown Health Store, 44 Cliffe High Street, Lewes BN7 2AN 01273 474681

5% discount

Riverside Flowers, 2 Station Street, Lewes BN7 2DA 01273 488820

10% discount on anything purchased in the shop.

The-stitchery, 12-16 Riverside, Cliffe Bridge, High Street, Lewes BN7 2RE 01273 473577

10% discount on all products except books, patterns and sewing machine servicing


The Patchwork Cat, 3 Newhaven Square, Newhaven BN9 9QS 01273 516067

10% discount in the fabric shop and also for the classes


Foam and Fabrics, 21-23 Broad Street, Seaford BN25 1LS 01323 893716

10% discount when spending over £10


Lansdown Health Store, 35 High Street, Uckfield TN22 1AJ 01825 764436

5% discount

If any members know of any other shops who are prepared to offer WI members a discount, please let Judy know at ESFWI Headquarters 01323 442592

ESFWI Federation Annual Meeting - Eastbourne

March 23rd 2022 was a red letter day - as we returned to having our first face to face Annual Meeting in 3 long years, and what a meeting it was!!

A total of 375 members congregated at the meeting, and the Centenary Banner and Bunting were there too. The whole meeting was lively and there was just a lovely warm atmosphere - when old friends were reunited and new friends were made. The HQ team of Vicky and Judy had done us all proud with their organisation both before and during the day.

The venue was excellent and we were treated to some rather amusing stories of the trials and tribulations of being a WI Judge from the Super Duo of Sue Davies and Avril Parrini. They provided a super warm up act to our main speaker who was Eddie the Eagle. His energy and enthusiasm was infectious, and the feedback from members was that he was really entertaining.

Of course, this being WI - we had a raffle and we had an amazing response to our appeal for baskets and for those who love a jewellery bargain, the ACWW had come up trumps - so there were lots of opportunities to spend a bob or two. We also had representatitives of all of our sub committees who were there to talk to members about their plans for the future.

Plans are already afoot for our next years meeting which will be on Wednesday 29th March at The Winter Garden - we strongly advise you to buy your tickets early. There will be the return of all the old favourite stalls, but also we are looking to have some new additions too.

Here's just a small selectoin of the photos we took - they probably don't really do the event justice - but maybe it will give a flavour of the day.

FAM audience




Subscriptions 2022/2023 – These have been set at £44.00 with the breakdown as follows:  WI £21.60, Federation £10.30, NFWI £12.10.  From April 2022 new members will pay a pro-rata subscription depending on the quarter in which they join as follows:

Date of joining 2022/23 Total subscription WI share Federation share NFWI share 
1 April-30 June£44.00 £21.60£10.30£12.10
1 July-30 Sept£33.00 £16.20£7.73£9.07
1 Oct-31 Dec£22.00 £10.80£5.15£6.05
1 Jan-31 March£11.00 £5.40£2.58£3.02

There is no pro-rata rate for dual membership who need to pay £21.60 at any time during the year. ESFWI will send a quarterly invoice for membership fees in the postings in April, July, October and January. If you require any further information, please contact ESFWI HQ.