The East Sussex Federation broke away from the Sussex Federation on 5 December 1919 and there were 77 Institutes in the new Federation.
Today there are 107 across the County and 3,500 members. Every month the ESFWI organises a wonderful calendar of events open to all members. Everything is educational but also social and great fun. Last year there was cookery, horticulture, craft, croquet, golf, painting, Buckingham Palace Garden Party to celebtate the WI centenary to mention just a few. Each WI is notified of all the events and members also receive a colourful magazine most months called WI News.
Each year a lovely East Sussex calendar is produced. Afterwards the pictures can be used as postcards and a recipe is included each month. Most years Jevington & Filching members provide some of the photographs and recipes for the calendar. (The design for 2019 has changed so the postcards and recipes are no longer included)
The 2016 Annual Meeting was held at the Winter Gardens Eastbourne on Saturday 9th April. The speakers were Mandy Hickson, the first female Royal Airforce Tornado Pilot and Janice Langley Chair of the NFWI.
There was a Federation trip to Denman College in Oxfordshire in April, which has proved to be so popular, there may be another later in the year. The courses selected suit most tastes and the camaraderie will be second to none.
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The East Sussex Federation (ESFWI): History
The official WI charity is The Associated Country Women Of The World ACWW and as usual there will be a stand and collection at the ESFWI Annual Meeting