The East Sussex Federation (ESFWI): History

​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 Wannock Downs members provide some of the photographs and recipes for the calendar. 2020 was the last edition of the calendar.

The 2019 Annual Meeting was held at the newly refurbished Congress Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday 18th September.  The speakers were Trisha Stewart one of the original Calendar Girls, telling us about The Calendar Girls at 20 and  Lynne Stubbings,  Chair of the NFWI.

There was a Federation trip to Denman College in Oxfordshire in 2019 too , which was very popular. The courses selected suited most tastes and the camaraderie was second to none.

Contact details


Falcon Way,


BN27 1HY.

(Open Tues – Thurs 9.30am - 4pm)

Tel: 01323 442592



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ESFWI Headquarters in Hailsham

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NFWI Chair Ruth Bond addresses our members in March 2013 at Easbourne Winter Gardens

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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