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Catsfield W.I.


We are a small village WI that was founded in 1918 – we celebrated our Centenary in April last year.  We have around 34 members and offer a warm welcome to new members and visitors – do come along – we would love to meet you.



We meet on the first Thursday of the month and have a range of speakers.   This year giving talks on ‘How to Paint Birds in Watercolour’, Etymology – Its all Greek to me (a quiz), a Tribute to Stanley Holloway and much more.  We have a delicious tea of Cake and Sandwiches, tea and coffee which are provided by the members on a voluntary basis.  We also have a summer Garden Party and as well as our Christmas Party meeting, we also have a Christmas Celebration lunch at a local hotel.

We have a nominated charity each year – this year we are fundraising for the Sara Lee Trust and have a Jumble Sale arranged for the 16th March in our village hall and also a planned coffee morning in June.

Recently we enjoyed a trip into Hastings for a backstage tour of the White Rock Theatre, followed by afternoon tea at the theatre.   We have in the past also taken a Steam Train from Bodiam to Tenterden, stopping for lunch and some shopping and then returning back to Bodium.

At our Easter and Christmas meetings we hold a craft competition.  This year our members are being tasked with making an Easter Card using any medium, (we have supplied the card).  Last year it was an Easter Bonnet and at Christmas it was to make an angel entirely out of paper.

At our June meeting we have a ‘Fun Flower and Produce Show’ where members are given a list of classes that they can enter into. For example, Home produce, Home crafts, Floral decorations, there are usually around 5 categories in each.

In September we hold our ‘At Home’ meeting which is a chance for members to talk about a particular aspect of their lives, currently members talk about their various and varied occupations.

We also arrange walks in the local area (weather permitting) culminating in coffee and cake in a nearby café.  We also have a scrabble group which meets throughout the year in a member’s house.


The ESFWI Centenary Annual Meeting


The ESFWI Centenary Annual Meeting was held on the 18th September at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne.


All ESFWI’s were asked to contribute to a Centenary Banner – made from squares of fabric (decorated anyway they chose) to form a patchwork.  All the members at the meeting were asked to vote for their favourite square and would you believe it - Catsfield WI won the prize of £50.00.  The very talented lady who made our square is Ann Clegg (our treasurer and vice president).

Photographs of the event can be viewed by clicking on the below three images:-

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A wide range of opportunities exist for members to enjoy through the East Sussex Federation and, of course, the many causes and debates sponsored by our National Federation. A warm welcome is given to guests and if you would like to join us for any of our meetings, just come along or contact our President, Ann Davey on 01424 830477.

Last updated: 15 Sep 16