Federation Centenary Events

"Cherish the Past - Build for the Future"
Tuesday 24th September
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm at Balcombe Victory Hall or
7.30 pm - 9.30 pm at Chichester Assembly Rooms

It is hoped at least one member from each WI will attend one of these meetings to find out more about preserving your records.
"Cherish the Past" - opening the meeting author Graeme Taylor (The Remarkable Rhoda Garrett) followed by Jenny Mason, West Sussex Assistant Archivist (Treasures in Store)
Alison Merriman, Federation Archivist (Keeping Records and WI Voices) and
June Moran (The History of the Federation)
"Build for the Future" Keeping records in a digital age with Q & A session
Tickets: £7.00
Closing date: 30th August

An Afternoon at the Races
Thursday 16th May - Fontwell Racecourse

Yvonne Price, Federation Chairman hosted Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair, members and guests in the premier lounge overlooking the finishing post.  A buffet lunch and afternoon tea were served and everyone enjoyed an exciting afternoon.  The race sponsored by the Federation was won by a horse owned by a WI member!

Centenary Musical Evening

Members, husbands and friends enjoyed a wonderful evening of music at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath in March with guests from neighbouring federations, the High Sheriff of West Sussex and the Deputy Mayor of Haywards Heath.  The evening began with the West Sussex Music Youth Big Band a talented group of young musicians and was followed by young baritone Henry Godwin who at 15 years old has his sights set on becoming an opera singer.  The evening concluded with the Worthing Steel Band who had our feet tapping and many members dancing in the aisles.

100 Years - 100 Trees
Planting for the Future

On 16th March a group of members, selected by ballot, braved the weather and gathered at Northwood near Slindon to plant 100 oak trees donated by West Sussex WIs.  These will become part of the new woodland that will grow up replacing those cut down for timber 100 years ago during the first world war.  An oak plaque marking the site has been erected and a Welcome to Northwood leaflet which contains a map can be picked up at Northwood Junction or The Forge at Slindon.  Some of the photos supplied by Ryan Mclaughlin.

Centenary Celebration Lunch

Hosted by our Federation Chairman, Yvonne Price, members enjoyed a three-course meal at the Avisford Park Hotel, near Arundel. This was a splendid start to our centenary year.