Sidlesham WI have now RESUMED Meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.15pm in the Parish Rooms. ( Next to the Church )

Wednesday 13th September 2023

A special visitor was welcomed to the September meeting of Sidlesham W.I. Wooster, a labradoodle, along with his owner Lisa Herbert, from the Shoreham Dog Trust came along to promote the work of the charity. Wooster, who was very well behaved, stole the show, but it was interesting to hear from Lisa about the process of rehoming dogs and the other work such as the 'Our Hope' and the 'Freedom Projects'. The 'Freedom Project' is to help the pets of victims of domestic abuse and the 'Our Hope' work is helping the dogs of homeless people. They also have a Pet Food Bank and Emergency Veterinary Support Fund.

Visiting the meeting on the same day was Chris Hodges the new W.I. Adviser covering Sidlesham. She explained her role and how part of her remit is to promote the W.I. and open new groups in her area as well as assisting when groups unfortunately close. Chris was warmly welcomed and we heard about her work with the new branch in Worthing called The Seagulls.

A number of members had forthcoming Birthdays which were duly marked with Birthday cards. There was also a display of photographs taken by Ann at events this year held by the W.I. There were lovely pictures of the trip on the canal held in August and the Coronation afternoon Tea. Arrangements for the Harvest display in the Church were discussed and members were encouraged to contribute. Suggestions for the venue for the Christmas lunch were put forward and two places were identified as favourites to be explored further so that prices and dates can be brought back and compared by those interested.

The Raffle and the Bloom of the Month competition took place. First place was a yellow rose contributed by Phyllis, Second was Anns' peach rose, and Third was a Borage from another Ann.

The next meeting will be held in the Parish Rooms on Wednesday, 11th October at 2.15 p.m. when Eve Anderson will speak about British Sign Language with plenty of audience participation.

Kim Hopkinson

Sidlesham WI formed in 1928

On Tuesday 5 January 1928 at 2.30pm a meeting was held in the Anchor Hall to discuss the possibility of starting a Womens' Institute in Sidlesham.

Mrs Wingate introduced the Hon. Mrs Colvin (West Sussex WI Chairman and VCO) who explained the objects of the WI.

45 women were present and 42 voted in favour of starting a WI. 14 of those present volunteered to form a Committee and Mrs Wingate was elected President. It was agreed that the meetings would be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 2pm.

On Tuesday 7 February 1928 the first meeting was held in the Anchor Hall at 2pm. The officers were: Mrs Wingate: President, Miss Fry: Vice-President, Mrs Hart: Honorary Treasurer and Miss Donkin: Honorary Secretary. It was agreed that the motto should be 'Unity is Strength'. The meeting closed with God Save the King.

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon Englands' mountains green ?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On Englands' pleasant pastures seen ?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills ?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among those dark Satanic mills ?

Bring me my bow of burning gold !
Bring me my arrows of desire !
Bring me my spear ! Oh clouds unfold !
Bring me my chariot of fire !

I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
Till we have built Jerusalem
In Englands' green and pleasant land.