Sidlesham WI have now RESUMED Meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.15pm in the Church Hall.

Wednesday 13th July 2022

Suzanne wished us all a very warm welcome, warmer than some of us really wanted, so for once we started our meeting without our usual rousing rendition of Jerusalem.

So straight into general business, with a warm welcome to Rosemary, thanks to Ann H for the very pretty table flowers and the handing out of birthday cards, one of which was for Zena who was celebrating a certain birthday, which is not for publication, and Suzanne suprised her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. It was a really good day for Zena as she also won the bursary to spend on a course of her choice.

Now that we are all trying to return to normality, the West Sussex Federation Quiz is back in face to face format and this year we will be fielding a team of what we are sure will be prize quizzers (Suzanne, Vivien, Louisa and Daphne).

We were all reminded of the arrangements for our summer outing to 'Arundells' in Salisbury and a possible visit, yet to be arranged, for a 'Cream Tea Cruise on the Chichester Ship Canal'.

Our visiting Speaker for the afternoon was Dr Helena Griffiths whose talk was on her trip around the outback of Western Australia. Helenas' working life was as a geologist in the oil industry. After 7 years in Houston, she went to Libya and then to her ideal job in Perth. Before returning to the UK she followed her dream to travel solo in a land cruiser around the outback. She showed some of the amazing diversity of the flora and fauna and the enormous contrasts of landscape and also told us of the little encounters she had with the creepy crawlers that Australia is famous for, during her 80 day adventure. 80 days, 22,000 km and 3 states on your own is some feat.

Daphne thanked Helena for a fun trip around Australia, leaving some of us wishing we had that much courage.

After all that travel we enjoyed a well deserved tea and cake.

The Raffle was called and Bloom of the Month judged
1st Pink rose - Val
2nd Red rose - Louisa
3rd Clematis - Ann W

We do not have a meeting in August so our next meeting will be

14 September with a Speaker from Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital.

Enjoy the good weather everyone but stay safe.

S. Bone

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.