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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.

Sidlesham WI now meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 2.15pm in the Church Hall, subject to ongoing Government advice regarding COVID-19 precautions.

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.