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 11th January 2023

The first meeting of the New Year started at a new venue. The Sidlesham W.I. moved to the Churchs' new Parish Rooms to trial holding their meeting in the newer church building. Although it was a smaller gathering than normal all agreed that the venue should be the W.I.s' new permanent home at least for the forthcoming year.

Jerusalem was sung with gusto for the first time in 2023 and Suzanne, the President, welcomed the members and apologised that the Speaker for the day had cancelled due to ill health.

This did not dampen the spirits, however, as a 'Bring and Buy' sale was planned, and it was mooted that this would give more time to discuss this years' W.I. Resolutions. There were 4 proposed Resolutions with only one vote for each member. A lively discussion took place about the merits of each. These were : Save Our Water, every drop matters : Women to Women, turning over a new leaf in the lives of women tea workers : On-line Gambling Harm, time for action, and Clean Rivers for People and Wildlife.

The last Resolution had the majority of votes and the Secretary, Ann, will send the decision to National. Once all the votes from every W.I. are counted we should know the overall campaign to be supported by May 2023.

To celebrate Sidlesham W.I.s' 95th Birthday next month a Birthday Party is being planned for the next meeting and a special lunch in March to commemorate the occasion. After tea and cake the sale of items donated took place and then the raffle was held. Bloom of the Month was won by Ann with her hyacinth.

The next meeting will be held on
8th February, in the Church Rooms, at 2.15pm The Speaker will be Hazel Child and the subject is Music Therapy.

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.