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 8th May 2024

The meeting of Sidlesham W.I. was held on a lovely sunny, warm afternoon.

After Jerusalem had been sung, the members were welcomed, and Marilyn was thanked for the lovely flower display. The business of the day included voting on the Resolution 'Dental Health Matters'.

The Campaign from the National Federation of W.I.s explains that 'There is a chronic shortage of NHS Dentists and people are suffering health issues as a result. The NFWI calls on the Government to increase investment in the training and retention of dentists and to review the current inadequate NHS contracts in order to ensure everyone can access an NHS dentist wherever they live'. The Resolution was unanimously agreed upon. Ann, the Secretary, will send the results to our delegate to take forward.

After this there was a reminder that there is an All Comers Party at the Sidlesham Memorial Hall on Sunday 23rd June from 2 p.m. onwards. A discussion took place after Daphne suggested the setting up of a Book Club. Interested members were asked to let Daphne know.

A coffee morning with Hunston and Selsey W.I.s is to be held on Thursday 23 May in the Parish Rooms between 10.30-12 noon. Marilyn explained that Lunch Bunch will be on Monday 20th May due to the Bank Holiday.

The Speaker this month was Steve Lewis, a retired Police Officer, who gave an interesting, interactive talk on how to investigate a murder the old fashioned way. The discussion was lively and animated and gave a real insight into how the Police go about gathering evidence and checking facts. The audience were expected to ask questions and suggest lines of enquiry. There were lots of clues and a range of suspects. As Daphne said, in her Thank You, it was 'an unusual and fascinating talk'.

Tea and cake were then served, the Raffle called and the 'Bloom of the Month' competition judged by Steve; First place went to Suzanne with a pretty Aquilegia, Second place was another Aquilegia from Ann and Third place was a lovely Rose from Mary.

Next months' meeting will be held on 12th June, at 2.15 p.m. in the Parish Rooms and the Speaker will be Sally Botwright. The subject will be 'Hearing Dogs for Deaf People'.

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.