East Sussex WI Federation to hold annual conference in Eastbourne

Winter Garden SUS-150316-173406001
Winter Garden SUS-150316-173406001

The East Sussex Federation of the Women’s Institute will hold their annual conference in the Floral Hall of Eastbourne’s Winter Garden on March 25 as the Women’s Institute nationally celebrates its centenary year.

More than 600 delegates are anticipated to be in attendance at the East Sussex division’s annual conference, at which WI members will get together to hear speakers, find out the latest news regarding the county federation and enjoy mixing with members from all over the county, as well as celebrating the centenary of the Women’s Institute.

The Women’s Institute’s 100th birthday will mark 100 years since the women’s group was formed during the First World War to encourage women to become more involved in producing food whilst men were away at war.

The two guest speakers at the annual conference are Mary Gwynn and Mark Stacey. Mary Gwynn is a member of Hartfield Medway Women’s Institute in East Sussex and author of The WI Cookbook: The First 100 Years, published to celebrate the Centenary which she will be signing copies of during the event.

Mark Stacey is an antique expert from various television programmes such as Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure and Sports Services Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “We are very pleased that the East Sussex Women’s Institute have chosen the Winter Garden in Eastbourne once again to host their annual meeting, especially because of the momentous Women’s Institute centenary celebrations taking place across the country this year. We wish them a successful and enjoyable meeting.”

The Women’s Institute plays a significant role in providing women with educational opportunities, the chance to build on skills and learn new ones.

It allows women to come together to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities, and to take part in a wide variety of activities to enhance their lifestyles and careers.

Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Institute or attending the event should contact Vicky Booth, the East Sussex Federation meeting organiser on 01323 442592 or email vbooth@esfwi.org.uk for more information. Book in advance to avoid disappointment.