Women’s Institute


We are a friendly group from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  Our programme covers a broad variety of topics and allows plenty of time for catching up with old friends and making new ones.

If you are new to the area and would like to meet your neighbours or just fancy coming along to see what the WI is all about, we would be pleased to welcome you.

For more information contact:
Katie on 01580 880085 or email ashburnhamandpenhurstwi@gmail.com

2020 Programme


Jan 20th         Alisa Vinson – Community Choir & Vote on WI resolutions for 2020 AGM in London

Feb 17th          Modern Slavery – Lee Ede

Mar 16th         The Moo Man  – An update on events from Steve Hook

Apr 20th         West African Drumming Workshop

May 18th         Craft Night – Preparations for the village fair.

Jun 15th          Birthday Party Celebrations

Jul 15th           Wildlife begins at 50 – Photographing wildlife with Gillian Lloyd

Aug 24th         VISIT – the Trug Makers, Thomas Smith Trugs, Hailsham.

Sep 21st           Detection Dogs

Oct 19th           AGM – followed by taste testing

Nov 16th          Christmas Craft Night

Dec                     Christmas Meal



Members Katie & Rachel delivering our donation

Ashburnham and Penhurst WI delivered a staggering 114kg of food to Bexhill Food bank last week, just in time for the influx of people this local food bank will be helping in the run up to and throughout the Christmas period.

We decided this year not to run a Christmas fundraising event, instead asking all its members to go shopping and add a few more items to their trolleys for this worthy cause. It was quite something, when at our last meeting, not only did the members arrive but so did boxes and boxes of tins, packets, jars and even Christmas crackers, puddings and mince pies. The WI also generously handed over a £500 cheque, which will go towards perishable food such as bread and milk.

Its quite something to see, the tiny little rooms of the foodbank stacked to the rafters with tins, all of which will get given out to those in need. each person will get given around 10.5kg of food so even though we donated so much, ther reality that our donation will only supply 10 people, shows just how much the food bank really does need donations and support more than ever.



Useful Links

East Sussex Women's Institute

Women's Institute (National)

My WI  is the dedicated website for WI members. Here you will find everything you need to get the most from your membership – from essential information and advice for running your WI, to campaign action packs and special interest projects such as recipes, crafts and such for you to try.

Other 2020 Dates for your Diary....

(Tickets and application forms for all the below events are available at monthly meetings or on the events page at ESFWI)

Lino Printing with Katherine Jennings  Hailsham  Two dates offered Friday 20th March & Friday 1st May

Craft Day and Market, Crowborough    Sat 25th April

Speakers Selection, Reid Village Hall, Boreham street Thur 30th April

East Sussex Federation of WI Annual Mtg. Hastings Centre  Wed 25th March 

National WI Annual Mtg, Royal Albert Hall, London     June 4th

WI Tent at South of England Show    June 11th, 12th & 13th