We are Bognor Regis WI! We are a self-run and self-funded community group for women. Formed in October 2009, we have steadily grown in size – and we are now a well-established WI with a friendly, active membership. In Bognor Regis WI, we aim to live up to the national WI logo “Inspiring Women” by keeping ourselves informed of current issues, making new friends, helping in the local community, learning new things and campaigning for things that matter – all in good spirit whilst enjoying ourselves.
Our monthly meetings vary from invited speakers/demonstrators on a range of topics, to ‘social evenings’ – our 2017 programme can be viewed under the ‘Calendar’ tab.
Our Competition Cup has been running since 2015, we have monthly competitions linked to the month’s theme, where points are accumulated – the winner at the end of the year has their name inscribed on the cup and has it on loan for the following year.
Additionally we have a wide range of interest groups, who meet outside of our monthly meetings, including art and crafts, eating out, reading, science-fiction and walking. We also arrange regular outings to places of interest.
We are part of the West Sussex Federation (WSFWI) who support us, and offer opportunities to meet members from other WIs through various activities and events.
And of course we are proud to be part of a national women’s organisation and, in a small way, play our part in shaping policy and choosing the WI resolutions. Current campaigns of the WI include:
2018 Mental Health Matters
2017 End plastic soup, and support the lonely
2016 Carers Welcome
2014 Increasing Organ Donation
2013 Decline of our High Streets and Town Centres
2012 Employment of more Midwives
We meet on the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7.30pm in the hall at Bognor Regis Methodist Church, Waterloo Square, Bognor Regis, PO21 1ST (click on post code to see a map). As a group we are warm, welcoming, funny and non-judgmental, so come and see if you like what you find. Visitors are always welcome and may visit for two meetings before deciding if they wish to join us.
Our membership is capped at 65 due to the fire regulations of our venue; At the moment we do not have room for new members, but this may change in the New Year.
Are you aware that The WI is extremely popular in the Bognor Regis area? There are many evening and afternoon WIs in and around Bognor Regis; for more information on these, please contact West Sussex Federation.