We met at the station to catch the train
And crossed our fingers that it didn’t rain.
We were going to visit the NFWI
To hear all about their what, when and why.
A train and two buses – then we arrived
At a very old building standing with pride.
We knew there’d be stairs across five floors
No lifts, just our legs, to help us explore
We learnt it began here in Nineteen Fifteen
Swelling to numbers never foreseen
We met many staff throughout the day
And heard how they support us in every way
From planning the money and every campaign
To talking to ‘Press’ to preserve our domain.
So twenty five members plus we “Bognor five”
Enjoyed hospitality and saw how ‘we’ thrive.
Our photos were taken – a great day – it showed!
We then headed home along the New Kings Road.
(Committee members from Bognor Regis W.I. Lesley Hiley, Sheila Booth, Kate Claisse, Jan Marsden, and Janet Perkins
attended the headquarters of the National Federation of Women’s Institute in London on July 20th 2011.)
July 27th 2011