Adventure Golf Morning at Hotham Park

Karen, Gina, Jan, Bee, Clare , Maggie P, Jean and Sue H split into two groups to tackle the Wildforest Falls Adventure Golf.

There was much fun, frustration, some amazing shots and even a bit of fishing for a ball in the water. 

An individual competition was won by Sue. Karen (last year’s winner) presented the newly bought golf trophy to Sue (who had also bought the trophy).

Jean, Bee, Maggie, Karen, Gina, Jan, Clare, Sue

The morning ended with teas and coffees in the sunshine.

Sue Harris

Skin, eyebrows, eyes, lips = make up!!

Last week I spent a very pleasant afternoon learning a lot I didn’t know about makeup techniques, with expert guidance from Fleurie Llewelyn, one of our members who have a lot of experience. For the first time in my life I applied some colour to my eyebrows – what a surprise that I actually had eyebrows! I also tried applying two shades of colour to my eye lids – another first! I asked Fleurie to give me some photos and a few words about what we had covered, and here they are …

A wonderful time was had discovering make-up products and techniques, I was really impressed with everyone’s enthusiasm. Not only was it lovely to meet other members and chat about a full range of products but to impart tips and tricks to a willing audience is always good fun. We discussed and applied base, foundation, eyebrows using stencils, pencil or powder, blusher/bronzer, blending of eyeshadows, glitter eyeshadow, highlighters and lipsticks. Lots of members commented on how their confidence has improved regarding trying techniques and I’m looking forward to hearing about how they’ve got on!


And of course, in true WI style we enjoyed a slice of Fleurie’s delicious chocolate cake!


Walking Netball update

As we come to our Easter break the walking netball group has again achieved so much. We have consistently had 12 players or more to each session. We do a warm up, usually something fun or silly!, followed by a drill of some sort to improve our skills, then into a game playing for about 40 minutes.

The players have no time to rest on their laurels! Players have greatly improved their awareness, tactics, and knowledge of the rules. We feel we are a force to be reckoned with now.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact either Ann McLean or Sue Gooch direct, or go to the Contact page and your enquiry will be forwarded to us. The group has now reached the optimum number of players and a waiting list is in place for anyone wishing to join the group.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve played netball before or not. We play on Wednesday’s between 6-7pm at the Arena Leisure Centre.

Everyone is now looking forward to playing outside after Easter.

Happy Easter everyone 🐣

Ann McLean (WN Host)

Fleurie’s Hairstylers and Beeswax Wraps

Our new committee member, Fleurie, welcomed members to her home three times in the same week for the first of her events.

Hairstylers – What Does What?

Members entered Fleurie’s kitchen to find it transformed into a hair salon, complete with a vast array of hair styling equipment.

Fleurie showed us how to use the equipment with an eye on safety, as most were very hot.

She gave some life to Sue’s very fine straight hair, and Dinah was fascinated by her natural fascinator.

In true WI fashion there was tea and cake and even the cakes were hair styler themed!

Beeswax Wraps

After 2 hair sessions Fleurie then turned the focus on to making Beeswax wraps.

Maggie P, Jakki and I arrived to find the kitchen morphed into “ironing” central.

I was interested to learn we would be melting the beeswax with irons rather than in the oven as I’d previously learned.

The process was simple, a sheet of greaseproof paper, add a square of cotton, sprinkle with beeswax , cover with another sheet of greaseproof and iron.

We made squares for ourselves and for the sales table for the next WI.

Once again there was tea and this time bee themed biscuits.

We look forward to the Make Up sessions in March.

Words: Sue Harris

Photos: Dinah Barrand and Sue Harris

Jolly Christmas Netball!

On the 15th December the walking netball group had their final session before the Christmas break. Tinsel and Santa hats were the order of the day and we all had an enjoyable session to finish the year (and what a year!).

The group is going from strength to strength with numbers slowly creeping up. The overall standard of play has greatly improved and players have a greater understanding of the rules. The shooting has been really impressive and everyone has been successful in scoring goals. The joy on their face when a goal is scored is amazing!

The game is always good natured and fun and I’ve immensely enjoyed the group who are full of energy and humour. Thank you all for making it all happen. We look forward to the new year with enthusiasm. Special thanks go to Sue G who does all the boring stuff like collecting money and booking the venue, and also to Manuela who religiously washes the bibs each week and brings to extra balls to the sessions. Thank you so much.

If anyone would like to join us we start again on the 12th January 2022, 6-7pm at Arena Centre, Westloats Lane PO21 5JD, so come along!

Ann McLean. (Walking Netball Host)

Camping Trial in 2021

In summer 2018 a number of us attended ‘women go wild’ WI camp weekend in East Grinstead. We had a blast abseiling, hula hooping, zip lining , learning new things and making new friends, chatting and generally having a break. We vowed to continue our camping trips with the WI every year! 

In 2019 a slightly different gaggle of us attended ‘Tents in Kent’ and, although we had a great time together, we spent the majority of it debating how we would have done it better, and we started planning what WE would do if we hosted a camp! 

When we returned home, we set about finding a local – ish campsite that would accommodate a number of our Bognor Regis WI ladies, along with some crafting, talks, activities, walks and just general fun.

Jack found us Furzefield scout camp in Angmering. We knew it would be a perfect venue and we booked for a weekend in the summer of 2020! 

Obviously, we all know what happened in the early part of 2020 and our camp, along with so many other plans, was postponed.

So over two years after our last WI camping experience, a small number of us met for a one night ‘test’ camp mid-week in August. 

Our original band of about 13 was reduced to 7 in the end. We were completely blessed by the weather and arrived Tuesday morning to a beautiful woodland scene with the floor dappled in sunlight and the sounds of nature all around us. The campsite is perfectly sectioned into a number of camping and social areas as well as having a car park, large open gazebo, camp fires, outdoor woodland church, toilets, shower and one plug! But that was all we needed.

We pitched our tents – expertly! Even though a couple of ladies hadn’t even done a dry run at home! 

It was wonderful just to sit and relax, reacquainting, chatting and mixing with friends and having a cup of tea, courtesy of the one plug. 

After lunch we went on a walk. Jan (who had been due to join us) had originally planned a walk and would have been proud of us (not) as we got completely lost and ended up having to squeeze ourselves through a barbed wire fence! We all escaped the landowner’s field unscathed and without being shouted at or arrested for trespassing (Gina was visibly disappointed.)

We rewarded ourselves after the (five – ish) walk with a trip to the pub for a drink while we waited for the fish and chips in the village.

Once we were back in camp, we ate our chippy tea, lit our camp fire and listened to music whilst roasting marshmallows and chatting. The beautiful day had turned into a stunningly clear night and through the trees we could see the stars before we settled down in our tents for bed.

When we woke up the next morning we had a continental breakfast courtesy of Jack, before we started to break camp and clear the site. 

We had all agreed that we felt as though we had been on holiday even though we’d only been 11 miles from home for one night only.

We left with plans of future camping fun, getting back to nature, fully planned walks, workshops and relaxation for 2022’s camp and we hope you’ll join us there. I promise you all, one plug is enough! 

Katie Lyne

Zen Tangling Take 2

Members once again enjoyed an evening of Zen Tangling, chat, and laughter led by our Crafty Queen Sarah.

Everyone was pleased with their results.

So cathartic , perfect way to wind down and relax whilst catching up with friends.

Sue Harris