Committee 2021-2023

The committee for 2021-2023 salute you ….

Sue Harris – President

Joining Bognor Regis WI was part of my ”big adventure”.  I’d lived in West London all my life and in 2013, following separating from my husband, I decided it was time for a change. I took early retirement from the Civil Service and decided to fulfil a lifelong ambition of living by the sea. I had spent many happy family holidays in Felpham in the 60s and when I moved here in 2014 it seemed like coming home.

The only difference from home was I knew no one!! Friends had suggested I joined the WI but, as I didn’t sew or knit and had never made jam, I was a little sceptical. However, I decided it was worth a look and found the BRWI website. What a revelation!! Many groups that ticked my interests.

I visited in Nov 2014 and was totally taken by the warm welcome, the buzz of the meeting, and the array of opportunities to get involved in. I duly joined up in Jan 2015.  Having joined I found friendship with a large group of like-minded women and began to appreciate that there was a lot more to the WI than cakes and jam.  I had found somewhere I belonged, in an organisation that I was proud of.

Joining the WI had given me the friendship and activities I had been looking for and, as a way of giving something back, I joined the committee in Oct 2015.  Being on the committee gave me an insight into the WI at local, Federation and National level, and the opportunity to work with a group of ladies committed to do their best for the membership.

In October 2019 I became President, full of ideas and plans for the coming year, with no idea that year would bring with it a pandemic. After 4 face to face meetings our WI became virtual for 18 months and the challenge was to keep members engaged, entertained and supported. Welcoming members back to our first face to face meeting in July 2021 was a proud and emotional moment and the meeting reflected the values which I feel are key to our WI: friendship, support, respect, encouragement, and fun.

Jen Tompkins – Secretary

I moved further south 4 years ago with my family to be nearer the sea and to slow down the pace of our lives.  I am an Art teacher at a local secondary school and I am married with two relatively young children.  I have an obvious love of the arts, both in the visual,  and performance side and I like nothing more than a good evening out at the theatre or a great band or music festival.

I joined the WI for friendship in a new town and because I assumed that it would foster my natural love of craft and baking.  I had not realised that it would also be such a friendly and inviting environment and there would be such a strong sense of community and warmth.  Having only been a member for a year, and with most of that held as zoom meetings I saw and took the opportunity to get further involved and to become a member of the committee as secretary.  I enjoy this role very much and also appreciate being a part of such a warm spirited WI.

Lorraine Stonelake – Treasurer

After we brought our house in Felpham in September 2010 I saw articles in the local paper about a new WI starting in Bognor, I thought as soon as I retire and live here permanently, I will join this WI. Well, I retired in November 2014, went along to my first meeting in December 2014 then joined in January 2015 and I am very happy I did so. I really enjoy belonging to the BRWI it has helped me feel at home and be part of the community in Bognor Regis. 

After being a member for over 5 years I thought it was time for me to give something back, so I joined the committee in October 2020 as deputy treasurer then took on the role of Treasurer in October 2021.

Joyce Aird

Having been curious “what is the WI”,  I started a little research and found the Bognor Regis WI – with a friend we attended a meeting and loved the energy – so we joined!

I moved to this area many years ago but between my two daughters growing up, the need to work, and some charity work along the way there never seemed time for me.

I gave up working last year and was keen to explore the next adventure – meeting new people, learning new skills, even taking time to just be.
The WI is all that and more.

I trust that in joining the WI and the committee I can contribute to such a wonderful organisation moving forward.

Sarah Greenway – Crafts

Having lived in Bognor for 20 years, I thought it was about time I got to know more people, make more friends and have a bit of ‘Me time’ . Why the WI? Well it might have something to do with my love of CAKE! My Children think I’m old fashioned – My passion is sewing, I’m a bit of a Fabric junkie! I love baking and my music tastes are extremely diverse. But on the other hand I do have a couple of tattoos and a piercing, so I am a bit of a mixture and that’s why the WI can suit any woman really, as there’s something for everyone.

Kathryn Good – Buzz Editor

Having moved to Bognor in late October 2014,  but still working in West Byfleet, I decided in December it was time to get to know the local area and some friendly faces.

Several emails later, I finally plucked up the courage to visit BRWI on a cold February evening, the only problem was I couldn’t find the door to get in. Just as I was about to give up, a lovely member (Helen) arrived and said “come with me I’ll show you the way in”, and now here I am on the committee!

I love reading and chatting and have spent most of my working life in libraries, currently I am the librarian at a Secondary School in Horndean.

My other passions are crafting, especially card making, my cats, gardening, and being with friends and family. 

I have been married for 41 years to John, and I am Mum to our two daughters, and Grandma to our four grandchildren.

Fleurie Llewellyn

I’m Fleurie, recently moved to the area with my husband, daughter and dog. I joined the WI as I finally have time to take part in hobbies and activities. I’m now on the committee and I’m having a whale of a time.

I like champagne not beer, crafting not gym, clubbing not karaoke, dressing up not dressing down and laughing not moaning.