Issue 93

November 2018



Our Next  Meeting – Tuesday December 11th2018

  • This will be a fun-packed Christmas Party with Dawn Gracie, a Vintage, Cabaret & Burlesque entertainer. To learn more about Dawn, have a look at
  • The competition will be to Craft a Cracker.
  • There will be a Christmas-themed Raffle
  • OurSecret Santagift this year will be a book you have enjoyed (new, or used but in good condition)


Committee News

These are the roles and responsibilities for our new committee …

Dinah: President

Sue: Vice President/Welfare Officer/GDPR/MCS/Welcoming Steward

Joyce: Treasurer

Katie: Secretary/Social Media

Debbie: Programme Planning

Barbara: WS News, WS Sign ups including ordering tickets/Members Meeting Buddy

Sarah: Welcoming Steward/Teas & Coffees/Visitor Liaison

Kate: Website & Buzz/Members Meeting Buddy

Gina: New Members/MCS/Welcoming steward


If you need to get in touch with the committee but don’t know their email addresses, just email one of the following  generic addresses……… will be directed to Dinah……. will be directed to Katie……..will be directed to Joyce…… (vice president) will be directed to Sue….. will be directed to Kate, who will forward to the appropriate committee member

Nominations for Next Year’s Charities
At our December meeting we will be asking you to vote for local charities we will be supporting next year.  You will be aware that this year we have supported Friends’ of Bognor Hospital and Stonepillow, and have been able to make a number of useful donations to both.  We are now looking for nominations from yourselves to inform the vote in December.
We are restricted in organisations we can support, as the WI is a charity and has to abide by Charity Commission rules. Exclusions include animal charities, those for an individual and national charities.  Ideally it should be a charity that could benefit a WI member.
Please forward any nominations to Sue Harris by 1stDecember.

Subscription Renewals
Your WI subscriptions are due for renewal from 1 January 2019.  Next year’s full membership will be £42 and dual membership £20.50.  Renewal forms will be handed out at November’s meeting and you will now need to complete an additional form to allow us to comply with the new GDPR regulations.
Please advise Sue Harris if you will not be renewing your subscription.


As agreed our last meeting, in January (NOT BEFORE)we will be moving to a new hall – The Gordon Centre, Canada Grove, PO21 1DW – and the meeting dates change to the 3rdTuesday in each month. Be sure to remember this when entering WI meeting dates on diaries or calendars for 2019!

Members Meeting Buddies

When new members, potential new members, or visitors attend our meetings, it is very important that they receive a warm welcome, and help with understanding what’s going on.  Whoever is ‘on the door’ (usually Sue) will try to hand over a visitor, usually to a committee member, but sometimes they are busy with other tasks. So we are looking for volunteers … if you are happy to act as a buddy from time to time please let Sue know and she will then know who is able to help when needed.

 Coffee Mornings

Our November coffee morning will be at Hotham Park Café on Wednesday 21stNovember from 10 am – Just drop in and you will be very welcome.

 ‘A Bit on the Side’

Jan 2019 Calendar Girls @ Mayflower, Southampton
Later in 2019 See the next Buzz for coming events ….

Invites to other WIs 

North Bersted Village WI would like to invite two of your members to our Christmas party on Thursday 13th December 2018.

Time.     14.45

Entertainment Dawn Gracie.  Raffle, lucky dip and sales table.

Place  Jubilee Hall. Chalcroft Lane, North Bersted. PO21 5TU

RSVP by the 3rd December.


Aldwick Revival would like to invite two of your members to our Christmas Meeting where we will be sharing a feast, having a sing-song with a vintage performer and of course the obligatory raffle !!!

The date is Thursday 20th December 2018from 7:30pm at St Wilfrids Hall, Ellasdale Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 2SG

Please let us know by Wednesday December 6th whether you will be coming and we look forward to seeing you there

Let Dinah know if you would like to go.

West SussexFederation Activities

Walking Netball 

Bognor Regis WI scored the first goal at the new Walking Netball activity.  Annie had a brilliant aim, and together with Jan enjoyed the easy workout and a short version of a game of netball.

Our Federation has set Walking Netball up, in partnership with Netball England, for WI members.   We are lucky, as the event is in Bognor Regis at the Arena Sport Centre ,Westloats Lane, for 1 hour on a Wednesday evening for a small charge.

More members are needed – with any ability, some or no experience.   Sign up at WI or contact Annie or Jan if you are interested.   It may be possible to arrange a lift there. 

WSF Events

Please see the latest WSN for details of all events organised by WSF. 

Christmas Carols 

Friday 7thDecember at Horsham Parish Church  2.30-3.30pm Cost £6.50

Table Tennis Doubles Tournament 

Wednesday 13thFebruary 2019 at Fittleworth Village Hall, 10-4pm, £7.50

Centenary Musical Evening

Friday 29thMarch 2019 at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, 7.30-9.30pm, £8.00

Group News


Walk Group – news from Jan:

November’s walk in Petworth Park came up with a few surprises for the 10 of us.    It coincided with the first Hunt of the season:  an impressive sight, although in some quarters a debatable pursuit.   The deer, mainly passive, herded together to form an enormous group.

The next walk on Saturday December 1ststarting at 10.30 a.m. will be around the Chidham Peninsula, where we will look out across the harbour to East Head, the route of our September walk.   It is flat coastal walk of 4 miles.   Some places may be muddy.


Members of the SCIFFLe group went to a fun and enthusiastic performance of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at the Regis Centre on 2nd November, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The group’s next outing will be with Woods to see Jeff Wayne’s musical version of ‘The War of The Worlds’ at the Brighton centre in December.

 Craft Group – Christmas Angels

This will be the project for the crafters amongst you, to make some hanging decorative angels.

For one angel you will need

  • 2 fabrics 6 inches square (14×14 cms)
  • 1 fabric for wings same size 6 inches square
  • Threads beads, ribbon, sewing kit.

Depending on numbers machines are available.

Venue Barbara Foster’s home, 7pm on  Monday 25th. November

Barbara Foster

If you have signed up for a group event, please let the organiser and/or hostess know in advance if you are unable to attend.

Date & Day Group / contact Venue Details


Dining Club

Lesley Hiley

Cote Brasserie

South St



12.30 pm

Organised this month by Lynn – email her if you would like to go



Knit & Knatter
Rosemary Coleman


Venue tba 7-9 pm



Celia Janering

At Dinah Barrand’s home 7.30 pm

DiscussingMothering Sunday by Graham Swift



Book Group

Flo Page

At Elaine McCulloch’s house 7.30 pm

DiscussingThe Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry





Karen McCreedy

At Debbie Brook’s home 2.30 pm

We’ll be watching Solo: A Star Wars Story.



Craft Group

Barbara Foster


Barbara Foster’s Home 7 pm

Christmas Angels (see above)



Walking Group

Jan Marsden

Chidham Peninsular 10.30 am

(see above)







Art Group


At Lynn’s house 13.30 – 16.30

 Other News

Turn Up and Sing!

Karen McCreedy will be joining the St Richard’s Singers for their ‘turn up and sing’ performance of the Faure Requiem on Saturday 17th November, 7.30pm at St George’s Church, Cleveland Road, Chichester, PO19 7AD.  Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection in aid of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. All welcome.


Free to a good home: Gooseberry bush, Invicta.  If interested let me know on 830930, and I will bring it to the Meeting. Gill Lowden

Edited by Kate Claisse – on behalf of Bognor Regis WI Committee. All submissions for the next issue to be received by Wednesday 5thDecember.  Thank-you.

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