Bognor Regis WI



 Issue 83 December 2017

 Our Next Meeting – Tuesday 9th January 2018

At our meeting next week the 2018 programme will be revealed!  This of course will include what is planned for your delight in January.

A few things we do already know about – there will be a vote for our 2018 charities (see below) and a vote for the 2018 resolution that should be brought to the NFWI AGM later in the year.  Five resolutions have been selected for us to consider:

Positive Body Image in a digital age

Stop female genital mutilation

Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK

Mental Health Matters

Healthier Mouth, Healthier Bodies

Look out for details in the November issue of WI Life.   They are available on the NFWI website and My WI.  How will you vote?

My Sister’s House

Lorraine has passed on this Thank You email from My Sister’s House …

Dear Bognor Regis WI

Thank you for your tremendous support of My Sisters’ House, as one of your nominated charities, during 2017.  Your generous donations of toiletries this year have helped many women in difficult circumstances.  We will make up Christmas gifts with the fancier toiletries for those of our clients that are most in need of Christmas cheer.

The children’s gifts you gave us at your November meeting will be given out by Santa, at the Laburnum Centre’s Christmas Faye on Saturday 9th December, they are sure to put a smile on many a child’s face and also help to raise some much-needed funds for My Sisters’ House.

We must say a couple of special thank you’s, one to Chris Hunter who took part in the Chichester Half Marathon and raised £350 for us, and another to the wonderful WI members who made the spectacular bunting for our ‘International Women’s Day’ event.  We take the bunting, or at least some of it, to all our events.

May I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at My Sisters’ House.

Kind Regards

Julie Budge – Founder / CEO

My Sisters’ House C.I.C

Arun & Chichester Women’s Centre

 Subscriptions for 2018

Membership fees for 2018 are £41.00 for Full members and £20 for Dual members.  Our WI keeps £20 of this, the remainder goes to the NFWI and WSFWI.  Envelopes were available at our November meeting for your subscription. Please make cheques payable to Bognor Regis WI. If paying by cash, please secure the envelope so that the £1 doesn’t fall out. Please also complete the 2018 Membership information sheet enclosed within. Many Thanks

BRWI Charity Nominations for 2018

An update from Sue Harris (on behalf of BRWI Committee) …

Thank you for your nominations for our 2018 charities.

You will have the opportunity to vote at our next meeting, with the 2 charities securing the most votes being announced at the January meeting.

To give you the opportunity to think about your vote, I’ve listed the nominations below in alphabetical order, together with a brief overview from their websites.

If you are unable to attend the next meeting but would like to vote I’m happy to take email votes.


Aldingbourne Trust Supporting people with learning disabilities to reach their potential across Sussex


Bognor Food Bank Providing nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred in crisis.


Friends of Bognor War Memorial Hospital Providing patients in the Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital with comforts and amenities, including facilities, buildings & equipment, not normally available through the NHS.
My Sister’s House Supporting women of all ages, from all backgrounds with a wide range of problems and issues.


Stonepillow Providing a lifeline for homeless people with hubs, hostels and supported accommodation in Chichester, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton


Tyler’s Trust Providing gift boxes for children (and their siblings) with brain tumour or a life-threatening illness in the Chichester, Worthing, Portsmouth, Southampton & Isle of Wight areas.


UK Harvest A perishable food rescue operation that collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to charities


West Sussex Federation Activities

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

  • ‘Speakers’ Interviewing Day’ Fittleworth Village Hall  Monday 26th March 2018 9.45am-3.00pm    £8.00
  • ‘Table Tennis Tournament’ Fittleworth Village Hall  Tuesday 13th February 2018   30am-3.00pm     Cost 7.50

 Trip to Denman

WSFWI is organising a late Summer break to Denman College. It is from Tuesday 28th August to Friday 31st August 2018. See all details in WSN November edition. Contact Karen Yates to book.      Closing date 14th February 2018.

Group News


Three of us took part in the Federation walk to Cissbury Ring on a sparkling, but cold and blustery day.   The 18 New Forest ponies residing there for the last year are proving beneficial.  They reduce the overgrowth by pulling out the tufted grasses.   We were reminded not to feed the wild ponies as it encourages them to pester people for food – known then as “nibblers”, the National Trust have to take humane action to kill the ponies.

Our own walk to Bignor Hill was a warmer affair.   Festive mince pies and coffee were appreciated at the top of the hill, as well as the views right out to sea.

There are no other walks planned for December or January.

 Flick Chicks: We enjoyed the NTLive production of ‘Follies’, shown at the Picturedrome on 16th November. Several members will be going to New Park Cinema in Chichester on 30th December to see the classic Hitchcock film ‘North by Northwest’.

SCIFFLe Group: The group already have their tickets for the new ‘Star Wars’ film, which they look forward to seeing on Friday 15th December. Several members also have tickets for the British Library’s ‘Harry Potter’ exhibition which they will be visiting in January.

 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
Wednesday 10th January Book Group
Flo Page
Walnut Tree restaurant While there, discussing the current book ‘The Crossing Places’ by Elly Griffiths (A Detective Story)


Monday 15th January Knit & Knatter
Rosemary Coleman
tba 7-9pm

(NB no December meeting)

Thursday 18th January SCIFFLe
Karen McCreedy
Annie Smith’s home 7.30pm
Watching the fantasy film ‘Highlander’


Thursday 25th January Dining Club

Lesley Hiley

tba tba – NB There will be a sign-up sheet at our January meeting for members of the group to sign for a month when they would like to organise the meal.

Website News

 Recently the Website has been updated with a new page called ‘Meetings’.  At present the page contains the records of the recent October and November meetings, and the intention is to add the record of each meeting as soon as it becomes available.  In this way, anyone who has missed a meeting will be able to view the record and see what they missed!  Over time, this will become an archive of our activities.

If you already knew about the above that is probably because you are ‘following’ our website.  This means you receive an email whenever any news is posted there.  If you have an email which you use regularly, why not follow the website?  Just go into and, on any page, enter your email address in the slot provided on the right-hand side of the page.


 Blankets for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (from Gill Lowden)

 Recently, someone I know gave birth to a tiny girl, only 28 weeks, who is currently in intensive care. I have been asked to make her a blanket as the hospital in question is very short of these tiny blankets, as are many hospitals.  If anyone had some suitable wool and could knit one or two blankets and send them to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a hospital of their choice this would, I am sure, be very gratefully received. I was asked for a wool (machine washable) blanket, about 12ins by 18ins, and close knit so that tiny fingers do not get caught up in the blanket.

About Kombucha (from Annie Smith)

If anyone is interested in having information on Kombucha, an age old and natural probiotic, can you contact me and I will send you the relevant details.  I can also give you the recipe and furnish you with a Kombucha starter, to allow you to make your own ‘tea’ for practically nothing.  It really does work.  Anyway, you can phone homeline or e-mail me.

Edited by Kate Claisse – on behalf of Bognor Regis WI Committee. All submissions for the next issue to be received by Wednesday 3rd January. Thank-you.

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