Walking Tour of Arundel


Yesterday 12 of us met up in Arundel outside the Norfolk Hotel wondering what our walking tour would be like – and we weren’t disappointed.  It was entertaining, interesting and informative – all due to our excellent guide, Martin.

Martin our Guide

Martin was brought up in Arundel and clearly loves the town.  He doesn’t give a heavy historical talk, but instead told us lots of interesting facts about the town, and particularly it’s architecture – Martin called these facts ‘nutty’ which was about right.

I won’t attempt to relate all that we learned in case any of you would like to do the tour,  but a few funny things were …

Cathedral with plastic spire and empty plinths!


tudor facade masking an electricity substation!


and  ….

  • the castle walls were only built in the 1870s, replacing a whole parade of houses and shops
  • there is a genuine tudor building with fake tudor facade

… and lots more

Martin is a postman.  After his morning round he goes to the Norfolk Arms at 2 pm and if there is anyone there that wants a tour he picks them up – £5 a person – highly recommended!  His website is http://www.arundelwalkingtours.co.uk

For more photos click here.

Words and photos – Kate Claisse




Walking Netball

Yesterday Chris and I enjoyed an hours Walking Netball taster session at Westergate Leisure Centre.
Stacey was a great instructor. She took us through a gentle warm up and then some practise drills, followed by a short 3 on 3 game to learn some of the rules. We both managed to score a goal and had a lot of fun.
In January 2018 England Netball and NFWI announced a partnership and want to give everyone the opportunity to try the game, regardless of age and fitness levels. If anyone is interested in having a go please contact one of the committee.
Dinah Barrand

BRWI Meeting – 12th June

For our June meeting, we invited Kevin from Hawking About who brought along five of his beautiful birds.

We met Buzbee the Barn Owl, the beautiful baby Tawney Owl Fern, Kestral Midge, Toby the African Spotted Eagle Owl and Luna the European Eagle Owl with his massive wing span. Kevin gave a very informed talk and it’s clear he is passionate about his birds.

We could have all listened to him all evening, but we had to get on with business. Katie and the 12 Calendar Girls told the Members about their experience at the Bognor Regis Carnival and Katie, Sue Harris, Jan, Jack, Sheila and Karen recounted their experience in London at Processions 2018.

Words & Photos: Katie Lyne

Our winners in this month’s competition were …

1st place, Annie Smith
2nd place, Lesley Hilley
3rd place, Lesley Guppy


London Processions – June 10th


20180610_154232They estimate around 100,000 women took part in Processions 2018 on Sunday 10th June across the UK in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage.

It was a commemoration of the mass marches of the Suffragettes and Suffragists campaign and a reminder there is still more to be done in regard to equality and the treatment of women even in 2018.

Myself, Sue Harris, Karen, Jan, Jack and Sheila got the train from Bognor and spent the majority of the trip looking out for other women boarding the train with their banners and dressed in green, violet or dressed as Suffragettes.

We made our way to Park Lane and Hyde Park to be met with the most beautiful and colourful banners that wouldn’t have looked out of a place in a stately home, such was the workmanship. They were truly works of art. Hyde Park was the first of many wrong locations we found ourselves in, for we had entered the area for the  ‘professional banners’, so we sat down, had our lunch and soaked up the atmosphere.

Another two registration tables later, we got our green scarfs. The whole procession was to be a living art statement with each woman wearing (however they like) a green, white or violet scarf. We then meandered along the street following all the other chattering, smiling ladies and their banners and flags. At around 2pm the Procession officially started with a rousing cheer from the crowds (cue the first of many goose bump moments.)


We then walked leisurely in the sunshine for another 2.6 miles, occasionally stopping due to the many, many women in front of us. This gave us the opportunity to look at the banners, talk to other ladies, admire our surroundings and revel in the pedestrian London we were experiencing.

IMG_7275A helicopter continually buzzed above our heads, capturing the moving suffragette colours we were creating between the historic buildings. Camera’s (professional, tourists and fellow marcher’s ) clicked away.

In London alone, more than 30,000 women joined the procession and my last ‘goose bump moment’ was as we were nearing Parliament Square and the end of the Procession; hearing the all female Guildhall School of music brass band playing away, whilst we had another enforced stop. I just soaked up all the positivity, colour and took a moment to appreciate being at such a historic event, I was very proud to be a woman, felt very empowered and privileged to be representing the Women’s Institute. (There were apparently at least 40 WI’s represented.)

Talking to the other ladies at the June meeting:

Karen’s favorite moment was walking down Whitehall, were she used to work and being part of such an amazing day.

Jan’s memory was the powerful vocal Mexican wave that reverberated along the procession a number of times during the march, in particular as we were approaching Trafalgar Square.

Jack was overwhelmed by just being with all the other women, seeing them wearing their scarves, the conversations with total strangers, the trust and positivity in a city where you usually wouldn’t talk to anyone you didn’t know.

Sheila’s impression of the day was the power of women and the thought of what we could do together if we all believed in something or wanted to change it.

Sue’s memory was thinking back to when she was a Londoner and walking the streets she had walked many times before; in particular walking past the memorial to the Women of World War II and then Downing street where a Woman Prime Minister currently resides. Approaching the Houses of Parliament she was struck by the fact that the Suffragettes must have also walked this path with Parliament as their target. In the midst of all the beautifully crafted banners, Sue’s favorite was a very simple one that just said “For Grandma”. She thought how proud that woman must have been of her Suffragette Grandma and wondered what the Suffragettes would have made of our Procession? It was at that moment Sue cried!

Words – Katie Lyne

Photos – Katie and Jan Marsden

Sussex County Show at Ardingly June 2018

Sussex County Show at Ardingly June 2018

What a showcase for the WI.    In brilliant sunshine thousands of people came to the Ardingly Show, and many of those came to the WI tent, where refreshments and the craft exhibition impressed the public, and me!

The one Bognor Regis entry this year – from Sheila Farmer

Our WI name was proudly upheld by Sheila Farmer.   Her butterfly watercolour painting, partly crafted at our WI Art Group, stood out as a true inspiration for summertime and met the class criteria extremely well.  It was displayed amongst some exceptional pictures and did our WI proud.

There was a noticeable gap of WI entries from our end of the Federation, however.   I did not enter this year, and on the day missed the buzz of comparing notes, skills and creativity.    Next year, maybe a different matter – and I will be encouraging others of you to come along with me for the creative journey.

Well done Sheila and thank you for representing Bognor Regis WI.

Jan Marsden

Here are some other of my favourite entries at the Show

  1.   A knitted toyshop
  2.   Something made from 2 old shirts
  3.   An item with mosaic as part of its design

There were over 200 entries and it was difficult to select the best in each class.    We know the WI judges scrutinize the work and compare items, within each class, for things like design, use of materials, relevance to class criteria and skill.    Many at the Show were making their own assessment on which items they liked best – here are some of my favourites.

Jan  Marsden

Knitted toyshop – the winner
Made from 2 old shirts
made from 2 old shirts – the winner
Mosaic work had to be included in the design.
Mosaic work

Our Day at the Carnival

On Saturday, for the first time Bognor Regis WI joined the carnival!  The theme this year was West End Musicals and Shows.  After a lot of thought we decided it had to be Calendar Girls … but with regret abandoned the idea of cream buns and went for the more elegant black outfits with sunflower and sash.

It was the perfect day for it, warm but with a slight cool breeze.  A few of us from Felpham walked along the prom to our assembly point on the Esplanade feeling rather exposed, but we were pleasantly surprised at the smiles and good wishes we received – mainly from women who ‘got it’.


There was rather a long wait while the judging took place.  Sadly we didn’t win, but we weren’t surprised as there were many very well-thought-out floats, clearly a lot of work had gone into them.

IMG_2358We were pleased to be standing next to the younger winners – the Girl Guides who had opted for Mary Poppins, in particular pinpointing the fact that Mrs Banks was a suffragette so there were great Votes for Women posters and very good suffragette costumes – that really gained out approval in this Centenary year!

The overall winners were the Laburnum Centre with Sister Act – very comical, especially the ‘nuns on the run’ on mobility scooters!!

Finally we were off in procession to West Park – sometimes walking v-e-r-y  s-l-o-w-ly and sometimes very fast, sometimes dancing to the sound of the band following us – always enjoying the crowds along the way (especially our friends who turned out to cheer us on), the waving, and the very good humour.


our leader Katie



We from Felpham hobbled back along the prom, refreshed with an ice cream – half price because we looked so smart!  We all agreed we’d enjoyed our day very much.

Many thanks must go to Katie our leader who had the idea and got us all organised – Thank you Katie!

For all our carnival photos click here.

words: Kate 

photos: Kate, Katie and Gill