Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President – Happy New Year!

Pett WI News from Belinda Wood, President

A very Happy New Year!

I’m delighted that as a result of our Annual Meeting in November we welcomed two new members to our committee, Tracy Hedley from Pett and Jane Murray from Icklesham.  Jane Sweaney carries on her duties as Treasurer and Amanda Dellar and Trish Walker kindly agreed to continue as Secretary and Membership Secretary respectively.  Sally Watson is my Vice-President.  I am proud to be in a strong and dedicated committee as we go into the new year.  We thanked outgoing committee member Sara Dann for all her hard work during her tenure and are grateful that Sara will continue to support our events.

Before the business of our November meeting we heard from Rye Nationwide Branch Manager, Adam Millicent who gave us an informative talk about the latest scams to look out for.

Members of our lunch club had a daytrip to London in November and enjoyed the festive surroundings of the west end and a visit to the iconic and original The Ivy restaurant in the heart of theatreland.

We also joined our friends at Hastings & Ore WI who organised a Reindeer Walk at Alexandra Park in aid of the Conquest Hospital’s Macdonald’s Ward who we are helping raise monies towards their courtyard renovation appeal.

2022 January News photo

(Photo Gerald Dymott)

Members of our Pett WICAID (Pett Women’s Institute Community Aid) team delivered a huge supply of both new and used clothing including warm winter wear to both the Seaview Centre and Safehaven for Women in Hastings before Christmas.  As well as this they worked hard to deliver dozens of items to Rye Food Bank towards their Christmas appeal.  We also helped member Sally Watson raise over £1,000 for East Sussex Hearing at a coffee morning event, followed by organising the refreshments at the Pett Church Christmas Fair with more money raised for the food bank and then finally members could be found in the kitchen again at the Pett Village Hall’s Christmas Craft Fair event which raised over £700 again for the food bank.  I’m so very proud of the dedication and support our members bring to our local community activities and thank them all especially our WICAID team very ably coordinated by Hilary Dymott.

The Christmas holidays provide us with a little R&R after such a busy time but we are not resting on our laurels as we prepare for an exciting year ahead which includes more fundraising for the Conquest Hospital Macdonald Ward courtyard renovation appeal as well as plenty of interesting, diverse and exciting speakers and social events.

Our membership is currently full but email to go on our waiting list or via our Facebook page where you can keep up to date with all our events.