SEFWI Picture and Event Galleries

2021 ACWW Fashion Show “The Only Way is Ethics” – a fashion show with a difference – took place at Dennington Village Hall on October 14th. A raffle - of course!
2021Ingatestone A group from SEFWI visited Ingatestone Hall and had a guided tour of the beautiful sixteenth century house. The group outside the hall
2021Scotland At the end of September, members and friends took an educational break to Scotland. Dinner time
2021Yorkshire Photos from the recent SEFWI visit to Yorkshire Burton Agnes
World Ocean Day photos For World Ocean Day on June 8th we asked you to go to the coast on or around June 8th and take a photo of the sea or shore. Here are those we have received. Photo by Penny Dunnett
Paul Bruce Summer Flowers Art Day A group of seven lovely ladies gathered in the craft room at Orford Street for Spring/Summer art day at the end of May. Art Day
Educational break to Hampshire SEFWI holidays are back as you can see in these photos from the recent few days spent in Hampshire.
SEFWI AGM 2021, 25th May 2021 The 2021 federation AGM was a hybrid meeting with members of the board at Orford Street and the rest of us joining via Zoom. These images are from screenshots so not the best quality but Gill Denny opens the meeting
SEFWI AGM 2020 Weren’t we lucky to have held this when we did? It seems an age ago now but here’s some photos to remind of happier times. Finding seats before the meeting
London Trip, February The recent London Theatre break included visits to Hampton Court and Wimbledon.
Christmas Break This year’s Christmas break took members and friends to Chatsworth to see the house dressed for Christmas on the theme of a festive adventure around the globe. They also visited Belton House Tunnel of light at Belton House
Christmas Delights sweet making day The participants, and some of their creations, from the sweet making workshop on November 23rd.
SEFWI Centenary Dinner There was eating, drinking, some reminiscing, some remembering those not with us and there was dancing. A very enjoyable evening celebrating 100 years. I wonder what those founder members
Lancashire Holiday 2019 Some highlights of the recent SEFWI holiday to Lancashire Blackpool illuminations
Centenary Fair It was a great day out at the Centenary Fair. Lots of different stalls
"Tea Party" Exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life WI presidents and other guests were invited to the opening of the tea party style exhibition at the Museum of East Anglian Life. We were delighted that Erika Wilkin, federation chairman, was
Holiday to Belgium Thanks to Daphne Dale and Sue Lewis for these photos.
NFWI AGM 2019 Delegates and other SEFWI members attended the NFWI AGM in Bournemouth. View of Conference Hall
The Windmill Trail Send photos of your windmill or the ones you have visited for inclusion in this gallery. Pinewood and Chantry
Suffolk Show 2019
Holiday to Wales, May 2019 Some photos from the recent holiday in Wales, sent in by Daphne Dale and others. On the journey
ACWW Walks 2019 The first three photos are from Felixstowe Morning WI who certainly chose a good day for a walk. Catherine & Grace - half way to our destination
Federation Centenary Visit to Denman It was a full house for the federations’s Centenary Celebration at Denman. Broughton Castle
Federation Annual Meeting 2019 The Federation Annual Meeting took place at Trinity Park on March 5th. The tablecloth and flowers are in position
Tenpin Bowling at Martlesham, January 2019 There was a good turnout for the yearly tenpin bowling event this year.
London Christmas Visit Members and friends enjoyed a pre-Christmas visit to London where they saw a show and had a guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall.
Northern Ireland holiday The SEFWI holiday to Northern Ireland visited the walled city of Derry (Londonderry), the Giant’s Causeway, Belfast and the Titanic Experience, Stormont, Strangford Lough and St Patrick’s AT THE EDGE OF THE GIANT'S STONES
Poppies! Thank you to all who sent in poppies to go on the gates of the SEFWI office in Orford Street. We were amazed at the many variations of material and construction you came up with – and we Work begins
Visit to Cambridge SEFWI had an excellent day for their visit to Cambridge. It can only be Cambridge!
A Paper Bag - but not as you know it Ten members from Suffolk East spent two days being shown how to turn magazine pages into a unique bag by Marilyn Pipe, a Denman tutor. We scrunched, tore, designed, ironed, glued, sewed, Screwing up - the paper, that is
NFWI AGM 2018 Delegates from SEFWI East headed to Cardiff for this year’s AGM. It was a long journey but there was time for some sight-seeing and a welcome break at Denman for tea and cake.
ACWW Walks 2018 Following last year’s very successful ACWW ‘Women Walk the World’ promotional event, eleven SEFWI walking groups decided to repeat it in April/May this year. As previously, several joined Woodbridge & Deben
Holiday in Holland A coachload from Suffolk East went to Holland and stayed in the Hague for five nights. As well as Koekenhof Gardens they visited Amsterdam and Kasteel de Haar. Bikes in Gouda
Visit to Bletchley Park Thanks to Marian Rose and Daphne Dale for these photos of some of the sights of Bletchley Park which a group from SEFWI visited on May 12th. The mansion and lake
Spring Quiz 2018 Twenty-six teams put their brains to work at the quiz at Framlingham on March 26th. At the end of the final round three teams tied for first place and it needed two tie-breakers to establish Teams ready to go
SEFWI AGM 2018 Jane Sago was in the chair for SEFWI’s AGM, held as usual at Trinity Park. Arriving at the AGM
Royal Tea party A Royal Tea Party to mark the platinum wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip. Display of 1947 & all that
Indian Day There was a full house for the Indian Day, held to raise money for our ACWW project helping the head fish sellers of Tamil Nadu. Members heard from Tish Collins, Operations Manager at ACWW Several members wore variations of Indian clothing
Farming in the 21st Century Members heard talks on different aspects of farming today. Linda and Wendy get ready to serve coffee
Carpet Bowls 2017 This year’s Carpet Bowls Tournament was held at Needham Market on October 19th with 8 teams taking part.
Holiday to the Isle of Man At the Sound
Petanque Day 2017 The annual petanque day took place on August 1st at Brandeston.
Federation Quiz 2017 Winners this year were Henley WI. Rushmere Evening were runners up after a tie break which left Bramford in third place! There was a full hall for this year's quiz
2017 NFWI AGM The AGM was held in Liverpool this year. The Liver Building
Holiday to the Stoke-on-Trent area Some photos from the recent SEFWI holiday
Outing to the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern A coach load from Suffolk East recently visited the Globe Theatre and Tate Modern The group from SEFWI
SEFWI Visit to Denman March 2017 A coachload of members from Suffolk East plus a few carloads visited Denman.
2017 SEFWI Annual Meeting at Trinity Park The Country Markets area was very popular
Polymer Clay Workshop On the 16th February 24 members gathered at Great Blakenham Parish Rooms for a Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop. We were taught how to roll the beads then bake and varnish them. Finally the Hard at work
Creative Stitch Advanced Stitching of Textiles
New WIs in Suffolk East Some photos from Wolsey Women WI in Ipswich and Pakefield Beach Belles in Pakefield near Lowestoft. Wolsey Women president Katherine Vince
Christmas Tea The Combined Arts Committee served up a Christmas tea in December with a delicious selection of Christmassy eats, as well as music, poetry, humour and one of their famous quizzes. Ready to be entertained
Dabble Day December 2016 Some pictures of the Dabblers and the results of their dabbling. My favourites are those robins. Concentration needed ...
Carpet Bowls 2016 Twelve teams took part in the carpet bowls tournament at Needham Market. The final was between Bramford and Chelmondiston with Chelmondiston coming out as the winners.
It's a Wrap Workshop This took place at Worlingworth and was tutored by Sarah Swallow and Linda Bloomfield. The day covered the making of three different types of cards and how to wrap those awkward presents – Much concentration
Short break to Portsmouth, October 2017 Staying in Southsea, the group visited Portsmouth, the Isle of Wight, Uppark House and Arundel Castle. The Historic Dockyards at Portsmouth
The Last Straw! On Wednesday 24th August 11 members from across Suffolk East gathered at Wissett Village Hall for the third of three Corn Dolly Days held over four years. Getting Started
Fiddle mats One of the classes at this year’s Suffolk Show was “Fiddle Mats” and the exhibits were kindly donated by the WIs who made them. Erika Wilkin and Kate Peacher from the Suffolk Show Committee
Visit to Houghton Hall Despite having to drive through a gate only inches wider than the coach, we arrived safely at Houghton Hall, built by Robert Walpole. The weather was good and members found plenty to The hall itself
Inter Federation Treasure Hunt Suffolk East members were joined by members from Essex, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk West Federations of WI for the Regional Leisure event for 2016. Winners - Crowfield WI
Federation Quiz The annual quiz was held at Needham Market on July 4th. Nearly fifty teams battled their way through eight rounds of questions, a picture quiz and some fiendish dingbats. The winners were Jenny Pearson asked the questions
NFWI AGM 2016 The SEFWI party visited Wakehurst Place en route to this year’s AGM in Brighton. Thanks to Pat Pryke for the photos.
Spring Lunch with Flowers Some photos of the Spring Lunch with Flowers, held recently at Wickham Market. Happy members who had just enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by members of the CCC committee
2016 Spring Quiz Another successful Spring Quiz was held at Stradbroke at the beginning of April. Chediston & Linstead WI were the winners and Bucklesham, Brightwell & Foxhall WI the runners up. Brains under attack
Kurling Kurling proved so popular this year that three sessions were held at Burstall.
Future Positive Members enjoyed an afternoon hearing about wills and powers of attorney, discovering the latest make-up techniques and trying out gentle exercise and relaxation. Much to talk about
Clean for the Queen Some of the WI cleaning teams in action recently Mark Murphy of Radio Suffolk with some of the WIs pledged to "Clean for the Queen"
AGM 2016 at Trinity Park Over 800 delegates and members went to Trinity Park for the SEFWI Annual Meeting. Time for a coffee before the meeting
Cream Tea Chemistry 50 members attended the recent “Cream Tea Chemistry” day with Dr Natalie Fey from the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol. Under Natalie’s guidance, they extracted pectin,
Patchwork bag workshop Members met at Orford Street to learn how to make a patchwork bag.
Leisure Activities in Suffolk East The Leisure Activities sub-committee recently held two events, a Carpet Bowls tournament and a Whist/Scrabble lunch. Carpet Bowls winners - Burstall WI
Centenary Baton in Suffolk East The centenary baton, which made its way through all WI federations prior to the WI centenary in 2015, was handed to Suffolk East from Suffolk West on November 18th, 2014. One week later, on Handover from Elizabeth Lansman, chairman of Suffolk West .....
Petition for toilets in the Old Cattle Market Bus Station in Ipswich On October 22nd around 100 WI members and supporters from other interested groups took the petition with over 2000 signatures to Endeavour House. Bernadette Smith, chairman of SEFWI’s Public Starting to gather at the Bus Station with the press in the foreground
SEFWI at Denman, October 2015 Some photos from the recent visit to Denman, with thanks to Jean Scruby The mosaics course
Centenary Picnic at Glemham Hall The weather was not in our favour for the centenary picnic at Glemham Hall, but, as these photos show, we still managed to celebrate in style. WI husbands were there to organise parking ...
Holiday to Harrogate and WI Centenary Fair A group of SEFWI members arrive at the Fair
Federation Holiday to Chester, July 2015 Thanks to Vivien Hartill for these pictures. Trentham Gardens
Federation Quiz 2015 Jenny Pearson was once again the question master for the annual quiz at Needham Market on June 29th. Waiting for the start
Darts Evening The leading teams in the 2014-15 Darts League came together to find the overall winner which turned out to be Halesworth ‘B’ with Stoke Ash the runners up. Winners of the Darts Leaque Halesworth 'B'
City and Guilds Graduate Show The annual City and Guilds Graduate Show was held at Wickham Market on 27th and 28th June 2015. The quality of the work was, as usual, amazing. Well done to everyone involved both in C & G
Flowers for Friends Under the instruction of Sarah Swallow, members turned supermarket bunches into tied bouquets complete with cellophane, box and ribbon, and then created arrangements in a basket, just right Hand-tied bouquets
Visit to Kensington Palace On June 18th a full coach took members on a visit to Kensington Palace. Despite horrendous traffic problems we had time to look round the palace and enjoy the sunshine in the gardens. Members thread their way through the Wiggly Walk en route to the palace entrance
2015 Treasure Hunt This year the Treasure Hunt was held in Needham Market with 40 WI members attending.
SEFWI East go to the National AGM Delegates from Suffolk East attended the National Federation AGM in the Albert Hall on June 4th. The coach left Suffolk on Wednesday 3rd for a visit to Windsor
Holiday to Ireland, April 2015 Some of Gill Denny’s photos from the latest holiday to Ireland. St. Finbarr's Cathedral, Cork
Spring Quiz 2015 Congratulations to Mendham and Metfield winners of the 2015 spring Quiz. After a tie break with Spexhall and Wissett, Earl Soham were runners up. Winners
SEFWI AGM 2015 The Federation Annual Meeting took place at Trinity Park on Tuesday 3rd March. The bunting created by each WI made a great display
2015 Kurling and cake This event proved so popular that three sessions were held at Wangford and two at Burstall.
Crochet Day, February 2015 There was a good attendance at the Beginners’ Crochet Day at Blakenham on February 9th. Members learnt the basic crochet stitches and were soon producing granny squares and more.
Centenary Baton photos to go in the Baton A big thank you to all WIs who sent in suggestions for the Suffolk East photos to go in the Centenary Baton. It is clear we all love East Suffolk and particularly our own part of it. Ness Point (Not in vote)