Ringmer Evening W I


There has been a WI in Ringmer for 90 years. It is one of over 6,000 WIs in the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI), which is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK, with 205,000 members in England, Wales and the Islands.

The first WI opened in 1920 and met in the afternoon, in the 1960s, when the village expanded rapidly a second WI opened, Ringmer Evening WI.
The two ran side by side for many years and then amalgamated.
The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
Over the years Ringmer WI has played its part in the life of the community, supporting the Village Hall, helping with village 'spring cleans', planting bulbs and trees, campaigning for improved bus services, and providing lunches and teas for disability groups.

We are part of the East Sussex Federation of WIs and can take part in their activities, and day schools and competitions.
Ringmer WI belongs to Castle Group, with Firle and Beddingham, Chiddingly and Ripe and Chalvington WIs
Ringmer Evening WI's 2015 Programme
January 6th
Birthday Party, plus John Kay on the Life & Times of John Whitfield the smuggler.
February 3rd
Ian Everest-Old Sussex Shepherds
March 3rd
M & Co. pop up shop
April 7th
Raymond Hale-A stroll along an English country lane
May 5th
Discussion of Resolutions on Agenda of NFWI's AGM 
plus Ffion Wilkes- The magic of movement
June 2nd
Andy Thomas- Crop circles
July 7th
June Felstead and canine friend from Alsar search & rescue dogs
August 4th
Members meeting
September 1st
WI Centenary celebration- High tea and Hats
October 6th
Shirley Jaffe- Grandmother's footsteps
November 3rd
Annual Meeting plus members time
December 1st
John Cave-guitar, songs, and party! 


We organise outings and regular visits to the theatre. There is a walking group, craft group and a scrabble competition. We enthusiastically enter the competitions in the WI marquee at the South of England Show. 2013 was the first year we entered the Autumn Show and were delighted with three first places! Each year we hold a Spring Fair in the village hall, this year it will be on Saturday April 25th from 10 til 1pm.
We have our own Facebook page here

We give an annual bursary for a member to attend a course at the WI College, Denman College near Oxford.
Visit the national WI website at