We were fortunate to have our National Chairman, Alison, and her husband David, as guests and honoured to learn that ours is the first branch Alison has visited. Her address reminded us of the important role WF can play in our lives and she encouraged members to become more involved locally and on a national level by volunteering for the branch committee and attending national events.
Most members were able to attend the lunch, and several brought friends and husbands. The Old Parsonage, a Tudor building adjacent to the parish church where we hold our meetings, was festooned with bunting and balloons and looked ready for a celebration.
Eastbourne ‘Wives’ was founded 100 years ago and in recognition of this a celebratory lunch was held on Saturday, 5 August. Chichester Diocese was among the first in England to establish groups of ‘Young Wives’ and Eastbourne was one of these.
Grace was said by our most senior member, Sylvia Slater, followed by a delicious catered meal. The anniversary cake was made by our secretary, Shelagh Furniss and cut by Alison. The afternoon ended with a raffle which raised £160 for St.Christopher’s Hospice. We all hope that Eastbourne will celebrate more anniversaries in years to come.
Thanks go to the branch committee and those who helped to make the day a success.
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