These are previous events to give you an idea of what we’re about – to see upcoming ones, take a look at our Events page.
Tues 22nd Nov – 8pm – Christmas Crafts
Our ever popular of evening in the run up to Christmas. This year we’ll be creating alternative fabric wreaths.
Tues 18th Oct (NEW DATE!) – 8pm – Polymer Clay Creations
Have a go with some lovely polymer clay, creating characters and fun ornaments, jewellery, beads and buttons, the possibilities are endless!
Tues 27th Sept – 8pm – Colouring, Doodling & Zentangles
This month we’ll be introducing you to the gentle art of Zentangle, combined with some optional doodling and colouring. Zentangling can create an almost meditative state and colouring and doodling is well known for helping relieve stress and helping you relax! We will be guided by the very talented Linda Andrews who is a bit of an expert Zentangler and amongst many other things, has worked as a demonstrator for Derwent art products and created some amazing works of art and portraits using coloured pencils/pastels and other media. We’ll be giving you some ideas of patterns to try, as well as giving you the freedom to do your own thing and the option to colour in your own art or some samples we’ll provide. Looking forward to seeing the end result which could be made into a greetings card or framed, but the beauty of this activity is that the pleasure gained from doing it is reward in itself!
If you have any of the following, please bring them along. We will have spares of most things and materials to share so don’t buy things especially. We hope also to have some quality drawing pens that you can buy at a discounted price to take away, plus of course a lovely raffle prize, so don’t forget your pennies!
Drawing pens/ fine and or thicker (but not thick marker pens) even biros can be used, but a range of thicknesses can make an effective image
Clipboard or A4 sized book to rest on if the meeting is busy (just
Any examples of zentangling/doodling/colouring or drawing you’d
like to share!
Tues 26th July – 8pm – Local Tour with Kevin Gordon
Another interesting and entertaining local history tour with Kevin Gordon, this time at Tidemills. We learnt how to kidnap the bones of a saint (minus one hand), how to navigate a sea-plane with bombs in your pockets and a live pigeon tucked down your shirt, as well as how to mill flour using the power of the tide and some pretty anti-social shift working. History lessons at school were never this good!
Tues 28th June – 8pm – WI does Wimbledon!
We are very excited to tell you we will be visiting Seaford Tennis Club for a delicious taster session! We will be meeting at the club and should have the chance to have a go, look around the club and have a drink at the bar. We need to know numbers for this and if you can bring your own racquet so please email us or post on our Facebook page.
Tues 24th May – 8pm – Breadmaker Challenge!
Our ever talented Marie will be hosting this evening where you will have a chance to make a couple of different types of breads, some we can cook on the night, others you can ‘take and bake’! Should be a delicious night.
A simple list of things to bring for next week’s breadmaking night – you will need two mixing bowls, if you have two! A couple of mixing spoons, cling film, a baking tray/sheet, measuring jug, scales and baking parchment. We will provide the rest! As always, please comment/email us/ add yourself to this event to help us make sure we have enough supplies, thanks!
Tues 26th April – 8pm – Maypole Dancing
We are all ready for a night of Maypole dancing with our teacher Jenny Walton! It should be fun, and hopefully we’ll get the hang of it well enough to create a fab routine! Please wear comfy shoes and light clothing. For any updates, please see our Facebook page.
Tues 22nd March – 8pm Bath Bombs
This month we’ll be creating some delicious smelling pampering treats.
We will provide the majority of materials needed, if you have the following, please bring them along:
Two bowls for mixing up in and a couple of mixing spoons – metal tablespoons or similar
A scoop – 50ml approx – for example, a vanish powder scoop or large measuring spoon
If you have any hard/plastic type moulds you can bring them along, the silicon ones are probably too soft and flexible for the purpose of bath bombs but anything which you can press the mixture into should work!
Any essential oils you might have that you like to use.
A box/tub to take your bath bombs home in (we will have some boxes too)
Thurs 17th Dec – Tapas at the Front Room – Thursday this time not Tues!
We will be celebrating Christmas at the Front Room in Seaford this year! All members welcome! We need to know numbers and get payment in advance so we will be contacting all members about this shortly. Please note this will be on the third Thursday this time.
Tues 24th Nov – Festive Fun with Christmas Crafts
Always a popular evening where we will be hosting a range of different festive crafts, decorations, gifts & crackers.
Tues 27th Oct – Halloween Food & Fun Treats
This month we’ll be creating some delicious spooky treats! We’ll be decorating little Halloween themed cakes and trying some flood-filled biscuit icing.
Things to bring if you have them – clean rolling pin, small sharp knife, small palette knife, small cake board or plate and a box to take the cake home.
Tues 22nd Sept – Patchwork Crafts
This month we are back in the hall with our Patchwork Crafts evening.
Everyone will be able to make a hand sewn hexagon rosette like the ones
in the pic (ignore the big tacking stitches, these are for a
work-in-progress project!). It would be useful but not essential to
bring a little sewing kit to include needle, scissors and pins. If you
have any lightweight fabric scraps, nothing too stretchy or thick,
please bring those too. If you have a small iron (not a big steam
generator one) that might be handy too, although we won’t need one for
everyone so don’t worry if you can’t bring one!
If you are sewing-phobic do not fear! We also have some self adhesive
fabric that can be used to decorate some cute greetings cards.
Tues 25th Aug – Social Evening
Often August is a quiet month as most people are away or busy so we will arrange a simple (unofficial meeting) social event for anyone who’s around.
Tues 28th July – Taster Session at Seaford Golf Course
Continuing with our outdoor theme our meeting this month is at Seaford Golf Club on Firle Road. This time we really need to know numbers so please post or email us to confirm if you can come – we’d rather you said yes and then couldn’t make it, than no and turned up in the end as the club needs to organise things for us they need maximum numbers! We may need to guess a set number otherwise and then it will be on a first come first served basis, so get your names in asap!
(photo courtesy of Seaford Golf Course)
Tues 23rd June – Out & About with Nature
Exciting plans in the woods in June! We will be out and about in Friston forest doing all sorts of activities including making ‘green jewellery’ from things we find and enjoying a hot chocolate around a camp fire! Sounds good to me!
Sat 6th June – Nearly New Sale
Tues 19th – May All Things Buttons! – Please note this meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday, not the 4th!
A beautiful creation from Modern Mommyhood
Please note this is being held on the 3rd Tues to avoid the half term hols!
Plans are well underway for our button night! We will have 4 tables covering button jewellery, photo frames, making your own buttons and button pictures.
Supplies to bring on the night are: buttons, beads, sequins, hot glue gun, other strong craft glue, any jewellery making equipment you might have (crimps, pliers etc) plain picture frames, cards and or canvasses.
We will be bringing some blank canvasses which you can buy on the night, more on that to follow.
Tues 28th April – Seaford History Tour
We are looking forward to our next meeting, a tour around our lovely town with local historian Kevin Gordon. Kevin is a retired police officer who has a lifelong interest in Sussex History. He is the author of Eastbourne and Seaford History books and writes a weekly historic column in the Sussex Express newspaper. We will let you know the meeting point soon. Guests welcome as always! If the weather misbehaves we will get a unique and personal talk at the hall. We hope to end the eve having a drink or two in the town! Either way it should be a great evening! Hope to see you there! J x
Tues 24th March – Bingo & Fish ‘n’ Chips Social
We will be holding a fast and furious Bingo night with prizes for those fastest on the dabber! We will be having fish ‘n’ chips delivered during the evening, we are subsidising this so you only pay £1.50 for your supper! Please post on Facebook if you are coming whether you would like food so we have an idea of numbers, thanks!
Tues 24th February – Easter Paper Crafts
Things to bring if you can please:
Paper or card at least A4 size in whatever pattern or colour you fancy, cutting mat, craft knife, scissors, glue (Pritt stick should do), ruler to use as a cutting guide, pencil, ribbon, any other Easter embellishments you fancy, hot glue gun.
Don’t worry if you only have the basics, we’ll have some spares of most things, but bring along some card you like if you can (paper is ok too but card would be sturdier of course).
Tues 27th January – Vocal Workshop
A message from Julie who will be hosting the evening!
Hi, my name is Julie and I’m a singing teacher and performer based in Seaford. I am the owner of Julie’s Art of Noise, and I also run children’s singing groups and entertain in local care homes.
I will be going though basic singing techniques and some fun exercises too, for example:
• Breathing (using your diaphragm)
• Pitch work
• Vocal cord work
• Tongue twisters
We will also work on a few rounds followed by a group sing along (or solos if anyone is brave enough) at the end.
I’m looking forward to meeting you all on the 27th!
16th December – Christmas Event – Social
We are going out on the town for a lovely meal out which we will be subsidising for members. More details on Facebook.
25th November – Christmas Crackers & other seasonal crafts
This month we’ll be making various lovely festive things – crackers, needle felted decorations and paper crafts. Please see our Facebook page for all the info.
28th October – Crochet skills plus AGM
Our next meeting is on 28th Oct which is during the half term hols. This month we will be doing crochet for all levels, including complete beginners so don’t worry if you’re a total novice like me!! We will have crochet hooks to buy (£1.25) or borrow – or you can bring your own, along with any odd bits of yarn or patterns you’d like to have a go out.
We will also be including a short AGM within our meeting. We LOVE creating these fun and fabulous evenings for you all, but now we need a little help from you. Our key committee members have decided that it’s time to step down due to other commitments etc – each role needs to be filled. All three ladies, President, Treasurer and Secretary are very happy to help their replacements to find their feet in their new roles – you won’t be thrown in at the deep end! We currently have a good set up for meetings, lots of ideas for future events and if we continue our Nearly New Sales, a tried and tested framework for the sales which with a small amount of effort fall into place. Whilst there are a few of us Committee ladies left we will need at least a couple of you to either join the committee and or step into one of these roles.
If you join the committee you won’t suddenly have a huge amount of work to do for our WI – it’s little every now and again generally, also we don’t expect you to make every meeting or every event either, we share the work load and always support each other. We won’t be forcing anyone into anything so please don’t not come to this meeting just to avoid pressure – we only want willing ladies, there will be no arm twisting 😉
See you there for crochet, chat, a cuppa & of course cake!!
4th October – Nearly New Sale
23rd September – Felting crafts
This month we will be trying out some needle felting. A few of us took a class earlier in the year and made the birds you can see on the website and Facebook. This time we’re going to be making simple but effective Halloween decorations and you will be able to try a couple of the ideas.
As we are really keen to keep our group an active group we will sometimes be asking for small additional donations to put towards supplies, this month we will supply what you need for £2 – but feel free to bring your own supplies if you have them, you’ll need some orange, green, black and white roving wool, enough to create an apple sized pumpkin and or a hand sized white ghost, and or a small black spider or witches hat. You will also need a needle felting needle and a pipe cleaner or 2, any colour. Scissors could also be useful. If you have a largish flat sponge (like a big yellow one) or a piece of thick foam, please bring that, if not bring a towel that you can fold up and work on.
Look forward to seeing you there! Julia & Helen
26th August – Cocktail Making
We are going to split the evening into three different styles, firstly we will be having a go at some molecular cocktail making, then we will be having a go at some classic flavours and finally we will be doing some layering.
If you have any of the following please feel free to bring them along:
Also if you have anything strange and unusual lurking in the back of your drinks cupboard (I know I do) bring it along and we’ll see what we can do with it!
There will also be some non-alcoholic cocktails being made.
Don’t forget to bring along something nibblish as well, doesn’t matter if it is bought or homemade but just something to help make sure we are not all a bit too tipsy heading home!
22nd July – Jewellery Making
For our July meeting we will be making different types of jewellery.
We’ll have 3 tables set up, each making a different type of jewellery – wire work earrings, macrame bracelets, and loom bands for some extra fun!
If you have any of the following which you can bring it would be very helpful although we will have some spares to share:
Any beads that could be used in earrings or bracelets
Jewellery making pliers and wire cutters
A bead mat or piece of felt about 30cm square
Loom bands and a loom
Look forward to seeing you there!
24th June – Sushi Making
The plan is to create several different types of sushi to eat on the evening or take home, there will be a mix of tuna, salmon, mackerel, smoked salmon and vegetable fillings.
You will need to bring along a chopping board and sharp knife together with something to take your goodies home in.
If you happen to have a sushi rolling mat, please do bring it along with you
It would be very helpful to have an idea of numbers coming along on the evening so that I can make sure there is enough for everyone, if you haven’t already, put your name down on the Seaford Sweethearts Facebook page or click to say you’re going to this event! Hopefully see you there!
Delicious looking nibbles to get you in the mood…. BBC Recipes
(silk scarf painting will now be done as a separate craft evening)
27th May – Upcycling and Paint Techniques
We’ll be doing some simple techniques to distress items for that shabby chic look using chalk paint and furniture wax, having a look at crackle glaze and decoupage.
For our next evening we will be looking at upcycling (or is it repurposing….) furniture by having a go at some different paint techniques.
Here’s a list of things to bring along if you can.
- A small piece of furniture to practise on, ie small shelves, bedside cabinet, chair etc…has to be solid wood, no MDF, we shall try and pick up a few extra items for people to practice on or we may get people to share items so everyone gets a go. (I can recommend Furniture Now who have several warehouses around the county and also the St Wilfrids Warehouse on the Cavendish Industrial Estate in Eastbourne for second hand furniture)
- Apron or wear old clothes
- Mixed bristle paint brushes if you have them or just a good 2″ or 3″ paint brush.
- A hair dryer (to help get things dry if the evening turns out to be a bit damp).
We will need to get a prompt start on the evening. The idea will be in the 2hrs that people will be able to prepare, paint and hopefully wax their item…it will have to be a prompt start to ensure we can get paint dry between coats (10-15mins).
Loving this idea from DIYInspired.com
22nd April – Quiz Night Social
Another fun social night coming up this month! These nights are always popular so make sure you get there early to bag a seat! This month there will be wine, fish and chips yum!
If you would like to eat with us it costs £5 for members and £8 for non members. If you want to just do the quiz and are not a member it’s £5. See you there!!
25th March – Spring into Gardening
Our next meeting from 8pm – 10pm at the Claremont Hall, Seaford, will be hosted by Paradise Park based expert David Fitton MBE, F.I.HORT.
He is Wisley trained and a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture and a full member of the Garden Media Guild. Experienced in parks, gardens and horticultural education. Former Head of Horticulture at Plumpton College in East Sussex and currently runs a garden advisory service and horticultural consultancy. He is a gardener, lecturer, broadcaster on local radio, garden tour leader and guest speaker on cruiseships.
We will be providing some supplies for our hands-on night, but will post shortly anything that you need to bring! See you there!
(SATURDAY) 1st March – Nearly New Sale
Come along to the Clinton Centre from 10am and grab some bargains, or have a clearout and sell some of your no longer needed maternity items, toys or childrens clothes Then enjoy a cuppa with a yummy homemade cake for just £2! More details here asap!
25th February – Cake Decorating
Hosted by the very talented Blue Moon Bakery. Details below…
Nikki Baron from The Blue Moon Bakery will be coming along and giving us some quick demonstrations on fondant roses, using moulds and cutters, simple piping and colouring icing before helping us to get creative with buttercream and fondant!
If you have any cake decorating bits and pieces please do bring them along i’ve put a list of items at the bottom that would be especially helpful to bring along if you have any of them. We will be bringing some basic cupcakes to decorate as well as quite a lot of buttercream icing for everyone to use, but again if you feel like being prepared please feel free to bring some along with you.
There will also be a chance to win some of her cupcakes with the best fondant rose not to mention our usual raffle with some cake related goodies!
Things to bring if you have them:
28th January – Balloon Modelling
Hosted by Jo the Balloon Lady just bring yourselves and get ready to have lots of laughs creating fun shapes and drinking tea (or coffee) and eating cake! Catching up with and making new friends also on the menu! Don’t forget to bring your membership money/cheque (£34.70) if you haven’t already paid up for this year, or if you’re a newbie you can pay £5 just to try us on for size! See you there…
17th December (3rd Tuesday in December as fourth is Christmas Eve)
Beetle Drive and American Buffet – We’ll be having a fun social night – with wine! Join in our fast paced Beetle Drive, swap tables and win prizes. Plus bring along some delicious food to share and make a night of it! More details to follow…
26th November – Christmas Crafts
We’ve got lots of lovely crafty ideas ready for our November meeting on Tuesday 26 November. We will be splitting into four tables with something different going on each:
- Table 1- felt tree decorations
- Table 2 – paper decorations and lanterns
- Table 3 – foliage mini wreaths/candle holders (you will need to bring a plate or flat dish with a edge at least 8 inches in diameter to transport this home as we will be using wet oasis)
- Table 4 – chocolate truffle making and presentation boxes
The idea is that everyone spends an hour on one table and then after tea and cake time we will swap around so you should be able to have a go at two of the tables during the evening.
Things that you could bring with you if you have them are:
- Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutters
- Paper scissors and/or craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Embroidery needles
- A bit of foraged foliage – bits of holly, ivy, berries, cones, maybe some flowers and anything else you want to personalize your wreath with…
- Glue gun
- Any Christmas themed fabric or paper/card
- Scraps of ribbon/buttons/sequins
Hope to see you there!
22nd October – Bake Off
Last month’s meeting was our Great Sweethearts Bake Off!
Don’t worry, Mary Berry is busy, so we’ll be doing all the tasting and judging ourselves!
We’ll be holding our annual AGM first and there’ll be an opportunity to join the WI (and if you join this month, you get three months free as you won’t be asked to renew until January 2015!)
The five categories for the GSBO are:
- Large cakes
- Small cakes / cupcakes
- Tray bake
- Pastry and biscuits
- Savoury bakes
You can only enter one bake per category but you can enter as many categories as you like. There will be prizes for the winners in each category.
Hope to see you on Tuesday for cake!
5th October 2013 – Nearly New Sale
Our sale was a great success with lots of bargains snapped up and delicious cakes devoured. See more of the event in the gallery.
24th September 2013 – Tin Lantern Making
For September’s meeting we will be making lanterns from tin cans.
You will need to bring along:
1 – a washed tin that has been filled with water and frozen overnight – don’t overfill or freeze for longer than one night as they tend to split as they expand.
2 – an old towel to support the tin as it gets bashed and also to soak up the water as it starts to defrost.
3 – a hammer if you have one.
We will bring along some nails to bash the tins and paints and brushes to decorate the finished lanterns as well as some wire for hanging them.