About us

Leicestershire and Rutland Federation of WI's Address:  WI House, 135 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5LQ

Telephone: 0116 2661342  

Email wihouseleics@aol,com

Hours of business: 9.30am to 3.00pm Monday-Thursday

Welcome to the Leicestershire & Rutland

Janet Kirk

The Leicestershire and Rutland Federation was formed in1918.   We have expanded since then and currently have 144 WIs through the two counties. These range from small village ones with a few members to larger ones with over 100 members – so whatever your age or interests, there is sure to be a WI not too far away from you waiting to welcome you. 

All the different WIs offer fun and friendship and a chance to learn new skills. There is usually a speaker at the monthly meetings, and time to socialise with fellow members. Other activities, such as walks, outings or craft groups feature on the WI calendar depending on the interests of the members. If you are new to an area, it is a wonderful way to make friends. 

The Federation sub-committees also offer members a varied programme of events on topics such as health, science, public affairs, leisure activities, art, crafts and cookery. The staff at our newly refurbished offices in Leicester will be very happy to help you find a WI to suit you.

Janet Kirk
Federation Chairman

Leicestershire and Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes
February  Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25.0076 Angela HunnybunGroby WI
Second Prize £15.0073 Frances WilsonGroby  WI
Third Prize £10124 Anne BetteridgeNarborough & Littlethorpe  WI
Go to the Federation Events page for all up and coming events.

Skittles Final

Ashby Spa were the winners of the Skittles with Gretham WI the runners up.

Ashby Spa                                                                                Ashby Spa
Greetham                                                                                   Greetham 

Winner of Federation Art Trophy 2017 "A Day at the Seaside" 

was Mary Nicholls of Elmsthorpe WI


Winner of the Margaret Johnson Trophy "I remember when........"

Winner was Molly Kelf, Cossington WI
Runners up were Gill Hollyman, Ratby WI and Marion Nixon, Appleby Magna WI 

Winning Entry 

Resolution Briefing Meetings 24 April 2017 1.30pm at Salvation Army Conference centre or Wednesday 26 April 7.15 at Queniborough Village Hall. Application form on Download Page

HE Events

Special Dietary Requirements at Home Economics Full Day Events. 
When attending HE events please read attached 


Saturday 1 April WI Fair, Alexandra Palace London £25.00

for more details go to the events page


An exciting opportunity has arisen for federations and WIs to share and display craft and other items at the WI Fair at Alexandra Palace, for all visitors to enjoy.

The event organisers, Upper Street Events, have asked WI members to share any items that they have created – old and new – that represent what the WI stands for to them. They have also asked whether or not federations have any items they may wish to showcase at the WI Fair.

Federations and WIs would be responsible for all miscellaneous costs including transporting items to and from the fair. Further to this they would be required to set up and steward the displays, and also be responsible for insuring any items of value.

For more information and to access whether or not your display item is suitable, please contact Katie Ventresca, Events Director at Upper Street Events – / 020 7288 6645  

Please submit your enquiries directly to Katie who is managing this project.


For Members attention

All WI correspondence e.g. Yearbooks, Programme Secretaries and Officers Lists or any members contact details should not be passed to outside organisations without  consent.


Saving Denman 

The Appeal to save Denman  has raised £264,017.00. We’ve also now set up a JustGiving site so people can donate online.. Here’s the link:  

A quilt has been donated by Helen Goodman to be raffled in aid of the Saving Denman Appeal at the ACM. Tickets can be purchased before hand from WI house and various Federation events. 




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