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



It is with great sadness that we have been informed that Anna Bold, Federation Treasurer has passed away after a short illness.

The Federation have sent condolences to the family and any further information will be sent out in due course.


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

First Prize £25.0049 Sandie HainesNarborough and Littlethorpe WI
Second Prize £15.00139 Diana LeeCountesthorpe WI
Third Prize £1078 Genesta CopeHollycroft WI
Go to the Federation Events page for all up and coming events.

Spring Lunch at Devonshire Place LeicesterSpring Lunch

A big thanks to all concerned for such a fantastic spring lunch.  The food although choice limited was good . the service was exceptional, and the speaker was brilliant.

How you are going to top that for next year’s centennial celebration is beyond me
Jenny Houghton Barwell 

We would like to thank you for a wonderful event on Saturday 13th May, the lunch at Devonshire Place was delicious and the service excellent.  The speaker Ruth Rogers was captivating with her reminiscences of her time working in the show 'War Horse' as a puppeteer, she was the head of Joey the horse that the story is about, such enthusiasm was catching and we were all enchanted with her tales. A very big 'thank you' to all the Fund Raising Committee who worked so hard to make it such a success, it was certainly worth it! 
Aileen & John Orme. Humberstone Afternoon WI.

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Make a Date

10 March 2018

Leicestershire and Rutland Federation's Centenary Annual Council Meeting

Will be held at Bruntingthorpe Hanger 42

More details later

Hanger 42 

The Great Get Together

All WI's are invited to take part in The Great Get Together over the weekend of the 17 - 18 June. People are being invited to come together with friends, neighbours and others they don't yet know for street parties, picnics, barbecues and bake-off competitions. 
More details can be found on the event website here:


Maundy Thursday

Janet Kirk 
Our County Chairman Janet Kirk who was lucky enough to lunch with the Queen

We had a wonderful experience and it was a great honour to receive the money direct from the Queen, who looked amazing of course.  There were a good selection of VIPs, local and national, present, though the view of them from my seat was limited.  I did see the Yeomen of the Guard at close quarters though!  The whole service was beautiful and so well arranged, it went like a dream.

Each of 91 men and 91 women received two small purses, a red one containing a £5 coin and a 50p coin – symbols of the material and fish originally presented – and a white purse  with 91p of special Maundy coins – sealed packs containing a small silver 1p, 2p, 3p and 4p coin (= 10p) and a single 1p to make the 91 pence.  They are legal tender --if you are silly enough to try spending them.

Two weeks before the day we had a talk by the Lord High Almoner, John Inge, Bishop of Worcester.  He gave a fascinating history of the Maundy tradition from its early days in the 1300s.  The monarch actually washed the feet of the recipients for many centuries, following Jesus’s actions at the last supper.  It doesn’t happen now!

Rachel Kellett - Newton Harcourt

Two up and coming events the Blaston Show and Stoney Stanton's Strawberries and Wine Evening for more information follow the link

Photograph Competition

County News Event 'We've Got Talent!' Bid to make the front cover of County News with your photo! We want to show off the talents of WI photographers, and create some striking front covers for 2018's County News.
For more information and Entry Form



Walk  hosted by Billeden  8 June more details later

Walk hosted by Birstall and Wanlip WI - Abbey Park  along the canal/river with a picnic 20 July.

Walk hosted by Burton Overy WI - 12 October more details later


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.


2017 Subscription reminder


Book Reviews


Saving Denman 

The Appeal to save Denman  has raised to £305,543 .00.  The total required for this year is1,000,000.00 with a further 1,000,000.00 next year.  This is purely for the upkeep of Denman College. We’ve also now set up a JustGiving site so people can donate online..Here’s the link:  

A quilt made and donated by Helen Goodman of Ravenstone WI made £100.00. We have also had Groups and Individual WI's working hard making money for the Denman appeal.

Helen Carey has updated her book ‘Bows of Burning Gold’.  This Centenary edition contains the 10 additional years to 2015.  The book is priced £9.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the ‘Saving Denman Appeal’.  If you would like a copy, please contact Susan at WI House before 11 September 2017.’Helen Carey has updated her book ‘Bows of Burning Gold’.  This Centenary edition contains the 10 additional years to 2015.  The book is priced £9.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the ‘Saving Denman Appeal’.  If you would like a copy, please contact Susan at WI House before 11 September 2017.’  




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