About us

Centenary Countdown: 
 days to go!

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 142 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
September  Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25.0058 Hilary JacksonNailstone WI
Second Prize £1582 Helen MorleyColeorton WI
Third Prize £1061 Ruth GreenBarkby and Beeby WI

Violet Gladys Bennett "Vi"

Members of the WI attended "Vi's" funeral on the 2nd October.  She was very well known throughout the WI taking on the role of County Chairman and being Fernie North's Group Secretary for many years. She will be greatly missed.

Thought from Oadby WI Vi's WI until she moved to Clarendon Park in her later years.

Oadby WI ‘s scrap books are full of photos about Vi. Whether she was enjoying a meal at Foxton, a garden party at Alma’s, chopping strawberries at Greta’s farm, running the group meeting or supporting her friend, Joan who had come to our meeting to judge our show entries she was full of joy. Vi epitomised the friendship and fellowship of the WI.

Even though she was confined to a wheelchair in the last few years of her life her family were there to support her, taking her to the Tuesday monthly meetings of Clarendon Park WI. Our WIs would meet at Leicester College for their birthday lunch and our members would look forward to seeing Vi and sharing their news. Clarendon Park’s annual outing often included some of our members. Pam made sure the Woods coach had wheelchair access so that Vi accompanied by her sister and brother could come too.

Vi was a very popular County Chair and when she stood down due to ill-health from many years’ service on the BOT a sigh of sadness and regret echoed round the All Nations Centre and was followed by applause. Her celebratory funeral service was well attended by her close knit and loving family and her many friends. Jerusalem was sang .

We will miss you.

Sheila, President of Oadby WI on behalf of Vi’s many WI friends


Darts 2017

We have now reached the knockout stage of the 2017 Darts competition. The successful teams at the group stage were Ashby Spa, Appleby Magna A, Thringstone, Tilton on the Hill, Hinckley Canalside A, Great Glen, Thorpe Acre A and Barsby. Congratulations to them all.
Many thanks also to all the teams who took part and contributed to another successful and enjoyable competition. We hope to bring the timetable for next year's competition forward a little so look out for the entry form in your mailing!

Clay Pigeon Shoot 14 October

 Clay Pigeon ShootClay Pigeon Shoot
On Saturday 14th October the WI ladies had a fantastic morning at Grange
Farm learning to Clay Pigeon Shoot and we all said we hope we get a chance
to do this again as we all had so much fun.

Report and Photos from the Autumn Lunch at Barndale Hall Hotel

Report and Photos

Leisure Committee's
Crazy Golf at Day at Blaby 19 September 

Crazy Golf 


‘Don’t forget, we have a range of WI and Denman branded goods for sale in the Gift Shop which make excellent raffle prizes at your meetings. 

Our Centenary coasters would also make excellent gifts to your members as a momento of our Centenary.  Stock is limited but we offer 10% discount for every 10 purchased.’

WI Goods 


Walk hosted by Burton Overy WI - 12 October
Meet at Village Hall at for coffee before the walk at 10.30am
There will be lunch of soups with crusty bread and pudding. Price £5.00. after the walk.


Anyone interested in volunteering 

Dr Nils Niederstrasser has contacted us with the following details:
  • Enquiry: I am a researcher at Loughborough University. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us validate a cognitive testing battery, which we have developed. We are looking for adults (50+) to come to Loughborough University campus for a 45 minute testing session. I was wondering if your members might be interested in this opportunity to participate in research. Please let me know if this is something that might interest you and I will send you more information and contact details.  
  • Best wishes, Nils Niederstrasser
  • To contact

Saving Denman Appeal Update

Appeal is going and what we hope to achieve in the next 7 months. At the end of July the fund had reached £407,790.52.

While we hoped it would be more (we were hoping to achieve £500,000 by the end of March) we have to say “Thank You” to the many members who have worked hard to raise funds. Many WIs have taken our original request for £10 per member over 2 years and have achieved this. Some Federations too have achieved this and it has nothing to do with size or location! Guernsey expect to achieve their target and Oxfordshire have raised £16,000 by giving every WI £5 to grow for the Appeal. Other Federations have had a grand event especially for the Appeal. Some individuals have done amazing things –Roz Cooper of Hampshire cycled from Portsmouth to Denman and raised over £4000! We can’t mention everyone who has done so much to help but any effort however small or large is truly appreciated. Denman is the “jewel in the crown” of the WI and we need to make it financially secure. The Denman staff are working hard to keep the college full and making an operating profit and we members need to support them.

So what do we hope for in the next seven months? Firstly that every WI will send us their September raffle money - last year this added about £40,000 to our total. If you don’t normally have a raffle could you have a special one? Secondly you could buy from our range of cards. Every card sold at £2 raises £1.60 for the Appeal. Federations can buy the cards for £1 and sell them for £2. It is suggested that the £1 profit either all be sent to the Appeal or split between the Federation and the Appeal. See September’s WI Life for both of these. We also put a tried and tested tip in WI Life every issue to help you raise money and many of you have said how successful they have been.

We know that a lot more money will come in in the last months as WIs and federations meet their targets and send in their money. So please help in this last push – the Appeal will close on March 31st2018. Good luck and a big THANK YOU!

The Saving Denman Appeal Steering Committee

To donate on line go to:- :

20.4% Funded
£407790.52 Raised



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