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 in 1918.   We have expanded since then and currently have 137 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
May Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25 39 Jean EllicockOadby Brookside  WI
Second Prize £15123 Jennifer ReadSwannington WI
Third Prize £10 48 Pat DomeneghettiKirby Muxloe WI

NFWI Annual Conference 5 June 2019 at Bournemouth

The results of the resolutions

"The decline of local bus services"  passed by a 96% majority

"Don't fear the smear" passed by a majority of 97%

More photos and report

Board of Trustee Officers for 2019-2020

ChairmanJanet Kirk
Vice Chairman 1Glenice Wignall
Vice Chairman 2Heather Roythorne-Finch
TreasurerLinda Martin


Ashby Show
14 July 2019

For a long time the WI has been privileged to be part of Ashby Agricultural Show.   Each year we have competitions which are open to WI Members.  We have three sections including cookery and handcraft items which are made by Members of the competing WIs and exhibited as a co-operative entry, also we have individual competitions in cookery, handcraft and flower arranging. All the entries are judged on the morning of the show and trophies awarded to the winners.

Our “Men Only” cookery competition is very popular and gives the men a chance to show how well they can cook!!

The junior section is always lovely to see with lots of effort going into their items.  Along with the serious competitions we have a fun competition which this year is a Decorated Hat. I am sure this will really test our Member’s creative ability.

We serve tea/coffee and soft drinks at very reasonable prices and visitors to our marquee can buy lots of home made cakes, preserves and handcraft items from The Country Markets”, while enjoying our craft demonstrations.

This year we welcome “Rainbows” to our busy marquee who will be offering something for the children to take part in, while their parents can try their luck on our Tombola stall.  With over 200 items on display it is well worth a visit.

The WI is grateful to the Agricultural Society for supplying the marquee and for all their help to make our contribution to the show a success.

Urgently Required

IFE (Independent Financial Examiners)

Please contact WI House if you are interested becoming an IFE.

Training will be arranged as a group or individually.

All WIs are required to have their books examined each year and

we need more examiners to run the our scheme.

New to the Gift Shop.

We now stock WI notelets featuring the artwork from the Millennium Book from Denman.

A pack of 10 cards and envelopes for £4.00.

Great for the quick note to say ‘thank you’ to speakers, guests etc.!

The Spring Lunch
not quite to plan
but !!!!!!!
Never been a Spring Lunch quite like it

Unfortunately our speaker  Nick Bailey from BBC Gardeners World let us down at the very last minute but not to be beaten a duo called Going Back were rehearsing at the venue and agreed to entertain us. Picture show the screen being taken down to make way for our alternative entertainment.

Members were dancing in the aisle and singing along to the music a good time was had by all.

Comments sent to WI House by members of Witherley WI as they set off once again to the Spring Lunch in Leicester and "once again’ they were not disappointed. There was a warm and friendly greeting with a hot cup of coffee waiting for us in true WI fashion. Prior to our going in to the lunch an announcement was made that the invited speaker, Nick Bailey, had at very short notice called to say he would be unable to attend due to no trains leaving Euston Station. In true ‘Captain Mannering’ fashion the day was saved however by a husband of a WI member who found two entertainers setting up their band in readiness for a show later that evening. They agreed to perform for us after our lunch. Lunch as always at Devonshire House was wonderful and the staff looked after us very well, in addition there was complimentary wine and soft drinks for everyone. As our coffee was served Paul and Brian of ‘Going Back’ entertained us with some good 60’s and 70’s music. It wasn’t long before Members were up dancing and I think could certainly have ‘danced the night away’ but sadly there was a train to catch.

For more photos

Join the Climate Change Mass Lobby of Parliament
Wednesday 26 June 2019 1.00pm - 4.00pm Westminster London
For more information

Gift Shop Sale!!!!!!!

‘The Committee have decided to wind down the stock of non-WI branded goods in the Gift Shop at WI House.

All non-WI stock has been reduced by 50% on the sale price. Come by WI House to pick up a bargain!’

Do you have a piece of artwork you would like to show off to our members?

WI House like to showcase our members’ talents by displaying their framed art work on the walls.

If you would like to display your work, please let me know.  Susan Miller, Federation Secretary ‘


Names and addresses in the Yearbook must NOT be given to other individuals or organisations.
Please ensure that your members are aware of this rule 
Previous Year books should be shredded or burnt, NOT recycled.

Jersey Festival of Words and Jersey Federation of Women's Institute Short Breaks 26 - 30 September 2019 for more details





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