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
February Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25116 Ann MawbyShearsby and Arnesby WI
Second Prize £15 20 Corinne MellorCossington  WI
Third Prize £10103 Sandra PinchessNarborough and Littlethorpe  WI


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.

Change of opening hours at WI house

The clerical office staff at WI House have changed their working hours to 9.15am – 1.00pm, Monday to Thursday.

Please can telephone calls and visits to WI House are made during the new office hours.  Alternatively, please send your enquiry by email.

ACM 2019.

We had brilliant guest speakers including Gyles Brandreth writer and broadcaster, Capt Michael Vlasto from Trinity House, Laura Bingham explorer and 3 ladies from the Armed Forces.
Gyles presented the winners of the competitions with the certificates and trophy's. An enjoyable day had by all, more photos on ACM 2019 pages.

Baking for LOROS

The WI has received some very sad news regarding WI members baking for LOROS.

We have received the following email from David Forbes Catering Manager as follows:

We had our Environmental Health inspection yesterday and unfortunately, the inspector has told us that we cannot accept further donations of goods that have been baked in someone’s home kitchen unless they are registered with their local authority which mean their kitchens being inspected and given a Food Safety Rating.  Please continue with the March bake as I know that has already been started, after that we can only accept cakes that have been baked at a registered address.

I am sorry if this means the baking has to stop as our patients have loved the cakes and pies that you have so kindly donated.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of Schoolreaders. As you know, we are national charity that provides volunteers to primary schools to listen to children read, and that a large proportion of our volunteers are WI members.

As we offer this service for free to schools, in order to cover our operational costs we have to self-fund. We do this in various ways, such as holding events. We have just launched our second book club quiz challenge which is running until the 31 May. This is a fun quiz for book clubs to enjoy at one of their meetings. Last year our winner was in fact a WI book club.

Visit their website for more information

Federation Art Trophy 2019

‘A Street Scene’

The winner of the Federation Art Trophy 2019 is Sue Shelton-Smith, Sheepy WI prize winning entry to the left. Second Place was Penelope Wright, Kirby Muxloe WI and Third Place was Janet Garner, Glenfield WI.  Thank you to all the members who enter the competition.

Edith Buckley Poetry Competition 2019

‘Inspirational Women’

The winner of the Edith Buckley Poetry Competition 2019 is Dorothy Tomlinson, Peatling Magna WI.

Thank you to all the members who enter the competition

To read in full

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

Skittles 2018/19

The North Region was won by Hoby,Brooksby, Rotherby & Ragdale WI and the East Region by Loddington WI. They played each other in the Federation semi-final and Loddington WI was the winner.

The South region was won by Kibworth & Smeeton WI and the West Region by Kirby Muxloe WI. They played each other in the Federation semi-final and Kirby Muxloe WI was the winner.

Skittles Final 2018/19

Kirby Muxloe and Loddington

The winning team was Kirby Muxloe WI photo to the left, and the members who played were Jean Chamberlain, Sylvia Hutchins, Lynne Lewis, Sue Black, Robbie Grundy, Sue Laidler, Anne Brunt and Joyce Wright. (names in order of photograph)

The runners up were Loddington WI. The team members were chosen from the 12 in the picture and are Tessa Halliwell, Di Ford, Cathie Walker, Maggie Mortell, Kate Mosley, Rachel Crisp, Tricia Marston, Maureen Pick, Diana Wright, Ruth Jarvis, Pene Rowe, Barbara Pickering. Right at the left is Glenice Wignall, vice chair of the Federation, who presented the trophies.

Comments from Mary Oughton who has run the skittles for many years

It was a very good and enjoyable evening with almost 40 members attending. The winner was Kirby Muxloe WI I have run the skittles for over 20 years but this was my last one. How could it get any better when the winner was the WI to which I belong! I had never seen them play before, but they were very good and I wish them well next year.

I also hope that someone will volunteer to run the skittles in the future."

Margaret Johnston Competition 2019

‘An Adventure with my Best Pal’

The winner of the Margaret Johnston Competition 2019 is Dorothy Wells, Countesthorpe WI.

Thank you for all the members who entered the competition.

To read the winning entry please follow link

The Darts Final 2019

The darts final was played on Tuesday 15 January at Newtown Linford Sports and Social Club. The winners were Appleby Magna A team for the second year in succession. Runners up were Cossington who have only been playing for two years.

The teams were

Appleby Magna A on the left - Ann Baker, Harriet Allen, Pam Allen and Kathy Ratchford

Cossington on the right - Jayne Burton, Jenette Matthews, Maria Forden and Marilyn Caygill

International Women's Day 8th March 2019





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