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 143 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 £25.0026 Pat IliffeUllesthorpe WI
Second Prize £15.0064 Janet KirkBarkby and Beeby WI
Third Prize £108 Barbara RichardsSwannington WI
Go to the Federation Events page for all up and coming events.

Anna Bold

Yesterday the 14 June representatives from Leicestershire and Rutland WI attended the funeral of Anna Bold our late  Federation Treasurer.  She will be missed by all who knew her and her dedication to the WI and her support for Denman was unlimited.


On Wednesday 12th June the NFWI is launching a new and easy-to-access website designed exclusively to enhance members’ experience of the WI and WI membership.  My WI website will contain everything from advice on running a charity and the WI constitutions, to brand new craft projects and cookery ideas, and will combine information with inspiration, as well as connecting with every member throughout the organisation whatever her level of involvement. For More information


Ladies if you have never been to the Ashby Show’s WI tent you must get there this year.

The Ashby Show is a great one day country fair. Tractors, cars, machinery, shopping, animals, crafts and the WI tent for a cup of tea and a slice of cake, naturally!

Flower arrangements, cookery, craft and photography and fun competitions make sure there is a section for us all to have a go. If you or members of your institute aren’t sure about entering the competitions, why not just come along this year and see for yourselves how it works. Ashby Show entrance form.


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

Saturday 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:

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


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


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:

15.3% Funded
£305,543.00 Raised

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.’


NEW QUIZ NOW AVAILABLE                        

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