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
January  Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25 77 Margaret GambleGroby WI
Second Prize £1520 Corinne MellorCossington  WI
Third Prize £1039 Janet KirkBarkby and Beeby  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.

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


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Closing date: 28 February 2019

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.

The Federation final was played in February between Loddington WI and Kirby Muxloe WI. They were given their trophies at the ACM in March.

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

Warners Holiday
Holme Lacy
Monday 14 - Friday 18 January

Holme Lacy is a grade 1 listed mansion completed in 1674, reportedly visited by Charles 11 and William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.  Set in 50 acres of gardens in the Wye Valley.

International Women's Day 8th March 2019

2019 Loros Baking Rota




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