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

Under the new Data Protection Laws, the information included in the Yearbook must only be used for official WI purposes. (WI events, speakers for your meetings, delegates, resolutions, judges for competitions, information for new members etc)

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 Yearbooks should be shredded or burnt, NOT recycled.
2019 Loros Baking Rota

Leicestershire and Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes
November Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25  91 Jane SaylesLittle Bowden WI
Second Prize £15 66 Roberta MaleCountesthorpe WI
Third Prize £10122 Sandra KingStoney Stanton WI

WI Trip to Stratford on Avon's Victorian Christmas Market
8 December

To see more photos


WI House Open Day 1st December

For more photographs click here

Looking for a last minute stocking filler

Rule of the Institute Tea Towels are available from WI House Price £5.00



The NFWI is conducting a poll to establish the extent to which WI members and the public donate to food banks and other community food aid organisations.

In 2017-18, a record 1.3million food parcels were given out across the Trussell Trust foodbank network, representing approximately 60% of the foodbank picture.  However, much less is known about how the public is helping tackle food poverty by donating time, money or food to local foodbanks and other food aid projects.

The poll will take no longer than two minutes to complete and, subject to sufficient responses being gathered, it is hoped that the results will draw attention to the issue of food poverty and build better understanding of how WI members and the public are helping alleviate food poverty in their communities.

The poll will be open to WI members and the public, and we would like to hear from them irrespective of whether or not they have donated to a foodbank or other community food aid initiative.

The poll closes on the 2nd January. Due to the short timescale we should be grateful if you would distribute details of the poll across your networks.

To take part in poll

Uppingham and Wing WI's on remembrance day

  • This photograph was taken when the Poppy Display was unveiled at Uppingham Town hall by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness. With Sarah in the photograph are members of Uppingham and Wing WIs who made many of the poppies in the display.

WI members create quilts for dementia patients

To read letter of thanks from Brendan McGrath Communications Manager, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

International Women's Day 8th March 2019





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