About us

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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 142 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 £25 154 Judith CluleyHollycroft  WI
Second Prize £15   9 Christine DoghertySwannington  WI
Third Prize £10  44 Pat ReynoldsCossington WI
Officers 2018 
Your Officers for 2018 are Janet Kirk Chairman, Barkby and Beeby WI Glenice Wignall 1st Vice Chairman, Humberstone WI Clare Robertson Smith 2nd Vice Chairman Ullesthorpe WI and Linda Martin Treasurer Thurnby and Bushby WI

Alice Hawkins

On Sunday 4th February a statue of Alice Hawkins was unveiled in Leicester's Market  Place to celebrate 100 years of the suffrage movement  

Alice Hawkins 


We require a Clerical Assistant for 12½ hours per week (9.15am – 4.00pm including ½ hour unpaid lunch, Wednesday and Thursday) for general office duties. Basic computer skills required and prepared to be flexible and assist in various tasks, working as part of team in a busy office. Salary: £5,024.76 per year.

We would be delighted if a WI member wished to join our office team but this post is open to all.

Please send your CV and covering letter marked ‘Private and Confidential’ to Janet Kirk, WI House, 135 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5LQ or email

Closing date: 13 April 2018. 




Winner Veronica Tucker Peatling Magna WI
Runner Up Jane Gilmore Wing WI 
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Entitled a Celebrator Gift or Bouquet 

Federation Arts Trophy 

The Winner was Anne Holtum of Kibworth and Smeeting WI picture displayed above
Second place Susan Metcalfe Rearsby WI,
Third place Kate Mosley Loddington WI.
Thanks to all the members who entered this competition. 


The winner of the competition was Leslie Case of Hoby,  Brooksby, Rothley and Ragdale WI,  Highly Recommended Mavis Smart, Birstall and Wanlip WI and Merial Godfry Medbourne cum Holt WI.  Thank you to all members who entered this competition.
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Winners are 1st Thorpe Acre, 2nd Leire 3rd Sapcote 4th Gospall Villages
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The winning entry for the County News front cover competition is Patricia Baker who's photo graces this month's front cover and can been seen below. Second place goes to Fran Marsland and third place to Jean Chapman. We received very many lovely photos which will be on the front cover of County News at appropriate times.
County News 


The Skittles final was won by Great Bowden runner up Breedon on the Hill
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Results of the Resolutions Voting

2018 resolutions


Positive body image in a digital age  5215

Stop FGM  27,640

Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK 20,299

Mental health matters 42,327

Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body 5560

Total selections received  101,041

Mental health matters is ahead of the second placed resolution by over 14,000 selections.

This year’s total is the most selections cast since the individual selection process was introduced, and the first time over 100,000 selections have been cast by members.

The NFWI Board of Trustees has reviewed the results and agreed that one resolution (Mental Health Matters) will go forward to the Annual Meeting.

Mental health matters is ahead of the second placed resolution by over 14,000 selections.


Training Day 27 January 2018

Janet Kirk & Lynne nStubbings 
County Chair Janet Kirk and NFWI Chair Lynne Stubbings at the training day
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Warners Holiday at Cricket St Thomas 29 January to 2 February 2018  


Darts and Skittles Competition Results 2017/18

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We are receiving an increasing number of letters with insufficient postage.   Please note A4 envelopes need a Large Letter stamp, A5 envelopes needs a 1stor 2ndclass stamp depending on weight and thickness.  Any surcharges we pay for delivery will be passed onto the respective WI.


Saving Denman Appeal Update

The save Denman appeal has now reached £541,499.00 and the appeal closes in March 2018.  If you have raised any money that you wish to be added to the appeal please send before the end of March.

To donate on line go to:- :

20.4% Funded
£407790.52 Raised



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