About us

Centenary Countdown: 
 days to go!

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
December  Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £100137 Maureen Williams Countesthorpe WI
Second Prize £50  19 Margaret TowlCottesmore WI
Third Prize £25  73 Jill HayesOadby WI

Christmas Cheer around the Federation


At Swannington WI’s Christmas Meeting the very amusing Chris Knight came along to tell us all about the history of Pantomine Dames. In addition to this background, we also heard about the famous names that had starred as Dames over the years along with some very amusing anecdotes.

After his talk Chris joined members for a delicious Christmas party supper, with again as usual, members taking to heart the suggestion they dress according to the speaker’s subject


Brenda Clare and Brenda Head, decorated the Melton Afternoon WI's Christmas tree for this years Festival of Trees at St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray. This coincided with the opening of the church after extensive renovations.  The church absolutely splendid, and warm, with the 1000 treee.

Xmas Lunch 
Newton Harcourt Christmas Lunch at Leicester College

Springbrook and Scraptoft WI went to a talk and tasting at Gelato Village in St Martins. It's the first time that they have hosted a WI and we were all impressed by their passion and commitment to sourcing quality, local and seasonal produce wherever possible. For example, you won't find them making strawberry gelato until the strawberries are growing in Leicestershire fields and they know the name of every cow that produces the milk! Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we can all testify that this is the best gelato in the county, if not the whole country!


County News

Have you ordered your County News yet?  Talk to your secretary to have your copy for 2018 and keep up to date with what's going on in the Federation and your local WI's.  Get ideas for speakers from the reports from WI's.  It's very good value at £3.50 for 11 copies. 


Diggi Comms Team

The newly-formed Federation Digi Comms Team is planning to hold training and support sessions at WI House in the IT Suite, For more information


Have you ordered your tickets for the ACM on the

10 March 2018?

The Federation are putting on an excellent day of entertainment for you to celebrate Leicestershire and Rutland Federation's 100th birthday.

We have booked three excellent speakers, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Grettan JP, Mandy Hickson, former Royal Air Force Pilot and Entrepreneur and the afternoon speaker will be John Craven OBE.  

Arrangements are in hand to give you shopping time. We have approached a  wide range of stall holders including, Jewellery, Handbags, Gifts, Plants, Chocolate, Cheese,Soap, Sewing Machines, Gin and Wine all for you to peruse.

Please apply for your tickets before the 6th November using the dedicated ACM booking form.  After this date, further orders will be filled subject to availability.

The Jose´ Smart Award

To be staged at the Annual Council Meeting on Saturday 12 March 2018
Schedule: A Corsage for the  Olympic Year 
Incorporating fresh flowers - £1.00 per entry




The prize will be a bursary either for full payment of, or towards the cost of a two-night course of your choice at Denman College.  The actual amount will depend on the amount of entries we receive. 

To enter at the Centenary Annual Council Meeting, find the Denamn College display stand, where you will be able to pay £1.00 to be entered into the draw.  You are welcome to enter more than once if you wish. 

If you are unable to attend the Centenary Annual Council Meeting, but you still wish to be included in the draw, please send your name, WI and contact details, along with £1.00 for each entry, to WI House, no later than Thursday 22 February 2018. Again you may enter as many times as you wish, just send £1.00 for each entry.



Saving Denman Appeal Update

Appeal is going and what we hope to achieve in the next 7 months. At the end of July the fund had reached £407,790.52.

While we hoped it would be more (we were hoping to achieve £500,000 by the end of March) we have to say “Thank You” to the many members who have worked hard to raise funds. Many WIs have taken our original request for £10 per member over 2 years and have achieved this. Some Federations too have achieved this and it has nothing to do with size or location! Guernsey expect to achieve their target and Oxfordshire have raised £16,000 by giving every WI £5 to grow for the Appeal. Other Federations have had a grand event especially for the Appeal. Some individuals have done amazing things –Roz Cooper of Hampshire cycled from Portsmouth to Denman and raised over £4000! We can’t mention everyone who has done so much to help but any effort however small or large is truly appreciated. Denman is the “jewel in the crown” of the WI and we need to make it financially secure. The Denman staff are working hard to keep the college full and making an operating profit and we members need to support them.

So what do we hope for in the next seven months? Firstly that every WI will send us their September raffle money - last year this added about £40,000 to our total. If you don’t normally have a raffle could you have a special one? Secondly you could buy from our range of cards. Every card sold at £2 raises £1.60 for the Appeal. Federations can buy the cards for £1 and sell them for £2. It is suggested that the £1 profit either all be sent to the Appeal or split between the Federation and the Appeal. See September’s WI Life for both of these. We also put a tried and tested tip in WI Life every issue to help you raise money and many of you have said how successful they have been.

We know that a lot more money will come in in the last months as WIs and federations meet their targets and send in their money. So please help in this last push – the Appeal will close on March 31st2018. Good luck and a big THANK YOU!

The Saving Denman Appeal Steering Committee

To donate on line go to:- :

20.4% Funded
£407790.52 Raised



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