About us

Leicestershire and Rutland Federation of WI's Address:  WI House, 135 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5LQ

Telephone: 0116 2661342


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
August Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25 54 Beryl GreenUllesthorpe  WI
Second Prize £15115 Christine ParkerBarkby and Beeby WI
Third Prize £10 65 Helen McGarrigleGreeetham  WI

"Save the date"

Our next Federation Denman Weekend will be from Friday 14 - Sunday 16 August 2020.

To read more

‘Love Skittles or Darts? - Your Federation Needs You!

The Skittles and Darts Competitions are well on their way for 2019/20 and we hope you are enjoying your games.

However, as the Leisure Activities Committee consist of only a few members, they are no longer able to arrange these competitions.  We are looking for volunteers to act as co-ordinators for either the Skittles or Darts and to liaise with the Leisure Activities Committee in organising these competitions for the future.  There is no obligation to join the Committee.

If no volunteers come forward, the Skittles and Darts Competitions will not run beyond 2020.

Please contact Susan at WI House if you are interested in becoming a co-ordinator.’

Volunteering at Dobbies for Teenage Cancer Trust

We are looking for volunteers to help at events in the next few months at the Dobbies Garden Centres at Woodlands and Rothley:Santa’s Arrival to his Grotto – Sunday 24th November 11am-2pm
Ladies Night (pampering sessions, music, refreshments) Thursday 28th November 5-8pm
Volunteers would be selling Wish Tree Baubles, cupcakes (supplied by Dobbies), raffle tickets and collecting donations/tickets at the door all in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust. We are looking for 1 or 2 volunteers (or more!) for each event.

For more information and to sign up please see our website


Ladies from L&RFWI helped LOROS launch Hospice Care Week with a delivery of cakes made by our very own WI members.

Yes, that's right, we're back baking for LOROS, everyone is so pleased.

For more information visit the Loros Website


Annual Council Meeting 14 March 2020  more details

Donation of £1500

We are very grateful to have received a donation of £1,500 from the Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association. The funds will support upgrading of our office IT equipment and ensure we can continue to provide a range of services and communications for members into the future. Chair of Trustees Janet Kirk, Vice Chairs Glenice Wignall and Heather Roythorne - Finch and fellow Trustee Claire Robertson Smith attended the reception at Devonshire Place to receive the cheque.

The new computers have now been installed at WI House.

Details of Jersey Holiday 6 - 13 May 2020

Urgently Required

IFE (Independent Financial Examiners)

Please contact WI House if you are interested becoming an IFE.

Training will be arranged as a group or individually.

All WIs are required to have their books examined each year and

we need more examiners to run the our scheme.

New to the Gift Shop.

We now stock WI notelets featuring the artwork from the Millennium Book from Denman.

A pack of 10 cards and envelopes for £4.00.

Great for the quick note to say ‘thank you’ to speakers, guests etc.!

Gift Shop Sale!!!!!!!

‘The Committee have decided to wind down the stock of non-WI branded goods in the Gift Shop at WI House.

All non-WI stock has been reduced by 50% on the sale price. Come by WI House to pick up a bargain!’

Do you have a piece of artwork you would like to show off to our members?

WI House like to showcase our members’ talents by displaying their framed art work on the walls.

If you would like to display your work, please let me know.  Susan Miller, Federation Secretary ‘


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.





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