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
July  Monthly Draw Results

First Prize £25.00151 Sue LobbWigston Magna WI
Second Prize £1534 Geraldine BedfordColeorton WI
Third Prize £10112 Linda WoodCountesthorpe WI


‘Don’t forget, we have a range of WI and Denman branded goods for sale in the Gift Shop which make excellent raffle prizes at your meetings. 

Our Centenary coasters would also make excellent gifts to your members as a momento of our Centenary.  Stock is limited but we offer 10% discount for every 10 purchased.’

WI Goods 

Inter-Federation Bowls Tournament

Friday, 30 June 2017 and thirteen L&RFWI WI ladies took part in a triples competition organised by Nottinghamshire Federation to celebrate their Centenary.

The weather played its part as the four teams and reserve bowled against the other counties.  We all had a good day, missing out on the final playoff by a few shots.  It was an excellent day with a really enjoyable lunch with the only difficulty being which dessert to choose.  The day was organised by a WI  member of the Southwell Bowls club next to Southwell Minster.  The winning side was Nottinghamshire Federation but everyone there agreed that the L&RFWI Ladies were the smartest and best organised with matching ties, badges and sporting the same bowls stickers.

Back Row: Mary Groombridge; Sylvia Baker; Helen Staniforth; Brenda King; Pat Gunnell; Ann Spray; Marion Heywood; Jan Berry.  Front row: Carol Juckes; Jeannette Smith; Dianna Simkin; Mary Pickering; Fran Benson.

Bowls Team 

Memories of Anna Bold

Anna joined Swannington WI upon retiring from a very responsible career in a large international accountancy firm, where she had been one of a very few women executives in a profession traditionally dominated by men at the higher level. Anna said that upon retiring she had wanted to join a WI, because she knew what enjoyment her mother had taken from being a WI member.

It was very soon apparent that Anna was interested in embracing the WI experience fully and was quickly proposed as our President. As with all she did she threw herself fully into all aspects of WI life, instituting our first outing to Tissington Hall in Derbyshire and also arranging for Tissington WI to provide us with a splendid tea in the village hall. She chaired the sub committee that got our WI a lottery grant, so enabling each member to visit Deman; using her grant visit to take a walking course, after which she started our walking group. When our WI participated in the WI’s Big Walk, Little Splash – much of the swimming was done in Anna’s pool, where (with great difficulty) she persuaded Simon, her husband to turn up the water temperature!

After several years as President, she then served as our Treasurer; whilst still finding time to train to become a WI Advisor. She had a great love of travelling; enjoying many varied trips to some not so usual holiday destinations and after one particularly enjoyable visit to India was our ‘speaker’ for the evening, managing to combine allowing us a fascinating insight into her visit, with completing part of her Advisor training.

Anna was also very interested in charitable causes. Two were especially close to her heart, the need to stop the decline in the bee population and here she was instrumental in encouraging us as a WI to raise money for a bee hive and queen bee, which we then donated to Leicestershire and Rutland Bee Keepers Association, thus enabling them to train more bee keepers.  Secondly was her annual village charity coffee morning, where, although not a WI event, we always managed to find ourselves roped in to bake and help serve!

As a friend and member Anna was warm, stimulating and fun to be with and she will be greatly missed.


Tea and Tents Women's Institute and Friends Included  2017 report and photos



Walk hosted by Burton Overy WI - 12 October more details later


Federation Quiz 2017

Once again Members made the Federation Quiz a very successful and enjoyable evening.

There are two winning teams this year. At the Oaks in Charnwood venue the Thringstone Belles had 69 points together with Sandy’s Troops – Ullesthorpe WI at the Stoke Golding venue also had 69 points.

Team members of the Thringstone Belles were Janet Stevenson, Wendy Darker, Rita Daniels and Pauline Pollard. Members of the Sandy’s Troop team were Sandy Dakin, Claire Robertson Smith, Jan Marshall and Carole Clark.

The winning team from Little Bowden was Fork Handles (Little Bowden WI) with 68 points. From Loddington, Rutland Rubies (Greetham WI) with 68 points and from Cossington, Linked Mountsorrel (Mountsorrel WI) with 67 points.

Membership would like to thank everyone who participated in the event and hope you found it an enjoyable evening.

We once again would like to hear from any WI who would like to Host a Quiz evening for the Federation next year.


Saving Denman 

The Appeal to save Denman  has raised to £305,543.00.  The total required for this year is1,000,000.00 with a further 1,000,000.00 next year.  This is purely for the upkeep of Denman College. We’ve also now set up a JustGiving site so people can donate online..Here’s the link:

15.3% Funded
£305,543.00 Raised

Helen Carey has updated her book ‘Bows of Burning Gold’.  This Centenary edition contains the 10 additional years to 2015.  The book is priced £9.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the ‘Saving Denman Appeal’.  If you would like a copy, please contact Susan at WI House before 11 September 2017.’Helen Carey has updated her book ‘Bows of Burning Gold’.  This Centenary edition contains the 10 additional years to 2015.  The book is priced £9.99 and all proceeds will be donated to the ‘Saving Denman Appeal’.  If you would like a copy, please contact Susan at WI House before 11 September 2017.’
Good News About Denman College to read follow link 31 July 2017


NEW QUIZ NOW AVAILABLE                        

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