About us

Joan Gifford Joan Gifford

Welcome to the Wiltshire Federation

WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB 
Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 10am - 3.00pm

A very warm welcome to Wiltshire - A beautiful and diverse County in the South West of England almost half of which is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.  Wiltshire is uniquely rooted in the past; Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age people all built settlements on the hills and downs, while Romans, Normans and Saxons left their mark on our countryside and towns. Stonehenge and Avebury are by far the most famous Neolithic sites in the UK, but Wiltshire is also known for the eight iconic white horses carved into its chalk hills.  Other attractions and landmarks include Salisbury Cathedral which boasts the tallest spire in England, Castle Combe voted one of the prettiest villages in England, Lacock the home of photography, Caen Hill Locks - one of the original seven wonders of the waterways, and last but by no means least the home of Brunel’s Great Western Railway in Swindon.

Our Story

In April 1916 the first WI in Wiltshire was opened at Downton and later in that year Redlynch was formed.    Based on unbroken membership of the Federation, Redlynch takes top spot for being the oldest WI in Wiltshire and possesses a fascinating archive of written and photographic material from the early years up to the present day.      
In 1919 following a meeting of all existing WIs it was decided that a County Federation should be formed with the Countess of Radnor being the first chairman.   The date was 10th July and exactly one hundred years later we shall be holding a Thanksgiving Service in Salisbury Cathedral.    Before that we have a Centenary Lunch in March and a Fair in June.     Later in the year a Party is being planned.   Please go to our Centennial Celebrations or Diary of Events pages for full details.   We  currently have 4000+ members in 120 Institutes.
At our office in Devizes a very warm welcome awaits you from our friendly staff.  Our Federation Secretary, Steffy, would be delighted to let you know how to become a member of the largest ladies’ organization in the UK, or even set up your own WI.

Joan GIfford
Federation Chairman