Welcome to the Northumberland Federation

– a thriving and vibrant Federation

Whether you are a member, thinking of joining us or just visiting the region, I would like to welcome you to Northumberland.

Northumberland is one of the least known and most unspoilt regions in England. It contains the Cheviot Hills reaching to the Scottish Borders, some 50 miles of coastline of ‘outstanding natural beauty’ and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island and the Farnes.


As a charity, we do our best, fundraising via member fees, events, and other activities, but we are able to do so much more for our members and the wider community through your generosity, thank you!

The Northumberland Federation of Women’s Institutes (WI) was formed in 1917 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War.

Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.

The Northumberland Federation of WIs celebrated its centenary in 2017.

The WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

The WI is based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. The organisation is non-sectarian and non-party political. WIs are charitable and everything they do must be consistent with that special legal status.

Members and counting

We now have 111 WIs  around the Federation with membership numbers ranging from 9 to 90.

Latest News

2021-2022 Resolutions Results

2021-2022 Resolutions Results

The outcome of the vote on the proposed ovarian cancer resolution that was presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting has now been announced. The resolution ‘A call to increase awareness of the subtle signs of ovarian cancer’ passed with a majority of 99.48%. This means the...

Federation Quiz – 30 September

Federation Quiz – 30 September

The Federation Quiz is back! The heats are to be held at 4 different locations around the federation on 30 September 7pm. The final will be held at Stannington Hall on 21 October , so come on ladies get yourselves organised! Applications are with your Secretary now...

2021-2022 100 Club Draw

2021-2022 100 Club Draw

Applications for the 2021-2022 100 Club is now with your Secretary. Cost is £10 per ticket. There is a monthly draw, 10 months of the year with prizes of up to £50,  however the December draw & the one at the Council meeting are double that...!  Closing date is...

Upcoming Events

Our Next Event

We run events at Cresswell House, our Federation office in Seaton Burn as well as around the Federation.

From walking netball, to sugar-craft, join us for a talk on Claude Monet, or support the campaign to reduce plastic in our seas.

Each of our sub-committees run a variety of events which you can view by clicking one of the links below.

Alternatively you can view our events calendar here

Northumberland WI

t: 0191 217 0808


11/12 Brenkley Way
Blezard Business Park, Seaton Burn
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE13 6DS