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

2022 Annual Council Meeting

2022 Annual Council Meeting

Observer tickets are now available for the Northumberland Federation Annual Council Meeting 2022 which is to be held on Saturday 2 October at the RGS. Priced at £7 There is some important business to vote on and important that all WIs send a delegate if they can. To...

Our Chairman’s Message – September 2021

Our Chairman’s Message – September 2021

As the children return to school and the evenings start to draw in we all know it’s September and for many of us we wonder how we have arrived at the ninth month of the year so very quickly. I hope that if you did have a holiday it was enjoyable and that you are now...

Sports and Leisure – September 2021 Update

Sports and Leisure – September 2021 Update

The Committee are excited to enclose our first event application form for a choice of Tai Chi sessions in November. The dates are Wednesday 10 November or Friday 19 November with Noreen Brent as instructor. The venue for both is at Cresswell House at 11am until...

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