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

Our Chairman’s Message – April 2021

Our Chairman’s Message – April 2021

It is so exciting to be able to give a message with so much more hope than we have all enjoyed for the past twelve months. The Government roadmap of dates for easing us back into enjoying life as we would want to again is an absolute treat and that light at the end of...

Subscription Flexibility Guidance

Subscription Flexibility Guidance

National has launched a new initiative which allows WIs greater flexibility over their portion of the membership subscription, offering WIs the option to charge the full amount of the WI portion (as set by the NFWI and National Council each year), reduce the WI...

Cresswell House

Cresswell House

Cresswell House will be closed until Monday 12 April as the Federation Secretary is on leave. You can send an email to federationoffice@northumberlandwi.co.uk and Nancy will reply on her return. However, if the matter is urgent please contact one of the Officers. ...

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