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.

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

Note to Treasurers

Note to Treasurers

A Note to Treasurers Happy New Year and as we begin to move into the roaring twenties please consider when signing and dating cheques and important documents. There has been lots of advice going around not use 20 as the 2020. For example the 3rd March 2020 being...

Members Information – February 2020

Members Information – February 2020

Norham WI - Ladies in line for BAFTA Members of Norham WI were highly entertained at their Christmas meeting by four members acting out a comedy sketch about judging a cake competition. The sketch was penned by the President's daughter, Jillian, and the husband of one...

Sports and Leisure – February 2020 Update

Sports and Leisure – February 2020 Update

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope you are beginning to think of events you might sign up for this year. A Domino Drive will be held on Monday, 18 May at Stannington Village Hall from 12 noon. The price is £9 which includes sandwiches and home made cakes. Closing date...

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