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

Craft Committee – October 2020 Update

Craft Committee – October 2020 Update

Ladies, as I write this the rules about meetings are changing, however the ever-positive Craft Committee will not be beaten, we can be very flexible in these weird times. I do hope that you have been creating your own face coverings, as you would expect I have one...

Treasurer Message

WIs as well as the the Federation have been unable to conduct any fundraising to generate essential funds. We are always grateful to WIs who send in donations to the Federation and would be delighted to receive any new donations WIs would care to make. Thank you Norma

Sports and Leisure – October 2020 Update

Sports and Leisure – October 2020 Update

At yesterday's Board Meeting various plans were made. These included a date for a committee meeting, supported by all the members and Tai Chi taster sessions. I even had thoughts how we could still have our Christmas cake and cheese in December. However, last night's...

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

federationoffice@northumberlandwi.co.uk

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