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

Message from Marj our Federation Chairman

Message from Marj our Federation Chairman

A letter has been issued to all WI Presidents in the Northumberland Federation in today's post outlining the decisions that have been made by Marj and the Board of Trustees on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Federation events and trips. To read the full...

Message from Lynne Stubbins NFWI Chair

Please see a letter below from Lynne Stubbings  (NFWI Chair) regarding the current situation on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This letter is for all WI members and has been sent to Federations to share with WI's. Click here to read Letter from Lynne Stubbins  

Important Announcement – Annual Council 2020

Important Announcement – Annual Council 2020

Following the briefing from 10 Downing Street yesterday the Board of Trustees has decided to cancel the Annual Council Meeting due to take place on Saturday 4th April at The Royal Grammar School in Newcastle. Please do not contact the Office for information regarding...

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