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.
Hello everyone, I have spoken with the other WI Advisers and I am pleased to say that we are all well and in relatively good spirits and I hope that the same applies to all of you. This time of year can be very difficult for many of us with the days getting colder and...
A very simple wish for Christmas and 2021...that we can meet together safely again in the foreseeable future and that we all stay well to be able to do so. All of the exciting things that had been planned for 2020 will stay fresh until 2021, and I’m sure that we’ll...
Hard to believe it’s time for the December/January Newsletter. The build up to Christmas and New Year will be one of mixed emotions for all of us but in the WI spirit of positivity the Committee wishes all members a Happy Christmas and, as we see in 2021, let’s raise...
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