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

Member’s Information – October 2020

Helping Out a ‘Sister’Tynemouth WI embarked on a long-term recruitment project recently. Alison, the Secretary for Whaddon Night Owlers WI in Buckinghamshire, was planning her wedding early this year, before the word ‘pandemic’ was on anyone’s lips. Even then, the...

Membership Support – October 2020

Just when we thought that we might be able to get back to thinking about organising some meetings and gatherings, all hopes have been dashed and we find ourselves almost back to square one! However, it was very encouraging to learn that some WIs have been making plans...

Impact of local restrictions

Impact of local restrictions

"What a difference a day makes" apt words from a well known song and here I am with yet another message for you all. I appreciate that you will all realise that the information that has been sent out in the past couple of days has now been replaced by yesterday's...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


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