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

Our Chairman’s Message – February 2020

Our Chairman’s Message – February 2020

I know that it’s already February but Happy New Year to you all and I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas with whoever you spent it and wherever it was. I am sure that many of your WI had super Christmas parties. I went to a fabulous birthday party at Ulgham WI in...

Membership Support – December Update

Membership Support – December Update

You will all be busy wrapping up presents, writing Christmas cards and making wonderful food for consumption during Christmastide. However I do hope that you will take a little time out and sit with your feet up to peruse and digest the five resolutions which are...

Combined Arts – December Update

Combined Arts – December Update

Almost Christmas ladies, and time to substitute Baileys for milk in the festive coffee... As it’s the quiet time in the WI year I’d like to introduce the Combined Arts team and thank them for their wholehearted support this year: Sue Robinson (Secretary), Rosie...

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