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Thanks to everyone who supported this quiz which yielded a much needed and welcome total of £190 for Federation Funds. Special thanks as always to those members who sell on copies to their fellow members as well as friends and family; you know who you are and how much I appreciate your support and help.

Altogether 82 entries were received, out of which 29 were all correct.  From these, the lucky winner drawn at random was  Alison from Nottinghamshire - not a Leics/Rutland member, but who purchased her copy from Wing WI. Alison has now received her prize of £25.

Click here to see the full answers.

I am now working on my next quiz, so for those of you on the subscribers’ list, keep an eye out for your copy landing in your inbox by mid-October.

Many thanks once again.


Would you like to own a little bit of Denman History?

Oxfordshire Federation have kindly been gifted the following items of Denman furniture that had been on long term loan from Lady Brunner. Many of you will recognise these iconic items from the drawing room. We have permission to sell these items to fundraise for Oxfordshire Federation. Best offers accepted and buyer arranges collection from central Oxford.

Further details here

Leicestershire Annual Council Meeting

Leicester Grammar School, Great Glen Leicester LE8 9FL

Saturday 19 March 2022 10.30-3.30pm

Tickets £14

Our speakers for the Annual Council Meeting 2022 are:

Susan McEniff

Director of Marketing & Fundraising, Leicester Charity Link - finding funding for people in need since 1876.

Starting with a career in marketing within the commercial sector, Susan made the decision to use her skills to make a positive contribution to the local community by moving into the voluntary sector and joined Charity Link as Fundraising Manager in 2008.

She was delighted to accept a Directorship in 2010 (at a time of great change and challenge for the voluntary sector). As Director of Marketing and Fundraising, she leads a fantastic staff and volunteer team who are as passionate as she is about ensuring that this fantastic 140+ year old charity can continue and expand its work in the future.

‘I love that no two days are the same and that I get to meet and work with so many passionate and interesting people through my work; you might meet me at networking and campaigning events, climbing mountains, running half marathons, giving presentations at businesses or schools or hear me on the local radio’

Susan has been nominated for a number of awards including:

Woman Who Awards – Woman Who Achieves for A Charity

East Midlands Charity of the Year Awards – Director of the Year

East Midlands Women’s Awards – Outstanding Woman with Community Impact

Dickie Arbiter

HM The Queen’s former press secretary.

The best known of all HM The Queen's former press secretaries, Dickie Arbiter is the man the world’s press always call when the Royals are in the news for whatever reason be it weddings, deaths, births, celebrations, overseas visits, scandals, incidents and general interest stories.

Dr Annie Gray

Dr Annie Gray is one of Britain’s leading food historians, specialising in the history of food and dining from c.1600 to the present day. She is an author, broadcaster and consultant.

She has published four books, The Greedy Queen, The Official Downtown Abbey Cookbook, From the Alps to the Dales – 100 Years of Bettys, and most recently in 2019, Victory in the Kitchen – The Life of Churchill’s Cook, a biography of Winston Churchill’s longest-serving cook and an in depth look into the most crucial members of the Churchillian support team. Annie has also written for publications such as Delicious Magazine, The Telegraph, The Guardian online and BBC Good Food.

Annie has worked widely across both TV and radio and has been the resident food historian on BBC Radio 4’s award-winning culinary panel show, The Kitchen Cabinet, since its inception in 2012. She was a consultant and presenter on Victorian Bakers (BBC Two) and The Sweetmakers (BBC Two) and has appeared and consulted on A Merry Tudor Christmas with Lucy Worsley (BBC Two) and Victoria and Albert: The Royal Wedding (BBC Two), as well as appearing on James Martin’s Saturday Morning (BBC One), James Martin: Home Comforts (BBC One) and The Great British Bake Off (BBC) among others.

Doors open at 9.30am to shop at the stalls, view competitions and Committee displays.

Please bring a packed lunch.  Drinks are available for sale and you may wish to bring your own reusable cup.

Parking is limited, so please car share, use public transport or be dropped off.

Due to limited tickets, each WI will be allocated tickets pro-rata to their membership numbers plus one free delegate ticket. These need to be applied for before 26 November 2021 using your WI’s dedicated ACM booking form.  Details will be sent to WI secretaries in September. After this date any tickets not applied for will be released to members on the waiting list.

Speakers subject to change at short notice.

This event is for WI Members only.

The WI is here to inspire YOU.

This event may be photographed, we will presume permission unless we are otherwise informed.


The Food and Flowers Committee needs your help!

Are you a Creative Cook?

Do you have a Flair for Flowers?

Have you been Tempted by our Taste and Trys, and Enlightened by our Event Days?

Are you Itching to share your Ideas and Desperate to add Diversity to our Deliveries?!

We would love to talk to you and, better still, welcome you to our Team.  At the moment our meetings are held at 10am on the 1st Monday of the month on Zoom, though we hope to return to WI House in due course.  We have also enjoyed informal coffee zooms between meetings during lockdown.

Please ring Clare on 01455 202499 or Gail on 01509 842874 if you’d like any more information about what you’re likely to let yourself in for.  You would be welcome to join us for coffee on Monday 24th May or to our next meeting on 7th June.

Associated Country Women of the World

2020 has been a year like nothing else most of us have experienced in our lifetimes. However some things have continued including the need for women across the world to be empowered through education, economic self-reliance and improved health. ACWW has worked to improve the lot of women in many developing countries for nearly 100 years, supported financially by women like you and me. Women’s Institutes have contributed through the “Pennies for Friendship” scheme and my thanks go to every Institute who has contributed again this year, even though members have not been able to meet as a group. In 2020 a total of £2236.78 has been sent so far to ACWW – one Institute gave a donation envelope to every member and then collected these by visiting everyone - an opportunity for a socially distanced chat at the door.

It is still not too late to send a donation – cheques made out to “ACWW” – to the Federation Secretary at WI House in Leicester.

More information about the work of ACWW can be found on their website

Competitions - Dual Membership

A query regarding members holding dual memberships entering national competitions has recently been brought to our attention.  To clarify...

It is recommended that should a member, with a dual membership, wishes to enter a national competition, then she must decide which WI she is entering under and remain loyal to that WI; it would be inappropriate and unfair if the dual member contributes to one or more WI competition entries, therefore she may only enter under one WI.

Annual Report 2019 -2020

Annual Report of the Board of Trustees

Be a WI Adviser!

WI Advisers are members just like you, who have been put forward by the federation to fulfil this role. As a WI Adviser you would establish new WIs and help existing WIs to grow. As well as developing new skills, such as public speaking and digital communication, training will offer you a recognised qualification. The team meet monthly on Zoom. Why not contribute to the success of LRFWI and beyond? Interested? Contact Mandy @