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Board of Trustees Nominations

No nominations have been received for new members to stand on the Federation Board of Trustees 2021-2023. As a result, no election will take place. The Board are keen to co-opt members and would welcome observers to board meetings. If you would like to observe a meeting please get in touch.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for ‘Trustee Tuesdays’ to find out more about our current board members!

County News

County News will be produced by the Federation office following the resignation of the County News Committee. A big thank you to the County News team on the excellent work they have done in producing our newsletter over the years.

Please send WI articles and photos, poems or anything that you would like to share with fellow members to and we will include what we are able to.

WI House

WI House is open for collections on Tuesdays 10-12. Please contact Sarah Freeman, Federation Secretary by email or on 0116 2661342 Option 2 to arrange a timed collection slot.

The Accounts Department is open on Wednesdays 9.30am-1pm. Please call 0116 2661342 Option 3 to speak to Anila.

WI House closure

WI House will be closed week commencing 19 October due to annual leave.

PAT Testing at WI House Tuesday 27 & Thurs 29 October

If you would like to bring items to WI House for PAT testing please contact me by phone or email to arrange a time slot on the dates below

10am - 2pm on Tuesday 27 October

10am - 12noon on Thursday 29 October

PAT testing will be invoiced later at £2.50 per item.

Support for members during Covid 19

WI House is not open for visits unless they are pre-arranged collections. The website, Facebook page and County News are still going so please send any items of interest to to share with the membership. The National Federation have sent some suggestions and resources below.


If you have access to social media, you will have seen the National Federation have been using the hashtag #MyVirtualWI and have posted on the website a bit more about this initiative:

As the WI has always been at the centre of communities, our first priority during this uncertain time is ensuring WI communities are as strong as ever. The National Federation have been asking all WIs to think about how they can strengthen their WI community, including taking their usual activities and meetings online, enabling them to continue running at this time, and ensuring WI members can continue to reap the benefits of their membership. They are sharing lots of case studies of inspiring WIs on social media and the website to give some ideas and inspiration.

Resources on My WI

In case you have not already seen, there have been lots of resources on My WI over the last few weeks. Many of these link with the #MyVirtualWI initiative, such as hosting virtual meetings and arranging online sub-groups, as well as resources about looking after your mental health during this time of isolation, FAQs about the impact of Covid-19 on WI meetings and events, and a wide range of exciting craft, cookery and sports activities to keep members busy during isolation.

-          How to host a virtual meeting

-          Take your sub group online

-          How to look after your mental health during Covid-19

-          FAQs about Covid-19

-          Craft projects using your ‘craft stash’

-          Store cupboard recipes

-          Keeping moving

Please do check My WI regularly, and encourage members to sign up if they haven’t already. It is more important now than ever that as many members as possible utilise the wealth of resources it offers, as well as being the most immediate source of up to date information for all members.

We are aware there are WIs who are not online and members who do not have access to a computer. Therefore, if you have not already done so, please do consider how you can keep these members connected at this time. For example, you may wish to encourage them to ring each other frequently and particularly focus on looking out for vulnerable members who may need additional support, such as to get shopping or pick up prescriptions.

With regards to Associate members, we would like to encourage them to attend any virtual WI meetings that are taking place. This will ensure Associates remain connected at this time. Therefore, if any Associates do get in touch with you asking about virtual WI meetings please do assist them as best you can. If you are holding virtual meetings please let me know so I can direct anyone who enquires.

The WI will be a huge support network for many members at this time and we would like to thank you for all of the work you have already done to support your members.

County News is available online on the Downloads page

Recent Results of Federation Quiz 2020

Membership Subscription Extension

The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption this lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities and your membership experience this year. We recently held consultations with all federations to discuss ways in which we can acknowledge this in our membership subscription this year.

We are delighted to share with you that as a result we are offering a three month extension to this year’s membership subscription. The next renewal date for membership subscriptions will therefore be 1st April 2021. In addition, from this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April. This is to acknowledge the feedback many of you shared with us during the recent Strategic Vision consultation about the challenges of the January payment date and how you wished to see this changed in the future.

We know that many WIs have responded creatively to the practical challenges posed by lockdown and we continue to be inspired by the activities being delivered to ensure members remain connected during this difficult time. However, we do appreciate that this period has meant that many members have experienced disruption to their WI experience and therefore we hope the additional three months will provide some compensation to acknowledge the disruption.


An update for you on the two resolutions that were due to be discussed at the NFWI Annual Meeting this year. As the Annual Meeting was cancelled, the two resolutions were not able to be debated or voted on by delegates.

The NFWI Board of Trustees has decided that in these exceptional circumstances, the results of the shortlist selection process will be used as a proxy for the Annual Meeting vote.

The shortlisting selection results were:

Federation Holiday

Ladies something to look forward in the not to distant future, don't forget the Federation Holiday at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel from 25th January  to the 29th January 2021 to see detals

Competition Results

Margaret Johnston Writing Competition 2000‘On a street where I live’Winner Margart Towsey, Ratby WI
Edith Buckley Poetry Competition 2020 ‘A Favourite Walk’Winner Sue Wainwright, Thorpe Acre WI
Programme Competition 2020 Winner Melton Afternoon WI
Federation Art Trophy 2020

A Tree Stump

Tree Stump

Winner Beverley Ashby, Loughborough Ladies WI