Welcome to Example Federation

Anne RodwellFederation Chairman


Welcome to the Northamptonshire Federation

Annie Rodwell presenting raffle prizeChristmas goodies for food bank10.05 Bug HotelNear Pitsford ReservoirTowcester Evening WI Poppy Wreath21.06 100th birthday cake

Northamptonshire Federation was delighted to attend the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool for the 2022 AGM.
Four new "Liver birds" spotted but more details here!
The new Liver birds

The NCFWI holiday to Cardiff got off to a wonderful start, with a visit to SS Great Britain in the beautiful Bristol sunshine.
22.03. At Bristol en route

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Northamptonshire is a beautiful County with plenty of open spaces, historic locations, pretty villages and friendly WIs.

Northamptonshire is the shoe making capital of the world, also known as the Rose of the Shires and nicknamed the county of Spires and Squires.

In Northamptonshire Federation we have members spread in every corner of the County. The Federation was formed in 1918 and along with WIs in Badby & Fawsley, Brackley, Brigstock, Clipston and Wootton we celebrated our Centenaries in 2018.

Every WI is different and joining is a great way to make new friends.  From Gretton and Glapthorn  in the North to Aynho and Charlton in the South there are plenty of WIs to choose from all over the County.  Morning, Afternoon and Evening WIs, some small and intimate others having over 60 members.  Many WIs also have extras  other than the monthly meeting, for example book clubs, craft groups, regular walks, cinema and theatre trips There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills, take part in a varied programme of events, coach trips to places of interest and short holidays organised by our Federation Sub-Committees.

Resolutions on all sorts of different issues are put forward by WI members each year and if selected and mandated by the members they become campaigns giving the opportunity to influence decisions locally and nationally.  From equal pay to climate change, from gaps in the midwifery workforce to the plight of the honeybee, WI members have built up a reputation to embrace a diverse set of challenges over a long history of campaigning and changing things for the better.

New members would be very welcome at all our WIs.  If you can, visit a few and decide which you would like to join, it is possible to join more than one as a dual member with a reduced annual subscription fee at the second and any subsequent WI.  If you are unable to get to a local WI then you can become an associate member.

For more information about our WIs in Northamptonshire please contact the County Federation Office on 01604 646055 email admin@ncfwi.org.uk

Anne Rodwell
Federation Chairman


Kilsby WI completed their centenary celebrations with a grand party on 9 December. The centrepiece was a 7ft knitted cake! If any WI celebrating their 100th birthday would like to use this amazing craft work, Kilsby WI is offering it for a small donation. Contact President, Sue Dobson, 01788 822523 suedobson50@icloud.com
21.06 100th birthday cake

The walking group are out again!
21.08 Isham walk via Weetabix

We went to the 136th Blakesley Show!
Stand set up


Members and friends from around the County were delighted to meet up again for coffee, with the added attraction of a Craft Stall and not forgetting the delicious cakes supplied by the Catering Team.  Here's to the next time!

Vice chairman Heather and Trustee Linda



8 June 2021
Northamptonshire Members joined WI members in England and Wales for NFWIs first ever hybrid Annual Meeting.
An historical day for #theWI and it did not disappoint!
The speakers were truly inspirational women @hrhsophieofwessex, Commissioner Cressida Dick from @metpolice_uk and British Judge Baroness Brenda Hale, not forgetting Lynne Stubbings, National Chair, who led the meeting. We came away much inspired.

2021 Three inspiring women