The front of our area headquarters, WI House in Thirsk
WI House in Thirsk

Welcome to North Yorkshire East Federation of WIs, which was formed in 1983 when the Yorkshire Federation became too large to manage and was divided into 6 smaller areas.

The Federation is run by a Board of Trustees who are elected by the membership every two years and who are supported by a small team of part-time staff. We currently have around 2,500 members belonging to 93 WIs.

The main role of the Federation is to act as the link between our national body (NFWI) and the local WIs but the Board is also responsible for:

  • Overseeing the finances of the Federation
  • Organising events, workshops and other activities for the members
  • Cascading information from NFWI down to the members

whilst ensuring that Charity Law and the Charity Commission’s guidelines are adhered to. 

Whether you’re an existing member or someone visiting our site for the first time with a view to joining the WI, we hope you’ll find something here that interests you.

Become involved in different activities and meet like-minded people

One of the main aims of the WI is to provide educational opportunities for women so the Federation offers a variety of events in different parts of the county.

Our events include lunches, many with speakers, art and craft workshops, cookery classes and demonstrations, science talks and visits, quizzes, holidays, educational trips and different sport taster sessions including stand-up paddle boarding, gliding, sailing, Nordic walking, golf and archery. So something for everyone, whatever your interests . Our events are open to all our members and some are even open to non-members.

Our WIs, which are all different in character, age profile and size, meet on a monthly basis when members enjoy talks, workshops and demonstrations. However, many WIs have extra activities such as lunch / supper clubs, walking groups, book clubs and craft clubs.

The Federation Newsletter

The Federation Newsletter is a monthly publication to keep members informed about what is going on in the Federation, advising them of forthcoming events and letting them know what other WIs are doing. It also includes reports of events and training workshops that have taken place in order to give members an idea of what the activities involved.

The newsletter is available to all members in hard copy, as an email attachment or on the website.

You can download past editions of our newsletter in the news section.

Upcoming events

We run a full and varied programme of events for our members, check our What's On section for details of upcoming events in your area.

Find out What’s On