ANNUAL REVIEW 2018-19

AyishaSyed

Annual Review

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NATIONAL FEDERATION

OF WOMEN’S INSTITUTES

ANNUAL REVIEW

2018-2019


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Our year in pictures

2018–2019

ON THE COVER: Stone Rangers WI

COVER IMAGE CREDIT: Anne-Marie Bickerton

COMPILED BY: Fiona Hughes, PR Officer, Joanna Rayner, Head of PR

01 OCTOBER (2018)

The NFWI celebrates 100 years since the

first resolution was passed

02 NOVEMBER

NFWI-Wales holds events at the Senedd

for White Ribbon Day

03 DECEMBER

BBC Radio 4 broadcasts WIQ, the first

WI-themed quiz show with Cambridge

Ladybirds WI and Manchester WI

04 JANUARY (2019)

The NFWI announces a partnership with

the Bowls Development Alliance to provide

opportunities for WI members to get

involved in the sport of bowls

05 FEBRUARY

NFWI and England Netball hold a WI

Walking Netball celebration event at

Denman to mark one year of the programme

06 MARCH

WIs across the country hold litter picks for

the Great British Spring Clean

07 APRIL

Skewen WI, Glamorgan Federation, is given

an award for recruitment at the NFWI-

Wales conference

08 MAY

The NFWI holds a ‘Drastic on Plastic’

drop-in for MPs with Friends of the Earth

in Parliament

09 JUNE

Over 200 WI members join The Time Is

Now, the largest ever climate change lobby

in Westminster

10 JULY

Pembrokeshire Federation hosts the WI

stand at the Royal Welsh Show

11 AUGUST

NFWI-Wales has a marquee at the National

Eisteddfod of Wales

12 SEPTEMBER

Members help to celebrate WI Day, the WI’s

104th birthday!



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CONTENTS

I

t is a great honour to be writing

this column for the first time,

after joining the WI as General

Secretary in January 2019. This

is a wonderful organisation and I

am incredibly proud to be part of

it. I am continually inspired by our

members and the incredible

things you all achieve.

When writing this, ten months

into my role, I have seen examples

of the collective strength and

power to effect change, in

everything we do. From our

hard-hitting national

campaigning successes, such as

our environmental work best

illustrated by the extraordinary

WI presence at The Time Is Now

event at Westminster (the largest

ever environmental lobby of

Parliament), to making national

headlines for the March edition of

WI Life, which featured the

magazine’s first same-sex couple

on the cover. However, it’s not just

the big national successes that

make me so proud to be a part of

the WI; in fact the things that

make me proudest are hearing

real life individual stories about

WI friendship and solidarity and

how this has influenced and

inspired women’s lives. This is

truly a life-changing organisation.

As we look to the future, the

biggest challenge facing us is

Welcome

Melissa Green, General Secretary

actually the same that faced

previous generations: remaining

relevant and adapting to the

changing needs of women. In

order to continue to be the largest

women’s membership

organisation and a powerful voice,

it is essential that we adapt to the

changing world and put a renewed

focus on meeting the needs of

today’s women. Since January

2019 we have held several strategy

I HAVE SEEN

EXAMPLES OF THE

COLLECTIVE

STRENGTH AND

POWER TO EFFECT

CHANGE, IN

EVERYTHING WE DO

days with the aim of developing a

long-term plan for the sustained

growth of the organisation. Some

of the organisational changes are

already under way, including the

introduction of a dedicated

Membership and Engagement

staff team to ensure we are

supporting existing members and

recruiting new ones, new vision

statements that reflect the

inclusivity and evolving nature of

the WI, and the redesigning of our

promotional materials in order to

appeal to women from all

communities across the UK. We

want to engage all members in

developing our vision for the

future and so watch this space for

more information in 2020. In the

meantime I would encourage all

of us to consider the ways in

which we can reach out to more

women and invite them to be part

of our incredible movement.

It has been a successful year and

I am delighted to be part of this

journey with all of you: our

208,000 members across the

country. I want to take this

opportunity to reflect on the past

year and say an enormous thank

you. Thank you to my passionate

and dedicated staff team, who

work tirelessly to ensure you are

delivered the very best

membership experience. Thank

you to all NFWI and federation

trustees, who show unwavering

dedication and passion for the WI

on a daily basis and are laying the

foundations for our future

success. And thank you of course

to all WI members, as every

individual member has a very

important role to play in shaping

and directing the organisation.

Together we have an exciting

future ahead.

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CAMPAIGNS

Tackling issues that matter to members and their communities

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ANNUAL MEETING

4,000 members travel to Bournemouth to decide on the WI’s

new campaigning focus

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MEMBERSHIP

Celebrating the diversity and growth of the WI

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DIGITAL WI

Staying connected through social media, My WI and the WI website

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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Opportunities to upskill in the WI

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MAKE, CREATE AND DO IN THE WI

Craft, gardening, cookery and leisure

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DENMAN

The WI’s residential college remains an

important place for learning

DON’T MISS

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WI ENTERPRISES

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NFWI-WALES

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O

nce again I cannot believe

another year has already

passed, although equally I am

amazed when I look back on

everything we have achieved in

such a short space of time.

In October 2018 the WI reached

an incredible milestone as we

celebrated 100 years of our unique

and democratic resolutions

process, a century of campaigning

on issues that matter to WI

members and their communities.

The number of people who say “I

didn’t know the WI did that...” or

“Did the WI really start this?”

really makes you appreciate how

deeply integrated the WI is within

modern life. So much we take for

granted today – cervical screening

tests, women in the police force,

and even organisations that are

successful in their own right, like

Keep Britain Tidy and the

Fairtrade Foundation – can be

linked back to WI campaigns.

The WI has always been run by its

members, for its members, and

the pioneering democracy evident

in our resolution process is at the

heart of everything we do. The

unique structure of the WI means

that every WI is different and each

has its individual character which

is determined entirely by its

members. At the NFWI we aim to

support all these uniquely

Welcome

Lynne Stubbings, NFWI Chair

inspiring WIs in every way

possible, including recruiting new

members and supporting

existing members.

The WI Day celebrations in

September 2019 demonstrated

everything that makes me so

proud to be a part of this inspiring

organisation. Our social media

campaign ‘The WI is...’ gave WI

members and supporters the

opportunity to shout about what

WE ARE SO UNIQUELY

PLACED AS AN

ORGANISATION; NOT

ONLY TO REACH ALL

CORNERS OF

SOCIETY, BUT TO

INFLUENCE AND

INSPIRE TOO

the WI means to them. The

response was overwhelming, and

the love, pride and respect that

members feel for our organisation

is the biggest indicator of our

success. We are uniquely placed as

an organisation - not only to reach

all corners of society, but to

influence and inspire too, and it is

important that we use this to act

as a vehicle for positive social

change. As an organisation that

represents all women and those

living as women, we are incredibly

proud of our natural diversity, but

we need to take this even further

and ensure that the WI has a bold

voice, represents all women and

brings people together. The largest

women’s organisation in the

country should be the loudest

voice for women’s issues.

We were very sorry to say

goodbye to Jana Osborne in

December 2018 after an incredible

29 years at the WI. Jana played

such a pivotal role in shaping the

WI, including being a driving force

behind our spectacular Centenary

year. She is greatly missed by us all.

However, we were delighted to

welcome Melissa Green as our

new General Secretary in January

2019, and the WI continues to

flourish under her leadership. We

are very excited about the new

ideas she has developed over the

past year, and we are looking

forward to sharing more

information about our future

plans in 2020.

As always, thank you to all NFWI

and federation staff, my fellow

NFWI trustees, as well as

federation trustees and WI

officers and, of course, every WI

member, for making the last year

so inspiring. I am looking forward

to seeing what new successes and

inspirational stories the next 12

months will bring!

CAMPAIGNS

YOUR CHANCE TO

MAKE A DIFFERENCE



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WI campaigns

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

In October 2018, the WI reached an incredible

milestone as we marked 100 years of our unique

and democratic resolutions process.

T

his marks a century of

campaigning on issues that

matter to WI members and

their communities. It was a

fantastic opportunity to revisit

some of the WI’s most inspiring

campaigns and celebrate the

impact the WI has had on society

for so many years.

Reaching this important

anniversary has had a really

positive impact on interest in WI

campaigns, and the 2018/2019

resolutions process saw more

engagement from WI members

than ever before, with over

105,000 selections cast.

Since the launch of the Make

Time for Mental Health campaign

at the NFWI Annual Meeting in

June 2018, members have been

taking action to address the

stigma around discussing mental

health. On World Mental Health

Day in October 2018, hundreds of

members filled in postcards,

which were designed to resemble

prescriptions, to send to their local

healthcare services, encouraging

healthcare professionals to ask

people about their mental health

as well as their physical health.

The Make Time campaign

continued to develop into 2019 as

we launched a mental health

survey to find out what members

think of NHS mental health care.

Almost 1,000 members took part

in this survey and the findings will

ABOVE: The WI’s 1954 resolution

which started the organisation

Keep Britain Tidy

LEFT: Postcards resembling

prescriptions

RIGHT: End Plastic Soup member

conference October 2018

be used to shape the direction of

future work on the campaign.

Another significant campaign

success happened in October 2018

with the launch of the latest End

Plastic Soup campaign report,

Over

105,000

selections were

cast by members

for the

2018/2019

resolutions process



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BELOW: The Times covers the In a Spin report

environmental work has been on

the forefront of the WI’s agenda

and we are proud to have

implemented a ‘Climate

Ambassador’ scheme to train WI

members to campaign locally in

their communities about

protecting the environment from

climate change. To date there are

190 registered WI Climate

Ambassadors and this number is

constantly growing.

CASE STUDY

In November 2018, Jennie, Susie and Lisa from Selby Swans WI, North Yorkshire East Federation,

appeared on BBC Breakfast discussing plastic waste and the throwaway culture. They brought along

Adelaide, their dress made entirely from non-recyclable plastic.

about the amount of synthetic

clothing that is regularly washed

and the potential scale of

microplastic fibre release. The

report was covered in the Daily

Mail and The Times and received

broadcast coverage on BBC

Breakfast and BBC Radio Scotland.

In Wales, the End Plastic Soup

campaign has seen equal amounts

of engagement from members

and stakeholders. In April,

NFWI-Wales held a drop-in

session at the National Assembly

for Wales sponsored by Mike

Hedges AM. Assembly Members

and stakeholders learnt about the

campaign and how they could

help to raise awareness of

microplastic fibre pollution.

Alongside 14 AMs, a number of

external representatives including

WRAP Cymru and the Water

Alongside the growth of the

Climate Ambassador scheme,

individual members have

continued to show their

enthusiasm for tackling climate

change. In February, thousands of

members once again took part in

The Climate Coalition’s Show the

Love campaign, crafting green

hearts to send to their MPs or

Assembly Members.

June saw a huge step forward in

our campaign to tackle climate

change when the Government set

a legally binding net-zero

In a Spin: How our laundry is

contributing to plastic pollution.

The official launch of the report

took place at a parliamentary

stakeholder meeting and the

End Plastic Soup members’

conference, which were held on

consecutive days.

The In a Spin report aimed to

build a clearer understanding

ABOVE: Photo from EPS Wales event

Research Institute at Cardiff

University were also present.

The accomplishments of the End

Plastic Soup campaign in 2019 set

a precedent for the rest of the WI’s

environmental work throughout

the year. It has been a historic year

for climate change campaigners

with the rise of climate strikes and

an increased pressure on

government to address the need

to protect our natural world. As a

founding member of The Climate

Coalition, the WI works

collaboratively with many other

organisations to tackle climate

change. However, for decades

Almost

200

WI members are

registered as

Climate

Ambassadors



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ABOVE & TOP: Photo of Towcester Evening WI members with Ann Jones, NFWI

Chair of Public Affairs at Green Heart Hero Awards and green heart on Bury

Mount Credit: Towcester Evening WI

CASE STUDY

Towcester Evening WI,

Northamptonshire

Federation, won best green

heart at The Climate

Coalition’s Green Heart Hero

Awards in Parliament for

their giant green heart made

out of painted rocks which

was displayed on

Bury Mount.

emissions target – the first major

economy to do so. The WI worked

with charities, businesses, the

British public, scientists and

farmers who called for a target to

reach net-zero greenhouse gas

emissions to be adopted by

Government.

WI members were instrumental

in this process as they lobbied

their MPs to sign the Climate

Coalition’s net-zero letter which

was handed in to Downing Street.

The NFWI also added its signature

to many letters throughout the

net-zero campaign, the most

significant being a letter to

then-Prime Minister Theresa May

from members of the coalition

asking for her to commit to the

net-zero target as part of her

lasting legacy.

The Time Is Now

One of the most exciting events of

the year was The Time Is Now, a

mass lobby for climate and nature

on 26 June which was organised by

The Climate Coalition and Greener

UK. It was attended by 12,000

people and over 380 MPs were

lobbied on the day, making it the

largest environmental lobby of

Parliament ever.

Over 200 WI members attended

The Time is Now, which is a

significant increase from the 50

members who attended the

2015 lobby.

The NFWI produced an

evaluation survey for members

who attended the lobby to gather

feedback. Overwhelmingly

positive feedback was received

from members who attended on

the day, with many meeting their

MP for the first time.

Credit: Anne-Marie Bickerton

ABOVE: Self Raising Flowers WI

members



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A Voice on Women’s Issues

As part of the organisational

strategy for reaching out to

women, the WI is working hard to

ensure it is a leading voice on

women’s issues in all aspects of

public life.

Throughout history, many WI

mandates have been centred

around issues affecting women,

and in order to stay relevant and

attract new members, it is

important to demonstrate our

commitment to tackling gender

issues and inequality.

RIGHT: No More Violence Against

Women campaign infographic

the Senedd as part of the Not in

My Name initiative. A lunchtime

cross-party stakeholder event

focusing on sexual violence took

place followed by an evening

candlelight vigil including a short

walk around the Pierhead

building. After the vigil,

ambassadors of the campaign and

survivors of abuse made brief

speeches about their experiences.

The WI will be taking part in the

UN’s 16 Days of Activism against

gender-based violence from 25

November (International Day for

the Elimination of VAW and

White Ribbon Day) to 10

December (Human Rights Day).

ABOVE: Mair Stephens, Chair of

NFWI-Wales

Recently the NFWI has renewed

its focus on violence against

women, and in August 2019 we

launched a campaign action pack

calling for greater support for

specialist services such as

women’s refuges.

NFWI-Wales has been focusing

on the No More Violence Against

Women campaign for several

years. In November 2018,

NFWI-Wales held two events at

ABOVE: Candlelight vigil group photo

2019 AM

A RECORD NUMBER OF

RESOLUTION VOTES

CREDIT: RELM xxxxx Photography



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Credit:

Jenny

Stewart

Annual Meeting

SETTING THE CAMPAIGN AGENDA

Two topics were up for debate at the 2019 Annual Meeting

held at the Bournemouth International Centre.

O

ver 4,000 members travelled

to Bournemouth in June to

attend the 2019 Annual

Meeting. Following the

record number of selections cast

for the 2018/2019 resolutions

process, two topics were brought

forward to be debated

by members.

The first resolution up for debate

was ‘a call against the decline in

local bus services’, which was

proposed by Burniston and

Cloughton WI, North Yorkshire

East Federation. Darren Shirley,

CEO of charity Campaign for

Better Transport spoke to

members regarding the profound

impact WIs could have to help

improve bus services in

communities across the country.

The resolution passed with 96% of

the vote.

The second resolution, ‘don’t fear

the smear’, addressed the

worryingly low attendance rates

for cervical screening and was

proposed by Disley WI, Cheshire

Federation. After hearing from

Rob Music, CEO of cervical cancer

charity, Jo’s Trust, members began

debating and voting on this issue.

It passed with 97% of the vote.

With such overwhelming

majorities on both resolutions,

two new WI campaigns were

launched – ‘Get on Board for a

Better Bus Service’, and ‘5 Minutes

that Matter: Cervical Screening

Saves Lives.’

The first keynote speech of the

day was delivered by The RT Hon.

Lord Bradley, Chair of the Care Not

Custody Coalition. Lord Bradley

discussed the successes of the WI’s

Care Not Custody campaign,

eleven years on from its launch in

2008. Lord Bradley was followed by

Maggie Philbin OBE, broadcaster

and CEO of the award-winning

organisation TeenTech.

ABOVE, BELOW & RIGHT: Credit: RELM Photography

The 2020 NFWI Annual Meeting will be held at the

Royal Albert Hall on 4 June 2020

DECLINE IN LOCAL

BUS SERVICES

PASSED BY

96%

OF THE VOTE

DON’T FEAR THE SMEAR

PASSED BY

97%

OF THE VOTE



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LEFT: Credit: Jenny Stewart

BELOW: Rob Music, CEO, Jo’s Trust Credit: RELM Photography

ABOVE: NFWI staff and trustees on Bournemouth Beach raising awareness of the End Plastic Soup campaign the day

before the NFWI Annual Meeting Credit: Samantha Cook

MEMBERSHIP

THE WI IS HERE

TO INSPIRE YOU

CREDIT: Tasha Best



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Membership

HERE FOR YOU

208,464

The WI is run by its members, for its members.

members

Stone Rangers WI members

Credit: Anne-Marie Bickerton

Stone Rangers WI members

Credit: Anne-Marie Bickerton

70

new WIs Sept 2018

to Sept 2019

234

East Dulwich WI

Credit: Tasha Best

6,989

NFWI Associates

(Sept 2019)

R

dual members

ecruitment and retention of

WI members has been a key

priority for the NFWI during

2019. The NFWI has

undertaken several strategy days

since January with the aim of

developing a long-term plan for

the sustained growth of the

organisation moving forward.

Some of the organisational

changes already taking place as

part of this strategic plan include a

dedicated staff team to ensure we

Dorset Federation had a

stand at Camp Bestival

24,550

new

members

from

Sept 2018 to

Sept 2019

are supporting existing members

and recruiting new ones, new

vision statements that reflect the

inclusivity and evolving nature of

the WI and an overhaul of our

promotional materials in order to

appeal to women from all

communities across the UK.

The WI is run by its members,

for its members, and the

development of an organisational

strategic plan for membership

growth would not be possible

without the ongoing support and

dedication of the 69 federation

teams across England, Wales and



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to demand, an editable version

was placed on My WI which can

be digitally filled in with details of

local WI meetings. There is also a

Welsh version of the invitation on

My WI.

ABOVE: Bowes Belles WI, Tyne & Wear

South Federation, Newcastle Pride

2019

THE WI IS HERE TO INSPIRE YOU

................................................... would like to invite you to a

complimentary visit to our next meeting at ..........................

on ........................... at .............................................................

The WI provides women with fun and friendship, plus

the chance to learn new skills, get involved within the

community and take part in a wide range of activities.

Email us at .................................. or phone .............................

or just turn up at this or any future

meeting. You’re always welcome and we’d

be delighted to see you.

womensinstitute

womensinstitute

www.thewi.org.uk

facebook.com/thewi

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OUR WI AT ...........................

Since the beginning of 2019, the

NFWI has been undertaking a

review of the organisational

policies around equality, diversity

and inclusion. This has included

the establishment of an inclusion

working group made up from a

mixture of NFWI staff and

trustees. The aim of the group is to

review and update the existing

NFWI Equality and Diversity

Policy and the training materials

available for WIs, and to develop a

long-term plan for improving

diversity and inclusion within the

NFWI, federations and WIs. This

work will ensure the WI has a clear

and relevant policy which

demonstrates the organisation’s

values of inclusivity and

celebrates the diversity of

the membership.

ABOVE: WI Invitation

ABOVE: NFWI Chair Lynne Stubbings and NFWI Trainer Patience Broad

go behind the scenes to meet the cast of Calendar Girls the Musical at

Birmingham Hippodrome

the Islands. In March 2019, the

Team Federation project was

launched to encourage members

to volunteer for all federation

roles. The NFWI worked with

Senate Media to produce a series

of animated videos giving an

overview of various federation

roles and their importance. These

videos were made available to all

federations and WIs to play at

meetings or events.

The NFWI has also made a

commitment to sharpen the WI

brand and ensure that it is used

properly in all internal and

external facing materials and

ABOVE: West Ealing WI, Middlesex

Federation Credit: Tasha Best

documents. As part of this process

all of the NFWI’s promotional

materials have been reviewed to

create a series of cohesive

materials that not only use the

WI’s visual identity and logo

properly, but also reflect the WI’s

principles and priorities, including

inclusion and community.

The ‘Become a Member’ leaflet,

which is produced annually by the

NFWI, has also been redesigned to

reflect this brand refresh, and to

more concisely demonstrate what

women can gain from joining

the WI.

A brand new ‘WI Invitation’ was

developed over summer 2019 as a

potential recruitment tool for

members. One invitation went out

in every copy of September’s WI

Life magazine which invited

recipients to attend a

complimentary meeting at their

local WI. The initiative was

popular among members and, due

ABOVE: Become a Member leaflet



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ABOVE: NFWI Chair Lynne Stubbings

ABOVE: St Mary’s West Wickham WI

WI Day

On 16 September 2019, the WI

celebrated its 104th birthday, also

known among members as ‘WI

Day’. While the WI’s anniversary is

always acknowledged, a large

celebration has not taken place

since the centenary in 2015. An

initiative was introduced this year

to enlist the help of WI members

and partner organisations to

celebrate WI Day.

Many organisations that the WI

has worked with over the years also

took to Twitter to wish the WI a

happy birthday. There were 24

tweets from external organisations

including Clarence House,

Fairtrade Foundation and the Royal

Albert Hall.

ABOVE: Manchester WI

WI members were asked to

complete the sentence ‘The WI

is…’ with what being part of the WI

means to them. With their

answers written on a piece of

paper, members shared their

photos on WI Day on social media

using the hashtag #WIDay. It was

a successful and fun initiative for

WI members to join in with and

over 100 WI accounts tweeted on

the day to join in the celebrations.

LEFT: Fairtrade Foundation WI Day tweet ABOVE: Clarence House WI Day tweet

THE DIGITAL WI

CONNECTING THE

WI COMMUNITY

CREDIT: Tasha Best



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TWITTER

37,903

(UP 1,599 SINCE

SEPT ’18)

FACEBOOK

24,822

(UP 4,578 SINCE

SEPT ’18)

INSTAGRAM

6,543

(UP 2,441 SINCE

SEPT ’18)

The Digital WI

ONLINE PLATFORMS FOR MEMBERS

The NFWI utilises several online channels to communicate with

members including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, members’ only

site My WI and the main WI website, which is soon to relaunch.

Social Media

T

he NFWI uses social media to engage

with WI members and interested

followers, keeping them updated on

latest news, member stories and projects

and recipes. It is an important tool of

communication for engaging potential

members and answering queries. It’s brilliant to

see how many WIs and federations now have

social media accounts that they use for

recruitment and sharing local news.

CONNECT

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the NFWI’s

main social media channels.

TWITTER: @WomensInstitute

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/thewi

INSTAGRAM: @womensinstitute



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My WI

In the two and half years since

My WI launched, the members’

only website has grown to have

almost 30,000 WI members

registered as users (as of

September 2019).

My WI is a vital resource for

members and is packed full of

essential documents for running

and governing a WI, latest news,

craft projects, recipes and blogs.

This year WI members have had

the opportunity to share their

views on My WI in a digital

survey. As of September 2019, the

survey has had around 1,500

responses and will close at the

end of 2019. The feedback will be

evaluated to shape the direction

of My WI in the future.

Not on My WI yet? Visit https://

mywi.thewi.org.uk/welcometo-my-wi

to get started.

New website coming soon…

Throughout 2019, the NFWI’s

Digital Services team has been

working closely with digital

agency Squiz to develop a

brand-new website. The new site

will have a fresh and welcoming

design with a user-friendly

experience for visitors.

It is slimmed down, simple and

designed for a woman with no

existing knowledge of the WI. It

will show off the best of the WI

– delicious recipes, creative

projects, testimonials from

current members, latest

campaign news and more.

We are excited about sharing

this new site. Watch this space as

the website is due to launch in

early 2020!

almost

30,000

members are

registered users

on My WI

TRAINING AND

DEVELOPMENT

DEVELOP SKILLS IN THE WI



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Training and Development

WI Training, the dedicated

learning and training platform

available to all WI members has

been running since early 2018. It’s

a crucial tool for accredited

training for WI Advisers and

NFWI Judges and useful for any

members on their WI committee

looking for additional support.

The provision of online and

offline training in the WI has

continued throughout the year

and we saw an increase in WIs

requesting Listen, Speak, Inspire

public speaking workshops and

Communication Skills workshops.

These short workshops have been

facilitated by the National

Training Team. All WI Adviser

Training sessions and WI Adviser

Forums have been fully booked

throughout the year and new

courses are currently being

programmed for 2020. WI

members looking to undertake

formal roles within their WI and

federation are always welcomed.

Roles include Independent

Financial Examiner (IFE), WI

Adviser, Digital Champion and

training to become a NFWI Judge.

All training opportunities will be

advertised on My WI.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY

411

REGISTERED

WI ADVISERS

BELOW: WI Advisers

MAKE, CREATE

OPPOSITE: Ama Agbeze, former England Netball Captain

ABOVE: Listen, Speak, Inspire workshop and photos of WI Advisers

AND DO IN THE WI

INSPIRING CREATIVITY FOR ALL

CREDIT: Edmund Blok



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been added to the NFWI’s

YouTube channel and My WI

presented by NFWI Craft

Consultant Jane Bolsover. The

video series, which shows in full

Jane demonstrating how to make

a cushion cover, has been hugely

popular with WI members and

followers, garnering thousands of

views and several

positive comments.

RIGHT: Finished cushion from sewing

short skills video series

BELOW: Crafts Beautiful WI column

(July)

ABOVE: Climate scarf (Cambridge Federation) Credit: Jenny Stewart

BELOW: Kirkbymoorside WI climate scarf

Make, create and do in the WI

ACTIVITIES FOR MEMBERS

The WI offers members the chance to take part and compete in a variety of

activities and competitions from sports to craft, cooking and more.

I

t has been an exciting year for

craft in the WI with the

number of members

interested in craft increasing

and many more using it as a

campaigning or awareness raising

tool. There is no end to the

creativity of WI members and the

innovative projects undertaken by

WIs and WI craft groups. In spring

2019, several members from

Cambridge Federation knitted a 5

metre long scarf representing the

UK’s average temperature from

1919–2018. The pattern, visually

representing climate change, was

initially created by climate

scientist Professor Ed Hawkins

using Met Office data. A pattern to

create a shorter version has now

been added to My WI so WI

members can recreate the scarf

and raise awareness of climate

change in their own communities.

From May 2019, a series of

sewing short skills videos has



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RIGHT: Sue Macleod-Nice, 2019

Huxley Cup winner Credit: Liz Gregg

This year the Huxley Cup was

held at the Kent County Show and

hosted by Kent East Kent

Federation. It was an imposed

class with the theme ‘Anyone for

Tennis’. First place was awarded to

Sue Macleod-Nice, East Sussex

Federation, in second place was

Hazel Bentley, Kent East Kent

Federation and in third place was

Carol Richards, Kent West

Kent Federation.

THE 2020 HUXLEY CUP WILL BE HELD

AT THE DEVON COUNTY SHOWGROUND

IN EXETER ON 16-18 MAY, HOSTED BY

DEVON FEDERATION.

The WI marked National

Gardening Week in April 2019 by

partnering with celebrity gardeners

Michael Perry and David Domoney

to bring some great new content

for green-fingered members to

enjoy. Michael produced a series of

gardening short skills videos which

are available to view on the NFWI’s

YouTube channel while David

provided content for My WI

including advice and quizzes.

BELOW: Knitted green heart project using recycled carrier bags

In June 2019 the WI once again

held Healthy Living Week,

supplying WI members with

healthy recipes, blogs about

wellbeing and craft projects.

The winners and runners-up of

the biennial Elizabeth Bell

Challenge were announced in

April. Inspired by members’ talent

and love of photography, WIs were

invited to submit a collection of

photographs depicting a year in

their WI. Running from January to

December 2018, entrants had to

compose a selection of no more

than 12 photographs which could

be taken monthly or at various WI

events throughout the year. In first

place was Old Coulsdon Cupcakes

WI in Surrey Federation, followed

in second place by Barton Bees WI

in Hampshire Federation and in

third place was Libanus WI in

Powys Brecknock Federation.

Knaresborough WI, North Yorkshire

West Federation, and The

Brentwood Belles WI, Essex

Federation, were both highly

commended for their entries.

The always popular Study Day at

the National Gallery in London

CASE STUDY

Hampshire WI member

Lucie Wilson has started a

brand new monthly food

blog on My WI called

‘Cloverberries’. Visit the Food

and Cookery section on My

WI to read Lucie’s blog

ABOVE: Elizabeth Bell Challenge

LEFT: Michael Perry, short skill

gardening videos

returned in November 2018, with

over 300 members attending The

Power of Portraits Study Day. Due

to continued demand, the NFWI

will work with the National

Gallery to offer a bespoke annual

Study Day, enabling members to

learn from professional curators

and art historians.



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Celebrating a successful

year of WI Walking Netball

423

WIs/federations have

registered their interest

in Walking Netball

120

WIs have been allocated

funding for the

programme in 2019

119

Trained Walking

Netball hosts (End of

September 2019)

In February 2019 the WI and

England Netball celebrated the

halfway point of a partnership

which has seen hundreds of WIs

engage in the WI Walking Netball

programme. The celebration event

was held at Denman with speeches

and live Walking Netball

demonstrations. WI teams were

invited and special guest Ama

Agbeze, former Captain of the

England Netball team, delivered a

speech and joined in a ‘have a go’

session with some of the walking

netballers. The enthusiasm and

enjoyment on the day from

members and England Netball

representatives is testament to the

ABOVE: Walking Netball Credit: Edmund Blok

success of the programme so far.

The partnership is still thriving,

with WIs regularly registering their

interest in joining the programme.

A series of regional Walking

Netball festivals began at the end

of September and will run until

early December 2019.

UPCOMING PROJECTS AND EVENTS

FIXING FAST FASHION

In October 2019, the WI is

partnering with clothing charity

TRAID to host a special event on

ways we can reduce the

environmental impact of fast

fashion. There will be a series of

three specialist workshops, one

of which will be a repair café led

by NFWI Craft Consultant

Jane Bolsover.

LADY DENMAN

CUP COMPETITION

The Lady Denman Cup, the

NFWI’s annual creative writing

competition in which members

submit an original piece of work

based on a set theme, will be

back in 2020. Keep your eyes

peeled as the theme for the 2020

competition will be launched to

members in January.

GET CREATIVE FESTIVAL 2020

Following the success of 2019, the

WI will again take part in the Get

Creative Festival during 9 – 17 May.

The week-long festival shines a

light on all the great cultural

activity that takes place on a

regular basis in local communities

and encourages people to try their

hand at something new and

creative.

DENMAN

THE WI’S CENTRE

FOR LEARNING



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Denman

A WEALTH OF

OPPORTUNITIES

After celebrating its 70th birthday in 2018,

Denman remains an important place for learning

for both members and non-members, with a

growing number and extensive variety of courses

available, led by expert tutors.

D

enman’s digital presence has

increased this year. Its

website updates have made

online bookings easier, now

accounting for up to 45% of total

bookings. Over the last 12 months,

several promotions have run to

entice new participants to fill

courses and Friends of Denman are

offered 10% off courses and events.

Day visits at Denman are growing

in popularity, with 114 delivered

and over 1,300 people served an

afternoon tea experience from

October 2018 to September 2019.

However, Denman must build

additional revenue streams to

support its longevity and we are

THIS YEAR, THERE

HAVE BEEN OVER

12,000

VISITORS TO

DENMAN

We’ve hosted

ABOVE: Charles Hanson at a

Denman Event

530

residential

courses and

60

day schools

delighted to see a rise in our

external bookings, where

companies and individuals hire

rooms and the grounds for various

activities including wakes,

corporate meetings and

networking events. Denman’s

biggest event was held in July 2019,

a summer party for a local

organisation which generated

£10,762 profit in just one day.

Wedding bookings at Denman are

increasing with one booked in

December 2019 and further dates

planned for 2020. We are extremely

grateful to all Denman supporters

and pass on a special thanks to

Anne Stamper, Denman Archivist.

WI ENTERPRISES

WI LIFE AND BESPOKE

WI PRODUCTS

CREDIT: xxxxx



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WI Enterprises

I

t has been a profitable year for

WI Enterprises Ltd, achieving

an overall profit margin of

£890k which will be passed to

the NFWI to help fund its aims

and projects.

Members enjoyed a selection of

cruises over the year arranged via

WI Travel and a new cruise

provider was introduced, Fred

Olsen Cruises, who will provide

members with special discounts

to cruise to glamorous

destinations around the world in

2020.

WI Yarns continue to be a best

seller in Hobbycraft stores across

the country with new yarns and

colours regularly joining the range

– royalties being received by WI

Enterprises on each ball sold.

NFWI-Wales

NFWI-Wales has launched some exciting new

initiatives in 2019 including Walking Netball and

a learn Welsh online course for WI members.

morning session included a taster

session on mindfulness and

during the afternoon, there was an

opportunity for members to

reflect on the progress achieved

over the last 100 years through

discussing what still needed to

change. There was an inspiring

line-up of speakers from a range

of Welsh charities including Mid

Powys Mind, Time to Change

Wales, Keep Wales Tidy and Welsh

Women’s Aid.

WI Life

T

he NFWI’s membership

magazine WI Life celebrates

the achievements and

activities of members and

WIs across the country. In 2019 WI

Life featured a range of

inspirational stories

demonstrating the diversity and

creativity of members in their

professional and personal lives.

In March, a feature on WI love

stories led to a same-sex couple

being featured on the cover for the

first time. We were delighted to

share WI members’ Becky and

Cathy’s wedding along with four

other heartwarming stories of

members meeting their partners

through the WI.

With in-depth features on food

poverty and mental health this

year, WI Life never shies away from

examining important issues.

Throughout the year we have also

profiled many inspiring members

who work in a range of professions

such as radio, government, crime

scene investigation, animal

welfare, internet security and

much more.

ABOVE: In February, NFWI-Wales was selected to showcase the tree

project at a Heritage Lottery event in Cardiff

ABOVE: NFWI Vice-Chair Ann Jones

speaks at PA Conference

N

FWI-Wales is currently half

way through its Natural

Heritage Tree Project to

preserve, protect and plant

urban trees, funded by the

Heritage Lottery. The project has

grown in popularity this year as

members have been busy planting,

monitoring and measuring trees.

We’ve seen some beautiful items

of craft inspired by trees as well as

paintings and photographs. Some

WIs have even held tree parties

and lobbied their local authorities

for support. The project was

featured on S4C’s Heno

programme and on BBC Radio

Wales’ Country Focus programme

and a hazel tree was planted in the

grounds of Broneirion.

In October 2018, 66 members

attended the Wales Public Affairs

Conference in Llanelwedd. The

ABOVE: PA Conference afternoon speakers

NFWI-Wales in partnership with

Welsh Netball secured funding of

£18,487 from Sport Wales to

develop a walking netball project.

Every federation is participating

and will deliver 20 weeks of

walking netball to members

throughout Wales. It is brilliant

that members in Wales have been

able to join those in England in

taking part in this rewarding team

sport, designed for everyone,

regardless of age or fitness level.



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CASE STUDY

I

n July, NFWI-Wales in

collaboration with the National

Centre for Learning Welsh

launched a new online Welsh

language learning service

exclusively for the benefit of WI

members. The 10-hour online

course, comprising 6 units, allows

WI members to learn Welsh in

their own time and at their own

pace, helping to increase the

number of Welsh speakers in the

organisation.

NFWI-Wales held seven

competitions throughout the year.

At the Royal Welsh Show the

theme of the 2019 Rose Bowl

competition for produce and

handicraft and the Brecon Cup for

floral art displays was Bees &

ABOVE: NFWI-Wales Walking Weekend 2019

ABOVE: Brecon Cup 1st place –

Glamorgan Federation

Trees. Congratulations go to

Gwynedd-Caernarfon Federation

for winning the Rose Bowl and

Glamorgan Federation for

Llantwit Fardre Walking

Netball Club was initially set

up for WI members in

Glamorgan Federation and

has since expanded to

become a thriving club for

the whole community.

winning the Brecon Cup.

At the Eisteddfod, NFWI-Wales

sponsored a competition for the

best and runner-up stand from

the voluntary sector. The awards

were won by the British Heart

Foundation and the runners up

were Mudiad Meithrin. The

community award went to

Pentrefoelas. At the Winter Fair

the winners of the competitions

were Angela Lloyd, Gwent

Federation, for A Trio of Mini

Desserts, Mim Roberts, Gwynedd-

Meirionnydd, for A Christmas Tree,

Any Medium and Gwent

Federation won the Floral Art on

the theme Buttons, Berries

and Baubles.

ABOVE: Rose Bowl 1st place -

Gwynedd-Caernarfon Federation

FfCSyM-Cymru

L

CREDIT: xxxxx

ansiodd FfCSyM-Cymru fentrau newydd

cyffrous yn 2019 gan gynnwys pêl-rwyd cerdded

a chwrs ar-lein i ddysgu Cymraeg ar gyfer

aelodau SyM!

Mae FfCSyM-Cymru hanner ffordd trwy ei brosiect

Coed Treftadaeth Naturiol, i ddiogelu, plannu a

gwarchod coed trefol, a ariannwyd gan Gronfa

Dreftadaeth y Loteri. Mae’r prosiect wedi dod yn fwy

poblogaidd eleni gydag aelodau’n brysur yn plannu,

monitro a mesur coed. Gwelsom eitemau crefft

hyfryd a ysbrydolwyd gan goed, yn ogystal â

pheintiadau a ffotograffau. Mae rhai SyM hyd yn oed

wedi cynnal partis coed, a lobïo eu

hawdurdodau lleol i’w cefnogi.

Cafodd y prosiect sylw ar raglen

‘Heno’ ar S4C ac ar raglen ‘Country

Focus’ BBC Radio Wales, a

phlannwyd collen ar diroedd

Broneirion.

Ym mis Hydref 2018, aeth 66 o

aelodau i Gynhadledd Materion

Cyhoeddus Cymru yn Llanelwedd.

Roedd sesiwn y bore’n cynnwys

sesiwn blasu ymwybyddiaeth

ofalgar ac yn ystod y prynhawn

cafodd yr aelodau gyfle i fyfyrio ar y

cynnydd a wnaed drwy ymgyrchoedd SyM dros y 100

mlynedd ddiwethaf, a thrafod yr hyn roedd angen ei

newid o hyd. Cafwyd nifer o siaradwyr ysbrydoledig o

elusennau gwahanol yng Nghymru, gan gynnwys

Mind Canolbarth Powys, Amser i Newid Cymru,

Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus a Chymorth i Ferched

Cymru.

Mewn partneriaeth â Phêl-Rwyd Cymru, sicrhaodd

FfCSyM-Cymru £18,487 gan Chwaraeon Cymru i

ddatblygu prosiect pêl-rwyd cerdded. Mae pob

ffederasiwn yn cymryd rhan a bydd yn darparu 20

CAFODD YR

AELODAU GYFLE I

FYFYRIO AR Y

CYNNYDD A WNAED

DRWY

YMGYRCHOEDD

SYM DROS Y 100

MLYNEDD

DDIWETHAF

wythnos o bêl-rwyd cerdded i aelodau ledled Cymru.

Mae’n wych bod aelodau yng Nghymru wedi gallu

ymuno â’r rhai yn Lloegr i gymryd rhan yn y gamp

foddhaus hon i dimau, a luniwyd i bawb, beth bynnag

yw ei oedran neu lefel ffitrwydd.

Ym mis Gorffennaf, mewn cydweithrediad â’r

Ganolfan Dysgu Cymraeg Genedlaethol, lansiodd

FfCSyM-Cymru wasanaeth newydd ar-lein i ddysgu

Cymraeg, ar gyfer aelodau SyM yn unig. Mae’r cwrs

ar-lein 10 awr, sy’n cynnwys 6 uned, yn caniatáu i

aelodau SyM ddysgu Cymraeg yn eu hamser eu

hunain ac yn ôl eu cyflymder eu hunain, gan gynyddu

nifer y siaradwyr Cymraeg yn y

sefydliad.

Cynhaliodd FfCSyM-Cymru saith

cystadleuaeth yn ystod y flwyddyn.

Yn Sioe Frenhinol Cymru thema

cystadleuaeth Powlen Rosod 2019

am gynnyrch a gwaith llaw a

Chwpan Brycheiniog am

arddangosiadau celf blodau oedd

Gwenyn a Choed. Llongyfarchiadau

i Ffederasiwn Gwynedd Caernarfon

am ennill y Bowlen Rosod a

Ffederasiwn Morgannwg am ennill

Cwpan Brycheiniog.

Yn yr Eisteddfod, noddodd FfCSyM-Cymru

gystadleuaeth am y stondin orau a’r ail orau o’r sector

gwirfoddol. Sefydliad Prydeinig y Galon oedd yr

enillydd a’r Mudiad Meithrin ddaeth yn ail. Aeth y

wobr gymunedol i Bentrefoelas. Yn y Ffair Aeaf

enillwyr y cystadlaethau oedd Angela Lloyd,

Ffederasiwn Gwent am ‘Driawd o Bwdinau Bach’, Mim

Roberts, Gwynedd Meirionydd am ‘Goeden Nadolig,

unrhyw gyfrwng’, a Ffederasiwn Gwent a enillodd y

gystadleuaeth celf blodau ar y thema ‘Botymau,

Aeron a Pheli Addurno’



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NFWI COMMITTEES

2018–2019 (JUNE 2018 – JUNE 2019)

Chair: Lynne Stubbings

Vice-Chair: Ann Jones

COMMITTEE CHAIR TRUSTEE MEMBERS MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES

Denman

Craft

Finance

Food & Garden

Membership

Development

Public Affairs

Patricia Tulip

Sally Kingman

Julia Roberts

Jeryl Stone

Yvonne Price

Ann Jones

Honorary Treasurer: Julia Roberts

Vice-Chair: Patricia Tulip

NFWI Officers,

Catriona Adams, Mary

Clarke, Sally Kingman,

Jeryl Stone, Sue Wilson

Hilary Haworth, Mair

Stephens, Jeryl Stone

n/a

Frances Cowper-Holzhausen (Essex),

Maureen Hancox (West Yorkshire),

Anne Styles (Hertfordshire)

NFWI Officers, Yvonne Price, Jeryl Stone, plus Chair of Denman

and Chair of WIE - both ex officio

Catriona Adams,

Sally Kingman,

Yvonne Price,

Amanda Willday

Catriona Adams, Mary

Clarke, Sue Wilson

Mary Clarke,

Hilary Haworth,

Mair Stephens,

Amanda Willday

Julie Ayre (Devon), Cobi Snelson

(Somerset), Heather Williams

(Lancashire)

Lyn Coleman (Oxfordshire), Helen

Mancey (Staffordshire), Thelma

Sackman (Buckinghamshire), Lisa

Snook (Worcestershire), and

National Trainer Patience Broad

(Worcestershire)

Nicola Amos (Somerset), Georgina

Denny (Cheshire), Toto James

(Surrey)

NFWI COMMITTEES

2019–2020 (JUNE 2019 – JUNE 2020)

Chair: Lynne Stubbings

Vice-Chair: Ann Jones

Honorary Treasurer: Julia Roberts

Vice-Chair: Jeryl Stone

COMMITTEE CHAIR TRUSTEE MEMBERS MEMBER REPRESENTATIVES

Denman

Finance

Membership

Public Affairs

Activities

Training and

Development

Federations of Wales

Jeryl Stone

Julia Roberts

Hilary Haworth

Ann Jones

Sally Kingman

Yvonne Price

Mair Stephens

NFWI Officers, Chair of WIE – ex officio, Mary Clarke, Maureen

Hancox, Yvonne Price, Mair Stephens

NFWI Officers, Chair of Denman and Chair of WIE – ex officio,

Nicky Amos, Maureen Hancox

Ruth Kaufman – Adviser

Nicky Amos, Chrissie

Booth, Yvonne Price,

Mair Stephens

Catriona Adams,

Chrissie Booth, Mary

Clarke, Toto James,

Sally Kingman

Chrissie Booth, Mary

Clarke, Maureen

Hancox

Catriona Adams, Nicky

Amos, Helen Carter,

Hilary Haworth, Sally

Kingman

Ann McPhie (Derbyshire), Helen

Mancey (Staffordshire), Thelma

Sackman (Buckinghamshire)

Georgina Denny (Cheshire) Julia

Havard (Cornwall)

Frances Cowper- Holzhausen

(Essex), Alison Fremantle

(Middlesex), Julia Hender

(Hampshire), Andrea Neale (Essex),

Heather Williams (Lancashire)

Diane McHarg (Derbyshire), Pauline

Striplin (Worcestershire), Patience

Broad – Adviser, Gill Thomas –

Adviser

Committee composed of all the Chairmen of the Federations in

Wales

Science & Leisure

Federations of Wales

Sue Wilson

Mair Stephens

Hilary Haworth,

Yvonne Price,

Amanda Willday

Jan Curtis (Essex), Jane Cutler

(Buckinghamshire), Sally Dalley

(Huntingdon & Peterborough

Committee composed of all the Chairmen of the Federations in

Wales

WIE Ltd Board

Catriona Adams

Danielle Sinclair and Georgina Creighton (external directors),

NFWI Chair (ex officio), NFWI Hon. Treasurer (ex officio),

Hilary Haworth (NFWI Trustee), Ann Jones (NFWI Trustee),

Jeryl Stone (NFWI Trustee), Mary Clarke (NFWI Trustee)

WIE Ltd Board

Catriona Adams

Danielle Sinclair and Georgina Creighton (external directors),

NFWI Chair (ex officio), NFWI Hon. Treasurer (ex officio),

Hilary Haworth (NFWI Trustee), Ann Jones (NFWI Trustee),

Jeryl Stone (NFWI Trustee), Patricia Tulip (NFWI Trustee)

WIE Editorial Board

Catriona Adams

NFWI Chair (ex officio), Hon Treasurer (ex officio), Chair of

Denman (ex officio), Ann Jones, plus two trustees on rotation



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FEDERATION LIST

Federation

Federation Address Telephone number Email address

Anglesey / Sir FÔn

Avon

Bedfordshire

Berkshire

Buckinghamshire

Cambridge

Ceredigion

Cheshire

Clwyd - Denbigh

Clwyd - Flint

Cornwall

Cumbria -

Cumberland

Cumbria -

Westmorland

Derbyshire

Devon

Dorset

Durham County

WI Hall, Holyhead Road,

Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, LL61 5SX

WI House, 11 Station Road,

Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2BH

WI House, 62 Adelaide Square,

Bedford, Bedfordshire,

MK40 2RW

WI House, The Street,

Mortimer Common, Reading

Berkshire, RG7 3RD

Stuart Lodge, Stuart Road, High

Wycombe, Buckinghamshire,

HP13 6AG

CFWI Office, Oakington Road,

Girton, Cambridge,

Cambridgeshire, CB3 OQH

Ein Swyddfa, 11 Cambrian Place,

Aberystwyth, Ceredigion,

SY23 1NT

11 White Friars, Chester,

Cheshire, CH1 1NZ

WI House, 67 Vale Street, Denbigh

Denbighshire, LL16 3AP

WI Office, Venture Office 1,

Bromfield Commercial Park,

Stephen Grey Road, Mold,

CH7 1HE

Chy Noweth An Conteth,

Truro Business Park,

Threemilestone, Truro,

Cornwall, TR4 9NH

13 Earl Street, Carlisle,

Cumbria, CA1 1DP

WI Office, Masonic Hall, Station

Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 6BT

Derbyshire House, Sherwin

Street, Derby, Derbyshire,

DE22 1GP

The Firs, Honiton Road,

Blackhorse, Exeter, Devon

EX5 2FT

County House, 58 Icen Way,

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW

WI House, Barnfield Road,

Spennymoor, County Durham,

DL16 6EB

01248 717 600 afwisecretary@btconnect.com

0117 9864782 federationsecretary@avonfwi.org.uk

01234 359538 bcfwi@btconnect.com

0118 933 3448

federationsecretary@berkshirewi.

co.uk

01494 526685 HQ@bucksfwi.org.uk

01223 234872 office@cfwi.co.uk

01970 612831 ceredigion.wi@gmail.com

01244 347462 info@cheshirewi.org.uk

01745 812985 a.edwards@cdfwi.co.uk

01352 756884 wi.clwyd.flint@gmail.com

01872 272843 cfwi@btconnect.com

01228 521774 secretary@ccfwi.co.uk

01539 720921 cwfwi@btconnect.com

01332 342596 office@dfwi.co.uk

01392 255 386

federation.secretary@devonwi.org.

uk

01305 266366 dorsetfwi@uwclub.net

01388 819100 durhamwi@btconnect.com

Address Telephone number Email address

East Sussex

East Yorkshire

Essex

Glamorgan

Gloucestershire

Guernsey

Gwent

Gwynedd

- Caernarfon

Gwynedd

- Meirionnydd

Hampshire

Herefordshire

Hertfordshire

Huntingdon and

Peterborough

Isle of Ely

Isle of Man

Isle of Wight

Jersey

ESFWI Headquarters, Falcon

Way, Hailsham, East Sussex,

BN27 1HY

2B Railway Street, Beverley,

East Riding of Yorkshire,

HU17 0DX

WI Centre, Whitelands, Terling

Road, Hatfield Peverel, Essex,

CM3 2AG

Federation House, 13 Courtland

Place, Port Talbot,

Glamorgan, SA13 1JJ

WI House, 2 Brunswick Square,

Gloucester, Gloucestershire,

GL1 1UL

Le Courtil Bailleul, La Percee,

Castel, Guernsey, Channel

Islands, GY57PT

Suite 1, Raglan House,

Llantarnam Business Park,

Cwmbran, Gwent NP44 3AB

19 Bangor Street, Caernarfon,

Gwynedd, LL55 1AT

Mynydd Yr Haul, Ffordd Pentre

Mynach, Barmouth, Gwynedd,

LL42 1EN

WI House, 22-24 Station Hill,

Southampton Road,

Eastleigh, SO50 9XB

WI House, 90 St Owen Street,

Hereford, HR1 2QD

County House, 29 High Street,

Wheathampstead, Herts,

AL4 8BB

WI Centre, 6A Walden Road,

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire,

PE29 3AZ

WI Office, Room 4, March

Community Centre, March

Cambs, PE15 8LE

Beech House, 51 Main Road,

Onchan, Douglas, Isle of Man,

IM3 1AL

Brynings, Graeme Road, Norton,

Yarmouth, Isle of Wight,

PO41 0RX

JIFWI Office, Royal Jersey

Showground, La Route De La

Trinite, Trinity, Jersey, JE3 5JP

01323 442592 hq@esfwi.org.uk

01482 860626 eyfwi@eyfwi.karoo.co.uk

01245 382233 fedsec@essexwi.org.uk

01639 881588 glamorgan@btconnect.com

01452 523966 secretary@gfwi.org.uk

01481 256693 jenny.cottell@cwgsy.net

01633 864456 secretary@gwentwi.org.uk

01286 676 178 gcfwi@btconnect.com

01341 280602 jacpud@yahoo.co.uk

023 8 061 6712 secretary@hampshirewi.org.uk

01432 272268 fedsec.hfwie@tiscali.co.uk

01582 834010 herts.wi@btconnect.com

01480 453137 office@hpfwi.co.uk

01354 652284 isleofelywioffice@btconnect.com

01624 818194 iomwioffice@manx.net

01983 760690 iwcfwi.office@gmail.com

01534 731669 wi.jersey@yahoo.co.uk



48 Annual Review Annual Review 49

Federation Address Telephone number Email address

Kent - East Kent

Kent - West Kent

Lancashire

Leicestershire and

Rutland

Lincolnshire Humber

Lincolnshire North

Lincolnshire South

Middlesex

Norfolk

Northamptonshire

Northumberland

Nottinghamshire

North Yorkshire East

North Yorkshire West

Oxfordshire

Pembrokeshire

Powys - Brecknock

Crown House, John Roberts Bus.

Park, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3BJ

Ethel Hunt Lodge, 4 Hawkwell

Business Centre, Maidstone

Road, Pembury, Tunbridge

Wells, TN2 4AG

LFWI Office, 8 Croston House,

Lancashire Bus. Park, Centurion

Way, Leyland, Lancashire,

PR26 6TU

WI House, 135 Loughborough

Road, Leicester,

Leicestershire, LE4 5LQ

WI House, 10 Queen Street,

Brigg, North Lincs, DN20 8HY

WI House, Banks Street,

Horncastle, Lincolnshire,

LN9 5BW

Pattinson House, East Road,

Sleaford, Lincolnshire,

NG34 7EQ

Unit 3, 7 The Green, West

Drayton Middlesex UB7 7PL

Norfolk Federation, Evelyn

Suffield House, 45 All Saints

Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LY

WI House, 71 Park View

Moulton, Northampton,

NN3 7UZ

Cresswell House, 11/12 Brenkley

Way, Blezard Business Park,

Seaton Burn, Northumberland,

NE13 6DS

Trent Bridge House,

Beastmarket Hill, Newark,

Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BN

WI House, Front Street, Norby

Thirsk, North Yorkshire,

YO7 1BG

WI Office, Alma House, Low St

Agnesgate, Ripon, North

Yorkshire, HG4 1NG

5 Court Farm Barns, Medcroft

Road, Tackley, Kidlington,

Oxfordshire OX5 3AL

WI House, 90 Prendergast,

Haverfordwest,

Pembrokeshire, SA61 2PP

County Office, St David’s House,

48 Free Street,Brecon, Powys,

LD3 7BN

01227 464106

federation.secretary@eastkentfedwi.

org.uk

01892 823813 FedSec@wkfwi.org.uk

01772 459020 admin@lfwi.org.uk

0116 266 1342 wihouseleics@aol.com

01652 653641 lincshumbfwi@gmail.com

01507 525546 lincsnorthoffice@btconnect.com

01529 302398 fedoffice@lsfwi.org.uk

01895 440161 secretary@mfwi.org.uk

01603 624580 fedsec@norfolkwi.org.uk

01604 646055 admin@ncfwi.org.uk

0191 217 0808

federationoffice@

northumberlandwi.co.uk

01636 673 550 secretary@nottswi.org.uk

01845 522415 fedsec.nyefwi@btconnect.com

01765 606339 nywfwi@btconnect.com

01869 331 081 fedsec@oxfordshirewi.co.uk

01437 768674 wihouse@btconnect.com

01874 622666 powysbrecknock@gmx.co.uk

Federation Address Telephone number Email address

Powys - Montgomery

Powys - Radnor

Shropshire

Sir Gâr/

Carmarthenshire

Somerset

South Yorkshire

Staffordshire

Suffolk East

Suffolk West

Surrey

Teesside

Tyne and Wear South

Warwickshire

West Midlands

West Sussex

West Yorkshire

Wiltshire

Worcestershire

Abermule Community Centre,

Abermule, Montgomery,

Powys, SY15 6ND

New House, Pentrosfa,

Llandrindod Wells, Powys,

LD1 5AL

Unit 9, Park Plaza,

Battlefield Enterprise Park,

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3AF

WI Office, 11 St Peter’s Street,

Carmarthen, SA31 1LN

Wilton Lodge, 11 Trull Road,

Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4PT

Hall Cross Cottage, 5 Albion

Place, South Parade, Doncaster,

South Yorkshire, DN1 2EG

WI County Office, The

Cornerstone, Common Road,

Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 3EQ

22 Orford Street, Ipswich,

Suffolk, IP1 3NS

SWFWI Headquarters, Unit 11,

Park Farm Business Centre,

Fornham St Genevieve, Suffolk,

IP28 6TS

Federation Office, 6 Paris,

Parklands Railton Road,

Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX

WI Office, St Mary’s Centre,

82-90 Corporation Road,

Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW

Tyne & Wear South Federation,

Perth Green Community Centre,

Inverness Road, Jarrow, Tyne &

Wear, NE32 4AQ

Federation House, 1 Corunna Court,

Corunna Road, Warwick,

Warwickshire, CV34 5HQ

Squirrels, 38 Wensley Road,

Birmingham, West Midlands,

B26 1LT

North Lodge, Northgate,

Chichester, West Sussex,

PO19 1BJ

WYFWI, Rodley Business

Centre, Ground Floor, 164/166

Town Street, Rodley, Leeds,

West Yorkshire, LS13 1HP

WI House, 17 Couch Lane,

Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1EB

Unit 7, Elgar Business Centre,

Hallow, Worcester, WR2 6NJ

01686 630632 info@pmfwi.org.uk

01597 823569 prfwi@btinternet.com

01743 461646 enquiries@wi-shropshire.co.uk

01267 235972 wi@carmarthenwi.plus.com

01823 284261 wiltonlodge@somerset-wi.org.uk

01302 325829 southyorksfed@gmail.com

01785 223838 secretary@sfwi.org

01473 251632 office@sefwi.org.uk

01284 336645 office.swfwi@gmail.com

01483 233230 info@surreyfedwi.org.uk

01642 219665 tfwi@ntlbusiness.com

07970 018608 twsfwi@btconnect.com

01926 419998 admin@wfwi.co.uk

01217 43 8678 irisemont@aol.com

01243 783 134 secretary@wsfwi.co.uk

0113 255 0810 westyorksfed@gmail.com

01380 739340 info@wiltshirewi.eclipse.co.uk

01905 641 658 admin@worcsfwi.org.uk



50 Annual Review Annual Review 51

OUTSIDE REPRESENTATIONS

2018-2019

OUTSIDE ORGANISATION

NFWI REPRESENTATIVE

6 ‘O’ Group Lynne Stubbings as Chair

ACWW

British Nutrition Foundation

British Standards Institution (BSI)

Consumer & Public Interest Strategic Advisory Committee

Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales

Energy and Climate Change Information Unit (ECIU)

End Violence Against Women Coalition

Linking Environment & Farming (LEAF)

LSE Archives Advisory Board

National Trust

Payments UK, Customer Engagement Network

Royal Welsh Home Crafts

Society Produce Committee

Rural Services Network – Rural England Stakeholder Group

Trade Justice Movement

Ann Jones

NFWI Rep.

Mary Clarke

NFWI Assistant Rep.

Meinir Lloyd Jones

Ann Jones

Emma Holland-Lindsay

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Fay Mansell

Julia Roberts

Mair Stephens

Sally Kingman

Emma Holland-Lindsay

NFWI STAFF TEAM AS OF SEPTEMBER 2019

Senior Staff Team

Melissa Green General Secretary

Edward Adomako Head of Finance

Mark Linacre Group Manager WIE

Anupreet Jeetun Head of Denman

Karen Lake Head of Human Resources

Emma Holland-Lindsay Head of Public Affairs

Rhian Connick Head of NFWI Wales

Tracey Santrian Head of Training

Jason Douglas Head of Digital Services

Joanna Rayner Head of Public Relations

Central Secretariat

Melissa Green General Secretary

Kerri McGarvie Board Secretary

Isioma Onwukwe-Anyadike Board Secretary (maternity

cover)

Juliet Isherwood Department & Committee Officer

(maternity cover)

Jacqueline Durban Events Officer

Digital Services

Jason Douglas Head of Digital Services

Ayisha Syed Digital Assistant

Alexandra Bentz Digital Content Editor

PR & Social Media

Joanna Rayner Head of Public Relations

Fiona Hughes PR Officer

Resources

Latel Monks Resources Manager

Charlotte Maughan Resources Assistant/ Membership

Kate Robinson Office Assistant

Public Affairs

Emma Holland-Lindsay Head of Public Affairs

Fiona Thomas Research & Campaigns Officer

Alexandra Barker Research & Campaigns Officer

Tobias Arno Public Affairs Administrator

Aanchal Mann Research & Campaigns Officer

Finance

Edward Adomako Head of Finance

Thasha Ravennaath Senior Finance Officer

Erika Kaic Finance Officer

Pauline Mulombe Finance Officer

Catrin Rosquist Departmental Administrator

Naomi Marchant Department Administrator (maternity

cover)

Human Resources

Karen Lake Head of Human Resources

Chrystal Isherwood HR Adviser

Andrea Stanley HR Assistant

WI Enterprises

Mark Linacre Group Manager WIE

Hilary Ransom Group Manager’s Assistant

Carlos Fialho Marketing Executive

WI Life

Editorial

Sarah Drew Jones Editor (freelance)

Eleanor Wilson Staff Writer

Chloe Davies Editorial Assistant

Sandra Carey Sub Editor (freelance)

Tracy Lockett Art Editor (freelance)

Advertising

Andrew Lawston Advertising Manager

Elizabeth Reilly Classified Sales Executive

Shirley McGlynn Display Sales Executive

NFWI Unit

Tracey Santrian Head of Training

Elaine Smith -Accreditation Officer/WI Training

Administrator

Helen Neal Administrative Secretary – Activities Team

Alison Rush Food and Cookery Adviser

Wales

Rhian Connick Head of NFWI Wales

Sarah Thomas Public Affairs Officer

Lisa Howells PA to Head of Wales

Kelly Rosser Administrative Assistant

Denman Management Team

Anupreet Jeetun Head of Denman

Ruba Asfahani Deputy Head/ Marketing Manager

Jane Potter Interim Group, Conference & Events, Sales and

Marketing

David Martin Courses Manager

Tracy Strain Volunteers and Courses Manager



52 Annual Review Annual Review 53

NFWI BOARD

OF TRUSTEES

2017-19

Lynne Stubbings Chair (Warwickshire)

Julia Roberts Honorary Treasurer (Worcestershire)

Ann Jones Vice-Chair (Ceredigion)

Patricia Tulip Vice-Chair (Northumberland)

Catriona Adams (Lincolnshire North)

Mary Clarke (Gwent)

Hilary Haworth (Buckinghamshire)

Sally Kingman (Cambridge)

Yvonne Price (West Sussex)

Mair Stephens (Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire)

Jeryl Stone (Warwickshire)

Amanda Willday (Powys Montgomery)

Sue Wilson (Gloucestershire)

NFWI BOARD

OF TRUSTEES

2019-21

Lynne Stubbings Chair (Warwickshire)

Julia Roberts Honorary Treasurer (Worcestershire)

Ann Jones Vice-Chair (Ceredigion)

Jeryl Stone Vice-Chair (Warwickshire)

Catriona Adams (Lincolnshire North)

Nicola Amos (Somerset)

Chrissie Booth (Derbyshire)

Helen Carter (Hampshire)

Mary Clarke (Gwent)

Maureen Hancox (West Yorkshire)

Hilary Haworth (Buckinghamshire)

Toto James (Surrey)

Sally Kingman (Cambridge)

Yvonne Price (West Sussex)

Mair Stephens (Sir Gâr/Carmarthenshire)

FINANCES

Year ended 30 September 2019

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE

Income

2019

£m

Donations and legacies 0.10 0.37

Charitable activities 4.88 5.05

Other trading activities 1.76 1.88

Investment income 0.20 0.19

Total income 6.94 7.49

Expenditure

Trading activities 0.89 0.90

Charitable activities 6.36 6.44

Total expenditure 7.25 7.34

Investment gains 0.23 0.32

Net income / (expenditure) (0.08) 0.47

2018

£m

FUNDS AT 30 SEPTEMBER

Endowment funds 0.05 0.05

Restricted funds 3.40 3.59

Designated funds 1.02 1.09

Other unrestricted funds 5.99 5.81

TOTAL FUNDS 10.46 10.54

Key Figures

Members’ subscriptions £2.38m

WI Enterprises Ltd profit

£0.74m

Denman income

(including transfers)

Denman costs

£2.75m

£2.92m

Total staff costs

Spending on membership

and training

£2.55m

£2.18m

Net cost of WI Life

Total fixed assets

£0.60m

£7.90m

ABOVE: NFWI Board of Trustees Credit: Anne-Marie Bickerton

Spending on education

(including Denman)

Spending on Public

Affairs

£3.48m

£0.69m

Net current assets

Total funds

£2.56m

£10.46m



54 Annual Review Annual Review 55

CREDIT: Jenny Stewart

Finances

Year ended 30 September 2019

Julia Roberts, Honorary Treasurer

TRUSTEES’ STATEMENT

The annual consolidated accounts

for the year ended 30 September

2019 were approved by the trustees

on 12 February 2020 and have been

submitted to the Charity

Commission and Companies

House.

The above financial information

shows the income and expenditure

of the charity for the year together

with an analysis of funds at the

year end.

The information is not a full extract

and therefore may not contain

sufficient information to allow for

a full understanding of the

financial affairs of the Charity. For

further information, the full

accounts (including the Statement

of Financial Activities and the

Balance Sheet), which received an

unqualified audit opinion, should

be consulted. Copies of these can

be obtained from the NFWI or may

be downloaded from our website,

www.thewi.org.uk

Signed on behalf of the trustees

Julia Roberts, Honorary Treasurer

Date: 12 February 2020

KEY RESULTS

Total consolidated income for the

year decreased by 7.4% to £6.9m

whilst total consolidated

expenditure decreased by 1.2% to

£7.25m. Net expenditure for the

year was £0.08m after investment

gains and total funds at the

year-end were £10.46m.

Income

Donations and legacies included

donations of £44k and legacy gifts

of £57k.

Income from charitable activities

included membership

subscriptions of £2.38m, a decrease

of 1.2% and Denman fees of £2.4m,

a decrease of 5% due to lower

bookings on courses. Other

income from charitable activities

related to members’ events and

activities.

Trading income included £1.5m

earned by the trading subsidiary,

WI Enterprises Ltd, from

advertising, commissions and

other sales.

Total investment income was

£205k. In addition the market

value of investments increased

by£237k.

Expenditure

Expenditure on charitable

activities comprised expenditure

of £2.2m on membership and

training services, £3.5m on

education and £692k on public

affairs campaigns. Membership

and training costs included £1.8m

for production and delivery of

WI Life magazine. Education

expenditure included Denman

costs of £3m and spending on

other educational initiatives of

£529k. Expenditure on trading

activities related to costs incurred

by WI Enterprises Ltd other than

the costs of WI Life (included in

membership and training).

Denman

Denman achieved a total deficit of

£170k. This is after transfers from

the parent charity for its use of

Denman’s facilities, donated profit

from WI Enterprises Ltd relating to

trading activities at Denman and

donations. Improvement in

Denman’s operational performance

is vital to the long-term viability of

the College.

WI Enterprises Ltd

The trading subsidiary achieved a

surplus of £747k which was

donated to the parent charity

under gift aid.

Total funds

Total funds at September 2019

were £10.46m including restricted

funds of £3.4m relating to

Denman, designated funds of

£1.02m including funds set aside

from previous VAT refunds for new

activities in future years, other

unrestricted funds of £5.98m and

endowment funds of £54k.

Reserves

The NFWI holds free reserves in

order to manage peaks and troughs

in income and expenditure, taking

into account that most

subscription income is received

once a year in April-May, and to be

able to manage the impact of

unexpected events. Free reserves

available at 30 September 2019, i.e.

reserves not restricted, designated

or held in fixed assets, were £4.5m.

The estimated reserves

requirement at this date was

£3.2m. The trustees aim to reduce

reserves over future years by

continuing to reduce the NFWI’s

share of the membership

subscription and increase the WI

and federation shares.

Membership subscriptions

The Board of Trustees reviews

membership subscriptions every

year taking into consideration the

financial needs of all parts of the

organisation. This includes

ensuring subscription remains

affordable and provides a good

value for money to members.

The full year’s subscription is

collected by the local WIs who pass

on federation and NFWI share to

the respective federations who

then remits the NFWI its portion.

Subscriptions are pro-rated for

members in their first year.

Members joining the WI for the

first time or who have not

previously been members for the

past 10 years will pay a pro-rated

subscription depending on the

quarter in which they join.

Investments:

NFWI investments are managed in

accordance with investment

principles approved by the

trustees. These require

investments to be held in a broad

range of property, equities and

fixed interest securities so as to

achieve a balance between income

and capital growth over the long

term. Risk should be managed so

as to preserve and increase the

value of capital and income whilst

avoiding unnecessary exposure to

risk and volatility. The investment

portfolio has an ethical slant

consistent where possible with

issues on which the NFWI

campaigns. 99% of total fixed asset

investments were managed by

CCLA with 80% invested in the

COIF Charities Ethical Investment

Fund and 20% in the COIF

Charities Property Fund. 1% of

total investments representing

shares donated for the benefit of

Denman were held in other

investments.



Incorporated in England & Wales as a Company Limited by Guarantee No 251 7690

Registered Charity No 803793 VAT No 239 412857

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