Welcome to the Cumbria-Westmorland Federation

Karen HanksFederation Chairman

Welcome, we are delighted that you want to know more

about the WI in Cumbria-Westmorland.

To find the nearest WI to where you live, go to Find a WI and enter your postcode.

As a result of the Corona-virus crisis, our Federation office in Kendal is closed with staff working from home and all Federation events postponed until further notice. We are following the current situation closely and will update this information when we can. Any inquiries can be dealt with by our "WI Office at Home" which is open 9 am - 4 pm Tuesday to Friday. Contact us by email.

Our Federation, formed in 1920, represents the former county of Westmorland and covers a beautiful area of mountains and lakes, the land of Wordsworth, Ruskin and Beatrix Potter. We have WIs in an area ranging from the west coast, the Barrow and Furness peninsula in the south-west, Kirkby Stephen in the northeastern Eden Valley, Dentdale in the east and Kirkby Lonsdale in the south.

Although a relatively small Federation, our 70 WI’s have their own individual personalities, each meeting the needs of its members. ART + CRAFTS, SINGING, RAMBLING, EATING OUT and DAY TRIPS are all popular. Most of our WI’s meet in the evenings but we do have a few afternoon meetings and indeed we encourage thinking 'outside the box' - morning meetings would not be ruled out if that's what new groups of members want to establish.

We hold CLASSES, EVENTS and SOCIAL GET-TOGETHERS at our Federation HQ in Kendal and regular groups for CREATIVE WRITERS, LACE MAKERS and PAINTERS. We regularly run TUTOR-LED SESSIONS for new crafts or other skills and pastimes such as COOKERY and COMPUTER SKILLS. Our Federation Committees work hard to provide classes and events, OUTINGS and HOLIDAYS across a vast range of subjects to ensure that there really is something for everyone.

Our monthly Federation newsletter WI News contains information on all current activities; during the Corona-virus lockdown, this is available in email form only under the title WI News at Home. If you are a CWFWI member and you haven't been forwarded a copy click to contact us.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the WI and want to speak to someone in person, please telephone the Cumbria-Westmorland Federation office in Kendal on 01539 720921. Alternatively, email cwfwi@btconnect.com and we will be able to put you in touch with the right WI for you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Federation Chairman