Organises classes and workshops held in Kendal and venues out and about the Federation, encouraging members to develop new skills under expert tutor guidance. Regular clubs at WI Office include the 

Sew 'n' Sews (needlework) and Lacemakers.  Painting for Pleasure offers seasonal opportunities for members to enjoy open air painting/sketching.   Occasional day trips to venues of artistic merit such as historic houses

Current members:


Internal committee comprising Committee Chairmen and invited lay members. 

Current members:


Committee encourages interest in and develops high standards in agricultural knowledge, horticulture and home economics and addresses issues pertaining to food and farming.

Current members:

Committee helpers:


Our meetings deal with all matters concerning encouraging new members to join and offering support to WIs needing advice and help. We also handle the formation or suspension of WIs,  arranging training sessions, classes and visits to WIs, group, regional and NFWI meetings. 

Current members:

WI Advisers:


Secretary (non-voting) Celia Cleobury 


Encourages interest and  the development of high standards in Music & Drama by organising performances, competitions and concerts which members can participate in and also arranges visits to see first rate professional productions.

Current members: 



This Committee aims to encourage interest in and address issues pertaining to General Education, Local, National and International Affairs and the Environment, by the arrangement of classes, courses, conferences and events.They include informative events following on from the resolution mandates agreed at the national AGM.

Current members:


Supports the Team Leader and Buyer of the Shop to distribute and sell goods to Groups and WIs to raise funds for the Federation. Stalls can be booked for individual WI events, with 10% of the profits being retained by the WI. 

Current members:


                                  Helen Scott    

                                Margaret Lister       


This committee makes all the administrative arrangements and runs the Federation’s involvement in the Westmorland County Agricultural Show, the Holker Garden Festival and the biannual Northern Show.

They recruit the judges, demonstrators and stewards and set up the marquee displays at these events.

Current members:


This committee encourages interest and enjoyment in sporting and leisure activities by arranging classes including Dance Days, Federation Walks, sporting activities such as archery, ten-pin bowling, croquet and organising events such as the annual Federation Quiz. 

Current members:


Our Committees are the life-blood of the Federation, helping the Trustees put on events to appeal 

to as wide a range of members as possible and fulfill our brief to educate, entertain and inspire. 

If you would like to join one of the committees below or find out more about their work, please get in touch 

on 01539 720921 or email via the contact us prompt




Committees Update from September 2017: The Federation Board of Trustees has recently approved changes to three of our existing committees.From time to time, the Trustees look at the structure of the committees to see whether there are any changes that may be of benefit.The current Art & Craft and Food, Farms & Gardens Committees will be combined in one new committee, titled Craft, Food & Countryside.

Just one area of activity will no longer be covered by this new committee, and that will be Art (events such as ‘Painting for Pleasure’ and art courses). It has been decided that Art activities will now be incorporated into the work covered by our current Sport & Leisure Committee; because of this, Sport & Leisure will be renamed and now known as the Leisure committee. Full details in September 2017.

Committee Timetable at a Glance: click here for a list of the remaining 2017 Committee meetings and the meetings timetabled for 2018. If you are interested in attending a particular meeting as an Observer, please contact the WI Office.