About Us

Our Federation is made up of the following Committees, read below to find out more.

Cumbria-Cumberland Federation Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is elected by WI members every 2 years and the Chairman is elected by the Trustees. They control the finances of Cumbria-Cumberland Federation and consider the demands on expenditure made by the Committees and the Officers. All Board members have special responsibilities in the running of the Federation and are Trustees under Charity Law.

Ilene Forsyth
Federation Chairman

Longtown WI

 

 

Sandra Clifford
Hon Treasurer

Federation Archives

Gamblesby & District WI

 

Mary Lawson
Vice Chairman

Denman Representative

County Raffle Organiser

Kingstown & Moorville WI

Kathleen Bowron
Vice Chairman

200 Club Organiser

Kirkandrews on Eden WI

Jennifer Baker
Assistant Treasurer

County News Editor

Melmerby WI

Kris Longshaw
Trustee

Publications Officer  

Lorton WI

Margaret Pattinson
Trustee

Craft Organiser

Kirkbampton WI

Louise Hetherington
Trustee

Woodend WI

 

Education & Public Affairs

This Committee meets 5 times a year. History, health, photography, literature and textiles are just some of the subjects that this Committee cover through trips and workshops for members. Under Public Affairs this committee deals with campaigns from National Federation, which range over matters concerning the agricultural industry, conservation, health, and public and international affairs.

Some of the events the Committee is organising for 2018 include a visit to Rosehill Theatre for a look behind the scenes (and a delicious cream tea!), another of the popular ACWW walks around Caldbeck, a visit to Stead McAlpin print works in Cummersdale, a ‘Quizzical Walk’ around Silloth, and a trip by coach to the wonderful New Lanark World Heritage Village.

Home Crafts

The Home Crafts Committee meet 4 times a year. Recently the Committee have held Kumihomo Braiding and Dorset Button workshops, a Demonstration and Lunch of Christmas Dressings and a trip to Dumfries House.

In 2018 we are planning advanced Kumihimo Braiding and Bead Bracelet worshops, a visit to the Spring Flower Show at Harrogate and a Starters and Pudding Evening – look out for further details in your County News.

Membership Support

A team of WI Advisers have responsibility to open new WIs and further the work of the WI in Cumbria. This is achieved by working with WIs, offering friendship, guidance and support as required. Training workshops are organised for WI Officers and Committee members from time to time. Encouraging women to become members and promoting the WI generally are important parts of their work.

Our remit is to introduce new members to our influential and wonderful organisation as well as inform and encourage existing members through workshops, visits and resolution meetings. We take up the challenge with enthusiasm.

If you are planning next year’s programme and would like a local speaker, your WI Advisor can come and entertain you with a short talk about the fun and friendship to be had as a member of the WI, ideas for your meetings, plus a question and answer session.  There is no fee, just travel expenses to a max of £20.  If you are interested then contact WI Office for further information.

Art & Leisure

Whether you wish to enjoy a show, learn to shoot or pit your wits with a quiz, life is never dull with this Committee, brimming with ideas and enthusiasm for anything from theatre trips, workshops and competitions to the organisation of the carol service. Sports events are held throughout the county, which enables members to participate in a wide range of activities, including target shooting, archery, darts competitions and rambles. The aim is to encourage active participation in activities, with something to suit most members during the year.

In 2018 we are organising a trip to London to experience ‘Carols by Candlelight’ at Westminster City Hall – not to be missed!