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 Archivist

Gamblesby & District WI

Kathleen Bowron
Vice Chairman

200 Club Co-ordinator, Publicity Officer

Kirkandrews on Eden WI

Penny Coulthard
Vice Chairman

County Raffle Co-ordinator

Stoneraise, Wreay and District WI

Jennifer Baker
Assistant Treasurer

County News Editor

Melmerby WI

Marion Clarke

Assistant for Social Media

Santon Bridge WI

Kris Longshaw

Resolutions Rep, Health & Safety, Safeguarding 

Lorton WI

Dawn Eyre

WI Adviser Training Co-ordinator

Causewayhead WI

Ann Kirkpatrick

Bulb Secretary, Publications Co-ordinator

Longtown 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.

The Committee organises the popular ACWW ‘Women Walk the World’ events and the town-based ‘Quizzical Walks’, as well as museum visits.

Home Crafts

The Home Crafts Committee meet 4 times a year. Recently the Committee have held Fabric Embroidery and Bead Bracelet workshops, a Starters and Puddings Night, and a trip to the Harrogate Flower Show.

We have also held Knitting workshops, and the popular Pewter and Calligraphy workshops.

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.

We recently organised a ‘Let us entertain you’ evening at Bothel, where members performed their party pieces!