Welcome to Cumbria-Cumberland Federation
The Cumbria-Cumberland Federation stretches from Alston in the north (the UK's highest market town), along Hadrian's Wall, through the historic city of Carlisle, out to the ports of Maryport, Workington, Whitehaven and as far south as Bootle.
The Cumbria-Cumberland Federation offers friendship and the opportunity to learn together. There is a huge variety of subjects and activities on offer within your local WI or the Federation through the various committees, whether your interest is archery, photography, walking, cooking, creative writing, craft, art, darts or quiz nights. We also visit gardens and places of interest, and occasionally have trips further afield with overnight stays.
We campaign on national issues, and have been very active in our support for continuing the usage of cheques, saving the the honey bees, eradicating violence against women, increasing organ donation, reducing 'plastic soup', alleviating loneliness, and raising awareness of mental health matters.
You may have recently moved to the county, or have lived here all your life and are looking for new interests and friends. If you are, then please think of joining one of the 62 WIs with approx 1400 members we have in Cumbria-Cumberland, and be part of an organisation that can help you gain new skills and friendships.
Being a member of the WI can help you make a difference to yourself and also to the community where you live. If you decide to join one of our Institutes I look forward to meeting you.
Kathleen Bowron, County Chairman
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 by the Committees and the Officers . All Board members have special responsibilities on the running of the Federation and are Trustees under Charity Law.
The latest Board of Trustees was appointed October 2023 :
County Chairman - Kathleen Bowron , Kirkandrews on Eden WI
Vice Chairman - Penny Coulthard , Stoneraise , Wreay & District WI
Vice Chairman - Dawn Eyre , Causewayhead WI
Federation Treasurer - Ann Kirkpatrick , Longtown WI
Assistant Treasurer - Jennifer Baker , Melmerby WI
Federation Archivist - Sandra Clifford , Gamblesby & District WI
County Publicity Officer - Sue Addyman , Lamplugh WI
Health and Safety Officer - Kris Longshaw, Cockermouth WI
Other Federation Appointments
Climate Ambassador - Anne Baird , Thirlmere WI
ACWW Rep - Trish Dunnett , Wetheral WI