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WI Life has a new editor, Sarah Drew Jones, whose mission in 2017 is to celebrate the WI. To help them achieve this aim and to let members know what they’re looking for editorially, they have produced a Story Suggestion Form. You can download it here and use it to contact WI Life.
WI Life is also working on three current stories that members might like to contribute to:

The Friendship Issue
We’re planning a series of features about different aspects of friendship – please consider the ideas below and see if one of them resonates with you. If so, get in touch.
· Tell us how your WI friendships have impacted your life for the better, with solid examples (i.e. a friend encouraged you to stop procrastinating and take a course; or perhaps was there for you when you were grieving or recovering from illness).
· Do you have a WI friend you’d like to champion for being a true friend in your time of need? And if so, what did she do that was so special?
· What are the five qualities a great WI friend possesses?
It happened to me
We want to hear about a defining moment in your career. Maybe you’re retired now, but in your time at work you had some nail biting moments where you were able to make a difference – or make people laugh or feel special? We know many members have had colourful careers. Tell us about your pivotal moment – perhaps something that would surprise others…
You joined the WI?!
If you’re under 35 and your friends raised an eyebrow at your joining the WI, you’re not alone. But, what do they know? We’d like to interview members who are juggling their work/family/social life and find time to thrive in the WI. Maybe you set up a WI at 20, or perhaps it brings something to your life you just don’t get anywhere else. If this sounds like you please get in touch, send us a photo and a brief description of your WI involvement.


The Craft Section of the NFWI website has been recently updated to include some great new craft projects, designed by Denman Tutors. You will also find a Make & Do Blog which is regularly updated with very interesting comments and views that members will hopefully find very useful. Click here to go to the NFWI Craft Section.


Following the huge success of the events to celebrate the WI centenary in 2015, many people are now interested in learning more about the varied history of WI membership and finding out about the lives and activities of WI members over the last 100 years. Whilst all federations keep and maintain their own specific archives, the NFWI archives are kept as part of the Women’s Library at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) alongside key history of women throughout British history. The archives are managed and maintained by experts in archiving and information services, but the library is open to everyone who is interested in learning more.

This guide has been written to help you access the NFWI archives for yourself, and to help you start learning more about the thousands of WI members who worked to ensure that the organisation is the success that it is today. Download the guide here.


Please find attached here the NFWI Demonstrators List, containing details of the new appointed NFWI Demonstrators.

There is also a copy of the Demonstrators Syllabus here. (PLEASE NOTE - there are no dates currently planned for the completion of Module 2 at Denman this year. Dates will be decided when there are enough people interested in training). The Application Form is available here. If any members are interested in training to become an NFWI Demonstrator they should complete the attached Application Form and return it to the NFWI Unit. Alternatively go to the Demonstrators Training area on the WI Moodle (under General) where there is more information on the training programme.