Information for WI's

FLASH MESSAGE - NFWI update about WI Subscription Flexibility

“David Attenborough wants us all to love our planet again. This message is from the Federation Trustees who want you all to love your W.I. again”.

We know we have all enjoyed less than normal the number of WI meetings, social events and workshops in return for our subscriptions last year, but we also know that the majority of W.I. Committees have done their very best to stay in touch during this terrible pandemic. Many inspiring initiatives have been created and lovingly delivered by Committee members, Zoom meetings have provided social contact for many members and socially distanced walks and picnics have been enjoyed weather permitting. We have continued to produce in-house the Federation Newsletter and we are very grateful to the Institute Secretaries who have made the effort to get these out to their members. Overall we have all done what the W.I. always does, we have done our best.

The Federation Board of Trustees have worked tirelessly to maintain regular communication with all our members and have managed our finances to ensure the viability of our funds. Alma House was closed down from day one and the staff were furloughed. They have since either resigned or taken voluntary redundancy. This means the Trustees are working without paid staff in an effort to save money.

We have successfully submitted applications for funding and many of you have sent us donations and that is so heart warming to know that you want our Federation to survive as much as we do.

There is undoubtedly the concern and uncertainty that we may lose members as some may feel they have not received value for money, albeit outside of our control. National have played their part by extending the subscriptions to 15 months rather than the usual 12. It is now time to collect the subscriptions again and we are delighted to be able to share with you the results of recent discussions with NFWI. We can now announce the ‘Subscription Flexibility Guidance’ agreed between all parties. This new initiative gives WIs the freedom to make their own annual decision regarding subscriptions. WIs have to make the decision whether or not they charge the full amount of the W.I. portion of the subscription, or waive the W.I. portion completely. The decision lies completely with the WI Committee. This decision was reached following member consultations amongst a variety of WIs, rural and urban and of all sizes.

The subscription from April 2021 to March 2022 is £44, of which £12.10 (27.5%) goes to the NFWI, £10.30 (23.4%) to the Federation, and £21.60 (49.1%) to the WI. This means the minimum amount to be collected from each member in April 2021 is £22.40 (NFWI+ Federation) and WIs have flexibility over charging the remaining £21.60.

Please bear with us, we are doing all we can, within the Government Guidelines and are preparing our programme behind the scenes to open up as soon as we are allowed.

In order to do this we now need Committees to discuss the above ‘Subscription Flexibility Guidance’ and make your own informed decisions. The attached communications from NFWI will provide you with further information and answer any questions you may have. We hope you feel as inspired as we do by this initiative and that this will help us all to retain as many members as possible. Covid 19 has caused so many problems and such heartache for so many, we need to get back together as women united in the most wonderful women’s organisation in the world.

Once you have collected your subscriptions please send them to Alma House as soon as possible using the attached form.

We look forward to seeing you again, when the world opens up, the wonderful world of the W.I.

With very best wishes

Pauline Bowman
Federation Vice Chair
Acting Treasurer
North Yorkshire West Federation of WI

Letter for WI Committees - download here

Subscription Flexibility Guidance - download here

NYWFWI - Subscription Subsmission Payment Form - download here

Membership Support team

Sue Earl-Armstrong Chair  -
Anne Harrison -
Pamela Rudd -
Carol Ambler -
Margaret Merrall -
Sue Butters -

Subscriptions for 2021/to March 2022

New members joining the WI for the first time, i.e. who have not previously been a member of any WI in the past 10 years, will pay a pro-rata subscription.
This is a new pro-rata form following the extension of the 2020 Membership from 12 to 15 months.
The pro-rated fees will remain the same, except for members who will join from January to March 2021 who will pay the same rate as those who joined in the quarter 1 October to 31 December 2020. The rates are as follows:

Date of Joining 2021

Total Subscription

WI Share**

Federation Share

NFWI Share

Payable by

1 April-30 June

£44.00 £21.60 £10.30 £12.101 July 2021

1 July-30 Sept

£33.00 £16.20 £7.73 £9.081 Oct 2021

1 Oct-31 Dec

£22.00 £10.80 £5.15 £6.0118 Dec 2021
1 Jan -31 Mar 2021£11.00£5.40£2.58£3.0331 Mar 2022

** Note this is the maximum amount a WI will charge and is determined locally by the WI Committee

Don't forget to submit the Agent's portion of subscriptions from all new joiners after April 2021 - it is recommended you submit immediately you receive the subscription from the member.

Gift Aid

Your Secretaries will have received a lot of information on Gift Aid from NFWI. Does your WI do Gift Aid? If it does you will have to go back to your members with all the new information and ask them if they still want to do it as it is significantly different and not so beneficial for individual Wis. Members need to know if they are Income Tax payers and if they already Gift Aid to other organisations ie. National Trust, Royal British Legion etc before completing the New Gift Aid Declaration.

Please use this link for further guidance

The gift aid form can be downloaded here

YouTube Channel Creation

YouTube is an online facility that is being used by some WI's and members to share knowledge in "How To's" eg Crafts Video etc. Spa Sweethearts WI  have created some notes on "how to" create your own Youtube Channel or a one for your WI.

The notes for a personal channel are as follows and for a one for use by a WI are available at this download link.

Follow these instructions to create a channel that only you can manage using your Google Account.

1.   Sign in to YouTube on a computer or using the mobile site.

2.    Try any action that requires a channel, such as uploading a video, posting a comment or creating a playlist.

3.    If you don't yet have a channel, you'll see a prompt to create a channel.

4.    Check the details (with your Google Account name and photo) and confirm to create your new channel.

Looking for catering for your outing?

Contact any of the following who offer coffee/lunch/teas/high teas

Kirby Malzeard WI 01765 650130/01765 451612 Coffee or  HIgh Tea

Glasshouses WI 07428229970

Course Cancellation Insurance

The cost of courses and the possibilty that you may need to cancel due to unforeseen cicumstances can be offset by insurance  eg Federation WI Visit 2018. The leaflet available at this link provides a policy to cover course cancellation fees.

To create  a new Email address

First choose your provider - the three most popular are:

  • Follow the "create a new email"  where you will be asked to provide the name of your new email account eg,,
  • You will also be asked to provide some details to confirm that your identity and accept terms and conditions which are standard
  • It is good practice to link the account another account/phone in case you forget the password.
  • Share the email address with youw WI MCS rep

You will be sent a password to log in to new WI members only website after the launch in June.

Any queries email