Promoting Yourselves

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Celebrating Our Centenary

Cheshire Federation is the second largest Federation in the country.  ‘9000 members in 200 WIs’……….. We are excited about planning for our centenary in 2020.  We were officially formed on 17th November 1920. Eight delegates and five visitors were present at the formation meeting, representing the fifteen WIs existing in the county at that time.

It all began in Cheshire in Dunham Massey in 1919 when Penelope, the Countess of Stamford formed our first WI.  She later became our County Chairman serving on the County Executive.

1919 Lady Stamford

With kind Permission of Dunham Massey WI

The first County Chairman in 1920 was Mrs Dorothy Greenshields from Malpas and the first County Secretary was a man, the Rev E G Auden.

Ludworth and Mellor WI were formed in 1918 but were part of the Derbyshire Federation at the time of their formation, later becoming part of Cheshire during county boundary changes.

Promoting Yourselves

Centenary celebrations are a wonderful opportunity for all our WIs to tell the local community what the WI is all about and what it offers to your members.

Promoting your WI


Promoting Yourself Towards 2020 (click on this link to a powerpoint presentation showing ways you can promote yourselves)

Promoting Your WI (click on this link to view a pdf of the presentation)

Centenary Logo

This is our centenary logo

Cheshire WI Centenary Logo

Right click on the logo and save to your own computer to use on your WI literature


Click on the link below for further information about how to promote your event

CFWI Centenary Communications Information


Let us know any events you are planning if you would like them advertising.

Please send in a report about any event you have held with photographs to go on your information page on this website.  If there is room a report will also go in Cheshire News. Please send to

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