All About Casterton WI


CASTERTON WI celebrated its centenary in 2019. Members mostly come from Casterton, Kirkby Lonsdale and the surrounding area.  It is part of the Cumbria-Westmorland Federation of Women’s Institutes (CWFWI) and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) that celebrated its centenary in 2015.

MEETINGS are usually held at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in Casterton Village Hall.  The main part of the evening is a talk or demonstration which is preceded by some WI business.  The Committee compiles the programme from ideas suggested by the members and from their own research. January is our holiday month.

ACTIVITIES:  Casterton WI encourages members to organise their own activities and during the year will hope to run social events in some form.   Members going on informally arranged activities do so at their own risk. CWFWI organises a variety of events, meetings, courses and outings which are all detailed in the Federation Newsletter “WI News” which is published 10 times a year. Members choose to have a paper or email copy which Casterton WI purchases.

CASTERTON WI WEBSITE: We have our own website,, which is updated regularly with news and pictures of meetings and events.  It can also be accessed from the village website

CASTERTON WI BOOK GROUP  meets monthly.  New members are always welcome.  Please speak to Jill Humphris if you are interested in coming along. At the WI monthly meetings, there is a book stall to which members bring books they have read and these are sold very cheaply to raise money for ACWW (see below). 

SUBSCRIPTION:  For 2022/3 it will be £44 divided between Casterton WI, CWFWI and NFWI.  (A dual member belongs to two WIs and pays an additional £21.60 to the 2nd WI). This subscriptions will be due in April 2022.

The LUNE VALLEY GROUP consists of Casterton, Barbon, Dentdale, Sedbergh, Killington, Howgill and Kirkby Lonsdale WIs. The function of the Group is to encourage members from neighbouring WIs to get to know each other and there is a Group Meeting with a speaker every May.  The WIs meet to organise the Group Meeting and take it in turns to host the event.

CWFWI is the umbrella body for WIs in the Westmorland area and has a Federation Secretary in the office in The Masonic Hall, Station Road, Kendal, LA9 6BT,, (Tel: 01539 720921). CWFWI had its centenary in 2020 but because of the pandemic celebratory events were held in 2021. CWFWI Sales sells a variety of gifts on the website and at events. CWFWI produces an annual calendar.

NFWI is an even bigger umbrella for all the WIs in England and Wales with nearly 220,000 members in 6300 WIs and has an office and staff at 104, New Kings Rd, London SW6 4LY (Tel: 020 7371 9300).  The website can be found at General Meetings are held every year and 1 delegate represents 3/4 WIs.  Members can apply to attend General Meetings as observers.

MCS: Membership Communications System. Members are registered on this national database.

My WI WEBSITE: All members with an email address registered on MCS can log in to My WI through the WI website,

RESOLUTIONS on social and topical matters, submitted once a year by individual WIs, are selected and discussed thoroughly at all levels.  If carried at a General Meeting they empower the WI to try to influence local and national policy making.

DENMAN COLLEGE, the WI’s residential college near Oxford has, sadly, closed but there are some online talks. See

ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World) is a worldwide organisation to which NFWI belongs.  Each WI donates money to ACWW and it is used to help underprivileged women worldwide.  There is a voluntary collection for these “Pennies for Friendship”, as they are called, at our meetings once a year. Our book table money also supports it.

COUNTRY MARKETS:  Our nearest market is held in Kirkby Lonsdale Institute each Thursday from 10.00 to 11.30am.  The market welcomes new customers and suppliers.

WI PUBLICATIONS:  “WI Life” is NFWI’s magazine published 8 times per year and posted to all members on MCS.

WI BOOKS publish and sell a variety of books which are available from the CWFWI office, at Federation events and at Group Meetings.  WI diaries are available each autumn. 

A PRESS REPORT appears in “Around Kirkby Lonsdale”

NEW MEMBERS:  Casterton WI welcomes new members.  To find out more about us please telephone any committee member for more information. 

VISITORS: Casterton WI welcomes visitors. A donation is appreciated.


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