Joining the WI

Why join the WI?

Apart from the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills, joining the WI also means joining a nation-wide network of members through the regional and national federations. Membership of the MHWI therefore offers a whole range of benefits:

  • Free attendance of the monthly meetings of your group and early booking and some discounted rates to WI social events
  • Access to the MyWI website, which offers a wealth of information to help you get the most out of your membership (You must have an e-mail address recorded on our Membership system in order to access this).
  • 8 copies of the official WI Magazine – WI Life – per year
  • Access to activities organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of WIs and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes
  • Access to activities and courses offered through the online WI Centre of Learning – Denman College
  • Member Discount Voucher Booklet

For more information about the Federations and Denman College, please click here

Try it out!

You don’t have to sign up straight away and commit to paying subscriptions – come along and meet us first and attend one of the monthly meetings. At the moment these are held via Zoom, so if you are interested, get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com and we’ll send you the access details. Once you have tried a meeting you can then decide to join or not.  You have to be 18 years of age to join the WI.

Details of where and when we meet can be found here.

How do I join?

The easiest way to join is at one of the monthly meeting, but while we are meeting online please contact us via marketharboroughwi@gmail.com. We will send you a membership form so we can add your details to the WI Membership Database and will let you know how you can pay the relevant subscription fee.

In order to keep the database up to date and ensure we comply with data protection rules we ask members to fill a new form in every year when they renew their membership.

Membership Fees

The annual subscription fee as set by the NFWI is £ 44,- for the year to the end of March 2022. However due to the current circumstances and as a gesture of good will we have decided to reduce the MHWI portion of this fee by £ 5,- per person and offer a reduced feed of £ 39,- for the year.

This is for annual membership from 1 April to 31st March. If you join later in the year a pro-rata fee will be applied for first time members. For existing members payment can be made from January onwards each year and the last date for payment will be the April meeting .  

We accept payment by cheques payable to Market Harborough WI and BACS transfer.  If you want to pay by bank transfer, please contact us so that we can send you the relevant bank account details

.What happens to my fee?

Just under half of your subscription is retained by Market Harborough WI to meet local costs – for example venue hire and speaker costs.  The rest goes to the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of Women’s Institutes (LRFWI) and the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) who organise meetings,  events and campaigns on important issues voted for by members.

What if I am already a member of another WI or want to join a second WI?

This is absolutely possible – please ask our Membership Secretary for details

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