Joining the WI

How can I join?

Come along and try us out first before committing to pay subscriptions.    A committee member will greet you and, rest assured,  you will be made very welcome!   You can come as a visitor for two meetings (we make a small charge of £3.50 per meeting), then you would be expected to become a member.  Annual fees are shown below.  Once paid up, new members are entitled to vote or stand for election to committee.

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

Questions on membership

* Membership fee for 2019 – £42.00.

This is for annual membership and runs from 1 January to 31 December each year.

When can I pay?  Payment can be made from October onwards each year.  The fee is due by 31 December. The last date for payment will be the February meeting .  After this, your name will be taken off the membership list (and we really don’t want to lose you!).

We accept payment by cash and cheques payable to Market Harborough WI.  If you want to pay by bank transfer the sort code is 40-32-04 and the account number 91732404Please enter your full name next to payment reference, eg Anne Smith, so that we can track the payment.

You will also need to fill in a membership form each year to so we have up to date information about you and to ensure compliance with data protection regulations.

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

What happens if I join after 1 April?  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 depending on the quarter in which they join.   Pro-rata payments do not apply if you have previously been a member.

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

This is possible – ask our Membership Secretary for details

How old do I have to be to join the WI?  18 years old

Benefits of joining the WI

  • Free attendance to Market Harborough WI meetings x 11 for 2019
  • Early booking and some discounted rates to WI social events
  • WI Life Magazine – 8 copies per year
  • Discount Voucher Booklet
  • Access to activities organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of WIs
  • Access to a whole range of activities, eg trips, courses at Denman College and competitions organised by the National Federation of WIs.
  • Access to MyWI website (You must have an e-mail address recorded on our Membership system in order to access this).