Membership Subscriptions Extension – a message from NFWI

The NFWI has been very concerned about the disruption this lockdown period has had on WI meetings and activities and your membership experience this year. We recently held consultations with all federations to discuss ways in which we can acknowledge this in our membership subscription this year.

We are delighted to share with you that as a result we are offering a three month extension to this year’s membership subscription. The next renewal date for membership subscriptions will therefore be 1st April 2021. In addition, from this point onwards, membership renewals will always be in April. This is to acknowledge the feedback many of you shared with us during the recent Strategic Vision consultation about the challenges of the January payment date and how you wished to see this changed in the future.

We have added full FAQs to My WI to help you understand a bit more about the process and how this will impact WIs. The FAQs can be found here:…/faqs-membership-subscription-ex…

We know that many WIs have responded creatively to the practical challenges posed by lockdown and we continue to be inspired by the activities being delivered to ensure members remain connected during this difficult time. However, we do appreciate that this period has meant that many members have experienced disruption to their WI experience and therefore we hope the additional three months will provide some compensation to acknowledge the disruption.

We are aiming to ensure that this message reaches all members as soon as possible. As well as the formal notification to federations and this announcement on social media, there is a memo in the July WI Life magazine and a letter in the July WI mailing. We hope that by ensuring the message is consistent across all our channels of communications, it will reach all members; but please do ensure you share the news with all the members in your WI too.

Subscription 2020

The NFWI Board of Trustees has set the membership subscription for 2020 at £43.00. The WI share will increase by 60p, the federation share by 20p and the NFWI share by 20p.   

The distribution of the 2020 subscription will be:

Total subscription 2020

WI share

Federation share

NFWI share






Payments are due from members in January 2020.

Pro-rata subscription for new members in their first year

New members joining the WI in 2020 for the first time, or 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. The rate per quarter and the distribution are shown in the following table.

Date of joining ’20

Total subscription

 WI Share Fed Share  NFWI Share 

1 Jan-31 March


 £21.10 £10.00 £11.90 

1 April-30 June


£15.83 £7.50 £8.92

1 July-30 Sept


£10.55 £5.00 £5.95

1 Oct-31 Dec


£5.28 £2.50 £2.97


WI subscription and dual fees are paid directly to the WI/s you wish to join. 

New WIs starting in 2020
New WIs starting in 2020 will keep all of the subscriptions paid by their members in 2020.

Dual Membership
Dual members will pay £21.10 to their second WI. There is no pro-rata rate for dual membership, and the set fee will remain payable at any time during the year.

Pooling of Fares 2020
The NFWI Annual Meeting pooling of fares for 2020 is set at £16 per WI and £32 per federation. New WIs formed in 2020, from January to May, before the NFWI Annual Meeting, will pay the pooling of fares contribution.