Riding Mill Women's Institute

Meetings Have Resumed
Post Lockdown


In 2015 the Women’s Institute celebrates its Centenary and in Riding Mill we will be having our 86th Birthday.

The Organisation has evolved over these years and still aims to be for women everywhere, inspiring, supporting, educating, and providing an atmosphere of friendship and fun for our 34 members.

We meet at the Parish Hall, Millfield Road, Riding Mill at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of the Month, except August.

Our programme includes speakers, demonstrations, and entertainment with organised outings and fundraising events including Film Shows and Afternoon Tea.

We also have the benefit of taking part in walks, food events, craft days, and quiz and games competitions with other WI’s in Northumberland.

Our meetings are a chance to meet old friends, make new friends and be somewhere to inspire you.

Come along and join us.

For more information, 


Barbara Nelson,  01434 682739

Email barbara.lambert.nelson@gmail.com

In 1965 Women’s Institutes throughout the country made scrapbooks illustrating the life of their village that year (the beautiful book made by the Riding Mill WI is kept in the county archive at Woodhorn).

Several years later Marion Cooke decided to follow up the scrapbook by writing a book about the history of Riding Mill.

After years of research, with no internet to help her in those days, she published her fascinating book in 1987.

The exhibition in the Parish Hall in November 2018 for the weekend of Remembrance seemed to generate interest in the Riding Mill of years ago and it was thought that there would be many people who would like to have a copy of Marion’s book.

With the permission of her daughters we have had 200 copies of Riding Mill – A Village History reprinted.

Click Here to find out more about the book.


Any profits made will be used for future projects of the Regeneration Group.

We celebrated our 91st birthday with a cake and some fireworks this month, which we all enjoyed.

Bill Devonshire was the speaker who guided us around the gardens of Northumberland through the seasons with colourful photographs and amusing stories.  His talks are free but he appreciated a donation to the RNLI for which he is an avid fund-raiser.


The competition was a garden photo which was won by Eileen with Pam second and Helen third.

The ‘Heart of the Tyne’ meets on 29th April and I thoroughly recommend the entertainment, so please obtain your ticket from Kath.

Linda has organised our annual trip on 8th July to Usher College, so please let her know if you wish to go.

Our annual jumble sale and fund raising event is in May so please start to collect jumble in readiness.

Please look at the various interesting events at Cresswell House and book your place.

Our next meeting is The History of Man with Richard Stevenson who will be talking about the Great Fire of Gateshead.  Do come along – you will be made most welcome and you’ll make new friends.


Barbara Nelson



Bill Devonshire cutting the cake for the Wi 91st Birthday celebrations