Baton tour to mark WI’s centenary
Symbolic baton was handed over to Buckinghamshire federation in relay this week
A BATON to celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute is touring Bucks this week.
The WI Centenary Baton started its travels around all 69 WI Federations in January 2014, at Llanfairpwll, in Wales – the village where the first WI opened – and will finish at the Royal Albert Hall for the National Federation of Women’s Institutes annual meeting in June.
On Tuesday the baton was handed over from the Oxfordshire federation to the Buckinghamshire federation at an event in Henley-on-Thames.
The baton will stay in Bucks until Tuesday. It was due to be in Aylesbury yesterday (Wednesday), is in Winslow today and will be in Milton Keynes tomorrow, Wendover on Saturday, High Wycombe on Sunday, Stoke Poges on Monday and Ivinghoe on Tuesday.
Bucks is the 65th federation the baton has travelled to, with it only having another four to go.
Inside the baton is a memory stick, on which every federation has put 12 photographs to represent their group.
The Bucks Federation photographs for the memory stick will be on display at all the events in the county.
Pat Poole, vicechairman of the Bucks federation, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary, is encouraging people to go along to the events.
She said: “I’m very excited about the baton being in Bucks.
“For us it’s a big event because it’s a chance for us to show people what the WI does and what we’re about and it’s a chance to publicly celebrate 100 years of the WI.”
On Monday, the baton will arrive at St Giles’ churchyard gate in Stoke Poges at 1.30pm. After a tour of the Gray’s monument and the Memorial Gardens it will be displayed on the font. At about 3pm it will be taken by a vintage car to the Village Hall in Rogers Lane. At 4pm it will leave by vintage car en route to Ivinghoe.
Members of Stoke Poges and Wexham WI will offer free 15-minute guided tours of both the church and gardens. From 2pm to 3.45pm, the WI will be serving afternoon teas in the village hall.
All the events are free and run from 2pm to 4pm, unless otherwise stated.
For more information, visit www. facebook.com/pages/ T h e -W I - BuckinghamshireFederation-ofWomens-Institutes/ 2356801398927 96?fref=ts.