Ba­ton tour to mark WI’s cen­te­nary

Sym­bolic ba­ton was handed over to Buck­ing­hamshire fed­er­a­tion in re­lay this week

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

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. face­ T h e -W I - Buck­ing­hamshireFed­er­a­tion-ofWomens-In­sti­tutes/ 2356801398927 96?fref=ts.

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