Centenary Baton Watch … Somerset!

The baton continues its journey around the country, with a stop in Somerset, where a big group of WI members welcomed it to Montacute House:

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Later in the week, Lympsham WI held a celebration complete with a vintage tractor and songs from preschool and primary school children. A centenary cake was cut and a special centenary balloon was sent off with a tag asking the finder to let the WI know how far it travelled.

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Centenary Baton Watch … Devon!

Our neighbours in Devon have just had the Centenary Baton for a week. Let’s see what they got up to!

Our own former Federation Chairman Kathy Reed handed over the baton at the Tamar Bridge in the presence of Councillor Jean Dent, Mayor of Saltash, and Councillor Michael Fox, Lord Mayor of Plymouth.

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Here’s the baton in the grasp of Devon Federation Chairman Elma Blackmore, here flanked by her two vices Julie Ayre and Angie Williams.

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At Exeter Cathedral, I’m told a spontaneous ‘Jerusalem’ came over the ladies, much to the delight of passersby!

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Halwell WI hosted a party:

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And made some fabulous costumes!

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Well done, Devon!

 

More Centenary Baton photos from around Cornwall

Our exciting week of hosting the Centenary Baton seems ages ago now, doesn’t it?

We thought we’d share some more photos of the baton’s journey around Cornwall with you.

To start the week, the baton was carried into Truro by Federation Chairman, Barbara Corbett, accompanied by the mayor and mayoress of Truro, the Federation officers and representatives of Truro WI. They travelled in a Victorian horse-drawn coach.

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Next up was a trip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

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A coffee morning in Helston included a special centenary display.

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As well as some very smartly dressed WI members and their partners!

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At Trerice Manor, near Newquay, it was all about dressing up.

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What better way to cycle than wearing Edwardian plus fours?

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It was a truly wonderful week! Now we only have to wait for another 100 years before we can do it all over again.

Click here to see more photos from all over Cornwall.

 

Prints of Centenary Baton day photos

By now you’ll all have seen the fantastic photos Peter Puddiphatt (Val’s husband) took at our Centenary Baton events at Land’s End and Marazion last Wednesday.

If you haven’t seen them, take a look!

Peter has agreed to produce prints at a cost of £1 each for anyone who would like them. If you’re interested, please contact me with the number of the print(s) you’d like (they’re all numbered in the above linked album). You’ll also need to get your money to me. Once I’ve heard from everyone, I’ll deliver the order to Peter.

How about a deadline of Monday 16 March (our March meeting)?

Thanks, everyone!

Centenary Baton Day!

Nearly 20 members of Crowlas & Ludgvan WI joined in the Centenary celebrations today, either at Land’s End or Marazion … or both … along with WI members from all over West Cornwall!

Helping to mark 100 years of the W.I. was a special opportunity for all of us, and not one we’ll forget! We all watched CFWI Chairman Barbara Corbett arrive in style, first in a shiny red Jaguar at Land’s End and then in a lovely old Astin Martin in Marazion.

CFWI Federation Chairman Barbara Corbett arrives at Land's End with the Centenary Baton (005) Photo by Peter Puddiphatt
CFWI Federation Chairman Barbara Corbett arrives at Land’s End with the Centenary Baton (005)
Photo by Peter Puddiphatt

We heard the Marazion Apollo Male Choir and the Heyl St Piran Singers. We enjoyed cake and more cake. We all had a chance to hold the baton. We heard talks by the Lord Lieutenant Edward Bolitho, by Mary St Levan of St Michael’s Mount and by our own current and former Federation Chairman.

Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members at Land's End Photo by Pam Smith
Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members at Land’s End
Photo by Pam Smith

And some of us even donned wetsuits and posed with the baton on the beach!

WI members Niamh Noone, Jane Twose and Pat Gloyn pose with surfboards in Marazion (057) Photo by Peter Puddiphatt
WI members Niamh Noone, Jane Twose and Pat Gloyn pose with surfboards in Marazion (057)
Photo by Peter Puddiphatt

What a day it was!

You can see more photos here.

Centenary Baton Watch! … Hampshire

By vintage bus and fire engine, on horseback and by boat – the Centenary Baton continued its journey with a visit to Hampshire last week.

The baton was welcomed to Hampshire with a hand-off from the West Sussex Federation. Click here to listen to a BBC clip of the Mayor of Havant welcoming the baton to Hampshire, and then to Hampshire Federation baton coordinator Ros Cooper who describes the baton as “terribly unexciting, really”!

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Staunton WI members dressed as suffragettes for the occasion.

 

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Hampshire WI member Zoe Stanley brings the baton to West Tytherley Primary School on horseback.The baton made its way from Twyford into Winchester city centre on Friday, with a torch-lit procession taking place down to the High Street to the Guildhall.

 

The baton made its way from Twyford into Winchester city centre on Friday, with a torch-lit procession taking place down to the High Street to the Guildhall.

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The Winchester leg started on Thursday with a celebration in Alresford. Branch chairman Gill Graham Maw carried the baton from Basingstoke in a 1979 AA van and was greeted with cheers and clapping.

Alresford WI chairman Gill Graham holds the baton
Alresford WI chairman Gill Graham holds the baton

Copythorne WI held a party at the village hall, with all members suitably costumed.

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Centenary Baton Watch! … East Sussex and West Sussex

The baton has been in East Sussex and West Sussex over Christmas.

Baton handover from Kent, East Kent Federation to East Suffolk Federation
Baton handover from Kent, East Kent Federation to East Suffolk Federation

Kathryn Hutson, East Sussex County Chairman, accompanied by three members from the Board of Trustees, travelled on a bright but chilly day to New Romney. After a short trip on the steam driven Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway from New Romney to Dungeness and back, the Centenary Baton was handed over to Kathryn by Marion Rose, County Chairman of Kent, East Kent Federation.

Members of the East Sussex Federation pose with the baton,
Members of the East Sussex Federation pose with the baton,

On 6 January, the baton was passed to West Sussex at Balcombe Victory Hall.

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Other West Sussex events included a craft-themed evening and a party held by Renaissance WI.

The ladies of Renaissance WI.
The ladies of Renaissance WI

To top it off, a member of Worthing WI created this incredible Centenary Baton cake. The cake was raffled with the proceeds going to the establishment of a Denman bursary for local members.

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