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.
Next up was a trip to the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
A coffee morning in Helston included a special centenary display.
As well as some very smartly dressed WI members and their partners!
At Trerice Manor, near Newquay, it was all about dressing up.
What better way to cycle than wearing Edwardian plus fours?
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.
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)?
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
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
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
What a day it was!
You can see more photos here.
If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll have seen how other Federations across the country have been celebrating the WI Centenary with the baton. It’s due to come to Cornwall in February of next year, and all sorts of exciting things are planned!
On the 18th, we’ll have the baton in Penwith. You’ll have a chance to go to either a morning event at Land’s End or an afternoon event in Marazion – or both!
You’ll be able to sign up with Alison at our Monday meeting. This is a once in a hundred years opportunity, so don’t miss out!
As the WI Centenary baton makes its way around the country, from Federation to Federation, it finds a nice soft home waiting for it wherever it goes. Each Federation will select a handmade cushion on which to display the baton, with its members competing to make the best cushion.
Our own very talented Sue Knights has created this gorgeous rag rug cushion to enter into the Cornwall Federation’s competition.
Clever Sue designed this beautiful cushion featuring anemones and a chough.
We wish Sue the very best of luck and hope that we’ll see the baton on her cushion when it comes to us next February!