Women receive baton to mark WI centenary

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SOMPTING women are in proud possession of the National Federation Women’s Institute (NFWI) centenary baton as it makes its way across the country.

To mark 100 years of the NFWI, Sompting Seadown WI was chosen as one of the branches to receive the baton last Wednesday and will keep it until January 16, when it will be handed over to the Hampshire Federation.

WH 070115 Sompting Seadown WI women see the arrival of the baton which is being passed to clubs across the county to mark 100 years of the WI.  Eileen Strong, Gwen Cole, Yvonne Price and Sylvia Nicholas. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150701-150533001

WH 070115 Sompting Seadown WI women see the arrival of the baton which is being passed to clubs across the county to mark 100 years of the WI. Eileen Strong, Gwen Cole, Yvonne Price and Sylvia Nicholas. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150701-150533001

The NFWI baton is similar to those used at the Olympic relay races.

On January 1, 2014, it set off on its very own relay race around Wales and England and will end its journey at The Albert Hall, London on June 2 this year.

Sompting Seadown WI member Margaret Wesley said the group felt ‘very privileged’ to have played a part in the baton’s journey.

“The baton will be carried in a basket and each federation will pin their own WI badge onto it,” she said. “The photographs which will have been submitted by various WIs will be collected and collated before being permanently housed at the Women’s Library in London. Each Federation will receive the baton and endeavour to send it around to as many WIs as possible during its stay in the county.”