Centenary baton relay brings WI groups closer together

Jane Collier, chairman of Suffolk East WI and Elizabeth Lansman, chairman of Suffolk West WI

Jane Collier, chairman of Suffolk East WI and Elizabeth Lansman, chairman of Suffolk West WI

The centenary baton which has been making its way around Women’s Institute (WI) groups in the UK has just completed its tour of west Suffolk.

The baton began its journey on January 1 this year in Angelsey and will reach the Royal Albert Hall on June 4, 2015 – the year the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) celebrates its centenary.

It has been on 18 stops in west Suffolk – a total of 145 miles – finishing yesterday at the Institute in Woolpit, where it was handed over to the Suffolk East Federation at a lunch.

Elizabeth Lansman, chair of the Suffolk West Federation, said: “The significance is by the time the baton reaches the Royal Albert Hall next year hopefully every WI member who has had the chance will pass it on from member to member. I find it quite significant because it links us all together.” She said at the lunch in Woolpit the trustees and advisors from the federations looked back over the past week and remarked on how the initiative had brought the institutes closer together.

The west Suffolk leg of the relay began on November 11 when it was handed over at an afternoon tea in Thetford.


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