The Women’s Institute celebrates its Centenary year next year and to mark the occasion, a WI Baton started its journey in Anglesey at the beginning of the year and has been passed on from WI to WI.
On Monday 9th June, the Baton visited the Bourne Group of WIs. The festivities started on Rippingale Village Green where the Baton was received by the Sleaford Group of WIs.
WI Line Dancers performed on the Green and the Baton was passed from member to member, including three generations of the same family!
The Baton then left in a vintage Austin lorry with the Rippingale and District WI President, Rebecca Main, to Dyke and from there, proceeded to Bourne in a Pony and antique trap of 100 years.
All thirteen WIs in the group then joined together in Bourne Corn Exchange to sing Jerusalem and pass the baton member to member.
They then enjoyed strawberries and fizz and music from the Gershwin Gang Jazz Band to celebrate this once in a lifetime occasion.
The Baton then left in a veteran car with the Corby Glen WI president, Angela Chambers to be passed on to the Grantham Group of WIs.
The Baton has a long journey ahead before culminating at the Royal Albert Hall in June next year.