WI baton passes through district

The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Bea Bates, and HNWI President Catherine Sparks being carried by Hook Norton Brewery drey NNL-150419-120825009
The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Bea Bates, and HNWI President Catherine Sparks being carried by Hook Norton Brewery drey NNL-150419-120825009

A journey of thousands of miles to mark the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Institute continued on Saturday when the organisation’s centenary baton passed through the Guardian area.

The baton has been travelling via as many WIs in the country as possible since starting its journey in Anglesey, the first WI to form 100 years ago, in January 2014.

The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Cyclist Carole Phillips takes the boton on the next leg NNL-150419-121009009

The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Cyclist Carole Phillips takes the boton on the next leg NNL-150419-121009009

The baton was brought from the village of Spelsbury to Hook Norton Brewery by fire engine, where it was then taken to the Gate Hangs High pub by brewery dray.

Hook Norton WI members followed the baton to the pub, with one travelling by steam engine.

From the pub, it was taken by Carole Phillips by bicycle to Broughton Castle, where a picnic was held for WI members and their families. There was also a display of old pictures and croquet on the lawn. Some members dressed in suffragette outfits for the occasion.

The baton was then taken by a lady on a white horse to Bloxham School, where afternoon tea was held.

The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Bea Bates and HNWI President Catherine Sparks NNL-150419-120929009

The 100th Hook Norton Womens Institute baton handover at the Gate Hangs High. Pictured, Bea Bates and HNWI President Catherine Sparks NNL-150419-120929009

On June 6, the baton will arrive at its final destination, the National Federation of WIs annual meeting at the Royal Albert Hall.