WI relay comes to county for memorable week of activities

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI

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The Buckinghamshire branch of the Women’s Institute marked 100 years of the organisation with a big shindig at the Waterside Theatre.

More than 700 women attended the annual meeting of the Bucks Federation of Women’s Institutes (BFWI) in Aylesbury on Wednesday.

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI

The centenary baton, which is travelling the country as part of a baton relay, made an appearance at the event.

It was carried into the theatre by Eileen Innes, a member of Bishopstone WI, the county’s newest women’s institute - which was formd in 2014.

Vice-chair of BFWI Pat Poole said: “It was an absolutely lovely day and we had a couple of superb speakers - Paralympic skier Anna Turney and Jo Fairley, from Green and Black - who were both very inspirational.”

The baton was then transferred by canal boat to Winslow via a barge belonging to the Aylesbury Canal Society and a vintage car.

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - the national anthem is sung at the end of the meeting

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - the national anthem is sung at the end of the meeting

Members of Aylesbury WI including secretary Jenny Burton and president Marilyn Jackson were among those who carried the baton by canal boat, while Aylesbury mayor Tuffail Hussain also joined in the fun.

Mrs Poole said: “The transfer of the baton via canal had a great crowd with about 150 people coming to watch that.

“We have been really lucky with the weather in Aylesbury.

“It was great that people joined in singing lots of traditional favourites at the meeting, including Land of Hope and Glory which we sung at the end.”

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - pictured is chairman of the Buckinghamshire WI Jenny Street

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - pictured is chairman of the Buckinghamshire WI Jenny Street

The county-wide relay also took in Winslow yesterday (Thursday) and is due to take in Milton Keynes, Wendover, High Wycombe, Stoke Poges and Ivinghoe.

Later this year Bucks WI will be taking part in other national events to mark 100 years of the organisation including a garden party at Buckingham Palace on June 2 attended by HRH the Countess of Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - the baton leaves ona canal boat from Aylesburys old canal basin

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - the baton leaves ona canal boat from Aylesburys old canal basin

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - pictured is Lindsey Hauber telling the ladies about the forthcoming garden party PNL-150422-173655009

Buckinghamshire WI AGM and baton to celebrate 100 years of the WI - pictured is Lindsey Hauber telling the ladies about the forthcoming garden party PNL-150422-173655009