The baton, launched in Anglesey where the first WI meeting was held in the UK in 1915, will now travel throughout the 69 federations in England, Wales and the Islands to celebrate the links of friendship and community developed through the WI, and will finish its trip at the Annual Meeting in June 2015 at the Royal Albert Hall.

The baton will travel the length and breadth of the UK to visit every federation, and will form the start of the WI’s centenary celebrations as each federation plans a celebratory event to involve as many WI members as possible.  Plans to celebrate its arrival and travel through each area are as varied as the members themselves; some will take the baton through town centres on open-top buses, on a speed boat, and on specially arranged walks and to parties, with the aim of involving as many members as possible in the biggest WI party.

If you would like to pop along, our closest event is:


Proudly present a SPECIAL BATON EVENT

Friday 5 December 2014

Richmond Hall, Emmanuel Church,

The Grove, West Wickham, Kent BR4 9JS

2.00pm-4.00pm (Doors open at 1.30pm)

Speaker: Mr Mike Brown “How we celebrated Christmas in WW2”

Exhibition Refreshments Displays

Ticket £2.50

Please apply for tickets to  Elizabeth Patterson, 59 Pine Avenue, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0LN including a SAE and checks payable to Kent Gate District WI

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NFWI: The Centenary Baton visits the West Kent Federation (that’s us!)
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