Women link up to pass silver baton

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A SILVER baton to mark the Olympic year and the Queen’s Silver Jubilee will be passed between Women’s Institutes in the county.

The Journey of the Baton event, organised by the Northamptonshire County Federation of WIs will see the Indian silver baton handed between members of the 126 groups from towns and villages across the county in the build-up to this summer’s games in London.

The baton began its journey at WI House in Hunsbury Hill, Northampton, on February 15 and has since been ceremonially passed around the south of the county.

On Tuesday it finally arrived in our area and was received by Bozeat WI from Yardley Hastings over a civilised cup of tea and cakes at the Wesleyan Chapel in Bozeat.

They handed it to Grendon WI on Wednesday.

Bozeat club president Julie Vine said: “The baton is actually an Indian silver scroll holder as this is how messages were passed from village to village in the olden days.

“All the names of the WIs in Northamptonshire who passed the baton in 2012 will be inscribed and enclosed within the scroll holder at a special ceremony at Holdenby House on June 21.

“In future it is intended to be presented annually by the membership and training committee to a WI in the county.”

It will now go on to a series of other WI groups in north Northamptonshire.

Earls Barton Millennium WI will receive it on Tuesday, April 10. It will be handed to them by counterparts at Mears Ashby WI.

Then, ladies will take the baton to Great Doddington WI in a convoy of motorbikes and sidecars and Landrovers.

On arrival the baton will be piped into the memorial hall and handed to the president.

It will also be taken by Redwell WI to Irchester for a ceremony on April 15, and then to Finedon on Monday, April 16.