Although it may be considered unlucky for some, Friday 13 June was a very exciting and special day for members of Ruddington WI. It was the day we became participants in the historic journey of the WI Centenary Link Baton on its 18 month journey from Anglesey in Wales to the Albert Hall in London. The baton arrived in the village, mounted on a green and gold cushion, just before 2 o’clock. It was received from Plumtree WI by the immediate past President of Ruddington WI, Evelyn Bedford and most Ruddington WI members were at St Peter’s Rooms to greet its arrival. In high spirits and with much flag-waving, members from both Ruddington and Plumtree WIs boarded the bunting-decorated, open-topped bus from the Heritage Centre to convey the baton on its onward journey to West Bridgford. It was delivered safely into the hands of West Bridgford WI’s founder President, Shirley Maine, by the new President of Ruddington WI, Linda Davey.
Ruddington WI members then returned to St Peter’s Rooms to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea, a quiz and a raffle with invited guests. Photographs of the baton’s journey around the country will be recorded for posterity on a memory stick contained within the baton. It was a most enjoyable and memorable afternoon celebrating the 100 year anniversary since the founding of the Women’s Institute in England and Wales AND the weather was fine!
If you saw us (or heard us!) on our journey and thought you were missing out on the fun, then consider joining us at our regular monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at St Peter’s Rooms. We would love to see you.
Next Meeting: Wednesday 9 July 2014, 7.15pm, ‘Music Between the Ears’, Karen O’Connor.