Centenary celebration as WI baton is passed on in Ickleford

Members of WI and SERV with the WI Baton in Ickleford

Members of WI and SERV with the WI Baton in Ickleford - Credit: Archant

Members of Ickleford’s Women’s Institute came out in force to welcome their organisation’s special centenary baton to the village.

The baton, which is winding its way through the UK culminating in a finish at the Royal Albert Hall in June to celebrate the group’s 100th birthday, was transported by motorcycle blood-runners through the area – including a stop at St Katharine’s Church in Ickleford as well as dates elsewhere in North Herts last week.

WI chair Patricia Musk said: “We were thrilled with the large turn-out which supported the baton through our area in what was a fun atmosphere. Well done to everyone concerned.”

Ickleford WI member Jane Coles from Arlesey Road added: “There was such a nice atmosphere, and we all waved the baton on its journey from St Katharine’s to the Royal Albert Hall in London with our flags.”

Ann Hall, county chairman of Hertfordshire Federation of WIs, said: “We were delighted to welcome the baton to Hertfordshire and take part in the centenary celebrations.

“The WI plays a big part of the lives of many women, young and old, and it was a marvellous opportunity to celebrate everyone who has gone before us as well as looking to the future.”