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WI centenary banner arrives in Ribble Valley

Members of Grindleton WI help to celebrate the centenary of the National Federation of Women's Institutes by carrying its baton up Pendle Hill. (s)

Members of Grindleton WI help to celebrate the centenary of the National Federation of Women's Institutes by carrying its baton up Pendle Hill. (s)

A Women’s Institute centenary baton arrived in the Ribble Valley last Sunday as part of the organisation’s 100th anniversary celebrations for 2015.

The baton, which has a memory stick for members to add their WI memories to, is being taken around the British Isles. It set off on January 1st from Anglesey, where the first WI meeting in the British Isles was held in 1915.

Four members of Grindleton WI including Catherine Taylor, who came up with the idea to take the baton to the summit of Pendle Hill, braved the windy weather and climbed up to the summit on Sunday.

The rest of the group, aptly named “The Lancashire Witches”, rallied at the Nick o’ Pendle. The weather was so windy that the witches’ hats worn by the party had to be held firmly in place.

A celebration organised by the WI’s Lancashire federation was later held at Clitheroe Castle.

The Castle approach was lined by local WI presidents and members and the baton was passed along the line until it reached the castle.

A reception was held at the Atrium Cafe during which members heard all about the baton’s very interesting journey so far.

Then in true WI style, members indulged in cakes!

 

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