Buxton3By Sara Jayne:   Glossopdale WI members were in Buxton on 19 June 2014 to celebrate the arrival of the Centenary Baton, which is being relayed through every county and island federation in England and Wales in advance of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ Centenary in 2015.  Derbyshire’s week to host the baton came one-third the way through its travels through England and Wales.

In Derbyshire Federation [pdf], the baton has been fired over Creswell Crags, heard an organ recital in Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire church, met the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, seen The History Van serve up Suffragette lunches, been passed between members representing 10 decades of the WI at Long Eaton Carnival, made an appearance at the Derbyshire County Show, wound its way through several other villages and towns, and was handed off to Staffordshire Federation at the National Arboretum.  It travelled over 200 miles through Derbyshire in its 8 days here!

At this celebration in Buxton, we brought picnics and celebrated the camaraderie of the WI while we awaited the baton’s arrival.  We enjoyed the festive atmosphere created by our bunting, banners, sashes, hats, and also the Tideswell Male Voice Choir, which was in top form!  The baton arrived from Chesterfield on a vintage tractor, and was handed to the longest-serving member of Chinley WI, the oldest WI in Derbyshire, on the bandstand in the Pavilion Gardens.  The Town Crier read a proclamation about the event, and of course, we sang Jerusalem.

A good day was had by all – looking forward to the next one! 😉