WI baton to pass through Portsmouth

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A BATON to mark the centenary of the Women’s Institute in the UK will pass through Portsmouth.

On Tuesday, January 13, the baton will be passed to the Hampshire Federation of Women’s Institutes by members of the West Sussex Federation.

The handover will take place on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at 4pm. On the day, more than 120 members will attend a lunch at the Royal Maritime Club. The Women’s Institute came to Portsmouth more than 40 years ago when the Farlington and Forty Acres institutes were formed.

The baton’s journey will end on June 4 next year when it will be delivered to the Centenary Annual Meeting in the Royal Albert Hall in London by members of the newest-formed WI and the president of the first WI in the UK, Llanfair PG in Anglesey.