Review of 2014: June

The WI's centenary baton arrives it Dorrington. Pictured (from left) Audrey Webb - Metheringham WI president, Debbie Venn - federation chairman, Jane Gardener - president of Dorrington WI EMN-141223-115824001
The WI's centenary baton arrives it Dorrington. Pictured (from left) Audrey Webb - Metheringham WI president, Debbie Venn - federation chairman, Jane Gardener - president of Dorrington WI EMN-141223-115824001

Women’s Institute groups in the Sleaford area played their part in a vast baton relay which aimed to mark the organisation’s 100th year.

The ‘Centenary Baton’ began its journey around every WI federation in England and Wales in January ahead of the 100th anniversary in 2015.

June 2014 front. EMN-141223-115813001

June 2014 front. EMN-141223-115813001

As part of its visit to the Lincolnshire South Federation, it toured all branches in the Sleaford area.

○ Thrillseekers had reportedly been using Sleaford’s derelict Bass Maltings complex as a site for abseiling, prompting a safety warning from police.

○ Heckington Windmill had its eight sails removed to make way for a new set.

The historic moment for the 200-year-old building was filmed for the BBC’s Countryfile programme.

The project would ultimately see the mill being brought back into use.

○ Members of North Kesteven District Council voted in favour of using a Compulsory Purchase Order over part of the Boston Road Recreation Ground to facilitate the construction of a new Tesco store and redevelopment of the Bass Maltings complex.