On the 12th December, walkers met at Ann O’Brien’s house where she had prepared a hearty breakfast for us all before we set off in the snow for our walk round Runcorn Hill Park.
It was a cold and frosty morning but the sun was shining, so everywhere looked picturesque. Ducks were sliding on the frozen lake, and the slippery terrain did not deter us from venturing into the woods in our quest to reach Runcorn Hill. We were not disappointed when we reached the top, and took in the stunning views across the water. On our way back we made our way to the welcoming little café in the park for lunch. Another memorable walk, led by our super leader Ann.
Four members of the Whitley WI Culture Group enjoyed the Manchester Christmas Market and the RAF Band at the Bridgewater Hall last week.
Ann O’Brien, Chris Jones, Rita Carter & Joan Blackshaw.
As baking has long been synonymous with the WI, then going to visit our very own local bakery in Northwich was something that was well overdue; and we were not disappointed. What a treat it was not only to see how a sliced loaf was made, but also visit Little Treats where they make decorative novelty biscuits for many of the major supermarkets.
However before we were allowed to enter the bake house we had to don special shoes, a high vis. jacket, disposable white coat and hair net and then perform their three stage regime for getting our hands clean. They weren’t taking any chances with health and safety!! I did think of taking a photo of us all in our full regalia but decided I might not exactly be very popular.
After our tour we were given a very informative talk on the history of this family business which was founded in 1887 by Robert Roberts. He had trained as a baker and bought a grocery business in Castle, Northwich. As his business expanded he then moved to new premises in Lostock which just happened to have a small bakery attached. He decided to expand the bakery side of the business and in 1952 Frank Roberts bought the present site at Rudheath and from there he and his sons made the company into a multimillion pound business.
The company believes strongly in looking after their staff as well as their customers.
We were shown an old poster of theirs with a lion and the caption ‘The Customer is King’.
On leaving we were presented with goody bags.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
In the dead of night, under a spooky sky, Whitley Witches WI celebrated Halloween early, with their spell-binding, nerve-tingling, spine-chilling, devilish and petrifying Halloween Bingo night! This was held in the shadowy, haunted, moonlit and mysterious Whitley Village Hall… Would their wizardry and scary shenanigans literally raise the roof off the building? One witch left her broomstick, so how did she travel home? A tarantula was spotted, in a dusty cobweb, realistically decorating the gruesome darkest corner of the room. Was it keeping guard over a poltergeist, or considering a devilish attack on an unsuspecting black cat.
The cauldron was ignited, gruel goodies were devoured with giant pitchforks, allowing the hocus pocus of trick or treats to continue.
All was not lost! Superhero Robert came to our rescue, he took control of the proceedings, sampled some mind-blowing red liquid, (was it Hobgoblin?) and made sure the nightmare and howling spirits disappeared before dawn.
This was a really fun event. Thanks go to all our Organisers. Chris, Sue, Anne O’N Ann O’B and Anne K
As well as Pat for the hotpot and the Village Hall Committee and Pre-School for letting us use the Hall for the evening.
The greatest thanks go to Helen for lending us her Super-hero Husband Robert.