Betty  kindly led our walk again this month. It was perfect weather to wander through the paths of Marbury Park.
Naming wild flowers was the task of this morning’s walk as they popped up through the undergrowth. We also spotted wild strawberries and raspberries, and a couple of us couldn’t resist a taste of a ripe raspberry.

“Selfie Smiles” in the Woods

We have an extra walk planned this month. On Thursday 1st August we have a fun and friendship evening and for those who fancy an earlier start they can walk some of the back roads and fields of Whitley. This will be lead by Melanie.

Contact Chris or any other committee member if you should want any further information.

WHITLEY WIs Star-Spangled Evening!

The 4th July 1776 a significant day in the history of the United States. The declaration of Independence was declared and thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to rule by Britain.
In America Independence day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, carnivals, picnics, family reunions, and concerts.
Whitley WI had looked at this meeting date and decided that if the USA could party…so could we!
The unsuspecting members ( many dressed up for the theme) were truly entertained.
Cheer Leaders from Warrington Cheer Storm led the party with acrobatic dancing, some of the girls reaching the dizzy heights of the Village Hall Roof. What a pleasure to watch these agile young ladies perform, all with a smile on their faces.
The WI is about educating women…so Sally led us through the historical events which led up to Independence Day with an illustrated talk to set the scene.
Irene recorded her experiences of visiting the USA by sharing her happy memories of time spent in “Dolly Parton Land”.
The stage was set for the arrival of a celebratory… Who would this mysterious American be?
All was revealed when The Statue of Liberty walked into the room…. Our President fully transformed into this iconic legend.
Candle Fireworks were lit, illuminating the room and wonderful cake…decorated with stars and stripes as well as numerous American flags…

What a talented President we are lucky to have.

No picnic tonight but what a delicious supper for all to enjoy, beautifully themed and organised by leader Lorna … meringues, cheesecakes, sandwiches, sausages and many other themed nibbles.

Thank you to all tea ladies for this.
No educational evening is completed without a quiz… three joint winners Jonty, Helen and Melanie. (our quiz team for next year?)
Fun was had by all… then like all good WI meetings it was back to the Business, Back to the UK with the singing of Jerusalem.

Warrington Food Bank Update

Whitley WI have donated for months and the donations are very appreciated.  

Unfortunately, some items have depleted.  

We see families and singles who are struggling to feed the family and themselves.  If you could bring an item below list, that would help many people.

  • Cream crackers
  • Tinned potatoes / mash potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned spaghetti
  • Evaporated milk
  • Semi milk
  • Fruit juice
  • Small coffee
  • Sponge puddings
  • Shaving foam

Click here for the full list of products needed .

THE TIME IS RIGHT ….. Pat and Susan head to Westminster to lobby MP’s.

The time is now to fight for our climate, nature and people. We are the first generation to know we are destroying the world, and the last that can do anything about it.
With this in mind Pat and Susan headed to Westminster to join a mass lobbying of MPs, to help them understand and urgently act now to restore nature and stop climate disaster.

(Note Susan’s Placard)

Many environmental groups were represented, from Green Peace, The Friends of the Earth, The Cheshire Wildlife trust, The Butterfly Society, as well as The WI.

On arrival we headed to the Victoria Tower Gardens and joined the North West Contingents to wait for our various MPs.

Ester Mc Vey our Tatton MP had answered our request to meet. She happily appeared and listened to all we had to say: Discussion ranged from the WI resolution to improve local buses, what is happening to HS2 in Cheshire, to talk topics at the forthcoming G20 summit.
The whole world needs to get involved, not just Whitley WI!
She answered with interest, but in the noncommittal way that only MP’s can….. Note Susan’s Placard now.
It was a peaceful protest, following which we reduced our global warming and carbon footprint, by eating ice-cream, watching the changing of the Guard at Horse Guard’s Parade, and viewing Constable and Gainsborough Paintings in the National Gallery.

meeting the “locals”

Back then on the Virgin Pendolino to Bank Quay Station… It was good to be back to the familiar welcoming smell coming from the adjacent chemical factory!


Yes Our Fair Ladies did enter the 2019 Royal Cheshire Show!
The theme of the year was “The Silver Screen”, and we turned up… happily pleased with the judging, and now realising how good we are. Standards at the show are exceptionally high… our members rose to the occasion.

Led by Annette and against close competition, a combined craft entry, entitled “My Fair Lady” achieved Third prize… well done to our craft team, with special mention to Susan’s dainty metallic knitted evening purse… 19 ½ …Brilliant.

Ann and Dorothy… both in the “Naughty but Nice” Category… Joint Second, and what delicious looking cakes.

Jonty wowed the photography judge… Her action -paced picture…another second.

A third prize for “another opening of another show”… Eileen with her first ever show entry.
So with a few other nearly there entries, it was one of our best ever results.
I repeat that the standards are really high, and Whitley WI is up there competing with the best, that Cheshire has to offer.

Finally a major thank you to our cake bakers… The refreshment tent received 22 cakes which were on sale to the huge queue of punters, stretching at times outside the refreshment area.