On Thursday 1st February Whitley WI celebrated it’s 80th birthday at Warrington Golf Club.
We enjoyed a finger buffet followed by Joan Blackshaw, our president, cutting the Birthday cake whilst we sang Happy Birthday.
The “WI” that you can see here on the side of the cake is “Women Inspired” – our motto.
The Yellow corn on the blue background is the Cheshire WI crest.
Lucy Adlington gave us a marvellous talk on fashion in the last 100 years from the time of the Suffragettes.
Lucy studied mediaeval fashion at Cambridge!
Lucy changed her dress many times during her talk, for example we saw dresses from the austere times from the First World War, followed by the glamorous outfits of the wealthy in the 1920’s. Each change of outfit was accompanied by relevant music of the period. She danced the Charleston and gave us a wonderful Marilyn Munroe.
Lucy said “In 1938 the WI ladies would wear hats”.
Five committee members were duly given hats to wear!
Joan Blackshaw gave a vote of thanks to Lucy and then delivered a talk on the memories of some of our members from the years 1938 to 1958.
There was a WI quiz and a competition for the best picture of an historic dress. It was a wonderful evening.
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.