The Church and Friary of St Francis, known locally as Gorton Monastery, is a 19th-century former Franciscan Friary in Gorton, Manchester. The Franciscans arrived in December 1861, and carried out most of the building work themselves. It was completed in 1872 but closed for worship in 1989. It is a Grade II listed building, classed as High Victorian Gothic architecture In 1997, Gorton Monastery was placed on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World alongside Pompeii, the Taj Mahal and the Valley of the Kings. The church and associated friary buildings underwent a £6 million restoration programme supported by funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and European Regional Development Fund. The project was completed in June 2007 when the restored buildings opened as a venue for conferences, business meetings and community events.
30 members of Whitley WI enjoyed a visit to this monastery where the theme was that of an Old Style Music Hall. Many members dressed in the fashion style of the times … It is amazing what we can find in our wardrobes.
The entertainment was of a very high standard; we sang along to songs from the past, experienced magic moments courtesy of Mr Trick, waved flags and somehow fitted in a three course lunch. So much fun, in a beautiful historic building…but without the thoughtfulness and superb organisation from Chris our Culture Club leader, it wouldn’t have been possible. Sincere thanks from all who went.
Meeting the neighbours….always a good thing to do.
Learning from an expert
Whitley Garden Interest Group happily accepted a kind invitation from Park WI (a neighbouring WI) to visit the garden belonging to the daughter of one of their members in WHITLEY.
Are we at Chelsea?
What a treat to see a magnificently planned and maintained garden, hidden from view when you walk or drive around Whitley.
So many different features, from the courtyard pond (the koi were camera shy) , the recently built raised beds garden…. It looked like we were at the Chelsea Flower Show, …. but in Whitley.
A knot garden
The knot garden was well established and perfect, was followed by a walk down the extensive back lawn to a natural wildflower area bordering on to a boundry stream…
A wire rooster was a favourite of many.. where can you buy one?
Cock a doodle!
The high light was definitely a Wisteria walk which was total perfection.
Members enjoyed the company of each other, our friendly neighbouring WI , and our wonderful local hostess, who served us with tea, coffe and homemade cakes, with expert input from Ross the gardener.
An afternoon to remember in our lovely village of Whitley.
Its just a piece of cake… or so Whitley WI Craft Group thought. You have the cake…it just needs decorating….
HOWEVER…Clinical precision was needed.
A simple flower!!! Oh no… mine’s fallen apart!!!
This was a great afternoon for Whitley WI craft group. Led by member Anne. (a cake decorating expert) …
There was total silence in the room..nobody could speak…so great was the concentration.
But then…Eureka… it all came together and members were delighted with their newly learnt skills.
Thank You to Anne for your expert tuition as well as your patience.
So looking forward to our next group icing modelling session.
YES… The WI is all about Educating Women….We have learnt so much.
Where can you buy a brand new pair of shoes for under a fiver?
Homemade jam, marmalade and cakes, books and magazines , curtain material, home-crafted goods,cd’s, birthday cards, soft toys, scarves, jewellery and plants at less than a quarter of the cost of high street shops? ANSWER…at Whitley WI’s Trading Table
So many bargains to be had. Indirectly we are helping to “save the planet”, by recycling and reusing items, not throwing out anything that somebody else can use, as well as making a bit of money for ourselves and Whitley WI.