Stages in the formation of felted mushroomsA last craft meeting, before shutdowns, was enjoyed by just a few Whitley WI members, spaced out to avoid contact, but near enough to enjoy each other’s company and learn a new skill.
We are so lucky to have very talented members and expert member Jackie showed us the gentle art of needle felting. Using naturally dyed wool and a felting needle, a variety of mushrooms grew as if by magic. Magic Mushrooms!!
We learnt a lot about the nature of wool and how its fibres can be brought together by agitation using a specially barbed felting needle. Fascinating!

Thank you Jackie,

a new craft we can now enjoy in isolation if need be.

MARCH BRINGS BREEZES…. Blows away winter cobwebs!

Nine keen walkers on a cloudy day with rain in the air started out from Millersdale Grove Runcorn. The plan was to follow hard paths, so avoiding the muddy fields and canal towpaths.
The walk took us along paths through the Beechwood West Estate, upto the enclosed wood that in a few week’s time would be smelling of wild garlic. We headed down to the main road passing clumps of spring flowers such as crocus and daffodils. On reaching the road we crossed the road and turned left making our way up the path at the back of Hillview School and onto the main road again to Wood Lane passing The Holiday Inn turning left at the junction.
We could see the old railway station which was Runcorn’s in 1851. It was renamed Runcorn Road 1861 then in 1869 was renamed Halton Station. The station closed in 1952 . Carrying on we passed a small garden nursery turning left at A56 towards Sutton Weaver. Making our way along Chester Road turning left down Station Road under the bridge turning left onto the path alongside the Southern Expressway towards Beechwood. Crossing the road at the traffic lights to go along the leafy path alongside the train line to London. The hedges are just starting to come into leaf and as our photo shows the blossoms are also on the trees meaning Spring is on its way.
We wended our way back up and over the bridge towards the Community Centre where we had a lovely lunch and put the world to rights.

A great walk, thanks to Ann for all your research and local knowledge.

Craft group

This months craft club showed how talented our leader of the group is. Annette brought memorable pieces of her cross stitch work she had completed over the years. They were amazing and just two are pictured here which do not do her work justice. She is truly talented and eager to share tricks of the trade.
Next month the group is being lead by one of our members. Jacky Graty is doing s felting work shop.
The Cheshire show craft ideas were also discussed and Ann O’Brien is keen to hear from any of our members who like to contribute to this event.
A big thank you to Annette for sharing her love of cross stitch with us.



Tu parli Italiano? Do you speak Italian?
Funghi all’ aglio, Bruschetta alle polpettine, Salsiccia peperonata, Fettucine alla carbonara, ali di pollo al forno.
Whitley WI “ladies who lunch” can all speak Italian when it comes to ordering food.
Pesto at Cabbage Hall on the A49 was a great venue to meet and share an Italian Tapas Style lunch, in glorious sunshine and with great company.

The staff made us welcome and explained our choices of food and drink with care.
3 different choices all for less than a tenner, made a welcome change from comforting British Winter food.

We were not disappointed as the quality, various tastes and portions could only be described as “delizioso”.
Ciao Bella, we’ll be back!