The Blakemere Trail is described as a “shady walk for wildlife lovers”. This proved to be an ideal place for 11 of The Whitley Walking Warriors to go for a February Winter walk, or should they all “Go Ape”?  Another time maybe!
The weather was perfect, dry and still…. If it had been summer it would have been described as “balmy”.

Walking through the forest of leafless mature trees, it was a pleasure to admire the view of Blakemere Moss in the winter sunshine.

There was peace and quiet, away from the madding crowd, as well as happy chatter and Werther’s (with creamy filling) sustenance along the way.

Chris and Ann found an old friend who gave them a huge bear-hug.

So a well-earned lunch to be enjoyed in the Delamere Café at the Linmere Visitor Centre. The Paninis are highly recommended, as well as the huge ice cream enjoyed by one member.

Thank You to Ann the leader for sourcing this walk and for time spent checking it out on behalf of the WI.

Dick Whittington Panto Trip

The Dick Whittington Panto was a night to remember.

This event was open to friends and partners. Four Dutton WI members also joined us.

Thirty-one of us travelled by coach to Theatr Clwyd in time to enjoy a coffee or a wee tipple before the show.

We had seats close to the stage and some of us didn’t escape the antics of the cast. We got a bit wet! All good fun though. It was a very entertaining show and showed how versatile and multi talented the cast were.

Plenty of singing and foot tapping songs, and so much laughter.

A truly enjoyable evening and hopefully to be repeated next year.

Christmas Party 2018

The scene is set in the village hall for our Christmas party. Tables beautifully dressed by our craft team, hall decorations made by Ann O Brien and music provided by committee members. We were ready to party.

Joan Blackshaw our retiring president welcomed 60 members to our party night. This was followed by a wonderful buffet prepared by County Kitchens.

Two retiring committee members were thanked for their hard work and commitment over the years they had served and Chris Jones presented gifts to them.

Last year our Christmas Party was forced to take a different format due to the village hall refurbishment and this proved to be most enjoyable.  A similar approach was taken this year and once more the committee provided the entertainment.  Christmas quizzes, pass the parcel, feely bags and a photo competition which provided lots of fun and discussion.

The winners of the three categories in the photograph competition were:

Landscape – Joan Pattinson
People – Pat Sharp
Animals – Chris Jones

Our meeting came to a close with our members singing a few Christmas carols, during which a gift was given to our members.  This gift was made by our craft group which is lead by Annette Minor.   The closing carol was the 12 days of Christmas with appropriate actions.   Some actions definitely missing. A good end to the evening and more practice needed for next year.  Watch this space.

January Walk – Whitegate Way

Our January walk on a bright cold and sunny day took us along the Whitegate Way.

The old railway station

We started at the old railway station which is now a coffee shop and walked North West along the old disused railway line to just past Kennel Lane Bridge as you can see on this map.

Afterwards the eight walkers were joined by three other WI members for lunch at the Plough at Whitegate.

A very enjoyable walk to blow the cobwebs away after the excesses of the festive season. Once again thanks to Ann for organising both the walk and the good weather.

DECEMBER WALK…. Great Budworth and Around

Beautiful Great Budworth in the winter sunshine

A bit of morning drizzle mist, didn’t deter the dozen members of Whitley WI who eagerly met for the December Walk or was it the chance to choose our lunch at The George And Dragon in the beautiful village of Great Budworth before we set off?

Our group tramped and trudged through winter fields, squelched our way through gate ways, and climbed over monster styles.

High up enjoying the views… we can just see Budworth Church

The views were stunning and happy chatter accompanied the great feeling of being outside in the fresh air. The route was changed several times when areas got boggy, and alternative ways were found. Ann’s map helped with this, as did Rita’s extensive knowledge of the area.

This road really was closed!

Whitley WI walkers are never beaten…. that’s what we always thought! So seeing a sign saying “Road Closed”, we paid no attention… however this road really was closed. It had been undermined by the local badgers, and construction workers were digging a hole to make a permanent badger tunnel…. so we headed back, and finding a gate to climb over (not very elegantly) we all made it safely back to the car park and lunch at the George and Dragon.

The long walk back


The end of a splendid year of walks, and all thanks to Ann for her untiring committment to research walks, making  sure we enjoy a huge variety of different Cheshire areas.