A Walk to Wigg Island

We all met at Ann O’Brien’s for tea and cake then made our way to Wigg Island. The day started off dull and damp, but the sun eventually appeared.

As well as the scenery, we were also keen to get a glimpse of the ‘much talked about’ new Runcorn bridge. You can just about see it on the group photo in the background.

We came across a beautiful swan , which very kindly posed for a photo.


It was a very pleasant walk great opportunity to chat to each other whilst taking in the lovely scenery.

After the walk we made our way to the TEN LOCK FLIGHTS for lunch.


Here are the results of the resolutions shortlist selection process for the 2018 Annual Meeting.

2018 resolutions Selections
1 Positive body image in a digital age 5215
2 Stop FGM 27,640
3 Raising awareness of modern slavery in the UK 20,299
4 Mental health matters 42,327
5 Healthier Mouth, Healthier Body 5560
Total selections received 101,041

Mental health matters is ahead of the second placed resolution by over 14,000 selections.

This year’s total is the most selections cast since the individual selection process was introduced, and the first time over 100,000 selections have been cast by members.

The NFWI Board of Trustees has reviewed the results and agreed that one resolution (Mental Health Matters) will go forward to the Annual Meeting.

The wording of the resolution is as follows:

Mental health matters

Mental health matters as much as physical health. The NFWI urges all WI members to recognise the importance of parity between mental health and physical health, and take action to make it as acceptable to talk about mental health issues as much as physical health issues, and to lobby government for better support for mental illness.

Whitley WI 80th birthday celebration

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.

December Walk – Runcorn Hill Park Reserve



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.

Christmas Party 2017

Although a major part of the roof at Whitley Village Hall is being replaced at the moment, this did not deter Whitley WI Committee putting on a great Christmas Party in one of the other rooms and the hallway.

The WI committee –  unfortunately Jean Waite and Dorothy are missing from this photo.






Joan thanked Pat Sharp for all her amazing work on the committee for the last six years, especially her amazing catering skills. We presented her with a new pinny.






President Joan Blackshaw giving presents to Pat and Ann, thanking them for all their hard work on the committee.