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.

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