September 2023 Main Meeting – Chester uncovered

The speaker at our September meeting was Stephen Shakeshaft – a Blue Badge guide to Chester. He gave us a very informative talk about the city – particularly interesting as Whitley WI had a visit to Chester for our May outing this year.

Many of us know about the well published features of our local historic city, but Stephen gave us an insight into some of the lesser known areas. From rare ‘sedan porches’, 700 year old architectural features on the Cathedral grounds, and the hidden half of the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, he opened our eyes to the massive importance of Chester to our national heritage. He certainly encouraged me to look out for some of these lesser known features next time I visit. Janet P won our competition – ‘A Souvenir of Chester’ with an old photograph of the suspension bridge across the river Dee.

Annette and Jonty showed us some of the blankets they have recently made for ‘Project Linus’, which gives a blanket’ to  to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children, who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or distressed.

Our regular activities are restarting after our summer break, with lots to look forward to locally at Whitley, within our ‘Village’ group of WIs and a number of County events, as you can see if you explore our website.

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