AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

Afternoon tea party.On Wednesday 25th May, in conjunction with the garden group you are all invited to the garden of Helen’s in Brookhouse Lane. Come along anytime between 2 and 4pm to have a wander around her lovely garden and enjoy tea and biscuits.Events of the afternoon. A wildlife themed raffle. Proceeds to our WI. A photograph competition of flora and fauna around the area. Please put your entry (a standard size photograph please) in an envelope with your name on the outside. Closing date for this is the 5th May the main meeting date of the WI. Please hand…

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GARDENING IS GOOD FOR YOU

This was the topic of a talk enjoyed by Whitley WI and friends from other local WIs on a very sunny Saturday spring afternoon. The speaker was Sam Youd, the former Head Gardener at Tatton Park. During his time at Tatton Sam has overseen many projects including the restoration of Italian and Rose gardens. However it was the restoration of the complete range of Glasshouse, Orchard and Kitchen Gardens which have proved to be popular.The complete restoration of the Japanese Garden by Sam and his team of English and Japanese Gardeners has been rated as the best restoration of a…

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TRAVELLING ALONG THE SILK ROAD

Several ladies of the craft group went to The Silk Museum in Macclesfield where the silk story is brought to life through textiles, costumes, photographs and more. Entry is by donation, but not open every day will need to check if interested. We were lucky to be able to join a tour in The Paradise Mill, entry £11 but concession £9.50. A project as been funded by The Association for Industrial Archaeology to restore and conserve two of the 19th century Jacquard handlooms for demonstration to allow visitors to continue to experience the incredible sights and sounds of these historic…

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MARCH BRINGS BREEZES…. A GOOD DAY FOR A WALK

On a chilly but very bright Tuesday morning on International Women’s Day three brave well wrapped up walkers began from the old railway station Car Park along the Whitegate Way. It is a 6-mile traffic free multi use flat pathway between Winsford and Cuddington, originally an old railway line which was opened in June 1870 to transport salt from the mines and works along the west bank of the River Weaver. Walking towards Cuddington passing the Station House Cafe we found the path to be particularly good and dry, passing many people with dogs also enjoying the morning. Continuing through…

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‘MOORE’ Walks for Whitley WI

After cancelling the previous two walking days it was great to meet up for our February walk. Eight walkers met at The Moore Nature Reserve, which since 1991 has been managed as a nature reserve, having been previously used for agricultural and quarrying purposes. It has extensive wooded, meadow and wetland areas and ideal for bird watching. Starting from the corner of the car park we continued across the field through a gate onto a path through the trees to steps which had to be negotiated with care after the rain we had had over the last few days. At…

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WALKING THE SALTSCAPE TRAIL

Six walkers left the Marbury Car Park on a lovely bright day and headed towards Marbury Lane where they were making their way to Neumann’s Flash. Most of the trees were still wearing their autumn finery with a colourful carpet of leaves underfoot. After crossing the road bridge over the Trent and Mersey Canal they continued by turning left at the signpost marked Neumann’s Flash. The paths were exceptionally good, and they turned right at the next signpost and through the trees they could see the Flash. On reaching the full length on one side they turned right to take…

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IF YOU GO DOWN TO THE WOODS TODAY…….

Meeting at the Delamere Forest Visitors Centre, Whitley WI walking group members came to enjoy a walk on the Linmere Trail. What a difference since the last time they visited the Forest. A redevelopment of the brand-new visitor Centre and facilities for the 750,000 visitors that come every year. A £9 million project commissioned by Forestry England. New car park for 500 cars, bike hire, cafe and toilets. All were extremely impressed. Car parking is £8 for the day or slightly cheaper for less time. Delamere is the biggest wooded area in Cheshire.The Linmere trail which did not disappoint, particularly…

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THE HEAT IS ON for the SEPTEMBER WALK

The heat was on when seven members of Whitley WI set off, on what proved to be one of the hottest days of the year, for their September walk.Leaving Hartford Hall for a circular walk taking in the River Weaver, they took two right turns along School Lane eventually entering Stones Manor Lane. Here they followed the sign for Marshall ‘s Arm Nature Reserve, situated in valley which is a classic example of a water-worn valley, known locally as a ‘clough’. Winding their way through a wooded area up and down the well-maintained paths, occasionally passing over narrow wooden bridges,…

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Its GREAT to walk around BUDWORTH

It was a rather grey looking morning with a few drops of rain falling from the skies when ten enthusiastic walkers of Whitley WI set off from the car park at The George and Dragon in Great Budworth. Several new members had joined the group, all of whom were made very welcome. The group started their walk by initially turning left along the road, passing the village bowling green, then finding the path which took them through a few fields, some with cows, eventually turning right when they reached the main road. The weather was beginning to brighten up by…

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JULY WALK…Its good to walk and talk!

Five members of Whitley WI’s walking group, dressed suitably for some inclement weather set off from the Hatton Arms to enjoy their July walk. They turned right down Goose Lane then followed a path straight ahead towards the Appleton Reservoir. Walking along a well-marked trail, passing different fields planted with Oats, Barley and Wheat all waving in the wind to the walkers and waiting for the sun to arrive to help ripen them. Further along the track they entered a wooded area where all had to dodge quite a few puddles after the rain that had fallen over the last…

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