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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FUN IN THE SUN…. JUNE 2021 WALK

It was a lovely sunny day for 5 Whitley Wi walkers to make their way through the Beechwood Estate Runcorn and head for the pathway that skirts the top of the steep slopes of Floodbrook Clough, nicknamed Garlic Wood because of the pungent smell that floats in the air. Reaching the end of the path they made their way, passing a pond with beautiful yellow iris and commented that the ducks were suitably abiding to the COVID rule of socially distancing. After crossing Beechwood Avenue, they took the path towards Clough Wood, a mature broadleaf woodland, eventually arriving in Sutton…

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WHITLEY and DUTTON WIs …TIPTOE THROUGH THE TOMBSTONES TOGETHER

A year later than expected, Whitley WI and Dutton WI finally got ‘together’ to enjoy what is traditionally a biennial joint meeting. It was good to see the familiar faces of our near-neighbour WI, even if it was in the boxes of a Zoom Screen.Our speaker Rina Tillinger usually accompanies holiday makers on various cruise ships. For our meeting she had found herself ‘land locked’ in Germany. This made no difference as it seemed her broadband was better than the members sometimes unreliable local ones. When back on dry land, Rina enjoys spending time on one of her hobbies. It…

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ALL ABOUT MERINGUES

By definition, a meringue is ‘an item of sweet food made by baking a mixture of stiffly beaten egg whites and sugar until crisp’.Whitley WI baking beauties group were given the challenge of making a dessert using meringue.Meeting in Jonty’s beautiful garden, in delightfully warm and sunny weather, 15 members of the group brought along and displayed their carefully constructed exhibits. Such a delicious collection, and all so different. Members talked through their recipes, disasters, and experiences, with the final products making the group’s name of ‘baking beauties’ so relevant.Pavlova, roulades, macarons, a secret nutty/fruity recipe from a favourite cake…

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“IN AND OUT THE DUSKY BLUEBELLS” of DUTTON

In the Middle Ages, bluebells were thought to be a cure for Leprosy and Spider Bites. They were also thought to stop nightmares if bunches were hung above people’s beds.This wasnt the plan for Whitley WI’s walking group which under the leadership of Sheila, and hoping for good weather set off to enjoy a walk of about 5 miles. Their second bluebell walk, this time in May.Walking under the railway bridge in Dutton, up Long Alley, then across the field to Bird’s Wood at Aston they saw stunning carpets of bluebells. Annette educated them with the names of various types…

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ITS BLUEBELL WALK TIME! APRIL 2021

A group of 5 members of the walking group met up for Whitley WI’s spring bluebell walk – not as sunny as the weather had been but a very pleasant walk, dry underfoot and nicely level.They walked from Jean’s house past lots of beautiful gardens full of unusual tulips and other spring flowers and up to the Pewterspear area of Appleton. They then continued along the Pewterspear Green linear park and across parkland/woodland until they reached Green Lane. Carrying on through Julia’s wood and into the Lumb Brook Valley where they enjoyed the picturesque woodland of Fords Rough, full of…

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ESCAPING FROM LOCKDOWN

Several keen members of Whitley WI’s walking group met in Whitley Village Hall car park for the April Walk. The weather was sunny with quite a wind chill but all were suitably clad and raring to go.The walkers were extremely pleased to come together instead of zoom. Setting off they turned right from the car park passing the school, then right again along Back Lane, winding their way through the leafy countryside. Happily the group scared off the aggressive buzzard.One of the members enlightened the group with stories of bygone days, pointing out houses and landmarks. A beautiful sight were…

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