MOORE NATURE RESERVE… February Walk 2017

On a fantastic day, cold with the sun shining on us, eleven keen walkers gathered at the car park at Moore Nature Reserve. The Reserve comprises of 200 acres of woodland, meadows, lakes, ponds and is home to many diverse species of plants, animals, birds and other wildlife. Anne Marie and her colleague were waiting to give us a guided tour. On leaving the car park we followed the ‘West Walk” up an incline to reach the Sedge Hide which overlooks Lapwing Lake. The highest part of the reserve, Raptor Watch Platform gave us a good view of the surrounding…

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Whitley’s 79th Birthday..we “Showed The Love”

February, doesnt bring the rain… It brings our Birthday Meeting. 79 years ago this Institute was formed, which is always worth a celebration. Our Birthday Cake made by Anne O’Neil stole the show. It was cut by Joyce Astill, one of our members. Joyce gave us a lovely account of how she had moved into Whitley ‘just’ 50 years ago. The Theme for the meeting was “Show The Love” This is a National Campaign by the Women’s Institute to draw awareness to Climate Change and get Members talking about it. Members had made and wore Green Hearts to show their…

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January 2017 Walk

Heavy goods trains laden with salt once lumbered from Winsford to Cuddington to join the Chester/Manchester train line. THE WHITEGATE WAY is now a haven for wildlife and a very pleasant place to stroll at any time of the year. Whitley WI sent out to walk along a section of this disused railway line for their January Walk. Walking in winter is very popular as we wrap up in winter woolies, get some much needed fresh air to combat the feeling of “cabin fever” which can make people feel gloomy in these short dark days. Chatter, about the sharing of…

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A Misty, Moisty, Morning….December Walk 2016

A cold and chilly. damp and misty December morning didn’t deter Whitley WI’s dedicated walkers.   We totalled 15 + a dog( Bonnie). The most people of all our walks this year. In December there is always too much to do, with the shopping, the presents, the cards … but getting out and about was definitely top of today’s list. Marbury Park was our venue. We headed down to Budworth Mere, and disappointed the many ducks who thought we had come to feed them. Through the woods, to the canal, only stopping for an occasional photo opportunity. Ann O’Brien our…

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CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016….. “not much room left at the inn”

There wasn’t much space left in Whitley Village Hall, for our Womens Institute Christmas Party. Silent Night wasn’t the theme either, as 72 members celebrated the start of Christmas on Dec 1st. Friends gathered, a glass of bubbly to start off the evening, followed by a beautiful meal served by Rachel Gates (caterers). Entertainment from Francesca Davis and her sister. These talented young ladies sang through out the evening, many Christmas favourites, which encouraged more members to dance and have fun than ever before. We enjoyed festive quizzes, and 10 lucky members went home with beautiful poinsettias, won as table…

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Culture Club Enjoy a Night Out

WI CULTURE CLUB VISIT to THELWALL VILLAGE HALL 14 Whitley WI members enjoyed the Bridgewater Players production of “A Dish Served Cold” by Ian Hornby on Thursday Nov. 17 th at Thelwall Village Hall.  The Story : When gold – digging wife Lynn discovers her husband is chatting on the Internet with another woman, and fearing someone else will move in on her wealthy lifestyle, she sets about killing him. Unfortunately the murder is recorded on a web camera.       From the left Paula Priestner, Chris Spittle,  Pat Gaskell,  Irene Peers, June Smithers and her sister. Front Shirley Mollet,…

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TWIDDLEMUFFS and TEDDIES Find a New Home

Essendene Care Home… Receive gifts of Twiddlemuffs Four members of Whitley WI visited the ladies and gents in the home in mid November. Enid (shown in the first photo) told us she was born in Hartford and moved to Weaverham when she married. In her own words she said she was a Night Inspector over aircraft which were the main fighter planes, to see they were fit for purpose at both Stretton and Burtonwood Airports Mrs Enid Jackson with (from the left): Lorna Bettles, Enid, Carol Brocklehurst the Care Home Owner and Joan Blackshaw WI President. Resident Gwen Green used…

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November Walk… A Frosty Start!

After parking in Stones Manor Lane, Hartford, eight eager well-wrapped-up walkers started a 5 mile walk. It was a cold frosty morning and even with gloves fingers tingled. Heading to ‘Marshall’s Arm’ they entered a narrow wooded valley, which is part of the ‘Marshalls Arm’ local nature reserve. All were astounded at the beauty of the wood. The path curved round, up and down steps, which had to be negotiated carefully, due to the blanket of potentially slippery colourful leaves on the ground. Various breeds of dog were met, and one would have run off with Ann’s  glove had she…

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CULTURE CLUB at THE LOWRY

There was a song… “7 little girls, sitting in the backseat…” you will remember it well! Today, it was a visit by 7 Whitley Members to the Lowry Theatre in Salford to watch the Musical, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Chris was the “driver” in this picture. with Eileen, Pat, Dorothy, Lorna, AnnT and Sally looking on. We weren’t sure what to expect from the production, but we delighted at the antics of  Mr Toad, Mr Mole and Ratty, as well as all their river bank friends of the field mice, otters, rabbits, the badger, and the wicked weasles. A…

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Annual Meeting Nov 2016

Congratulations to Joan Blackshaw, our President at Whitley WI for 2017. The photo shows Joan and her 2017 committee, with new members: Anne O’Neil, Jean Waite and Anne Kennedy Thanks were given to Jenny Roberts, and Jonty Jones, for their dedicated service to our WI. They are leaving the committee and they will be missed. At the end of this year Whitley had 77 full members and 7 dual.We are in a very healthy state, both with finance, and what only be described as happy ambience between all members.                                                                                    Our speaker Raymond Rush, made us laugh. He had a jokey…

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