March Book Club – Cider with Rosie

Cider with Rosie Our Book Club had a very lively discussion about this book. We had decided to read one of the ‘classics’, with a completely different style of writing than our usual choices. All enjoyed the picture that Laurie Lee painted of childhood in a remote Cotswold village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Few of us would have read this book had it not been for ‘book club’, most of us found it difficult to get into, but most enjoyed the contrast between the world of the 1920s and our current times.…

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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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March WI Meeting

We had 33 members at our meeting on 3rd March and they enjoyed a very interesting talk from Steve Segar from the Warrington Advanced Driver’s group. He spoke about the role of theInstitute of Advanced Motorists in improving driving standards and about the importance of being aware of hazards when driving. He particularly spent time on the topics members had asked to be included – the new changes to the highway code and hierarchy of road users, driving at night and smart motorways. There was plenty of lively discussion on these topics. Members also had the opportunity to sign up…

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February 2022 Craft Group

Ten of our members met this month and one of our newer members, Jacky Graty, showed us how to do ‘needle felting’. We started with rough wool from a fleece and converted it into a flock of very pretty lambs, all ready for Spring. Jacky showed us how to make a body, a head and ears. We then used some black wool to make eyes, mouth and nose, joined them all together and put on a coat of beautiful, curly angora wool. A very enjoyable and social afternoon. Five of us will be going to the Creative Crafts exhibition in…

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February 2022 Art Group – Trees

12 members of our Art Group met up in February, with special treat of scones from Joan. Our theme this month was ‘Trees’ and we started the session sharing some of the work we had been doing, with some tips on lessons we had learned along the way. Members had been working from pictures, from tutorials, from books or just using their own imagination and talent. We then carried on with our own work, or followed some tutorial sheets that Jean had created from on-line tutorials she had been working from. Some beginners, some more experienced , but we all…

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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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February Main Meeting

Melanie welcomed 26 members and 2 guests to our 84th Birthday meeting, and introduced our visitor Mary Lamb with her dog Kingsley. She gave us a fascinating talk about the Charity ‘Dogs for Good’ . They breed and train dogs to help adults and children with disabilities, children with autism and adults with dementia. She read a poem, illustrated with pictures, about her first dog Yan which gave a great insight into the very special bond which they built together. Yan is now retired and her new dog Kingsley is settling in well with her. They demonstrated how Kingsley helps…

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January Art Group Meeting

The Whitley WI Art Group met on Zoom in January, and 9 members shared pictures of flowers that they had been working on – with 3 others sending along some of their pictures even though they couldn’t join us at the meeting. It was a great opportunity for people to share their work and describe the different techniques and resources they had used . It was good to hear how much people are enjoying painting – partly for what they are learning but also for the relaxation they are enjoying while becoming absorbed in their work. Several of our members…

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