The Anderton Lift

anderton-people-web Members of Whitley WI enjoyed an October afternoon learning about the history of the Canals and Anderton Lift in Northwich.

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The weather tried to spoil the event, but it didn’t dampen our spirits.

After a welcome afternoon tea members went to the boat which was lowered from the Mersey and Trent canal to the Weaver river. A river ride with a very interesting commentary completed our afternoon.
The overall comment was “THAT WAS FUN”.
Thank You to Ann T, Ann B and Lorna for your excellent organisation.

How many of these members do you know?

TWIDDLEMUFFS and TEDDIES

unnamed-webA very happy evening was held at Lorna’s home, to collect all the 26 twiddlemuffs and 16 teddies that our members had been making over the summer.
Over tea and cup cakes, four interested Care Homes for distribution were decided upon.

It is hoped that these beautifully knitted items will bring necessary comfort to dementia patients. Whitley WI doesn’t give up, as our members are continuing knitting throughout the Winter months.
The photo shows Lorna, Pat G, Joan and Susan B, showing off and admiring the finished articles.

One October Morning

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The mists had just lifted and 6 determined Whitley WI Musketeers headed to the Bee Garden, armed with rakes, pruners, garden forks, and spades. Our mission was to tackle the army of nettles that had invaded the WI bee garden. We were helped along the way by one caterpillar, lots of lady birds, the odd snail and two toads (who ran for safety)

Sadly we didn’t see any bees, but it was early.
What was thought to be “mission impossible”, became “mission accomplished”. Great team work and spirit from the members who came, and a warning message to the nettles… “if you come back, we’ll be back”… We are Whitley WI!

Photos show: Before, After, and 5 brave workers… Joan, Helen, Dorothy, June, and Susan L. (Pat S was hiding behind her camera)

ALSO…special thanks must go to Maureen, she couldn’t make this morning so yesterday she cleared some ground opposite the Vicar’s house on our behalf.

October Walk

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Our leader Ann O’Brien, always gets it right with her choice of walk, and the weather… Thank You Ann

Little Budwthe-view-weborth was this month’s venue, andin-the-woodsweb what a great choice for the time of year. 10 of our members wandered through the thick woodland of Little Budworth Country Park, Autumn was just about starting, with toadstools growing on tree stumps, and leaves trying to change into seasonal colours. We had fields to walk through and many styles to negotiate. (Please farmers don’t keep your gates locked.. the WI need better access).

                                   A recently cut, but very dusty, field of maize was  crossed…Who was it that said “amazing” ?

Back to the village, where a light lunch was enjoyed by all at the Red Lion, Little Budworth,

the staff of which made us very welcome.

OCTOBER MEETING. Food Banks and Fair Trade

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Two Davids Collecting Food donations from Whitley WI

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Penny Hennessey, showing a catalogue of fair trade goods that can be bought to help third world communities.

An interesting October meeting and an eye opener into how different people live.

Whitley WI welcomed their first speaker David McDonald from the Warrington Food Bank. This Christian Charity, run by 100+ volunteers, was set up in Warrington in Dec 2012 with the aim of helping people short of cash, for various reasons, to provide food for themselves and their families. Within Warrington alone, 60 tons of food, providing 49,222 meals, were distributed last year. Vouchers which are exchanged for a bag containing of 3 days-worth of food, happen in several Warrington locations, the main depot being at Friars Green Church in Cairo Street. A huge storage warehouse has been made available, in the Riverside Retail Park at a yearly rental of £1.00, thanks to the thoughtfulness of former Mayor of Warrington Peter Carey.
Food donations come from various sources: Tesco allow food collection in their stores on 6 days a year, and Morrison’s also have the facility to collect donations. Gulliver’s World allows half-price entry on certain days if the entrant brings a food bank donation. The main sources are simply from you and me, the general public. David McDonald emphasised that “the generosity of the people of Warrington is outstanding”.

We were later treated to a talk from Penny Hennessey who represented the International Fair Trade Charity. The aim of this charity isn’t just to pay farmers a decent price for their crops, but to help build whole communities of which the farmers are only a part. Villages get a social premium to enhance the living conditions of all people in that village. The initial needs tend to be a clean water supply, then a school for their children and a health centre in that order.

One example Penny gave involved growing grapes. As payment the farmers wanted a few sheep. These sheep grazed under the vines, ate the weeds, and fertilized the soil with their excrements. In return these sheep breed, have babies also providing milk, wool and some can be eaten. Co-Operatives of farmers learn to work together for the social needs of all the village.
So next time you see a fair trade banana… there is more to it than just a banana, there is a whole society, somewhere across the sea benefitting from your choice of product in that shop.