What a spectacular evening, a celebration really fit for a Queen. Whitley Village Hall was transformed into a majestic patriotic party house.Union Jacks fluttered from all beams, and the sunny evening weather didnt let us down.
We were entertained with music through the ages, gourmeted on luscious cakes and neat sandwiches, sat in various Royal residences (tables) , meeting up with friends old and new.
The Royalty Quiz was won by the St James’s Palace team. Ann O’Brien deserved to win the “best crown” competition.
A Royal Cake was made and cut by Dorothy our organiser, who had sourced the best raffle prizes ever.
President Joan, proposed a toast to the Queen, and we all sang Happy Birthday.
Lancaster Castle came under Royal control in 1164. Today in 2016, it was invaded by Whitley WI. Half the group were locked in the cells, only to be released following a full rendering of “Jerusalem”.
A very informative guided tour of this iconic building.
The sun shone and a fitting end was to visit the Ashton Memorial with extensive views over Morecambe Bay, including the iconic butterfly house.
So many thanks to Ann T. Ann B and Lorna
Joan Blackshaw (President), Jean Waite and Jean Pace on their recent visit to Denman.
Jean Waite was our bursary winner this year.
Jean Pace has been a member of Whitley WI for 58 years and this was her first visit.
Nearly 80 members from our Village Group of WI’s enjoyed a delicious Spring Lunch, provided by Group Committee Members. Beautiful Weather, and good company.
Here are 3 of our Whitley members enjoying their day.
“The Queen wishes me to thank you all for the splendid card and kind message you have sent Her Majesty on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday. The Queen sends her best wishes to everyone in Whitley Women’s Institute and I am to thank you, very much, for your thought for Her Majesty at this time” Annabel Whitehead, Lady-in-Waiting.