OCTOBER WALK around Stockton Heath and Walton

When you drive through Stockton Heath and Walton, there is so much you don’t see. Jean W was in charge today and had organised us a walk on paths and trails just off the busy main roads. The weather was perfect, following the previous day’s storms… Whitley WI attract good weather.

Leaving the Forge Car Park, we headed along the Trans Pennine Trail stopping to admire the canal-side houses along the Manchester Ship Canal, as well as an ancient lock with plans to be renovated.

From here the trail took us towards Walton where we had one of the best coffee and cake stops ever at Walton Lea Walled Garden. Here, under guidance, disabled people grow plants, make bird boxes, arrange flowers, recycle furniture and bicycles. It was a haven of very interesting artefacts and objects… NOTE go back there to do some Christmas Shopping.


Jean found a good viewing place to show us where the new Warrington Bypass will be built.
Heading back, along the edge of Warrington Sports Club, we entered Walton Gardens, finally getting on to the Bridgwater Canal tow-path at Hough Bridge.

Chris found her very own personal number plate on a parked tractor.
We are a nosey group, enjoying looking at the interesting houses and gardens along Birchdale Rd then back to the car park… and having eaten too much cake, we couldn’t manage any lunch!

Many thanks go to Jean W for her organisation and snippets of interesting knowledge along the way…something you wouldn’t realise, and views you wouldn’t see if you were driving.

Photo shows: Ann O’B , Jenny, Annette, Jean L, Jean W, Chris, Yvonne, and Ann C.  Pat took the photo!


MEMBER’S NIGHT…. The October Meeting

Member’s Night is always a huge surprise. 10 members plot together to compile a really interesting meeting. Helen acted as president with Sue as her very able secretary. Annette ran the raffle and had produced some beautiful seasonal table decorations. Eleanor and her team (Joyce, Barbara and Mary) organised refreshments, with Ann and Jane running the Trading Table. Susan was a perfect Speaker’s Hostess.

This year was a hugely kept secret, so secret that even when the Speaker (Gordon Farr) started his talk there was no idea of where it might lead. Gordon introduced himself and talked about his career as a Primary School Teacher, eventually becoming the Head of Willaston Primary near Nantwich.

Managing the school budget had become difficult, with the school being short of funds, when a enterprising staff member came up with the idea of “Worm-Charming”. From this idea the first ever World Championship for Worm Charming was born. This year was the 37th year of this event run by IFCWAP (International Federation of Charming Worms and Allied Pastimes).

A new world champion was crowned this year. Sophie a year 5 pupil at Willaston Primary with the magnificent total of 567 worms, charmed out of a 3m X 3m plot in just 30 minutes.

After the competition all the charmed worms from 144 of these plots are returned at night, so they can wriggle back into their holes, before they can be eaten by any hungry roosting birds.



Whitley WI would not be the same with out you and all our other members.

A BLACKBERRY WALK….. September 2017

How does Ann O’B do it? Following a very wet and stormy night, Ann had booked good weather for Whitley WI’s Sept walk, and this proved to be the case.

Heading to the back of Frodsham we parked in the Beacon Hill car park. 8 well wrapped up ramblers set off. Wonderful views across the mersey estuary, as well as a discussion as to whether we liked or disliked the wind turbines, which were majestically generating electricity. We wandered through a few fields and paths along the edge of Frodsham Golf Course. Where were the golfers, are they not as hardy as Whitley WI? .

Narrow overgrown paths led us to a glutton of blackberries, which were duely picked, and the conversation changed to whether or not to make a pie? with or without apples?, or a crumble to avoid a “soggy bottom”.

All our efforts made us hungry, and the Ring ‘O Bells at Overton near Frodsham was our destination. Home cooked food and lots of chatter followed.

    Pat G and Rita amongst the blackberries

It was noted that last September this was also our lunch stop on what was proved to be the hottest day of the year…. What a difference a year makes!


The Lunch group: Rita, Joan, Jenny, Jean, Susan, Ann and Pat G

Thank You to Ann again for checking the walk and booking us in for lunch.

Adelaide Hough Trophy 2017… Sept 12th

The end of the bowls season is always celebrated with a challenge to all Whitley WI bowlers to win the Aldelaide Hough Trophy. This prestigious award was given to Whitley by Adelaide (a former member) and this was the 27th year that it has taken place.

What a fabulous day with the weather being really kind. Congratulations must go to Ann Tolson (who was also the 2016 winner)  in winning the Trophy closely followed by 3 runners up, Jenny Roberts, Mary Highmore and Sue Burtonwood. (photo shows triumphant Ann T with organiser Joan P)

Everyone contributed to the to sumptuous buffet which we all enjoyed at the end of the match. Thanks to Joan P for organising the match. Unfortunately Adelaide could not be there to present the cup today, so Joan P did the honours.

A wonderful way to end this bowls season… Thank You to all members who took part throughout the whole year.

Photo shows: Back row, Anne O’N, Lorna, Jenny, Maureen, Yvonne, Mary, Eleanor, Rita.    Front Row     Jen, Pat, Rosemary, AnnT, Joan B, Jean, Ann O’B, Betty, and at the front, Joan P and Susan.



Group Visit to CASTLE HOWARD Yorkshire

Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic house and home to the Howard family for over 300 years, was an exceptionally well-organised and interesting trip.
Leaving by coach from WVH and negotiating the traffic problems on the York ring roads, 35 interested members from Village Group’s WIs were blown away by the beauty and grandure of this home.

Lavish bedrooms (which are still used) and sumptuous state rooms were admired. Interest in the rebuilding of this mansion following a great fire in 1940, as well as its use as a film location for “Brideshead Revisited”, was apparent.

(photo shows June and Joyce in a lovely bedroom)

There was plenty of time to explore the landscape which was studded with statues, temples, lakes and fountains. Meandering through the walled garden, members were pleased to note that their roses had blackspot, and the lettuce had bolted….just like back home! After this lovely visit it was good to indulge in a cone of Yorkshire Dairy icecream, and reflect on a lovely day out.

(photo shows Jonty, Pat, Sue and Chris in the garden)

Many many thanks must go to the organiser Margaret Halstead (Dutton WI),                                                                     whose care and precision with her organising ensured a wonderful day to remember.