There was a song… “7 little girls, sitting in the backseat…” you will remember it well!

lowrey-2Today, 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 fun story beautifully portrayed in acting, song, and dance by a cast of approximately 30.

Thank you to Chris and Sally for running Culture Club, as well as to our drivers Ann B and Chris.

Annual Meeting Nov 2016


Back Row: Dorothy Thompson, Irene Peers, Joan Blackshaw, Susan Burtonwood, Ann Tolson, Lorna Bettles, Ann O’Brien. Front Row: Pat Sharp, Anne O’Neil, Jean Waite, Chris Jones, Ann Brock, Anne Kennedy and Sally Riley

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 manner and explained to us the origins of  many superstitions.  So no witches at Whitley WI, we have scared them off… A suitable topic for the week between Halloween and Bonfire Night.


Joan, Raymond and her fertility symbol corn dolly

Before leaving, Ray had stocked himself up with homemade goodies from the trading table, explaining that this is one of the reasons he enjoys speaking at Women’s Institutes.

The meeting ended with Joan giving him a gratious vote of thanks, he responded by giving Joan one of his corn dollies,… a Fertility Symbol, which we hope will bring Joan good health and happiness as our President for 2017.

Tea-Gowns and Tea-Times


Lucy in her favourite Tea-Dress

If you go somewhere expecting a good evening, and the evening proves to be better than expected, you can say you really have had, a great evening.


Lucy arriving 1930’s style

Thanks to the generous hospitality of Dutton WI, 100+ members of Village Group WI, enjoyed an evening with Lucy Adlington, talking about Tea-Time and Tea-Gowns, this was definitely proved to be a really great evening.

Lucy had described her talk as “A terribly temping talk set in the thirties – a decade of streamlining, speed and style”……

This quote themed the evening.  Lucy by background is an English graduate from Cambridge University, with a master’s degree in Medieval History. She had travelled all the way from Yorkshire just to be with us!

As well as the talk, members enjoyed beautifully presented tasty treats, lovingly made by various members, and served by Moore and Daresbury WI who had to work beyond the call of duty in the kitchen.

Lucy herself appeared to enjoy the evening, especially when she went home with a ‘doggy bag’ of our wonderful cakes. She didnt think they would get as far as Yorkshire… suggesting they  might get consumed on the M62 before  she crossed the border.



THANK YOU to all the WI’s in Village group who made this evening special….. Pat Sharp

(Runcorn, Moore and Daresbury, Halton, Antrobus, Dutton and Whitley)

For more information Check out Lucy’s Website:


CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN.. Saving Denman Concert















This concert was to raise funds for the  National WI Denman Appeal
It was organised with the expertise of Joyce Kirkpatrick and the WEAVER VALLEY WI CHOIR and took place on Friday Oct 21st at the Winsford Academy
This delightful event was enjoyed and supported by many of our members, along with those from WI’s throughout Cheshire.



We were proud to watch Whitley Members taking part:
Joyce Kirkpatrick, the Musical Director, who along with her Husband Roy, put so much energy into the event. She never keeps still, so taking a photo is difficult.
Helen Carey, the Choir President, acted as Compere and joined the whole event together.
Nancy Coates, literally brought the house down with her rendition of ‘Keep The Home Fires Burning’ which richly deserved its encore and a standing ovation

Other choir members were June Smither and Ann Cookson
Sorry to Irene Robinson, and Kath Giles, I didnt get your photos.

A lot of money must have been raised, as £500 was made in the raffle alone.
There will be lots more going on to help Denman next year. Whitley WI will do their best.

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.

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?