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.

AUGUST WALK around Hartford.

Six enthusiastic walkers started the walk which was abandoned due to heavy rain two months ago.
Hartford-Hunts Locks to Vale Royal Lock. The weather forecast was hopeful with the rain expected after lunch.
We commenced our walk down Stones Manor Lane passing the last house on the right and following a sign post to Marshalls Arm. It is a beautiful wooded valley, part of the Marshalls Arm Local Nature Reserve, which is very popular for dog walkers and joggers. The paths are very well kept, with steps and small bridges where needed, such a lovely area at all times of the year. On reaching the bottom of the wood we turned left with the river on the right. Shortly after that we decided to stop for our accustomed photo shoot… photo shows: Susan, Jean, Rita, Eleanor and Annette

Continuing along the path after passing wrought iron gates we turned left onto Saxon Lane and almost immediately on the right a cycle stile appears, we follow the path towards Hunts Locks. Crossing the Locks we head for a path heading away from the river on the right just past the Lock Keepers Hut then over the Riversdale swing bridge turning right along the riverside path to the Blue Bridge.
At the start of the walk we had fully intended to go to the Vale Royal Locks but instead took the left hand path before the Blue Bridge up to the road and turned right onto the path alongside the dual carriage way back up to School Lane, where we finished at the start of the walk.
We had a lovely lunch at the Relish Cafe and finally just got back into the car before the heavy rain came. All said how very pleased we were that we had beaten the weather this time!
Ann O’B…. Whitley WI, walks leader. (Shown in pictire with Jean )

NOTE: THE SEPTEMBER WALK WILL BE WEDNESDAY 13th September due to an important bowls match on our usual walking day.

August Outing to Arley Hall

Arley Hall was built in a Jacobethan style, between 1832 and 1845 for Rowland Egerton-Warburton. Today this Grade II listed building is owned by Viscount Ashbrook and his family. Its beautifully maintained and magnificent gardens (initially created in 1830s) are also Grade II listed. The Garden’s Herbaceous Border was one of the first of its type in Britain, and remains one of its finest.
Arley Hall is a prime a film location and is used for special Charity events, weddings and corporate functions. During the 2nd World War it was an important Military Hospital.

Walking to the Hall, and climbing the magnificent staircase

Whitley WI were privileged to be taken on a private tour of the house for our August Outing. We were shown round by Geoffrey Lomas, who explained to us a lot about the history, previous owners and current owners of the house. The beautiful needlework and watercolours created and painted by Elizabeth Ashbrook (and other family members) made a very homely feel.

A two course meal in the Gardeners Kitchen was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the Arley Staff who stayed late to serve us.

Jean P, E Jean P, Joan P, Joan B, Dorothy and Irene enjoing their meal

Rain was in the air when the WI had the chance to wander around these beautiful gardens. They looked stunning in the evening sunset, and yes…the Herbaceous Border was at its most magnificent best.


In the Gardens… beautiful flowers and spectactular views

Thanks from all Whitley WI members to our organisers, Ann T, Ann B and Lorna, for their planning of this August evening outing