Craft group

This months craft club showed how talented our leader of the group is. Annette brought memorable pieces of her cross stitch work she had completed over the years. They were amazing and just two are pictured here which do not do her work justice. She is truly talented and eager to share tricks of the trade.
Next month the group is being lead by one of our members. Jacky Graty is doing s felting work shop.
The Cheshire show craft ideas were also discussed and Ann O’Brien is keen to hear from any of our members who like to contribute to this event.
A big thank you to Annette for sharing her love of cross stitch with us.



Tu parli Italiano? Do you speak Italian?
Funghi all’ aglio, Bruschetta alle polpettine, Salsiccia peperonata, Fettucine alla carbonara, ali di pollo al forno.
Whitley WI “ladies who lunch” can all speak Italian when it comes to ordering food.
Pesto at Cabbage Hall on the A49 was a great venue to meet and share an Italian Tapas Style lunch, in glorious sunshine and with great company.

The staff made us welcome and explained our choices of food and drink with care.
3 different choices all for less than a tenner, made a welcome change from comforting British Winter food.

We were not disappointed as the quality, various tastes and portions could only be described as “delizioso”.
Ciao Bella, we’ll be back!


The month of February is the border between winter and spring.
This proved so on Whitley WI’s February walk  along the Whitegate Way, from Whitegate Station to the Catsclough crossing. A flat walk lasting about an hour each way.

This route follows a former railway line which closed in 1996. Salt had been transported along this track from the nearby banks of the River Weaver and taken to Manchester and the surrounding areas.

It was a chilly, and very windy morning with sunny blue skies as our ladies set off. We were in the tale-end of Storm Ceira which had cause record winds in the previous days and nights and were mindful of the dangers when we came across a fallen tree. This did not deter us admiring the spectacular views across the fields. Spring flowers were coming into bloom and open embankments offered spectacular views across the fields.

Not only did we find the fallen tree and flowers but also a male walker who jumped in on our photo shoot!

Retracing our steps the route back had the wind against us as well as being bombarded with hailstones. A rapid retreat was made for the warmth and delicious lunch at the Plough Inn.

Hardy Memories and Happy Members. Thanks Ann from all your fellow walkers.

Mamma Mia Evening

Greatdays are a travel company in Altrincham and following a most enjoyable afternoon at Gorton Monastery last year we decided to try another of their events. Last year it was an old time music hall afternoon , this year time it was a Mamma Mia evening. Before the entertainment began we were served with a 3 course meal and then the music began. Old time favourites soon got us all singing. A few of ladies were brave enough to dress as ABBA characters and then we had to start the dancing for the second half of the show. Whitley did us proud and as we danced the rest of the night away.

Jack & the Beanstalk Pantomime at Theatre Clwyd

On Friday 17th January 2020 a party of 30 boarded a coach at Whitley Village Hall to take our annual trip to theatre Clwyd.  We include husbands, family friends on this event and it was good to have members of Dutton WI join us again this year too.

Jack and the beanstalk was this year’s show and Dame Tegwen Trott was played by Phillip Harris.  His 13th performance at the theatre.  His costumes were amazing, and he changed on numerous occasions into dresses that were described as ‘bonkers’ by the local press.

The cast of nine people were very talented; they could sing and play multiple instruments.  The slap stick humour, sparkling set and puppets provided a evening of fun. We all left the theatre with smiley faces.

Next year’s panto is Puss in Boots and tickets are already on sale so watch this space.