CHRISTMAS PARTY 2016….. “not much room left at the inn”


President Joan welcomes members, Annette, Maureen, Norah and Joyce


Melanie, Janet, Sally and Susan


Gill, June, Joan and Helen

There wasn’t much space left in Whitley Village Hall, for our Womens Institute Christmas Party.

Silent Night wasn’t the theme either, as 72 members celebrated the start of Christmas on Dec 1st. Friends gathered, a glass of bubbly to start off the evening, followed by a beautiful meal served by Rachel Gates (caterers).
Entertainment from Francesca Davis and her sister. These talented young ladies sang through out the evening, many Christmas favourites, which encouraged more members to dance and have fun than ever before.
We enjoyed festive quizzes, and 10 lucky members went home with beautiful poinsettias, won as table prizes. All members recieved a special present for Christmas from the Committee.
Gifts were given to Jenny and Jonty, who were leaving the committee, to thank them for their dedicated service, as well as gifts for the two people who had set up this web site for us.
The evening finished with Auld Lang Syne, as carriages awaited!

Best Wishes for Christmas to all our Members.

More photos here

Culture Club Enjoy a Night Out



14 Whitley WI members enjoyed the Bridgewater Players production of “A Dish Served Cold” by Ian Hornby on Thursday Nov. 17 th at Thelwall Village Hall.

 The Story :
When gold – digging wife Lynn discovers her husband is chatting on the Internet with another woman, and fearing someone else will move in on her wealthy lifestyle, she sets about killing him. Unfortunately the murder is recorded on a web camera.    


From the left Paula Priestner, Chris Spittle,  Pat Gaskell,  Irene Peers, June Smithers and her sister.

Front Shirley Mollet, Susan Burtonwood and Chris Jones.

Jean Leicester won a bottle of wine and Pat Sharp a box of chocolates, in the raffle which was drawn in the interval.

The next production is Alan Ayckbourn’s “Relatively Speaking” in Feb. 2017.



Essendene Care Home… Receive gifts of Twiddlemuffs
Four members of Whitley WI visited the ladies and gents in the home in mid November.

Enid (shown in the first photo) told us she was born in Hartford and moved to Weaverham when she married.
In her own words she said she was a Night Inspector over aircraft which were the main fighter planes, to see they were fit for purpose at both Stretton and Burtonwood Airports

Mrs Enid Jackson with (from the left): Lorna Bettles, Enid, Carol Brocklehurst the Care Home Owner and Joan Blackshaw WI President.


Susan Burtonwood helps 92 year old Gwen Green untangle her wool as she makes a woollen ball

Resident Gwen Green used to make clothes and embroidered cloths. She made all the dresses without patterns. She was born in Camberley and married a soldier from The North whom she met when  serving cups of tea to the soldiers.


Another Resident  Eric Bennion over 90 said he was a bus driver. There were 86 buses in Northwich. He took people to work and children to school for years.
He had a beautiful photo of the ‘Laburnum Arch at Bodnant’ where he said “you step out of life into a different world”. He was always smiling and when Joan commented he said  “Yes a Cheshire Grin” and laughed.


Lorna Bettles gives a lady a teddy to cuddle


Pat Gaskell shows the Twiddlemuffs and teddies knitted by our members



The afternoon was enjoyed by all with gifts gratefully received.

November Walk… A Frosty Start!


Lesley C, Mary H, Jean L, Chris J, Joyce D, Ann O’B, Ann T, Rita C and a beautiful autumn leaf background

After parking in Stones Manor Lane, Hartford, eight eager well-wrapped-up walkers started a 5 mile walk. It was a cold frosty morning and even with gloves fingers tingled.
Heading to ‘Marshall’s Arm’ they entered a narrow wooded valley, which is part of the ‘Marshalls Arm’ local nature reserve. All were astounded at the beauty of the wood. The path curved round, up and down steps, which had to be negotiated carefully, due to the blanket of potentially slippery colourful leaves on the ground. Various breeds of dog were met, and one would have run off with Ann’s  glove had she not  retrieved it quickly. (The glove had been put down to take this photo!). The walkers then headed towards Hunts Lock, where they turned right onto the Riversdale swing bridge. Wild life was abundant, with sightings of swans, ducks and one lonely heron, waiting for his chance to pounce on a unsuspecting fish.

The countryside was so peaceful and very lovely, a treat to be outside.  On reaching the “Bluebridge” it was decided to carry on as the weather was on the walker’s side with no rain around. They walked on to reach a railway viaduct and then Vale Royal Locks. After crossing the Locks the happy walkers started their way back along the leafy lane  to the A556 and then up to School Lane, finally returning to their starting point.

There was an extremely warm welcome at the Relish Cafe where they enjoyed some lovely food.  This cafe is well worth another visit.

Thank You to Ann O’B for checking out this walk …much appreciated by all.


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.