HIGH LEGH WI  Tuesday 12th June 2018  7.30pm. High Legh Village Hall

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Our speaker is Jean Finney on the fascinating topic of Nursery Rhymes



For information contact Jean Evans 01925 755979  


Our monthly meeting turned into an entertaining evening when David Cook came to visit. David teaches geography at a school in Disley.  His talk entitled “Humour in Education” included anecdotes gathered at the chalk face from unsuspecting pupils.  He included a few songs from his own youth which sparked an impromptu evening sing along in the village hall. Also in October John McCarthy, journalist and broadcaster was the guest speaker at the Cheshire Federation’s meeting in Winsford. Members who attended heard a riveting account of his 5 years as a hostage in Lebanon. He was snatched by Islamic Jihad in their hope of negotiating a prisoner exchange.  John was Britain’s longest held hostage.



High Legh WI holds the AGM in November. President Jean Evans opened the meeting. The evening provides an opportunity to remember the good times enjoyed over the year.  There were many outings to interesting places, theatre visits and an anniversary party. The guest speakers were interesting, inspirational and often very funny. Who could forget the antics of the Thelwall Morris men or the secrets of Dunham Massey. There was a good variety of enjoyable topics throughout the year.


President Jean Evans thanked the committee and all members who have given their time and expertise in organising events and worthwhile projects. The Craft group have worked hard producing quilts; special bonnets for babies on ventilators and many other items which have benefited those in need. Well planned walks and outings have been enjoyed. In October, 3 members of the walking group joined the Warrington walk for Dementia, they raised over £500 from donations. Janis Brind led the vote of thanks in appreciation of the President’s hard work and dedication throughout the year. Secretary, Tricia Jones, then announced that Jean Evans has agreed to continue as President in 2018 and the 11 members of the committee will also remain in post. This news was well received by the other members.



In December, some members travelled to Abbey Cwm Hir in Powys. It is a beautiful old building set in 12 acres of gardens. The 52 rooms were decked out with Christmas trees making it quite a festive occasion. This year, High Legh hosted the carol service for other local WI groups.  It was held in St. John’s church on a very windy night. The threatened snow did not arrive; it was saving its appearance for the week of the Christmas party.  On an icy evening we climbed aboard the community coach to be transported to the Cock at Budworth for a Christmas get together. It was a pleasant evening with in-house entertainment provided by the intrepid committee members. They entertained with their rendering of 12 days of Christmas; poems and yuletide jokes. The weather, though cold, added a seasonal touch to the evening.


And so we look forward to another year. The following talks have been arranged:-

January 9         Women of Manchester                           Jean Bailo

February 13       British Dialects                                      Derek Paulson

March 13           My Life in Music                                    Rae Owens, Chicago Teddy Bears

April 10             The Great British bake off and me          Mitch Poole

The meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in High Legh Village Hall at 7.30 pm.  Visitors and newcomers are always welcome.

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High Legh WI meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm in High Legh Village Hall when we usually have an invited speaker and also have updates on what has happened during the month in the special interest groups and what activities are planned for the future.

High Legh's regular Special Interest groups include: Books, Craft, Darts, Theatre and Trips, Walking

Additionally we can attend activities such as cooking lessons, coffee mornings, concerts, talks and discussions on topics of public interest and county competitions which range from golf and bowling to general knowledge quizzes.

For more information on High Legh WI speak to Jean Evans on 01925 756171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APRIL MEETING - Dunham, the Grey Years

National Trust Volunteer, Peter Braun joined us in April to share his knowledge of the history of Dunham Massey House. He had intriguing tales to tell of two families who lived there; the Grey family and the Booth family. Executions, brave deeds and even a few scandals all featured in their fascinating lives and changing fortunes. In 1649 Thomas Grey was one of the judges at the trial of Charles 1st and his signature can be seen on the death warrant above the signature of Oliver Cromwell. In 1659 George Booth raised an army to support the Royalist cause and ended up in the Tower of London. However in 1660, the new king, Charles 2nd, rewarded him with a peerage. One family scandal resulted in the closure of Dunham for 50 years. Eventually in the 18thCentury the families of Booth and Grey became joint owners through marriage.  In 1976 the family gifted the House and Gardens to the National Trust.



A dazzling floral display greeted members arriving for the June meeting. This was just a taste of the colourful evening ahead. Jacqueline Iddon is the owner of a hardy plant nursery in the Lancashire village of Bretherton. Her illustrated talk revealed creative areas where a multi coloured bottle wall, a Victorian fern house and interesting sculptures can be found.  She gave useful hints on the growing and propagation of the many plants we were shown including some that are sure to attract bees. One year, Jacqueline achieved Gold and Best in Show at the Southport flower show. She has been involved in the Yellow Garden scheme in the past and hopes to take part again next year. The sculptures in the garden are the work of Thompson Dagnall and it was interesting to see film of his other work, which includes a sculpture in Dorset to commemorate the Tolpuddle Martyrs, one in St.Helens town centre depicting the town’s mining history and many others.  Daughter Tilly Dagnall runs printmaking workshops in the nursery grounds and makes tempting cakes to sell at the garden’s open days.



In January, WI members nationwide voted for suggested resolutions to go forward to the NFWI annual conference. Six were put forward; two were voted through – “Alleviating Loneliness “and “Keep micro plastic fibres out of our oceans”. High Legh WI debated the two proposals at the May meeting. At the annual conference in June delegates voted to pass both. The NFWI will now campaign on the two.


OUTINGS - Details were discussed at the June meeting for the planned trips in June, September and November to Yorkshire, Sussex and Wales.


OTHER ACTIVITIES - In July, the walking group will attempt the previously postponed 5 mile walk from Mobberley towards the airport. Book Club members are reading “The English Girl” by Katherine Webb.  Craft Group members get together regularly and are making very special bonnets for hospital babies who are on ventilators.  Cakes were baked for the Cheshire Show and talented members exhibited their handiwork.  



In September, the Cheshire Federation is holding an evening with antiques expert Kate Bliss at Poynton Civic Hall. Kate, often seen on TV, specialises in silver and jewellery. In October, John McCarthy CBE, journalist, writer, broadcaster and Britain’s longest held hostage, will tell his dramatic story at Winsford Lifestyle Centre.



The following speakers have been arranged:-

July 11th            My life in figure skatingLiz Littler

Sept 12th           Farming today                           Tod Bulmer

Oct 10th            Humour in education                  David Cook

A summer party will be held on August 8th in the Village Hall.  The meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in High Legh Village Hall at 7.30 pm.

Visitors and newcomers are always welcome.