July Meeting -  My Life in Figure Skating                                                                                                                   Liz Littler MBE didn’t have far to travel to give the talk at the July meeting. Liz from Lymm had a love of ice skating from an early age and travelled to Altrincham ice rink to follow her dream. Sadly at the age of 17 an injury ended her aspiration to be an international skater. Undaunted she trained to be a judge and she qualified to Olympic standard enabling her to judge at any international event. Liz received an MBE for her voluntary work in helping to promote British skating. It was an interesting and inspirational talk.         


August Summer Social - 95th Anniversary         

The anniversary was celebrated in style with up market catering provided by the WI ladies and a birthday cake that took centre stage. It was a pleasant evening with an opportunity to view the winning entries from the Cheshire Show. High Legh entry” It’s a wonderful world “ was awarded 3rd place. Scrapbooks provided memories of happy times and resulting companionship and President Jean Evans compiled some challenging questions for the evening quiz. Members were invited to a memorial service to be held at St. John’s church for Edna McKeown. Edna was a valued member and former President at High Legh WI.   


September Meeting -  Farming Today

Storms were threatened but it didn’t deter farmer Tod Bulmer. He travelled from Croft to give a talk on the history of British agriculture and food supply. Tod and his wife Barbara own Kenyon Hall farm in Croft.   It has been farmed by the Bulmer family for over 500 years. This prompted one WI member to remark how impressive it was that his ancestors were farming when Henry Vlll was on the throne.  It was interesting to learn that a Bronze Age barrow was discovered on the land (burial not wheel). Farmer Tod took over the running of the farm from his mother in 1978.  She ran the farm from 1965 with a local work force led by hard working Stanley who had joined the farm in 1919. In 2011 the family opened an eco-friendly farm shop and café. Since planting the first strawberry in 1978 the farm has grown into the North West’s leading pick your own farm. There have been difficulties over the years; not least the growth of super markets that had a devastating effect on many farms and puts the British farmer under constant pressure. Despite the competition Kenyon Hall Farm has survived well. The farm shop sells seasonal fruit and veg all year and poultry at Christmas. The talk provided an interesting insight into the history of British agriculture and food supply. The numerous questions at the end of the talk were indicative of the interest it had generated.  



A 5 day visit to West Sussex took place at the end of September. A suggested visit to the recently opened Lymm fire station has had to be postponed. Visits to the station have proved so popular that there aren’t any vacancies until July 2018.     


Other Activities       

The walking group plans to walk around Tatton Park in October with lunch at the Angel pub. The craft group has Christmas in mind and is asking for help in making angels and snowmen for the Christmas tree festival at St. John’s Church. The darts players have returned to the Jolly Thresher after the summer break and book club members are reading “All the light we cannot see” by Pulitzer prize winner Anthony Doerr.


Monthly Meetings 

October 10th                  Humour in Education     David M Cook                                                                                      November 14th               AGM                                                                                                                                         December 12th               Christmas Party                                                                                                                      

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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