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WVN Oct_2019

WVN Oct_2019

Volume 41 Issue 6

OCTOBER 2019 This edition was compiled by:
Gill Alcock and Joy Whyte


October is often a time when people start to draw their horns in and stay indoors, seeing less of their neighbours and community. The
days are getting shorter, the nights darker, and the weather that bit colder. It’s easy to retreat indoors more and stare at your own
We are all the more grateful, therefore, that so many people contribute to making Whitley a friendly, active place with plenty of
opportunities to get out and enjoy our rich village life. This issue of Whitley Village News is filled with info on events happening over
the next couple of months. From the Village Hall to the W.I., the Mothers Union to the Friendly Club, the Parish Council to the Mobile
Library and from the school to the Community Coffee mornings, Whitley Villagers are putting time and energy into making the village
a good place to be, whatever the season.
Here at the Village News too, we aim to do our bit to celebrate our village and its activities. We are grateful to the editors and
distributors down the years who keep this local newsletter coming through everyone’s letterboxes 10 times a year. And of course to
everyone who sends us articles and photographs. We are now looking for more volunteers to help produce the Village News. It’s a
creative and worthwhile contribution to Whitley life. More information next month.

The Relentless March of Technology!

Derek Whyte had his car boot full with a Hitachi cathode ray
tube television and two VHS cassette recorders, on their way
to the tip. The TV was bought in 1977 when Gill and Derek first
moved in together. Analogue broadcasts ceased in 2009 and
the Digital TV box, that was then used with the TV, failed
recently. You could only watch in standard definition anyway.
Derek said “I’ll miss the old girl!” speaking of the TV, “as it still
works, it’s such a shame to throw it away!”. The Whyte-Alcock
household are certainly not slaves to technology and certainly
get their monies worth. Well done for saving the planet’s
resources for 42 years, the same age as Whitley Village news.

A message from our local PSCO -
Diana Wiggins

There has been an increase in bike thefts in the Northwich
area including one in Lower Whitley on 15th September.
Please be vigilant and report anything suspicious on the 101
Make sure bikes are securely locked and kept in a secure

September lottery winners

1st Jen Dutton 2nd Steve Moore
3rd Lorna Bettles 4th Dave Simpkins

If you can’t wait until the next Whitley Village News to Whitley Boys In Weaverham
catch up on recent events or check future diary dates Under 9s Line Up
then please check out the newly revamped Village Hall
website. Updated regularly to show the latest news 3 Whitley Boys, Finlay Cordwell, William Greenall and
from the village, including the Village Hall lottery William Moore, played their first match this season
results each month, this can be accessed via for Weaverham Under 9s. The lads played for the
under 8’s team last year and made the transition to under 9’s at the start of the season. William said “we
have great fun, we train every Tuesday and play on
and clicking on the Village Hall button. Saturdays”. If anyone would like to join one of the
Weaverham teams please contact Ian Cordwell via
The Parish Council Whitley School.

will meet in The Village Hall at 7.30 pm. A big thank you to all who supported the Race Night
October 16th 2019. either sponsoring a dog, donating a raffle prize or
December 4th 2019. coming along on and having fun on the night. Over
January 15th 2020. £1000 was raised to be split between Whitley Pre-
These meetings give residents the opportunity to bring any school and Friends of Whitley School!
issue/ concerns to the Parish Councillors.

Dates for The Mobile Library will visit Whitley Village Hall THURSDAY 3rd & 23rd October 10 10-
your Diary 10.40am. Please use this facility to keep it coming to the Village.

October 2019 Whitley Friendly Club meets 3rd, 17th & 31st October 2 - 4pm. New members
Mobile Library The Friendly Club will visit BURY MARKET Wednesday 23rd October, leaving the
Village at 10am returning approx 4.30pm.
Thurs 3rd 10:10 – 10:40 Members spent a very busy afternoon 19th Sept putting together a posy of flowers
Thurs 24rd 10:10 – 10:40 under the guidance of Maggie Flowers inspired by nature". Much of the flowers and
foliage used Maggie had harvested from her own garden. Members went home with
Friendly Club their own creations.
Mothers’ Union next meeting Wednesday October 9th. Whitley Village Hall 2pm.
Thurs 3rd 14:00 – 16:00 Speaker Joan Colwell speaking on M.U. matters.
Thurs 17th 14:00 – 16:00
Wed 23rd Bury Market Frandley Quakers are holding an Open Afternoon for the local
10:00 -16:30 community to come and see their listed buildings. Besides tea and
Thurs 31st 14:00 – 16:00 cakes, and looking at our buildings, there will be an option to try a
short period of Quaker silent worship, based on stillness.
Mothers’ Union The Open Afternoon is on Sunday 6th October 2-4.30p.m. All are
very welcome. Frandley Quakers can be found on Sandiway Lane,
Wed 9th 14:00 Frandley, Antrobus CW9 6LD.
Queries: Gill Alcock 01925 730153
Coffee Morning
Whitley Nature Reserve
Mon 21st 10:30 – 12:30
Following on from our article in last month’s WVN – for those who don’t know it,
November 2019 Whitley Nature Reserve is on the south side of Raddel Lane near the junction with the
Fri 8th 19:30 Comedy

December 2019 The Parish Council would like to underline some important principals when commenting on
planning applications;
Sat 7th Old Folks Party
1. All comments on planning applications by the public are made available on CWAC planning
website, where they contribute to the publicly accessible body of planning applications and
notices - these are statutory records which CWAC are legally bound to retain for defined periods
of time. Public comments can be sent via any of the following routes:

• Direct on the CWAC website at

• Emailed directly to [email protected]
• Send letter to: Planning, Cheshire West and Chester Council, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere

Port, CH65 0BE

2. As a consultee party, the Parish Council is invited to comment on planning applications but
has no obligation to do so, and does not make planning decisions. The comments submitted as
the Parish Council, may or may not have some influence on any planning decisions made by

3. The Parish Council cannot act as a proxy or middleman in relation to submitting comments on
planning applications, if it were possible, it would be open to abuse and subvert the democratic

The above uphold one of the most important principles of local government, that being an open
and transparent democracy.

Karen Moore
Clerk to Whitley PC

Experienced babysitter available: contact Joy Whyte on 01925 730153.

September’s Community coffee morning

September's coffee morning took on the
theme of Macmillan Cancer Support with
balloons and bunting welcoming our
regulars plus many new faces.
Donations from September's community
coffee morning were added to those
from our 5 previous sessions and
£350.00 has been donated to Macmillan.
A BIG THANKYOU to all who came along
or donated cakes and raffle prizes!

Whitley WI – September Meeting

Sue our Vice President welcomed us to our September meeting. We all sang Jerusalem and then Sue ran through our
forthcoming WI Village Group events; there is a coach trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon on 28th September and on 9th October a talk
by Brian Price, who used to work on cruise ships, titled ‘Worse things Happen at Sea’ at Preston Brook.
Our Culture Club has two events planned this winter. A trip to the panto at Theatre Clwyd on 17th January 2020 and a Mamma
Mia evening at the Park Royal Hotel on 26th January 2020, which includes dinner, entertainment and the chance for our
members to stay overnight at a special price.
Jean informed us of Cheshire WI events. There is an ‘Ask the Judges’ event on 9th November at Byley Village Hall. Very handy for
anyone thinking of entering any of the categories in next year’s Cheshire Show. The Cheshire WI Centenary Concert will be at
Chester Cathedral on 25th Feb 2020.
Annette’s Craft Club on 18th September will be on patchwork and quilting and Ann’s walk on Tuesday 10th Sept will take us
around the Antrobus area. Helen Carey’s Book Club will be meeting at her house on Wed 11th September to discuss ‘The
Dandelion Years’ by Erica James.
Our speaker this month was Jacqueline Minor (daughter of Annette), who gave us a fascinating talk titled ‘Life in the European
Commission’. She talked about her 33 year career working for the EC and not about current events or anything political. After
studying law at Birmingham University which included European Law and doing a research scholarship in European Community
law at Leicester University she went to work in Luxembourg at the European Court of Justice where French was the working
language. Later she worked in Brussels for the European Commission where she dealt with the free movement of goods and
services legislation. In 2013 she went to work at the head office of the EU’s Representation in London and retired when
negotiations to leave the EU started after the referendum.
Helen gave thanks to our speaker.
After our refreshments the winner of the ‘A Souvenir of Europe’ competition was announced; Ann with her little Austrian Cow
Our next meeting on 3rd October will be our Members Night. This is when a group of our members organise the evening rather
than the Whitley WI committee. All we know about the evening so far is that the competition will be ‘Something made of Wool’
Our meetings are held at 7.30pm on the first Thursday of each month at Whitley Village Hall; guests and new members are
welcome. See for further information or get in contact.

The Village Hall is 57 years old!

The Guardian, Friday, June 29, 1962

Whitley’s £4,000 Hall Opened

The realisation of an 18 year old dream was achieved on Friday last week
when the new £4,000 Whitley Village Hall was opened by Mrs P. S. Edwards (Secretary of the Village Hall
Committee) in the presence of the county and district councillors and representatives of local organisations.
When Mrs Edwards came to live in the village about 18 years ago she organised baby welfare food distribution in
the district but had to establish headquarters for the work at her home in Dark Lane.
She realised that a spacious village hall was urgently needed, as St Luke’s Church Hall was “cold and draughty” and
not large enough for any important occasion. Two years later the Women’s Institute took up the idea and the draft
deed was drawn up in 1948. Mrs Edwards received the County Grant and work was begun on the building. Interior
decoration was completed with voluntary aid. A sum of £200 remains to be paid off the hall.
The Vicar of St Luke’s Church (Rev G. O. Hatton), gave his blessing and the church choir led the singing. The village
Rose Queen, Mavis Done, attended with her retinue and Whitley Guides formed a Guard of Honour. Standard
bearers were Queens Guides Mary Edwards and Susan Knowles.
Pupils of Whitley C.E. School gave a country dancing display and the evening dancing display and the evening
closed with a social evening with Harry Jarman and his band in attendance.
Prepared by S & H Moore from an original newspaper extract of 1962 kindly provided by Mrs M. Littler.

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