Welcome to Acton Bridge Women's Institute - WI Centenary Year Features

This page will carry reports of Acton Bridge WI's events to mark 100 years since the formation of the first WI in the United Kingdom, at Llanfairpwll on Anglesey in 1915. You can read more by clicking through to the National WI Centenary Page and their Centenary Timeline (opening in new windows).

October 2015 - Acton Bridge Autumn Pickle Fest (pictures and captions by Rosemary Mullett, Steve Pardoe)

The Acton Bridge WI Bunting, Banner and Table Cloth

Frances Woollam, Chairman of the Cheshire Federation of Women's Institutes, and Veronica Oliver from Acton Bridge WI

Just part of the Acton Bridge WI Archive, curated by Veronica Oliver

Visitors studying the Acton Bridge WI Archive

The Recipe Book, and the makings of chutneys, jams and pickles

A profusion of pickles, copious chutneys and jars of jam

Yet more...

Commitee Members Veronica Oliver, Judy Pardoe, Caroline Young and Rosemary Mullett

Villagers enjoying their soup and ploughmans lunches

June 2015 - Acton Bridge W.I. Visit to the Cheshire Show (pictures and captions by Rosemary Mullett)

Cheshire Show
Sophie, Countess of Wessex looking at the stand advertising Julie Summer's books including 'Jambusters' about the history of the W.I.

Cheshire Show
The Acton Bridge banner among other W.I.s that were founded in the 1940s.

Cheshire Show
The Acton Bridge bunting above the Art section. Can you spot the caterpillars, butterfly, and rabbit?

Cheshire Show
An overall view of the W.I. tent.

Cheshire Show
More W.I. banners.

May 2015 - Acton Bridge W.I. Visit to Mikron Theatre Company's Play about the WI, "A Raising Agent" at Barbour Institute, High St, Tattenhall (photo by Veronica Oliver)

Mikron Theatre

May 2015 - Acton Bridge W.I. Member Sheila Whittle celebrates her success at the Manchester 10k in aid of the Wellspring Charity (see her article, below)

Sheila Whittle 10k

The Wellspring (Stockport) Registered charity no 1088776

The Wellspring operates from a purpose built resource centre close to Stockport's marketplace in the town.

It originally operated from a disused scout hut from 1991 and relies entirely on the local community for funding. No money is received from the council or government. Each September tinned goods are donated from around the borough. Fresh food is donated locally on a regular basis from local businesses and Fareshare.

An energetic team of volunteers provide the workforce. The trustees employ 5 skilled trained support workers to provide the assistance people need to adapt to changed circumstances, create change and survive. The wellspring is open 365 days of the year providing hot meals, clothing, showers, access to training and employment , healthcare, group activities and importantly help with housing issues. Approximately 120 visitors arrive daily.

The average life expectancy for homeless people is 47; compared with Acton Bridge where you might expect to live to 80 as a male or 84 as a female.

Following the Manchester 10 k Run on the 10th of May, when 300 runners participated raising funds for the Wellspring, there are a dozen volunteers taking part in the Manchester to Blackpool cycle race on the 12th of July. Sheila Whittle lives in Acton Bridge and works in public health Stockport. She has recently returned to the role of nurse practitioner for homelessness on a short term basis and is very grateful for the support from her fellow WI members when she took part in the Manchester 10 k for the Wellspring. If you notice a cyclist struggling uphill towards Wall Hill Farm breathing hard - that's probably her in training.

Take a look at the website at: thewellspring.co.uk [external link for which we are not responsible - Ed.] or e mail : thewellspring@btconnect.com

April 2015 Acton Bridge W.I. Banner and Bunting


The banner was made as part of the WI Centenary Celebrations,and shows the Oak Leaves representing "Ac-Tun" (meaning place in the Oak Forest) ; the Pear Blossom characteristic of its Hazel Pear orchards ; and the Swing Bridge over the River Weaver, from which the village takes its comparatively recent second name.

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