Next Monday, 19th November 2018 – Victorian Xmas at Rockingham Castle

Just a reminder about our social event next Monday at Rockingham Castle.    Hopefully, you are getting ready to be whisked back to Christmas Eve 1849 when you will find the Watson family and their servants very busy dashing around the Castle preparing for the festive season!

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We will be meeting at the Main Entrance to the Castle at 1.30 pm.

There is plenty of parking available.     If you have paid for your ticket, it will be ready to be collected on arrival – just give your name and say you are from MHWI.   If you have not paid already, you can do a BACS transfer to MHWI.    The cost is £12 per person.   Details can be found on our website here.

You will also have the chance to purchase delicious homemade and locally sourced refreshments after our tour.

If you have any queries or require transport, please e-mail Tricia Blake, as follows:

triciablake@msn.com

 

 

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Next Walk – Sunday, 25th November 2018

Come and join us on Sunday, 25th November 2018 when our Walking Group will be setting off on a relaxing stroll from Great Oxendon to Arthringworth and then back to Oxendon along the old Welland Valley railway line.   Occasional walkers and friends are very welcome too!

 

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Here are the details:

MEET:                 10.30 am in Great Oxendon

PARK:                 Main Street or Village Hall Car Park

DISTANCE:        3.5 miles flat walk, no stiles.

Sensible walking shoes recommended.

We will be stopping for coffee/refreshments at the Canvas Café, Great Oxendon.    As we need to let the café know how many to expect, please could you e-mail Roseanne Steadman to let her know you will be joining us:

oxendon12@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Book ‘Angels’ meets tonight!

Don’t forget Book ‘Angels’ is meeting tonight, Monday, 12th November 2018 at 8pm – a week earlier this month!

We will be at our usual location in the downstairs bar of The Angel Hotel, High Street, Market Harborough.

Tonight we will be discussing the ‘Maid’s Room’ by Fiona Mitchell.    A gripping tale about Filipino maids working in an expat community in Singapore.   Based on real life observations and interviews.   No doubt, discussions will be accompanied by some liquid refreshments!

 

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Look out for further posts about our Christmas meeting on Monday, 17th December 2018 (venue to be confirmed).   For a bit of light relief during the busy Christmas period, we have decided to read a  Children’s or Teen fiction book, or a favourite book from childhood!

New members/occasional members very welcome.

Contact Valerie Hitchcox – Vhitchox50@hotmail.com

 

 

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Ideas to reduce plastic with ‘Refill Revolution’

Last Wednesday, Beth from ‘Refill Revolution’  gave us an inspiring talk about some really useful and practical ways to reduce plastic usage.

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First, Beth emptied the contents of her bag on to the table and showed us some of the products she uses regularly in her daily life, which included refillable drinks bottle and coffee cup, pouches for carrying lunch and snacks, an alternative to disposable nappies, reuseable sanitary towels, and cloth wipes for all sorts of purposes.

She also talked about her refill scheme to try and avoid single use plastic, whereby customers can take their own empty containers along to her market stall and refill them, rather than buying completely new ones – saving both on plastic and money too!

Here are just some of the refillable items she sells:

  • Liquid soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bath products
  • Toothpaste tablets
  • All sorts of cleaning/washing products
  • Numerous dried food items
  • Herbs and Spices

From this Friday, 2nd November, you will be able to find the ‘Refill Revolution’ stall in Market Harborough’s indoor market at weekends, so do go along and check out some of the lovely, innovative products she has on offer.    DON’T FORGET TO TAKE SOME EMPTY CONTAINERS WITH YOU!

For more information and updates, you can find Beth on Facebook and Instagram :

@REFILL.REVOLUTION

 

 

 

 

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Walk around Wistow

It was a glorious Autumn morning yesterday, with clear blue skies, as the MHWI Walking Group set off on a circular walk from the Wistow Rural Centre.

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We crossed through the fields towards Kilby and then passed by the Harcourt Stud where a few inquisitive horses came to say ‘hello’!

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We then joined the canal towpath, following it first towards Newtown Harcourt, and then turning towards Wistow, where we enjoyed some lovely views across the canal and fields of St Wistan’s Church.

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Having walked approximately 4 1/2 miles (or 12,000 steps!), we sat down to enjoy some well earned coffees and scones!.

Do come and join us on our next walk – details to be published shortly.

 

 

 

 

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Craft Club – Thursday, 1st November 2018

The next meeting of MHWI’s Craft Club will be on Thursday, 1st November 2018 between 7pm-9pm in The Lounge, at the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.

We will be continuing with our theme of Knitted Christmas Lights with a view to decorating a Christmas tree for the Congregational Church in December.

 

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New members and occasional members always welcome.

Contact Sarah Trappitt:      sarahtrappitt@btinternet.

 

 

 

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Amazing Pumpkins!

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Russell Attwood from Kettering Pumpkins gave us an extremely enthusiastic and animated talk last Wednesday evening about his unusual form of gardening and his passion for all things ‘pumpkin’!

Inspired by a second hand book he bought on ‘Lasagna Gardening’, he has developed an easier way of managing his allotments, which he claims involves virtually:

‘No digging, no watering, no weeding’!    

 

 

The process involves spreading layers of newspapers or thick cardboard over the ground to suppress weeds, and adding further layers of various organic materials, which are gradually broken down into a rich soil.

Not only did Russell show us some of the amazing designs he carves onto pumpkins, he also brought along some of his homemade pumpkin scones and flapjacks  for us to taste, with the added bonus that they contained no added sugar – the pumpkin being used for sweetness instead.
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A rousing sing-song of pumpkin inspired songs, based on well known tunes, brought his session to an hilarious end.

He even managed to turn England’s green and pleasant land orange!

Look carefully, I am sure you will recognise the song!

 

 

 

 

The pumpkin theme was also adopted for our raffle and some of our members entered into the spirit of the occasion too!
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For more information and recipes, see Russell’s website:  www.ketteringpumpkins.co.uk

 

 

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