She is back!

June 9She’s back, in fact we are all back. ‘She’ – meaning Emmeline – had a bit of a makeover during the winter months and is now watching over the allotment again in all her glory. And the Gardening Girls have come out of hibernation full of good intent and energy. Lucky that our test run using lots of weed suppressant fabric was successful – makes spring digging so much easier…

On our small plot we have broad beans, onions and garlic (which were sown last autumn). This season we have planted potatoes, leeks and courgettes. In addition we have rescued a number of strawberry plants to put in the upcycled pallet planters. Plus we have re purposed an old bookcase to salad beds.

Moving onto the main area, we continue to have an abundance of fruit bushes, and have added a cooking apple and plum tree, together with some blueberry bushes. Our rhubarb is very plentiful (forget crumble – makes a fabulous gin!).

This year we are trialling a number of new varieties, okra, loofah, lemon, ginger and peanuts. Most of the beds are now sown, either with plants reared from seed or direct planting. And we are midway through our fruit cage build – hoping to win the race for the best fruit against the birds.

The pond has matured beautifully, and is home to dozens of tadpoles, hard to appreciate that it was just earth, stones and water only a year ago. We have concentrated mainly on flowers around the ‘top terrace’, using seeds collected last year. No sign of sunflowers yet!!

The weather, to say the least has been changeable, from an extremely dry and cold spring, very heavy rain, thank goodness, and now a relatively warm spell…….

We are always there on a Monday, from 11am ish, weather permitting, should you wish to visit!

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Come and Join the Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree Project!

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Yes it seems early, but as all good things take their time it is worth starting early! So you are invited to take part in this community project started by three ladies from Market Harborough – Clare, Fiona and Carmen.

Three Ladies

The aim is to use the concept of craft to encourage mindfulness, help with mental health after this year of lock downs and separation and raise money for Homestart, a Leicestershire Charity supporting children and their families.

So if you can crochet or would like to learn to crochet get your hooks out and check out the website to get involved:

The Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree

The website has information about the materials required as well as the patterns and a useful FAQ page. The group have also set up a Facebook page where crocheters can stay in touch, watch videos showig how to crochet the ‘granny squares’ and follow the progress of the tree.

The goal is 1000 Squares – so let’s get crocheing!

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Dates for the Diary

After the wettest May in a long while Summer has finally started – and just in time for meeting friends and family again. While you are planning how to spend your days, don’t forget our program for the next three months:

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a book on the subject of disability: “Insignificant events in the life of a cactus” by Dusti Bowling. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Join us for an evening of Crafting with Clare (our very own Clare Faquhar!) The theme will be Recycling and Clare has planned some fun activities around the subject such as creating a drinks mat from recycled materials and turning your old WI Life magazine into paper bows and roses. And while our hands are busy, Clare will talk about tips and tricks for recycling, upcycling and crafting with recycled materials. Please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com by 8th June if you would like to take part in the crafting so we can deliver the materials to you. Zoom access details will be sent out closer to the date.

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If all goes well, restrictions on meeting in person will be lifted at the end of June. Hopefully this will mean that members can get together again for the July program. We’ll let you know nearer the time which activities will stay on-line and which group may be meeting in person. The dates/starting times for some of the activities may also be different to the usual regime – Watch this space!

Craft Club

Due to some scheduling challenges the July Craft Club Meeting will actually take place on the 30th June. Pending the weather, we will be meeting in the garden of one of the members at 2.30pm and start work on our contribution to the THE HARBOROUGH CROCHET CHRISTMAS TREE Project. Meeting details will be confirmed closer to the day. 

Monday, 12th July

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm Our subject for the month for July will WOMEN and so we have decided to read “The Womens Room” by Marilyn French. We’ll confirm closer to the time if the Book Club will be held via Zoom or face-to-face. Please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join in and we’ll make sure to keep you posted.

Wednesday, 28th July

Monthly Meeting – 6pm – July is usually a holiday month without a meeting, but if the meeting restrictions should indeed be lifted and the weather plays ball we are hoping to organise a Picnic in Welland Park to get everyone together and catch up. So keep the day free for the moment and we’ll keep you posted.

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Craft Club

19th August, 2.30 pm – We’ll be meeting at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre with our crochet hooks and wool to produce more squares for the Christmas Tree Yarn Bomb Challenge. Join us for the crochet or just for a natter! Meeting details will be send out closer to the date.

Book Club

9th August Time tbc The location for the August Book Club meeting will be announced once the rules for in-person meetings have been confirmed. Watch this space. 

Monthly Meeting

August is a holiday month, so there is no monthly meeting. The Monthly Meetings will resume with the AGM in September.

30th August – Summer Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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Monthly Meeting on 26th May!

Join us via Zoom at our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, 26th May at 7.30pm for a session of Tai Chi!

May Tai Chi

Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience or equipment needed – just wear comfortable loose clothing and clear a bit of floor space.

Zoom access details have been sent to all members – please get in touch if you have not received the email from marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.

See you on Wednesday!

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Dates for the Diary

Spring has sprung or so the calendar tells us – even if the temperatures are still somewhat behind. Fingers crossed, May will turn out to be temperate so that we can enjoy the new freedoms of meeting people outdoors and extended retail therapy. While you are planning how to spend your days, don’t forget our program for the next three months:

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Monday, 3rd May

May Bank Holiday

The Allotment is open again!

Spring has also sprung at the allotment at No 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments. For the rest of the season The Gardening Girls will be meeting every Monday at 11am weather permitting. Come and have a look!

Thursday, 6th May

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be meeting via Zoom to try our hand at making embroidery cards this months. If you would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com before the 10th April to get on the list for the materials required. The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 10th May

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for May will be a historical novel: “Dissolution” by CJ Sansom. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 26th May

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. Get ready for summer and limber up with Tai Chi. Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience needed – just join into our zoom session!

Monday, 31st May 

May Bank Holiday

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a book on the subject of disability: “Insignificant events in the life of a cactus” by Dusti Bowling. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Join us for an evening of Crafting with Clare (our very own Clare Faquhar) who will talk about upcycling items in craft projects and as an example show us what can be done with a copy of WILife Magazine – apart from reading it cover to cover that is. So don’t loose your copy! 

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If all goes well, restrictions on meeting in person will be lifted at the end of June. Hopefully this will mean that members can get together again for the July program. We’ll let you know nearer the time which activities will stay on-line and which group may be meeting in person. Watch this space!

Thursday, 1st July

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – Join us for a ‘Show and Tell’ and natter session to see what members have been crafting during the last few months. We always welcome new members!

Monday, 12th July

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for July will be a book on the subject of Women. Watch this space for the reading list.

Wednesday, 28th July

Monthly Meeting – time tbc – July is usually a holiday month without a meeting, but if the meeting restrictions should indeed be lifted we are hoping to organise a Picnic in the Park to get everyone together and catch up. So keep the day free for the moment!

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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The Art of Quilling

This week members of the Market Harborough WI enjoyed an excellent talk by Quilling Expert Jane Jenkins from the Quilling Guild this week. For the uninitiated: Quilling is a papercraft that has its origins possibly in antiquity, but certainly was practiced as far back as the 16th Century. Quilling was used to decorate precious items such as reliquaries, but also more mundane things such as tea caddies or jewellery boxes.

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Jane talked about some of the historical aspects of Quilling and showed us some beautiful antique pieces before giving us an online tutorial on how to make some of the basic shapes that can be used for a greeting card or similar. Great fun, very therapeutic and amazing how even beginners can create something quite special.

If you would like to learn more about Quilling, why not have a look at The Quilling Guild Website for more information on all things Quilling? You’d be amazed!

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Dates for the Diary

Easter is upon us – how did we get here so fast? It is also the start of our new membership year and we have lots of exciting things planned for the months to come. So if you have not yet paid your subs get a move on! In the meantime, here are the dates for your diaries for the next three months:

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Thursday, 1st April 

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – No – its no joke! We will be meeting at 7.30 pm for our monthly chat and crafting session. This month Clare will do a session on colouring stamped images. Images will be send out to members ahead of the time, so Email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday, 2nd April – Monday, 5th April

white petaled flower bouquet on white surface

Monday, 12th April

Book Club Meeting at 7.30pm – For April we are going to have a bit of a change and read a book of our own choice on anything to do with India – so plenty of scope there to hunt around the bookshelves! Zoom details will be send out via email to all book club members, so get in touch if you would like to join!

Wednesday, 28th April

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. For this meeting we will try Quilling. Jane Jenkins has been teaching Quilling for 40 years and will introduce us to all six of the basic quilling techniques through making of three flower cards. We are sending materials out for this session, so if you have missed the subscription email, the ABSOLUTE deadline for signing up is the 5th April! No experience needed – just subscribe, join in and try it!

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Monday, 3rd May

May Bank HolidayThursday, 6th May

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be meeting via Zoom to try our hand at making embroidery cards this months. If you would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com before the 10th April to get on the list for the materials required. The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 10th May

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for May will be a historical novel: “Dissolution” by CJ Sansom. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 26th May

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. Get ready for summer and limber up with Tai Chi. Tina Flloyd from www.myseniorgym.com will put us through our paces and teach us how to keep supple. No experience needed – just join into our zoom session!

Monday, 31st May 

May Bank Holiday

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Thursday, 3rd June

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be following up on the quilling skills we learned at the April monthly meeting and try our hand at some more quilling ideas. So keep those quilling tools handy! The zoom access details will be send out closer to the date.

Monday, 14th June

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for June will be a free choice around the subject of Disability, so get browsing the online book store! Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

Wednesday, 23rd June

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. – Plans are in the pipeline for this meeting, but depend somewhat on the covid-19 roadmap and if we are allowed to meet again in person. So watch this space – we’ll keep you posted!

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We’ll be updating the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on a monthly basis, so keep an eye on the website for the latest news. And please remember to let us know if your contact details change so that you won’t be missing out!

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Monthly Meeting 24th March Introduction to Family Tree Research

The subject for this month deals with starting the research into your own family tree.

March Genealogy

Our speaker, Debbie Bradley, is a member of the Sheringham WI and Administrator for the Family History Federation. She started researching her own family tree just over 20 years ago and has now started her own business offering professional genealogist services to clients.  Debbie will introduce us to genealogy, give tips on how to start your own research and provide details of some useful resources. Please have a notebook and pen handy for the talk so you can take notes.

Zoom access details have been sent out by email to all members – please get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you have not received it!

See you on Wednesday!

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Bags of Fun for Spring

What will probably be listed in the books as one of the more dramatic membership years in the history of the WI is coming to a close. We have all faced plenty of worry, change and uncertainty, but at the Market Harborough WI have have tried to put a cheerful spin on things and have carried on with our program as best we could under the circumstances. 

Since it will still be some time before we can meet again in person we throught we’d round things off with a bag of Feel-Good Goodies for each member to cheer them up while we wait for spring sunshine and the start of the new membership year. 

Bag Content

Committee members went on the hunt for useful items such as hand cream and sanitiser, note pad and pen, book marks, labels and coffee bags while shops where briefly open last year and the craft club went into overdrive to make a cream egg cover for each bag. See below for the ‘Egg Army’ in all its glory before they were put into the bags…

Bag Overview

The whole stash was then sorted, bagged up and distributed this week by committee members using their excercise hour. The feedback has been great and we hope that our members are enjoying the gifts. Watch this space for the Sunflower Competition later this year when we look to find the member that has managed to grow the tallest plant from the seeds in the gift bag!

We look forward to a new membership year full of interesting meetings and club activities – be it online via Zoom or – hopefully in the not too distant future – back in the hall in person. 

Stay safe out there and see you at the next monthly meeting on the 24th March – Zoom access details will be emailed out shortly.

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Wax Food Covers? Easy Peasy!

The MHWI Craft Club spent an enjoyable evening last night on Zoom having a natter and making Wax Food Covers to use as an alternative to plastic clingfilm and the like.

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Abbie Line from Sew by Line (instagram.com/sew_by_line) did a step by step demonstration while the members of the Craft Club followed her using their own fabric and the ingedients Abbie had supplied in advance. The results are fabulous and will definitely find good use.

Wax Wrap Session March

Fancy joining in? Read more about the Market Harborough WI and the Craft Club on the other pages of this website or get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you!

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