Book Club Update

Happy New Year – lovely to see you all last night. And welcome to our new member!

We all enjoyed our latest read of Dominicana by Angie Cruz and had an interesting discussion around the subject of immigration from the Dominican Republic. Other books recommended were:

  • Everything I ever told you – Celeste Nga
  • Midnight Library – Matt Haig
  • American Dirt – Jeanine Cummins 
  • Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  • Bear Town – Fredrick Backman

For our next meeting on February 8th at 7.30pm we will be reading Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh. Book Club Feb 2021

And for those of you that want to plan even further ahead, the March Book of the Month will be Trumpet by Jackie KayBook Club March 2021

Happy Reading!

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Be Creative! Craft Club Update

Last week the MHWI Craft Club held their first meeting this year to discuss plans for crafting in the next few months.

Craft Club Jan 2021

With Covid-19 restrictions not likely to be lifted in the near future, the group decided to investigate if silk painting and creating re-useable food covers could be done via Zoom. In the meantime a bunch of patterns for creating Easter decorations was shared for everyone to get started making some by the next meeting on

Thursday, 4th February at 7.30 pm

If you are a regular, please note the revised time of 7.30pm! And if you would like to join in (or would like a copy of the patterns) please get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com – Zoom access details will be send out by email, so make sure your name is on the list!

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Reminder: Book Club on Monday!

The next Book Club Meeting will be on Monday, 11th January at 7.30 pm. Our book of the month is ‘Dominicana’ by Angie Cruz

Zoom access details are distributed by email, so please get in touch with marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join the mailing list or need any additional information on how to join the Book Club.

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Dates for the Diary

Welcome to 2021 and new shiny diaries! Here is what we have planned for our members at the Market Harborough WI for the next three months so you can be sure not to miss a thing!

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Thursday, 7th January

Craft Club at 7pm – via Zoom since restrictions on meeting in person are still in place. Join in for a chat and to plan the projects for the coming months! Zoom details will be distributed by email to the craft club members, so make sure you are on the list!

Sunday, 10th January

Resolutions Poll closing: As we can’t meet in person at the moment, we will be collecting your votes for the 2021 Resolutions online via a Doodle poll. The poll will be closing on the 10th January, so don’t delay: Make sure your vote counts by going online and voting for your favourite proposal. If you have lost the link to the poll, please get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com and we will re-send it to you.

Monday, 11th January

Book Club Meeting – The Book of the Month for January will be ‘Dominicana’ by Angie Cruz. The meeting will take place via Zoom and time and access details will be sent out closer to the day to book club members – If your new year’s resolution is to read more, get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com to join!

Wednesday, 13th January

Committee Meeting at 7.30pm via Zoom

Wednesday, 27th January

Monthly Meeting at 7.30 pm. Our first monthly meeting in 2021 will be a Zoom Tutorial with Phil Aldridge, who runs a local photography group. Phil will show us how to impress family and friends with stunning photos taken on mobile phones by improving our photography skills. You can either have your phone at the ready to try Phil’s tips and tricks out during the session or take notes for later. To give you an incentive to practice at your leasure we will be holding a competition to be judged by Phil – join us on the 27th to find out more!

* * * F E B R U A R Y * * *

Thursday, 4th February

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – likely via Zoom unless restictions have been lifted. Join us for a chat and a natter and to work on our projects.

Monday, 8th February

Book Club Meeting – Save the day: time and location will depend on which meeting restrictions will be in place at the time. The shortlisted options for book of the month are: “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stewart, “The Thrusday Murder” by Richard Osman, “Everything I ever told you” by Celeste Nga and “The Girl with the Louding Voice” by Abi Dare. The final selection will be made at the January Book Club Meeting, so watch this space for an update!

Sunday, 14th February – Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Day

Wednesday, 24th February

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. If you were ever worried about your handwriting, our February Meeting will be for you as we are planning a Zoom workshop about Faux Calligraphy. Jane Lappage will teach us how to make some simple items using templates that will be send out to everyone beforehand via email. No experience needed – just join in and try it!

* * * M A R C H * * *

Thursday, 4th March

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – likely via Zoom unless restictions have been lifted. Join us for a chat and a natter and to work on our projects.

Monday, 8th March

Book Club Meeting – Save the day: time, location and the book of the month will be advertised here in due course.

Sunday, 14th March – Mother’s Day

Mothers Day

Wednesday, 24th March

Monthly Meeting at 7.30pm. For this meeting we are planning a Zoom Talk by Debbie Bradley about ‘How to start your family tree’. This absorbing past time has found many new fans while people were grounded during the lock-downs last year. If you are interested and would like to find out how to go about diving into your family’s past why not join us – Zoom access details will be send out by email to all members closer to the day.

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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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A Year in Review – It wasn’t all bad!

As 2020 comes to a close we look back on a year that has challenged all of us to adapt to life in an uncertain world. After the first lock-down in March threw all plans for the year out of the window, the Market Harborough WI has tried to find new ways for members to stay in touch and keep busy. At the time it was uncharted territory for many of us, but thanks to zoom, social media and a bit of resourcefulness we actually managed to put together a varied online program, started ‘The Ladies who Can’ WhatsApp group and bring the Book Angels and the Craft Club to virtual life as well. 

So here is a kaleidoscope of images from the last 12 months as a reminder that 2020 had its enjoyable moments too. See how many you remember and can place into the right month – on the website click on any image to go to the story behind it. 

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So here is to a healthy, content and fun-filled 2021 – See you all in January!

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Merry Christmas!

 

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Merry Christmas and all the best for a happy, healthy and content New Year

See you all in January!

 

 

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Christmas Cake – 38!

 
This week the Market Harborough WI had a Bingo and Raffle for their last meeting of the year. This was our busiest Zoom meeting to-date and everyone got into the spirit of things. We even had Santas Little Helper attending… Thank you to the callers for doing a great job.
 
 
And for anyone who would like to look up all those bingo call references, here are a couple of links that may be helpful: List of British bingo nicknames – Wikipedia and The Ultimate List of Bingo Calls This won’t be the last Bingo Night we are having, so start memorising!
December Bingo Night Photo 3
All the chat and natter made us realise how much we miss meeting in person – fingers crossed there will be light at the end of the tunnel in a few months. In the meantime, the Committee team are busy planning events for 2021 – stay tuned to the website to see what’s coming up!
 
We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for a healthy and content New Year!
 
Stay safe out there!
 
 
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Layer Cakes, Roundabouts and Snowman Fingers…

There was a whole new vocabulary on offer when the Market Harborough WI met on Zoom to watch Heather O’Connor of ‘Flowers by Heather’ from Husbands Bosworth demonstrate how to create a seasonal wreath. For the uninitiated, all of the terms relate to how foliage is cut and arranged around the basic oasis frame. They are a good example of how Heather’s easy to follow teaching style helps those watching to visualise effects and memorise the do’s and don’ts of wreath making.
December Wreath Making
The result was a lovely show piece which was raffled off to one lucky attendee. And with a bit of coordination it has been delivered and (rumor has it) already decorates the entrance to her home.
And for those that would like to try their own hand at this lovely craft, the list of ‘ingredients’ have been sent to member’s email addresses.
Happy crafting and have a great advent season everyone!
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News from the Leicestershire & Rutland Federation

Our Federation have been busy adapting to our new world of lock-down, distancing and online meetings and have send out the first flyers for events in the New Year. All of these are free to WI members – just send an email to the Federation Secretary at fedsec@lrfwi.org with your contact details and the title of the event you would like to attend.

Federation Poster Online Course Q1

The Annual Council Meeting will be held on-line as well this year – please see the poster below for information. More details will follow in due course, but in the meantime you can sign up by sending an email with your contact details to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.

Federation Poster ACM

So get the new shiny diaries for 2021 out and start saving the day!

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Book Club Update!

The next book club meeting will be on the 14th December when we will be discussing ‘The 24hour Cafe’ by Libby Page

We thought it would be a nice idea for us all to talk about our favourite book read this year as well.

We hope to be able to meet at The Langton Garden Centre at 2.30 on 14th December, but as circumstances don’t allow this we will revert to Zoom at 7.30pm instead. Zoom Access Details will be sent to you closer to the day.

For those of you who would like to plan ahead, the book for the January Meeting will be ‘Dominicana’ by Angie Cruz

We’ll be in touch to confirm the meeting details nearer the time. Please get in touch with marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join the mailing list or need any additional information in the meantime

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