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 natter and to work on some of our crafting projects. 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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Dates for the Diary

Just as we got used to enjoying the sunshine and the first signs of spring the new month is snatching it away again with grey days more aligned with the season. So to cheer you up, here is the updated list of meetings and activities planned for our members for the next few months.

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The new subscription year starts on 1st April 2021 and so we will be collecting the subs for next year this month. Details of our discounted fee have been sent out to members by email. Please note the new bank account details if you are planning to pay by BACS.

Thursday, 4th March

Craft Club at 7.30 pm – We’ll be meeting via Zoom to make Beeswax Food Covers this month. Materials have been handed out to subscribers to the session, but make sure to have the remaining items listed on the instructions ready to go!

Saturday, 6th March

The Leicestershire & Rutland Federation Annual Council Meeting will take place via Zoom this year. Speakers include Sally Illsley of the Girl Guides and Horticulturalist Christine Walkden. Access details will be send out to attendees by 3rd March.

Monday, 8th March

Book Club Meeting at 7.30 pm The book of the month for March will be Trumpet by Jackie Kay. Zoom access details will be send out to members by email – let us know if you want to join

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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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! We will also be deciding on the book for May, which should be a historical novel – so bring some suggestions! 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. For this session we will need to send out some materials, so look out for an email with the details of how to subswcribe. 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. Details of materials required and 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. 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 in!

Monday, 31st May 

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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Reminder: Monthly Meeting on Wednesday!

The next monthly meeting of the MHWI will be on 24th February at 7.30pm.

We’ll be trying out Faux Calligraphy – zoom access details, a list of items required and copies of the worksheets to be printed have been sent out by email. Please get in touch if you have not received it!

February Faux Calligraphy Image

And we shall also be announcing the winner of our photography competition. A link to the photos is included in the email so that you can have a preview of the photos that have been submitted

See you all on Wednesday!

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A Blanket Success Story!

You may remember that the members of the MHWI Craft Club was busy knitting a big pile of squares in a mix of colours for a charity blanket project a few month back. 

Craft Club Squares Nov 2020

Well – they were duly handed in to the Framework Knitters Company who have turned them into a lovely blanket and donated it to a loving home as part of their community charity project:

Blanket 205 Notts

Thank you to all those that participated in the project – so nice to see your work go to a good cause!

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