Reminder: MHWI Monthly Meeting this Wednesday!

Our next monthly meeting is this coming Wednesday, 25th May at 7.30pm and will feature an evening with LOS AMIGOS who will teach us all about South American Music and Dance.

Foot tapping and clapping will be positively encouraged!

And since the May meeting is so close to the Jubilee Celebrations at the beginning of June we invite all of you to dive into your wardrobes and come up with something Red, White or Blue (or all of it!) to wear on the night. Flags allowed too!

We will also continue our book sale and start a new recycling project for the collection and recycling of blister packs. So if you have any books to donate or blister packs to contribute, please bring them along!

Hope to see you all on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Church Hall in Fairfield Road!

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Canal Boats, Bridges and Locks

The sun was out and the weather was glorious when the Walking Club met for their monthly walk at Welford Warf.

Marina

The village of Welford lies on the road connecting Northampton and Leicester and, being halfway between the two, was an important stagecoach stop in the old days. It also lies on an arm of the Grand Union Canal and near the Welford Reservoir. The area offers a myriad number of walks, but the one chosen took the group along the canal and back to Welford through open country side.

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And as always there was a well deserved drink to be had at the end – this time at the Warf Inn back in Welford

Well deserved Drink

And if you would like to join the Market Harborough WI or are a member already and would like to participate in the Walking Group have a look around this website to see what is planned for this year or email us at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

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The MHWI Flower Show

The MHWI Craft Club chose Flower Arranging as their topic this month.

Organised by Ann Clayton and her friend Karen Evans the materials provided included not only the flowers but also special stands (made by Karen’s partner) and a myriad of other materials for an enjoyable evening of learning from Karen how to create fabulous show pieces.

Flower Arranging Group Photo

And if you would like to join the Market Harborough WI or are a member already and would like to participate in the craft club have a look around this website to see what is planned for this year or email us at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

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Benches, PJs and Wings

Our April monthly meeting featured Suzy Felstead, a Magistrate with 23 years experience of sitting on the bench in Leicestershire and a lady of many talents – not least of them her ability as an interesting and engaging speaker.

Apart from giving a good overview of how to become a Magistrate (no – you don’t need to be a lawyer, you get a lot of topical training and mentoring!) Suzie gave us an insight into how the court system works and the challenges Magistrates have to face while doing their work as volunteers in the justice system. And some of the attendees where roped in to help demonstrating – but be assured: no members of the MHWI were harmed in the experiment…

Suzy’s stories and examples ranged from the interesting (such as the sort of things Magistrates need to take into consideration when evaluating evidence) to the the funny (like the story of a defendant who promoted her during proceedings from Sweetheart to Darling to Your Majesty) to some of the tragic but very rewarding cases where Magistrates can make a real difference to the lives of the people appearing in front of them.

What came across from Suzy’s talk most of all was how much effort Magistrates like her expend to ensure that the system is understandable to the defendant and that judgements aim not only at punishment but are made with a good dose of emotional intelligence and empathy to try and improve the life experience of the person being tried.

If you would like to know more about the subject or are considering becoming a Magistrate have a look at these websites:

https://www.magistrates-association.org.uk/About-magistrates/Becoming-a-magistrate

https://www.gov.uk/become-magistrate/can-you-be-a-magistrate

And if you would like to join the Market Harborough WI why not send us an email or join us for a ‘taster’ session at one of our monthly meetings. Details of our programme for this year can be found here.

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Reminder: MHWI Monthly Meeting this Wednesday!

For the first monthly meeting of the new membership year we will be joined by Suzie Felstead for a talk about what is means to be a magistrate.

And apart from that there will be the opportunity to learn more about our special interest clubs and of course tea, cake, chatting, catching up and the raffle.

Hope to see you all on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Church Hall in Fairfield Road!

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Walking in Sunshine…

The MHWI Walking Club met for their first walk of the year in Hallaton. The weather god was smiling on us – the sun was out, there was just a gentle breeze and the temperature was perfect for walking.

Walking Club Start in Hallaton

The walk took us past the pond in Hallaton via the edge of the recreation ground across the fields with some magid views over the rolling Leicestershire country side.

Magic Views

Our map reading was a bit rusty after the long hibernation, but we did eventually spot the ‘missing’ bridge and that elusive yellow marker. A couple of hours out and about gave us plenty of opportunity to chat, take photos of the first signs of spring and generally feel at one with the world.

Group Photo on the lost bridge

Over Fields and Bridges
And once back in Hallaton we finished off with well-deserved refreshments at The Fox Inn. What else can a girl want on a Sunday…?

Well deserved refreshments at The Fox in Hallaton

Thanks for organising the walk Fiona! And if you want to join our next walk in May, send us an email to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com with your details! Or you can find out more about the Walking Club on our website here.
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Let’s go Bowling!

Join us for our next Social Event at the Little Bowden Bowling Club!

We’ll get a lesson in how play bowls from some of the bowling club members, pay a few games and meet afterwards for a drink and a pizza. The charge of £10,- per person includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, the lesson and games as well as the pizzas. The bar at the bowling club will be open for participants to purchase additional drinks.

Sign up at the next monthly meeting – the number of spaces for this event is limited to 20 to allow everyone to have a go, so don’t wait too long!

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Let’s go walking!

Calling all MHWI Walkers! The Walking Group is coming out of its two year long hibernation!

The Walking Club is a group of like-minded members that enjoy a ramble and a chat. Each walk is about 3.5 miles and usually will take about 1.5 and 2 hours to complete. Walks are not difficult and tend to finish at locations where the group can have a coffe or drink and a natter to round things off.

The group have planned a programme of walks from April to October, which can be found here. All members are part of a WhatsApp group through which the route, meeting place and meeting time are confirmed a couple of days before each walk. If you would like to join the group, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com with your name and mobile phone number, so we can add you to the WhatsApp group. Then all you need to join in is suitable footwear, appropriate clothing and a water bottle!

Hope to see you at one of our walking meetings soon!

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Have you heard of Omotenashi?

Omotenashi is the Japanese art of guest centric hospitality and an integral part of Japanese culture. It aims to create a memorable experience through flawless preparation and by looking after guests with infinite care and attention.

And members of the Market Harborough WI certainly got treated to a wonderful example of Omotenashi at their monthly meeting last night. Yuko Dixon joined us for a talk about Japanese culture and a demonstration of her cookery craft. By skillfully weaving information about Japan and the ingredients she uses into her cookery demonstration Yuko taught us about the aim to use seasonal ingredients, how school children in Japan learn about a balanced diet from an early age and how to use soy sauce as a condiment – not a sauce.

There was also a raft of useful cookery information about ingredients like sushi rice, shredded dried fish and homemade Terryaki sauce while Yuko cooked Japanese Curry (I bet you didn’t see that one coming!) and made sushi rolls.

And the final highlight of the evening: Members were invited to sample all that delicious food. It was super tasty and a great experience.

If you would like to learn more about Omotenashi Dining why not have a look at Yuko’s Website: http://www.omotenashidining.com? And if you would like to find out more about the Market Harborough WI and what we are up to send us an email at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Up-cycling the Craft Club Way

The Market Harborough WI Craft Club spent an enjoyable evening learning how to use odds and ends, broken jewelry and beads to create new master pieces.

One of our ‘crafty’ members organised the materials and brought a huge selection of items for the group to choose from. And as you can see, the only limitations were our imagination and the finite supply of superglue… A fun way to recycle and up-cycle unloved materials that does not require specialist tools or training.

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