Join us for our July Social Event at the Langton Arms!

July is the summer break in our monthly programme. So instead we are organising a social event for any members that would like to meet and stay in touch before the programme restarts again in August.

Join us at the Langton Arms in Church Langton on 27th July 2022 at 7pm for 

Dinner in the Garden Room at 7.30pm

Langton Arms

To join in, sign up by sending  an email to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com – we’d love to see you!

And if you would like to join the Market Harborough WI why not have a look around this website to see what else is planned for this year or email us at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

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Warriors, Dogs and Happy Babies

Last night members of the Market Harborough WI enjoyed a brilliant session with Yoga teacher Sam Winters. Sam practices Vinyasa Yoga, which is a style of yoga characterized by stringing postures together so that you move from one to another, seamlessly, using breath. Hence it is commonly known as ‘Flow Yoga’.

We practised some yoga moves – the warrior, downward dog, child pose and happy baby pose. At the end of the session Sam also talked about various other types of yoga and where they originate from. All in all a ‘totally chilled evening’ as one of the members termed it.

If you are interested in joining one of Sam Winter’s classes you can find her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Sam-Winters-Yoga-340568056352769

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Reminder: MHWI Monthly Meeting tomorrow!

This month we are welcoming Sam Winters, who will lead us in a Yoga class.

Members can choose to follow the excercises on a mat or on a chair – please bring a mat if you have got one, chairs will be provided 🙂 For either option, please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

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

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An Evening Walk along the Canal

The Walking Group’s June Walk took the group from Union Wharf along Alvington Way to Burnmil Road and through the fields west of Great Bowden.

We then joined the canal off Leicester Lane and followed it back to the Wharf – where the obligatory celebratory end-of-walk drink awaited… Lovely evening!

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Green, Rinks, Mats and Jacks

The Market Harborough WI went bowling at the Little Bowden Bowling Club for their July Social Event. The weather was perfect when the group met at the club in the early evening.

Volunteers from the club were on hand to provide instruction and teach the basics before the teams played a couple of rounds. The evening was rounded off with refreshments and some delicious pizzas.

Great fun all round – many thanks to the Little Bowden Bowling Club for having us!

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Guess that Dance!

The May Monthly Meeting of the Market Harborough WI featured an introduction to South American Music by Los Amigos – a group of three friends based in Leicestershire.

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The members of the group are all passionate about latin american music – and since they also happen to be music teachers they not only provided interesting bits of information about the various aspects of the music, they also had us guessing tunes and dance rythms.

While Verity Morris with her clarinet and Neville Cooper on the guitar are more involved in carrying the tunes, the percussion instruments deliver most of the foot-tapping-inducing rythm. And there were a lot of them! Harry Heppingstall demonstrated a cross section – from the traditional two pieces of wood to the ‘fish box’ with guitar strings to bongos and a peruvian box drum – and then proceeded to demonstrate how many he could play at the same time without loosing the rythm. At times there seemed to be more than the regulation two hands and two feet involved! It was an entertaining evening that had us tapping our feet and humming along long after the music had finished.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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