Reminder: Monthly Mtg Tomorrow: Screening with Laughter!

For our October monthly meeting ‘Funny Bones’ Dr Ray Lowry, retired GP and dentist turned comedy writer and performer will entertain us on Zoom with his tales.

Zoom Access details have been emailed to all members – please get in touch with marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you can’t find the email and need the details!

Funny Bones

Save the day and join us on 

Wednesday, 28th October at 7.30pm

Zoom details will be emailed to members in due course.

 

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Spades & Drills at the Allotment…

October has seen the allotment turning from a jubilant carpet of colour to a more sombre autumn pallet. Flowerheads are giving way to seed pods, spent foliage is dying down and there is more and more clear(ish) ground to be seen.

As we are pulling up the annuals and vegetable stalks a final harvest is coming our way – amazing how many beans have been hiding under those leaves and how many seed pods are falling off those nasturtiums. We had rather a lot of these useful and pretty plants this year – somehow we did not realise how far and wide a single plant would spread. Did you know that you can eat their flowers and use the seeds in lieu of capers? There is still a bit of a glut of leeks and cabbages as well, so it’ll be leek and potato soup and a myriad of cabbage recipes in the next few weeks.

Some of the cleared beds will be hosting some winter crops – there is already a meticulous line of onions peeping out of the soil and the plan is to plant some green manure to give the soil a boost for next year. The rest of the beds will be covered over for the winter months while we start thinking about next year’s planting. There are a few ‘notes to self’ hanging around the shed to remind us of the lessons learned this year…

Autumn is also the time of year for building projects and general maintenance on the plot. We have been busy turning over and sorting out the compost bins, adding some horse manure for extra ‘umpf’. Nice and messy job, but great fun…

Over the last couple of months the pond has been filling with weeds causing the water to go rather green. So one of the jobs this month has been to clear it and add some pond plants to help the little ecosystem.20201019_133740

The good news is that the pond is very popular with the local frog population. In fact we have started a transport service from 19b on the other side of the road to ensure they all get a chance to have a dip.

The other project this month has been the ‘strawberry fence’:20201019_144137

There are a lot of strawberry runners around the plot and while the old mother plants are not producing any relevant harvest anymore, the young plants hopefully could. In order to save planting space in the beds we were trying to find a more high-rise solution and came up with the idea to convert some (kindly donated) pallets into planters. Being newbies at fence building it may not be the straightest of arrangements, but it is stable and decidedly a better looking fence than the green plastic netting that was there before. Once kitted out with weed-surpressing fabric and fresh compost (see above) the strawberries can move in and picking should be a doddle at that height…

More from the allotment next month when we’ll be closing things down to go into hibernation. Come and see us at 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments in Market Harborough every Monday between 11am and 2pm if the weather is dry.

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Reminder: Deadline for the Pamper Evening is on Sunday!

The deadline for signing up to the Neal’s Yard Pamper Session is on Sunday! There are still a few places left, so please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you are interested to take part! See below for more details:

Our November Social Evening will be a feel good Pamper Session with Independant Neal’s Yard Consultant Suzanne Thorneycroft.

Pamper evening nealsyard-logo

Suzanne will issue the attendees in advance with brochures and samples from the Neal’s Yard Organics range and then guide us through a mini facial on-line during her Zoom session. She will also discuss skincare, aromatherapy, health and well-being, and any other related topics you may want to discuss with her.

Pamper Evening

The session will take place on

11th November at 7.30pm

There are 12 places available for this session which we will allocate on a first come first served basis. If you would like to participate, please sign up by sending an email with your name and address to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com. As we will need to issue the sample package to the lucky participants in advance, your email must be received by close of business on the 25th October at the latest.

Any questions – get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com!

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Book Club Update!

The October Meeting of the The Market Harborough WI Book Club took place at the Langton Garden Centre Cafe and members had lots to discuss and talk about – not all of it about last month’s book… It was great to see members in person again and so we will be holding our next meeting on

Monday, 9th November at 2.30pm

at the

Langton Garden Centre Cafe

The book up for discussion at the meeting is ‘Redhead by the Side of the Road’ by Anne Tyler

And for those that would like to plan further ahead, the December book will be ‘The Cafe’ by Libby Page.

See you all on 9th November!

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Craft Club Mtg on 5th November!

The Market Harborough WI Craft Club continue to be busy knitting squares for the Framework Knitters Community Knit. So if you have some spare yarn and knitting needles why not join them at their next meeting on
Thursday, 5th November at 2.30pm
at the
Langton Garden Centre Cafe
The instructions for the squares are included below – Give it a try!
Blanket Knitting Project
Happy clicking!
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Screening with Laughter! on 28th October

For our October monthly meeting ‘Funny Bones’ Dr Ray Lowry, retired GP and dentist turned comedy writer and performer will entertain us on Zoom with his tales

Funny Bones

Save the day and join us on 

Wednesday, 28th October at 7.30pm

Zoom details will be emailed to members in due course.

 

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Zoom and Pamper in November!

We are all starting to feel the autumn blues at the moment, so our November Social Evening will be a feel good Pamper Session with Independant Neal’s Yard Consultant Suzanne Thorneycroft.

Pamper evening nealsyard-logo

Suzanne will issue the attendees in advance with brochures and samples from the Neal’s Yard Organics range and then guide us through a mini facial on-line during her Zoom session. She will also discuss skincare, aromatherapy, health and well-being, and any other related topics you may want to discuss with her.

Pamper Evening

The session will take place on

11th November at 7.30pm

There are 12 places available for this session which we will allocate on a first come first served basis. If you would like to participate, please sign up by sending an email with your name and address to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com. As we will need to issue the sample package to the lucky participants in advance, your email must be received by close of business on the 25th October at the latest.

Any questions – get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com!

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Market Harborough Hygiene Bank

This group of enterprising volunteers are working hard to aleviate hygiene poverty in our area by collecting and distributing hygiene article.

Donation boxes can be found in Boots, Sainsburys, The Co-op Coventry Road, The Co-op Kibworth, The Manor in Tur Langton as well as at some private addresses in Great Bowden, Clipston & Braybrooke. All donations gratefully accepted and if you would like to join the group as a volunteer or could offer space to collect/store items, please get in touch at thbharborough@gmail.com or call 07958 059 440.

Thanks for your help!

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Book Club and other Dates for the Diary this Month

Autumn is setting in and the weather is turning, but this is not stopping the Market Harborough WI from organising events and keeping members busy. After this weeks cook-along with Rosie from Rosie Makes Jam here are a few more dates this month for your diaries:

Monday, 12th October @ 2.30pm

Book Club Meeting at the Garden Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre. The book of the month is ‘Those who are loved’ by Victoria Hislop

Thursday, 15th October @ 7pm

Committee Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, 28th October @ 7.30pm

Monthly Meeting via Zoom – Screening with Laughter: An evening with Dr Ray Lowry

Details of the various meetings will be announced in due course on this website and/or via email directly to the members. So save the day(s) and do get in touch via marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you have any questions or suggestions.

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