December Social Evening – Make Your Own Christmas Wreath!

Join us for a fun seasonal social evening together with the craft club and make your own Christmas Wreath. Places are limited, so sign up as soon as possible by sending an email to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com. We’ll send you the payment instruction by return email. Subscriptions must be paid in advance and the deadline for joining up is the 5th November 2021.

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Dates for the Diary

Autumn has definitely started now with the leaves falling and a crisp feel to the air. The good news is that the weather seems to have a bit of sunshine left (no wonder after the somewhat dimm summer) so hopefully you’ll be able to enjoy the sunny autumn days.

Here is our programme up to Christmas and any variations to the regular times/locations are highlighted in Magenta. We hope that there is something in the programme for everyone to enjoy and look forward to seeing you at the events. 

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Craft Club

7th October, 7pm – The Craft Club will be back to it’s usual slot in the calendar from October. This month we will be sorting out and sewing up squares for the Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree Project. We’ll confirm time and location closer nearer the date.

Book Club

14th October, 2pm – The October meeting will take place on the 14th instead of the 11th to allow everyone to attend. The meeting will take place at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre and we will be discussing:

“A Dangerous Inheritance” by Alison Weir

Book Club October 2021

Monthly Meeting

27th October, 7.30 pm – In October we are very excited to welcome Petra Wenham from the Ipswich Cake and Revolution WI to speak at our monthly meeting. Petra made history when she was chosen for the cover story of WILife recently and will give a talk about her life and experiences as a transgender woman. This promises to be an interesting evening, so we hope you can all join us! Zoom access details will be distributed via email closer to the date.

31st October – Halloween

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Craft Club

4th November, 7.00 pm – The Craft Club is back at the Hall and meeting in person. In November we will be making items to donate to the Christmas Charity Table at the Market – anything goes, bring a project that you can complete on the day while we enjoy a cuppa and a chat.

Book Club

11th November – The Book Club Group will be deciding time, location and book for November at the October meeting – details here in the next edition of ‘Dates for the Diary’

Monthly Meeting

24th November, 7.30 pm – Remember the Tai-Chi session? According to our survey this was one of the most popular sessions and so we are planning another activity filled evening for our November monthly meeting. No experience needed, just wear comfortable clothes and clear a bit of floor space to take part! 

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Craft Club

2nd December, 7.30pm – The Craft Club is joining forces with the Social Event Team for a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop. To take part you’ll need to sign up and spaces are limited, so watch out for the poster with the details coming out soon.

Book Club

9th December – The Book Club Group will be deciding time, location and book for December at the October meeting – details here in the next edition of ‘Dates for the Diary’

Monthly Meeting

15th December, 7.30pm – As usual our Christmas Party will take place a week earlier than the usual monthly meeting slot. Unless anything drastic happens we are planning to celebrate at the Congregational Hall with a full programme of festive fun. So save 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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October Social Event – Join us for an Italian Evening!

The Social Calendar is back! In October we will meet at Casa Nostra for an Italian Evening. To subscribe, please send an email to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com and pay your deposit of 5,- per person directly to the MHWI bank account with reference ITALIAN EVE.

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Dates for the Diary

Appologies for being late with this post! Hopefully your diaries are not too booked up to make room for our program for the next three months.

Great News: From October we will be starting our Social Events again! While the monthly meetings will stay on zoom for a few months yet, the Social Events are all about meeting in person. Two events are in the planning so far – an Italian Evening in October and a Christmas Wreath making session in December. Look out for separate announements with dates and details of how to sign up.

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Craft Club

After initially re-scheduling the September meeting, Craft Club have decided to change tack and meet for a social chat session at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre on 9th September at 2.30pm – bring your crafting project if you like.

Book Club

16th September, 2pm – The September meeting has also moved a bit from the 13th. It will again be held at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre. The book for the month will be

“One August Night” by Victoria Hislop

Book Club September 2021

Monthly Meeting

22nd September, 7.30 pm – September is the month for our AGM and as already advised in our recent email it has been decided to hold this again via Zoom due to the rising covid infections. So we’ll be organising an online voting solution and distribute the access details via email. But just because we are holding the meeting online does not mean that we are not planning some fun: There will be a quiz and prizes and a pre-view of the plans for the coming year too. 

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Craft Club

7th October – The Craft Club will be back to it’s usual slot in the calendar from October. This month we will be sorting out and sewing up squares for the Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree Project. We’ll confirm time and location closer nearer the date.

Book Club

14th October, 2pm – The October meeting will take place on the 14th instead of the 11th to allow everyone to attend. The meeting will take place at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre and we will be discussing:

“A Dangerous Inheritance” by Alison Weir

Book Club October 2021

Monthly Meeting

27th October, 7.30 pm – In October we are very excited to welcome Petra Wenham from the Ipswich Cake and Revolution WI to speak at our monthly meeting. Petra made history when she was chosen for the cover story of WILife recently and will give a talk about her life and experiences as a transgender woman. This promises to be an interesting evening, so we hope you can all join us!

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Craft Club

4th November – Back in the regular slot, the Craft Club will meet and continue work on the crochet project. Details of place and time will be send out to members in due course. If you would like to join the Craft Club get in touch!

Book Club

11th November – The group will be deciding time, location and book for November at the next meeting – details here in the next edition of ‘Dates for the Diary’

Monthly Meeting

24th November, 7.30 pm – Remember the Tai-Chi session with Tina Lloyd from My Senior Gym? According to our survey this was one of the most popular sessions and so we are planning another activity filled evening for our November monthly meeting. No experience needed, just wear comfortable clothes and clear a bit of floor space to take part! 

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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: Sunflower Competition Ending Soon!

 
Thank you to all of you who have sent in photos of your sunflowers! And for those of you that have not – please make sure that you have them in the marketharboroughwi@gmail.com inbox by 15th September the latest. The prize for the tallest flower will be announced at the AGM on the 2nd September!
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Remember those sunflower seeds that were included in the Goody Bag we distributed for Easter? Well – the time has come to see who’s sunflower has turned out the tallest!
 
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To take part in the competition please measure the height of your sunflower from the ground (or the top of the pot) and send it together with a photo of yourself next to your price specimen to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.
 
The winner will be annouced at the AGM in September and receive a price!
 
Good luck!
 
 

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Coffee Morning on Wednesday!

The weather forecast looks dry – if not sunny – for Wednesday, so the MHWI Coffee Morning at the Cafe in Welland Park is set to go ahead on the 18th August at 10.30 am.

CoffeeWe’ll get together for a coffee and a natter – you don’t have to be a member, so if you are interested in the WI, feel free to join us and bring a friend if you like (you may also want to bring a chair – just in case…)

Hope to see you on Wednesday!

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Sunflower Competition

Remember those sunflower seeds that were included in the Goody Bag we distributed for Easter? Well – the time has come to see who’s sunflower has turned out the tallest!
 
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To take part in the competition please measure the height of your sunflower from the ground (or the top of the pot) and send it together with a photo of yourself next to your price specimen to marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.
 
The winner will be annouced at the AGM in September and receive a price!
 
Good luck

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Dates for the Diary

It was a real shame that the weather did not play ball for our Picnic in the Park last week – but we will try and organise another one at shorter notice when the forecast is a bit more reliable.

In the meantime, why not join us for the Coffee Morning at the Cafe in Welland Park on the 18th August instead? See below for more details and for an overview of what is planned for the Market Harborough WI in the next three months. (Note: due to some scheduling challenges some of the dates and times had to be changed – these are highlighted in purple.)

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Book Club

12th August, 2pm – We will be meeting at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre to discuss the book of the month:

“This Lovely City” by Louise Hare

Book Club August 2021

Social Event – Coffe Morning

August is a holiday month, so there is no monthly meeting. Instead there will be a Coffee Morning at the Cafe in Welland Park on the 18th August. We’ll meet at 10.30 am for a coffee and a natter – feel free to join us and bring a friend if you like.

The regular monthly meeting schedule will resume in September with the AGM.

Craft Club

19th August, 2.30 pmDue to a scheduling problem in September we’ll be holding the September meeting in August at The Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre. Armed with our crochet hooks and wool we’ll be prodroducing more squares for the Market Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree. Join us for the crochet or just for a natter! 

Walking Group

22nd August, 10am – Get those boots out! Now that the lock-down is over, the Walking Group is getting back together as well with a Langton Walk. Weather permitting they will meet at the Bakers Arms at Thorpe Langton – please get in touch at marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you would like to join in!

30th August – Summer Bank Holiday

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Craft Club

The September Craft Club Meeting has been rescheduled to the 19th August, so there is no Craft Club Meeting this month.

Book Club

16th September, 2pm – The September meeting has also moved a bit from the 13th. It will again be held at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton’s Garden Centre. The book for the month will be

“One August Night” by Victoria Hislop

Book Club September 2021

Monthly Meeting

22nd September, 7.30 pm – September is the month for our AGM and we are hoping to get together in person by the for a fun evening with food, raffle and quiz. We’ll confirm the details nearer the time, but please keep the evening free in the meantime!

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Craft Club

7th October – The Craft Club will be back to it’s usual slot in the calendar from October. This month we will be sorting out and sewing up squares for the Harborough Crochet Christmas Tree Project. We’ll confirm time and location closer nearer the date.

Book Club

14th October, 2pm – The October meeting will take place on the 14th instead of the 11th to allow everyone to attend. The meeting will take place at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre and we will be discussing:

“A Dangerous Inheritance” by Alison Weir

Book Club October 2021

Monthly Meeting

27th October, 7.30 pm – In October we are very excited to welcome Petra Wenham from the Ipswich Cake and Revolution WI to speak at our monthly meeting. Petra made history when she was chosen for the cover story of WILife recently and will give a talk about her life and experiences as a transgender woman. This promises to be an interesting evening, so we hope you can all join us!

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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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Snails, Garlic and other Allotment Stories…

It has been another challenging time over the last few weeks with the extreme weather conditions, again!! Very hot and very wet – the good thing is that just about everything is growing pretty well.

The two exceptions are the peas and mangetout as the snails seem to really love them. In line with out ‘test, try and see what happens’ approach they have now been sprayed with a garlic solution, which was recommended to us as a humane method since the pesky critters hate the smell. Let’s hope so and that they backoff!! Hopefully we have acted in time – we’ll let you know if it worked.

You will see from the pictures that many of our crops are thriving: runner beans, potatoes, beetroot, carrots, courgettes, salad and  kohlrabi. No, we didn’t know what kohlrabi was either until Kirsten introduced us to it. It is also known as a German turnip, is a cruciferous vegetable and belongs to the brassica family. It has a long leafy stem and round bulb that’s usually purple, pale green, or white, but is always white-yellow on the inside. Kohlrabi’s taste and texture are similar to those of broccoli stems and cabbage, although it is slightly sweeter. The bulb is widely used in salads and soups but can also be roasted or sautéed. Fingers crossed we’ll have a good harvest this year.

The one thing that we have not been successful with so far are aubergines. Imagine my astonishment then when I found yesterday that a beautiful purple little sphere was seen developing. Early days, but we are ever hopeful!

The fruit bushes have been ‘netted’, and the summer raspberries are just ripening, hoorah, good for jam, well, we are WI!! Gin is good too, but we can be seen just picking and eating them off the bush, they are so moreish!

The plots either side of us had been empty for a while (is it something we said?) However, new neighbours are moving in, and amazingly we are being asked for advice. Who’d have thought?!!

One last thing to mention, is that we were chosen to be part of the Britain in Bloom’s judge’s route. There are about a hundred sites across the town, including the canal basin, the cricket club and of course the High Street and Welland Park. The judge was really interested, asking many questions, and took photos and notes. She particularly liked our pond and ‘upper terrace’ area, together with the fact we are attempting different crops this year (we’ll let you know how the loofah, peanuts and okra pan out in a later post). In addition, she was interested to hear the story of our allotment.

Well, that brings you all up to date, we now are looking forward to harvesting, and researching interesting ways to use everything. If you fancy having a look for yourself feel free to pop round and see us – we are at 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments. Weather permitting we are usually there on Mondays from 11am.

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28th July – 6pm – Picnic Time!

July is usually a holiday month for the Market Harborough WI, but with so many meetings having to be held online over the past months we are taking advantage of the end of the restrictions and are planning to hold a Picnic in Welland Park to get together and catch up.

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So get your blanket (or something more comfortable to sit on), pack a snack and a drink and join us. And if you have friends who may be interested in the WI why not bring them along? The event is free and open to anyone who would like to find out more about the Market Harborough WI and what we have to offer.

Keep your fingers crossed that the weather will be on our side and see you on the 28th!

 

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