An evening of reflexology

A big thank you to Sue Burgess, who stepped in at very short notice, to run this month’s session on reflexology.  Sue began by explaining her approach to KORE, simply meaning a balanced approach to treating mind, body and spirit.  She touched on a short history of the subject and also passed around samples of essential oils, notably rosemary and orange.  Sue then went on to demonstrate a back massage on her colleague, followed by how reflexology is used to stimulate various areas of the foot to encourage the body to heal itself.   Hazel kindly offered her feet for this treatment.

Sue can be contacted on 07951 185518 or  She is based in Earl Shilton.

A slight aside, if you believe in things happening in 3s, then last month the original speaker could not make it as he passed away at New Year and this month’s planned speaker had to attend a funeral.  What can the third thing be … ?


Wear It – success for our first ever fund raising event!

Fashion show-w500-h500Valerie Hitchcox, one of our Co-Treasurers, has been in touch this weekend to say, ‘Just to let you know that the final total for the profit from the fashion show was £317.45 once all expenses paid.’

That’s excellent news for our first ever fundraising event.  The money will go a long way to helping with regular expenses, such as venue hire and speaker costs.

Thank you, again, to all those who gave their time to make it all happen, as well as to  everyone who attended Wear It and made it such a fun evening.  Enjoy wearing your new outfit, too – I certainly am!



Alternative medicine – visiting speaker for March

Sue Balcon, Reflexology-w500-h500Sue Balcon, full member of the Association of Reflexologists, will be the visiting speaker for the monthly meeting on Wednesday 27th March at 7.30 pm at the Congregational Church Hall, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough.  For more details and background click on Holistic Balance Therapies.

Sue will be demonstrating 3 technqiues know as alternative medicine: reflexology, head massage and ear candling.   If you are not sure what these are, then reflexology, or zone therapy, is about applying pressure to specific zones of the feet (it can also be the hands or ears) with the use of oil or lotion that brings about changes to other parts of the body.  Indian head massage is performed on the the head, neck and face to manipulate  energy channels.   In Hopi ear candling, one end of a hollow candlie is lit and the unlit end placed in the ear canal with the aim of improving general health and well-being.

What to know more?  Then see you on 27th March.

Cake Club – an invitation to join us

cake-w500-h500Market Harborough WI member, Carla Scott, would like to update you on the Cake Club.

Carla has joined forces with another lady, Hannah Fenwick, who had contacted her about the Cake Club and they have decided to do this through the Clandestine Cake Club.  This is a nationwide club and it would be great if you would like to sign up to join it by clicking on the link above.   When you have the home page on the screen, click on clubs, then under group directory search, type in Market Harborough and then click on to become a member and that should take you through the registration process.

Carla and Hannah are planning on meeting on the third Thursday of each month between 7 and 9 pm.  The first meeting is on the 18th April 2013.  There will be a theme each month and the location is not announced until the week before the date of the event: that is the clandestine part and only members get to know where it is.

You do need to register and then confirm that you will go to the meeting.  Hopefully it should be lots of fun and interesting to see how people decide what cake to bake for each theme. If you look at theClandestine Cake Club website it does show bakes in other areas so you can see its not professional stuff!!

Hope to see you all at a meeting.   Happy Baking. 

Fish Project – a chance to show off your craft skills

Building on the success of the Jubilee and Christmas bunting competition last year, Cheyla Grainge, Committee member, has come up with another idea – decorate a fish!.

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Bring your finished fish to the March monthly meeting, the 27th.  There’s a prize for the best one.  The completed fishes will be passed on to the Leicestershire Craft Centre, who have granted them an exhibition at the LCB Depot, Leicester from 14th – 20th May 2013 – make a diary note to call in and see the fish selected for display then relax over a coffee in the lounge area.

If you want to know more about the background to the fish project, the link above to the Leicestershire Craft Centre gives more details.

Wear It – we’re in the Harborough Mail again!

Check out page 10 of this week’s Harborough Mail for  a lovely, colour picture of the models, Hazel, Sam, Daisy Chain Agency, make up artists and hairdresser, together with an article explaining how successful Market Harborough WI is proving to be.

A huge success – Wear It

Wear It on Friday evening, 1 March was a huge success for 2 memorable reasons: our first ever fund raising event, bringing in approximately £370 and selling just over 80 tickets, as well as being a really fun evening that worked because so many people pulled together to make it all happen.  The pictures below show how it all happened:

Hazel Stacey, President, who who worked with the committee to plan the evening, as well as being at the Congregational Hall in the afternoon and evening, helping to set out the catwalk, the stalls, making the punch and co-ordinating the refreshments.  Hazel was helped by her neice, Samantha Stacey, who is training in event management.

Sisters Sadie and Wendy from the Daisy Chain Dress Agency in Kettering who supplied the clothes,  helped models choose 8 outfits each and gave encouraging guidance to the WI models.

Paula Harrison from Randall Harrison at Archway House, Lubendham Hill, Market Habrorough, LE16 9SZ who gave her time to create beautiful hair on the models.

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Kara and her staff  from the Beauty Manor gave their time to help make the models look more beautfiul than normal.

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The  models who made it all happen: Clare Farquhar, Fiona Thompson, Lynda Meadows, Jo Brylka, Jo Grundy,Emma Paige, Sarah Dyson, Yvonne Benson, Chela Grainge and Claire Salisbury.

Stallholders displaying and selling their gifts included Petrina Campbell from Sweet Pea Gifts (079 736 177 58).  She had some enchanting bags and colourful scarves.

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Cards and wrapping paper from Carmen Wilson (07817 387 559) of Phoenix Trading.

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Joanne Rogers (0791 777 4856) of Forever Living Products.

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Some really tempting cupcakes by Vicky Watts of Cupcake Dream (0797 698 7718).

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Beautiful fresh flowers arranged in gifts in easy to carry containers by Helen Goddard of Chilli Peppers Florist (0783 547 8979).

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Katie from Titchy Stitch had designed and made some really cute clothes and shoes for babies and toddlers (0795 570 5562).

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