Christmas raffle helps young carers in Market Harborough

At the January monthly meeting earlier this week, Clare Farquahar, President, presented Diane from VASL (Voluntary Action South Leicestershire) with a cheque for £200 for their Young Carers Group.  Youngsters can be the sole carer in their family, looking after an adult.  This means that the young person cannot get out and take part in the fun activities enjoyed by their peers.

The Young Carers Group was formed approximately 5 years’ ago to provide opportunities not only for the youngsters to meet up but to enjoy some special outings just for them.   In the past, these have included ice skating, bowling and a day trip to Skegness.   The £200 raised by Market Harborough WI members from the Christmas 2014 raffle (all prizes generously donated by local businesses) will be used to fund a trip to Laserquest or to see Woman in Black.  An exciting choice for the young carers to make!

If you have a favourite local charity you would like MHWI to support in the future, then do let a Committee Member know or drop us an email Contact Us.


Fascinating Rectory Farm, Great Easton

Phil Johnson, supported by his daughter, Abigail, gave members a fascinating insight into the history of this farm, sited in a picturesque spot next to Eyebrook Reservoir, right on the edge of Leicestershire.

Abigail did the IT bit, projecting photos, film maps and inventories detailing the history of Rectory Farm dating back to the original tenants in 1865.  Phil ably took us through the history, development and diverse roles of the farm, to taking over the tenancy from his father in 1936, working with Italian prisoners of war, to the present, when he is planning to retire.  However, negotiations are underway for the tenancy to pass to Abigail and her sister – we wish you well in your venture.

Tina won the quiz identifying a range of household and garden implements gathered over the years.

Abigail and her sister are justly proud of their successful Eyebrook Wild Bird Feed business.   You can find out lots more about Rectory Farm and even download a map showing a walk across the fields and looking out to Eyebrook Reservoir.  Something for those spring days ahead?

Make something happen – have your say on NFWI resolutions 2015

MHWI members recently indicated their preference on which resolution the National Federation of WIs should be campaigning on in 2015.  The results to date are below.  We will be reducing this to a shortlist of 2 or 3 in March and voting again to decide which resolution will be voted on at the Annual General Meeting in June! Every vote counts!  If you want to know more, there’s an easy to read link to a short summary of each resolution at the foot of this post.

1. Next 100 years. 3
2. Plant a tree. 2
3. Public access to defibrillators. 5
4. Failing to care. 16
5. Food waste. 3
6. FGM. 19
7. Curb antibiotics. 4

Brief details on 2015 proposed resolutions