Do the strictly – join other members of the MHWI

Fans of Strictly are invited to join other MHWI members to learn the 8 basic movements of ‘Do the Strictly’ and come along to the Old Grammar School where we will film ourselves (to be shared on social media).  Interested? Email our Secretary, Isabel on: or call 07547 890 756


Special Armistice Day Concert in London

Click the link  below for details of a special Armistice Day concert in St John’s Smith Square, London on Wednesday 11 November.   

As part of the concert, the contribution of women to the war effort will be recalled and a song section will recall the songs sang by wartime entertainers.

For further information, please visit Tickets can also be purchased through the box office by telephone at 020 7222 1061

Table top sale or be a stall holder?

County WI notice: Just a reminder that the Table Top Sale at Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley LE7 7PR is on Saturday 7 November, 10am– 12.30pm.

 Join us and pick up some bargains and early Christmas presents.  Entrance is 50p.  Light refreshments available.

 Alternatively, you might want to run your own stall for £12.00.  Contact WI House if you would like to arrange this.    Tel: 0116 2661342  Email:  

Amazing they were!

Alison Rockett certainly amazed us with the ease with which Acholi beads could be made.  Members rapidly learned how to use cocktail sticks, long triangular pieces of colourful scrap paper and clear nail varnish to make unique beads.  You can the results below and even more pictures on Twitter WomenoftheWI

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MHWI members rolling and varnishing their own Acholi beads from colourful scrap paper

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Alison is prepared with scraps of paper (left) and glitter, tiny beads, etc (right)

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Samples of the finished Acholi bead items sold locally by Alison Rockett

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Small scraps of paper which are rolled to make the beads

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Sample necklace using larger Acholi beads. Card is used and these beads are usually made by the men as greater strength is needed

Alison also told members how she became involved with the Ugandan Acholi people when she taught out there in an international school.  The Acholi tribespeople experienced racisim and struggled to make a living by digging small pits for stone to make gravel: also one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.  With intervention by various parties, the opportunity to make and sell beads for exporting has enabled women not only to feed their families, but also to pay for education for their children.  Her intermediary in Uganda is Josephine at Acholi Bead Craft – pictures below give more details.

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Glam theme this evening

Hope you’re all set to make acholi beads this evening.  Find out more about the Ugandan women who wear these beads.

Can you bring a prize for our hair and beauty raffle this evening?

Get one of the last few tickets for our film night on 11 November, only £7.50 each – A Royal Night Out.

Enjoy cooking?  Put your name down to make some savoury finger nibbles for our film evening.

See you all later.

Christmas raffle prizes – can you help with local business contacts?

It wont’ be long before it’s our Christmas raffle.  We want to support local businesses and organisations.  Do you have contacts?  Do you know someone who would donate a prize?  This year we have a raffle licence and will be able to sell tickets on a much wider scale.  Ideas, please, to a committee member on Wednesday evening or email: