Autism awareness events in the town

Autism Awareness poster 2. Check out these events in the Old Grammar School on 8 and 22 April.

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Butterfly Image Consultancy – Changing Self Perceptions!

Having won a Style Consultation at the WI Christmas Raffle, I met with Victoria of Butterfly Image Consultancy  in her studio in Lubenham, just a short 5-minute drive from Market Harborough. Victoria was very welcoming and once we were settled over a cup of tea, she asked questions to find out my style personality, what parts of my body I felt comfortable about (and what not!), and the type of famous personality I identified my look with. It emerged that I tend towards the Natural style, with a bit of Classic and a sprinkling of the Dramatic!

Victoria then advised all the different types of shapes of clothes that were best suited to my body shape and tailored this to how confident I feel about different parts of my body. She gave excellent advice on how to use colour and accessories to brighten and lift every day outfits as well as giving guidance on work wear, evening wear and everyday clothes choices. Victoria also identified which shops would best suit my style and she recommended specific items of clothing that would most suit me. I was relieved to find out that I didn’t have to try to remember all of Victoria’s suggestions as she noted down everything as we went along. I was also given a tailored advice sheet on how to develop a capsule outfit and a diagram showing ideal necklines and sleeve, coat and hem lengths.

It was a really enjoyable and interesting consultation. Victoria gave me a fresh pair of eyes on how I view myself and I feel confident about trying out some different styles of clothes. Victoria also offers colour and makeup consultations. Ladies, if you’d like to feel more confident about your clothes choices, I recommend that you have a look at the website and get yourself booked in!

Fiona, Market Harborough WI Member

A right Royal tale

Immaculately dressed in his butler attire, William French, former royal butler, regaled MHWI members with tales from his career with the royal family to current times.  He began with explaining how he came to sign up for the Royal Navy at the tender age of 15 1/2, originally training as a chef but rapidly deciding he wanted to become a steward.  Once trained, William served on land until the Falklands War beckoned.  As a 17 1/2 year old he sailed on HMS Battleaxe to the Falklands where he was a gunner, but also was one of the first people to go on board HMS Gallahad as a first aider.  Helping the injured was only one of the war incidents that rapidly led him to coping with sights that most of us hope never to see.

After William returned to the UK, he had the chance to work on the Royal Yacht Britannia.  He grasped this opportunity and was able to serve many members of the royal family on trips around the world.  Photos helped us to envisage rooms inside the yacht.  William gave us humorous snippets of encounters with the royal family.

Following marriage, William left the Navy, moving on to work as a butler to many distinguished or famous people, including a lord, touring with the original cast of Calendar Girls and butlering for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.  The latter led to a story about ‘chicken fillets’ and an evening dress!

You can see more of William on Channel 5 this May, when he will on board well known yachts again, talking viewers through daily life as a butler.  He is also on the One Show.

Tonight’s meeting

William French is tonight’s speaker.  Dressed in his butler uniform, William will be telling us how how he came to be a royal butler, together with humorous anecdotes from his career on the Royal Yacht Britannia and other venues.

Remember that the raffle is bags and scarves, so maybe a chance to go home with something to brighten up your spring wardrobe.

Gin and fizz evening on Wednesday 5 April: secure your place with £17.50, payable this evening latest.

See you there for another fun evening.

Whow! So many things to do around the county

Federation have just issued details of a whole load of events around the city and county.  You will be spoilt for choice on what to do.  Why not get together with other MHWI members, car share and make an outing?

To tempt you, there is a garden tour at Brooksby College, followed by refreshments (including an evening option),    There are two competitions: a quiz with a local venue in Little Bowden (let’s put MHWI on the map by getting a team together) and a photograph competition (you have all summer to click away).

Crafts include crochet and handstitched cards (panels for cards and memory books).  You can also learn Indoor Bowls, join others at the monthly Lunch Club or attend a Faith Visit in Leicester.  Looking ahead, there’s a holiday for members and non-members at Warners, Cricket St Thomas next January.