Tonight at Market Harborough WI!

Don’t forget tonight’s big event at MHWI is a talk from Heather Jacks, Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee in 2014.   Many of our members are looking forward to hearing Heather talking to us about her time on the show and life post-GBSB.

Also, don’t forget to buy your tickets for our major fundraising Fashion Show and Shopping Event on Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at 7.30 pm at Market Harborough Theatre.   Price £7.00 each.

See you there!



Bake Club

Great Fun at Skittles Night!

Table skittles2edited - Bull at Clipson - 21-03-2018

Eighteen members turned up at the Bull at Clipston on 21 March 2018 for a fun evening of table (or bar) skittles.   Both teams put up an impressive performance, but the ‘Cheeses’  team just managed to edge into first place, as the ‘Biscuits’ team crumbled under the pressure!   No doubt a re-match will be demanded in the not too distance future!   The food was also lovely, with huge portions!

Table skittles2 - Bull at Clipson - 21-03-2018

Many thanks to Jan Cooper for organising.


Leics & Rutland Federation of WIs -Annual Council Meeting – 10 March 2018


Several of our members attended the LRFWIs Annual Council Meeting on 10th March 2018 at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground –  a very special day as it was 100 years since the LRFWI was established!

ACM - 10 Mar 2018 - Morris Dancers







Members enjoyed the many interesting stalls to browse and the Morris dancing! Our Market Harborough bunting was proudly displayed, but we could have done with some entries into the competitions.   Must try harder next year!

ACM - 10 Mar 2018 - Fiona, Me, Tricia

Members were treated to an interesting programme of three guest speakers:

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire Jennifer Lady Gretton, DCVO JP

Lady Gretton’s described her role as Her Majesty’s representative, responsible for the dignity of the Crown; encouraging voluntary service;  engaging with business and social life; and arranging royal visits.

Mandy Hickson

A really amusing and motivational speaker who described her time working as the only woman in a team of fighter jet pilots for the RAF, working in hostile environments, such as the Iraq war.     Since then she has gone on to run her own business as a motivational speaker, promoting self-belief and determination – ‘Dream It, Believe It, Do It!’.

Edwina Currie

Probably needs no introduction – ex-Conservative MP – who now lives in the Peak District with her second husband.   Gave us some amusing anecdotes about her time serving as an MP under Margaret Thatcher.










booksBook Club members enjoyed their ‘Poetry and Prosecco’ session last month.    A wide range of thought provoking and amusing poetry was chosen, such as ‘Glad of These Times’ by Helen Dunsmore; ‘The Road Not Taken’ by Robert Frost; ‘Sardines’ by Frank O’ Hara; and last, but not least, ‘I’m Going to Kill My Husband’ by Pam Ayres!!!

The next two meetings and book choices are as follows:

Mon 19 Mar at 8 pm

 ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Gail Honeyman’s bestselling debut novel.


 “Eleanor leads a simple life, wears the same clothes, eats the same meal every day, and buys the same 2 bottles of vodka each weekend ….!”


Mon 16 Apr at 8 pm

 ‘Red Sparrow’

Jason Matthews’ espionage thriller.

“Dominka is fresh out of Sparrow School, where Russian agents are taught the art of espionage seduction.”

Recently released as a major film starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Meetings held at The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough.  New members/occasional members always welcome

Contact Valerie Hitchcox:

‘Cocoa Amore’ evening

In spite of the snow, many members still ventured out for our chocolate evening on 28th February 2018, led by the award winning chocolatier, ‘Cocoa Amore’.   

W20180228_194620e were first given an interesting talk on the origin and history of cocoa, with plenty of samples being passed round – first cocoa pods and cocoa nibs, then chocolate of different flavour intensities – white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, up to 100%!


Then it was members’ turn to have a go at truffle making.   Here’s some eager members raring to go!





Plenty of rolling and squidging of chocolate ganache went on, with everyone managing to make a bag of truffles to take home with them.


We are sorry some of our members didn’t make it to this session last Wednesday because of the awful weather.    Unfortunately, we didn’t save you any of these delicious chocolates ……….!!!!

However, ‘Cocoa Amore’ are now based in Market Harborough at 10 Church Street and also at 34 Silver Street, Leicester.   Check them out at :