Decoupage at Craft Club

The next meeting of the MHWI Craft Club will be on Thursday, 3rd May 2018, between 7pm-9pm, in The Lounge at the Congregational Church, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough.

The topic will be ‘Decoupage’.     

Boxes and glue will be provided, but please bring your own paper to tear up and stick on – this could be old magazines, wrapping paper, maps, books, music sheets – whatever you can think of!

New members always welcome.

Contact Sarah Trappitt :




Social and Resolutions Evening this Wednesday, 25 April 2018.

We have an action packed evening planned for you this Wednesday, 25th April 2018, at MHWI’s Monthly Meeting.

First of all, we will be considering the WI’s next proposed campaign entitled ‘Mental Health Matters‘.   Our delegate, Rita, will be attending to collect our views on the feasibility of this proposed resolution, which she will take forward to the National Federation of WI’s Annual Meeting in June 2018.   (Details of  this resolution can be found  in your copy of WI Life Magazine dated April 2018, page 19.)



Secondly, we hope to have time for some fun activities and socialising over a ‘Dutch Supper’ – a great chance to get to know each other a little better.    Don’t forget to bring some savoury or sweet nibbles and a drink+glass.

Thirdly,  you will be able to buy tickets for our fundraising ‘Fashion Show and Shopping Event’ to be held at Market Harborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15th May 2018.    You can bring friends along too!    Only £7 per ticket, which includes a drink.

See you there!


Book ‘Angels’ on Monday, 16 April 2018

booksThe next meeting of Book ‘Angels’ will be held at The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough, starting at 8pm on the above date.

We will be discussing ‘Red Sparrow’ by Jason Matthews – an espionage thriller and now a major film, starring Jennifer Lawrence.


Our next book for May will be a non-fiction choice –  ‘Consider the Fork’  by Bee Wilson – a history of how we cook and eat.   This looks at how different culinary inventions and gadgets have shaped the way we think about food and cook.

New members and occasional members will be made very welcome.   Even if you haven’t had time to read or finish the book and just fancy a night out – just turn up!  We can be found in the lower bar at The Angel Hotel.

For further information, contact Valerie Hitchcox:



Tea Blending on 5th April 2018

Teablending4Gemma, one of our Craft Club members,  gave a very informative talk about types of tea and described how and where it is grown with photographs and samples of white, black, green and oolong tea.  Apparently, Rooibos tea is not made from the tea plant at all, but from a South African thistle!  We also saw a bag of tea that by weight was more expensive than gold!


The blooming tea began as a tight ball placed into hot water and opened up to reveal a delicate flower.  We then had a chance to mix these teas with a choice of fruits, herbs or flavours like beetroot, almond and sticky toffee and tie them into our own tea bags.


We came away with a pack of information telling us about the appropriate temperatures that should be used for making different types of tea and a colour wheel to help sort the various flavours.



Well done, Gemma!   What a fascinating hobby!

Heather Jacks – Winner of Great British Sewing Bee (2014)

We had a bumper turnout last week for Heather Jacks, Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee in 2014.

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She gave us a very amusing and insightful look at life behind the scenes of this reality TV show.      She described the various interviews she had to undergo before being accepted for the show.   When asked what was the most unusual item she had made – she described how she had decorated a cardboard coffin for her mother in art deco style!

Heather described the very long, tiring days the contestants had to endure and the pressure of working with a huge number of cameras pointing at them all the time, just waiting for them to go wrong!

Heather also brought in some of the items she made on the show, so we were able to admire her sewing skills for ourselves and handle the gorgeous, but challenging fabrics, she had chosen for her garments.






The next meeting of Craft Club will be this Thursday, 5th April 2018, between 7pm to 9pm, in The Lounge at the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.home-cup-tea-hot_Vector_Clipart-w500-h500


One of the Craft Club members will be talking about the fascinating subject of ‘Tea Blending and Tasting’.

New members always welcome.

Contact Sarah Trappitt :