The next meeting of Craft Club will be on Thursday, 7th June 2018 between 7pm to 9pm in The Lounge at the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.

The topic will be Appliqué, so you need to bring along your own picture to copy, some scraps of fabric, embroidery threads and sewing equipment.


At the last meeting in May, ten members tore up paper and got very sticky gluing pieces down to make decoupage boxes!    Materials ranged from old magazines and comics to wrapping paper and even music sheets, with some very impressive results being produced.

Craft Club Decoupage2 May 2018


Craft Club Decoupage May 2018


New members always welcome.

Contact Sarah Trappitt :


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There’s still time to sign up for the first meeting of our new Walking Club which will now take place on:

Sunday, 3rd June 2018 at 10 am

Meet at The Commons Car Park, Market Harborough.

Contact Roseanne on e-mail to put your name down:

We will be walking up to Union Wharf in Market Harborough and along the tow path, which is looking really lovely at this time of year.  The walk should take between 1hr 15mins to 1hr 30mins approximately.   Afterwards we will be relaxing, having a coffee and a chat.   It’s a great opportunity to get fit while sharing some time with friends.

Do try and come along and support Roseanne and Fiona with this new venture, which many of you asked for on the recent survey.  It’s your chance to put forward  ideas about future walks – locations, days, times, length, etc.  


Grand Union Canal2


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We had a really fascinating talk last Wednesday, 23rd May 2018, from Matthew Kefford, who works for the charity ‘Medical Detection Dogs’.

Medical Detection Dogs - Matthew Kefford

This charity has been established since 2008 and is based at Great Horwood (Milton Keynes).   It is run entirely by volunteers and receives no funding from government, in spite of preventing many costly paramedic call outs and hospital admissions.


There are two main types of dog:

Medical Detection Dogs - Black dog1.   Medical Alert Assistance Dogs who support people with complex health conditions, primarily Type 1 diabetes, but also conditions such as nut allergies, seizures.

The dogs use their amazing sense of smell to detect minute odour changes emitted prior to an emergency episode and alert the person to take their medication before they collapse.

This can transform patients’ lives, enabling them to feel more confident and independent.


Medical Detection Dogs - Cancer detection dog2.   Bio Detection Dogs are trained to detect minute odours associated with many cancers and other diseases at a very early stage.    These dogs screen research samples from patients at the centre – they never ‘indicate’ on a person.  It is hoped these dogs could help scientists and medics develop faster, cheaper, non-invasive methods of diagnosis.


We were all astounded at the amazing work these dogs do.   If you would like to know more or are interested in helping support the work of this charity, they can be contacted as follows.

Tel:  01296 655888


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We are planning to have a Book Sale at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, 27th June 2018 and are looking for donations of all kinds of books – fiction, non-fiction, cookery, crafts, children’s books etc.


Book Sale2


You can either bring your books to our monthly meeting tomorrow, 23rd May, or to our monthly meeting on 27th June.   So clear out all those old books and make room on your shelves for some new summer reading!  


There is a lot happening at Market Harborough WI over the next few months so you might want to make a note of the following events for your diary:

This Wednesday, 23rd May 2018 –  our Monthly Meeting

We will have Matthew Kefford coming to talk to us about Medical Detection Dogs.  These fantastic dogs are trained to detect major life-threatening diseases.   Sure to be a fascinating talk.

Also, don’t forget to sign up/pay for some of our forthcoming social events:

Tuesday, 3rd July, at 11 am – Walking with Alpacas in Charnwood Forest

Listen to a short talk all about alpacas, followed by a chance to walk with the alpacas in the forest.   Plenty of chances to take those selfies with the alpacas!  Afterwards enjoy some delicious pancakes!

Saturday, 18th August – Family Day Out to Wistow Maze

This is a chance to bring your friends, family and children along for a fun day out trying to find your way around Wistow Maze.

Thursday, 13th September (provisional) – Botanic Gardens, Oadby, Leicester at 2pm

Guided tour around these lovely gardens, followed by tea and cake.









A coach full of members from Market Harborough WI set off early on Friday morning, 18th May 2018 to visit the Emma Bridgewater Pottery Factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

On arrival, we were taken on a very  interesting tour of this friendly and homely Victorian factory.  We were introduced to various traditional crafts people, such as the jiggers, the jolliers, the fettlers, the casters and the decorators as they transformed lumps of clay into the lovely designs that we have come to recognise as the hallmark of  Emma Bridgewater.


Emma Bridgewater - spotted pots2


Emma Bridgewater - WHITE AND YELLOW POTS


Emma Bridgewater - Man making dog


Emma Bridgewater -girl painting bowl

Some members eagerly got involved too!   READY, STEADY ………


Emma Bridgewater - Ready, Steady _




Emma Bridgewater - SPLAT!


Then we were treated to a delicious ‘afternoon tea’ style lunch!

Emma Bridgewater -room with union jack flags


We also got a chance to have a go in the Decorating Studio, selecting plain white pottery pieces and adorning them with our own choice of flowers, animals, birds and spots!


Emma Bridgewater - Decorating group Vicky W etc


Emma Bridgewater - Made by MHWI2


Many thanks to Diane Claridge for organising such a fabulous trip!







Market Harborough WI Steps out in Style at Fashion Show!

Fashion Show - Vicky W - multi top

It’s been a really amazing and busy week at Market Harborough WI.   Last Tuesday, 15th May 2018, Market Harborough WI organised a very successful, fundraising event at Market Harborough Theatre, with the help of SOS Charity Fashion Shows.


Fashion Show -Fiona - linen dress



Six of our intrepid members nervously stepped out to model garments from many well known High Street stores, plus clothes from French and Italian designer wear.






Fashion Show -flowery off the shoulder dress



They were soon confidently strutting their stuff, wafting and gliding their way through the audience in garments of their own choice..






Fashion Show -Bernie - green-blue dress




Members and their guests were then able to try on garments and purchase items with huge discounts off the original price.