Last Week at Market Harborough WI

Health Kick - Louise MerciecaLots going on at Market Harborough WI’s Monthly Meeting last Wednesday.

Our main event was our speaker, Louise Mercieca of The Health Kick, who came along to talk to us about healthy eating, particularly the importance of trying to reduce sugar in our diets.

Louise, a nutrition expert, explained that sugar is the leading cause of weight gain, 2nd biggest cause of cancer, is linked to Type 2 diabetes, and can lead to bad gut bacteria.

She also pointed out that a healthy diet is not just important for our physical health but also for our mental health as well.     An unhealthy diet can cause changes in our mood, leading to addictive tendencies.   Our self-esteem can be affected.   Also unhealthy eating is thought to have links to memory impairment and dementia.

Everytime a population adopts a Western-style diet it gets sick!

Louise was particularly passionate about ensuring that children learn to develop good eating habits at a very early age.   She told us that one in four five year old children have tooth decay in their milk teeth.   A quarter of children aged 2 to 10 years old are overweight or obese.   She has written a book, especially aimed at children – ‘How Food Shapes Your Child‘:

How-Food-shapes-your child book


She went on to explain that it is accepted among many scientists and health professionals that this generation will not live as long as the one before due to lifestyle choices and the associated diseases.

If you would like further information about how to purchase Louise’s  book or help with reversing these alarming trends, Louise can be contacted at The Health Kick as follows:

Tel:  07557 343896
NFWI 2018 Resolution – ‘Mental Health Matters’
We also had a visit from Rita of North Kilworth WI who reported back from her visit as our delegate to the National Federation of Women’s Institute’s Annual Conference on 6th June 2018 in Cardiff.
The resolution ‘Mental Health Matters‘ was adopted by the NFWI with an overwhelming 98% of the votes.
Further information can be found on the NFWI website:
Emma Bridgewater Pottery arrives!
Last, but by no means, least!    The pots we decorated ourselves at the Emma Bridgewater factory in May arrived!     Feel proud everyone!  See some of the fantastic creations below:
Emma Bridgewater - our pots
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Trip to Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens – Tuesday, 3rd July 2018.

This trip replaces the ‘Walking with Alpacas’ outing which, unfortunately,  had to be cancelled  due to insufficient numbers.

Instead, we are now meeting at Kelmarsh Hall & Gardens, Northants, on Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 at 11am at the main entrance to the house.   Tickets are priced at £10 each, or £9 for concessions, for entry to House and Gardens.    Just turn up and pay on arrival.  Bring friends along too!

Kibworth House 3 July 2018 trip

The house has recently undergone some renovations.  There are three new spaces – the Basement rooms, with the servant’s bedrooms, bake-house and wine cellar; the Hidden Tunnel used by the servants to move about without being seen; and the Laundry Rooms.  There are interactive displays so you can experience what it was like to live and work in a country house.

We’ll  be stopping for refreshments in the Old Stables Tea Room.  The weather forecast looks great so we should be able to make the most of the lovely gardens too!

More information about the Hall and how to get there can be found on the Kelmarsh Hall website:


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MHWI – Forthcoming Social Events

There are plenty of social events happening over the Summer for you to enjoy.  You can book at next week’s meeting or e-mail the relevant person to reserve a place.

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

Talk about alpacas, then a chance to take them for a walk in the gorgeous surroundings of Charnwood Forest.   Includes break for pancakes!  Cost £15.  Car sharing possible.

Contact Ann Murphy to reserve a place by this Saturday morning, 23rd June:


Walk to Great Bowden – Sunday, 29th July at 10 am

Meet at 10am at Sherrard Road/Ridgeway West, Market Harborough to join our Walking Group on a  3 mile walk to Great Bowden.  Should take just over an hour.  Three stiles to navigate.  Walking boots recommended.  Friends welcome.

Coffee stop at Welton’s, 26 The Green, Great Bowden.  Contact Roseanne Steadman to put your name down:


Family Day Out to Wistow Rural Centre & Maze – Saturday, 18th August at 9.45am

A chance to bring your family and friends along for a fun day out at Wistow Maze.  Individuals  also welcome.  Takes approximately 1hr 30mins – 2hrs to complete the Maze, but you can get out earlier if needs be!  There are also shops and a café there too.

Pay on arrival.  ONLY CASH AND CHEQUES!

Prices as follows:   Adults £6.95. Child under 13 £5.95.   Child under 2 free.  Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £24.00.

Meet Jan Cooper in the car park next to the Maze (opposite Rural Centre) at 9.45am (look for an orange car!).  Please let Jan know you are coming, so she can organise teams:


Trip to the University of Leicester’s Botanic Gardens, Oadby, Leicester – Thursday, 13th September, at 2pm

Includes a guided tour around these lovely gardens.   Then afterwards,  relax and enjoy tea and cake.   Price £8.50 each.

Contact Fiona Dudridge if you wish to attend:



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Next Monthly Meeting at MHWI -Wednesday, 27th June 2018.

Lots of things for you to think about before next week’s meeting!

First of all, are you addicted to sugar?   Do you suffer from the 3 pm slump? Come and hear what this month’s speaker,  Louise Mercieca of The Health Kick’, has to say about how to beat the sugar urge and keep your body nutritionally balanced and healthy.


Also, please don’t forget we are having a ‘Book Sale’ so we would be very grateful for donations of any books you no longer need.   These could be fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, cookery books, craft books etc – the more variety, the better!

Books will then be on sale for £1 each or three books for £2 – a great chance to stock up on your holiday reading!

Book Sale2



However, all the Clubs will still be running and there are several social events you can enjoy – further details coming soon.


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‘Reading between the Wines!!’

Book Angels had a really great time at the Kibworth Big Bookshop Bash and Quiz last Tuesday, 19th June, held at the Kibworth Cricket Club.
Kibworth Book Quiz - on sale

Our quiz team, aptly named ‘Reading between the Wines’, ( well, we are a real Book Club after all) put in a very respectable performance, but were thwarted in the last section by some sneaky music related questions.


Kibworth Book Quiz - Book Angels on balcony

Our ticket entitled us to a drink and a delicious buffet, which we ate outside while relaxing on the terrace at the Cricket Club.   We were also given a goody bag containing literary treats.    Carmen even won a prize in the raffle.

Will definitely consider repeating this trip again next year.


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Have you signed up for July’s social event yet?    You need to put your name down by this Friday, 22nd June, in order to secure your place.

We meet at 11am on Tuesday, 3rd July in Charnwood Forest (car sharing possible) where we will first of all have a talk about these amazing animals, followed by a chance to take an alpaca for a walk in the wonderful surroundings of Charnwood Forest.  There will also be a break for some delicious pancakes!

charnwood alpaca



The cost is £15.00 each.   In order to secure this special rate, we need another seven people to sign up.     You can bring friends along too.

So don’t miss out on seeing these very special animals.   Please contact Ann Murphy by this Friday if you wish to go:





The reading choices for the next two months are as follows:


To be reviewed on Tuesday, 19th June at 7.30 pm at Kibworth Cricket Club

Please note change of venue and time for this meeting.

This is because book club members have decided to enter the Kibworth Big Bookshop Bash and Quiz.   Price £12 to include drink and goody bag.  You are very welcome to join us, but tickets must be purchased before the date.

Wish us luck!



To be reviewed on Monday, 16th July at 8 pm at The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough.


Dear Mrs Bird

London 1940.

When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable.

But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird!



New members/occasional members will be made very welcome.

Contact Valerie Hitchcox –


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