MHWI Special Interest Clubs

A lot of our members share some special interests – be this gardening, crafting, reading or walking. Like-minded members have therefore formed Clubs under the umbrella of the Market Harborough WI to meet regularly and enjoy their particular favourite activity. Members can join any of the clubs or indeed start a new one!

New members are always welcome in the clubs – please use the contact from on this website to get in touch or email and put the name of the club you are enquiring about on the subject line.

Due to the restrictions on group meetings imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic some of our clubs had to suspend activities or move online during the past year. However we are now starting in-person meetings again. Please see details for each club below – where applicable the paragraph includes a link to the planned program. If in doubt, please feel free to contact us by email @ or check the ‘Dates for the Diary’ post on the main page which details activities planned for the coming months.

At present there are four active clubs:

Allotment Club – Meeting at the allotment during the growing season

Following an incidental conversation at a Bake Club meeting, members of the WI applied for and obtained a large plot at 41A Cricket Pitch View at the Stevens Street Allotments owned by the Market Harborough and the Bowdens Charity  Since taking it on in 2018 we have transformed the plot, set up a green house, added some pallet furniture and grown a whole range of fruit, vegetables and flowers. More recently we added the adjoining plot which has been given over to creating a seating area and flower beds. All of us were ‘newbies’ to allotment management, but over time and with the kind help of other allotment holders things have taken off. During the growing season the group meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm at the allotment (and sometimes more often if plants need watering). Out of season we usually favour the warmer environments of a local coffee shop or restaurant for the planning of next year’s planting.

Book ‘Angels’ – Usually meeting at the Greenhouse Cafe at the Langton Garden Centre

A group of WI members who enjoy reading started up “Book Angels” (so named after the Angel Hotel in MH where the club used to meet) a couple of years ago. It is a very informal group, usually meeting on the second Thursday of the month to discuss  the chosen book. We decide as a group what books to read – usually all read the same book, but sometimes we have a free choice based around a specific theme. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t had time to finish reading the book in time for the meeting – just come along and join in the discussion.

Craft Club – Now meeting at the Methodist Church on Northampton Road

The Craft Club usually meets on the first Thursday of the month in the upstairs room at the Methodist Church on Northampton Road. Everyone is welcome to join and try out different crafts from knitting for charity projects to card making and decorating pottery.  The program for 2022 can be found here, but the subjects for the coming months are advertised on the blog on the front page of this website. There is a small charge to be paid to cover expenses. and the cost of materials if applicable.

Walking Club – Meeting on Location

The Walking Club is a group of like-minded members that enjoy a ramble and a chat. Each walk is about 3.5 miles and usually will take about 1.5 and 2 hours to complete. Walks are not difficult and tend to finish at locations where the group can have a coffe or drink and a natter to round things off.

The group have planned a programme of walks from April to October, which can be found here. All members are part of a WhatsApp group through which the route, meeting place and meeting time are confirmed a couple of days before each walk. If you would like to join the group, please email with your name and mobile phone number, so we can add you to the WhatsApp group. Then all you need to join in is suitable footwear, appropriate clothing and a water bottle!

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