MHWI Sports Week

Some of our intrepid MHWI ladies, ever willing to try something new, signed up to try out Pilates and Hula Hooping this week as part of the NFWI Sports Week initiative.  On Wednesday 14th September, the wonderful Jane Fletcher gave us a Pilates taster session.  As a former ballerina, Jane has been practising Pilates for many years and decided 3 years ago to qualify as a teacher.  She was very gentle with us all, making sure that each  exercise suited our individual needs.  We were all highly impressed and would recommend Jane as a teacher.  Although this was a low impact session, we can all confirm that we felt it the next day!

Friday, 16th September was a whole different kettle of fish, Hula Hooping with Rae, was more of a HaHa Whooping session!😝 Hysterically funny!  Some of us mastered the movement, some of us didn’t!  Clare and Carmen decided that body shape was definitely the key…well that’s our excuse anyway!

Rae, from was a brilliant teacher, who is a hula hoop artiste.  We were incredulous, as we swung our bums and tums in all directions in a hope of keeping the hoop circling, whilst she barely seemed to move her torso, yet kept her hoop twirling as if by magic!

Some of the ladies managed to advance to walking and hula at the same time! Caroline and the Jo’s were particularly good…Carmen and Clare looked on in envy!

Evanda managed to hula in both directions. And her young daughter just showed us all up!

Bridget just kept tenaciously at it, with splendid results.

When we moved onto the hand routine, Carmen and Clare came into their own😜.  We all twirled, changed hands, rotated, spun and jumped through hoops.  It all looked quite professional by the end…though a few stray hoops were seen rolling from one side of the hall to the other on occasion! Annabel and the Jo’s were true all rounders, and we will let you know if they run off to join the circus!

Thank you to the teachers and members who joined in these sessions last week. It was an excellent experience, with all the usual MHWI fun and laughter!  Don’t forget that October meeting is Samba night!

Blooming Marvellous!!

Well done to all the ladies that have joined in with the Harborough in Bloom team.  Fingers crossed all your efforts will be another victory for the town!  

We had a great morning tidying the pots on St Marys Rd for Harborough in Bloom, ready for judging on Tuesday. Tansy Tilly, Jo Grundy, Karen and Stephanie Webb.

AGM Afternoon Update

Sorry for the delay in updating you on the happenings in the afternoon.  It was as emotional as the morning, particularly for me, as I managed to find the courage to stand up and challenge the resolution process!  I will update you at our next meeting.

What I will tell you now is that I have been supported whole-heartedly by members of all ages.  I will continue to urge for change of this process.

The food waste resolution was passed.  Then we had a sing song for the Queen’s birthday.  

The WI is what you make of it, whether this is at local, federation or national level.

“Wear a Hat” success!

Jo Brylka is delighted to announce, that following last night’s donations and those today from the staff at Market Harborough C of E Academy, we have raised £100 for Brain Tumour Research!

Jo wants to say a massive “THANK YOU!” to everyone for wearing your lovely hats and looking very glamorous.

Clare wants to thank the staff at work for their support towards this donation to make it to the £100.


Portillo and Prizes!

Saturday 12th March was a very proud day for MHWI. President Clare, Secretary Isabel, Membership Secretary Patsy and Vicky Atkinson (from the “naughty corner”) all attended the  Federation ACM at Leicester Grammar School.  A day of entertaining speakers and a plethera of competitions to be entered.

After the usual WI meeting business of the day, Timothy Diggle from the Leicestershire Hospitals Charity started the speeches. He gave an insight into the need for charitable donations to the NHS to help with the quality of care. 

Jenny Gilbert of AJ Atkinson, gave a very interesting and humorous account of the preparations, trepidations and achievements of having the honour of being the Funeral Directors for the interment of King Richard III. Her speech was accompanied by pictures of the practice sessions they did in secret and snapshots of the day from her personal point of view.

Before lunch we were also given an education into the workings of the House Of Lords.

But the main event was certainly after lunch!  Vicky spotted Michael Portillo, wearing a scarlet jacket and blue trousers, and she was off in true paparazzi style! She managed to snap him 😃,but not to meet him 😩.

Then we were summoned to the hall. The prize giving was the first item on the afternoon agenda.  They started with the Membership Bell…who won? MHWI!!! Who handed Clare the prize?…Michael Portillo!! A very proud moment for us all, but slightly gutting for Vicky!

The Membership Bell is given to the WI with the most new members for the previous year. Clare and the committee are extremely proud to have achieved this award.  It is a result of all the hard work that has been put into all the events that were arranged last year; our fabulous website thanks to Helen Salisbury; and our continual work to provide entertaining and inspirational meetings.  Well done to us all!
After all the other prizes, they pulled the Denman Dip, a prize of £200 towards a course at our beloved Denman. Whose name did they call? Isabel Aldrich!! There was a lot of whooping and cheering from the back. Congratulations Isabel!
Michael Portillo then amused us all with anecdotes of his days in politics and his continuing career in TV.  He was very captivating, eloquent and entertaining.

All the ladies would agree that it was a superb day and well worth attending.  Our mission for next year is to ensure that MHWI enters some of the many competitions to show off some of our talented ladies, and you never know, bring home a few more prizes!