Missed out on recent events at MHWI? Catch up here ….

Love and Romance in Art was the topic for our monthly meeting on 27th February and our speaker, Grainne, led a fascinating session on exploring the details and secrets of famous paintings portraying couples.   Grainne works for a charity called ‘Magic Lantern’ which uses works of art to help children and adults observe more closely the world around them.  We certainly came away feeling that our eyes had been well and truly opened!

If you missed the session, here is a list of the paintings we explored together:

  • 1434  –  The Arnolfini PortraiTt by Jan Van Eyck (National Gallery, London)
  • 1622  –  A Marriage Portrait by Frans Hals (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
  • c1767   The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard (The Wallace Collection, London)
  • 1853  –  The Awakening Conscience by William Holman-Hunt (Tate Gallery, London)
  • 1908  –  The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)
    as shown below, and then zoomed in on the couple.

 

On Wednesday, 6th March, we also had our Greek Street Food evening in the Lounge at the Congregational Church when Margarita Pap came to talk to us and demonstrate three traditional Greek dishes – a Greek Salad, Tzatziki, and Courgette and Feta fritters.    Margarita gave us many tips about choosing and preparing Greek food and we all had a chance to sample the delicious dishes she made at the end of the session.  So authentic was the taste, that we could imagine ourselves whisked back to holidays relaxing by the shores of a sun-baked Greek island….!

If you missed the session and/or want to try out these delicious recipes, they can be found on Margarita’s website here:

www.margaritastastykitchen.com

Off to try out the recipes for dinner tonight!

 

 

 

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Allotment News – Greenhouse goes up!

Great day at the allotment yesterday! Greenhouse frame jigsaw finally solved and erected thanks to our WI members and two ‘honorary members’, Richard and Mick!

The sun shone all day and a picnic lunch was enjoyed by everyone.

 

Greenhouse goes up

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Meeting this Wednesday, 27th February 2019.

Our next monthly meeting is this Wednesday, 27th February when our speaker, Grainne, will be talking to us about ‘Love and Romance in Art’.    She will be showing us how to look more closely at famous paintings and explaining what the details can reveal.  Sounds intriguing!

A few other things to remember are:

  • Payment of your 2019 subs of £42 is due.
  • Payment of £28 is also due if you have put your name down to go and see ‘Menopause the Musical’ in Corby on Saturday, 15th June 2019.

Details of how to pay can be found on our website here .

Also, we will be having a sale of books and jigsaws at our March meeting.   If you have any books or jigsaws you wish to donate you can bring them along on Wednesday or in March.    Monies raised from sale of jigsaws will go to support the cost of the new greenhouse on our allotment and sale of books will go into our WI funds.

Hope to see you all on Wednesday.

 

 

 

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Lovely Walk from Lubenham last Sunday

The MHWI Walking Group set off last Sunday morning from Lubenham Village Hall for a bracing walk of nearly 4 miles.    The sun managed to shine a little bit and everyone returned feeling invigorated by the fresh air and lovely scenery.

2019-01-27 lubenham walk - 3 walkers and dogs

2019-01-27 lubenham walk - tricia and ann

As always, our walkers managed to find a pub to relax in and enjoyed some well earned refreshments at the end of their journey.

2019-01-27 lubenham walk - pub

Do come and join us on our next walk – details to be posted shortly.   Remember walking is not only very good for your  physical health, but can help your mental health too – a subject close to our hearts at present.

For further information, please contact Roseanne by e-mail, as follows:

oxendon12@gmail.com

 

 

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An energetic start to the New Year with Scottish Dancing!

A big thank you to all our members for helping us through a very full and busy meeting last Wednesday.

First, we dealt with our subscription renewals.    If you have not paid yet, please ensure we receive payment of £42 by our next monthly meeting on 27th February at the latest (details of how to do this contained in an early post).

Secondly, we discussed and voted on the 2019 proposed resolutions (campaigns).    Votes submitted at the meeting have been forwarded to the Leicestershire and Rutland Federation.    It is your individual votes that are added together with members’ votes from WIs around the country    A shortlist of two resolutions will be produced for consideration and adoption at the National Conference of WIs in June.  All resolutions are on-going so we can still continue to work on previous ones, eg plastic reduction, for as long as we consider appropriate.

Last, but by no means least, we all enjoyed a very social and energetic session led by the lovely dancers from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, resplendent in their Scottish kilts and dresses!  Very appropriate for forthcoming Burns night on 25th January. Fascinating bits of history were entwined with reels, Gay Gordon’s and an excellent demonstration of the Highland Fling.   With the Scottish dancers’ guidance and much patience, we all managed to join in and keep going in the right direction!

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Perhaps a new way to keep fit in 2019!

https://rscds.org/news

 

 

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Next Monthly Meeting – Wednesday, 23rd January 2019

This Wednesday the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will be joining us to tell us a little about their history and demonstrate some of their dances.   Then we will all have a chance to join in – tartan optional, but highly recommended!

Don’t forget, that your 2019 subscription of £42 is due this month.   In order to expedite this process, please try to pay by bank transfer before the meeting.   Details have already been sent out by e-mail to you or can be found here .   Alternatively, you can pay by cash or cheque made payable to ‘Market Harborough WI’.

Also, we will be having a short discussion and voting on the shortlist for this year’s proposed resolutions (campaigns).   All very important issues so try and make sure you have read the articles in your WI Life Magazine so you can consider carefully.  (Pink cover, Issue 96, November/December 2018, p24-27).   You can also find further information about the resolutions here .    In brief, the resolutions are as follows:

  • Improving Plant Biosecurity in the UK
  • Trees – Improving the Natural Landscape
  • Pelvic Floor Education
  • Suffering in Silence:  why we need to end the taboo around menstrual health
  • Call against the Decline in Local Bus Services
  • Don’t Fear the Smear

If you want to attend our two forthcoming social events, you will need to make sure you have signed up and paid this Wednesday:

  • HAN Chinese New Year – Tuesday, 5th February – £32
  • Greek Street Food Demonstration – Wednesday, 6th March – £10

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas!

The last meeting of 2018 came to a fun and festive end last night.    First, the Cransley Hospice Choir entertained us with a mixture of well known, traditional songs, interspersed with a beautiful, melodious Christmas ‘lullaby’ written by a local composer.

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Fiona produced an excellent Christmas Gift Bag raffle for us with lots of prizes, including the cash jackpot of £50!

2018-12-19 Xmas Gift Bag Raffle

Everyone enjoyed the ‘Find your Other Half’ game, which also gave us a chance to ask each other questions and get to know each other a little better!.

The hall was beautifully decorated with our own bunting,  plus colourful knitted baubles produced by our Craft Club, and an exquisite nativity set knitted by Carolyn.

2018-12-19 Knitted Nativity Scene

The food, of course, was plentiful and delicious.

2018-12-19 Xmas Buffet

 

We would like to wish all our members a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again in the New Year.

 

 

 

 

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