Crafting Extravaganza Last Night!

Last night at Market Harborough WI, our President, Anne, presented us with a tempting array of Christmas craft ideas for us to try out over the festive season.

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Anne talked us through how to make many of these items – from simple table decorations, to wreaths, paper ornaments and even elves on shelves and skis!    Most of the materials she had sourced very cheaply from discount and charity shops, such as Christmas baubles, lights and glass vases.   Other materials she had used included pine cones, wool and a surprising number of empty wine bottles!   This enabled her to make items at a fraction of the cost of shop bought items.

Here’s ones she made earlier!

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Afterwards, we had lots of fun trying to recreate some of these craft items for ourselves, producing our own highly original range of wreaths, paper ornaments and some very stylised elves!

 

Look out for details of our Christmas Party in December.    Remember, because of the Christmas Bank Holiday, it is a week earlier than normal – on Wednesday, 19th December.

 

 

 

 

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Come along to a Crafternoon!

Have you had a chance to attend a Crafternoon yet?    This is your chance to spend a relaxing afternoon simply devoted to crafting in a small group of approximately six people.

Our next Crafternoon will be in Market Harborough on Wednesday, 5th December 2018 at 2pm.   You will have the opportunity to make two Christmas decorations.   Those attending will take home the materials and instructions for a further three decorations in a handmade gift bag!

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The cost is £7.50 to include materials, mince pies, tea and coffee.

If you are interested in attending, e-mail us for further information at:

marketharboroughwi@gmail.com

 

 

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Christmas Crafts this Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Lots of things happening at our monthly meeting this Wednesday, starting at 7.30 pm!

Craft Evening

Firstly, we have planned a creative evening for you making crafts suitable for the forthcoming festive season.   There will be a choice of craft/activity following a demonstration by our President, Anne.    These occasions are always a great chance to have a fun, social evening and get to know each other a little better.    All equipment and materials will be provided.

Tickets on Sale for Christmas Gift Bag Raffle

Tickets will be on sale this  Wednesday for the Christmas Gift Bag Raffle in December (along with the usual raffle tickets for November).  Tickets costs £1.00 each.    There will be 24 gift bags to be won – all will have some sort of prize and there will also be some bags containing £10, £20, and £50!!!!!!!!    If you won’t be able to get to the December meeting, you can nominate someone to choose a gift bag for you.

Last Chance to book for Han Chinese New Year – Tuesday, 5th February 2019.

Thirdly, this Wednesday is your last chance to book for the Chinese New Year dinner and entertainment at Han’s Restaurant, 29 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, on Tuesday, 5th February.    Price:  £33.00.   If you are not going to be at the meeting on Wednesday but wish to go, please e-mail Fiona:   fegraham1@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Next Monday, 19th November 2018 – Victorian Xmas at Rockingham Castle

Just a reminder about our social event next Monday at Rockingham Castle.    Hopefully, you are getting ready to be whisked back to Christmas Eve 1849 when you will find the Watson family and their servants very busy dashing around the Castle preparing for the festive season!

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We will be meeting at the Main Entrance to the Castle at 1.30 pm.

There is plenty of parking available.     If you have paid for your ticket, it will be ready to be collected on arrival – just give your name and say you are from MHWI.   If you have not paid already, you can do a BACS transfer to MHWI.    The cost is £12 per person.   Details can be found on our website here.

You will also have the chance to purchase delicious homemade and locally sourced refreshments after our tour.

If you have any queries or require transport, please e-mail Tricia Blake, as follows:

triciablake@msn.com

 

 

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Next Walk – Sunday, 25th November 2018

Come and join us on Sunday, 25th November 2018 when our Walking Group will be setting off on a relaxing stroll from Great Oxendon to Arthringworth and then back to Oxendon along the old Welland Valley railway line.   Occasional walkers and friends are very welcome too!

 

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Here are the details:

MEET:                 10.30 am in Great Oxendon

PARK:                 Main Street or Village Hall Car Park

DISTANCE:        3.5 miles flat walk, no stiles.

Sensible walking shoes recommended.

We will be stopping for coffee/refreshments at the Canvas Café, Great Oxendon.    As we need to let the café know how many to expect, please could you e-mail Roseanne Steadman to let her know you will be joining us:

oxendon12@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Book ‘Angels’ meets tonight!

Don’t forget Book ‘Angels’ is meeting tonight, Monday, 12th November 2018 at 8pm – a week earlier this month!

We will be at our usual location in the downstairs bar of The Angel Hotel, High Street, Market Harborough.

Tonight we will be discussing the ‘Maid’s Room’ by Fiona Mitchell.    A gripping tale about Filipino maids working in an expat community in Singapore.   Based on real life observations and interviews.   No doubt, discussions will be accompanied by some liquid refreshments!

 

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Look out for further posts about our Christmas meeting on Monday, 17th December 2018 (venue to be confirmed).   For a bit of light relief during the busy Christmas period, we have decided to read a  Children’s or Teen fiction book, or a favourite book from childhood!

New members/occasional members very welcome.

Contact Valerie Hitchcox – Vhitchox50@hotmail.com

 

 

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Ideas to reduce plastic with ‘Refill Revolution’

Last Wednesday, Beth from ‘Refill Revolution’  gave us an inspiring talk about some really useful and practical ways to reduce plastic usage.

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First, Beth emptied the contents of her bag on to the table and showed us some of the products she uses regularly in her daily life, which included refillable drinks bottle and coffee cup, pouches for carrying lunch and snacks, an alternative to disposable nappies, reuseable sanitary towels, and cloth wipes for all sorts of purposes.

She also talked about her refill scheme to try and avoid single use plastic, whereby customers can take their own empty containers along to her market stall and refill them, rather than buying completely new ones – saving both on plastic and money too!

Here are just some of the refillable items she sells:

  • Liquid soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bath products
  • Toothpaste tablets
  • All sorts of cleaning/washing products
  • Numerous dried food items
  • Herbs and Spices

From this Friday, 2nd November, you will be able to find the ‘Refill Revolution’ stall in Market Harborough’s indoor market at weekends, so do go along and check out some of the lovely, innovative products she has on offer.    DON’T FORGET TO TAKE SOME EMPTY CONTAINERS WITH YOU!

For more information and updates, you can find Beth on Facebook and Instagram :

@REFILL.REVOLUTION

 

 

 

 

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