Annual General Meeting of MHWI + Dutch Supper! Wednesday 26th September 2018

Lots of things for you to think about and remember this week!

Firstly, it is the Annual General Meeting of Market Harborough WI this Wednesday, 26th September 2018 at 7.30 pm at our usual venue of the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.   This is your chance to get involved, vote for officers, or maybe volunteer to help with the running of your WI – all help, great or small, is very much appreciated.

Vacancy for Secretary

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We still need someone to fill the role of Secretary – we can’t continue as a WI without someone to do this!  This is a fairly straightforward admin role – e-mails, post, agendas, etc.   (We have a separate volunteer to do the Minutes.}  There’s flexibility on when you carry out your role and we promise you full support to help you get started.   Have a chat with us on Wednesday if you think you could be interested.

Dutch Supper, Competitions and Prizes!

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Once the business side of the evening is sorted, we will be relaxing over a Dutch Supper, so bring along some savoury or sweet food/nibbles and cold drinks, if you wish.   There will also be some competitions and prizes to be won!!!

In order to save using plastic or doing loads of washing up, please could everyone bring their own crockery and cutlery with them!    Many thanks!

Jar Raffle
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Don’t forget we are having a Jam Jar Raffle on Wednesday.   Fill a jar with anything you like, up to a value of £5 and bring it along to be raffled.   There will be prizes for best decorated jar and most original contents!



Next MHWI Walk – Sunday, 30 Sep 2018

Come and join us on Sunday, 30th September when our Walking Group will be setting off along the attractive canal footpaths around Foxton.   See below for full details:

07 Under bridge at Foxton


Meeting Time and Place:   10 am at North Lane in Foxton

Duration:   Walk should take around an hour

Boots/comfortable shoes advised.   Some steep surfaced paths.

You can bring friends along too!


Coffee Stop en Route


Please contact Roseanne Steadman to let her know you will be coming along:





Book ‘Angels’ -Mon, 17 September 2018

Monday, 17th September 2018 at 8pm

Book club members will be meeting at their usual location of The Angel Hotel, Market Harborough, in the downstairs bar.

We will be discussing books of own choice with a medical/ health related theme, both fiction and non-fiction.  Several members have already chosen to read the following bestselling book:

This is Going to Hurt

The secret diaries of a junior doctor!  A ‘no holds barred account of life on the NHS front line’.  Supposed to be ‘hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking’!


Monday, 15th October at 8pm

The following month we will be reading and reviewing:

I Know a Secret

A crime-solving thriller!  New York Times Bestseller.  “Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives”!


New members/occasional members very welcome.

Contact Valerie Hitchcox:



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Bake Club – Thurs, 13 September 2018

The next meeting of the MHWI Bake Club will be on Thursday, 13th September at 7pm at Fortnums Home Improvement Centre, Unit H, Riverside End, Riverside, Market Harborough.

The theme will be ‘Biscuits and Cookies’.

Here’s some of the delicious ‘Summer Fruits’ creations members brought along last month:

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New members and occasional members very welcome

For further information, contact Tina Fortnum:

Craft Club – Thurs, 6 September 2018

The next meeting of the Market Harborough WI Craft Club will be held on Thursday, 6th September 2018 between 7pm to 9pm in The Lounge at the Congregational Church, Market Harborough.

This is a free choice session so members should bring along their own sewing or crafting project to work on.

We will be having a discussion about the programme for  Craft Club for Autumn/Winter, so come along and share any ideas you may have.


New members and occasional members always welcome.

Enquiries to Sarah Trappitt :

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‘The Pickled Village’ at MHWI

Just in case you missed last week’s meeting, here’s a few notes about our very interesting evening with Camille Ortega McLean from the ‘Pickled Village’ company.

As you can see, we were treated to tasting a host of Camille’s wonderful range, and had the opportunity to buy them.

Camille - Pickled Village - 22 Aug 2018

Camille literally made her first batch of chutney in her kitchen and went on to set up ‘Well Pickled’ in Scotland.   Over a period of time, she moved the business to a large manufacturing unit.  Her products have been sold in Fortnums, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges as well as in delis and farm shops. Word spread and they were soon stocked in fine food shops in France, the Middle East and the US.  Camille believes in sharing love through food.

When Camille took on the village post office in Bulwick, she knew she would need to do something special to keep it going. She set about creating a range of preserves made on the Aga in her kitchen and, with the support of the village,  Camille has turned the shop and tea terrace into a hub for the village as well as a destination for visitors from all over. With the launch of ‘The Pickled Shop’ she can now spread the love even further.

The ‘Pickled Village’ prides itself  in preserving British tradition with spirit. They produce a range of chutneys, marmalades and preserves which are traditional favourites with an internationally inspired twist.

The products all have tongue-in-cheek names, the name is thought up first, then the recipe is developed. Camille fashioned the Jubilee preserve out of blueberry jam at the bottom, then a layer of pear and elderflower, with strawberry on the top, and sent a pot to the Palace!

The manufacturing is now carried out at Bramble Foods, Market Harborough, where gift packs containing three jars have been added to the range, as well as hampers for every occasion.

A inspirational talk, by a truly inspirational woman!


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Ready to get Pickled? Wednesday, 22nd August 2018.

Yes!   We’re back!   MHWI’s monthly meetings restart next Wednesday, 22nd August at 7.30 pm, after the summer break.

Our speaker will be Camille Ortega McLean who will be inspiring us to get ‘pickled’ with her talk about her award winning businessThe Pickled Village’which makes chutneys, relishes, jams and marmalades.   Apparently, these are based on ‘British traditional favourites with an internationally inspired twist’.

Sound delicious!   Can’t wait!

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Hopefully, see you all on Wednesday!



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