Virtual Book Club Update

Our next Virtual Book Club Meeting will be on Monday, 20th June 2020 but please take note that it will be held just this once at the slightly different time of 4.00pm.

Zoom access details will be send to existing club members the day before – any MHWI member who would like to join can obtain the link and password by emailing marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.

As a reminder: this month’s book choice is “Half a World Away” by Mike Gayle

Book Club July 2020

Looking forward, we are planning to hold some joint Book Club Meetings with the Leicester Ladies WI. As they have their regular monthly meetings on the third Monday of the month we are looking to hold the joint Virtual Book Club Meetings on the second Monday of every month starting in August. So the August Virtual Book Club Meeting will be on

Monday, 10th August at the regular time of 7.30pm

The book selected for August is ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens

August Book Club

The Zoom invitation for the joint meeting will go out towards the end of next week.

Until then

Happy Reading!

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The Virtual Craft Club is now on Zoom!

Some of the MHWI Craft Club members have given Zoom a trial run this week to see how going the digital route could be used to facilitate members catching up, sharing crafting ideas and showing off completed projects. And we are pleased to announce that the Virtual Craft Club will now meet via Zoom at the usual monthly slot of the first Thursday of each Month!

Last Thursday was an opportunity to have a ‘knit and natter’, catch up and have a look at the crafting projects everyone was working on. Everyone has been busy filling their lock-down time honing existing skills or trying out new ideas. Here is a selection of completed projects we discussed:

Craft Club Group

The crafts involved range from sewing (dog bandana and apron), to crochet (the dog and rabbit toys) to paper craft (the paper animals used to illustrate a bed time story and the rainbow wreath). And we all decided to give the Flower Hammering a try, where flowers are placed between fabric and ‘hammered’ until a print is achieved.  Can’t wait!

The next Virtual Craft Club meeting will be on Thursday, 6th August at 7pm. If you are a member of  the Market Harborough WI and would like to take part, please email marketharboroughwi@gmail.com to get on the distribution list for the Zoom meeting access details. And if you are not a member yet – may be think about joining the WI? We always welcome new members!

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All Systems Go at the Allotment!

Well – what a month is has been since our last post!

Not only have all the frost victims been replaced, but they have been complemented with the next round of planting – anything from squash to sweet corn, from brassicas to peppers. And with the perfect mix of sunshine and rain it is all growing at breakneck speed.

The Gardening Girls are now all back from their various stages of isolation and we even had some visitors and a new member of the team, who made her mark in spectacular fashion by organising (and installing!) a new roof for our shed, which was in serious danger of coming down in bits after the various winter storms. See below the result: Straight roof, proper guttering, door realigned, gaps filled – nothing wasted, all materials donated, so one could call it a 5* up-cycling job!

Elsewhere the planting around the pond has been finished and the cool waters have been discovered by three frogs who seem to have settled in happily. Hopefully they’ll stay around. And the project to take the old well back into operation is well underway (no pun intended) with a pallet arch, carbine hooks, rope and bucket. We’ll need to fine tune the water lifting a bit, but soon we won’t have to walk all the way to the road to get water for the upper part of the plot.

And just when we thought it could not get any better we received a generous donation of proper garden furniture, that will fit perfectly on the upper terrace even with social distancing rules applied. So we are moving closer to having the odd ‘sit down natter’ again – even if we have to bring our own tea for a while yet.

If you fancy having a look – do come down to visit and have a look around. Weather permitting we are there every Monday from 10am until we run out of steam sometime in the afternoon.

Wonder what next month will bring…

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Reminder: Monthly Meeting via Zoom Tomorrow at 7.30 pm

Just a gentle reminder that our monthly meetings resume tomorrow on Zoom.

Zoom

You should have an email with all the access detail – please contact marketharboroughwi@gmail.com if you did not receive the mail or need any more info.

Hope to see you all tomorrow!

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Virtual Book Club Update

The Virtual Book Club via Zoom has really taken off now. The quiz was a full success and covered a broad spectrum due to every member contributing questions to the list, so this will now become a regular item in our meeting calendar.

The next Virtual Book Club meeting is on

Monday, 15th June at 7.30pm

Zoom access details will be send to existing club members the day before – any WI member who would like to join can obtain the link and password by emailing marketharboroughwi@gmail.com.

As a reminder: this months book is “The Missing Letters of Mrs Bright” by Beth Miller.

Book Club June

Please also bring suggestions for our reading list for the summer months.

Looking ahead, the next Book Club Quiz will be on

Monday, the 29th June at 7.30 pm

Each member to please bring five topical questions so that the we can have a wide range again.

And for the July Meeting on the 20th July the book choice is “Half a World Away” by Mike Gayle

Book Club July 2020

Happy Reading!

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June Virtual Craft Club – Plastic Free Food Wrapping

This month’s subject on the virtual craft club program was chosen in the context of the WI Campaigns around the reduced use of plastic (https://www.thewi.org.uk/campaigns). Most of us use all manner of single use plastic materials on a daily basis – from clingfilm to straws to food trays. Reducing them even on a small scale can make a big difference in the long-term.

Beeswax Food Wraps

The idea is to make re-useable food wraps that can replace the use of clingfilm and other single use plastics. Read more about it by clicking here or google the subject – there are plenty of reading resources available online.

Make Your Own Wraps

Here are some videos to help you along the way in making your own food wraps. Size and design are entirely down to your own requirements and taste, so have some fun using up odd scaps of fabric that may be floating around your craft drawer! Since non-essential shops are due to open again in the near future it hopefully won’t be too difficult to stock up on the ingredients, but otherwise they are readily available online.

Crafty Patti – 4 Ways to make Food Wraps

The Crafts Channel – Making Beeswax Food Wraps

Try a few more ideas

And if you want to take the subject further, have a look at these ideas to reduce waste in day-to-day life:

Exploring Alternatives

The DIY Mommy

Hope you enjoy this month’s virtual craft club – Stay safe out there until we can meet again!

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Virtual Book Club Meeting

Just a reminder for Market Harborough WI Book Club Members:

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The Book Club Zoom Quiz Night is tomorrow evening!

Make sure to get your 5 questions ready!

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It’s all happening at the Allotment!

Mint Tyre Allotment May 2020Mint Tyre Allotment May 2020

 

The mint tyres in front of the shed at the allotment are not the only things taking off!

 

Following a concerted effort by the key Gardening Girls we now have a newly laid out plot with a marvellous variety of fruit and vegetables in various stages of development. All those hard winter planning meetings in the Farndon Fields Coffee Shop are paying off, even if we had to go slightly ‘off piste’ a, because of the current ‘situation’ and b, the weather, which to say the least has been just a bit cruel: After the wet winter tempting us into action with warm sunshine and then hitting the newly planted seedlings with late frosts, a fair amount of wind and absolutely no rain at all.  So things continue to evolve and we have made a note for next year to stifle impatience and ‘not to cast a clout until may is out’…

The green house nursery is now in full swing with tomatoes, cucumbers, chard and peppers all coming along nicely. We have a legume area, with runner, French and broad beans, peas and sweetcorn. Beetroot and parsnip are already planted. And this year the brassicas will be protected by the upcycled greenhouse staging that has made friends with some bamboo sticks and turned itself into a cage.

But the piece de resistance is the new pond area next to the well in the upper part of the plot. Thanks to some generous gifts from fellow WI members, the pond dug in April has now been surrounded with the first bits of planting and a garden arch – thank you so much, we really do appreciate it! And we have finally found an opportunity to upcycle the old garden gate we have been hoarding – it goes rather well with the arch and will provide much needed support for some plants. Let’s hope the wildlife will appreciate it and visit in numbers.

So despite the challenges this month has thrown at us, it has been good fun, we have learned more and for novice gardeners, we are not doing bad at all!!

Stay safe out there!

 

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Who says we can’t?

After their carefully planned program for the first half of this year had to be abandoned due to the Covid-19 lock down, the Market Harborough WI opted to go the technology route and hosted their first online monthly meeting yesterday.

Quiz-Time

After getting our ladies up to speed with Zoom accounts, access codes and mini training sessions by helpful fellow members, we spend an amusing quiz evening online. Our  entertaining quiz host James tested us on a variety of subjects including Geography, history and Food and Drink. Great fun with plenty of banter and lots of laughter! Congratulations to Bernie, who won by a mile – just a shame that we can’t have a virtual prize. Need to work on that….

The committee members have had some great feedback already, so we’ll work on a revised monthly program using technology – watch this space for further announcements!

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