AGM last Wednesday

On Wednesday, 26th September, it was our Annual General Meeting.   MHWI’s Financial Statement was presented to members for their perusal and the Annual Report of our activities for the last year was read out..  Members then had a chance to vote for President for the coming year, under the supervision of Joy, one of our Federation’s WI advisers.  We are pleased to announce that Anne Clayton was re-elected as President for a second term.    We have also had offers of help with the Committee work so it looks like we are up and running again for another year!.   Details of  your new Committee Members will be published shortly.




Following the business side of the evening, we were all able to relax and enjoy a fun, social evening, while tucking into the generous Dutch Supper members had provided.   Then each table was given a cardboard cut out doll, told to get creative and make it an outfit!    I think you’ll agree the results were pretty impressive!.   Here’s the winning doll with her team:




We also had a very interesting jam jar raffle with members really making an effort to decorate their jar and provide some intriguing contents!   Here’s just a few of them:

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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!


MHWI needs you – can you help?

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Committee meeting in The Roebuck

Would you like to join a friendly team to help MHWI achieve its strap line of ‘bigger and bolder’?   Perhaps you like to make things happen or help co-ordinate events, have some good ideas.   Undertaking a role on the Committee is just the way to have a go at this and have fun.  We even meet in a pub!

Then speak to Clare, our President, or one of the Committee members at this month’s meeting.   You can arrange to come along and sit in on a committee meeting to see what we do.  We will have several vacancies this September at the Annual Meeting: President, Membership Secretary, Treasurer and Raffle Coordinator.

Help with WI committee

join our crew-w500-h500Are you interested in joining the Market Harborough WI committee in September?  It is the invaluable contributions and time volunteered by current and former committee members that have helped make this new WI so successful.

If you would like to ‘try us out’ by attending a committee meeting to see what it is all about, maybe with a view to stepping up to the new committee in September, then do speak to any one of the current committee members at the next and forthcoming coming monthly meetings.  You can spot us – we wear the sashes!  Better still, monthly committee meetings are in a local pub with parking right outside.

A couple of the original committee members will be standing down this summer so we urgently need your help now.  You can also Contact us or call 0754 789 0756.

Sweatshop girls!

Your committee met recently to finalise the arrangements for the Chocoholics evening on Wednesday 2 October at 7.30 pm at the Congregational Church, Bowden Lane, Market Harborough – make sure the date’s in your diary, and you can bring a friend, too.  Here’s Hazel working us hard packing up all the prizes:

Sweatshop girls getting ready for the Chocoholics evening

Sweatshop girls getting ready for the Chocoholics evening

A huge success – Wear It

Wear It on Friday evening, 1 March was a huge success for 2 memorable reasons: our first ever fund raising event, bringing in approximately £370 and selling just over 80 tickets, as well as being a really fun evening that worked because so many people pulled together to make it all happen.  The pictures below show how it all happened:

Hazel Stacey, President, who who worked with the committee to plan the evening, as well as being at the Congregational Hall in the afternoon and evening, helping to set out the catwalk, the stalls, making the punch and co-ordinating the refreshments.  Hazel was helped by her neice, Samantha Stacey, who is training in event management.

Sisters Sadie and Wendy from the Daisy Chain Dress Agency in Kettering who supplied the clothes,  helped models choose 8 outfits each and gave encouraging guidance to the WI models.

Paula Harrison from Randall Harrison at Archway House, Lubendham Hill, Market Habrorough, LE16 9SZ who gave her time to create beautiful hair on the models.

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Kara and her staff  from the Beauty Manor gave their time to help make the models look more beautfiul than normal.

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The  models who made it all happen: Clare Farquhar, Fiona Thompson, Lynda Meadows, Jo Brylka, Jo Grundy,Emma Paige, Sarah Dyson, Yvonne Benson, Chela Grainge and Claire Salisbury.

Stallholders displaying and selling their gifts included Petrina Campbell from Sweet Pea Gifts (079 736 177 58).  She had some enchanting bags and colourful scarves.

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Cards and wrapping paper from Carmen Wilson (07817 387 559) of Phoenix Trading.

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Joanne Rogers (0791 777 4856) of Forever Living Products.

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Some really tempting cupcakes by Vicky Watts of Cupcake Dream (0797 698 7718).

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Beautiful fresh flowers arranged in gifts in easy to carry containers by Helen Goddard of Chilli Peppers Florist (0783 547 8979).

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Katie from Titchy Stitch had designed and made some really cute clothes and shoes for babies and toddlers (0795 570 5562).

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October meeting – our 1st birthday and Annual Meeting

We’ll be celebrating our first brithday on the 24th as well as holding our first Annual Meeting.  Besides looking back on our first, very successful year, recruiting 80+ members and running many enjoyable events, it’s a chance to have a say about what happens in the year ahead.  Your suggestions are always very welcome and the committee will do their best to make things happen.

Talking of the committee, there is the opportunity to step up and have a go.  There’s currently vacancies for a Treasurer, Secretary and Marketing Secretary.

Hope you can make it in this busy half term week.  Don’t forget to bring a plate of nibbles for a Dutch supper.