Christmas Party this Wednesday, 19th December 2018.

Don’t forget MHWI meets a week earlier this month for our Christmas Party and we have a lovely fun, festive evening lined up for you!

First of all, you will be able to sit back, relax and listen to the beautiful sounds of the Cransley Hospice Choir as they entertain us with a selection of seasonal songs.

There will be a very special Xmas raffle with 24 gift bags to be won – some will contain a prize of  £10, £20 and £50!!!!   This will be a fundraiser for our own WI so please be generous!   Tickets £1.00 each.

 

Xmas food and drink

 

Of course, there will be some amusing Christmas games to be played as well!  Then everyone will be able to tuck in to our usual fabulous, festive buffet, so don’t forget to bring the following items with you:

  • Savoury or sweet snack
  • Tipple of your own choice
  • Plate, cutlery and glass, as there will only be limited tea/coffee available.   (This will avoid using plastic plates and give our hardworking refreshment people less work to do at Xmas!)

Christmas jumpers, Santa hats, elves’ ears and reindeer noses positively encouraged!

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

Refill Revolution - Oct 2018

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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Amazing Pumpkins!

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Russell Attwood from Kettering Pumpkins gave us an extremely enthusiastic and animated talk last Wednesday evening about his unusual form of gardening and his passion for all things ‘pumpkin’!

Inspired by a second hand book he bought on ‘Lasagna Gardening’, he has developed an easier way of managing his allotments, which he claims involves virtually:

‘No digging, no watering, no weeding’!    

 

 

The process involves spreading layers of newspapers or thick cardboard over the ground to suppress weeds, and adding further layers of various organic materials, which are gradually broken down into a rich soil.

Not only did Russell show us some of the amazing designs he carves onto pumpkins, he also brought along some of his homemade pumpkin scones and flapjacks  for us to taste, with the added bonus that they contained no added sugar – the pumpkin being used for sweetness instead.
Pumpkin song - Oct 2018

A rousing sing-song of pumpkin inspired songs, based on well known tunes, brought his session to an hilarious end.

He even managed to turn England’s green and pleasant land orange!

Look carefully, I am sure you will recognise the song!

 

 

 

 

The pumpkin theme was also adopted for our raffle and some of our members entered into the spirit of the occasion too!
Pumkins - Gemma - Oct 2018
Raffle - pumpkins - Oct 2018

 

For more information and recipes, see Russell’s website:  www.ketteringpumpkins.co.uk

 

 

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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.

 

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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:

 

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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:

 
AGM - Jar raffle

 

 

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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!

 

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!

pickled village

https://thepickledvillage.co.uk

 

Hopefully, see you all on Wednesday!

 

 

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