MHWI did Burlesque!

On 22nd November, the lovely Doe Demure from Sky Tribe Dance Studios took members through a very enjoyable dance routine that encompassed Burlesque pin-up poses, walks and routines.   Members enthusiastically embraced the occasion by donning long gloves, feather boas and high heels.    Lots of fun and always tasteful!

Burlesque night 22-11-17

As some members asked about beginner burlesque courses, Doe has provided the following link for further details:




Just a reminder about our new style Christmas Raffle this year.   For starters, there will be about TWENTY FOUR PRIZES!!!   First prize will be an amazing £50, and a further four cash prizes.  In addition, there will be a huge assortment of other goodies for you to win.

This is one of our fundraising activities for the year and, as such, we hope that you will generously support it.  Don’t forget to buy your tickets at the next monthly meeting on 20th December.  Price:  £1.00 each.



Get your heels out ladies! Doe Demure, performer, instructor and Skytribe Dance Studio owner will be leading us through an interactive dance class at our monthly meeting next Wednesday, 22nd November 2017.  She will take us through various walks, routines and burlesque pin-up poses.

Doe advises that you wear clothing that you can move in and, if possible, a pair of heels you are comfortable walking in.   If you wish, you are most welcome to dress up with gloves, stockings, bustles, etc.

Sounds like a really fun evening so come and enjoy and do what ever feels comfortable for you!


Things to remember – September monthly meeting

Tonight is our annual meeting.  Your chance to celebrate another successful year with other members and the Committee.   Maybe you have some great ideas on what you’d like to see happening next year?  If so, It’s your chance, too, to step up, and make those things happen.

We’ll be celebrating with a Dutch Supper (everyone brings a plate of food, sweet or savoury, to share).  Bring a couple of glasses, too, and your favourite tipple.

Other things to remember:

  • Bring along any unwanted books you wish to donate to the Book Sale.  Pick up some more autumn evening reading for just £1 a title. or 4 for £3.
  • Raffle – bring along a decorated jar of small items for this month’s raffle  Can’t wait to see what surprising things members can put in a jar.  Now there’s a challenge!
  • Pick up a scarf bargain for the autumn – we’ll have some for sale.
  • Guess the number of buttons in a jar – £1 entry and a prize for the best guess.

Items for jewellery valuation

Do you have a piece of jewellery you would like valuing?  If so, then a speaker from Thornton’s Jewellery will be giving a talk at our October meeting.  A number of items, selected randomly from those put forward by MHWI members, will be valued.

If you are interested in having an item valued, then let Fiona Dudridge, Committee Member, know at next week’s monthly meeting.  You could also email:

Just Junk Food – a fascinating project

Members eagerly sampled a variety of foods made from unwanted food items, prepared by the team of volunteers at The Real Junk Food Project based in St Andrews Road, off Hinckley Road, Leicester.

Alison and Bobby, supported by volunteer Director Ash, began theIr talk with a poem about food waste and then went on to give us some startling figures: 20% of food is wasted in households, costing approximately £60, 5.8 million people in the U.K are in food poverty and 15 million tonnes of food are wasted each  year.

With those thought provoking figures in mind, Bobby and Alison talked passionately about their rationale for setting up their project, how they obtain food donations regularly from a local, well known supermarket, wholesale fruit and veg market and international food shops.  The menu in their ‘pay as you feel’ cafe depends entirely on donated ingredients and recipes are agreed during daily banter in the kitchen.  Dried fish from Africa proved an unusual challenge but results in a very tasty fish stew.  Alison described some of the social outcomes of the project, including meeting with others at the cafe when coming to eat, volunteering and offering skills, such as the painted van in the picture.  Nothing is wasted, even plastic plates and cutlery are washed and used again and vegetable peelings are  composted.