Trip to Barnsdale Gardens on Friday, 17th May 2019.

Just a reminder that is our trip to the delightful Barnsdale Gardens near Oakham this Friday.   There are 38 individual gardens to see so hopefully we will collect lots of inspiring ideas for our own gardens.   We will be doing a self-guided tour so you can go at your own pace!  Their popular tea rooms are open for light lunches or snacks throughout the day.   Most people spend an average of 3 hours there.

Entrance fee is £9.50 per person – pay on arrival.   It is about a 40 minute drive, so car sharing is encouraged.   We will be meeting at 11.30 am just near the entrance kiosk.

If you have any queries about the trip, then e-mail Tricia at:

triciablake@msn.com

For further information about Barnsdale Gardens, visit their website at:

http://www.barnsdalegardens.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Confessions of a Country Vicar’ Wednesday, 24th April 2019.

It’s our monthly meeting this Wednesday at 7.30 pm when the Reverend Canon Alan Haydock will be entertaining us with some humorous anecdotes from his life as a country vicar!

In addition, we will be having our ‘Craft Stash for Cash’ sale, so bring along any craft materials, magazines, etc that you no longer want, clearly labelled with the price and your name (donation from each sale to MHWI funds).    Further details can be found by clicking on our leaflet ‘Calling all crafters.

Also, payment is now due for the following two social events:

  • Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland – Friday, 17th May 2019 – Cost £9.50.
  • Ladies’ Day at Leicester Racecourse – Saturday, 6th July 2019 – Cost £37.

If you wish to pay by BACS, details can be found by clicking here or, alternatively, bring a cheque made payable to ‘Market Harborough WI’.

We still require further tips for our booklet on reducing plastic, so don’t forget to bring along your ideas on Wednesday or send to our special e-mail account: reduceplasticMHWI@gmail.com.  We already have an offer to produce and print this booklet free of charge, which is amazing!

Finally, looking ahead to our May meeting, we will be having a plant sale, so if you have any spare seeds or plants, you can bring them along then.

 

 

 

 

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Missed out on recent events at MHWI? Catch up here ….

Love and Romance in Art was the topic for our monthly meeting on 27th February and our speaker, Grainne, led a fascinating session on exploring the details and secrets of famous paintings portraying couples.   Grainne works for a charity called ‘Magic Lantern’ which uses works of art to help children and adults observe more closely the world around them.  We certainly came away feeling that our eyes had been well and truly opened!

If you missed the session, here is a list of the paintings we explored together:

  • 1434  –  The Arnolfini PortraiTt by Jan Van Eyck (National Gallery, London)
  • 1622  –  A Marriage Portrait by Frans Hals (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
  • c1767   The Swing by Jean-Honore Fragonard (The Wallace Collection, London)
  • 1853  –  The Awakening Conscience by William Holman-Hunt (Tate Gallery, London)
  • 1908  –  The Kiss by Gustav Klimt (Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna)
    as shown below, and then zoomed in on the couple.

 

On Wednesday, 6th March, we also had our Greek Street Food evening in the Lounge at the Congregational Church when Margarita Pap came to talk to us and demonstrate three traditional Greek dishes – a Greek Salad, Tzatziki, and Courgette and Feta fritters.    Margarita gave us many tips about choosing and preparing Greek food and we all had a chance to sample the delicious dishes she made at the end of the session.  So authentic was the taste, that we could imagine ourselves whisked back to holidays relaxing by the shores of a sun-baked Greek island….!

If you missed the session and/or want to try out these delicious recipes, they can be found on Margarita’s website here:

www.margaritastastykitchen.com

Off to try out the recipes for dinner tonight!

 

 

 

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Next Monday, 19th November 2018 – Victorian Xmas at Rockingham Castle

Just a reminder about our social event next Monday at Rockingham Castle.    Hopefully, you are getting ready to be whisked back to Christmas Eve 1849 when you will find the Watson family and their servants very busy dashing around the Castle preparing for the festive season!

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We will be meeting at the Main Entrance to the Castle at 1.30 pm.

There is plenty of parking available.     If you have paid for your ticket, it will be ready to be collected on arrival – just give your name and say you are from MHWI.   If you have not paid already, you can do a BACS transfer to MHWI.    The cost is £12 per person.   Details can be found on our website here.

You will also have the chance to purchase delicious homemade and locally sourced refreshments after our tour.

If you have any queries or require transport, please e-mail Tricia Blake, as follows:

triciablake@msn.com

 

 

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Next Walk – Sunday, 25th November 2018

Come and join us on Sunday, 25th November 2018 when our Walking Group will be setting off on a relaxing stroll from Great Oxendon to Arthringworth and then back to Oxendon along the old Welland Valley railway line.   Occasional walkers and friends are very welcome too!

 

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Here are the details:

MEET:                 10.30 am in Great Oxendon

PARK:                 Main Street or Village Hall Car Park

DISTANCE:        3.5 miles flat walk, no stiles.

Sensible walking shoes recommended.

We will be stopping for coffee/refreshments at the Canvas Café, Great Oxendon.    As we need to let the café know how many to expect, please could you e-mail Roseanne Steadman to let her know you will be joining us:

oxendon12@gmail.com

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 24th October 2018 – Gardening, Pumpkins, Stories & Songs!

The next meeting of Market Harborough WI will be on Wednesday, 24th October, at 7.30pm in the Congregational Church Hall.

Russell Attwood will be our speaker for the evening.    He will be telling us all about ‘Lasagne Gardening’ and then entertaining us with a seasonal selection of pumpkin-inspired stories and songs!

Sounds intriguing so make sure you don’t miss it!

 

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Payment for Ghost Walk and Victorian Xmas at Rockingham Castle now due

For those of you who have booked a place on the Ghost Walk on Friday, 2nd November, please could you remember to bring your payment of £8 to the meeting on Wednesday to secure your place.    The walk will now start at 7.15 pm from the Old Grammar School in Market Harborough.

Also, if you wish to attend the Victorian Xmas at Rockingham Castle on Monday, 19th November, at 1.30 pm, payment of £12 is needed.  Meet at Rockingham Castle main entrance (car sharing may be possible).

 

 

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Payment for Social Events

This is just a gentle reminder that payment is required in advance for social events in order to secure your place.       You can now pay by BACS if you have online banking.    Details of how to do this, can be found on our website by clicking here:  If you want to pay by bank transfer.   If you do not have online banking, then you can bring a cheque along to the next monthly meeting made payable to Market Harborough WI.

There are two social events on offer at the moment:

Ghost Walk – Friday, 2nd November 2018

Start Time now confirmed as 7.15 pm

Meeting at the Old Grammar School in Market Harborough.

ghosts-1775548_960_720A fun and light-hearted walk around Market Harborough with a guide, who will explain a little about the history of this market town and some of its lingering residents!

Join us for a bit of exercise and a giggle followed, of course, by a trip to a pub/restaurant for drinks/eats (optional).

Price for walk only:  £8.00

 

 

Enquiries to Denise Smith:   d_a_smith35@hotmail.com

 

Victorian Christmas at Rockingham Castle – Monday, 19th November 2018

Meet 1.30 pm at Rockingham Castle – car sharing may be possible.

 

Christmas tree decorations-w500-h500You will find yourself whisked back to Christmas Eve 1849.

The Watson family and their servants will take you on a festive tour of this impressive castle.   Be prepared for a few surprising appearances along the way!

Price £12.00 for the tour.

Delicious refreshments can be purchased afterwards.

 

 

 

Enquiries to Tricia Blake:   triciablake@msn.com

 

 

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