Unwanted, nearly new bags and scarves

handbag-w500-h500We all have these tucked away in our cupboards: something you scarf-2-w500-h500bought but it just didn’t get used.  So, hunt them out, and bring them along to either the February or March monthly meeting.  They must be nearly new.  We shall be selling them at our April meeting to raise money for MHWI funds.



Coffee morning success!

Despite the rain after all the glorious sunshine, people in Market Harborough turned out to support the coffee morning held at the Market Theatre this morning. This is our major fund raising event for 2014.  Thank you to members who so kindly donated items for the tombola, cake stall and refreshments.  Here we are all are, ready to go!

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MHWI members all set to go with refreshments this morning

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Claire Salisbury all ready to go with the homemade cake stall

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Carmen Wilson has everything organised on the tombola stall

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Delightful Market Harborough WI bunting made specially for the event by Fiona Thompson


Diary date – coffee time – Saturday 5 July – crafty items needed

Put this date in your diaries and bring along family and friends.  Our major fund raising even this year will be on Saturday 5 July 2014 in the Market Harborough Theatre Lounge.

In the meantime, if you have a crafty hobby and would like to while away these dark winter days and evenings making items to donate to sell, then get going now.  Whilst we hope members will donate items, small amounts of expenses for materials can be reimbursed.

So whatever your hobby, get knitting, sewing, crocheting, card making or whatever your skill, now!


Christmas raffle success and winners

images-w500-h500We are delighted to announce that our Christmas Raffle raised £154.56.  Well done to all members and their friends and families that supported us. 

All prizes were from local organisations, some we sourced ourselves and several others which were very kindly donated by businesses.  Congratulations to the winners of the first 3 prizes: alcohol gift hamper – go to Mr Walker (husband of Lynda), meat hamper – Emma Morris and Emerson & West hamper – Kim Stanford.

Chocoholics Evening – pure indulgence!

Pure indulgence!  Superb fun!  That’s the verdict from members and guests of the Market Harborough WI who made the Chocoholics Evening on the 2nd October such a success.

‘A cracking evening, with everyone enjoying themselves’ says Hazel Stacey, President.  ‘There was loads for people to do, including Chocolate Bingo and Chocolate Olympics.  All the games involved chocolate, whether it be a jigsaw, building the tallest tower or icing a cake blindfolded!’
A recent visit to a cash and carry had raided their chocolate ranges!  Then followed a sweatshop evening when committee members sorted and bagged prizes, nibbling any leftovers.  For the Chocoholics Evening prizes formed the basis of various competitions, including Name the Teddy and Treasure Chest.  The first to sell out was Chocolate Tombola.
Several members made gorgeous chocolate cakes and our tastebuds were in heaven as we sampled them and voted for the best one.
Everyone joined in to play Chocolate Bingo followed by Chocolate Olympics.  Players from each team took turns to build a chocolate tower, complete a chocolate bar jigsaw, eat a chocolate mint balanced on their forehead, transfer chocolate ball sweets from one dish to another using a straw and, finally, to decorate a cake with cream and coloured sweets (the trick? – to do it blindfolded!).
Winning team

Winning team

Local stallholders shared their wares.  All were MHWI members:
FarrinHeight Foods, vegetarian catering

FarrinHeight Foods, vegetarian catering

Melody Cakes

Melody Cakes

 Mandy’s Treats (sweet trees, candy bouquets/wreaths) – Amanda McCoy: 07791 883 929.
Mandy's Treats

Mandy’s Treats

Hazel concludes, ‘Off to bed to dream of the chocolate that didn’t touch my lips.’ (A confirmed chocoholic, she is doing a ‘giving up’ fund raising event for work this month.  Not a good time to stage the Chocoholics evening!

Fun evening at our second AGM!

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Market Harborough WI celebrated its second, successful year last night at the AGM, ably led by our President, Hazel Stacey, in her own inimitable style.  Who else could  get away with not having a Minutes Secretary this year in front of the local Federation representative, Caroline?  The good news is that we do now have one.  Karen stepped up (apologies not sure of your last name at the moment).  Claire Salisbury also stepped up to become Marketing and Social Media Secretary.  Thank you, too, to Vicky Watts who has stepped down from Secretary/PR following the birth of her first baby

Yes, seriously, we have had another excellent year, maintaining a good membership.  Monthly meetings have had good attendances with lots of different activities and speakers.  There was some debate whether this was the Egyptian Dancing or Self Defence!

Finances are looking healthy, too, thanks to the hard work of the Committee organising the fashion show, raffle and refreshments, and, of course, to you, the members for supporting these so generously.

We then had a lovely Dutch supper, members bringing a whole range of savoury and sweet nibbles to tempt everyone.  We loved the cupcakes (see picture below) with the WI logo and Inspiring Women.

Finally, members tested their knowledge on a food and drinks quiz, including a ‘name the chef’ round and Pictionary.  Here’s a question for you – drawing a Danish pastry was easy but, how do you sketch an egg sandwich?!  Team WInners came top – well done!

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Do you have a good fund raising idea?

All WIs need to raise money to pay for expenses such as venue costs and speakers.  fundraising-w500-h500Each of us pays an annual membership fee and a proportion of this goes to county and regional WI funds.  For this reason, WIs need to raise additional funds.  This can be an exciting challenge and an opportunity to share an experience or have fun with other members and visitors.

If you have a good fund raising idea, then do speak to a Committee Member at the next monthly meeting, Contact Us or call 07547 890 756.  We’re looking at ideas for an event in 2014.  This will be our major opportunity to raise funds.

If you’d like to join a small team taking the fund raising idea forwards (or any other idea that is suggested) then, again do speak to a Committee Member, Contact Us or call 07547 890 756.  It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the Market Harborough WI, do something for the local community and meet new friends, too.