Well fancy that! Facts about Leicestershire WIs

Leicestershire-and-Rutland-Federation-badge-w500-h500Did you know that Market Harborough WI is one of the biggest in the Leicestershire and Rutland Federation of WIs?  We have 64 members.  Well done, ladies, for achieving this feat after our first 3, very successful years.

There are 144 WIs in the Leicestershire and Rutland Federation with 4,776 members.

Monthly meetings of Market Harborough WI have an average of 39 members attending.  We have had 7 new members this year.



Monthly news from MHWI

A few items from last week’s monthly meeting:

  • New and existing members can join/rejoin for 2014 – £34.70.  To the Membership Secretary, Patsy, by the January meeting, very latest.
  • Badminton group meetings Mondays, 9 to 10 am, in the sports hall at the MH Leisure Centre.  Do join us or contact us.

December’s meeting – Christmas social

  • Raffle tickets for the Christmas draw – do keep selling these right up to December’s meeting on the 18th.  Return counterfoils and money to Patsy (Committee) at December’s meeting.
  • Please bring a plate of nibbles to share.  If you want to share a bottle of wine with friends, then bring this together with some glasses.  There will be fun and games on the night too – do join us!
  • Lyn Taylor from Harborough Distillery will be attending the December monthly meeting.  She will be letting us taste her produce and it will also be on sale at a reduced price – ideal for last minute Christmas presents.

Other bits and bobs

  • Would you like to volunteer to welcome ‘newbies/be a hostess at future meetings?  it can be unsettling to come into a new group and to have someone welcome new people/introduce them to others in the group, wold make the world of difference.  Please see one of the committee if you are able to help us out with this or Contact Us.
  • Latest County news is available.  Hard copy is on the display table each month.  To share, please as we only have 2 copies.  however, if you do wish to have your own copy, please Valerie (Treasure on the committee) – they cost £3.08 +p&p for the year.
  • Brand new Facebook page – please go and have a look at and add things on to it:

Busy beadmakers

Market Harborough WI members worked busily all evening, trying their hand at beadmaking.  They made a long, pendant style necklace or a keyring/handbag charm.  Andrea Greenaway, from Leicestershire Craft Centre, was the visiting speaker.  She shared beautiful, colourful samples of her work based on crafts that are taught at the Centre in High Street, Market Harborough.

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Andrea Greenaway, Leicestershire Craft Centre

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Andrea passed around two delightful necklaces that she had learned how to make herself recently whilst attending silversmithing courses (I hope I have the techniques right!).

She then demonstrated the art of simple beadmaking (or so we thought).  She showed us how to take a long piece of thick thread, fold it into four and then knot it to form your own tailor made necklace or to tie it to a keyring.  Then came the real challenge!  Having chosen our selected beads, which came in a huge variety of colours, sizes and textures, we had to thread the signature bead – not too difficult, as these tended to come with large holes.  So far, so good.  However, then we faced some real challenges for the evening, namely the ability to see small holes, licking the end of your thread to get a point and trying to get it through the holes in the beads.  Not so easy, as the hole sizes varied greatly, so, very quickly, carefully chosen, colour coded patterns were abandoned!  However, lots of good humour plus the encouragement of fellow WI members, and most people successfully produced their first piece of beadwork.  They proudly display their handiwork below.

Other samples of members’ handiwork:

Thank you, Andrea, for sharing your skills and patiently helping and encouraging us as we took our first, tentative steps.  Another excellent evening!

Magic of Motown – 28 March 2014

Join us for a brilliant night out dancing away to Motown chartbusters.  This Motown tribute concert is just what you need to relax and dance away to your heart’s content.  It’s open to non-members, too.

It will be a dazzling show, gorgeous costumes and superb Motown sixties hits  (How do I know?  I went this year, thoroughly enjoyed and only wished I was in the dancing area as I was ‘dancing in my seat’ all night!)

IncludeThe Magic of Motown - The Reach Out Tours all-time favourites; Stop in the Name of Love; Get Ready; I Want You Back; I Heard It Through The Grapevine; Signed, Sealed, Delivered; I Can’t Help Myself & more. Sixties classics give way to present-day masterpieces from Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.

It’s £22.50, payable in advance by the December monthly meeting (cash or cheque).  If we can get a group discount, then any savings will be used to help people share cars and parking costs (and maybe go towards a drink).

So, book your place now – at the October, November or December monthly meeting.


New members – 15 months for the price of 12!

New members can join from October and get 15 months for the price of 12.  £34.70 will take you through to December 14.  Not bad for an evening out each month, plus the chance to take part in lots of social activities.

Just come along to the next monthly meeting on Wednesday 16 October at 7.30 pm and chat to Patsy, our Membership Secretary – usually to be seen greeting everyone at the desk as they arrive!  Cash or cheque and payment by direct debit is on its way.

You can also Contact Us.

Chocolate night – social evening – 2 October 2013

An indulgent evening and an early chance to stock up with goodies for Halloween and (dare I say it – Yes, I will as Simon Mayo said on Radio 2 this teatime that it was only 99 days to go!?) Christmas.
Chocolate-w500-h500Members are invited to come along to the Congregational Church Hall in Bowden Lane at 7.30 pm until  9.30pm on Wednesday 2nd October.  Entrance is free and then games and refreshments at a charge.  The night will consist of Choc Olympics, Chocolate Bingo, stalls and games including a Chocolate cake competition.