Monthly meeting this evening

Ash from the Real Junk Food Project will be talking about Cafe Culture with Junk Food: how supermarket waste food is turned into profits as their pay-as-you-feel cafe.  Sample some delicious food, too.

See you at 7.30 pm in the Congregational Church, Bowden Lane.


No July meeting, see you in August

Just a reminder that there is not a monthly meeting this evening.  The next one is on Wednesday 23 August when Ash from the Real Junk Food Project will be talking about Cafe Culture with Junk Food: how supermarket waste food is turned into profits as their pay-as-you-feel cafe.  Sample some delicious food, too.

Reminder – tomorrow evening’s meeting

Our speaker tomorrow, the 23rd, is our friendly, retired-police-officer who will be delivering humorous anecdotes from his time in the force.  We just hope none of us feature in his tales!  Guaranteed a laugh.

  • The raffle will have the theme of ‘homemade‘.  It can be something you made or something someone else has made by hand, any item, even food such as jam.  It could be something for Christmas.  If you bring a prize, you will receive a raffle ticket ensuring you get a prize yourself to take home.  Get making now!
  • We’re also supporting the Movember theme which promotes men’s good health.  We’re hoping for some themed cakes for the refreshments (besides buying a slice with your tea or coffee, members might like to make some cup cakes, box them and donate them for selling to raise money).  Another idea – maybe you can come up with something to wear that supports this worthwhile cause?

Monthly meeting tonight – see you there!

Sam, Iridescence Jewellery , mentor and motivational speaker

Sam, Iridescence Jewellery , mentor and motivational speaker

Tonight’s speaker is Sam, single mum to one amazing son, business founder at Iridescence Jewellery, mentor and motivational speaker.  Passions are – living life to its fullest, quirky jewellery and accessories, self development, people and good coffee. Sparkly sale included.

You can also book your places for several MHWI social events coming up in the next few weeks: 2 events during NFWI Sports Week, 11 to 18 September 2016: Pilates on Wednesday evening and Hoola Hoop on Friday evening.  On Thursday evening, 22 September there’s the cookery demonstration and meal at Bridge 67 and on Saturday 19 November a day trip to Birmingham.


Seasons Greetings! A few words from our lovely president Clare

Wow!  It doesn’t seem like 5 minutes ago that I was writing my last month’s update.  It’s been a very busy month at work, at home and in MHWI land.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so busy and yet felt so content.  I love Christmas.  I love the shopping and the wrapping.  (My sister has told me this week that I should be in charge at Fort Knox, apparently my parcel taping skills are exemplary and there was no way she was getting in!). I love the lights and decorations, in my world there can never be too much tinsel.  I love party food and wine, obviously.  I love going to church and singing carols from the depths of my diaphragm and watching the kids nativity.

This year I have also been on the back of the Scout Santa Sleigh a couple of times with my fun-loving Fiona Thompson.  What fabulous evenings we had.  Not only were we bringing joy to the children, but I was struck by how excited the elderly were to see Santa and meet us “elves” and have a little chat, a little contact.  In all the fuss of family, shopping, work and life in general, it’s easy to forget there are people who are alone and not really looking forward to the festive period.

And then there was another MHWI committee meeting and the preparations for our Christmas Bash!  Boy, are we going to have fun tonight.  The raffle is AMAZING!  So much so that we are charging £1 a ticket.  The committee also decided as part or our “caring and sharing” mission, we will be donating from the proceeds to Market Harborough Young Carers to help fund a trip to the thwi2eatre after Christmas!  Such a worthy bunch of people to be supporting, so make sure you buy a strip of tickets and you may walk away with one of our super prizes.

The prizes have been donated by MHWI and local independent businesses (See here).  I hope you all supported our independent shops on Small Business Saturday.  I have always tried to shop in Harborough first before resorting to my beloved internet.  We have such a fabulous amount of independent retailers in town and I am always discovering little gems that can provide gifts that are just a little different from the norm.

At this point I must thank the fastidious committee who always step up to meet a challenge and managed to procure the raffle prizes.  I also challenged them to “titivate” the envelopes following a few sips of mulled wine!  So check out the bling and string of your creative committee at the MHWI meeting on Wednesday 17th December.

Our MHWI committee meeting was a huge amount of fun, and yes, the mulled wine did flow and mince pies were munched.  This did not stop our usual meeting, though Fiona had to bring us back on track a few times when we got carried away!  There are some incredible ideas for next years centenary celebrations.

Our first announcement, that has already gone out on the website, is that the Mikron Theatre Company are coming to perform in Market Harborough.  The play is called Mikron TheatreRaising Agents” and is a comedy about the WI.  We are really lucky to have secured a fixture as they tour the country on a barge along the canal network. If you would like to get involved with organising this event, please let Fiona Thompson know.

There will be other Centenary Events that will be announced shortly, so watch the website and social media for information and please come forward to help with the organising of individual events.  The more help there is the bigger and better each event will be.  AND if YOU have an amazing idea, come and let us know!

We are going to kick off the centenary year with a top 100 household tips.  So get your thinking caps on.  What quirky little time saver can you share?  For example, my top tip is :

Having washed, ironed (if you’re so inclined!) and folded your freshly laundered bed linen, put all the relevant bits for the bed neatly folded inside one of the pillowcases. This means that there is no scrabbling in the airing cupboard on bed change day to find the right sized sheet and the second pillowcase which thinks it’s an elusive sock!  Ta dah!!

So write down your tip (put your name on it) and bring to the January meeting or post on social media.  We will gather them together to create a list to be published.

So there you have it, lots of excitement to look forward to.  I hope that I have managed to fit this to one page, but my expectations are low!

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Exciting and Inspiring Centenary Year!  Enjoy!
Clare x

Dream homework for Market Harborough WI members?

Norma Blakey and her colleague, Stuart Hague, took members on a thought provoking journey last night, asking members if they dreamed, and, if so, what about?  Were there recurring themes?  What did these mean?

Apparently, we all dream every 90 minutes.    If we are deprived of sleep, then this leads to irritability, difficulty in thinking, etc.    Dreaming is an essential part of the way our bodies work.  Dreams give us time to reflect and focus on what is on our minds, good and stressed.  Norma encouraged members to stand back and reflect on the content of dreams and put yourself in the ‘I’ position of what was happening in the dream.  Um … , time for some homework each morning?

Thanks to Stuart, too, for demonstrating the art of dowsing.