Film night resounding success!

‘A wonderful, friendly buzz to the whole evening,’ was the sentiment shared by everyone.

Filmgoers filled the newly refurbished lounge at Market Harborough, celebrating the WI Centenary with a glass of sparkling Proseco and homemade nibbles.

The film, ‘A Royal Night Out’, was thoroughly enjoyable, drawing you in from the start.  The young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were celebrating VE day at Buckingham Palace, engaging in official duties.  After persuasive pleas to parents they were allowed out to join the celebrating crowds and gain a different perspective of the revelry.  What happened then was, of course, purely conjecture, but the film ably portrayed Margaret as someone liking to push the boundaries and enjoy herself, while Elizabeth was thoughtful, very aware of her responsibilities to her subjects and welcomed the chance to see life from a totally different angle.  It just left you thinking, was there someone who really would like to have been just an ordinary person?

Thank you to Octagon Films for working with us to make this happen.  Maybe you’d like to become a member and enjoy watching films and live broadcasts locally?

Proceeds will go to the new befriending service (Community Champions) being set up by VASL: volunteers will accompany vulnerable people to  community events, eg a WI meeting, helping them to build confidence and continue to join in  locally.

Thanks, too, to all the MHWI Committee members who helped to make this event run so well on the night.

(Sorry, forgot to take any pictures!)


Gemma’s perspective of the MHWI Carnival float

Market Harborough WI Celebrating 100 years in style!


Its Friday night, the sun has set and it has been raining on and off for the past two hours, I stand looking at our half-finished carnival float and I think what possessed me to take this on. I remember seeing the post months ago online, the possibility of making a carnival float for this year’s parade in Market Harborough, at the time It seemed easy, think of an idea, collect/make the items needed to decorate the float and set it up the day before, simple! Now as I clean the rain of my glasses for the fifth time I am starting to have my doubts but everyone around me is in high spirits and the music system has just blasted into life.

The market Harborough WI’s motto is ‘something old, something new’ and I seriously wanted to base the float on this because that is what we are we do everything from Tai Chi to Cocktails but never forgetting the tea and cakes which is at the heart of every WI meeting! I myself being one of the younger members at 23 I can say this WI really changed my perception of what the group actually was and I have never had so much fun since joining over 2 years ago. I have made some really great friends and was thrilled at the amount of them that wanted to be a part of this celebration float

I spent a large percentage of Friday night (which I am sure several other ladies did as well) my mind whirling over every possible thing trying to make sure nothing had been forgotten, was that chair strapped down? Did I tape up that decoration? Where did the banners go? Has the rain stopped yet? And so on. Saturday morning and my alarm buzzing in my ear came all to quickly and at 7:30am I was back at the float finishing off from the night before the rain still ever present but it had the grace to hold off for a little while as we did the finishing touches. Then it was a mad dash to quickly get changed into our costumes and up to the judging, I arrived to see float after float all lined up along the road with people bustling around getting onto the trucks and getting everything ready, the judges came and went but I had no expectation of winning. Five minutes before we were about to set off everyone on our float suddenly starting cheering I turned around to hear someone shout to me ‘we’ve won’, after the whoops had subsided a little I found out we had actually won first place for our float! Nothing was going to dampen our sprits now as Pharrell Williams ‘Happy’ started playing over the speakers the parade set off.

It was great how all these amazing women came together to build this float, there were some stressful times but as the float was going round the town with everyone waving in their macs and umbrellas undeterred by the rain and all of us having an amazing time with ‘Girls just wanna have fun blasting out’ of the speakers it made it all worth it.

Thank you to all the members of the Market Harborough WI that made this float possible, the 13th June 2015 will be one of those years I will never forget.


Designer needed for cover for our Centenary booklet

Budding designers are asked to submit their ideas for an A5 cover for our very own Hints and Tips booklet that Market Harborough WI will be producing later this year.  Each member will receive their own copy.  It will contain loads of hints and tips that make our busy lives easier, as well as favourite recipes.  Ideas, please, by the July monthly meeting.

Diane’s day at the Palace

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Diane Claridge at the WI Centenary Garden Party on 2 June 2015

I had a truly wonderful and memorable day at the Buckingham Palace WI Centenary Garden party.  The excitement started as we arrived to join the coach at Wigston.  To see so many ladies in their finery and hats, especially when three coaches stopped for a comfort break at Toddington services, was quite a sight.  

When we arrived at the palace we joined the long queue to have our ID’s checked before going through the main gates to the inner courtyard and through two galleries full of beautiful flowers and works of art, before emerging on to the terrace. There was a brass band playing and 12 Yeoman of the guard looking extremely colourful in their uniforms.  The weather was kind, the tea and cakes were amazing, miniature Victoria sandwich cakes, raspberry tarts, tiny eclairs and even a fun sized Battenburg cake!   

But the real icing on the cake was being invited, with a few others, to be personally introduced to Sophie, Countess of Wessex. We shook hands and had a little chat, she told us her daughter is doing exams at school and we had a laugh when she said she regretted wearing a flimsy dress on such a windy day! We saw the ‘Calendar Girls’ and the Duchess of Cornwall at a distance. The range of fashions was a real spectacle with some stunning hats and outfits of every colour imaginable. It was especially good to talk to ladies from all over the country and hear about their WI meetings. The only downside was the 25 minute queue for the toilets but it gave me an opportunity to talk to some very nice ladies from Wales.  So all in all it was a real privilege to be chosen to attend and something I shall never forget.

It’s the Carnival today at 12 noon in the town centre

WI Centenary logo eeD5k3OX_400x400Come and watch our float.  Bring family and friends and cheer us on and wave as we go past!  We might even be one of the 3 prize winners!  Parade leaves Burnmill Road at 12 noon.  Route map published in the Harborough Mail.

At least 20 vehicles expected.  Parade finishes at the Symingtons Sports Ground on St Mary’s Road where there are stalls, rides, bouncy castles, food and many charities with gazebos raising funds for their own charity.

The Round Table are organising t’s A Knockout for schools and Harborough Town Football Club will be setting up five-a-side football.

The Market Harborough Carnival of Running is also being held today as part of the Carnival.