Welcome to WiRE in the East Midlands

Posted: 18th January 2017

East MidsIntroducing your new Network Leaders Jane, Claire and Megan (left to right)

The first meeting of the newly formed Leicestershire and Rutland Network will be Holding Court at Oakham Castle in Oakham, Rutland on 9 February from 9am – 11am and will include a tour of the 12th Century great hall. There will be an announcement about the chosen charity for 2017 as well as a chance to find out more about what this new WiRE network has to offer.

Members and visitors from across the East Midlands are invited to come and meet your new Network Leaders:

Claire McFadden – self-confessed AGA addict with a passion for real food, locally sourced and in season, other interests include local heritage and exploring the British Isles.

Jane Batty – “the Blue Peter girl” loves getting creative, doodling and making things and is wild about interior design and architecture.

Megan Allen – Outdoors girl and rural crusader, Megan is also a tea addict, aspiring writer and never travels without a book.

The 2017 calendar of events is now partly published and confirmed dates can be booked now online HERE. Further dates will be added as details are confirmed so you are urged to keep an eye on this page. Other meetings scheduled for the year include visits to a new deli in Tur Langton, a tour of Easton Walled Gardens near Stamford, and meeting Parveen the Spice Queen at Roots Farm Shop in Barkby, covering areas of rural interest from food and farming to art and heritage.

Claire explains: “Working independently from home can be quite lonely and one of the best things about networking is being able to bounce ideas off each other, so we’ve founded WiRE Leicestershire and Rutland to create an inspiring environment for rural women.

We’ll be meeting somewhere different each month to support the local economy and tourism”

Jane said: “Self-promotion can be a problem for small, rural business owners as they don’t want to be seen to be blowing their own trumpet or open themselves up to criticism. We want to celebrate the achievements of rural business women so we’ll be asking members to share their triumphs with us which we’ll then share through our social media channels.”


For further information or to add your name to our mailing list, please email claire@fullsquare.net