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What’s Around Editor Liz Roberts Telephone 01530 417739 Email enquiries Advertising/Accounts info@ashbylife.co.uk Website/What’s On admin@ashbylife.co.uk Web www.whatsaround.co.uk

Hello and Welcome to the October edition It’s been an exciting time for What’s Around over recent weeks as founder of the magazine, Paul Garrett, has taken the decision to retire and have a well-deserved rest. I know that Paul would like to say goodbye and a big thank you to all those local people and businesses that have worked with and supported the magazine over the 10 years since he started it. Paul has kindly handed over the reins to myself, Chandra and Vanessa. We’d like to pass huge thanks to him for entrusting us with the job of carrying on what he started. We are committed to continuing What’s Around as a true community magazine that serves the people of the areas where it is delivered. The name and distribution will remain exactly the same. We will be bringing you a great selection of local information, articles, events and puzzles including your new Community Notice Board, and monthly local walk. You’ll also find a good selection of local businesses in these pages so if you’ve got a leaky tap, overgrown garden, or your home could do with a bit of a makeover then just browse through and you’ll be sure to find just what you need. If you’d like to pop something onto the Community Board or let us know about an event for the What’s On then just drop us an email or give us a call – we’d love to hear from you. You’ll find our contact details in the left hand column.

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Address Ashby Life Ltd Castle House South Street Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1BR Front Cover Image by Liz Roberts What’s Around is an independent publication. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the prior permission of the editor. The use of this magazine for canvassing or direct marketing is strictly prohibited. Information is included on the What’s On and Community Board pages subject to space being available. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this publication is accurate, What’s Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in this magazine.

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Contents 06

Community Board

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Spotlight On...

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A Walk in the Forest

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On The Beat...

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Just 4 Fun

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Seasonal Recipes

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Ashby Museum News

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Your Wellbeing

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In Your Garden

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Meet the Team

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Fun Quiz

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Children’s Page

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What’s On at The Palace

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This Month

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Storytime

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Puzzle Page

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What’s On

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In Your Home

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Puzzle Solutions

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Business Directory

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Give Blood

It’s easy to be a blood dono r and it can help sa ve lives. Ther e is a blood donor session at He rmita Leisure Centre , Whitwick on ge 12 October and you can book th an appointment online. To fin d ou more go to w ww.blood.co.u t k.

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spotlight on... Local charities play such an important role in the everyday lives of so many people in the community yet often go unnoticed. In and around our local villages there are a number of organisations who provide help and support when it’s most needed whether this is physical care, emotional support or simply offering some company.

The Phoenix Children’s Foundation EACH month we plan to turn the spotlight on one local charity and give you an insight into the work they do and the difference they make. Our first chosen charity is The Phoenix Children’s Foundation, based in Ibstock.

therapeutic activities, including riding lessons through local RDA Centres. The Beacon Academy in Loughborough received outdoor play equipment, Alexander Black received funding for riding lessons, whilst Harry Culwick received a trike, enabling mobility, therapy and fun at the same time.

The charity was established in 2006, by a group of local friends who all shared the desire to help those less fortunate than themselves.

This remarkable Foundation is run by a small staff team with the invaluable help of a number of enthusiastic volunteers and relies on the generosity of the public. So how can you help The Phoenix Children’s Foundation to carry on its amazing work? There are a number of ways. You could simply make a donation online at www.phoenixcharity.org/donate/. You could get involved with one of the many fundraising events the Foundation hold throughout the year or even organise your own, whether it’s a coffee morning or a sponsored run. If you have a few hours to spare the Foundation can offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities, including yard based roles assisting with animal care.

They have a number of specially chosen and trained miniature Shetland ponies. These adorable pony’s visits bring immense joy to children with disabilities, adults with additional needs and the elderly. They have an up-lifting effect on everyone who meets them, including carers, parents and staff, inspiring conversation, social inclusion and in the case of the elderly, the recollection of many happy memories. The charity have also provided specialist equipment to children with additional needs and

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See their website www.phoenixcharity.org/ for full details of how this charity helps so many people including local children and how you can get involved.

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a walk in the forest

A walk around the Jubilee Wood lake This Woodland Trust site, planted to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, has undergone a lot of work over the last year. The surfacing work, more signs, benches to sit on and other improvements continue to transform this spot into a wonderful area which offers a variety of trails suitable for families, dog walkers, bird watchers and anyone who enjoys the great outdoors! The Diamond Jubilee Wood covers a large area between Normanton, Heather and Ravenstone – there is a good sized (free) car park which is accessed from Heather Lane as it runs between Normanton and Heather. The Grid Reference is SK390132 and the postcode for sat nav users is LE67 2TD.

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Exit the car park via the small swing gate which is opposite the car park entrance, next to the signboard showing a map of the site (1). Follow the wide hard-core path as it bears right and then left leading towards a brand new timber building ahead. Immediately on reaching the hedgerow before the new building turn right off the hard path onto a wide grass track just before the hedge – note the hedge should now be on your left (2). Walk down this grass track, passing new planting on your right. You will pass by a yellow footpath post, slightly hidden in a gap by a hedge, just keep straight ahead with the original hedgerow still on your left. After a while the track curves around slightly to the left and starts to drop downhill – as soon as the ground starts to drop look for a gap on your left (if you reach the stile you’ve gone too far!). Go through this gap and through the metal gate that follows it (3) and then turn immediately right to continue your circuit around the boundary of the Jubilee Wood site. The path here is grass at first but as it drops downhill and bends to the left the surface changes to become more of a gravel/stone mix – this is generally a very good surface though you are still likely to encounter some large puddles further down the hill if the weather has been wet. You will pass by a small metal gate on your right leading into fields, just keep straight on the stony path and start to look for the lake and bird hide visible in the distance off to your left. The path will now start to level out and passes by a bridge on the right leading to another path out of the Jubilee Wood site – again ignore this and keep to the stony path around the site. The path will bear left, then right and then left again with the bird hide clearly visible off to your left and a wire fence now on your right hand side. This path continues to lead you down for the whole length of the lake and, after a while, it will take a 90˚ bend to the left. Once you have turned this bend continue on until you come to a cross roads of paths with a wooden gate straight ahead and a metal barrier on your left (4).

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Turn left to pass through the metal barrier and follow this path back towards the lake (which you are now at the far end of). As soon as this path bends right take the path off to the left to go down and walk alongside the edge of the lake. Follow this path as it curves around the shore of the lake (5) until reaching the far end where the hide is situated.

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As you pass the Hide the path kinks left and then immediately right – stay on this path, ignoring other paths that lead off to the right and make your way up hill. On reaching the brow of the hill you will find yourself facing the new timber building (6) from the start of the walk. Turn left and follow the hard-core path the short distance back to the car park.

All walks are checked before publication but please be aware that paths may change over time and with the seasons.

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on the beat

Hello everyone... PEOPLE are being targeted to become ‘Parcel Mules’ as part of a reshipping scam, which results in them handling stolen goods and losing out financially. Victims are predominantly recruited through job advertisements and dating websites. They are persuaded to have items delivered to their addresses, and to pay for postage before sending the items elsewhere. Victims are contacted through freelancer websites and invited to become a ‘Freight Forwarder’ as an employment opportunity.  The work is advertised as processing packages and forwarding them to clients.  The items being delivered have been purchased through fraudulent means, including the use of stolen/ fraudulently obtained cards.

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The items being delivered are often pieces of electrical equipment or high value goods such as trainers, perfume and the latest phones.   If you act as a ‘mule’ you are not only handling stolen goods, but also losing out financially. You will not get paid the promised salary and you pay for the postage and delivery of the packages personally. Additionally, you will have provided enough of your personal details to allow identity theft to occur. HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF:  • Do not agree to receive packages at your address for someone that you do not know and trust. • Be cautious of unsolicited job offers or opportunities to make easy money. • When accepting a job offer, verify the company details provided to you and check whether they have been registered in the UK. • Be wary of someone that you have met only online who asks you to send money or to receive items. Protect your privacy and do not give your personal details to someone that you do not know and trust.  If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

PC MARK ARJOO call: 101 voicemail ID: 1667 email: mark.arjoo@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk

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just 4 fun

Solutions on page 44

CODEWORD Each letter in this puzzle is represented by a number between 1 and 26. The codes for three letters are shown. As you find the letters enter them in the box below.

Solutions on page 44

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seasonal recipes

Apple & Blackberry Crumble Cake

Makes Read 8 1hr 20y in m coolin + g

YOU WILL NEED • 350g self-raising flour • 2tsp ground mixed spice • 175g unsalted butter, chilled and diced, plus extra for greasing • 150g golden caster sugar

• 2 medium eggs, beaten • 2 large dessert apples, peeled cored and diced • 200g blackberries • 50g Demerara sugar • 50g roasted hazelnuts, chopped

GET STARTED 1 Preheat the oven to 1900C, Fan 1700C, Gas Mark 5. Place a baking sheet in the oven to heat up. Grease a 20cm x 24cm cake tin and line the base and sides with baking paper. 2 Sift the flour and mixed spice into a large bowl. Add the butter and rub into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs. Remove 175g of the crumble mixture to a second bowl and set aside. 3 Stir the caster sugar and beaten egg into the larger amount of crumble to make a soft and slightly sticky dough. Press into an even layer in the base of the cake tin using floured hands. Scatter over the diced apple and berries. 4 Stir the Demerara sugar and chopped hazelnuts into the rest of the crumble mixture and spoon over the fruit, pressing down gently. 5 Place the cake tin on the hot baking sheet in the oven and bake for 40 to 50 mins until the cake is risen and golden brown (cover the top of the cake loosely with foil after 30 mins if it starts to overbrown). Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 20 mins then remove by gently lifting the parchment. Serve warm or cold.

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These individual pies make a filling lunch or supper simply served with vegetables. It’s worth looking out for packs of mixed exotic mushrooms for extra flavour.

Serv e Read s 4 60 m y in ins

Mushroom & Chicken Pot Pies YOU WILL NEED • 25g dried porcini mushrooms • 25g butter • 2 tbsp olive oil • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed

• 400g mixed mushrooms, chopped if large • 250g chicken breast fillet, diced • 200g tub crème fraiche • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves • 300g puff pastry • Beaten egg, to glaze

GET STARTED 1 Place the porcini in a heatproof bowl and cover with 150ml boiling water. Leave to soak for 10-15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 2200C, Fan 2000C, Gas Mark 7. 2 Heat the butter and half the olive oil in a large frying pan and fry the shallots for 5 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and fry for a further 3 to 4 minutes then stir in the fresh mushrooms and fry over a high heat until softened. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. 3 Add the rest of the oil to the frying pan and fry the diced chicken for 5 to 6 minutes until golden brown all over. 4 Drain the porcini mushrooms and add the soaking liquid to the chicken. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes until reduced. Meanwhile, finely chop the porcini mushrooms and stir into the fried mushrooms and shallots. 5 Return all the mushrooms and shallots to the pan and stir in the crème fraiche and thyme leaves. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Divide the mixture between four individual ovenproof pie dishes. Brush the rims of the dishes with water. 6 Roll out the pastry to about 4mm thickness. Cut out four circles of pastry big enough to fit on top of the dishes with a little pastry overlapping the edges. Drape the pastry circles over the filling. Decorate the tops with leaves cut from the pastry trimmings and brush the pastry with beaten egg. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden.

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ashby museum news ASHBY Museum was delighted to hear that the Friends of the Bath Grounds have received the go ahead for their plans from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Museum trustees have worked, and will be working, closely with them on several areas relating to their project. We were successful in our application for a County Council Shire Grant: as a result we have purchased more acid-free container boxes to house our ever expanding Community Archive. Special reinforced plastic containers are also being bought to store many of our artefacts. The Antiques Road Trip team were in the museum on 17th August, to film a piece on Dolly Shepherd, the Edwardian Parachutist and great friend of Ashby over one hundred years ago. The excerpt should be appearing in the new series planned on the BBC. Our AGM will take place on Saturday, 17th October at 10.30am in the Ferrers Community Room at the museum. All are welcome to attend.

We will be welcoming pupils from Humphrey Perkins School, Barrow-upon-Soar later this month. The museum welcomes visitors of all ages, having had a particularly successful year being host to various U3A groups. Please book by telephoning 01530 560 090. Peter Liddle will resume his popular talks this month. The dates for the next series are Tuesdays from October 27th to December 1st. The series of 6 lectures will cover the present state of knowledge of archaeology in Leicestershire, and is entitled 'The Long View of Leicestershire Archaeology'. The lectures take place in the Ferrers Community Room at the museum. As previously, the times each week will be 11am to 1pm and the cost is either £6 per lecture, or £30 for the course (of 6) so you may attend the whole course or just come to individual lectures. Peter is the former County Archaeologist for Leicestershire. To book email peter. liddle51@gmail.com, call 01162 214 508 or 07843 12081 or alternatively call Ashby Museum on 01530 560 090. 

FRIENDS OF ASHBY MUSEUM The Friends of Ashby Museum would like to thank all those who supported our talk on the Beaumonts of Coleorton in September. Our next event is a ‘What Is It?’ quiz at Packington Memorial Hall on Friday 30th October at 7.30pm. Bob Neale will bring some mystery objects for teams to identify, with prizes for the winning team. Teams of 6, but individuals are welcome as we can allocate you to a team. The cost is £10 per head and will include a ploughman's supper. Please book tickets at the museum by Monday 26th October. (Due to catering arrangements, they will not be available on the door.) There will be a pay bar at the hall and also a raffle. Come and enjoy an evening of fun trying to identify unusual objects and some you may remember your grandparents using! Also in October is our AGM. This is on Saturday 31st October at the museum at 10.30am. Tea/coffee and biscuits provided, all welcome.

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your wellbeing World Psoriasis Day on 29th October aims to increase awareness and understanding of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, which affect around 1.8 million people in the UK.

Understanding

Psoriasis WHAT IS PSORIASIS? Psoriasis is an immune disorder that affects the skin, commonly causing crusty, red patches of skin with a silvery, scaly surface on the scalp, lower back, elbows or knees, although they can appear elsewhere. Severity varies from person to person and sufferers may experience calmer periods alternated with flare-ups. TYPES OF PSORIASIS Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris) This accounts for around 80% of cases, causing ‘plaques’: dry, red lesions with a scaly, silver surface that may be itchy or sore. Nail psoriasis This causes discolouration, or small dents in the nails and in severe cases, crumbling. Scalp psoriasis Red patches with thick silver scales appear over parts or the whole of the scalp, sometimes causing severe itching or temporary hair loss. Guttate psoriasis causes tiny sores on the chest, arms, legs and scalp and is more common amongst young people, often occurring after a streptococcal throat infection. Inverse (flexural) psoriasis This causes large, smooth red patches in skins creases, e.g. at the groin, armpits, under the breasts and between the buttocks. Pustular psoriasis is rare. Generalised pustular psoriasis (von Zumbusch psoriasis) causes pustules over a wide area, often in cycles of a few days or weeks, and can cause fever, weight loss and fatigue. Palmoplantar pustular psoriasis affects the palms and soles; pustules gradually become brown, scaly spots that peel, but may reappear every few days or weeks. Acropustulosis affects fingers and toes, sometimes causing nail deformities. Pustules burst, leaving bright red areas that later become scaly or ooze.

Erythrodermic psoriasis is rare, affecting nearly the whole body. It can cause intense itching or burning and protein and fluid loss, leading to complications such as infection, dehydration, heart failure, hypothermia and malnutrition. Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) Rarely, this appears before skin psoriasis, but usually develops after. It causes pain and swelling in joints and connective tissue and is most common in the hands and feet, but may also affect the knees, ankles, hips and lower back. WHO GETS PSORIASIS? Psoriasis appears more often at 15-30 years old and 50-60 years old. Some sufferers may have a hereditary disposition to it, as one in three have a relative with the condition. WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS? The immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, accelerating their renewal cycle to just three to seven days and causing a build-up of skin cells that creates psoriasis lesions. Triggers such as stress, throat infections, excessive alcohol, skin injuries, smoking, some medications, hormonal changes and other immune disorders can initiate or worsen symptoms. HOW IS PSORIASIS DIAGNOSED? Usually visual examination is sufficient, but sometimes a small skin sample is necessary to determine the exact type. You may be referred to a dermatologist (or rheumatologist if psoriatic arthritis is suspected). HOW IS PSORIASIS TREATED? Topical treatments are tried first, including corticosteroids, vitamin D analogues, Dithranol, retinoids, Calcineurin inhibitors and coal tar. You may also receive phototherapy, which involves exposing your skin to specific types of ultraviolet light. Severe cases may be treated with oral or injectable medications. Editorial by Alison Runham

PSORIASIS SUPPORT The Psoriasis Association: http://psoriasis-association.org.uk/ mail@psoriasis-association.org.uk | 08456 760076 (local rate) Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance (PAPAA): www.papaa.org | info@papaa.org | 01923 672837 9:30am-4:30pm weekdays

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in your garden

ARE you surrounded, engulfed and swamped with huge quantities of fallen leaves? Whether they come from trees in your own garden or from a neighbour, the deluge of leaves that falls in autumn is often enough to get level headed, tree-loving gardeners eyeing up chainsaws! Leaves that are allowed to build up can cause problems - on the lawn they smother the turf grasses, often causing patches of die back, largely due to lack of light and oxygen. If the crowns of the less tough herbaceous perennials or alpines are covered in leaves, they too start to deteriorate. So, like it or not, you need to do something - the sooner the better! A spring-tined rake is perfect for raking leaves off the lawn, and can even work quite well on a gravel drive. If you have a lot of lawn or a lot of leaves then the easiest way to deal with them is to mow the lawn. Provided you keep the hopper or grass-collector on the mower, when you empty it out you’ll have a fantastic mix of grass clippings and chopped leaves. On beds and borders you can pick by hand, or you could invest in a leaf vacuum or a leaf blower (and this can be used on most drives and paths, and lawns too).

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drive four stakes into the ground to make the corners of a square, and then attach chicken mesh around the outside to make a cage. Stack the leaves in, tread or firm them, add some water if they are dry, then more water if the weather remains dry…and then leave them be. Chop up larger or tougher leaves (like horse chestnut) first so they rot down much faster - either mow them with the lawnmower or ‘chop’ them with a sharp spade. Avoid very spiky leaves, and those that are very leathery and tough - mainly evergreens such as holly, laurel and camellia, or those from sycamore and plane. You can speed the process up by adding a leaf mould activator, which is available from garden centres.

After collecting the leaves, make leaf mould. It is easy and makes a fantastic soil mulch or conditioner… for free!

You can also make leaf mould in a bin liner or other bag. Choose a good quality bin liner and cram it full of leaves, again adding water and/or activator if you wish. Then stab a few holes in the bag with a garden fork, loosely fold over the top and weigh it down with a brick. Bin liners full of leaves can be hidden anywhere that you have the space - perhaps behind the shed, garage or greenhouse. If you don’t like the idea of black plastic, then there are now some lovely jute mesh bags which can be crammed full of leaves and act as a perfect container whilst the leaf mould is forming, but will eventually rot down and add to the useful material you produce.

Leaves are best rotted down on their own (they take longer to decompose than the rest of the stuff in your compost heap and need less air and warmth), so make yourself a simple and inexpensive leaf mould bin. Just

Editorial by Pippa Greenwood

Whichever method you use you should have a useable product in 12-18 months, but leave it a bit longer and it will be even better!

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meet the team This month the running of What’s Around magazine has been passed from founder, Paul Garrett, over to the team at Ashby Life Ltd. What’s Around will continue as a separate magazine to our existing title, Ashby Life, which covers the Ashby de la Zouch area. We wish Paul a long and happy retirement and would like to introduce the new team and answer a few questions that you may have.

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Your Questions

Will there be changes to the magazine name, or distribution area? No - we know that local people really value What’s Around. The name and distribution area will remain exactly as they have always been. What’s Around will be run as a completely separate title to Ashby Life. Each magazine will have its own local identity and feature content relevant to the readers of the area it serves. I hope that you enjoy What’s Around and find it useful. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments then please let us know via email to info@ashbylife.co.uk or by calling 01530 417739.

Do you have anything new planned? Already, in this issue, we’ve introduced some new, locally linked, features such as a monthly walk, a Community Board, a local Spotlight article and a Neighbourhood Police column. There is still a What’s On page plus specific What’s On pages for The Palace Community Centre in Ibstock. Also included are general interest articles.

What about the advertising? Community magazines depend on their advertising to make them work, both in terms of providing the readers with a really useful source of local businesses and also to cover the costs of producing and distributing the magazine. We are really grateful to the businesses that support us by advertising and urge our readers to use local businesses and support the local community. We are committed to offering reasonably priced advertising that really works and running 2 magazines has allowed us to slightly lower the rates for most sizes of advertising in What’s Around. We aim to make it easy for readers to source local goods and services. We do have a few categories we’d specifically like to fill so if you happen to know a local painter and decorator, plasterer, domestic cleaner, restaurant or take away that would like more business then please mention What’s Around to them.

The Team

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LIZ has over 10 years’ experience in producing a community magazine and, as a small business owner herself, knows the challenges that local business people face. Liz is editor of both What’s Around and Ashby Life, overseeing how each magazine looks and what appears in each edition as well as the logistics of getting each issue off to print and onto your doorstep each month. CHANDRA is our advertisers and contributors best friend! She loves to hear about any events you are organising or community groups that you are involved in. Chandra, who lives in Ibstock, will be compiling the What’s On in What’s Around each month and also looking after notices for the Community Board. If you have any community information for these pages just drop an email to admin@ashbylife.co.uk. Chandra also takes care of sorting out bookings and artwork for our advertisers and is happy to assist whether you want advice on how best to promote your business or just to know our rates and deadlines. For advertising queries please email info@ashbylife.co.uk.

VANESSA looks after our Facebook and Twitter pages, online versions of the magazines and the Ashby Life website and online directory. She is looking forward to building a similar presence online for What’s Around. Vanessa also researches and writes our local charity articles and What’s On for Families. We’ll be keeping you up to date with our online presence for What’s Around over coming months. DISTRIBUTION Our distribution will still be undertaken by the same team of local people who have always done such a great job of bringing you What’s Around each month, come rain or shine.

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what’s on at the palace...

October... The Palace Indoor Car Boot Sale

Sunday 4th October, 9am ‘til Midday Pick up a bargain! Admission 20p. For details or to book a stall call Gary on 01530 262400. (Also on Nov. 1st, Dec. 6th, Jan. 10th, Feb. 14th and March 6th).

Ibstock LocAle Beer Festival

Friday 9th October to Sunday 11th October Venues include The Palace Community Centre, and the Waggon & Horses pub. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday night at the Palace.  Over 30 real ales plus traditional ciders, perries and fruit wine. Hot food available at the Palace.  Event times: Friday: 6pm-11pm, Sat: 12noon-11pm, Sun: 12noon6pm. Come and enjoy real ale at its best! Come and support us and have a family day out. For details call 01530 262400.

Local Craft Event

Saturday 10th October, 10am to 3pm As part of the Ibstock Beer Festival weekend the Palace will be hosting the ‘Local Craft Event’ showcasing local crafters, including jewellery, ceramics, soft furnishings and glassware.

Local Produce Event

Sunday 11th October, 10am to 3pm As part of the Ibstock Beer Festival weekend the Palace will be hosting the ‘Local Produce Event’, showcasing locally made produce that’s produced right on your doorstep – from ‘artisan’ breadmakers, handcrafted cheese, delicious pickles and preserves to succulent sausages and meats and butter, yoghurt, cream and milk, plus much more. Come along and see how differently food tastes when it’s made with passion by producers who really know their trade. Contact the Palace on (01530) 262400 for more details.

Palace Line Dance

Friday 16th October, doors and bars open from 7pm With Honky Tonk Cliff. A great social night out with no partner required! Dancing from 7.45 pm. Tickets: In advance £5.00 from The Palace Tel: 01530 262400 or Halls Tel: 01530 260460 or £6.00 on the door.

Palace Social Dance

Saturday 17th October, from 7pm A very popular evening of Ballroom, Latin, and Sequence Doors & bar open at 7.30 pm. Dancing from 8.00 pm ‘till 11.00 pm. Tickets: £5.00.

Palace Film Night - ‘A Royal Night Out’ (12A). Friday 23rd October, 7.30pm On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance. Doors/ bar open at 7.00pm. Tickets: £5.00/£4.00.

New Palace Bingo

Friday 30th October, Doors open at 7.30pm. Eyes Down at 8.00pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Special ‘Halloween’ themed Community Morning

Saturday 31st October, 10am-12noon Bring your own pumpkin and let us help you get it ready for Halloween night – prizes for best three Halloween pumpkin designs! Why not let us display your pumpkin at our special Family Halloween disco later the same day. Plus loads of pumpkin recipe cards to take home and try.

Family Halloween Disco Party

Saturday 31st October, 6.30pm-10pm Adults: £2.00 on the door. Children (under 16’s) FREE. (Children must be accompanied by an adult). A family evening of spooky fun with party games and prizes. Prizes for the best fancy dressed children and adults (Fancy dress optional, but encouraged!). Licensed Bar.

Coming soon... The Palace Indoor Car Boot Sale

Sunday 1st November, 9am ‘til Midday Pick up a bargain! Admission 20p. For more details or to book a stall call Gary on 01530 262400. (Also on Dec. 6th, Jan. 10th, Feb. 14th, and March 6th)

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Mosaic Disability Services, 9.30am-3.30pm Call Amanda Tebbutt on (0116) 2318720 or (07912) 480961. Zumba Fitness, 6.30pm-7.30pm Ditch the workout – join the party! Contact Laura on (07702) 345586. Fitness Pilates class, 7.45pm-8.45pm Focussing on core stability whilst improving tone and body alignment through controlled movement. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367.

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50+ Fitness Pilates, 10.30am-11.30am Call Michelle Scott-Worthington on (07887) 678367. Outlook Group, 1.30pm-3pm A social group for senior citizens for details call Elaine Hodgetts on (01530) 262400.

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Tai Chi, 10am – 11am Call Michael Cashmore on (07714) 215216.

Bubbles Playgroup, 10.30am-12noon Contact Rachel Seabrook on (01530) 452144.

Childrens Dance Classes Beginners Ballet 4-4.45pm; Beginners Tap 4.45-5.30pm; Musical Theatre 5.30-6.15pm Contact Miss Jessica of Rochelle School of Dance (established over 60 years in the area) (01455) 636514, (07949) 121442 or office@rochelle-dance.com.

ME Sports , 4pm-5pm Afternoon dance and movement session for girls and boys from 4-14 years to enjoy. For more information or to book a place call 07584 568937.

Monthly Bingo Doors open 7.30pm. Eyes down at 8pm. Licensed bar & refreshments. Everyone welcome.

Circuit Training, 6.45pm-7.45pm Call Curtis Smith on (07870) 498110 or (01455) 291656.

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Tai Chi, 8pm-9pm Call Doug Gerrard on (07969) 480684.

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50+ Fitness Pilates, 9.30am-10.30am A specially designed program to encourage maintenance and flexibility of muscles used in our everyday movements providing a sense of harmony and wellbeing. Call Michelle on (07887) 678367. PLYOMETRICS - total body workout, 6pm-7pm. Call 078114 00990 or sign-up online at www.sctotalbodyworkout.co.uk Palace Players, 7.30pm-9.45pm For anyone who is interested in getting involved with any aspect of amateur theatre. Contact the Palace on (01530) 262400 for more details.

Thursday

‘Healthy Hearts’, 9.30am-10.20am A low impact aerobic workout specifically designed for the 50+ age group. Contact Michelle on (07887) 678367.

Community Morning, 10am-12noon. Every Saturday (except the 1st Saturday each month) the Palace plays host to groups, organisations and associations from the village. So if you would like to learn more about what is happening in your community, come along. Also a variety of market stalls selling locally produced goods, including delicious homemade cakes, plus produce from Ibstock’s very own Dairy, including milk, butter, yoghurt and cream. Light refreshments available.

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Gatling Gun Productions, 2pm-4pm Local film group. Every two weeks. If you are interested in being involved in the film making business, call Ian Hodges on 07964 976099. The Palace Community Centre is available to hire for regular events and commercial hire, as well as private parties and celebrations. The Palace has a fully licensed bar, kitchen facilities, large free car park opposite venue, good disability access and facilities, full PA and lighting system, large screen and wi-fi, making it an ideal venue for numerous types of events.

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this month The origins of Halloween are unclear but many believe it is associated with ancient pagan festivals, which were held around the end of October. Susan Brookes-Morris tells us more...

Halloween

History and Traditions

PEOPLE believed that at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come 'alive' and walk among the living. They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside, to avoid being harmed by the spirits.

There are many traditional activities associated with Halloween. A common game is apple bobbing, sometimes known as apple ducking. Competitors who have their hands tied behind their backs - use their teeth to try to catch apples which are floating in a container of water. Some say this reflects the way women accused of witchcraft were tried in the Middle Ages. They were tied to a chair and ducked repeatedly in a river or pond. If the woman drowned she was

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declared innocent but if she survived she was found guilty of witchcraft and burnt at the stake. Some aspects of modern Halloween celebrations, such as carving lanterns out of vegetables, originated long ago. Whilst we now commonly use pumpkins for this (because they are large and easy to carve), in the past turnips, beets and potatoes were used. Other more recent Halloween celebrations such as Trick or Treat have American origins, though one of the alternative names for 31st October: ‘Mischief Night,’ has its origins firmly in 18th Century Britain.

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storytime

Dare The

By Jackie Brewster

“I dare you to eat one”. Cole said, holding out a shiny conker. The twins had been collecting conkers as they scrambled through the darkening woods on their way home from swimming. Morgan liked conkers, but he also liked the spiky green casings that he prized them out of; his pockets were full of them. It was such a good dare that Morgan wished he’d thought of it. He was certain conkers were poisonous. And it wasn’t even Cole’s turn to set a dare. Just yesterday Cole had dared him to stroke Mrs Burgey’s mangy dog. Afterwards Cole had broken the first rule of Dare Club – that no one talks about Dare Club - and told their mother. She’d made Morgan take a shower, and it wasn’t even Sunday. Morgan had been biding his time, waiting to get his revenge. Cole couldn’t be allowed to get away with it, after all Morgan was the eldest by ten whole minutes. “Do you understand exactly what you’re asking?”. He said mysteriously, taking the conker from Cole. “Yeah”. Cole answered, unimpressed. “You know that conkers contain powerful magic don’t you?”. Morgan smiled thinly.

“It’s been nice knowing you”. He popped the conker into his mouth. Cole frowned. “You’ve got to swallow it”. Morgan indicted a need to sit down. The business of digesting conkers was arduous and shouldn’t be tackled while standing. Cole went to perch on a log, “Not there!”. Morgan spluttered, “It’s covered in toadstools”. Cole’s rapid inspection of the log gave Morgan just enough to time spit the conker into the leaves, and find what he needed from his pocket. “Now we’re sitting comfortably”. Morgan mumbled with gravity, “I will swallow”. The violent gagging sounds he made as he pretended to swallow impressed even him. “What now?”. Asked Cole, wide-eyed. “Now we wait”. Morgan folded his arms and leaned back against the tree. The shadows grew longer and a flock of crows came home to roost. “This is boring”. Cole said, glancing at his watch.

Cole pulled a face. “Say’s who?”.

The chill evening air had just descended to the forest floor when Morgan chose his moment.

“I saw it on YouTube”. Morgan lied, “This guy ate a conker on a full moon, and he turned into a zombie”.

He began to cough and shake. He clutched his stomach and moaned. He spat foamy dribble down his coat for dramatic effect.

Cole snorted, but could not argue with the authority of YouTube.

“The magic is beginning to take hold”. He cried, “Run Cole, run, while you still have the chance”.

“His eyes turned green and everything”. Morgan watched Cole closely. There were two things that his brother was scared of – zombies and mushrooms. “Tonight’s a full moon”. He glanced at the sky, “Just so you know what you’re asking”. “Rubbish”. Cole kicked the leaves, “That’s just werewolves”. “It’s werewolves too”. Morgan raised the conker to his lips. “Still dare me to eat it?”.

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Both boys stared hard at each other. Morgan shrugged,

Cole laughed nervously, “Stop mucking around”. “The pain, the pain!”. Morgan cried, burying his face in his hands. Writhing in agony, he uttered an unearthly moan. Then he took his hands away to reveal himself transformed. His huge zombie eyes were green and covered in gruesome spikes. Cole turned the colour of concrete, shrieked (like a girl thought Morgan) and ran off, leaving his swimming kit behind. Morgan laughed and took the conker casings out of his eyes. He knew he would get into trouble for this, but just for the moment it was worth it.

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puzzle page

Cars, vans and buses (7) Type of sailing boat (5) Enhance (7) Perfect (5) Severe (5) Playhouse (7) Reliable (6) Shovels (6) Extremely old (7) Endangered species (5) Tracks (5) Sportsman (7) Father (5) Female relations (7)

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what’s on...

October 1st October

15th October

‘Beryl’ (12+) - West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Maxine Peake's witty, charming and critically acclaimed play: celebrating the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton. Stars Samantha Power (Talisa Grady in Coronation Street). Century Theatre at Snibston, starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £8 advance, £10 on the door. Book online at www. centurytheatre.co.uk or call 01530 278 444.

‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’ - A rib tickling new show inspired by the 1942 pamphlet issued to GIs on their way to Britain. Two American officers are charged with explaining British life to their recently arrived countrymen. Century Theatre at Snibston, starts 7.45pm. Tickets £12 advance, £14 on the door. Book online at www.centurytheatre.co.uk or call 01530 278 444.

2nd October

16th October

‘A Royal Night Out ‘(12a) - It's VE Day 1945 and the teenage princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out of the Palace to join the party. Stars Sarah Gadon, Rupert Everett, Emily Watts & Bel Powley. Century Theatre at Snibston, starts 7.30pm. Admission costs£3.50, pay on the door. For more information call 01530 278 444.

3rd October Ashby’s FABulous Fashion and Beauty Event - Around 30 shop windows in the town centre will feature live models from 11am to noon and again from 2pm to 3pm – see if you can spot them! Finale in the afternoon with a flash mob accompanied by live music.

3rd to 4th October Packington Flower Festival at Holy Rood Church, Packington. Floral displays from village organisations, refreshments available. There will be a service between 11am and noon. On Sunday the Donnisthorpe Scout Band will be playing at 4.45pm, Harvest Tea at 5.15pm and Songs of Praise at 6pm. Festival times: Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. All donations to Hospice Hope and the Church.

9th, 10th & 11th October Ibstock Locale Beer Festival – Over 30 real ales, live bands, food and drink. Local produce event on the Sunday. Local craft event and children’s entertainment on Saturday. At The Palace Community Centre and The Waggon & Horses.

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‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ (15) When a terrorist escapes custody, Will Holloway (Kit Harrington) must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence chief Harry Pierce (Peter Firth) to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London. Big screen, actionpacked spin-off of the hit TV spy series. Century Theatre at Snibston, starts 7.30pm. Admission £3.50 pay on the door. Tel: 01530 278 444

17th October Ashby Farmers Market – 9am to 2pm at Manor House South Street. Bringing you the finest foods from the region and specialist stalls. Free parking. Vintage Afternoon Tea - Join Canine Partners for a vintage afternoon cream tea and help transform lives. Cream tea and optional glass of bubbly from 2pm to 5pm at the Charity’s Midlands Centre in Osgathorpe. All money raised will help Canine Partners to train more assistance dogs and transform the lives of people with disabilities, including wounded servicemen and women. Tickets cost £10pp for a vintage afternoon tea or £12.50pp for an afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly. There will be two sittings at 2pm and 3.30pm. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Helen via helenw@caninepartners.org.uk or calling 01530 225 939.

24th October Fireworks and Bonfire Extravaganza at Bosworth Water Trust. Funfair, licensed bar and food stalls. Gates

open at 3pm, there is a ‘meet and greet’ with Peppa Pig and Frozen from 4pm. Bosworth Water trust, Wellsborough Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton. CV13 6PD. Advance tickets available, for details visit www.bosworthwaterpark.co.uk.

25th October Market Bosworth Farmers Market – Every fourth Sunday of the month from 9am to 2.30pm at Market Square, Market Bosworth CV13 0LJ. Bringing you the finest foods from the region and specialist stalls.

31st October Annie Duggan and Musicians at Thringstone Community Centre, The Green, Thringstone, Coalville LE67 8NR. Performing roadhouse rock original music along with soul rendering classics that will get you dancing in the aisles. Tickets £8, starts at 8pm. For more details contact Lorraine Whitehurst 01530 222 337 or visit http://www. thringstonecommunitycentre.org.uk. Coalville’s Quilt and Craft Fair - The Rotary Club of Coalville in conjunction with Hannah's Room quilt shop are hosting Coalville's first quilt competition show and craft fair at St Davids Hall, Broomleys Road, Coalville LE67 4RL from 10am to 4pm. All proceeds to local charities. £2 entry fee, refreshments, raffle, tombola and quality craft stalls. For details contact Helen on 01530 830 773 or Hannah's Room on 01530 588 890.

It’s FREE to put community information on this page. Please submit your event details via email to admin@ashbylife.co.uk. Deadline for submissions for the Community Board or What’s On pages for the November issue is Friday 9th October. Information is published subject to space being available. What’s Around cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in the magazine.

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in your home A few simple measures to update your property can make an enormous difference, says Katherine Sorrell.

Eco home STEP ONE - Get to know your home Knowing what your home is made from, how was it originally built, and what changes have been made will make it easier to work out how you can eco-improve it. STEP TWO - What are its weak points? Obvious problems are rattling, draughty windows, gaps around the edges of the front door and heat escaping through the roof. To help target improvements where they are most needed, commission a professional test for air tightness and heat loss. Best done on a cold, clear winter’s night, it is non-invasive and should cost around £300. STEP THREE - The loft A top priority for ecoimprovement, with 300mm of quilt insulation recommended, though there should be some ventilation in the loft to avoid condensation. There is a range of insulation materials, but natural materials, such as sheep’s wool or hemp, tend to be better for older properties, as they absorb water vapour and release it. Check your loft regularly for signs of condensation, mould and small animals. STEP FOUR - Windows Windows can leak a lot of heat, especially if they are old and single glazed, and short of double glazing, draught proofing is the answer. For a longer-term solution you will need to cut in a rebate and fit either compression seals (hinged windows) or wipers (sashes). Alternatively, secondary glazing will dramatically improve both air tightness and heat loss, and there are clear panels that fix to the window frame with a magnetic strip. Alternatively, use thick, lined curtains, hung close to the wall, or timber shutters - which are more effective than double glazing. STEP FIVE - Doors To make external doors airtight, adjust as necessary for a good fit, add draught proofing (as for windows) and cover keyholes, letter slots and cat flaps. Use a ‘sausage dog’ at the bottom or hang a long, thick curtain from a hinged rod.

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QUICK TIPS • Installing shutters can reduce heat loss by 60%. For efficiency, they should meet with a rebated edge and include a brush strip or rubber seal. • A thick rug helps to reduce draughts through gaps in STEP SIX - Floors floorboards. Ventilation below • Adding a pelmet to a window your suspended timtreatment helps to reduce ber floor evaporates draughts and stop warm air disappearing behind your moisture from the curtains or blind. timber and support• Place radiators on internal ing structures, so walls rather than below don’t block up windows, where their heat can disappear more easily. external air grilles. To make the floor itself airtight, a fitted carpet with a thermal underlay is perfect, or for timber boards seal gaps around skirting boards with foam strips, silicon mastic or slivers of matching timber. If the boards have gaps, use fillets of balsa wood or lengths of string, which you can stain, glue and push into place. If you can get below the boards or are planning to lift them, consider adding insulation underneath.

STEP SEVEN - Walls It is usually straightforward to insulate modern cavity walls but older, solid walls are more of a problem. Modern systems may trap moisture and cause damp, but one option is to add timber panelling inside, leaving an air gap behind. It may also be possible to add external or internal insulation, but be sure to get impartial advice.

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FUN QUIZ

1. A ghost 2. Evita 3. The Phantom Of The Opera 4. Prince Harry 5. Barry Humphries 6. Red 7. Twelfth Night 8. Batman And Robin 9. Chris Eubank 10. Mrs Doubtfire.

STEP ON IT

Hoist - Joist - Joint - Point - Paint - Print

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business directory Accountants & Payroll Accapita

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Hair & Beauty The Beauty Rooms

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Aerials & Satellite A B Aerials Stockton Satellite & Aerial

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Healthcare Bosworth Home Care Juliet Brooke Chiropody

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Builders Brooks Construction Green Builders Keith Armston Building Contractors

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IT Services Midland IT The PC Clinic

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Carpets & Interiors Ashby Carpets Ashby Decorator Centre Coalville Furniture Superstore The Flooring and Bed Company

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Kitchens & Bathrooms Ashby Tile & Bathrooms Holme Tree Kitchens Ibstock Kitchens

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Locksmiths Hazlewood Locksmiths

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Childcare Swingboat Nurseries

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Cleaning, Ironing, Laundry Services Deanclean NJR Pure Clean Oven Clean Safeclean Toni's Ironing Angels

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Pet Services Glebe Von Wood Boarding Kennels Pet Stay Pets at Heaths

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Plumbers & Gas Services B Wilkinson Plumbing

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Property Repairs & Maintenance Cloudy 2 Clear Mr Oddjob Handyman Services RSJ Roofing TS Roofing Window Mate

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Domestic Appliances T Underwood Driving Schools Bardon School of Motoring

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Pubs, Restaurants, Take Aways The George Inn The Palace Community Centre

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Events Ibstock Beer Festival

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Recruitment Bosworth Home Care

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Schools & Tuition Appleby Community Languages Kumon Educational UK Ltd

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Travel Villair Travel

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