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he latest meeting of the Neighbourhood Management Board (NMB) discussed the following items Matters arising Skate Park People have reported broken glass on the area, this is going to be looked into. The Residents gave a presentation to the board, showing lots of photos from the Awards Night which was a success. Hockley Farm Road improvements Parking bays on Hockley Farm Road are now being made and should be finished by 30th April. Janet S told the board that she sits on the bus panel and is feeding back concerns from residents about disrupted services. Residents’ Network The Resnet have booked two buses to take residents to and from the carnival and will be advertising the service more than last year. The bus will run to and from Fullhurst Community College from 11.30am until 4.30pm. For more information see advert inside this copy of the Alert. Aging better together Angie and Alan attended these seminars however Braunstone will not be benefiting from any funding. Foodshare A constitution has been agreed and the group would like members to apply for positions of chair etc. The group will be looking at creating smarter bags when the outcome of a survey into family size is known. Community First Grants There will be in excess of £19.000 available to groups in Braunstone from April to September this year. Applications can be made through the B-Inspired website at Transforming Neighbourhood Services Adrian Wills and Steve Goddard gave a talk about the latest wave of money saving efforts, community centres around the district are being evaluated and the public are urged to have their say about their centre. Forms can be accessed online, at community centres and at the Neighbourhood Support base on Wellinger Way. Braunstone Park The Braunstone History Group open days in the Stable Block have been well received. The next open day is Tuesday 27th May. The next Braunstone Big Spring Clean is on Wednesday 7th May. There will be a Braunstone Art & History Exhibition at the Walled Garden on Sunday 29th June. There will be a brass band playing on the day.


e have had our AGM and now have ten members on the committee which is great news! We would like to welcome Lindsey, Tania, George, Anna, Yvonne and Ellie to the team. There are lots of things coming up and we will be helping out at the Big Spring Clean Up on Braunstone Park on 7�� May (10am-12noon). Please feel free to come along and help out with keeping the park looking smart! We are also planning on organising an away day at the end of May to somewhere like a garden centre or a trip on a boat! Look out for our posters and on the resident’s network Facebook page for more information! We heard that United Play had suffered some vandalism and the committee decided to help and will be donating some new play equipment very shortly. The Carnival will be held on June 28�� at Fullhurst College and we will be putting on a bus service to get people to and from the event. You can stop the bus anywhere along the route and it will be more than happy to stop for you (see advert)! We will also be making a donation of £1000 to make the day happen! If you have any ideas please feel free to contact us!

Braunstone Foodshare Dates St Peter’s Monday 5pm - 6.30pm Tuesday 11am - 12 pm URC Monday 4.30pm - 6pm BRITE Centre Tuesday 11am - 12pm

United Reform Church

St Peter’s

BRITE Centre

St Peter’s: May: 12th 13th 26th 27th June: 9th 10th 23rd 24th July: 7th 8th URC: May: 5th 19th June: 2nd 16th 30th BRITE: May: 6th 20th June: 3rd 17th July: 1st

Braunstone History On Show


he Braunstone History group have celebrated another successful opening of the museum at the Braunstone Hall Stables and Walled Garden. The exhibition has been extended upstairs, as the club gain more memorabilia and information. Helen Catterwell, the history group chair said ‘people who came were genuinely interested in the history of Braunstone’. Helen continued ‘ For the next museum opening we are looking for people who went to Braunstone Hall School, we are especially interested in hearing from former pupils who went to the school in the 1940’s and 1950’s to come along and share their memories with us’. The Stable Block Museum will be open on Tuesday 27th May from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm. So come on down and have a chat with the Braunstone History Group over a cuppa and learn about the history of Braunstone, the beautiful park, the Winstanley family and the Hall.

Charlie Says…‘Please Help Me Walk’


his June the Braunstone Residents’ Network is supporting the ‘Charlie Says…’ campaign in hosting a fancy-dress sponsored run around Braunstone Park to raise money for local lad Charlie Barkby. The fun run will take place on Saturday 14th June, starting from the West End Working Men’s Club, Braunstone Avenue. All runners need to meet outside the club between 11-11.30am. The ResNet will be providing a refreshments stall and afterwards, if they’re not too out of breath, runners and volunteers are invited back to the West End Club for a free karaoke and disco organised by Steven Finch. Sponsorship forms for runners are available from the club. Also planned is a charity football match at Fullhurst Community College, followed in the evening with a disco, karaoke and raffle at the West End Working Men’s Club. Organiser Kelly Johnson said, ‘Come along and bring the family to support these worthwhile events. The last event we held raised an amazing £1,180, thank you to all those that attended!’ So get out your running shoes and clean the mud off those footie boots, or just come along and support Charlie in his ‘Please Help Me Walk’ campaign. If you want to get involved in any other way, contact Kelly at the Club (0116 282 3804) or donate online on Charlie’s Facebook page ‘Charlie Says…Please Help Me Walk’.

Braunstone Art & History Exhibition


his will be held on Sunday 29�� June from 1.00pm until 4.00pm in Braunstone Park Stable Block. It will feature exhibitions from Braunstone Park Art Club & Braunstone History Group, along with Hathern Brass Band playing at 2.00pm and a group of Air Cadets showing off their marching drills. A local resident, Alan Rosak will also put on a show for the first time, a full size American soldier he has made, entirely from scrap metal!

News from St Peter’s We are thrilled to announce the vicarage is turning 150 years old this year! To celebrate Roz and Chris Burch are hosting an old fashioned Vicarage Garden Party. The party, which will replace the usual Summer Festival, is to be held on 2nd August. There will be more details nearer the time, look out for them on

Garage Sale Donations Needed Have you any unwanted household goods, Bric -a- brac, kitchen ware and utility items that you don’t need? We’ll take them off your hands just call in to 45 Wellinger Way, Braunstone, LE3 1RG or call 0116 223 2256. All money raised goes towards putting on future events on in Braunstone.



he Practice is really pleased to announce that we have recruited 2 Minor Illness Nurses to help our patients who would like urgent advice about: Coughs & colds, chest infections, rashes, bladder infections, tonsillitis, earache, tummy upsets, aches and pains including back pain, headaches, eye problems and a wide range of other problems. Our nurses have had specialist training in how to manage these conditions and are able to do prescriptions if needed. By freeing up our doctors from urgent requests for appointments for these conditions we will be able to offer more pre-bookable appointments for those patients with more complex problems. We release our pre-bookable appointments 24, 48 and 72 hours in advance and at different times of the day. It is also possible to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions using our online services. If you have not already signed up for this then please pop into the surgery with some ID and we can give you your login details. And don’t forget, as we head towards the summer, to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP: Slip on a long sleeved shirt or t shirt, Slop on the sun cream, Slap on a hat.


Doing it for James

n our last edition, we told you about the planned fundraising activities for James Liquorish by Team tri4james. We wanted to intoduce the team whose first of three triathlons and the Leicester half marathon is at Stratford-upon-Avon on May 11th 2014, they are (pictured from left to right)... Danny Reading, Dawn Tobin, David Tebbutt, James Liquorish, Darren Liquorish, Garry Moore, Lee Millins, Natalie Williams and Nicholas Elton. But that's not all they have planned, there's all kinds of activities going on. Look out for: Vicsons Hair Fashion show, on May 31st 2014, 1pm till 4pm at the West End working men's club. Tickets are £5 each, and with the majority already sold I would get in there quick! There will be a mega raffle with some truly amazing prizes!, as well as a 'name the bear competition! Food and drinks will also be available. For more info and tickets check out the Vicsons website or Vicky Williams Facebook page. Losing his hair altogether was John Tobin who had his hair shaved off on April the 2nd and raised over £300 - well done!!! (Pics on the triforjames Facebook page and the Alert Gallery page). Also, now on sale - the beautiful handmade tri4james bracelets, available in all sizes for £1.50, from Mazzies cafe and Vicsons Hair Salon or inbox triforjames Facebook with your order! Team tri4james t-shirts are also on sale at a cost of £15. Good luck guys and gals

Out of the pink and into the blue!


sda Fosse Park’s Community Champion and Braunstone ‘Services to the Community – Groups’ Awards recipient Debbie Kenney is at it again! This time she’s persuaded store manager Gary Brown to join her in jumping out of a plane to raise money for the Tickled Pink campaign for Breast Cancer Research. Those of you who have seen Debbie will know she dyes her hair bright pink in aid of this great cause, but now she’s stepping into the blue - skies that is! Breast cancer affects men as well as women and Debbie is keen to increase awareness of breast health, promote self-screening and raise money for vital research and much-needed support to anyone affected by breast cancer. Look out for the fundraising events and sponsorship forms from May 1st at Asda Fosse Park, Debbie’s target is to beat last year’s £5K – so let’s help her on her way.

Sue’s potty about flowers!


he Alert caught up with local resident and florist Sue Pottinger to find out more about her passion for flowers and her business Potts of Flowers. Sue said, ‘Since I was little I have always been interested in flowers. My Nan used to let me arrange her flowers and take me on walks to show and name the different type of flowers; my interest has built from there. I have completed a variety of different courses at college in floristry and now run a successful florist service’. As you may be aware Potts of Flowers used to be located in Imperial Avenue, Sue informed us that she has now relocated and is now working from home. Potts of Flowers can provide stunning flowers for all occasions. The flowers that Sue uses are fresh and are delivered that day from Holland. There is the hidden bonus for the community in that Sue offers free delivery on all local orders. To ensure that your flowers are as fresh as possible please give Sue 48 hours notice on your order (see Potts of Flowers advert in Traders Corner). If you want to treat someone special to a beautiful bouquet of flowers, or need that extra something for an important occasion then contact Potts of Flowers on 07942860118. The Alert would like to wish Sue all the best with her business.




he Alert called in at Braunstone Park Stable Block to meet with 17 year old Mat Creswell, a local volunteer, and his mentor Jim Cunningham, LCC Park Services Gardener. Mat has been volunteering with Braunstone Park Services for the past 2 years following on from a gardening scheme run in partnership with Fullhurst College. Jim remembers when Mat started out, “Mat really liked it when he first came and even came back to do his work experience. He then took on a really interesting horticulture course at Brooksby Melton and continued to volunteer throughout the holidays and on his day off from college every week.’ Jim sees just how Mat has increased his horticulture and plant knowledge bringing his studies to the Park. Equally Mat can take his practical learning from the Park back into the classroom. Mat told us that he hopes to get an apprenticeship and thinks that by volunteering with Jim and work colleague Dave he has learnt a great deal and gained valuable experience. He’s sure he will continue to volunteer at the Park even after he gets an apprenticeship. We have to agree with Jim when he says ‘Mat is a really fantastic lad and he is a credit’. The Alert team wish Mat all the best for his future – well done!


TO YOU! THIS MATTERplSease fill it in, it If you see this form you do this! is very important

Leicester City Council wants your feedback on forthcoming changes to some community services in the West area of the city. The council have some suggestions such as building closures, sharing buildings, self-service facilities and other organisations running buildings. They are asking residents to say which buildings they use, what for and why. The council also want your ideas as to how they might reorganise the services to save money. Please take this opportunity to let the council know which services are important to you and make your ideas known. If you have any questions please email Collect and return forms to b-connected 45 Wellinger Way, your local community building or online at

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BRAUNSTONE PARK Kel in the stable (meet block car park) Wednesday 7th May 2014 10.00 am - 12.30 pm Tools and equipment provided on the day.

For more information on this ‘BIG SPRING CLEAN’ project Please telephone 0116 2548467


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he new gardening group at b-connected got their ‘Growing For Gold’ campaign off to a great start on April 14th to coincide with the launch of the new RHS Britain in Bloom campaign. The ‘b-blooming’ group of volunteers and staff at b-connected have entered into the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category and are growing veg and flowers in their new raised beds. If growing is your thing or you want to get involved then call Tracey on 0116 223 2256 or email Keep reading for updates in your Alert.

Police Story

Coalpit Lane Spinney Pals

Mopeds, motorbikes and bicycles are highly desirable items which unfortunately are sometimes stolen. To reduce the risk of you becoming a victim of this crime I want to remind you of the following advice: ● Secure items with a good quality lock to a permanent fixture ● Ensure items are stored in a secure location out of sight ● If possible, fit a security alarm, as this will act as a good deterrent ● If your bicycle has a serial number, ensure it is logged on ● Take a photo of your motorbike or bicycle, as well as distinctive marks, to help identify it if stolen and later recovered We are looking to purchase moped and motorbike locks in the near future, and you will be able to purchase them at a reduced price. Follow us on Twitter @LPRowleyfields for all police updates relating to the Braunstone and Rowley Fields areas. We have been receiving reports of anti-social behaviour in the Bendbow Rise area and within Braunstone Park. We are currently looking at this issue and would encourage residents to report any incidents of ASB to us on 101. PC Tim Oliver and I were invited to attend the Braunstone Community awards. It was a great opportunity for us to meet people from the community and hear of all the incredible work that volunteers are doing within Braunstone. This was a great event, so thank you. We hope to become involved with some activities ourselves including the Braunstone Big Spring Clean, so watch this space. You may have seen police volunteers and PCSOs on the estate conducting community consultations. This is an ideal time for you to put your views across to the police of what is happening in your local neighbourhood. Your comments are appreciated. The team and I will be at the annual Braunstone Carnival at Fullhurst College this year. Please pop along to offer support and come and say hello to us. If you need help or advice, I can be contacted through 101, or for general advice log onto Many thanks PS Siobhan Gorman and the Braunstone and Rowley Fields Safer Neighbourhood team

Coalpit Lane Spinney is a little area of woodland bounded by Braunstone Lane and Caldecote Road: it joins onto the school. A group of local residents have been litter picking and organising renovation of the spinney so that we can have a nature area. If you are interested in joining us, or to hear of future events, please ring Lin on 0116 299 2192 for info.

A very big thank you to… A very BIG THANK YOU to Abigail Hyde and Sophie Williams – the Fulhurst Community College Paparazzi - for their sterling work at the Brauntone Awards Ceremony

AHOY THERE! Leicester Navy Training Corp is a new charitable youth organisation for young people aged 8-18 years. Come and join them at the Winstanley Community Wing, Winstanley College, Kingsway North, Braunstone Town. They meet Mondays & Thursdays 7pm-9pm. The cost is £2 per night. For more information call 07511832590, email or visit their website

Changes to the 51 and 104 bus timetables


rom Monday 28th April the no. 51 bus will operate during the day every 30 minutes instead of every 20 minutes due to peak traffic delays. Evenings and Sundays remain unchanged. The route will commence from St. Margaret’s Bus Station, but will continue to stop at the Haymarket. From Sunday 27th April the no. 104 bus will change from every hour to every 30 minutes during evenings and on Sundays. The off peak service MondayFriday and daytime Saturday will change from every 10 minutes to every 12 minutes.

In the Spotlight Alan Ross, is a local artist who believes in the community of Braunstone. He is hosting an art show in the future, to promote art in the local area. Keep your eyes peeled folks for more information in the next edition of the Braunstone Alert. We shone the spotlight on Alan to make our own portrait of the man… What’s your idea of a good night out? To go to the pub with great music and good company. A good night in? Good company, good food (cooked by me) and a good movie. What animal would you be? A gorilla What is your pet hate? Obnoxious people What was the last book you read? Compilation of Artists. What is your favourite film? Planet of the apes. Describe Braunstone in 3 words? Enduring, Enterprising and Passionate. What words would people use to describe you? I don’t care as long as they are polite. What’s the furthest you have ever been from home? Torquay/Paignton What is your ideal holiday? Loch Lomond (Scotland) What one thing would you change? Other people’s attitude. What is your most attractive quality? Personality. …and your least? None, hard of hearing. Have you a claim to fame? No. How do you want to be remembered? I’m not bothered. In a movie of your life who would play you? Charles Heston

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50+ Aqua Fit, Leisure Centre Talk Time, Summer’s Cafe Let’s Walk Braunstone, Stable Block, Braunstone Park Golden Years Group (Bingo!) Blessed Sacrament Church Cheerleading, Oak Centre Leicester Navy Training Corp Winstanley College Theatre Craft Class 13 yrs up, Winstanley Centre Tuesdays Mums & Babies, Summer’s Cafe Stitch & B*tch, Summer’s Cafe Braunstone History Group, BRITE ER Crew Street Dancing Oak Centre Theatre Craft Class 10-12 yrs, Winstanley Centre Wednesdays Coffee & Chat, St Peter’s ALVV Art Classes, from 30�� April Summer’s Cafe, Cort Crescent BLT Summer’s Cafe, Lunch Club Last Wednesday of every month Price: £3.00 Garage Sale , 45 Wellinger Way Art Group For Children , Oak Centre K&T Performing Arts Street Dance, Winstanley Centre Thursdays Lunch Club ,Trinity Church Every 1�� & 3�� Thursday of each month, price £4.50. Nappucino, Summer’s Cafe Nappy Library, Summer’s Cafe Women of Wisdom Co-operative Armchair Aerobics (& chat!), Winstanley Centre Knit & Natter, BRITE Centre Art Group, Summer’s Cafe Friendship Club, Trinity Church Theatre Craft Class 3-9 yrs, Winstanley Centre Leicester Navy Training Corp Winstanley College Fridays Friday Pop-in, Blessed Sacrament Church Sew `n’ So’s Craft Group, Oak Centre Golden Gloves Boxing Club

Oak Centre

Dear Alert, Times of change How wonderful it was when I was a child, lots of trees, flowers, bees, butterflies and many birds living freely with plenty of wild life about. Now with modern farming and more development it has taken a toll on wildlife as they are losing their habitat. The big issue is many trees and hedges are being cut down. Birds need these hedges for nesting and they will not grow tall enough this year for the birds to nest in. There doesn’t appear to be anything wrong with the trees and hedges being cut down; in fact some of the trees being cut are mature trees and these will not grow back again. The trees and hedges I am writing about are on Hand Avenue and surrounding areas, and it looks a mess at the moment. Please save our wildlife for future generations. Miss P Jackson

Cort Crescent Community Centre 6.00 - 7.00 pm

Dear Alert,

BRITE Centre Braunstone Avenue 6.00 - 7.00 pm

I am writing this letter to let you know about a senseless, mindless attack that was carried out on Tuesday evening on the Blue Cabin Nursery and the United Reform Church. The Blue Cabin caters for very young children, and the church supports a number of local groups, including the Braunstone Foodshare. This incident was reported in the Leicester Mercury soon after, and I was particularly upset to read that children’s work had been ripped off the wall displays and damaged. None of the toys were stolen, instead they were smashed into pieces and ruined. As were the playhouses in their outdoor play area. I would like to request that if anyone has any toys appropriate for children between the ages of 3 and 5 years to call in at the b-connected office on Wellinger Way, or call Janet or Tracey on 0116 223 2256 to find out what you can do to help. Janet Statham

07890 564 709

0116 291 4993

07890 564 696

Christ Church URC, Dumbleton Avenue, 6.00 - 7.00 pm

Braunstone Housing Office, Gutheridge Crescent 12 noon -1.00 pm

Dear Alert, Myself and my family thoroughly enjoyed the Awards ceremony held at the West End Working Men’s Club on the 27th March. I was very surprised, and proud, to have been chosen out of so many nominees to receive an award in the ‘Services to the Community Individual’ category. After becoming unemployed, I started going to the Job Club held at the BRITE Centre run by b-working. Through this I became involved in voluntary work increasing my skills all the time. Due to my befriending volunteering at bconnected in particular, I became interested in a career as a care worker. With everybody’s help, support and encouragement, I have grown into the confident person I now am and this has enabled me to secure a job as a care worker. George

Dear Alert, We are thrilled to announce that Braunstone Park has been put forward for a Green Flag Award! Led by the Keep Britain Tidy Group, awards are given to parks and open spaces that are welcoming, healthy, safe, clean and well maintained. LCC Parks and Green Spaces Services are committed to raising the standards at Braunstone Park to those required by the Green Flag Award scheme and are now waiting for a date for an assessment visit. Anita

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Busy BraunstoneIn Summer Braunstone Residents Network Meeting 10th June 2014 1.30pm to 3pm at the BRITE Centre Braunstone Avenue. For more information call Eileen Gollings on 07881 284498

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B alert no. 3 May/June 2014  

Here is the latest edition of the Braunstone Alert for you to enjoy.