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Greengate traffic fears A DECISION on a proposal to build 3000 new homes on the edge of Birstall is expected later this month. Leicester City Council submitted an outline planning application for the Ashton Green Development in June, and hope to start building the first phase of 1000 dwellings in 2012. Ashton Green is a 130 hectare site north of Beaumont Leys, with its ‘village centre’ located next to the junction of Greengate Lane and Leicester Road. The impact of the development on the local road network, especially Greengate Lane, has been identified as a major cause of concern during public consultation events. Birstall Parish Councillor Neville Mayes said: “At the moment Greengate Lane is a pleasant road with trees and primary school. It’s very much a residential area, it cannot become a main thoroughfare, it would be Hell on Earth, like a motorway. I urge residents to let the City Council know this is something we don’t want.” Leicester City Council’s Design & Access statement says: “Local routes, in particular Greengate Lane, is unsuitable for large traffic flows, so consideration will need to be given to how to deter development traffic from using this route.” The City Council say that restricting vehicle movements at the Greengate Lane/Beaumont Leys

Lane junction to prevent Ashton Green traffic using Greengate Lane would “merely displace traffic onto other unsuitable/congested roads.” A new access onto the A46 has been ruled out by the Highways Agency for safety reasons, and a new link road from Leicester Road, Thurcaston through Hallam Fields to the A6, is “contrary to policy”. The City Council have proposed the following traffic mitigation measures for Greengate Lane: • one-way signal controlled shuttle working at the railway bridge. The bridge is owned and maintained by the GCR. Traffic lights will control traffic on either side of the bridge, alternating the direction of traffic: east/west then west/east. The City Council says: “the very nature of introducing traffic signals may increase journey times along Greengate Lane. However the signals are unlikely to result in significant build up of queues and on balance it is considered that they will act as an effective traffic calming measure, ultimately reducing the attractiveness of Greengate Lane for general traffic whilst a the same time increasing its attractiveness for pedestrians and cyclists.” • speed humps


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Living life to the full THE FAMILY of an eight year old Birstall boy with only months to live are doing what they can to give him the best quality of life in the time he has left. Catherine Brown was told by doctors in May that her son Oliver’s leukaemia had come back after being in remission for two years, and that it was acute and terminal. Sue faced the choice of watching her son, who has Down’s Syndrome, endure weeks of intensive chemotherapy that could be toxic for him, or bringing him home for the months he has left. The family decided to bring Oliver back to his Myrtle Avenue home in July – Catherine

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said: “We want to give him the best quality of life we can before the cancer takes over, doing the things he likes to do, going on trips out, enjoying our time with him and giving his little brother Ethan some memories. But knowing what the future holds means everything we do is tainted – I’m thinking, is it the last time we will do this together?” Olive’s grandmother Jane said: “Oliver is the most wonderful, bravest boy you could wish to meet and has taken everything with a smile.” The family organised a fundraising event in July that raised £1600 for Oliver to have some good times and a trip to Euro Disney is planned, courtesy of the charity Wishes4kids

• a shared footway/cycleway from Leicester Road to beyond the bridge. One option considered is utilising the verge as far as the junction of Woodgate Drive before cyclists rejoin the carriageway. After conducting a traffic impact assessment, the City Council concluded: “These improvements will deter traffic from Ashton Green using Greengate Lane as a through route and result in some existing trips re-assigning from Greengate Lane onto other routes” and says that their mitigation measures will result in “no material impact on Greengate Lane with the traffic from Ashton Green”. On Leicester Road, north of Greengate Lane, the City Council says that traffic flows will reduce, and that flows on the A6 through Birstall will increase “by a very small amount, typically three to four per cent”. County Councillor Davis Snartt said: “I have

real concerns about the impact of increased traffic levels through the villages which are close to the proposed development. Villages such as Thurcaston, Cropston, Anstey, Birstall and Rothley will inevitable take the full weight of the many extra vehicles travelling north to access the A6, M1 and various destinations north of Leicestershire and beyond. “During a briefing, I was told that only a very small percentage of the total traffic from the site will use the routes through the county villages. I am sure many of the residents living in the villages will have grave doubts about the findings of the assessment.” Cllr Snartt believes that removing the access point into the development opposite Greengate Lane would help by routing traffic south to the city, and onto the A6 at Red Hill. The City Council are also proposing speed humps on Leicester Road between Ashton Green and Thurcaston, and a ‘gateway entry feature’ for

traffic approaching Ashton Green from the north that will reduce the speed limit to 30mph. The Ashton Green development is part of the City Council’s plans to find 20,000 new homes in the next 15-20 years. The City Council says it will offer: • employment on 5 hectares of employment land • an ‘all-age school’ from 3-19 years, located at the western end of Greengate Lane extending eastwards towards the GCR bridge • safe routes for pedestrians and cyclists • good public transport links • community facilities • 49 hectares of green space • energy efficient homes with renewable energy sources • an on-site Energy Centre More details at


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Citizen of the year BIRSTALL’S CITIZEN of the Year 2010 is Betty Howard of Fielding Road. Betty (79) has played a leading role in providing day centre care for local elderly people for the past 20 years. The first facility was at Longslade school, then it moved for a short time to St Theresa’s church before finding permanent accomodation in the Village Hall as the St James Day Centre in 1992, where Betty was the Manager for several years. She still volunteers there two days a week and is currently the Chair of Age Concern Birstall and Wanlip. Betty who has lived in Birstall since 1938, said: “I felt a bit embarrassed to receive this award. So many people have been involved with whatever it is I’ve done, that I feel I’m receiving it on behalf of

all of them.” The St James Day Centre supports 12-15 elderly people by bringing them together to socialise, to enjoy a meal, and by taking them on outings or providing musical entertainment. Betty said: “It’s a lifeline for these older people, they look forward to it so much. They give me so much more than I give them, they are absolutely fantastic, lovely people. It keeps my young and I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” Former Chairman of Age Concern Birstall and Wanlip, Jex Woods said: “Betty is an excellent example of an elder citizen staying active and being young at heart and serving the community by helping older people as a volunteer. She is an inspiration for all of us who have reached the stage in life of being pensioners, elders, seniors, veterans or however we like to regard ourselves, and her award is richly deserved.” The Birstall Citizen of the Year Award is presented annually by Birstall Parish Council at the Gala weekend, to the individual with the most nominations from the public.

Bus service withdrawn FIRST LEICESTER have announced they are cutting the 70 bus service through Birstall. The service, which ran along Birstall Road, Wanlip Lane, Windmill Avenue and Sibson Road, will be withdrawn on September 26 due to insufficient passenger numbers. First Leicester Marketing Manager Ady Culpin said: “We have been monitoring the service for some time, the figures are reduced and we decided to withdraw it. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those people who used the service.” Another operator has shown an interest in taking over the route but has not yet made any

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announcement. All parts of the route are served by alternative buses, except for a small section around the Windmill Avenue area. Jo Waddington of Newton Drive is disappointed to lose the 70A. She said: “I feel devastated, I’ll have to walk 20 minutes now to get the 70B. A lot of people used it, schoolkids, workers and old people who go to the shops and the doctors.” The County Council have announced they are reducing their subsidy to some bus routes. A spokesman said: “The County Council needs to make large savings over the next four years and is faced with some very hard choices. This means that amongst other things, we’ve had to look at bus services and are withdrawing supported evening, Sunday and out of policy school services. “The changes have been designed so they don’t affect daytime, hourly, Monday to Saturday services which provide important links to work, training, education, health and shopping. “We appreciate people’s concerns and have worked closely with local bus services to limit the impact on residents and keep as many services running as possible.” The affected Birstall buses are: • Service 2, Loughborough to Leicester via Sileby which will no longer have an evening and Sunday service. • Service 123, Loughborough to Leicester via Woodhouse Eaves, which will no longer have an evening service. Service 2 has been replaced by Kinchbus operating hourly in the evenings until 11pm and hourly on Sundays, which is better than the previous subsidised service.

Parish Council notes A FULL meeting of Birstall Parish Council was held on August 9. The Council agreed to donate £300 to help Birstall United set up a new under 13s football team. A resident of Park Road reported that his section of the road, containing the GCR bridge, was unadopted and residents were paying for potholes to be repaired. There was no prospect of the County Council adopting the road, he said, and invited the Council to make a contribution to repairs. He was invited to propose a figure for the Council’s consideration. A resident of School Lane lamented the loss of the bus shelter at the junction of School Lane and the A6 and asked why it could not be replaced with a decorative structure. Chairman Stuart Jones replied that the bus shelter had been removed because it was deemed to be dangerous and the Council had decided not to replace it. PC Richard Carruthers presented the crime figures and reported a significant reduction in reported crime. He said officers in Birstall were now using their bikes more as budget cuts had resulted in the loss of a Police car. It was reported that visiting clubs had written to the Council praising it for the quality of its bowling greens. It was agreed to spend £5656 on the creation of new steps in the grassy bank next to the Sibson Road car park, facing Birstall DIY. The council agreed that the provision of public toilets in Birstall was important and that it would take over the responsibility of the Stonehill Avenue toilet from Charnwood as a last resort. Charnwood are trying to reduce expenditure by passing the ownership of seven village toilets in the Borough to Town and Parish Councils. It was reported that HGV vehicles were violating the weight restriction on Greengate Lane.

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NHW birthday BIRSTALL AND Wanlip, Neighbourhood Watch celebrated its 20th birthday in August. To mark the occasion of the first NHW scheme starting in the village 20 years ago, members, councillors, Police officers and friends cut a celebratory birthday cake on the lawn outside the 10 Sibson Road building, at one of their regular advice shops. The Village Watch covers 3000 homes, three quarters of the village, with each household paying £1 a year. Every month a newsletter is published and at the NHW advice shop, bikes are postcoded, home security equipment sold and the Police are available to talk to the public. The latest news on crimes are reported on their website, and there is a dedicated phoneline: 2676397.

Committee member Allan Kinton said: “Over those 20 years I feel we have helped foster a spirit of community and of looking after your neighbour. We have provided a link between the Police and the public, passing on information and getting it back. We hope to continue this success in the future and are always looking to recruit new members – go to the website or phone us for details.” Pic (l-r) Special Constable Laurence Hurst, PCSO Mark Butler, Chairman Ed Marshall, PC Richard Carruthers, PCSO Stuart Venables. Seated: Evelyn Holden and Peter Allen

Park & ride closer A BRAND new 1000-space park and ride designed to cut congestion and promote greener travel, is set to get the green light. The modern £5.5 million facility on the A6 opposite Hallam Fields would provide a regular 15-minute bus service in and out of Leicester city centre. The project will go ahead if £2.1m of ‘new growth point’ (NGP) funding is received from the government. East of the A6 and south of the A46, buses would link up with the 1000-space park and ride in Enderby, to save costs, and could be open early next summer. The new service will go in a loop from Birstall to Enderby via the city centre. It will take in St Margaret’s bus station, De Montfort University and the Leicester Royal Infirmary. It could also include stops in Waterloo Way, by the train station, and in Belgrave Road near the Golden Mile shopping area. The rest of the money for the joint county and city council project has come from the government’s ‘community infrastructure fund’. Lesley Pendeleton, County Council cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “Tackling congestion is one of our main priorities and I’m pleased that we are working with the City Council on this important project. “The government has given an indication it will release the money for Birstall if we can prove the project meets certain targets. We’re confident it can and want to firm up the business case to make sure we can hit the ground running. “One of our key aims is to invest in sustainable transport for the future and linking up with the Enderby park and ride would not

only help to reduce costs, but also offer important travel links into Leicester for workers, shoppers and sports fans.” It is hoped that the government will confirm the NGP funding later in the summer. If this is the case, construction work could begin in October. The Birstall park and ride site was originally proposed as part of the development by Jelson Ltd for approximately 900 houses at Hallam Fields. The planning agreement also requires that highway infrastructure improvements are undertaken and a significant amount of this work has already been completed by the developer. These are: • the site access and exit to the A6 including southbound bus land • improvements to the A6/Greengate Lane junction In the future the developer is committed to construct: • an additional bus lane on the A6 at Redhill Circle • a pedestrian footbridge over the A6 linking the housing development to pedestrian routes


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EVER INCREASING in popularity mobility scooters are an effective way of helping people to keep their independence if they have difficulties with mobility. Birstall has quite a large number of mobility scooters and it is pleasing to say that there hasn’t been one recorded incidence of theft or vandalism. The NHW watch are hoping that we can maintain this record and so have extended our free cycle etching service to include mobility scooters as well. The NHW ‘Advice shop’ is held on the third Saturday in each month at the old council buildings at 10 Sibson Road. If you bring your scooter along we will etch your post code and house number onto your scooter. This means the scooter can be easily identified and returned if it should get lost or stolen. The next ‘Advice shop’ is on September 18 between 10am-12 noon. Other simple precautions that can be taken to increase the security of your scooter are: Ensure the scooter has a genuine ignition key rather than a jack plug key. A genuine ignition key will immobilise the scooter when the key is removed whereas a jack plug key just switches the motor off. Movement detector devices can be fitted to some scooters. These operate in a similar vein to car alarms - if the scooter is disturbed in any way the alarm is activated. Always ensure your scooter is locked away when it is being left overnight. If a garage is not available specially designed mobility scooter storage units can be purchased. These are made of steel and bolted to the ground. This will stop the scooter and the storage unit being picked up and carried away on a vehicle. Although not legally required it is recommended to insure your scooter against fire, theft and third party liability. The NHW look forward to seeing you at the Advice shop in the near future – have a cuppa and a chat while we etch your scooter. From Ghislaine Woods, Birstall & Wanlip Village Watch Watch phone: 0116 2676397

Crime Report, July 19 – August 9, 2010 Assaults 4, burglary 3, burglary non-dwelling 7, damage 3, damage to motor vehicle 8, drugs 5, fraud 3, robbery 1, theft 2, theft from motor vehicle 2. A person with a Criminal Antisocial Behaviour Order (CRASBO) was arrested for a further breach and an assault in Loughborough. Hi-visibility cycle patrols around the village hotspots for crime and ASB have been warmly received by the community who have made positive comments. Clearly the beauty spot car parks have been policed well over the last month with a positive result of no theft from cars at all. ASB patrols have continued with effective use of foot, cycle and car patrols. The recent neighbourhood priorities have been reviewed and the pattern analysis revealed a decrease of ASB in those areas, White Horse Lane and general graffiti and damage across the village have been closed and three other priorities are being created to deal with ASB and crime in those areas. Mini moto seized from an address in Birstall using Section 59 Police Reform Act 2002 legislation following antisocial riding around the village witnessed by three police officers and following numerous reports from members of the public. One person will be interviewed with regard to their behaviour. From PC 2139 Richard Carruthers, PCSO 6611 Mark Butler and PCSO 6438 Stu Venables, Birstall, Wanlip and Watermead Local Neighbourhood Policing Team

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Café supports gym A BIRSTALL café is the latest business to offer support to Carl Gunns’ boxing gym on Birstall Road. Ruby Tuesdays on the Meadway has enjoyed growing popularity since opening last November and is run by father and son team Paul and Thomas Porter. Paul said: “Because we take money from the community, it’s important to put something back. I’ve know Carl for 27 years and he’s doing exceptional work with the gym, so we have decided to offer him sponsorship.” Carl Gunns said: “Any contributions we get from Paul will be used on equipment for the gym. I think its fantastic that a Birstall business like his is putting a little bit back into the village.” Ruby Tuesdays is open from 9am-4pm, Monday to Saturday. Paul said: “Come and try us for good home made food at reasonable prices.” Pic: (l-r) Nicola Sinclair, Paul Porter, Carl Gunns and Thomas Porter

A BIRSTALL dentist has thanked his patients for their patience while improvements to his surgery have taken place. Birstall Dental Practice on 141 Sibson Road now has a large new reception and waiting area, a disabled toilet, an additional treatment room downstairs and a new de-contamination room. The practice now uses digital x-ray machines and has intra-oral cameras – these can be used to send images directly to hospital, or to show images of the

Award WATERMEAD COUNTRY Park has been officially recognised with a national award. The park has received a Green Flag Award, which recognises green spaces that are free to enter, are well maintained and have a high standard of safety and security. The Green Flag Award scheme is run by Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV and Greenspace.

Top players in final THE VILLAGE’S tennis club is celebrating a terrific achievement, after two of its top players contested a final at the Leicestershire Tennis Championships. Sam Williams, a 21-year-old medical student beat David Hutchinson 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final of the Handicap Singles event. Last year, Sam’s younger brother Matt won the same event, so these successes are a real feather in the cap for Birstall Watermead Tennis Club. David may have lost a tight match against Sam, but he shrugged off his disappointment a week later by helping the Leicestershire Over 60s team win promotion to Division Two. In their fifth and final match of the season, they beat Northumberland Over 60s 4-1 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Their earlier matches comprised resounding 5-0, 5-0, 5-0,

4-1 victories. This month sees the Birstall club’s annual championship played over two weeks with a men’s, ladies, mixed and junior events. Finals day, on September 11, will culminate in a presentation-night barbecue. Pic: David Hutchinson (left) and Sam Williams

Village hall improvements IMPROVEMENTS TO the Village Hall this summer have seen the hall completely rewired. Parish Clerk Steve Blackburn said: “This has resulted in a much brighter and more even light throughout the hall. The improvements in electrical efficiency in recent years mean that the greater number of strip lights will be more efficient, longer lasting and cheaper to run than the ones they replace. The opportunity has also been taken to improve the lighting on the stage and is an opportunity to remind groups that the stage is available for use for performances.” Booking enquiries can be made direct to the office or by telephone on 2676191. The Age Concern Day Centre has also been rewired and recarpeted thanks to a grant from Awards For All, part of the Big Lottery Fund. “This will also improve lighting levels in the day centre, improve electrical safety throughout this part of the building and provide safe, attractive flooring which can be easily maintained” said Steve.

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Starlight student shines THE STARLIGHT Theatre School is celebrating after one of its students successfully auditioned and gained a place at Leicester College of Performing Arts. Lilie Scott(16) lives in Birstall and has been dancing at Starlight since the age of 3. At that time classes were being held at the Methodist and Village Hall in Birstall, but the school has now moved to premises on Hadrian Road, Mowmacre Hill. Principal Monica Osborne said: “Although we are situated in Mowmacre Hill, over 75% of our students are from the Birstall area. We have had extensive work done on the property and can now have three fully equipped mirrored studios. We

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TWELVE JUNIOR footballers from Birstall played a charity match and raised £55 for Birstall BAGS. The players, all from Birstall United U14s with the exception of one, played for two hours at Goals of Leicester on Wakerley Road. Paula Clifford donated the pitch and said: “They had lots of fun and at the same time managed to raise money for our village charity. I was so proud of them all, and a big

thank you to the parents who came along to support the kids.” Pic: (l-r) Charlie Young, Toby Haye, Asley Jordan, Kev Jordan, Connor Jordan, Morgan Clifford-Foxon, Sam Wallbanks, Sam Hulme, Josh Foxon, Sam Finlow, Brandon Bailey, Manny Sanghera. Also not able to attend but donated James Pearce.

Shop’s booze ban A SHOPKEEPER has lost an appeal against a Charnwood Borough Council decision to revoke his alcohol licence after police found booze was being supplied to underage drinkers. Booze and News, in Front Street, Birstall, was identified by police and council officials as the source of alcohol finding its way into the hands of young troublemakers who caused misery for residents. Charnwood Borough Council’s Licensing SubCommittee revoked the shop’s alcohol licence on April 21, 2010. Licence holder, James Moore, appealed but at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on August 10, that appeal was dismissed and the licence remained revoked. Councillor David Snartt, Charnwood Borough Council’s lead member for community safety, said: “I’m delighted that the court has dismissed this appeal. Hopefully, the tough action taken by the police and council will bring peace of mind to the residents of Birstall who have suffered from boozefuelled trouble. “Let this also be a warning to anyone else who thinks it is okay to sell alcohol to underage young people that we can, and will, take swift action. “It is a tremendous example of how different agencies, working together, can achieve results which has already made a difference to the quality of life for residents in Birstall.” Birstall Parish Councillor Mary Houghton praised the joint action of Leicestershire Police and Charnwood Borough Council and said it had made an impact. She said: “It was a very great problem we had of drunken kids tearing around the village - many of whom were not from Birstall - and officers were deployed to try and tackle them. “But the action taken has made a big difference and there are certainly fewer problems now. The co-operation between the police and the council has been very effective indeed.” Sergeant Ian Stone, of Charnwood local policing unit, said: “Police officers from Charnwood local policing unit and their partner agencies carried out a joint investigation following an increase in incidents of anti-social behaviour in Birstall.” He added: “With an increased number of youngsters on the streets during the summer holidays it’s important that off-licenses are extra cautious when selling alcohol and that is why we advise them to ask for identification from anyone who looks under the age of 21. “We are well aware of the affects that anti-social behaviour can have on a community and hope that members of the public will find it reassuring to see that we and our partner agencies are doing what we can to reduce the number of alcohol related incidents.” The court heard how Leicestershire Police and council enforcement officers visited Mr Moore numerous times to remind him of his responsibili-

ties and highlight best practice for the sale of alcohol. But the premises remained a source of booze for youngsters who were getting drunk and committing anti-social behaviour and crime in the Birstall area, the court heard. Police told magistrates the problems continued even after the revocation hearing and while the appeal process was taking place. The court was satisfied the premises was the source of alcohol consumed by underage drinkers, either through direct sale or by sales to adults who were then supplying under 18s. The magistrates dismissed the appeal and ordered the licence to remain revoked after finding sales of alcohol were poorly controlled even after numerous visits. They said their decision was based on promoting licensing objectives of preventing crime and disorder, preventing public nuisance, and protecting children from harm. On August 13, three days after the appeal was dismissed, Police officers and Charnwood Borough Council licensing officers visited Booze and News for a compliance check. They found the shelves and fridges were stocked full of alcoholic beverages. These were seized from the premises to prevent any further breaches of the order. The owner will be interviewed about the offence.

Methodist news Cuts In Staff Cuts seem to be a word we are hearing a lot lately, and often that word is linked to a loss of jobs. So it is too in our local Methodist Circuit which consists of seven churches and their communities in the locality. Three paid Ministers were in post until the end of August. From September that number is reduced to just two. Only the Birstall minister, Rev Rachel Parkinson remains. However Rachel will be joined by Rev Dave Warnock. He will be welcomed at a special service at Syston on September 5, and his first service at Birstall will be in the evening of September 26. Pilgrimage From Queniborough A walk around the footpaths of Queniborough, with occasional stops for prayer or reflection takes place on Sunday September 12, starting at 2.15pm. Be A Thief (one of 40) The Men’s Pantomime rehearsals start later in the month. If you would like to join the motley crew who form the cast then you will be most welcome. Turn up at about 8pm on either Thursday September 23 or Thursday October 1, or ring Peter on 2209462. From Tony Moore

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GEMMA VOCE of Rainbow Therapy is a practitioner of Reiki and Chakra Balancing and is now offering her services at the Blue Moon beauty salon on Birstall Road. Gemma said: “Reiki is a healing hands technique which channels ‘energy’. It promotes a state of deep relaxation and reduces stress which can then improve physical and emotional issues. Almost any problem could benefit from the treatment. All ages can have Reiki and it can be used in conjunction with western medicine.” Chakra Balancing is based on the concept of the seven Chakra points that were idenPic: Gemma Voce tified in Indian mysticism. It uses crystals to realign the Chakra points that can become blocked or unbalanced through daily life. Realigning them can help the body to heal itself and can give a feeling of spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Gemma said: “You can have the treatments separately or together as they can compliment each other. So if you’ve feeling stressed, under the weather or just want to treat yourself then call me on 0116 2674689/07542073351 or email for an appointment.” Until the end of October Gemma is offering a £10 discount to new customers.

Composting A SCHEME that offers discounted food composters and wormeries has been extended to a part of Birstall. Charnwood Borough Council are aiming to reduce the amount of household waste going to landfill by encouraging residents to dispose of suitable waste in a composter, wormery or brown bin. They are offering the necessary containers at reduced prices: a green cone or home composter costs £5, a large 310 litre composter is £10, a wormery is £16 and a brown bin £15. The area of Birstall covered by the scheme is east of Stonehill Avenue and south of The Crossways. For details go to on or call 01509 634 563

have a compliment of qualified teachers and assistant teachers, most of whom are from Birstall.” The school offers British Theatre Dance Association Qualifications in all subjects, which are part of the national qualifications Framework, enabling the students to gain recognised qualifications in dance right up to Diploma Level. “We are delighted that Lilie starts at performing arts college in September, and is continuing her studies and training at Starlight also” said Monica. Starlight has recently held its summer dance Show at Wreake Valley Syston with three sell out performances, and is well into rehearsals for their Christmas production, which the whole school from ages two upwards will take part in. Several pupils also auditioned successfully to perform in pantomime in local productions during December and January. Monica added: “I would like to congratulate one of my teachers, Tracy Liggins of Birstall, who has successfully completed her training and has qualified as a British Theatre Dance Association Examiner, and has joined me as joint Principal of Starlight Theatre School.” For any enquiries please telephone 0116 2355495 or visit

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Cantamici Choir With superb instrumentalists will be at St James Church, Birstall On Saturday September 18 at 7.30pm Tickets £7 inc glass of wine/juice from Jane Scott 2673761 or Beryl McHugh 2674913 Please come & help raise funds for Birstall BAGS and The Stroke Association •••

Fashion Show and Sale Friday September 10 at 7.30pm In the Methodist Church Concert Hall Come and buy ‘Designer’ labels and clothes from some of your favourite High Street stores Tickets £5 (inc tea/coffee and cakes) which can be booked by tel: 2677576 or email Proceeds for The HOTPEC Orphanage in Cameroon •••

extensive buffet Tickets £20 to include a welcome drink and food Do you have any Longslade photographs you would like to share? If you have any memorabilia such as photographs, school uniform items, school magazines etc please let us borrow them. Bring the items to the school reception and we will make copies and include them in our displays and exhibitions, both in school and in the local communities. Go to the Longslade website or ring Jane Hill on 2670807 for more information and to book your place at the celebration •••

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Friday September 10 at 7.30pm Methodist Church Concert Hall, Wanlip Lane, Birstall Come and buy ‘Designer’ labels and clothes from some of your favourite High Street stores Tickets £5 (inc tea/coffee and cakes) which can be booked by Tel: 0116 2677576 or by email Proceeds for The HOTPEC Orphanage in Cameroon •••

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Saturday September 11 From 10am to 4pm Donations in aid of church funds •••

Change a Life and Become a Mentor in Charnwood! The Charnwood Mentoring Scheme is part of Twenty/Twenty, a charity based in Leicestershire and is recruiting committed volunteer mentors The scheme pair volunteer mentors with ‘at-risk’ young people to partake in a mentoring relationship over a year. In that time both parties build skills, confidence and friendship. All volunteer mentors are trained and supported throughout their time To find out more about the Charnwood Mentoring Scheme or becoming a mentor contact the Scheme’s co-ordinator Sheila Cullinan on 01509 236144 •••

Come and join the fun! Lively actions, songs, dance and stories that teach children about the love of Jesus Sunday , September 19 Fairfield School, Leicester Road, Loughborough LE11 2AE Advance tickets: Adults: £4, Children/Senior Citizens £3, Family £10 (£5/£4/£12 on the day) Available from Good News Centre, 47 Church Gate, Loughborough For more details contact Gudrun 0787 967 7738 or email: •••

Birstall Royal British Legion Sat Sep 4: Sam Bailey (F/V) Sat Sep 11: Billy Maxwell (M/V) Sat Sep 18: Roundabout (solo) Sat Sep 25: Erin Steer (F/V) Dancing every Sat night with live entertainment Free meat raffle. Bingo and not forgetting ‘Open the Box’ Every Tues night Bingo, starting at 9.30pm Quiz nights Sunday September 12 & 26 starting at 9pm Acoustic night Sunday September 19 Rock & Roll nights 1st & 3rd Wednesday Food available every Saturday 12noon-2pm •••

Coffee Morning for Macmillan Nurses To be held at Birstall Ladies Bowling Club, School Lane, Birstall Friday September 24, 10am till 12noon Please come and try your luck on the tombola and raffle. There will also be a cake stall •••

Friends of Birstall Swimming Pool needs swimmers to join them on Fridays 12.30-1.30pm at Birstall Swimming Pool We are a friendly group and we start again on Friday, September 10. The first session is £2 •••

This community event is to promote the history of the two villages with exhibits, village trails and quiz. Entrance to all venues is free and refreshments will be available. He date coincides with the Leicestershire Historic Churches’ Trust Annual Ride & Stride event and All Saints’ Church will remain open until 6pm to allow for this ••• Leicestershire Branch CPRE Campaign to Protect Rural England

2010 Photo Competition Open to amateur photographers of all ages Details at •••

Charnwood Orchestra Annual Concert

Anyone interested in joining the band should check the website for more information at or contact Denise Potter on 01509 556516 •••

Dispose of your garden waste Free at a mobile collection point Charnwood Borough Council will be bringing a garden waste lorry to the following locations between 10am and 2pm: Sep 18: The Working Men’s Club, Garden Street, Thurmaston Sep 25: Merchants Common car park, East Goscote Suitable for leaves, twigs, hedge trimmings, grass cuttings, weeds, plants, raw fruit and veg •••

Film Presentations from Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council

Holy Trinity Church, Barrow Saturday October 2, 7.45pm Haydn: Symphony 80 Mozart: Bassoon Concerto Elgar: Serenade for Strings Schubert: Symphony 5 £10, £8 concession, £3 children under 16 Call 077181 531 17 •••

Nick Hornby has skilfully adapted Lynn Barber’s book of memoirs to deliver this exceptional British drama where a teenager forms a relationship with an older man. Carey Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for her mesmerising portrayal of this conflicted teenager in ‘Swinging Sixties’ London. ‘An Education’ is an elegant and affectionate portrait of post-war conservatism and Carey Mulligan’s sexual awakening

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‘It’s Complicated’, Friday Oct 8 (121 mins)

October 8-10 Three locomotives that have never visited the GCR before will be guests of honour at the three day gala: Joem, the Great Marquess and the sole surviving ‘Shire’ class, ‘Morayshire’ •••

‘Learn to Sing’ a free six week course for men at Birstall Social Club, Wanlip Lane Starts Monday September 6, 7.30pm All ages welcome Contact P J Hunt 2675339 The Heart of England Chorus •••

Loughborough Concert Band The band is currently looking to recruit new players of woodwind and brass instruments, in particular trumpet and tuba players although vacancies exist for most instrumentalists Rehearsals on Thursday evenings at the Greenfields Sports and Social Club on Holt Drive Membership is open to anyone, with no minimum standard required and our members range from teenager to 70 plus.


‘An Education’, Friday September 10 (95 mins)

This romantic comedy about love, divorce and ‘everything in between’ is two hours of laughter and self reflection. After her son’s graduation, Meryl Streep’s character, a successful baker, rekindles her relationship with her ex-husband who now has a younger wife. She also fancies a divorced architect who too falls in love with her. Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets £4. Concessions £3.50. Price includes refreshments and a lucky prize draw. Advance tickets can be purchased via the parish office, 0116 2367626 or at the door ••• The Tuesday Ladies Group A talk on

‘Child Migration to Australia’ by Mr Ray Sutton. Tuesday September 7, 8pm St Theresa’s church social area, Front Street All welcome •••

‘Soldier for a Day’ Personal Development Course Are you 14-19 years of age Birstall Parish Council with partner organisations are offering 30 free places for young people who are aged between 14 and 19 years an afternoon of team building and personal development exercises led by the British Army Thursday October 21 From 1-5pm on School Lane playing fields For further details or to request an application form contact: Sue Coulson on 2676191 or •••

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Coffee Morning and Sale of Work Saturday October 2 from 10am to 12noon At Birstall Methodist Church Coffee Shop Craft stall, handmade items, cake stall, raffle for a quilt, tea & coffee In aid of Help for Heroes Admission free ••• Thurcaston & Cropston Local History Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a

2nd Wednesday of the month Devonshire Square, Loughborough Between 9am and 2.30pm Next market September 8 Featuring a wide variety of local produce including a variety of meats both cured and rare breed, sausage, bacon; fruit pies and savoury pastries; a wide range of vegetables inc organic; plants & flowers; herbs, handmade natural soaps & body care products; honey & beeswax products; chutneys, pickles, jams and preserves; wholemeal flour & muesli; eggs & cheeses; bread, cakes. And fruit juices along with seasonal products, brought to you by knowledgeable and` friendly traders. For possible stall reservations or further information, please call our Markets & Fairs Team at Charnwood Borough Council on 01509 634624 or email: Or log on to ••• Birstall BAGS

Heritage Open Day on Saturday September 11 Venues open from 10am to 4pm are: All Saints’ Church, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston; the Methodist Church, Mill Lane, Thurcaston and the Evangelical Free Church, Station Road, Cropston.

The Birstall Post welcomes your views and opinions on any subject. Letters, which must include your name and address, (though not necessarily for publication) can be posted to: The Birstall Post, Longslade College, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4GH, or handed in at Birstall library or email:

Thanks Christian Aid is a charity which provides aid and disaster relief to some of the poorest people and communities around the world. £3000.32 was raised during this year’s Christian Aid Week, thanks to the generosity of the people of Birstall and Wanlip. A special thank you also to those volunteers who give up their precious time to collect envelopes and help with counting the money raised. Joanne Oates

Family Race Night Birstall Social Club Friday Sep 24, 7.30pm £1 per person, over 18s only A fun night out Tickets available now, details at •••

‘Coping With Cancer’ a new support group for anyone with cancer or caring for someone with cancer Complimentary therapies, counselling, advice Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month Birstall Village Hall, 1.30-4pm No booking required, just turn up ••• Charnwood Branch of Cancer Research

Ladies Evening at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, Main Street on Wednesday September 29 at 7.30pm Enjoy an evening which will include a variety of stalls, fashion, jewellery, reflexology, head and shoulder massage, nail care Tickets £6 inc home made cakes and scones, tea and coffee Contact Jan 2674746 •••

Car boot Saturday September 18 at the Copt Oak Memorial Hall (next to Copt Oak Pub) LE67 9QB from 9am to 1pm Sell the unwanted contents of your loft or garage or join us to seek out hidden treasure! Home made cakes, sausage or bacon rolls – all available on the morning Proceeds for Copt Oak Church funds Further details please contact Jan 2674746 •••

Leicestershire & Rutland Dowsers Next meeting September 4, all welcome Talk on Water Divining, from professional Water Diviner, Peter Golding At St James’ Day Centre 10am start (finish around 1pm) £6 inc refreshments


Mind, Body & Spirit Fair Saturday October 30. 10.30am-4.30pm Birstall Village Hall Readings, therapies, retail craft & health products Refreshments available •••

RADAR keys for disabled people available from Birstall Parish Council, the Village Hall, School Lane. Evidence of disability is required ••• Purple kerbside recycling bags Bags for surplus clothing (collected by Charnwood for MIND) Dog waste bags All available free from Birstall Parish Council, the Village Hall, School Lane ••• The Belgrave Hall

Good Food Fair 2010 Discover locally grown produce and organic foods Saturday & Sunday, September 18/19 From 11am to 4pm. Adults £1 Children free Belgrave Hall, Church Road, Leicester LE4 5PE ••• The Loughborough Phoenix

Divorced Separated & Widowed Group We meet every Monday from 8-11pm at the Garendon Social Club, Thorpe Hill LE11 4SQ where we have a friendly chat and dance We have Saturday dances at other venues and weekends away. •••

Hallam Fields The Birstall Post is delivered each month by volunteers. At the present time there are no volunteers for Hallam Fields. If you live on Hallam Fields and are prepared to deliver 15 or more Birstall Posts each month, please contact our office. 0116 2674213

Parish church news Enterprising Organisers During the summer months this year there have been several fund-raising efforts in our churches, from which a number of charities have benefited. This is mainly due to the hard work and imagination of individual people and their determination to support schemes for others in need. The day of talents in St James church raised over £1400 that was donated to three children’s charities. Equally, the hard work of Jane Scott and Joan Folland who, for the Silent Auction, persuaded people to donate gifts and services (I wonder what was bid for the granny-sitting service which was on offer!) raised the magnificent sum of £1633. At Wanlip June Wood arranged a lovely summer concert by the Ratcliffe Chorale which raised £305 to divide between a charity for young musicians as well as the refurbishment of the Church and Community Rooms at Wanlip. September Events Continuing the musical theme, the visit of the Cantamici choir and instrumentalists, conducted by David Necklen, on Saturday September 18 to St James is an event to look forward to. Tickets are priced at £7 and include a glass of wine. There are also a number of ‘special’ services planned for this month, including a Songs of Praise at Wanlip at 6pm on Sunday September 12 to which everyone is invited; Thanksgiving Sunday is on Sunday September 19, and Sunday September 26 is designated nationally as ‘Back to church’ Sunday. This is specifically intended to encourage those who are not regular church attenders to visit their local church and find out what goes on there. From Beryl McHugh

Fire HQ on hold PLANS FOR a £12 million new fire service headquarters at Hallam Fields have been put on hold. The service is expecting its budget to be cut when government spending figures are announced in October. Until the spending figures are announced the fire service have put capital projects on hold, but it has earmarked £600,000 to buy the land at Birstall. The service employs 900 people and is anticipating job cuts and a pay freeze

Car fire criminal POLICE ARE using covert patrols to capture an individual who has been setting light to cars. Over the last three years a number of cars have been set alight in the Dalby Avenue, Newton Drive and Worcester Avenue area. The majority of incidents have occurred early on Monday mornings between midnight and 2am. A Police spokesman said: “We are working with the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and the Birstall and Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch to try to catch the criminal who is responsible. We have the Neighbourhood Action Team and the police officers doing covert patrols in addition to normal duties. We hope to have police volunteers working with us in an endeavour to combat this crime. “Although this kind of incident is rare, the Police are advising motorists to walk around their vehicle giving it a visual check before using it, and to look under the wheel arch as in the past a rag with accelerants has been placed there.” Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity around cars in the area should call 999. Any information about these incidents can be left on PC Richard Carruthers voicemail, dial 222 2222 and key in his number 2139.

Fond memories of 1940s LAUGHTER, MUSIC and period outfits made a 1940’s evening for the ladies of the Birstall Methodist Women’s group a great success. The Methodist Coffee Shop was decked out in bunting and flags and as a recording of Very Lynn singing wartime favourites played in the background, members arrived in a variety of outfits including two Mrs Mops, an ARP

Warden, a Corporal in the Leicestershire Regiment and one member in a boiler suit complete with gas mask. Member Jean Gale said: “There was a lot of laughter mixed in with nostalgia and it was a truly memorable evening. Many thanks to the committee.”

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Public service award A BIRSTALL Police Officer has won an award for his volunteer role in the community. Police Community Support Officer Mark Butler has received the Harry Wileman Memorial Rosebowl for his work with the 2229 Loughborough ATC Squadron. The award is made annually by Leicestershire Police. Mark (53) has been with the ATC for 40 years and holds the rank of Cadet Warrant Officer. He volunteers two evenings a week to train and develop young people aged 13-20 who join as ATC recruits.

He said: “It’s nice to be recognised by Leicestershire Police for my work with the ATC. What I enjoy is seeing the young cadets grow up to become responsible adults and good citizens.” Mark was nominated for the award by Sgt Andy Moscrop who said: “Mark is a positive role model for the young people he works with and that is what this award is all about.” Pic: Award winner PCSO Mark Butler (left) with Sgt Andy Moscrop

CADETS FROM Birstall’s 1947 ATC Squadron enjoyed a team building exercise at Beaumanor Hall. 24 cadets aged 13-17 spent the morning on the high ropes course, designed to boost confidence and encourage comradeship between the cadets by negotiating obstacles, all 30 feet above the ground. The cadets also made use of the 150 metre zip wire which runs from the top of the 11.5 metre high tower. The Squadron OC, Flying Officer Paul Vissani said: “Both cadets and staff found the morning an enjoyable and worthwhile trip and we will definitely be making another visit.” Two cadets from the Squadron have completed a gliding scholarship at RAF Henlow. Both

Cpl Kit Healy (16) and Cdt David Thorne (17) flew solo and were awarded their Silver Gliding Wings. Sgt Alexander Taylor (16) also achieved his Blue Gliding Wings after successfully completing the course. ATC cadets meet in Birstall on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Riverside school. Activities include flying, shooting, camping and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. For more information visit

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Grants are available for children from 3 years + All our children have their individual needs met through our fully qualified CRB checked staff. We have two well equipped play rooms for daily activities covering all areas of learning. We offer morning sessions from 9am to 3pm Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri, (9am-1pm Wed) Call Louise to arrange a visit or for a prospectus. Our new address is 10 Sibson Rd, Birstall (Old Parish Council Office)

Pics: (left) Sgt Collins on the wooden beamed crossing, Cdt Gondolia looks on. Above: Cpl Kit Healy and Cdt David Thorne with their Silver Gliding scholarship certificates

Kingsgate Ave noise BURGLARIES AND antisocial behaviour at the Kingsgate Avenue shops are causing problems for residents and shopkeepers. Birstall beat officer PC Richard Carruthers said: “We have experienced a small number of youths gathering at the location from 11pm until 1am any night but most noticeably on weekends. This has caused some distress to residents in the area as they cannot get to sleep.” He added: “Officers will be continuing regular patrols and will be speaking to youths about ASB. Youth workers have been consulted. It is the intention of the officers to deal with these youths by way of the incremental

approach to ASB.” This involves initially a verbal warning, followed by a written warning. If this fails then an Acceptable Behaviour Contract follows – those who break its terms face an ASBO or an injunction. PC Carruthers said: “Any disorderly behaviour could be dealt with by means of fixed penalty notices of £80 or even arrest and charge to Magistrates’ court.” The Police are urging anyone with information about recent burglaries of the newsagent on Kingsgate Avenue to contact them on 222 2222.

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Children’s harvest posters THIS AUTUMN, harvest celebrations will spill out of churches in Birstall and Wanlip and into Birstall’s food retailers. Churches Together in Birstall and Wanlip have worked with pupils from Highcliffe and Riverside Community Primary Schools to produce a range of colourful harvest posters. They feature nine different basic foodstuffs, all of which are referred to in the Bible. Food retailers in Birstall have supported the

project, with all those approached agreeing to display the posters over the last two weeks of September. The full range will be displayed at the Co-operative food store. Churches Together representative, Rev Rachel Parkinson, said: “Food is essential to all our lives and the marking of harvest in the calendar gives everyone an opportunity to give thanks for its ready availability in Birstall. The issues that surround food such as fair trading and distribution are an important part of the churches’ agenda for justice and we hope this harvest celebration will encourage people to think about these things too.” All the artwork produced by the children will be on display in the village over the same period. A community harvest festival, organised by the churches, will take place at the White Horse on Wednesday September 29 at 6pm. A short service with traditional harvest hymns will be followed by a barbeque and live music.

Summer drama school MORE THAN 60 children took part in a drama summer school, performing Alice in Wonderland in front of an audience of family and friends.

Pics: posters designed by the children

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BAG lady Emma Shaw said: “We love to do this event as it brings together all ages in the community for a lovely relaxing family day out. A big thank you to all our helpers, friends and family, pubs and shops for donating prizes. We really do appreciate everybody who helps, without you all it just wouldn’t happen.” Results: Men 1st Jack Evans, 2nd Reuben Fox, 3rd Quintin Woodhouse; Women 1st Carole Barrat, 2nd Chardelle Farrel, 3rd Jane Ferguson; Boys: 1st Luke Gutteridge, 2nd George Merry, 3rd Lewis Gutteridge; Girls 1st Ella Fox; 2nd Ella Workley, 3rd Katie Duddle Birstall BAGS are a group of local women who have raised over £28,000 for cancer charities in the last 10 years

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THE CHAIR of Governors at Riverside school stood down in August. Mr David Bark (66) has served on the Governing Body of the school for 16 years and was Chair for 15 years. He said: “When I retired from my job as Vice Principal of a Community College in 1994 I felt that I still had a contribution to make to education through the primary school where two of my grandchildren were then pupils. Making a contribution to the community in which I live is important to me.” David who lives on Queensgate Drive, has served with six Head Teachers, five of whom he was responsible for appointing. He said: “Since I was employed in the education service, there have been very challenging changes in the way schools are run. Sometimes I have felt that there have been changes for changes’ sake and there has been little time to build on new initiatives that have been imposed on schools.” As Chair of Governors, David has been involved in two major building projects at the school, interviewed and appointed staff, met with parents when necessary, presided over four OFSTED inspections, observed lessons and met with the Head Teacher on a weekly basis. He has never missed a meeting of the Governing Body and has missed only two sub-committee meetings during his period of office.

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At a presentation lunch with staff the current Head Teacher, Mr Andy Hayman, praised David’s contribution to the development of the school. He said: “David’s commitment to Riverside has been outstanding. I have appreciated his advice which has always been sound and his knowledge of the education system both locally and nationally has been a great asset in our discussions and in his leadership of the Governing body.” Although David retires as Chair of Governors he still intends to train the school choir which he started two years ago. David is also heavily involved in the work of the Methodist Church in Birstall and runs his own charity The Bark Foundation with two other trustees, one of whom is his wife. This charity supports the work of an orphanage in Cameroon. Pic: David Bark with members of the school council: (l-r) Lois Gold, Lewis Ellison and Byron Kerry

Coast to coast walk Adam Collin and Andy Gulley had started their 194 mile coast to coast walk with Andy Grewcock but he had to drop out after a few days of walking due to injury. They completed the walk from St Bees to Robin Hood’s Bay in nine and a half days and raised £2015, with money still coming in. Pic: (l-r) Andy Gulley, Adam Collin and Andy Grewcock

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TWO MEN from Birstall battled through wind and rain on a charity walk to raise money for Age Concern.

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The children aged 4-14 enjoyed a week of dance, drama and arts and crafts at the Methodist Hall on Wanlip Lane, led by Faces Arts. Judy Chesterton, Director of Faces Arts, said: “The children had such a fun packed week, giving them a sense of achievement. They met new friends and became a real



AGE CONCERN Team kit The Big Knit Keeping older people warm this winter Could you help us to knit little hats and raise money for Age Concern? For every hat sold on Innocent Drinks bottles, Age Concern Leicester Shire & Rutland will receive 25p from Sainsbury’s Follow this simple pattern or try the more complicated Pineapple and send Age Concern your hats by September 30 please. 3¼mm-4mm needles. Double knitting wool. Beginner’s Pattern Cast on 28 stitches Knit 2 rows. Then starting with a knit row, work in stocking stick for 12 more rows. For the next row, knit two together to the end (14 stitches). And for the row after that, purl two together to the end, 7 stitches. When you’ve finished cut the yarn leaving about 25cm (10 inches). Thread the cut end through a needle and run it through the loops, then remove the needle. Tighten the yarn and sew together at the side. Turn it right side out. The finished hat dimensions should be about 5-7cm (2¾ ins) along the bottom and at least 3cms (1¼ ins) high. Sew a little bobble or other decoration on the top Pineapple (More Advanced) You will need yellow and green DK yarn. Note: It is the wrong side of the knitting that looks most like a pineapple. Cast on 32 stitches in yellow Row 1 K1 Row 2 (P3tog, P1 K1 P1 into the same stitch) repeat to end of row Row 3 Knit all stitches Row 4 (P1 K1 P1 into the same stitch, P3tog) repeat to end of row Row 5 Knit all stitches Repeat Rows 2-5 twice more Row 14 (P3togP1) repeat to end of row – 16 stitches Row 15 K2tog 8 times (8 stitches) Row 16 P2tog 4 times (4 stitches) Fasten off by threading yarn through 4 stitches and drawing tight. Leaves – small and large (Cast on 3 stitches for small leaves and follow the large leaves pattern with 2 less stitches) In green cast on 5 stitches Row 1 K3 YO, K1, YO, K1 (7 stitches)


Row 2 Purl all stitches Row 3 K5, YO, K1, YO, K1 (9 stitches) Row 4 Cast of 4 stitches and knit to end (5 stitches) Repeat rows 1-4 once more and then Rows 1 to 3 again Next Row Cast off all stitches MAKING UP Sew up pineapple. Roll up and sew both leaves and place small leaves inside large. Sew to top of hat at a jaunty angle. HAPPY KNITTING “On Yer Bike!” Age Concern Rutland Water Bike Ride Sunday September 12 Does anyone fancy a bike ride in spectacular countryside (either 17 or 24 miles at your own speed!)? Plans are afoot for this event, dependent on levels of support so make a note in your diary. 10.30 for 11am. Meet in the Whitwell car park. If you are interested, please call 0116 2237343 to register and for more information Age Concern Business Directory (ACBD) The Age Concern Business Directory is the first on-line, one stop directory to be developed specifically for older people. The aim of the Directory is to make life easier for thousands of older people, their carers, families or friends who will be looking for products or services tailored to their needs. Age Concern Leicester Shire & Rutland is a member. Local businesses are being actively recruited and can be found on our dedicated pages. If you want to know the name of a tradesman or you know someone who would like to advertise in our publication please call on Freephone 0800 0114643 Concert Volunteer Margaret Young at Birstall Day Centre organised a fundraising event. Margaret is a “Friend” of

Leicester Male Voice choir and she arranged for them to sing at St James Church, Birstall on April 24, 2010. She was helped in this by the day centre organiser and other volunteers by selling tickets and collecting raffle prizes and providing tea, coffee and biscuits on the night. It was a very enjoyable evening and raised around £300 towards some new armchairs for the clients who attend the centre. Pic: (l-r) Betty Howard, Margaret Young, Chris Winfield and Mandy Loach Age Concern Leicester Shire & Rutland, Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA. Tel: 0116 2992233. Fax:

0116 2992244 Visit our website: Useful numbers Reception: 0116 2992233 Home Help: 0116 2992266 Information and Advice 0116 2992233 Monday – Thursday 1.30-4.30pm; Friday 1.30-4pm Insurance Office: 0116 2511474 From Jex Woods

Final hole decider FORMER BIRSTALL Golf Club member Matthew Cort suffered heartbreak on the 18th hole of his old club when he blew a two shot lead to hand the Mark Group sponsored Midlands PGA title to Wellingborough’s Simon Lilly, who took a share of the club’s new course record into the bargain. Now playing out of Kibworth GC, Cort (64-71; 5 under) stood on eight under par with a two shot lead on the tee of the par five 18th, but pulled his drive into the trees on the inside corner of the left hand dog-leg. His first escape attempt hit a tree and flew out of bounds, and he eventually ran up an eight, while a relieved and surprised Lilly (62-72; 6 under) completed a regulation par five to snatch the title by one stroke. He received the trophy from Kathleen Cottingham, joint founder of the Mark Group, which has its headquarters a short distance from the course, and who has been a member at Birstall GC for 30 years. Pic:(l-r) Naz Kullar, Captain of Birstall Golf Club; Bill Rumble, Commercial Director, The Mark Group; Simon Lilly, Midlands PGA winner; Matthew Cort, Joint runner up; Kathleen Cottingham, joint founder of the Mark Group

LOCAL FOOTBALL team Birstall Trees FC has secured a kit sponsorship deal with Leicester City legend Steve Walsh’s new business, Premier Promotions UK. Club secretary Ian Coles said: “I have known Steve for a while now, and I was delighted when he agreed for us to endorse his company on our new kit.” Premier Promotions UK offer sporting, music and film memorabilia. To see their full range of products you can visit their website Birstall Trees FC currently run two men’s teams in the Charnwood Sunday League, playing home games at Birstall park and Stonehill

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school. The club is actively recruiting new players for the forthcoming season, and anyone interested in coming along can contact Ian: Pic: Ian Coles with Steve Walsh (right)

IT CAN only have been a beautiful party when three generations of beauty queens came together to celebrate the 90th birthday of Mrs Irene Patrick. Irene, who many will remember from hairdressers CliveDene on The Crossways or as landlady of The Trees, celebrated her birthday with a family get-together at her Birch Tree Avenue home. Irene was Miss Army Pin-Up and Miss Lovely Legs in the 1940s, her daughter Dena notched up 15 titles in her twenties and was a finalist in Miss UK 1975, and her granddaughter Laura was crowned Miss England in 2008.


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The October issue of THE BIRSTALL POST will be published on Oct 2. The copy deadline is Sep 17.

Mini rugby BIRSTALL RUGBY Football Club are pleased to announce that they will be providing the opportunity for children to play mini rugby this forthcoming season.

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EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL about the dangers of drugs, smoking and alcohol has been purchased for Birstall’s Youth Café.

A BIRSTALL couple held a fundraising garden party in their back garden and raised £3865 for Rainbows.

The equipment, costing £1057, was bought following a successful bid for funding to the NHS Leicestershire and Rutland. It consists of folding displays, anatomical models, games and posters and alcohol tester strips. Deputy Clerk to the Parish Council Sue Coulson said: “The displays and models will be on view each time the Youth Café is open, leading to discussions with the youth workers, partner organisations and guests invited to give talks to the young people who use the Youth Café. Partners and guests have attended the Youth Café on a number of occasions and are now repeat visitors; they are impressed with the interest and uptake that the young people of Birstall show at their meetings.” The alcohol tester strips are the same type that the Police use to take saliva tests and can be used to test the drinks that the young people bring in with them to check they do not contain alcohol. These are compared to a colour chart and can detect in seconds if the individual is under the influence of alcohol or is carrying alcohol. Sue said: “If so they are challenged about this and are asked to leave or are refused entry to the Youth Café. From day one the Youth Café has initiated a firm set of rules and conditions for the Café and these are rigorously applied by the youth workers.” Birstall Youth Café is a Parish Council project that is located in the pavilion on the School Lane playing fields. It is open on Friday evenings.

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REDCURRANTS. We have had a glut this year. Anyone who would like some, please contact 2676946 (Ansaphone for when I’m out) WANTED 1950s/1960s child’s 3 wheeler bike, suitable for 6 year old. Tel: 2673966 AIRPORT CARS Birstall. Airports, Seaports, Long Distance, Courier. Tel: 0777 1984806 TELEPHONE EXTENSION Sockets fitted by ex-BT engineer. Cable, BT and digital TV. Over 25 yrs experience. John 2675132 AMLI DESIGN Architectural Consultancy. Plans drawn and submitted. Extensions, conversions, new build. David Ives B.Sc.(Hons) FBEng MCIOB 0116 2674395 / 07974807111 EARN £400-£600 per month part-time delivering and collecting catalogues 18+ Call 0116 2986894 FOR SALE: runner beans: 95p per 1lb, spinach 30p per 20 leaves. Please call 0116 2921619 BACK TO school and all of the emotions that go with it – Bach flower remedies can help. Safe and very effective for all ages. For consultation and individual remedy call Nicky 07544 765091/2209294 (Registered Practitioner) CAREER COACHING, mock interview & CV review £45 per hour. Qualified local trainer& coach Beverley Hooper 07876 380184. 4 WHEELED mobility scooter vgc £350 ono. Fold up wheel chair £40, cane furniture 2 chairs, l double chair £30. Dawes racing cycle £15. Exercise bike £15. Phone 07505885657 ONE LARGE and one smaller room in lovely house, in Cropston for professional non-smokers. Large room £65 per week, small room £55 per week, inclusive of all bills. Tel: 0116 2362611, mob: 07870120510

Around 80 guests attended Andy and Ruth Adcock’s event which featured a raffle, a hog roast, dancing and live music from the ‘James Brothers’ Pic: Andy, Ruth and Ben Adcock present a cheque to Rainbows Ambassador Beverley Bell (third from left)

Tony Marriott A WELL known man in Birstall and Wanlip has died. Tony Marriott (1931-2010) was born in Coventry and after completion of his National Service as a sergeant in the North Staffordshire regiment, he entered the teaching profession. His first post was at Humphrey Perkins school in Barrow and he taught wood and metal work there until he moved to Longslade in September 1960. He left to work at Loughborough College of Education in July 1969 He later retired as Head of Department at Oadby Beauchamp in August 1991. He was a skilled craftsman with interests in boat building, sailing and rugby. He joined the Neighbourhood Watch and was an active member of the Wanlip Village scheme. As a longstanding member of Wanlip church choir he became heavily involved with the organisation of many Wanlip church fairs. He will be especially Pic: Tony Marriott remembered for his highly popular plant stalls. Tragically in August 2009 he suffered severe spinal injuries whilst manhandling his caravan at home. He spent nearly a year in the specialist spinal unit in Sheffield and was duly brought back to Loughborough in July. He had lost the use of his legs and had only limited use of his hands and would have been confined to a wheelchair. He died in the Royal Infirmary on Sunday July 25. His funeral was at Wanlip church on August 10. He leaves a wife, Velma, and sons Nicholas and Adrian

Over 40 children from Riverside, Highcliff and Rothley schools attended after school sessions ran by the club’s head coach Chris Byrne and club secretary David Bonser throughout May, June and July. “The steps these children have made over the previous weeks have been incredible” commented Chris Byrne. “It is pleasing to see how the children from all three schools have bonded and formed a real team spirit between them, hopefully for a lot of the children this will have been an enjoyable first step onto the rugby ladder.” Secretary David Bonser said: “By using the RFU’s new core values of the game the children took on the responsibility of meeting the clubs high levels of behaviour and teamwork. The last ten weeks hasn’t just seen a huge leap in their playing skills but also their personal skills.” A training and fixture programme is currently being completed which will also include activity mornings and multisport skills sessions. Birstall RFC have designed this in conjunction with Nottingham Rugby’s Community Department focusing on the child’s development of core skills and not forgetting enjoyment through game sense activities. The club will begin sessions at their new base of Stonehill High School on Sunday September 5 starting at 10.30am. All players aged 8 years old and below (before September 1, 2010) are welcome to come and try mini rugby out and parents will have the opportunity to register their child on the day. For more information regarding Birstall RFC Minis please visit or by calling David Bonser on 07841 58 42 06.

New equipment AROUND 30 young people gave Birstall Parish Council their views on planned new facilities in the village at a consultation event in the Village Hall. The Parish Council were inviting young people to tell them what they thought of their plans for new and improved facilities on the School Lane playing fields, and to make suggestions. The proposals include a new skate park, a youth shelter, enhancements to the existing basketball court to create a multi-use games area and an extension to the sports pavilion to increase the space available for social events and for the youth café. Jack Moore (13) of Wanlip Avenue and his brother Ben (11) attended the event. Jack said: “The skate park at Meadow Lane is not that good because there only one half pipe. It would be really great if we could have this new one on School Lane, it’s bigger and there would be more space for BMXs and skateboarders. Also the more people there are using it, the less trouble there is.” Provision of the new facilities is dependent upon the Parish Council securing grant funding.

Bowls news A TEAM of ladies from Birstall bowling club reached the last 32 in the country at the recent National Championships at Leamington Spa. Leicestershire finalists Pa Walker, Val Hollis, Jan Everitt and Diane Hurst won a close first round match 20-18 against a team from Barton-le-Clay, Bedfordshire. They then took on a rink from Dunnington, Yorkshire and having gone 10-0 down after two ends and at one stage 18-1 behind, Birstall launched a stunning comeback to level the match at 23-23 with one end to play. They just lost out by one shot after a measure to decide the shot on the last end. Meanwhile, Pa Walker teamed up with Diane Hartop and Velma Allen to reach the County Triples quarter final before losing out to a team from Leicester Banks. In the Leicester City & District Parks Finals, Birstall won the Bramley Bowl for the 17th time in 33 years after overwhelming Rushey Mead in the final 123-45. Rink scores: Bob Cooper, Roy Nutting, Tom Cowles & Stuart Hartop won 32-9. John Hurst, Malcolm Wright, John Walker & Dave Clarke won 34-13. Grahame White, John Lee, Richard Smith & Andy Wye won 25-7. Dennis Measom, John Eaton, Dave Freeman & Paul Young won 32-16. Individually, Dave Clark beat fellow Birstall player Dick Cooper 21-18 to win the singles title for the third time. Dave then joined up with Dennis Measom, Grahame White and Paul Young, who was substituting for John Lee, to win the fours title by beating a team from South Wigston 21-18. More information about the club can also be seen on the website.

Pic: Children from Riverside, Highcliff and Rothley schools with coaches (l-r) Kieran Warner, David Bonser, Chris Byrne and Graham Robinson.

Drama school A DRAMA academy for young people that aims to improve confidence, communication and creativity is starting classes in Belgrave. The Helen O’Grady Drama Academy currently has 50 branches in the UK, providing lessons for more than 15,000 children aged 5-17 nationwide. Classes cover speech, movement, creative drama, language development and studio productions. The Belgrave class will be led by experienced performer Beth Daniel. To find out more contact Beth on 01664 569 738 or go to

Planning P/10/1775/2: 68 Roman Road – loft conversion P/10/1770/2: Land to the north of Harrowgate Drive and west of A6 – application to retain 2 x dwellings as built without the parking on the plot P/10/1679/2: 1 Lambourne Road – change of use from hairdressers P/10/1647/2: 38 Wanlip Lane – erection of log cabin to rear of dwelling P/10/1585/2: 26 Palmer Square – erection of conservatory to side of dwelling P/10/1581/2: 6 Castlegate Avenue – erection of single storey side extension

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