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Hundreds of people came to cheer on their duck and enjoy the stalls in the White Horse car park at the event, which raised £3969 for Birstall United Juniors Football Club. “This year was our most successful so far” said Charlotte Foy of the White Horse. “There was a great atmosphere and it was fantastic to see so many local people supporting such a worthwhile local community based team.” The duck race was started by Leicester City legend Ian Marshall. Over 2500 ducks were sold this year with cash prizes of £100, £50 and £25 as well as prizes donated by local businesses. For details of the winners go to Phil Hughes of Birstall United Juniors said: “We are very grateful to the White Horse for choosing us as this year’s partners in the duck race. We would like to thank all our members and other villagers who either bought a duck or who turned up on the day to support the race and have fun at the many stalls in the car park. We are especially grateful to Ian Marshall for giving up his

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A ‘TOPPING OUT’ ceremony has taken place to celebrate the construction of the £4.8million Palmer-Tomkinson Centre on the site of Longslade Community College. With the last beam now in place and the roof complete, the building is fully watertight and on course to be ready for both Post 16 and community use this summer. Local landowner, Charles Palmer-Tomkinson donated £1million towards the multi-purpose centre and was in attendance for the event. The ceremony, on May 19, provided the first opportunity to tour the facility. The event was also attended by Conservative MP for Charnwood, Stephen Dorrell, representatives from the County and District Council, and teachers from Longslade’s Performing Arts department. Centred around a large multi-purpose hall, with galleries along three sides, the building includes a large foyer/common room, drama studio, study studio, technology and media facilities. Performing Arts work areas, with a green room behind the stage area will enable all types of performances and events to take place in a professional environment. Liz Hall, Headteacher at Longslade Community College said: “This is a marvellous and exciting project which will provide fantastic facilities for our com-

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STAFF FROM the Birstall branch of the NatWest bank spent a day decorating a play room at a local pre-school. A team of six workers from the bank were volunteering their DIY skills at Acorn Under Fives, based at Highcliffe School. NatWest Customer Service Officer Parminder Tara said: “We wanted to do something for the community which had a lasting impact. It was fun and enjoyable to work as a team to offer the well needed service of redecorating the Acorns’ playgroup. We hope that the children, staff and parents will enjoy a fresher environment and we look forward to offering similar assistance in the future.” Jackie Bateman, Manager of Acorn

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Local election results THE CONSERVATIVE party increased its number of councillors at Charnwood Borough Council following the May elections. The Conservatives now have 33 seats on the authority, an increase of one since the last elections in 2007. Labour now have 16 councillors on the 52 seat council, an increase of three. The Liberal Democrats now have

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Parish Council notes Royal wedding parties in Birstall OUR PICTURES show some of the Royal Wedding celebrations in Birstall. Cliffe Road residents organised a street party (top left) and Birstall Twinning’s ‘Friends of Rixensart’ organised a fundraising event in the Queensgate Drive garden of Ann and Ian Bartram (left) complete with bunting, balloons, royal wedding music and a royal quiz. It was rounded off with a champagne toast to the royal couple. At Abbeyfield’s Grove House on Church Hill (top) residents and staff celebrated the day with a balloon race, with 180 balloons launched from the garden after residents had gathered round the TV to watch the wedding. “The oohs and aahs sounded and there were moments of reflection for weddings and vows long ago exchanged” said House Manager Jenny Fitzgerald. The day was completed with the traditional fish and chips, accompanied by a little fizzy wine to toast the newly married couple. The lucky balloon was found 85 miles away in Shrewsbury by Diana Bradshaw who will receive a prize in the post.

A FULL meeting of Birstall Parish Council was held on May 16. Cllr Stuart Jones was elected Chairman of the Parish Council for the ensuing year and Cllr Patrick Cleere Vice-Chairman. The Council has received a proposal from Leicestershire County Council regarding the future maintenance of the sculpture at Birstall park and ride. It was agreed to defer the matter until further information has been obtained. The council has been attempting to source grant funding for its plans for youth facilities, but this has proved to be difficult in the current economic climate. It was agreed that the Council consider borrowing the money from the Public Works Loans Board for the planned projects : the Multi Use Game Area and skate park at School Lane and the extension to the youth café at the School Lane pavilion. Kathleen Grundy did not seek re-election in May and the Chairman and councillors expressed their thanks for her years of service as a Birstall Parish Councillor. It was agreed to spend £9694 on a new cricket roller as the existing prewar roller did not meet current health and safety standards.

Cadet’s Cubs’ trip to City award BIRSTALL CUBS and Beavers enjoyed a great day out at the Walkers Stadium watching Leicester City play their last game of the season against Ipswich. The day was all part of Leicester City’s family football programme. As the party from Birstall arrived at the ground Alan Birchenhall MBE was completing his charity run around the pitch to tremendous cheers from the boys. Leader Gerry Sessions said: “The action was non-stop with City going in at half time 3 nil up. Beavers and cubs took part in the half time parade, joining up with children from all over Leicester for a memorable walk around

the pitch in front of a 24,000 strong crowd. “Ipswich came back in the second half, but with the boys cheering and shouting at the tops of their voices, we roared City on to victory, finally winning 4-2. All the cubs had a great day at Leicester City, some of them visiting for the first time, but they all said it wouldn’t be the last time.”

A BIRSTALL ATC Cadet has been named as Sportswoman of the Year. Fourteen year old Sian LloydMcLear was competing in the annual Wing Athletics Championship at Saffron Lane sports stadium, where all 29 squadrons within the South and East Midlands Wing were represented. Sian took part in the long jump, 100m and 200m, breaking two records. Her times in the 100m and 200m were 12.84 seconds and 27.09 seconds Pic: Cdt Sian Lloyd-McLear with her trophy

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Run along the river A RECORD number turned out to complete the Birstall BAGS Annual 5k Run/Walk around Watermead Park on Sunday May 22. The race kicked off from Whiles Lane at 11am with 225 entrants. Like Gutteridge was first over the finish line in 20:18, Chardelle Farrall was the first lady 25:24, first boy was Lewis Gutteridge 23:38 and the first girl was Ella Fox 23:45 Plenty of people joined in the family fun at Birstall United Seniors ground where there were stalls, a bouncy castle and of course Ovo’s BBQ sponsored by J Michael’s the Butchers. BAGS spokeswoman Liz Darlison said: It was lovely see so many BU juniors joining in this year and we would like to thank the team managers and club committee for promoting the event. “A total of £1500 was raised which enables BAGS to continue to support Birstall’s Time Out Meeting. Our next project will hopefully see Birstall sup-

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porting the University Hospitals of Leicester with their new Cancer Information Centre.” She added: “A big thank you to all the participants, to our friends who man the stalls and registrations, to Dave Evans, Ben Evans and Ian Hay for planning the route and organising marshals. We are grateful to the ATC and Birstall Village Junior Cricket team members for marshalling, Sue Farrall for her much appreciated warm up routine, Matthew Gregory at Advance Labels and Print for supplying printed materials, Ryan Topley, Louis Dodds and Steve White for running the penalty shoot out. For all the people that donated raffle prizes, made cakes and sorted out items for the tombola stall we sincerely thank you all. “For the BAGS committee this event has always been special because it epitomises what we are about; families and friends getting together, enjoying the environment and raising money to support local services. Please look out for the notices advertising the event next year and come and join us.” Results Men: 1st Luke Gutteridge (20.18) 2nd Rob Sparkes (20.24) 3rd Richard Smith (23.29) Women: 1st Chardelle Farrall (25.24) 2nd Sarah Lord (29.30) Joint 3rd Jane Ferguson and Tina Speight (30.11) Boys: 1st Lewis Gutteridge (23.28) 2nd Ben Ely Simpson (24.00) 3rd Harry Sparkes (24.29) Girls: 1st Ella Fox (23.45) 2nd Laura Taylor (25.51) 3rd Jess Gordon (30.45)

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THE POLICE are appealing for public help after a number of elctrical items were stolen during a burglary in Birstall. The incident took place some time between 11.30am and 4.30pm on Monday May 2 in Loughborough Road when a house was broken into and a number of items were stolen. Amongst the items stolen was a 32” Panasonic LCD television, a 42” Panasonic plasma television, a 20” Panasonic LCD television, a Panasonic stereo system, a Canon digital camera and a Sky TV box. Detective Constable Sukhvinder Obhi is investigating the incident, he said: “A number of large items were stolen during the incident and there’s a strong possibility that a vehicle may have been used to transport the goods. The house is situated on a busy road, I would appeal to commuters and passers-by who may have been in the Loughborough Road area on the afternoon of Monday May 2, which was a Bank Holiday, to contact us if they remember seeing anyone acting suspiciously. “We would also urge anyone who knows someone who has acquired items similar to the ones stolen or has been approached by someone selling them in suspicious circumstances to contact us.” Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 575 Sukhvinder Obhi on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 0575. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

Club awards prizes A FUNDRAISING club is looking for new members. The 200 Club operates for the benefit of the St James Day Centre to contribute towards the cost of operating and replacing the bus/ambulance. Members pay £12 a year to be entered into a monthly draw with prizes of £25, £15, £10 and £5 with an extra bonus prize of £50 each Christmas, The object is to have 200 members and anyone wishing to join the club should contact Doreen Bloxham 0116 267 5381. The winners in the May draw : 1st No.50, Mr T Bloxham £25; 2nd No.105, Mr R Green £15; 3rd No.137, Ms C Winfield £10; 4th No.7 Mrs M Suffolk £5

The scanner, costing around £5500, enables nursing staff to scan a patient’s bladder to assess the quantity of urine held within the bladder and decide whether insertion of a urinary catheter is necessary. Prior to this type of mobile scanner being available, patients would have the catheter inserted as a precaution – the scanner will now mean unnecessary procedures can be avoided. Birstall BAGS are a group of local ladies who raise money for cancer charities. Some time ago they presented the hospital with £5000 for the refurbishment of a day room, called ‘The Retreat’, Pic: Birstall BAG ladies present the scanner to hospital staff designed to be a quiet, comfortable space for patients. It has been such a of a local cancer related cause worthy of Liz Darlison from Birstall BAGS said: success that similar areas are being support please contact us.” “We would like to say a huge thank you established throughout the University email: to all our supporters. If you are aware Hospitals of Leicester.

CCTV unit tackles anti social behaviour A PORTABLE CCTV unit is helping the Police and Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) tackle antisocial behaviour problems in the village. The unit has been so successful, a second camera has now been purchased. Roy Rollings, Birstall & Wanlip NHW committee member said: “Since the camera went into operation in February, two persistent crimes have been solved, with video footage from the camera being vital to identify the offenders.” The camera can be requested by NHW members and positioned inside their homes, or the local beat team can put the system in position at locations in the village as and when problems occur. Roy said: “There is already a short waiting list for the system, prompting the purchase of a second camera. Both systems will be operational in the village and will be moved by local officers to houses in Birstall and Wanlip where needed.” The camera provides crystal clear images, has a night vision mode and can be mounted inside or outside a property. It can hold two weeks of footage, meaning the system can operate for sustained periods of time with little input from local officers. The Police can plug in a screen or use a smartphone to view the images. Birstall’s Beat Officer PC Richard Carruthers said that the first time the camera was used it provided evidence to enable verbal warnings to be issued to four males, a harassment warning to another and a caution to a further male. He said: “The camera was immediately requested at another address in the village and has been instrumental in the fight against antisocial behaviour. Clearly there is a need for this camera in the community and I fully support it.” He added: “I would encourage residents to contact me or my colleagues PCSOs Mark Butler and Stuart Venables, or the NHW, if you feel a camera would bene-

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Burglar jailed A BURGLAR who broke into a house on Kilby Avenue has been jailed. James McCorkindale (18) was given three years at a young offenders’ institute after admitting to the burglary which took place just after midnight on December 23, 2010. His 17 year old accomplice was given 12 months detention and a training order.

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Vixens runners up BIRSTALL UNITED Juniors under 14 Vixens have had a successful season ending up runners up in the Leicester City & County Girls League. Last season the Vixens and Belles merged to become a dominant force in Leicestershire girls under 14 football. Vixens manager Karen O’Grady said: “The league has had some strong teams but throughout the season the Vixens have played exciting football, always ready to take on the opposition and this is borne out by having only lost three games.” The end of the season was tight with Birstall having to win their last few games to secure the runners up spot. Karen added: “We have a great group of girls who have played some great and attractive football this season and I am

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so proud of them. I would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who help out on match days, and who come with us to all the matches, both home and away, giving us great support and encouragement. I would also like to thank Syston Doors who have once again sponsored the girls.”

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BIRSTALL VILLAGE has had a very positive start to the 2011 season. The 1st Team has started very well with two very convincing wins. They demolished Huncote CC winning by 9 wickets and Leicester Ivanhoe by 8 wickets. Player availability has hindered the 1st Team at times with a recent losing draw to Twycross CC. There were some fantastic individual performances with a 58 by Dave Sharpe against Bharat Sports CC, a 51 n.o. against Leicester Ivanhoe. Matt Smith got a great 51 against Twycross CC. So far Joshua Saye and Pete Sharpe lead the wicket count.

Cadets first CADETS FROM the 1947 Birstall Air Training Corps retained their first place crown at this year’s Charnwood Hike. This year the 14 mile hike began at Wymeswold. Squadron OC Flight Officer Paul Vissani said: “Again the cadets did the squadron proud. Of the teams that entered the Squadron retained their first place crown, and also achieved fifth place, joint eleventh and fifteenth place. the day was enjoyed by all and no doubt next year the cadets will be prepared to

Pic: Ian Bartlett – scored 76 v Leicester Ivanhoe 2nd XVI

defend their crown again and hopefully make it a hat trick of first positions!” Pic: FLT Sgt Taylor and Cpl Taylor with the Winning Trophy, the third team member was Cdt Allcock (not pictured)

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Birstall Village 2nd Team is off to a flyer under the experienced captaincy of Steve ‘Fino’ Findley with two emphatic wins. They beat Great Glen CC by 14 runs and crushed Leicester Ivanhoe 4th XVI by 8 wickets. Ian Bartlett scored a swashbuckling 76 runs! Sam Carnan tops the wicket count with Steve Findley just behind him but the highlight must be the start of under 17 Juniors Akshay Desai and Jack Wright with some outstanding performances. Birstall Vipers are through to the 2nd round of the Mid week cup with a comfortable win over Bardon Hill at Birstall park, They meet Gotham CC in the next round on Thursday evening 19th May. The Vipers are mix of Junior, 1st and 2nd Team players with some appearences of past BVCC players. Home fixture dates for your diary: (all 1.30pm starts)

Thursday 2nd June – Birstall Vipers vs Soar Division (6.30pm start) Sat 4th June – 2nd Team vs. Walton-LeWolds Sat 11th June – 1st Team vs, Woodhouse Eaves Mon 13th June (evening) – U17’s vs. Rothley Sat 18th June – 2nd Team vs. Bharat Sports 2nds Mon 20th June (evening) – U17’s vs Soar Valley Sat 25th June – 2nd Team vs. Whetstone CC Thursday 30th June – Birstall Vipers vs Rothley Park (6.30pm start)

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Nordic walking at Watermead

A FITNESS instructor is offering Nordic Walking sessions in Watermead Country Park. Nordic Walking is a walking technique using specially designed poles that works out the upper body while reducing pressure through the joints. Personal Trainer Hannah Ingram said: “It can be done anywhere, by people of all fitness levels and abilities and is highly effective, affordable and fun. “With the light summery evenings now is a great time to pick up your poles and strike out with something new.” The classes start in July on Thursdays at 12.30pm and 6pm. Sessions last one hour and cost £7 or £36 for six. For information or to book your place contact Hannah on 0793 2403059 or email hannah@destinyperson al

Plans to extend school

RIVERSIDE PRIMARY school will be extended to cope with additional children from Hallam Fields. The original plans for Hallam Fields included a primary school but Leicestershire County Council has told the Birstall Post a school will not now be built there. Instead, the County says it intends to build an extension at riverside school and will meet with headteacher Andy Hayman in June to discuss the details of their proposals. Mr Hayman said: “I welcome these proposals but we will need to ensure that facilities within the school are enhanced to cope with the extra numbers.” The Hallam Fields Primary school is part of the developer Jelson’s 106 agreement with Charnwood Borough Council – it was required to provide £2million for the school. A spokesman for Charnwood said that this part of the 106 agreement would now need to be re-negotiated and that representatives from Jelson’s and the Borough and County councils would meet in the next six months to agree terms. Riverside Primary school is for children aged 4-11 and there are 431 pupils on the school roll. In the past the school roll has been as high as 600.

Pic: Hannah Ingram leads a Nordic Walking session

Stonehill class reunion A GROUP of former Stonehill students are looking for their classmates from 1965. Pauline Brown (neé Paddison) from Class 34 has a picture of the class (above) and is trying to track down the people in it. She said: “As we all turn 60 this year we thought it would be fun to try to find as many as we could from our photo and arrange a get together sometime this year”. In May five of the group met up again after 46 years at Birstall British Legion. “It was an evening of memories and laughter recalling our schooldays” said Pauline. “Who would have thought that two of us when friends at school would have ended up working next door to each other all these years later.” Pauline runs the Fresh Approach on Sibson Road and Dena Patrick works at Mark Patrick Butchers. The classmates Pauline is looking for are: Brian Coles, Michael Treahurn, Richard Sleath, Robert Flowers, Michael Flanders, Christopher Ward, Nicholas Padget, John Legrain, Alan Bart-

let, Jean Farmer, Anita Lovell, Margaret Bowman & Paula Keats Contact Pauline at the Fresh Approach, or email:

Car park security A PRIVATE firm has been awarded the contract to manage the security at Birstall’s new park and ride site. Octavian will also provide security for the City Council’s existing sites at Enderby and Meynell’s Gorse. The company will monitor and operate CCTV systems, lock and unlock the sites, carry out regular patrols and liaise with the police and emergency services. The Derby company will also help passengers and deal with general enquiries.

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Pre-school’s sand pit

Garden Trail There will be 14 lovely gardens to admire and explore around the SaltersON THE last day of the spring term Acorn gate Wellgate & Castlegate area at the Under Fives Pre-School held a double celelower end of the Greengate Estate on the bration with an Easter Bonnet Parade and afternoons of Saturday and Sunday June 11& 12. a grand opening of a new giant sandpit. Passports for use either on Saturday Children decorated their hats and paraded them in or Sunday can be purchased from any of front of friends, parents and grandparents. The Foundathe following shops in Birstall: Birstall tion leader at Highcliffe Primary School, Matthew Fisher Garden Centre, J Michael Butchers, Birjudged the bonnets with the help of two of the pupils stall Shoe Repairs, McColls News, Annefrom his class. The winners were Ruby Bernard in first El-Maria ladies hairdressers, Mark place, Thomas Bettany in send and Grace Whelan in Patrick Butchers, Stonehill Post Office, third. Ruby Tuesday (all of which are on or The committee and members of staff organised a very close to Sibson Road). Kingsgate coffee morning during the parade with a raffle and the News and Kingsgate Stores, or the Coffee sales resulted in a grand total of £269. “This money is Shop at the Methodist Church. Cost of to be used to purchase a new and much needed compueach passport is £3, or £3.50 if bought ter for the group with a selection of educational software ‘on the day’. for children” said manager Jackie Bateman. Birstall Garden Centre have sponsored After the bonnet parade had finished, the giant sandpit the Garden Trail for the last 20 years, was opened by Thomas Bettany. The construction of the and continue to do so. The charity the Garden Trail is supporting was chosen by sandpit had been a long term project for the group and Birstall Garden Centre. It is a Leprosy was finally completed with the support of the Acorn Charity called ‘Promise Nepal’. Funds will committee and the new chairperson Andy Bettany. also go to Birstall Methodist Church. Jackie said: “Andy gave up a considerable amount of Ice creams, teas, plants etc will all be his time to finish the sandpit and enrolled the help of his available on the day and a free children’s family to fill it with four tons of sand. Therefore it seemed only fitting that his son should have the honour Pics: Thomas Bettany opens the sandpit with help from manager Jack- competition. Accompanied children do ie Bateman & (top), reception teacher Matthew Fisher with (l-r) Tho- not need a passport. of declaring the pit open for play. Birstall DIY kindly Cannock & Norfolk mas Bettany, Tom Doyle, Grace Whelan, Libby Doyle and Ruby supplied the sand at a reduced cost and need to be Members of the Sunday Club are havBernard thanked for their generosity.” ing a number of outings. In May they visited Cannock, the church where Rev Edward Sakwe is now minister. At the beginning of July they travel to Letton Hall in Norfolk for a weekend. Activities will include sports, go-karting & trip to the During the last 19 years we have perTHIS YEAR the Highcliffe Amateur Theatrical Society celebrates coast. formed over 35 plays/pantomimes and at Visit Of Rev John Hucknall 20 years of bringing amateur dramatics to Birstall and the sureach one we have held raffles to raise The Church Anniversary is taking place rounding area. money for both local and national chari- on Sunday July 3 when Rev John Huckties. We are a self-funding group and all usually a comedy, in the spring and a nall will take the 10.30am service. John Except for a couple of those years the money raised through ticket sales pantomime at the end of November. was minister at Birstall for a short time this has been in the form of a play, goes on the production costs, which are before his retirement to Nottinghamshire. usually substantial, and improvements to Room Bookings our equipment The Methodist Church rooms are very As part of our celebrations we are heavily used, by groups within the church, holding an Open Evening on June 22 other organisations, usually on a regular from 7pm. It will be a chance for anybasis, then occasional bookings which one who has ever thought of being inrange from birthday parties to blood volved in amateur dramatics, either on donors. Betty Allcock has given many stage or behind the scenes, to meet us years service as bookings secretary, and and to see some of the things that go the church is grateful to Betty, who will into putting on a performance. continue to play a slightly lesser role in There will be free light refreshments this important task. to help the evening along so why not In future all bookings will be required come and take a look at us. No obligato go through the church office by: tions! • telephone on 01162 675194 answer The open evening will be held at phone is available; Highcliffe School, Greengate Lane, Bir• by email to bmcroombookings@lncstall.

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CRIME FIGURES in general continue to fall, despite the current situation with budget cuts and the loss of resources. Birstall & Wanlip NHW work closely with the Police to ensure the Birstall Police Office is open and functional for the benefit of the public. This office means that the local officers can begin their shift at the office, and work from it throughout their shift, meaning they are working from the centre of Birstall. The NHW have used over the past year, money from membership donations in order to fund items in the police office, and to support the operation of the office as it is such a benefit to the local residents in Birstall and Wanlip. Local policing is also helping the detection of crime in the area, for example: three male youths have been arrested in connection with the theft of cycles from Longslade College. Two cycles have been recovered (May 9). The Youth Café is also more popular than ever! Yet another project in which the NHW has an input. This project allows youngsters to gather in a safe and secure environment, twice a week on Birstall Park. It also provides an opportunity for the local officers to chat to younger people and understand their worries or concerns about the village. The watch is dynamic and adapting with technology, and this is an example of how our work is changing the local area. You can keep up to date with news and information on or search for “Birstall and Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch”, on Facebook! Roy Rollings, Committee Member, Birstall & Wanlip NHW

Crime Report, Birstall & Wanlip: April 10 – May 16 Assaults 7, harassment 6, burglary 7, burglary non-dwelling 2, damage 3, damage to motor vehicle 2, fraud 4, public order 1, theft 15, theft of cycle 3, theft from motor vehicle 6, theft stores 3 There are positive leads in connection with the theft stores and ongoing enquiries are being made. Due to the help of Birstall & Wanlip Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme we have the use of two high quality resolution CCTV units that are currently aiding police with the identification of suspects causing Antisocial Behaviour (ASB). How to contact us: PC 2139 Rich Carruthers, mobile 07541550685 PCSO 6611 Mark Butler, mobile 07732629434 PCSO 6436 Stu Venables, mobile 07549993814 Birstall Police office tel: 0116 2677355 (Mobile not to be used to report crimes, for advice, concerns and to provide information only) You can also send us an email by logging onto the website at and clicking on the Neighbourhood Policing icon.

Too good to be true? The sunny weather of the last two months has certainly made everyone long for summer holidays and to hope Pic: (l-r) Lucy Evans, Caroline Burrows, Martin Andrews, Daryl Hill and coach Laura Morley that the fine weather will last. The party of people from the Parish churches who travelled to Paris by Eurostar in April for a five day break had marvellous weather and the visit was declared a huge success by all - there are now hints that IT’S A familiar adage – you wait for one bus and two come along! Bruges may be the destination next year. Well, the same can be said for the village tennis club’s 2011 An even larger party will be travelling by Open Days. coach to Chester on August 7 for three Birstall Watermead Tennis Club is a good balance of social tennis events nights in this delightful city. All places and competitive matches. have been booked but if you are interest- holding two events this month in a move to attract new members – adults and Summer league matches are now in ed in a last-minute cancellation it is juniors. The committee particularly wants full swing, with the four men’s and two worth contacting Sandra on 2677238. to attract more female players who are ladies’ teams pitting their skills against Music in the air being steadily outnumbered by the men! clubs from around the county. Later in Following the successful ‘Singing for The first Open Day will be on Wednesthe summer, it will be the turn of mixed fun’ concert in St James at the end of day, June 8, from 5.30pm until 9pm and and junior teams. May, another popular local group, CossLast month, Laura organised a series ington Voices, will be presenting a ‘Sum- the second takes place on Sunday, June 12 from 9.30am until 1pm. of Cardio Tennis sessions on Sunday mer Miscellany’ of light music with vocal You really cannot afford to miss out, mornings, and for those who have taken and instrumental soloists on Friday June as membership fees will be specially part, it has proved to be fun. Basically, 17 at 7.30pm in St James’ church. Tickreduced on the day and there will be a it’s a tennis-based workout done to muets are £5 at the door, with all proceeds chance to chat to players as well as com- sic, with a series of drills. to the Palestinian Orphanages, which mittee members – it’s one of the friendli“It’s a great way to keep fit, improve our churches support. est sports clubs around. your fitness and burn calories. You can Less happy musical news is that the So find out what the club has to offer. burn off 700 calories in an hour,” said electric blower to the organ in Wanlip Even if you have not picked up a racket Laura. church has ceased to function after 60 for years, or you fancy trying tennis for Meanwhile, to give members a taste of years, and will have to be replaced at a the first time, pop down to the club at Wimbledon, a Strawberry Lunch tournacost of several thousand pounds. In the the Co-op Sports and Social Club on ment has been arranged for Sunday, July meantime the organ can only be used by Birstall Road. 3, the day of the Wimbledon Men’s Sinreturning to the old-fashioned method of Regular club sessions are held on gles Final. hand-pumping! Any able-bodied volunWednesday evenings and Sunday mornAdd the annual club championship, teers, willing to take a turn on the manu- ings throughout the year, and all three running for two weeks from August 27 al pump on Sunday evenings at 6pm or all-weather courts are floodlit. until Finals Day on September 10, and at an occasional service such as a wedClub coach Laura Morley holds adult you have a packed summer season. ding or a funeral are being sought. (Con- and junior coaching sessions and there is From Birstall Watermead Tennis tact John Ward, the churchwarden on Club 2677600) At a recent ecumenical Christian Aid service a Methodist friend was the brave volunteer. The bad news – and the good Unfortunately a coach outing to Oxford planned for June 25 has had to be Manure, Home Grown cancelled, but there will be a trip to see NEW Potatoes Woodchip the open-air industrial heritage museums Wilja Mulch, at Ironbridge on Tuesday October 4. Desiree Topsoil & More details later. Marfona Compost: Maris-Bard All will be welcome at the short we can deliver bulk loads of these Churches Together service on the Playitems, call or visit Fresh Fruit & Veg ing Fields to celebrate the annual Birstall for further details Gala, on Sunday June 26 at 10am. Local Honey & Please bring your own garden chairs if DIY Liveries, Preserves incl Menage for you prefer to sit!

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of my involvement with the Conservative Party, but I can assure you all that the Parish Council is totally non political, and we all work together for the benefit of the village. Please come to a meeting if you would like to see how it is conducted, or if you wish to bring an item to the attention of the Council, there is always a slot on the agenda for ‘members of the public’, but it is rare for anyone to actually attend. Mary Allen Chairman Birstall Conservative Branch.

Thanks 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:

Conservative Following the local elections on May 5, Charnwood Borough Council now has two extra Conservative councillors, thanks to the voters of Birstall. We now have all four of our candidates elected, making Birstall all Conservative and we want to thank all of you who voted for us. This gives us four voices on the Borough to put Birstall on the map, and make sure we get heard when problems relating to our village come on the agenda. Our councillors will endeavour to follow through all we promised during our campaign. We all want Birstall to be a caring, clean, safe, happy village for everyone. I would also like to give a personal vote of thanks, to all voters of Riverside ward, who voted for me in the Parish Council election. I was delighted to be reinstated as a member, as I enjoy and take very seriously my duties as a Parish Councillor. Everyone is aware I am sure


We would like to say a huge thanks to all our wonderful family and friends for their cards, gifts and best wishes lavished on our daughter Isabella Sophia Grace who made a three week early but safe arrival on Monday April 18, 2011. Your kind words and generosity are most appreciated. Thank you. Adam & Julie Clarke, 163 Wanlip Lane

Thanks Thanks to all those who made my birthday such a memorable one. It was wonderful to see you all and share with you, my lovely family. For all the gifts and donations to motor neurone disease, I am most grateful. The hall was not big enough to hold all those. I am grateful to you for the friendship and care over the years. My love comes to you anyway. God Bless Betty Howard 80th

Parish Council I’d like to thank the other candidates who stood in the Parish Council election on May 5 and the residents who took the time to vote. Prior to this we have not had an election for positions on the parish council for many years but it still means that

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Mess Whilst walking through the Hallam Fields Estate with my children last weekend, I was appalled at the amount of rubbish, and dog mess we found (Bridge Green area) What was even more unbelievable was that ‘considerate’ dog owners had obviously brought bags with them on their walks, scooped up the mess, carefully tied up the bag, and then threw it away on the grass verge! I had a carrier bag with me, and whilst walking down through Bridge Green to Harrowgate Drive, collected five bags of dog mess and numerous empty cans and bottles, when we moved into the Estate three years ago Charnwood Borough Council confirmed that dog bins and litter bins would be installed, we are still waiting?! In the meantime, could dog owners please take their mess home with them, Jelsons have kindly provided grass areas on the Hallam Fields site for children to play on, but it’s impossible at present due to the amount of dog mess everywhere! Hallam Fields Resident.

Familiar face I have searched in vain for a familiar name or face as each edition of the Birstall Post becomes available online. Suddenly in April, JACKPOT, as a photograph appeared showing a picture taken outside the Birstall Social Club showing a large group of young people in 1947. I, too, have the original because my mother (centre of picture) organised the youth club and many happy memories were revived for me looking at those friends of so many years ago. It has been fun trying to recall the names of everyone, harder perhaps because we left Birstall and came to Australia in 1948. However, many came to mind though, sadly, I know some are lost forever. Thank you Birstall Post and family of Pad Tillson. You have made my 80th year a very happy one. Audrey Naylor (nee Pickering)


A vacancy has arisen at Burley Houses for a female resident. The Trust has six trustees whose aim is to create an enjoyable, happy community in which residents can be independent but with the benefit of concerned and caring neighbours. Applicants are expected to be able to look after themselves. Residents must have lived in the county of Leicestershire, or have had a husband and/or parent who have lived there, for a period of ten years. Interested parties should apply in writing, in the first instance, to Mrs K Grundy, 54 Johnson Road, Birstall, Leicester LE4 3AS

17 of the 20 parish council posts were uncontested. I hope the election encourages more people to consider becoming members of the parish council as it is there to serve the interests of all the residents of Birstall. Unfortunately, not a single member of the public attended the first full council meeting and I would encourage people to attend so they can see the range of issues that are discussed. Who knows, maybe by the time of the next parish election residents of all five Birstall wards have a choice of councillors? Julian Howe

Burley Houses, Tempest Road, Birstall

I would like to congratulate the editor Jerry and all at the Birstall Post for the new format. Making it easier to handle, a clearer print and the colour all help to make it an enjoyable read. It also helps people to keep up to date as to what has gone on in our area and what is to come. So, once again, congratulations and keep up the good work on producing one of the best local papers in the country. Peter Stephenson

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Open Gardens Weekend June 25/26, 2-6pm Tickets £4 available on the day, valid for both days Accompanied children & wheelchair users free In aid of Richard Hill School funds •••

The Melton Mowbray Heavy Horse Show Sunday June 5 11am to 4pm approx at the Equestrian Centre, Brooksby College, Brooksby, Nr Melton Mowbray LE14 2LJ Free admission – bucket collection for Air Ambulance ••• Serving up a treat in your community!

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Riverside United under 13s 2011/12

Players Wanted Riverside are looking for new players for our 11 a side team and 9 a side team for next season. If you’re sick of being on the bench or just fancy a change we may be the club for you? Next season we age aiming to be challenging at the top or our Division so if you want the challenge come and join our friendly group of lads We train Thursdays at Wreake Valley College, Syston, 6-7.30pm, most Saturdays Training is aimed at improving players individually and as a team All coaches are Level 1 Qualified and CRB checked If you’re interested in playing and enjoying your football at a friendly club please don’t hesitate to contact Chris 07742009343 email Or just come along •••

An Evening with Elvis Darren Turner – Elvis Tribute Performer Buffet-Bar-Disco Saturday June 25 Newtown Linford Village Hall 7.30-12pm Tickets £15 Call Helen on 0116 237 4865 for tickets In support of Holly Whittaker’s charity climb of Mount Kilimanjaro for Childreach International ••• Birstall Methodist Thursday Group

Fundraising coffee morning in aid of Richard Engelgardt Trust Saturday June 4, 10-12noon in the Coffee Shop, Wanlip Lane Cakes, books, tombola etc •••

Table Top Sale & Coffee Morning at Birstall Methodist Church Wanlip Lane, Birstall Saturday August 6 10am-1pm Tables @ 10 each


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Reflexology Talk A talk on reflexology by Avril Holland will be the highlight of the June meeting of Leics & Rutland Dowsers The meeting will be held on Sat June 11 at St James’ Day Centre, Birstall Village Hall on Birstall Road, starting at 10am All are welcome •••

Birstall Independent Baptist Church Invite you to the Village Hall Day Centre on Saturday June 18, 10am to 12noon An open morning with time for a cuppa, a chat and a chance to find out what we believe •••

Charnwood Orchestra Saturday July 2, 7.45pm Church of St James the Greater, London Road, Leicester Dvorak : Overture My Homeland Violin Concerto Am Symphony 9, ‘New World’ £10, £8 concessions Tel: 07718153117 or •••

Help for Heroes British charity Help for Heroes is appealing to volunteers and supporters to help our heroes Are you free for the weekend of July 1/2? Do you want to do your bit by collecting for Help for Heroes at your local Tesco store? It could be just an hour, a whole day or even both days Please visit the Help for Heroes website at or call: 01725 514121 and sign up today ••• Ever fancied having a go at

Playing Bowls? Come on down to Soar Valley Bowls Club on a Tuesday afternoon and have a go All you need are some flat shoes We can provide the bowls & tuition FREE membership for new bowlers for the first year For further details contact: Mrs Audrey Porter 0116 287 5748; Mr Richard Lakin 0116 230 3211 email: We are located on Loughborough Road, Rothley Almost opposite Hill Top Garage through Kindergarten entrance •••

Mountsorrel Charities Fete organised by Mountsorrel Scouts Sat June 18, 10am to 12noon The Green, Mountsorrel Balloon release sponsored by Lafarge Variety of stalls manned by local charities: Bric-a-brac, cakes, tombola, cream teas, hot dogs, bouncy slide From 10am-4pm there will be an Exhibition of The Fauna and Flora of Mountsorrel In the Scout Hut organised by Mountsorrel Heritage Group •••

Open Church St Leonard’s Church, Swithland LE12 8TJ Tea, cakes and sale of second hand books Saturday & Sunday, June 11/12 2-4.30pm Donations in aid of Church Funds


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Osgathorpe Garden Festival Saturday & Sunday June 25 & 26 Visit more than 12 diverse gardens open throughout the village Browse the Farmers’ Market, enjoy music played on the beautiful church organ and look over classic vehicles The Art Trail includes an exhibition and sale as well as working artists and artwork throughout the village Various children’s events including creating a miniature wildlife garden to take home BBQ, licensed bar and delicious cream teas In aid of St Mary’s Church, Osgathorpe LE12 9SZ Entrance £3 (accompanied children free) Free parking Event starts at midday – gardens open 1-5pm For more info please visit Or call 01530 224579 •••

Coffee Morning In aid of the Shoebox Appeal will be held at The Methodist coffee shop June 18, 10am to 12noon with a variety of stalls Help us to help the children who have nothing •••

utes) Our last film before the summer break will be a British comedy, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Gemma Arterton. Once the ‘ugly duckling’ in a Dorset village, Tamara Drewe returns as a surprisingly attractive newspaper journalist. She is fun loving and light hearted and consequently passions run high in this part of rural England. ‘Another Year’ Friday September 9 (129 mins) This British comedy drama about ordinary people stars Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen as geologist and medical counsellor. The story spans the four seasons of the year on an allotment, showing the comical life and reactions between family and friends. Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £4.50 and concessions are £4. The price includes refreshments and a lucky prize draw. Advance tickets can be purchased via the parish office, 0116 2367626 or at the door •••

Strawberry Tea Saturday June 11 3-5pm Entrance £3 Inc cream, scone and a drink Raffle & cards for sale Funds in aid of Abbeyfield Grove House, 35 Church Hill, Birstall 0116 2671523 •••

Abbeyfield are hoping you can help with donations of sets of china, cups and saucers, tea plates and servers Must be in clean and undamaged condition Thank you Can be collected 35 Church Hill, Birstall Contact: Jenny 0116 2671523 •••

Birstall & District Local History Society Thursday June 9 Birstall Village Hall, 7.30pm ‘Censored, Intriguing, Curious and Even Hilarious’ – speaker Dr Wendy Freer Visitors very welcome •••

Film Presentations from Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council ‘Tamara Drewe’ Friday June 10 (111 min-

Scout & Guide Summer Gala Saturday June 11, 2.15pm Band display, teas, cakes, stalls, games, barbeque Admission 20p •••

Birstall Youth Café are proud to be taking part in the Great Poppy Party Weekend Celebrating the 90th anniversary of The Royal British Legion There will be a BBQ at the Youth Café on School Lane Playing Fields Friday June 10, 6-8.30pm 50% of all proceeds will be donated to The Royal British Legion Everybody welcome to come along and join in the fun •••

CLASH, Community Leicester Arthritis Self Help group is looking to recruit a volunteer with admin and/or creative design experience to support a local arthritis awareness campaign. Arthritis is a long-term chronic disease that, despite widespread public perception, affects people of all ages. Could you join us and help to dispel a myth that jeopardises a co-ordinated response from Govt Health and Social Care Services? Perhaps you have a relative or friend with arthritis? Can you volunteer some of your time and skills to support this initiative? Contact Chris Thomas on 07954584402 or Doug Moore on 07954614466 Activity details on •••

Summer Miscellany a concert of light music Friday June 17, 7.30pm by Cossington Voices with vocal and instrumental soloists

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Birstall Garden Trail Saturday & Sunday, June 11/12 14 gardens open in the Saltersgate, Wellgate and Castlegate area Ice creams, teas, plants for sale £3.50 on the day or £3 in advance from Birstall Garden Centre and several local outlets Accompanied children free In aid of Leprosy Charity ‘Promise Nepal’ & Birstall Methodist Church Sponsored by Birstall Garden Centre •••

Coffee Morning Saturday June 25th, 10am to 12noon Birstall Methodist Coffee Shop, Wanlip Lane Various stalls, raffle ••• Birstall Branch Charnwood Conservative Association

Summer Barbeque Saturday June 18 6-9pm 51 Rectory Road, Wanlip by kind invitation of Dr & Mrs Shergill Tickets £9, BBQ , Licensed bar Entertainment, raffle For tickets or information please ring 0116 2673941 •••

Four Winds Festival Rutland Water Weekend June 25/26 Free daytime programme of family activities from 12noon to 4pm Puppet making, music and wind chimes. Sailing opportunities From 6.30pm ticketed performance of theatrical show ‘The Way the Winds Blow’ featuring giant puppets, 100 boats and over 500 artists £10, £5 concessions, family ticket for 5 £25 •••

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Scarecrow Festival Fun Day Sunday July 10, Belgrave Hall Museum, 1-4pm Come along and scare the crows away at this event organised by Girlguiding Birstall. There will be many scarecrows for you to discover in the museum gardens. Stalls, refreshments, children’s crafts and activities plus a campfire singsong. £2 admission For information contact Helen at Girlguiding Birstall: 07732099479 •••

Class, games and refreshments All proceeds going to ADAPT a local charity supporting families with preterm and dependent babies Friday August 5, 7-9pm at Thurmaston Elizabeth Park Sport & Community Centre £5 on the door or £4 advance tickets from or Lyndsay at ADAPT 07847 264 382 •••

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From peasant to nobles, find out what the people of Roman Leicestershire were eating nearly 2,000 years ago. The talk will look at what foods were available and how they were cooked. It will end with a brief guide to Roman dining and etiquette. The talks is by Nick Marshall who has been re-enacting the late Roman period for over 25 years. He will be bringing along many replicas of the items used in cooking and dining by the Romans. In formation on recipes will be provided to you can try real Roman food at home. There will be an opportunity for the over 18s to sample a Roman spiced wine recipe. Thursday June 16 7.30-9pm at Birstall Library Cost £3 inc refreshments Booking essential, please contact Birstall Library on 0116 3058756

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Held at the Roman Road home of David and Jan Gaskell, the event raised £760. In May the group held a Beetle Drive at Woodhouse Eaves village hall that raised £280. In 2010, thanks to help of friends and supporters, the group raised £23,500.

Scarecrows wanted GIRLGUIDING BIRSTALL are organising a scarecrow festival which will be held at Belgrave Hall museum and gardens on Sunday July 10. Birstall Rainbows, Brownies and Guides are busy making scarecrows to display at the festival which will be open to the public from 1pm to 4pm. Birstall Brownie Guider Helen Sibson said: “This will be a busy fun day with stalls, refreshments and children’s activities. We would like as many community groups as possible to join in and make a scarecrow for this event.” Helen will contact some local groups directly but scarecrows are welcome from all church groups, sports clubs, schools and youth groups, charities, local businesses and hobby or pastime clubs. There will be cash prizes for the most popular scarecrows as voted by the public on the day. Any groups wanting to participate must contact Helen on 07732 099479 asap for scarecrow making guidelines and criteria.



Birstall Distraction burglar Team’s thwarted by resident trip to gala Camber here LOCAL POLICE are encouraging residents to be vigilant following an attempted distraction burglary in Birstall.

The incident happened at around 10am on Friday April 15 when a man IT’S THE best sign that summer has knocked on an address on Iris Avenue. arrived – this year’s Birstall Gala will The victim, in her eighties, answered the be held on the weekend June 25/26. door and the man claimed he worked for Organised by Birstall Parish Council a gas company and was investigating a gas this annual event is once again on the leak nearby. He claimed he needed to School Lane playing fields. come in so he could inspect if the house Sunday will be the traditional gala had a gas problem. day but this year for the first time, the The victim refused several times and Saturday will also include all the stalls the man eventually left without gaining from local clubs, groups and charities as access to the property. He is described as well as the musical performances from white, in his mid thirties, of medium steel bands and local bands from build with short brown hair. He was wear12noon until 10pm. ing a dark jacket which had a small badge and photo on it. Detective Constable Sukhvinder Obhi, who is investigating this incident, said: “This victim did exactly the right thing by not letting this man in her home and calling a relative straight away. The man did have some ID but it did not appear genuine and the man did become agitated when challenged by the woman.

WI news Gala Sunday runs from 10am until 10pm with over 70 stalls, music and a boxing display from Carl Gunns’ gym. A funfair will be on site for both days. The Birstall Citizen of the Year Award will be presented and at 7.15pm on Sunday the Proms in the Park concert will start with the Hathern Band and soprano Jenny Saunders, making her third appearance at the gala. The concert will conclude at 10pm with a firework finale. It’s not too late to book a stall at the gala – contact Sue Coulson on 2676191 or download a form from Admission to the gala is free but purchasing a programme for £1 enters you into a raffle for a big prize draw on the Sunday evening and it also lists the whole weekend’s programme. They are available now from the Parish Council office or can be bought on the day. Nominations are still sought for the Birstall Citizen Year of the Year award – to nominate somebody write to the Parish council siting their name and the reasons why they should receive an award. The deadline is June 13. For Health & Safety reasons, barbeques are banned from the Proms in the Park Concert but visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics. Hot food outlets will be open throughout the event.

EVERY YEAR the WI have put forward a topical resolution to the Government. In the 1940s the WI proposed that women should have equal pay with men and in the 1960s that smoking should be banned in public places. Wheels do grind exceedingly slowly but eventually we are listened to. Our WI voted for two resolutions this year, and ‘WI against the closure of libraries’ and that ‘the Government do not grant planning permission for Mega Farms’ were taken forward. That was the serious part of our meeting but to lighten the mood we all moved from the community rooms at Highcliffe School to the Hall where we were entertained by Highcliffe Harmony. They provided a varied compilation of songs with something for everyone including a medley of Buddy Holly numbers and hits from the 1950s and 60s. After the performance old friendships were renewed between some members of the choir and the WI as they met people they hadn’t seen for years. The competition was won by Eileen James with her lovely flower display in a wine glass. Our next meeting on June 6 will be a Wild West Fancy Dress Garden Party at the home of Beverley Blackburn where we will enjoy cowboy food and games. The competition trophy will be presented to the wearer of the best cowboy/girl outfit. Photographs of the evening will be published on our website www.birstallandwanlipwi.wordpress.c om and we can be contacted on Remember to keep Saturday July 9 free for the mega WI coffee morning at the Methodist Church. From Birstall & Wanlip WI

“We would like to remind residents that you do not have to let anyone into your home who you do not know. Anyone from a legitimate company will have identification with them and will not mind you checking with the company that they are a genuine employee. If you are in doubt, do not be afraid to refuse to allow them in. You can call a friend, relative or neighbour and ask them first or call the police on 999 if you think they are suspicious. “If anyone has any information regarding this suspect or perhaps was visited by someone using a similar story, we would urge you to get in touch.” Anyone with information is asked to contact DC 575 Sukhvinder Obhi on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for an officer and when prompted key in the identification number 0575. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.



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BIRSTALL UNITED U15s decided to celebrate the end of a successful season with a tournament held at Camber Sands, East Sussex. Having finished third in Division B for the second year running, the team headed south for three days over the May Day bank holiday weekend. They played against teams from the home counties and Bristol. All of the teams were division winners and Birstall put in a good display of football and finished in third place in their group. Manager Mick Joinson said: “It was a great way to end the season, and the lads were solid both on and off the pitch. The commitment and comradeship of the team was fabulous to see.”


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There were 60 children who took part in the production of Bugsy Malone. Ages ranged from 4-15 years. Bugsy Malone is an all singing, dancing and acting production and the children managed to make the huge show come to life with real splurge guns and cream pies which all the children had tremendous fun with. Faces Arts also held their street dance show ‘Mash Up’ at Wreake Valley College with 65 children taking part.

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drink. These are not difficult things to get right – and the fact that staff are still failing to do so is a real concern. “I will be writing to the Chair of every hospital where this inspection programme has identified poor care to ask what they plan to do address these issues. The key elements that every hospital must have in place are a compassionate staff culture which is driven by strong leadership and supportrespect and given personalised, attentive ed by good systems. care, some tell a bleak story of people “These are the basics that help ensure not being helped to eat and drink, with every patient is treated like an individual their care needs not assessed and their – not a nuisance to be ignored or a task dignity not respected. that must be completed. This is what we Recurring concerns relating to nutriexpect for ourselves and for our own tion included: families, and what every patient should • people not being given the assistexpect from the people who care for ance they needed to eat – meaning they them.” struggled to eat and in some cases were Commenting on the publication of the physically unable to eat meals first reports, Rt Hon Andrew Lansley the • their nutritional needs not being Secretary of State for Health, said: “Everyassessed and monitored – for example, one admitted to hospital deserves to be not being weighed throughout their stay, making it impossible to determine if they treated as an individual, with compassion and dignity. We must never lose sight of were losing weight; or identified as malthe fact that the most important people nourished without an action plan being in the NHS are its patients – that’s why I put in place to address this wanted the CQC to look into the treat• people not being given enough to ment of older patients and stamp out drink – water left out of reach or no poor care fast. I also believe nursing fluids given for long periods of time. In expertise is vital to improve patient expeone case, a member of clinical staff rience, which is why I asked the CQC to described having to prescribe water on ensure these would be nurse-led. medicine charts to ensure patients got “The inspection teams have seen some enough to drink. exemplary care, but some hospitals are Recurring concerns around dignity not even getting the basics right. That is and respect included: unacceptable. • People not involved in their own “Where the inspections uncovered care – their treatment not explained to appalling levels of care, the CQC will be them; being told what would happen to able to use its enforcement powers to them without consent being sought or ensure that real improvements are made. concerns addressed; staff addressing By measuring what is important and then patients’ relatives rather than the patient publishing the results, I believe we can themselves • Staff not treating people in a respect- enter a new era of high quality NHS care for patients. ful way – spooning food into people’s “In the future, I want our proposals mouths from above without engaging for local HealthWatch organisations to be with them; discussing personal patient able to carry out unannounced independinformation in open areas. ent inspections and hold local services to • Staff speaking to people in a condeaccount by drawing on experience from scending or dismissive way. 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INFO Being online can improve the lives of the over 55s and make them feel ‘with it’, a new survey reveals. Four out of five internet users aged over 55 years (86%) have said that having access to computers and the web has improved their lives, in new research carried out by Digital Unite. When asked how their lives have been improved, eight out of ten (82%) said that they save money by buying products and services online, 71% said they can do things quicker, like paying bills and well over half (57%) said they were now better in touch with friends and family. Two out of five (44%) said they had found new hobbies and interests and one in five (22%) said they can now keep up with their grandchildren. Being online can also help to evoke positive feelings of wellbeing. Five out of ten people (54%) that it makes them feel connected and one in six (17%) said it makes them feel happy and ‘with it’. One in eight (12%) felt younger by being online. 72% thought that being online can help reduce feelings of isolation and nearly two-thirds (63%) said it can help to reduce feelings of loneliness. 81% of people said being online makes them feel part of modern society. In separate research conducted by Sky Broadband and YouGov, a snapshot of 'Silver Surfer Britain' illustrates how people in the UK aged over 55 use the internet. One in three British adults in this age group use social networking at least once a week (the West Midlands the most prolific at 46%), 61% read the news online (the South West highest at 74%) and 18% book tickets online at least once a month (with Londoners coming top with 25%). CQC publish first of detailed reports into dignity and nutrition for older people The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published in May the first 12 reports from an inspection programme which examines whether elderly people receive essential standards of care in 100 NHS hospitals throughout England. The programme focuses on whether people are treated with dignity and respect, and whether they get food and drink that meets their needs. A national report into the findings of the programme will be published in September. These first 12 inspection reports identify three hospitals as failing to meet the essential standards required by law; Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. Less serious concerns were identified in a further three hospitals, with the remaining six found to be meeting essential standards. All the hospitals where concerns have been identified must now tell the regulator how and when they will improve. The three hospitals failing to meet essential standards could face enforcement action by the regulator if improvements aren’t made. Whilst the reports document many examples of people being treated with






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THE MONTH of June hosts Cervical Cancer Awareness Week - almost 3000 women are diagnosed with Cervical Cancer each year in the UK.

it? • Is there anything I can do to lower my risk of cervical cancer? • How often should I have a smear test? • I know this area screens every 5 years. Can I be screened more often if I wish to be? • Who will give me the results of my smear test? • Will the results be explained to me? • I have had a hysterectomy. Do I still need smear tests? • How are smears checked in this health authority? • Is there an alternative to smear tests? • I have had an abnormal smear. How long will I have to wait for treatment? For further information about Cervical Cancer see the Cancer Research UK website

This is one of the few cancers that is preventable because pre cancerous cell changes can be picked up before they have a chance to develop into cancer. Where and what is the cervix? The cervix is another name for the neck of the womb. It is really a strong muscle. Causes THE NEW Mayor or Charnwood is Councillor Human papilloma virus or HPV is the major cause of Bernard Burr. cervical cancer. His chosen charities for the year are Age UK Leicestershire High risk types of HPV can and Rutland and the British Heart Foundation. The Mayoress is cause changes in the cells covMr Burr’s wife Rose. ering the cervix that make or Mr Burr said :”I fully intend to carry them more likely to become cancerous in time. contact the University Hospiout the role of Mayor in the proper But most women infected with these viruses do tals of Leicester Cancer Informanner and I’d like to thank all those NOT develop cervical cancer. So other factors YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER mation Centre on 0116 258 who nominated me. I look forward to must also be needed. Longslade College, Wanlip Lane, 6189. the coming year.” Other risks Birstall, Leicester LE4 4GH To reflect the interest and Cllr Diane Wise was sworn in as the Women who smoke are more likely to get cerviEditor: Mr Jerry Jackson support of the local community Deputy Mayor. cal cancer than those who do not. Taking the pill Birstall BAG's now seeks to be Mr Burr replaced Jill Vincent as Mayor Editorial/Advertising (Tel & Fax) could increase a woman’s risk of cervical cancer. inclusive of all cancers and the of Charnwood. She praised the hard It is not clear why this is. Women with a weakened group welcome villagers to supwork and commitment of the voluntary port the many events they organimmune system are also more likely to get cervical sector in her parting speech to the annuise each year within the local cancer, as are those who have had a large number Correspondence, news etc al council. community. For more informaof children. can be handed in at: Mrs Vincent said: “My year was retion on forthcoming events look Birstall Library or to our office in the Cervical cancer screening at our website lentless - but incredibly rewarding. It Youth Centre, Cervical screening is very important because we was a privilege and a delight.” Longslade College, Birstall can stop cervical cancer from developing. The From Liz Darlison Pic: The Mayor of Charnwood Bernard Burr screening test involves a nurse or doctor taking a with the Mayoress, Rose Burr small sample of cells from the surface of your cervix. Who is screened? If you are between the ages of 25 and 60 in the UK, you will be contacted at least every 3 to 5 years and asked to go for a cervical screening test. Cervical cancer symptoms visit our showroom The most common symptom of cervical cancer is bleeding from the vagina at other times than when you are having a eyewear period. You may have bleeding GET A QUOTE FROM US BEFORE YOU BUY YOUR NEXT PAIR OF SPECTACLES • Between periods Same day service on most plastic lenses • After or during sex Unit 3, Top quality lenses including Varilux, Nikon, Zeiss • At any time if you are past your Victoria Mills menopause Fowke St, DESIGNER Tel: 0116 267 2583 Some women also have FRAMES Rothley Mob: 07967 191975 Buy DELL products here Contact Mike or Teresa Keily on 0116 237 6098 • A vaginal discharge that smells Easy Parking unpleasant • Discomfort or pain during sex There are many other conditions that e Hom n cause these symptoms. Most of them are llatio Insta Sales er much more common than cervical can& Aft vice Ser cer. But you should go to your doctor Est 1976 Television Washing Machines straight away if you have any of these Blockpaving symptoms. Tumble Dryers LCD • Plasma Fencing What to ask your doctor about cerviDishwashers DVD recorders cal cancer Patios Refrigeration Digital Radio • How will I know if I have cervical Garden Design & Microwaves cancer? Maintenance Vacuum Cleaners Built-in Appliances • Am I more likely to get cervical Service cancer than anyone else? Free 5 Year Warranty • Will smoking affect my risk of cervion the latest models of selected Panasonic Televisions cal cancer? 41 Gwendolin Ave, Birstall • My mother had cervical cancer. tel: 2675882 Does this mean I am more likely to get The Crossroads, Thurcaston 0116 2362333

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Birstall post June 2011