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Foxes compete at Futsal finals THE BIRSTALL United under 10 Foxes had an unforgettable day out at the National Futsal Finals in Birmingham on Saturday June 29. Futsal is five a side football played with a smaller ball with less bounce. “They were up against the very best teams from all over the UK and although they didn’t qualify for the knock–out stages, it was an experience they will never forget” said Manager Phil Hughes. They got off to a great start by winning their opening game 2-1 against Randlay Colts - a team from the West Midlands. The second game was tough and they lost it 3-0 to Woodside Youth from the East of England. The third match was equally tough and they lost it 4-1. The final match against Greenmeadow Youth from the South West was much closer and Birstall took the lead. Greenmeadow levelled the score then Birstall nearly took the lead again when the ball hit the crossbar. Just a few seconds later Greenmeadow snatched a late winner themselves when

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OCCUPANTS OF a Birstall home were shocked to wake up and find a burglar in their bedroom. The incident took place at around 2.30am on Saturday July 6 at a house in the Fielding Road area of Birstall. The occupants of the house were in bed asleep when they awoke to find a man in the room who promptly fled. The victims discovered that property had been taken including an 18ct Raymond Weil watch with black Roman numerals set on a white face with inset clear stones. Also taken was an antique gold ring set with a diamond cluster. The ring has sentimental value, having belonged to the victim’s late mother. Detective Constable Anna Burton, the investigating officer, said: “The occu-

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Futsal from page 1 ard” he added. “Just getting there was an achievement in itself, as only 10 teams qualified from 1,036 boy’s teams that entered from all over the UK. They did themselves and the club proud. Considering they don’t play futsal week in, week out, they held their own against teams that do, and the score lines reflect what close games they were. The Foxes have had an amazing season, first by finishing 2nd in Division 2 of the Mutual League and then finishing 3rd in the Summer 9v9 league. This was a great way to end a great season. I hope the boys have a well-earned rest now and come back in August eager to start the news season on September 1.” Burglary from page 1 pants of the house have been left shocked by the incident and saddened by the loss of their belongings. We are appealing to anyone who may have been offered for sale items matching these descriptions to contact us.” Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 4450 Anna Burton on 101, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 4450. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous on 0800 555 111.

Student film screened at BAFTA AN ANTI-SMOKING film made by Longslade students made it to the finals of a national competition and was screened at BAFTA. The six students, Heeren Bhundia, Oliver Hodgkinson, Sarah Hulme, Hannah Greasley, Bradley Stanford and Paige Bradshaw, made a short film for the Cut Films competition to highlight the impact of smoking. Their film was one of 216 entered nationally with only 13 shortlisted for the national awards which were held at BAFTA in London, with Lord David Puttman presenting the prizes. Longslade’s filmmakers were placed second in the 16-19 age category. Year 10 student Paige Bradshaw said: “I’m so happy I was chosen for SmokeScreen. I got to work with some amazing and passionate people dedicated to discouraging smoking and delivering it through the art of film. The finale in London was an unforgettable experience and something I shall never forget. I’m ready for next year already!”

Free Sunday parking PARK FOR free in Loughborough’s car parks on Sundays this summer. The free parking has been introduced to encourage visitors to the town. The scheme ends on August 25 and includes all council owned car parks except Browns Lane.

Pic: with Charlie Stebbings, founder of Cut Films, are Heeren Bhundia, Paige Bradshaw, Sarah Hulme and Bradley Stanford

Flower show A FLOWER and produce show will be held in the Village Hall this September. It is a new venture by Birstall Parish Council. A spokesman said: “Members hope that it will be a fun community event and that it will be well supported.” Residents are being invited to enter in a number of categories which include flowers, fruits, vegetables, cakes, jams, pickles, wine, liqueur and beer.

To enter complete a short entry form that can be downloaded from the Parish Council website or collected from the office in the Village Hall. The show will take place on Saturday September 21, 1-5pm at Birstall Village Hall.



Birstall’s sole surviving butchers shop AFTER THE closure of J Michael’s butchers on the Triangle, Mark Patrick’s on Sibson Road is the only surviving butchers shop in Birstall.

Dedicated community midwife A DEDICATED midwife who worked in Birstall for 28 years has died aged 72. Christine Belcher began her career as a community midwife before moving to Birstall working with Doctors Raivadera, Rouse and many others. Chris loved her job and had a real vocation for nursing. She ran parentcraft classes in the village and many a teddy bear had its nappy changed by new dads being encouraged to practise for the real thing. On her rounds to new mums she was always a comforting presence and any problems were soon addressed. She also taught many student midwives. Born in 1940, Chris married Brian at 19 and had daughters Mandy, Jackie and Helen. She retired in 2000 and in April 20011 was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Chris’s funeral was held at Loughborough Crematorium and Rev Rachel Parkinson conducted the service. The family has requested that donations in her memory be made to the local branch of the Motor Neurone society – more than £1000 has already been donated. Pic: community midwife Christine Belcher

In business for 32 years, Mark can remember the days when Birstall was bustling with shoppers, but times have changed. “I used to have eight people here on Saturdays, serving on the tills, now it’s only one” says Mark. “Without the hotel and catering trade the shop would have closed years ago” he added. Mark can remember eight butchers in the village: Robert Boulton’s on Went Road; Chris Draper’s on Loughborough Road; Walkers, Baxters and J Michael on Sibson road; Top Cuts on Kingsgate Avenue, Mugglestone’s on Wanlip Lane and the

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Golf club BIRSTALL GOLF Club continued its record of hosting top quality tournaments in July with the Midlands Boys Amateur Championships. 60 of the region’s top young golfers provided a close competition that ended in a play off. Fifteen year old Billy Spooner from Boston Golf, Lincolnshire, won the event, on the second hole of the play-off with Ben Robinson from Vale Golf and Country Club, Worcestershire. Club President Bryan Payne said: “It is wonderful for the club to host a prestigious event like this. It’s a very positive occasion for the club and it is great to see so many wonderful young golfers enjoying playing our course.”

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Sun shines on village gala MEMORIES OF last year’s soggy summer were banished at Birstall Gala when sizzling sunshine helped visitors enjoy one of the biggest events in the village’s calendar. Organised by Birstall Parish Council the two day event featured performances by local bands on the Saturday and stalls, entertainment and a Proms in the Park firework finale on the Sunday. Chairman of Birstall Parish Council Ann Marshall said: “We were all very relieved the weather was kind to us and that the gala was such a success – I felt even more people than usual attended. “The Mayor of Charnwood was our guest at the concert and she said she was really impressed that Birstall puts on an event of this size that brings the community together.” Some raffle prizes remain unclaimed. Winning ticket numbers are WHITE 829, WHITE 885, PINK 280, BLUE 255, GREEN 246, ORANGE 72, GREEN 243, GREEN 212, BLUE 142, ORANGE 47, PINK 165, WHITE 839, YELLOW 84, PINK 207, BLUE 151 AND WHITE 816. To claim your prize contact Birstall Parish Council.

Pic: (above) the Birstall Utd Juniors stall; (below) preparing for the concert finale are Michelle Pearson with her children Connor (12) and Ciera (9)

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Plans threaten to undermine Birstall community THE QUALITY of life of Birstall people will be damaged and the community undermined if plans to build 1500 homes north of Birstall and a Wanlip by-pass are given the go ahead, says Birstall Parish Council.

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The development is proposed in TO Charnwood Borough Council’s Local Plan Care Strategy, which sets out areas ROTHLEY for development in the Borough needed to meet targets for housing and employment. The largest housing development A6 it contains is for 4500 dwellings near Barkby. NEW In its submission to Charnwood’s WANLIP consultation on the plans, which ended LINK on July 22, Birstall Parish Council said: • Birstall has been subjected already PROPOSED ROAD to a large development (Hallam Fields) DEVELOPMENT and this is not yet complete. It has not SITE A46 provided significant infrastructure improvements for Birstall, in fact a school, which was promised, is now in question. • Birstall is bisected by the A6 and HALLAM the junction with the A46 is close by. Traffic along the A6 continues to inFIELDS crease, particularly at peak times. This PARK significantly impacts on our community & RIDE and its quality of life. The increase in pollution and great difficulty for residents trying to access the A6 from their Longslade and Stonehill schools should houses is already generating complaints. be urgently re-visited. Emergency vehicles from the new Fire • The residents of Birstall deserve that Station need to use the A6 and after the Charnwood Borough Council considers junction at Greengate Lane/Sibson Road their quality of life. There must be other there is a bottle neck where the dual land with building opportunities which carriageway stops. would be less detrimental to local resi• The building of 1500 houses and dents. We urge Charnwood Borough up to 15 hectares of employment along Council to consider other options. Birwith four travelling show people sites on stall people already feel that Charnwood our border will only add traffic to an Borough Council disregards their views. already overloaded A6. Leicester City Surely even those who live in what is Council are already in the process of regarded as a ‘sustainable urban extentrying to put a gypsy/traveller site on the sion’ are entitled to have their views outskirts of Birstall in Greengate Lane. listened to. • It is also likely that more cars will • We try to maintain a community in try to avoid the A6 by using Wanlip Lane Birstall but feel that Charnwood Borough and other residential roads in Birstall. Council are continually trying to underWanlip Lane goes through the centre of mine that concept. the village, is narrow and already has Now that the consultation period has traffic calming measures in place. On it ended, the Core Strategy will be submitthere are two schools, a nursery and ted to the Secretary of State in Decemelderly persons accommodation. To ber 2013 and will then be examined by increase traffic flow along this road an independent planning inspector in would be an accident waiting to happen. spring 2014. If deemed sound it will be • It is not felt likely that the park and adopted in late 2014. ride site will mitigate the increased traffic but the use of this site to service

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Gold medal winning Natalie’s African trek cyclist visits park A TREK to the summit of Africa’s highest mountain will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

A £1.4million walking and cycling route through Watermead Country Park was officially opened at an event in July attended by Olympic gold medallist, cyclist Dani King. day of the opening event, said: “It is fantastic that the Connect 2 scheme has created these routes for cyclists, walkers, wheelchair users and people with pushchairs. I’m pleased to be involved in the official opening of this exciting project.”

Pic: Dani King at Birstall lock with pupils from Riverside School, Spencer Smith and Ellie Macmanard, both aged 10

Pic: Natalie Harrison Following the two week climb Natalie will work for three days in an orphanage. You can take your donation into Boots in Birstall, (marked Natalie’s Macmillan hike 2014), at 88, or by text: type in code NATZ89, donation amount and send to 70070.

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After securing lottery funding, the five year project saw Leicestershire County Council create surfaced paths between Birstall, Thurmaston, Syston and Cossington via Watermead Country Park. The project has seen new bridges installed, new paths constructed and safe road crossings created, making the routes accessible to everyone including wheelchair and mobility scooter users. The complete off-road cycleway between Cossington and Leicester, which incorporates the Connect2 routes, is now signposted as ‘Green Route One’. Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “Over the years we have seen it taking shape and we, along with our partners, are proud to see it completed and being officially opened to the public.” Dani King, who led a bike ride on the

Natalie Harrison of Spinney Rise will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in January with 30 other colleagues from Boots the Chemist – Natalie works as an assistant manager at the Fosse Park branch. Natalie (25) said: “I put my name forward because I knew it was a once in a lifetime challenge. I’m looking forward to raising the money for such a great cause and to do something new. “I didn’t realise how intense the training was but I hope with hard work I will be fit enough and not get ill.”



Birstall girl’s role New yoga classes AN ELEVEN year old girl from Birstall will be singing and dancing on stage at Curve, Leicester this summer. Alyshia Dhakk from Greengate Lane was chosen to play the part of one of the four children in the cast of Sweeney Todd, from the 800 who auditioned for the role. Alyshia, who says she is “excited” about her latest role, has previously performed in the Sound of Music in Birmingham, and in last year’s panto at Leicester’s Little Theatre. She has ambitions to become an opera singer Curve’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Sweeney Todd is a community production performed by amateurs and is part of the theatre’s outreach programme. It runs from July 31 for two weeks – ticket

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A BIRSTALL yoga teacher who has been practising for almost 30 years is starting two new classes at the Co-op Sports and Social Club on Birstall Road. Pascale Taylor’s own journey with yoga began in the 1980s when she was living and working in India, Nepal and South East Asia. She said: “Because I began in Asian countries where yoga is accessible to everyone whatever age, shape or size, it wasn’t until I arrived back in the UK that I realise I didn’t physically fit the westernised expectation of a yogi. “Luckily by then it was too late – I was already hooked and no amount of any suggestion I wasn’t the right size would prevent me from the joy I get from my practice.” Pascale (51) was diagnosed five years ago with fibromyalgia and has found new yoga techniques to reduce her symptoms to almost zero. Her new classes are to music. Pascale said: “They encourage good alignment and breath awareness within postures leading to restorative relaxation.”

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Bowls club BIRSTALL BOWLING Club’s ladies missed out in their bid to become British Isles champions, losing to the Jersey representatives 14-23 in Glasgow. Pa Walker, Jan Everitt, Jennie Groves & Di Hurst, the English champions, trailed 4-5 after five ends on a tricky rink and were 9-13 behind after 10 ends. The Channel Islanders increased their lead to seven shots after 15 ends and the next three ends were shared two shots each, but three shots for Jersey on the nineteenth end effectively ended the Birstall challenge and after just a single shot was gained on the twentieth end, the game was conceded with Birstall unable to catch up. The Jersey ladies went on to edge past the Irish representatives 19-18 in the semi final before overwhelming Scotland 28-9 in the final to become British Isles Champions. Pa Walker has qualified for her second event at the women’s National Championships in Leamington Spa later in the month. Having already qualified in the fours, she reached the Leicestershire singles final by winning five matches, including beating the three Birstall teammates mentioned above in previous rounds. In the ladies county pairs, Pam Ratcliffe and Diane Hartop reached the quarter final before losing out to Fleckney’s Doreen Tapson and Ann Wood. Meanwhile, John Hurst has qualified for the men’s National Championships by reaching the county final in the two wood competition. He beat Tony Brimley (Blaby) 17-7 in the quarter final and defeated Goodwood’s Marcus Clifton 17-13 in the semi final and will now represent Birstall and Leicestershire at Worthing later this month, the last time the championships are being held at the iconic venue before they move to Leamington Spa next year. In the men’s county Champion of Champions competition, Andy Wye got through to the quarter final but was beaten by Marcus Clifton (Goodwood) 14-21. Birstall retained the Bramley Bowl, the premier Leicester City and District Parks competition, defeating host club Abbey Park 91-64 in the final. Scores: John Boden, Darren Hickling, John Hurst and Paul Young won 23-9. Malcolm Wright, Dave Hill, Dick Cooper and Dave Clarke won 24-12. Dennis Measom, Terry Stretton, John Lee and Tom Cowles won 25-17. Bill Alexander, Barry Jarvis, Bob Cooper and Stuart Hartop lost 19-26.

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down and up Birstall Road near the little island and passing my gym at ridiculous speeds. A lot of young people use that road every night, one day someone will get injured or even killed if something isn’t done about this dangerous road. They think it’s a race track, coming from the island and take the bend at very high speeds. There is a ‘Slow’ sign but they don’t care about that, please drop your speeds for the youngsters’ sake. Carl Gunns, Gunns’ Gym

Verges 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:

Litter I came through the School Lane Park on Friday afternoon (the day when schools finished) and from a distance saw children (young adults as they now like to be called) sitting in shade under large tree near the enclosed small play park . They then got up and wandered away. As I got closer I saw the ground littered with plastic pop bottles, empty cans and paper. Why oh why can't they put their litter in one of the many bins not far away, it doesn't take much out of their time. It only takes one of them to perhaps start setting an example to the others, and of course "the others" not to laugh at his actions. It must be hard these days to be growing up in this throw away society of ours but in this case throw your litter in the provided bins and don’t leave it on the ground for others to tidy it away. It’s called pride and responsibility of where and who you are. Margaret Briggs

Spreading Can I point out the speeding on Birstall Road, it’s getting worse. I stand on my gym steps most evenings watching cars speeding

In reply to the letter in July's Birstall Post regarding the grass verges on Wanlip Ave. In an ideal world tidy green grass verges would look great but this 2013 and the world of the motor car is not 1926/7 when homes in Wanlip Ave were built. Your correspondent blames the residents for the damage, which is only partly true, if you walk down the Avenue late at night or early morning you will find that the majority of resident’s cars are parked on the driveways or on the road. Who, then, parks on our mud? These are just a few drivers we have talked to- school and nursery runs twice a day, delivery vans, utility vans, social services and members of the public visiting the library, houses and shops on Wanlip Lane - we have attempted to discuss our problem with some of them and sometimes met with verbal abuse! At the Sibson Road end of the avenue the excuses -'just nipping to the shops' -or -'won't be a minute'- are the usual comments. We have no problems with drivers parking in front of our homes as long as they park on the road. We have asked members of the public why they park on the verges and are told that they feel vulnerable parking on the road near to Gwendolin Avenue junction and at the ends of the road near to Wanlip Lane and Sibson Road. Your correspondent also says that we should attend our grass verges, which we personally have for years, re-turfing once, re-seeded twice- by the council- and once by residents, all to no avail. Some of the residents are over seventy years of age and have decided to ask the council (over 80% agreed in a recent survey) to tarmac our grass verges. The only way it seems to prevent parking is to place large rocks on the verges (which is illegal) and risk being sued for damage to vehicles. Most residents have decided not to take this action!

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After discussions with residents who have lived in the Avenue longer than most, and they have no recollection of flooding referred to in your correspondent’s letter. As for problems with re-insurance of properties, this again, is not known! Many of the Avenues in Birstall have had their grass verges removed and replaced by tarmac. This action has been made necessary to include the car in to our way of life. In 1926/7 when the Avenue was built, there were very few cars, now, with families with grown up children at work, it is now that more cars are available and need parking spaces, not always available on driveways. The large white vans your correspondent refers too, parked in front of resident's homes, are for the livelihood of the resident. We have stated previously that the age of the motor car is now and we need to live with it! If your correspondent wishes to identify themselves we would be only too pleased to discuss any ideas they have, along with the parish and county councillors involved. We are sure this would please the aforesaid high percentage of residents who need an answer to this long-standing problem. Mr and Mrs Dave Cobb and Mr and Mrs Bill Hill - Wanlip Avenue

Still unhappy I respond to the letters in July Birstall Post. In my letter (printed in June) I was stating the facts of my recent experiences at Birstall Medical Centre. I did not comment on the NHS in general and did not criticise the care given by the Diabetes Nurse. I was not “jumping on the band wagon of knocking the health service”. I was pleased that your correspondent is happy with her treatment at Birstall Medical Centre and always gets an appointment when she needs one. I am sorry that I am still not happy, and am still waiting to see the Diabetes Nurse. When I enquired I was told that the Diabetes Nurse would contact all patients needing an appointment when she was back from sick leave! Greengate Medical Centre must also be pleased with the glowing report from Mrs Ralston. I just feel sorry that all patients don’t get the same treatment, otherwise we wouldn’t complain. Name & address supplied

Window Sad to read of the resignation from the "Parish Council" of Jim Garner and Doug Topley. I haven't seen the PVC window concerned, but bearing in mind the village hall is a listed building and situated in a part of the village that is a preservation area, installing a PVC window would look ugly. But as usual it all comes down to money. It's wrong to spoil the look of this listed building for the sake of £517, yet spend ( how ever much it cost) hundreds on the steel monstrosity that stands outside the park and ride. Carol Withers Editor’s note: the £57,000 steel cedar tree outside the park and ride was paid for by the developers of Hallam Fields, Jelson.

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Coach Outing to Hereford Monday August 12 The coach will leave Birstall at 8.30am Cost of coach £12 For further details and to book a place please phone Gwen Johnson 0116 2205158 Redhill Allotments

Open Day Saturday August 3 12noon – 4pm A fun event for all the family, with home made produce and allotmentgrown fruit and vegetables for sale Refreshments, competitions, craft stalls and much more! If you are interested in taking on an allotment, we have organic and nonorganic plots available to rent, talk to us on the day, or phone Rita on 0116 2993056 for more information Please wear sturdy footwear Entrance off A6 Loughborough Road, just north of Red Hill Circle Sorry, no parking on site except Blue Badge holders

Open Church for Tea, Cakes and Books at St Leonard’s Church, Swithland from 2-4.30pm on Saturday & Sunday, August 10 and 11 Donations in aid of Church funds The Bark Foundation presents two concerts catering for differing ‘tastes’ Friday September 20 at 7.30pm

‘After Eight’ a vocal harmony quartet and ‘Fabio A’Cappella’ a vocal quartet in the style of barbershop Tickets £5 inc refreshments At Birstall Methodist Church Saturday October 19 at 7.30pm ‘Cliff As If’ at Birstall Methodist Church Wanlip


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will introduce you to this enjoyable and skilful sport Which colour bowl will you choose? Refreshments provided Come & join us on Saturdays, 10am to 12noon (1st session July 20) for more information please contact: Elaine Chamberlain on 07736253444 or Diane Siggery on 07790023598

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Classes with Laraine Tucker First two classes free Birstall Methodist Church Rooms, Wanlip Lane, LE4 4JS Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm, £7 per class Starts September 3 Term time only, one term payable in advance For further information call 07779434742 Email laraine tucker

Aug 3: Dee Smoove (M/V) Aug 10: Diva (F/Duo) Aug 17: Colin James (M/V) Aug 24: Mick Knight (M/V) Aug 31: The Munix (GRP) Dancing every Saturday night with live entertainment Bingo, free beer raffle and not forgetting Open the Box Every Tuesday night Bingo starting at 9.15pm Quiz nights Sunday Aug 11 & 25, starting at 9pm Acoustic night Sunday August 18 at 8pm Rock & Roll nights Wednesday August 7 & 21 Food available every Saturday 12noon-2pm Wakes catered for

Bring and Share The meeting of Leicestershire & Rutland Dowsers to be held on Saturday August 10 will take the form of a Bring and Share session Everyone is invited to bring along items associated with dowsing and then to talk briefly about them – eg maps, case histories and dowsing devices As many dowsers are self-taught, this is an opportunity to share knowledge and be open to new techniques The meeting will take place as usual at St James’ Day Centre, Birstall Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. Admission £5

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Things that go bump in the library Creepy crafts and stories for 510year olds at Birstall Library on Thursday August 8, 10.30am-12noon £1 per child Booking essential Contact the library on 0116 3058756 or email:

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Fancy Dress Competition Sunday August 11, 9am-3pm Palmer Tomkinson Centre, Wanlip Lane, Birstall Charity Summer Fair in aid of Help for Heroes includes classic cars, vintage & antique stalls, live entertainment, BBQ, bar, raffle, tombola Family prizes to be won in our Children’s WWII fancy dress parade See for more details

Alex’s Wish Bike Ride August 25 Watermead Country Park 10-11am - 12.30-13.00pm Paige Bradshaw, Ravina Battu, Grace Wood, Megan Holland, Georgie Roe and Heather Yeomans will be cycling around 2-4 miles to raise money for Alex’s Wish, a charity dedicated to fighting Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and raising money to fund world class research into DMD. Donations can be made to: paigebradshaw1 All details are secure and BT Donate do not keep/save details you enter in order to donate

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Church Garden Party All welcome Monday August 26, 2pm On the Church lawn, St James Church, Church Hill Stalls, games, ice cream

Loughborough-bythe-Sea Sunday Aug 4 - Wednesday, Aug 7 Market Place Entertainment for all the family Punch & Judy Show, deck chairs, sandy beach, giant beach ball, sand castle competitions, arts & crafts workshops Belgrave Hall

Open Gardens Thursday Aug 1, 8, 15, 22 Saturday Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 1-4pm Admission free Bug Hunt for children Wed Aug 7, Wed Aug 14, 11-3.30pm Free admission, £2.50 for activities Fairies and superheroes Dressing up day Wed Aug 21, 11-3.30pm Parade around the garden, arts & crafts Free admission, £2.50 for activities

CLASH 2012 Drop-in Sessions for people with Arthritis and other Musculoskeletal conditions, to gather information and to have a general chat about these conditions. Sessions held every Monday, 10am to 12noon, Room 7, Peepul Centre, Orchardson Ave, Leicester LE4 6DP sessions are free. Are you retired and have computer skills that you can use in the community to support local people to




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Loughborough Probus Club A different kind of club – why not join? The Loughborough Probus club, which now accepts both male and female retired professional business members, has an almost unique class of membership. Its membership contains a great number of exuniversity educationalists as well as engineers and technical individuals from a broad spectrum of commerce, industry, retail and medical backgrounds. This makes the monthly luncheon meeting nothing if not

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interesting as the conversations as well as the after lunch speakers cover a wide range of subjects. Visitors can come on trial to one of our luncheon meetings held at the Carillon Rooms in Loughborough. The club meets at 12.15pm for a 12.45pm lunch on the second Thursday of each month. The annual subscription is £10 and monthly lunches are currently charged at £14 per head. Don’t delay, just call and give us a try! Contact: Barrie Percival 01509 239 842

Cheery Tots Brand New! Music and Movement Class for preschool children Obstacle course and balance activities, dance along to favourite Cbeebies theme tunes, create an orchestra with musical instruments, join in with interactive group songs and dance, by a gymnast, a cheerleader, a singer, a superstar and much much more Free refreshments for tots, tea & coffee available for parents as extra Call: 07921 768 449 First session FREE Every Thurs morning from September 5, 9.45-10.45am At Birstall Social Club concert hall, Wanlip Lane Sessions in Thurmaston coming soon, please enquire Limited places available, book a place on 07921 768 449 or turn up on the day, first come, first served

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Prison for fraud A BIRSTALL man has been sent to prison for eight years for his role in an £11million money laundering conspiracy. Vikash Patel (38) of Denegate Avenue was part of a gang that laundered cash from fraudulent mortgage applications, a stolen £250,000 investment bond, and then used a string of bogus companies to try to disguise the money rail. Mukhtiar Singh, 49, formerly of Heybridge Road, Humberstone, Leicester, but who is now on the run, Kishan Srivastava, 25, of Golden Hillock Road, Birmingham and previously of Padside Close, Hamilton, Leicester, Vikash Patel and Nisha Uddin, 29 of Shipton Road, Hamilton, were each convicted of conspiracy to convert criminal property, conspiracy to remove criminal property from England and Wales and conspiracy to transfer criminal property. They were given sentences ranging from between 4 and 10 years. Singh was additionally convicted of two counts of acting as a director of a company when an undischarged bankrupt. Singh was the mastermind of the conspiracy. He failed to attend any of the trial and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is currently believed to be in India. The offences took place between January 1, 2009 and February 2012. The gang laundered cash from a £250,000 bond and £750,000 from fraudulent mortgage applications and transferred a total of £10million through their various bank accounts and on to China. The bogus companies never filed accounts and the crooks never declared income relating to the fraud. The case was investigated by Detective Constable Chad Tolley of Leicestershire Police’s economic crime unit. He said: “We were able to prove the gang received money from large scale fraud, which accounted for a proportion of the laundered money. The jury was convinced the rest of the money was generated from other criminal sources, although we were not able to prove what those sources were. “All organised crime groups depend on money laundering to realise their profits. These sentences should send out a clear message.” About £300,000 of the gang’s assets was frozen. This will now be subject to confiscation proceedings, and is likely to be divided between victims of the scam and crime-fighting agencies.

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Getting Help In an emergency there is only one number that you need to ring to get help in this country, and that is 999. The Police describe an emergency as being when someone is in immediate danger, a criminal is suspected of being near by, someone is injured, life is at risk or there is a traffic incident involving injury or damage. There is now a different number to ring if you wish to report a crime or have concerns or suspicions that do not require an immediate response from the Police. Ring 101 if you see something unusual or are worried that something might happen. 101 will also put you in touch with the local Policing team. To do this you will need to key in the collar number of the officer, when prompted. The local officers are PC 688 Hearnshaw, PCSO 6611 Butler and PCSO 6148 White. After doing either of the above you might like to ring the Neighbourhood Watch number on 267 6397 so that we can pass on any information via the website, facebook page and monthly newsletter. If you have been subjected to fraud or financially motivated internet crime the Police have a special number to ring. ActionFraud may be contacted on 0300 123 2040. Crimestoppers can be contacted by ringing 0800 555 111. It is anonymous, and only wants to know about a crime, not who is reporting the crime. In the last ten years over £1 million of stolen property and over £1 million of drugs have been recovered in Leicestershire. On average one person has been arrested every day in the last three years because of people using this number.

EIGHTY CHILDREN received awards for their achievements at Gunns’ gym at a special presentation evening in July. Young people who attend the Birstall Road boxing gym can participate in a bronze, silver and gold award scheme which recognises their progress. Carl Gunns said: “It is very satisfying

Village Hall, featured entertainment from singers, an appearance by robot man Ibot, a football skills demonstration, skipping and a performance by dancers ‘Steps’. Throughout the summer holidays, Carl is opening the gym for free between 11-12.30pm on weekdays. “It’s just to give the kids something to do in the holidays” said Carl. “We don’t turn anyone away, we welcome everyone.”

Cycling Birstall to Nicaragua A BIRSTALL teenager has cycled 3892 miles to help raise funds for a Leicester charity. Alice Hall (17) from Gwendolin Avenue, is on the last leg of her virtual cycling trip from Leicester to the city’s twin town in Nicaragua, Masaya, a total of 5300 miles.

She began he trip last September. Alice said: “It was the 25th anniversary of the link with Masaya and I wanted to celebrate the great work of the Leicester Masaya Link Group charity by raising some money and the profile of the organisation.” Alice loves cycling and does about 30 miles a week travelling between home, college and friends’ houses. To meet the challenge she had to up this to an average of 100 miles a week. “Up until December I was on target, cycling about 100 miles a week but then the bad weather set in and went on Pic: Alice Hall



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and on and on. By the time spring finally arrived I needed to cycle 150 miles a week to meet the target!” she said. Alice is from a cycling family and is inspired by her grandmother who once cycled 204 miles in 12 hours. “To improve my average I have been on some mini tours with my dad and other people. The first was round East Anglia as it’s flat but the wind was against us nearly all the way. On two days we did 100 miles! I had only ever done 70 before. Then we went up to Liverpool, Lancaster, Manchester & Sheffield across the Snake Pass – it was pretty hot!”. Alice agreed it’s not an easy challenge and although cycling hills is hard she says: “I prefer cycling hills as the scenery is nicer. It’s awesome going downhill with the wind in my hair and it gives my legs a rest. I got up to 41mph one day with my brother!” Alice hopes to complete the whole challenge at the Amigos Bike Rides event on Sunday September 15. People are welcome to join the Amigos bike rides. You can choose to do 6 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles at this family friendly cycling event. To register email: To donate money or for more information on Leicester Masaya Link Group go to: Follow Alice on the last weeks of her challenge via ‘Alice’s Amigos Challenge’ on facebook.







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Cadets say goodbye A POPULAR and respected officer has stepped down after seven years as Officer in Charge of ATC 1947 (Birstall) Squadron.

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During his time at Birstall, Flying Officer Paul Vissani guided the squadron to numerous awards. Cadet Flight Sergeant Ventola said: “The cadets had a great deal of respect for him and were very sad to see him go. We would like to offer many thanks for everything he has done for the squadron and wish him well in the future.” Paul was presented with a Tigers rugby ball, signed by all the cadets,

along with a case of wine from the staff and the civilian committee. Taking over as Officer in Charge is Flying Officer Richard Gaskell from the 2229 (Loughborough) Squadron. The squadron is recruiting new cadets. If you are aged 13-17 you can visit the squadron on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 7-9.30pm at the HQ, Riverside school. Pic: Flying Officer Vissani with cadets of 1947

Traders wanted ARTISAN AND craft traders are invited to bring their skills to Loughborough’s Fabulous Friday Markets. Charnwood Borough Council is looking for additional traders to join stallholders in the market on its monthly extended markets. The Fabulous Friday craft and vintage markets, held on the third Friday of each month, trade until 6.30pm and offer a range of gifts and treasures to tempt town shoppers. Sylvia Wright, Head of Leisure and Culture at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “Our historic market is popular with traders but we would love to see the town centre filled with even more as we celebrate Fabulous Fridays. Whatever your craft or speciality this could provide you with a brilliant platform to showcase your wares to Loughborough’s visitors.” As pat of the Loughborough Business Improvement District’s (BID) Fabulous Friday initiative to increase footfall into the town on Friday afternoons and into the early evening, the Council is hosting one extended market a month.

Loughborough’s vintage and craft market is held every Friday in the town centre and boasts a range of goodies from more than 44 traders. For more information on the Vintage market and becoming a Fabulous Friday stallholder contact Markets and Fairs on 01509 634624 email: or visit

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Passenger assaulted POLICE HAVE released a CCTV image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a sexual assault on a bus as it travelled through Birstall. The incident happened at around 5.55pm on Wednesday May 8 on the number 126/127 Arriva bus which was travelling from Coalville. The assault took place as the bus was driven along Loughborough Road. The 14 year old victim was sitting on the upper deck when he was approached by another passenger who had been on the bus from at least 5.30pm. The passenger made an inappropriate comment to the victim and touched him indecently. The victim then got out of the bus and reported the incident to his parent when he got home. He has been described by the victim as around 5ft 9ins tall, of a stocky build and around 16 yrs old. He had blonde hair, spoke with a local accent and was wearing a black hooded top and blue baggy low slung jeans. Detective Constable Alka Mistry, who is investigating the incident, said: “We would like to appeal to anyone who may recognise this man or knows his identity to please contact us.” Anyone with information about the

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Hens on allotment FRESH EGGS as well as fruit and veg are now coming home with a Birstall allotment holder when he returns from his Worcester Avenue allotment. Dave Voce has installed a henhouse on his plot which is home to four hens. He said: “I’ve had chickens in my garden before but I was worried the neighbours night complain about the noise so this is ideal.” Dave built his hen house and run from a flat-pack and expects the hens to lay about four eggs a day. “It’s a sustainability thing” he said, “the waste products on the allotment are fed to the chickens and they in return provide us with high quality food.” Birstall Parish Council manages the

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Part 1: The Arrival of John Bass. When the English civil war ended in 1646 Birstall was a sad little neglected village, its lords of the manor, the Giffords, had, unfortunately, chosen the wrong side in the conflict and eventually, like many Royalists, chose exile in France. More than a century later, in 1752, the last of the family, Mary Gifford, who lived and was brought up in Paris, sold the few English properties left to the family. One of these was the lordship of Birstall, comprising 1200 acres and most of its modest cottages and houses, it was bought by John Bass, a Leicester entrepreneur with powerful political connections in the town, for £13,000. With no place worth calling a manor house Bass built himself one. Work began in 1758 and took about eighteen months. The result was a plain building of little architectural distinction, probably designed and built by one of the local builder-architects who, starting out as masons, developed construction and

draughting skills with the aid of architects pattern books. Birstall Hall was not built in the heart of the village, close to the church and the people, but a quarter of a mile to the west, in open fields. It looked out over Leicester at the top of Red Hill on the main road to London (this is now Roman Road, what we know as Red Hill was not cut and laid until 1822). Today nothing remains of the Hall itself which stood, roughly, between the great cedar tree on Roman Road and its coach house and stables, now private houses, where Roman Road joins Curzon Avenue.

Whilst it was being built Bass lived in the village in what was described as his “Ancient Homestead”, which stood where the Social Club is today. Seventeen acres of farm land around the hall were landscaped, they incorporated a three acre wilderness garden that extended from the north side of the hall to the spinney at the top of what is now School Lane. Bass was well aware of the shortcomings of what he was buying and, by act of Parliament, set out a programme of field enclosure by which almost two thousand strips, scattered amongst Birstall’s three great open fields, were con-

solidated into one hundred and twenty fenced fields which could be farmed much more efficiently and profitably. Unfortunately for Bass he never saw the results of his reforms for by 1762 he was a sick man and by 1764 he was dead. He died a childless bachelor and left the hall in the hands of trustees. For the next thirty years it saw a variety of tenants, the most colourful of whom was Colonel Wyndham who rode with the Quorn Hunt. He weighed nineteen stones but, for all his weight, was an agile man, who on approaching a difficult fence was, more than once, witnessed leaping from his saddle, jumping the fence beside his horse then remounting. One of those to benefit from Bass’ death was his chief clerk, Francis Yeomans. He was left three hundred pounds, a number of valuable properties and rentals and what the will termed "all my wearing apparel of all sorts”. (Yeoman’s father was Bass’ valet and personal manservant). With his newly acquired wealth Yeomans bought John Bass’ ‘ancient homestead’ and rebuilt it with ‘pleasure gardens’. It was later, owned by the wealthy Paget family, when it became the Lawn. Although the trustees maintained the hall and its fabric little or nothing was done to the more mundane tenant properties in the village. It was not until the arrival of John Mansfield, father and son, at the end of the century that things began to look up for Birstall and the hall. Part 2 (to follow): The Two John Mansfields. Pic: illustration of Birstall Hall by Tom Ball


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Pic: Brownie leaders from Girlguiding Birstall before the race started

Running race for life LEADERS FROM Girlguiding Birstall took part in the 5km Race for Life in support of Cancer Research at Victoria Park, Leicester in June. Six past and present leaders at Birstall were part of a team of 27 from Girlguiding Leicestershire who took part, many with their minds fixed on a loved one or friend who had been affected by cancer. Elyse Wakelin, a leader with 1st Birstall Brownies, said: “I decided to do the race for life as at the time my granddad had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. His battle with cancer ended suddenly just two weeks before the event so I completed the race for life this year

in his memory with his cheeky smile on my back. It was an emotional day but I know that it would have made him proud!” Between them the group managed to raise nearly £1000 for the charity, and would like to thank all who have donated and supported them in their journey.

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BELGRAVE CEMETERY was brought to Birstall and Wanlip WI’s July meeting at Highcliffe School by a sinister lady in black and her able ‘apprentice’ who worked the ‘light show’. The lady in black introduced herself as Elizabeth Goodwin formerly a headmistress at the old Belgrave National School who died in 1922 and was in fact 145 years old! Via the light show this wandering spirit led us through the graveyard and introduced us to a few of the interesting characters of the 15,000 souls with whom she shares Belgrave cemetery. We were all transfixed by the lady in black, aka Sandra Moore. She was amazingly believable and never once let her persona slip. Dorothy Gregory’s brooch won the ‘Victorian style object’ competition. We will meet again in the Community rooms at Highcliffe School at 7.15pm on September 2 when Julie Edge will be talking to us about Bess of Hardwick.

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August – relaxing or boring? August tends to be a close-down month for many organisations - it’s that time of year: the beautiful gardens of Birstall have been admired, school is out, most people are thinking of holidays, past, present or still to come. A large party from the parish churches has spent a superb five days holidaying near Scarborough, where everyone enjoyed sunshine, excellent food and good company – perhaps the most important ingredient - at Cober Hill Guest House. Even if you have had to stay at home this year there has been some splendid weather for a change. The trip to Gloucester in June proved a great success, and the Monday Group trip to Hereford on August 12 will be leaving with a full coach. As usual at 10am on the 4th, (first Sunday of the month) there will be a short All Together service at St James, to which everyone is invited, with coffee and cakes afterwards, and the chance to get to know people. Charitable giving There will be some nail-biting, wondering if the clouds will stay away on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, when the annual Church Garden Party takes place. As usual, we hope there will be a large throng on the church lawn (Church Hill), eager to spend their money at stalls or games, but the stall holders hope they will not have to migrate into the church building if the weather lets us down. This year the proceeds will be shared between the charity for refugees and asylum seekers (Leicester’s City of Sanctuary project) and the church. The event starts at 2pm, so please come along, to chat, eat an ice-cream or enjoy afternoon tea and spend your money in a very good cause. Many people who worked for, or contributed to the house- to- house collection in Christian Aid week will be pleased to know that, in spite of the recession, we have not forgotten the people in the world who are so much worse off than ourselves. A sum of just over £4000 was sent to Christian Aid, which includes some money raised by extra events. Thanks to all who helped in any way with this excellent total. From Beryl McHugh, Parish Churches

Working In The Heat The church is very grateful to the willing band of volunteers who helped during the very hot week in July with the ‘Annual Maintenance’. During the week a whole list of tasks were completed. These included complete redecoration of the lounge, repainting of the lower part of walls in the large concert hall, repairs to a damaged ceiling in the worship area foyer, thorough deep clean of the worship area, painting rear doors and quite a bit of gardening too! Some window curtains were cleaned, altered & rehung plus a host of minor housekeeping jobs too. Experts were also engaged to repair the lightening conductor which was stolen by metal thieves a while ago. Strawberries & Cream Tea Our friends at Rothley are having a ‘Strawberries & Cream’ afternoon tea on Wednesday August 21 at 3pm. Admission by ticket (limit-



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ed in number) in advance (£5) from Sue (07740 282195) or from the Rothley Methodists. Local Preachers Birstall, like many Methodist Churches relies heavily on local lay preachers to take our weekly services. To become a Local Preacher involves considerable amounts of study and course work before becoming ‘fully accredited’. Recently two local Methodists, Sheila McGowan and Audrey Baker, have completed their course and will be accredited at a Circuit Service at Syston on Sunday September 1 at 10.30am. At this same service Sue Moore & Jo Kay will be recognised for the 25 years they have been local preachers. There will be no morning service at Birstall on 1st September. Safe Space Counselling Sometimes life gets us down and we need someone to help us to sort things out; someone to talk to who is not involved with our lives or relationships in any way. Safe Space is for anyone who might be facing difficulties in their life. Difficulties could include: bereavement, stress, burn-out, life choices, sexual and other relationship issues, family issues, excessive worry, anxiety etc. Safe Space Counselling operates from Birstall and Syston Methodist Churches. Tel 07938 779 477 for an appointment with one of the trained volunteers. From Tony Moore, Birstall Methodist Church

School of Theology in London: Report At the beginning of July, some 900 people gathered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in S.E. London to attend the School of Theology, which is held there annually. There were 12 speakers, who gave 21 addresses over the three days. Those attending the meetings came from all over the United Kingdom as well as overseas – a truly international gathering. The 2011 Census statistics show a marked decline since 2001 in the number of people claiming to be ‘Christian’, especially in the 20-29 age group and the theme of this year’s conference was: ‘Recovery from Spiritual Decline – Proving the Methods of Scripture.’ We were reminded that we must act in accordance with the will of God as given to us in His Word, the Bible, and maintain the centrality of the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ as we declare the Good News. As the missionary Hudson Taylor said, ‘God’s work, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.’ So, as we do this we can take heart that whatever ridicule or open hostility we face, ‘… your labour is not in vain in the Lord.’ (1 Corinthians 15:58) If you would like to know more about the content of this conference, then please contact us. Sunday Services We do not have the use of the Community Room during the school holidays, so please contact us for the venues for our meetings during August. We often take this opportunity to join up with other evangelical churches in the locality. We are scheduled to resume our Sunday morning meetings at Highcliffe Primary School (LE4 3DL) at 10.45 a.m. on 8th September. Further information : Please ring 0116 2214883. From Anne Taylor, Birstall Independent Baptist Church


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Birstall BAG’s cancer corner Birstall BAG's like to keep you up to date on the latest campaigns aimed at raising cancer awareness. On July 2 2013, a national 'reminder' campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of lung cancer was launched. It will run until mid-August and will include TV, press, radio advertising and events. Key messages highlight that finding lung cancer early makes it more treatable and will encourage people who have symptoms to go to their doctor straight away. The Be Clear on Cancer brand has already been used to promote awareness and early diagnosis of lung cancer at a local and regional level throughout 2011 and at a national level in 2012. This Be Clear on Cancer campaign will build on the success of these campaigns. Findings from recent international comparisons show that one and five year survival rates in England, including those for lung cancers, remain significantly lower than many comparable countries. The poorer survival seen with

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lung cancer in the UK compared with several European countries, particularly in the first year after diagnosis, is thought to be predominantly due to larger numbers of patients being diagnosed with late stage disease, when the cancer is already spread and curative treatment is not an option. Symptom awareness for lung cancer is low. When asked to recall possible signs or symptoms of cancer from memory only 18% of people mentioned cough as a potentially cancerous symptom. When asked to recall possible signs and symptoms of lung cancer from memory, only 5% mentioned a cough. This has also been reflected in local research. So just to be clear the symptoms of lung cancer may include: having a cough most of the time; a change in a cough you have had for a long time; being short of breath; coughing up phlegm (sputum) with signs of blood in it; an ache or pain when breathing or coughing; loss of appetite; tiredness (fatigue); losing weight. Other less common symptoms of lung cancer are usually associated with

more advanced lung cancer. They include: a hoarse voice; difficulty swallowing; changes in the shape of your fingers and nails called finger clubbing; swelling of the face caused by a blockage of a main blood vessel (superior vena cava obstruction). Finally at this time of year remember to think about skin protection from the sun’s harmful rays. It is important to avoid getting burned and to protect your skin when the sun is at its most intense. Remember to spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, wear a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses and use a sunscreen with at least SPF 15 (the higher the better). Macmillan Cancer Support free phone help line 0808 808 000 Monday – Friday 9am-8pm. University Hospitals of Leicester Cancer Information Centre on 0116 258 6189. For more information on the funds we have raised, projects we support and forthcoming events see


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