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No. 364 will be erected within the grounds of Wanlip Water Treatment Works this December. Continued on page 2

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Pics: Prince Harry joined in with a coaching session & (inset) with the girls and Jason Robinson

Royal rugby match STUDENTS FROM Stonehill and Longslade played rugby with Prince Harry at Twickenham stadium last month. It was a day to remember for the five girls from year 8 at Stonehill and five of last year’s team members who are now at Longslade College. Emma Garner (14), in a break during play, said: “It’s brilliant to actually play here, I’ve seen it on TV and stuff

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Rugby continued from page 1 The girls, along with teams from four other schools across the country, were there to take part in a coaching session as part of the Rugby Football Union’s All Schools programme of which Prince Harry is patron. Stonehill PE teacher Debs Butler said: “It was an excellent day out – the students were excited to play rugby at Twickenham even before they knew Prince Harry was going to be there! It was a great way to celebrate the effort and achievement of our girls’ rugby programme. Over 40 girls have represented Stonehill at contact rugby in the last 12 months, working hard for their team mates and to improve their skills – a fantastic effort.” Former England Captain Jason Robinson was also there taking part in the session and passing on advice to the young players. He said: “It’s great to see so many students from up and down the country taking up the game and embracing the core values that make the sport so special. They have only been playing rugby union for just over a year and I’m sure that having the opportunity to meet Prince Harry and play on the famous pitch at Twickenham will inspire them to keep playing for many years to come.”

Apple pressing day A BUMPER harvest meant there was no shortage of apples for apple pressing day at Birstall Methodist church in October.

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Around 250 kilogrammes of apples were collected from around the village and the apple press was taken to Riverside and Highcliffe primary schools where the children made and drank their own apple juice as well as creating a mosaic piece of artwork. Pic (top): Alex Kerchey (10) with John Towson; (inset) Martin Field preparing apples for the press with his daughter Rashni (3)

Turbine continued from page 1 Jon Beeson, renewable energy project manager at Severn Trent Water, said: “Work is underway to allow the new wind turbine at Wanlip to be in place by December. When constructed, it will generate around 5,000 mega watt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to supplying around 1,500 homes with power each year. “It takes a huge amount of electricity to provide water and waste water services to our customers, so this is a great way to help limit the amount of electricity we need to take from the national grid and reduce our carbon footprint. We are already generating almost a quarter of our energy needs from renewables including sewage, hydro and energy from crops grown on our own farmland. Together with the energy from the new wind turbines, we hope to increase that to more than 30% by 2015.” Charnwood Borough Council refused Severn Trent’s planning application in 2010 but a Planning Inspector considered the appeal and ruled in favour of Severn Trent. The turbine will have an 80 metre mast and a blade tip height of 132 metres, the same height as the London Eye. It will be one of the largest onshore wind turbines in the country. Objectors were concerned at the turbine’s visual impact, noise, shadow flicker and its impact on birds and other wildlife.

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Martin returns for school visit A TWENTY year old musician who is building a career in the music business returned to his old schools in Birstall as part of a drug abuse awareness campaign. Martin Luke Brown received a warm welcome at Stonehill and Longslade College where he performed with his band for students. Martin said: “The combination of the performance and the drugs talk works a treat. The students are all so enthusiastic and appreciative and the whole process

Cycle route improved CYCLING FROM Birstall through Leicester to the southern boundary of the city has been made easier following improvements to the Great Central Way. A programme of resurfacing work and repairs is being carried out to tackle wear and tear along parts of the Great Central Way – a popular cycling, walking and horse riding route following the route of the old great Central Railway and linking the north and south of the city. The latest works have focused on a section of the route through Aylestone Meadows, between Evesham Road and the bridge over the River Biam. They included repairs to the uneven and potholed surface to make the route safer to use. The next phase of the work will involve repairs and resurfacing to the link running to Braunstone Lane East, which is due to take place on Monday, November 18 for one week. Improvements to the Great Central Way are part of a wider £250,000 programme of Riverside Way works, which are funded by the Department for Transport and NHS Leicester. The Riverside Way will tie in to new works being undertaken around the Innovation Centre and a developer-funded bridge linking to Wolsey Island off Abbey Park Road in the north of the city. The route north from Birstall through Watermead Country Park to Cossington was completed last year.

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is so rewarding. They’ve also been really receptive and a lot more respectful than I was in school!” Since moving to London Martin has headlined his own show at the Roof Gardens and the Emerging Icons stage at Westfield and recently won an award at the London Mayor’s Big Busk competition. In Leicester he has played many festivals and supported McFly and The Maccabees when they were in town. Martin has been working with DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and giving talks on substance abuse. “Drug abuse is a massive problem all over the UK amongst young peo-

Pics: Martin (inset) & (above) performing with his band at Longslade

ple” said Martin. “Leicester especially seems particularly drug fuelled, especially on nights out in town. I think it’s sad that people rely on drugs to have a good time. I’m pro-life, and pro state of mind – always be in control of yourself and be happy with it.” Remembering his time at Longslade, he said: “I had a great time here A levels especially. I always hear of other schools being very cliquey but it felt like a massive family here. Everyone got on with everyone and a lot of my year are doing some incredible things only two years after leaving!”

Birstall’s Christmas lights JOIN IN with the carol singing while you enjoy a free mince pie and mulled wine at Birstall’s Christmas lights switch on event on Friday December 6. Organised by Birstall Parish Coun-

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Pa’s England selection BIRSTALL LADIES Bowling Club’s Pa Walker’s superb form this season has been rewarded with a place in the England team for the 2014 International Series, which will take place in Jersey. Pa, who has been bowling for eight years, reached the quarter final of the National Singles Championship and was in the Leicestershire team that reached the National semi final of the Walker Cup. She was part of the Birstall rink that represented England at the British Isles championships and won this year’s county fours title. She also won the county Champion of Champions competition and was runner up in the county singles. The club competition finals were played in September and the results are below. Ladies Winners: Championship: Jennie Groves, Runner Up: Pa Walker Handicap: Pa Walker, Runner Up: Janet Wildbore Maiden: Sheila Jenkins, Runner Up: Cynthia Chapman Three Wood: Velma Allen, Runner Up: Pam Ratcliffe Two Wood: Pa Walker, Runner Up: Anne Boden Pairs: Noi Walker & Di Hartop, Runners Up: Barbara Mullins & Velma Allen Edith Smith Pairs: Deam & Pa Walker, Runners Up: Anne Boden & Velma Allen Fielding & Everitt Cups: Jan Berry, Runner Up: Margaret Freeman Men’s Winners: Championship: Andy Wye, Runner Up: Paul Young Handicap: Richard Smith, Runner Up:

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Bill Alexander an instructor. Maiden: Roger Savill, Runner Up: Mahesh Parmar is one of a group of Paul Jackson five people who over a year ago were Three Wood: Bob Cooper, Runner wobbly on two wheels and have now Up: Rick Everitt become fully fledged cycling instructors. Two Wood: John Hurst, Runner Up: The five were inspired to study for the Andy Wye Pairs: Mick Barnacle & Richard Smith, National Standard Instructor Training after taking part in Leicestershire County Runners Up: Bruce Pearson & Terry Council’s free adult cycle courses. Stretton They began their training last SeptemClub Night Cup: Roger Savill ber after building up their skills and Mixed Competition Winners: confidence during the free sessions. The Club Open: John Hurst, Runner Up: group now all help deliver adult cycle Di Hurst Saunders Cup: Jan Everitt & Andy Wye, courses and other cycling initiatives on behalf of the council. One has also seRunners Up: Noi Walker & Paul Jackson Adnett Cup: Di Hartop & Paul Jackson, cured a job as a road safety tutor, delivering Bikeability sessions in schools. Runners Up: Janet Wildbore & John Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Stuart-Reid council cabinet member for Highways Sue Andrews Trophy: Val Hollis, Barand Transport, said: “The adult cycle ry Jarvis & Pa Walker, Runners Up: Paul courses have been running since 2011 Jackson, John Stuart-Reid & Di Hartop and have proved to be extremely popu-

lar. It is fantastic that some of the participants have discovered a love of cycling to the extent that they have been inspired to share their skills with others.” The courses are ideal for people who have never been on a bike before, riders who want to improve their confidence and people who haven’t cycled for years. A total of 428 people have taken part in this year’s courses, which end at the beginning of November. However, they are planned to run again next year. For more information on cycling in Leicestershire visit: www.leics.gov.uk/cycling Pic: Mahesh Parmar (left) with Peter Osborne and fellow cycle trainers The December issue of

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Exhibition: memories of Birstall’s past AN EXHIBITION in Birstall’s St James Church marked the fiftieth anniversary of the church extension. Photos, wedding dresses and other memorabilia of the period were scrutinised by visitors who also enjoyed a performance by the Gospel Choir. Pics (clockwise from top left): the choir perform; Paul & Helen Tarry's wedding photo from 1973; a view of Sibson Rd (the house on the left is now Barclay’s Bank); the cottage that was demolished to build the Council office at 10 Sibson Rd; a trip by the Mothers’ Union to the De Montfort Hall in 1954; a photo of the old cottages that were demolished to build what is

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HATS preparing for panto HATS ARE busy rehearsing their 2013 panto which this year has been written by two members of the society. One of the founder members, Elaine Hunt, wrote the first pantomime HATS performed way back in 1992. She has now teamed up with another member Phil Walton, to write this year’s pantomime “Bah! Humbug the Panto”. Phil has also written all the songs and put together the music. “There are still several members in the group who performed in that first panto in 1992 but we have quite a lot of new talented members who have joined our group in the last couple of years” said spokesman Rod Atkins. “Our pantomime this year is not one of the traditional stories but it does contain all the traditional panto ingredients. Oh, yes it does!” Nasty old Scrooge is tightening his purse strings on his townsfolk. He doesn’t even want to finance this year’s pantomime. How will be get rid of Goldilocks, Aladdin, Snow White and many other pantomime characters? Will his plan succeed or will Robin Hood and

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Marion save the day! How would you like it if the local council banned all pantomimes? What a dreadful thought. So better not miss this one just in case they do! Thurs Nov 28 & Fri Nov 29, 7.15pm. Sat Nov 30, 2.30pm & 7.15pm Highcliffe School, Greengate Lane. Tickets £6 (Con £5) 0116 2209584 hatsbirstall@hotmail.co.uk Pic: some of the cast rehearsing (l-r): Micheal Smith, Alex Collins, Dannie Wells, Louise Steel, Tracy Fuller

Sainsbury’s roadworks ROADWORKS AT the site of a new supermarket development are being speeded up to help bring to an end traffic disruption in the area. Sainsburys is building a new supermarket at the former GE Lighting site at the corner of Troon Way and Melton Road, and the development includes extensive roadworks to improve two main junctions close to the store. Changes include creating new access roads, lanes and pedestrian crossing facilities to improve traffic flow and road safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Leicester City Council has now met with developers to agree ways in which the work can be completed ahead of schedule to enable the Melton Road/Troon Way junction to be fully operational by early November. Final resurfacing work for the Nicklaus Close/Troon Way/Gleneagles Avenue junction is now also planned for early November, meaning all major highway works linked to the supermarket should be completed by mid November. From this week contractors will be employing an additional team of staff to work during the late evenings, nights and weekends. The moves follow a series of ongoing meetings with the contractors, at which concerns about the extent of the roadworks and the disruption caused to motorists were discussed.

Cllr Richard Miller has resigned from the council as he has moved out of the area. There are now three vacancies on the Council. It was reported that Birstall has a new Principal Beat Officer, PC David Jaeckels. It was agreed to write to the Police to express concern that PBOs are not in post long enough and move on just as they are becoming familiar with the area. It was reported that the estimated budget for the planned community hall at Hallam Fields was £416,000. This sum has been provided by the developer Jelson. The Council agreed to consult with an architect to get some idea of the size of the building before undertaking wider consultation with potential users of the hall. The Council has received legal advice that any work it does to the Meadow Lane ditch may result in the council assuming liability. It was reported that there would be a site meeting with a County Council Officer on October 16. The Parish Council would like to culvert the ditch to reduce flooding and for safety reasons. The ownership of Meadow Lane remains unknown. It was reported that Leicester City Council may have asked the traveller family on Greengate Lane to vacate the land by the end of October. The family currently occupy the land the City Council want to build a permanent traveller site on. The Parish Council have asked the City Council to clarify the situation. It was agreed that Birstall Gala 2014 be held on June 28 & 29. It was agreed not to proceed with a Flower and Produce Show in 2014, but to make the Village Hall available free of charge to any group that wished to organise a show. The Council agreed to respond to the County Council’s plans to close one of its two car parks at the end of Meadow Lane by saying that both car parks should remain in use if possible. The fee Charnwood charge the Parish Council for monitoring Birstall’s CCTV camera has increased from £700 per annum to £1036 for 2013/14. It was agreed that other suppliers be investigated for 2014/15, when Charnwood’s rate will increase to £1372.


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Dog waste blitz A BLITZ on dog fouling is being targeted on Birstall’s School Lane playing fields. It is one of nine hotspot areas identified by Charnwood Borough Council after it consulted with parish councils in the borough. Officers from Charnwood will increase patrols, post awareness leaflets and seek to prosecute offenders where possible. The council has also produced a tongue-in-cheek ‘public information’ film to help people deal with dog fouling as well as a campaign Facebook page. Alan Twells, Charnwood Borough Council’s Head of Regulatory Services, said: “Dog fouling is one of the biggest sources of environmental complaint we receive and the Don’t Muck Around campaign is our commitment to residents that we will take action by educating, raising awareness and taking action against offenders.. “It is frustrating for our communities that there are still people who do not realise that wrapped dog waste can be placed in any public highway litter bin – not just designated dog waste bins. There is no excuse for it and our analysis shows that the people most likely to commit offences are aged between 21 and 40 – they’re old enough to know better.” Charnwood Borough Council receives nearly 200 reports of dog fouling each year and earlier this year prosecuted two people in court for dog fouling-related offences. The areas being monitored are: Ashby Road Estate: Gracedieu Way, Sharpley Road, Hermitage Way, Shortcliffe Park Rothley: Fowke Street Playing Fields Barkby: Brookside Queniborough: Rearsby Road Playing Fields East Goscote: Weavers Wynd and Jubilee Playing Fields Woodhouse: Brook Road, Beaumanor Road and School Lane Mountsorrel: Memorial Park Sileby: Greedon Rise Playing area Birstall: School Lane Playing Fields To report offences in Charnwood call in confidence on 01509 634564 or email cleaner.greener@charnwood.gov.uk

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THE BIRSTALL Area Music Centre was launched last month to give young school musicians a chance to play in a wind band or string ensemble under the guidance of professional musicians. The Centre is run by the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service in partnership with Stonehill and Longslade schools. It meets during term time at Stonehill on Thursdays from 4-5pm.

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us all that the local community supports us so well. We have managed to raise a considerable amount this year with everybody’s help and have already arranged a band night in February, a coffee morning next spring and a comedy evening in April. We continue to fund Time Out through Coping with Cancer which is very well used…thanks again from us all . Emma, Liz, Helen, Jo, Rachael, Lesley www.birstallbags.co.uk

Donations 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: editor@birstallpost.co.uk

With the recession continuing to take its toll Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s charity shops are suffering because of lack of donations. With so many people still suffering financial hardship donations of goods to the charity’s 23 shops spread across the city and county have fallen off dramatically in recent times. People are feeling the need to hang on to their clothing much longer and all too often when it is donated the quality is not what it used to be. At the same time people are not moving house or purchasing new furniture as frequently as before thereby hanging on to their household items much longer.

The pressure on Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland however is greater than ever before with more people needing support and assistance during these very difficult economic times. Where items are donated clothing, furniture, bric-abrac and books they provide much needed income for the charity - protecting essential services from closure. The message from Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland is: help us to care for others. Please donate to the charity – clothing and bric-a-brac can be dropped off to any of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s charity shops and collections of large pieces of furniture can be arranged by calling Birstall 0116 2672098. Tony Donovan, Executive Director of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland

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Thanks Birstall Quilters thank all those who supported their Coffee Morning on October 12. they helped us raise over £600 towards our charity – Birstall BAGS. The lucky winner of the quilt was Sheila Noble. Other raffle prizes went to P Gregory, V Joyce, Lindsay, M Preston, K Parker and G Johnson. A splendid result in spite of the terrible weather. C Hewson, Secretary

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I would like to thank the Birstall I would like to say a very big ‘Thank Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) Committee You Everyone’ who helped to make the and our local PCSO Butler for all the Variety Show a great success. The show hard work and effort they made to hold was at the Birstall Methodist Church Octo- an Open Morning at the Hallam Fields ber 10, 11,12. development. Also to Jelson Ltd for their To the chorus line you kept the audigenerosity in providing a meeting place. The ladies from Birstall Bags would ence singing all evening. You were marvelI have been a NHW co-ordinator for like to say a huge thank you to the lalous. Accompanied on the piano was five years and have always found everydies from the Thursday group at the Valerie Cobb and Tim Lacey played the body who helps to run this organisation, Methodist Church for their amazing drums. There was plenty of variety old friendly, approachable and above all reasdonation of £1200, it means so much to and new songs, then laughter came with suring. comedy acts I am interested in trying to maintain a such as safe and secure community. This can be Mike and achieved through operating a NHW John, A scheme within one’s individual locality. Couple of Other people think so too, as potential Swells, Laura co-ordinators came forward that morning. & Shirley, I have in the past contacted the comRon & Sonny mittee by telephone as well as visiting the Boy and monthly Advice Shop. My concerns are David playalways dealt with in a helpful and positive ing his B manner. Participating in the NHW enables Flat double those of us who live in Hallam Fields to bass helicon. be included in Birstall village life, through And Topol social inclusion. came too. I joined NHW because we had moved What a from an inner city area where there was knockout the no mechanism within the community to Girls Brigade help tackle crime or antisocial behaviour. were, ‘All When we bought the house NHW was Winter vegetable soup served with warm Somerset brie and beetroot tart served with a The Wrinbeing promoted by the developer. I have kled Ladies’, artisan bread dressed rocket salad and beetroot and found NHW to be an effective link beand what horseradish chutney tween the community and the authorities "North’s of Rothley" smoked salmon & broccoli you can buy which deal with these issues. tartlet served with dressed winter leaves on e-bay. A Seasonal vegetables, Brussels sprouts and On becoming a co-ordinator for NHW, visit from parsnips are served with all meals I found that people were eager to join. Pan fried button mushrooms in garlic and the Holy My membership remains stable, thanks to parsley butter served on English muffin with ***** Cross Choir the continued loyalty of these members. was a delight. Yes people do move on, and I have found crème fraiche and garlic chives Traditional Christmas pudding served with No show can that those moving in will join NHW, Duck, fig and pistachio terrine served with brandy sauce even begin whether they have purchased or are rentwarm toast and onion confit without help, ing their home. NHW members must gain Tiramisu amoretti roulade served with vanilla so to Debofrom belonging to this organisation. ***** pod ice cream rah, the two I have also found that belonging to an guys who active NHW scheme has resulted in a Traditional Turkey served with roast potatoes, Tart au citron served with winter berry helped setdiscount on my home insurance. 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Restaurant open as usual for our new winter menu and Myles were in fact jailed for between 3 and 4 Harrison, • Buy any two steaks on Mondays & receive a free bottle of house wine years. also Elliott • Live Music 14th and 29th November It may perhaps have been of more for operating • Children’s Christmas Party 21st December from 3.30pm use to the citizens of Birstall to say that the Spot. • BBC Radio Leicester’s Sing Christmas: Monday 23rd December, 7-8 pm. “under the generous terms of parole Thank available in this country they may well • Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve party tickets available from 1st December you all. Not be free in 12 months or so to continue forgetting the Call 0116 2671038 or visit www.thewhitehorsebirstall.co.uk for more details their nefarious ways.” MC John John Scott or follow us on Twitter & facebook Kilby for

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Noticeboard all details printed free It’s that time again to enjoy the fabulous Brass Band music of the

Ibstock Brass Band They will be back in Birstall on Sunday November 3 at 7.30pm at St James Church, Front Street Pay on the door £5 Come along and enjoy a great night of live and lively music Birstall & District Art Society

Annual Exhibition at the Village Hall Nov 2-4 Birstall Road, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4DH Open 9.30am-5pm, Sat & Sun; 9.30am-3pm Mon Free admission, wheelchair access, refreshments Free parking to the rear of the Village Hall

Yes Folks It’s Panto Time Again Highcliffe Amateur Theatrical Society presents

Bah! Humbug the Panto by Elaine Hunt and Phillip Walton At Highcliffe School, Greengate Lane, Birstall Thursday Nov 28 and Friday Nov 29 at 7.15pm and Saturday Nov 30 at 2.30pm & 7.15pm Tickets Adult £6, concessions £5, discount group bookings Box Office: 0116 2209594 or 0116 2676049 Don’t delay book today! hatsbirstall1@hotmail.co.uk Birstall’s biggest and best

Bonfire and fireworks! Birstall United Juniors FC Friday November 8 Meadow Lane training ground Gates open at 7pm Bonfire starts 7.30pm Fireworks 8.15pm £1 per person (for all ages) Pay on the gate (please bring correct change) BBQ/can-bar*/sweets *no alcohol to be brought onto site

day starting at 2pm This show will amaze you with the talent and enthusiasm of our young cast. After their triumphant production of Alice in Wonderland last year, their ambition knows no bounds. With wonderful costumes and spectacular scenery you can be confident of a terrific entertainment You will enter the magical land of Narnia, the land behind the wardrobe door where animals talk, trees can walk, a white witch covers the landscape with snow and bewitches someone with Turkish Delight and where a mighty lion rescues whoever is in trouble. C S Lewis’ first tale of Narnia is loved by children and adults all over the world and this story now comes to vibrant life on stage in Irita Kutchmy’s musical adaptation,. Just come and see the wardrobe door open: you will never believe what you see! Tickets are priced at £7 and £5 (concessions) and can be bought from The Paper Shop, High Street, Barrow; or from the Box Office on 07718153117 or judithrogers155@gmail.com Birstall & District Local History Society Thursday November 14 Birstall Village Hall, Birstall Road, Birstall

‘Murder Most Foul’ a talk by Virginia Wright Visitors are very welcome Parking is available on the Birstall Playing Fields via the School Lane entrance Birstall and Wanlip WI host a

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At Harrison Road Methodist Church, Belgrave Everyone welcome Refreshments The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery proudly announce the publication and launch of their new book

‘Living Memories – Belgrave Friends Remembered’ edited by Sandra Moore Sunday November 3 From 10.30am-4pm at Greenacres, The Sidings, off Red Hill Way (A563), Leicester LE4 3BR All are welcome, ample parking and refreshments The book can be ordered from Sandra on 0116 2363739 Email: booklaunch@friendsofbelgravece metery.org.uk

Dance Spectacular Conductor John Andrews Dancers from the Ann Oliver Stage School and Leicester College of Performing Arts Programme includes: Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite No.1 Shostakovich Jazz Suite No.2 6.30pm free pre-concert talk with Continued on page 10

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conductor John Andrews Full price £11/£15/£18 Children age 18 and under £5, concessions available Tickets available from: De Montfort Hall Box Office 0116 233 3111 Leicester Symphony Orchestra Ticket Secretary: Nigel Moore 01332 274227 (messages) Email: nigel.moore@moorelarge.co.uk www.leicestersymphonyorchestra. co.uk

Birstall Royal British Legion November 2: Karen Le Shone (F/V) November 9: Chris Robin (M/V) November 16: Fraz (M/V) November 23: Paul Ravell (M/V) November 30: Dave Ross (M/V) 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 Nov 10 & 24,

starting at 9pm Acoustic night Sunday Nov 17 at 8pm Rock & Roll nights Wednesday Nov 6 & 20 Food available every Saturday 12noon-2pm Wakes catered for St James the Great Birstall

All Souls Service Sunday November 3 at 3pm We will be holding a short service of hymns/readings/prayers and reflection for those who have lost a loved one recently or in the past Refreshments after the service • Birstall St James Church Social Group Invite you to a

Quiz Afternoon and Cream Tea Sunday November 24 At 2.30pm Birstall Village Hall, School Lane Cost £3 St James Day Centre 200 Club Winners for October 1st Mr Len Payne 2nd Mrs Pam Potter 3rd Mrs Mary Allen 4th Mrs Valerie Tate Birstall Methodist Monday and Thursday groups are jointly hosting a

Christmas Concert on December 12 in the church at 7.30pm with ‘Singing for Fun’ (director Anne Hughes) Admission free but donations are welcomed for Glenfield Paediatric Unit and local Birstall youth the

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Film Presentations From Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ Friday November 8 (94 mins) This British comedy is set in the Hudson Valley and features King George VI and our Queen Mary on the first trip across the Atlantic for a reigning British monarch. World War II is looming and our king is on a diplomatic mission to secure allied support, led by President Franklin Roosevelt. However, behind the scenes, Franklin’s sixth cousin Daisy, develops a very close bond with the president, played brilliantly by Bill Murray. ‘Great Expectations’ Friday December 13 (128 mins) This recent best-ever version of

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Birstall Flower Club Come and join us at our Open Evening Birstall Village Hall Wednesday November 27 This is a fantastic evening with a complimentary drink and mince pie on arrival We have a duo of national NAFAS demonstrators – Kate Russell and Patti Dawson The title for their demonstration is ‘Christmas is coming – here we go again’ The evening begins at 6.45pm (demonstration 7.15pm) Admission by ticket only, available from Sylvia 0116 2674206, cost £8 If you love flower arranging then this is definitely an evening not to be missed. A raffle is run on the evening and the prizes are the flower arrangements as arranged by our expert demonstrators

Christmas Handmade Craft Fair Birstall Methodist Church November 9 and December 7 11am-3pm A wide range of stallholders selling beautiful handcrafted gifts perfect for Christmas. The stalls range from ceramic and wooden decorations and frames to cushions, cosy knots and crochet gifts. There will also be tea cups and scented candles, paper crafts and cards and hand stamped and embellished jewellery. We will be selling tasty treats including

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fudge, truffles, cakes and festive bakes, pickles and chutneys. As well as stalls there will be festive music and a special visit from Santa Claus and his elf! He will be running a lucky dip with festive treats and a raffle for charity Entrance is free so come along and join in the Christmas spirit, with festive music and Santa and his elf running a raffle for a local charity. Belgrave Ladies Bowling Club Thurcaston Road, off Abbey Lane

Autumn Fayre 10am to 12noon Saturday November 23 Nearly new clothes, bowling gear, including bowls, bric-a-brac, great assortment of books, jigsaws, homemade cakes, garden produce etc etc Coffee – Tea – Mince pies Come along – everyone welcome

Christmas Festival (theme – Stable Story) Birstall Methodist Church, Wanlip Lane, Birstall Friday Nov 29 10am-7pm & Saturday Nov 30, 10am-1pm Church decorated with themed Christmas trees, models, displays etc

Admission £1 (accompanied children free)) Home made cakes, pies, pastries Christmas gifts & decorations Jams, chutneys & pickles, crafts & novelties, raffle & tombola, Santa’s Grotto, pick-a-bag, lucky dip, hot dogs & burgers, pancakes & punch. Refreshments served throughout (Light lunches Friday & Saturday) Table Top Sale on Saturday Proceeds for Asthma UK & Birstall Methodist Church

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Autumn Fayre Saturday November 16 10am to 12noon at Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley Admission 50p inc tea/coffee Craft items, homemade goods, jams, pickles, cakes etc books, bric-a-brac, bottle tombola, raffle, refreshments Everyone welcome Please come and give us your support Are you keen to ensure the best possible opportunities for children in Birstall schools? The Governing Body of Riverside Primary School has a

vacancy for a community governor Anyone who lives within our local community can become a Community governor. There are no qualifications required, just commitment, enthusiasm and a willingness to give up some of your spare time. We would welcome members of the community with an interest in becoming a governor. Riverside is a continually improving school and as governors we work together to ensure that every child gets the best education possible to enable them to reach the highest standards of achievement. If you would like more information about becoming a School Governor please write to Donna Anastassiades, Chair of Governors, c/o Riverside Primary School or email: officer@riverside.leics.sch.uk

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Santa & his Sleigh visiting Birstall December 19: Dalby Avenue area 6.30pm December 21: Walnut Avenue area 4.30pm

Impressions Steel Band are performing a fundraising concert of festive music on December 7 at 5pm Tickets £5 available from 0116 2121164 or 0116 2625744 at National Spiritualist Church 82 Vaughan Way, Leicester, corner of Vaughan Way & Causeway Lane across from John Lewis

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& crime report Is your Car Safe when Parked? If you left a ten pound note tucked under the windscreen wiper of your parked car, you would not be surprised to find it missing when you returned. Yet many of us leave items of much greater value in full view on the back seat with only the window glass to protect them. Opportunist thieves will look around looking for such easy pickings. It can take only seconds to break a car window. It does not help much if the valuables are hidden under coats or blankets, since thieves are used to this. They will often break in just to check whether anything is hidden under them. Then, even if you have lost nothing, your car is damaged. If you have to leave items in your car, make sure that they are all out of sight locked in the boot. Leave nothing on view, even if it is of little value. Thieves are less likely to run the risk of being caught if the car looks as if it is empty. Your sat-nav is always a very tempting thing to steal, so make sure it is out of sight or, much better, take it with you when you leave the car. But remember also to remove the bracket and cables and put them out of sight. Do not forget to wipe off the telltale circle left on the windscreen by the adhesive sucker. Remove all clues to the fact that you have been using a sat-nav. Make sure you car is properly locked and that the alarm is set. If you can, park in a well-lit area or secure car park, particularly in the coming dark winter evenings. Tell potential thieves that you are one step ahead of them by displaying a notice that all items of value have been removed from your car. These notices and other items, such as special screws to protect your number plates, are available free of charge to members at our Advice Shop, where you can also purchase other security items at cost. It is open every third Saturday of the month in the Police Office on Sibson Road Car Park (opposite the garden centre) between 10am and 12noon. It is run in conjunction with the Police Beat Surgery where you can speak to a local Police Officer, in confidence, about any matters that are causing you concern. The next date is Saturday, November 16, so call in to see us for advice, a friendly chat and even a cup of tea. Ed Chambers, Birstall & Wanlip

Crime Report : Birstall September 2013 Assaults 4, burglary 3, burglary nondwelling 1, damage 3, damage to motor vehicle 3, theft 8, theft cycle 1, theft from motor vehicle 4, theft stores 3. Yet again crime has dropped in Birstall. Shop thefts continue to decline and the ones that are reported are dealt with swiftly and robustly. Another male has been charged with stealing from Birstall’s shops and bailed with conditions not to enter the village. The prolific offenders that we target are slowly being kept out of the village and our hope is that the courts will continue to support our approach. The Birstall beat team have continued to work hard in targeting the perpetrators of antisocial behaviour. Fortunately we have good relations with the council, social services and other local agencies so have been successful in reducing reoccurring incidents. Thefts in general have begun to increase and theft from motor vehicles has suddenly risen. The majority of these crimes appear to have been opportunists, finding tools and Sat Navs left on show. So I would remind everyone to take extra care, to remove their valuables from their cars and keep them out of sight. Finally I have to inform you that September was my last month as Beacon Officer here in Birstall. I would like to thank everyone for making my role an enjoyable one and for supporting my ideas and helping me to reduce crime by 14% in the village. The new Birstall Beacon officer who started on October 1 is PC 1759 Dave Jaeckels. He will continue to be supported by Mark and Charlotte your two hard working PCSOs as well as your Safer Neighbourhood Team based at Syston LPU. This is where I am being posted to as a Sergeant, so I will still have an overview and influence within the village. The Neighbourhood Watch open meeting held on Thursday September 26 was my opportunity to introduce the new Beacon Officer as well as answer any final questions from the public. During this concerns were raised about the recent arson attacks in the area of Newton Drive. As I stated at the meeting the investigation is still ongoing but I would urge all residents in that area to remain vigilant and to make contact with us or via Crimestoppers should you have any information. PC Des Hearnshaw PCSO 6611 Mark Butler & PCSO 6148 Charlotte White, PC David Jaeckels 1759 Tel: 0116 2677355 or 101, Twitter: @birstallpolice

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Scouts triumph in district challenge MP visits Opticare A TEAM of four Birstall scouts competed against 15 other teams from across North-East Leicestershire in the Dave Smart challenge.

BIRSTALL’S MP Stephen Dorrell visited a local opticians to find out about the importance of regular eye tests.

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Opticare Opticians have branches in Birstall, Anstey and Newark. After his visit to the Anstey branch Mr Dorrell who is chairman of the House of Commons Health St Committee, said: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to visit Opticare. I had an interesting conversation about the changing shape of optical care and the role of optical care in primary care provision.” Optometrists and practice owners Shaishav Shah and Paresh Patel explained some of the benefits of regular sight tests to Mr Dorrell such as the detection of eye diseases, like glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachments. Mr Shah said: “1.8 million people in the UK are living with sight loss and this figure is set to increase to nearly 4 million by 2050, largely due to the ageing population. Much of this is preventable through the early detection and treatment of eye problems. Regular eye tests are a simple and a practical way to maintain good eye health and look after your eyes.” Many groups of people are entitled to free NHS tests. These include those aged 60 and over, all children under 16 and those on low incomes.

The event, set up in memory of a former scout leader, saw scouts competing in a range of challenges including bar skittles with a mini digger, canoeing, mountain biking and orienteering over the course of a weekend. The competition is designed to test teamwork, leadership and communication as well as the fundamental skills of scouting such as pioneering, map reading and camping. 80 scouts aged 10-14 years old from scout groups across the North-East of Leicestershire competed over the two days supported by over 20 leaders. The Birstall team was Matthew Walpole (12), Ben Farnham (12), Michael Brandist (13) and Jack Simms (11). Camping in the Proctors Park campsite and hiking around the outskirts of Quorn and Barrow Upon Soar all but one team managed to complete the challenge. Birstall Scout leader Gareth Woods said: “The Birstall team

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Volunteer’s help recognised A DEDICATED volunteer has received a special badge to mark her years of service. Jan Gaskell (71) of Roman Road has worked as a volunteer for Cancer Research UK for 35 years and the Victim of Crime Support Group for 10 years. Jan is Chairman of the Charnwood Branch of Cancer Research UK which organises six fundraising events a year, that together raise between £6-11,000. Jan said: “We are very fortunate to have a large group of supporters who come to our Jan Gaskell events. “Of course I can’t provide nursing care or get involved in research but I can help to raise funds and that is a really important part of Cancer Research UK.” Jan is Chairman of the Victim of Crime Support Group for the area and helps out in its Leicester charity shop. She was awarded an MBE earlier this year for her voluntary work. Jan said: “I am fortunate to have come from a very loving family and feel that I live, here in Birstall, in a caring community and the voluntary work I do is just an extension of that.”

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WI news TWENTY SIX ladies attended Birstall and Wanlip WI’s meeting on October 7 at Highcliffe School. Our main discussion concerned arrangements for our Carol Concert on December 1 at Harrison Road Methodist Church commencing at 4.30pm. We will be hosting this concert on behalf of the six local WI’s that make up the Bradgate Group. It is a free, family concert so everyone is welcome to attend. With our AGM planned for next month our thoughts inevitably turn to 2014 and some members will be attending a Speaker’s Audition Evening to choose speakers for next year. As usual there are plenty of Christmas craft workshops taking place over the next two months within Leicestershire and we hope to have our own Christmas lunch at the Platform Café at Leicester North Station. Plans for next year include a July trip to Kilworth House theatre to see an open air production of South Pacific. Our speaker was Bill Wells, a Community Fire Safety Officer who talked to us about ‘Fire Safety with a Smile’. Although he regaled us with humorous anecdotes the serious message was obviously clear and we all returned home with his advice firmly fixed in our minds to pull out all electric plugs and close doors before retiring to bed. Our next meeting on November 4 is our AGM with a Buffet and Quiz. From Birstall & Wanlip WI

Lift sharing website IF YOU need a lift each morning from Birstall to Leicester there are currently three people offering to take you on a lift sharing website launched by the County and City Councils. www.LeicesterSHARE.com allows users to search for other potential car share partners across the city, county and beyond. The free-to-use website was relaunched in April and since that time has seen more than 350 people sign up. The public database enables members to search through thousands of lift share partners locally and across the county. You enter your starting point and destination and the website finds lift share partners. Alongside that Leicester SHARE also supports more than 880 employers of businesses and organisations through providing private car sharing groups. The revamped site also has a calculator which enables users to work out how much money and fuel they could save by car sharing. Peter Osborne Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member of Highways and Transport, said: “We are delighted that people are signing up to the scheme. Car sharing, depending on your commute or journey, could save you hundreds of pounds a year, not to mention the cost of vehicle wear-and-tear.”

OUR PICTURE shows the President of St Margaret’s Bowls Club on Birstall Road. Mrs Veronica Jardine presenting a cheque for £725 to Mr Derek Horsfall from LOROS on behalf of the club. A raffle that the club held during the season was won by Mr Briggs from Blaby. He won tickets to see Chicago at Curve and a meal for two. On County Patrons Day on August 23 Roz Harris was runner up with the second highest score.

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News from the churches There is something of a feeling of inevitability about the month of November. Those beautiful free and easy summer days we had, are now only a memory. Autumn has been with us for what already seems a long time and the yearly, familiar pattern of November events lies ahead before the build up to Christmas (or has it already started in a supermarket near you?)

The year’s end approaches The month starts off at St James with an All Together service at 10am on Sunday November 3 followed by the annual All Souls’ service at 3pm. Anyone who has been bereaved is welcome to come to this short service of reflection and prayer, and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of loved ones. Refreshments are served after both the services, so there is opportunity to meet and chat. 2013 has brought some sad losses to our congregations, with the passing away of such stalwarts as Maureen Holland and Mary Houghton from St James in Birstall, as well as June Wood and Peter Moyers of Our Lady and St Nicholas at Wanlip, and we mourn their loss. Remembrance Day On Sunday November 10 at 10.30am St James hosts the British Legion service for Remembrance Day, with the procession of uniformed organisations before and after the service, and the laying of wreaths on the War Memorial. To cheer the dark days! On the evening of November 3 the Ibstock Brass Band will be playing at their annual autumn concert at St James, starting at 7.30pm Another cheery, regular event is the Beer and Skittles evening organised by our social committee, this year at the Royal Oak in Cossington, at 7.30pm on Tuesday November 12. A hot and cold supper is included for £8, but only 30 places are available so please ring .2676550 if you are interested. Then on Sunday November 24 the ever popular Quiz and tea afternoon takes place in the Village Hall at 3pm with Alan Chapman once again the genial quizmaster. And to end with... Finally, a date that marks the real beginning of the Advent and Christmas season: December 1 is Advent Sunday this year, so at 10am there will be an All Together Christingle service at St James, with decorated oranges for the children, and songs and stories to remind us that Advent is the time to prepare for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas. At 6pm the same day, all are welcome to come and sing Advent hymns and carols at the joint churches’ Advent Service at Wanlip church. From Beryl McHugh, Parish Churches

Christmas Festival The theme for this years’ Christmas Festival is ‘Stable Story’ and on Friday 29 & Saturday November 30 the church will be decorated with trees, models, displays, etc. The church is grateful to the many skilled friends who are able to use their creative skills to interpret the theme each in their own way. There is always an air of eager anticipation to view the many and varied displays and to see how the theme has been interpreted. This year proceeds are for church funds and for Asthma UK. The suggested admission price is £1 but accompanied children are not expected to contribute. On Friday there will be a whole range of stalls including home-made cakes, pies, pastries, jams chutneys & pickles. Christmas gifts, decorations, crafts & novelties. Santa will have a grotto and refreshments will be served throughout (including a Hot Dog stall pancakes & punch). Light lunches are available on both days. Open at 10am & runs through until 7pm. On Saturday 30 there will be over 20 stalls at a ‘Table Top Sale’ from 10am to 1pm. Edgehill Road & All Saints A number of Methodists in Birstall support the coffee shop at Edgehill Road and will know of the move that friends at Edgehill Road were to make to the All Saints Church at the junction of Catherine St and Gypsy Lane. At long last that move takes place with the first service on November 3 when Roger Wilson, from Birstall, leads the first service. Their coffee shop will reopen at ‘All Saints’ on Thursday November 7 at 10am. Quinquennial Every five years our church buildings have to be inspected by a qualified professional who look for any work that needs doing and whether they are essential, or advisable, and the degree of urgency. The inspection was conducted in August and the report recently received. Usually there are minor items to do within a year (for example a warning notice to the boiler room steps), but only one item appeared under the heading ‘of utmost urgency’. It related to paperwork regarding asbestos. It appears a document is needed to state whether or not there is asbestos within the building. So far as is known, (given the relatively young age of the building, and the knowledge of the building by property stew-

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Discussion Topics Autumn is a season of rich colours as the leaves turn to russet, crimson and gold and we may have seen a peacock butterfly flitting through our gardens, but these are also signs of the approaching end to their lives. It may prompt us to think about our own position in the ‘grand scheme of things’ and our discussion topic in November concerns why we exist. The question is: “What is the purpose of life?” As a reminder, these discussions are open to individuals of any denomination or religion (or none) and you can opt to attend as many or as few of them as you wish. They are free of charge, last about an hour, are informal and it is expected that participants will show respect for others’ views. If you would like to attend this month’s discussion, then please contact the number given below to register your interest and state your preference for day(s) and time (morning/afternoon/evening) and we will get back to you with an agreed date, time and venue. Sunday Services These are held in the Community Room at Highcliffe Primary School (LE4 3DL) at 10.45am Our speaker on November 10 is Simon Terry (Wigston) whom many of you will have met already, as he has been visiting the village now for four years. You will be most welcome to join with us for these services. Village Craft Fair We will again be attending the Christmas Craft Fair in the Village Hall on Friday December 6, with calendars, Christmas cards, books and crafts from The Lodge Trust (which provides Christian care for adults with learning difficulties). Further details will be given next month but please put the date in your diaries/phones now. Further information please ring 0116 2214883. From Anne Taylor, Birstall Independent Baptist Church

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THE BIRSTALL POST NOV 2013

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smoking more cigarettes -As soon as you stop smoking your risk of lung cancer starts to go down. -Passive smoking (breathing in othLast year there were over 50 displays er people's cigarette smoke) increases on a theme of Jubilation. This year the the risk of lung cancer, but it is still theme is ‘Stable Story’ and the creations much less than if you smoke yourself. will be open to view on Friday Nov 29 It is almost impossible to work out the risk of occasional passive smoking. from 10am to 7pm and on Saturday Nov 30 from 10am to 1pm. The suggested We know that the risk of lung canadmission price is £1. Proceeds will be cer for passive smokers goes for Asthma UK and church funds. up the more cigarette In addition there will be a range of smoke they are exstalls on both days. On Saturday there is posed to. Overall, a Table Top Sale and on Friday there people exposed to will be a whole range of stalls mostly environmental tobacwith good things that have been ‘home co smoke at work made in Birstall’ or at home have . Refreshments will be served throughout. their risk of lung cancer increased by about a quarter compared to people who are not exposed to it. Heavy exposure to environmental tobacco smoke at work has been shown to double the risk of lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the main cause of lung cancer. But pipe and cigar smokers are still much more likely to SAINSBURY’S LEICESTER get lung cancer than non smokers. North supermarket on MeltThey are also much more likely to get on Road has started a recancer of the mouth or lip. In the past, lung cancer has always cruitment drive. been more common in men than womApplicants looking for both full and en. Now, because more women smoke, part-time work in a wide range of posiit is almost as common in women. tions at the new Sainsbury’s store, curHowever long you have been smok- rently under construction, can apply for ing, it is always worth giving it up. a selection of jobs online at sainsbury.jobs Talk to your GP or practice nurse. Initially the new store will create They will be able to help and support around 200 new job opportunities, with you while you are giving up. more to follow in the New Year when For further information the ‘goods online’ service and pharmacy www.cancerresearchuk.org Macmillan opens. 140 staff are transferring from Cancer Support free phone help line 0808 808 0000 Monday – Friday 9am- the store on Belgrave Road, which will remain open and trade until the replace8pm. ment store on Melton Road is completed University Hospitals of Leicester towards the end of the year. Cancer Information Centre on 0116 Positions will be uploaded to the 258 6189. recruitment website in batches over the For more information on the funds next few weeks and applicants will be we have raised, projects we support prompted to register and submit an and forthcoming events see online application form. www.birstallbags.co.uk

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