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BIRSTALL POOL has been closed after one of its boilers failed. The pool will be closed permanently as Longslade College, who own and run it, say the cost of re-opening the pool to current safety standards would be at least £250,000 A spokesman for the college’s governing body said: “Governors have expressed concerns over the income and expenditure for the pool. In common with many school swimming pools, the pool at Longslade has run at a loss over the last five years. An estimated annual loss is £15,000 per year. Despite efficiency savings being made, for example energy conservation, the repair and
More than 100 people enjoyed the street party in Castlegate Avenue, where tables groaned under the weight of the party food made by the residents, much of it in striking red, white and blue. Richard Kilby said: “It was a really friendly occasion, we had a sing-song and everyone really enjoyed it. I think that since the party everyone seems a little bit more sociable.” Gwendolin Avenue was closed to traffic so more than 200 people could enjoy the street party. Organiser Donna Continued on Pic: Roy Gilbert page 2
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Continued from page 1 Anastassiades said: “The atmosphere was fantastic, buzzing with community spirit as friends and neighbours came together. “Everyone was commenting on how great it was, comparing it to street parties of the past and saying how we had all now made friends with people that we have lived with for many years, but not actually got to know them before now.” When not tucking in to all the delicious food, children played games, soaked each other in the stocks and took part in a decorate the crown competition. Donna added: “I am so happy that we celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in a traditional way with the best friends and neighbours I could wish for.” Residents on Johnson Road got to burn off their party food with a tug of war, an egg and spoon race and a sack race. Paul Lakin said: “It was a great event with lots of fantastic food and drink consumed and shared by the whole street on the best day of the Bank holiday! “People met their neighbours, it gave a real sense of community and we are now just thinking about an excuse for another one.” Nine year old Fraser Clarke of Woodgate enjoyed his street party, and had made a figure of the Queen from cardboard and balloons. He said: “It’s been a good day, the best thing was the pizza and making the Pic: the street party on Castlegate Avenue crowns. I think the Queen is nice.”
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THE NUMBER of journeys taken from Birstall park and ride must increase by 400 per cent if the service is to break even. The £5.25million, 1000 space facility has been used for 57,625 journeys since it opened in July 2011. This equates to 5760 journeys a month when 28,050 are needed for the service, which is combined with Enderby park and ride, to break even. 8,500 journeys a month are made from the Enderby site, which cost £9.2million. The combined service cost £577,000 to run in 2011/12 and the estimated cost for 2012/13 is £486,000. The service is run jointly by the City and County Councils. It runs Monday to Saturday, 7am to 7pm every 15 minutes. Day tickets are £3, a six month ticket is £250 and a 12 month ticket is £470. Passengers with an older person’s pass travel free after 9.30pm. It was revealed in May, following a Freedom of Information request, that 31.5% of all journeys in the 12 months ending March 31, 2012 were made by passengers with an older person’s pass.
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Continued from page 1 maintenance costs have increased year on year. The reason for this is that the boilers and the unit which ensures the proper functioning of the pool, the Mynerga unit, are beyond their expected lifespan. “One of the boilers did not pass its annual service earlier this month and cannot be used. With this and the potential replacement of the Mynerga air unit, approximate replacement costs to ensure the pool is safe and usable, as well as to a standard which is equivalent to other public swimming pools would require a minimum of £250,000. “The college cannot move money from the school budget to support the running of the pool, its running costs must be met from the community budget. In addition the building which houses the swimming pool is coming to the end of its useful life, “The majority of usage is from swimming lessons, private hire and affiliated societies and despite the best efforts of both members of our local community and the community team here at the college public swimming does not account for a large percentage of the income.” Birstall Pool was built in the early 1960’s. In 1983 a campaign began to
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Lesley Moore from the group The Friends of Birstall Pool said: “We knew that if the boiler ever broke down that the pool could not finance the cost of a new one. It is very sad to lose the swimming pool especially if you have no other forms of transport to get to the leisure centres nearby. The fact is the pool was losing money and no-one is going to fund a new boiler if the pool can’t earn enough money to pay for itself. “If Birstall and the surrounding vil-
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lages had supported the pool more by attending it then who knows if it could have paid its own way. It’s hard for a school pool to compete against the leisure centres and what they offer.” Parent Lyn Van Ristell’s child had swimming lessons at the pool. She said: “I was bitterly disappointed and saddened to receive a letter today from Longslade notifying me that the pool has closed effective from June 12. My child only had a lesson the previous day when a notice was displayed to say that the boiler had broken down and that the pool would be closed until further notice. “A village the size of Birstall needs a swimming pool for children and adults. Riverside and Highcliffe have small shallow pools for babies and young children. The nearest public swimming pool will now be in Mountsorrel and of course, transport, car or bus, will be needed to travel there. “Birstall pool is a fantastic asset to Birstall and the swimming teachers exceptional. Over many years my family has supported Birstall Pool – having weekly lessons for my children, and also when I too was a child, I took part in fundraising activities such as sponsored swims to raise funds for the swimming pool. Can nothing be done to save our swimming pool? Could the Leicestershire County Council or even local parish council or local schools contribute funds to purchase and install a new boiler and keep the pool open?” Matthew Sharp runs the Birstall College of Diving and has been using the pool since 2009, paying an annual fee of £2500. He one worked as a lifeguard at the pool. He said: “We have received no communication from the College regarding the future of the pool, this is despite emailing the College to get clarification and the fact that we have outstanding bookings. Hire of the pool is a considerable expense to us and over the years we have paid thousands of pounds in hire charges, to be just ignored and not informed of the current situation is offensive and I feel very unprofessional. We have customers that are half way through their course and others who have booked, luckily we have managed to make alternative arrangements so our business is no longer directly affected by the current closure. “Over the years it has been apparent that Birstall swimming pool is an underused resource, however I do feel that Longslade Community College has never really supported the staff at the pool in promoting its use. Most of the college staff and pupils are unaware that there is a dive school or that the pool conducts Lifeguard training. Both of these could help a young person find employment. There has also been a lack of consultation with the local community regarding the pool’s future. It is an asset to the community and should not be lost. From a personal point of view I urge people to speak out and try to save the pool for the community.” Birstall County Councillor Roger Wilson said: “My first reaction when hearing the news was horror. It is disappointing, if the boiler need replacing can’t they appeal to Charnwood, the County Council or the Parish Council for help? It should be remembered that the pool was built by public subscription and given to the college for it to look after.”
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Traveller sites: Greengate Lane deemed suitable A CITY Council committee has recommended that an authorised gypsy and traveller site on Greengate Lane be given the goahead. The City Council’s Scrutiny Commission was asked by City Mayor Peter Soulsby to review his choice of three traveller sites and to investigate if any alternative sites were suitable. The commission, chaired by Cllr Sue Waddington, presented its report on June 14 and recommends that the Greengate Lane and Red Hill Way sites be provided but not the Beaumont Way site, located close to Beaumont Leys Police Station and Tesco. Cllr Waddington said: “Both [Red Hill Way and Greengate Lane] are of the right size, are well screened and are not too close to residential streets. “I do not consider the area at Beaumont Way to be suitable. It is much too small and exposed and would be difficult, if not impossible to screen.” The Commission has recommended a new site on Hoods Close off Thurcaston Road. It is located near to Birstall Golf Club and the Mowmacre Sports Ground, in an area often used illegally by travellers. Cllr Waddington said: “I strongly recommend that Hoods Close off Thurcaston Road be considered as a transit site. It is of the right size and nature to be used as a transit site for about six pitches, it is not near residential developments, and has been a popular stopping off site for travellers and gypsies in the past.” The report also recommends that if future sites are required they are located outside the Beaumont Leys and Abbey Wards. • The report states that the Greengate Lane site is not big enough for 10 pitches and recommends “about six … though there is a possibility it could be extended in the future.” The proximity of Ashton Green is “…not seen as an impediment to the location of the site.” • Five of the alternative sites recommended by Liz Kendall MP were visited and deemed either unavailable or unsuitable. • The report states: “Consideration should also be given to the fact that some gypsies and travellers are horse owners and will wish to keep their horses reasonably close at hand. It is possible and usual for land to be rented from local farmers for the horses, although horses are also tethered at the road side near the Meynells Gorse site. While the new site may not be big enough to accommodate horses, providing a stable on one site for use when horses are sick should be considered.” • The report states: “Good management of the sites is essential … attention should be paid to refuse collection and disposal, the tidiness of the public areas on the sites and the safety of children, including traffic calming measures on roads running into and through the sites. The Chairman of the LE4 Action Group, which is campaigning against the proposals, said: “We are disappointed by
the Scrutiny Committee’s report, we continue to encourage residents to send letters of objection to the City Council, and sign our petition. The LE4 Action Group think it is unacceptable to add another site into the current consultation. “We have held a meeting with members of the gypsy/traveller community and have mutual views about the City’s consultation process and also the plans they are proposing. This adds a new dimension to our objections as we have evidence the settled community do not want the plans to go ahead, nor do the travellers. If nobody want this, why would the City Council continue to try and drive this through?” Residents can give their views as part of the ongoing consultation process which ends on July 13. For details go to www.leicester.gov.uk/gypsyandtravellersites www.Le4.moonfruit.com Pic: aerial photo shows location of Hoods Close
Parish Council notes A FULL meeting of Birstall Parish Council was held on June 11. It was reported that English Heritage will designate Birstall War Memorial as a listed monument. They have declined to list the Forge on Birstall Road because the building was moved from its original location and has been substantially altered. A proposal to create a community orchard on an allotment plot on Meadow Lane is being progressed by Birstall Allotment Society and the Parish Council. A street on Hallam Fields has been named after a former parish councillor: Kevin Wood Close. It was agreed that Parish councillors visit homes at Hallam Fields to ascertain any problems and issues residents have. The Parish Council will run a ‘best allotment plot’ competition in August, with prizes for the best plot on each of the village’s three sites and an overall winner. The plots will be judged by an independent panel.
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Planners identify local site for development A SITE north of Birstall has been identified as suitable for up to 2000 new homes. Charnwood Borough Council has identified the site north of the A46 and west of the A6 between Birstall and Rothley as an option for development. It is preparing its Core Strategy, part of its Local Plan, which will set out the strategic policies for the Borough in respect of housing and employment land for the next 15 years. The proposed location north of Birstall is within the Parish of Wanlip. The site of the Hallam Fields development was originally within the parish of Wanlip but the Parish boundary was moved before development started – Hallam Fields is now in Birstall. Birstall Parish Council Chairman Pat Cleere said: “It will be a sad day if when heading north out of Birstall we cross the A46 and are confronted by more houses rather than the green countryside we have at present. “In Charnwood Council’s own words from their Core Strategy Supplementary Consultation document relating to effects on environmental objectives, ‘there are likely to be significant negative effects upon vibrancy and vitality of settlements, air quality and soil resources.’ “Unfortunately, Birstall, although in the county, is considered part of a Principal Urban Area (Leicester City) for strategic planning purposes and therefore ripe for an urban extension to the north as the city is allowed to spread outwards. Whether this would be part of Wanlip, Rothley or Birstall or a separate village entirely if it went ahead is not clear. “There are other options however and nothing has been decided yet.” Charnwood has a requirement to build 17,380 new homes between 2006 and 2028. The Council has already given permission to, or completed, 7,671 of that total and officers have previously recommended a further 6,250 homes to be provided in two Sustainable Urban Extensions (SUEs). These are located in Hamilton and west of Loughborough. SUEs will be planned neighbourhoods that incorporate local facilities and provide local shops, employment opportuni-
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HALLAM FIELDS PARK & RIDE ties, community facilities, open space and schools. That still leaves 3,459 properties to plan for. 2143 are proposed for the Principal Urban Area north of Leicester and the Council is presenting five options. • growth north of Birstall – 2000 homes • growth north of Birstall and north of Glenfield – 1500 homes in Birstall and 500 in Glenfield • growth north of Glenfield and south and east of Syston – 2000 homes • growth south and east of Syston – 2000 homes • do not meet the housing requirement These five options are expected to be included in the Council’s Draft Core Strategy document, published in September 2012. At this stage the public will have the opportunity to comment. The Core Strategy will be adopted in December 2013. www.charnwood.gov.uk/cssupplement ary
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Memories shared at school event ELDERLY PEOPLE shared their memories with Stonehill pupils when they visited the school for a Jubilee party. The guests enjoyed tea and cake, a quiz and a musical performance by students. House Manager at Abbeyfield, Jenny Fitzgerald said: “It has been fantastic, the students have been very welcoming.” Brian Lord said: “It’s been very well organised, the children have been wonderful and very attentive to us.” Pics (from top): Guests meet students in the library; Lana Featherstone in a Union Jack hat; Joe Lewis talks to Syvia Thomson; Stonehill’s headteacher Alan Monks chats to guests
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bloke never mind a lone female. I think the developer(s) of Hallam fields having failed to build a school or any facilities yet could be approached for funding for this important COMMUNITY facility, or maybe the generosity of the Palmer Tomkinson family could once again help, it seems such a shame that once again Birstall will be the poor relation in the borough. Adrian Barnacle
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Poor relation So Birstall now has no swimming pool, ever felt like the poor relation in Charnwood? Syston, Mountsorrel and Quorn are all well served. This in the year of the Olympics promoting active lives and sport, Charnwood at the centre of it with Team GB preparing at Loughborough Uni (who have a lovely 50m Olympic pool !) My daughter attended Birstall swimming club and has come on leaps and bounds in her class and is distressed at the news along with others we know. No swimming lessons, no life saving etc will one day probably cost a life one day unless some cash can be found. I have to say though in terms of getting general swimmers to use the pool to help fund it was hardly an inviting prospect having to walk down the intimidating alley on a dark winter night from the designated car park at Longslade, and that point of view from a middle aged
A massive thank you from Birstall Methodist Women’s Group to all those who dropped into our coffee morning on a damp drizzly Saturday May 19. We raised £434 for Our Space Charity. Margaret Briggs
Pool I would like readers to know that the Birstall Pool has closed. It is a sad loss to the community. I would like to give a big thank you to all the lifeguards and staff who help to keep the pool running and for their being helpful and friendly to all. Thank you to the swimmers who attended the friends of Birstall swimming pool especially Margaret/Jean/Lisa (Thurcaston) and Christine for helping with the stalls to raise money for the pool. Last thank you goes to Jane and Lynsey at Longslade and Jerry (Birstall Post) for publishing my letters and adverts for the pool From a regular swimmer at Birstall Pool. Lesley Moore
Thanks Joan Sage & family would like to thank everyone for all the cards and flowers after Tony’s sudden death. I would like to especially thank the lady who helped on the day by phoning for
the ambulance and staying with myself and Tony during this difficult time. I am sorry that I do not know your name but you were a blessing that day. To anyone else who was there, a heartfelt thank you. A final thank you to everyone who made a donation in lieu of flowers. A total of £500 was raised and this has already been given to the charity Wishes 4 Kids. Joan Sage & family
Birstall’s growing population. (I am amazed how many locals were not even aware that we had a pool!) Let’s hope something can be done to save it, maybe the developers of Hallam fields could be persuaded to help out. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude and best wishes to the dedicated staff at the pool and friends that I have made there. I wish them all the best for the future. Hopefully see you soon! Ed.G.Trzoska
Thanks Well done to everyone who arranged and helped at the Gwendolyn Avenue Jubilee Street Party. It brought back memories for us when our children were young at the Silver Jubilee Street Parties. Thank you, we had a great time at your street party. Jean, Brenda & Doreen
Congratulations I would like to congratulate Daphne Stephenson on the wonderful amount of money she has given to Wishes 4 Kids and also for the help, thoughtfulness and love she has given to me. Sheila Stradling
Pool As a regular user of the Birstall swimming pool at Longslade College I am dismayed and angry at the recent decision to close this valuable facility, do local residents and pool users not get a say in this matter? The pool was closed on the Tuesday 12th of June until further notice due to a boiler fault, by Monday the 18th of June the college website announced the reluctant decision to close the pool had been taken as it appears the costs associated with the repairs and upkeep of the pool were too great. Given the speed at which the 'reluctant' decision was taken it would seem likely that this latest incident with the boiler was the convenient excuse required to close this facility and save some money. The pool has clearly suffered from a lack of investment for some time and is (was) probably due for a general refurbishment. It seems absurd that in the year that this country is hosting the Olympics at a cost of several billion pounds of tax payer’s money that funding cannot be found to keep this local facility open. This must be the often quoted 'Olympics Legacy'. How does this help local people get in shape having been encouraged by watching the Olympics? There appears to be funding available for the recent extension to the college and the proposed traveller sites in this area not forgetting the massive subsidies for the recently constructed park & ride facility which is of questionable benefit to local residents. I used to walk to the Birstall pool, I will now have to use the bus or car to travel to the nearest similar facilities in Leicester, Syston or Mountsorrel adding to local pollution and congestion, how is your carbon footprint? Does anybody care? Probably not, keep calm and carry on! Given adequate funding this excellent facility could be refurbished and properly advertised would be of great benefit to
Thanks Myself, my wife Elsa and our family express our sincere gratitude to Rev Rachel Parkinson for leading the service at my mother, Edna Virgin’s funeral, held at The Deepings Methodist Church on Friday June 1. We also wish to include the supporters from Birstall Methodist Church for your kindness in attending the service, and additionally all the messages of support received from mam’s many friends and companions in Birstall. Thank you. Alan Virgin
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‘The Artist’ Friday September 14 (100 mins) This romantic comedy won five Oscars including Best Actor award for Jean du Jardin. It also gained twelve BAFTA nominations. Being tender, romantic and incredibly funny, in black and white silence, this film describes the rise and fall of a dashing actor against the backdrop of tumultuous change in Hollywood.
‘The Help’ Friday October 5 Based on the novel by Kathryn Stockett, this film explores the touching relationship between two black maids in 1960s Mississippi. In an era of social upheaval and racial tension, there are very funny performances and scenes of heartfelt emotion. As this film progresses, we can see ourselves or someone we know, within each of the characters. ‘War House’ Friday November 9 Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £4.50 and concessions are £4. The price includes refreshments and a lucky prize draw. Advance tickets can be purchased via the parish office, 0116 2367626 or bought at the door. •••
in playing football Please come along to STJFC FREE girls football academy Where? Memorial Playing fields, (Donkey Park), Necton Street, Syston, Leicester LE7 8HF When? Every Saturday during football season From 10am to 11.30am Commences Saturday July 7 Please come along on the day or contact: Samantha (Sam) Chambers, STJFC (Chairperson) Mobile 0777 6291355 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Richard Gunn (STJFC Girls Academy Coach) Mobile 07884117116 Email: R Gunn@lboro.ac.uk •••
July 21: Max (M/V) July 28: Karen West (F/V) Dancing every Sat night with live entertainment Bingo Free beer raffle and not forgetting Open the Box Every Tues night Bingo starting at 9.15pm Quiz nights Sunday July 8 & 29 starting at 9pm Acoustic night Sunday July 15 Rock & Roll nights Wed July 4 & 18 Food available every Saturday, 12-2pm Wakes catered for A big thank you to everyone who attended and all those who gave their time to make our Jubilee Day a great success •••
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6-9.30pm Get ready for summer and come along for an evening of fun, shopping and beauty at St Gregory’s Catholic Church Hall, Sileby Large variety of stalls, including Tanning, Ella Pure, Cakes, Body Shop at Home, Belle Gifts & Accessories, Neal’s Yard, mini beauty treatments, Jewellery, scarves and many more… Tickets £5 includes a complimentary welcome drink of sparkling wine or soft drink and WIN a £50 Ragdale Hall voucher in the evening’s raffle For tickets please contact Catherine 07951656941 or Maria 07875979058 Or email us on email@example.com In support of the MS Society •••
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Car Boot Sale To include a cake sale In aid of St Theresa’s Church Funds Saturday July 28 in Church car park, Front St, Birstall Booters to arrive at 8am £5 per car (keeping profits of course) open to buyers 9am – 2 pm Entrance fee – 50p per adult Now is the time to start clearing all your unwanted items and bring in some extra cash Remember ‘One Man’s Junk is Another Man’s Treasure’ •••
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Campaign for a greener Birstall A PROACTIVE group of Birstall residents have recently started to meet to look at ways that the residents, businesses and organisations of the village can reduce energy use and waste.
Wanlip’s Jubilee party MORE THAN 150 villagers and friends attended Wanlip’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations when they held their Big Lunch on Sunday June 3 at the Village Hall. Resident Meirion Reynolds writes: “The Jubilee Team, led by chairman Pauline Harrison, was thrilled when nearly everyone canvassed in the run up to the Jubilee said they would like to take part. So much so that it ended up being a ticket-only event. Although the original plan had been to put tables in the church car park, plan B swung into
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gear owing to the rain and the party was divided between the Hall and the Church. Visitors were greeted with a welcome drink of Pimm's and the Queen’s Jubilee Grace was read by Siobhan Bahl and Jo Lewin. The village provided the barbeque and everyone took additional food and drink, many bringing enough to share. After lunch and the Loyal Toast and the National Anthem, traditional games were played in the Church. One wonders whether, in the last 600 years of the history of our church, a tug of war, egg and spoon and three-legged race (with everyone wearing masks with the faces of the royal family) and pass the parcel with forfeits, have taken place before – all this under the gaze of the rector and curate. Brian York kept villagers royally entertained with his singing in the church. Children had their photographs taken with Her Majesty the Queen – s surprise royal visitor – sitting on a special stool made for the coronation in 1953. At 4.45pm the church bells rang and the Jubilee Service was held in Our Lady and St Nicholas church at 5pm. There was no shortage of volunteers to decorate the hall and church and erect the tents and to dismantle everything the following day. A great spirit of goodwill and a wonderful opportunity for villagers to spend time together cementing friendships.”
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“The ‘Greening Birstall Group’ is keen to work with people from across the village to look at ways of working together to help combat climate change and in doing so to make financial savings” said spokesman Peter Ashford. Their first project is based on the nationally successful Greening Campaign which has now been run in over two hundred communities helping them to reduce their carbon emissions and save money. Here in Birstall, as a first step, a public meeting is being held at 7.30pm on Thursday July 5 at Birstall Methodist Church's Concert Hall, Wanlip Lane, so
Birstall bowls FOR THE sixth successive season, players from Birstall Ladies Bowling Club have qualified for the National Championships. Pa Walker, Jan Everitt, Jennie Groves and Diane Hurst won five matches, including quarter and semi final victories over Belgrave and Enderby respectively, to reach the county final, and will represent the club and Leicestershire at Leamington Spa at the end on July. Diane was also close to qualifying in the Two Wood competition, losing out on an extra end in the county quarter final to Goodwood’s Trish Terry. Meanwhile, John Hurst and Andy Wye were one game away from qualifying for the Men’s National Championships in the pairs. Having progressed through six rounds they lost out to New Lount’s Mick Smith and Alistair Hollis in the Leicestershire semi final. More information about the club can be found on the website www.birstallbowling.co.uk
that anyone who’s interested, can find out more about the Greening Birstall group and their first climate action project. The group will also have a stall at the Birstall Village Gala on Sunday July 1 with activities and information. Peter said: “Attendees at the meeting will also have an opportunity to help identify a number of energy saving actions relevant to Birstall, which will enable their family or organisation and the village to start making savings. “Whether you are interested in green issues – or just want to look at ways to reduce your energy bills – everyone’s welcome at the meeting.” Since first meeting in January the group have started to establish links with several local organisations such as schools, voluntary and community groups and local authorities and are keen to hear from other groups or organisations in the village – and also from any individuals who’d like to get involved. More information about the group and the Greening Birstall campaign can be found at www.greeningbirstall.weebly.com, by emailing email@example.com or by phoning Peter Ashford on 0794 1112544. Pic: (l-r) Birstall residents and group members Kyle Houston, Darren Lake, Peter Ashford and Allison Lake with Parish Council Chairman Patrick Cleere.
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Gardens in full bloom GARDENS IN the Walker Road area of Birstall were opened to visitors in this year’s annual garden trail. Pic: Gary, Sarah and Evie Mills (6) meet a Dalek in a Walker Road garden
The event, organised by Birstall Methodist Church, was attended by 700 people and raised £3,700 for church funds and the Charity Prostaid. A spokesman for the organisers said: “We were delighted on how well the weekend turned out. The garden that hosted the teas and most of the stalls created a carnival atmosphere. “We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the garden owners for their hard work and hospitality without whom there would be no garden trail.”
Charity’s award A LOCAL charity that distributes surplus medicines to Africa has won an award. Inter Care is based in Syston and has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The charity’s 50 volunteers and four part time staff recycled over £775,000 worth of medicines last year to 121 health centres in Africa.
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Pamper a carer: salon offers prize A BIRSTALL hair salon has launched a campaign to highlight the work carers do for those in need and to reward six lucky people with a pampering treat at the salon .
Barbershop chorus wins award A BIRSTALL based barbershop chorus has won an award at a singing competition.
Hair colour safety SHAPES HAIRDRESSING ON Birstall Road have recently improved their hair colouring safety procedures. Customers are provided with a free skin test kit which is applied to a patch of skin 48 hours before any colour application, to check for any allergic reaction. Clare Halford, Director of Shapes Hairdressing, said: “We take reactions to colour very seriously as we understand that some reactions, especially reactions to PPD the key chemical found in hair dye, can result in serious injury. Recently there have even been a few cases of death. Of course this is extremely rare but reactions can develop at any time which is why it is important to test every colour application 48 hours before. “At Shapes we pride ourselves in staying one step ahead and have introduced our new tests called colourstart which our guests are able to take away with them and apply over the skin as a transfer, which saves them visiting the salon twice.” She added “We urge consumers to be cautious of some salons and mobile stylists who may be tempted to cut corners on this in a bid to put money before health and safety by not carrying out skin tests 48 hours before colouring, especially on individuals under the age of 16, as all manufacturers of colour are now recommending colour is not applied to under 16s due to increased risk of hypersensitivity.” For more information on PPD and the importance of testing see www.trichocare.co.uk/colourstart/
The Heart of England Barbershop Chorus Leicester were awarded the ‘Most Improved Chorus’ trophy at the British Association of Barbershop Singers Annual Convention at Southport. Spokesman Patrick Hunt said: “Winning this trophy was a cause for great celebration – since we were formed in 1974 it’s been a long time coming.” He added: “We are always looking to increase our membership, so if any of you men enjoy singing why not come along on any
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Birstall student wins prize for business idea A BIRSTALL student has won a £3000 award after he impressed judges with his online business idea.
Free walks A SERIES of free guided walks this summer has been announced by Charnwood Borough Council. The programme starts with a threemile Nordic walk ‘taster session’ on Saturday July 28 from the car park in High Street, Woodhouse Eaves (2.30pm). There are only 10 places available so booking is essential on 07863 126259. There are three walks in August, starting on August 1 from St Michael and All Angels in Rearsby, which takes in Hoby and Rotherby. Walking boots are recommended. The walk starts at 10am. On August 7, there is also a 10am start for a five-mile walk from The Green, Thrussington which includes stepping out to Brooksby. The final walk is a day later on August 8 with a 10.30am start from The Nook car park in Anstey and taking in a four-mile walk to Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester. The walk to Gorse Hill is specifically designed for families and will include an hour’s stay at the farm, which is a home to a variety of rarebreed pigs, sheep and cattle as well as guinea pigs and rabbits. For further details on any of these walks, contact Nita Pearson on 01509 634594 or email nita.pearson@Charnwood.gov.uk
Olympic torch in Birstall THE OLYMPIC torch relay will briefly pass through Birstall on Tuesday July 3. The torch will leave the National Space Centre at 7.15am, travel up the A6 from Red Hill island and turn left into Station Road. At the top of Station Road the torchbearer will use the cycleway to reach the GCR’s Leicester North Station where it will be taken aboard a train at 8.20am, bound for Quorn. The Greenacres café at the station will be open to serve breakfasts.
Kieran Headley (23), of Walnut Avenue, is a second year HNC computing student at Leicester College. The competition, open to all students at the College, involved submitting a proposal for a business idea, with the four finalists pitching in front of a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style panel from Leicester College and the award’s Pic: Julian Middleton (left) & Emma Batten (right) from Freeth Cartwright with award winners Kieran Headley & Senika Simon. sponsors, Freeth Cartwright solicitors. Kieran’s proposal was webbysite.co.uk, an online, interactive the tutorials. I hope to roll it out to students and small busiguide to building your own, inexpensive website, aimed at nesses and eventually incorporate it into schools and univerindividuals and small businesses. sities.” A former pupil at Stonehill and Longslade schools, Kieran Visitors to Kieran’s website can sign up now and receive a said: “I’m so happy with the outcome and to know that all my 10% discount when the service is launched. hard work has paid off. From here I will go forward with makThe competition also saw £2000 awarded to Senika Simon ing the website live and invest some of the money in setting up for her handmade jewellery business.
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Crime Report : May 14-June 11 Assaults 4, burglary 3, burglary nondwelling 4, damage 5, damage to motor vehicle 4, drugs 3, public order 1, theft 5, theft from motor vehicle 1, theft of motor vehicle 2 All crime is down with burglary significantly lower than the last few months. Recently three youths apologised face to face with their victims after throwing eggs at their house, as part of Restorative Justice. Littering of car parks on Meadow Lane has reduced after a number of high visibility patrols by the beat team. Year on year crime is down 30.4% and burglary is down 60.5%. From PC 2139 Richard Carruthers and PCSO 6611 Mark Butler
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Birstall soccer stars TWO BIRSTALL girls have helped a Leicester football team to victory this season. Ella Fox (11) and Vivienne Morris (12) both play for Leicester City Ladies under 12s – Ella is a prolific goalscorer with 27 goals this season and Vivienne is a goalkeeper. The team won their league this season with 18 wins and 1 draw and were also winners of the league cup. Both girls have played for the club for the last six years. Pic: footballers Vivienne Morris (left) and Ella Fox
Back to school for Women’s Institute meal BIRSTALL AND Wanlip WI’s Schooldays themed meal took place on June 11 on a very cold wet evening at the home of Beverly Blackburn in Cliffe Road.
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crumbles helped warm us up and like the jubilee celebrations our ‘spirits were not dampened’. We were entertained by member’ old school photographs and the competition ‘something I used to wear’ which was won by Irene Faulkner who provided a very saucy pink number. Our coffee morning at the Methodist Church on June 16 provided the Birstall community with our usual cakes and preserves. On July 30 we will be taking part in a relay walk around Birstall and hopefully visiting every member’s house. This is to support the national WI incentive ‘Big Walk Little Splash’ which is trying to get us walking and swimming in this Olympic year. Our next meeting is on July 2 when Lorraine Tucker will also get us moving when she guides us through ‘Tai Chi philosophy and practice’. The competition will be .Something Chinese’. From Birstall & Wanlip WI
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Abbeyfield’s Jubilee celebrations RESIDENTS OF Birstall’s Abbeyfield home on Church Hill celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee last month. House Manager Jenny Fitzgerald writes: “To mark the tremendous achievement of 60 years as Sovereign, we decided with the residents to create a new bed in the gardens to mark the occasion. This was to be in the shape of a diamond, with “E.R.” marked out in plants. “In order to capture the wonderful Jubilee memories of our residents and the events to be staged, it was agreed we would also plant a time capsule to contain lots of memorabilia to be enjoyed in later years by future generations. “We were also kindly invited to Stonehill High School to take part in their Jubilee event, where we were treated to a wonderful welcome and a scrumptious array of delicious cakes, followed by a musical interlude from the school orchestra. The pensioners and young people chatted about memories of the coronation, hopefully making history come alive for the students. “On June 5 the staff at Abbeyfield put together for enjoyment of the residents a meal based on the menu of the Royal Wedding and Coronation, with tables resplendent in red, white and blue. The occasion was marked with bottles of ‘fizz’ to toast the queen and mark the burying of the time capsule. All had a jolly time. “We look for-
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Cricket Corner BIRSTALL VILLAGE 1st XI has continued their slow start to the season in the defence of their 2011 title. The 1st XI are struggling to regain the form which was so prominent at the end of last season. There are glimpses of individuals at times showing form but they seem to be struggling to get over the line in many close games at present. These glimpses were evident in their losing draw against Hathern Old CC. Birstall won the toss and sent Hathern into bat. The bowling was tight early keeping them to only 50 runs in the first 20 overs. After some loose bowling in the middle stages Hathern reached a healthy total of 191-9 off the 45 overs. The Birstall innings ran like a roller coaster, looking good at many stages but losing wickets at important times made things difficult. In the end Birstall had to settle for a losing draw. Birstall then got back on track with a big win against league leaders, Bharat Sports CC. Bharat got off to a flier but with some consistent and effective bowling of the Grandfather / Grandson combination of Pete and Ben Sharpe held Bharat to 148-8 off 45 overs. Birstall had a horrible start being 3-12 at one stage. A match winning partnership of 130 runs from Captain Dave Sharpe and Vice Captain Jon Gaydon ultimately decided the game. Birstall’s inconsistent form continued with another losing draw against Hinckley CC. Birstall bowled fairly well to restrict Hinckley to 155 runs. Birstall got off to a painfully slow start being only 28 runs off 20 overs. From then on Birstall were chasing their tail and the total ended up being too much finishing with 112-8. Birstall were unable to make up any points against arch rivals Woodhouse Eaves due to a questionable deci-
sion by the umpires to call the game off. Captain Dave Sharpe is desperate to get his team back to the form which was so impressive at the end of last year before the season gets too far away from them. The 1st XI sit in eighth position now 69 points off the leaders. The 2nd XI have continued their good form this season under new captain Andy Lord. They have had wins against Bharat Sports 2nd XI and Appleby Magna, a winning draw against Makers Edge Taverners and a loss to Twycross 2nd XI. The change in form has been due to the much improved batting efforts of the team with Lord (54), R Olsen (43), I Bartlett (40) and L Grest (66) all making important knocks at the right time. The most impressive individual effort was the spell of ‘ripping leg spinner’ Aaron Headley taking six wickets for 14 runs off 8 overs which makes him now the league’s best bowler! The 2nd XI currently sit in third position, only 25 points off the leaders. Upcoming home fixtures for BVCC (All fixtures are Saturday 1.30pm start) July 7 – 1st XI vs. Leicester Ivanhoe July 14 – 2nd XI vs. Leicester University Staff 2nd XI July 21 – 2nd XI vs. Fleckney Village July 22 – 2nd XI vs. Great Glen CC (Sunday) July 28 – 1st XI vs. Hathern Old CC 1st XI August 4 – 2nd XI vs. Bharat Sports 2nd XI August 11 – 1st XI vs. Hinckley CC BVCC Social events Saturday July 14 – BBQ, wine and cheese night! Do you fancy a snag on the barby? A wedge of cheese? Or are you a bit of a wine connoisseur? Come and join us as we at least try and act like we know what a good wine and piece of cheese tastes like! We only ask that you bring your favourite wine and cheese so you can try and educate us! The event will follow the 2nd XI’s
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Council housing COUNCILLORS IN Charnwood have approved plans to take direct control of the Council’s housing in a move which could save £638,000 per year. Charnwood Borough Council’s Cabinet voted in favour of the proposal to return the management of the homes to the Council from Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing (CNH), the Arms Length Management Organisation which has managed them since 2007. The money saved by bringing the management of people’s houses back under direct Council control will be put back into improving their homes. Cllr Jane Hunt, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Residents are at the heart of our services and we believe this move will mean we can invest in our properties to improve the quality of life for them. We already have a plan to invest £60million in our housing stock over the next five years. By bringing it back under our direct control we can maximise every penny of that investment. “We are absolutely committed to ensuring tenants are involved in the new organisation and will not notice any break in service during the transition. CNH staff will be welcomed into the council and become part of the team.” The transition could take between three to nine months to complete, with CNH staff being transferred to the Council. A financial appraisal of how the Council’s housing services are delivered was carried out by an independent firm, CIH Consulting, which identified the savings which could be made by bringing the service back under Council management. In addition, a test of opinion was also carried out which resulted in 75% of tenants opting for housing services to be brought back under the direct control of the Council. The Council’s contract with CNH was originally established in December 2007 to enable the Council to access government-held Decent Homes funding, as well as improve services to tenants. But changes to funding rules mean there is no longer a link between government cash and Councils with Arms Length management Organisations. Although the contract was for 10 years, it included the opportunity to break in June 2012.
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New Police Commander appointed THE CHARNWOOD Local Policing Unit (LPU) has a new commander. Inspector Gaynor Turner took over from Inspector Duncan Southall on Monday June 11, 2012. Inspector Southall, who ran Charnwood Local Policing Unit LPU for more than three years, has become a Counties’ Operational Support Inspector covering crime and incidents across the nine policing areas that make up the Counties’ BCU.
Pic: Insp Gaynor Turner Inspector Gaynor Turner has had a varied career with the police. She started working for the Force in 1996 as a call handler in the control room answering 999 calls. It wasn’t until December 2001 that she became a Police Constable and worked from Braunstone for a number of years before moving to Market Harborough in 2005 and was promoted to Sergeant in October of that year. From April 2007 she worked for two years as deputy LPU Commander at Market Harborough and from there was promoted to the post of Acting Operational Support Inspector for one year still based in the south of the County. In October 2011 she was promoted once again into the role as Temporary Operational Support Inspector covering the County of Leicestershire and Rutland, moving into the post of Charnwood LPU Commander in June 2012. Inspector Turner said: “I am looking forward to working at Charnwood and getting to work in partnership with the community, local authorities and other agencies. I hope to continue the good work that is already in place and plan to take every opportunity to reduce crime. Overall, crime across the local policing area is currently showing a reduction. Our main focus at the moment is burglary but we will of course continue to tackle a range of other issues including anti-social behaviour which can have a detrimental affect on people’s lives. Please don’t hesitate to report any problems to us. If you have any issues at all you can contact me by phone, email or letter.”
Lazy Days makes history A LOCAL businessman sailed his Dunkirk Little Ship along the Thames when he took part in the Jubilee river pageant in June. John Hoskins of Midland Window Installations and his ship Lazy Days, with crew including his wife Margaret, Mandy McGregor and Caroline King, took part in the historic pageant to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. He said: “To see smiles on the faces of all aboard as we passed her Majesty I will never forget for as long as I live. Even the heavy rain did not deter our enthusiasm to wave and cheer as we passed the royal party.” He added: “Being chosen to participate in the pageant was the easy bit, filling in forms and registering crew and family and preparing charts and passage planning was a time consuming marathon, but well worth all the extra effort to take part in this historic sail past for her Majesty the Queen.” Lazy Days, built in 1930, was one of the little ships that helped rescue Allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. The 34ft motor yacht spent three days at Dunkirk shipping troops from the beaches to the larger ships.
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Lazy Days replaced John’s previous Dunkirk Little Ship, Chumley, which he owned for 10 years and sailed to Dunkirk twice. John said: “While at the pageant, I was informed that Lazy Days took part in the 1953 Coronation Thames River Pageant and has made history again by
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Pre-school Jubilee parties THE ACORN Under 5s Preschool and Toddler Group celebrated the Jubilee with a party at Highcliffe school. Also pictured are the playhouse and the new storytelling chair.
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Colourful hats at Jubilee celebrations A TEA party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at St Theresa’s church raised £900 for Wishes for Kids. The church hall was packed, with many of the guests wearing elaborately decorated Jubilee themed hats. Spokeswoman Daphne Stevenson said: “A big thank you to all those people who helped us raise £900 and to the businesses in Birstall and Rothley who donated raffle prizes, and to those who gave individual prizes and all those who gave up their time to support us in so many ways.” Ladies at the Birstall Methodist Thursday Group also celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee with a party, and are pictured below. Pics: Musicians ‘Old Gold’ entertaining guests at the tea party at St Theresa’s & (below) Birstall Methodist Thursday Group
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Wartime at GCR THE GCR war weekend saw visitors enjoying the period atmosphere. Dozens of re-enactors in period outfits helped to set the scene. In Birstall, the assassination of a German officer by the French resistance, followed by a fire fight, entertained a large crowd on the platform. The centre pic shows the scene at Rothley Station.
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Guides gather litter BIRSTALL GUIDES donned boots and gloves and went walking round Watermead Country Park on a litter pick. Giving service to the community is an integral part of guiding so thanks to Paul Barker, Park Ranger for Leicester City Council, the girls were provided with all the right equipment to complete their task safely and successfully. The group focussed on the area around the iconic mammoth and Alderton Close car park, amusing passers-by with their enthusiasm and sense of competition as to which group could collect the most rubbish. Megan Lee (11) said: “I enjoyed being out in the fresh air and it was nice to know we were doing something for the environment.”
Guide Leader Gemma Lawrenson said: “It was brilliant to see the girls throw themselves into the task and really enjoy helping to make a difference in their local area. “It’s the first time we’d attempted something like this and the girls really enjoyed themselves.” The girls then learnt about biodiversity in the park by doing a quick study of
plant species and learning about all the different types of animals that inhabit the area. To finish, the reward was getting the opportunity to feed the geese and swans with bird seed. Paul was eager to educate the group on the appropriate way to feed the birds, explaining that bread is like junk food for them and can lead to problems for the geese such
as deformed wings and overpopulation. The girls thoroughly enjoyed their adventure and hope to be able to help out again in the future. If anyone is interested in volunteering with Girlguiding Birstall then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Pic: Birstall Guides on a litter pick
INFO Carers’ health buckling under the strain Carers Week survey shows two in five unpaid carers are sacrificing their own health by putting off medical treatment to care for an ill, frail or disabled loved one - as charities call for action to end the care crisis. The survey, completed by 3,400 carers (146 in the North East of England), also showed that caring had a negative impact on 75 per cent of carers’ physical health, with 35 per cent of carers sustaining a physical injury (such as back pain) through caring. A further 87 per cent said caring for a family member or friend has had a negative impact on their mental health. 62 per cent of carers blamed their poor health on a lack of practical support and 55 per cent on not enough financial support. The eight Carers Week charity partners say this is further evidence of a growing care crisis and are calling for better financial and practical support for the 6.4 million unpaid carers in the UK (294,000 in the North East), so they can look after their health and well-being. Many carers have delayed medical treatments ranging from a hernia operation to cancer screening as a result of their caring responsibilities. Tracy Sloan has cared for her son Philip, who has severe cerebral palsy, for 20 years. Last year, she put off a regular screening appointment and then discovered she had cancer – even after treatment, she had no time for recovery. “Looking after Philip is so full on, that it just didn’t occur to me to keep an eye on my own health. I was really shocked when I discovered I had cancer and needed an operation. I came home from hospital exhausted, emotional and fragile. I really needed the chance to rest but instead I had to deal with Philip’s demands too and that took its toll on my recovery.” Carers Week Manager Helen Clarke says; “It’s a scandal that carers can’t get the time or support they need to look after themselves which could be jeopardising their health as a result. Carers are feeling the strain of a woefully underfunded system and still we’re seeing more cuts. Unpaid carers save the Government a fortune - £119 billion a year, yet they’re let down in return. It is time for urgent action to tackle the crisis in social care.” Carers Week is calling for sustainable social care funding, better signposting and access to support services and for regular health checks to be offered to carers. Councils’ care home policy may cost families £millions a year, says charity Thousands of families in England may be paying councils millions of pounds a year for care home places that should be free, according to a report by older people’s charity Independent Age. The families are having to ‘top-up’ their elderly relatives’ care home fees
because some councils refuse to pay the full market cost themselves. Councils are required to provide an appropriate care home place to elderly people with few assets but the maximum rate they will pay in England is on average £4521 a week, compared to an average real cost of £5242. Around 55,000 families pay top-up fees3, and Independent Age has seen cases where families are asked to pay up to £300 a week extra for care that should be paid for by the council. The charity’s report, The real cost of care, outlines five ways our care home funding system penalises the average older person and their family, also shows how care home funding is a postcode lottery, with some councils in England willing to pay over £900 a week for care home places while neighbouring councils pay less than £400. This means that the top-up fees required of families can also vary widely. ‘It is unfair that family members are left to plug the gaps for fees that councils should be funding,’ says Independent Age Director of Policy Simon Bottery. ‘It happens because care funding is terribly complicated and in many cases relatives simply don’t understand the system. ‘We understand that councils are themselves struggling to find the money to fund care. This situation is further proof of the need for the government to radically reform care funding, along the lines recommended by the recent Dilnot Commission.’ Over 50s make a date with online shopping New research based on Saga Platinum credit card spend shows that on-line purchases by the over-50s are up by a quarter (25%) since 2010 and now account for £1 in every £8 spent on the card, compared to £1 in every £13 only two years ago. The biggest increases are for buying entertainment on-line. Older people are using new technology and are keen online shoppers. More than a quarter (27%) of the nation’s over 50s say they own a smart phone, iPad or other tablet computer; and it is the popularity of music downloads from sites such as iTunes that is the driving force behind the sevenfold increase in the number of on-line transactions for music. The traditional high street clothes shop will be comforted by the fact that clothes shopping is still something people prefer to do in-store, currently only 6% of the over 50s credit card transactions for clothes have been online. However, the survey is not good news for high street bookshops as Amazon has become a popular site for the over 50s buying books. On-line spend for books has nearly doubled since 2010. The trend in book purchases is little and often with people buying a book at a time rather than a selection.
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News from the churches A right royal month! June’s rainy weather fortunately failed to wash out the Jubilee celebrations in Birstall, and such events as the Fifties evening, recreating the life-style of the Queen’s early years on the throne, and Wanlip’s Jubilee lunch, survived the downpour (only by some very inventive use of the church and borrowed gazebos!). The Mothers’ Union Jubilee Tea and the Open Gardens also escaped the rain, but it has certainly left us all hoping that summer will really come into its own this month. Birstall Gala weekend, and other outdoor activities such as “Messy Church” barbecue on Saturday 7th (on St. James Church lawn) 4pm to 6pm, are very dependent on fine weather. Those setting out on the Parish holiday to Cheltenham on June 30 would also like to see some sun. However “Still, here”, a quiet day to be led by Stephen Crofts on Saturday July 14 from 10am to 3.30pm will take place, whatever the weather. Contact Stephen on 3279781 for more details. Links with other parishes It is some years now since the Church of England realised that, with the shortage of clergy throughout the country and the expense of maintaining many historic churches, some with very small congregations, much would be gained by forming partnerships between groups of churches within an area, to share resources. Until recently Birstall and Wanlip were linked with several parishes in the north of the city of Leicester. This was not entirely successful as the needs of the individual churches were very different. However we have now moved into a new partnership with what we hope will be a more fruitful sharing. Currently known as the Fosse Team (although a new title is being sought) the villages involved, in addition to Birstall and Wanlip - which remain a separate parish - are Syston, Thurmaston, Thrussington, Rearsby, Ratcliffe, Queniborough, East Goscote and Barkby. Already meetings have been held to discover which activities, training, resources and social events can be shared and the future is looking good. Such village events as the Scarecrow Trail round East Goscote on Saturday 7th July, a Preaching Workshop on Thursday July 26 at Thrussington and of course our annual Church Garden Fete in Birstall on Saturday August 25 can all be opportunities for getting together. This of course in no way affects our parish churches’ commitment to work whenever possible with friends locally in the Methodist and Catholic churches with whom we share a common purpose. From Beryl McHugh, Parish Church
Garden Trail Result Despite the inclement June weather, the 2012 Garden Trail was blessed with two find days, and the trail was well supported. The Methodist Church is grateful to all who helped, both beforehand and ‘on the day’. A special ‘Thank You’ to the garden owners who had spent so much time and effort preparing their gardens. It was a financial success too, in that £3700 was raised for church funds and ‘Prostaid’. OBE for an old friend The Methodist Church was delighted to hear that Andrew Reed was awarded as OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours, for his services to the community and to sport. Andy lived in Birstall until he left at 18 for further studies. He was a keen member of both our Boys’ Brigade and Youth Forum. Summer Circuit Meeting Regular worships at the Methodist Church are reminded that there is an open
meeting at 7.30 on Thursday July 12 at Edgehill Road, when all the six Churches in the Circuit will be represented. It is an opportunity to discuss the development of our Mission Agenda. Girls Brigade Meeting every Tuesday, our Girls’ Brigade goes from strength to strength. Mrs Susan Wheeler has been GB Captain since 1999, (and has been an officer for 18 years) The church is grateful for the huge amount of time and effort Susan has put in for the girls. Sonia Sherriff will take over as Captain from September. Like what happens at most churches, volunteers do put in a lot of time and effort. Susan Wheeler’s mother, Mrs Jean Yates, has accomplished 50 years as a Pastoral Leader within the Birstall Methodist Church. Jean was also the founding Captain of our Girls Brigade – 50 years ago! Ladies support local health The two Ladies groups have since last Autumn been raising funds for local health charities etc. The Monday group supporting ‘our space’ at LRI, the unit for children and young people with cancer, and the Thursday group supporting Alhzeimers Society and the Renal Unit at Loughborough hospital. Each year different charities are chosen by the ladies. Stewards continue Church Stewards in the Methodist Church usually hold the position for three years. Birstall Methodist Church is grateful to Mrs Lynne Biggins and Mr Alex Kome who have kindly agreed to continue in the position for a further year. The role covers a variety of tasks, but mainly to ensure arrangements for the Sunday Service are fully in hand. From Tony Moore, Methodist Church
The Olympics You will be aware that this country is hosting the “Games of the XXX Olympiad” from July 27 to August 12, followed by the Summer Paralympic Games and, for many people, it is a very exciting and much anticipated event. London is the first city to host the modern summer Olympic Games three times. An estimated 204 nations will be involved and some 10,500 athletes are expected to participate in 26 sports. We have a local interest as Team GB plans to use the training facilities at nearby Loughborough University. The athletes have been undertaking rigorous and disciplined training for many years in preparation for this summer and the chance to compete and we wish them the success they deserve. The Apostle Paul, in his first letter to the church in Corinth, compares himself to the participants in the local Isthmian Games. He wrote: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable [laurel] wreath, but we an imperishable.” (9:2425) The writer of the letter to the Hebrew Christians also draws on the athletic analogy, saying “… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (12:1-2) Services Our Sunday services are at 10.45 a.m. in the Community Room, Highcliffe Primary School and Community Centre, Greengate Lane (LE4 3DL) and you can be assured of a warm welcome. Our visiting speaker for July 15 will be John Todd (Loughborough). Further information and venues from July 22 to August 26: please ring 0116 2214883. From Anne Taylor, Birstall Independent Baptist Church
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