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Tributes paid to Noel TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to a well respected local man who championed his community and was devoted to local history. Noel Wakeling, dubbed ‘Mr Mountsorrel’, died on December 16 aged 83. His friend Geoff Wainwright said: “Noel loved Mountsorrel and would talk to anyone from anywhere who would listen to him but he was also a very good listener which is how he soaked up so much knowledge. He was a village lad, his ambition was to join the RAF which he did as a mechanic. He wanted this to be his career for life but having suffered a very bad motorcycle accident, his lifestyle was dramatically changed.” Continued on page 2

Pic: Lorraine Selby from Leicestershire Council (front row, left) hands over the keys of the library to Parish Council Clerk Lorraine Davies watched by campaigner Liz Blackshaw, volunteer Sylvia Stanton, Ruth Bosworth (library assistant) & Christine Baker (supervisor)

Library’s future secured THE LONG term future of Mountsorrel library has been secured. Leicestershire County Council have handed over the keys to the building to Mountsorrel Parish Council who will now assume responsibility for the management of the facility in an agreement that will see them buying back the library service from the county council for an annual fee (£23,920 for 2019/20)

It has been three years since the county council announced a string of libraries were facing closure due to cost cutting measures. Liz Blackshaw, long time campaigner for the library, said: “The building is owned by a private individual and was leased in perpetuity to the

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County Council for housing the library but three years ago officials met with parishioners to explain that their future plans for the county library service did not include Mountsorrel. “The meeting was packed out, there wasn’t even standing room, it was clear that feeling in the village was very strong. Less than 15 years previously we had raised a lot of money to make this building suitable for a library, we were not going to let it sit idle. So together we started a campaign, we ran petitions, held demonstrations and made representations to the Library Service and the Continued on page 2

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Council. “Economically it made sense to keep the library open. Not only was the building at the heart of development plans for the village but good evidence suggested that communities that were able to maintain a successful library service were more vibrant and more prosperous. Morally too it made sense to keep the library open. The village had raised a lot of money to open the library in the first place.” Steve Haywood, Chairman of Mountsorrel Parish Council, said: “The Parish Council is delighted that the Library Service will be retained in the Parish. It is an important service that should be retained. It will provide a learning hub that can be used by the school and local playgroups as well as other residents. The adult learning service will be able to continue to provide IT based courses. It is hoped that in the future the range of activities within the library will increase. The Parish Council are delighted with the response it has received from local residents willing to assist as volunteers in running the library, its services and activities and anyone who wants to become a volunteer should get in touch with the Parish Office.” Liz Blackshaw added: We made a strong case for keeping the library open and it’s been a long, hard and complex fight but I’m so pleased we succeeded. We are really grateful to the Parish council for all their work and support in this.” Mountsorrel library is housed in Mountsorrel Learning Centre on The Green, a building owned by Mr Will Antill and formerly known as Church House. He is setting up a charity in the next four to six months to which the County council will surrender its lease of the building. The parish council will then enter into a lease with the newly formed charity.

Noel then bought a Hog Dog trailer and his pitch was in the Rushes in Loughborough. Here he met his future wife, June, and within a year of meeting they were married in 1958. Later, together with his brother, David, he set up a motor body repair business at the family home in Market Place. Noel and his wife June lived on Market Place for fifty years, raising three sons: Barrie, Nigel and Martin. With the help of his uncle, Bernard Jones, Noel amassed a wealth of information in relation to Mountsorrel and its environs thus enabling him to be a major part of the Mountsorrel Heritage Group, of which he was a founder member. Noel’s involvement in village life was wide – the list includes: • Mountsorrel Heritage Group - and under its new title – Mountsorrel Museum & Heritage Trust • Mountsorrel Parish Council • The Swimming Pool committee – which eventually saw the construction of the Mountsorrel Leisure Centre • The Gala Committee – he involved his grandchildren and would build all sots of floats for them • Fundraising for the 1st Mountsorrel Scouts Group • The Bypass Committee • The Mountsorrel branch of the Royal British Legion – he served as its treasurer for over 25 years • A trustee of the Mountsorrel United Charities • The Mountsorrel & Rothley Community Heritage Centre – he was asked to meet Prince Charles at its Opening Ceremony • He presented many talks and slide shows - all relating to the history and geography of Mountsorrel. Chairman of Mountsorrel Parish Council Steve Haywood said: “The passing of Mr Mountsorrel has affected many

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THE MOUNTSORREL Heritage Group began their 2019 season with a talk by Katie Bridger on “Landscape History: What’s this all about then?”

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local people and organisations. The parish council sends its sincere condolences to the family. The church was filled to capacity on the day of his funeral which is indicative of the esteem in which he was held. He will be greatly missed.” Keith Hassall, Branch Chairman of Mountsorrel Royal British Legion, says the whole RBL community are deeply saddened by the death of Noel. Keith said: “Noel was a long standing member of the Legion and key member of the Mountsorrel Branch Committee, giving generously of his time and experience to keep the branch alive and in support of the Poppy Appeal. Our condolences go out to June and the family.”. A service of Celebration and Thanksgiving for Noel’s life was held at St Peter’s Church, Mountsorrel on January 3 when over 150 family and friends attended to pay tribute to Noel, our ‘Mr Mountsorrel’. Donations in lieu of flowers, amounted to £720 and will be passed on to support the charity ‘Duchenne UK’.

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The talk asked the question “Do people influence the landscape or does the landscape influence the people?” Using examples of the Leicestershire gentry in the fifteenth and sixteenth century the talk went on to explain how exploring the landscapes and delving through dusty archives we can reconstruct lost landscapes and societies. At the second meeting of the year the group held their Annual General Meeting where their Chairman Brian Stanton retired after five years along with Robin Davies who retired as a long standing trustee. New trustees were voted into office. The group also lost one of its founding members Noel Wakeling who passed away at the end of 2018. Noel was a fount of knowledge for Mountsorrel and will be missed not only by the group but by the community as a whole. The AGM was followed by an interesting and entertaining talk by Keith Foster on Mountsorrel roads, yards and bridges. Other talks and events planned during the year are talks on Charnwood Forest, Village Cinemas, the Vikings in and around Leicestershire, a petanque evening and hopefully some archeological digs .The group, who have now been running for 14 years, hope to announce an exiting development in the next few weeks .Anyone interesting in joining or attending the talks or events are more than welcome, they meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Mountsorrel Memorial Centre at

Brad Cooper A MOUNTSORREL builder aged 47 died suddenly at his home on Kingfisher Road in December. Brad Cooper of BC Construction was taken ill at lunchtime on Saturday December 29. Paramedics arrived but were unable to save Mr Cooper, who had suffered a burst vein. His funeral was attended by 200 friends and family and was held at Loughborough crematorium. The reception following the funeral took pace at the Quorndon Fox Hotel where friends and family celebrated his life.

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Lucy’s basketball gold with team GB A SPORTSWOMAN from Mountsorrel helped the GB Junior Women’s Wheelchair basketball team win gold at the Under 24 European championship. Lucy Robinson (19) was the joint top scorer with 16 points in the gold medal match against Germany, watched by her proud family who had travelled to France to see her win. Lucy took up wheelchair basketball with

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Three rosettes A MOUNTSORREL restaurant has received more recognition for the quality of its food. John’s House on Loughborough Road has been awarded three rosettes by the AA, having already received one Michelin star The AA has been awarding rosettes to restaurants since 1956, with the top award of five rosettes being introduced in 1991. The AA say a three rosette award is for outstanding restaurants that demand national recognition well beyond their local area. John’s House is run by chef John Duffin. After years of working in some of the country’s top restaurants, John returned to his family’s Stonehurst Farm where he opened the restaurant in 2014. Many of the restaurant’s ingredients are sourced from the family farm.

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Parish Council notes grant funding could commence. A full meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on December 12. It was agreed to donate £500 to the royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, and to award a grant of £200 to Charnwood First Responders. The council agreed to amend its Standing Orders, relating to public participation at meetings. Public participation shall not exceed 30 minutes unless directed by the chairman and members of the public shall not speak for more than five minutes. Full details of the Standing Orders can be viewed on the council’s website. A traffic speed survey carried out by the Police on Halstead Road from October 3-10 found that 21% of vehicles exceeded the enforcement threshold of 10% + 2 mph. A full meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on January 14. Chairman Steve Haywood reported that two former councillors had died: Mrs Zena Mary Daley and Mr Noel Wakeling. It was agreed to appoint Leicestershire and Rutland Association of Parish Councils to assist the council with its recruitment of the new general manager post at the Memorial Centre. It was agreed to accept the service level agreement and licence to occupy that will ensure the continued operation of the library. Management and operation of the library has now passed from the county council to the parish council.

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A FULL meeting of Mountsorrel Parish Council was held on November 12. Chairman Steve Haywood thanked everyone who had contributed to making the centenary Remembrance events such a success. Mr G Freestone gave a presentation on the current progress of the three year strategy for the council with particular emphasis on the Memorial Centre. A stakeholder workshop had been held in October to which several local groups had sent representatives. An analysis had been produced and copies were available. A further workshop with users of the centre was planned. In public participation, questions were put regarding the 2019/20 budget and precept, and the level of the council’s reserves. The chairman confirmed there would be no increase in the precept for 2019/20. The council agreed a budget for 2019/20 and set a precept of £543,865. The council agreed to make the Memorial Centre, War Memorial Fields and pavilion, The Green and the Parish Rooms available for Revival 2019. At a meeting of the council’s Recreation and Amenities Committee on November 26, it was reported that questionnaires had been circulated to all pupils at Mountsorrel primary school about play equipment at the Loughborough Road play area. Chairman Steve Haywood also visited the school to talk to pupils at an assembly. An analysis of responses showed that the preferences were for swings, slide, playhouse, monkey bars, zip wire. The council has budgeted £40,000 in 2019/20 for the play area but estimated costs were £120,000, so grant funding would have to be sought. It was agreed to request a scheme from play equipment providers so that applications for


Special event to celebrate REVIVAL THE SIXTH Mountsorrel REVIVAL will be held this August and a special event is being held on March 3 to thank all its supporters and to share what’s in store for 2019. Organised by the Mountsorrel Community Team (MCT), REVIVAL is a village wide event that attracts thousands of visitors. The informal evening on March 3 at the Memorial Centre will start at 5pm and visitors will hear about the background to REVIVAL and how the organisers are responding to feed back from last year’s event. “We also think it’s only right that we thank all those who help REVIVAL hap-

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our success with the people who we rely on year on year. This includes individual volunteers, our funders and sponsors and anyone else who made a contribution, no matter how small.” In addition to existing supporters, the MCT are also inviting any other members of the community to come and share in the celebration. Graham said: “We have always been keen to ensure that the MCT and Revival is community driven. So the event is also open to anyone who lives in Mountsorrel who wants to hear more about we do. We are always looking for new volunteers, but we would love to also see people who are just

Number week at nursery CASTLE VIEW Day Nursery, based in Mountsorrel, held a 'Number Week' in early February in aid of the NSPCC. Throughout the week they held a variety of activities aimed at helping the children with their number skills. Games and activities included giant snakes and ladders, find the numbers in the sand, park the correct amount of cars in the numbered space and search for numbers when out and about on walks around the village. They also had a number themed bake sale and altogether they raised £47.30 to donate to the NSPCC. “The children had a great week which really enthused their interest in numbers, counting, simple adding and subtracting and number recognition” said nursery director Jayne Butler.

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Pancake Race Sun Mar 3, 2pm at the main hall of the Memorial Centre Races for: mum, dad, youth, children, family relay, inter-church

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Organ Recitals Sunday March 17, 8pm Edward Byrne & Dominic Remedios Organ scholars, Loughborough Endowed Schools Sunday April 14, 8pm Angela Sones Director of Music, All Saints Church, Lichfield Admission free Donations for the church development fund Buffet from 7.30pm

Letters and Stitch Easter Eggstravaganza Creative Workshop! Wednesday 17th April 10am 12pm Rothley Village Hall Come along for a morning of Easter themed crafty makes and sensory fun! . £6 per child including refreshment. For more info and booking visit FB: 'Easter Eggstravaganza Creative Workshop!' or 'Letters and Stitch 2'

Bradgate Sewing Circle Have you thought about joining a friendly craft and chat group? If so why not come along to the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane,

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Peter Pan on Fri March 8 starting at 7pm and Sat March 9, 2pm and 7pm in Humphrey Perkins Community Centre, Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar, LE12 8JU. This is a magical and very funny pantomime version of the novel by J.M. Barrie. It is largely faithful to the original story with the addition of a dame, Nana, the new nursemaid who has replaced a dog, leading to lots of ‘doggy’ jokes. Captain Hook is the best kind of panto baddie and his pirate sidekicks are suitably stupid. The pirate comedy duo Line and Sinker are chased relentlessly by the Indian squaws Shy-Ann and Sioux. There are lots of opportunities for slapstick including a traditional ‘He’s behind you’ scene, a mop drill on board ship and a scene with a large inflatable fish. Tickets cost is very reasonable: Standard £8; Concessions of every sort £6; Family (2+2) £24. You can buy them by PayPal or card from www.busca.org.uk, or from the Flower Shop, High St, or Barrow Library or from members of the cast. Enquiries and Box Office: 07718 153117 Do join us – it will be a hilarious and colourful show From 10am to 1pm on Saturday April 13th Mountsorrel Methodist Church will be holding its annual

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Spring Fayre This year the event will incorporate a Table Top Sale. Refreshments will be served from 10am with lunches being available from 12 noon until 1pm. Bookings are now being taken from individuals or charities who wish to reserve a table. For further information contact Sue Wainwright – tel. 01162376979 or e.mail mountsorrel2310@btinternet.com

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Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust Regular indoor meetings are held in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall on the second Wednesday every month from September to May starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 for LRWT members, £3 for visitors, children free, including refreshments. Wednesday March 13th 2019 at 7.30pm AGM followed by Charnwood Lodge - Leicestershire’s last wilderness? A talk by Neil Pilcher, Senior Conservation Officer, LRWT Neil’s talk will cover the snippets of history discovered about the reserve; management work on the reserve and why it is undertaken and the wildlife recorded there

Film Presentations Friday 15th March: ‘Darkest hour’ Rothley Centre 2.00pm Raffle & free refreshments A thrilling and inspiring true story begins as Churchill (Gary Oldman) becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain and must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. Friday 19th / 26th April: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rothley Centre 2.00pm Raffle & free refreshments Bohemian Rhapsody is a footstomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet Over 60's- £5.50, otherwise £5 for concessions

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What is Dementia? Age Uk Leicestershire & Rutland and Cedar Mews Care Home at Hallam Fields in Birstall are holding another in their series of FREE Family Carer Workshops on Thursday 14 March between 2pm – 4pm. Come and join us at our Dementia Friends Session and gain a clearer understanding of dementia, what it’s like to live with memory loss and how you can help your loved one. Q&A and Networking opportunities at the end of the session, along with refreshments! To book – please contact Jeanette Silver at Age Uk on 01509 260327 or Cedar Mews Care Home on 0116 267 4835

Art event in woodland setting LOCAL ART group ArtSpace, including members from Mountsorrel, are staging the biggest woodland art event to happen in Charnwood for decades. Mountsorrel artist Nita Rao, main creator behind the event, has undertaken an eight week ‘artist residency’ in the spectacular woodland setting to wet the public appetite and set the scene. This will be followed by a six week long sculpture trail leading through the woodland featuring artworks from eleven commissioned artists. The Sculpture Trail in Charnwood’s Outwoods, just outside Loughborough, will be opened with a weekend art event, including creative public drop-in workshops, on April 27 & 28. Nita’s residency started on February 18 and will continue until the opening of the Sculpture Trail. Mountsorrel based photographer and ArtSpace member Tony Thory, said: “Last year’s smaller event was such a success, and because the public appetite for opportunities to be creative outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings was clearly so large, ArtSpace members decided to go all out and stage a bigger and better event that would last longer and meander through a large part of the woodland.” As artist in residence, Nita will spend two or three days a week developing new work in the woods from natural and found materials, taking inspiration from the Outwoods itself. The eleven commissioned artists will be creating and installing their work on site over the Easter holiday period, April 15-26, allowing visitors to observe the process and talk with the artists. The opening event for the sculpture trail will include two days of public

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Disco for people with learning disabilities With DJ Dolly and Chris Every Monday except bank holidays and during big performances Mountsorrel Memorial Centre 12-30pm – 2:30pm Adults 4pm – 5pm Under 16’s £2 per service user to cover costs, carers free Once a month in association with Safe Well and Happy for extra activities Peppercorns Cafe open for refreshments

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Christmas event draws in the crowds THOUSANDS OF visitors attended the Festive Fayre and Christmas Lights Switch On event at Mountsorrel Memorial Centre in December. The main hall was full of food, drink and gift stalls, there was music from Christchurch and St Peter’s school choir, Ratby mid brass band and Kevin Shepherd and Charnwood’s Mayor Christine Harris turned on the lights. One review left on the Centre’s facebook page said: “The Christmas lights switch on community event was fantastic. A lovely atmosphere of the whole village coming together in such a fantastic venue. Well done.” www.mountsorrelmemorialcentre.co.uk Facebook – Mountsorrel memorial Centre

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TWO MEN were arrested after a car chase in Birstall. Police pulled over a Volkswagen Golf on School Lane on Monday January 7. The driver of the vehicle sped off in reverse, but was stopped on Wanlip Lane when it crashed into some railings outside Riverside school. The occupants of the car were both aged 20 and were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs. Police found cannabis, a knife and cash when they searched the car.

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Free day centre in Mountsorrel AGE UK Leicester Shire & Rutland are offering a FREE day centre for older people living in Mountsorrel.

World cruise evening YOU CAN set off on a world cruise embarking at Mountsorrel Working Men’s Club on April 27. The concert hall at the club will be converted into the flagship cruise liner the SS Moonlight, and the evening will be spent stopping off in Paris, Egypt, Argentina and New York before returning to England to finish the night on the dance floor. Having previously organised a Medieval banquet and a murder mystery, this year the Mountsorrel Community Team’s annual themed dinner event will recreate the golden age of cruising. Local firm Rival Catering will provide a four course dinner and there will be shipboard games, surprises, a cabaret and dancing. Tickets are £24 – for enquiries or to book call Ian Shonk on 07940 511449.

Friendly local group THE MOUNTSORREL Townswomen’s Guild is one of Mountsorrel’s longest established groups and one of the remaining TWG Groups in Leicestershire.

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It has a thriving membership that not only have two meetings a month but are actively involved in village activities and undertake trips and social outings throughout the year. They are currently compiling their programme of talks and activities for 2019. The next talks are Linda Robinson ‘Colour in the Garden’ on March 7 followed two weeks later with a talk on ‘The Lingerie Business’ by Julia Symons. The members meet on the first & third Thursdays of each month at 7.30pm in the parish rooms on Leicester Road and they are always pleased to see new members. “If you are fed up with repeat after repeat on TV why not pop along for a cup of tea and meet new friends” said a spokesperson for the group.

The service is funded by the local United Charities and is held every Monday at Sorrell Court, The Green, Mountsorrel. The service has been running successfully for several years and provides a valuable social activity for older people who are feeling lonely or isolated or who would simply welcome the opportunity to meet with like-minded people on a regular basis. There are many reasons why people join one a day centre, including to: • Maintain independence • Socialise with other local people • Give carers a break with the peace of mind that they are being well looked after • Have a few hours away from home • Participate in group activities and get out into the community for lunch or trips to local attractions • Recover and rehabilitate, giving short term support after a hospital stay or bereavement • Enjoy a hot meal prepared for them in the company of friends. Service Manager Anthony Massey said: “Whatever the reason for joining, we find that members reap the longerterm rewards of a healthier, more rewarding and better quality of life by participating in our community-based group. “The group can accommodate a wide range of abilities and disabilities, including physical disability, reduced mobility and mental health needs. We also provide culturally appropriate support to meet the needs of older people from black and minority ethnic communities.”

He added: “Day centres can be a lifeenriching gateway to companionship, activities and the outside world. They provide practical support and information in a supportive environment and can help members to access other services. Our day care centres are fun and excittoo” ing places. We get to know our clients If you would like to find out more well so that we understand the things about the service or arrange to visit, they enjoy, how they want to be support- please call our care services team on ed and what is important to them, so we 0116 222 0572 or 0116 222 0558. can offer support that fulfils their personal tastes and interests.” The service, including transport, is FREE but members are asked to make a £6 contribution to lunch and refreshments. Age UK appreciates that it can sometimes be daunting to try something new and would encourage anyone interested HAVING OUTGROWN the space in the to come along for a free taster day with lunch on us. This will provide the oppor- Youth Café, this year’s pancake race tunity to try the service without making a will be held in the main hall of the new Memorial Centre. commitment. Organised by Mountsorrel Community Comments from existing members Team (MCT), there will be races for include: mums and dads, families, children and “I don't think I'd rather be anywhere pub and church teams. else but here. I really do enjoy being A spokesman said: “The Youth Café here … I am glad I come.” team will take over the kitchens to pro“All I can say is that, anyone who doesn't go there is missing out on some- vide pancakes and refreshments and there will be lots of space for spectators thing.” to sit comfortably watching the fun while “It’s enriched my life … and it gives me something different to talk about and enjoying pancakes, snacks and drinks.” Admission is free and you can turn to think about” up on the day just to watch or to race – “I get conversation instead of talking champions will be presented with winto myself” ners’ certificates. “Well, it gets me out once a week, The event will be held at 2pm on Sun which I wouldn't do otherwise” March 3 at the Mountsorrel Memorial “I’d certainly miss it if anything happened to it, and I think the others would Centre

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Contact us THE MOUNTSORREL Post is delighted to receive contributions from residents. You can send us: Details of a community event such as a rummage sale, fete or coffee morning for free publication on our ‘Noticeboard’ page. Items of news - we’re interested in everything: club and society news, prizewinners, charity events, church news, complaints, praise, new projects, new facilities, trips, sport, crime, anything that concerns or interests you. A letter for our letters page - we welcome letters on any issue, local or national. All letters must include the sender’s name and address (though not necessarily for publication). Photos - we particularly welcome old photographs giving an insight into local history. How you can contact us: Phone or Fax (0116) 4422067 Hand in your items at Mountsorrel Library, Rothley Library or Birstall Library Write to us at The Mountsorrel Post, Greenacres, The Sidings, Leicester LE4 3BR Email: editor@birstallpost.co.uk The Mountsorrel Post is an independent newspaper

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Help lend a hand on the river A RAPIDLY growing charity needs new volunteers to help visitors enjoy a day on the river. Following the launch of a nationwide fund raising campaign during November 2017, The Baldwin Trust, a local waterways based community charity, now has a different problem to solve! The Trust was set up in 1983 to help patients of the Baldwin Ward at the former Leicester Frith Hospital by giving them therapeutic trips on the tranquil waters of the local river and canal system. The Trust is a Charity crewed entirely by volunteers to provide enjoyable days out for people of all ages and physical abilities. The boats are fitted with ramps

Pics: A Baldwin Trust river trip and (left) volunteer crew aboard a boat

great day on the water. Set the task of securing funds to replace both of its 30+ year old narrow boats; the funding team and volunteers have been successful in raising adequate funds to order the first of the new 68 foot long narrow boats. Construction started in February and completion is expected during July 2019. Spokesman Alisdair Macintyre said: “Having transported nearly 2,000 members of our community on the canals and rivers of Leicestershire during 2018, we have been surprised and delighted by the level of support to acquire the first and lifts for easy access for wheelchairs new boat but now find that we need and other mobility issues. They are also more volunteers and experienced skipvery happy to arrange trips for family pers to man the increased fleet of three and community groups wishing to have a boats by August this year! We never expected this to happen so quickly!”

They have recruited 15 new volunteers during the last six months but need at least 15 more to meet the growing demand from disadvantaged people of all ages to enjoy a day on the river. Alisdair said: “Can you help? Are you interested in using your spare time to help those less able than you? If you enjoy the outdoors and time by the waterside or may have some sailing experience, working with this Trust could be just right for you!” You can visit the web site for the Trust at www.baldwintrust.co.uk and fill out the volunteer application form and return it to the Trust or you can write to: The Secretary, 52, Johnson Road, Birstall, Leicester, LE4 3AS with your details.

Touch screen display A LARGE 55 inch touch display screen has been installed at the Mountsorrel and Rothley Heritage Centre. Provided thanks to fundraising by Rothley primary school, the new display has been installed in the downstairs heritage room. A spokesman said: “At present there are over 200 photos, videos, and narrations for you to watch on the display, these will be added to over the coming months as we scan and index the wealth of historical information that has been loaned to us. This should give visitors a taste of what is planned for our Discovery Centre and allow you to see historical content with much more detail than would be possible in a book or on a display board. “A massive thank you to Rothley Primary School for raising the funds to allow us to buy this.”

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The proposed increase would see the annual charge for an average Band D property rise £5 (4.27 per cent) to £122.09 from April 1, 2019. It is also being proposed to keep the Loughborough Special Rate, paid by residents of Loughborough and the equivalent of a parish precept in villages, at the same rate, £74.97. Councillor Tom Barkley, Lead Member Green and then walk away the gentleman for Finance and Property Services, said: said he believed it wasn’t against the law “We are proposing to increase our local to let a dog foul on a public grassed element of council tax for the next finanarea that wasn’t a lawn. cial year. I never pick it up in a morning, it’s “Local government funding remains dark and I haven’t got time because I challenging and in order to protect our have to go to work I’m going to be late frontline services, we have put forward now. (7am, Rothley Rd near the Co-op) what we believe is a reasonable proposal. It’s Christmas day we’re new dog “It would mean we will still have one owners and thought it was okay to let of the lowest council tax rates in the him do it on a field (This again was on country. We are also proposing to freeze The Green) the Loughborough Special Rate once I never bother picking it up in winter again. it’s not worth it. “Even with this increase, it will still How the f*** do you expect me to mean we will have to use some of our pick up s*** when I’ve got an umbrella reserves in order to balance the books as well as a dog (A charming young lady for 2019/2020.However, because of careon a very wet day on Halstead Road) ful planning in the past, our financial Needless to say they were all given position will remain strong which will dog bags and advised accordingly, and allow us to continue to offer excellent all did eventually pick up their mess. services for residents.” None of the seventeen offenders were Charnwood Borough Council currently owners that I’d had to speak to before or has the 23rd lowest council tax charge since. In fact two of them actually waved out of 201 district councils in the country. dog bags at me on another occasion to Council tax pays for a range of servicprove they had them! es provided Charnwood Borough Council,

Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue and the parish council where you live. The Charnwood element accounts for less than 10 per cent of the total bill.

Film shot locally THE GCR railway featured in the recently released film ‘Stan and Ollie’ starring Steve Coogan and John C Reilly Parts of the film were shot aboard carriages along the line and shots of the train station were filmed at Loughborough. The film is a comedy drama about the famous comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in their later years as they travel around the UK and Ireland in 1953 on a music hall tour. The GCR has been used as a film location for the films ‘Enigma’ and ‘The Hours’ as well as for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ and the TV show, Top Gear

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Since the clocks changed in October and winter arrived the amount of excrement on the pavements has really increased. This is the same all over the village. These are some excuses I’ve had from some of the seventeen dog owners that I’ve observed not picking up recently and spoken to. It’s dark, I didn’t think anyone would see me. It’s fiddly to pick up when you’re wearing gloves. It’s too muddy to go on the field so that’s why I’m on the pavement, I don’t need bags on the field so I don’t carry them. When I approached a couple who stood and watched their dog foul on The

CHARNWOOD BOROUGH Council is proposing to raise its share of council tax by 9p a week for a Band D property.

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MOINTSORREL PARISH Council employs a dog warden and her January report to the council provides an insight into her job:


Locally made feature film screened in village FOLLOWING A sold-out world premiere in Loughborough and a glitzy star-studded UK premiere in London, the ambitious zero budget feature film “Do something, Jake” came to the Mountsorrel Memorial Centre in January.

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Shot in November 2015 and starring actors from Mountsorrel, Loughborough, Leicester and the Midlands, as well as from London and New Jersey in the USA, the film was produced with the in-kind help of local people, film graduates, the 20/20 charity and local businesses. It was shot entirely in and around Loughborough including key scenes in Mountsorrel – at the Paper Shop and outside Top Gear. Producer Caroline Spence said: “The film is gathering acclaim, not only for its unusual storyline, but also the story behind its production. Unlike other ultra-low-micro budget films that claim

to be ‘no-budget’ , Do Something Jake literally had £0.00 for production, with the cinema DCP (Digital Cinema Package) and BBFC classification (15) obtained via a crowd funding campaign.”

She added: “Throughout the filming process, the producers were able to offer work experience, on-the-job training, referrals and CV points to university graduates and people of all ages wishing to make a start in the film industry. So it was more than just making a movie – it was about education, experience and creating opportunity for everyone.” With a mix of humour, noir and criminal menace, ‘Do something Jake’ offers a fresh angle on the UK crime thriller – a British film that does not feel ‘British’. This helped by Hollywoodinspired screenwriting and bold cinematography, plus the appearance of award winning New York actor Ed Bergtold (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), and post-production crews from Europe and Los Angeles. www.dosomethingja ke.com

THE DECISION to approve a budget which will see more than 100 extra police officers on the streets of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland has been welcomed by the Force’s Chief Constable. Simon Cole said he was delighted that the budget, proposed by the Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach, had been approved by the Police and Crime Panel at its meeting in February. The overall package contains an increase in the amount of money paid by local people in their council tax, and Mr Cole said the money would be invested wisely. He said: “For the first time in nearly ten years we enter a new financial year with an increase in the money available to fund policing services, and the vast majority of the additional cash will go straight to the front line and into the heart of our communities.” Of the 107 new officers: 60 will be patrol officers based in the eight neighbourhood police areas 24 new detectives will be based in the neighbourhood police areas 8 new beat officers will be placed in the proactive teams dealing with current and emerging issues in each of the neighbourhood areas 8 new officers will tackle emerging crime on a proactive basis 7 new officers will focus on the crime that impacts upon the most vulnerable in our communities Of these 107 extra officers, it is expected that 80 will be recruited in the 2019-20 financial year, with the remaining 27 coming on board in 2020-21. Lord Willy Bach, Leicestershire’s Police & Crime Commissioner, said he was delighted to see such a significant growth in local officers, something he has consistently pledged to deliver.

However, he added that it was disappointing that this needed to be funded by a 12% increase in the amount local people pay towards policing boosted by a further £5.1M from reserves over the next four years. In December 2018 the Government made it clear that it expected Police and Crime Commissioners to increase the amount of council tax paid towards policing by £24 for a Band D household in 2019-20. A survey, carried out by the PCC, found that over 70% of respondents were willing to pay the increased amount. Thanking the public for its support, Willy Bach said he was determined to see additional funding from this increase invested in the things that matter most to local people. “People want to see more police in communities and this budget will enable us to recruit 107 extra officers," he said. "I'm delighted that we are at last in a position to see real growth in officer numbers, but I should be clear that this is only happening due to an increase in the police portion of the council tax and a hefty chunk from our Reserves. “It is hugely disappointing that the Government expects local people to pay more towards policing but if I am to increase officer numbers I have no option but to raise the police precept. “Local people are now paying the price for years of austerity, but PCCs have been left with no alternative. Even this will not solve all the financial challenges. Of every additional £24 raised, £14 will be used to pay for rising costs and overheads, leaving just £10 to invest in new resources. To protect our plans in the future I have agreed to use money from our reserves over the next four years.” 11


Colourful Christmas tree festival Planning FIFTY BEAUTIFULLY decorated trees filled Mountsorrel’s Christ Church for its Christmas tree festival in December.

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350 visitors enjoyed the spectacle over the weekend of December 8 and 9 and voted for their favourite. Visitor donations plus the sale of refreshments and contributions by exhibitors enabled over £700 to be passed to the Sorrel Youth Café, exceeding last year’s total by £30. A spokesman said: “We are very grateful for the efforts to decorate the trees, for the generous help to the refreshments team and the time people gave to steward the church and to serve refreshments.” After the votes were counted, the results were: Community Tree : 1st Mountsorrel Library, 2nd Christ Church & St Peter’s Craft group, 3rd Rose Cottage rest home School tree (class names) 1st Kingfishers, 2nd Owls, 3rd Chaffinches and Starlings

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