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No. 102

Solar park in Thurcaston fields

PLANS TO build 250 homes and a relief road off Mountsorrel Lane in Rothley will be decided this December.

PLANS FOR a 37 acre solar park in Thurcaston have been announced. Green Switch Solutions’ proposal is to erect dozens of three metre tall solar panels in two fields either side of Thurcaston Lane. The panels will be erected in rows in the fields, which are owned by the Charnwood Trust and currently used for grazing. Green Switch Solutions say: “The impact on character and views will be limited because of the small height and

little movement of the panels. The nature of the solar panel farm is reversible, reducing its impact which is likely to be decommissioned after 25 years.” A spokesman for Thurcaston Action Group said: “We have just become aware of the Solar Farm application. This development will be of interest to residents of both Thurcaston and Cropston and so we will encourage discussion at a Parish Council meeting at the

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earliest opportunity. “Thurcaston Action Group are keen to gauge local opinion on the Solar Farm application before forming a view on this possible development. TAG will monitor this, and any related planning applications, very closely.” The solar park will generate 7MW of electricity. The 132m wind turbine that will be erected in Wanlip later this year by Severn Trent has a 3.3MW capacity.

December decision on homes

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Pic: the proposed location

Government proposals for achieving the national renewable energy target require that 15% of all energy used in the UK be supplied from renewable energy sources by 2020. Planning application P/13/1621/2.

A planning inspector will consider an appeal by the developers William Davis Limited on December 10. The inquiry is expected to last four days. In June, Charnwood Borough Council recommended that the plans be refused on the grounds that it reduces the area of separation between Rothley and Mountsorrel. Rothley Parish Council are pressing for the maximum amount of developer contributions for the village, and it will Continued on page 2



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Continued from page 1 seek to have green spaces within the site protected from future development. William Davis’s plans include the creation of a new area of public open space next to Rothley cemetery and provision of 30 per cent affordable housing. The new link road is expected to reduce

Pic: Florence King

congestion on Linkfield Road in Mountsorrel. Documents relating to the appeal can be found in the Planning Explorer section of Charnwood’s website. The planning reference is P/12/2005/2


ROTHLEY PARK Golf Club’s Ladies Champion, Florence King, will be heading off to the USA in August to attend the University of New Orleans in Louisiana.


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She will be studying for a business and marketing degree as well as playing collegiate golf for the university, one of the highest ranking US Athletics colleges. Florence (18), a member at Rothley for two years, signed up with golf scholarship recruitment specialist ProDreamUSA. Last summer the company put together a ‘profile’ and a 10 minute video of her swing which was then promoted to hundreds of universities across the states. Florence studied hard through the winter to get the grades she needed for a scholarship. Just before Christmas she accepted an offer from New Orleans, one of many offers she received. She said: “The hardest choice for me was deciding which university to sign with, I had to consider both the academic strengths but also the athletics department, the weather, how easy it was to fly to and lots of other considerations. I also wanted to attend university in a southern state. “I will gain so much from the experience, get to live in a completely different culture for four years whilst getting my degree and also travelling across the states playing collegiate golf, not many

19 year olds get an opportunity like that. I am so lucky to have had the support of my family, friends and members of Rothley Park, and my golf coach Steve Cooper at Gainsborough Golf Club.” The next issue of

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Huge response as village objects to plans HUNDREDS OF Rothley residents have responded to a campaign urging them to object to plans to build 1500 homes on the edge of Rothley.


MEMBERS OF the Rothley Royal British Legion visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to pay their respects to members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in conflict since World War II.


Visit to memorial

New Wanlip link road & bypass


In July, Rothley Parish Council, published and distributed a leaflet in the village about the plans. It contained a letter objecting to the proposals and invited residents to send it to Charnwood New primary directly or via a local collection box. school Parish Councillor Olwen Jones said: “The Action Alert campaign produced a great response from the village. Thanks to everyone who took the trouble to deliver a resounding verdict of ‘unsound’ on Charnwood Borough Council’s Core Strategy. “The Parish Council heard from Pic: Cllr Olwen Jones sets off to deliver the nearly 500 villagers who put their objection letters name to the letter which were delivered in person on the consultation deadline of July 22. Thanks are also due to all the other villagers who responded to the consultation process by post or email directly to Charnwood.” Charnwood’s plans are included in its Local Plan – the proposals for ‘North Birstall’ also include 15 hectares of employment land, health facilities, a new primary school, a supermarket, a Wanlip link road and four pitches for Local Plan and if it is considered sound travelling show people. it will be adopted on October 2014. A planning inspector will rule on the



Lecturer presents talks TALKS ON North Korea, Brazil and ancient China by a retired history lecturer will be given at the Rothley Centre from October. Dr Michael Lynch’s first series of talks in 2012 proved popular and on October 15 he will be talking about North Korea, having just returned from a visit to that country. On November 19 he will deliver a talk on Brazil and on January 21 his subject will be ‘The Eunuchs and Concubines of Ancient China’. Ticket prices are £5 and the venue is the Rothley Centre. Doors open at 7pm and there will be a Q&A session. The talks have been organised by Rothley Conservative Association. To book contact Norman Pratt on 0116 2375254 or send your cheque made

out to the Rothley CA together with a stamped, addressed reply envelope to 17 Windmill End, Rothley LE7 7RP. Book early to be sure of your place.

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Spokesman Norman Pratt said: “The comradeship and empathy is very much to the fore in the many memorials which are spread around the National Arboretum 150 acre site. It is a spiritually uplifting and a very beautiful place which we should be proud of. The RAF Association Remembrance Garden, the Women’s Royal Naval Service, The Fire & Rescue Service, The Railways Industry Memorial, The Falkland Islands Memori-

al and the South Atlantic Task Force Memorial are only some of the heart tugging and memory stimulating items on show. “It really is a great place to visit and the Rothley Group thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all agreed it was a great and interesting day out.” Pic: (l-r) Bob Hendry, Secretary & Treasurer of the Rothley RBL; Meg Hendry, Chairman of the Rothley branch; Ted Boardman & Alex Alexandre




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Sun shines for Parish garden trail dens, opening their garden, making refreshments, allowing use of their car park, putting up posters, delivering leaflets or tolerating the numerous parked cars! It was another great community weekend!”

HUNDREDS OF visitors spent a sunny weekend in June visiting gardens opened to the public by their owners in Thurcaston and Cropston. The annual Open Gardens event is organised by the Richard Hill School PTA. Spokeswoman Linda Bennett said: “We were delighted to see so many people obviously enjoying two beautiful afternoons wandering around the various open gardens of the parish, stopping here and there for a cream tea, ice-cream or just a sit down to enjoy their surroundings! “We would like to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who so generously opened their gardens for this year’s event. The gardeners themselves were also thrilled to see so many people and really appreciated visitors’ comments on all their hard work. The school garden was also open on the Saturday where visitors could see the results of the children’s green-fingered skills, whilst members of the PTA served delicious cream teas.” The event has raised just over £1400 which will go towards various projects for the children at the village school. Linda said: “Many thanks to everybody who contributed to the success of the weekend, whether by visiting gar-


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WEA Star players at charity match courses OPPORTUNITIES WITH the Birstall & Rothley WEA this autumn. Drawing With Mixed Media An opportunity to explore a range of creative techniques whilst developing the basic principles of drawing. This course will be excellent for returning learners wishing to hone their drawing skills but will also be appropriate for beginners looking to be inspired. Mediums covered will include graphite, charcoal, pastels, water soluble crayons, inks and mixed media. Learning is supported by demonstrations, one to one discussion and examples of artists’ work. Tutor: Jo Sheppard. Fee £70, discounted: £63 (not available to the retired) or Free Venue: The Rothley Centre, 12 Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley LE7 7PR Date: Monday 1–3pm, 10 meetings from September 16, 2013 The Habsburgs In an age when family history has become popular, we look at one of the most influential families in European history. It began as minor nobility in the early Holy Roman Empire, became holders in the title of Emperor, and is still recognisable. At one time it controlled vast territories in Europe, America and the Far East and even in its last stages it was removed from power only as a result of external rather than internal forces. Tutor: Aubrey Newman Fee £52.50, discounted: £47.25 (not available to the retired) or Free Venue: The Rothley Centre, 12 Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley LE7 7PR Date: Tuesday 10–11.30am, 10 meetings from September 17, 2013 Art & Perception Who or what inspired artists such as George Bellows, Stanley Spencer, Pierre Bonnard and John Piper, to develop their unique, often provocative, approaches to painting? This course explains some of the very different ways artists have expressed their view of the world in their art. No previous experience necessary-just a lively open-minded interest in art! Tutor Janis Baker Fee £56, discounted: £50.40 (not available to the retired) or Free Venue: The Rothley Centre, 12 Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley LE7 7PR Date: Wednesday 7.15–9.15pm, 8 meetings from October 2, 2013 Contact: Marion Vincent, Telephone: 0116 2375156 or send your enrolments to John Laurance WEA Treasurer, 33 Loughborough Road, Hoton Leicester LE12 5SF Please make cheques payable to WEA Birstall & Rothley Branch Visit our website! The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity registered in England and Wales (number 1112775) and in Scotland (number SC039239) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 2806910). The registered address is 3rd Floor, 70 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4HB

LEICESTERSHIRE ROCK band Kasabian took part in a fundraising football match to support a trust set up in memory of a Rothley teenager.

The Kasabian team played a Leicester City Legends side in the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust Charity Shield Football match at Quorn in July. Joe Humphries died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) aged just 14 in October 2012 while out running near his home in Rothley. Since then his family have set up a trust to campaign for a better understanding of SADS, CPR training and wider provision of defibrillators. The legends side proved victorious on the day, captained by former England and Leicester Tigers captain Martin Johnson and featuring Muzzy Izzet, Matt Elliott and Steve Walsh. They won 4-2. Kasabian’s Chris Edwards said: “Losing someone with so much potential as Joe at such a young age has been heartbreaking for his family and friends. But

Classic car show A LOCAL car club recently took first prize for the Best Club Stand at a classic car show. North Leicester MG Club’s red, white and blue bunting and bannerbedecked display was enough to secure the judges’ verdict at the Classic Car and Transport show, on Sunday July 21, held at Beaumanor Hall in Woodhouse. The display of 15 cars was. rather fittingly, fronted by a red 1952 MG TD, a white 1967 MG BGT and a blue 2001 MG F. A selection of MG BGTs and MG Midgets together with single representatives of six other models filled the stand to capacity and provided talking points for the many visitors. An Austin A35, the club’s official support car and only non-MG, completed the display. After receiving the winner’s trophy from the show’s organisers, the club’s vice-chair, Chris Tideswell said: “This award is the result of a co-ordinated effort from all the club members who brought their cars along for the day, loaned 1953 Coronation memorabilia, bunting and union flags, and set up the stand.” North Leicester MG Club meets at the Anchor Inn, Hathern on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm. Membership is drawn from all over north Leicestershire and beyond with residents of Charnwood, North West Leicestershire and Melton boroughs, together with several from Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, all regularly taking part in the club’s activities. Visit for further information.

the work that his family and friends have done in such a short time since his death has been really inspirational. SADS is something that everyone should know about and the more people who are trained to act when someone’s heart stops beating the more lives can be saved. It’s that simple. “Most people know that me and the rest of the band are big football fans and this all-star match against the Foxes legends is something we are really happy to be involved with for the benefit of Joe Humphries campaign and to raise cash for lifesaving equipment.” Joe’s dad Steve, a former Leicester City goalkeeper, said: “We’ve been touched by the way people across Leicester and Leicestershire have been

getting behind Joe’s Trust to help us raise awareness and reduce the incidence of SADS happening to other families. Joe loved his music and his sport so this is another fitting occasion to pay tribute to our amazing son, brother and friend. It’s also of course about educating people about the symptoms to look out for what needs to be done if someone’s heart stops beating. We have to remember SADS can strike anyone, anywhere and anytime.” The match was played in front of a capacity audience of 2000 and money raised will pay for the trust’s CPR training and defibrillator campaign.



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Mystery photo ROTHLEY RESIDENT Marion Vincent would like readers to contact her if they can identify any of the people in this photograph, or know where it was taken. Marion, the site administrator of, said: “It could possibly be Harvey Knitwear of Fowke Street, Rothley. “I am asking if the man, back row, centre is Herbert Green who organised the Rothley carnivals from 1930-1940? Left on middle row is Gertrude Brunt and third from left middle row is Winnie Upton (nee Exton). If anyone can help with other names, date or location it would be a great help.” Contact Marion Vincent 0116 2375156 or For pictures of old Rothley visit

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THURCASTON AND Cropston Gardening Club’s 30th annual show will be held for the first time at Richard Hill primary school on Anstey Lane. “The annual show has always been held at the Memorial Hall in Thurcaston but after 30 years we find ourselves needing a bigger home in order to accommodate our ever growing number of exhibits and visitors” said show secretary Dave Haddon. The show has grown each year and now has classes for arts and crafts, photography, floral art, home baking, preserves and wine, as well as classes for children. The traditional sections of vegetables, flowers and fruit still retain the largest number of classes. Refreshments will be available, a tombola stall and an after-show ‘market stall’ sale of entries. The show opens at 2.30pm on Saturday September 7, admission is 50p (children free) Autumn Meetings of the Gardening Club: Plants that Excite : Dr Andrew Ward, Wed Oct 9, 7.45pm An Old Fashioned Christmas : Felicity Austin, Wed Nov 13, 7.45pm Social Evening and Quiz Night : Wed Dec 11, 7.45pm To join the club contact Dave Haddon 0116 235 9758


Parish Council notes

No to new homes

A FULL meeting of Rothley Parish Council was held on July 8. It was reported that Rothley’s new Police Community Support Officer is 6646 Steve Quinn. A meeting has been arranged with Charnwood Borough Council to clarify what monies they hold from section 106 developer contributions that can be spent on village facilities. No minutes from Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council were available at the time of going to press.

NINETY EIGHT per cent of households in Thurcaston and Cropston oppose plans to build up to 150 new homes in the parish.

Vintage market seeks traders ARTISAN AND craft traders are invited to bring their skills to Loughborough’s Fabulous Friday Markets. Charnwood Borough Council is looking for additional traders to join stallholders in the market on its monthly extended markets. The Fabulous Friday craft and vintage markets, held on the third Friday of each month, trade until 6.30pm and offer a range of gifts and treasures to tempt town shoppers. Sylvia Wright, Head of Leisure and Culture at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “Our historic market is popular with traders but we would love to see the town centre filled with even more as we celebrate Fabulous Fridays. Whatever your craft or speciality this could provide you with a brilliant platform to showcase your wares to Loughborough’s visitors.” As pat of the Loughborough Business Improvement District’s (BID) Fabulous Friday initiative to increase footfall into the town on Friday afternoons and into the early evening, the Council is hosting one extended market a month. Loughborough’s vintage and craft market is held every Friday in the town centre and boasts a range of goodies from more than 44 traders. For more information on the Vintage market and becoming a Fabulous Friday stallholder contact Markets and Fairs on 01509 634624 email: or visit

Householders were contacted by Thurcaston Action Group (TAG) after surveyors Mather Jamie announced the development proposals in June. They are seeking development of the land between Leicester Road and the GCR line. A spokesman for TAG said: “Residents of Thurcaston and Cropston have registered their disappointment and anger at the proposals and rallied round the Thurcaston Action Group, set up to oppose the development of this land. “Despite being unable to contact 102 homes from the 880 available due to holidays, 1125 signatures were obtained firmly rejecting any such development. The response was overwhelming with over 98% of the households asked confirming that “Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council oppose all housing building development” on the land. “These results have been presented to the Parish Council with the hope that they will support the majority view of the villagers in their opposition.”

WI news THE SPEAKER at the July meeting of Thurcaston & Cropston WI was Ian Risley, who gave a presentation entitled: “Animals in pastels” Ian is a well-known artist and teacher who specialises in pastels. Working from a photograph of a dog called Meg, he talked us through the process of building up a portrait as he drew, and explained how he was bringing it alive. The result was an amazing likeness of Meg. This very interesting demonstration given by a gifted artist was enjoyed by everyone. In August Jo Carter gave a talk entitled ‘The Laura Ashley Story’ From Thurcaston & Cropston WI


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Options for development

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Following a public consultation, Mather Jamie have indicated that their preferred option is to build at the northern end of the village. TAG is organising a fundraising event for later in the year, and is inviting in-

terested residents or anyone with skills that could help the group, to contact them at or via facebook “Keep Thurcaston Rural”.

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The Bark Foundation Friday September 20 at 7.30pm ‘After Eight’ a vocal harmony quartet and ‘Fabio A’Cappella’ a vocal quartet


The Rothley Post welcomes your views and opinions on any subject. Letters, which must include your name and address, (though not necessarily for publication) can be posted to: The Birstall Post, Longslade College, Wanlip Lane, Birstall, Leicester LE4 4GH, or handed in at Rothley library, Rothley Post Office, Woodgate or email:

Introduction Let me introduce myself, my name is Norman Cutting and I currently live in the Chiltern Hills in a place called Berkhamsted. I expect you have heard about this small market town as William the Conquer was offered the crown of England at our 'Castle' having defeated Harold at Hastings in 1066, or maybe as it has the oldest High Street building still in use in the country or… Anyway, It looks like we will be moving to your village in the next month or two (depending when you actually read this) – which is a challenge in itself as we subscribe to the 'ahh, that will be useful one day' syndrome and after some 35 years, we have a lot of useful things for something. After having a regular column in a trade magazine for a few years, editing the Citizens Association newsletter for a 10plus year trial period, getting elected (as an Independent) on both our Town and Borough Councils and running my own business for over 40 years, I thought you should be warned that I will be coming and getting involved! Norman Cutting

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Loughborough Probus Club A different kind of club – why not join? The Loughborough Probus club, which now accepts both male and female retired professional business members, has an almost unique class of membership. Its membership contains a great number of ex-university educationalists as well as engineers and technical individuals from a broad spectrum of commerce, industry, retail and medical backgrounds. This makes the monthly luncheon meeting nothing if not interesting as the conversations as well as the after lunch speakers cover a wide range of subjects. Visitors can come on trial to one of our luncheon meetings held at the Carillon Rooms in Loughborough. The club meets at 12.15pm for a 12.45pm lunch on the second Thursday of each month. The annual subscription is £10 and monthly lunches are currently charged at £14 per head. Don’t delay, just call and give us a try! Contact: Barrie Percival 01509 239 842

Cheery Tots Brand New! Music and Movement Class for preschool children Obstacle course and balance activities, dance along to favourite Cbeebies theme tunes, create an orchestra with musical instruments, join in with interactive group songs and dance, by a gym-


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Coffee Shop Rothley Methodist, Howe Lane Every Tuesday morning, 1011.30am Come rain or shine Now open : Book exchange Everyone welcome Tea, coffee, biscuits, toasted tea cake Proceeds for the Methodist Church

Birstall & District Local History Society We commence our meetings again on Thursday September 12 The subject of the talk will be ‘Oh, I do Like to be Beside the Seaside’ Speaker: Felicity Austin 7.30pm. Birstall Village Hall, Birstall Road, Birstall We welcome any visitors who would like to join us for this talk

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Charity Bridge Drive organised by Loughborough Lions Club The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley Wednesday October 16 at 1.30pm Afternoon tea provided £6 per person To book a table please contact Jackie 0116 2303317 or email:

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Annual Garden, Craft & Produce Show Saturday Sep 7 at 2.30pm Richard Hill Primary School, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston Admission 50p, children free

Changes to local health care – what works? The press has been full of stories about problems in the NHS – everything from delays at Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) to the problem of waiting times for appointments to see your GP. On Tuesday Sep 14 at 6.15pm, Dr Clay from the Woodhouse Eaves GP practice will explain how his system allows patients to have a


doctor’s appointment on the same day; how this keeps A&E admissions down; and how easy it is to make this system work. Dr clay advises GPs across the country and will also respond to your questions about NHS changes in general. If you would like to attend, please let the surgery know on 890747. It will be followed by the Cottage Surgery Patient Group AGM.

Birstall Flower Club Mix and Match Carol Farmer Wed Sep 25 at 7.15pm Birstall Village Hall Visitors very welcome Sylvia Simes 2674206

Messy Church Saturday Sep 28 and Oct 26 at 3-5pm at the Methodist Hall, Howe Lane, Rothley Bring your children to have fun, making crafts, and to share a meal together All ages are welcome, also carers, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles For info please call Sue Wainwright on 07585557548

Ladies Circle Methodist Hall, Howe Lane, Rothley will be re-opening on Tuesday Sep 10 at 2.30pm We would like to welcome any lady who wishes to join us There will be a small fee to join and £1 each time for members. Visitors will be charged £2. Our meetings are every other Tuesday We have a very interesting programme for the year Come and join a very friendly group For info phone Pam Floyd on 0116 2374111 or Carole Jordan on 0116 2375069 Ladies Circle

Coffee Morning Methodist Church, Howe Lane, Rothley Sat Oct 26, 10-11.30am Stalls: cakes, tombola, raffle and white elephant Our charity this year will be The Carpenter Arms, Loughborough Any info please contact Pam Floyd 0116 2374111

Big Buggy Push Thursday Sep 12, 10am in aid of Alex’s Wish Beacon Hall Country Park A fantastic morning’s entertainment Tiny Talk, Jo Jingles, goody bag for mums A four week fitness and nutritional plan

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Macmillan Morning Tea Charity Event at Rothley Court Hotel, Westfield Lane, Rothley, Leic LE7 7LG 0116 2374141 Friday Sep 27 at 10am Tea or Coffee and Cake for £4.95 per person Look forward to seeing you!

Coffee Morning The Rothley Centre in aid of Cancer Research UK Sat Nov 9, 10am-12noon Cake stall, plants, bric-a-brac, books, toys, Phoenix cards, gifts, tombola & raffle Also this year we will have As New Clothes Entrance £1 to include unlimited coffee/tea & biscuits Everyone welcome – please support Cancer Research UK

Birstall Birdwatching Club Presents ‘The Long Journey North’ by Danny Green This is the title of Danny’s book which took him eight years to complete A visual exploration of the Arctic and Subarctic regions of Northern Europe with stunning images showing some of the most beautiful and iconic species that can be found in this varied and pristine landscape Tuesday October 8 at 7.30pm What’s Up! By Carl Baggott Carl has been taking part in a survey of Scotland’s upland birds and he will be telling us about his work and species of this wonderful area. He loves wild places, especially Scotland, and visually recording their beauty and wildlife Tuesday November 12 at 7.30pm Both meetings at The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley Visitors welcome £2 Free on-site parking and easy access Further info from Ken Goodrich 0116 2674813

Rachmaninoff – the Man and his Music by Barry Collett Saturday Nov 9 from 10.30am4.30pm The Old School Rooms, School Street, Rothley This day course will look at the composer’s career and play a lot of his wonderful music. Presented by Barry Collett who founded the 75 strong Rutland Sinfonia in 1975 and conducted

all its concerts for the first 26 seasons. Barry has made 11 recordings both as conductor and pianist and was presented with honorary life membership of the Elgar society for conducting all of Elgar’s orchestral music. Barry presented our first music event in March this year on the Life and Work of Sir Edward Elgar. Early enrolment advised to secure a place. Booking essential with £5 course fee. Further info from Marion Vincent 0116 2375156 or John Laurance 01509 889757 Organised by the Birstall and Rothley branch of the WEA with their financial support Please send bookings to John Laurance 33 Loughborough Road, Hoton, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5SF Cheques payable to WEA Birstall & Rothley Branch Please include name(s), address, email and phone number

From Classics to Jazz Concert by Rachel Lawson, clarinet / saxophone and Stephen Waterhouse, piano Saturday, Sep 28 starting at 7.30pm at Syston Methodist Church in aid of LOROS and church funds Tickets £6 inc light refreshments Tel: 0116 2609804

Film Presentations From Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council

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Charity Whist Drives organised by Derek Farr will be held at 7.30pm on Thursdays Sep 5, Oct 3 and Nov 7 at The Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley Admission £2 All players welcome Large free car park

Autumn Art Exhibition 2013 October 25-27, 11am to 5pm Newtown Linford Sunday School (next to main entrance to Bradgate Park) Around 100 original paintings will be on display – most of them will be for sale at very reasonable prices. Admission is FREE Raffle for an Original Painting with the proceeds going to Rainbows Hospice Loughborough website: www.charnwooddrawingpaintingcl

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Friday September 13 (150mins) Daniel Day-Lewis won a BAFTA for ‘Best Actor’ in this magnificent film which follows our summer break. In 1865 President Lincoln struggled to bring to an end the American Civil War. At the same time he was endeavouring to achieve the constitutional amendment which would ban slavery in the United States for ever. How did he achieve these nearly impossible tasks?

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Les Miserables Friday October 11 (158 mins) This epic musical drama film has great power. Anne Hathaway deserved her Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Hugh Jackman won an Oscar nomination for his fearless portrayal of the convict Jean Valjean who only just survives starvation. We have to laugh at Helena Bonham Carter and Baron Cohen as Innkeeper and wife. Even if you have already seen this film, you’ll still be entranced. ‘Hyde Park on Hudson’ will be shown on Friday November 8. Thurcaston and Cropston Parish Council will be showing these films at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Starting at 7.30pm, tickets cost £4.50 and concessions are £4. The price includes refreshments and a lucky prize draw.


Advance tickets can be purchased via the parish office, 0116 2367626 or at the door. Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.




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Unforgettable visit to Auschwitz Hannah Lewis (17) and her friend Christine Thomas (17) made the trip to Poland after being chosen by the charity The Holocaust Education Trust as part of its Lessons from Auschwitz scheme. Hannah said: “You enter into Auschwitz 1 by walking through the iconic gates with the words ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’, work sets you free, and are then surrounded by dozens of old army barracks used by the Nazis to keep their prisoners. These days these buildings are used to house belongings of the people who worked and died here. Thousands of shoes, suitcases and other personal items are shown here in glass cabinets. However, the most shocking display of all was that of human hair, shaved off the prisoners when they first arrived, dehumanising them. Here we also saw some of the cells. One type of cell in particular stood out, the standing cell.


A ROTHLEY teenager visited Auschwitz to learn about the Holocaust and to share her experience after returning home.

Pic: Hannah Lewis (left) and Christine Thomas

Only 31.5 inches square, about the size of a telephone box, it could hold up to four prisoners. They had to crawl through a small door to enter, and as suggested by the name there was no room to sit or lie down and so the prisoners were forced to stand.

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“The final place we went to visit in Auschwitz 1 was one of the last remaining gas chambers. However on the walk to the gas chamber we stopped outside a building used by the guards. Situated right next to the gas chamber, was a brothel. After the initial shock of seeing this building in a concentration camp, the idea of it being used whilst thousands of people barely have enough food to survive on is sickening. The gas chamber itself is overwhelming, it consisted of two sections, one where the prisoners were gassed, which is now empty aside from a memorial to the prisoners, and through a doorway you can then see the ovens in which the bodies were burnt. “After seeing Auschwitz 1 we went to Auschwitz Birkenau, a site a short coach ride away. This camp was more about what you didn’t see. From the watch tower you can see rows upon rows of

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barracks. Unlike the brick building in Auschwitz, these were made from wood. This is where prisoners would have slept, often three or four to one bed; they slept on wooden bunks without any source of heat but one another. It is difficult to imagine which would have been worse, having to live through winter months, attempting sleep through the snow and wind with only a wooden shack around you, or the summer, having to work all day without a break in the blistering heat. “People say that visiting Auschwitz Birkenau makes it easier to understand how it must have been to live there, but at the same time it makes it seem even more impossible. Simply being there in the cold for one day and the prospect of walking as far as we did seemed a difficult task, even with our coats and scarves and torches, there is no way to comprehend the suffering felt by those who lived there for years on end. Trying to do so only makes it seem more alien and surreal and asks more questions than it answers. “However it is difficult to deny the importance of seeing this place for yourself, to see this huge feat of inhumanity is incredibly difficult but necessary so people are aware of what is possible and what needs to be avoided now and in the future. It is necessary to make sure that the Holocaust and all the horrors of the second world war don’t become a distant memory and instead are continually brought up so that everyone can learn about and understand the importance of that which mustn’t be forgotten.”

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History society We were lucky to have a fine evening for the first of our summer outings in June, when a group of members and visitors gathered in Queniborough for a tour of the village.

Our guide for the evening was lifelong village resident, Rosemary Smith, accompanied by fellow resident, Reg Agger. Rosemary, who currently is a Churchwarden and Heritage Warden, clearly has a great love for the place of her birth and has a wealth of knowledge about its history. The name Queniborough means Queen’s Manor or dwelling Place and is probably Saxon in origin. Local excavations unearthed a Saxon sword and other artefacts indicative of a Royal burial, hence the Royal name. At the time of her birth, Rosemary’s father was the village butcher and the family lived above the shop. Rosemary can recall helping with the dairy work, as well as there being open drains along the road, not only for surface water, but also for drainage from the butcher’s premises. As we progressed along, we saw the buildings that used to be the post office, the rather small village school and the sweet shop, all of which are now private residences. The walking part of our tour concluded at the parish church of St Mary which is well known for its impressive 14th century spire, possibly the highest in Leicestershire at 160 feet. Inside the church we were able to admire its outstanding features while Reg Agger gave a short talk about its history. We learnt that the chancel is the oldest part – possibly late Saxon or early Norman – while the nave dates from the 13th century. There are several significant memorials relating to various local families and benefactors to the church. Interestingly, the north (or Manor) door is sealed up and has not been used since 1875 following the death of the last Lady of the Manor. We had further time to browse before finally departing after a very pleasant and interesting evening. At the end of one of the scorching days that we had in July it was a pleasure to go out in the cooler evening and visit Castle Hill Park. Even though it is on our doorstep, many of our members were surprised to find how much there is to explore there. Our enthusiastic guide was Stefan Cabaniuk from the Parks Department of Leicester City Council. The park was created in the late 1980s between Beaumont Leys, Anstey and Thurcaston, partly to compensate for the building of the A46 which runs along its length. Its 200 acres contain a mixture of old and new woodland, meadows and a section of Rothley

Brook. The earthworks on Castle Hill are the main historical feature and that was where we spent most of our time. The site was never a castle; it was in fact a grange belonging to the Order of Knights Hospitaller, which had been founded to escort pilgrims and crusaders to the Holy Land. The estate at Castle Hill was granted to the Order by Simon de Montfort and its produce would have supported the community of knights at their preceptory in Old Dalby. Today, a rectangular bank and ditch at the top of the hill form an apparently defensive enclosure, containing two mysterious circular mounds. (The site has not been excavated.) On Tuesday September 17 at 7.30pm we return to our regular venue, the Harrison Room, All Saints' Church, Thurcaston, when the speaker will be Canon Anne Horton and her subject Rothley Garden Suburb. All welcome charge for visitors, £3 From Jennifer Kennington & Peter Smith Thurcaston and Cropston Local History Society

Monday club WITH THE July weather hot and strong, we ventured to pastures new for our Strawberry Cream Tea on Monday July 8. Our chosen venue this year was “Woodlands” Nurseries and Restaurant at Stapleton on the A447. After a delightful journey crossing the surrounding countryside, members used their visit to explore the vast Nursery together with notable shops containing quality clothing, crockery, glassware and kitchenware. At the appointed time we gathered in the newly arranged quiet area of the restaurant, to enjoy a very generous tea. On conclusion of a very pleasant occasion, a raffle was drawn in favour of the Salvation Army, our chosen charity for the year, raising approximately £31. On August 12 we listened to a fascinating talk given by Mr Brian Johnson, entitled “And who lived in a house like this?” Amongst the famous names mentioned were Thomas Fielding Johnson and Thomas Cook. In celebration of two birthdays for Gill Smart and Diana Whatton, the members were treated to delicious meringues to enjoy with their cups of tea. Mrs Anne Frisby was the lucky recipient of a lovely Pashmina scarf from the free prize draw. Our next meeting for the club will be on Monday September 9, a Harvest Bring and Buy, which will be a fund raising event for “The Salvation Army” our charity for this year. Everyone is welcome and it would be appreciated if there could be generous support in respect of anything saleable, cakes large or small, fruit and vegetables, tinned or fresh, to boost the Fund collection. There will also be in-house entertainment plus, of course, refreshments. For enquires please ring me on 0116 2363467. From Ann Farndon, the Monday Club for Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston and Rothley.

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WATERMEAD COUNTRY Park is one of three county beauty spots to be awarded a Green Flag award.

A JUNIOR football team from Rothley competed in a tournament at the national FA training centre this summer.

Keep Britain Tidy have also awarded Green Flags to the parks at Bosworth and Beacon Hill. Leicester City Council have achieved eleven Green Flag Awards for their parks and green spaces, up from its previous record of nine

Crime report Crime Report : Rothley, June and July Theft 16 (includes five from the Coop, Rothley); theft from vehicle 2; burglary 9 (Hickling Close, The Ridgeway, Knights Crescent, North Street); damage 4 Contact your policing team: PC 2139 Richard Carruthers, telephone 101, select Option 2.

The Rothley Imps under 10s team played in the Rotary national under 12s competition at the St George’s Centre in Burton upon Trent. Supported by Soar Valley Rotary, family and friends, the Imps, up against players a year older than themselves, won their first game and acquitted themselves well. Pic: The Rothley Imps with (back row, l-r) Chris Chew, Graham Martin and team manager Marc Jagger

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Guides and Brownies look back on year CROPSTON AND Thurcaston Guides and Brownies concluded a busy 12 months with a trip to the windmill at Woodhouse Eaves. They began their year in September 2012 making their own chocolate bars, following a demonstration of hand-made chocs by Hannah’s in Quorn. The Confectioner’s badge involved making a small iced and marzipanned Christmas cake and using icing kits to

pipe patterns on biscuits. Guides planted trees in the National Forest and Brownies gained their toymaker badge by making board games, stuffed toys, finger puppets, dressing up outfits and doll’s house accessories. They joined with the Guides for bonfire night, the Remembrance service and the pantomime in Loughborough. In the spring, Brownies and Guides worked for their Well Done badge. They learned to knit and crochet and make two pet blankets, donating them to

Animal Aid. They painted plant pots and added primulas before taking them to residents of the old people’s homes in Thurcaston and Cropston. There was a trip to swim in the pool at Beaumont Leys and at Chinese New Year the girls made paper lanterns and willow pattern pictures. The aim for the summer term was to look at heritage and culture and the group compared present day Thurcaston with an old map, acted out local legends and danced around the maypole. They made collages for the Horticultural show in September, went orienteering, camping, sowed wild flower seeds and went on a mini beast hunt with expert guidance. For Community Service the guides helped the leaders collect Barnardo’s envelopes in Cropston and raised £109. Three former members have achieved their Gold Duke of Edinburgh awards and five guides are about to receive their Baden-Powell award.


Golden praise A GOLD medal winning Paralympic athlete has praised the work of a Council-run summer sporting programme. Richard Whitehead MBE commended Charnwood Borough Council for organising free sports taster sessions for local children while attending an event in Mountsorrel on July 30. Speaking at the event, he said: “Hopefully more and more events like this are being organised by Councils as it’s a really important part of sport. I am just an athlete who enjoys sport and so am passing on my knowledge to these children to take part or volunteer.” Richard’s visit was organised by the national charity Join In, as part of Join in Summer. The session was held at Halstead Park Road playing fields, Mountsorrel and saw 23 children enjoy athletics and basketball as part of the Council’s free summer holiday activities.


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