THE BRADGATE MAGAZINE
March / April 2014
Strictly Fab-u-loros Dance MEN WANTED: Become Champion Of The Charity Dance Floor! MARCH / APRIL 2014 | ISSUE 7
ANYONE FOR CRICKET? Does Your Village Team Have What It Takes?
ENTERTAINMENT Music, Theatre, Events, Sport & So Much More...
Your Local Community Magazine March / April 2014
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FROM THE EDITOR March / April 2014
CONTENTS 10 STRICKLY FAB-U-LOROS Dance challenge for LOROS
16 GARDENING CLUBS From Lillies to Daisies 19 TIMEBANKING IN LEICS
Helps you get those jobs done without money
26 THE PAGE FOR PARENTS From first aid to the frog & the princess!
WHO’S FOR FUTSAL? Read all about the sport and find out how you can get involved!
FOCUS: LOUGHBOROUGH What can this terrific town offer you... have a peek
43 - ENTERTAINMENT GALORE 45 Classic cars to panto...
And all that’s inbetween!
Although it’s still a little cold and still a little dark at the moment, we’re finding more and more, that thoughts are slowly turning towards sunnier times. In this edition of The Bradgate we’ll be bringing you a few things to see, do and read all about just ahead of Spring. With this in mind and as a starter for 10 - anyone for cricket perhaps? The local Rural Community Council is launching the 2014 Col. Sir Andrew Martin Cricket competition, take a look at page 23 for more details and don’t forget to sign up by 14th April! In the not too distant future there is also a chance to take a competitive or leisurely run (you decide which) across the beautiful Beacon Country Park - on Sunday 6th April, the Rotary Club of Loughborough is staging it’s Easter Bunny Run – for the ambitious amongst you there’s a 10km run to take part in, or for those just happy to be involved there’s a 3km fun-run. If you fancy taking part in either you can find out more about both on page 10. With all this exercise on offer, if your inclination is perhaps…. less energetic…how about enjoying a local stage production. In Barrow you can enjoy ‘Mother Goose’ or ‘Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber’. Both are being staged in March and details of both productions can be found on page 43. History buffs will also be interested in our report on page 17 which is titled ‘The Local Civil War’. There’s also a treat in store on 23rd March courtesy of the History Fair at Beaumanor Hall. Visitors can take a tour of the secret ‘Y’ listening station buildings and even operate a real German Enigma code machine – fascinating stuff, turn to page 45 for more information.. Finally the ‘Friends of Charnwood Forest’ will be welcoming Lynne Richards to their 17th March meeting (see page 28). Lynne will be giving a talk on ‘The Future of National Forest’ which no doubt will interest many of us who not only live in or around these beautiful areas but simply like to visit them.
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LOCAL CADETS RAISE MORE THAN £2,500
Strictly Fab-u-loros Dance MEN WANTED FOR CHARITY LEARN TO DANCE EVENT
LOROS Hospice has put out a call to businesses and sports clubs in their search for men to join their ‘Strictly Fab-u-loros’ dance challenge. For local gents who have been inspired to take the lead from Aljaz Skorjanec of BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ acclaim there is a chance to rally your friends and become champion of the dance floor. For those ready to take on the challenge, regular training will take place at the hospice on a Monday and Tuesday evening. By signing up you will also be raising money for LOROS Hospice - supporting their invaluable work in caring for people suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses. The hospice is a non-profit making organisation, funded primarily from voluntary contributions. So, to join in the fundraising drive whilst improving your fitness and having fun, take these simple steps call fundraising on 0116 2318431 to register your support, attend the lessons and get sponsored. If you don’t have a partner to whirl gracefully around the ballroom with, there will be plenty of other dancers keen to pair up and learn with you. Or if you are a couple who would both want to take on the challenge, now is your chance to get involved with the Strictly Fab-u-loros competition. Free weekly Ballroom and Latin lessons will continue every Monday and Tuesday at the Hospice 7pm - 8pm until the Grand Finale. These are provided by Paul Sharman from Sharman Dancing and Colin Painter from City Dance Club. All the practice and training will pay off, culminating in a Grand Finale Show at The Peepul Centre on Friday 11 April, during which a panel of judges will observe the couples as they dance, and the winners will be awarded the Golden Glitterball Trophy.
Participants will be asked to commit to raise a minimum sponsorship of £200 per couple and sell a minimum of 20 tickets for the Grand Finale. Christian Weikert-Picker, Fundraiser said: “LOROS Hospice’s Strictly Fab-u-loros dance competition is the first charity event based on the BBC’s popular show for Leicester, we hope this will be big success with fun along the way to the Finale in April. If you’re keen to get involved in ‘Strictly Fab-u-loros’ contact LOROS Hospice:
tel: 0116 2318431 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.loros.co.uk
How fast can an Easter Bunny Run? On the morning of Sunday 6th April you can attempt a serious 10K or a fun 3K in the beautiful Beacon Country Park at Woodhouse Eaves in the Rotary Beacon Easter Bunny Runs. Whether you run for the enjoyment of it or sponsored for charity, both runs are suitable for all abilities and are entirely off-road along woodland pathways and bridleways although only the 10K includes hill climbs. Everyone finishing gets a medal and there will be a host of prizes as well as the opportunity for a warm-down massage. If you simply want to watch or to take the family, there will be hot food and drinks, a bouncy castle, an Egg Hunt and games for the children. The event is organised every year by The Rotary Club of Loughborough Beacon and full details are available at:
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Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation Support. Care. Friendship
FORTHCOMING EVENTS: Traditional Afternoon Tea Saturday 29th March, 3 - 5pm Celebrate Mother’s Day with a Traditional Afternoon Tea at the Grange Tea Rooms. For the first time we will be serving afternoon tea on a Saturday the 29th March - between 3pm and 5pm. A selection of finger sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones will be served on English bone china. A selection of music will be played during the afternoon. There will also be time before tea to have a stroll or just sit and enjoy the scenery. £8.50 per person.
Vintage Tea Dance Friday 11th April 2014 -Copt Oak Memorial Hall Trip the Light Fantastic at our Vintage Tea Dance being held at Copt Oak Village Hall on Friday, 11th April between 2pm and 4.30pm. A delicious vintage tea will be served and Ken Hill providing music for dancing. £10.00 per person. Booking essential for both events. Please call 01530 244914 or email: email@example.com.
Dance to ‘QU’ for Inter Care…
Bridge Drive Charity Bridge Drive organised by the Loughborough Lions Club and held at the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley at 1.30pm on
Wednesday 9th April 2014 Afternoon tea will be provided and tickets cost £6 per person. To book a table please contact Jackie on 0116 2303317 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charity Whist Drive At the February meeting of Charity Whist Drives, Derek Farr, the organiser, expressed his appreciation to the small group of regular Whist Players for their support and generosity during the last 12 months which has enabled a gift of £100 to be donated to the
Cystic Fibrosis Research Fund. Charity Whist Drives are held at 7.30pm on the 1st Thursday of every month in the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. Admission is £2 and there is a large free car park available. All players are welcome to join in and enjoy a good game in a friendly atmosphere.
Could You Be A
Volunteer? Last Year Inter Care recycled nearly £700,000 worth of medicines and now support 125 clinics in rural Africa. Medicines would otherwise go to landfill, but instead provide essential care for men, women and children who otherwise could not afford to pay for treatment. This Year Inter Care celebrates its 40th Anniversary! You can help by joining us for a fun evening of dance on Saturday 15th March at Quorn Village Hall, Leicester Road, LE12 8BB. Dr Steve Clay and Keith Croysdale are playing live Latin, Ballroom, Rock and Pop Music by ‘QU’ from 7.30pm - 11pm. Tickets £7.50 per person and includes complimentary nibbles. All funds raised this fantastic evening of live music will help support our unique work. Bring your own drinks and glasses. Free Car Parking. Advanced tickets only so please book early to avoid disappointment. To order your tickets please call 0116 2695925 or visit:
Volunteers are vital to the work at Rainbows hospice and they are always seeking new people to get involved with the many different areas of work at the hospice and externally in the community. In addition to helping support Rainbows, volunteering is a great way to meet new people and to gain valuable work experience and build your skills and confidence. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Paul Holden on 01509 638059 or email paul. email@example.com Website: www.rainbows.co.uk/
Sunday Morning Volunteers Needed At Our Local Hospitals
Lingdale Golf Club Raises A Fantastic Sum for The Harley Staples Cancer Trust The 2013 Captains of Lingdale Golf Club, Club Captain Steve Boulton and Ladies Captain Lyneve McLoughlin, recently met the founders of local charity The Harley Staples Cancer Trust, to hand over £9122.00 - the proceeds of their fundraising from their year in Office. The charity was set up in remembrance of eight year old Harley Staples who died in 2009 from a rare leukaemia. The main object of the trust is to provide a purpose built holiday home for children and teenagers with cancer to use for free with their families as a respite away from hospital. More information can be found by visiting : www.harleystaples.co.uk.
Volunteers are needed to join the Chaplaincy Teams at Glenfield Hospital or Leicester Royal Infirmary to push patients in wheelchairs to the services on Sunday mornings. The interdenominational service commences at 10:30 and lasts for approximately ¾ hour. As with all volunteers at Leicester’s Hospitals the Volunteer Services department will arrange your application to be a volunteer and support you through your volunteering. You will need to: • Volunteer at least once a month and if possible be flexible as to which Sunday. Some volunteers do more than one week a month. • Register as a member and a volunteer of the trust. • Be subject to a DBS check (formerly CRB) • Wear the appropriate uniform with short sleeves and no jewellery or watches below your elbows (for infection control) • Wear an identity badge. • Attend an induction day which includes, fire training, safety and pushing of chairs which may be at any of the three hospitals.
Pictured above are (from left to right - Catherine Staples (with baby Gabriella), Lyneve McLoughlin, Jamie Staples and Steve Boulton. The 2014 Lingdale Club Captain, David Patton, has retained the charity for his fundraising activities for this year and the main focus with be a Charity Open on Friday 9th May 2014 at Lingdale Golf Club. Further details can be found by visiting their website: www.lingdalegolfclub.co.uk - or by telephoning the Office on 01509 890703 (Option 2).
On the day you will be asked to arrive at 9.30 to assist with setting up for the service and normally be clear to go by 12 noon. This can vary due to the number of volunteers and patients on the day. When you are volunteering you will have free parking and can claim mileage expenses. To learn more about this worthwhile service please contact: Pam McMorran Volunteer Coordinator for Sunday Volunteers Telephone: 01530 242201 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charnwood Branch of Cancer Research Fundraisers Saturday 12 April - Charnwood Branch of Cancer Research are holding a Soup & Sweet Lunch at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall 12 noon till 1.30pm. Admission is £5 and there will be stalls and a raffle. For more information please telephone: 0116 2674746.
Saturday, 26th April - Table Top & Craft Fayre Bric-a brac, books, crafts, needlework, sweets, £1 stall and many other stalls. Refreshments will be available. If you would like to book a stalls they are £7 each - booking is essential! Admission will be 50p and entry for children will be free. There is ample free parking and all proceeds are in aid of St. Peter’s Church Copt Oak. Copt Oak Memorial Hall, Whitwick Road LE67 9QB next to Copt Oak Pub - 1pm to 3.30pm. For further details please telephone: 0116 2674746.
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GARDENING Woodhouses’ Garden Club - Forthcoming Events Thursday 20th March - Lilies and their companion plants. Richard Wood of Lilies and Chillies specialist nursery, on how to incorporate some of his enormous range of over 50 specie and hybrid varieties of lily within your borders.
Thursday 17th April - The National Garden Scheme . Have you ever wondered what goes into making the little yellow book of Colin Olle. Gives a behind the scenes look at the N.G.S in Leicestershire. This could inspire you to visit some wonderful gardens in our county.
Thursday 15th May - From the Tropics to the Trent. Author, RHS judge and garden designer Ian Cooke introduces
gardening using big, brash bananas and other bold foliage to create the jungle look- cool ideas for exotic gardening without a hot-house. We welcome everyone to this friendly club- you don’t have to have green fingers! Visitors £3 (adult) and £1 (children) and individual membership £12 (giving free entry to talks) Meetings are in Woodhouse Eaves village hall at 7:30pm.
Newtown Linford Gardening Club Which of these four alternatives are essential for seeds to germinate?
a) Air warmth light
b) Light moisture warmth
c) Moisture warmth air
d) Air moisture light
This was just one of the questions which taxed our brains at our January meeting when Mick Eaton from the Leicester Parks Department ran a gardener’s quiz to open our new year. We all found the questions very hard until we got the answers and realised that we did know a lot more than we first thought and a bit more imagination would have earned us higher scores!! What a strange winter we are having! At the time of writing we have had no snow and precious few frosts. The ground is sodden and plants have their roots in water which can’t be doing them any good. There is nothing we can do but wait and see what happens. Does it mean, however, we will be plagued by pests not killed off by the usual cold weather or is Mother Nature lulling us with a false sense of security before hitting us with a really long cold spell like she did in 1963? Dr Andrew Ward talked to us about ‘Delightful Daisies’ on February 25th (report to follow in the next edition) and our March meeting is about healthy eating aspects of fruit and vegetables. Our speaker, David Thornton is long-time secretary of the National Vegetable Society. We are very pleased to be able to attract speakers of renown whose expertise brings them national recognition and we look forward to bumper attendance. We have welcomed a large number of new members this year and will be pleased if others want to join us. If you are interested in our activities just contact the secretary (tel. 01530 242452 or email: email@example.com) , or come to one of our meetings to see how you like it before making a commitment (£2 for visitors). Alternatively give us a ring and ask for a copy of our programme for the coming year and we will be pleased to send one to you.
Anne & David Couling PS The answer is (c)
Loughborough Flower Lovers’ Club Our next meeting on Thursday, 20 March will feature a demonstration by Dawn Weaver of Chester, entitled ‘Sources of Inspiration’. On Thursday, 17 April we are looking forward to a demonstration entitled ‘A New Lease of Life’ by Gill Mills. Meetings are held from 7.30-9.30 pm at Our Lady’s Convent School, Gray Street, Loughborough (LE11 2DZ), and there is easy parking within the school grounds. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available. New members and visitors are always welcome to our friendly club. For more information please ring 01509 853740.
Thurcaston & Cropston Local History Society Our meeting on Tuesday 21st January 2014 saw the welcome return of Trevor Parr, the part-time historian and member of the Sealed Knot Society which re-enacts events of the English Civil War. Trevor’s well-illustrated and entertaining talk was entitled “The Local Civil War”. There were many causes which led to the Civil War. Charles 1st was even more arrogant than his father, James 1st, had been and believed implicitly in “the divine right of kings”, leading to many conflicts with Parliament. Following the upheaval of the Tudor period, with the break from Rome and the establishment of the Protestant faith in England, when Charles married Henrietta, a French, Roman Catholic princess, it was not well-received throughout the country and brought concerns about Catholicism being reinstated as the primary religion. Religion played a significant role when Charles appointed men of the Catholic faith as his close advisors, most of whom were incompetent. Mismanagement and profligacy with regard to finance was another failure on Charles’ part. Members of Parliament felt they had the right to challenge the king because they had been elected to serve, whereas the king had not. Charles totally failed to accept that he was culpable in any way. The Civil War began in August 1642 when the king raised his standard at Nottingham, before moving on to set up his headquarters in Oxford. In general, it was the Lords and landed gentry who made the decisions about which side to support, i.e. Royalists or Parliamentarians. Women had no right of expression or opinion and were expected to follow the dictates of their fathers or husbands to whom they “belonged”. Often, the local Vicar influenced the choice of allegiance. Sadly, taking sides frequently led to families becoming divided when deciding where their loyalties lay. However, anyone choosing to opt out would be ostracized and most likely meet an ignominious end. Throughout the course of the War, it was not uncommon for people to change sides according to the prevailing fortunes of the war at the time! Finance and supplies of food and arms were crucial and the king started with the disadvantage that, because he had upset so many of the nobility, far more of the wealthy nobles joined the Parliamentary side, meaning that the Royalists always tended to be short of money. Additionally, with the king’s continued excessive expenditure, by the end of the war Oxford was verging on bankruptcy. The armies of each side consisted mainly of men recruited from the servants of the nobility, so were completely untrained in warfare – they were unpaid and dependent on their officers for sustenance. Equally, apart from recruiting their own troop of men, officers were expected to kit themselves entirely (uniform, weapons, etc.). As the armies moved around, living off the land was problematic and often led to conflict with the poor local citizens who barely had enough to feed their own families, let alone a hungry army. Officers often had to beg favours from local merchants for food supplies, but desertion was a problem amongst the hungry rank and file. The war was said to be conducted in a rather “gentlemanly” fashion, in that opposing sides might agree a time for a battle to start, but would withdraw if the weather was unsuitable or the light began to fade. By the middle years of the conflict, the Parliamentarians recognised the need to improve discipline with regular drilling of their troops and payment was introduced – about 1d (penny) per day and the New Model Army was formed. Initially for both sides, there were no uniforms and what was worn showed your status rather than the side you supported. Because the Royalists had soon lost control of London and the south east, which was vital for trade, supplies of material for clothing were scarce, but the better-funded Parliamentarians were able to introduce some uniforms in a brownish red colour. Eventually, the Royalists were clothed in blue; regiments were identified by different sleeve facings and distinctive flags became a means of identifying each regiment. The person who carried the flag was known as an ensign, but later it was the flag that came to be called “an ensign”. Weapons of the era were pikes, muskets and cannon, all of which were problematic on the battlefield. Significant events and battles in the Midlands included the battle of Edgehill in October 1642, the first major battle of the war and for which the result was inconclusive. Ashby Castle remained a Royalist stronghold throughout the war, but suffered the consequences of its loyalty by being completely gutted by Oliver Cromwell’s men when the war was over. By the spring of 1645, King Charles’ cause was floundering – the Royalists had lost much territory, including in the north of England. On 7th May 1645, together with his nephew, Prince Rupert, an experienced soldier and the senior Commander in the Royalist forces, Charles began marching north with a large army of men, in the hope of regaining control. On learning that Oxford was under siege to Sir Thomas Fairfax and his troops, Charles and Rupert abandoned their plans and instead chose to lay siege to Leicester which was loyal to Parliament. Leicester would be an asset in their cause because of its close proximity to Royalist held Newark and Ashby. The siege began on 30th May, but after a valiant and brave struggle, the citizens of Leicester eventually succumbed. There followed some of the bloodiest and cruellest acts of retribution of the whole war when many of the population of Leicester were slaughtered and the town ransacked and pillaged by the Royalists. Charles would later bear the consequences of that day’s actions since it was one of the many things held against him at his trial. With the fall of Leicester, Fairfax was ordered to march north to intercept the Royalists and they met on 14th June at the battle of Naseby, in Northamptonshire, where the better trained, disciplined and more numerous Parliamentarians prevailed. The Royalists fled in disarray towards Leicester, but they suffered a similar fate to that of the citizens of Leicester in the previous month. Charles, Rupert and their close followers escaped to the relative safety of Ashby Castle. After a brief confrontation, Leicester was returned to Parliamentarian hands on 19th June, but the town was in a terrible state from the first siege and it took many years for it to recover. Eventually Charles surrendered in June 1646 and the Civil War came to an end, but it was not until 1st January 1649 that he was tried for treason and as a traitor. Stubborn to the end, he refused to recognise the legitimacy of the court, but he was found guilty and executed on 30th January. His eldest surviving sons, Charles and James, escaped into exile, where they remained until 1660. The rule of the English Commonwealth enforced strict codes of conduct – free choice, dancing, music and celebration of Christmas were all banned, so by the time of Oliver Cromwell’s death, the country welcomed wholeheartedly the restoration of the monarchy when Charles 2nd was invited to return to become king. Jennifer Kennington Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 18th March. Time: 7.30pm. Speaker: Chris Penney. Topic: Richard Hurd & his Library (Richard Hurd was a former Rector of All Saints’ Church who went on to become Bishop of Worcester). Venue: Harrison Room, All Saints’ Church, Thurcaston.
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The Timebank is a system that can help you get jobs done without money. Individuals can share skills, make friends and build communities. How does it work? Everyone can contribute something and we all need something that someone else can offer.
Step 1: Give details of skills, talents or facilities you can share. Step 2: Give details of something you would like to receive. Step 3: You are then matched with someone who is either offering a skill that you require or we can put you in touch with someone who would like to receive what you are offering.
Step 4: The Timebroker will explain the system to you and your match as well as taking references and DRB checks. Step 5: Receive your request / provide your offer.
Some ideas of things you could exchange: • Playing a sport
• Offering lifts
• Dog walking
• Clothes alterations
• Filling in forms
• Playing an instrument
• How to buy on the internet
• Plant watering
• How to use Facebook/Twitter
The list is endless...
Also as a member you will have access to our events and social activities where you can meet other Timebankers. If you need help with something and have something to offer, then visit: www.timebankleicestershire.co.uk Or contact James O’Flynn: 0116 305 9212 | Lynne Brydon-Graham: 0116 305 7558 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge Yourself For Rainbows! The East Midlands’ only children’s hospice is calling on people to take to the road, the water, the skies, the desert or the mountains to support youngsters with lifelimiting illnesses. Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People has launched its 2014 events calendar and there is a wide range of activities to suit all ages and abilities. Local challenges include the Loughborough and Mansfield Moonlight Walks; the Leicester 10k, an East Midlands Skydive and an abseil down Derby Cathedral. Some of the more extreme challenges include riding through Mongolia on horseback; cycling from Yosemite to San Francisco; rowing through the testing waters of the Zambezi River; sailing in the Channel Islands; motor biking through Northern India and the Century Cycle Challenge – a unique ride across Northern France and Belgium to commemorate and pay tribute to the fallen heroes of the First World War. People can also sign up to national events such as the Virgin London Marathon and the Bupa Great North Run, all in aid of Rainbows. Katie Baxter, community and events manager at Rainbows, said: “All of our events are a fantastic opportunity to take on a challenge, get fit, meet other like-minded people and raise funds for Rainbows Hospice, which supports more than 280 children and young people with life-limited illnesses in the East Midlands.” For more information, contact 0800 9521133, email email@example.com or visit www.rainbows.co.uk/events March / April 2014
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Table Top Sale Looking for YOU! Are you de-cluttering, do you want to sell your handmade crafts or are you raising funds for a local charity? Then this is just the opportunity you’re looking for!
NT Leicester Association Towards the end of 2013 Calke Abbey won the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year in the Leicestershire Tourism Awards, even though it’s in Derbyshire!
The Charnwood Group of the Leics & Rutland Wildlife Trust will be holding a Table Top Sale on Saturday May 17th in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall from 2 - 4.30pm (stall holders arrive 1pm) and you’re invited to bring your items for sale. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be a good variety of stalls to entice customers. Tables (6ft long) are £7 each and you can book yours today by ringing Pam on 01509 412589.
Not resting on its laurels Calke continues to develop and two new rooms will open to the public this year. During 2013 the Calke property team moved out of their offices in the house to newly renovated space in the old cattle sheds. The two rooms vacated had had many guises, from the Harper-Crew family study in the 1700’s to NT meeting rooms, temporary staff accommodation and offices from 1985 when the Trust acquired Calke Abbey.
LADIES WHO LUNCH
Following a public consultation last summer it was decided to return the first room to a faithful recreation of its “as found” condition in 1985 as a lobby for the adjoining study. The second room will become an exhibition space, which this year will showcase how the office was used by the National Trust as a planning office, where important decisions were made on how the house would operate. With access to all parts of the room visitors will be free to explore and delve deeper into copies of old planning documents and publicity material from the 1980’s. The Trust has also been able to return original items, never displayed before, to their place in the rooms including original oil paintings, prints and furniture.
We meet at the Forest Hill Golf Club on the third Wednesday of the month for a three course meal after which we are entertained by a speaker. In recent months we have enjoyed talks about Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, Advertising Ephemera and Poetry amongst others. Talks coming up are entitled ‘There’s more to Leicester than cheese’, ‘The Little Theatre’, ‘Kedleston Hall’, ‘Reformatory at Mount St Bernard’s Abbey’ and ‘Chop Sticks and Rituals’ a talk about China. Next December we have the delightful and entertaining Eliza McClelland coming.
The NT Leicester Association has an evening meeting on Tuesday 11th March when Ian Retson will present an illustrated talk entitled “The Woodland Trust”. The meeting will be held at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone at 7.30pm. There will be an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 26th March at St Guthlac’s Memorial Hall, Holbrook Road, Leicester at 2.30pm when Jess Jenkins will present a talk on “The Plight of the Framework Knitters”. Admission to both meetings is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00 including refreshments. For details of the NT Leicester Association please call 0116 2229133. Alan Tyler, Chairman
Ladies Circle Coffee Morning There will homemade cakes,raffle,tombola, and white elephant. £1 entrance fee including coffee,tea and biscuit Saturday March 8th at 10 to 11:30 am. Methodist Hall,Howe Lane,Rothley. Funds for our charity The Carpenters Arms.
Ladies, if you enjoy a good meal, good company and good entertainment you might be interested in joining the Newtown Linford Lunch Club. Despite the name you do not have to live in Newtown Linford.
There is a friendly atmosphere, the venue is pleasant and the food is good. Why not give us a try? The three course meal with coffee is £16. If you decide you would like to join our club membership is £20 per year; this pays for the speakers. For more details or to book a meal phone 0116 2304420.
Whitwick & District U3A Friday, 21st March is the date for the monthly General Meeting of Whitwick and District U3A. Come along to find a group to match your interests, get involved and meet like-minded people. We are a thriving group with over 230 members. Our speaker for the March meeting is Katie Woodroffe from Twycross Zoo. Our local zoo, now fifty years old, is renowned as a specialist primate centre but also has a broad collection of other animals. Katie will be talking about the latest methods of ensuring animal welfare. Please arrive at 1.45 for a 2.00pm start at St David’s Church Hall, Broomleys, Coalville. More details are available on line at:
Local Interest Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust - Charnwood Group
Entries Sought For Village Cricket Competition
March 12th – AGM and ‘The Spineless Wonders of Charnwood’ – Steve Woodward.
The RCC (Leicestershire & Rutland) is launching the Col. Sir Andrew Martin Cricket Competition 2014.
After the short AGM, Steve will introduce us to the many and varied forms of invertebrate life found in the Charnwood area. Prepare to be amazed by these tiny creatures, which are often overlooked, but are so vital to the whole ecosystem. You may even see ‘creepycrawlies’ in a different light after this talk!
The competition sponsored by McDonalds Hinckley is seeking applications from village cricket teams in Leicestershire and Rutland.
April 9th - Michael & Paula Webster – Conservation and Protecting Iconic Animals. A special evening of films, images and stories with ‘Webster’s Wildshots’. This evening we shall take a digital journey from the soft greenery of Charnwood to the searing heat of the Australian outback, the wild Himalayan borderlands between India and China and the harshest of winters in the Canadian wilderness.
If you would like to find out more about the competition and to receive an entry form please contact Tony Rogers through the RCC (Leicestershire and Rutland), 133 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5LQ. The closing date for entries is Monday 14th April 2014.
Indoor meetings are held at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £2 for LRWT members, £2.50 for visitors, children free, including refreshments. For further information contact Pam Darby (Chair) 01509 412589, Maggie Morland (Programme Secretary) 01509 890077 or John Spencer (Secretary) 01162 364279.
Loughborough Naturalists’ Club The Loughborough Naturalists’ Club was formed in 1960 by a small group of people interested in wildlife who wished to exchange information and ideas. We now have 150 members whose individual interests range from Fungi, Spiders, Dragonflies, lichens and Mosses to Flowering plants, Mammals and Birds.
Meetings: 8th March - Gardening for Wildlife by Chris Edwards 12th April - AGM and Members’ Exhibition Evening Do come along to one of our meetings and have an enjoyable evening free of charge. We meet at the Church Rooms, Church Lane, Quorn, LE12 8DP, on the second Saturday evening of each month, at 7.30pm, from September through to April. For more details contact the Meetings Secretary, Doreen Webster, on 0771 340 9743 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Village & Community Achievement Awards 2014 Sponsored by Tarratt Jewellers and The Melton Mowbray Building Society Here is an opportunity for you to show off the best of your village, to win recognition and reward your community. The RCC in their role of supporting and promoting rural communities in Leicestershire and Rutland invite entries for this year’s Achievement Awards The RCC Achievement Awards competition is open to all communities under 15,000 people. You may enter one or both of the categories: Community (including Cleaner & Greener) and Community Halls. Every village has an equal chance of winning; it doesn’t matter if this is your first time, or if you have entered in previous years. Just tell us what you are proud of, what you do for your community and how you look after everyone. There is a £250 cash prize for the winner of each category. Full competition details and entry forms can be downloaded from our website www.ruralcc.org.uk or contact us at Community House 133 Loughborough Road Leicester LE4 5LQ.
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Help Your Child Reach Their True Potential
Come along to Kumon’s Maths and English Assessment Event to find out what your child can achieve The Kumon Maths and English Programmes have been helping children of all ages and abilities across the world study beyond their school level for 60 years. The programmes enable children to develop their study skills and confidently tackle advanced work. With findings, such as those in the recent PISA report, continuously telling us that literacy and numeracy skills in the UK and Ireland are falling behind the rest of the world, perhaps it is time to find out what our world-class education programmes can offer your child and buck this national trend. Come along to a Kumon Maths and English Assessment Event at the Kumon Anstey Study Centre on Saturday April 12th and let us tell you what skills your child currently has, and which ones we can help them develop. Through daily study of the Kumon programmes, your child will develop the independent learning skills to learn for themselves, so they do not become dependent on - or limited by - the skills and knowledge of others. Your child will then be able to apply these skills to all subjects and outside of school too. The Kumon Maths and English Assessment Event will take place at Anstey Scout Hut from 10 - 12:30pm and 1:15 - 3:30pm. For more information or to register your attendance at this event contact Hilary Maddocks on 01509 414866 or email: email@example.com.
First Aid Course For Parents Saturday 1st March, 2014 at 10:00 am at Loughborough A short course to provide parents (and others) with the confidence to know how best to react in an emergency situation and deal with minor illnesses. The course covers the basics such as CPR for babies and children, managing a choking emergency, febrile convulsions, scalds and burns. Places must be booked and paid for in advance and the cost is £18 per person which includes drinks and biscuits. Discounts are available for those on certain benefits - please contact us to find out more. The course runs from 10.00am to 12.15pm. This course will be repeated on Saturday 12th April and Saturday 7th June 2014. More dates will follow later in the year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Emmanuel Church Rooms, Forest Rd, Loughborough, LE11 3NW Telephone: 0844 2436193 | Website: www.nct.org.uk/branches/loughborough/first-aid-course
FOR THE KIDS: The Frog & The Princess 8th March 2014 at 2pm
The Frog & The Princess is an entertaining and poignant re-telling of the traditional Frog Prince tale. It will look at what can happen when different cultures meet, using a beautiful blend of puppetry and music that will entertain and delight family audiences. This adaptation has been especially created for 4-8 year olds and their families and focuses on how a Princess deems a Frog to be unworthy of being her friend, just because of what he is. As the Frog and the Princess undergo an emotional journey from rejection to friendship, these humorous characters with flaws, foibles and feelings display traits that children will recognise and empathise with. The drama in The Frog & The Princess is played out by exquisitely manipulated puppets in a unique and sensitive relationship to the performers. Age 4 - 8 years | Duration 50 minutes | The Victoria Room, Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough LE11 3EB - unreserved seating | Tickets £7 / £5 concessions | Box Office 01509 231914.
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March On The GCR
There’s something for everyone to enjoy this month, including the children! Swamp Meet - One of the longest standing railway memorabilia (railwayana) events in the country the Quorn Swap Meet returns on the 2nd for the first time this year with a very early start. There might be a bargain to find amongst the nameplates, lamps, silverware, photographs, signs, badges, books etc.
Meet Peppa Pig & George - Peppa Pig and George return for another visit during the weekend of the 8th and 9th which is very popular with the children. You can meet the characters at Loughborough Station at regular intervals during the day so don’t forget your camera. At the out stations a variety of events will be taking place, including face painting, Funfair, miniature railway, colouring and craft activities. There is also refreshments available at all the stations.
Diesel Gala - The first diesel gala of the season takes place on the 29th and 30th with all the available home fleet in action and it is hoped to bring in two visitors. There will be an intensive timetable.
Dining Trains - There is the usual selection of dining trains to choose from with the first murder mystery of the year on the 28th and why not treat your mother to lunch on Mothering Sunday the 30th.
Preview Of Events For April - Its Easter time again with the Easter Bunny Express running either side of the Easter weekend during which there will be an Easter Vintage Festival. The following weekend on the Saturday only there is a Bus/Rail Spring Event at Quorn. There is also the regular selection of dining trains plus two Murder Mysteries and Easter Sunday Luncheon.
Freight Engine Joins The Home Fleet - BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92214 Cock o’ the North visiting from The North Yorkshire Moors Railway for the three day Winter Steam Gala is now staying at the railway for dedicated use by the Great Central Railway Plc. The locomotive was bought by GCR Director Mr Michael Gregory of Cromwell Tools from Mr Stuart Whitter of PV Premier Ltd. It has just returned to action after an overhaul which was completed last July at the NYMR, unusual for this type of engine it is named and an added ingredient of BR mixed traffic lining. These engines where regular performers on the GCR in the late fifties and sixties running at a fast speed for freight trains with a rake of 16-ton ’Windcutter’ mineral wagons, the coal trains running from Annersley to Woodford Halse. The GCR can recreate this today because readers of ’Steam Railway’ donated money to purchase a rake of the 16-ton mineral wagons that were going to the scrap yard, these are maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers at Rothley and they are always looking for extra help if you would like to get involved contact John Brooks on 07769 723 278. These engines were designed at Brighton and introduced in 1954 and built at Crewe and Swindon, a total of 251 built, the last 92220 ‘Evening Star’ was built at Swindon in 1960 and was the last steam locomotive built for BR and turned out in Brunswick Green, they were all scrapped by 1968, but nine have survived in preservation including ‘Evening Star’ which is in the National Collection at the National Railway Museum, York. For all the latest information visit the website at: www.gcrailway.co.uk or phone Loughborough on 01509 632323. Dave Allen, Duty Station Master, Rothley.
Photo - BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 No 92214 Cock o’ the North stands 28 at Leicester North awaiting its next duty during the Winter Steam Gala on Sunday, January 26th.
Belton Village Hall’s Golden Anniversary Written by Belton residents Amanda Overton & Nicola Williams
March this year will mark the 50th anniversary of the village hall of Belton, a small village of just over 300 homes 5 miles North of Loughborough. Belton has a strong community and many traditions including the May Day festivities with dancing around one of the few remaining maypoles in the country. In its 50 years the village hall has served its community well by hosting many functions and celebrations. The idea of building a village hall was originally introduced to the villagers by the late Mr Joe Bonser of Top Merrill Grange farm in 1953. This led to 10 years of fund-raising by villagers to help raise the £7,000 needed to fund the project. Among the main fund-raising events were the weekly whist drives with the landlords of the two local public houses giving their clubrooms free of charge to support these events. Villagers also attended regular dances held in the neighbouring village of Osgathorpe and enjoyed summer galas on the village recreation ground, all in aid of the village hall fund. In addition, a £3000 government grant was secured by Mr A. Stuart of The Leicestershire Rural Community Council. Mrs Dorothy Bonser, one of the founder members of the village hall committee.
Mrs Dorothy Bonser is the last surviving founder member of the village hall committee and widow to the late Joe Bonser. When reminiscing about the fund raising efforts she said “I must have made thousands of cups of tea!”
The cabbage field adjacent to the old school was acquired by the committee from local farmer, Mr Harper. Many villagers then set to work to clear and level the site before local builders were recruited to start construction in 1963. On the 14th of March 1964, in recognition of his support to the committee, Mr Stuart was invited to officially open the new village hall. In spite of the rain, large crowds attended the grand opening where Mr Bonser, chairman of the committee, handed him a pair of golden scissors to cut the golden ribbon. Methodist minister Reverend Cox blessed the building. The celebrations then began with the ladies of the committee serving wine and cheese and the Shepshed drama group providing the entertainment. The evening concluded with a dance with over 200 people in attendance. The hall then became the pride of the community, winning the Leicester Advertiser village hall competition for the best kept village hall three times running in 1966, 1968 and 1970.
Rev. Cox and some of the original village hall committee members taken on the day of the opening. Mr J Bonser in the centre next to his wife Mrs D Bonser.
Groups that first used the village hall included the over sixties Welcome Club, the Women’s Institute, whist drives and short-mat bowling. Fifty years on, the whist drives and bowling are still held in the hall today with the whist drives still regularly raising money towards the up-keep of the village hall and many other good causes. Other regular users now also include the Belton play-group, a street dance club for the youngsters and a Zumba fitness class. The hall has been a great community venue for large events over its 50 years and has seen many street parties for various royal occasions. The hall has hosted many family celebrations such as wedding receptions and birthday parties plus many fund-raising events such as table-top sales and Halloween disco’s to name but a few. Last summer the village hall was the venue for the revival of the Belton village show, first run by the Women’s Institute many years ago. The show, now run by the Belton gardening club, was a resounding success and an excellent example of how the village community spirit of fifty years ago continues today. The villagers have been invited to take part in a 50th year commemorative photo in front of the village hall on Sunday the 2nd of March. This will be followed by a special service at the local church, St John the Baptist, celebrating ‘community’.
Top: The over sixties Welcome Club. Photo taken during the 1970’s. Middle: Members of the Women’s Institute after a stage performance in the 1960’s. Bottom: Street party outside the village hall to celebrate the royal wedding of Charles and Diana in 1981.
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A couple of weeks later on Saturday the 15th of March, the community will come together for a day of celebrations to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their village hall. Events will be held throughout the day including afternoon tea and cakes, a talk from the Belton history group and an opportunity to reminisce with old photos, concluding with a disco with music from the last five decades. Current societies and users will also have the chance to showcase their groups to entice new members. Mrs Bonser said of the upcoming celebrations “Joe would be very proud to see the village hall still being supported by the community and its 50th anniversary being remembered in this way”
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The Friends of The Charnwood Forest WHAT: The Future of National Forest Talk by Lynne Richards, Head of Fundraising and External Affairs WHEN: Monday 17th March 2014 at 7.30 pm WHERE: in Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall This evening we will welcome an old friend of the Society, Lynne Richards, who is Head of Fundraising and External Affairs for the National Forest. The concept of a National Forest came into existence in 1995 as a regeneration project to transform a largely industrial, coal mining district on the eastern side but including Charnwood Forest in the west. The National Forest has now become increasingly established as part of the landscape of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Government has given it ringing endorsement to continue the good work and has recently confirmed that it has ten years to ”move towards independence”. This gives time to bring new landscapes to full fruition and in its train all the other activities which make the most of the green asset in our midst. In this talk Lynne Richards will reflect on the transformations to date, illustrating this with before and after photographs, plus aerial photographs, and also a short film, as she describes the emerging themes for the next ten years. If you want to see how fast trees grow just take a walk through Martin’s Wood on Dean Lane. an area of 12 acres, which was largely funded by the Friends of Charnwood Forest and planted 20 years ago. I shall be raising the concept of a Memorial Wood for members of the Society. There is a possibility of some land becoming available from the National Forest, We need to know what you think about this. The National Forest decisions affect us all so please come along and hear how the future is planned. The talk will be preceded by a short AGM.
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For further information on future, or past, events see: www.focf.org.uk
Stressed By Debt ?? Around 11% of the UK population have unsustainable levels of debt. This is causing significant stress to both those who have the debt and also their families. These debts often arise when unexpected events happen, for example redundancy or illness, or when unexpected costs occur. We tend to assume that we are the only people struggling, but it is a very common occurrence so there is no reason to be embarrassed. In response to this crisis the Soar Valley Community Money Advice Centre has opened. The centre has trained advisors who offer free face to face debt counselling in a confidential and supportive way. They will go through your finances, prepare a budget and negotiate with anyone you owe money to. This will remove the pressure that your creditors are putting on you and ensure an affordable payment plan is agreed. The aim is to support you to a future free of debt. In addition the Centre can advise on benefit entitlement, other free services available, cost saving ideas and budgeting. Centre Manager, Tim Jackson commented “Over the last year we have been developing the vision for the Centre, so it is fantastic to open our doors to support those who need help. The team have a real heart to help those whose life is being impacted by debt and to help them to a debt free future. We are supported by Community Money Advice which is a national charity overseeing 130 centres across the UK.” The Centre is based at Rothley Baptist Church, Woodgate, Rothley and is open Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. It is open to anyone who needs help so please pop in and see us, call/text 07743 765958 or email email@example.com and start the journey to a debt free future.
It’s All Change At Granby Street Car Park Granby Street car park was given a £250,000 new lease of life by Charnwood Borough Council and transformed from a pay-and-display car park, to a pay-on-foot facility, in line with the multi-storey Beehive car park. Work on the car park, which includes resurfacing, installation of barriers and new pay-on-foot machines, is expected to last for eight weeks with completion scheduled on March 28, 2014. Once fully re-opened, parking in Granby Street will be the same as parking in the Beehive Lane car park. The facility will also be suitable for long-stay parking, with six hours or more costing £6 during the day and only 60p in the evening. For more information on the works visit: www.charnwood.gov.uk/granbystreet.
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We caught up with Dom Beck, Leicester Futsal President & Head Coach to explain a little about the game....
So Dom how long have you been involved in Futsal? I have always had a passion for football and always enjoyed watching Futsal when visiting places like Spain where the sport is very popular and played at a professional level. Through my coaching career, I had used Futsal techniques in training sessions and in 2011 decided to start my own Futsal Club, Leicester Futsal. Leicester Futsal is growing fast and has an adult male’s team competing in the Leicestershire Futsal Fives League. We offer regular training sessions usually on a Sunday at Brockington College Enderby, Leicester. We are always looking for people to get involved with our club and we have plans to expand and would encourage anybody interested in playing, or getting involved off the pitch to get in touch with us.
Explain to us what Futsal is... Futsal is a small sided version of Football, played indoors on a court similar to that of Basketball. It is played to touchlines & with a reduced bounce size 4 ball, this encourages close control in confined areas. It is popular in south America & across Europe with players Such as, Messi, Ronaldo, & the great Pele to name a few all recognising this game as the one that made them the footballers there are & were.
Isn’t it just 5-a-side? There are many misconceptions about Futsal this being one of those, the game is played with a 5 man team, but unlike traditional 5-a-side there are touchlines which make the game more realistic and relevant to that of football. There are also many other rules that make the game very tactical.
How long is a game? The games are played in halves of 20 minutes each way, each team is permitted a 1 minute Time Out in each half and the clock is stopped each time the ball is out of play. When the game is stopped the player in possession has 4 seconds to restart play, encouraging quick decision making. Is there a league or competition for teams to play in? There is a national league run by The FA, this also consists of an FA Futsal Cup and there are also FA Futsal Fives Leagues, we currently compete in the Leicestershire & Rutland Futsal Fives. The County FA have recently launched a youth league, and we are hoping to introduce a youth team to take part in the coming months.
How can people get involved? Get in contact with us and let us know what you’re looking to do, we have lots of voluntary options available for the right people to get into Futsal. Visit our website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/leicesterfutsal/ Leicester Futsal
For more information about Futsal visit Leicestershire & Rutland County FA, The FA or Fifa’s website.
SPORT RELIEF GAMES
Sport Relief is back, from Friday 21st March to Sunday 23rd March, and now bigger than ever with the Sport Relief Games! With hundreds of running, swimming and cycling events across the UK, there are more ways to join in the fun than ever before! Find out more about what’s happing in our local area by visiting: www.lrsport.org/sportrelief or check out all of the national events directly on the Sport Relief website: www.sportrelief.com/
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- Focus On Loughborough
Focus On Loughborough... Loughborough... Loughborough... Loughborough... Loughborough... Loughborough... Loughborough... The delightful town of Loughborough has a little bit of everything... beautiful parks, stunning churches and a vibrant steam railway, it also has a great library, a fascinating bell foundry museum and an impressive variety of shops and businesses. Looking back to the history of the town the principle streets of medieval Loughborough formed a box to the South of the church revealed in the names Church Gate, Pinfold Gate, High Gate (now High Street) and Wood Gate. Churchgate is of particular interest as it connects the glorious 14th century All Saints church and old town to the modern town centre-Market Place. As you stroll down the upmarket pedestrianised Churchgate area you’ll find all sorts of beautiful shops and cafes and wonderful gems to explore including Churchgate’s Mews, where there’s independent establishments aplenty, from cafes to jewellers, beauty salons to chocolatiers. The town centre itself also offers visitors an array of shops to suit all tastes, from gorgeous little boutiques to large high street stores. Loughborough is easy to get to, has plenty of parking and lots of great places to eat or just grab a coffee. A large outdoor market is held in the Market Place every Thursday and Saturday and for all you foodies there is a farmers’ market on the second Wednesday of the month. Loughborough really does cater for all needs, it has a wealth of professional services, fantastic schools and an impressive university, a diverse range of fashion boutiques, it meets all of your health and beauty needs from a physio to the perfect pout. There is so much going on in Loughborough that you could no doubt spend the whole day just shopping or pottering around. Not to be overlooked though is the entertainment galore available at the Town Hall (which delivers a great variety of shows & exhibitions) and the impressive range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Loughborough has a little bit of everything, so why not drop on by to find something that floats your boat! *HIDDEN GEM*: Jackdaw Bygones - Everything for sale in this charming little shop is vintage or antique. Specialising in linens and textiles (which are all lovingly laundered and ready for use), as well as a wide range of other domestic items, including English bone china there is so much to keep a creative eye intruigued. We were delighted to find old sheet music and documents which are ideal for decoupage or other craftwork.
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HOLIDAY FASHIONS 2014 As the Duchess of Cambridge demonstrated on her recent visit to the celebrity island of Mustique in the Caribbean, stripes are this season’s “must-have” for every fashion-conscious woman. Horizontal stripes used to be considered unflattering, until scientists managed to disprove this theory with high-tech impartial experiments. Now, manufacturers are clamouring to bring out new versions of the traditional “nautical” look. This all comes as no surprise to one of Europe’s major knitwear manufacturers - Saint James - who have been producing variations on this style since 1889. From their factory near Mont St Michel in Normandy, they have grown to become a worldwide brand renowned for quality and design flair. Charnwood’s largest ladies’ fashion store (Caroline James in Churchgate, Loughborough) are a committed stockist of the Saint James label. “We are delighted with their range”, says owner Valerie Fletcher, “the quality is excellent and the pieces are so stylish—typically French ! Their back-up service is superb, so even if we don’t stock a particular colour or style, we can often order it from the factory. They even have matching accessories and a kiddies’ collection !”
If you need to refresh your holiday wardrobe, a full catalogue can be downloaded from www.saint-james.co.uk or you can pop into the Caroline James store to browse this and many other Spring/Summer 2014 collections at your leisure.
Inspectors Give High Praise To Grace Dieu The recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate has highlighted just what a remarkable place Grace Dieu Manor School is for children to begin their educational journey. The Inspectors remarked on the good progress pupils make, and the high standards that pupils reach due to the ‘effective teaching’. They reported that ‘attainment is high’ and that pupils’ successful admission to selective senior schools was evidence of this. In relation to the teaching at Grace Dieu, the report referred to ‘brisk pace, excellent subject knowledge and clear learning objectives that enable pupils of all abilities to acquire new knowledge and make rapid progress’. Parents were said to be ‘very happy with the quality of teaching and enthusiastic about the quality of education on offer.’ Pastoral care was rated as ‘excellent’ and ‘there is a very happy, friendly, family feel throughout the school. Every
individual is well-respected and treated with great courtesy and care.’
The report comments that ‘pupils speak with considerable maturity for their age and develop very strong self-awareness and confidence because they are given excellent pastoral care.’ The school is proud that pupils show ’great empathy and consideration for one another’ and ‘appreciate and respect each other’s differences.’ It was pleasing that the inspectors noted the school’s focus on values and they commented that ‘pupils have a fully developed sense of right and wrong which is developed from the earliest age in the Early Years Foundation Stage.’ What happens outside the classroom is also vital and the inspectors wrote, ‘the emphasis that the school places on developing pupils’ confidence and self-esteem has led to pupils of all abilities achieving well in a range of sports and aesthetic activities such as art, music and drama.’ And again, ‘awards to senior schools show that music and sports are strong’, and reference is made to ‘the vibrant choral, instrumental and performing arts tradition’ that clearly inspires the pupils.’ As for the Early Years Foundation Stage, the youngest pupils at Grace Dieu (3+ and 4+) were described as ‘active learners, enjoying all they do… the teaching by well-qualified staff is engaging and motivating, meeting the needs of all the children well, and promoting an environment in which pastoral and academic development is nurtured. In the Early Years, the youngest children respond fully to school life with great enthusiasm and enjoyment…’ If you would like to find out more about Grace Dieu, please visit the website www.gracedieu.com and make an appointment to view the school via 01530 222276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Local Entertainment Latimer Players Spring Production
The Love Nest A third farcical comedy by author Raymond Hopkins. David and Janet Thompson were deeply in love when they married thirty-two years ago. That was until Janet’s mother moved in with them. In a last attempt to save the marriage, the couple have decided to return to the guest house where they spent their honeymoon. But this was doomed from the beginning. The mother in law decides to come with them and upsets everybody. David is pursued by an over-zealous waitress, a frustrated newly-wed and an admirer from the past.
PANTO: Mother Goose Barrow Panto Group will be performing its annual family panto on March 7th and 8th. This year it’s Mother Goose – the traditional tale full of golden eggs, terrible eggy yolks, goodies and baddies and lots for the audience to join in. The show is in Humphrey Perkins Community Centre, Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar, LE12 8JU. Friday and Saturday both have an evening performance that starts at 7pm and there is also a matinee on Saturday starting at 2pm. Tickets are only £7 (£5 concessions) and are available by emailing: email@example.com
Will true love win through in the end? Only Tyson, the mouse, has the answer. The Latimer Players are putting on their Spring production at Thurcaston Memorial Hall on Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd May 2014 at 7.30pm each night. Tickets are £6.50 and available from Christine Deavon on 07740 477746 .
Ensemble 360 Wednesday 26th March, 7:30pm - 9:30pm From duos to quintets, soloists to the full eleven company, Ensemble 360 are one of the UK’s most innovative and flexible groups performing today. Since their formation in 2005 this Sheffield based ensemble have established an enviable reputation for the quality of their playing, regularly appearing on BBC Radio 3 and touring to some of the UK’s premier classical music festivals and venues. For this concert Ensemble 360 take the form of a string quartet with a repertoire of chamber music to move the soul. Mozart’s harmonic and emotional quartet is mixed with the atmospheric and immersive work of Ligeti, along with the melancholic yet passionate Tchaikovsky quartet. Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, Leics, LE11 3TU Tickets: £12 / £10 Concessions.
or phoning the box office on
07718153117 or you can call in Barrow’s High Street Paper Shop.
CENTRE STAGE PRODUCTION
‘Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber’ Sunday March 16th 2014
Fred Andrews is short for his age, can’t play football, and making friends at his new secondary school is proving difficult. His Dad died a while ago, and Fred’s Mum is too sad to pay attention to him. Fred wants to change his world – and so he does. He becomes Freddy Dare – a superhero with a glamorous accomplice, the Ginger Robber! Together, they must overcome The Mistress, steal their opportunity and dance their way to Vegas! Will they make it? Is it a film? Is it a play? Yes … ‘Freddy Dare & the Ginger Robber’ brings you both! In a show to be enjoyed by both adults and children, Cube Theatre transport audiences on an epic adventure involving striking visual effects, great music and a dazzling script which packs an emotional punch. Theatre, film and adventure for those aged 8 to 108! This Centre Stage show (ie professional theatre) is on Sunday March 16th in Humphrey Perkins Community Centre, Cotes Road, Barrow, LE12 8JU starting at 7.00pm. Tickets bought on the door will cost £9 , £8 concessions, £5 for children under 16 and a family ticket for £26. However, if you buy your tickets in advance you gain a £1 discount for each ticket. Tickets will be on sale in Barrow’s The Paper Shop or by phone from 07718153117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users.
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ghboro u o L FILM : Thurcaston & Cropston Film Presentations From Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council In February’s “The Great Gatsby”, there were gorgeous costumes depicting the excesses of the 1920’s New York and spectacular production design. Writer, Nick Carraway, fell under the spell of his neighbour, the mysterious Jay Gatsby. Among the super rich were their illusions, their loves and their deceits. We were captivated indeed”,
“Captain Philips” will be shown on Friday March 14th and lasts 134 minutes.
2nd March 2014 Loughborough RSPB Local Group invite you to join them on a coach trip to Gibraltar Point NNR near Skegness. Depart from Loughborough University at 8.00am, fare £18. Booking is essential. 14th March 2014 A talk entitled Feathers and Flight by Chris Ward. Chris is the group leader of North Bucks RSPB local group. A keen traveller and photographer and an accomplished speaker. He will enlighten us about feathers - what are their functions, variations and adaptations and how are they modified for flight ? The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre at the Brockington Building Loughborough University at 7.45pm. Price: £3 Group Members, £3.50 Non members.
Played by Tom Hanks, Captain Philips was on an unarmed trading boat heading for Mombasa, Kenya. The boat was hijacked by armed Somali intruders. This film is an actionpacked powerful drama. It is based on Richard Philips’ book, “A Captain’s Duty”, and it is all true!
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“Philomena” will be shown on April 11th and lasts 98
A talk entitled Life on the Edge by Michael Webster. Another visit by Mike (well known local naturalist and author of “the Birds of Charnwood”). Tonight he will explore the marine life of Britain, showing the birds, wildlife and people who work with the sea, and the problems they all face - and why we need Marine Protection Areas. The talk will be held in the Lecture Theatre at the Brockington Building Loughborough University at 7.45pm. Price: £3 Group Members, £3.50 Non members. At 7.30pm we hold our AGM – we have vacancies for both Group Leader and Trip Organiser – if you are interested in either of these positions please contact us using the website and you can receive further information.
This British film is a moving true story about one woman’s quest to right a terrible wrong. Philomena is played remarkably by Dame Judi Dench. She and the journalist, played by Steve Coogan, form a beautiful relationship as he investigates her son’s disappearance.
“Sunshine on Leith” will be shown on May 9th.
Wildlife Walk at Calke Park at 10am until 12 noon. Meet at SK375227 11th April 2014
13th April 2014 Loughborough RSPB Local Group invite you to join them on a coach trip to Frampton Marsh RSPB Reserve in Lincolnshire. Depart from Loughborough University at 7.30 am, fare £18. Booking is essential for this trip.
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. Advanced tickets can be purchased via the parish office 0116 236 7626 or at the door.
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Wildlife Walk at Calke Park at 10am until 12 noon. Meet at SK375227. Full details of all of the events including finding the venue, booking the trips etc can be found on the group’s website:
Classic Car & Transport Show
Thurcaston & Cropston WI 40 DAYS & 40 NIGHTS IN SPAIN An illustrated talk by popular speaker, Michael Webster, about the significance of the many colourful festivals leading up to Easter. Thursday 6th March - 7.30 pm at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Visitors welcome £4.
FASHION SHOW & SALE SOS Clothing will show garments from popular high street stores. Well known brands in sizes 8 - 26. Come along and enjoy the show - afterwards you can choose from over 1,000 items of clothing. Cash, cheques and credit cards accepted. Thursday 3rd April - 7.30 pm at Thurcaston Memorial Hall. Tickets £5 including tea and cake. Ring Mary 0116 236 5179 or Benita 0116 236 6816 for tickets and information.
Beaumanor Hall, Woodhouse, hosts the 18th Annual Classic Car and Transport Show plus Crafts inside the Hall on Sunday 20th July 2014.
Over 500 cars are again expected alongside trade and autojumble stalls, children’s inflatables plus Craft Stalls inside the Hall. Last year’s event attracted thousands of visitors and the admission is once again Adults £6.00 – Children £2.50 with free car parking. Anyone interested in exhibiting their vehicle or trading at the Show can contact organisers Transtar Promotions on 01922 643385 or email: email@example.com Geoff Price, the organiser has been involved in organising events for over 30 years and is pleased to be returning to Beaumanor Hall for the 18th year. His childhood was spent in the nearby village of Swithland where his mother still lives but moved to the West Midlands in the early 1970’s. His own personal interest is not with cars but buses and over 55 years has amassed an amazing Guinness World Record Collection of over 13,000 different model buses and trams dating back to 1903 in all shapes and sizes from all over the world – The collection includes the first model from his childhood bought in 1957. His interest in full size buses began with his early days when Barkus, Prestwells, Kemp & Shaw, Allens, Howletts and Midland Red were all operating the buses around the local villages to Loughborough. Over all these years he has amassed many photographs of the operators and has many memories to go with them from his school days. Please note: NO DOGS are allowed on site (except Guide Dogs)
Wartime Leicestershire at Beaumanor Hall History Fair Sunday 23rd March 2014, 10am - 4pm This promises to be an excellent day out for families and history enthusiasts. Over 40 local history and heritage groups have stands and displays, and there will be a series of talks on topics ranging from Leicestershire’s castles to World War II, taking in along the way the English Civil War, the Western Front and (of course) the Battle of Bosworth. Beaumanor is a particularly apt venue for this day, as it was a WWII listening station. Visitors can take a tour of the secret ‘Y’ listeningstation buildings and operate a real German Enigma code machine. There will also be live music from Sounds Familiar, who will be performing top-selling songs from 1914 to 1945. Representatives from Leicestershire Victoria County History and their Charnwood Roots project will be at the event. Mark Gamble who is a member of Thurmaston Heritage Group will also be at the fair, Mark has a wide knowledge of military medals and will be providing a medal advisory service at the Beaumanor History Fair. So bring along your family medals and discover what you can find out about them. They may be a key to unlocking your family history. For more details and to book tickets for the various (free) talks, visit www.lahs.org.uk/ Admission to Beaumanor Hall and gardens for this event will cost just £5.00 per adult with free admission for children under 16 years and free parking. All the talks and tours are FREE but MUST be booked in advance through this website to avoid disappointment and queues on the day. March / April 2014
Crossword Page This monthâ€™s Crossword... ACROSS 1. The study of minute organisms (12) 9. Throttled (7) 10. Fire-breathing monster with body parts from various species (7) 11. Repeated word, repeated word, repeated word (9) 12. He was let go (5) 13. What you do with a boat. (7) 15. Surprises, shocks (6) 18. Term of office of an abbot (6) 20. Pus in pleural space (7) 24. More than, surplus (5) 25. Outstandingly bad (9) 27. Infection causing diarrhoea (7) 28. To wash clothes (7) 29. Grounds for immediate inference of truth of corresponding ____. Universal propositions in logic. (12)
January / February Crossword Solution
1. Sticky metal (6) 2. The Queenâ€™s favourite dog (5) 3. Used to make cookies, or eaten warm for breakfast (7) 4. Listing, of books perhaps. (8) 5. Grasshopper which swarms (6) 6. Serving to increase wealth (7) 7. Part of the brain (8) 8. Worst, most horrible (7) 14. Striving towards something (8) 16. Balanced rhythmic flow (7) 17. Something to keep the rain off your head (8) 19. French accommodation (7) 21. Fermented dairy product (7) 22. To fill with oxygen (6) 23. Takes power illegally (6) 26. Command (5)
March / April 2014
OUT AND ABOUT Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 March | BritSciFi 2014 Meet your favourite characters, grab a photo with the stars, drop in to talks and workshops, see amazing displays and exhibitions and have an out of this world experience at the National Space Centre. A celebration of all things science fiction and British. In its fourth year, BritSciFi is one of the National Space Centre’s biggest events of the year. Guests including the cast of the Tomorrow People, Blake’s 7, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who and Thunderbirds, as well as huge exhibitions of props, sets, costumes and prosthetics, the original K9, Daleks, Cybermen, graphic artists, writers and directors all come together to create a world class event for families and fans to enjoy. This year, thanks to our friends at Nottingham Hackspace, we will be attempting to build a giant Tracy Island to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s iconic show, Thunderbirds. So all you budding Blue Peter presenters come and join us in the sticky backed plastic, toilet roll and empty bottle corner!
Saturday 08 & Sunday 09 March Meet Peppa & George Join Peppa and her little brother George for an exciting day out for all the family. You can meet Peppa and George and have your photo taken with each of them. There are lots of lovely things to see and do, funfair rides to play on, bouncy castles to bounce on and you can even see a miniature railway at Rothley. To keep you nice and dry there will be a special marquee, where you can watch magic and tricks. There will be the opportunity to have your face painted just like Peppa’s. You can hop on and off at any of the 4 stations and enjoy the 16 mile journey on the steam train. www.gcrailway.co.uk/special-events/meet-peppa-george/ Family Tickets £35 (2 adults, 3 children), £25 (1 adult & 3 children) | Tel: 01509 632323 | From 10am
For further details see www.spacecentre.co.uk Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS | Tel: 0845 605 2001 Adults: £13 | Concs: £11
LOCAL EVENTS Saturday 01 March | Craft Day at Donington le Heath Join Friends of Donington le Heath Manor House for demonstrations and hands on experience of a variety of Tudor crafts. 11am to 4pm | Tel: 01530 831259 | Manor Road, Donington Le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW
Monday 03 March (every Monday) | Beginners Running - Quorn Want to start running but not sure where to start? Join us for Beginners Running. 16+. Meet at Station Road car park, Quorn. £2 per session | Contact: Jo Grant | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 01509 632535 | Price: £2.00 | 6:30 - 7:30pm
Wednesday 05 March | Guided Walks - Quorn Guided Walks - Quorn, meet at the main car park on Station Road, Quorn, LE12 8BS. Take a circular walk including Woodhouse and Woodthorpe. 5 miles. Free. 10am - 12 noon. Walk leader - David Bacon | Organiser: Will Blanche | E-mail: email@example.com | Tel: 01509 634673
Thursday 06 March | Anstey Monthly Walk Meet at the Nook car park. 3 - 5 miles. Walking boots recommended. No need to book, just turn up. Not suitable for pushchairs / wheelchairs. 10am - 12pm | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Tel: 01509 634673
Thursday 06 March | Mountsorrel Townswomen’s Guild The Townswomen’s Guild meets in the Parish Room to which all ladies are welcome. “Shetland Islands” is the subject of the talk to be given by Val. Williams and the competition is “6” Knitted Squares”. 7:30pm | The Townswomen’s Guild meets in The Parish Rooms, Leicester Road, Mountsorrel.
Thursday 06 January | Charity Whist Drive The next in the series of Charity Whist Drives organised by Derek Farr. All players welcome. 1st Thursday of every month. Admission £2 | 7.30pm | Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley | Large free car park available.
LOCAL EVENTS Friday 07 March (every Friday) | Just Play Football Fancy a kick about? Just come along and ‘just play’ on Charnwood Colleges 3G rubber crumb (gate 4). £2 per session | 16+ | Contact: Sam Chamberlain | E-mail: email@example.com | Tel: 01509 634673 | Price: £2.00 | 7:30 - 8:30pm | Charnwood College, Loughborough.
Saturday 08 March | Newtown Linford Brownies Rummage Sale The Brownies are holding their annual rummage sale - bring down your spare change and see what bargains will be on sale! The Village Hall, Main Street, Newtown Linford | Sale starts at 1.30pm | Admission is 50p.
Sunday 09 March | Go Canoeing - Leicester History & Nature Tour From Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre, take a paddle up the River Soar past the National Space Centre and Historic Pumping Station. Then take the canal as it splits off from the main river through the industrial heritage area of Leicester, making your way around the well-known Frog Island. Join up with the main river and paddle back down through Abbey Park sampling the river wildlife on the way, then past the Space Centre again finishing back at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre. £19 per person, £55 family of four | Tel: 0116 268 1426 | Loughborough Road, Leicester, LE4 5PN | 11:30am - 3pm | Ages 5+
Sunday 09 & Sunday 16 March | Conservation Volunteer Day at Beacon Hill Country Park If you would like to help the rangers to carry out a wide variety of practical habitat conservation tasks, get fit, help local wildlife, learn new skills and maybe make some new friends, why not come along to one of our Conservation Volunteer Days? Please get in touch to find out how. Free. Pre-booking advisable. Tel: 0116 305 7937 | Beacon Road, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 8SP
Thursday 13 March | Birstall & District Local History Society Monthly meeting - ‘Made in Leicester’ talk by Brian Johnson. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. The Village Hall, Birstall Road, Birstall, LE4 4DH | Contact: Mrs A Topley (secretary): 0116 292 8214.
Monday 17 March | Friends of Charnwood Forest Talk & AGM: “ The Future of the National Forest “by Lynne Richards,Head of Fundraising and External Relations,National Forest Company. Guests and other non-members are welcome at our talks (for whom we make a small charge of £3 at the door). Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall | 7.30pm, finishing about 9pm followed by refreshments | Website: www.focf.org.uk firstname.lastname@example.org | 01530 245373
Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 March | Sock Fair A range of quality arts, crafts, textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass and homewares will be available for purchase in the Main Hall and Sock Gallery over the entire weekend! FREE ENTRY - See more at: www.loughboroughtownhall.co.uk 10am-4pm both days | Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB | Tel: 01509 231914
Saturday 22 March | Old MacDonald Had A Farm But Old MacDonald’s animals have gone missing! Can you help a friendly scientist and his amazing time machine get them back for him? Written especially for parents to enjoy with their children, this fun filled farmyard tale brings to life all the best loved characters from the original nursery rhyme along with a magical medley of games, giggles and sing along songs. Tel: 0116 2333 111 | De Montfort Hall, Granville Road, Leicester, LE1 7RU | www.demontforthall.co.uk | 2:30pm | Age 4+ Tickets £9.50, Children £8.50, Family Ticket £32 (must include at least one adult)
Saturday 22 March | Woodhouse Eaves Scout Group Rummage Sale Bi-annual Rummage Sale in aid of Woodhouse Eaves Scout Group. Disabled Access. Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall | 2pm | Contact: Jane Cameron / 01509890039 / email@example.com
Saturday 22 March, Saturday 26 April & Saturday 17 May | Messy Church All Children welcome whatever the age - Carers, parents, grandparents, Aunts and Uncles etc come and join in the fun of craft activities and share a meal. For more info please ring Sue Waiwright on 07585557548. The forth Saturday of the month (except May). 3 - 5pm | Methodist Hall, Howe Lane, Rothley
Saturday 29 March | Fabulous Flowers for Mother’s Day Join Newarke Houses Museum for a fun filled flower day, and be inspired by our beautiful garden in the Springfield! For further details see www.leicestermuseums.gov.uk/museumandgalleries. Children’s drop in activities £2.50. Florist Workshop £15 for 2 hours. 11am - 3.30pm | The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY | Tel: 0116 225 4980 March / April 2014
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THE BRADGATE DIRECTORY
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Caroline James............................... 37 Cathy Stephens Jewellery............... 51 MB Sign Design............................... 42 Smartly Stitched Tailors.................. 54 Stuarts Leather & Travel................. 36 EDUCATION Anstey Kumon Centre..................... 27 OLCS............................................... 34 Rawlins - Adult Courses.................. 27 FOOD, DRINK & VENUES Flying Horse.................................... 50 Grey Lady Kitchen & Deli................ 47 The Manor House at Quorn........... 24 The Restaurant at The Mountsorrel......47 Vintage Afternoon Teas.................. 35 The Wedding Café.......................... 27 Woodcock Farm Shop..................... 47 GARDEN Bentley’s Garden Buildings............. 56 Charnwood Paving.......................... 41 Charnwood Tree Services............... 40 East Mids Mowers & Machines...... 14 Garden Blueprints............................ 6 LB Landscaping............................... 40 Neil Johnson Landscaping.............. 41 Roecliffe Tree Surgery..................... 40 HAIR & BEAUTY Aqua Hair........................................ 31 Hair & Beauty Gallery..................... 54 Season’s Day Spa............................ 54 Zoe’s Mobile Hairdressing.............. 54 HEALTH Charnwood Hearing Centre............ 53 Charnwood Physiotherapy............. 53 Clare Satchell Reflexology............... 47 Helping Hands................................ 27 Quorndon Care............................... 42
HOME ABD Picture Framing...................... 53 Ablutions........................................ 55 Absolute Window Solutions............. 2 Ancient & Modern............................ 6 Anstey Homecrafts......................... 53 Ashby Decorators Centre................ 18 Ashby Stoves.................................... 8 Broughtons....................................... 5 Charmwood Kitchens & Bedrooms....... 18 Charnwood Conservatories.............. 4 Charnwood Kitchens...................... 15 Charn. Oaks Roofing & Building........... 14 Clock Doctor..................................... 6 CV Lane........................................... 18 Delegate Services............................. 6 DeVol...................................... 20 + 21 DG Plumbing................................... 53 DP Furnishings.................................. 6 Glenwood Interiors......................... 14 Graham Botterill............................. 42 Holme Tree Kitchens....................... 11 Jackdaw Bygones............................ 35 Keller Construction........................... 5 Loft Storage Solutions...................... 3 Logburners Ltd.................................. 3 Martin Allen Flooring....................... 5 Mr B.................................................. 6 My Spa UK........................................ 7 Paperweight................................... 35 Peter Smith Kitchens........................ 3 RJ Rowley.......................................... 8 Robinson Removal Company............ 8 Roger McNulty.................................. 6 Simon Shuttlewood Upholstery......... 53 Solus Renewable Energy................. 11 Terry Allen Painter & Decorator........... 53 Watson’s Electrical........................... 6 Wreake Valley Flooring................... 15 Your Blinds........................................ 6
LEISURE Bradgate Park Fair.......................... 39 Cropston Reservoir Fishing............. 54 Longcliffe Golf Club........................ 39 Rothley Tennis Club........................ 39 Sock Fair......................................... 36 Sports & Courts Line Marking........ 39 Volunteering at Beacon Hill............ 31 MOTORS Cropston Garage............................. 53 Loughborough Kia.......................... 30 PETS & ANIMALS Anstey Cattery................................ 54 Glebe Von Wood............................ 42 Retreat Boarding Kennels............... 54 The Veterinary Surgery................... 54 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Adoption Services........................... 25 Advantage Computer Services....... 36 Bradgate Office Suites.................... 54 Dodds Solicitors LLP........................ 42 Lee Cooper Funeral Directors.............. 50 Leicestershire Lettings.................... 14 Prusinski Solicitors.......................... 34
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