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The GCR takes a dramatic leap forward!

50 Things to do before you’re 11¾


Summer Activities, Summer Schools & Summer Fun!

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CONTENTS 10 ROBBIE’S RUGBY FESTIVAL In aid of The Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust & The Jake McCarthy Foundation this rugby festival will take place at Loughborough RFC


Read all about the fun and games at the latset Scout camp including their very own ‘It’s a KnockOut!’


Are you a ‘Computer Sufferer’? Is your hard drive getting clogged up and slowing your computer down to snails pace?? Check out local computer geek Joe’s latest advice.



Not only do these gorgeous local villages have all sorts to offer us... days out, entertainment, delicious food and all sorts of fun for the kids but they have a wealth of local businesses that cater to our every need from a pampering to a new car & everything inbetween!


LOCAL SPORT UPDATE... Read about young local Tennis star, Louis, rising up the ranks and see how you can get involved with his rise to the top! Girls football - could it be for you?




SNAPPERS... GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHY Keep it simple with Ian’s guide to taking stunning photographs with his easy tips!



Welcome... ...to the Summer edition of the Bradgate magazine. As usual we have lots of local items that we hope you’ll find of interest, including, articles on photography and computing as well as charity and community events to get involved in. On page 33 we also tell you about Loughborough’s bridge building plans to connect the two Great Central Railway Heritage lines and….if you’d like to learn more about the town itself and its oldest buildings, then why not join an expert guide for a fascinating ‘walk ‘n’ talk’ (see page 29 for more details). Our Feature this month is on the village trio of Rothley, Mountsorrel and Quorn. Delightful in their own right, perhaps a read through our profiles will prompt one, two or all three of these beautiful Charnwood villages to be visited – we think, you won’t be disappointed if you do!

The National Trust are trying to engage more with children at present and as such they have introduced their ‘50 Things to do before you’re 11¾’. If you are looking for things to do with children over the summer, then have a look at our article on page 22. Also on page 22, read all about the fun Charnwood Scouting had in celebrating their recent 30 year anniversary – what a great achievement and lovely to heat they’re still going so strong. So with plenty to take in this month, may we hope you enjoy this issue along with the best of the sunshine whilst it continues to favour us.

Ed & the team

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Robbie’s Rugby Festival In aid of The Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust & The Jake McCarthy Foundation this rugby festival will take place at Loughborough Rugby Club on Saturday July 13th 2013 from 11am onwards and honours the memory of two charismatic young people who tragically lost their lives! Every year a group of friends organize the annual Rugby Festival to ensure their memory lives on. The event is set to provide a variety of entertainment featuring a number of old boys from the local Loughborough Endowed Schools (spanning a huge range of leavers from 1988 to present) as well as other local teams battling it out within a rugby 10s tournament. As well as the tournament which this year is taking on a festival theme, guests can enjoy a variety of food and gift stalls, a BBQ, Live music, Raffle, topped off with an evening event. It promises to be a lovely day out for all the family whilst raising money for two great causes. Georgie Fowle, 24, a family friend who is organizing the event for the 5th year running with friends Alicia Pearson, Liam Schofield, and Matt Everard said: “ I am privileged to be part of an event that brings people together for two incredible causes. Robbie and Jake were both inspirational people and it is wonderful that the Rugby Festival keeps their memory alive. The festival promises to be a great day so please do come along”. Liam Schofield rugby coordinator comments ‘‘Not only is the festival for a great cause it is a great opportunity for clubs from the surrounding area to get together and play some rugby out of season’’. Kevin Anderson, Trustee of the Robbie Anderson Cancer Trust and Robbie’s father said: ‘’Robbie would have loved to have been part of a day playing rugby surrounded by friends and family. We are thrilled that such an event continues to go on in his memory’’. To find out more about Robbie and Jake please visit the websites: www.robbieanderson.org.uk & www. jakemccarthyfoundation.co.uk

The National Garden Scheme Welcomes Local Garden A local garden has been accepted by the National Gardens Scheme and will open for the first time this summer to raise money for charity. Mike & Liz Newcombe’s garden, situated halfway along Ulverscroft Lane between Newtown Linford and Ulverscroft, will be open this summer on consecutive Sundays - 28th July and 4th August from 11.00am until 5.00pm. They will also, for the second time, provide the venue for the Newtown Linford Gardening Club’s Summer Party on Tuesday 23rd July. There will be a plant stall and a craft stall, selling jewellery, scarves etc. Light refreshments will be available. Admission for adults is £3.50, children are free and dogs on leads are welcome. ‘Mountain Ash’, 140 Ulverscroft Lane, Newtown Linford, LE6 0AJ For further details and some photographs of the garden see the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk Amongst the many charities supported by the NGS are: Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Help the Hospices, Carers Trust and, this year, Parkinsons UK.



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Charity Pages Kasabian Kick Off For Joe

Shares now up for grabs in local charity’s ‘MA Lottery’ Leicestershire-based charity Migraine Action is offering you the chance to take part in its exciting ‘MA Lottery’ with the prospect of winning substantial cash prizes whilst also helping the one in seven people in the UK affected by debilitating migraine.

The Joe Humphries Memorial Trust Charity Shield Football match Leicestershire rock legends Kasabian will be kicking off in support of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust in the first JHMT Charity Shield all-stars game. An all-star Kasabian line-up led by bass player Chris Edwards will be up against a Leicester City Foxes Legends team including Muzzy Izzet and JHMT patron and former England and Tigers captain Martin Johnson. Joe Humphries died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome aged just 14 in October 2012 whist out running near his family home at Rothley in Leicestershire. Since then his family and friends have worked tirelessly to campaign for a better understanding of SADS, compulsory CPR training in schools and defibrillators in schools, community venues and sports clubs. Kasbian’s Chris Edwards said: “Losing someone with so much potential as Joe at such a young age has been heart-breaking for his family and friends. But 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 that are trained to act when someone’s heart stops beating the more lives can be saved. It’s that simple”. 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 and what needs to be done if someone’s heart stops beating. We have to remember SADS can strike anyone, anywhere and anytime.” Admission to the match is by donation (suggested minimum £3 for adults and children) with under 5’s free. All proceeds towards the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust CPR training and defibrillator campaign For more information about the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust visit: www.jhmt.org.uk Sunday July 28th - 2pm at Quorn Football Club, Farley Way Stadium, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8RB.


During the share period (which runs from July – December 2013) there are three prize draws, with first, second and third prizes awarded in each draw. Shares in the lottery cost just £10 each, with 50% of the cost going directly into the prize fund – meaning the more shares that are sold, the higher the prizes available! The remaining funds will enable the charity to continue its essential support and information services, including a telephone helpline and over 100 different leaflets for adults and children with migraine. You can buy as many shares as you like for yourself and also purchase gift shares for others. (All share holders must be over 16). The closing date to purchase shares is 30th July with the first share draw taking place on the 31st July. To purchase your shares, or to find out more about Migraine Action’s services, visit: www.migraine.org.uk/getinvolved/lottery or call Migraine Action on 0116 275 8317.

Bradgate Lions Club News We have now completed our fundraising for the current fiscal year, (July 2012 – June 2013) and have held our cheque presentation event where donations were made to the various charities and good causes we that have supported. During the current year we have raised and donated £4550.00 to national and local charities such as Air Ambulance, Rainbows, LOROS, Wishes4Kids and many more besides, in total 17 groups have benefitted from this year from our efforts. On June 23rd. We will be holding our 24th. Charter Anniversary Dinner at Forest Hills Golf Club and in the intervening years since our inception in 1989 we have raised and donated over £146,000.00. A figure which we are very proud of. But in order to continue with our work we do need to recruit new members. If you would like to find out more about Bradgate Lions and what we do, (Its not just fund raising, we do enjoy a brilliant social life as well,) give me a call on 01530 242912, I will be pleased to help you. At the end of June we will be holding our change over event when we will welcome our new President for the next twelve months, there’s not much change there, as our current President Jill has agreed to remain in post for another year, but we will still go ahead with the ceremony and we wish her another successful period of office. Roger Gamble.


Charity Pages Inter Care Celebrate Queens Award recognition at Buckingham Palace Following on from the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton last August, several members from the charity Inter Care enjoyed the Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Thursday 6th June 2013. Diane Hardy, General Manager at Inter Care said that “it was a wonderful event, and we are delighted to have received the award for voluntary service, which recognizes the hardwork and commitment of our trained volunteers who help screen and sort and recycle quality medicines.” Inter Care could not operate without the support of these volunteers. 1100 registered GPs act as collectors and send patient returned supplies to Inter Cares headquarters in Leicestershire which have at least 15 months to their expiry and are in their original packaging. Following requests aid is donated to 121 health clinics in rural Africa. To date they have recycled over £11 million worth of aid. Inter Care now has over 60 volunteers and only 4 part time staff. By keeping costs low, for every £1 donated they send over £4 worth of recycled medicines. They donate aid to orphanages, blind schools, hospitals and clinics in Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia, where people are poor and vulnerable and would otherwise die for a lack of basic medicines- a resource that we simply take for granted in the UK. Inter Care is recycling more medicines than ever before, and needs to raise funds to provide this vital lifeline. For more information about Inter Care or to donate to the charity please call 0116 2695925 or visit www.intercare.org.uk Photos below left to right - Ralph Moakes, Volunteer, Diane Hardy, General Manager, Barry Connolly, Volunteer and Dr Patrick O’Callaghan, Volunteer/Trustee

Rotarians at the Warning Zone As a change from their meeting at Rothley Court in June the Soar Valley Rotarians visited one of the many good causes which the Club has supported this year, The Warning Zone at Frog Island, Leicester. The Warning Zone provides a quality, high impact “Learning for Life” resource for year 6 youngster from across Leicestershire and Rutland and this year, the Club has provided funding for year 6 pupils from Sileby and Wanlip to visit the Zone. This visit enabled members to see for themselves the “hands on” interactive learning experiences provided, over eight set-­piece risk scenarios dealing with Building sites and Electricity; Risk on the Road; Alcohol and under-­age drinking; Personal Safety; Railways; Risk around Water; Criminal Damage & Arson; and Fire Risk in the Home. At the end of the evening members enjoyed a light supper and Club President Graham Martin presented a cheque to fundraiser Rachel Roark, for the final instalment of the Club’s funding for schools in the Soar Valley to attend the Zone this year, adding “It was great to see at first hand the range of zones, each demonstrating in an interesting and sometimes stark way the potential hazards that children face at home, on roads and in other locations in our communities. We are pleased to be enabling local children to visit the Zone and better equip them to deal with some of the challenges on moving to their secondary school.“ For the Warning Zone Rachel Rourke thanked the Rotary Club of the Soar Valley for their continuing involvement with ‘Sponsor a School’ adding “Thanks to support from Rotary, many more year 6 pupils from around Leicestershire have had the opportunity to visit Warning Zone with their school free of charge. Without this support these visits probably would not happen and from all of us at warning Zone, we are most grateful.” Photo: Rotary Club President Graham Martin handing a cheque to Rachel Rourke of the Warning Zone. (l -­ r) Rotarians Tony Bradley & Peter Jones, Rachel, Graham and Rtn Dennis Kent.

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Local Interest Welbeck Student Receives the Prince Philip Medal Sir Clive Loader KCB OBE was the Guest of Honour at Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College’s Annual Speech Day Event held recently. The event consisted of presentations by students on all aspects of life at Welbeck as well as two musical items and the annual academic prize giving. The highlight of the event was the Award of the Prince Philip Medal by Sir Clive Loader to Sam Woodward (18) from Hampshire. Sam is the 19th recipient of this Award which is given to the most outstanding student in the College as voted for by the staff. Sir Clive, who was previously Air Chief Marshal and Commander-in-Chief of Air Command, gave a short address to the students in which he reflected on his decision to join the RAF, his time within the Armed Services and his current role as Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner.

RAF Cranwell Band Perform at Welbeck College 60th Anniversary Concert This year marks 60 years since Welbeck College opened. To celebrate this landmark event the College held a Celebratory Concert on Wednesday the 26th June 2013. Coinciding with Armed Forces Week, proceeds from the concert were given to three worthy causes, namely: Soldiers, Sailors & Air Force Association – Forces Help (SSAFA); The Royal British Legion and the Welbeck College Cadet Support Fund. Welbeck College opened it’s doors to potential Army Officers in September 1953. Established to provide technical and engineering Officers to Sandhurst, the College operated out of Welbeck Abbey up in Nottinghamshire for over 50 years. Then in September 2005 the College moved to a new purpose built site just outside Loughborough and became Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form College, widening it’s remit to providing potential technical and engineering Officers to not only the Army, but the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as students who had ambitions to join the Defence Engineering and Science Group as a Civil Servant. The event started with a procession of standard bearers from the Royal British Legion and the College Drill team. The Band of the RAF College Cranwell then provided a 90 minute medley of military and popular music culminating in a “Last night of the Proms” finale which had everyone on their feet, waving their flags!

Rothley Ladies Circle Mrs Carole Jordan ,President of the Ladies Circle, Rothley presenting a cheque of £500.00 to Mr Peter Coopey,of Menphys. The Ladies Circle would like to thank every one who supported their Coffee Mornings.

Afternoon Tea, Gardens & Jazz in aid of Inter Care On Saturday 6th July from 2-5pm at The Sacred Heart Convent, Rearsby, LE7 4YY you will have a rare chance to visit the exquisite Gardens (which are not normally open to the public) and listen to live jazz. For only £6pp the entrance fee also includes a cup of tea and slice of cake. Under 18’s are free. There will be a lucky dip, colouring competition, book stall and cake stall with donations of cakes welcome. In the event of bad weather the inside hall will be available. Pay on the day is possible, although purchasing advanced tickets is recommended due to limited availability. Proceeds will help Syston based Inter Care, who recycle quality surplus medicines and donate aid to 121 health units in Africa. By providing a lifeline to treat and save lives for up to 9 million people, we also reduce NHS disposal costs and the environmental impact of wasting medicines. Please call 0116 2695925 today to book your tickets.



Local Interest Glenfield U3A – News Update Hurrah, summer has arrived at last and members of the U3A gardening and history groups are enjoying their programme of summer outings. During June the gardeners visited Coton Manor and had a social evening/plant swap. Followed by a visit to Easton Walled Gardens in early July. The history group enjoyed a guided walk of the New Walk area in June. The walking groups have shed their waterproofs and thermals at long last and the cyclists are out on their bikes. It’s all go!! The U3A’s 60’s Night with the live band “60’s Sound”, held at the church centre on Friday 10th May 2013, was a resounding success with just over a hundred attending the event. The group are now considering holding a Barn Dance at the same venue later in the year. Three new groups started during May, with several members signing up for the Photography, Table tennis and Flower arranging groups. Just a reminder to members and those considering becoming members of the Glenfield U3A the monthly meetings are held at St Peter’s Church centre at 2pm on the FOURTH Thursday of the month (not the last Thursday – sometimes there are five in the month). The church centre is closed in July so the monthly meeting will be held in the new sports pavilion on Gynsill Lane. Following on the success of the strawberry cream tea at the meeting in August last year this is to be repeated again this year, tickets will be on sale soon. Whilst there is no specific age qualification for the U3A it is an organisation aimed at the retired and semi retired and the age of the members tends to be between 55 and 100. Many new friendships and interests have been created over the three years since our local branch formed at a meeting in October 2010. The ‘third age’ is the time for learning for fun and enjoying all the things you never had time to do whilst working. If you are interested in joining the U3A (University of the Third Age) then why not come along to one of our monthly meetings. There will be a U3A member there to meet and greet and answer any of your queries. The cost of attending one of these meetings is £1 which is refunded if you subsequently become a member. Or contact Chairperson Carol Knill on 0116 2919464. Gill Tapping, Publicity Officer, Website & Newsletter Editor. www.u3asites.org.uk/glenfield

Bishop is Guest of Honour at Grace Dieu Prize Day Bishop John Arnold, Guest of Honour, was welcomed by Sam and Maia, Head Boy and Girl, as they began the celebration of their Prize Day. Grace Dieu Manor School held two special Prize Days this month. One to celebrate the achievements of their youngest pupils (3-7 Year olds) in the Pre-Preparatory Department and another on Sunday to mark the successes of their older pupils and the graduation of Year 8 pupils to their chosen Senior Schools. The weather was kind and pupils and parents enjoyed lively speeches from the Bishop, Headmaster and Chair of Governors. Charles Foulds, Headmaster, commented; “We have had a fabulous time appreciating and celebrating our children’s achievements but the highlight for many was the energy and passion that the children demonstrated during their enthusiastic singing and instrumental performances. A real treat for all parents and staff!”

Charity Whist Drive The next in the series of Charity Whist Drives organised by Derek Farr will be held at 7.30 p.m on Thursday 4th July in the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. Admission £2.00. July / August 2013




Local Interest Thurcaston & Cropston Local History Society Our meeting on Monday 13th May 2013 was very well-attended to hear Keith Ovenden, from the Leicestershire Record Office at Wigston, give a most interesting, illustrated talk entitled “Local Maps in the Record Office”, covering Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Keith began by giving us an overview of the extent of just how much is stored in the Record Office strong room, informing us that there is shelving extending for six miles and the heaviest document they have in storage weighs over 25 kilos. They are currently looking to find new, larger premises, given the huge range of materials that have been accumulated over the years, all of which is of significant historic value. The earliest maps were quite primitive and stylized, plus they were not usually very accurate – the earliest one in the Record Office dates from 1576. By 1602, William Smith’s map was not a great improvement and, for example, does not show many roads – roads, as a means of travel, were still underdeveloped and not considered important to be included. A map of Leicester from 1600, while still quite stylized, does show the town walls, then in 1610 John Speed produced one of the earliest town plans of Leicester. It took until the 1700’s for maps to become more detailed, with maps by John Prior in 1777 and John Harrison in 1787, the latter one still containing some inaccuracies in the location of places, but roads were included. Also, although town maps were beginning to show more detail, country villages were not covered in the same way. Maps of country estates were produced, such as the Exton estate showing the tenant plots; one of Wymondham from 1652 shows the field names, value of land and acreages; and Baggrave (1752) is a map with an ornate edging with colour coded areas which are numbered rather than having written details and there would have been an accompanying list to explain each numbered reference. A map of Harby in 1793 shows the original open field strips alongside the newer enclosed fields, established following the Enclosure Act of 1773. Over the centuries maps have been designed for many reasons, some examples of which include routes of turnpike roads often showing toll charges; tithe maps of the mid-19th century show numbered plots and apportionment of payments, with the names of the property occupant and its owner; there are maps concerning transport with proposed routes for canals and railways; the Office has first edition copies of Ordnance Survey maps of this area, the earliest one having been produced in Kent during the 1790’s and then O.S. surveys of the rest of the country were completed gradually in a south to north direction; Inland Revenue maps, e.g. in 1910, were intended as a means of assessing properties for taxation. Other maps include those for geological purposes (started about the 1960’s); maps for insurance, mainly for city centres to assess buildings for risk particularly in the case of fire; and plans of freehold properties. From military archive there are maps of World War 1 trenches and, from World War 2, maps showing positions of air raid shelters. Other diverse varieties are maps on disease outbreaks such as diphtheria and scarlet fever; hunting maps showing the boundaries of each hunt; areas of production of Stilton cheese; the gold regions of California, USA, for those seeking their fortunes at the height of the gold rush; on a less savoury note, maps giving information relating to the slave trade; and finally, following WW2, maps obtained from Russian sources concerning the so-called Cold War. All in all, a fascinating subject. Jennifer Kennington On Tuesday 16th July at 7pm members and visitors are invited to meet at the Thurcaston Gate of Castle Hill Park for a guided walk of the park (lasting about 2 hours) with Stefan Cabaniuk, Parks Officer, Leicester City Council. The park has several features of historic interest. Cost is free and no pre-booking required. Further details from Peter Smith on 0116 2367365.

Baloo leaves cubs after 35 years I think a lot of the men of Anstey will recognise this man but may not know his real name. Paul Sharrat (Baloo) has been with the cub pack for just short of 35 years in Anstey. He has seen cubs grow into men and then their sons and now daughters come through into cubs. He mentioned in his leaving speech that he hasn’t yet seen an original cub’s grandchild come through!! Everyone would like to say a huge THANK YOU to Paul for everything he has done for the Scout group and to Judith for letting him dedicate so many years of their life to the group. He was presented with a small token of our appreciation at the AGM and then invested his last Cub to the pack. There is now a huge gap to fill within the Cub section. Anyone interested in volunteering please contact gsl.anstey@charnwoodscouts.org.uk July / August 2013




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Local Interest National Trust Leicester Association - 50 Things to do before you’re 11¾ In 2012 the National Trust launched a campaign to get more kids doing adventurous outdoor activities at their properties. It has been so popular that the 2013 list of activities has been expanded and the campaign includes roadside billboard advertising. The aim is to get kids – and their families – out of doors, doing something different. Activities include Climb a Tree, Explore inside a tree, Hold a Scary Beast, Go on a nature walk at night, Find a geocache and many, many more. As kids complete each activity, it is ticked off on a list (or there is an online version with games and challenges). The 50 things website (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/50things) has loads of great information to help you tackle the 50 Things adventures. Sign up online and receive: -

Top tips and guidance for each activity Secret challenges to unlock Special rewards for the best explorers The wild test will help you find our what sort of explorer you are Your very own virtual explorer to guide you through the 50 things.

50 Things scrapbooks will be available free at over 350 participating properties (subject to availability). Visit www. nationaltrust.org.uk/midlands for more details of fab places in the Midlands to begin your 50 things adventure, including a downloadable planner, or share your stories on Twitter (@NTMidlands) and Facebook (NTmidlands). You can find the ultimate list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾ at www.50things.org.uk So, as the weather improves (hopefully), put on the appropriate clothes and footwear, take a picnic or snack and get out there and play! For details of the National Trust Leicester Association and its Talks Service, please call 0116 2229133. Alan Tyler, Chairman.

Charnwood District’s 30th Birthday Camp This year is the 30th Birthday of the Charnwood District in Scouting. The district team organised a camp at Sherbrooke Campsite in Nottinghamshire with over 500 members attending over the weekend. 40th Leicester were in attendance with 15 scouts, 17 cubs, 18 beavers and 15 leaders or adult helpers. Pirates was the theme for the camp and GSL Jacqui Yeomans started the camp off with a wide game which had the cubs and scouts making Pirate Scarecrows. The next day saw the cubs start off with a sing along, before they headed off to Wheelgate, for a day of fun at the theme park. Roller coasters, pirate ship, ice cream, pets corner, water cars to name a few fun activities. Meanwhile the beavers had arrived and were well into their day of fun… Crafts, inflatables and their own campfire were all part of their birthday experience. Captain Jacqui Sparrow on hand again to keep them entertained. They all left with swords, sweets, camp badges and lots of stories to tell. On Saturday morning the scouts were involved in a carousel of short activities which involved… Fire lighting, archery, pot holing, climbing, stretcher carrying, water rockets, small and large catapults, go karts, crafts, geocaching, walking the plank and bouldering. In the afternoon, the scouts headed off to the local leisure centre for hockey and football. You think they would be worn out by now… But oh no… And after a scrumptious dinner the Beavers were on their way home. Unfortunately, a long trip, as the bus broke down. The Cubs and Scouts on the other hand had ‘It’s a KnockOut’ followed by the market place of lots of adhoc activities and … More food…Pizza and Hot Chocolate for all! Onto Sunday morning the sun was out and the tents drying nicely. The scouts headed off to Lockwell Activity Centre for an Assault Course and Quad Bikes, whilst the cubs did the carousel of activities done by the Scouts the day before. And all our beavers, cubs and scouts who by having so much fun fell asleep on their way home and made us all feel it was so worth it in the end. To find out more about the 40th Leicester Scout Group please email: heather_winterton@yahoo.co.uk



Local Interest Greetings fellow Compufferers ( Computer Sufferers) In a series of tips for the less than expert computer users, Joe Costello, local retired ICT teacher, Engineer and self confessed Computer Geek wishes to offer useful and practical advice in dealing with PCs and laptops. He is also offering, free, more direct assistance to his Newtown Linford neighbours with help on repairs, installations, and software and hardware problems . You can contact Joe either by email at Newfordcomputerhelp@hotmail.co.uk or through this magazine. If you store your photographs on your computer it is likely you have duplicated them, possibly more than once. This is probably the main reason for hard drives getting so clogged that computer speeds are affected. To give your operating system a bit more breathing room follow these simple instructions. Go to Start then Computer or My Computer . In the top right corner there is a search box, type in here *.jpg then enter. It may take a few moments but your computer will collect every photograph on the hard drive. When complete they need to be viewed in LIST mode. This is to be done by clicking the tiny (more options) arrow just below the search box. With the list option ticked the screen will display every picture with its name; clearly visible will be the duplicates. These are named “Copy of”XXX, make sure the original is there next to it before deleting. To delete these extras, click on each in turn with the Ctrl key held down. When all are selected press the delete button on the keyboard or right click on one of the highlighted selections and click Delete from the sub-menu that appears. If you are feeling adventurous you can refine your search by filtering. Change the viewing mode to Details and filter by Date or Size. Finally, to free up the space you will need to empty your Recycling Bin. Many people are suffering from the loss of Hotmail. Microsoft have decided to support “windows live mail” in preference to Hotmail. This means that most people’s computers are reverting to Microsoft Outlook that few people like. “Live Mail” is OK when you get used to it, and get used to it we must. However downloading “Live Mail” is a bit of a nightmare as Microsoft want to get us all using their version of Skype as well. I recommend the downloading of all “Windows Essentials” (free). Download only from the Microsoft site, and I suggest you do not take the recommended option but the “Custom” option and decline all add-ons. Sorry there is no easier solution to this problem, if you have problems, drop me a line at the address above. I still have computer hardware of all sorts looking for good homes. If you could use either temporarily or permanently another computer (free) please let me know. Cheers, Joe Costello.

David Snartt Reports… County Councillor for Bradgate Division – Borough Councillor for Forest Bradgate. One of the most rewarding events I attend as a local councillor is when I am invited to the Annual Twenty-Twenty Awards Ceremony. Twenty-Twenty is a local charity based in Loughborough, providing specialist education and mentoring to hundreds of disadvantaged and disengaged young people across Leicestershire each year. Helping them to gain confidence, qualifications and jobs. This year I presented an award to one of these remarkable young people who had demonstrated through all the difficult circumstances she has encountered throughout her young life, that, with the right help and guidance young people can achieve to the highest levels. This is not only for themselves but helping others who are in similar circumstances. Turning life chances around is sometimes difficult but this young person to whom I presented the award to is now at full time college and looking to go to university. Twenty-Twenty being a charity are always looking to find initiative ways in raising funds to recruit more staff and train volunteer mentors, and by doing so, see more young lives changed. To this end they have launched a brand new campaign “On the Job” to promote workplace fundraising as a way that people can work with their colleagues to support the charity. If you feel you may be able to help simply download one of their ideas booklets from www.twentytwenty.org.uk/ onthejob they will support you every step of the way. If you would like more information on fundraising or how to become a volunteer mentor please contact Mike Hughes, Chief Executive on 07958 345461 or at mike.hughes@ twentytwenty.org.uk July / August 2013




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Local Clubs Ulverscroft Camera Club What a busy time we have had of late. Recently we had a “full evening” workshop on Floral Photography which was very well received by all present. It demonstrated just how many differing ways there is to create a rather nice image of an every-day item. It also showed what an amazing range of colours, shapes and textures that there is in Floral Photography. This was followed by an opportunity to photograph some red roses and white Lillium which was great practise under domestic lighting and a little “fill-in” flash. At our latest meeting the basic group learnt a great deal about processing RAW images whilst the advanced group were having a bit of fun with “Trick Photography” all of which led to much mirth. There was then a demonstration of heated outer garments, which are ideal for photography in what has been a very cold spell of weather. It is amazing what a small rechargeable battery can do to improve ones comfort in a cold and damp bird-hide. Almost makes winter bird photography a pleasure. Shortly we will be having our next “Away-Day” when we will be basing ourselves in a Kazakhstan Yurt close to Ulverscroft Manor where we have employed caterers to supply a cold buffet lunch. This should be a really good day and hopefully the weather will have warmed enough to allow the local wild flowers to show their heads and supply us with some encouraging colour. If any-one wants any information on the club then check out our website at www.ulverscroftcameraclub.com and if they still need more information then just use the contact form on the website where they will get a speedy reply.

The Monday Club For Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston & Rothley For our May meeting, instead of the annual Coach outing, it was decided to hold a Garden Tea Party; Mrs. Jennifer Kennington kindly hosted this event. Unfortunately the weather did not “play ball” prohibiting sitting in the garden, but did show glimpses of sunshine from time to time to make the house bright and very pleasant. 24 Members attended to enjoy their Tea Party of tea and a superb selection of cakes provided generously by both Members and the Committee. A Main Raffle consisting of five specific Raffle Prizes, was happily won by Mesdames Pat French (a wicker basket containing three bottles of mixed Wine); Gill Jefferson (a £25.00 Co-operative gift voucher); Gill Smart (a framed floral hand painting by Sue Wakerley, our Deputy Leader); Sue Hopcroft (a meal voucher donated by “The Time and Plaice Restaurant in Rothley); and Elizabeth Meadows (a floral plant given by Brookside Nurseries, Anstey). On arrival each Member was given a FREE raffle ticket. In addition to the above Raffle, there was a Free Prize Draw which consisted of a pretty little watch won by Ann Farndon and a gift selection of Tea Bags together with an attractive Teabag Saucer won by Elizabeth Chittenden. This rather different Meeting for the Members, proved to be a very happy and successful occasion with a total of £111.00 was raised towards funds. The Members attending our Meeting on the 10th June, enjoyed a very interesting talk given by Mrs Sheila Wiggins who had spent her life not only packing and unpacking her home contents but restructuring both hers and her children’s lives and education, during the course of 18 new homes. Sheila met and married her husband in 1955 thereby becoming an “Itinerant RAF wife”. As he was an Engineer their lives initially were spent moving from the North down to the South. He was then drafted over to Aden during the crisis and then on to various assignments in Africa. Each move meant Sheila was able to extend her educating knowledge as a teacher and was able to find work. During their moves, there were no Mobile phones or the Internet and as her husband was away from the family for some times up to 7 weeks, Sheila found herself having to cope with running the home and organising the education of the children, under some very difficult circumstances. During her talk Sheila stressed the importance of family life and the need for stability within the family, despite the on-going need to travel to different places. When the family returned to England they lived in Bushey, near Watford before returning to the North. Scarborough was Sheila’s favourite abode but on retirement they found themselves in Leicester. She is currently moving into her new home still in Leicester, but she does crave a home back near the Sea. Sheila finished her talk with a beautiful poem about home life!. Our next Meeting for the Club will be on Monday 12th August featuring Mr Brian Johnson with a talk entitled “And who lived in a house like this.. !” Thought provoking!! Enquiries please ring 0116 2363467. Ann Farndon



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Local Clubs A Golden Sun Shines On A (Retiring) Golden Chorus The Chorus ended their championship year with the sun shining brightly upon them in Bournemouth as they sang in this year’s Barbershop annual gathering. As retiring Champions it did not compete, but opened and closed the chorus competition as part of a long, but fun, Saturday. Rehearsing at 8.30.am, two one hour ‘master classes’ during the day with visiting American quartet ‘Lunch Break’, a show in the evening and then joining with guest ladies chorus ‘Cheshire Chord’ in the bar for another performance, followed by a well earned drink and some social singing. Sunday was a day of rest except for the Chorus quartets. ‘Homespun’ which is the Williams family, a Dad and his three sons, took the bronze medal in a tight quartet final, their first appearance in the competition. The senior quartet ‘The Grand Dads’, appeared in the semi-finals, achieving a personal best and Director Zac Booles contributed, arranging the song ‘Oklahoma’ for quartet gold medal winners ‘The Emerald Guard’. A good day! Another Open Rehearsal welcomed a dozen singers, all of whom were delighted with their first experience of Barbershop. The name tends to be associated with quartets but the bulk of the singers involved in Barbershop are in Choruses that vary in size from 16 to 60. Singers are welcome to come down to any rehearsal to see what we are about. Women sing Barbershop and our ‘sister’ chorus ‘Gem Connection’, also based in Long Eaton, celebrated their 15th birthday with a show on the 11th May. Grand Central was honoured to appear and help them celebrate. A full house enjoyed a superb evening of singing. The Chorus is Toronto bound at the end of June representing the U.K. in the International and sponsorship is still being sought from East Midland businesses. There are three levels, Gold (£1000) Silver (£500) and Bronze (250), Nelson on 07967091202 is the man to call if interested or e-mail as below. See the website www.grandcentralchorus.com for up to date information and contacts. The e-mail address is publicity.gcc@gmail.com. Rehearsals are at Harrington School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ, every Wednesday at 7.15.pm. If you are a potential singer, sponsor, booker or just curious, you will be welcome.

Summer Holiday Specials at The Platform Café Greenacres

Ladies Circle President Retires After 12 Years of Dedication

The Platform Café at Greenacres will be opening on Mondays from 10am - 4pm, throughout the Summer Holidays from 15th July 2013.

Flowers were presented to Mrs Joan Lovett (left) on her retirement as President of the Ladies Circle, Rothley by the new President Mrs Carole Jordan (right).

With colouring, craft and outdoor activities to keep the little ones entertained plus Kids can eat for £1.

Joan had been president for the past 12 years and the group would like to thank her for all her hard work over the years!

Kids Eat for £1 - Every Monday (excluding August Bank Holiday). Choose one kids meal from the kids menu for only £1 with every full priced adult main meal purchased. Follow us on: @TheSidingsLE3 Greenacres Greenacres, The Sidings, Leicester, LE4 3BR Off Redhill Roundabout, Red Hill Way (Adjacent to Leicester North Station) Queries please ring: 01509 633870 www.gcrailway.co.uk



Local Entertainment & Events Film Presentations From Thurcaston & Cropston Parish Council In June’s film, Pi told the unbelievable story about having been brought up in the most beautiful place in the world. When his family moved the zoo half way across the world, disaster struck. From the shipwreck we saw the spectacular way in which Pi, the Bengal tiger & other animals fought for survival in a small boat on the Pacific Ocean. “Lincoln” (photo below) will be shown on Friday September 13th and lasts 150 minutes. 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?

The Loughborough Probus Club Makes Changes During the second week in September the Loughborough Professional Business Men (and women’s) Club will revert to its roots by inviting a speaker from the business sector to come and give them an after lunch talk. In recent months the speaker topics have been of a more general nature but, following their last committee meeting, it was agreed that the talk subjects should, where possible, revert to a more business or technical nature. The speaker in September will be Mr John Maxwell, a senior Lens Designer from Cooke Optics, Leicester who will give a short talk on Professional Photographic Lens Design & Manufacture. Cooke Optics, previously part of the Rank Taylor Hobson company, manufactured up to 80% of the professional cine lenses used in the Hollywood film industry and are famous, world wide, for their highest quality Professional Still Camera Lenses. This promises to be a most interesting and informative talk. Any non members of the Probus Club who might be interested to attend the talk with an option to join should contact the club secretary, Mr John Percival, on 01509 239842. The lunches are held on the second Thursday of every month at the Carillon Rooms, Loughborough. The annual membership fee is £10 and lunches are currently charged at £14.

Whitwick & District U3A

“Les Misérables” will be shown on Friday October 11th and lasts 158 minutes. 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 8th. 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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Friday, 19th July is the date for the monthly General Meeting of Whitwick and District U3A. Come along and find a group to match your interests and meet likeminded people. In addition, there will be a talk about the work of the Air Ambulance service. The speakers will be bringing along ICE cards to distribute to members and visitors. Please arrive at 1.45 for a 2.00 pm start at St David’s Church Hall, Broomleys, Coalville. More details are available at www.whitwicku3a.org.uk.

Explore Ancient Loughborough On Saturday 13th July this fascinating event will start with a tour of Loughborough’s oldest building (the Old Rectory), the tour will continue through the oldest parts of Loughborough returning to the Rectory after 60 to 90 minutes. Proceeds to go to the Loughborough Archeological and Historical Society. Meet at the Museum at 2pm - Led by accredited Leicestershire Guide, Ernie Miller. Old Rectory Museum & Wildlife Garden, near the Parish Church, Rectory Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1UW. Tel: 01509 261075 for further details.


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July On The GCR There is plenty of entertainment during what we hope will be wall to wall sunshine during the month with Midweek trains and then Teddy Bears’ Picnics trains and a weekend Summer Steam Fayre. A varied Diner Train selection is also available. Summer Steam Fayre Quorn will be centre of attraction during this event on the 6th and 7th with steam crane and modern day crane demonstrations so you can get up close and see some heavy lifting! Other action will include mail drops, Travelling Post Office museum, turntable demonstrations and vintage vehicles on display. At Rothley the carriage and wagon shed will be open for guided tours, and also visit the miniature garden railway.

Midweek Running The Midweek running gets underway on the first two Wednesdays and then three days Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the third week.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic This popular family event with plenty of entertainment for the children gets underway with Billy the soldier bear on the diesel train and Beatrice the princess bear on the steam train, bring your teddy with you and you will get some free sweets. The action starts on the fourth week of the month on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and the following week for the same three days.

Dining Trains There are the usual Dining Trains to pick from during the month plus the Maharaja Express VII on Wednesday the 3rd and two Murder Mystery nights on the 12th and 26th and a Wine and Dine Wednesday on the 24th.

Preview Of Events For August Midweek Teddy Bears’ Picnic trains continue until 8th then we revert to the normal Midweek trains for the rest of the month. Toy and train fair will take place at Loughborough Station on the 4th and to end the month during the Bank Holiday we have a Family Fun weekend. There is a varied selection of Dining Trains throughout the month. 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 - Southern Railway unrebuilt West Country Class No 34007 Wadebridge at Rushcliffe Halt during Closing the Gap Gala at GCR(N). This engine from the Mid Hants Railway came at short notice to replace the unavailability of David Shepherd’s Standard Class 9F No 92203 Black Prince.

1000 School Children Are Evacuated From Loughborough Dramatic curtain raiser to Great Central Railway’s biggest ever wartime weekend as children experience life as an evacuee. The Great Central Railway helped 1000 children experience what it was like to be a World War II evacuee. School children from all over the Midlands arrived at the railway on Friday 7th of June to board steam trains for a return trip into history. It was part of the first day of the Great Central Railway’s annual Wartime Weekend event. Thousands of people visit the award winning Leicestershire attraction during the three day event. Christine Brown, Event Organiser said “The weekend gave visitors the real chance to experience some of the sights and sounds of life in wartime Britain. It is difficult to imagine how difficult it would have been for children to leave home and go to stay with someone they didn’t know. Their day with us, gave them a flavour of the emotion involved.” The Wartime Weekend event also featured period entertainment, vintage flypasts, displays of military vehicles and ‘visiting dignitaries’ including Winston Churchill at stations along the line. At Quorn station there was a replica of a Spitfire fighter plane, real ale tent, memorabilia market, fire engine demonstrations and land army & working farmer equipment displays. As always, remembrance was at the heart of the event. On Sunday morning there was a church service and on Sunday afternoon a poppy drop from a vintage aircraft.



Local Education GCR Launches £1M Bridge To The Future Fundraising Appeal The Great Central Railway’s long held ambition to bridge the gap to reunite the two sections of the line is taking a dramatic leap forward. The GCR is entering into a partnership with Network Rail to build a bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough Station. Design work is well underway and the new structure is expected to be in place by mid 2015. This is one of the most anticipated projects on any heritage railway, the reunification scheme will see a 500 metre, long demolished link between the GCR PLC which has operated between Loughborough Central and Leicester North (Birstall) for many years and GCR (Nottingham) which operates between Ruddington Country Park, Rushcliffe Halt and Loughborough where at the moment you can‘t get off, when joined together this will create an 18 mile railway. The initial phase will see the bridge over the busy four track Midland Main Line which sees high speed trains to London, and in the near future will be electrified. ’’ We are delighted to announce this incredible step forward,’’ said Bill Ford, Managing Director of the Great Central Railway PLC. ‘’Building this bridge unlocks the rest of the re-unification project which will create an attraction with truly international appeal. We couldn’t have better partners than Network Rail to deliver this element of the project. The completed railway will bring benefits to the local service sector and create new opportunities in rail testing, training and apprenticeships.’’ The breakthrough comes after many years of hard work by Great Central Railway Development, a company specially set up to bridge the gap and led by respected rail industry journalist Nigel Harris, GCRD was involved in recovering two bridges from Reading during the rebuilding of Reading Station and these will be placed end to end to create a single track line over the Midland Main Line. Other elements of the project involve replacing a bridge over a road the embankment between there and the canal bridge which also needs replacing. “There is huge interest and excitement amongst both railway enthusiasts and the general public in seeing this project succeed” said Mark Fowler of GCR (N). The project is also supported by the local MP Nicky Morgan, ’’This is an incredibly exciting project for Loughborough, Leicestershire and beyond and I am delighted to give it my whole-hearted support.’’ The GCR has launched an appeal, called ‘Bridge to the Future’ with the aim of raising the one million pounds required to pay for the work. Network Rail are partners in design and construction, but will not be investing public money. If you would like to support the appeal, or for more information about building the bridge and the rest of the reunification project head to the GCR website (www.gcrailway.co.uk/unify) and click on the ‘Bridge to the Future’ link. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit cards. Or send cheques to Bridge to the Future Appeal, The David Clarke Railway Trust, Lovatt House, 3 Wharncliffe Road, Loughborough, LE11 1SL Photo: A Network Rail visualisation of the new bridge expected to be in place in mid 2015. Copyright Network Rail.

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The Charnwood Trio This Month’s Feature focuses on a Beautiful Charnwood trio of villages... Rothley, Mountsorrel and Quorn… these villages offer us charm, interest and plenty of local business to cater to our every need... The Perfect Trio Of Villages... Why not set aside a day for you and the family to explore our local nest of villages. Find out about their history or soak up the fascinating architecture and beautiful surroundings, taste the local foods, pamper yourself, treat your loved one or see how local services can help you to get on top of that ‘to do’ list! There are so many great shops to visit, both gloriously nestled away and more visibly lining the centres of these villages, there are also plenty of gorgeous green spaces to keep your shopping experience scenic and enjoyable whilst, with the attractions on offer, there’s something to keep the whole family happy. Our first stop is Rothley, a delightful village just two and a half miles from Bradgate Park. This village has a wonderful mixture of small quaint cottages as well as town houses lying within bountiful and beautiful countryside. The war memorial in the village centre at Cross Green is a great place to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings, especially in the summer. It offers a stunning view of the village and is the perfect place to stop for a rest. We then hop to the next village, Mountsorrel, lying on the main road between Rothley and Quorn. The shops are spread throughout the village but they are easily accessible and close enough to explore by foot, which whilst doing so, gives you the ideal opportunity to take in the village’s glorious sights and surroundings. Quorn is the third of our featured villages. Not only is it a haven for shops, pubs and restaurants but it again has an enviable landscape to be enjoyed. The main road that runs through Quorn has many businesses lining either side of it as well as a glorious church. So why not make yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy looking through this feature to get a taster of what these villages and local businesses might be able to offer you…



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Where to explore... Enjoy the beauty, history and activities that our trio of Charnwood villages offer... Rothley steeped in some marvellously interesting history, a trip to Rothley is well worth your time. Let us start by briefly

introducing you to the Templar Chapel at Rothley Court Hotel - in the Middle Ages, Rothley was home to a manor of the Knights Templar, known as Rothley temple, here famous bills such as that raised to abolish the slave trade were written. Rothley’s Grand Central Railway station is also a fine example of history on show, courtesy of its Edwardian station - lighting on the station is provided entirely by restored gas lamps in all buildings, and also on the platform itself which creates a quite unique ambience.

Mountsorrel has some great history to explore including the centre of the village where it’s steep hill was once crowned by a castle built in 1080 - Mountsorrel castle, used as a bastion against King Stephen, branded ‘a nest of the Devil and den of thieves and robbers’ was subsequently destroyed in 1217 by the King’s men from Nottingham. The Grand Union Canal also runs through the village with a perfect and peaceful area to sit and enjoy a beer or coffee and watch the boats go through the beautiful lock. It wouldn’t be right to talk of Mountsorrel’s history without mentioning its famous ‘pink granite’ quarry, or the gorgeous 32 acre wildlife haven known as Mountsorrel Meadows, how about the impressive Butter Market or for that matter Stonehurt Farm, a great place for all the family to explore... now we’ve tickled your taste buds why not go and explore for yourselves!

Quorn is ‘foodies’ heaven, with so many restaurants, pubs and cafe’s to choose from why not take a stroll along the gorgeous river side-walk as part of your perfect summer’s day out.

Quorn’s GCR station is also another great attraction - in 1940’s history it takes you on a journey right into the past, with numerous events held throughout the year there’s a little something for everyone to explore and enjoy.



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Cycling Festival Save the date for a free fun bike event right on our doorstep... ... Sunday 11th August 2013! Why not bring family and friends to The Loughborough Big Family Bike Ride – on Sunday 11th August? Everyone is welcome to this festival of bikes which includes lots of fun cycling activities including the 3Sixty Mountain Bike Display Team and Keelan Phillips (above) - European Champion BMX rider, who will perform amazing stunt displays and run workshops. Join us at the Loughborough University Students’ Union, between 10am and 3pm for all the fun. If you cycle why not bring your bike too? Three treasure trails on bikes, with a mystery theme, are planned for 11am, 12 and 1pm. Get involved and have the chance to win a new bike at the end of the ride. Mini led rides especially aimed at young children will also take place on the day. British Cycling are coming too, with training bikes for the public to take part in an Olympic challenge. A free Dr Bike service will offer advice and minor repairs. Have a go at the bicycle smoothie maker or race toy cars with pedal power. Also on offer - cycling games, a crazy bike try out area and last but not least a display of historic bikes.

For more information on the day, or on a range of cycling activities and courses visit www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk or call 0116 305 3179.



Local Sport Louis Makes Dramatic Rise up the Tennis Rankings! Loughborough-based junior tennis player Louis Marsden has had an incredible 9 months in tennis rounded off with his efforts in the 10&U Clay Court Nationals at Queenswood School in Hatfield on the 25th & 26th May. Back in September, Louis wasn’t actually considered a core part of the Midlands regional squad for his age group, but his run of form through the winter and into this summer season has been spectacular, making semifinals or better in his last 8 County and Regional level tournaments, with 2 tournament wins, and it was that run of form which earned him spots in the National Level tournament in Nottingham at Easter and the event a couple of weeks ago at Queenswood. He finished 11th in Nottingham and, despite it being his first ever clay court tournament, he repeated that result at Queenswood. He started the weekend in blistering form in the qualifying section, winning his first set 4-0 against a player currently ranked 7th in the country, before being pegged back and eventually losing a match deciding tie-break 12-10. He won his next match in straight sets, a match with both players playing consistently attacking tennis, which was effectively a shoot-out for a spot in the main draw of the tournament. In the main draw he fell to the current national number 4 before going on to secure strong results on the Sunday to finish 11th overall in the event. Louis, who attends Swithland St Leonards Primary School, has seen his National Ranking rise to number 16 at 10&U level and with 2 more national events coming up in the summer at Bath and Sheffield, he’s now working towards a place in the Top 10 nationally by the end of the summer. He trains at Loughborough LTC with the Inside Out Tennis team and has achieved all of this despite working on a budget just a fraction of that which many of the players he’s up against are putting into their tennis programmes each week. Louis is currently seeking sponsorship from local companies and individuals to help him push even further towards the top end of the national rankings. If anyone would be willing to help out, in return for advertising opportunities if wanted, please contact the Inside Out Tennis team on 07903 975211 or at info@insideouttennis.com

Girls Like Football Too... Syston Town Ladies & Girls FC held a recruitment day in June at The Memorial Park, Necton Street. The recruitment day was well attended with former Arsenal Ladies player Alexa Passingham making an appearance and passing useful tips. Left photo: Group photo Alexa Passingham 3rd from right back row. Right photo: Alexa Passingham overlooking a coaching session of the U9’s recruits.

Syston Town Ladies & Girls FC welcome any new players and the hope is to eventually have teams in all age categories. Whether you want to start playing or you have played before and looking for a Club or you would like more information, contact Rich Gunn Mobile: 07884 117 116 Email: rg@systontownjuniorsfc.co.uk Read more about what Syston Town Ladies & Girls FC have been up to on The Bradgate Magazine’s website, under the ‘Local Clubs’ section - www.thebradgatemagazine.co.uk July / August 2013




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Local Gardening Thurcaston & Cropston Gardening Club April and the beginning of May was a busy time for the Thurcaston and Cropston Gardening Club with an annual trip and a two visiting speakers. The April meeting was all about dahlias. Tom Upton, a local prize winning dahlia grower, explained and demonstrated how he grows championship winning plants from start to finish. The process for Tom starts late November when he lifts all his dahlias. In January, he kicks the tubers back into life with the use of a heated mat, which soon produce green shoots from which Tom takes cuttings. He showed us how he pots on the cuttings, pinching out (or ‘stopping’) the plant to produce more flowers, the compost he uses, the fertilizer he uses, how he supports the plants, and planting out. Tom grows dahlias for showing, and he explained about how he prepares for shows and stages the plants. He also explained and demonstrated how to divide tubers if you are not taking cuttings. Tom grows hundreds of dahlias and many different varieties. He is an expert dahlia grower and over 40 members and visitors to the club meeting enjoyed Tom’s down to earth and relaxed style of presentation. He was an entertaining speaker and there was a lot of laughter throughout the evening with a lot of banter from the audience. This year’s trip was to the Harrogate Spring Show. This was a popular visit with 50 members and guests making the journey. The Harrogate Spring Show is one of the first shows in the ‘show calendar’, so many of the exhibits and stalls featured spring flowers and plants. There was also an amazing display of plants from all seasons, we were amazed to see an excellent display of sweet peas. There is so much to enjoy at the show including the show gardens, the floral marquee, plant stalls, garden furniture and equipment, and much more – not forgetting the numerous stalls selling lovely refreshments. It’s a good job the coach had a big boot for all the plants bought at the show!! This was another very well organised trip and members and guests had a lovely day out. In May our visiting speaker was Paul Street talking about Sempervivums and Hardy Sedums. Paul, a retired policeman, has been collecting and growing sedums and sempervivums for many years, and brought an impressive array of his plants for everyone to admire and, of course, buy. These very undemanding plants that grow in minimal amounts of soil and need almost no care or attention, are a common sight tucked away in most peoples gardens. Using plants and slides, Paul showed us how to make the most of these attractive little plants to brighten up those forgotten dark corners of the garden- the perfect answer for that broken pot you just can’t bear to throw away. Gardening club members are now looking forward to a number of summer events including: Wed 14th August, 7.45 pm – Aspects of Garden Design – Stephen Lovell A look at how plants can be used to full effect. What goes where, what are the components of good design. A look at all aspects with the emphasis on practical solutions. Sat 7th September – 30th Annual Garden, Craft & Produce Show (Open to All) - To be held at The Richard Hill Primary School, Anstey Lane, Thurmaston Although we are half way through the year, it is still possible to join the Gardening Club. The membership fee is based on a pro rota basis, or £3.00 per meeting. And, if you would like to come as a visitor and then you decide to join, your visitor fee will be refunded!! So, if you are interested in gardening - come and give the Club a try. For more information of any of these events AND an excellent summer events leaflet, call Dave Haddon on (0116) 235 9758.



Local Gardening Bradgate Flower Club After a summer break in July, Bradgate Flower Club meets next on Wednesday 7 August at 7.30. Club members have been invited to demonstrate their interpretation of the theme “Inspired by Gertrude Jekyll’. This will follow a short presentation on the work of the celebrated plantswoman and garden designer. The demonstration will be held in Newtown Linford Village Hall (LE6 0AE). Visitors are welcome - a charge of £5 is made. Details from Lilian Coleman on 0116 2363191.

Newtown Linford Gardening Club We heard a fascinating talk on climbing plants from Hilary Hutson who came down from Sheffield to visit our club last month. We discovered that some plants lean on others for support, other plants twist themselves around, some curling clockwise and others anti-clockwise, and some plants exude their own version of superglue to secure a hold against a tree, a fence or a wall. As well as the trusty favourites of clematis, honeysuckle and ivy we were introduced to a wide range of climbers. Many were new to our members, especially a group which could be termed dwarf climbers which would suit a pot on a patio or on an obelisk in a border. We also saw the results which occur if a plant is just left to ramble, with some dominating an area like a pernicious weed.

Bradgate Flower Club are also holding a Bridge Drive on Thursday 17 October in Newtown Linford Village Hall, starting at 1.30 for 1.45pm. If you would like to book a table, contact Sue Howard on 01530 245373. The fee is £6 per person including afternoon tea. A donation will be made to ‘Canine Partners’.

Be an Egg-cellent Gardener Gardeners are being urged to take extra care this summer. The promise of warmer weather gets many of us thinking about trimming or removing garden greenery, but at the same time our feathered friends are busy building their nests, laying their eggs and munching their way through caterpillars and other pests.

July and August see us spending our time outside. Our traditional Summer Garden Party will again be held at Mike and Liz Newcombe’s lovely garden which overlooks woods and fields and is currently featured in the National Garden Scheme Booklet. In August we visit Ashwood Nurseries in South Staffordshire and its next door neighbour John’s Garden which contains many interesting plants including a wide range of more unusual ones, some of which we should be able to buy at the nursery. The visit of Christine Walkden on October 22nd continues to cause a lot of interest. Around 80% of the tickets have already gone and only 30 or so remain. We are being joined by members of other gardening clubs and by members of the public who want to hear this effusive TV gardening celebrity speak. If you want any of these last remaining tickets they cost £10 or else you can become members of the club for the year for £12. Just contact the secretary, telephone: 01530 242452 or e-mail: 01530242452@ talktalk.net , 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 July / August 2013

Although all nesting birds have legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act from the moment they start building the nest until the young have fledged, it only takes a moment for a nest to be accidentally destroyed. Birds such as robins, sparrows and blackbirds are in decline and need all the help they can get, especially after a harsh winter. Neil Pilcher from the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust said “We ask everyone to be careful as dense hedges such as Leylandii are good nesting sites, but any hedge, tree, shrub or ivy should be quickly checked just before starting work. If not doing the work themselves, householders should ask their contractor to check for nests too. If in doubt, the work should be postponed until the end of August when the breeding season is over“. For further advice contact the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust on 0116 2720444 or e-mail info@lrwt.org.uk


Financial Planning For Your Future... Most Pension Savers Do Not Review Pension Plans & Pots According to a February 2013 survey of over 2,000 UK adults, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, 38% of respondents who are pension savers and who have at least one private pension pot, have never reviewed their plan, while 14% have not done so in the last three years. Women appeared to be less attentive than men when keeping track of their pension, with 43% admitting to never having checked, compared to a third of men (33%). Even more concerning was that 49% of people aged over 55 claim never to have checked their pension pot. The research also revealed that 9% of people in the UK don’t know or cannot recall how many pensions they currently have, highlighting the importance of making sure that pension plans are constantly reviewed. In spite of this evidence of a lack of concern on the part of savers, the research also highlights that more people are now aware of the shortcomings in their pension saving and the likely effects on their retirement plans. People may be putting off reviewing their pension pot because they believe that they will not be able to retire until much later in their lives. While most people (67%) would ideally like to retire before they reach 60, over a quarter of people (27 per cent) believe that realistically, they will not be able to retire until 70 or over. Such people appear to be not reviewing their retirement strategy until much later in life. We can help you to review what you need to do in order to obtain your desired future lifestyle and make the most of your current retirement savings. Please call Matthew Walne on 01509 410364 for a no obligation chat at our expense.



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Crossword Page This month’s Quick Crossword... ACROSS 2. Seaside puppet character (5) 7. More than enough (5) 9. Performance by musicians (7) 10. Every or all of them (4) 11. To furl up a sail OR an underwater feature (4) 12. Cured pork (5) 15. Dump (3) 17. Pelt (3) 19. Average in golf (3) 20. In line with the law (5) 22. Scheme (4) 23. Strongest part of a castle (4) 26. To do with light and vision (7) 27. Army uniform colour (5) 28. Make even (5)

DOWN 1. London rail terminus (8)

May / June’s Crossword Solution...

3. Over or superior to (4) 4. Salad vegetable (8) 5. Initial stake in poker (4) 6. Impatient and overbearing (5) 8. Such as an electric drill or jigsaw (5,4) 13. Wooden structure for pigeons or hens (4) 14. Nerve pain (9) 16. Smell unpleasant (4) 17. Work 40 hours or more a week (4,4) 18. Attractive metal! (8) 21. Large flatfish (5) 24. Ball game played from horseback (4) 25. Make less difficult (4)



Local Interest Coming Soon to a (Home) Studio Near You Gray Gordon Photography is an established partnership offering contemporary photographic services throughout leicestershire and beyond. In addition to providing Wedding and Events Photography and Fine Art Prints, local photographers Pete Gray and Glenn Asher-Gordon, also offer studio portraits on a mobile basis. “We aim to provide studio quality portraiture to you within the comfort of your own home, or at your special events” says Pete. “We believe the place where you and your family can feel the most relaxed is your own home. This philosophy has allowed us to create stunning natural portraits for clients all over the city, county and beyond.” Glenn explains “We have our own portable backgrounds, lighting and props, which we bring to the location of your choice and can set up in any space, providing it is at least 3m by 3m (approx 10 foot square). We take studio quality photos of your family, friends or pets at a time that suits you, without you even having to leave your front door.” When catering for weddings, Gray Gordon Photography are in the enviable position of being able to offer you two photographers on your big day. “Having two photographers helps ensure we never miss a moment. We find this enables us to capture all of the important shots that you just don’t want to miss” they say. “For example, when shooting the pre-wedding preparations, normally you will have to sacrifice time with at least one of the couple, or even miss the groom out altogether. Another benefit is being able to situate ourselves at different points on location, for example it allows us to capture the bridal procession from both the groom and guests’ points of view.” For more information, please visit our website graygordon.com or contact us on (0116) 224 6626 or email info@graygordon.com

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OUT AND ABOUT Sunday 14 July | The Ashby Show

Wednesday 21 August | Xpedition Force

The show is based around the Cattle, Sheep, Horse & Pony and Show Jumping classes which attract nationwide exhibitors.

What is this?

There will also be over 200 trade exhibitors bringing you the best in British Farm Produce, the latest tractors & farm machinery and cars to anything for the garden. From clothing and jewellery to hand made cards, there is something for everyone. Combine this with vintage and modern machinery, Dog Show, rides and stalls for children, a beer tent and much more you will be sure to have a great family day out.

Where and When?

Cattows Farm, Swepstone Road, Heather, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2TD. Contact Ashby Agricultural Society Tel: 01283 229225. Email: info@ashbyshow.com | www.ashbyshow.com

It is a fun, creative activity day exploring the Bible for primary aged children, organised by all the churches in Woodhouse Eaves In the Methodist Church Main Street Woodhouse Eaves on Wed. 21st August 10 am – 2pm followed by a short presentation to parents… and cake! (packed lunch required for each child)

What do I need to do now? It costs £3 per child, £5 for 2 or more. Ring Siân on 01509 890721 or Martin on 01509 890120 to register interest. Spaces are limited.

Saturday 13 July | Edinburgh Preview Night With the Edinburgh Fringe festival swiftly approaching, comedians need to practice their shows to ensure they are ready for the largest cultural festival in the world. Suitable 16+. The Comedy Club contains strong language. Tickets: £10/ £9 concessions. Unreserved seating | 8pm Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB | Tel: 01509 231914

LOCAL GROUPS Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June | Markfield Open Gardens 13 gardens open to visitors. Refreshments at the Scout Hut & Methodist Church, both on Main Street. Art, Photography & History Group displays. Charity fundraising in some gardens. Admission by programme from the Scout Hut or Methodist Church or any of the gardens. Organised by Markfield W.I. £3.00 per adult | Accompanied children free,no dogs except guide dogs | Saturday: 11am - 4pm , Sunday: 12 noon - 4pm.

Monday 01 July | Conservation Volunteer Day at Market Bosworth Country Park If you would like to help the Rangers to carry out a wide variety of practical habitat conservation tasks then please get in touch to find out how. Pre-booking essential. Tel: 0116 305 7937 | Market Bosworth Country Park, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, CV13 0LD

Tuesday 02 - Sunday 14 July | My Fair Lady at Kilworth House Theatre Henry Higgins, a Professor of Phonetics comes across Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, one cold March night at Covent Garden market. He declares to his friend Colonel Pickering that in three months he could transform Eliza into a duchess. This Olivier Award winning musical has broken all box office records both on Broadway and in the West End and features such unforgettable numbers as ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Loverly’ and ‘The Rain In Spain’. Tickets: £25 - £32 | Box Office: 01858 881939 | Kilworth House Hotel and Theatre, Lutterworth Road, North Kilworth, Leicestershire LE17 6JE

Thursday 04 July | Charity Whist Drives The next in the series of Charity Whist Drives organised by Derek Farr. All players welcome. Admission £2 | 7.30pm | Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley.

Thursday 04 July + Tuesday 16 July | Twelfth Night at Phoenix Live from the Globe, an imaginative all-male production of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Tickets: Adults £14, Concessions £12 | Tel: 01162422800 | Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG | 7.15pm |



LOCAL GROUPS Saturday 13 July & Sunday 14 July | Open Church Open Church at St.Leonard’s Church, Swithland. There will also be an Open Church weekend during Saturday 10th And Sunday 11th Of August. Donations In aid of Church funds. St.Leonard’s Church, Swithland | 2pm - 4.30pm

Friday 19 July | Whitwick & District U3A Come along and find a group to match your interests and meet like-minded people. In addition, there will be a talk about the work of the Air Ambulance service. The speakers will be bringing along ICE cards to distribute to members and visitors. 1.45pm for a 2pm start | www.whitwicku3a.org.uk | St. David’s Church Hall, Broomleys, Coalville

Tuesday 23 July - Thursday 08 August | Teddy Bears Picnic Railway Day Hop On and off at any of our four stations and travel all day for just £20 for the whole family! Meet Billy the Bear and picnic with the Teddy Bears. GCR’S school holiday sale - affordable, all weather family fun. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only. Fares (All Day Travel and Hourly Timetable) 2 adults and up to 3 children - £20, 1 adult and up to 3 children - £12, Adult £10. Great Central Railway, Loughborough Central Station, Great Central Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 1RW. Tel: 01509 632323

Friday 26 July | Loughborough’s Links to War & Remembrance Starting at the Charnwood Museum we will visit some of the places in Loughborough that are associated with War and Remembrance. Meet at the Museum at 11am | Led by accredited Leicestershire Guide, Ernie Miller | Tel: 01509 233754 | Charnwood Museum, Queens Hall, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU | £3.50, under 16s free, Additional £1 to visit Carillon balcony

Sunday 28 July - Sunday 04 August | Heather Scarecrow Festival 2013 Heather Scarecrow Festival is a community event organised by a small group of volunteers. Free Parking at Heather St. John’s Football Club, Ravenstone Road Heather LE67 2QJ Heather Village

Monday 29 July | Summer Reunion & Richard III Open Day A day of social events, lectures, workshops and activities for all the family. Highlights include: Richard III open day - lectures from members of the Richard III project team, workshops, displays and demos; departmental anniversaries; students’ union 90th celebration; social and family events such as a BBQ on the lawn, children’s magic show, teddy bear hospital, rides and face-painters and academic involvement. Free to attend, please see the website to indicate your interest, pre- booking is required for some talks. 10am - 4pm | Tel: 0116 271 9933 | University of Leicester, Conference Office, Stamford Hall, Leicester, LE2 2ND

Sunday 04 August | Leicester Host Lions Club Summer Fair Variety of Stalls, Refreshments. Music by: Hiss & Boo Band. 11am - 3pm | 34 The Ridgeway, Rothley, Leics | Admission: £2.00, Children £1.00

Monday 12 August | The Monday Club for Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston & Rothley Meeting The next Meeting for the Club will be featuring Mr Brian Johnson with a talk entitled “And who lived in a house like this.. !” Thought provoking!! Enquiries please ring 0116 2363467

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 August | The British Birdwatching Fair Described as the birdwatcher’s Glastonbury, The British Birdwatching Fair is jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. This year’s Birdfair is jam packed with events. There is an extensive list of lectures as well as plenty of celebrity events. Birdfair does not allow dogs onto Birdfair property, including all car parking areas. There will be a wide range of catering services available to visitors at this year’s Birdfair, to satisfy everyone’s requirements, and keep you refreshed and fuelled up for the day. Rutland Water Nature Reserve, Egleton, Rutland, LE15 8BT | One day ticket online price: £12.50 (save £2.50 on gate price), three day ticket online price: £30 Children under 16 £15, Adults £25, Entry is FREE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 and students in Full Time Education (proof required). Buy a one day ticket and you can decide which day you come (valid for one day only) Free Parking | www.birdfair.org.uk

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Snappers! By Ian First up, as far as equipment and gear is concerned, keep it simple. A single camera body with a zoom lens and maybe a macro lens (if you plan on getting up close) will be sufficient, there’s no need for lots of filters, although if you have one, a tripod will be very useful. Head out for a wander around your garden, even if you feel like you know it already, take some time to observe the plants and take it in, you may see if differently when you’re observing as a photographer. Once you’ve found a subject that has caught your attention, whether it be a flower, set of branches or a piece of garden architecture, be sure to spend time with it. Avoid just snapping a couple of shots and moving on, get involved with the shot, angle yourself so you have the best vantage point. Get low, shooting from the level of the plants. Try shooting from above, with a bird’s eye view. If you find a subject with particularly interesting detail, grab your macro lens and get in close. Single flowers or patterned leaves make for great garden macro shots. Try to fill the frame with the subject and avoid including any unwanted visual distractions that may detract from any pattern or symmetry within the image. Don’t get caught in the trap of just shooting close up of flowers. Although they will continue to grab your attention, it’s important to try and capture a wide variety of shots. Try and capture some establishing shots that put the garden into context. Maybe involve some people or buildings, as this will also help add scale to the shots. Use any structures, such as arches or bridges to frame subjects and draw the eye to particular points of interest. Think about the time at which you shoot very carefully. The quality of the light will make all the difference in how your shots turn out. Shooting in the middle of the day won’t work as the sun is shining brightly, and the overhead light will be too harsh. You can try shooting on overcast days, as the light won’t be as intense, but you’re best off shooting in the early morning or early evening, when the light will be softer and warmer. Why not join Ian on a one session Flower Photography Course at Ulverscroft Manor on Friday 5th July 2013 from 10.30am till 3.30pm? Here you will learn how to make the best use of your camera to photograph the flowers in your garden or wherever you go. There will be a little theory, a good bit of demonstration and lots of hands-on. All of this for only £30.00 per head, buffet lunch included. For Further information and bookings please call 01509 821397.



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CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES Caroline James.............................. 11 Cathy Stephens Jewellery.............. 60 Churchgate Jewellers..................... 58 Mr Stitch.........................................35 Smartly Stitched Tailors.................. 30 The Watch Den............................... 30

EDUCATION Anstey Kumon Centre.................... 25 Grace Dieu Manor School.............. 25 Rawlins - Adult Courses................. 38 Rothley Park Kindergarten............. 39

FLOWERS The Flower Shop............................ 35

FOOD, DRINK & VENUES The Blue Bell.................................. 35 The Butter Market Cafe.................. 41 Candi..............................................58 Charnia - Greengrocer & Deli......... 35 Delice Deli...................................... 31 Field Head Hotel............................. 31 Farmers Market.............................. 58 Peppercorn Deli,Cafe & Cakes...... 25 Quorn Grange Hotel....................... 36 Rothley Court Hotel........................ 38 The Royal Oak............................... 39 Slate Restaurant............................. 35 Time & Plaice................................. 35 Vintage Afternoon Teas.................. 58 The Wheatsheaf Inn....................... 31 The White Horse, Quorn................ 40

GARDEN Beddow Tree Care......................... 45 Bentley’s Garden Buildings............ 18 Bradgate Estate Management.......... 5 Charnwood Tree Services.............. 44 East Mids Mowers & Machines...... 44 Exterior Cleaning Services............... 6 Garden Blueprints.......................... 58

HOME continued... LB Landscaping.............................. 44 Neil Johnson Landscaping............. 45 Roecliffe Tree Surgery.................... 10

HAIR & BEAUTY Aqua Hair....................................... 36 Elan Hair Design............................ 39 Glitz Hair........................................... 8 The Hair & Beauty Gallery.............. 41 Mister Paul’s................................... 41 Zoe’s Mobile Hairdressing.............. 58

HEALTH Charnwood Counselling................. 24 Charnwood Hearing Centre............ 57 Charnwood Physiotherapy............. 57 Gareth Hudson - Foot Health......... 24 Natural Healthcare......................... 58 Quorndon Care............................... 38

HOME ABD Picture Framing...................... 57 Ablutions.........................................59 Absolute Window Solutions.............. 2 Ancient & Modern............................. 3 Anstey Homecrafts......................... 57 Ashby Decorators Centre................. 3 Broughtons....................................... 3 Charnwood Conservatories.............. 4 Charnwood Kitchens...................... 55 Charnwood Oakwrights.................. 14 Charnwood Paving......................... 45 Clock Doctor................................... 24 Countryside Collectables.................. 5 CV Lane........................................... 6 DeVol......................................20 + 21 DG Plumbing.................................. 57 Holme Tree Kitchens...................... 15 The Light House............................... 6 Loft Storage Solutions.................... 15 Logburners Ltd................................. 3 Martin Allen Flooring......................... 5

HOME continued... My Spa UK....................................... 7 Parker Tiling................................... 24 Roger McNulty................................ 24 RSJ Roofing................................... 14 Simon Shuttlewood Upholstery...... 24 Terry Allen Painter & Decorator...... 57 Woodcock Farm Shop.................... 38 Your Blinds..................................... 24

LEISURE Brothers Fury - Book Release........... 30 Donington le Heath Manor House.... 27 Faces Arts........................................ 8 Festival of Bikes............................. 42 Just Bikes....................................... 58 Rawlins - Children’s Activities......... 27 Teddy Bears’ Picnic........................ 27 TJ Cycles........................................ 24

MOTORS Bob Jones Garage......................... 42 Cropston Garage............................ 57 Loughborough Kia.......................... 37 Top Gear Services Ltd.................... 34

PETS Baileys Direct (Horse Rugs)............. 6 Posh Paws..................................... 34 The Veterinary Surgery.................. 58

PROFFESIONAL SERVICES Ask Accountancy............................ 35 CP Accountants.............................. 35 Dodds Solicitors LLP...................... 54 Gray Gordon Photography............. 51 Lee Cooper Funeral Directors........ 49 Leicestershire Lettings................... 31 Lightowler Design........................... 24 MB Sign Design.............................. 54 Prusinski Solicitors......................... 49 Santorini Financial Planning........... 48 Walters Architects........................... 57




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The Bradgate Magazine July 2013  

Your local community magazine for Charnwood and surrounding areas of Leicestershire. Read all about what's happening in your area, discover...

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Your local community magazine for Charnwood and surrounding areas of Leicestershire. Read all about what's happening in your area, discover...

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