Broughton InTouch October/November 2022

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The garden party was very well attended and it was a wonderful bonus to have raised some money at the same time. A big thank you to all of those who attended and made the occasion such a success.

Broughton InTouch

A community carol concert is being organised by the BAVG to take place on Friday 16th December from 7 9pm at the Broughton Astley Village Hall.

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The Salvation Army will be providing musical entertainment, with an evening of music, carols, mulled wine and mince pies.

Deadline for the December / January 2023 edition is 24th October 2022. We accept features and information from any not for profit organisation within our community. Email

Bringingyouuptodatewithyourcommunity Freephone: 0808 528 4477

Following the Platinum Jubilee garden party in the summer, the Broughton Astley Volunteer Group (BAVG) offered to donate any profits made to St Mary’s church.



October / November 2022 Gardening Projects courtesy of the Boughton Astley Volunteer Group (BAVG)

A ticket will be required for the event and will be sold in advance. They can be purchased via the BAVG office and at the BAVG coffee mornings.

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Feel free to contact us if you would like to sponsor future editions.

Many thanks to Simon Coope Karate Schools for sponsoring this edition, see the back page for details.

More details to follow at a later date, but put the date in your diary!

Due to the success of the event, Mark, on behalf of the BAVG was proud to recently present the Revd Sharon from St Mary’s church with a cheque for £480.

the UK and it is vitally important we do something about it.

There is no cost to the landowners as the tree and hedge whips are free. They also come with canes and guards.

Defibrillators are relatively easy to use, with clear instructions when the machine is switched on, and are proven to save lives.

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Broughton Astley Volunteer Group

With the success and popularity of tree and hedge planting last winter we will be restarting new planting projects again this year. We would like to encourage any landowners who are interested in planting free tree tohedgeandwhipsgetin

approximately 2,500 tree and hedge whips were planted in Broughton Astley and surrounding villages, this was only achieved due to the help and support of the BAVG and Harborough woodland volunteers.


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This is a welcome addition to the village to support the community. Thanks BAGA !


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Conservation Group

Gardeners Wanted!

The organisation is done by Joe Johnson and the support of Harborough woodland Lastvolunteers.winter

The new defibrillator kindly funded by the BAGA (see page 3 opposite) has now been installed at the Western Willows allotment site.

Interested in gardening? Do you have some free time?

The BAVG are looking for some gardeners to help with planting in the various planters situated in the village. We are always looking for volunteer gardeners to help with different projects, so please get in touch if you would like to get Tel:involved.0808 528 4477


membership to BGC is £10.00. BGC will also be offering the Kings Seed Scheme to all members along similar lines to that previously operated by BAGA.

BAGA website

We hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to obtain gardening supplies at preferential rates, along with helping this club to survive for many years to come.

Graeme Thomson 01455 555571

Colin Golding / BAGA Chairman

News from St Mary’s

For those of you with internet access we will be maintaining our until the end of 2022 before finally shutting down.

of BAGA funds will be donated to Broughton Astley Community Bus to help maintain their service through the purchase of a new bus in the not too distant future.

Closing of BAGA and Distribution of Assets

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We were hugely honoured this month to receive a Platinum Jubilee Business and Community Award from Deputy Lord Lieutenant Richard Hurwood. This is one of 70 such awards made in the County to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, and particularly recognises the contribution of our volunteers in keeping the service running for essential trips through the pandemic.

Prior to closing BAGA totally funded the purchase and installation of a defibrillator to be installed at the Western Willows allotment site.


Once installed this item of potential lifesaving equipment will be owned and maintained by BAVG.

Having now closed our operation this will be the final public notice from BAGA.

Although we closed our services on 30th September, BAGA has been in discussions with Burbage Gardening Club, who are pleased to offer their services to both previous members of BAGA, along with any other resident who may consider availing themselves of this offer. BGC is run much along the lines previously adopted by BAGA, and full details of the club can be found on their website http:// or by telephoning Linda Barratt on 07954 404490. The BGC Trading Hut is open every Sunday throughout the year between 09.00 - 10.30, and 18.30 - 19.30 every Thursday evening during British Summer

In the meantime, demand is rising and our supply of drivers, particularly from the Broughton Astley area, is struggling to keep up. We need drivers who use their own car to take people to appointments, and to drive our minibuses on trips. Please give me a ring if you would like to join us.

Burbage Gardening Club (BGC)

We felt it an opportune time to make public a few announcements which may be of interest to the readers of this magazine.

As explained in the previous edition, BAGA has handed over all its properties situated on the Western Willows allotments site free of charge to Broughton Astley Volunteer Group (BAVG) who will hopefully make full use of the properties for various on going activities throughout the community. Along with these properties, BAGA will also be donating a financial contribution to BAVG to help with costs incurred by BAVG in their on going Theendeavors.remainder

We want to recruit volunteers across all sections to help ensure the group continues with its success as we have some very exciting things to come! To find out more please contact our Group Scout Leader at

We provide support by phone, face to face and online. As well as providing support in applying for benefits, we also run memory cafes, social groups and carer learning sessions. For more information contact 0116 2237363 or email us at

Our Beavers have enjoyed their first sleepovers with Wednesday Beavers heading to the district camp in Ullesthorpe and Friday Beavers going over to Packington where they got to spend time with the monks at St Bernard’s Monastery. Cubs have also been camping with the group also attending their district camp for two nights and taking part in a wide variety of games and activities. Scouts have been busy taking part in a range of activities working towards their badges.

The Dementia Support Service is here to support people living with dementia and those who support them, throughout their dementia journey.

Memory Advice & Dementia Support Services, Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland

Scouting in Broughton is back in full swing following the summer break and we welcomed over 15 new young people to the group along with a host of new volunteer leaders.

People can also make contact even if they do not have a diagnosis of dementia but are worried about their memory or waiting to have their memory assessed.

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The big news coming from 1st Broughton Astley Scouts is the launch of our new younger Squirrel Scout group for children aged between 4 and 6 years old. We are the first group to open a Squirrel section in South Leicestershire district and we welcomed 12 new squirrels who look amazing in their bright red uniforms. They will like other scouts be working towards their badges and aiming for the highest award which is the Chief Scout Acorn Award.

October / November 20225 BROUGHTON ASTLEY CAMERA CLUB Yourfriendlylocalclubforeveryoneinterestedinphotography!

Our first meeting of the month is in the Cottage at Broughton Astley Village Hall. This normally has tutorial sessions and discussion on a variety of techniques and subjects.

For further details please join our Facebook group: Broughton Astley Camera Club (Photographic Society) or contact us by email Volunteers Needed! Broughton Astley Girlguiding is Growing Whatever your previous experience of Girlguiding, as a volunteer you'll meet people, gain skills, inspire girls and do something good for you and your community. Give a little or a lot of your time, it is totally up to you. Full support and training provided and a great team of people to support your journey We need Unit Helpers and Leaders and Young Leaders for: Rainbows 4 7 years Brownies – 7-10 years Guides 10 14 years Rangers 14 18 years Email:

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The second monthly meeting is usually a practical photo shoot when we photograph at a variety of locations.

Tuesdays every month as a forum for local photographers of all abilities who enjoy photography and want to learn more.

Who are we and what do we do?

The regular shopping trips to Hinckley, Lutterworth, and Broughton Aldi continue to be well supported but we do have the occasional spaces. Please phone for details. A full list of 2022 shopping dates is available at each Monday BAVG Coffee Morning, and you will be able to get more details from one of our drivers about booking your trip.

We are always looking for locally based drivers (holding a category D1 driving licence) to strengthen our driver team; this would involve a commitment of about 2 or 3 hours a month - usually on short local trips. We would be very pleased to hear from you. Also, it’s good to welcome Amanda Thornborough and

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An unexpected and heart warming example of how our bus is valued by customers came from one of our regular shoppers who appreciated using the shopping service such that a donation of £600 was made, to help continue the service. Volunteering has its own reward! or283001282966

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Recent support has been given to:

The Broughton Bus

funding our new bus and we will keep you updated.

We are the community group that has been organising the Christmas Fayre, Santa Fun Run; Carnival and Party in the Park (and are open to ideas) for over 15 years.

You may not be aware that the bus can be booked by local groups/ sports & social clubs etc. As the bus is a full 15-seater, plus driver, it is usually more economic than using individual cars; worth considering!

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After covering costs, a share of surplus funds can be applied for by any not-for-profit scheme or group in the village or local area. To apply, see our web page or email

Broughton Alive -

We have a number of Marquees that we are willing to loan in support of events organised by other local groups and schools. We can generally lay our hands on various other equipment just ask we may be able to help. Contact us if you are in the local area and trying to organise a community or school event. We can probably help!

Funding for local groups

Food bank Voucher Scheme for local families | Seniors Lunch Club | Scouts, Guides and Brownies | Money towards new Defibrillator in the park | Running the Emergency First Aid Course in 2018 | Funding for the Broughton First Responder

October / November 20227 Come along to our friendly and welcoming Tots group Held at Broughton Astley Village Hall Actively Seeking New Volunteer Helpers Find out more information on Facebook—Broughton Astley tots Bouncy castle regularly available baby area Messy play Makefriendsnew Supportive environment Regular arts and crafts 9.30-11.00 Thursdays. Term time ONLY £3 per family (up to 2 children) 50p per extra child Goodofselectiontoys Baby weighing scales available

One initiative we are really excited about is the newly launched Community Veg Box which is a great way to help each other and save wastage. Initiated by members of the community, The Community Veg Box is what it says it is, a box of veg for the community.

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Then leave some for those who don’t.

Please Note:

· The Community Veg Box is only accessible during The Elms Cafe opening times and when other events are on.


It has been wonderful to celebrate the official reopening of our premises following the completion of phase two of the redevelopment work at the church. But even more so is to see it being used by and serving the local community.

Do you need some fresh vegetables and fruit for use at home?

Do you have some extra fresh vegetables and fruit from your allotment or weekly shop?

· Only fruit and vegetables that are fit for consumption will be accepted.

· While we can accept non perishable food items, acting as a drop off point for the local food bank, if you require a non perishable food parcel you would need to be referred to the Foodbank. latest family

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The members worked extremely well on the raffle, guess the number of balloons in the tractor and welly wanging raising a grand total of £125.52! YFC clubs rely on events such as this one to raise money for their chosen charities and most importantly to ensure the club have the funds to run. Because of that the members of Enderby & District YFC are extremely grateful for all those who took part in the competitions.

The Orchard Medical Practice will be administering both the Influenza & Covid Vaccinations at the Broughton Astley Practice with effect from October 2022.

Enderby and District YFC would like to thank the residents of Broughton Astley for their wonderful support once again. Back in June, Enderby YFC attended the Broughton Astley Carnival to help Broughton Alive with setting up marquees as our yearly community project. The club also had a stall and an ever-popular tractor with the new addition to the club stall, the lovely chickens who were much loved by the children.

Enderby & District Young Farmers Club

Clinics will be on-going from October 2022 and into January 2023.

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Patients will be notified by a text which contains the link to book their appointment online for both vaccinations to be administered at the same clinic. If we are unable to send a text message, patients will be invited by letter to contact the Surgery to book an appointment.

@Enderby Young Farmers.

Influenza & Covid Vaccination Information for Patients

Remember you don’t need to be a farmer to be a young farmer, just be prepared to give it some welly!

If you are aged 10 28, have an interest in rural life and would like to be a part of something much bigger, please get in touch via Facebook messenger

amusing talk Smile Please, Say Cheese”. Ian s lifelong interest in cheese was sparked when he first tasted Stilton. He told us its origins and how it is made, only being produced in the counties of Leicester, Derby and Nottingham with specific requirements in the cheese making process. He brought along a large selection of cheeses for us to sample during our refreshment break, the black and white speckled cheese made with charcoal proving particularly popular.

A group of members visited Saffron’s Flower Farm in Broughton Astley, where we saw her plot of land at Sutton Hall Farm dedicated to growing seasonal traditional British flowers, which she and her business partner, Nicole, use to make floral arrangements for special events and provide cut flowers for sale. Despite the recent drought there was a wonderful array of colour and many more flowers in bud, all buzzing with bees and insects. Nicole demonstrated how to arrange these flowers more informally and we all then enjoyed tea and cake in the sunshine.

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Visit to Saffron

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are always welcome at our monthly meetings.

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There will also be prizes for the best Children’s tree and for the best tree overall and we will be providing refreshments

If you would like to enter a tree, please email

December 9 11th Christmas Tree Festival in Church!

Gods blessings be with you all Revd Sharon Dates for your Diary!

Revd Sharon & Paul

But St Mary’s will sail on without me! It will still welcome people to services, be there for your special events in life, encourage community with its market and Christmas Tree Festival and other fund raising events. The doors will continue to be open and welcoming!

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Time to say goodbye’ goes the song by Andrea Bocelli. And it is time to say goodbye to you all in Broughton Astley. I am retiring in early November from being the Vicar of St Marys! I’ve had such a lovely 7 years in Broughton Astley. I ve been very happy here! But it is time to slow down, and have some time to travel with my husband, Paul, enjoy my family, and explore our new home area of Shropshire.

Thank you to you all for the passing conversations, the amazing weddings I’ve taken, the christenings full of joy and the funerals it has been a privilege to be part of. The Christmas and Easter services for families! All the fun of Messy Church and much more besides! Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community of Broughton Astley alongside my other parishes of Stoney Stanton and Croft.

St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival will be back on 9th, 10th & 11th December.

There will be a Family Christmas Tree Competition (3ft 5ft) where families will be welcome to enter a tree, themed or not, and this competition will be judged independently and carry a £25 cash prize for the winner.

News from St Mary’s

December 3rd from 10am Christmas Community Market

I shall miss the parish very much are like Dr Who somebody else that will be the next Rector!

We are introducing a new attraction and we hope that you will join in the fun.

Saturday November 5th – Community Market

St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival 2022




We are pleased to inform you that the Village Hall has a new Air Ambulance clothing bank. This is situated just inside the Village Hall Car Park behind the wooden bin store and can be accessed on foot even when the gate is closed.

The Parish Council’s ground staff recently carried out works to clear the Leisure Centre site of Ragwort.

The bank accepts: The bank does NOT accept: Clothing Soiled rags / Carpet rugs

The recycling service is entirely operated by The Air Ambulance Service, and 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of these items goes directly back to the charity.

If you notice any of these plants on the Highways please report it to Leicestershire County Council, who oversee the weed spraying treatments for Leicestershire either by emailing or by telephoning: 0116 3050001. They will determine if treatment is required in line with the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) guidelines, as Ragwort can be toxic to livestock.

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This years Remembrance Day Service will take place at the War Memorial, Frolesworth Road. The service will commence at 10.55am following a short parade of ex service men and uniformed Theorganisations.ParishCouncil website will provide more details nearer to the event.

Road Closures

Please check our website for details on Road Closures within our Parish as these are posted as soon as information is received from Leicestershire County Council’s Highway team.

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Remembrance Day—Sunday 13th November

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This project has kindly been funded by a grant from Severn Trent It will also allow us to purchase a limited number of water butts for those tenants who do not currently have one on their plot.

Broughton Astley Parish Council would like to make an appeal for help with our Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday 13 November 2022. Please could you contact us if you know anyone who is able to lead the parade by playing the bagpipes. We would be grateful if you could call us on 01455 285655 if you are able to help. Thank you.

The Parish Council intend to provide an environmentally sustainable water collection system at our allotment sites to reduce the dependence on our metered supply.

Climate projections for the UK indicate that over the next 20 years, winters will become warmer and wetter, and the summers hotter and drier. It is vital that we conserve storage of sufficient water to meet excess demand for rain-free days in midsummer.

“ reportIhavenowpublishedmyannualgivinginformationastomyworkasyourCountyCouncillor.TheannualreportcanbefoundundermydetailsontheLeicestershireCountyCouncilwebsite. MeanwhileIcontinuetoengagewith overresidentsandrecentlyithasbeenparkingandhighwayissues.AsalwaysIwillworkhardonyourbehalf. “ NeilBannister

We are constructing a ‘water station’ on each allotment site. Each station has the potential to collect 20,000 Litres of water per year.

Sustainable Allotment Water Stations

Bagpipe Appeal

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In simple terms karate is safe to learn. During training each student respects all other students. Any contact made is controlled and light as there is absolutely no need to strike at full force whilst training.

Karate was created on the island of Okinawa and means ‘empty hand’. It is a blend of many fighting styles collectively known today as Kung Fu.

Anyone from five years up to 75 years of age. Mums, dads, children and grandparents can all learn karate together at the same time in one class.

What else does karate do?

Karate teaches confidence, self respect, manners and discipline, Karate is primarily self defence, and it is taught to never be used to attack or harm anyone.

Who can learn karate?

Is karate a competitive sport?

What style of karate do you teach?

Is learning karate safe?

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What is karate?

It is not compulsory to take part in competitions, but some students regularly take part and enter competitions. The club has had many members train with England Wado Kai and have had major successes both locally, nationally and on the international stage.

Interested in finding out more and learning how to join? Text: 07999 868214 or Email: First month of training provided free, with no obligation! Black belt sparring Simon Coope Karate Schools

There are many myths and misconceptions regarding karate so below are a few of the questions that are frequently asked.

I am Mark Barber, who along with my wife, daughter and son began as students in Simon Coope Karate Schools. After 10 years of training and having attained our Black Belts, we now teach at many venues in Leicestershire but I am the instructor for Broughton Astley which is where I also live.

Simon Coope Karate Schools have been teaching traditional karate for over 18 years. In Broughton Astley we teach 7 hours of karate each week on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

There are many different styles of karate, but we teach Wado Ryu. Wado Ryu means the way of peace and is a blend of jujitsu and karate. We teach a recognised Japanese syllabus and are proud members of the English and Japanese Karate Federations.

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