Broughton InTouch December 20 / January 21

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Gardening Projects courtesy of the Boughton Astley Volunteer Group (BAVG)

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Edition 08 BAVG Freephone: 0808 528 4477 Email: Registered Charity No: 1191840

As the year draws to a close, it is a good opportunity to reflect on all the great work that has been achieved by our volunteers in 2021. Groups have been reforming, new ones created and the village is starting to get more active whilst still following the Government guidelines. We at the BAVG would like to personally thank you all the help, donations and support we have received this year to make this possible and Broughton Astley thrive, we couldn’t do it without you.

BAVG Social Coffee Mornings The well established coffee mornings are proving extremely popular with a high attendance each week and many friendships forming and coffee and cake being eaten. We were most grateful to recently receive a kind donation via Gerald from a Group that sadly no longer meets since covid, which was exceedingly generous.

Merry Christmas to all our residents and volunteers and a Healthy and Happy New Year

Many thanks to HYBRIDFIT for sponsoring this edition, see the back page for details. Feel free to contact us if you would like to sponsor future editions.

BAVG Craft Knit & Natter Group We are also pleased to announce we have now created a new craft group that runs alongside the coffee morning. Everyone is welcome knitters, crafters, sewers, quilters and crocheters, so feel free to come along and join in. Join us Monday 10.30am –12.00pm at St Mary’s Church for coffee, crafting or both.

This newsletter is available to read digitally, for free, on If you would like to opt out of receiving a paper copy please email us. Deadline for the Feb/March edition is 03 Jan 2022. We accept features and information from any not-for-profit organisation within our community. Email December 2021 / January 2022

Broughton Astley Volunteer Group InTouch and responding to our community’s needs

BAVG Gardeners It’s Blooming Lovely in Broughton Astley In 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began to hit the UK, Broughton Astley Volunteer Group was set up and so the BAVG gardeners’ group was borne out of a necessity to support the Parish Council during lockdown. The aim was to help maintain some local areas, commonly known as public open spaces, in and around the village. Volunteer Carmella advises that her decision to get involved was not only to support the village but to have something meaningful and safe to do when it simply wasn’t possible to go out normally. Now, some 12 months down the line the volunteer gardeners have undertaken clearing up the brook, re-planting the raised beds outside the Co-op and Ringrose/Milner's and planting up the new roadside planters at the entrances to the village. Bulbs were also planted in the Memorial Garden and a selection of small sapling trees donated by Leicestershire County Council were planted near the corner of Cosby Road and Station Road. The projects undertaken by the volunteer group are ongoing and some are even long-term and will take some time to complete, such as the Western Willows Wildlife Garden. The Cemetery and areas of Sutton Lane are also undergoing a spruce up. All the projects are supported by the Parish Council and their team of maintenance staff, as well as kind donations and successful grants secured by BAVG. So we spoke to some of the gardeners, who are all residents to find out why they volunteered. Indira said, “I enjoy gardening and feel it is a way that I can do something for Broughton Astley

and my locality. I am also getting to know other like-minded people and working with them towards a common goal and get a “sense of pride” when I see the village looking good.”

Tracy told us that she’s a “self taught gardener”, adding “I enjoy growing and caring for plants.” Jean inherited a love of gardening from her father. “I wanted to do

some outdoor voluntary work after I retired last year and joined the gardening group.”, she said, adding, “Everyone involved is very nice and I enjoy it very much.” The volunteers spend a varied amount of time supporting the gardening initiative, sometime an hour or two in one week or it can be a few weeks in between. Carmella explained , “We have a good communication network that discusses what could be done and when we are available. We can always do with another pair of hands.”

If anyone is interested in joining the gardening group, young or old, whether a one off or regularly helping out, please contact the BAVG for more information. December 2021 / January 2022


Parish Council Maintenance Staff

Broughton Astley Volunteer Group InTouch and responding to our community’s needs

Remembrance Day Brook Clean A big thank you to the BAVG Gardeners and other volunteers who helped with the latest Brook Clean in preparation for the Remembrance Day Service. It was a cold day and dirty work but has made a real difference to the Brook for all to enjoy. It is nice to live in a community that is cared for.

Litter Picking As the season changes the grassy areas unfortunately expose more litter. Don’t forgot the BAVG have a supply of litter picking equipment you are welcome to use and as a registered charity we have our own insurance to cover you. The equipment includes bags, gloves, litter pickers and hi- vis vests.

Newsletter Deliveries This newsletter you are reading has been kindly delivered to your door via our helpful volunteers who walk the streets of Broughton Astley to deliver the just over 4,000 copies we print each edition. The more members of the delivery team we have the easier the job is. If your name is not on the list and you would like to be added to help or simply cover holidays or illness please feel free to get in touch.

Help The Hedgehogs Our lovely friends the hedgehogs are sadly in decline, mainly due to the loss of countryside habitat and the use of slug pellets. Over a third of hedgehogs have been lost since the millennium. We all need to play our part to protect the British public’s favourite animal. If you want to help and find out more visit the following helpful websites.


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Broughton Astley Kurling and Boccia Group Hi, I’m Jack, I run the New Age Kurling and Boccia sessions every Tuesday at the Village Hall on behalf of the BAVG. I have been running sessions for around four years and currently approximately 10 people regularly attend these sessions. After Kurling we have a tea break where members enjoy a complimentary drink, biscuit and catch up before Boccia. New Age Kurling is played in the same way as the Kurling in the Winter Olympics without the ice! The Kurling stones have bearings that allows them to roll and the aim of the game is Jack Johnson and a Boccia Team to get your stone closest to the centre of the target. But beware the other team can knock your stone off! Boccia is a sport played in the Paralympics, similar to bowls, players play from a seated positions in 2 teams of red and blue within a badminton size court, with the aim of getting their ball closet to the jack ball. To allow our safe return to play with have ensured our room has good ventilation, encourage regular hand sanitising and mask are optional.

We have had great feedback being back after 18 months!

News from St Mary’s “Apprehensive at first, but feels normal and safe now”

“Really enjoying being part of the group”

“Happy to be back” “Lovely to be back with all the members”

If you are interested in joining any of the Kurling and/or Boccia Groups below all held at the Village Hall, get in touch! Contact BAVG for details 0808 528 4477 or

Kurling - Tuesday

Boccia - Tuesday

Kurling - Monday 11am-12pm £2.50

11am-12pm £2.50

12.30pm-13.30pm £2.50

(£4 for Kurling and Boccia!)

(£4 for Kurling and Boccia!)

Run by Jack Johnson

Run by Jack Johnson

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Run by Aprille Ward

The Broughton Bus Your community bus is now busier than ever since the post-covid re-start, and some of our regular shopping trips to Lutterworth and Hinckley are over-subscribed! We are trying hard to resolve this via a customer rota and if you have booked a seat we will be contacting you soon. This extra demand for the bus does mean that we would appreciate one or two reserve volunteer drivers for approx. 3 hours per month. Do give us a call if you think you can help with maintaining our services. In addition it is great that the bus is being used by BAVG in bringing residents to the Monday coffee morning at St Mary’s church. Our drivers are very pleased to be involved with this brilliant community event and personally enjoy the coffee too. Bus Contact details 01455 283001 or 282966

Residents arriving at the BAVG Coffee Morning

Specific baby area

Good selection of toys Baby weighing scales available

Make new friends

Messy play

Bouncy castle regularly available

Come along to our friendly and welcoming Tots group Held at Broughton Astley Village Hall Regular arts and crafts

9.30-11.00 Thursdays. Term time ONLY £3 per family (up to 2 children) 50p per extra child

Supportive environment

Actively Seeking New Volunteer Helpers Find out more information on Facebook—Broughton Astley tots 5

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Light up your Home The county’s Police Force has begun a campaign to reduce burglary by ensuring that criminals don’t take advantage of the darker evenings. Most burglaries are carried out by opportunistic thieves and a few simple precautions can significantly lower the risk of your home being burgled. A well-lit home gives the impression that someone is in, householders can invest in timer switches to turn lights on while they are out. Low-energy or dusk to dawn sensor light bulbs are also a good idea. We would also recommend that homes have plenty of outside lighting too. We would urge everyone to

property mark their valuables using ultra violet markers so stolen items can be traced back to their rightful owners if they are unfortunate to be the victim of a burglary. These devices are FREE and available from your local Police, if you feel that you would benefit from any of these devises, please email and leave your contact phone number and Courtnie will call you and arrange a collection or drop off point.

We are so excited to return to face-to-face guiding within Broughton Astley. Girls from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers have been enjoying a variety of fun-filled activities. The Rainbows are eagerly awaiting to return to a new building for their meetings and when they have not been able to meet, they have completed fun things at home, like making pizza, whilst the Brownies decided to have a movie night in the dark recently for their Halloween activity. Guides have had lots of fun completing badges and making chocolate inspired face masks whereas the Rangers took to the water at got a little wet! It has been fantastic seeing happy faces enjoying activities and learning new skills.

We have an exciting program for the term and fun events scheduled for next year. If you would like your daughter to join in with the fun or if you would like to volunteer with us, please visit or email

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This term has seen Beavers, Cubs and Scouts returning to a huge range of activities, including camps, sleepovers, visits and plenty of activities whether inside or out for their weekly meetings and several weekend activities too. In late September some of the Beavers had an indoor sleepover at the Ullesthorpe Scout campsite, for many it was their first time being away from home for a night but they loved it and the activities too. In early October some of the older Cubs went camping at Ullesthorpe, and were joined the next day by the younger members for a day of fun activities. Despite the torrential weather, they went home happy, exhausted but a bit soggy! November saw the Scouts away for a weekend at the Willesley Scout campsite, sleeping in tents in spite of the cold weather. While the older scouts took part in an expedition supported by their leaders the younger scouts enjoyed their first classic camp involving hiking and cooking. Thank you to all the leaders who gave up their time to create these amazing experiences for the young people and make memories. The 1st Broughton Astley Scouts are delighted to announce that Santa will once again be joining the troops over the festive period. After consultation with the Chief Elf, we can confirm that the float will be going around Broughton between the 6th to the 11thDecember 2021. We are making a few changes this year which will include Santa stopping at specific locations on each route for a while so people can make their way to meet him. We are also hoping to have a live Santa tracker as the float makes it’s was around the village. Full details will be published via the Scouts Facebook page and other social media avenues. This event is the Scouts biggest fundraiser of the year and we are hoping to raise £4,000 to support our young people, a just giving page has been set up so you can donate online. The link to make your donation is The Scouts group is a registered charity and relies on volunteers to support the young people. We are in need of additional support to ensure that continued smooth running of the group. There are many roles which you could help with whether this be as a leader, assistant leader or a more back of house role on our executive committee who look after everything else. If you would like to make a difference please get in contact with the Chairperson – Phil Burton via or visit


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What’s On at St Mary’s! There is a lot going on in St Marys over December so please come and take a look and join us whether in worship or as a place to find a welcome and hospitality and find new friends! Saturday December 4th – 10am – 2pm Snowman Festival and Christmas Craft Market Come and enjoy our Christmas Craft Market, refreshments and hot lunches will be on offer and lots of stalls to shop at by local crafts and businesses! We have Four Play coming to sing some Christmas numbers too to keep us in the festive spirit! We will be joined by a number of snowmen/women!? Come and take a look in our windows and our surprise outside display! Sunday December 19th 9.45 am Christmas Messy Church for all the family! Plenty of glitter, glue, crafts and Isla the donkey comes along to join in the fun! And then our Carol Service at 6pm! Nine Lessons and Carols with our adult and children's choirs. Come and sing those lovely Christmas carols with us and listen to the amazing story of Christ’s birth. Mulled wine and mince pies served afterwards. Christmas Eve 4pm Christingle service outside in our churchyard this year. We want to keep everyone safe and so we will be doing the service outside with Christmas lights, music and of course the Christingle oranges! A slightly shorter service as we will be outside! But magical! 11.30pm Midnight Mass at St Mary’s Church – an atmospheric service celebrating Christ’s birth, Christmas Day 9.45am

Family Communion with Carols!

Sunday 26th December 9am Simple said Holy Communion. During the winter period the BAGA Trading Hut on Western Willows Allotments will be open on the first Sunday morning of both December and January between 10.00 and 12.00 to any of our members who require any of our stock, including wild bird seed, peanuts, fat balls and sunflower seed, or multipurpose compost for seed sowing. We will re-open every Sunday morning at the same times from the first Sunday in February. We are becoming desperately short of helpers in our Trading Hut and are always on the look-out for anyone willing to spare a couple of hours on a Sunday morning, just a few times during the year, to help serve our members. We have lots of members but very few volunteers (!!) and any support you could offer would be really appreciated.

If you can help out, please contact us on either 01455 282726 or via our website at December 2021 / January 2022


Thank you all for your incredible Harvest donations! As of the end of October, we have had over 2 tonnes of food and supplies donated to us, with donations still flooding in. We have received some fantastic donations from our local schools and churches in Broughton Astley, including St Mary's Church, Old Mill and Orchard Schools, who have all followed our Harvest 'Create & Donate' Campaign. Thanks to the BAVG Group who ensure our donation points are maintained at the Village Hall, as well as providing support to us with delivering emergency parcels at short notice and to Broughton Astley Co-op too for allowing us space in their store for our donation basket. We are so grateful to you all for your generosity.

These donations have re-stocked our shelves as we head into the winter months, when we historically see an increase in referrals, as fuel bills rise and costs of keeping warm hit those most vulnerable in our communities disproportionately. We firmly believe that people should not have to make the impossible choice between heating and eating. Follow to join us in campaigning for a better financial safety net for all. Thank you all for your support. Don't forget -if you are in need, or know someone who is, please contact us to be directed to one of our local referral agencies to request a foodbank voucher. We are here to support all those in financial crisis in the communities we serve. Tel: 01455 558797 Twitter: @LuttFoodBnk Facebook: Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank


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We are so thrilled that our building is back open. Hurray! Phase one of the redevelopment is now complete and we can begin opening and welcoming groups and individuals back in as well as restarting our own in the comfort and warmth of a new and modern premises. This has been a real journey of faith and we are thankful to God for His provision and for the many who have contributed towards the project from the church, community and grant organisations. In the New Year, we will be starting work on phase two to redevelop the church building but for now, we get to enjoy welcoming and serving the local community.

Regular Groups Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am: Baby Group Wednesdays 1-2.30pm: Renew Café (A wellbeing café for all) Thursdays 9.30-11.30am: Toddler Group Sundays 10.30am: Morning service Christmas will soon be upon us and hopefully, this year can be a bit more normal, celebrating with friends and family in all the ways we would like. We are looking forward to holding our Christmas events in person, some of the dates are below and more details will be available on our website and Facebook page. We do hope you will be able to join us for some of them but whatever you are planning, we know that having Jesus at the centre makes all the difference.

Christmas Events 12th December 10.30am: Christmas Family Service 19th December 6pm: Carols by Candlelight 23rd December 7pm: Village Carols around the Tree 25th December 10am: Christmas Day Service

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We’re going green!... By the time you read this we should be the proud owners of an all-electric vehicle, converted to carry a wheelchair. This will add flexibility to our existing fleet and enable us to extend the services we can provide to wheelchair users and their family or carers. In addition to carrying the wheelchair / user & driver – there will be up to 4 additional seats available. With easy and efficient loading of a wheelchair using an electric winch system – trips out for shopping, visiting friends or health appointments can be enjoyed with ease and comfort. We are very grateful to benefit from the Lutterworth Area Community Fund (GLP - Magna Park) and Councillor Rosita Page / Leicestershire County Council for their generous support in funding the vehicle. If you or someone you know could benefit from this safe and efficient local service, please give the office a call to enquire or book a trip with our new ‘E-Chairlink’ service.

Tel 01455 555571


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Our members were kept busy at our October meeting, when Carolyn Boulter provided kits for us to make Christmas bell decorations. Everyone was very pleased with their result and all enjoyed a sociable time chatting while we sewed. We are delighted have a new member and four visitors were made very welcome at that meeting. We recently held a very successful bar skittles evening at The Red Admiral, which was followed by a delicious meal, and we are currently organising a pre-Christmas lunch, a trip to Stratford Christmas market and to the annual pantomime at the Concordia Theatre. Our November meeting is our AGM and in December we will be sharing refreshments whilst being entertained by The After Eight Quartet. Visitors are always welcome to attend a meeting to see what our friendly WI can offer.

Over the past months we have been saving plastic bottles to make poppies for a village Remembrance display and with support from all our members we have cut, painted and glued to end up with over 300 poppies; Red to remember all service personnel lost in war; Purple for serving animals lost in conflict and White poppies to commemorate all lives lost and to represent Peace. These have now been placed in the planters outside the Co-Operative Store and the Cottage at the village hall and some in one of the shrub beds in the Memorial grounds.

For more information on the WI phone 01455 282118

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December 2021 / January 2022

BROUGHTON ASTLEY PARISH COUNCIL Defibrillator Funding Appeal Broughton Astley Parish Council have acquired an old disused telephone kiosk from BT. This is located at the end of Coventry Road, in Broughton Astley. We would like to renovate this and convert the kiosk into a defibrillator site. It would be great to have a second unit installed at Frolesworth Road Recreation Ground, so that users of the park can have peace of mind should anybody suddenly fall ill. We would like to ask if there are any local companies who are able to sponsor the purchase of a defibrillator, or several businesses who could part fund the costs? For each defibrillator unit we are looking at approximately £1,500.00 each, so £3,000.00 in total. These units would make an invaluable addition to any local community and having an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in your local community can really make the difference between life and death. With support we can provide lifesaving defibrillators in these two open accessible locations.

What’s On at The Village Hall? Do you know what activities are available to you at the Village Hall? If you would like to meet like-minded people, socialise or find a new hobby, take a look at our website: We have a wide variety of classes to suit all ages, including Active Retirement - an exercise class designed for all abilities, Kurling, Boccia, Tai Chi, Karate and Yoga, as well as the more active Zumba classes. We accommodate interest groups, such as Heritage Society, Photography Club, the WI, Rock Choir and various craft clubs. There are fitness classes for both mums and babies, baby yoga and massage, along with our weekly Tots club.

Frolesworth Road Recreation Ground New CCTV Installation There have been some new CCTV cameras installed at Frolesworth Road recreation ground. This step is in response to long term vandalism and anti-social behaviour. We are also trying to help women and girls feel more secure when using the park and, of course, to make our public space safer for all.

You can contact the Parish Council on 01455 285655 or December 2021 / January 2022


BROUGHTON ASTLEY PARISH COUNCIL Local Council Responsibilities And Who To Contact

Neil Bannister

“I have received a number of complaints about the dangerous parking at Devitt Way and Byre Crescent adjacent to the redevelopment of the shopping area. I have raised this with the Highway Authority at County Hall. I have asked for double yellow lines to be considered in this locality. On a more positive note, I am pleased the new one way system for the village centre is progressing well. The County have also confirmed repair works to the pavement in Coventry Road will be undertaken.”


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December 2021 / January 2022


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