Broughton InTouch Feb/March 21 edition

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

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BAVG Freephone: 0808 528 4477 Email: Registered Charity No.: 1191840

Happy New Year from all at Broughton Astley Volunteer Group! Welcome to our third edition of Broughton InTouch. It does seem that each time we sit down to write our update another lockdown has just begun! So here we go, lockdown No.3/edition No.3!

We are delighted to introduce you to our main sponsor this edition, H&H Hardware, who have gone above and beyond to keep people supplied with materials for projects and household emergencies throughout all lockdowns. Find out more about the family behind this gem of a business on our back page!

During December we were kindly donated a Christmas Tree by the Co-op. This was secured in the planter outside the co-op by But the message is the same as before, we two of our are still here happy to help with shopping, gardeners and prescriptions etc for anyone self-isolating then we left it or shielding. Just call our Freephone to you all to number 0808 528 4477 if you need decorate. You help. We also have a BAVG Facebook did a great job, group that you are welcome to join, open Broughton to BA residents only, where we share residents, updates on our activities and local thankyou! The information that may be of interest or tree looked help. We are also in the process of setting lovely and even up our website, visit in had a light up February to easily find what we are star on the planning and see more details and pictures top! The of past events. decorations have been reAs we are now an official registered moved now charity, we have managed to secure our own bank account which in turn opens the and the tree has been sent for recycling. We have the door to help us apply for funding and decorations at the village hall, so if anyone grants which are greatly needed if we are really wants to reclaim their decoration you to continue with our work and plans. We have launched a JustGiving page if anyone are welcome to contact us and collect them during February. feels able to donate. Visit and search for Broughton Astley Volunteer Group. We are If you would like to contribute to the next most grateful for all donations received and issue or future editions of our newsletter every little certainly does help! please email Deadline for the Apr/May edition is 1 March 2021. We accept features and information on any not-for-profit organisation within our community. February/March 2021

Broughton Astley Volunteer Group News

December also saw Mark receive the Co-op & Neighbourhood Watch, Neighbour of the Year award for 2020. Although the instigator of the BAVG, Mark reiterates that the award is to all the volunteers under the BAVG banner. Following the presentation of his coveted doorknocker and a hamper of goodies, Mark was interviewed on local radio and featured in the local press which bought us some much-needed publicity. The door knocker will be fixed to the door we use at the village hall, so when restrictions allow, please do come, and knock and say hello.

Pictured L to R: Tony Whitehorn MD & Clive Ringrose SD (Multicell) Jan & Jenny (BAVG)

We were incredibly pleased to receive a surprise donation from Multicell International Ltd. in December. They wrote to us to say “Every year at Christmas we donate £250.00 to charity. This would have been money spent on our Business Christmas Cards. This year we thought it might be nice to donate to Broughton Astley Volunteer Group.” BAVG would like to express our grateful thanks to the team at Multicell for thinking of us and wish them well in their new premises on Box Road, Broughton Astley.

All our plans are once again on the back burner due to the latest lockdown. The brook clean-up and village litter-pick had to be postponed. Our plans for the refurbishment of the Wildlife Garden are still on hold as are the gardening projects that the BAVG Gardeners had lined up. Maybe with the weather as it is at the moment, we shouldn’t complain about having to stay inside with a cup of tea

and just make plans!

Pictured L to R: Mark (BAVG) & Nicola Elson

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Snowman Festival Do you wanna build a Snowman? Apparently yes! The first ever Broughton Astley snowman festival was a resounding success and its all thanks to our wonderful residents for their creativity and participation. In all about 130 snowmen were displayed throughout the village from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December, we saw many wonderful creations, Star Wars themed snowmen in gardens, colourful presentations in windows, wooden constructions, crafted from car tyres, coke cans and balloons and even a snowman in a bath full of ice! The imagination, ingenuity and inventiveness seemed to be endless. We saw Broughton Astley come alive with families exploring the village enjoying a fun, festive and safe outdoor Christmas event. Our winners were crowned a week later after hundreds of votes were counted and have now received their prizes and

certificates, including a Christmas Hamper, vouchers, and a Steam train experience to see Santa amongst other wonderful prizes. We were overwhelmed by the support received from local businesses who donated the prizes as well as participating in the event. The Snowman Festival really lifted spirits during what has been a difficult time, we received many lovely comments thanking us as well as asking to do it all again next year! We raised ÂŁ1284 from entry fees and visitor donations and we would like to thank all that got involved. It has been a challenging year with few opportunities to fundraise due to the restrictions we have faced, with the money raised we can continue to support our Primary School. If you enjoyed the festival and would like to donate, please visit: Broughton Astley snowman festivalOrchard Primary School.


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Like many other organisations in these strange times, Broughton Astley Heritage Society has found it impossible to continue with its usual range of activities under the restrictions imposed on socialising. We had just arranged our 2020 – 2021 programme of talks when the Coronavirus started and were looking forward to a number of wide-ranging subjects. Including; “Men & Women's sixties fashion”, “Heroes and Villains” (the best and worst of Leicestershire's famous people), “Christmas Coupons” (how past celebrations had to be kept in check) and how Kirby Muxloe Castle was built. A village walk was being arranged as was a visit to Leicester's Town Hall. As the situation became worse we decided to furlough all our activities until at least March 2021, the date of our next AGM. In the meantime, we are keeping in touch with our members and friends by broadcast emails on local heritage topics every few weeks and responding to any questions that might be raised concerning the heritage of our village. If you would like to be included on our broadcast email list, please send your name and email address to: Keep happy! Stay safe! * View our website and go to page (Price List) to decide upon your individual needs.

During the current limitations we realise that it is difficult for our members to obtain their gardening and allotment requirements as normal. We have now taken delivery of all our vegetable seed produce, and have our usual stock of potatoes, onions, shallots, beans and peas, along with a decent stock of popular vegetable seeds. We also have a good stock of composts, peat and growbags etc. Until we are able to return to our regular weekly Sunday morning opening hours (10.00 - 12.00), and to enable everyone to secure their supplies in a timely manner, we intend to operate our BAGA version of “click and collect”!!

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* Contact Colin Golding either via the BAGA website email address or telephone 01455 282726 to place your individual order. * Colin will arrange a time and date to collect your goods, along with the price. We hope to offer a couple of mornings each week with minute time slots to enable a suitable pick-up for every one. Please pay either by cash or cheque. If you stay in your car on arrival at the Trading Hut car park we will bring the order to you. We hope that the above plan will work to everyone’s satisfaction. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to give Colin a call on the number above.

Your local Policing Beat Team DARKER NIGHTS… 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 devices, please email and leave your contact phone number and Laura will call you and arrange collection. Local Officers Broughton Astley Police PC 4880 Michelle Skingsley PCSO 6008 Laura Bolton

BROUGHTON ASTLEY WI (Women’ Institute) Our members have continued to keep in touch by phone, email and regular newsletters, when we have been able to exchange news and share photos of us all keeping active and safe. As we were unable to meet to exchange Secret Santa gifts this year, our ladies bought items to donate to women and children escaping domestic violence and being supported by Women’s Aid Leicester. Our committee put together Christmas gift bags containing a pot of planted spring bulbs, hand cream and soap, a Christmas quiz, some chocolates and a cross stitch sewing kit for each member. With the continued prospect of not being able to hold meetings for a few months more, we have started to hold our monthly meeting by Zoom and have speakers booked for the first few months with several more in the pipeline.

Our Federation’s Annual Meeting in March has already been scheduled to be held by Zoom to ensure the safety of all participants. In February, the NFWI (National Federation of Women’s Institutes) always highlights the #ShowTheLove Campaign, when we all support programmes to protect our planet and the environment from global warming with the aim of “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle”. You will be seeing our Green Hearts and more information around the village. For more information on the WI, visit and our Federation at https://leicestershire


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Broughton Astley Community Bus The Bus volunteer team is keen to restart shopping and community based services than have been curtailed since March 2020 due to Covid. (We have had many enquiries about a restart date). Unsurprisingly, the current advice is for much reduced passenger numbers for each trip and a variety of other restrictions. These would be difficult to apply consistently for our type of volunteer operation. However, we remain optimistic that the current restrictions will lift fairly soon to allow us to again offer a well supported and good value service. Thank you for your continued patience and we hope to see you again in 2021. Roger Lyon and the Bus Committee

Brownies need a new leader

Virtual volunteering, supporting online unit meetings where our youngsters have fun, learning new skills and sharing their 3rd Broughton Astley Brownies who meet enthusiasm for guiding, is a fantastic way on a Thursday at St Marys Church and of supporting local youngsters without even recently on ZOOM are looking for a new leader. The unit has been open since 1974 having to leave your house. Naturally, and has offered lots of girl’s opportunities. when local restrictions allow, our units can’t It is a full active unit with girls from 7 to 10 wait to be meeting face-to-face as well as virtually. To find out more information with lots of girls waiting to join. The girls about all our volunteer roles visit: are keen keep going in Guiding and love earning their badges and rewards. Unfortunately, if we do not find a new Are you new to the area and want to leader the unit may have to close. meet new friends? If you feel you could be a leader and help Girlguiding is a great way for adults and the girls to continue to be part of the unit youngsters to meet new friends and learn and continue their Guiding journey, Girl their way around their new community. Guiding will help you gain your leadership and support you with mentors and Our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers trainings. If you would like to know more, and of course their volunteers are always please email: welcoming of new members. If your daughter is interested in joining our adventure then please visit: We are always looking for and if you are volunteers and offer a range of interested in volunteering locally then visit: opportunities from occasional We look forward to offering you a very helpers, admin support through warm welcome soon! to unit leaders and even trustee roles. Full (free) training is provided, and existing local volunteers are always happy to help. February/March 2021


Puzzle Page! Broughton Streetnames Wordsearch


Relax and enjoy a wordsearch with Brougton Astley street names plus a sudoku. Good luck!


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News from St Mary’s As I write this, we are in lockdown again, and our Sunday services are suspended. Places of worship can remain open during this time, but we felt that gathering numbers of people together is not a good move with the infection rate so high. Our services continue on zoom on Sundays j/166004765? pwd=ZmRPd21KMDg5U3h1VnJXSHNwUT BrUT09 and you can catch up with them on YouTube later! tTbMgvZaxvQ We do open St Mary’s on Wednesday mornings from 10-12 so that people can pop in to sit quietly or pray during this difficult time. Anyone is welcome and you can stay as long or as short as you like. Behind the scenes St. Marys is working with Lutterworth foodbank to bring help to those in our community who need food supplies.

Also, we do have some donations of fruit and veg from our congregation and other kind people who place them in boxes in our church porch. Anyone is welcome to help themselves. We are here to talk to anyone who is feeling lonely. We have a ministry team willing to listen. Just telephone Sharon on 01455 644779 and she will put you in touch with someone for a friendly chat. As always prayer goes on for our community. It is something that continues day in and day out. Please let us know if you would like prayers said for you or someone else. Stay safe everyone. St Julian of Norwich gave us this wonderful hopeful quote given after a vision of God when she lay extremely ill… ‘All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.’

Santa Float 2020 The 1st Broughton Astley Scout Group was delighted, despite the inability for young people to take part this year, to provide the village once again with the traditional Santa Float week. The group would like to thank all those who contributed to enable the event to take place. A big thank you also goes to the fantastic, warm engagement and generosity from people across the village who came out to show their support in this most challenging of years. It was particularly pleasing to be able to include more of the village this year and to see so many smiling faces.

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Happy New Year to you all! Well, it’s not quite the start to the New Year we were hoping for, no matter what your hopes or New Year’s resolutions were! However, the New Year always gives the opportunity to look at things afresh, to reflect on what has been and to ponder ways of moving forward positively. I hope you have begun to ponder these and look at some healthy habits to sustain you through these current times and beyond. As Christians, we find small, sustainable rhythms of prayer a healthy habit that helps, even and especially in difficult times. Perhaps something to consider as you go for your daily walk?

floor to one level creating a central hub area while remodelling and extending the kitchen and toilet section to create a much more welcoming and accessible community space. We are excited as we begin this phase and know that when this and subsequent phases are complete, it will enable us to better serve the community of Broughton Astley and beyond. As and when work progresses, we will post picture updates on our Facebook page so please do check that out. In the meantime, we are continuing to hold online services on our YouTube channel which give you the ideal opportunity to explore things of faith from the comfort of your couch with a coffee in hand. Maybe that’s a New Year’s resolution to consider as well?

If you have walked past our church building lately you may have noticed the beginning of a new venture taking place. It has been a long time in process but in mid-January, phase one of our redevelopment project began. In essence, this phase compromises of connecting our two existing buildings together, raising the

Wishing all of our clients. volunteers, referrers and supporters a very Happy New Year. Despite the challenges 2020 and this year have already brought us, we are still operating and providing emergency supplies for people experiencing financial difficulties who are unable to afford food. Thank you to everyone who has so generously donated to us; you have enabled this to happen. We received 45 tonnes of food in donations in 2020 alone and have donated over 40 tonnes back out to our clients in the same time.

Over 3000 3 day emergency parcels have been packed and delivered to our clients and referrers over this time and we are so grateful to all our partners including the

teams at Lutterworth Community Transport, Harborough and Blaby District councils for partnering with us to deliver to those who have needed it most.

We were also able to provide our clients with some lovely Christmas treats and also a supermarket gift voucher this Christmas thanks to the generosity of those in our communities and also local supermarkets. We know that this year is likely to be tough for so many people but we know that with the support of our communities, we can continue to work for the day when we are no longer needed. Check out for ways to help and to join in the campaign to end the need for Foodbanks. Tel: 01455 558797 Twitter: @LuttFoodBank Facebook: Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank


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As we start 2021, the Parish Council would like to wish you a Happy New Year and take this opportunity to update you on what has been happening behind the scenes since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are immensely proud of our achievements during these very challenging times, receiving over £22,000 in grant funding starting with a grant from the Leicestershire and Community Foundation which was used to set up the Broughton Astley Volunteer Group in March 2020. Volunteers generously gave up their free time to aid and support vulnerable residents who were shielding. We are proud of our involvement which has proved successful in not only helping those most in need but has brought our community together. The Group has now obtained charity status and will continue with their good work. Village Entrance Planters are soon to be installed on Frolesworth Road, Broughton Way and Dunton Road. These have been funded by the Parish Council, a grant from Broughton Alive and a grant from Harborough District Council as part of the VE Day Commemorations. The Parish Council will be working with Broughton Astley Volunteer Group to create the displays..

The Parish Office received notification from Leicestershire County Council that they have received a grant from the Department for Transport in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and will be using this to clean all the bus stops in Broughton Astley, free of charge, to support local transport. The shelters will be cleaned over the coming weeks. We will actively research other funding sources to continue to make Broughton Astley a better place to live, work and visit. As you may be aware there has been considerable flooding along Frolesworth Road and we are pleased to report that both Severn Trent and Leicestershire County Council are currently investigating how these issues can be remedied. They are also investigating recent flooding on Main Street outside the White Horse. We are pleased to report that all our allotment plots are now occupied, but we welcome new applicants and if you would like to be added to our waiting list please call 01455 285655 or email

A further grant has been obtained from the Shires Community and Environment grant scheme to allow the Parish Council to become part of a project to establish wildflowers on several roadside verges in Broughton Astley and there may be further funding for the leisure centre site too. Harborough District Council’s Community Grant Fund award will be used to sculpt and create seating from the oak trees which had to be felled as part of the Leisure Centre development. It was always the Parish Council’s intention to make use of the four trees in some way to benefit the community. To replace the four trees which were felled, in the region of 20 new oak trees will be planted over time, along with 27 boundary trees and several shrubs. February/March 2021


Local Council Responsibilities

Licences for our new black, dual purpose waste bins are imminent. These will replace some of the old dog waste bins and we will publish their locations as soon as the licences are granted in this circular and on our website. Please take advantage of the free dog bags available to residents. You can collect a bag of x50 from outside of our offices during our opening hours. There is also a dispenser of individual bags at Frolesworth Road Recreation Ground. We would like to remind dog owners that they have a legal responsibility to clear up their dogs’ mess and can be fined if caught not doing so or not disposing of their dog bags responsibly.

Finally, the Parish Council would like to thank all its residents for the part they are playing in keeping this Parish safe in such difficult times.

Please look at our website at https:// where you will find local, relevant, and up to date information. Should you wish to contact the Parish Office our opening times are 9:00am-1:00pm every weekday, except Wednesdays.


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H&H Hardware & DIY H & H Hardware & DIY sell a range of items including electrical, decorating, paint and DIY, plumbing and ironmongery and cut keys. The shop is owned by Asgharali and Amena Adamali who set up the hardware shop in Broughton Astley in 1999, prior to which they had a hardware shop in Cosby from 1995.

They have two sons, Husein and Huzefa. Husein is a Solicitor and Huzefa owns a wallpaper company and have four grandchildren, three boys and a girl. H&H is in fact named after their sons!

During lockdown they have started to offer a delivery service within the village for customers who are shielding or isolating. In addition they have increased their range this year to include wallpaper! Both originally from Tanzania and born in Zanzibar, they moved to the UK in the mid 1980’s but still have family there. Asgharali initially studied in London and was a chartered accountant by profession before settling down and getting married. They have been living as a family in Leicester since settling in the UK.

They do their best to keep a wide range of products in stock, but will happily order a particular item you need to help with all your DIY or home improvement projects.

STANDARD OPENING HOURS Mon-Sat 9-5pm Sun 10-1pm

79 Main Street, Broughton Astley Leics LE9 6RE Tel.: 01455 289141 Email: February/March 2021