Broughton InTouch June/July 2021

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

Broughton InTouch Bringing you up to date with your community

Edition 05 BAVG Freephone: 0808 528 4477 Email: Registered Charity No.: 1191840

It is lovely to see people out and about and spring flowers blooming as we return to some normality. Our local businesses are resuming their trade and the village centre is busy once again. The sports centre is open, albeit with some restrictions and sports groups are back in training. As you will see in this magazine other activities are also starting up again. We too are working on getting some groups up and running, see details below about our social groups and coffee morning. Please do come along and join us if you can, to meet new friends, chat and have a free coffee, what’s not to like! We hope that these four weeks will see the start of walking groups, conservation, gardening and social coffee & craft type groups. Although this is all good news, some people will still be struggling, whether with mental or physical disabilities, that make life a struggle. BAVG will continue to offer to support to these individuals by helping with shopping, prescriptions etc, or our befriending service and can be contacted by phone or email. We hope that some of our groups will encourage those that have been housebound for the past year to come out and join in. If you need help to get to our coffee mornings we have arranged use of a LCT minibus, so please contact us here at BAVG and we will arrange to get you.

Looking to get out and meet others? Come along to the first of our social group meetings, get a free hot drink, say hello and find a group to match your interests. BAVG & RCC Coffee Connect Van Monday June 28th, July 5th, 12th & 19th 10:30am-12:00pm at The Cottage at The Village Hall. We have arranged with Lutterworth Community Transport to use their bus, so if you need help to get here just get in touch with us.

Thanks to David Robinson Estates for sponsoring this edition. Also to the Parish Council and the schools & preschools that have purchased space in this extended newsletter, aimed to update us all with news of their return to normality.

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 Aug/Sept edition is 28 June 2021. We accept features and information on any not-for-profit organisation within our community. Email June/July 2021

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

Brook Clean

Tree Planting

BAVG volunteers have completed two clean up sessions in the brook alongside the Church and through to the Memorial Gardens. The brook is home to some very special creatures and careful management is needed to take care of their environment; the Environmental Agency have carried out a visit and given their support.

The BAVG and Staff at the parish office applied for and received over 70 native tree saplings. Oak, Hazel and Crab Apple will now grow and go towards replacing the trees which unfortunately had to be removed on the new Leisure Centre site. Thank you to the two teams of six volunteers who planted all the trees on a beautiful Tuesday morning. Luckily emergency watering plans for the hot weather weren’t needed as the rain fell in May!

Conservation volunteers will continue this work and begin other projects so if you are interested in joining in, please contact us at the BAVG office.

BAVG Gardeners In the village centre you will have seen evidence of the work from our fantastic team of BAVG gardeners. The team could do with some help from our readers; we need some plants to fill some gaps. So if you have grown too many this year, or are splitting some older plants up and have spare, we would love to hear from you.

Leicestershire Police have donated a quantity of Carbon Monoxide alarms for us to distribute to the more elderly and vulnerable residents of the village. There is no charge and will be issued out on a first come first served basis.

If anyone is willing to grow plants for the benefit of the village, we can provide material and seeds we just lack the facilities.

So, if you know of someone who would qualify, please give us a ring - Freephone 0808 528 4477

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Organised Open Water Swimming – Nature’s playground As summer arrives, many think of packing the car and heading for the seaside for sun and time by the sea. Did you know that Broughton Astley is within a stone’s throw of two great facilities where you can get a swim in nature throughout the year? Swim Stations’s Jai Evans run open water swimming lessons at Stanton Lakes lake.aspx Stoney Cove– not just for divers! With crystal clear waters you may even spot the submarine

There has been a surge in popularity in open water swimming during the last year, with temporary indoor pool closures and people wanting to avoid indoor spaces prior to vaccination. Many people use the cool waters for a dip or a swim to relieve aches and pains, as an alternative to weight bearing physical activity or just to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Research is ongoing into exactly why cold water swimming has benefits beyond those you would expect but the anecdotal evidence is compelling. If you have never tried open water swimming before, there are plenty of Facebook groups on the subject that you can join and look out for beginner friendly sessions at Stanton Lakes and Racehub near Melton. For more information, visit https://

News from St Mary’s We are now open for Sunday services! We meet at 9.45am and everyone is welcome to join us! Sadly, we still at the time of writing cannot sing in church but we do have amazing music played by Sebastian Carrington our talented organist!!

We are devastated and are now faced with major fundraising for 100K to put this right! Unfortunately, we can’t get this from central funds of the Church of England! We will have to apply for grants and do a lot of fund raising ourselves! If you have the skills to help us think of big fundraisers, we’d love to hear from you, or if you have knowledge of grants? Always useful! St Mary’s is one of the most photographed and loved buildings in the village! Lets keep it going for future generations! Please contact me if you would like to help!

We hope to be able to offer Messy Church on the 3rd Sunday of the month again from September. Always popular, this is a new way of church for families which comprises of fun craft, makes, bakes and at the end a story and contemporary songs children know from We all have bad times, it’s how we get through school! Added to that coffee and cake and juice it that counts, and family and friends are so important when we are struggling to make are on tap too! Keep a watch out for notices! sense of bad news. When everything else fails, As you can now see the church stonework and sometimes we just must lean on a loving God who does not send or cause these bad times, guttering has been repaired and is looking splendid once more! We were about to sit back it’s part of human life. God is there with us, loving and holding and has been there before and thank God for what our hard-earned us through the Cross. In the sleepless hours, it savings had done but we had bad news! We is a comfort to know that. discovered that the new roof put on 30 years ago, at a cost of nearly £0.25 million, has failed Revd Sharon in a few places due to poor workmanship. June/July 2021


we are used by numerous other community groups and organisations. Now that restrictions are easing and the weather improving, we have been able to hold several outdoor services on our church grounds, which has taken us back to our early days when the first believers met outside under the Elm trees that once populated the area. For those working the allotments, you may have even heard our singing sounds carried by the wind! If you would like to come along to one of our outdoor services or want to know more information, please do get in touch at

While this phase of the redevelopment is moving ahead swiftly, there are two other phases to complete. Over the years we have been able to raise and save money in our church to fund a significant portion of the first phase, but we are not there yet. We believe small change makes a huge difference and if you have ever been to a Sunday service you will have seen our 'brick in the wall scales' where kids and adults were encouraged to put in their small change (1p’s, 2p’s, pound coins, banknotes… and the odd washer nut!) to raise a brick, which most weeks we did! If you have any small change, perhaps you would consider putting it aside and donating it to raise a brick towards the redevelopment project which will provide improved facilities and activities for the wider community?

With, thanks to St Mary’s, we have also been able to use their building for some evening meetings while we await the redevelopment of ours. Speaking of which, it has been great to see the progress of our redevelopment project over the past months. There is still a way to go but we are looking forward to its completion so our improved facilities can be utilised to better serve our wider community. Did you realise as well as 'church on Sundays’ our premises facilitate several baby and toddler groups, kid's fun week and other seasonal activities? Ladies events and afternoon teas, men's breakfasts and more? All of which serve and benefit the wider community. On top of this,

Small change really does make a big difference! To find out more, visit our website:

Apologies to Squirrels Running Group. The email address in our April/May edition was printed incorrectly. The correct email address is Squirrels meet every Monday & Wednesday at 6:30pm in the White Horse car park. Find them on Facebook ‘Squirrels Running Group’ or email as above. June/July 2021


St. Georges day is celebrated by Scouts across the UK and members of the Broughton Astley group joined with many others from across South Leicestershire for both on-line and face-to-face activities, for many, the first for 14 months! The opening and closing ceremonies were live from the campsite when promises were renewed. The scouting at home / zoom activities included the making promise hands, bike safety checks, meeting with a MP Alberto Costa to discuss their concerns about litter, creating a clay dragon, small catapult, water filter, dragon eggs, paracord people, pin art, getting out for a walk or a ride, promise scrolls and more. Before sleeping in their dens on Saturday, everyone enjoyed a loud live-streamed evening campfire too. At our Ullesthorpe campsite 6-18 year olds tried tomahawk throwing and cooking over fires with the help of Young Leaders and Explorers. Scouts had an introduction to whittling for safe knife

use. All young people were asked how they wanted to earn their badges and awards in the future and not surprisingly most want to spend more time with their friends outside and camping when it is permitted; a view shared by many volunteer leaders. Much of the event was organised by members of the Network unit (18-25 year olds). Who had the satisfaction of creating huge smiles and memories for life!

To find out how you can enjoy making memories which last a lifetime please get in contact for a no-obligation chat; email or visit

Be an inspiration to Young Girls and Women Girlguiding are recruiting for volunteers and we have the perfect opportunities for you. Are you someone who always wanted to be a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide, but didn’t get the opportunity? We can help you start your Guiding experience now. Are you someone who is looking to complete your DofE volunteering? Are you someone who loves accounts? Are you someone who loves social media? We can help you find the perfect volunteering role. We need help not just to run units and activities but with lots of other things too. Contact Anna Ranson for more information on 07946207442 or If you have a daughter aged 5-18 who is interested in joining Girlguiding June/July 2021


We have been continuing with our monthly meetings by Zoom and recently were entertained and informed about Shakespeare’s London by Annamaria Dall’Anese, a London Blue Badge Guide. William had travelled to the City to perform at the Globe and Blackfriars theatres as well as furthering his writing career and seeing his plays performed at both these venues as well as for the Royal Court. Annamaria painted a fascinating picture of life in Elizabethan London and how the busy cosmopolitan city and port influenced Shakespeare’s plays, many of which were set in other countries. Our next guest speaker was James Haddow, the Taxi Driver Poet, who entertained us fabulously for over an hour with chat about our favourite poems and recitations of his own unique creations. These were mostly very amusing and caused a lot of laughter, whilst others were poignant and some quite strident, but still entertaining, expressing frustration at some personal events he had experienced! It was an evening all members really enjoyed. At our May meeting we discussed the WI Resolution for 2021 “A Call to raise awareness of the subtle signs of Ovarian cancer” and our vote will be forwarded to the NFWI at the beginning of July to be counted with all other WI groups nationally. We were able to meet up in groups of 6 outdoors during April when the weather was suitable and plan for larger groups in Broughton Astley park when restrictions allow. All being well, once lock down is lifted completely, we hope to restart our monthly meetings in the Village Hall, starting on the 13th July. In the meantime, we continue to keep in touch with all our members by phone, email and weekly newsletters, with the prospect of better times to follow soon!

BAGA continues to offer its services to anyone visiting the Trading Hut on Western Willows allotment site, and we look forward to seeing Due to the on-going uncertainties surrounding as many of you who need to make their the Covid 19 pandemic, along with the gardening purchases any Sunday morning potential limitations needing to be in place, we between 10.00 and 12.00. have decided that we have no alternative but Any information on BAGA may be accessed via to cancel the staging of the Annual Village our website: Show which was due to be held on Saturday th 28 August 2021 at Broughton Astley Village Hall. We appreciate that this cancellation will be a great disappointment to both those who regularly enter exhibits into the Show, and to the many local residents who enjoy the social aspects surrounding the Show, but there really was only one decision which could be taken to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. We look forward to a return to some form of normality and the return of the Annual Village Show in 2022.

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Schools News Some of our local schools keeping you InTouch with their updates

After such a disjointed year, we are delighted to have all of our children back on site. They have particularly enjoyed being back with their classmates and learning together once more. As we move towards the end of the year and hopefully less restrictions, we are very much looking forward to returning to being a whole school community. Hopefully, before we break up for summer our children will be able to enjoy sports events and celebrations, as well as preparing for transition to the next school year. Our Year 6 pupils are already beginning to make links with their chosen secondary school and our Early Years team are busy preparing for meeting our new starters and their families.

We are especially excited about our new venture, Ducklings Preschool, which is opening in September when we will be welcoming a new cohort of 3 year olds to the Halbrook family!

Hallbrook Primary School Hallbrook Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6WX T: 01455 285693 E: W: Facebook: @hallbrookprimary

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A FOCUS ON LEARNING AND WELLBEING AT THOMAS ESTLEY Over the last year at Thomas Estley Community College, we have prioritised a dual focus - minimising learning losses due to Covid, whilst maintaining the good wellbeing and health of our students and community. We are so proud of our children’s commitment to learning and to overcome every barrier this year. Over Easter, we worked with Leicester City in the Community to provide activities to support healthy lifestyle choices, and last term we celebrated a Week of Hope to shine brightly into the dark times around us. Meanwhile, our Year Eleven work with determination and commitment to do their best and secure their post 16 destinations, making fantastic progress towards their goals. We wish them the very best, for the brightest of futures.

HOPE AND PLANTING TOGETHER AT THOMAS ESTLEY PRESCHOOL Preschool also joined the college in celebrating our Week of Hope, creating happy pictures and having fun together. Children are currently learning about planting and growing, and having lots of fun gardening and exploring in our outdoor discovery garden, as well as in their Forest School Activities. There is always fun to be had, and happy smiles to be seen, in preschool!

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A LEARNING ALLIANCE OF OVER FORTY PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS BASED AT THOMAS ESTLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WE HAVE PROVIDED TEACHER TRAINING FROM INITIAL CAREER TRAINING THROUGH TO TRAINING FOR SENIOR LEADERSHIP AND HEADSHIP, ACROSS LEICESTERSHIRE AND LEICESTER CITY, FOR SEVERAL YEARS. With an eye on the additional challenges faced by all schools this year, we are providing additional staff training around grief and bereavement, the impact of trauma on children’s development, staff wellbeing, communication and mental health problem solving for school staff, together with HOPE. We have been delighted to recently partner with the new Leicester and Leicestershire Teaching School Hub, based at Rushey Mead Academy, and Teach First, to deliver the new National Professional Qualifications across the region from this Autumn . As one of the highest rated DfE approved lead providers for NPQs, all of the Teach First qualifications have been developed by respected organisations and academics. Combined with the many years of experience of the TELA team in delivering high-quality NPQs, within both the city and county, to around 500 delegates, this partnership provides the perfect blend of academic excellence and local experienced facilitators who will skilfully contextualise the content for our various local educational settings. We can’t wait to get started!


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Pre-School Playstation Although the village hall has been the home of preschools for more than 40 years, Sandra Rushforth opened The Pre-school Playstation in January 2001. Since then, thousands of faces young and old have passed through the preschool family over the years from Broughton Astley and surrounding villages. Here at The Pre-school Playstation, we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and are Ofsted registered Good. We understand every child is unique and believe in child led development and free play, alongside adult led activities. We also operate our learning journeys through Tapestry. Each month we focus our planning around a different book for example The Gruffalo, Handa’s Surprise and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We also focus on a different country each month like Spain, France or Scotland. Our members of staff are all qualified in NVQ Level 3, First aid and Safeguarding. We also boast 5 Early Years Graduates and 2 Working towards their BA in Early Years. We also provide without any extra charge, Forest School sessions lead by our very own, Level 3 qualified Forest School Leader. We love the outdoors so much that the setting has been awarded the Gold, Green Tree School Award by the Woodland Trusts and we are also a Green School Ambassador. The children regularly visit Fosse Meadows, Lutterworth Country Park and occasionally different local parks. We also have our own garden on site. The children love our playhouse, sand pit, mud kitchen and gravel pit. In the summer we spend most of our time out there. We also have our own Ponies and chickens not too far away from the setting that we visit and take care of. We accept 2-year-old funding*, 30 hours funding* and 3/4 year olds 15 hour funding. Our sessions run MondayFriday 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 9am-3pm term time only. We have spaces available for children who will be going to school in 2023 and 2024. We also have a waiting list open for children to start in 2025. *For those eligible

Phone: 07962104553 Email: Facebook: @preschoolplaystation Instagram: @The Pre-school Playstation Web:

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Thank you all for your fantastic donations. The Broughton Astley Community have donated 428kg of donations to us from the end of February to end of April 2021. This is very much needed as our Distribution centres in Lutterworth & Countesthorpe have experienced an 80% increase in the number of food parcels given out since April 2020 to March 2021 in comparison to the previous year. 54% of these were for children. 3,509 3-day emergency parcels were delivered to our clients by our wonderful partner organisations including Lutterworth Community Transport and volunteers recruited by Harborough and Blaby District councils. More and more people are having to turn to us because they have no choice and do not have enough left to put food on the table once all the bills have been paid. The pandemic has taken a toll on the financial and mental resilience of so many people, but we are grateful to everyone who supports us with food and funds; you have helped to keep our clients afloat during this unprecedented time. Please do join us and support the Trussell Trust campaign of a Hunger Free Future - find out more at Be part of the conversation and help us work towards the day when we are no longer needed. If you are in financial crisis, we are here to help. We have partnered with local agencies including BAVG, Harborough Community Hub and Citizens Advice who are able to provide support Tel: 01455 558797 Twitter: @LuttFoodBnk and also refer you to our services. Please Facebook: Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank contact us for more information.

Moving the community forward together…

Tonnes of groceries and more to help!.. Since last summer Lutterworth Community Transport has helped the local Foodbank by making 330 deliveries to people needing support. This has included trips to Broughton Astley and the surrounding area twice a week. These have amounted to over 10 tonnes of groceries supplied – a massive effort I’m sure you’ll agree! This is just one initiative we have undertaken during the last year to help in the community where we can. Such activity has been made possible by the great and dependable support of our wonderful volunteer drivers as well as the receipt of emergency funding from both Leicestershire County and Harborough District councils. We have also been increasingly busy with taking patients to vaccination centers for their jabs, including buses specifically for the Broughton area to

Hinckley. Together with our more usual activity and gradual reintroduction of shopping trips, this has certainly kept the wheels turning! So, we would like to express our thanks to all our volunteers and supporters who have helped us to keep going during trying times - helping those in need throughout our community. To find out more or make a booking please contact us on;

01455 555571 – please note this is currently an answerphone service, but is monitored regularly – so we will respond soon to your message. E-mail –

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Cyber Security Fraudsters are sending members of the public fake emails that are designed to steal their personal and financial information. How you can protect yourself:

 Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

 Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic, even if someone knows your basis details

(such as your name or address). Remember, criminals can spoof phone numbers and email addresses to appear as companies you know and trust, such as TV Licensing.  Your bank will never call and ask you for your PIN, full banking password, or ask you to transfer money out of your account.

What to do if you’ve fallen victim:

 Let your bank know as soon as possible and monitor your bank statements regularly for any unusual activity.

 If you suspect your identity may have been stolen you can check your credit file quickly and easily online. Use a reputable service provider and follow up on any unexpected or suspicious results.  If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Fly-Tipping Residents and businesses are being urged to ‘stay vigilant’ and ensure that anyone removing rubbish from their premises is legally allowed to do so. Rubbish dumped next to Saddington reservoir (pictured), was reported to Harborough District Council and its Environmental Crime Team investigated and traced it back to a Leicester resident.

Householders are legally responsible for any household waste produced on their property. They have a ‘duty of care’ to check that any person or business disposing of their waste is legally allowed to do so. If you are in any doubt about whether the person or company removing your waste is licenced to do so, please do not use them. There are several ways to dispose of the waste that cannot go into wheeled bins:

• Take large waste items to your local recycling and waste site (tip) When • Use a licensed waste carrier to remove your interviewed, the waste - it is a legal requirement to use a woman admitted licensed waste carrier hiring a man to take away her household • The Council’s large waste items for collection rubbish in his van service allows for up to three large household and failing to check items or 12 sacks of waste to be collected for whether he was a charge of £35.04. registered to carry and dispose of the waste. She was issued with a For further advice visit: Fixed Penalty Notice for £300.

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New life for felled trees A small number of mature oak trees unfortunately had to be felled as part of the leisure centre development, but from the outset the Parish Council were determined to utilise the wood for another purpose. The first result of this plan is that a very large piece of the felled timber has been carved into a bench which incorporates an owl and some acorns to link it back to the oak tree from which is carved.

The almost finished item The beginnings of a bench It is hoped that visitors to the Leisure Centre will use this bench which will be sited near to the play area. Further plans are being developed to use the remainder of the felled timber to create other long-lasting items such as toadstools, steppingstones and maybe even a seat shaped like a throne along with some plainer but very useful bench seating.

Recreation Ground Following several anti-social reports and incidents occurring at the Frolesworth Road Recreation Ground, the Parish Council are to install CCTV within the next few weeks. The installation of this equipment has the backing of the local Police Beat Team and images from cameras could be used in the identification of suspects involved in crime or public safety. A further measure to secure the grounds will be the installation of new security fencing and gates to the front of the Recreation Ground.

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Village Hall The Parish Council are pleased to be able to start welcoming back some old and some new faces to the Village Hall following an almost 12month closure due to the Covid pandemic. We are working hard with users to best facilitate their requirements whilst remaining within current guidelines. For a while yet, there will be measures in place to keep everyone who visits the Village Hall safe. This will include reduced capacity on rooms, one-way systems, hand sanitisers at all entrances and exits and the requirement to wear a facemask whilst transitioning through or using public areas such as the foyer and toilet facilities.

Litter Picking The Parish Council would like to send out a huge thank all those people who regularly give up their time voluntarily to go around litter picking making this village a nicer place to live, keeping our streets cleaner and helping the environment. You will notice red plastic bin sacks left purposely near to roadside litter bins and are not ‘fly tipping’ as is sometimes reported to the Parish Office. The Broughton Astley Volunteer Group (BAVG) has an agreement in place with the District Council who will collect the red sacks if they are left in these places after using an agreed reporting procedure. Collections at other roadside places may take a longer to be collected as other groups or individuals may use alternative reporting methods which take longer to be filtered back through to the District Council. The BAVG welcome members of the public to pick litter and under their organisation will provide the equipment, sacks, and the necessary insurance cover. Please contact the Group directly for more information.

Parish Office The Parish Office is still closed to the public, but please look at our website at where you will find local, relevant, and up to date information. Should you wish to contact the Parish Office our opening times are 9:00am1:00pm every weekday, except Wednesdays. Tel No: 01455 285655 or email June/July 2021


I established David Robinson Estate Agents in January 2008. It is a family run business based in the heart of Broughton Astley, providing high-quality services in property sales and lettings throughout Leicestershire and beyond. Most of the staff live in the village itself ensuring that customer service and communication are key. After an enjoyable time serving in the Navy, I started my career in Estate Agency in 1999. I worked for a large corporate agency in a Leicester City Centre flagship Branch and progressed through the ranks to eventually secure Branch Manager at Blaby, achieving record numbers of sales. All the staff pride themselves in offering the traditional estate agents service alongside the latest marketing techniques to showcase a property. Client reviews are extremely important us, repeat business and referrals really are testament to this. The global pandemic forced us to enter a period of uncertainty, along with many other village businesses. But we are relieved to report the housing market is strong and hope the village share our optimism for the future. I would personally like to thank the local community for their ongoing support. I love what I do, and I hope to continue to assist many more future moves. We are equally delighted to be able to assist the BAVG in their work in this wonderful village we live in. David Robinson

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