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Anstey Town Charity Grants

Why so few applicants? At the annual grants meeting of the Anstey Town Charity, trustees were surprised that there were only four applicants, instead of the nine or ten usually submitted. Thanks to generous donations in recent years by the Anstey Christmas Gala, Old Hare & Hounds, Councillor John Sutherington and active member of the Gala Committee, Mrs Kath Farmer, almost £2,000 has been invested in the Charity Commission Official Investment Fund. As a result the Town Charity has maintained a satisfactory level of income during the recent economic difficulties. As there were so few applicants the Trustees were able to make generous grants to local causes. Grants were awarded to the Anstey Gala 2010, who received £500 toward a PA and childrens’ entertainment, the Parish Council - £500 to finance more motifs for the Christmas lights, Anstey & Glenfield Cricket Club - £300 for junior coaching and £300 for the Anstey Swifts Junior Football Club for new goalposts. Trustee Chairman, Mr M R Tedd, commented that although the response to our appeal for donations has been quite remarkable in the past three years further donations will help to boost the charity’s ability to make more and hopefully bigger grants. The closing date for next years’ awards is the 31st of January 2011. For further information or to make a donation please ring Anstey Town Charity honorary secretary, Ken Schofield, on 0116 220 7552.

Playing for one night only at Jubilee Hall! Anstey Parish Council are staging another of their popular village-based events at Jubilee Hall on Thursday 29th April. ‘The Six-Sided Man’ is a comic production where life is ruled by the rolling of a spotted cube. It is based on Luke Rhinehart’s novel “The Dice Man” and is performed by The Gavin Robertson company and is on for one night only. Tickets £ 8.00 or £ 6.00 for concessions from the council offices or by phoning 0116 236 2646 or 0116 236 3525.

Ken Schofield

Sure Start Children’s Centre proposed for Anstey LEICESTERSHIRE County Council is applying for planning permission to erect a stand alone Sure Start Centre adjacent to Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey. Sure Start Centres provide extensive support and advice on parenting as well as access to specialist services for those families which need them. These services include support for parents/carers of disabled children. The new building will be in keeping with the style of the existing Jubilee Hall Community Centre and will measure approximately 15 metres by 10.5 metres. The accommodation will comprise a family room, children’s wet area, toilets and baby change areas, consulting rooms, office, kitchen and store rooms.


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Anstey Parish Council News from John Alexander (Clerk to the Council) Email: • Tel: 0116 236 2646 Website: This time is busy for the parish council with a range of activities, not all planned or wanted. Last week we suffered vandalism at the Jubilee Hall with an electrical conduit being ripped from a wall. The repairs meant the council incurred significant cost, but fortunately the safety systems in place meant that the exposed cables were not live. These costs will have to be met from our income the main part of which comes from you, the Anstey residents. Can we please ask anyone that sees anything suspicious to report it to the Police? If it is not urgent you can call 0116 222 2222 and they will get it investigated, if urgent call 999. There is also a Charnwood Anti Social Behaviour phone line on 01509 634920.

Financial Year End The 31st March is the end of the financial year so we are busy finalising the accounts. As a tier of government the accounts are open to public inspection for the period around the audit. Please contact me in the council office if you want to inspect them during the inspection period, details will be on the noticeboards.

Vacancy for a Parish Councillor At the last council meeting Rachael Phelps gave her resignation as a parish councillor, she will be missed. This means that we now have a vacancy and are looking for people to put themselves forward. We appreciate that many see it as boring with no power, far from the reality. Notices advertising the vacancy are on all

notice-boards or you can contact the council office. If you want to know more, talk to any parish councillor and / or contact me in the council office.

Annual Parish Meeting The Annual Parish Meeting is on 11th May at 7:30 pm in the Jubilee Hall. This is not a normal council meeting, it is your chance to ask the Chairman about the council, what it has done, how it has spent its income in the last financial year and to put forward ideas for things you would like to see the council do. In response to some concerns we have asked the Police to be here to talk about Anti-Social Behaviour and how this is being dealt with. So, please come along and find out about plans for expanding the sports and recreation facilities in Anstey.

The Six-Sided Man The Six-Sided Man is coming to Anstey Jubilee Hall on 29th April at 7 pm. This is a comic production where life is ruled by the rolling of a spotted cube. It is based on Luke Rhinehart’s novel “The Dice Man” and is performed by The Gavin Robertson company and is on for one night only. Tickets £ 8.00 or £ 6.00 for concessions from the council offices or by phoning 0116 236 2646 or 0116 236 3525

John Alexander Clerk to the Council

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Coffee morning at Midlands Co-op Travel The Anstey branch of Midlands Co-operative Travel hold coffee mornings once a month on a Thursday to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The next one will be held on Thursday 29th April from 10.00am to 11.30am.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to Section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that Councillor R.Phelps has resigned and therefore a casual vacancy exists in the Office of Councillor for the said Parish. On receipt of a request in writing from any ten local Government electors for the said Parish, an election to fill the vacancy will be held within sixty days. If no such request is made the vacancy will be filled by the Parish Council.

Anstey Crown Golf Society return home

Fundraising Cake Break on 27th April

The Crown Golf Society have moved back home and have been made very welcome by the new Management and staff at The Crown Inn.

The Multiple Sclerosis Society is holding a Cake Break fund-raising event at their new premises in Anstey on Tuesday 27th April. Do come and join them for a slice of cake and a cup of tea between 11am and 1pm at 27 Latimer Street. If you can make or donate any cakes, please contact Jane on 01509 414201.

Arranged by this year’s Captain Kevin Batson, The Valley Course is hilly and quite challenging. The weather was very kind to us with 20 members making a show. It proved a doubly successful day for new member Tom McLoughlan taking 1st place and nearest the pin. Mick Carr came 2nd on countback to Jamie Stacey. Longest drive was taken by Mark Swanson. Well done to all. With a different course to be played each month we are open to new members of any standard. Society meetings are held on the first Monday of the month in The Crown at 7.30pm and more information can be found on our notice board in the bar.

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Shop manager Shami Makwana also has some good news for fans of cruise holidays. The Anstey branch will be holding two special Cruise Events on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 28th April from 6pm to 8pm for the launch of 2011 cruises. By booking early, couples can save up to £1,200, benefit from £100 free onboard spending money, free car parking at Southampton and much more. If you would like to attend a cruise evening and save up to 10% off your 2011 cruise please contact the shop. (Terms and conditions apply. See advert on back page.)

After a very enjoyable winter league won by partnership Mark Swanson and Kingsley Edwards, the summer season started with our first away day at Greetham Valley in Rutland.


Council Offices, Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey

Requests for such an election should be addressed to The Returning Officer, Charnwood Borough Council, Council Offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough, Leicestershire to arrive by not later than 20th April 2010 (14 days from the date of this notice, computed in accordance with Rule 2 of Schedule 2 of the Local Elections [Parishes and Communities] Rules 1986). Date: 29th March 2010 Signed: Designation: Parish Clerk

URC Spring Fair on 1st May On Saturday 1st May, the United Reformed Church Spring Fair takes place in Anstey between 10am and 1.30pm. There will be lots of stalls including Plants – and Luncheon will be served from 12 noon. Yummy! The United Reformed Church is on Bradgate Road in Anstey.

I’m sure wherever my dad is; he’s looking down on us. He’s not dead, just very condescending.

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David Snartt reports... Highway Update I understand that the street lighting column that I referred to in my last report has now been replaced on Dimmingsdale Close and is fully operational. Just a reminder that if you have any problems with street lighting columns not working please contact the Highways Department on Roadline, telephone number 0800 626203. I also understand that the planning application for the proposed development at the end of Dimmingsdale Close has been withdrawn. I did make representations about the concerns I have relating to highway safety. This because the walkway at the end of the Close is used by many school children going to Woolden Hill School. This would, I believe, be a particular issue whilst development traffic was entering the site. I have had a meeting with officers to understand the issues with the proposals to close the central gap on the dual carriageway at the top of Gorse Hill. Officers are now looking at alternatives, in light of the objection raised by residents living on Gorse Hill. I will keep you updated when I have more information.

Anti-Social Behaviour, Minimum Standards As the Chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership I have recently given details on how important it is to report anti-social behaviour incidents within the Parish and how agencies are working together to reduce incidents that are causing distress to local residents. The Partnership have now published minimum standards for tackling anti-social behaviour. There are ten standards, six of which have been recommended by the Home Office and four which have local relevance. Included in the standards are Aiming to reduce the number of people who believe anti-social behaviour to be of a high level in Charnwood by 10% over the coming year, using a baseline from the Place Survey and the British Crime Survey. Provide regular updates to communities about actions taken to tackle antisocial behaviour in particular , where permitted, enforcement actions such as anti-social orders and injunctions, also crack house closures. Provide residents with swift and simple means of complaining directly to the Community Safety Partnership if effective action is not taken by local agencies through existing channels to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour. Take complaints of anti-social behaviour seriously, grading each reported incident and responding in agreed timescales (all serious incidents being responded to within one working day) Recording and investigating them all, providing regular updates to all involved parties. Finally it is most important that all incidents are reported to the agencies

dealing with anti-social behaviour by contacting Leicestershire Police on 0116 2222222 or in an emergency dial 999 or Charnwood Borough Council ASB Team on 01509 634920 or 634533.

Medical Cover Loughborough Walk-in Centre I have been contacted by a resident recently asking about the service provided by the Loughborough Walk-in Centre. I have taken this information from a briefing note from the Community Health Services. There is now an appointment system for patients referred to see a doctor at the out of hours service and for those patients walking in who, based on the complexity of their symptoms, need to see a doctor. I understand this will ensure patients needing to be seen by a doctor are seen within the appropriate timescales for their particular problem. The appointment system applies to all patients referred by the out of hours service to see a doctor at the centre and to walk-in patients whose condition warrants an appointment with a doctor. It is very important that patients attend for their appointment on time. The Leicestershire County and Rutland out of hours service provides urgent advice and medical care to patients when their GP practice is closed. The service is open from 6.30pm to 8.00am Monday to Friday and all day Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Patients either call their own GP practice to get through to the service or call direct on 0845 045 0411.

If you need to contact me on any issues please write to 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester. LE6 0HH, e-mail or telephone 01530 244804.

The Man Who Cycled the World In 2008, adventurer Mark Beaumont broke the world record for cycling solo around the world. ‘The Man Who Cycled the World’ is Mark’s story of his adventures, a personal rollercoaster of mental and physical endurance as well as a fascinating insight into the world we live in. On Sunday 25th April starting at 7.30pm Mark will appear at Loughborough Town Hall. This is suitable for an audience aged 14 yrs and over. Tickets cost £13 and are available online at or by phoning 01509 231 914.

The bank sent a cheque back marked “Insufficient funds”. Them or me?

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National Trust Leicester Association

Visit the Auricula Theatre at Calke Abbey, then drop into Isaac Newton’s home Spring finally appears to have arrived and during May there will be carpets of bluebells at Calke Abbey for your enjoyment.

Spring flowers will also be in full bloom in the formal garden at Calke Abbey as well as at other NT properties. Of special interest in the walled garden at Calke will be the Auricula Theatre. These “theatres” were devised in the mid 1700’s and comprised a roof over a bank of staging, or shelves, with an open front for displaying Auriculas and other pot plants. The Auricula theatre at Calke Abbey has been fully restored and is the last surviving example in England and houses a full display throughout the season. • At Woolsthorpe Manor, the home of Isaac Newton, 10 miles east of Melton Mowbray, there is a brand new permanent exhibition in the Discovery Centre. The exhibition includes display panels and a large number of hands on exhibits where visitors can try out and learn for themselves about Newton’s discoveries in maths, light, forces, planetary paths and telescopes. The experiments are incredibly simple and enlightening and my whole family came away declaring “That’s the first time in my life I’ve understood all that”. If you can drag yourself away you can also visit the whole of the manor house and the small tea room. The NT Leicester Association is a club for NT members, volunteers and staff and is now into its summer programme of outings to places of historical interest. Our winter programme of meetings will commence again in September. For information on the Association call, 0116 2229133.

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Her favourite childhood book While American novelist Anne Parrish was browsing bookstores in Paris in the 1920s, she came upon a book that was one of her childhood favorites - Jack Frost and Other Stories. She picked up the old book and showed it to her husband, telling him of the book she fondly remembered as a child. Her husband took the book, opened it, and on the flyleaf found the inscription: “Anne Parrish, 209 N. Weber Street, Colorado Springs.” It was Anne’s very own book.

Two parrots on a perch. One says: “Can you smell fish?”.

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Bikers’ Egg Run Palm Sunday Service The usual annual Palm Sunday Bikers’ Service was enjoyed by a large congregation at St Mary’s on 28th March. The small but very able new music and choir group certainly enhanced our worship and we are most grateful to them for getting together to do this. The leadership of the service was in the capable hands of John who gave a short talk in which he outlined the importance of silence in our two-way conversations with God, Meda who led the prayers and Ian Cameron representing the bikers, who told us about a scheme for giving out Bikers’ Bibles, and said that their aim was to distribute 50,000 Bibles in 5 years. The reading of the Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem was interestingly presented by a group, who took the various spoken parts. Palm Crosses were distributed and raised in the air to be blessed during the service. We were pleased to welcome Rev. Dr Meda Stamper to her first CTiA event and wish her a blessed ministry in Anstey. The congregation processed to the Nook car park where a cavalcade of around 50 motor bikes of all shapes and sizes left for the surrounding villages, bearing our eggs and collecting more on the way to distribute next week to needy causes.

Chris Figgins

Communication breakdown all around Is it my imagination or are people becoming less communicative? In a world full of new ways to communicate, I’m having difficulty actually getting to speak to the people I need to speak to. You’d think that with mobile phones, social network sites, email, blogging, texting and tweeting there would be no problem getting a message across to, well, almost anyone in the world. But try to get through to one of our wonderful gas, electric or telephone service providers and you come up against a brick wall of automated messages. Where are all the human beings? I had reason to contact one of these organisations last week when I discovered that I’d been overcharged to the tune of £30. After battling through several levels of automated instructions (press key one for sales, etc., etc.) I reached the last spindly twig of their many-branched tree and heard a ringing tone - “Success!” I thought. But no. “Our lines are very busy at the moment, and you are in a queue, if you don’t want to sit there holding the phone for an hour and a half, please try later.” Eventually I got through to a human being, explained the overcharge, and was instructed quite helpfully to deduct the £30 from the bill and pay the remainder online. “Hooray!” I thought, “That’s easy,” and did so straight away. A few days later I received an email telling me I’d underpaid, and that if I paid the outstanding £30 IMMEDIATELY, they would leave me in peace. So I had to go through the whole phone routine again until reaching a human being who told me that he could see the overcharge clearly on his screen, and that I’d only been chased for payment because his colleague hadn’t told him to update the file. Why don’t people communicate with each other? With communication being such a vital part of business, it is surprising when we hear that office workers frequently prefer to email their colleagues - some of whom are sitting in the same room - rather than talk to them. And an old friend of mine never used to answer his phone, preferring to listen to callers leaving messages on the answerphone, so that he could decide whether or not to call them back. It all seems a bit antisocial to me - but what do I know. This reluctance to communicate was demonstrated perfectly the other week when I was in contact with someone via email about a project our small firm were carrying out for a large organisation. We were awaiting a couple of items of information to enable us to put together a proposal, and when the details arrived - at 4.59pm on a Friday afternoon - we immediately tried to contact the sender to request some missing information. We were politely informed that the sender had already left the building, and wouldn’t be back for THREE WEEKS! It was as if the email was sent to us in the last two seconds before this person went on holiday - and you could picture them pressing the send button as they sped through the exit door of their office. Why would someone do that? Unless they didn’t want to talk ...


IS FRED RIGHT? Will people do ANYTHING rather than talk face-to-face with their customers and work-colleagues? Or are people simply embracing modern technology in all its digital glory? Is real conversation now too scary? Or is Fred out of date with today’s methods of getting the job done? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK by writing or emailing your views to: PLEASE SPEAK AT THE BEEP, Anstey Clarion, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT Email:

New & Future Releases on DVD The Descent 2 (18): This sequel to Neil Marshall’s surprise shocker of 2006 promises to make audiences scream as much as its predecessor did. Begin ning just moments after the end of the previous film, THE DESCENT 2 follows a rescue mission to save a group of women who disappeared in the Appalachian Mountains. A sole survivor, Sarah (Shauna MacDonald) comes out of the caves, but a local sheriff makes her go back into the dark to aid in the search. This time around, Jon Harris, the editor of THE DESCENT, is at the helm. Avatar (12): Avatar is the story of ex-Marine Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, who finds himself thrust into hostilities on a distant planet - Pandora - filled with exotic life forms. As an Avatar, a human consciousness in an alien body, he finds himself torn between two worlds in a desperate fight for his own survival and that of the indigenous people. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture. The Girlfriend Experience (15): Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh invites you into the world of a high class New York call girl in the thrilling and sexy The Girlfriend Experience, starring adult film star Sasha Grey in her mainstream breakthrough. Chelsea is an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who thinks she has her life totally under control. She feels secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2,000 an hour and has a devoted boyfriend who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet... 44 Inch Chest (18): British hardman Ray Winstone reunites with SEXY BEAST screenwriters Louise Mellis and David Scinto for this intriguing gangland thriller in which a scorned husband enlists his friends in a plan to kidnap the lover of his adulteress wife. Up In The Air (15): With a job that has him traveling around the country firing people, Ryan Bingham leads an empty life out of a suitcase, until his company does the unexpected: ground him. Starring George Clooney. Book of Eli (15): In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller.

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Charnwood Borough Councillor’s Report From John Sutherington (limping!) Hope everyone had a good Easter break? My March break to my fifth metatarsal on my right foot is now well on the way to mending properly. I should be up and walking unaided again soon. Thanks to good friend Ray Partner’s kindness I have found out where you can’t go in Anstey when you’re on a mobility scooter. Caters Close to Bradgate Road is one and Papermill Close to Church Lane is another. Even on a small scooter it was impossible to get through the barriers as they were just to close together. Very frustrating. Hopefully these 2 passageways at least will be put right soon. I have already made a request to County Hall. If you know of any more inaccessible footpaths etc. in the village, please let me know.

Enforcement cases At the time of writing there were 12 outstanding enforcement cases within the village.

Plough closed or is it? Cheryl left this troublesome village pub during March. It was closed for a couple of days then reopened for a couple more then shut again. Charnwood Licensing have also recently made a visit. Best thing to do at the moment if you want a drink there is to have a walk up Bradgate Road and if the doors are closed either carry on up to the newly refurbished Crown Inn or turn round and nip in to see Sandra and Dave at the Old Hare and Hounds and play on the Wii! Or if it’s a Friday, it’s Karaoke from 8pm with Cliff.

Freedom of Charnwood Saturday April 10th. Saw the granting of the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Charnwood by Charnwood Borough Council to the 203 (Loughborough) Squadron Territorial Army. This was in recognition of the service of the regiment and, in particular, the service of individual soldiers from the Borough of Charnwood, and to mark the confidence, trust and friendship existing between the citizens of the borough and the soldiers of the regiment. This is only the 2nd time that the Council has granted this honour to a military unit, the first being to the Royal Anglian Regiment in June 2007.

The day was wonderful weather wise, organisation and the turnout from people throughout Charnwood who watched and applauded the March through Loughborough Town centre to and from Queens Park. I was proud to be there. Many volunteers will be on active duty supporting our regular soldiers within the next 12 months in some very dangerous places. I for one and I’m sure everyone else, will want to wish them all well.

New light at last! People who use the jitty between George Street and Stadon Road will have seen at long last that a new light has been fitted which will illuminate this very dark thoroughfare. It has taken me some time to get it installed, hopefully it will soon be working! (Yes it’s not connected up yet!) There have also been lighting improvements from Latimer Street to Millfield Close.

Public Loos Charnwood Borough Council has set up a sub committee to look at all the public toilets within Charnwood. I shall bring you their findings at the earliest convenience!

Highway schemes on schedule for improvements I can report that at a recent Highways forum 2 new schemes were placed on the schedule: one for Latimer Street and one for Falcon Road, Groby Road corner. The improvements to Gorse Hill are also progressing.

The General Election As you will all know by now there will be a very important thing we should all be doing on May 6th 2010. “Voting.” But for those of you who can’t get to the polling station on the day for one reason or another then you can get in touch with the Council helpline on 01509 632592/3/4. Who will do their best to sort you out.

And Lastly Dog Pooooooooooooooo! I have had a number of complaints from residents about the amount of “Dog Poo” around the village. I believe it’s not as bad as it was but we can always do better… If you require any proper “POOP” bags Anstey Parish Council do have a supply “Free of Charge” at the Parish Offices open 10am-Noon Monday to Friday.

They also have a number of recycling bags if you should run out - tel: 0116 2362646. Have a good May Day Bank Holiday, hope the weather stays fine, and once again don’t forget to vote on May 6th. The Polling Station at the Jubilee Hall will be open from 7am to 10pm. As always I am here to help at any reasonable time through the usual channels, and a cup of coffee or tea is never far away if you want to call in.

Yours Sincerely. Cllr. John J. Sutherington. 43 George Street, Anstey. Leicester LE77DT. 0116 2204643. M 07939070603. Email: cllr.john. sutherington@charnwood.

Hotel Discovery In 1953, television reporter Irv Kupcinet was in London to cover the coronation of Ellizabeth II. In one of the drawers in his room at the Savoy he found some items that, by their identification, belonged to a man named Harry Hannin. Coincidentally, Harry Hannin - a basketball star with the famed Harlem Globetrotters - was a good friend of Kupcinet’s. But the story has yet another twist. Just two days later, and before he could tell Hannin of his lucky discovery, Kupcinet received a letter from Hannin. In the letter, Hannin told Kucinet that while staying at the Hotel Meurice in Paris, he found in a drawer a tie - with Kupcinet’s name on it.

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Coming to Loughborough

Stephen Venables tours UK ‘In the Steps of Shackleton’ Internationally acclaimed mountaineer, writer and broadcaster set to take audiences to the edge of Antarctica, following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps In spring 2010, Stephen Venables will be bringing one of the greatest legends of exploration alive, at theatres across the UK, in his lecture show In the Steps of Shackleton, presented by adventurebased speakers specialists, Speakers from the Edge. The first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen, Stephen is one of the UK’s best-known mountaineers. His impressive career spanning over forty years has taken him all over the world, from the Himalaya in Asia to the European Alps, the South American Andes, the mountains of East and Southern Africa, and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. Stephen is a seasoned speaker and the stories of his adventures have enthralled audiences all over the world. In 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton set out on his expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. However, early in 1915 disaster struck when his ship, Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice. Leaving his crew marooned on Elephant Island, Shackleton set out with five companions in a tiny lifeboat in search of help. After a sixteen day, 800 mile, voyage across the Southern Ocean they landed on South Georgia’s deserted south coast. Here Shackleton continued on foot with two of his men, crossing thirty miles of unknown, unmapped glacial mountains, with no mountaineering equipment. They finally reached the whaling station of Stromness on the north coast where they were able to summon a successful rescue for their remaining 22 companions. In the last ten years, Stephen has twice repeated Shackleton’s famous crossing of South Georgia. The first time, in 2000, was with Conrad Anker and world famous mountaineer Reinhold Messner, during the making of the IMAX movie Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure. He returned in 2008, this time sailing from the Falklands on Skip Novak’s yacht Pelagic Australis, to guide the ‘Beyond Endurance’ team on their crossing. Stephen’s new show brings Shackleton’s epic escape from Antarctica to life, with stunning photos and film footage illustrating the explorer’s treacherous journey over the mountains. With his highly acclaimed photos and natural gifts as a storyteller, Stephen captures the thrill of climbing, skiing and sailing in a place of such haunting beauty. Stephen Venables’ In the Steps of Shackleton is touring UK theatres, concert halls and arts centres throughout spring 2010 and will be showing at the Town Hall, Loughborough, on Saturday, 1 May. To book tickets for this epic journey, contact the Box Office on telephone 01509 231914 or, for more information, visit the website at

Springtime Fundraiser at Ulverscroft Grange A fundraising event - Springtime at Ulverscroft Grange - will be held on Friday 23rd April, 2010 between 11.00am – 2.00pm at Ulverscroft Grange, Whitwick Road, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire, LE67 9QB Come and join us in the beautiful surroundings of the Charnwood Forest and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our Sensory Garden and Water Feature. Admission - £1.50 per Person. Tea/Coffee and Light Lunch Available. Selection of Stalls including a Wooden Craft Stall. Model Railway Open Bird Hide manned by the RSPB. For more information please call 01530 244914. All profits go towards the work of the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation.

If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!


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Clarion Cryptic Crossword

Ideas for a better society

If I Ruled The World At this time, when our political parties are battling to take charge of our country, do you ever think that you could come up with better ideas than their think tanks and focus groups? I know I do.

Clues Across 1 Latin nervous twitch is glamorous (8) 4 Desist, and put the crockery back (4) 8 Arrange again for a place to relax in (6) 10 Runner takes in fifty ‑ produces flour (6) 11 Design to show off clothes? (5) 12 A good smoke confuses Craig (5) 14 Love brought in to a Spanish city (6) 17 Study the legal wrong, Edward, and become twisted (9) 18 Draughtsmen make their mark in broken reeds (9) 22 Starts with a hundred but is defeated ‑ shuts up (6) 23 Beginning where the film‑makers are? (5) 24 Assorted meats for the players (5) 26 Incidents ‑ a slit between east and south (6) 27 Lucid point troubled the mathematician (6) 28 In the astral direction (4) 29 Prepare a drama about funeral car (8)

Clues Down 1 Unusual if lightly cooked (4) 2 Pattern of ancient law (6) 3 A name, and not a person? (6) 5 Edward, though sick inside, did the ploughing (6) 6 Spaniard peeled outside ‑ was forgiven (8) 7 In the scheme I do the steering (5) 9 Sister too may produce sluggards (9) 10 Sounds as if the capital dwarf keeps good time (9) 13 Proceeds round the right and pierces (5) 15 Reels in confusion and grins rudely (5) 16 Study the Mediterranean island ‑ that’s hard (8) 18 Baker’s round figures (6) 19 Arrange most of top fight (3‑2) 20 Two points, undoubtedly, to make certain (6) 21 Hunter who stamps his documents? (6) 25 Is there advantage in wasted genius? (4)

Turn to page 19 for the solution.

I’m confident that Clarion readers could come up with some innovative plans to get our country on its feet again. I’m talking about radical, inclusive ideas - that would inspire the majority of us - and that we would be glad to implement. Idealistic? Yes. But shall we have a go? I’ll start us off: What about Self-Means Testing being applied to some of the automatic allowances that our government pays out. People who qualify for this type of benefit, but feel that they do not need it, could ask to be removed from the list of recipients. This would be on the understanding that, if their circumstances changed, these people could be immediately added to the system again. It would be a simple method of immediately reducing the Government’s outgoings, without any complicated changes to the laws of the land. A separate, beneficial effect would be the feel-good factor experienced by everyone who participates in the scheme, as they help the country to get back on its feet. Please write in (see contact details page 2) and share your ideas with others through these pages. It’s like planting seeds of hope for the future generations. Very ambitious – but why not? Our experiences and knowledge should be put to good use.

Philosophical Phyllis

St George’s Day Parade 25 April, 10.30am This year, Charnwood District Scout Association will be holding th eir annual St George’s Day Parade in Anstey, and approximately 200-300 scouts from all over Charnwood District will be parading through Anstey, starting at the Jubilee Hall and finishing for a service at Martin High School. This will be a good chance for the people of Anstey to turn out to support all our young people in the St George’s Day Parade. Anstey will be well represented with Beavers, Cubs and Scouts all there and they will be very proud to parade through the village; we look forward to seeing you there.

Computers make very fast, very precise mistakes.

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Look out for this man

Distraction burglar strikes in Anstey Officers from Charnwood local policing unit are appealing for public help after a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Anstey. The incident took place sometime between 2pm and 3pm on Thursday March 25 in the Stadon Road area of Anstey. A man posing as a workman entered the property and whilst the victim was distracted in the kitchen he stole cash from a purse. The man was white, about 30-years-old, 5’4”5’6” tall, of medium build, with short dark hair and a round face. He was wearing black or navy trousers, black or navy waistcoat and long sleeved dark green or dark blue shirt. Detective Constable Alf Doyle Detective Constable Alf Doyle, is investigating the incident, he said: “The victim was left quite upset by the incident and I would urge anyone who knows anything about the incident or was visited in similar circumstances to contact us. “The offender looked quite distinctive as he looked like he was wearing a suit without a jacket. If you remember seeing a similarly described person then please contact us. “I would also advise members of the public to check the identity of any callers and contact the police if they are in any doubt.” Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 170 Alf Doyle on Leicester (0116) 222 2222, follow the instructions to leave a message for a police officer and when prompted key in the officer’s identification number 0170. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, which is free* and anonymous, on 0800 555 111. * Please note, some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call. Crime reference number: NH/01356/10-1

“The offender looked quite distinctive as he looked like he was wearing a suit without a jacket. If you remember seeing a similarly described person then please contact us.”

Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group

Happy Campers Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group are busy rehearsing their next production - HAPPY CAMPERS - a comedy by Richard James.

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The production - directed by Anne Dobrowolska - is described as a comedy with a bite to it. The play tells the tale   of a family gathering in the Yorkshire   Countryside where they are meeting to carry out a very important task….but there are revelations all round!   Performances run from 19th May to   22nd May at Thornton Community  Centre, Main Street, Thornton. Curtain   up at 7.30pm.    Tickets are priced at £5 adults/£4 concessions and are available on 01455 822148 or from Sue & Lloyd’s Corner Shop, Main Street, Thornton.

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Anstey & District Funeral Service

On Friday 14th May we are holding a charity night in aid of two charities Loros Hospice and Help for Heroes. This will take place at Notts Oddfellows W.M.C., Humberstone Gate, Leicester. The artistes appearing are Stonepark, Vertigo, Sam Bailey and The Ami Lou’s Band, who are all giving their services for free. There will be a raffle being drawn by Muzzy Izzet (ex Leicester City player) and George Taft (Leicester Youth Academy player) The prices of the tickets are £5 for Adults, £1 for Children, and under 8’s free. Tickets will be available from 12th April ring Geoff and Lynn on 0116 2350729 or contact the club

Geoff and Lynn Snee

Are you afraid of the countryside? A recent study has found that middle class mothers are too afraid to take their children rambling because they struggle to read a map, and are worried about mud and danger. The study, by Hertfordshire University, found that middle class mothers are “obsessed with injury and dirt”, and doubt their children would make it on a five mile walk. Paul Christensen, chairman of Natural England, says: “Our research shows that contact with nature has halved in a generation, and that the overwhelming majority of children now want more opportunities to play outdoors.” Instead, most parents limit excursions to country parks and farms that cater for families.

Chill out – for less Stressed out? Before you book an expensive massage or even thermotherapy (in which arms and legs are wrapped in warm towels), why not just go into your living room, take the phone off the hook, turn down the lights, and listen to relaxing music? You can do that for free, whereas other ‘relaxation treatments’ can cost up to £90 an hour. In a recent study, it was found that all three methods were equally effective at easing anxiety. Scientists at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle said that simply listening to relaxing music in a quiet peaceful place can calm anxiety and reduce worry and depression. HOW DO YOU CHILL OUT? Do you have a cut-price method of calming your frazzled nerves? Share it with Clarion readers - send details to: RELAX, Anstey Clarion, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT Email:

Artisan Festival 2010

You may enjoy a visit to Leicester’s Artisan Festival on Sunday 25th April between 10.30am to 4pm at Leicester Market. It is a Free-to-attend spectacular, showcasing 200+ arts, crafts & collectables stalls. Hot & cold refreshments available, art exhibitions by leading local art groups, workshops and entertainment and a ‘Valuation Zone’ – so bring your hidden treasures (Watches & Clocks valuations only available for a short while in the afternoon)

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THE WAY TO A MAN’S HEART.....? Charnwood Community Theatre will be testing the theory that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach when they present their latest production “The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband” in early May. Written by Debbie Isitt, this fastpaced - and very dark - comedy tells the story of Kenneth and Hilary who have been married for nineteen years - until Laura “the other woman” comes on to the scene One night, Hilary decides to invite Kenneth and Laura to dinner but it is an invitation that they should never have accepted... Comic writer, film director and performer Debbie Isitt has won several awards including The Independent Theatre Award and Time Out theatre award as well as Perrier Pick Of The Fringe for 3 consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival. Her work has been produced at the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court and in the West End. Her plays have toured the world and been translated into many language. Please note that this production contains strong language and scenes unsuitable for children. “The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband” can be seen at Quorn Village Hall on Friday May 7th and at Diseworth Village Hall on Saturday May 8th. Both performances start at 7.30pm. To book tickets and for further information, call 01509-232140 or 01332810785 or visit the Charnwood Community Theatre website at www.

I pretend to work here - they pretend to pay me.

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Anstey & Glenfield Cricketers optimistic for 2010 Anstey & Glenfield Cricket Club are looking forward to the coming season with great expectation at their Gynsill Lane ground. The youngsters who have come through the junior ranks are now getting to the age where some will be breaking into the senior squads at Saturday league level. All at the club hope that when they do get their chance they will impress their respective Captains and the next generation of local cricketers will start to be established. These youngsters will I’m sure progress under the watchful eye of our more senior players. New 1st. team Captain Iain Marjoram is hoping for promotion back to the Senior League Premiership! Whilst Charlie Wilkes’ 2nd. XI with a mixture of youth and experience should also do well. It will be good to welcome back one or two “Old” heads to the Club who have promised to start playing again this season, and with the services of Alan Rapley from Hinckley it could be a good season. First senior Home game will be on Saturday 1st. May 1.30pm start. 1st. X1 against newly promoted Burbage CC. There will be a game at Home every Saturday until the end of August. Come along - it’s free to get in and you may even get a cup of tea.

Thank you for the financial support Grants towards club development were very gratefully received and much appreciated from Anstey Parish Council, Glenfield Parish Council and the Anstey Town Charity. Without this continued help and support from local authorities and charities the club along with many other local sports club would not survive. If you would like to sponsor the club in any way please get in touch. (Every little helps!)

New players are welcome New players are always welcome at the club for more details give Secretary Richard French a ring 0116 2340711 or call me, John Sutherington, on 0116 2204643. Or email john.sutherington@ntlworld. com

John J. Sutherington Chairman A & G C.C. 2010.

Stop press SOS call! Due to some local poaching Anstey & Glenfield CC only have 9 regular players for their Under 15’s side which starts in 3 weeks time on a Wednesday evening. Anyone who is interested please ring John Sutherington on 0116 2204643 or Colin Bennett on 0116 2363939.

If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?



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Anti-Graffiti Partnership Formed in Charnwood Charnwood Borough Council has formed a partnership with Virgin Media to help tackle graffiti across the Borough. The deal will provide the Borough Council with resources to help keep media boxes clean. Media boxes are the square metal boxes found on many streets and pavements that are often seen as blank canvasses by graffiti vandals.

Anstey Crown in promotion hunt! Anstey Crown FC are closely involved in the promotion race to the North Leicestershire premier division. The club has made huge strides both on and off the field since its promotion to Division one last season and to be involved in another promotion race so soon is a great achievement. The team has had great support from its reserve side this season and many players have stepped up to take their place in the first team when injuries and suspensions have taken effect. As of 10th April the team has one game left to play - the final game of the season Home to promotion rivals Belton Villa. Two players have now reached the twenty goals for the season mark, Tyrone Smith with 22 and James Peploe weighing in with twenty. The Reserve side also have one remaining game and if they are able to pick up points, they should finish in a respectable position in their first season in division four. The club would again like to thank its most generous sponsors, The Vojon restaurant, Midland CO OP travel ( ANSTEY BRANCH), Anstey Castle Hire and Tag Building Ltd. Anstey Crown FC would like to thank the Crown Public house and restaurant for providing a welcoming and supportive home base for the club. Our thanks go to Heather, Justin and their hard working staff for making us so welcome on match days. We would like to encourage players both past and present to support our sponsors and the Crown Public house whenever possible. The club are already planning for next season so if players of a good standard are interested in joining our rapidly developing club for next season then please make contact in the first instance with either Rob Breward 1st team manager on 07704 053943 or Jock Coleman on 07813 969509.

Rob Breward,

Chairman and 1st team manager,Anstey Crown FC.

League Table up to and including 10th April 2010

The partnership will see the Council and Virgin Media work together to tackle the root causes of graffiti, identify and prosecute graffiti vandals and reduce incidents of graffiti. Councillor Hilary Fryer, Lead Member for the Environment for Charnwood Borough Council, said: “This partnership will provide us with resources and support to help us tackle graffiti in our area. Graffiti spoils neighbourhoods, towns and villages and we devote a lot of Council time and money cleaning up after an inconsiderate few. “This partnership with Virgin Media will allow us to clean up more graffiti and identify the causes and people responsible.” Neal Walshe, spokesman for Virgin Media said “We are delighted to be working with Charnwood Borough Council to combat the anti-social menace of graffiti. We are confident that our joint efforts will result in a significant improvement in the local environment”. To report graffiti to the Council, please contact: 01509 634563 or email


The Eerie Silence: Are We Alone in the Universe? By Paul Davies On April 8, 1960, a young American astronomer, Frank Drake, turned a radio telescope toward the star Tau Ceti and listened for several hours to see if he could detect any artificial radio signals.

With this modest start began a worldwide project of potentially momentous significance. Known as SETI — Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — it is an amalgam of science, technology, adventure, curiosity and a bold vision of humanity’s destiny. Drake has said that SETI is really a search for ourselves — who we are and what our place might be in the grand cosmic scheme of things. Yet with one tantalizing exception, SETI has produced only negative results. After millions of hours spent eavesdropping on the cosmos astronomers have detected only the eerie sound of silence. What does that mean? Are we in fact alone in the vastness of the universe? Is ET out there, but not sending any messages our way? Might we be surrounded by messages we simply don’t recognize? Is SETI a waste of time and money, or should we press ahead with new and more sensitive antennas? Or look somewhere else? And if a signal were to be received, what then? How would we — or even should we — respond.

AMAZON PRICE: £12.00 A harp is a piano with no clothes on.


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POLICE MATTERS Welcome to this month’s – Police Matters. Firstly, please be aware that last month’s crime figures were incorrectly published, as they were a repeat entry of the previous month! Apologies for that. (SEE TABLE ON RIGHT FOR LATEST & OMITTED INFORMATION) As we approach the warmer months (although you wouldn’t know it!) it is a good time to remind all residents to be ‘burglar’ aware and safeguard their properties. As temperatures rise it becomes tempting to leave windows and doors open to circulate air and this can be a perfect opportunity for a burglar to make entry to your property and remove items – sometimes without you even realising they have been into your property. This is particularly relevant if you are busy in your back garden mowing lawns etc and so please be AWARE at all times. It is always good practice to keep all your doors locked even when you are in your property. Sadly, I have to report another ‘Distraction Break’ in the village this month. A male gained entry to the property by claiming he was working on a neighbour’s property and needed to check water supply. Unfortunately, whilst ‘distracted’ the victim had a purse stolen from inside their home. A timely reminder not to allow anybody access to your property unless you have fully checked the person’s identification and credentials – if that means making a phone call to the callers company then so be it. Any legitimate company will always make a telephone call prior to making personal visits anyway. If in doubt - call 999 – and pass on a description of the person(s) to the operator and note any vehicles if used. As always we would ask you to call CRIMESTOPPERS if you have any information at all about any crime. Your call will always be free, we won’t ask your name and you may even receive a cash reward. Just call – 0800 555 111.

PC 1841 Stu Parker • PCSO 6662 Phil Wright Anstey Neighbourhood Beat Team • Charnwood Local Policing Unit

Description of Crime



Burglary Dwelling

1: Rosebery Road

4: Balladine Road, Dalby Road, Kitchener Road, Bradgate Rd

Burglary (NonDwelling) Shed, garage, etc.

3: Bradgate Road (2) Cropston Road

5: Bradgate Road, Cropston Road, Charles Drive, Gynsill Lane, Dalby Road.

Burglary by Distraction


1: Paper Mill Close

Theft of Motor Vehicle



Theft From Motor Vehicle

1: Rosebery Road

2: School House Close, Dalby Road

Damage to Motor Vehicle

7: Cropston Road (5), Woodgon Road (2)

3 Hollow Road (2), Bradgate Road

Criminal Damage Dwelling

6: Cropston Road (2) Forest Gate (3) Hollow Road

1: Stadon Road

Criminal Damage (Non-Dwelling) Shed, garage, etc.


2 Stadon Road (2)

Domestic Incident



Theft Person



Theft Cycle



Theft Store

3: Co-Op (3)

2: Co-Op (2)

Theft Property

3: All ‘Lead’ thefts

4: Latimer Street, Link Road (2), Leicester Road


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Councillors’ Contact Details Parish Council Chairman Martin Broomhead, 170 Bradgate Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 4228

Vice Chairman 

Michael Parker, 124 Cropston Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 3525 Nigel Aston, 10 Fulmar Road, Anstey Tel 0116 221 0979 Vicky Ball, 91 Cropston Road, Anstey Tel 0116 212 5315 Steve Farmer, 36 Charnwood Road, Anstey Tel 0116 210 3391 Ian Grogan, 52 Edward Street, Anstey Tel 0116 235 1762 Dave Parker, 21 Cherrytree Close, Anstey Tel 0116 236 7914 Roger Peat, 262 Link Road, Anstey Tel 016 236 4863 Mike Roe, 37 Stadon Road, Anstey Tel 0116 235 9815

Brian Rowlinson, 187 Bradgate Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 7548 John Sutherington, 43 George Street, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643 Sarah Taylor, 39 Hazelhead Road, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4770 Chris Tunaley, 41 The Green, Anstey Tel 0116 292 1604

Clerk to the Parish Council: John Alexander, Anstey Parish Council, Parish Office, Stadon Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 2646 • e-mail

Charnwood Borough Councillors: Paul Day, 251 Bradgate Road, Anstey, Tel 0116 236 4376 John Sutherington, 43 George Street, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643

Leicestershire County Councillor: David Snartt, 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford Tel 01530 244804

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New Minister is from Atlanta Anstey United Reformed Church were delighted to welcome Reverend Meda Stamper as their Minister on Saturday March 27th 2010. The Induction was performed by Revd Terry Oakley, East Midlands Synod Moderator and the address was given by Revd John Proctor of Westminster College, Cambridge. Meda was officially welcomed to Anstey by representatives from our local churches, the chairman of our Parish Council and a Charnwood Borough Councillor. Meda is a Presbyterian Minister from Atlanta, and she will be serving with us in Anstey on a short term contract of one or two years. We hope you will greet her if you see her about the village (or hear an American voice in a shop), and give her a great welcome into our village community.



Last issue’s TWO winners The winner of the Red Lion Voucher was: Mrs. B.Elford of Millfield Close, Anstey. The Little Acorns Voucher was won by Barbara Heane of Rosebery Road, Anstey. Congratulations! Your vouchers will be with you within 21 days.

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done already.


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Think outside the box If you struggle to name a hobby that interests you, chances are you are the kind of person who sits for hours on end in front of the telly. Watching TV may not sound much like a hobby, and in many ways it isn’t, but it is the number one choice for leisure time for millions of people. And as far as hobbies go, watching TV is probably one of the most detrimental to your health, even if it won’t give you square eyes. It is time consuming, non-communicative, passive and sedentary – so sedentary that you don’t even have to think or move, apart from blinking your eyes. Yet many people choose watching TV over the thousands of other hobbies If you are one of those who claims Switch on, switch off – TV out there that are skill-defining, that watching the box helps you to is many people’s idea of a constructive, activity-based or lifestyle relax, can you really justify the sheer enhancing. spare time activity. amount of time and talent wasted Even people who might count every week, year or lifetime? If you watching TV as a hobby would probably have other talents or old interests something that gives you a sense of agree that it is frequently boring and a that have lain buried for decades, you satisfaction and fulfilment; something waste of time, but it’s something to do. could use that time to do something that can give you the sense that you Most, too, would be surprised if they have accomplished something. creative and stimulating. totalled up the hours spent, or wasted, TV is often just a fallback for Taking up a more constructive this way every week. Try it and work people who don’t plan other, more hobby can enrich your life skills and out how much of the year you spend in provide a good example to your constructive things to do. Interesting front of the box. You may be horrified if children. You can choose a hobby things to do won’t just fall into your you work it out over a lifetime. that will involve the whole family in lap, so plan your days to include at Critics and parents who ban their an active way instead of all blindly least some stimulating activity, even children from watching too much staring at the box every night. There if it’s just reading a book for an hour TV would claim that passively is an infinite number of things you or playing a board game with the watching warps minds of creativity. could do instead. The trick is to find children. They believe viewers become slaves to it, instinctively switching on and becoming transfixed. No one can Are YOU a Telly Addict? Or do you make a conscious effort argue that it promotes laziness and to limit your own - and your family’s - viewing time? non-interactive behaviour. Telly addicts, however, would say that TELL US WHAT YOU DO as an alternative to watching the it provides a relaxing break for minds box every night. Email: after a taxing day at work or school.

Toddler Groups in Anstey Tuesdays:

Sparklers 2 - 3pm Anstey Methodist Church (Cropston Road) Tel: Winnie Norton 0116 236 3974


Toddler Group 9:15am United Reformed Church (Bradgate Road) Tel: Mrs M Hanger 0116 236 4103 Chatter Babies 10 - 11 am Second Wednesday of each month (19 Apr, 12 May etc) Jubilee Hall (Stadon Road)


Yummy Mummy Mornings 10 am - 12 pm The Crown Pub (Bradgate Road) Wriggly Readers 2 - 3 pm First Thursday of each month Anstey Library (off Stadon Road)


NCT Coffee Group 10 am - 12 pm (National Childbirth Trust NW Leicestershire) Contact Magz Tel: 0777 646 1767

Information kindly supplied by Magz King, National Childbirth Trust Coffee Group Co-ordinator for the N.W.Leics.Group. If any other Toddler Groups are operating in the village, please send details and we’ll give you a mention.

Why is it that people say they ‘slept like a baby’ when babies wake up like every two hours?

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LIVE Entertainment What’s On At Local Pubs & Clubs

There’s always lots happening at the local pubs and clubs - take a look at what’s on offer this month! The Old Hare & Hounds 34 Bradgate Road, ANSTEY T: 0116 236 2496 EVERY Thurs: QUIZ (Free to Enter-various prizes) EVERY Day: WII Games The Coach & Horses The Nook, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 5816 Sat 1 May: SOUL & MOTOWN (Every 1st Sat) EVERY Tues: KARAOKE EVERY Thurs: QUIZ (Music & General) EVERY Sun: FOLK (Acoustic)

The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 5616. Sat 17 April: TAKE THAT 2 & Party (£10 Ticket ~ Pre-Buy) Sat 24 April: FIRE & SKILL Sat 1 May: FINGERS & FUMBS Sat 8 May: STONEPARK Sun 9 May: JAZZ ~ Steve Fearns’ Jules Gypsy Swing Band 3-6pm Sat 15 May: HAZZARD KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs JAZZ ~ Every Sun 3-6pm QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker~EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music~EVERY Tues The Plough Burroughs Road RATBY T: 0116 2392103 EVERY Tues: QUIZ ~ 8pm.

Stadon Sports & Social Club 62a Bradgate Road, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 4542 New Members Welcome. Room for Hire/Catering if Reqd. NOW ~ BINGO ~ EVERY Tuesday ~ 9pm Start. Sat 22 May: RICK MARTIN Alternate Thurs: QUIZ 9pm April (15th) & 29th & May 13th (With Free Supper)

The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 TRIBUTE Nights All £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 16 April: BRYAN ADAMS Fri 30 April: UB40 Fri 14 May: MOTOWN Every 2nd Tues: QUIZ Nite

The Crown INN Bradgate Road, ANSTEY T: 0116 235 0505 EVERY SUN: QUIZ Night 8.30pm Start.

The Coach & Horses Leicester Rd, FIELD Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats: 17th April & 1st May (’King of the Road’) Sundays: QUIZ Night Skittle Alley/Room for Hire

The Brant Inn Leicester Road, GROBY LE6 0DU T: 0116 287 2703 Fri 16 April: FATHER TED (Live Band) Fri 23 April: KARAOKE Fri 7 May: ALAN JONES Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 1809 NOTICE TO MEMBERS New Members Welcome Fri 16 April: CHRISSY Sat 17 April: KARL HOWARD Sun 18 April: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 23 April: GARY DEE Sat 24 April: S. HENDLEY(Elvis) Sun 25 April: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 30 April: AXIS DUO Sat 1 May: OPEN ROAD Sun 2 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 7 May: PEMONITION Sat 8 May: Expressive HARMONY Sun 9 May: Super Sunday ‘50’

Old Thatched Inn, Stanton. T: 01530 242460 Sat 17 April: BJ Duo Fri 23 April: QUIZ with £50 prize (St. Georges Day) Wed 28 April: Charity RACE Night (On BIG Screen) Sat 1 May: UNDECIDED (Local Lasses) The Charnwood Arms Bardon. T: 01530 813644 ABBA/TRIBUTE NIGHT Fri 30 April: £10 Ticket (Includes Supper & Disco) Every MON Night:- POKER (Tournament) Free~Starts 7pm.

All Information correct at time of going to press SOLUTIONS to Cryptic Crossword Across: 1 Romantic 4 Stop 8 Resort 10 Miller 11 Model 12 Cigar 14 Toledo 17 Contorted 18 Designers 22 Closes 23 Onset 24 Teams 26 Events 27 Euclid 28 East 29 Rehearse Down: 1 Rare 2 Mosaic 3 Norman 5 Tilled 6 Pardoned 7 Pilot 9 Tortoises 10 Metronome 13 Gores 15 Leers 16 Concrete 18 Dozens 19 Set‑to 20 Ensure 21 Sealer 25 Edge




As part of our aftercare service, we now offer a monthly Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group, which has been set up to provide a FREE support service, not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of every month (except at Bank Holidays) in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

Next date: Sat 8th May 2010

ARRAN BRUDENELL Tel: 0116 234 0548

Letter from Uncle Eustace

On the perils of a Scout camp The Rectory St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren It seems that the basics of parish ministry are no longer taught in theological colleges. Don’t you know anything about consulting your diary in public? When you are asked if you are free on a certain date, accepted practice is to open it so that the enquirer cannot quite see. You then shake your head sadly, saying you are committed to blessing a new tea urn, or on some other vital ecclesiastical activity that day. Then you regretfully give your apologies. You do not open the thing in full view of your enquirer, so he can see the blank pages! Really, it serves you right that you are now committed to going on Scout camp. The last time I agreed to pay the Scouts a visit was when I found that there was a splendid restaurant only a mile away from their camp. I arrived and parked my car by the side of the river where they were all canoeing, wound down the car window and made encouraging noises for some minutes before explaining I had to find a garage for petrol. Several hours later, after an excellent lunch, I drove to where they were now rock climbing, wound down the car window and made encouraging noises for some minutes before explaining that I had a standing committee to return to that evening. It was a splendid day. You, however, will experience the charms of two days under canvas. Whatever site for your tent you choose will be the one that floods first. The early hours will undoubtedly find you wading about in water in the pitch dark, retrieving your sleeping bag and clothes – which you will then have to wear for the rest of the day. Watch out for the food, as well: all camp food contains grass and usually sheep droppings. This will make you ill, though for some reason Scouts thrive on it. Whatever the weather and whatever activities you do each day, you will end up wet, chilled and bruised. At least your evenings will be warm – for you are bound to spend them at Casualty, with youngsters suffering from sprained ankles or dislocated shoulders. My only advice is to use those hours in Casualty to practise the art of opening your diary in a way that only YOU can see it. Your loving uncle,


Persistent lightning A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist down. Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver. One day in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side. Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that he was able to take walks in a local park. He was walking there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt smashed into him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years later. But lightning sought him out one last time. Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery and destroyed a tombstone. The deceased buried here? Major Summerford.

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?


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Thurcaston Brownies Celebrate Fifty Years March 3rd 2010 marked 50 years since the first Brownies were enrolled in Thurcaston. This anniversary was celebrated at Richard Hill School, by a reunion of 20 guests including former Brownies and their leaders. The celebration cake was cut by one of the first Brownies who still lives in the village. The original name for Brownies was ‘Rosebuds’ so a rosebush was planted in the school garden by present day Brownies. A display of uniforms, charts, photographs, and record books over the 50 years led to much discussion. The Pack was founded by Mrs Alice Haddon, and her son David was one of the guests.

The photograph above shows the former Glynis Adnett cutting the cake accompanied by present day Brownies Abigail Crisswell & Molly Smith.

The Ultimate Football Geek? The Thirland Football League THE INAUGURAL SEASON 2010/11 Andy Holian Out 27th May 2010 - £18.50 Hardback Complete season details of a fictional football league – madness or genius - you decide....

At the end of the evening two of the Guides, Hattie Lavender and Clarice Elliott, were presented with their Baden-Powell Challenge awards, the highest award that Guides can achieve (see photo on left).

Chris Miranda (1st. Cropston Guides) & Irene Marriott (Snowy Owl) While the Swiss Army Knife has been popular for years, the Swiss Navy Knife has remained largely unheralded. Its single blade functions as a tiny canoe paddle. I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

The fictitious European nation of Thirland has just decided to form its first ever professional football league. Forty-eight teams have registered with the Thirland Football Association and the nation is eagerly anticipating the build-up to the new season. Follow the progress of the sixteen Premiership teams game by game through their on and off-field highs and lows, successes and difficulties. Follow the TFA Cup as the lower league minnows try to pull off upsets while the premiership outfits battle their way in a straight knock-out tournament to the final. Who will be crowned the inaugural Thirland Premiership League champions? Who will lift the TFA Cup? Which two sides will face the dreaded relegation to Division Two? Andy Holian was born in Warrington, Cheshire and raised in neighbouring Wigan. He still supports Wigan Athletic – but when he was a child, he started wondering….what if…. This book is a culmination of all those ‘what if ’s’….The ultimate fantasy football league is born. Andy Holian took up a post as financial accountant with the Football League between 2001 and 2004, before moving to Bermuda as an account executive and finance director. Since 2007 he has lived in the Cayman Islands. Besides a passion for football his other interests include the theatre and travelling. He’s now back in Wigan and investigating micro-breweries.

I’ve always wanted to be normal, but lately I’ve come to suspect that this is it.


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How to be a good councillor As mentioned elsewhere in this issue, Anstey Parish Council has a vacancy for a Parish Councillor and residents are invited to put themselves forward. ‘What a boring job!’ you may think. ‘Having to turn up to meetings every month, chatting about inconsequential matters, and having no real power to make things happen.’ But you would be wrong. ‘How to be a good councillor’ is an interesting publication produced by The Countryside Agency on behalf of the National Training Strategy for Town and Parish Councils. This easy to understand document - which is available free to view or download on the internet - describes the vital role played by parish councillors in the day-to-day running of local communities. Here are a few snippets of information extracted from the booklet. Parish Councils are an important part of local government - they are the first tier, and closest to the people. If local residents have a problem, the Parish Council is often their first port of call.

that of its members. There are Its decisions are the approximately responsibility of the 70,000 parish and whole body. The town councillors The good council has been in England. They councillor’s guide granted powers receive no financial by Parliament reward for being a including the councillor, and will important authority be held accountable to raise money by local people for through taxation things that happen (the precept) and locally, so why get a range of powers involved? to spend public Most of these money. people become We all like to councillors spend money, because they want so wouldn’t it be to do something interesting and enjoyable to decide positive, and make a difference by how to spend Anstey’s money in the influencing decisions that affect their best way possible - for the benefit of community. the community in which you live? You can become a parish So what does your council do? councillor via three routes: as a result of being elected, being Planning, highways, traffic, returned unopposed (no opponents) community safety, housing, street or by being co-opted (chosen from lighting, allotments, cemeteries, a list of volunteers). Once you playing fields, community centres, formally accept the office, your litter, war memorials, seats and task is to bring local issues to the shelters, rights of way - these are attention of the council, and help it the issues that concern parish make decisions on behalf of the local government. And the Government community. is encouraging parish councils to deliver more services and play a Your parish council is a corporate greater part in their communities. body with a legal existence of its own, which is quite separate from The parish council cannot make The National Training Strategy for Town & Parish Councils

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decisions on all these items but can have a great influence over them. For example a council could organise or give financial support for: • an evening bus taking young people to the nearest town • affordable housing to rent • pond clearing events • redecorating a community centre • a teenagers’ drop-in club • a summer festival • equipment for a playgroup • transport to hospital. Projects like these would be a challenge and are not for the fainthearted. Of course, your council could always decide to do very little; but you and your electors might then wonder why the parish council exists at all. If you are interested in playing a part in how your village is run, why not put your name forward for the vacancy at Anstey Parish Council. Details of how to do so are included on page 3 of this issue of Anstey Clarion.

Mike Wilkinson Download the guide at: content/the-good-councillor-s-guide/44/


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U3A Coffee Morning Due to our general meeting being held on the first Wednesday of each month and the publishing deadlines not coinciding this month, I am unable to bring you a resume of the talk by Lyn Bell on “Will Writing, Estate Planning and Asset Protection” that will, I am sure, be of great interest to our members. However, on the 1st April we held our first free coffee morning. The provision of these coffee mornings, held between 10.00 and 11.30am on either a Tuesday or a Thursday in April, June, September and December, is to give access to the activities of the U3A to members who for some reason are unable to come along to our general meetings. The coffee mornings will be attended by all the activity group leaders and committee members who will be able to talk about the various groups and how a member can gain by their involvement in a group activity. The Bradgate U3A have no fewer than twenty-one groups that cover such diverse interests as bird watching through to walks and rambles, this means there is something for everyone within the membership. If we do not currently offer members an activity relating to their particular interest they are encouraged to form new interest groups. With our everincreasing membership there are always others willing take the opportunity to expand their knowledge by joining new groups. Our next meeting will be on the 5th May at the Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey starting at 2.30pm when Joe David will give a talk entitled “Baubles and Beads” which will be about the Crown Jewels.

Brian Rowlinson

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The Kirby Players present

ON MY PAD It’s show time again for the Kirby Muxloe Players as we get ready to perform the very funny comedy play ‘On My Pad’.

The play is written by our very own Julie Wilson and Victoria Nettleton whose previous plays ‘Dead Man’s Party’ and ‘Alligator Crocodile’ have been performed by the Players to great accolade and success. Julie and Vic have the ability to beautifully observe the everyday and see the funny side of life in the most ordinary of situations and this play is no exception. It will have you laughing in your seat as you identify with situations and characters that are oh so familiar to your own life! “They say you can’t choose your family, or your work mates for that matter. So when the two combine in the Highway Department Council Office, it’s a recipe for the disaster that ensues. Add redundancy threats, empire building and a protesting hedgehog and you’ve got the kind of chaos only the tax payer could be paying for.” Set in a Highway Department Council Office, this very funny play described a bit like ‘The Office meets Dinnerladies’ will have you smiling from start to finish as you meet all the characters that work in the office with their own quirky ways and see the farcical situations they find themselves in on just an ‘ordinary day at work’. Add to this a hedgehog with a serious chip on his shoulder and you’ve got one very funny evening’s worth of entertainment. Please come along and see us in May and you’re sure to have a good time. Wednesday May 12th – Saturday May 15th at The Kirby Muxloe Village Hall, Station Road, Kirby Muxloe. Curtains up at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 – Box Office: 07804 435235

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Nab’s Ready for Battle! Anstey Narborians C.C. will continue to use the facilities available at the recreation ground on Stadon Road Anstey. They play in the Division 2 of the Leicestershire Cricket league and their first match on the “Reccy” will be against MTCC. Future home games in May continue on Saturday 22nd. v Aryans C.C. and then 29th. against local rivals Markfield C.C. All matches start at 1.30pm. For more information call Steve Arscott 07738 258 260.


Do you love animals? Would you like to gain work experience with a local Charity?

Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, near Stanton under Bardon, would love to hear from you if you could volunteer, even for 1 -2 hours a week or just every now and again. Training is provided and you will meet some very nice people! Could you help in any of the following areas:• With animal care - helping to look after a wide range of animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, horses & ponies, goats, pigs and wildlife. • Dog-walking – perhaps you love dogs and cannot have one of your own? • In retail - in the on-site charity shop. You would be sorting donated goods, pricing and displaying stock and serving customers. • In the very popular café – preparing food and drinks and serving customers • Fund-raising – helping with preparing goods and organising stalls for fêtes, craft fairs etc. • Driving – anything from taking an animal to the Vet’s to collecting Bric-a-Brac donations • Painting and DIY • Gardening

There are always jobs to do with animals about – and we need you! If you could help, or if you would like to chat about the options and the benefits that volunteering can bring both to you and the animals, please call us on 01530 243 925.

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