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Groby’s parking problems

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Based ontowards Firschool Tree Lane the Aereal image company acknowledges that vehicles owned by the Company’s staff are a contributing factor to the parking problems within the village, as many of the 500 employees who have to commute to Groby need to travel by car. Anticipated business growth over the next 18 months may mean the creation of up to 100 extra jobs, so the company is keen to mitigate any further adverse impact. The need for additional parking provision has been part of the informal discussions the company has had with members of the Groby Parish and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council since the middle of November 2018. Although around 80% of the employees travel into the village this doesn’t represent the number of vehicles, as some will car share, travel by bus or even cycle. The company offers incentives such as bus passes or free breakfasts to

encourage alternative forms of travel. Some of the 136 employees who live within walking distance may have personal circumstances or responsibilities which require them to travel to work by car. A comprehensive range of Aereal image towards A50 different parking options have been considered by the company and seven initiatives were presented to the Parish Council for comment at their March meeting. The options fall into two groups – 1. Those that involve the company encouraging employees to reduce their car usage for commuting. Referring to these Claire Aitchison, Plant Manager and Site Leader said “all parking spaces made available through these will be reallocated to others who need to use a car to commute to work.” 2. Those that need the cooperation of the Parish Council to provide additional off street parking. Those encouraging reduced car use include: • Cycle or walk to work schemes providing a financial incentive to staff who are willing to surrender their onsite parking allocation

and walk or cycle to work as an alternative. • Incentivising car share schemes providing a financial incentive to Baker Hughes GE Groby staff who are willing to surrender 01 their onsite parking allocation and share a commute to work as an alternative. 945-GE • Provision of a shuttle bus service to collect staff from local villages. Those that aim to provide additional off street parking include: • A private driveway rental option where employees could privately lease a driveway during working hours. • Provision of a shuttle bus service to collect staff from Groby village recreation car parks. • Additional parking spaces at Quarry Park and the Scouts’ building dci architecture ltd The Rural Design Office Barns Heath Farm, Snarestone Road, Appleby Magna, Leicestershire. DE12 7AJ

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Park on my Drive Back in 2013 the Spotlight focused on the parking problems as the yellow lines were introduced but the ‘Park on my Drive’ alternative suggested brought little support.


CONGRATULATIONS to Brookvale Groby Year 11 student Fin Deevey-Ryan, who has been selected into the Leicester Tigers and Brooksby Melton College Advanced Award in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme. They have been thoroughly impressed with his recent rugby performances, and believe he has the potential not only to develop himself, but to help grow the AASE programme. Well done Fin!

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However, a Spotlight appeal in 2014 to help a new employee who was interested in driveway parking resulted in 7 spaces being offered. Although the 2013 initiative was unsuccessful Druck feels it may be worth looking at it again, but this time not making driveway parking a financial transaction but part of the company’s outreach to the community. This would involve the development of relationships of mutual benefit between residents and employees who park on their drives. Having someone who could drop off a bottle of milk, fetch a prescription or mow a lawn, for example, might have more attraction than a few pounds rental.

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With nearly 100 parking spaces on the Sycamore Drive, Stamford Drive and Marina Drive recreation car parks, the Parish Council agrees that it would be possible to reserve spaces for park users as well as allocating parking for Druck employees on weekdays. This option doesn’t need as much discussion as some of the others and could probably be implemented more quickly if the shuttle service finds support amongst Druck employees.

Quarry Park options It is proposed that if any of the Quarry Park options were to be approved, vehicular access would be through the Druck site to prevent any additional traffic on Forest Rise. Improvements could be made to the local Scout car park to allow employee parking during working hours and new spaces could be provided on the through road to the Scout’s HQ. Quarry Park car park could be enlarged to accommodate some employee parking during working hours whilst retaining the current spaces for existing users. Quarry Park has been registered with Fields in Trust by the Parish Council which some members of the Council feel might limit the potential for a car park extension. Both the Parish Council and the company are anxious to deal with the parking issue, but no decisions have yet been made about the Quarry Park options and discussions about the suggestions will continue.

Norman Griffiths

Sunday 31st March 2019 AS REPORTED in my Borough Council article in March 2019 there were a number of cars broken into in the early hours of 23rd February. A number of cars were again broken into in the early hours of Sunday 31st March. The Police were called and their response was swift, comprehensive and fantastic. As a result without doubt further car break-ins were prevented in Groby and a suspect taken in for questioning. I would like to pay tribute to all the officers of Leicestershire Police who were tackling and preventing crime as most residents slept in their beds blissfully unaware of events unfolding outside their homes. Again if anyone had their car or van broken into please inform Leicestershire Police as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Wanted : A Face Painter for the Groby Street Fair on 23rd June

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OVER THE years one of the most popular stalls for children at the Street Fair has been the Face Painter. It isn’t just the children who love it, so do their parents. Those painted faces are also a delight for everyone else who sees the children when they visit the event. For some reason there have been no applications for pitches from Face Painters this year. With most of the pitches already booked the organisers have decided to keep one available in the hope that someone will respond to their appeal. There’s a £25 cover charge for the pitch but all the fees are retained by the Face Painter. It may sound surprising that applications are only accepted from those who are able to show that they have adequate insurance cover, but parents need to be confident that their child’s face is in the hands of a professional. If a child has any allergies these should be mentioned. Professional Face Painters will ensure the cleanliness of the materials, including brushes and sponges and will also have procedures in place to avoid cross contamination. If you’re a Face Painter looking for an event on June 23rd then Groby Street Fair may be the one you need. So pick up the phone and dial 0116 287 6724 or email

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FIFTY ONE students, from Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, who have regularly represented the school football teams this year, were rewarded for their service to the school, with tickets to watch the England versus Czech Republic Mens European Championship International football match, at Wembley, on Friday 22nd March. The atmosphere was fantastic, and even better with a 5 – 0 win!



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The Rumour By Lesley Kara When single mum Joanna hears a rumour at the school gates, she never intends to pass it on. But one casual comment leads to another and now there’s no going back . . . Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-onSea. Sally McGowan was just ten years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death forty-eight years ago – no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman. So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realizes what it is she’s unleashed?

Mums celebrate with tea and fundraising for assistance dog charity MUMS celebrated Mother’s Day with a special afternoon tea to raise vital funds for assistance dog charity Canine Partners on Saturday 30th March. The event, which raised £800, was the biggest of its kind held at the charity’s Midlands Training Centre near Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, hosting over 20 tables. “The vital funds raised at our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea will help us train more amazing assistance dogs for people living with physical disabilities across the UK,” says Cat Howourth, Events Fundraiser. “Everyone who attended enjoyed the fantastic selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries whilst raising much-needed funds for a charity that transforms lives every day.” Canine Partners is a national charity that trains amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities, boosting their confidence and independence. The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and retrieving items, opening doors and undressing a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. “The afternoon tea was a huge success and we hope to do a similar event again in the future,” says Cat. “Events like this are so important to us as they help to raise awareness of the charity in the area surrounding our Midlands Training Centre whilst raising money to transform the lives of people living with physical disabilities across the UK.” To support Canine Partners and get involved with fundraising, please visit

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The Atkins Gallery Spring And Summer Programme Launched ATKINS GALLERY Principal Officer Rebecca Wilbur is looking forward to showcasing a range of art over the coming months and hosting various events. Rebecca says: “We are also asking artists to take part in our Open Exhibition which starts in July and this year focusses on transport and travels. Full details are available on our website.”

Mind: 8 April to 24 April An exhibition by six De Montfort University students, each studying Fine Art. The exhibition is called Mind as this title links all the different ideas and concepts ranging from exploring the subconscious, cultural identity and the time pressures of modern life. This is the student’s first group show together and comprises of short films, sculpture and paintings with a selection of the pieces available to purchase.

The Pride Landscape: 13 May to 24 May A LGBT education exhibition featuring six artwork trees each one representing the colours and meanings from the Pride flag, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Harmony and Spirit. “Our leaves maybe different colours, sizes and shapes,

our orientations maybe different to yours, but we are the same the world over. Make your colours, shine so bright that the world has no choice but to stand up and notice.”

Artspiration: 13 May to 24 May An exhibition of artworks by artists supporting other artists and individuals to help dispel the stigma of mental health. There will be a launch event on 17 May 3pm to 6pm with speeches, networking and an original dance performance by students of NWSLC. This exhibition is organised as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 13 May-19 May hosted by the Mental Health Foundation www. mental-health-awareness-week

Graduate show BA Hons Visual Media: 10 June to 25 June Students from North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College in their final year of a BA Honours degree in Visual Media will be showcasing their final projects in this Graduate Show. The exhibition is called Blink and will feature disciplines such as film, graphic design and photography.

Atkins Gallery Annual Open exhibition: 15 July to 16 August 2019 The popular Atkins Gallery Open Exhibition returns this summer celebrating the Hansom Cab and Hinckley’s contribution to the transport industry. The theme of this year’s Open Exhibition is Travels and Transport

with 2D and 3D interpretations of the theme welcome. Your piece could be about a physical or personal journey, a favourite vehicle you’ve owned or would like to own, views and experiences from your travels from home and abroad, inspiration from heritage transport like the Hansom Cab or the Flying Scotsman, inspiration from daily or special journeys or different ways of travelling by land, sea or air. Submission Dates for your transport and journey inspired pieces are 1 July to 5 July at Atkins Building Reception, costing £12 for up to three pieces with the exhibition opening on 15 July. To download a copy of the Open exhibition pack visit www.

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JOY HYMANS comments about the lack of Dog Poo bins is a bit misleading. Bagged mess can be placed in ANY bin on the Public Road. Vigilance, evidence and fines are the way to tackle the dog mess issue. If you see someone not picking mess up take a photo of them and ID them. A £1,000 fine will encourage them to sort their ideas out.

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Family Fun Day in Charnwood Forest FOR RED NOSE day, staff at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus dressed up as ‘Where’s Wally’, and students had a non-uniform day to raise a FANTASIC £1,010! Special praise needs to go to the following students: • Sophia Moore and Tiana Malhi (for organising the guess the bear competition) • Amaris and Niamh Saunders (comic relief cakes) • Casey Mai and Sophie Human (Year 7, sponsored silence) • Tyler Marlow for the comedy show!

BRADGATE Rotary is organising a special Family Fun Day, including a Fun Run, on Sunday 15th September. This event will take place at a beautiful Charnwood location with stunning views across the forest. As well as the Fun Run, there will be a variety of other attractions on offer - something for everyone. Watch this space for further information.

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County Councillor’s Report from Ozzy O’shea Leicestershire County Councils Fair Funding Campaign Leicestershire remains the lowestfunded county in the country. If it was funded at the same level as Surrey, it would be £104 million per year better off, or £350 million, compared to Camden. Find out more below about our calls for reform. How does Leicestershire compare to other councils? Leicestershire fares badly, and has been the lowest funded county for many years. If it was funded at the same level as Surrey, it would be £104 million per year better off, or £350 million, compared to Camden. What’s wrong with the current system? We believe it doesn’t share national resources fairly – this view is shared by many others in local government because: It doesn’t match funding with an area’s needs, creating a postcode lottery. It’s out-of-date, complex and unclear, as it’s based on old systems, which focus heavily on past spending levels. What does it mean for the Leicestershire? We’ve planned ahead for reduced funding - and saved £200million so far. But with demand for services increasing, pressure on our budget is tightening. What action has the council taken? For many years, we’ve been pressing the government for change. In 2016, we developed a new simplified funding model which shares resources fairly and supported by Leicestershire’s seven MPs – presented it to ministers and senior civil servants at Westminster. What does the government say? Our campaign has secured a review. The government has announced it’s revising the way local government funding is calculated and is planning to issue a consultation. More details are expected to be announced in late 2019. How is your proposal fairer? Our new model: Allocates money in a fair way, based on need. This is a more just way of distributing money, and importantly, gives Leicestershire its fair share. Is a simple, clear formula, based on factors that drive demand for local services, such as the number of older people, the length of roads travelled by HGVs and the number of school-age children.

Narrows the gap between the highest and lowest funded councils. What happens next? We are asking you to explore the facts and figures, please follow the below link and click on fairer funding have-your-say/current-consultations

Don’t Be Afraid To Say No To Cold Callers Due to the recent warm weather Trading Standards have seen an increase in reports of cold callers offering gardening and roofing work. The reports include overcharging for unnecessary work, asking for more money than originally quoted, following residents into their home to see where cash is kept and claiming to be from the local council. Remember: • It is ok to say NO if you don’t want the work done. • Check the ID of people calling at your door. A genuine trader won’t mind if you take a moment to check out their legitimacy. • If someone knocks on your door and you don’t know who they are, don’t let them in. • If there is any doubt, don’t agree to any work. Rogue traders can be reported to Trading Standards on 03454 04 05 06, or dial 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Scam Alert - There Is No Such Thing As A Safe Account The Police continue to see a rise in reports of people being asked to transfer their money to a “safe account”. We wanted to remind you of how this scam works and how to keep yourself safe. You will be cold called from somebody purporting to be from your bank, usually asking you if you’ve made a large payment to a store in London for example, and when you say you haven’t, they proceed to inform you your account has been compromised. In order to safeguard your funds, they will ask you to send it to a “safe account” or your “new account”, and either provide you with the sort code and account number of the account you need to send the money to, or ask for access to your online banking so that they can do it on your behalf. If you get suspicious at any point during the call, they may tell you to look at the number they are calling from and check if it corresponds with the official bank

number on the back of your card. NUMBERS CAN AND ARE SPOOFED! Spoofing software can be freely obtained online and can make any number appear on your caller display. Whilst it looks like your bank calling, the software is masking the fraudster’s true phone number. Please be mindful of this. So how can you keep yourself safe? Simply, please do not conduct any financial business with your bank over the phone if you can help it. The safest way to speak to your bank if you are concerned is to go into branch. Never part with money as a result of a cold call. Fraudsters use tactics to make you panic and therefore stop you from thinking rationally. Take a deep breath, stay in control and hang up. Don’t assume a phone call is authentic because it’s coming from a number you recognise. Spoofing software is easily obtained and can disguise any number to make it look official. A safe account does not exist! Your bank will never ask you to move money anywhere to keep it safe. Report any fraud or attempted fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at https://www. Sadly, there are a number of victims in Leicestershire who have lost thousands as a result of this scam. Please stay vigilant and please share this information with older or more vulnerable members of your family and community.

New Council Tax Scam Fraudsters are targeting people in a new council tax scam by suggesting they are owed a refund. The email says that the receiver has overpaid on their council tax bill and includes links which take you to a website to enter your details. Known as a phishing scam, once you click on the link you are taken to a fake government website where you are asked for your personal details as well as bank information to claim a refund. However, once you have entered your details the fraudsters will use the information to withdraw money from your account. Action Fraud says it has received over 100 reports in the last month of the scam. Mark White, chief executive of fraud prevention service Reassura, says: “This is a play on the classic phishing scam where fraudsters trick victims into handing over financial details, the new twist is

telling people that they are owed a refund. “Phishing attacks are the most common personal scams worldwide and recent data from America showed average losses per victim last year of £3,800.” Other council tax scams include one where fraudsters call victims telling them they have been placed in the wrong council tax bracket and are entitled to a rebate. Once the victim is convinced, the fraudster tells them that in order to receive the rebate they will need to pay an administration fee in advance – often between £60-350. After the victim has provided their details and made the payment they find are then no longer able to make contact with the person they spoke to on the phone. How to protect yourself Call your council – If you receive an email contact your council in our case its Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council telephone 01455 238141 Please do not use the one in the email as this is will be a fake. You can always call me on 0116 2394336 or mobile 07808585825 I will always try to help you. Check the grammar – Councils will always proof-read correspondence sent out to you. So if the email contains lots of grammar or spelling mistakes there is a good chance that it is fake. Contact the bank - If you are worried you have given out your bank details to a fraudster contact your bank immediately and explain what happened. Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic - Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name or address), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can easily spoof the phone numbers and email addresses of companies you know and trust. Check unsolicited requests - Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information, and never click on the links and attachments in emails or texts you receive out of the blue. What to do if you have 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. You should do this every few months anyway using a reputable service provider and following up on any unexpected or suspicious results.

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7 great books to buy... Amazon price: £25.34 MOST PEOPLE are aware that Amazon turned the book market upside down, with used books becoming more easily available at bargain prices. The range is terrific if you are looking for a particular title, but often you are just browsing with an open mind on what you will buy. This is where second hand bookshops, charity shops, and now libraries, have an advantage. Reduced support for many local libraries by the County Council means the new Community Libraries have been forced to raise the cash needed to meet running costs from any available source, and this includes the sale of donated books. They may not be the very latest editions but unlike library books, which may have been read by many borrowers over a period of years, these donated books are often indistinguishable from new. With the growth of the charity shop sector and car boot sales any perceived stigma in buying something which isn’t brand new is now largely historic, with shoppers

Amazon prices and deals can change from day to day, and library pricing is reviewed periodically, but if you bought them as this article was being written in March they cost £25.34 including delivery from Amazon. Buying them from Groby Library saves up to £19.84, as they are on sale for just £1.00 each if bought individually or £5.50 for all seven in a single purchase. But if you want to pay a little more the extra donation would be appreciated and will help the library meet the increasing running costs. To make it easy for you to buy one they have been taken off the shelves. You can check whether the book you want is still available by googling “callandcollectbooksales” and following the links. You can reserve one or more by phoning 0792 358 8264. Here are this month’s book selections: • A gift for someone who loves The Apprentice. Alan Sugar’s autobiography, What you see is what you get, describing his rise from a council house in East London, has been described as ‘inspirational’.

These books are available for purchase from Groby Library for £1 each or £5.50 for all seven. Bargain! picking up designer clothes and other products at knock down prices. Used books are the other end of the cost spectrum and can make an inexpensive and completely acceptable gift for family and friends. Groby residents are generous in their book donations to Groby

Library and the next big book sale is currently being planned. If you can’t wait don’t forget that there is a double sided stand on the left as you enter. The library has a great selection of fiction for sale but also some very interesting non-fiction titles, seven of which are featured here today.

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Groby Library price: £1 each Amazon price £2.69, Groby Library price £1 • A cheeky gift for parents or grandparents The Complete Wrinklies Armchair Companion includes a fine assortment of jokes, stories, proverbs and funny observations that will probably go over the heads of younger readers. Which is fine, because this book isn’t for them! Amazon price £2.27, Groby Library price £1 (Hardback) • A gift for a recent graduate or undergraduate Described as “a cheerful companion on the road to finding the right job,” Dude, Where’s my career? is a guide for baffled graduates. Designed to inspire, boost motivation and self esteem, and explain the secrets of what employers really look for, it could be a great help in finding -and getting – the right job. Amazon price £7.14, Groby Library price £1. • A gift for someone who enjoys laughing out loud “There’s nothing I can write that will convey in any sense quite how

funny this book is,” wrote Sally Phillips of Smack the Pony. Ricky Gervais described Robin Cooper’s Timewaster Letters as “absurd, pointless, and very very funny.” Amazon price £1.98, Groby Library price £1 • A gift for someone who appreciates inspirational stories Bear Grylls has written the foreword to a collection of 60 of the world’s most extreme survival stories. “There are so many compelling character traits to admire in all the survivors featured, even in the bad guys.” The true life tales in Extreme Survivors span the world and, in this edition, the 20th century. Amazon price £2.67, Groby Library price £1 (hardback) • A gift for the serious pop music lover Don’t be misled by the title, you’ll find no photos of Elvis Presley, the Beatles or The Spice Girls in this 600 page academic work. Published in 2009 this edition of The Pop, Rock, and Soul Reader traces the evolution of diverse streams of American popular music

from the late 1920’s to the present. David Brackett, former Chair of the Department of Music Research at America’s McGill University, has brought together more than 100 readings by writers who played an integral part in the development of popular music criticism. An amazing book for the serious music student at this price. Amazon price £5.54, Groby Library price £1 • A gift for someone concerned about type 2 diabetes Dr Michael Mosley, best known for his television programmes, has written The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet: Lose weight fast and reprogramme your body. “We have completed careful studies which have shown that people who ant to get rid of their type 2 diabetes can, in just 8 weeks, lose substantial amounts of weight and return blood sugar to normal or near normal levels,” said Professor Roy Taylor of Newcastle University. Amazon price £3.05, Groby Library price £1

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RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 40th anniversary

House Sparrow holds top spot for Leicestershire HOUSE SPARROW remains at the top of the UK Big Garden Birdwatch rankings, including in Leicestershire, with almost 1.2 million sightings recorded in the UK throughout the weekend, but for many species fewer birds were recorded than in 2009. Almost half a million people across the UK spent an hour watching the birds that visit their garden or outdoor space as part of the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. For many people, garden birds remain an important link to nature and the RSPB wants to do more to increase this connection to help both wildlife and people. The latest results from the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch have revealed a mixed picture for Leicestershire garden birdlife with almost half of the top 20 species returning fewer sightings in gardens across the county than ten years ago. The event held over the last weekend in January revealed the house sparrow kept its number one spot in Leicestershire. UK house sparrow numbers, reported by participants since the Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979, have fallen by over half, but in recent years, national numbers have slowly started to rise again, giving conservationists hope that at least a partial recovery may be happening. Over its four decades, Big Garden Birdwatch

Call me number one - the House Sparrow has highlighted the winners and losers in the garden bird world. It was first to alert the RSPB to the decline in song thrush numbers. This species was a firm fixture in the top 10 in 1979. By 2009, its numbers were less than half those recorded in 1979. To highlight the crisis that nature is facing and the loss of over 40 million wild birds from the UK in just half a century, the RSPB is releasing a speciallycreated track of birdsong titled ‘Let Nature Sing’. The single contains some of the most recognisable birdsong that we used to enjoy, but that are on their way to disappearing forever. A compilation

of beautiful sound recordings of birds with powerful conservation stories including the cuckoo, curlew, nightingale and turtle dove. The charity is calling on the public to download, stream and share the single and help get birdsong into the charts for the first time, spreading the word that people across the UK are passionate about nature’s recovery. Martin Harper the RSPB’s Director of Conservation said: “Birds are such iconic parts of human culture but many of us no longer have the time or opportunity to enjoy them. The time we spend in nature, just watching and listening, can have huge benefits to our wellbeing, especially in these stressful times. The RSPB wants to help more people reconnect with their wilder sides and is bringing birdsong back into people’s busy lives by releasing a soothing track of pure unadulterated bird song. We hope that by understanding what we have lost, that we inspire others to take part in the recovery. Without nature our lives are so less complete.” The track is designed to help reconnect the nation with nature, helping people find a moment to relax and promote a feeling of tranquillity, as birdsong has been proven to aid mental health and promote feelings of wellbeing. For a full round-up of all the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch results and to see which birds were visiting gardens where you live, visit the website at

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Dry and keep your own flowers In The Dark By Cara Hunter Do you know what they’re hiding in the house next door? A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No one knows who they are - the woman can’t speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem . . .

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LOVE THE flowers in your garden just now? Why not preserve them? The art of preserving flowers was very popular in Victorian times, and it is still good fun. It is an inexpensive hobby, for all you really need are some small flowers, some paper and a weight. Start with something simple like buttercups, daisies, pansies, forget-menots or little roses. Even grasses and leaves work well. The best time to gather them is from lunchtime onwards, after the dew has evaporated. They mustn’t be too wet, or they will go mouldy. Put the flowers into a plastic bag until you get home. Then lay them, one by one, onto blotting paper and place a sheet of blotting paper on top. Put all this between two layers of newspaper, like a ‘sandwich’. You don’t need an expensive flower press – a piece of wood and a couple of heavy books will be fine. Leave the flowers under the press for six to eight weeks. Resist the temptation to see how they are doing! Then near the end of summer, spend an evening opening your flower ‘press’ and using tweezers to carefully lift out the brittle dried flowers. Arrange them on a card and use a gum solution to glue them into place. You could then cut some sticky clear plastic film to size, and carefully seal it over the flowers. They can decorate little birthday cards, bookmarks or pictures.

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Lady Jane Grey Primary School News Comic Relief 2019 LJG supported Comic Relief throughout a whole week with a variety of events in an effort to raise as much money as possible. Some of the events included: focussed school assemblies comparing children’s lives around the world to the lives of children in Groby, and the opportunity to come into school on Friday 15th March (Comic Relief Day), dressed in red. On top of this, the school sold over 200 red noses and 350 hand-made cookies to help raise even more money. The week culminated in the school talent show which was a huge success with many children auditioning and making it through to the final show in the hall on the Friday. Winners were chosen from both key stages after some very close scoring. We are very proud to announce that our final total of money raised for Comic Relief 2019 was £696.87.

Local schools enrich activity Four Year 6 children from LJG joined others from schools in our area to experience a science day organised at the Brookvale High School. Louie, Maria, Sianna and Annika had an enjoyable and engaging morning making crystals and elephant’s toothpaste! Thank you to Mr Bailey and Miss Galpin for making this a great learning experience.

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Thirty Year 6 children recently attended a five day residential. This year our leaders came from Ecuador, Hungary and Germany. The children had a great time and showed fantastic determination; great attitude; and sometimes literally laughed their fears away. With the fantastic memories made, friendships grown and laughter had, the 2019 Year 6 residential concluded with an amazing day out at West Midlands Safari Park.

Mother’s Day celebration LJG once again invited all Mothers, Grandmothers, sisters and aunties to join their children for lunch at Grey’s Grill. This year was a tea-party where everyone enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls and cakes. A brilliant event enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to all our relatives who attended.

World Book Day On Friday 7th March LJG took part in World Book Day writing their own stories, hearing teacher’s read their favourite stories as well as dressing up as characters from books that we love. Students also bought in their favourite book which they shared with others across the school. What an amazing day celebrating books, reading and writing.

Sporting Success LJG’s footballers are enjoying a record breaking year. The Rice Bowl is Leicestershire’s most prestigious school competition. The trophy was first created in 1919, and donated to the Leicestershire schools’ FA in 1934. Schools from across the county compete in the cup every year, vying for the chance to take part in the final, which is held at the King Power Stadium. This year, LJG have gone on their longest ever winning streak, making it all the way to the semi-final! A match against Pastures school in Enderby is all that stands in the way of a trip to the King Power. The team have performed amazingly well in their matches so far, and we wish them the best of luck in the final.

Park cycling ban has been in place for years NEW ‘No Cycling’ signs on Groby’s recreation areas have concerned some local residents, and have generated letters to the Spotlight. One correspondent decided to take the matter further and raise the issue at the monthly meeting of the Parish Council. He outlined the benefits of cycling for health and well being and spoke of the risks to children who would have to learn the skills on public highways if they couldn’t cycle in the local parks. The available statistics, he argued, showed that cyclists on the road were at a greater risk of being involved in an accident than pedestrians on parks were of being hit by a cyclist. He asked that members should reconsider the restriction. In response the Parish Council clarified that there had been no change in the Council’s approach to cycling on local recreational areas - there was no new ban. Although the Bye Laws have prohibited cycling for many years this has not been reflected in the signage on the parks. Following a complaint brought to the council about incidents of alleged reckless cycling, members decided that it was time to make the public aware of the rules and erect new signs. Setting aside the potential inconvenience of a ban for adults, the issue of restrictions on children cycling on the park footpaths was raised. The resident was reassured that there were legal reasons why the Bye Law would not be enforced with regard to children, the signs were erected to bring the restriction to the attention of adults and ensure the safety of pedestrians. Members heard that revising the Bye Laws is a long drawn out process, but decided that the representations made should be discussed in subcommittee with any recommendations being brought back to the full council for consideration.

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News from Glenfield Millennium Green THE AGM of the Trust which looks after the Green was held in February and, as usual, was not well attended. The business of the meeting was dealt with quickly and there was then discussion about whether dogs should be kept on a lead while being exercised. There seems to have been some debate about what owners should do. It was explained that as long as dogs are kept under control they do not have to be on a lead except around the play equipment for the younger children near the willow tunnel. It was agreed that better signage would help to make matters clearer and we hope to improve this shortly. Dates for the year have been arranged and our first community event is the Plant Sale which takes place on Saturday May 25th on the Green. It takes place from 10.30am to noon. If you are busy planting out seedlings or taking cuttings we would be pleased to receive any extras that you do not need. Please bring them to the Green on the morning of the Sale. We would welcome your support on the day as this is one of our main fundraisers. Last year was a ‘sell out’ so don’t be late. Another way we raise money is by running a ‘Hundred Club’. It only costs £2 a month to be a member and a winning number is drawn each month. Last year the monthly prize was £70 and there was a 2nd prize of £20 drawn every other month. There are numbers available. If you would like to join phone 0116 299 1868 for details.

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Grants Available for East Midlands Community Groups to Support Unemployed FUTURES have been selected by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to administer the Community Grants Fund across the D2N2 area and the Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnership area. Jointly funded by the SFA and the European Social Fund, the grants give voluntary and community groups an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market. The grants will support participants’ progression so that they are confident in their ability to move into further education, training and employment. Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity, including: • initial help with basic skills • taster work experience including voluntary work • training, advice and counselling • confidence building • job search assistance including the provision of equipment and other help necessary to secure employment • first contact engagement activities “The reality is that many unemployed people need more intensive and specialised support and guidance than Job Centres or similar organisations are able to provide. Community and voluntary organisations that know their local communities well are in a better position to provide this kind of support. We’re inviting these kinds of organisations to apply for funding that will allow them to help very vulnerable people overcome significant barriers to progression,” said Claire Penny, Grant Manager There will be three application rounds in 2019/20: Round 1 15th April 2019 – 17th May 2019 Round 2 15th Nov 2019 – 15th Dec 2019 Round 3 15th June 2020 – 15th July 2020



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The Chase vs Pointless: Which are you most likely to win? WHEN IT comes to quiz shows, they don’t get much bigger than The Chase and Pointless. For years these two daytime favourites have been engaged in a fierce rivalry, battling for the number one spot. But which comes out on top? Well, now we may finally have an answer. musicMagpie have analysed over 5,500 episodes of The Chase and Pointless (as well as Eggheads, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Deal or No Deal) to find out which show you’re most likely to win - Contestants are more likely to win on Pointless, with a 31.57% win rate compared to 25.36% on The Chase. However, you’ve got a chance of winning more over on ITV, with contestants on The Chase taking home £7,985 on average, compared to just £1,799 on Pointless. The research also looks into which Chaser you’re most likely to defeat. Contestants going up against Shaun Wallace have the best chance, with The Dark Destroyer having a win rate of just 68.5%. You should be more worried if you’re going up against Anne Hegerty – The Governess has a win rate of 78.2%. Looking at all 5 shows, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and Deal or No Deal come out on top, with contestants almost guaranteed to leave with some money (99.3% and 99.37% win rates). Who Wants to Be a Millionaire also comes out on top for average winnings, with guests taking home £48,655 on average. When you look even deeper, contestants are having a harder time with Jeremy Clarkson, with an average payout of just £25,414 compared to £49,264 under Chris Tarrant. At the other end of the scale Eggheads proved to be the hardest game show, with a win rate of just 9.36%. Pointless had the lowest average winnings of just £1,799. You can check out the full breakdown over on the musicMagpie website -

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This rather startling observation from a scientist at Queen’s University Belfast follows research which found that couch potato lifestyles could be causing up to 70,000 deaths in the UK each year. More than 10 per cent of all deaths is due to sedentary living, which raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. But as one doctor says, more exercise “doesn’t have to mean major lifestyle changes - just build more activity into your everyday life. Stand on the bus, stand when you talk on the phone. Take regular short walks.”

Elizabeth Woodville School News Year 5 & 6 Trip to Condover Hall After a calm and relaxed journey, pupils from our upper key stage two classes finally arrived for the much anticipated week long residential at Condover Hall, in the heart of Shropshire. Dorms were quickly organised, suitcases unpacked, and children and their furry friends, settled quickly in to what would be their home for the next five days! Day one started with a whistle-stop tour of the site – whetting our appetites for the week’s activities. During the five fun-filled days, our pupils were treated to a huge range of activities, many of which were completely new to them. Every second of every day was filled with exciting opportunities to test nerves, to challenge mental and physical abilities, to develop and secure friendships and to ensure that lasting memories were made. Pupils were tested to the limit of their bravery with the sky-scraping ‘Aerial Challenge.’ Due to sheer determination, our pupils’ fabulous ‘I can do it’ attitude and teamwork ensured that all pupils exceeded their initial expectations. This set us up perfectly for abseiling! Our day by the lake was exciting and challenging made even better by the beautiful sunshine that shone down on us. Rafts were built and, with a little trepidation, they were set sail with a few worried looking faces, but it was not long before rafts were sailing and being steered by our newly appointed Woodville crews. Kayaking quickly followed and our sailors took to the waters a second time, now brimming with confidence! And the best bit – jumping in the water at the end! ‘Dance Mania’ created Strictly stars of the future, ‘The ‘Grid of Stones’ tested memories, ‘Laser Maze’ was filled with hilarity as we watched the different stances and movements that were made to avoid the randomly placed lasers, and ‘Conquest’, the ‘Condover- style’ Laser Quest defied all expectations. Well done to all our Year 5 and 6 pupils. They never cease to amaze us with their determination, confidence and willingness to ‘have a go’ at anything. Moon Landing - 50th Anniversary Concert We had a wonderful evening at De Montfort Hall on 26th March when we joined 220 other children in a Primary School Massed Choir. The choir had been rehearsing songs to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the moon landings and the repertoire included David Bowie’s Space Oddity. There were also performances by other children’s choirs and a fantastic acoustic band. Thank you to all the parents in the audience who supported the children. What a brilliant night! Year 4 trip to Condover Hall Year 4 had an amazing time at PGL in Caythorpe, Lincolnshire. Storm Gareth did not deter the children from experiencing a range of activities from Trapeze to Raft building and Climbing to Archery! Well done to all children for demonstrating such confidence and bravery across the 3-day event. Reduce, reuse, recycle! On Friday 1st March 2019, Year 6 took part in a Waste Recycling workshop. It was an exciting afternoon with lots of fun activities that began with the children singing and dancing along with the ‘Reduce, Recycle and Reuse’ song. The children learnt how many household items (in particular food packaging like tin, plastic and glass) can end up in landfill sites for up to 250 years as they are not degradable or compostable. The children were therefore asked to think about how the amount of rubbish people send to landfill sites could be reduced. They came up with some great ideas like buying fruit and vegetables individually instead of in pre-packaged bags. They also had to consider how people could reuse their rubbish instead of just throwing it away. There were some very inventive ideas for reusing glass jars, cardboard tubes and baby milk tins - an on-the-go bin; a frisbee; a guinea pig tunnel; and a tea-light jar, were just some of the ideas that the children came up with! Year 6 also learnt how certain foods at home could be recycled in a compost bin and were fascinated to watch some worms munch their way through a sample of compost. It was a great afternoon that conveyed a poignant message to Year 6 that by reducing, recycling and reusing household waste, then this will have a positive impact on the planet now and also to future generations.

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More Groby nature notes from Lindy Hardcastle AS I WRITE this, at the beginning of April, the traditional feeding area at Groby Pool is very quiet. The swans and most of the ducks and geese have moved off into the reeds to breed – a pregnant pause perhaps? – I hope when I report back in May there will be lots of babies. George, the sole survivor of last year’s cygnets, has only recently departed. His dad made only half-hearted attempts to drive him away, although when a pair of interloping swans flew in Igor saw them off with impressive ferocity. I am happy to announce that my lovely little friend Geraldine, the grey and white duck in the pictures has a new best friend, Sam, who I think is a mallard/Aylesbury crossbreed. They sleep together, eat together and are constant companions on and off the water. At first I thought this relationship supported my much disputed theory that Geraldine is female, but I must admit the pair show no signs of nesting. I had hoped for ducklings but I must respect Geraldine/Gerald’s life-style choices. • OUR GARDEN POND is full of frogspawn and the glorious early spring weather filled the garden with celandine and bluebells, forget-me-nots, hyacynths and daffodils, bees and butterflies. My windowsills are crowded with baby plants waiting to go out into the garden and allotment but now the weather is turning colder again they are just going to have to be patient, as am I. Roll on May. Last night’s sleep was interrupted by our cat Olaf who arrived at three in the morning to bring us a mouse. They disappeared under the bed, where David keeps his piles of motor bike magazines and (inexplicably) a bow and arrows. Olaf emerged eventually without his mouse and settled down for the night on my chest, purring loudly. David still wants another cat. I think we already have one too many.

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Should you be wary of an offer of a Greek holiday? IF YOU have a spouse or partner who spends more time on the guitar than is spent with you, and you long for a holiday, beware if suddenly you are asked if you fancy a week on a Greek island this summer. It may be a no-strings ‘I just want to spend some quality time with you’ offer, or it may be something else. Be cautious, unless of course you are happy to spend some quality time on your own, doing the things you want to do, as long as it’s in the Mediterranean sunshine. By now you’re wondering what the possible catch could be, so here are a couple of questions you may have to ask to coax the truth out of your partner Ask “Which Greek island would we be visiting?” If the answer is Corfu prepare for the alarm bell to start ringing and ask “Does it involve Aynsley Lister?” If the answer is yes the holiday is probably to the Corfu Rock School where your partner will enjoy some first class tuition from our respected local guitarist, songwriter and singer, including some private tuition. You’ll have shared time, and time on your own, to enjoy all that Corfu has to offer. The darling of the early package holiday business Corfu is still great to visit and is experiencing a resurgence since the broadcast of the hit drama, The Durrells, on ITV. So don’t reject the offer out of hand. The deal includes half board in a complex of apartments and maisonettes in a village location. It enjoys extensive views across vegetable gardens towards the sea. A fully stocked bar and well appointed kitchen ensure that guests are able to obtain light refreshments and delicious home-cooked meals throughout the day, with a choice of two covered dining areas. The swimming pool provides a welcome break from relaxing on sunbeds, using the bicycles provided or sightseeing!

shows them how to take whatever skills they already have and maximise them, with lots of new ideas on how to improve. So if you’re asked if you fancy a holiday in Greece don’t forget to ask the right questions, but don’t dismiss it out of hand. It could be a winwin situation for you and your partner! You can find out more at www.

Norman Griffiths

“We are very excited to have Aynsley spend a week with us in this beautiful place,” said Corfu Rock School Owner, and Instructor Mike Piescki. “We always have a really nice group of musicians and fans come and support the event - a real family vibe. The daily schedule has a siesta time built in where we take a break to keep the noise down for locals usually 2-5 pm. This allows time for students to take a break and go to the beach, practice or whatever. We will have one day dedicated for private sessions with Aynsley and they will have the rest of the day to relax. Last year we took a trip the the local brewery Corfu Beer for a tour - guests really loved that.” Aynsley is no newcomer to the guitar tuition business and has run his own residential workshops in the UK for the past seven years. He has also tutored at the IGF Summer school in Bath and has been a long time occasional contributor to the ‘Guitarist’ magazine. His workshops include plenty of hands on practical work for students to try out and work on, and aim to make his students better players, whatever their current level. He

My leadership skills begin and end with starting the Happy Birthday song at a party.

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All the latest news from Groby WI WI Annual Council Meeting for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

of the River Soar, between the Rothley Court Hotel and the GCR steam railway station on Westfield Lane, Rothley.

This report is from Judy Leacy:

Liz was a midwifery lecturer whose hobby was winemaking but in her words ‘it became a hobby that got out of control’! The boutique winery was originally called Kingfishers’ Pool Vineyard but as it kept being confused with hot tub establishments the name was changed to Rothley Wine Ltd! The vineyard has 900 vines over 26 rows with trees surrounding the vineyard which offers protection from inclement weather. There are also hedgerows with blackberries and elderflowers which are also used in the wine production. There is a Roman Dam still visible at Kingfishers’ Pool and also a hide for observing the kingfishers who still reside there. In 1662 a physician from Dorset named Christopher Merrett did experiments involving fermenting already fermented cider and suceeded in making sparkling dry cider. He then purchased a barrel of cheap french wine, applied the same principal by putting the wine into bottles made in Newcastle as the glass was thicker and better quality. The wine continued to ferment in the bottles resulting in some of the first ‘bubbly’! Liz said that some of the Prosecco we drink today can be produced in just six weeks by injecting CO2 gas into cheap white wine. Liz explained that the term ‘wine’ can only be applied to an alcoholic drink that is made from 100% grapes and that there are 10,000 varieties of grapes worldwide with 50 different varieties in the UK. Wines produced in a cooler climate tend to have a more subtle flavour and lower alcohol content. Wine production in England and Wales has doubled in the past seven years but must meet the following criteria to be called wine: • The grapes must all be grown in England or Wales. • The wine must be bottled in England or Wales. • It must be made from 100% grapes. • It must be registered with Wine Standards and regulated. • Excise duty must be paid and we were astonished to be told that VAT must then be paid on the excise duty, a double whammy! Rothley Vineyard produces white, red and rose wines with interesting names such as King Richard, Fearless, Battle Royal, King

TWELVE of us had a very enjoyable day at this meeting which was held at the Leicester Grammar School. There were stalls selling various beautiful articles such as jewellery, throws, scarves, handbags and many more, including our favourite which was advertising flavoured gins. It took me four samples to decide which one I liked best! We had two speakers before lunch: Captain Michael Vlasto spoke about the history of Trinity House, a charity that safeguards the shipping around the British Isles, including navigating large ships into the harbour. The second speaker was Laura Bingham who gave an account of her journey down the Essequibo River in Guyana, successfully finding the mouth of the river in a kayak. After lunch, Hazel Colville from the Army, Hannah Welch from the Air Force and Ann Miller McCaffrey from the Navy, each gave wonderful animated talks on positive careers for women in the forces. They made me want to join! Finally, we were thoroughly entertained by Gyles Brandreth. He reminded us of his range of work which included a voice-over in an advert for incontinence pads! He kept us laughing the whole time whilst teaching us the importance of diction. He received a standing ovation. We will certainly look forward to the meeting next year. Judy

MEMBERS attended our annual dinner at Kirby Golf Club on 7th March and had a very enjoyable evening with good food. Marilyn was thanked for producing place names. £61 was donated to WALL, a local charity supporting domestic abuse victims, from money collected at last month’s meeting from the sale of yummy cakes. A letter of thanks had also been received from Rainbows for our donation of £21 in lieu of Christmas cards.

Rothley Vineyard Talk OUR SPEAKER at this month’s meeting was Liz Robson, Vintner from Rothley Vineyard which is situated on the bank of Rothley Brook, a tributary

Henry, Warhorse, Noble Purpose and High Hopes. The vines are planted high off the ground to protect them from frost, badgers and foxes. The harvesting of the grapes is done by a trusty band of volunteers who still tread the grapes in the traditional fashion. In 2017, the vineyard produced 2,030 bottles of wine increasing to 10,000 bottles in 2018. Two other interesting facts about the vineyard are that they have hens that produce different colour eggs and the egg shells are used to fine (clarify) the wine. They also have a English Pointer dog called Mabel whose main job is to chase the birds and rabbits away from the vines! The Vineyard also does a tour with wine tasting for small groups enjoying samples either on the terrace (weather permitting) or in the conservatory. My husband and I went to one of these sessions last year and it was a wonderful

experience in a delightful setting, I would highly recommend it (maybe get a taxi though rather than drive!). The wines are available to buy at the vineyard or at North’s Delicatessan just up the road. I thanked Liz for her most interesting talk and particularly for the samples she had brought along for us to taste - food and drink always go down extremely well at WI!

Next meeting: Hannah’s Chocolates Our next meeting is on Thursday April 18th at 7.30pm in the Village Hall when the speaker will be Tom Phillips and the subject ‘Hannah’s Chocolates’. I feel another yummy tasting session coming on! New members are always welcome so just come along.

Ruth Rolinson

Wise Words

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

I wonder if Vlad the Impaler would have chosen a different career path had his last name not been ‘The Impaler’.


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Friends of Charnwood Forest Monday 15th April. 7:30 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall Talk by Roy Mitchell, “The History of the Stoneywell Gardens.” Everyone is very welcome to join us. A nominal charge of £3, payable on the door for non-members.

Our Mission Statement To work towards the preservation of the countryside and local environment of Charnwood Forest Regional Park for the benefit of those who live within it, and for those who visit, and for future generations. We aim to be an effective,informative,and influential voluntary organisation. For more information, and on line application, see

Groby Village Society Thursday April 25 “Rest in Peace” Brian Johnson Thursday May 23 “Joseph Merrick” Ann Featherstone Thursday June 27 “Radicals and Rebels” David Bell

Groby Scout News

Looking forward to the World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia! IT’S LESS than 100 days till I will be joining 49 other Leicestershire Explorer Scouts; 4,500 UK Scouts & 45,000 Scouts from around the world at the 24th World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, USA. Our itinerary is almost finalised, a 24 hour stop over in New York city, then 10 days at the Jamboree at the purpose built American Scout Jamboree site in West Virginia, 3 days big city adventure in Washington DC before 5 days in Canada hosted by a Canadian Scout Group, before finally heading home (for a rest!) In the 18 months since hearing I’d got a place on the trip I have raised £4,500, attended 3 Leicestershire contingent camps and spent a weekend in London sight seeing & playing ‘Monopoly’. We even slept on a boat on London Docklands! I’ve already made new friends with the ‘Attenbears’ Leicestershire contingent and I’m looking forward to meeting other young people from around the world & visiting new places, though not looking forward to the 8 hour flight over or not losing passport for 3 weeks! Yours in Scouting

Helen Chick

Groby Explorer Scout Unit, Member of the Attenbears

Thursday July 25 “Amber Autumn, Golden Glens” Peter Amour Thursday August 22 “A Palace by a River” Mike Ogden

Meetings held at Groby Village Hall Starting at 7.30pm. unless stated otherwise For Further Details Contact Hon. Secretary Mr. P. Castell Tel. 0116 287 9842 e-mail:- Non Members are Welcome

BOOK SPOT Cross Her Heart By Sarah Pinborough When you think you’re safe, YOU’RE NOT. When you think the past is over, IT ISN’T. When you think you know someone, YOU DON’T. When you think you’ve guessed this twist, YOU HAVEN’T. One moment will change three women’s lives forever.

Sweet dreams DO YOU, or don’t you? Many of us feel reluctant to admit that we would like to do it, even if usually we do not. Have a snooze after lunch, that is. A 20-minute nap seems to work wonders – many studies find that people awake feeling refreshed, with their energy levels renewed and with a much-improved mental focus. But getting the chance to have your kip is rarely easy, as most work-places in the UK frown on workers falling asleep on their desks. How different from the Far East, where in Vietnam workers drape themselves over their scooters to sleep, or where in Tokyo and Hong Kong businessmen often sleep in public places. The Japanese even have a polite term for it: inemuri – ‘being present while asleep’. Dropping off to casual sleep has been recorded in Japan since the 10th century. Some UK companies are sympathetic. One CEO of a major advertising company agrees that “a powernap mid-morning or midafternoon sets you up for the rest of the day. You are much more alert, and it also promotes creativity.”

County Plate triumph for Brookvale Year 10 Boys Rugby Team BROOKVALE Groby Learning Campus Year 10 boys rugby team retained the County Plate title that they won previously in Year 9. The game was played in tough conditions at Leicester Forest RFC against a decent John Fernley side. However, we managed to string some excellent phases of rugby together to outscore our opponents by 8 tries to 2. Tom Allen opened the scoring, with Luis Parry and Sam Jacques (2) adding to this in the first half. Sam Jacques scored another two tries in the second half with Luis Parry scoring again after a free flowing move that started in our own 22. Zak Golding completed the scoring with a well worked try and Tom Allen finished with 4 conversions for a final score of 48-12. Well done boys!

I got frostbite and had part of my foot amputated. Then my girlfriend left me. She was lack-toes intolerant.

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Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll

Hinckley & Bosworth Election of Borough Councillors The following is a statement of the persons nominated for election as a Borough Councillor for Groby

*Decision of the Returning Officer that the nomination is invalid or other reason why a person nominated no longer stands nominated. The persons above against whose name no entry is made in the last column have been and stand validly nominated.

A poll will be taken on Thursday 2 May 2019 between the hours of 7am and 10pm. Where contested this poll is taken together with the election of Parish Councillors.

Notice of uncontested election Hinckley & Bosworth

Election of Parish Councillors for Groby Parish Council - Groby Ward On Thursday 2 May 2019 I, being the Returning Officer at the above election, report that the persons whose names appear below were duly elected Parish Councillors for Groby Parish Council - Groby Ward.

My wife said she’d like to have another baby. I agreed, the one we have is really annoying!



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Nominate Someone!

Awards will honour volunteers who ‘make a difference’ THE HUNT is on to find Hinckley and Bosworth residents who make a difference to the lives of others through volunteering. The Council is urging residents to nominate a person or group that deserves recognition for the help they give to others. The Making a Difference community awards are sponsored by the Borough Council and include individual and group categories as follows: • Inspirational volunteer(s): An individual or group that you admire or feel are inspirational in respect of their voluntary work. • Young volunteer(s): A young person or a group (under 18) who volunteer and contribute their time and skills to benefit others within our community. • Creating a sense of community: Volunteers who help individuals or groups of people to feel included, supported, involved and enabled to enjoy life within their community. • Protecting, improving or supporting our environment: An individual or group who contribute to, and benefit our environment, making it a better place for us all. • Contributing to our local heritage, culture or tourism offer: An individual or group who enable others to appreciate and benefit from our local heritage and cultural offer, making this a borough for us all to enjoy and attract visitors. • Keeping people safe and well: An individual or group who volunteer for the benefit of others safety and wellbeing. To find out more about the different categories, nominate online or download an application form visit makingadifference Alternatively contact the Council’s Community Planning Officer, Tracy O’Grady, for a nomination form on Tel: 01455 638170, email: tracy.o’grady@ Nominations must be received by Friday 10 May 2019. A judging panel will consider all of the nominations and the awards will be presented at the voluntary and community sector celebration event on Thursday 6 June. All nominees will receive a medal and the overall winners in each category will receive a trophy.

Crime diversion project puts young people on the right road A GROUNDBREAKING project helping young people involved in vehicle crime to develop practical motoring skills received a special visit from Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach. Leicester-based AXLR8 received £8,142 from the PCC’s Prevention Fund for its Hit the Road project supporting young people caught up in vehicle crime and antisocial behaviour to develop employment skills and understand the impact of illegal motoring. The project delivers workshops to young people aged between 14 and 18 who are not in employment, education or training and are currently involved in the youth justice system for vehicle-related offences. The workshops focus on the dangers and implications of illegal riding/driving as well as providing practical sessions on how to service a bike or car with the aim of building confidence and self-esteem. Further sessions will be held to help participants develop their job application skills through writing CVs and searching for employment. The PCC met staff and volunteers behind the scheme for a progress update on the impact of the sessions. Willy Bach said: “This is a fantastic project encouraging young people to use their passion and interest in motoring in positive and practical ways. “AXLR8 has a proven track record of success and has been working with young people at risk of crime since 2005. Motorbike crime and illegal motoring consistently blight Leicestershire’s communities and are frequently raised by local people and the hope is this intervention will develop responsible attitudes to vehicle use while also reducing crime. “Lack of skills and unemployment are driving forces behind all sorts of crime. The young people involved in this project are gaining more awareness of impact of their behaviour on their communities but are also seizing the opportunity to develop their talents and increase their employability.” The project, which commenced at the beginning of 2019 from its premises in Aylestone, is being delivered over a 12week period with two sessions each week. Participants are already known to AXLR8 or to the organisations it works with. Jonny Akroyd, project manager, said: “The PCC funding will enable AXLR8 to continue educating young people around responsible road use and the consequences of dangerous or illegal riding/driving. Also, we will be able to fund provisional licences and basic rider training for young people to help them become legal road users.”

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work By Richard Carlson

Most people spend at least 40 hours a week in the office, and constant deadlines, heavy workloads, and daily dilemmas can make working a stressful experience. In this book, Richard Carlson shows readers how to interact more peaceably and joyfully with colleagues, clients and bosses. He reveals tips such as planning what you’re going to say in a meeting or presentation, taking a deep breath before reacting to a co-worker’s criticism, and asking for a raise in the most effective way possible. Transforming your outlook at the office will not only ease stress in the workplace, it will also lead to a happier life at home.

Wise Words In the household in which I was raised, the themes were pretty simple. ‘Work hard. Don’t quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.’ Michael Keaton

I tried to share a bag of chips with a homeless person on the street. He told me to clear off and buy my own.

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News from the Allotments Open Day Sunday 28th April - Come and see what we get up to in our sheds!

IT IS International Composting Awareness Week, from 5th to 11th May but we thought we would get in first and launch our Allotments Open Day at our Ratby Road site on Sunday 28th April. We will have guided tours around our larger site (we also have a small site at Orchard Close), with refreshments available throughout the day, a produce/plants stall, a demonstration of, and chance to have a go at, Water Divining (it’s amazing, no idea how it works, it just does!), and a talk from a Master Composter from ‘Carry on Composting’ about how to make great compost. If you want to hear about how to make your own amazing compost, the talk will be at 11am down near our Community Shed. Our Open Day will be on the Ratby Road allotment site on Sunday 28th April between 10am and 4pm, and as well as our Composting talk, we will also be hoping that some young potential gardeners will come along to help us make some Seed Bombs. Children, you can come and make “bombs” of wildflower seeds to scatter and get at least your hands messy (lovely!). Then you can scatter them by throwing them on some waste ground by the allotments or take them home to have a lovely show of wildflowers in your garden (please check with Mum and Dad first!) so do come along and have a go. Do take the chance to have a look around the allotment gardens and have a peek at our hens if you are curious or just pop along for a cuppa and a bite to eat (early birds can get a bacon butty. But don’t worry, we will have cake in the afternoon) and a chat. If, after looking around, you are tempted to have a go at allotment gardening yourself, and eating your very own delicious homegrown vegetables and fruit, we currently have a few vacant plots, which you can view on the day, so, don’t

delay, come and have a look. Don’t forget to bring some change as we also have a raffle and bric-a brac and produce stalls. Making good compost is a great

way of getting rid of your kitchen and garden waste and patting yourself on the back for helping the environment too. It also enriches the soil, allowing you to grow even better fruit, vegetables, flowers or shrubs. You’ll be sure to learn a lot from Carry On Composting. We can’t guarantee that our plots will look as lush as in the photo above, taken last year in the summer, it will still only be April after all, and we have no idea what the weather will be throwing at us until then, but do come and see how we are doing.

49 plots on the Ratby Road site in 1925 compared to 154 plots today which range from about 20 square metres to 320 square metres in size. In fact, someone who lives in the village can remember that her father, a farmer, used to be asked to plough the plots for them. I must say, that would be very nice to have these days! Sadly, we now have to rely on digging over the plot ourselves and a nice hot bath afterwards, as most of our plots are too small to get a tractor anywhere near them. How the people who kept these huge allotment plots managed to find the time and the energy to work their plot, after being at work all day, amazes me but I expect that the whole family gave a hand

to manage the plot and of course the plot was an important food source for them. I would imagine that with plots that size, the whole family were self-sufficient in fruit and vegetables for the year. I am very pleased that my plot does not extend to that extent as I find mine keeps me busy enough these days!

Carol Lincoln


The Monty Python phenomenon

THE MONTY Python surreal comedy group was formed 50 years ago, on 11th May 1969.

They pioneered a type of stream-of consciousness television sketch show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus whose influence on comedy has been compared with the Beatles’ influence on music. 45 episodes were made over four series, and the Python phenomenon developed into stage shows, films, albums, books and musicals. Being iconoclastic and anti-establishment, the Pythons – John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam – were inevitably controversial and made many Christians uneasy, especially after the release of their Life of Brian film in 1979, which seemed to poke fun at Jesus, though they denied that this was the intention. Ironically, by 1994, the point was already being made that they had “begun to occupy an institutional position in the edifice of British social culture that they had once had so much fun trying to demolish”. The term “pythonesque” as a definition for a type of humour is included in standard dictionaries – a fact that Terry Jones said meant that they had failed. Seven asteroids are named after Monty Python or its members. The word “spam” referring to unsolicited e-mail is derived from their TV “Spam” sketch in 1970.

They are not as big as they used to be! THIS DOESN’T only apply to chocolate bars these days, as I discovered when I came across an old map of the Ratby Road allotment site, dated around 1920’s and a rent book from 1925. In those days the tenants could choose between four different sized plots, 600 square yds, 400 square yds, 300 square yds or 200 square yds. Consequently, there were only

Grandma’s been staring through the window ever since it started to snow. If it gets any worse I’ll have to let her in.


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Groby Community Library News A Happy Easter to you all.

Annual General Meeting

and ‘you’re not scared’. There will be reward for completed sheets back at the library. Why not pop in to the café for a drink and cake after you’ve been exploring. Craft session - Tuesday 16th 10.00-12.00pm, we will have an Easter themed craft session. 50p per child. Construction - Following the success of our first construction session we’re having another one on Wednesday 17th April 2.304.30pm. Any donations of Lego will be very welcome. World Book Night is on Tuesday 23rd April. Did you know that this is the date that Shakespeare was born and died? It’s also St George’s Day. We don’t have any World Book day books to give away this year but we have lots of books for our Book Sale or Swap.

The AGM was held at 7:30pm on Tuesday 19th March. The minutes of the meeting and income and expenditure accounts for 2018/9 are available in the library. Refreshment were provided by the Stamford Arms.

New Trustees Needed

At the AGM the Chairman Janet Bishop resigned and stood down as a Trustee. The remaining six trustees are: Christine Fowler, Janet Harrison(Vice Chairman) John Martin, David Robinson Roz Smith(Secretary) and Sue Yates(Treasurer). There are approximately 6,000 residents of Groby and six of us - we’re a very small committee doing a big job. To ensure the future of the Library and provide Groby with a safe and social asset, we need more help. We are in need of up to 4 more Trustees. If you think you would like to help run the Library and Café, please leave your details at the Library desk or email: You will be very welcome to join us. Being a Trustee is a very rewarding and interesting activity. There’s a lot going on at the library over the Easter holidays Janet Bishop may not be continuing as a Trustee but she is not leaving Groby Community Library. Janet will be running lots of Children’s activities.

We’re going on a ... nature hunt! IT’S THE 30th anniversary of the much loved children’s book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but there are not many bears in Groby! Come down to the library during the Easter holidays Monday 15thSaturday 27th April to take part in the Great Groby Nature Hunt in the Meadow. Collect your Hunt sheet from the library for £1 each and see what you can find. ‘Swishy swashy’, ‘Squelch squerch’ but watch out for bears! Let’s hope it’s a ‘beautiful day’

MONSTACADEMY! Do you want to see and hear a real author in person? Do come along on Wednesday 24th April 2.30-3.30pm to meet local author Matt Beighton who will be presenting ‘Story time with a difference!’ It’s exciting and interactive. Children’s tombola - We will be having a children’s tombola with some great prizes to win. Tickets 50p each or 3 for £1. For all activities children must be accompanied by an adult.

Dr. Janet Harrison Vice Chair, Groby Community Library.

Fair Trade Lucky Dip at the Co-op THE CO-OPERATIVE Food Store, Laundon Way generously hosted a Fair Trade Lucky Dip during Fair Trade Fortnight recently. Sean, the manager, provided a display of the large range of Fair Trade items now stocked. Alongside the more well-known Fairly Traded tea, coffee, and chocolate, the store sells sugar, wine, roses, bananas and even tomatoes. After finishing their shopping, customers were invited by the Churches Together in Groby volunteers to take a ticket and try to win one of the many prizes donated by the co-op. At Groby Tasters, hosted at the United Reformed Church a week later, more lucky guests enjoyed Fair Trade prizes whilst relaxing over their breakfast treats with friends. The real winners of Fair Trade are undoubtedly the farmers who receive fair payments for their work in producing our food and flowers. Sean and the volunteers present roses to lucky winners. We invite you to buy these products all year round. Jane Cox on behalf of Churches Together for Justice

As I get older and remember all the people I’ve lost along the way, maybe a career as a tour guide wasn’t for me.

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Solution to Groby’s dog walking issue?

THE BALDWIN Trust can now announce that we have raised funds for our third boat which has been commissioned and will be joining the fleet later in the season. Our new boat will be called HALSEYON DAYS and is a narrow boat which is 68ft in overall length. The design of the boat incorporates many features which will enhance the trip experience for all our clients. Special attention has been paid to specific requirements. Getting on and off the new boat will be much easier as the stern is being built with a flat floor with no trip hazards. A new design passenger lift is being fitted to enable easy safe access especially for those passengers with mobility challenges. The 500kg capacity lift is a very safe design which incorporates many features used by the County Council with an automatic lift and wheelchair stops. The spacious passenger cabin area is fully insulated and heated to ensure a comfortable trip with multiple radiators. Large panoramic windows are fitted in the passenger area. They have a ventilation system that enable each window to be adjusted to meet the customers requirements. We have LED lighting and safety slip resistant flooring. Tables and chairs seat 12 passengers and can be adjusted to accommodate wheelchair seating. There is also a fully fitted galley with a fridge that provides facilities for cooking simple meals and making hot drinks. There is also a washroom / toilet on board. The bow has been completely re-designed to enable passengers to take in the benefits of the fresh air and sunshine on those hot sunny days. The 43HP Beta diesel engine is fitted with a hospital silencer to reduce noise. During 2019 our three boats will carry AED defibrillators. We intend to continue to pursue more grants / donations in order to purchase a second new boat which could be a wide beam. With three boats on the water this year we need more VOLUNTEERS to crew our boats. We are having an open day on Sunday JUNE THE 9th This will be held on DANDELION at Pillings Marina, Quorn between 10.30am to 4.00pm. Please come along. We welcome gentlemen and ladies with or without experience. There will be skippers and crew on board to give you all the up to date information about the trust and we will answer all your questions. We look forward to meeting you. Please visit our web site for full information on the Baldwin Trust. Information on all our activities is available on our web site including pictures of our craft --- www.

Alasdair Macintyre WHAT DOES THE TRUST DO? THE BALDWIN TRUST was formed in 1983 and we have two boats on the River Soar. One is moored at Pillings Marina Quorn and the other at Leicester Marina Thurmaston. The Baldwin charitable organisation was formed to help patients of the Baldwin ward at the former Leicester Frith Hospital by giving them therapeutic trips on the tranquil waters of the River Soar. Our mission is to enhance the wellbeing for people of all ages, especially those living with disabilities and mental illness. We have already received the Queens award for community Service in 2010. The boats are operational seven days a week during the summer. Trips are between four to seven hours long and we can carry up to twelve passengers on each boat. We have tea and coffee facilities on board. Prices start at £110.00 and the price includes provision of a skipper and two crew.

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I READ the letter from David and Julie Richards with dismay. The problem in Groby is there isn’t a park just for dog walkers. It is up to owners to keep their dogs under control and well trained. There is a green space off Flaxfield Close which is well fenced and could be designated a dog training and exercise park. It would enable owners to let dogs off the leash safely and permit training and recall. This would be an easy solution.

John Dodds

Missed appointments with your GP IF YOU can’t make an appointment, do you warn your surgery? Too many of us forget to do so: missed appointments with our GPs cost £216million a year – the equivalent of 2,325 full-time family doctors. No wonder that NHS England is urging people to cancel rather than simply not show up. Sadly, more than 15million GP practice appointments – one in 20 – are wasted every year as patients failed to attend without cancelling. As one doctor points out: “It can be a frustrating waste of resources for GPs, and also for other patients who are struggling to secure an appointment for themselves. We would urge people to let us know if they can’t attend as soon as possible, so that we can offer that time to someone else who really needs it.”

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Borough Councillors’ Report from Martin & Ted Borough Council Election Day Thursday 2nd May 2019 Polls open 7am to 10pm Groby Polling Station, Leicester Road, Groby, LE6 0DJ Result back in May 2015: Cllr Martin Cartwright – Elected Cllr Ted Hollick – Elected

WHATEVER your political views prior to this local election the national politics have dropped to a level in Westminster never seen before which is so far removed from your day to day lives here in Groby. For my part in seeking your support to vote for me based on my record over the 12 years I have been honoured to be your Borough Councillor, my election address to you is about what I hope to achieve given the opportunity in May to continue do so. Borough Council elections take place every four years and are about electing two people who actually live and have an active role and interest in Groby to represent your views and look after your interests at Hinckley & Bosworth. Your Borough Councillors do not work for the Borough Council and are not employed by the Borough Council but democratically voted in to represent the electorate that put their faith in those people to see Groby has a voice at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Being a Borough Councillor requires hard work over many hours if you are to truly support the people who put their faith in you at the Ballot Box. It is impossible to be universally popular as for example in a planning application when you fight for what is right; you never please both sides of a disagreement. On a day to day basis it is the hundreds of individual residents that I have had the opportunity to help with their many and varied issues over the last 12 years that makes being in this position so rewarding. It could be you that needs help. Being your Borough Councillor involves many varied problems for residents including: sorting out missed bin collections, advising on planning and building control, boundary disputes, anti social behaviour, having abandoned cars removed and also being available to answer residents’ concerns by e-mail, telephone and direct mail. Many large Groby issues have taken place during the time I have been your Borough Councillor including potential traveller sites (none have materialised under

Martin Cartwright Call: 0116 2874500 Mobile: 07850 707050

E-Mail: Write to: Maverick House 10 Pine Tree Avenue, Groby, LE6 0EQ

my watch), enforcement issues at the Klondyke, the Martinshaw Lane development, the Bloors Site planning applications and appeals for example. What any candidate should achieve and remember is to do the right thing at all times and remain true to the Groby electorate Thank you for your support, if returned again on May 2nd I look forward to being able to continue to represent Groby residents at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Cllr Martin Cartwright

Klondyke Update BOROUGH Council Response to the CPO Proposals from the Groby Parish Poll Steering Group: The Borough Council at the Groby Parish Poll Klondyke Steering Group meeting held on 18th January 2019 promised to provide an initial update to the CPO proposals by 29th March 2019. As steering group chairman I have now received a response from Rob Parkinson as promised. As Chairman of the steering group, as we had not had the opportunity to meet prior to the Spotlight deadline, my view is that the response from the Borough Council to Groby Parish Council’s proposals of compulsorily purchasing the Klondyke in order to facilitate a community hub and visitor centre for Groby Pool were very well received acknowledging the next steps and setting out the requirement for additional evidence and the next steps to follow. It is the will of the Borough Council and steering group to see that the various hurdles are overcome rather than the scheme failing. A pause in the process will now inevitably take place during the election period, but I hope whoever

Ted Hollick Call: 0116 287 5955 Mobile: 07962 373983 E-mail: Write: 7 Shaw Wood Close, Groby, LE6 0FY

is returned in May as a result of the election will immediately set upon making progress in this major issue for Groby. The response is very comprehensive and far too large to feature in this column. In the coming days I will see that the full response is available to view on the Groby Parish Council web site. The requirement for additional evidence is set out below: Requirement for Additional Evidence 1. Sequential test of alternative sites reviewed and discounted with evidence; 2. Planting scheme to meet National Forest Requirements; 3. Review on the design of the facility with regards to scale and finishes; 4. Habitat survey and survey for potential species; 5. Contamination survey of the site; 6. Transport and Highway Assessment; 7. Review of facility mix and provision to meet FA requirements; 8. Site survey to assess feasibility of providing pitches; 9. Evidence of Community/ Stakeholder support to the development; 10. Fully costed up scheme and funding sources identified; 11. Details of Project Management for delivery of scheme;

Only two owners caught out over dog poo YOU MAY have seen the stencilled notices around Groby pavements warning that failing to pick up dog poo is an offence that carries a fine of up to £1000. Only two dog owners in and around Hinckley were caught

failing to clear up dog poo despite 223 complaints surrounding the issue during the same period. Just two dog poo fines were issued by staff at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council between June 2017 and June 2018. In one case a fine of £50 has been paid. In the other case, the fine has not been paid and the Borough Council staff are preparing to take legal action by taking the person to court. In January this year a statement by Cllr Mark Nickerson executive member for neighbourhood services said that the Council is watching, catching and fining irresponsible owners. Mr Nickerson goes onto say that the Council fine everyone they catch and is urging residents to report where and when the mess is being left so that so that the enforcement team can target those areas specifically. If you are sick and tired of irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs, then please telephone 01455 255977 or e-mail streetsceneservices@ Council staff need to know the date and time the incident happened along with the street name, a description of the dog and a description of the person with the dog. Even better a number plate of the vehicle if the person was seen getting in or out of the vehicle at the time. Here in Groby we could keep the Borough Council very busy with this issue. For those caught the law says people that allow dogs to poo in public places and don’t clean it up can be either fined or taken to court where the maximum penalty is a £1000 fine. Hinckley & Bosworth initial penalty is a £50 fine which must be paid within two weeks. Those failing to pay or if caught a second time will mean that they will then potentially end up in court. All this would be fantastic if people were caught in the first instance. On this, the Borough Council record for June 2017 to June 2018 is appalling by anyone’s measure.

Have your say on new planning guidance RESIDENTS and businesses are being invited to have their say on the latest planning guidance for new build developments and extensions when a new consultation opens next month.

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Groby & Field Head Spotlight • MID-APRIL 2019 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: The Borough Council will be consulting on a document known as ‘The Good Design Supplementary Planning Document’ (SPD) - for four weeks starting on the 15th April 2019. Once agreed, the document will guide developers, agents and members of the public with the design of their developments and extensions. It will set out the general principles accepted by the Council for new residential, existing residential, barn conversions, commercial and shop front developments. The Council will publish the consultation version of The Good Design SPD and details of how to comment on its website on 15th April and anyone who wishes to take part has until 12th May 2019 to do so. Following the consultation, comments will be analysed and necessary changes will be incorporated into the final document for adoption by the Council, anticipated to be later this year. To take part, go to and select ‘have your say’ from 15 April onwards. Personally, I think t is very unwise of the Council to have this consultation taking part during purdah for the forthcoming Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council elections. The consultation ends on 12th May 2019 only 7 days after the administration is elected 7 days in which the new administration is being formed.

Thank You to Residents FOR 12 YEARS now I have been your Borough Councillor and thank you all for your support during this time. I am standing in the forthcoming election seeking a further 4 year term of office and if successful would like to be able to continue representing your best interests at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. It is far from certain that the current administration will be returned resulting in me becoming part of the administration at HBBC once again. This would have a far greater effect upon what I can achieve for Groby should this be the result.

I am Here To Help You Should you have any comments or problems you would like us to mention in our articles please get in touch, contact details above: Kind regards,

Cllr Martin Cartwright


Groby Gardening Society News March meeting THE MARCH meeting welcomed Dr Andrew Ward of Norwell Nurseries, just a few miles off the A1 to the north of Newark in Nottinghamshire who gave us talk on Woodland Gems, the type of plant that is found in the shady area of the forest, which often thrive before the forest canopy develops in spring. Norwell started out around 25 years ago on a modest 2 acre site of clay soil that was often subject to very low winter temperatures, being in a frost pocket despite being south facing. Andrew told us that when the site was being set up, a neighbouring property set up a long boundary fence; the fence posts accidentally (fortuitously) developed roots and created a substantial hedge of poplars, which provides a lot of shade for the plants being grown. It has been a long process to improve the soil, using compost, gypsum and sand - and a lot of hard work! The initial raised beds that were created were quite shallow, to create specific growing environments, various other beds and planting schemes have evolved over the years including an area given over to many types of grass. Andrew’s slides took us through the gardening year, from the snowqueen synthyris reniformis in January, primula, heliconopsis and meconopsis (the Nepal poppy) in February to March, with pulmonaria (lungworts), brunnera (similar to forget-me-nots), geranium and corydalis, ranunculus and anemone in early spring, erythronium (dog-tooth violet) and epimedium (barren wort or goatweed) with a variety of colours for late spring/early summer, lathyrus (pea flowers) and dicentra into early summer sanguinaria (blood root) and trillium through summer into autumn, uvularia (bell flowers),

The recently created pond feature at Norwell Nurseries anemones and saxifrage through into autumn and beyond.

Many of the plants at Norwell are low, slow-growing perennials producing flowers over a long period, which often require patience for success, athough some such as veratrum californicum (Californian false hellebore - above) grows over 6 feet tall. This is a poisonous plant, but has become of interest to pharmaceutical companies recently for a potentially important medicinal extract. There are also over 100 varieties of chrysanthemum to be found at Norwell. As well as the shade-loving plants, Norwell has a variety of borders which flower in succession to maintain colour, and attract

pollinators, throughout the year. A recent project has been the creation of a pond, providing another different habitat. Norwell is open from March to the end of October, closed on Tuesdays and some Saturdays, and looks to be well worth a visit. The website is http://www.norwellnurseries. where you can find details of opening times, plants for sale and an order form. Andrew brought a range of plants from the nursery, which proved very popular purchases on the night. • OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS are held at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month in the United Reformed Church rooms on Chapel Hill, Groby. Entry is £2 for non-members (an annual subscription is just £15), and you’ll be sure of a warm welcome, along with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit! The next two meetings are on April 11th, a pre-Easter interactive evening and May 9th when Michael Brown will be presenting a talk entitled “Capability Brown – Hero or Hooligan”.

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Henson Bros set to retire this month THE HENSON BROS motor repair shop on Rookery Lane is pulling down the shutter for the last time this month. By the time this Spotlight reaches you they will probably be busy clearing the workshop, so don’t ring to try to arrange a last minute car service! After 38 years of meeting the motoring needs of a growing village it’s no secret that they have been looking forward to retiring from this demanding role. “Although we haven’t lived in the village for some time we will miss being part of the Groby scene and the friendly relationship with the many customers who have used us over the years,” said Paul. “Yes, and we’d like to thank them for their loyalty and for entrusting us to look after their vehicles over such a long period,” added Michael.

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Spotlight Small Ads • 37 DR WHO BOOKS, all in good condition and from the Tennant/ Eccleston era. Price: £10.00. Tel: 07941 594057 (Groby). • X2 Groby School V-NECK JUMPERS. Size 96 cm. Photo available via WhatsApp if required. Collect from Markfield. Price: £5.00 for the pair. Tel 01530 243015. • WOODEN ROCKING CHAIR. Adult Size, Good Condition. Price: £30.00 Tel: 07867 806474 (Markfield) • DESK, office style, wood with drawers. 32” wide by 60” long. Price: £40.00 • WOOD TABLE, oval shape, 35¼” wide by 60” across. Price: £25.00 • TRAILER with cover. Nearly new with apex top. 45½” wide by 82” long. Price: £650. • TRAILER - 37” wide by 53” long. Price: £150.00 • FIRE SURROUND - antique, natural oiled finish. 47½” wide by 48” high. Opening in the middle: 35”. Ring for price. Tel: 01530 244572 or 07977 036445. (Stanton under Bardon) • 1939 GOLF CIGARETTE CARDS fully framed and in amazing condition (rare product) Price - £70.00 Tel: 07814 171552 (Groby) • Hoover frost-free FRIDGE FREEZER. As new. One year old. Price: £200.00. Tel: 0116 231 2002 (Groby) • Handheld ‘Easy Home’ WINDOW VAC CLEANER,. Rechargeable and hardly used so is in great condition. Complete with spray pistol, cloth holder, microfibre cloths, charger and instructions. Price: £15.00 • Benchtop ‘Powercraft’ TABLE SAW with foldable extension table, electric, adjustable saw angle and depth. With accessories safety blade guard, Mitre gauge, rip fence and instructions. Ideal for cutting wood, boards and small panels. Very good condition and full working order with very little use. Price: £40.00. • Full Length DRESSING MIRROR, floor standing and tilting, approx 5ft., Pine. Good condition. Price: £20.00 • Pine COFFEE TABLE, 930mm x 530mm x 450mm tall. Shaped carved legs, good condition. Price: £20.00 • Free Standing HAMMOCK with carry case. Foldaway steel frame and central hanging. Like new condition, ideal for garden or camping and very easy to assemble. Price: £23.00 Tel: 0116 287 0375 (Groby) • Full size IRONING BOARD. Folds flat. Price: £5.00 Tel: 0116 238 7425 (Ratby)

• Large Bar-B-Que ( New York 3 Gas Barbeque with side burner) for sale. Bought 7 years ago for £100. Used 4 times only. Yours for £20 only. • Kitchen stove changed from gas to electric so 2 ( 1 full, 1 part used) LPG bottles for sale. Refill price for 1 bottle from Flogas Leicester is £30. £15 secures you both bottles. Tel: 0116 238 7715 (Ratby) • LADIES MOTORBIKE JACKETS, size 16-18: Revit’ - black, detachable liner; ‘Hein Gericke’ - black, blue and white, detachable liner; ‘Crane’x2 - black/ grey, and black with white piping, detachable liner; ALL NEW. ‘Akito’ jacket and trousers, used. Jckt black/grey with red flash; trsrs black. Price: £40.00 each ALSO BMW inner pannier bags; magnetic tank bags (large and small), and pillion seat bag. Price: £10.00£30.00. Tel: 07982 753457. • Clipper 3 CYCLE CARRIER fits behind towball allowing use whilst towing. Price: £20.00 o.n.o. Tel: 01530 450552 (Coalville) • EXERCISE MACHINE - Powertech 2000W Vibration Machine programmable settings, very good condition. Price: £60.00 Tel: 0116 260 1865 (Groby) • 13 JACK REACHER BOOKS - all in good condition. Price: £10.00 Tel 07880 863027 (Groby)

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Leicester Rowing Regatta Sunday 28th April 2019 all day!

WANT TO watch a day of exciting races? Free of charge? Want to support Leicester rowers at their own club? Have an opportunity to see a different sport close up? Around 200 crews will be racing from all over the region, plus fabulous refreshments, and local people representing Leicester. Then come and join us at Leicester Rowing Club, Upperton Road, Leicester.

FRIENDS OF CHARNWOOD FOREST Monday April 15th 2019 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall 7.30 pm. Members free, visitors £3.

The Gardens at Stoneywell STONEYWELL COTTAGE seems to grow out of the rocky outcrops of Charnwood Forest, but various members of the Gimson family have transformed areas of it into a garden which has interest all the year round. Donald and Ann Gimson were keen gardeners and planted the many flowering shrubs that one sees today. Roy Mitchell, a member of the Talks Service at Stoneywell, where his wife is a garden host, will describe the development and the various seasons of the garden. This will be followed on Thursday May 16th by a guided visit to the gardens – tickets will be available for this at the April meeting as numbers are limited.

Monday May 20th 2019 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall 7.30 pm. Members free, visitors £3.

Butterflies of Charnwood Forest PREBENDARY Canon John Woolmer read Mathematics at Oxford, taught at Winchester College where he had a reluctant call to ordination and also rediscovered a childhood interest in butterflies. He has combined this interest with his wife Jane’ s photographic skills to photograph butterflies in many parts of the world, and has published widely – notably in his book, The Grand Surprise. This talk will feature butterflies in and around Charnwood Forest. John and Jane live in Newtown Linford.

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Martinshaw School News from Owen Lawrence Routes to Resilience DADS, GRANDADS, uncles and brothers were invited into school to compete in a Lego challenge. The tasks highlighted many important characteristics, such as teamwork, trial and error, etc. Something grown-ups are really good at! They were not only expected to work together to complete a small group challenge but then work with the whole group to complete everyone else’s too. And the reward, a delicious bacon butty cooked by one of our Martinshaw Dads. There was a lot of laughter, but the serious side of the exercise was to give a better understanding of how the School builds resilience, perseverance, reasoning, confidence, concentration, teamwork and self-control in the children and to highlight methods that can also be used at home.

Year 6 Football MARTINSHAW Year 6 football team recently played the final round of fixtures in the local ‘A’ League at the LFE 4G pitches. They managed to continue the strong start in the first round by beating Stanton 3-1 which included some amazing goals. Then they won a very close fought match with Kirby eventually winning 2-1. Their final game on the day was against old rivals ‘Lady Jane Grey’, which, after an exciting and hard fought game, was lost by one goal to nil, which meant that Martinshaw narrowly missed winning the League by a goal difference of 2, which put us in second place behind Lady Jane Grey. Well done to Martinshaw and Lady Jane Grey, which ensures that at least the trophy remains in Groby.


National Trust Leicester Association NEWS

VISITS AND tours around “stately homes” are nothing new. At Kedleston Hall, near Derby, which was built in 1760 there have been tours of the state floor, for the selected few, since 1766.

Years 3 and 4 had a great day out with Leicester Tigers at a Rugby Tag festival. Not only were they able to hone their Rugby skills, but most importantly, they got to meet Welford!

The central section of the house was not designed to be lived in but as a “show area” to show off Lord Curzon’s fine art collection, the striking Robert Adam architecture and the lavish furnishings. From 1766 until her death in 1809, Mrs Garnett, the housekeeper to the Curzon family, showed selected visitors around the state floor. Indeed members of the landed gentry on their journeys up and down the country would make detours to visit the hall. Visits became so popular that in 1769 the first guidebook was printed with an initial print run of 200 copies. The guidebook had 28 pages and covered 18 rooms including the Music Room, the Library, the Saloon and the State Bedroom, but also the Kitchen Pavillion, the Laundry and the Attic. There were several reprints before 1790. The National Trust owns an original copy which contains additional handwritten notes by Mrs Garnett so that she could add additional details on the tour. These tours were greatly appreciated by visitors and in 1793 James Plumptree wrote “Of all the Housekeepers I have ever met at a Nobleman’s Home, this was the most obliging and intelligent I ever saw”. Mrs Garnett was also highly regarded by the family because a portrait of her by Thomas Barber the Elder hangs inside the hall. Her grave can also be seen beside the entrance to Kedleston church, where inside the Curzon family are buried. This year, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first tour, two “Mrs Garnett” special 25 minute guided tours are being run at 11.10am and 11.30am every Saturday to Thursday before the Hall is fully open. Tickets, obtained from visitor reception, are limited and are on a first come first served basis. Following the tour visitors are free to visit the rest of the house and property. Normal admission prices will apply with the special tours being free. The NT Leicester Association has an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 24th April when Caroline Roberts will present a talk entitled “Leicester Cathedral”. The meeting will be held at St Guthlac’s Memorial Hall, Holbrook Road, Leicester, at 2.30pm. Admission to the meeting is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00, including refreshments. During May the Association will move to its summer programme of outings, visits and a holiday and meetings with a speaker will recommence in September. For details of the NT Leicester Association and its Talks Service for other organisations please call 0116 2229133.

World Book Day

Alan Tyler, Publicity Officer

Basketball Three girls and seven boys from Year 6 were selected to represent the school at a Basketball Tournament at the Leicester Riders Stadium along with five other schools from across Hinckley Borough. The school was successful in all its matches against Thornton 6-0, Stanton 9-3, Newtown 15-0, Elizabeth Woodville 4-0 and finally against Kirby Muxloe 5-0. Headmaster Mr Elson ensured that everyone got a game and was well warmed up before each match. As only three girls were in the ten chosen and each game required at least two ladies in each team of five, the girls had quite a tiring time, but loved every minute of it. In between matches the students were able to watch very skilful Riders Players practising and training for their next match. The team returned to School with a trophy, a medal each plus two Riders vests, one of which was signed.

Rugby Tag Festival

World Book Day was celebrated with the usual enthusiasm, with pupils and staff dressing as their favourite book characters. Harry Potter Characters competed with Diary of a Wimpy Kid, characters from Roald Dahl, and even Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games as all sorts of creatures and characters wandered the school for the day. My particular favourite was a very miniature version of Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s book ‘Matilda’ complete with riding crop and thick leather belt, very scary. A fashion show, complete with catwalk ensued giving all the students the opportunity to show off their costumes. Winners included an excellent Paddington Bear and a particularly realistic spider. However, the main aim of the day, of course, was to encourage reading and to help to facilitate this aim parents also came in to join in the fun and read with their children.


What is the Dunning-Kruger Effect? THE Dunning-Kruger Effect is the tendency for unskilled people to make poor decisions or reach wrong conclusions, but their incompetence prevents them from recognising their mistakes. It links well with the old adage: “Ignorance is bliss.” In uncovering this tendency, Justin Kruger and David Dunning of Cornell University were partly influenced by this observation: “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.” (Charles Darwin)

What do you get when you mix alcohol and literature? Tequila Mockingbird.

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Snooker Wordsearch IF YOU can find 12 TERMS USED IN SNOOKER in this issue’s Wordsearch puzzle, you could win yourself a meal and a drink. This month we are offering a tasty prize of: A Main Course for Two, plus A Bottle of House Wine at The FieldHead Hotel.










To go into the draw, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - 12 WORDS USED BY SNOOKER COMMENTATORS. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). IMPORTANT: You must address your entry to: SNOOKER LOOPY, Groby & Field Head Spotlight, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive L S X H M H by FRIDAY 3RD MAY 2019. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the prize. D N Y N G L Good luck!








Here are the 12 SNOOKER TERMS you have to find:

BAULK LINE • BRIDGE • CANNON • CLEARANCE CUSHION • FREE BALL • KICK • MISCUE OBJECT BALL • PLANT • SAFETY • SPIDER Name: ................................................................................................. Address: ................................................................................................ .................................................................Postcode: .............................

Last Month’s Wordsearch Winner The winner of last issue’s Wordsearch Competition was:

Mrs G.SANDERS of Forest Rise, Groby

Congratulations! Your prize voucher has been sent (early for once!).


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Try Bowls! • BAGWORTH BOWLS CLUB are looking for new members to join us, whether you are experienced or have never played before. Our season starts in April and goes right through until the end of September. Monday nights is practice night so come and have a go or just pop in for a cup of tea and see what it is like. We play league games Monday and Thursday evenings, from 6pm onwards, in the Hinckley and Coalville areas respectively. Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons are friendly games which are arranged against many club across Leicestershire. Monday 23rd April 2019 is the first new members night - starting from 5:15pm until 7:30pm - all you need to play for the first time is a flat pair of shoes. For more details contact: Ken (07928 799596) or Hazel (07531 067022. • COALVILLE TOWN BOWLS CLUB (rear of Council Offices, Whitwick Road) welcomes anyone to drop in any Monday or Friday evening 6pm onwards from MidApril to try your hand at bowls and have a look around. Just bring some flat shoes. • GLENFIELD BOWLING CLUB meets at the rear of Glenfield Parish Council Office, Stamford Street LE3 8DL and there is free parking. There’s no charge for up to three sessions of bowling and there is someone on hand to provide tuition. Just flat shoes required, equipment available for your use. Monday afternoons (weather permitting) is a good time to meet us, but club members available most times or alternatively contact 0116 2876341 for more details. • ST MARGARET’S BIRSTALL A new bowls season has arrived and with the fresh spring air and lighter days now is the perfect time to come and join us at St Margaret’s Club. The club will be holding an open days 6pm Friday 10 May and 2pm Sunday 12th May and all are welcome. If you would like to have a try at bowls, with no obigation, please ring Sam on 0116 267 7372 or Carolyn on 0116 267 5947. We take players of all abilities and offer free coaching. The first year fee for new bowlers is only £20. Good value fun in anybody’s book. St Margaret’s Co-operative Bowls Club, Co-op Sports Ground, Birstall Road, Birstall LE4 4DE


Friends of Charnwood Forest

Colourful characters of Bradgate Park THE TALK at our meeting on the 18th of this month was given by Mr P Tyldesley, Director of the Bradgate Trust, on the subject of ‘Colourful Characters of the Bradgate Park’. Certainly some of their names were equally colourful. For example, in the reign of Edward the Confessor the land was owned by a Mr Ulf. Later it was owned in turn by the Beaumont family, the de Quincys, de Ferrers and lastly the Greys – rather a let-down namewise, it would seem, but they stayed for 500 years. In 1928 the Park went up for sale and bought by Charles Bennion, who gave it to the people of Leicestershire. The first mention of a deer park dates from 1241, when it was much smaller than it is now. Over the years bits of land were added and other bits taken away – usually to pay for debts incurred by the family. Cropston reservoir occupies one of the latter ‘bits’. About the time it passed to the people the council had added more land, and as well an agreement was reached with the trustees of Bradgate Wood to bring that under the Bradgate Trust as well. The house was the ambition of the son of Elizabeth Woodville who was one of those powerful women ultimately of the royal household. It was her grandson who finally finished the project in about 1520. It was occupied until 1732 when the new owner preferred one of his other houses. The Grey family were one of those moderately successful families of their age. They seemed to be politically adaptable, changing sides several times during the Civil War, though not always at the right time. They were good at having their lands confiscated, then restored to them. They slowly accumulated titles, often it seems by marriage, and they were good at not producing heirs. This latter strength meant that often distant relatives occupied Bradgate in the absence of an heir, and did result in 1732 when the relative preferred his current dwelling to Bradgate House. The outstanding name, of course, is Lady Jane, the ‘9-days queen’, though for four days before she was proclaimed the country was in limbo. This was thanks to Henry VIII declaring children of his previous marriages illegitimate. Nobody knew where they stood when he shuffled off. Mary stepped in and order was restored. At this moment the Greys demonstrated their political versatility which resulted in yet another family talent – having their heads chopped off. The last Grey of note seems to have been George Harry (1828-1883), who had a bit of a gambling problem; he took up owning race horses, and even had a race track around Old John tower. He actually lived in Field Head House, and when he died he left it to his widow to restore the family fortunes. The ‘Friends’ meet in the Woodhouse Eaves village hall at 7.30 p.m. once a month as well as organising visits in the summer.

Every Saturday morning 10.00am—12.30pm CATCH meets for play, craft, story & chat for pre-school children with a parent or carer 9.30-11.30am every Friday at Groby URC Chapel Hill

Fair Cuppa for FairTrade refreshments in fairly traded mugs. Every Thursday 10.3012am at the Village Hall

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Weekly in term time for children for 6’s to 14’s on Mon evenings, at 6.00pm or 7.45pm. We meet at the United Reformed Church on Chapel Hill. Along with our work in schools, these are run by the two churches in Groby under the group name EXTEND.

For further information please see websites and church magazines St. Philip and St. James Rector – Rev Ed Bampton 01162396520 United Reformed Church Phil Holmes (Church Secretary) 0116 225 3335 Youth, Children's & Families Colin Udall 07776 157511

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Groby & Field Head Spotlight Mid-April 2019 Issue  

News and information for residents of Groby & Field Head in Leicestershire UK

Groby & Field Head Spotlight Mid-April 2019 Issue  

News and information for residents of Groby & Field Head in Leicestershire UK