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Bagworth Show 26th August!

Thank You Family outing to Llandudno Angela! Markfield residents invade Wales EARLY on the morning of Wednesday 26th July a coach load of excited local residents set out from a rain drenched Markfield to North Wales.

The rain was torrential all the way until the storm clouds suddenly parted just as we entered Wales. We were very lucky as the weather improved during the time we were there. The sun came out and it got warmer and warmer and we were able to enjoy the pleasures of the sea side. The kids got their buckets and spades out and made sand castles on the beach whilst others enjoyed a stroll along the pier and the promenade. At one point I was alarmed by the sound of screeching and laughter from the pier. It turned out to be some of our mob who had been enjoying refreshments outside the Pier CafĂŠ only to be dive bombed by a marauding sea gull who took the opportunity to snatch a slice of toast right in front of their very eyes. We had a great time and returned to Markfield tired but happy. I will let you know how we get on with our trip to Skeggy on the 23rd August.

Ron Grantham

A brilliant dinner lady

THURSDAY 1ST JUNE will be the day Dot Pickering will never forget She and her friend Jane Flowitt went to Buckingham Palace for tea with the Queen at the garden party. Dot had already received her well deserved BEM (British Empire Medal) for her many years of work in Markfield. To round off everything, Markfield Congregational Church hosted a tea party in the garden of 42 Park Avenue. Around 40 people attended on a beautiful summer afternoon sharing tea, biscuits with good friends joining together to recognise all that Mrs. P. has done in the past 40 years and continues to do so. The celebrations were rounded off with a lovely cake. Well done Dot!

Dot Pickering, pictured after receiving her British Empire Medal, with Rev.Joy Langford and Michael Hockaday

FOR ALMOST 40 years Angela Berry has given so much to the pre-school children & their parents or carers from Markfield & beyond. With the assistance of many other adults she has led Markfield Play Away Play Group, which started at the Scout Hut & then moved to the Methodist Chapel. Tirelessly, she has devoted her energy, equally to every child, regardless of their individual physical & mental abilities. So much fun & learning has been set up both inside & out, to help children move more easily between home & school. She is constantly with her phone ensuring that good things happen. Thanks to all those who came to rediscover their childhood on the 8th. What a wonderful morning we all had. She may have retired but she is still going strong.

Happy 50th Birthday to Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group! See pages 4 & 5

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South Charnwood Anniversary Reading Champions! THE MEMBERS of the book club at South Charnwood have been awarded the title of Anniversary Reading Champions by the judges of the CILIP Carnegie Children’s Book Awards. 2017 is the 80th anniversary of this prestigious award and the competition asked school groups who shadow the awards to read as many of the past-winning books as they could and decide on their all-time Top 10. South Charnwood’s book club got to work straight away reading lots of brilliant books and South Charnwood High School Book Club attends the then produced a video prestigious CILIP Carnegie Medal Ceremony in London of their Top 10, filmed in different scenarios around the school that best matched the settings of the books. The judges were suitably impressed and declared South Charnwood as Anniversary Reading Champions for 2017! The prize was to attend the CILIP Carnegie Medal Ceremony in London on June 19th. This was a wonderful occasion attended by world-famous authors, illustrators, publishers and librarians. They were able to see the 2017 awards announced for the Carnegie Medal, the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Amnesty CILIP Honour; and were able to chat to current and past winners, shortlisted authors and illustrators alike at the drinks reception after the ceremony. Take a look at the school’s website at to see their winning video and more photos of the event. For further information about the CILIP Carnegie Medal visit

The Markfield and Thornton Theatre Group


Jackie and Chrissie just want to wallow in nostalgia and spend a few days in “Lilac Villa”, the boardinghouse which used to be their home when they were students twenty years ago. Of course, things will have changed.. especially as an archaeological dig now dominates the once-quiet neighbourhood. Little do they know that , as well as renewing old acquaintances, they will find themselves plunged into a spiralling series of strange events and undercover criminal activities! A stranger set of characters than the residents of “Lilac Villa” would be hard to imagine. Who can be trusted? What secrets will be revealed? Will there be a happy ending? We’d love you to come along and find out!

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OPEN LETTER to ‘Wake Up And Smell The a certain person in Coffee’ With Macmillan Bagworth Hello, I’m sorry that I have to communicate in this way but I don’t know who you are otherwise I would speak to you face to face. You are the person who, on quite a few occasions, has removed plants from the Heath Road planter in Bagworth. The Bagworth Forward Group (BFG) consist of a small group of volunteers who freely give of their time and energy to raise money in order to enhance the life of the village. Twice a year we pay for the vast majority of planters to be replanted. It is frustrating and upsetting for us when, shortly after this has happened, you remove plants which are intended to benefit both villagers and people passing through the village. Can I suggest that before you do this again, you get in touch and I will willingly, out of my own pocket, pay for or buy some plants for you to do with whatever it is that you do with them. That way, everyone is happy and the life of the village is enhanced.

Tuesday night is bingo night in Thornton

The Thornton Club has room for new bingo players at 8pm every Tuesday evening. There are eight games, plus a flyer with cash prizes! No membership required.

THERE ARE now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030 it will be 4 million and Macmillan want to be there for all of them.

The reality is that more than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way. - Nurses and therapists can help through treatment, advisers can talk through which benefits are available and volunteers give a hand with everyday things. There is no easy way to deal with cancer but Macmillan are there every step of the way. Almost all of their work is possible only through the generosity of donations. In 2016 over £29.5 million pounds was raised nationwide and to help make this even more, in 2017 Bagworth Community Centre will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Coffee Morning on Saturday September 16th between 11a.m. & 3p.m. Please support us, our event last year raised £916, in 2015 it was £640 & in 2014 we raised £620, let this be our best year ever. There will be Craft Stalls, Raffle, Tombola & much more. Entry is £3.50 to include hot drink, generous slice of cake and a donation to Macmillan. Sandwiches & Prosecco also available. Further information available from Karen Prime (email: or telephone 01530 230573.

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The Markfield and Thornton Theatre Group – Fifty Happy Years! HOW IT ALL BEGAN Our Group, founded by a group of friends from Markfield Methodist Chapel, staged its first play,(“The Day is Gone”), at Markfield’s Miners’ Welfare Institute in 1967. Stagecraft was learned as we went along and enthusiasm was boundless.

Annual Ulverscroft Priory Service Sunday 20th August at 3.00 pm A service for the whole benefice and Churches Together in Markfield Everyone welcome Please bring a chair if you have one Coffee and tea after the service

The old Institute, scene of so many village events, then offered all the Group needed – a hall in which to seat the audience, an area in which to erect a stage, a room to act as a dressing-room and another in which we could serve interval refreshments. That these were only barely suited to the desired purpose was never a handicap. We never did have sole usage of the Institute. On Friday nights everything stopped for Bingo and on Saturday evenings the footballers, returning from their matches on the field behind the Institute, popped in to use the lavatories. The ensuing clanking of the pipes as the cisterns refilled, added another dimension to delivering one’s dialogue on stage! The caretaker of the Institute at that time was the indomitable Mr. Hurd. What he thought of our dramatic shenanigans was never revealed, but we all knew that it was time to end our performances

when we heard his keys jingling in the doorway. There was a very small stage in the Institute, but this had to be enlarged considerably to allow for a set to be built. To give ourselves room to do this, we had to lift the old piano down from the stage. This was no easy task and we may have been the inspiration for the TV Chimps advert, - “Do you know the Piano’s on my foot?” on the occasion when the piano slipped from the grasp of those moving it and crashed to the floor. How the sets ever came together or stood up during the performances was a wonder! Our flats were stored in the room underneath the Methodist Chapel and transported along Main Street on the roof rack of one member’s Morris Minor to the Institute. Once, the stage, built of doors mounted on trestles, began to drift apart during a farce. Two indomitable members took their

lives in their hands, and crawled underneath the drifting doors and wobbling trestles, to tie the front of the stage to the back! Yet we did it…. country drawing rooms, cliff-top dwellings, a penthouse suite, Victorian villas…. they were all created there and revealed when the curtains opened. Of course, sometimes the curtains didn’t open because the operating system was little more than a piece of string! So unreliable was this mechanism, that one member, who’d newly joined the Group, used to arrive early each night just to practise winding the curtains! A large snooker table occupied the middle room at the Institute. You can imagine that this was not really the ideal feature for a dressing-room. On occasions, curious mice were seen to be observing us from their vantage points on top of the lampshade over the table.

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The door from this room to the stage would have been an ideal entrance, had it not been for the fact that its height was halved when the stage was erected. “Actors” making entrances through it needed to be contortionists! Once, people came all the way from Milton Keynes to see us. They were hungry on arrival and

“Once, the stage, built of doors mounted on trestles, began to drift apart during a farce.”

so called in at the Markfield Chipshop first. Those of us on stage that night could not identify the white object that we could vaguely see in the audience as we performed. It was white, and rustled, and appeared to move along one of the rows from hand to hand. Of course – it was a bag of chips! On another occasion, deep in the throes of the plot of “Dangerous Corner”, we were rather perturbed, and not a little offended, to hear loud snores reverberating from the audience. When the snores were then accompanied by the rattling of a chain, the culprit was identified as a guide-dog! Perhaps our acting was not so bad after all! We had many happy times at the

‘ Stute and were well-supported by the villagers. It was never a problem to sell tickets. When member Bryan Marlow wanted to produce our first Pantomime, we approached South Charnwood High School, for the use of the stage there in order to accommodate the large cast and a chorus of dancers. . For some time, we staged pantomimes at South Charnwood, but continued to perform plays at the Institute. However, the limitations of the Institute’s stage facilities were such that a complete move was inevitable. We did try to stay in the village, but the then new Markfield Community Centre had no plans for a stage area or for the kind of storage facilities which a Drama Group needs. So, we moved to South Charnwood High School. After some years, it was no longer possible for us to be accommodated there, and , as approaches to venues in Markfield all failed, we moved to Thornton. We do not forget our beginnings in Markfield, and will always keep the village’s name as part of our own. However, the move to Thornton has been a happy one. The trustees of the Community Centre are happy to accommodate our special needs and we, in turn, play our part in the life of the Centre.


Most importantly, we continue to uphold the original aims of the Group.. namely, to encourage the appreciation of and participation in all forms of dramatic art within the fellowship of the Group. We have an amazing one hundred and sixty-six productions to our credit , including forty pantomimes! We will be staging our 167th Production , and the one which celebrates our 50th Anniversary, from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th September 2017 at Thornton Community Centre. It is to be a comedy mystery play, “Digging up the Past”, and has been written for us by Group member, Muriel Walker. We are delighted that three of the founder members of the Group. Ann, Ian and Roderick Lay are in the cast !

SPECIAL INVITATION If you have ever been a member of MTTG ( or MTG, as it used to be!) then we cordially invite you to be our guest and come to see the play. To book your complimentary ticket, just ring Anne on 01530 469 714 or approach any Group member. We would love to have you with us for a happy evening.

Muriel Walker

for The Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group.

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The Churches Together in Markfield Holiday Club FROM MONDAY 24th to Wednesday 26th July, Churches Together in Markfield (CTiM) held another very successful Holiday club at Markfield Methodist Church. The theme this year was ‘Superheroes’ and both adults and children dressed in a variety of costumes to show different superheroes from television and screen. Over the three days we looked at ‘superheroes’ from the bible, who had done some amazing, brave things, such as Daniel in the Lion’s Den and the little servant girl who was brave enough to speak out and helped Naaman to be healed of his leprosy. On the third day we thought about Jesus as a superhero, and the miracles that he performed, such as the feeding of the five thousand. We realised that each one of us is a superhero, with challenges and obstacles to overcome. The play in which some of the adults took part helped to show that we can solve problems by helping each other and being good friends. The children were keen to help the actors, making sure that, whenever someone on stage said ’Oh, dear’, they responded with ‘Cheer up!’ The children enjoyed taking part in craft activities, games and challenges - some a little messy - and showed that they could support and encourage each other. Everyone enjoyed learning and singing new songs whilst the games encouraged the children to work together and support each other. We were all excited to see how much the children grew in confidence as well as their consideration for others. All the activities we shared helped everyone to understand that we are all superheroes and special to Jesus. We shared the message on the following Sunday morning in a CTiM joint service at Markfield Methodist Church. We would like to thank all those who helped in any way, especially those who prayed for this venture and particularly to the Reverend Joy Langford for her enthusiasm and leadership. We are grateful to Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Markfield Parish Council for their contribution to the finances and to Markfield Cooperative store who contributed squash and biscuits for the venture. Everyone worked well as a team and it was another very worthwhile Holiday club. Thank you.

Mark Wilde’s September Watercolour Classes LOCAL ARTIST Mark Wilde has been running art groups in the area for many years and now has spaces available in beginners and intermediate levels. In the 12 week sessions he will explain and demonstrate the various techniques used in the traditional approach to watercolour painting. Step by step demos and one to one assistance will be features of each course, which is run in a friendly, workshop atmosphere. For more information, please ring Mark on 07757 010982 or email

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Things you do on holiday but never at any other time • •

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Get up at 2am to go to an airport. Say “are we nearly there yet?” after a drive of 20 minutes. Climb on a bus without knowing quite where you are going, or where to get off. Wear a swimming costume while shopping. Buy postcards. Lend your key to a neighbour and spend half an hour explaining the knack of locking the front door which entails pulling, turning and pushing at the same time. Worry about your hanging baskets and runner beans. Miss your cat/workmates/a decent cup of tea. Spend an hour looking for window lock keys which you have not seen since last year and why aren’t they in THEIR SPECIAL PLACE? Have a pocketful of foreign coins which you try to spend on your last day. Go to a quarry museum and try to convince yourself it is interesting as you never knew there was so much to know about slate and that it comes in so many colours (grey mainly). Get on another bus and hope it is headed back to your hotel, whose name now escapes you.

Make a date: Saturday 26th August

The Greatest Show on Earth, well, in Bagworth


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THE 15TH ANNUAL BAGWORTH SHOW takes place on Saturday 26th August. Entries need to be booked in on either Friday night (25th August) 6 – 8 pm or Saturday morning 8 – 10.30 am. If you have not received a schedule please contact either Rosemary on 01530 230347 or contact Bob on Alternatively there are some available in the Community Centre and in The Club in Bagworth. Cash prizes are there to be won as are 21 trophies, engraved with the name of the winner. Please do not be put off entering because you do not think that you are good enough. Every year there are classes with no entries, so it would only take one entry to come first. Judging takes place until about 2 pm when the doors are opened to allow people to see the results. Trophies will be presented at 4.30 pm by the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth (our very own, Ozzy). Many of the exhibits will be auctioned off at 4 pm and there are always bargains to be had. There are a good number of stalls selling a diverse range of goods, as well as games, etc. These will be found in the Meeting Room at the Centre and inside and outside of the Sure Start Centre. They will be open at 1 pm. Food and drinks will be available in the Centre from 8 am to 4 pm and Lee will also be selling his excellent ice creams. This year, we have decided to charge an admission of 50p per adult in the afternoon as a way of raising more money to enhance the life of the village of Bagworth. (all profits raised go towards this worthwhile cause.) In addition to all of this, for the second year running, the Bagworth Dog Show will take place on the field next to the Sure Start Centre. There are pedigree classes and there are also novelty classes. Entry costs £2 per dog per class. Entries need to be booked in by 12.30 pm and judging takes place at 1 pm. All profits raised will go to the charity, SENSE, a charity that helps people with multisensory disabilities, for example people who are both blind and deaf. If you require further information about any aspects of the Dog Show, please contact Bob on 07421 322653. All in all it promises to be a good day, don’t miss it.

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County Councillor Peter Bedford’s Quarterly Report – August 2017 FIRSTLY, I would like to introduce myself as your new County Councillor following the local elections in May. I was truly humbled by the result and will do my utmost to represent the area to the best of my ability. I would also like to thank my predecessor David Sprason for his service to the area over the past 16 years; and I wish him all the best for the future as he pursues opportunities outside of politics. This is the first of my Quarterly reports in which I outline my key activities and the local issues that I have been working on since the May elections: It has certainly been a busy Quarter with over 35 constituents’ cases being dealt with by myself since May. Key themes include: input into planning applications, grass cutting queries, anti-social behaviour issues, transportation queries, and a plethora of Highways issues to name but a few.

Bardon Hill Quarry Community Fund DURING the past month I have, with the support of Borough Councillor Cllr Matthew Lay, assumed responsibility as Chairman of the Bardon Hill Quarry Community Fund. This Committee is responsible for considering grant applications

from local residents’ / charitable groups in the vicinity of the Bardon Hill Quarry extension area. At our first meeting the Committee was pleased to approve an application from Markfield Parish Council for £30,000 in support of a green space community project for Markfield village. I would encourage Parish Councillors or indeed any local voluntary groups, from Markfield and Stanton-under-Bardon, to make applications to this fund for the betterment of our local area.

Combined Fire Authority AS PART of my duties I have been appointed to the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Combined Fire Authority. In the past month, I attended the annual meeting were upon I received an update from the Chief

Fire Officer in respect to those ‘high rise’ buildings in the LLR area which may have been vulnerable to fire risks. Indeed, following the tragic events at Grenfell tower, I recognise the understandable concerns of residents in respect to cladding/fire safety and should anyone have any queries or concerns do contact me and I will provide as much information as I can.

Local Bus Services DURING the recent election campaign, many residents contacted me with regards to the 120-bus service. I, like many residents, was deeply concerned at the prospect of us losing this service. Following my election in May I continue to lobby hard at County Hall for the retention of this vital service and have assurances that the service will continue. I make a firm

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Contact me I AM a firm believer that our elected representatives should be easily contactable and as such I would encourage residents that wish to speak with me on any local issues to contact me on 01455 824733 or via Best Wishes,


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News from Bardon Park Chapel

FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE: Come and worship the Lord with us on Sunday mornings at 10.30 am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. THURSDAY ART CLASS: Between 7pm and 9.00pm. THE MONTHLY PRAISE MEETING: 1st Saturday in each month at 3.00pm. Enjoy a lively time of singing, encouragement, fellowship, testimonies and uplifting messages. Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane, Bardon, Coalville LE67 1TD There is a large car park at the back. For more details on any of the above please contact: Richard Norburn on Tel: 01530 242526.


Wishes come true in Bagworth

ON FRIDAY 21st July, Ken, Glenda, Ann and Josie organised a charity dance at The Club, Bagworth in aid of Wishes 4 Kids. A good number of people attended and, on the evening, £465 pounds was raised for this worthy charity. People were very pleased with this news and were even more so when Ken announced that they had made some money from the Wednesday afternoon tea dances. As a result, Wishes 4 Kids would receive, not £465 but £1000. This money was handed over to a representative of the charity on Wednesday 2nd August. In addition to this amount, £500 was donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. This takes the money raised for charity by this small group to over £23,400. Bagworth should be very proud of them. Tea dances continue throughout the summer on a Wednesday afternoon, 2 – 4 pm. Admission is £1. The next charity dance will take place on Friday 22nd September, 8 – 11 pm. Admission will be £2.50. The charity to be supported on that evening will be announced nearer the date. Social dances also take place on a Saturday night at The Club on August 19th, September 16 and October 21st. These will also be from 8 – 11 pm. Admission is £2. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these events.

Do you have a GONG? MARKFIELD & Thornton Theatre Group need a table gong to be used in their next production ‘Digging up the Past’ to be staged September 6th - 9th. They have been unable to source one amongst the group members and so they are asking Herald readers if they can borrow one for rehearsals and the production. If you can help, please contact Susan Heath on 07941 049939.

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All the latest news from Markfield WI Markfield WI were fortunate this year to have a wonderful, warm, sunny evening for their trip to Kilworth House Theatre. A full coach left Markfield at 5.15pm bound for Kilworth House loaded with picnics, rugs, chairs and maybe some waterproofs for those more pessimistic members. We arrived in glorious sunshine and managed to find sufficient tables for all of us and the fun commenced. Picnics looked good and wine was in evidence though possible not quite as much as the large group next to us with cool boxes and proper champagne flutes! We all enjoyed ourselves though, a contrast to last year when heavy rain meant a cancelled picnic. Food and drink consumed we returned our belongs to Martin on the bus and made our way to the theatre ready to enjoy this year’s production, Kiss Me Kate. I personally had never seen this musical and knew very little about it apart from the fact that it is

based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew so I was ready to expect anything. If fact the whole production was, as usual, amazing. The standard of singing and dancing was as good as ever and despite not knowing anything about the musical some of the songs were immediately recognisable. Its too Darned Hot produced a laugh given the hot weather we had experienced that week and the bad guys rendition of Brush up your Shakespeare brought the house

down. All too soon it was all over and we made our way back to Martin and the coach to take us home. A thoroughly enjoyable evening spent with friends, lots of laughter and some wonderful singing, dancing and music to give us all that ‘feel good ‘ factor. If you have never been to a show at Kilworth I can recommend them, you should go or possibly, ladies, join the WI and you could come with us next year and bring a friend!

On Saturday June 17th we held at Garden Party, in aid of Breast Cancer Care, at the home of Sue and Les Gammon who live on The Green. Members, friends and family spent a relaxing afternoon chatting together, wandering round the garden, sampling homemade cakes and enjoying strawberries and cream. All in glorious sunshine and with the musical talents of Mr Gordon Stacey and Claudia who entertained us with a rendition of popular songs on their ukuleles. This is becoming an annual event for a worthy cause and ever the last three years has raised over Seven hundred pounds for the charity. Also in June WI members had an evening at The Grey Lady to celebrate our anniversary. On this occasion the weather was not good enough for us to have pre-dinner drinks in the garden as in previous years. However the food was excellent as always and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

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Methodist Minister’s Reflections WE ARE in the season of the year in which many people choose to take their holidays. I like to get my holidays booked well in advance because I find that one of the joys of holidays is the looking forward to them. It is good to experience a change of scenery at times, and to take a break from the normal routines of life. Even though I usually find that towards the end of a holiday I’m looking forward to getting home, I know that holidays can be of real benefit. The word holiday comes originally from an old English word, h’ligdæg, or holy day. I guess that it goes back to the biblical story of creation, where God set aside one day in seven as a “sabbath” day, a day set aside for rest and re-creation. Personally, I feel that we lost something when Sunday became almost like any other day, instead of a day set apart. We live in a society where so many people are caught up in an endless round of busyness and activity, a bit like a hamster on a wheel desperately running and getting nowhere. We were not created as robots, to work endlessly. Instead, as the old Mars bar advert used to say, we need to get the balance right between “work, rest and play.” So, how’s your balance?

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Pudding Evening To be held in St. Mary & All Saints Church, Stanton-Under-Bardon On Friday 29th September at 7.00 p.m. All Welcome! £5.00 for the evening which includes a starter and puddings We do require numbers for this event before Friday 22nd September Phone Janet on 01455 290729 or Gail on 01530 242451

Enjoy a summer evening Drink, then a slow walk along our path to the Reservoir. Bliss!

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Is rising crime across Hinckley & Bosworth Borough a result of police cuts? Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald AT THE June meeting of the Borough Council’s Scrutiny Commission, we had a detailed and thorough update of the work carried out by the Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership. Although the work of the partnership with its limited resources was clearly commendable, it was very disturbing to see the significant growth in recorded crime in the Borough over the past reporting year, something that I believe has not gone unnoticed by many in our community. It is also disturbingly, starting to mirror a more general national picture of rising crime which is happening after a long period of falling and stable levels of reported crime. Examples of the sorts on increase we are talking about were provided to the Commission at its meeting. These included total crime in the Borough rising by 14.5% during 2016/17. This meant recorded offences going up to 5433 in 2016/17 from 4746 in 2015/16. Domestic Burglary increased from 296 recorded offences in 15/16 to 354 in 16/17 an increase of some 19.6% in the Borough. Theft from a Motor Vehicle jumped from 561 in 15/16 to 673 in 16/17 a whopping 20% increase in the Borough. The recorded offence of Theft of a Motor Vehicle in Borough jumped by 17.7%, Violence with Injury jumped by 36.2% and Domestic Violence with Injury went from 121 recorded offences in the Borough in 15/16 to 182 recorded offences in 16/17 an increase of 50.4%.

Two year trend Disturbingly all of the offences are part of a two year trend in the Borough, so all these offences are increasing over more than just a year. The only consolation is that the domestic violence statistics also suggest that victims of such violence are more willing to raise a complaint which is a credit to some of the

work done in this area and by the partnership. The downside is that in most of the reporting categories the actual level of recorded crime is lower than the true level of crime taking place in our community. Much still goes under-reported for a host of different reasons. The reason we have detailed reports outlining what is happening, is a direct result of the work of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP). These partnerships were set up as a result of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and were designed to bring together a range of public partners so that they worked together to address crime and disorder in local communities. Although such joint working arrangements did exist prior to 1998, it was patchy and the terms for doing so not always clear. The partnership sets up clear areas of joint working, transferred powers and resources and made sure they were accountable. Importantly they had to have a Community Safety Strategy which outlined what the partnership was seeking to achieve and how these outputs could be measured.

Share resources Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council work jointly with Blaby District Council in operating the local partnership to ensure they share resources where possible to do so. They are both designated as the responsible authorities along with the Leicestershire County Council, Leicestershire Police, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue, the local NHS and the local probation authority. Alongside developing a 3-year strategy based partly on overseeing an analysis of crime and disorder to ensure an evidence based approach to setting priorities, the partnership also monitors performance against its priorities, contributes to a host of other strategies provided by public bodies, allocates any funds it has and ensures it is used effectively, conducts domestic homicide reviews and importantly makes sure the work of the partnership

supports the Police and Crime plan owned by the Police and Crime Commissioner. The Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety partnership currently has 3 key areas of focus. The first is working to Protect and Support People. The key focus here is vulnerable people whether they are victims, witnesses or even perpetrators. The second priority is to reduce offending and reoffending. The Council has a team of multi-agency people (referred to as the Endeavour team) who work to tackle antisocial behaviour and community protection issues in the Borough. The third priority is to Improve Community Confidence and Cohesion.

Massive cuts The work of the partnership is important and I believe adds real value to the efforts of other front line agencies. In truth though, and despite its success, it will only ever be able to add value against a backdrop of massive cuts to front line policing which is really beginning to impact massively on community safety in our Borough and in our local community. I think it is well understood by most people that public services have been under very real pressure in recent years. You don’t need a Labour Councillor to tell you that (you might presume I would take that position anyway) - you only need to look around at the number of Councils and other public bodies who are saying they are in crisis, including a good many conservative ones and in that I include Leicestershire County Council. The Chief Constable of Leicestershire has already made it clear that the cuts are having a significant impact on policing the County and when you look at the numbers you cannot disagree. In Leicestershire since 2010, 547 front line officers have been lost (that figure doesn’t include the many police staff who have also been lost and who are essential to

Matthew Lay effective policing) which is a quarter of the force. In addition, on top of the already £38 million that has been cut from the Leicestershire police budget, a further £10 million is yet to be found by 2021/22 meaning many more front line cuts. To take this down to a very local level; a key political highlight for me was the agreement some years ago, to base the local policing team at the Markfield Community Centre. That was in the days when it was a local team. They had a dedicated and equipped office and started and finished working shifts from that base. It was a big success and we had 3 police officers and 3 PCSO’s based from the centre covering the northern parishes of the Borough. That however was back in of 2010; today we have one police officer who at times is covering the whole of the rural area of Bosworth, which geographically is huge. They are of course also no longer based at the Centre.

Correlation is not always clear I understand that the correlation between police resources and crime is not always clear and straightforward, and that while police budgets have been cut since 2009, it is only in the last few years that crime has started to rise. However it is undeniable that crime is now rising again and rising sharply and at precisely the same time that the full force and extent of policing cuts is hitting home. I have to ask who will be left to deal with this and who will be supporting individuals and communities affected by crime? Pretty depressing stuff, but it’s a reality we must face if we are ever to change it.


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Friday 30th June Markfield Methodist Church Main Street, Markfield

7.30pm Schubert's String Quartet in Eb Dvorak's String Quartet in G

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Hesperides Quartet I JUST wanted to say how much I enjoyed the concert given by the Hesperides Quartet at Markfield Methodist Church at the end of June.

I understand that the quartet has recently formed, but that three of the members knew Formed in 2016 the Hesperides Quartet is a group of musicians exploring repertoire for string quartet from the Romantic period to the present day. Rooted in their years of experience as each other from their time in the Leicestershire Youth Orchestra. professional instrumentalists, their approach combines close attention to the composer’s wishes with musical creativity. As wellString as their livesQuartet as players, the in members of the quartet They played two pieces – Schubert’s E flat andare all committed teachers with a belief in holistic music education. Friendship and humour are at the Dvorak’s String Quartetheart inofG – with great emotion and enthusiasm, and their music making. the audience was very appreciative of their fantastic playing and their humour when discussing both the music and their friendship. The church was full and proved a fitting venue, being quite intimate but with good acoustics. I look forward very much to attending their next concert and would recommend them wholeheartedly!

Rosie Woodland , Markfield If you’ve enjoyed a concert, play or film recently, why not drop a line to The Herald and tell our readers about it.

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Summer Reading Challenge It’s still not too late to join in with our Summer Reading Challenge This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is still running in the library until the end of August. The theme this year is Animal Agents and taking part is simple. Children aged between 3 and 12 are encouraged to read six library books (or more) over the holidays. They can also help solve the case of the graffiti writing or missing lunch by reading the books and collecting six clue stickers, including some smelly ones, which identify the culprit. They will also be rewarded with a fold-up game and door hanger as well as a certificate and medal and all children taking part are entitled to free admission to Bosworth Battlefield and Donington-le-Heath Manor House by showing their Animal Agents folder at the reception. We are also giving young detectives the chance to solve the mysterious case of the librarian’s missing chocolate biscuits. Follow the footprints, analyse the finger prints and uncover hidden clues to find out which storybook character is guilty. There’ll be a reward for all successful sleuths as well as lots of fun activities including code writing and finger print art. It’s free to take part - just call into the library anytime.

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time. All titles can be borrowed for up to 21 days and automatically expire at the end of the loan period (so no fines or hassle if you forget or are away on the return date.) You can reserve titles that are out on loan free of charge, renew titles and return borrowed titles before the end of the loan period. You can also download and read for free over 5000 UK and worldwide eNewspaper and eMagazines using Press Reader or Zinio. The collections include national dailies, weekend editions with supplements and popular magazines. The latest edition and three months of back issues for most titles. The digital replicas of newspaper and magazines look just like the printed version but have enhanced features to make them easy to read and navigate on screen, even a small smartphone one. Perfect for supplementing your eBook, eAudiobook or eMagazine supply, free of charge, ready for journeys and holidays. With the flexibility to download titles to read offline or read online anywhere with internet connection you need never be stuck without something to read ever again. For more details and advice on getting started pick up a leaflet at the library or visit the Leicestershire Libraries website https://www. libraries/download-ebooks-eaudiobooksemagazines-or-enewspapers

and decided toare organisetouched blankets for her localby dementia. So many people children’s cancer unit. Word spread and since then over 4 million blankets and quilts have been delivered worldwide. The charity began in the UK in 2000 and as a result about 2,000 quilts and blankets are delivered to children in need every month. thswap and The group also organised a fabric have arranged a visit to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham later this year. If you are a sewing or craft enthusiast and would like to share your hobby with others, maybe learn new skills or pass your skills on, then please join the group who meet in the library every Monday lunchtime from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. It’s free to join and the group will meet up again from Monday September 11th .


Would you please spend just one hour to understand a little more about dementia? It could help you, family, friends, neighbours and E-audiobooks - E-books our whole community. Do you read a book or like browsing the national newspapers on your commute to work, or maybe you like entertaining the children on long journeys with audiobooks? If so, did you know members of Markfield Community Library can access Leicestershire Libraries digital library services to read or listen to ebooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines or eNewspapers anytime and anywhere for free using a tablet, smartphone, PC or Mac. There are three easy to use and convenient eBook and eAudiobook services, (Borrowbox, OneClick Digital and Ulverscroft Digital), giving an enormous choice from bestselling crime thrillers or entertaining nonfiction to the latest children’s and young adult novels. Whether you’re a committed eBook reader or wanting to try for the first time without cost there’s sure to be something for you. Borrow up to 10 titles from each service at a

Our free, valuable and interesting Dementia Friends Information Session is just about asking everyone to understand a bit more about dementia and how we might make life that bit easier and more pleasant for those people who live with it.

Sewing And Craft Group

Our Sewing and Craft Group were really busy before they broke for the Summer Holidays. Members brought along embroidery and English Paper Piecing projects to complete as well as quilting projects. One member brought along her “postage stamp’ quilt which is a hand sewn quilt made up of 1” squares, which took lots of patience and time to complete but was well worth it. Another member attempted to make an identical quilt but gave up after a while and made a table mat instead!

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One member is making a quilt for the Project Linus charity, which is a volunteer organisation aimed at providing a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted/crocheted blankets. The project began in America 20 years ago when it’s founder saw a newspaper article showing how much a

Quiz Night Our quiz nights are great fun and really popular, and that’s all down to our Quizmaster (or should I say Mistress) - Marie Willett. She has now been running the quiz for just over a year and we’d like to say a huge thank you to her for all the hard work, effort and time she puts into compiling the quiz. She really keeps everyone on their toes with general knowledge questions - some easy, some hard. The quizzes are great fun because most of the people who come have differing age ranges as well as backgrounds, so it’s a real mixture of people. Our next quiz night is Thursday September 21st and although we supply refreshments we do encourage people to bring a bottle or two if they wish. Everyone is very welcome. The entry is £1 per person and there’s no need to come with a team, just come on your own and we’ll make up teams on night. The winning team members each get a chance to choose a book from our donated books rack

Teen Group Our Teen Group have taken a break over the summer but will be meeting again every Thursday evening between 6.00pm and 7.00pm from September 4th. Although the

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THE HERALD • MID-AUGUST 2017 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: group mainly consists of girls we would very much welcome boys to the group too. The group will be setting their own agenda this year and although we will still be talking about books; researching authors and books online and doing some activities to help with events in the library, the group may also want to organise their own activities, . It’s free to join the group and you also get a free drink and biscuits! There’s no need to book a place, just come along at 6.00pm any Thursday evening.

Family History If you want to trace your family tree, did you know you can do it for free! Why pay lots of money to online genealogy websites when you can access everything you need for free in the library. You will be able to access Census records from England Scotland and Wales from 1841-1911, Birth, marriage and death records; Parish records with the UK’s largest collection of parish records dated from 1538, Travel and migration records including 24 million passenger list records; Military records from WW1 and WW11 and more as well as Newspaper records including millions of pages of historical British Newspapers. You never know you too might be related to royalty like Actor Adil Ray when he recently uncovered a curious connection to Ugandan royalty when he appeared on celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? Not only are the records free but every Thursday lunchtime from 1.30pm we have our resident Family Tree research expert. You don’t need to book a session with her, just come along between 1.30 and 3.00. She is passionate about trying to help people trace their ancestry and will be able to start you on your journey with advice and guidance. For more information about any of our events please visit our website

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The Club Bagworth, Station Road, Bagworth LE67 1BZ 01530 230205. Every Monday From 8 pm, Dominoes With Supper £1 -50. Every Tuesday From 8 pm Target Shooting With Rifle And Pellets Plus Tuition If Required£2-00. Wednesday Afternoon From 2-4 pm Tea Dance £1-00 With Tea/Biscuits. Wednesday Evenings: Bingo From 8 pm. With Members Jackpot Also Raffle. Thursdays Line Dancing With Jeff From 8 pm

Last Friday Of Each Month - Andy’s Quiz Night. Every Saturday Bingo In Lounge With Free Supper For All Players From 8 pm. Every Sunday Dancing To Organist From 8 pm. £2-00 Entry On Door With Raffle/Eight Houses Bingo(Optional) Charity dance on Fridays: September 22nd. November 24th. Also includes a raffle and a short bingo session Saturday social dance: August 19th September 16th October 21st Start at 8 pm. Admission will be £2. As with the charity dance, there will also be a raffle and a short bingo session. All Enquiries To 01530 230205. Also Room Hire Available For Any Occasion.

The Club Thornton, Main Street, Thornton LE67 1AH 01530 230251 Sky & BT Sports. Free concert room hire. New Garden. Bingo on Tuesdays Fri 1st Sept: Travelling Riverside Blues Band - awaiting confirmation on other artists Sat 2nd Sept: Shed - Dirty Water band - Faz - Punk & Disorderly Sun 3rd Sept: Jess - The Boodons - The Dung Beatles The Austrian Stones - Mike & Roy Fri 15th Sept: The Phantoms charity evening for the friends of St Peters Church, Thornton Sun 24th Sept: Bar Boot Sale please tel The Club for details Fri 29th Sept: Jane’s McMillan coffee morning Sat 30th Sept: The Levi - new band for The Thornton

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Markfield Medical Centre and Patient Participation Group (PPG) news

At the Doctor’s OUR DISPLAY in the Surgery during PPG week in June included information on the 111 service which provides medical help outside normal GP hours. As promised in the last Herald article, here is more information on this topic which may be useful to you at any time of the year, whenever you have a need for medical help and the surgery is closed. Do you know why you should ring 111 and what help they provide when you need medical help out of normal GP hours? Firstly if it is an emergency due to a life threatening condition such as a heart attack, stroke or serious injury you should dial 999. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a lifethreatening situation. It is free to call from any landline or mobile telephone. Call 111 if: • you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way. If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999. The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that can help you best. That could be A&E, an outof-hours doctor, an Urgent care centre, a walk in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist. Where possible, the NHS 111 team will book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to. If NHS 111 advisers think you need an ambulance, they will immediately arrange for one to be sent to you. Calls to 111 are recorded. All calls and the records created are maintained securely, and will only

be shared with others directly involved with your care. We hope that the above information makes the process clear but if you have any queries then do ask at the Surgery. The staff at Markfield Medical Centre and the PPG wish all patients an enjoyable summer. Incredibly, however, it will soon be time for the winter immunization against influenza so keep a look out for the adverts giving times and dates for this important preventative vaccination.

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Markfield HomeMakers MARKFIELD HomeMakers meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm.

Thank You From Angela Berry Celebrating The End Of An Era A BIG thank you to everyone who visited us at Playgroup to acknowledge the end of 40 years of childcare based at the Methodist Church. It was lovely to see so many young people who had attended as 3 year olds. The final day was amazing and to top it all Jo Hayward from Radio Leicester came out to see us. Thank you for all of the kind comments and cards, they were all very much appreciated.

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AFTER FORTY years of service at Mercenfeld Primary School and many years of voluntary work for the local Churches and community I was completely overwhelmed to discover that I had been nominated by Mr.Kitchen (former head teacher) and Mrs. Shepherd (current head teacher) for a British Empire Medal. Which I received from Lady Gretton at a presentation ceremony at Beaumanor Hall on Monday 24th April.

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My family all joined me for the occasion and we had a marvellous time. After the presentation, Michael and I went to Mercenfeld School to show all of the children my medal and they all enjoyed sharing my excitement and pride. Being able to include the children and see their happiness ended the day perfectly for me. This was all topped off by attending the Queen’s Garden party on June 1st, which again was another amazing experience. With the finale being my own personal Garden Party at 42 Park Avenue on June 3rd, which was attended by around 50 of my friends. I would like to thank everyone involved for making this experience so memorable and also my friends and members of the community for their good wishes.

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GO UKULELE CRAZY – again! The Go Ukulele Crazy orchestra returns to Markfield with a concert at the Methodist Church on Friday, 29th September at 7.30 in aid of the Project Malawi Trust. This will be a most entertaining, fun-filled evening packed with songs for audience participation. Last year’s concert was a sell-out so to avoid disappointment get your ticket early. They are priced £6 adults, £3 children and include refreshments. For information tel: 01530 242607, 242166, 244867.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL pupils from a Nailstone primary school have received a prestigious ‘Beyond Bullying Award’ to highlight the steps the children have put in place to prevent bullying at their school. Two pupils from Dove Bank Primary School attended the awards run by Leicestershire County Council’s Safeguarding and Improvement Unit at the National Space Centre in Leicester to pick up the award. The accolade recognises schools that have signed up to the local authority’s anti-bullying charter, and have gone on to demonstrate their commitment by ensuring that anti-bullying practice is embedded across the school. Headteacher, Fiona Shields - who accompanied the seven-year olds to the awards ceremony – said that bullying is a challenging issue for schools and she was delighted at the lengths that pupils at Dove Bank had gone to, to stamp out the problem. “We are delighted that our work in school to combat bullying and celebrate diversity has been recognised; our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors are especially proud,” said Mrs Shields. “The award will encourage them to continue their fantastic anti-bullying work and will remind others in school of the importance in ensuring a friendly, supportive learning environment for all with a strong sense of community and good standards of behaviour.” The children were praised for giving up time during break and lunchtimes to act as peer mediators, resolving minor issues on the playground, and ensuring that children who may have been feeling lonely, were found friends to play with. Mrs Shields added, “We want all our children to enjoy school knowing that they will be free from bullying and harassment. Dove Bank is working incredibly hard to make that happen, and these awards recognise the effort and commitment of pupils, staff, governors and parents alike.”

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Single mothers say the GREAT Project has “changed their lives” TWO SINGLE mothers are on the path back to work thanks to the GREAT Project – an innovative programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund. Both mothers, Jo, 29, and Jade, 30 who are also sisters, have been unemployed for 7 years before being referred to the project, citing a lack of confidence as one of the most difficult challenges they faced in returning to work. “I love being a Mum,” said Jade, “But it can be so easy to get locked in a routine. From to school to home and back again. Cooking, feeding, cleaning. You start to think you can’t do anything else.” “I also wasn’t very confident. I didn’t really have a wide circle of friends and I wouldn’t have known where to start looking for work. I felt like I didn’t have anything I could offer,” added Jo. The GREAT Project work with people furthest from the labour market to identify their individual challenges and build a support plan that specifically addresses those challenges. Working with their Employment Navigator, Jo and Jade first took part in Total Commitment Training offered by one of the project’s partners, Personal Development Point (PDP). This programme is designed to build confidence and team skills, and allow participants to put into practice, abilities they may not have known they possessed. “We were very nervous at first. We didn’t think it was going to be very good. But it was incredible. We came out of our shells, we made new friends and we felt like we were part of a team, that we could do something,” said Jo. With the support of Business in the Community, they were able to take part in a twoweek work placement with Marks and Spencer plc, where they gained further confidence and skills in a work environment. “It was amazing being back at work. I just felt like I was somebody again. Not just somebody’s Mum,”

said Jade. “It’s so important to me to set a good example for my kids, to show them that you work for your money. That nothing should just be handed to you,” explained Jo. They will be continuing their progress by engaging with Leicestershire County Council Work Clubs develop interview techniques and CV writing skills and make the move towards permanent employment. “The GREAT Project has made a 100 percent difference. I don’t know where we’d be without it. It’s changed our lives.” “The GREAT Project has been nothing but great. We haven’t had that kind of help from anywhere else.” Krishna Patel, the Navigator who worked with the two women, comments: “It has been amazing to see the progress they have both made. They are more confident and able to take on tasks that they would previously have found daunting. We tailor every support package to the needs of the participant. Which makes all the difference.” For more information, or to request a referral, please contact the GREAT Project via http://www. The GREAT Project is a programme designed to help individuals within families in Leicester and Leicestershire, who are not currently in employment or training, move

toward work. ‘GREAT’ stands for ‘Getting Ready for Employment and Training’. The service is run by a range of statutory, not-for-profit and private companies, a partnership approach that allows the project to tailor support to each family’s unique needs. The GREAT Project is funded by The Big Lottery and European Social Fund. The service is delivered by Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL).

Markfield WI Programme for 2017 16th Aug: Gardening for Wildlife: Chris Edwards 20th Sept: Wigs: Tim Hogarth-Jones 18th Oct: AGM Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7.45pm at the Methodist Church, Main St Markfield. Further information from Fran Johnson 01530 243350 or Jane Barrington 01530 243285.


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The wonder of Walnuts

A HANDFUL of walnuts may help reduce your feelings of hunger. Walnuts are unique among nuts in that they are mainly comprised of polyunsaturated fats, which help decrease ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger. They also seem to increase peptide YY (PYY), a hormone that increases fullness or satiety. As appetite hormones play an important part in regulating how much you eat, this could be good news. Whatever the science, a recent study published in the journal Nutrition suggests that walnuts “may favourably change appetite hormones so that we can feel fuller for longer.”

Redgate cattery block opened by Mayor STAFF, Trustees and Volunteers at Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, Markfield, would like to warmly thank the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth, Cllr Ozzy O’Shea, and Mrs O’Shea, for formally opening the new cattery block.

It was an honour to host our VIP guests at the sanctuary and despite being highly allergic to cats, (as the streaming eyes showed), the Mayor bravely stayed on for light refreshments and chatted with us all for over an hour! We are very proud of our lovely new cattery, which is the old kennels but thoroughly refurbished and refurnished. There are large indoor pens (with cat flaps through to outdoor cat runs) and every cat has an arm chair, a rug and a scratching post! Do come and visit us if you can – we are open to the public every day 10.30am – 3.30pm. Tel: 01530 243925 or 01530 230 455. Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, 233 Shaw Lane, (off Billa Barra Lane), Markfield LE67 9PW.

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a befriending service, personal care, assistance with shopping and domestic tasks to being accompanied on a hospital visit or a trip to play bingo. Rated “GOOD” by the Care Quality Commission and the first Homecare provider to achieve the local authorities “Dignity and Respect Award, whatever help and support you need Bosworth Homecare’s team will assist you.”

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Out and about with

Markfield Local History Group

MEMBERS of Markfield local History Group (MLHG) enjoyed two very different outings during the Summer. The first was a visit in June to Leicester Cathedral where members who wished to do so were able to climb to the bell tower to see the bells and hear about their history as well as some of the technicalities of bell ringing. The 13 bells were cast by John Taylor and Company of Loughborough in 1937 and they are considered to be one of the best ring of bells in the country. The heaviest bell, the tenor, weighs over 25 hundredweight. The bells are usually rung on Sundays, with weekday evening practices to help consolidate skills, learn new peals and train new bellringers. The Cathedral bellringers also ring in several other city centre churches on Sundays. The bells are rung on special occasions too, the most recent being the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to present Maundy money to citizens of Leicester and the county. The bell tower walls are covered with plaques commemorating the ringing of famous peals, which can often take many hours, as well as records of peals for special occasions. For those left at ground level there was a guided tour of the Cathedral. The guide was very knowledgeable and the group gained an insight into the reorganisation of the Cathedral during the preparations for the reinternment of Richard III. They visited the tomb and looked at the new windows with the details of the story of Richard III intermingled with events and places in Leicestershire. Following this, we all crossed Jubilee Square to visit St. Nicholas’s Church, the oldest place of worship, in Leicester, where we learnt about the church’s Saxon foundation, Norman architecture and subsequent alterations over time culminating in the Victorian brick arch over the pulpit. We learnt that the coffin bearing the remains of Richard III was carried from the hearse in which it had travelled from Bosworth into St. Nicholas’ Church where a short service took place, prior to the coffin being placed on a horse drawn bier and taken through the streets of the city to the Cathedral for reinternment. The second event took place in July when members and visitors took part in the village walk which MLHG organises as part of the nationwide Archaeological Festival, co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA). It was a very enjoyable evening and the weather was kind although not as sunny as it might have been! The walk was led by one of our members, Barrie Gannon, with help from Laurence Lock. A record number of 37 people gathered on the Green outside St. Michael’s Church and we made our way down to the lower village Green, where we learnt about the sawpits which used to be situated here and the origin of the term ‘underdog and ‘top dog’, referring to the men who operated the saw from the bottom and the top of the pit. We saw the old bakery on Main Street which was still operating within living memory, and is just one of the buildings in the village which sport a blue Heritage information plaque. There were eleven pubs serving a population of only 1632 in 1901. We walked back past the old village school and went into the church yard where we saw the Norman stonework in the wall of the church and looked at some of the old tombstones. From there the group walked up to Hillside to look at the cottages which were built mainly to house the quarry workers who worked in Hill Hole Quarry. We learnt about the night soil men, who collected the human waste from the cottages, and how one unfortunate man put the bucket on his head to carry it away, but it was so thin that it broke and covered him in unmentionable solids and fluids! We climbed to Hill Hole Nature Reserve and heard about the history of the quarry industry and the ages of the rocks in this area. The rock at Hill Hole, Markfieldite, is some of the oldest in the world at over 543 million years. This rock is very hard and durable and hence quarrying developed

as a major industry. At one time there was a windmill on the hill here, one of two. The base of the second windmill stood on the land now known as the Altar Stones and was a post windmill, which could be turned around on its base to catch the best wind. The views from the Altar Stones themselves were fantastic although it was too hazy to see the spectacular sunset of the previous year. We returned past the allotments to the Upper Green after walking for 2 hours. People had travelled from as far afield as Rugby to join the walk, and visitors said how much more there was to Markfield than they had thought. Our next meeting will be on September 19th 2017 when Michael Ball will be giving one of his fascinating talks on the subject of ‘Occupations of Markfield.’ This will be held at the Methodist Church, Main Street, Markfield, commencing at 7.30pm. All are welcome. A fee of £3 for visitors includes refreshments. For more information about the Markfield Local History Group, visit the website at or phone Rosie Woodland on 01530 244497

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Markfield Congregational Church 01530 242142

Sunday 10 September 10.30am Morning Service 4.00pm Afternoon Café Style Service Thursday 14 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café

Sunday 13th August 10.15am Favourite Hymns Service Sunday 20th August 3pm United Service at Ulverscroft Priory Sunday 27th August 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 3rd September 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday 10th September 10.15am HARVEST FESTIVAL

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 13th August 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 20th August 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 17 September 10.30am United Service at Methodist Church 6.00pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 24 September 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service

Sunday 3rd September (Acts Series starts) 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 17th September 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 24th September 10.30 am “Something Different” Harvest Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 13th August 9.00 am Holy Communion

Thursday 28 September 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café

Sunday 20th August 10.30 am Benefice Communion Service 3.00 pm Ulverscroft Priory Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Wednesday 23rd August 10.00 am Midweek Communion and Coffee

Sunday 13th August 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion Friday 18th August 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 20th August 3.00 pm Ulverscroft Priory Service (Churches Together in Markfield)

Sunday 27th August 10.30am Morning Service

10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 27th August 8.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Service

Annual Sunday 27th August Ulverscroft Priory Service 10.30 am All Age Service Sunday 20th August Sunday 3rd September at 3.00 10.30 am Morning Servicepm

Everyone welcome Sunday 17th September 10.30 am Holy Communion Please bring a chair Sunday 24th September if you have one 10.30 am All Age Harvest Service

Coffee and tea

Sunday 10th September (Acts Series) 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper

Sunday 3rd September 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 17th September 10.30am Harvest Service

Sunday 10th September 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Sunday 13 August 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service Sunday 20 August 9.45am Focus Prayer Fellowship 10.30am Morning Communion Service 3.00pm Afternoon Service at Ulverscroft Priory Thursday 24 August 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café

Friday 15th September 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 17th September 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Service at Markfield Methodist Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 24th September 8.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Service

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 27 August 10.30am Morning Reader Service 6.00pm No Evening Service

Sunday 27th August 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

Friday 1 September 7.00pm Filling Station Service at Markfield Community Library Sunday 3 September 10.30am Morning Communion Service 6.00pm Taizé Evening Service

Sunday 3rd September 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 10th September

Sunday 17th September 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 24th September 6.00 pm Evening Prayere

Catholic Church of St Wilfrid of York 53 London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JB Sunday Mass Saturday Vigil: 6 pm Sunday: 10 am

832098, Parish Website: www.stwilfscoalville. Markfield Village Masses In the Congregational Church Hall, Main St, beside the Chinese Takeaway Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 7 pm Wednesday 20 September 2017 at 7 pm Churches Together

Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre

in Markfield

Sunday 3rd September 9.00 am Holy Communion

Wednesday 15 November 2017 at 7 pm initiative All are welcome.

Creative suggestions St Peter’s Church, for reading, thinking and exploring prayer, with time and space just to be. Copt Oak Church Hall - 6-7pm Sunday 13thCongregational August 3.00 pm Praise Service

Thursdays 28th September, 26th October

Sunday 20th August Come for Priory as long as you wish and leave when you want. 3.00 pm Ulverscroft Service

Refreshments available. All are welcome.

Sunday 27th August 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 13th August 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 20th August 10.30 am Benefice Communion Service at St Peter’s, Thornton 3.00 pm Ulverscroft Priory Service

Sunday 10th September 3.00 pm Praise Service

See Newsletter on the website for details of weekday Mass times, Benediction & Confessions, and other A service for the whole benefice events. Sunday 10th September 9.00 am Churches Holy Communion and Together in Markfield Parish Priest: Fr Tom Breslin – 01530

Wednesday September after the27th service 10.00 am Midweek Communion and Coffee

Sunday Club for children & young people is held in our hall during the Morning Service. Our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section of this magazine if you need more details..

Sunday 3rd September 6.00 pm Holy Communion

“Still Friday” 2017 Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace. 18th August

15th September

17th November

No “Still Friday” in December

20th October

Fridays 8.00 pm at St. Michael & All Angels’ Church

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National Recognition for Jessica

Jessica Moody, a Year 12 student at Our Lady’s Convent School, is a name to watch for the future. She has recently added to her growing record of artistic accolades by scooping first place in a national art competition. In 2015 Jessica drew one of the shortlisted designs for the new 12 sided pound coin and earlier this year her work ‘Lucy’ was submitted to the ISA Art Competition where she was awarded first place in the Key Stage 4 category and National Winner of Key stage 4 Drawing. The School has since heard that her piece ‘Lucy’ was awarded the national first prize for best piece of art in any category in the Independent Schools Association Annual Art Competition. An outstanding achievement. Her winning piece was drawn using pencil crayons from a photograph of her dog ‘Lucy’ and illustrates a real understanding of her subject and chosen medium.


LFE Film Evenings Our new season starts on Thursday 7 September, when the film being shown will be “LION”.

This is the true story of how, in 1986, Saroo, an illiterate, impoverished five-year-old in rural central India, got separated from his brother at a railway station in Burhanpur, and accidentally ended up alone on a train that took him almost a thousand miles to Kolkata (Calcutta). Unable to speak Bengali, and unaware of the name of his home town, he had no way to return. He lived as a street urchin and survived on his wits and scraps of food. Later he was taken in by an orphanage, eventually adopted by an Australian couple, who took him to start a new life in Tasmania. A quarter-century later came the implausible twist. Saroo – by now a robust, happy, windsurfing, fully fledged Aussie – used Google Earth, a handful of visual memories and immense dedication to identify his home town: Khandwa, in central India. In February 2012 he travelled there to find his biological mother, Fatima. Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara Venue: the Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LFE. Cost: £5. On arrival complimentary hot drink and biscuits are provided. You also get a free raffle ticket for a double ticket prize to be used for a future showing. Doors open at 7.00pm. The film show starts at 7.30pm. Run time is 2 hours.

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Cheaper season tickets on the way for Park & Ride regulars THE COST of using Leicester’s park and ride services could reduce significantly for commuters who buy season tickets this autumn. Under proposals due to be presented to members of the city council’s economic development, transport and tourism scrutiny commission, people buying a 52-week ticket from September would see the cost of their ticket dropping from £420 to £320. Those opting for a 26-week ticket would pay £160 instead of £230, while the price of a 13-week ticket would be slashed from £130 to just £80. Assistant city mayor for the environment Cllr Adam Clarke said: “We’re committed to reducing congestion and improving air quality in Leicester, and one way of doing that is by cutting the number of cars that drive into the city centre each day. “We know that cost is a key factor when people decide how to make their journeys, so we’ve looked at how we can make our Park & Ride services more attractive to those who regularly drive into the city centre. “Under the proposed new, simpler pricing structure, a season ticket holder who commutes to the city centre five times a week would pay just over £1 per day to leave their car in our secure car parks and travel into the city centre on a comfortable bus, in designated bus lanes, with free WiFi. “Compared to the costs of all-day parking in the city centre, this clearly represents good value for money, and we hope that it will encourage more commuters to switch to Park & Ride.” While the cost of season tickets is set to drop under the proposals, other Park & Ride tickets would go up in price for the first time since 2009. In the first review of fares in eight years, the cost of a day ticket is set to rise from £3 to £3.50, with a group day ticket – for a car and up to 5 people – going up from £3.50 to £4. The 10-Day ticket would go up to £31 (from £26), the 4-Weekly ticket would cost £50 (up from £42), and the concessionary day fare would go up from £1 to £1.50. All of Leicester’s park & ride services – operating from Enderby, Meynell’s Gorse and Birstall – are provided jointly by Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council.


Improvements planned at Markfield Cemetery

MARKFIELD Parish Council owns and manages many of the open space around the parish. Of these, the one which demands the most sensitive management, is the cemetery on Leicester Road. Originally developed in the 19th century the cemetery continues to provide the final resting place for many local residents. Although many still opt for traditional burials, the number wishing to inter or scatter ashes has risen significantly. The parish council has sought to provide for this change by developing a series of plots, where ashes can be scattered or interred in bio-degradable caskets. The first of these was provided many years ago and, understandably, both it and some of the slightly later ones are now showing age. Additionally, they are becoming increasingly difficult to manage to the high standards they deserve. Most of the plots were edged with timber and their surfaces covered with bark mulch. The timber edging is now rotting and the bark mulch has decayed to provide an ideal location for weed seeds to flourish. In short, the appearance of these plots detracts from the rest of the cemetery’s and something needs to be done to improve them The parish council is therefore proposing a phased improvement programme – starting with the oldest plots and then moving towards the chapel. It must be stressed the location, size and number of plots would remain the same, the changes would only be as follow: 1. 2.


Replacing the timber edging with something more durable Laying a weed-suppressant membrane over as much of each plot as possible. To allow the membrane to be spread-out properly, most memorial plaques and stones would have to be lifted. Prior to lifting their location would be carefully recorded, so that once the membrane was down they’d be return to their original location. 3. Removing any over-mature shrubs. 4. The membrane would be covered with crushed stone or gravel. This would protect it, enhance the plot’s appearance and make weed control easier. In recognition of how potentially sensitive these works might be for some people, before making a final decision of how to proceed, Markfield parish council is seeking the views of local residents on the above proposal. If you’d like to comment on them, please contact the Parish Clerk Dawn Murby before 9th September 2017. Her contact details are as follows: Email: Telephone: 07989 169044 Or write to 41 Park Avenue, Markfield, LE67 9WA




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Green fingered Nailstone pupils win top BBC TV gardening award

A FLORAL wheelbarrow designed by green fingered pupils at a Nailstone primary school has scooped a top prize at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live event at Birmingham’s NEC. The children from Dove Bank Primary School beat off competition from 43 schools across the East Midlands to scoop the ‘People’s Choice’ award in the show’s Meal in a Barrow competition. The award has extra significance in the year that BBC 2’s Gardeners’ World celebrates its 50th anniversary and the pupils worked with the school’s ‘Growing Together’ project manager, Richard Smith, to let their imaginations run wild with props and creative flair. The theme of the school’s entry was inspired by ‘Ratatouille’ and pupils planted up a wheelbarrow - which contained all the home-grown ingredients required to rustle up a fresh and tasty summer recipe. Headteacher, Fiona Shields said the competition has proven to be a great way for pupils to get involved in gardening, inspiring them with how easy and fulfilling it can be to grow their own ingredients. “We are exceptionally proud to have taken part in the Meal in a Barrow competition at BBC Gardeners’ World Live this year, and are delighted to have won the public vote,” said Mrs Shields. “We are passionate about developing pupils’ growing skills and knowledge of healthy eating and so getting the children involved in a hands-on project such as this has been fantastic. “The pupils’ enthusiasm and passion for our ‘Growing Together’ scheme is producing fantastic results and is testament to the success of the programme which is inspiring children to get involved in fun activities around gardening and healthier lifestyles.”

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Markfield Community Centre News Summer Play Scheme for Parents, Toddlers and Older Children Our Summer Play Scheme is going very well with many children enjoying boys and girls football and mixed sports provided by Matt Elliott Sports Development whilst the toddlers are playing and parents are having a bit of a social. By the time you read this article there will only be one session left on the morning of Thursday 17th August so, if you kids are getting a bit bored by now bring them along to join in the fun. At this session we are planning an end of summer party with fancy dress and prizes. All children aged up to 11 years are most welcome provided that they have parental consent if not attending with a parent or guardian. It will only cost £1 per person per session and it will be a great opportunity for families to have fun together.

Dementia Club Planning is still going ahead to set up a new club at the Centre for people suffering from the various forms of dementia and those who care for them. Following consultation the new club will be called the Mayflower Good Times Together Club. Hinckley and Rugby have kindly donated £50 towards starting this much needed project and we have also applied to Leicestershire County Council’s SHIRES Community Grant to help fund the project. Once we get confirmation of funding we will start the new club hopefully in September.

Patricia Geary’s 80th Birthday Party On Saturday 22nd July villager Patricia Geary celebrated he 80th Birthday at the Centre with family and friends. Patricia was born in 1936 and lived in Birstall until she moved to Markfield about 16 years ago. Patricia used to work at Byfords and has four children Stella, Colin, Nigel and Glyn as well as grandchildren Lisa, Adam, Shell, Shane and Francesca. She also recently became a great grandmother. I am told that Patricia loves water colour painting and really enjoys holidaying at her “second home” a caravan on the East Coast that she has had for almost 30 years. The party was organized by her daughter Stella and her granddaughter Shell and, by all accounts, she had a wonderful time. Many congratulations Patricia on your 80th Birthday from all at the Community Centre.

Patricia Geary’s 80th Birthday Party

The JAY Brothers Concert On Friday 28th July the Centre jam packed with over a hundred people dancing, rocking and singing along to our very own local duo the fabulous Jay Brothers. The event was organized by Angela Berry and other members of the Markfield Congregational Church. Supported by one of our former youth club members Patience and Marie the Jay Brothers once again put on a really enjoyable show with songs from way back right up to the present. There was even a bit of line dancing and rock and roll thrown in. The event raised over £400 for the Church and was so well received and enjoyed that Angela is now planning a special Christmas show by the Jay Brothers at the Centre.

MAYFLOWER CLUB’S UPDATES Once again we have had a very busy and enjoyable time at the Mayflower Club and below is a brief update of what we have been up to: On the 21st June we marked Mid Summer’s Day with a talk on traditions and customs around the summer solstice as well as laying down a challenge to members to see who could grow the tallest sunflower. Members were busy potting and planting sunflower seeds to mark the occasion.

I understand that some of the seeds are doing really well whilst others have withered away or have been devoured by slugs and other bugs. There will be a prize for the tallest sunflower grown later on in the year. On the 28th June Wendy Coley came along to give a talk on the work of medical detection dogs. Dogs have a sense of smell a thousand times greater than humans. Medical research has proven that dogs can react to the smell of humans and alert us where certain diseases or conditions are present such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and even various forms of cancer. What wonderful animals they are and it shows why they are “man’s best friend” On the 5th July Carol Hill, who lives in the village, came along and gave a fascinating talk on the work of Vista Befriending Charity. Carol gave us a very interesting talk on the history of the organisation and how they help the blind and partially sighted. With the aid of special glasses she demonstrated the various forms of eye sight problems and stressed the importance of having regular eye sight tests especially as we grow older On the 12th July we held a musical quiz on popular Television programmes from the past. I must admit that most of the theme tunes from American programmes all sounded the same to me. You could tell from the answers who

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Sowing Sunflower seeds managed to watch a lot of television and those who hadn’t. We concluded the session with our very own “Wimbledon Tea Party” with strawberries, scones, cream and jam washed down with a tipple of sherry and alcohol free wine. On the 19th July local author and former school teacher David Bell gave a very humourous talk on his experiences of living in Leicestershire during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Some of his stories brought back many memories resulting in lots of laughter and giggles. I am hoping to get David near to Halloween to give us his talk on Leicestershire Ghosts and Ghost stories. On the 22nd July whilst many of us were at Llandudno, Carol Kemp organized a trip to Sunnyside Nurseries where they enjoyed a walk around the gardens and had a nice afternoon tea. I am told that they all enjoyed it very much. We have much more planned over the coming months so, if you would like to join in just turn up at the Centre on Wednesday afternoons 2p to 4pm. It only costs £1 per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. You don’t even have to live in the village as members from other villages are also most welcome.

Mayflower Friendship Club REMINDER For those who may be just interested in coming along for a social, meet up with old and new friends and have a game of dominoes or cards then the Friendship club is the place for you. It meets every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.

Wimbledon Tea Party It only costs £1 per session with a “cuppa” and biscuits thrown in. Just pop in and you will be most welcome

Departed to Pastures New Some of you will have taken part in Kathy Shaw’s keep fit sessions at the Centre. Kathy was one of our longest standing class instructors. Along with her horses she has now moved to Wales to start a new life. Before she left she held a farewell lunch with some of her former pupils. Best wishes Kathy in your new venture from us all.

NEW AT THE CENTRE Tai Chi Classes There will now be TWO Tai Chi classes at the Centre on Thursday mornings. The fist Class “Let’s Begin Tai Chi” is from 9.50am to 10.50am and the second class “Tai Chi the Next Step” is from 11am to 12noon.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Matt Elliott Sports Development In addition to its normal sessions ME Sports Development will be holding Summer Play Scheme Soccer Schools as follows:

Summer Play Scheme Soccer Schools •

31st July to 2nd August

7th August to 9th August

14th August to 16th August

21st August to 23rd August

Kathy Shaw (Centre, kneeling) Other Sessions • 16th October to 18th October • 21st December to 22nd December “Drop and Shop”

DO SOMETHING AMAZING The National Blood Service is so pleased about the amount of blood donations it is receiving from our residents it has increased the number of dates that they will attend the Centre next year. The next sessions will be on Wednesday the 27th September and Wednesday 3rd November when you can “Do something amazing” and donate blood:

Money Saving Special Offer Don’t forget that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money. For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre and Sports ,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email or you can visit our website www.markfield to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.

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News from Cross Hills Baptist Church Serving the villages of Thornton & Bagworth plus the surrounding area

The Awesome Holiday Club AS THIS year’s Awesome Holiday Club is on 7th, 8th and 9th August we will unfortunately be well past the deadline for the August Issue of The Herald. We hope therefore to be able to have a few photos included in the September issue showing some of the leaders and children in action!

Sunday Service 20th August 10.30am WE ARE pleased to be welcoming back as our speaker for this week, Phillippe Ndabananiye and his family. Phillippe, who first came to Cross Hills as one of our Sunday service occasional visiting speakers when he was only 23 and just starting out in his ministry, is now married with a family and is part of the Leadership Team of a large thriving church in Whetstone. Whetstone Baptist Church is currently in the process of developing their large new church building on the outskirts of Whetstone, costing over £3million, having outgrown their old premises. Don’t believe the stories that say that the church in the UK is dying nowadays, far from it!! (take a look at their Facebook page and website). Also, don’t forget the Cross Hills Facebook page for our own local news and information.

Acts Series BEGINNING on 3rd, then 10th September, Pastor Garry will be leading a series of sermons based on the Acts of the Apostles.

Testament part of the Bible just after the 4 Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Following the death and resurrection of Jesus, it provides eyewitness accounts of the birth of the Christian church, beginning in Jerusalem with a small group of disciples then, through the power of the Holy Spirit, spreading out across the old Roman Empire and out into the world. Please join us for what will be an interesting series about the background and spread of Christianity and the impact and joy it brings into our lives today.

Newbold Verdon Jazz Club ON AUGUST 4th Newbold Verdon Jazz Club hosted a charity concert to raise money for Prostaid, a local prostate cancer charity. A large and enthusiastic audience were entertained by the Fidgety Feet All Stars jazz band. The band led by Dougie Wright, drummer, and supported by a group of talented jazz musicians including Steve Nutter on sousaphone and bass, Mel Thorpe on reeds, Mike Robinson on banjo, Bob Wilson on trombone and trumpet player and vocalist Dave Leithead played many well known tunes from the 1920’s jazz scene which were well received by the audience and encouraged more than usual dancers to take to the floor. The Jazz Club would like to thank the support of the audience that enabled us to give Prostaid a donation of over £900 The next concert on September 1st at Newbold Verdon Social Club will be Dave Rae’s Levee Ramblers who I am sure will provide a great evening of traditional jazz. Doors open at 7.00pm and the music is from 8.00 – 10.30pm. Admission £9.00 with drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices. For more details please contact Kelvin on 01455 822824 or Pauline on 0116 2865496

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” Albert Einstein “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” Terry Pratchett

Advance Notice THIS YEAR’S Harvest Service will be held on Sunday 17th September at 10.30am and will be led by the Cross Hills Church Deacons. We’re still in the planning stage……so, anything could happen! We always welcome visitors at our services and tea, coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!) are available afterwards. See the Church Service Information section in this magazine for times of our services and any special services.

Contact Numbers Pastor: Garry Kelly: 01455 457802/07816 616189 Secretary: Lynda Kelly: 01455 457802/07910 440243 Treasurer: Glynis Straw: 01530 230272

Glynis Straw Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

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Herald Small Ads • Free - BELFAST SINK. Tel: 0116 232 1960 • Full set of ‘Ping’ GOLF CLUBS • Large ‘Ping’ BAG • ‘Ben Sayer’ CARRYING BAG • Electric ‘Powerkarry’ TROLLEY, plus BATTERY & CHARGER Excellent condition. Price: £470 o.n.o. Tel: 01530 242798 • Pop up GAZEBO, 3m x 3m, green, waterproof, with 4 sides, new, still in box. Price: £150 • Adult MOUNTAIN BIKE - 18 gears, brand new. Price: £150 • WINDBREAK - 4 feet high by 15 feet long. Used once. Price: £15 • Two large SUITCASES, Tripp, as new. Price: £30 each o.n.o. • Large hard shell CASE, Revaluation, plus one small HAND LUGGAGE CASE, Price: £30 o.n.o. • ‘Flymo’ LAWN MOWER - good condition. Price: £15. • ‘Dimplex’ WALLHEATER - 20” high by 30” long. Good condition. Price: £25. Tel: 01530 245323. • SAMSUNG 40” FLAT SCREEN TV, used but in very good condition with stand and wall mounting brackets and remote. Can be seen working. Price: £100.00 • VENTURA DOUBLE SIZE ANYWHERE BED with blow up mattress and fold up base, portable (on wheels) 146cm x 198cm x 61cm (H) complete with electric pump. Price: £40.00 • BLACK GARDEN MEMBRANE 1.5m x approx 50m. Price: £20.00 • COOKWORK MICROWAVE OVEN 800w 20lt capacity 440mm x 330mm x 258mm, Silver, Good working order. Price: £10.00 • LADIES “DUNE” HANDBAG Brown

with short strap and gold coloured trimmings only used twice complete with dustbag. Price: £20.00 • MANUAL 14” TILE CUTTER Price: £7.50 • SKY HD BOX in good condition with remote control. Price: £20.00. • JONES CONSORT DELUXE TABLE TOP SEWING MACHINE with carrying case Pre 1970’s Complete with booklet and accessories, possible collectors item. Price: £10.00. Tel:: 07516044569

Roberts Travel Group and their customers raise £1001.00 for Kidney Care Appeal

• Three wheel collapsible WALKING AID with bag. Good condition. Price:£20 • Wood table (30” square) and two chairs. Excellent condition.Reason for sale: house clearance.Price: £35. Tel: 07547 901657 • Bosch PSB 1000 RPE HAMMER DRILL. As new condition. Price: £50.00. Tel: 01530 244626 (Markfield). • Wooden GARDEN TABLE, 44” x 44”, eight-sided, preserved in Sadolin durable wood stain, with rubber studs on table legs. Price: £40.00. • Also two CHAIRS with arms. Price: £10-15. All in excellent condition. Tel: 01530 587950 (Markfield). IF YOU HAVE any household items which you’d like to advertise FREE in the Herald, please SEND DETAILS by post or email - sorry, we can’t take them over the phone. Maximum EIGHT items please.

Our postal address is Herald Small Ads, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or you can email details to: info@markfieldherald. Please put ‘Small Ads’ in the subject line, and include your postal address (not for publication).

DURING THE quieter months at Roberts Travel Group, staff from the holiday’s office held a series of social mornings for customers, who took part in various raffles and games of bingo.

Pictured left to right – Graham Warwick, Leicester Hospitals Charity – Kidney Care Appeal & Samantha Woolley, Coach Holidays Manager – Roberts Travel Group.

Each year customers and staff elect a charity to raise funds for and this year the Kidney Care Appeal was chosen as a charity that was close to many people’s hearts. Samantha Woolley, Coach Holidays Manager said “We would like to thank all of our customers

who kindly donated to this wonderful charity, we are amazed at the amount that has been raised and would like to thank everyone who was involved in raising funds. “ The money raised will go into the charity which funds research, equipment and patient comfort.

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What We Offer Who We Are Teachers Parents Students detectives featured on telly. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to: POLICE SQUAD, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Saturday 2nd September V Q D H I F K O 2017. Remember to include your name and address. The first allI S S E J K N S correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the Meal for Two at The X U K E A P A J Field Head Hotel. Good luck!









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Doors open 7pm - for 7.30pm start Thornton Community Centre 175 Main St, Thornton LE67 1AH Tickets - £6 per person Includes light buffet ++ Audio rounds ++ First prize £36 : Second prize £24 13 card bingo Maximum number per team : 6 Don’t have team members? Teams made up on the night.

To reserve/buy tickets contact Gill Tapping at or text 07719 882144

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Volunteers needed to help at the Abbey Park Memory Walk Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest fundraising event, involving a series of sponsored walks which take place in autumn, across England, Wales & Northern Ireland. It supports some of Alzheimer’s Society’s vital work, including essential research, and life-changing local services for thousands of families affected by dementia. In 2016, walkers raised over £6.6m – that’s enough to fund 76 PHD students for three years to conduct innovative research to ultimately search for a cure. In Autumn 2017, walks return to over 30 locations, including the The Leicester Memory Walk in Abbey Park on Sunday 1st October . Memory Walk is open to all ages and abilities, and four-legged friends too. Families and friends are encouraged to come together, united against dementia to raise funds. Essential to the success of the walks are our fantastic volunteers – without volunteers, we can’t raise the money needed to beat dementia. Roles for volunteers are varied; helping us from everything to setting up stalls in the morning, to marshalling the route and helping to take banners down at the end of the day. Volunteers also support with fundraising and handing out medals to the finishing walkers. Let’s take on dementia together at the Memory Walk in Abbey Park this Autumn. To sign up, visit or call 0300 330 5452.

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