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County council launches scheme to help village shops Grants and free advice to help village shops boost their businesses is on offer from a £30,000 county council scheme.

This year saw yet another triumphant year at Groby Community College. Staff and students contributed to a total of 60 shoe boxes filled with gifts for some of the most deprived young children in the world. This year our efforts will be putting a smile on young girls and boys in Montenegro, a country in Southeastern Europe. Miss Laura Wright, Geography Teacher at the college said that a ‘huge well done and a big thank you goes out to all of the students, staff and families who contributed to these shoe boxes, you are making such a huge difference to the many young children’. This is the second year that the college has run the Operation Christmas Child programme. It was such a popular success in 2011 that Laura wanted it to run again.

Vacancies for two parish councillors in Groby Two vacancies exist in the Office of Parish Councillor for the (Groby Ward) Parish of Groby. The vacancies will be filled by election if any ten Local Government electors for the said Ward submit a written request to that effect in the manner prescribed below and if no such request is made the vacancies may be filled by the Parish Council by co-option. Any request for an election to fill the vacancies must be in writing and must reach the Returning Officer, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Council Offices, Argents Mead, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1BZ, not later than Wednesday 19th December 2012. (See also article on page 4.)

Leicestershire County Council is running a village shop support scheme, to help village shops and Post Offices survive the downturn and fend off superstores. It is offering free specialist advice, plus grants of up to £3,000. One venue that has benefited is Woodhouse Eaves Post Office, which has developed a thriving art gallery. Jennifer Cox, who runs the Gallery at the Post Office, said: “I’d encourage other traders to get support from this scheme – the council has been very helpful. “We got a grant to convert a spare room into a gallery, where we display photos, paintings, prints, sculptures and scarves from 40 different artists, mainly from the local area. Over the last three months, our takings have trebled.” Lesley Pendleton, Cabinet member for rural affairs, said: “Our village shops and Post Offices are the lifeblood of our local economies and we’ve launched this scheme to help them survive and thrive. “These shops provide essential services to people who can’t get to their local market town. I would encourage shopkeepers to check out the advice that’s on offer.” The council has commissioned Kerching Retail to offer the advice service. Corin Birchall from Kerching said: “This targeted scheme is helping shops to explore all the opportunities to help their businesses grow. “Examples include revamping your window display, using a website or Facebook to communicate regularly with customers and launching a loyalty scheme.” The following, free services are available to Leicestershire rural retailers: •24 hour access to online training, support and assessment tools •one-to-one email support or phone support •face to face support, including retail assessments and analysis of window displays For further details, businesses can see www.kerchingretail.com/vss or email vss@kerchingretail.com or telephone 01455 203 206.

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Local guitarists invited to enrol for next session of guitar classes New rights of way maps available at libraries Copies of maps detailing Leicestershire’s public footpaths, bridleways and byways are now available to view in main libraries. The Definitive Map is the official record of the existence, status and position of all of the county’s current public rights of ways. Leicestershire County Council has made reference copies of the map available in Loughborough, Coalville, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton, Blaby and Oadby Libraries. Lesley Pendleton, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “This map is really comprehensive and is useful for walkers and riders who are interested in finding their local paths! The map comprises 116 large sheets which will be updated periodically to reflect any changes made to the paths. It is anticipated than an online version of the map will be available on the county council’s website in the New Year. Photocopies of the map can be made – normal library photocopying charges apply. For more information on the Definitive Map visit: www.leics.gov. uk/maps

Christmas Closure The Groby Parish Council Office will close at 12 .30 pm on Friday 21st December and re-open on Wednesday 2nd January 2013.

3,500 copies distributed 11 times a year (no issue in July) to homes and businesses in Groby, Field Head and The Brantings. Compiled and published in the Parish of Groby & Field Head. Printed in Ellistown by Norwood Press. The Spotlight is a monthly compilation of articles, press releases, events, general items of interest and news items submitted to us by local residents, groups, associations, sports clubs and local authorities.

If you are a frustrated guitarist who seeks a group experience, guitar classes at Groby Community College could be what you’re looking for! The Groby Tuesdays is a guitar club who meet weekly to enjoy playing together in a group while learning more about music and performing. The group is aimed at those some playing ability who are bored with practising on their own. Many styles and techniques are explored and the group performs regularly at local venues. Enrolments are now being accepted for next ten week session beginning in January. For more information, please contact Mark Wilde at 01509 673064 or by email at markwilde8@gmail.com.

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Can’t find a job? Add this to your CV Norman Griffiths reports that it’s hard to find Parish Councillors Those who unlucky enough to be searching unsuccessfully for jobs are well aware that their CV is an important tool in getting through the initial vetting stage when dealing with employers. The more that can be included to demonstrate the range of skills offered the better. Voluntary work is often thought of as a good starting point to enhance a CV and this often involves working with a charity or some form of community service. But often the work can be rather mundane and may not involve the skills that employers want. Working unpaid as a Parish Councillor probably doesn’t even make it onto any list of useful community service. After all, surely it’s just like council in the Vicar of Dibley – a collection of eccentrics led by a control freak? Well, not quite. Yes, it’s true that Parish Councils have their moments, but that’s probably true of all organisations. And it’s true that it is possible to join a council and coast along, letting others do the work, keeping your head down and saying little. Even if a Councillor is active, surely all they have to do is sort out where to put dog bins? Again, not quite. But aren’t Parish Councils full of senior citizens? Again,not quite, but it’s true that they often predominate and that’s because younger residents may feel it’s an old person’s club, or they can’t spare the time, it’s boring or they forget that a large part of the remit

of Parish Councils is providing recreational facilities, something which may benefit from a younger perspective. Villages spend a lot of money and can have budgets of hundreds of thousands of pounds, and manage services including parks and cemeteries. Parish councils have to stay within the law, and be aware of such things as health and safety obligations, particularly in relation to children’s activities. They also have to meet the challenges that modern living throws up. Looking back there have been such issues as the construction of the A46 western bypass, the massive expansion of the village and the development of the landfill site on Bradgate Hill. For the future there will be the impact of the outcome of the Bloors appeal to deal with if the developer is successful, the continuing controversy over where new development should go, more major roadworks at the A46/A50 island, and the eventual revitalisation of major quarrying operations on Newtown Linford Lane.

Training is available Parish Councils have changed, need members with a range of skills, and can offer training to help. There are courses for new councillors and also on such things as the Localism Act, planning, safety, quality systems etc. “We are also just becoming a “Quality Council” which will give us greater authority is making decisions at a greater/higher level,” explained a spokesperson for the Parish Council. “At the moment there are

a plethora of projects which require legal skills such as the Bloors planning appeal, but if that’s not your style, many items of day to day business need researching either in the various records offices and of course online. Much of the work is conducted on-line, including all new planning applications. In this digital age on-line and internet expertise is a great addition to any CV.” Vicar of Dibley it is not. Whether the skills that can be developed as a parish councillor such as team work, the confidence to speak in public, the ability to interpret and contribute to consultations, to come up with innovative solutions to recurring problems, to speak for a minority interest in the community or understand the implications of new legislation, are transferable skills is something for potential employers to consider. But on a CV surely they rank above compulsory shelf stacking at Poundland. And it isn’t either/or as Parish Councils normally meet in the evening. There are many in the community who already have such skills and don’t need to beef up a CV, and may have administrative, financial, or legal knowledge to bring to a council. But there are other practical skills that are important as well, as the council spends it’s cash on engaging contractors to make, repair or build for it as well as undertake routine maintenance of the land it controls. Having someone who knows how a job should be done can help avoid expensive mistakes. So perhaps there’s a role for people of all ages and backgrounds who want to give something back and help run their local community council. And there are currently opportunities to do just that. Groby Parish Council has two hard to fill vacancies. An election was recently advertised but as noone came forward to serve and with the Christmas and New Year holidays imminent, the process is to be restarted. It’s an unwelcome complication and a process which has puzzled everyone as it seemed logical for the vacancies to be filled by co-option as there were no nominations.

So what do I do if I want to apply? You can’t apply yet because of the decision to re-advertise by the Borough to take account of the holidays. Residents have been given a second chance to ask for an election and this will take place on February 7th if ten electors ask for

one and their request is received by the Borough Council no later than December 19th. If there is no request, or less than ten ask, the Parish Council will be able to appoint new members. If you would like to become a councillor you have two options. Option 1 is to ensure that a minimum of ten electors ask the Borough Council for an election, but they will have to act quickly to ensure the request is received at Hinckley by Wednesday December 19th. The request must be from electors in the Groby ward only, not Field Head ward. When it is called you complete the nomination form and wait to see whether there are more than 2 candidates. You will be elected uncontested if there are 2 or less candidates. If there are more than 2 there will be an election and you may or may not be successful. If you would prefer not to go through the election process you may prefer to take Option 2 which may give you the opportunity to be co-opted. Option 2 is to do nothing at the moment and wait to see if an election is called. If it is you can complete a nomination form and the outcome will be the same as Option 1. If an election is not called the Parish Council will be able to co-opt new members to the Council and will invite applications, so you can then apply for co-option. Prospective members may be asked to attend a selection process. This may entail appearing before the 14 existing members in a room from which members of the public have been excluded and answering a predetermined list of questions. All candidates will probably be asked the same questions. Members will then take a secret ballot to decide which of the candidates they feel are the most suitable to join the council. Those with suitable experience and confidence may be happy with this procedure but anyone who might find it uncomfortable may prefer to go for the election route (Option 1).

If you would like to know more about the role you should take a look at The Good Councillor’s Guide. It can be downloaded from http://www.nalc.gov.uk/ Publications/Booklets_and_ Resources.aspx

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Sunday Times success for Lady Jane Grey

Don’t miss closing date for first-time school places Parents of children approaching school age are being urged to apply for a place before the closing date.

This month the Sunday Times released their annual ‘Top 400 State primary Schools‘ LJG were ranked at 251, only 17 points from the top spot!

Leicestershire County Council is reminding parents that if their child is four before 1st September 2013, they need to apply for infant or primary places by 15th January. Starting school is not automatic and all parents need to apply. The transfer process is the same for a local authority school or a recently-converted academy. Late applicants will have the lowest priority and may not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools, or even their catchment area school. Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 16th April, 2013. Parents can also apply by post if they wish. To find out more, go to: www. leics.gov.uk/admissions or e-mail admissions@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 6684.

When children are leaving their Primary Education the Government set a target for each child to achieve a Level 4 in both literacy and Numeracy. The table printed in the Sunday Times reflects the percentage of children achieving a Level 4 in both Numeracy and Literacy at the end of Year 6 over a three year period. The best possible score is 300 points. Only two other Leicestershire schools are on the list. This is the 3rd consecutive year Lady Jane has achieved this feat. To be placed 251st out of 17,000 primary schools in England and Wales is an incredible accomplishment indeed. Headteacher Michael FitzGerald stated that to be ranked 251st out all the primary schools nationally is an unbelievable achievement. Much credit goes to the all the staff for their continuous hard work, to the parents and carers for their support but most importantly to the children for all their tremendous efforts. Congratulations to all involved. Well done Lady Jane Grey Primary School!

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Village Hall parking deal or no deal? Norman Griffiths hears an agreement is still out of reach

Swimmers in pyjamas splash their way to £17,500 for The Children’s Trust The Village Hall Management Committee and Groby Parish Council seem no closer to resolving their differences over how the maintenance of the Village Hall car park should be financed. It had been thought that they were close to completing a ten year deal to contribute funding for future maintenance and keep the car park available for use by the Council and local residents. Following the installation of a new barrier at the car park entrance the Parish Council was concerned that staff and visitors to the offices might have nowhere to park, as the lease of the premises occupied by the Council apparently has no provision for parking. In addition to those visiting the Parish Office and Council Chamber the car park is also used by those attending functions at the hall and the library. It is also used free of charge by local residents for off road parking, visitors to Groby Club, the post office, shoppers and even commuters who leave their cars and take a bus from the stop outside. Although the surface is in good condition the Village Hall Committee feels it will need some remedial work in due course. New funding needs to be put in place following the ending in 2009 of the agreement between the Village Hall and the Borough and Leicestershire County Councils. It had been thought that the County Council had offered a grant towards the maintenance costs but it has now been confirmed that they actually own around 25% of the car park. The Village Hall Committee wished to negotiate grant funding towards the balance of the maintenance costs with the Parish Council, but the council felt this could be disproportionate and too heavy a burden for residents, particularly as the car park is used by nonresidents. “The objective of the Village Hall Management Committee, in respect of its car park, is to ensure an income stream provides funds for its on-going maintenance and availability for use by legitimate users of the Groby Village Hall,” explained a spokesperson for the Hall Committee. “Currently these users are the only ones making any contribution in this regard.”

Proposed agreement rejected Following discussions between the two parties a draft agreement provided for an annual payment to the Village Hall of £1,000 for the next 10 years. This would give the council use of the car park ensuring parking for staff, members and visitors. The draft agreement also provided residents with free and reasonable use. But in a letter to the Parish Council last month the Village Hall Committee said that although they appreciated the active participation and valuable contribution made by the Council in this matter they had decided not to enter into the agreement. They feel that several clauses are not in the best interest of the Hall or its users and do not address the issue of fairly covering maintenance costs, adding that a binding agreement would limit future options. An annual payment of £1,000 without a formal agreement would, the Committee suggested, fairly reflect the use of the Parish Council throughout the year, though this would be subject to review.

Offer still on the table Although disappointment was expressed at the December Parish Council meeting members decided to leave the offer of £1,000 linked to a formal agreement on the table. However in response to concerns that the Village Hall Committee may be exceeding its powers if parking restrictions were imposed at some future date it also approved a proposal to keep open the option to take independent legal advice if necessary.

Last month, award-winning national baby and child swimming company, Puddle Ducks, took part in Humphrey’s Pyjama Party Week to raise funds for The Children’s Trust. Children from two months old to seven years of age attended their swimming classes across the UK dressed in pyjamas (parents too!), raising sponsorship for this important cause, while also learning invaluable lifesaving skills. As a result of everyone’s incredible support, Puddle Ducks is proud to announce that to date £17,551.76 has been raised with more to come in. The fundraising will benefit The Children’s Trust – a national charity that provides care and therapy for children with multiple disabilities, as well as a rehabilitation service for children with an acquired brain injury. Franchisee Donna Taylor of Puddle Ducks South Leicestershire, said “To be part of such a fantastic national event for The Children’s Trust has been wonderful – we’re so proud of all of our customers, who contributed £642.00 to the total. We had so much fun in the pool in our pyjama tea parties, so thank you all again for your enthusiastic support.”

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Police warn motorists not to leave defrosting cars unattended Leicestershire Police have issued a warning to motorists not to leave their cars unattended while they are defrosting windows. Vehicles have been reported stolen in Whetstone and Ratby while left unattended on driveways with their engines running. Sergeant Steve King said; “It can be tempting to leave car engines running while the windows are defrosting and go back inside a warm house, but this means that it is easy for someone to get in and drive off with your car.” During the frosty weather officers will be advising drivers of any vehicles found unattended with engines running and handing them a leaflet to remind them that their vehicle could have been stolen. This type of crime is avoidable by staying with your vehicle. It is also worth remembering that insurance companies are unlikely to compensate owners whose vehicles have been stolen while unattended with the keys in the ignition. Moreover, if the car is left on a public highway with its engine running, the owner could be guilty of an offence. Anyone with information about these offences can call Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, which is anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

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GE Druck secures £4.17m of Government cash As reported in the Leicester Mercury, Groby measurement equipment specialist GE Druck secured £4.17 million to help it develop a device which accurately measures the amount of oil being extracted from sub-sea wells. The money, from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) helped convince the business’s American parent company GE to develop its multiphase flow meter at its Groby site rather than in the US and invest a further £14 million in the project. On 6th December, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited the Groby plant where about 65 new jobs are to be created over the next five years as well as securing the posts of a further 200 highly-skilled employees. The flow meter allows oil companies to know to with one or two per cent accuracy the amount of oil coming out of well in a mixture of sand, water, and oxygen. The grant was initially announced a year ago but has now allowed the firm to start taking on staff and buy the equipment needed to carry out the project. Mr Clegg said the Government had announced £350 million more cash for the RGF in Wednesday’s Autumn Statement and urged companies in the county to apply.

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YOUNG artists and photographers in Hinckley and Bosworth are being offered the opportunity to compete for a chance to show off their work in a real exhibition and win a cash prize. The Borough Council and Twycross Zoo are working together to offer young talented wildlife artists and photographers the opportunity to exhibit their work at the zoo and be entered into a competition to win up to £150 in cash plus other special prizes. Each young person can enter one piece of art work that must fit the ‘Wildlife’ theme. There are two age categories of 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. Young artists are asked to submit the entry form and an image of their artwork by email to lindsay.orton@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk by Friday 11 January 2013. Selected entries will be featured in an exhibition to be held in the zoo’s Himalaya from 21 January to 23 February 2013. The winning pictures will be chosen by a public vote and prizes awarded at a special prize giving evening on Thursday 21 February. Councillor David Cope, the Borough Council’s Executive Member responsible for Culture and Leisure, said: “The Young Wildlife Artist competition is a great opportunity to promote the talents of our local young artists and in turn highlight one of the premier tourist attractions we have in our borough” Application forms and guidance notes are now available by contacting Lindsay Orton, Creative Communities and Tourism Officer on 01455 255833 or by email at lindsay.orton@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

Parents denied their ‘golden’ retirement Many parents of the so-called boomerang generation have had to put their retirement dreams on hold because their children are still living at home, and still needing financial help. Almost three million people in their 20s and early 30s, most of them men, are still living with their parents. This means that parents have not been able to downsize, move to the country, or travel. Nearly a quarter of the parents affected admit that it is impacting on either their relationship with their partner or their son or daughter.

LETTER

Inconsiderate dog owner Dear Spotlight

I moved to Groby six months ago, thinking it was a nice clean village. I arrived home today after a busy nursing shift to find that someone has allowed their dog to foul my lawn. This is disgraceful and the person concerned should be ashamed. They should not be allowed to keep their animal. Please can whoever is responsible, clean it up or pay for a new lawn.

P.Kapasi, Groby

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When in doubt, don’t Women who get cold feet before their wedding day should pay more attention to those concerns. A recent study has found that nearly 20 per cent of women who walked down the aisle having had serious doubts were divorced four years later. Researchers from the University of California found that women with niggling doubts are more right to be concerned than the men with niggling doubts - statistically when a woman marries despite doubts, the marriage is more likely to break up. As one researcher said: “People think everybody has premarital doubts and that you don’t have to worry about them. We found the doubts are common but not benign. When women have doubts, these should not be dismissed.”


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Hinckley Hub A council meeting has been called by the Chief Executive of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council for 18 December 2012 at 5.30pm. This follows representations by the Conservative Group Leader, as a means of clarifying the current position and providing reassurance to the council and the community of Hinckley and Bosworth that the development of the Hinckley Hub, whilst delayed for reasons already made public, will still be completed during the early part of 2013. The Chief Executive, Steve Atkinson, said: “The process so far has been fully transparent and the council has worked closely with our development partner MRP to ensure that Hinckley Hub gives the best value for money for the council and improves services to our taxpayers. That transparency will continue with the project until it is complete. “ Importantly, this meeting will give me the opportunity to confirm to all Members that, under the arrangements agreed at the start of the contract, this situation will not involve any additional cost or risk to the council or its taxpayers”.

Why you crave chocolate If you find chocolate hard to resist, there is good reason: scientists have found that eating it releases a natural brain chemical called enkephalin – which is an endorphin with similar properties to opium. In the brain it binds to molecular ‘receptors’ sensitive to opium chemicals to reduce pain and produce pleasurable feelings. This neurotransmitter may be what drives some forms of overconsumption and addiction in people. The findings were published in Current Biology.

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Groby Village Hall awarded £10k of Lottery funding

As reported in the Leicester Mercury, sports teams, village halls and community groups across the county are celebrating after being awarded thousands of pounds of lottery cash. In total, £158,755 will be shared between 19 organisations across the county. One of the biggest amounts for Leicestershire was a £10,000 grant for Groby village hall to replace a 100-year-old floor. A village hall spokesman told the Mercury: “Between 1,800 and 2,000 sessions are held there every year, including lots of children’s groups and other clubs and societies. “The floor has patches that need repairing and, as it’s been there for 100 years, we’ve decided it’s done pretty well and could do with replacing now.”

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Lady Jane Grey denied in the final The Lady Jane Grey football team team went into the annual Ratby football tournament feeling confident and excited about the prospect of qualifying for the county finals, with the cup having special significance for the LJG team as holders of the cup, after defeating local rivals Martinshaw in the final last year. The tournament began with a match against fellow Groby team Elizabeth Woodville, both teams played well, despite the very wet pitch, with Elizabeth Woodville scoring an early goal. However sustained pressure from Lady Jane Grey was rewarded with two quick goals. Only a goalkeeping masterclass from Emily Hollingshead kept LJG in the game. After halftime LJG rallied to finish with a 4-2 victory. Next up was Kirby Muxloe, with a recent basketball final defeat fresh in their minds LJG started tentatively and conceded a sloppy goal; luckily Jacob Fairhurst scored a very well worked goal to turn around the game and inspire a 4-1 victory. Buoyed by their two victories, the team began their next game settling and scoring early against opponents Ratby Blues, LJG set off at terrific pace and ended the game 8-1 victors with Fairhurst scoring four! Three victories in the group stage propelled LJG in to the final where they met South Charnwood High School. LJG went in to the final nervous at prospect of playing the high school team and their fears were quickly confirmed as a very strong Charnwood side went on to dominate the game and win the cup. “Scoring in the final was very nice but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to keep us in it,” said goalscorer Coby Alam Captain Kai Fisher said “The team played very well in every match, I was disappointed to lose we really wanted to keep the cup. We ran out of luck.” Hopefully the tournament can be the start of a successful year for the Lady Jane Grey team. Well done to the LJG team!

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For those with an interest in the history of Groby there is a lot of information to be found online. And now it is great to be able to report what appears to be an exciting addition which has come about as a result of one family’s genealogical investigations. It will be of particular interest to Groby families whose ancestors worked in the local quarry. Anyone who has looked into their family history may well have seen two sides of a migratory coin. On the one hand some parts of the family seem to be deeply rooted in a relatively small area, whilst on the other the search for employment took relatives from one part of the country to another as the agricultural workforce shrank and mining, heavy industries and manufacturing flourished. The Charnwood Forest Quarry Studies were initiated when Roger, a great grandson of a worker at Bardon quarry, documented the workers there online after tracing his ancestor. “This produced the interest to expand to all Charnwood Forest quarries. I haven’t completed it all because of other projects but as a resource it’s there for people to discover,” he explained. This extension to the other quarries is good news for Groby as it provides a fascinating picture of the local quarry workforce from 1861 through to 1911. The Charnwood Forest Quarry Studies focuses on the workers and their jobs at the granite quarries of Charnwood Forest from the time census records show their recorded occupations. It’s work in progress and records are at various stages of completion. Groby, Bardon Hill, and Mountsorrel are fully documented from 1861-1911 census records and other sources of information, whilst Whitwick is underway.

Linked to each census At each of the 10 year census milestones the site gives an overview, and comments,for example that “By 1861 the initial surge of exporting granite from the quarry was long diminished and there are only 25 workers identified in the Quarry at this time, 18 coming from Groby and 5 from Newtown Linford and 2 from Ratby districts. The foreman of the quarry Joseph Lockwood lives in

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A group of Groby quarry workers - Photo courtesy of www.groby.org.uk Newtown Linford.” A table showing the workers names, age, birthplace and occupation follows. By 1871 the worker population of Groby Quarry has grown fourfold with steam engines driving production and a locomotive to ship granite connecting to the main rail lines. The most common surnames found amongst the 118 strong workforce at that time are Wood(10) and Jordan (8). Ten years on and in 1881 the workforce has increased and stands at 148 men and 20 boys, representing 20% of the population of what is called Ratby cum Groby. Street addresses are also shown for each worker. In 1891 the workforce is shown as 436 and Wood and Jordan are still the most common surnames. Although most of the workers were born in Leicestershire there are some born as far away as Yorkshire, Northumberland, Scotland and Wales.

“Groby Quarry was of substantial size in 1901,” writes Roger. “The Groby Historical Society web pages suggest that by 1902, Groby granite quarry had on the payroll 546 men and shows 186 men came from Groby, 173 Ratby, 66 Glenfield 58 Newtown Linford, 34 Anstey, 16 Markfield and 13 from Kirby Muxloe.” He has only identified 436 workers but believes this is probably an understatement. The difference is due in part to census enumerators not being specific about occupations and, for example, he has not included an ‘engine driver’ if the entry does not specify quarry work unless the next census is clearer. “In general 1911 Groby records are much more specific even specifying the Groby Granite Co. as the employer in most cases,” he adds. By 1911 the numbers employed appear to have dropped to 417 and the Wood family, with 11 members employed, have now been passed

by the Smiths(17), the Jordans(16) and the Gearys(14). Between them these four families seem to account for around 14% of the workforce. This census provides very comprehensive information and in addition to the names, birth year, birthplace, marital status and job title we can now see where they lived, often down to the house number.

Very impressed In addition to all this detail there are descriptions of the working methods and descriptions of the various jobs at the quarry. In all it is a very substantial piece of work and when local Groby historian David Ramsey took a quick look he commented that he was “very impressed” with what he had seen, and that is praise indeed. What makes it even more remarkable is that it seems the work has not been undertaken locally but from the other side of the world. “I was born in Bilston, Staffs, and emigrated from the UK in 1973. I am a resident of Australia but also live 6 months a year in Canada,” explained Roger. “I am recently retired and a keen English industrial history reader. At the end of the day its a database and so available to anyone that wants to use it for genealogical or research purposes. I get a enquiry from descendants every couple of months or so and try and help but it’s really a self helper.” Many of the photographs have come from local sources including the history pages on www.groby. org.uk (formerly known as the Groby Directory) where you’ll find photographs and articles by a number of contributors, including David Ramsey. There are over 20 informative articles and personal reminiscences on a whole range of local historical subjects.

How to find it The web address of the Charnwood Forest Quarry Studies is rather long – the easiest way to find it is to Google pafxcharnwood.html or follow the link on www.grobyonline.tk or www. grobyonline.co.uk which will take you straight to the 1861 Groby quarry page. It is no surprise that with such a complicated site covering a number of quarries there is the odd ‘glitch’, but Roger hopes to fix these by the time this Spotlight is delivered. Happy surfing!

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More older people as county population rises The population of Leicestershire has grown by 41,000 over the last 11 years, with a rise in people living in rural areas, the county council has revealed. Leicestershire County Council has analysed the results of the recent census, which shows that 650,500 people currently live in the county. The key facts are as follows: • The ward with the largest population increase is Bardon in North West Leicestershire, up by 52 per cent • The ward with the largest population decrease is Wigston Meadowcourt, Oadby and Wigston, down by eight per cent • The number of people aged 60 and above increased in all but three out of 133 council wards • The largest increase in population is in rural areas, which have grown by 10 per cent, or 8,300 people • The population of urban areas has grown by six per cent, or 7,200 people County council leader Nick Rushton said: The latest census information will help us to shape our services for the future. It shows that we have an increasingly ageing population and a growth in people living in rural areas, both of which will create challenges and pressures on our services.” For further details, see www.lsr-online.org/reports/indices_of_ deprivation_2010_leicestershire_headline_results

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Groby Allotment Society News Report from John Thornton Allotment holders occasionally have to consider sex when tending their crops, for instance: is the flower on your cucumber male or female? Choose to remove the wrong one and you could end up with a bitter taste in your mouth. Leeds City Council however have taken sex a step further than which side of the fence do you work. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph the 4,000 plot-holders and those on their waiting list received a survey asking them to declare their sexual orientation. One question asked people to declare whether they were heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Can you imagine the response from some of our members: ‘I don’t grow any of them, I stick to spuds and onions’. A spokesman said they had received 16% returns which had provided useful information. Hmm. Again in the press allotment holders have been accused of spreading potato blight. The Potato Council declared that the blight problem is real and it would be safer if home gardeners bought farm produced potatoes rather than grow their own. We home gardeners are fastidious in avoiding blight. Buying certified seed from reputable suppliers, we grow so few that we cannot afford to have the disease. Farmers spray with a chemical almost weekly, I have seen warning notices that acid has been sprayed to kill off the tops to cause early die back. Many plot holders won’t use any sprays at all being truly organic. When we fork our crop

out in the Autumn we take great care to remove all the tubers from the ground. Commercial growers machine harvest their crops which invariably leaves some in the ground. So if blight was present it’s the ones left in the ground (called volunteers) that will be responsible to start the cycle off the next year allowing the fungus-like

pathogen to be blown in the wind to the next field or our plots. When buying for next year look out for Sarpos pronounced ‘Sharpo’. They come in red, white or blue, not all in the same potatoes of course. These are as resistant as we can expect, try them. When we gather peas from our plots and take them home to pod have you ever thought who pods the frozen ones in supermarkets? When in Stamford recently we picked up the Lincolnshire ‘Good Taste’ magazine which unfolded the mystery? Peas have a very narrow window when they can be harvested, as the owner of the farm explained ‘Peas wait for no Man’ and when they are ready they are ready, resulting in harvesting 24 hours a day. A specially designed harvester gathers from the fields podding as it gathers and transferring the peas into trailers which travel alongside the harvester which in turn loads them into 8 tonne lorries which then transports them to the freezer plant. Time from gathering to freezing is less than 150 minutes, quicker than some of us can get ours home from the plots. So how does the harvester work? The farmer explained that when the pea pod is just right for gathering, if it was thrown at the right degree at a brick wall the pod would burst open releasing the peas undamaged. Tempted to try it? Late autumn is a busy time on the plots, not much colour or crops visible on the surface but preparation is taking place getting the soil ready for next year. Cow muck, that giver of goodness is being delivered in huge quantities. This year it is especially good, well-rotted and cheesey with a healthy aroma, there’s nothing like it, it beats all the fertilizers. There is always a discussion whether to dig it in or spread it on the surface. Take your choice it is still great stuff.

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Scouting up by Each year every Scout Group in the country completes a census of its members. The results of the 2012 census indicated that Groby Scout Group had achieved a growth rate of almost 50% over the previous 12 months. We now have over 100 young people between the ages of 6 and 25 enjoying scouting activities in Groby on a regular basis. The number of girls in the Group has more than doubled with girls represented in every section. Unfortunately this success has presented the Scout Group with a problem, a shortage of Leaders. The Cub Pack and Beaver Colony are both full with children on the waiting list for both sections. We would love to open another Beaver Colony and Cub Pack to relieve the pressure on the waiting list but don’t have the leaders to do it.

Young and useless Most young people cannot sew on a button, grow their own herbs, put up shelves or change the oil in their car. Such practical ignorance will cost them thousands over their lifetime – as they buy new things instead of fixing the old, or get tradesmen in to do even the most basic jobs. Professor Laurie Taylor, a sociologist and broadcaster who carried out the research, reckons that ‘being useless’ will cost on average about £2,000 a year. “Society has been at fault for neglecting an older generation, dismissing knowledge and skills it has to share.”

Elsewhere in Scouting, the past 12 months has also seen our most famous volunteer join Scouting. Prince William’s wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, volunteers at her local Scout Group on Anglesey, fitting her time spent with the Beaver Colony and Cub Pack around her royal duties. Did you know that Olympic Gold medal winner in the C2 canoe slalom event, Etienne Stott first learnt to canoe as a member of his local Scout Troop? Also Guinness World Record Holder and the first person to walk the length of the River Amazon, Ed Stafford, attributes his love of adventure to the first nights he spent camping as a member of Fleckney Scout Group. Ed is quoted as saying “Scouts is where kids can come and have an adventure and a laugh doing something constructive. It’s where they can become independent, learning and practicing outdoor skills that will stand them in excellent stead for the rest of their lives.” Could you as a trained and supported section leader, assistant leader or occasional helper, help to inspire a generation (or just an individual) and introduce the next Etienne Stott or Ed Stafford to the everyday adventure provided by Scouting? In a survey* commissioned by the Scout Association, 91% of adult volunteers said that Scouting had helped them to develop key skills such as leadership, teamwork, character development and social skills. The organisations surveyed stated that employees who had been involved in Scouting were above average employees in a range of attributes. It’s not just the young people that can get a benefit from Scouting!

My mum and dad always do things straight away. I call them my immediate family.


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If you think you can spare an hour or two a week or a month to help, either as a leader, an occasional helper or an administrator and have a positive influence on young people in Groby, then please get in touch via our website, www.grobyscouts.org.uk or contact our Group Scout Leader, Paul, by emailing gsl@grobyscouts.org.uk or by telephone on 07759126676. For more information on Groby Scout Group visit our website, www. grobyscouts.org.uk * Source: The Impact Assessment of The Scout Association, Public and Corporate Economic Consultants, February 2011.

I’ve taken up speed reading. I can read ‘War and Peace’ in 20 seconds. It’s only 3 words but it’s a start.


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James Arthur wins lacklustre X-Factor James Arthur (pictured), the 24-year-old singer songwriter from Middlesbrough, has won The X Factor 2012.

On Sunday4th November the Groby Juniors Under 13 (9 aside) team stepped out on to their football pitch at Groby Community College with an added bounce in their step. It was cold and raining but their beaming smiles warmed the spectators who had been stood shivering on the sidelines. Groby were about to play their 7th match of the season and were desperate to keep their unbeaten record plus this was a cup match and so had added importance. However, the one thing that made this match really special was the fact that for the first time they were wearing a brand new kit, a kit that fitted, that wasn’t made up of the hand me down’s of several other Groby teams and that didn’t contain two number 9 shirts. They looked amazing and so was the football. The final score a fantastic 6 – 1 to Groby, which see’s them sail through to the semi finals of the Leicestershire Foxes League County Cup. The team would like to say a massive thank you to Ami of the Groby Fish Bar who sponsored the kit. As they left the pitch the main question on the lips of the players was “We won, does that mean we get free chips ? “.

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I went to the doctors and said ‘I think I picked up an infection when I went swimming. I’ve got a swelling under my shoulder.’ He said ‘You’re still wearing one of your arm bands.’

He topped the viewers’ poll on Final Weekend with 53.7% of the vote. Runner up Jahmene Douglas received 38.9% of the votes with thirdplaced Christopher Maloney registering 7.4% . The weekly voting figures, which were released after the final, show that former cruise ship singer Christopher Maloney led the field for the first seven weeks of the live shows. Viewing figures for this series - although averaging 8.9 million - have dropped since Simon Cowell left the judging panel to concentrate on the X Factor USA.

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Cool to be Kind Olympics inspires £410k sports boost plan Week at LJG! A £410,000 boost for sport and fitness in the wake of the Olympics has been proposed by the county council.

As part of national Anti Bullying Week (19th23rd November 2012) the children and staff of Lady Jane Grey Primary School took part in many fun packed activities to reinforce anti bullying and being kind to others. We renamed it ‘Cool to be Kind Week’ to emphasise the importance of always being kind. The whole school had a great week, with a particular favourite being the Secret Friend Day. This activity involved each child receiving another child’s name on a piece of paper at the start of the day, then during the day they had to be extra especially kind to that child. At the end of the day, each child had to guess who their secret friend was. All the children across the school enjoyed having a secret friend and many secret friends were successfully spotted! Another theme running through the week were the special Golden Tickets. These tickets were given out by both the staff and children

Some of the Golden Ticket winners from ‘Cool to be Kind Week’. From left to right Ria Patel, Erin Dempsey, Dalila Watson, Kira Bains, Conor Lane, Zoe Watterson, Lilli James and Jack Francks. throughout the week to anyone who showed an act of kindness to someone else. At the end of the week all the golden tickets (658 in total!) were put into a box and then ten tickets were drawn out during the celebration assembly. Each ticket drawn won varying amounts of house points for their house and also two prizes from the school’s prize box. Year 5 pupil, Jack Francks won the highest amount of house points (10,000!) for being polite and well mannered to the staff in the office. A terrific week was had by all at Lady Jane Grey Primary School to reinforce the reason why we need to be kind and caring to others.

Leicestershire County Council’s ruling cabinet meets on December 18th to decide whether to back projects including support for sports clubs, schools and cycling schemes. The cabinet will decide whether to invest cash from underspends and reserves, to secure an Olympic legacy. Ernie White, cabinet member for health, said: Those gold-rush days of the Olympics and Paralympics seem far away now but the county council is determined to invest in a range of schemes, to ensure their sporting legacy lives on. There’s no better Olympic legacy for Leicestershire than for each of us to find a physical activity we enjoy and to stick with it, helping to reduce our chances of developing health problems like heart disease and cancer.” New proposals include: • A club development programme, offering up to 50 clubs up to £2,000 each to expand their support for young people • A club facilities improvement legacy fund, offering up to 15-20 clubs up to £7,500 each to buy small items of equipment • Providing £60,000 for the Sportivate scheme, to encourage inactive young people to do more physical activity • Investing £44,000 to boost physical activity for pre-school children, by providing training, guidance and resources to up to 80 childcare providers Proposed support for existing schemes includes: • £22,000 to support cycling events for children and families • £15,000 to support motivational school visits by Olympians • £2,000 to support physical activity in Knit and Natter” groups • £10,000 for the sports apprentices scheme • £2,000 to help local Games Makers take coaching and sports leadership qualifications • £5,000 to expand the Go Gold scheme to fund talented local athletes • £30,000 to support school games across the county. The cabinet will discuss the report when it meets at 2pm on Tuesday, December 18th.

Katherine Renshaw Deputy Headteacher

The rollercoaster was stuck upside down and all these people were hanging upside down with their hair standing on end. So I shouted up at them, ‘You lot look really silly with your hair standing on end.’ Then it came round again and they were all Mohicans and they beat me up.

My favourite party game is Blind Man’s Buff. That’s when you find someone who’s blind and then you polish them.


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Crime Figures for November 2012 The following incidents were reported to the Police in the local area during November 2012. Description

Groby

House Burglaries Actual: None Attempted: None Garage, Shed, Outbuilding Burglaries Actual: Markfield Road (3) Attempted:

0 Actual 0 Attempted

Field Head 0

3 Actual 0 Attempted

0

Theft of Motor Vehicle:

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Theft from Motor Vehicle: Markfield Road

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Damage to Motor Vehicle: Percival Way, Leicester Road

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Non-Domestic Assaults

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Assault - Harassment

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Crimes That Don’t Affect Residents Homes or Cars Theft: 2 / Theft Stores: 2 / Damage: 2 / Other: 4

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TOTAL (Attempted)

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Local crime news in more detail is available at www.groby.org.uk Information supplied by Martin Cartwright, Secretary - Groby Branch Neighbourhood Watch Tel: 0116 2874500 • Mobile: 07850 707050 Email: neighbourhoodwatch@appliancehome.co.uk In An Emergency dial 999. Contact the local police on 0116 222-2222.

Retirement from the Glenfield Surgery Lesley Goodeve has retired from The Glenfield Surgery after 23 years of loyal service. She was not necessarily a familiar face at the reception desk but many patients will remember speaking to her on the telephone as her main job was on the switchboard. She is sorely missed by her friends and colleagues at the surgery but also by the many patients who she helped on a daily basis and always with a kind word and a friendly voice at the end of the telephone. Lesley was presented with jewellery from Cathy Stephens at a party with receptionists, secretaries and district nurses. The Partners at the practice will be making a presentation to her at the practice Christmas party as a token of their appreciation.

I was in this car wash and I started foaming at the mouth. I thought, I’m not having this, so I cycled out again.


Groby & Field Head Spotlight • Mid-December 2012 • Tel: 01530 244069 Our Annual General Meeting was held on November 15 in a very different venue. Owing to the Village Hall being used for the election of the Police Commissioner, we gathered in the concert room of the Exservicemen’s Club. They were excellent hosts, the room was warm and inviting, a bar was opened, microphones set up; much to Margaret’s disappointment, members seemed reluctant to make use of the added volume. The usual AGM formalities were dealt with; reports of officers for the past year, including the financial statement which raised no queries, all were adopted. It was sad to see Julie, our President and Margaret, our Secretary retire from office. However, they have done a long stint, getting on for sixteen years between them. The good news is they will still be committee members. We shall miss their humourous but competent ways of dealing with formal and informal matters arising. Margaret’s hats and props to suit the occasion were legendary. The retiring committee were thanked and nominations tendered for new candidates. Pat Sturges was voted in as President and Fran Wilson as secretary. Formalities over the new committee assembled for their first meeting. The lesser mortals took part in a quiz devised by Lynne Mellor. On checking the answers the result seemed to indicate that most of the members were of MENSA standard. Not so, Lynne had put the quiz together at the last minute and admitted it was far too easy, sadly, we were forced to agree. Having said this, my little group got the booby prize; in our defence we were late starting and didn’t complete all the questions. If you can’t be at the top, bottom place brings its own reward - the lollipop was yummy. Glenfield Country Market set up stalls with excellent varied crafts, cakes and preserves for sale. All the goodies were of the usual high standard. Members were happy to

Groby WI News browse especially with Christmas fast approaching. I began my last annual Secretary’s Report by going to the bar, when in Rome … This was a first (and last) for me as I gave it on a stage. This year has been mostly enjoyable but the weather has caused us a few problems. Nevertheless, we WI ladies rose to the occasion and overcame the elements. For example our annual Garden Party turned out to be an Indoor Garden Party and we actually discovered that it was far better. We had loads of plants which arrived from one member’s garden in particular, making the hall very colourful. We had more room enabling visitors to get around and enjoy the various stalls, i.e. plant, cake, tombola etc. The tables were attractively set out, just the thing to enjoy a lovely cream tea, all told it was a brilliant afternoon. That was just one of the events we adjusted to. We have had very varied monthly speakers from a very enjoyable magician to theatrical costumes from the Concordia Theatre when one of our members transformed herself from a Jane Austin character to Elizabeth 1st. Some were more of the informative type i.e. a financial adviser who basically told us we can’t take it with us and a forensic fingerprint expert from the Police who eventually caught his crook, albeit a very respectable lady, or so she said. Then we had quite a few theatre visits where we saw amongst others 42nd St, Gypsy, Me and My Girl at Kilworth House and The Producers at the Concordia Theatre. Our outings included visits to Birmingham, Bletchley Park and the Olympic Games site to name but a few. Then, of course, was our dining out, we began with our Christmas Dinner at Brooksby Hall. We gorged at Rothley Fish and Chip Shop. Keeping up with the landed gentry we dined at

Bosworth Hall for a lunch, partook at Beaumanor Hall. a lovely cream tea and later in the year for a very filling pie. We went continental in Anstey, treating ourselves to an Italian meal. To counteract this there are the monthly local walks which take place regardless of weather, we must have some very tough members. Talking of which there has been a national WI competition, “The Big Walk and Splash”. Well our ladies didn’t do any splashing apart from the terrible rain this year but we did manage to do 9,000 miles of walking between us. Of course, I think that more miles were actually done as we ladies never count the many miles we put in around the home and doing other chores. Personally, I was very pleased with the response to walking in South Derbyshire, our regular walkers are now extremely fit and svelte, with the odd exception who shall be nameless of course and of course a bit of poetical licence. We had some special events. The Village Show had a good number of entries from WI ladies producing some “stars” who won several cups between them, well

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done girls. Then we took part in the Street Fair. Several times during the year, cakes etc were needed and happily we were able to meet demand at several events. I am quite convinced some of our ladies could enter any cake competition and win. The Bra Walk was a first. It was more than a success, it was fantastic, a lot of hard work had gone into organising and rounding up members and friends to take part and we achieved a wonderful outcome for our local Breast Care Unit. How better to finish one’s office than to stand in front of our many members and be able to thank them for all their help and support they have given Julie and myself. I regularly made loads of mistakes but am sure that when, for example, Jerusalem is played, they won’t get Greensleeves and or a wow effect which my two efforts on my old machine made. Julie and I wish both Pat and Fran all the very best and I am sure that members will enjoy future meetings and all will welcome new members. The ladies of the Groby WI, Evelyn and yours truly, wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2013. Best wishes to all

Evelyn and Margaret

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Groby Gardening Society News

Thinking of Chernobyl

Our November meeting About 45 minutes before our meeting was due to start, our speaker, JohnPage, rang to say he was trapped on the M42 in stationary traffic. His estimated time of arrival of 7.00 was put back to 7.25. At 7.30 there was no sign of John and so after our normal business notices, we opted to have our tea and biscuits! A hot, and somewhat bothered, John arrived at 7.50 and within 5 minutes had set up his presentation and was raring to go. His talk on “Crevice Gardening” was well worth the wait. He started by giving a brief account of how, and from where, crevice plants got their nutrients. A little geology and chemistry was not too off-putting as he then told of the long history of such gardening. Essentially, in this type of gardening the aim is to replicate the natural conditions for growing alpine plants. Many of his excellent slides illustrated sites of such plants from all over mountainous regions of Europe and beyond. In reproducing such conditions the trick seems to be to have a narrow crevice between slabs of rock which allows roots to penetrate down to where temperatures stay quite constant, even during summer and winter seasons. The cracks allow water to enter, but also allow ample drainage. The passage of the water through the cracks and crevices gives time for minerals to leach from the rocks and become available for the plants. He showed how such plants develop a very large root mass for the small, visible top of the plant. The lack of plentiful nutrients encourage the plants to concentrate on seed production and not on lots of foliage. Hence, such plants often grow in a compact and cushion-like form where the mass of flowers make a wonderful carpet of colour. His slides again illustrated these points admirably. He then went on to describe the work of famous crevice garden pioneers. He finished by including slides showing the development of the crevice garden at R.H.S. Wisley and of his own more modest efforts in his front garden. Although John was clearly an expert in his field, he was modest enough to tell of his own failings and how some of his attempts have had to be reconstructed. For the record; his delay on the M42 was due to a vehicle fire!

Outings for 2013 We have already organised our traditional evening trip, which this year will be in August. Preparations for the two day (overnight) outing are almost complete and ideas for a one day trip are being explored. What has been finalised is our hotel accommodation for the two day trip. This is at the very swish, four star Crowne Plaza in Leeds. It is hoped to present more details at the A.G.M. on the 10th January 2013.

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We always welcome new members and casual guests at our monthly meetings that are held at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month, usually in the United Reformed Church rooms on Chapel Hill. Details about membership and the events programme can be obtained from Alvar Johnson. (Tel. No. 01162877870) or E mail alvar3@talktalk.net

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A group of children from Belarus who visit the county each summer for vital respite from the on-going effects of the Chernobyl disaster will be in the thoughts of local families as Christmas approaches. The youngsters (age 8-12yrs) all live in the Mogilev region of Belarus and come from families who find it difficult to cope with the harsh conditions that prevail in their homeland as a legacy of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Since 2009, Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leics) have been bringing needy kids to the county for month long recuperative holidays designed to give the children a break from their toxic environment and give them the opportunity to enjoy doing the normal things that are an essential part of childhood. Charity spokesperson Sue Platts who visited the children in Mogilev this March explained “Although some of the children on the program come from very loving homes, some of them live in difficult family circumstances and often do not get the love and care that they require at home”. “In a country that experiences sub-zero temperatures for a third of the year and has between 75-125 days of snowfall annually, the tiny wooden homes that some of the children live in provide few creature comforts. These houses are poorly insulated and have no running water or indoor bathroom facilities and it is not unusual for several generations of one family to be living in just two small rooms”. “I visited families where there was not a scrap of food in the home and it was a very humbling experience to see how desperate their lives are in comparison to our own. At a time when we have plenty, my own thoughts this Christmas will be with the people who welcomed me into their homes and shared what little they had with me. The work the charity does to support these families is a real lifeline and we are truly grateful to everyone that helps us to deliver this essential aid”. For more information on the charity, please contact Group Coordinator John Buckby on 01455 285799, e-mail john.evolution@btinternet.com or you can visit www.focc.org.uk.

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But it won’t be until next February. Ten year old Harleen Thandi, a pupil at Elizabeth Woodville primary, has won £1,000 of vouchers towards creative arts equipment for the school and £175 of vouchers towards equipment for herself. She won a competition which attracted 400 entries to design the front cover of the Thomson local directory, so her picture will now appear on the front of the directory, delivered to about 260,000 homes and businesses in Leicestershire. The judges who were looking for artwork which reflected the area and her picture of Bradgate Park with deer and ducks and the landmark Old John in the background was just what they wanted. The full story can be read on the school’s website at http://www. elizabethwoodvilleprimaryschool. co.uk/news/page.php or by following the link from www. grobyonline.tk.

Resident challenges dog exclusion order Following the approval by Groby Parish Council of a Dog Exclusion Order for Beacon Field the Parish Council has received a letter from a local resident alleging that it is illegal. The Parish Clerk has consulted with officers at the Borough Council who have confirmed that the correct process was followed.

Oops! The problem with writing articles for publication is that, whilst the author knows precisely what they wish to convey, some readers may see a completely different message. And so it was when John Thornton put together his Allotment News article last month. John reported on the work undertaken at the allotments by Hunter Tree Care and fencing, a well known local company. John had taken some photographs showing the work in progress and included two, one just after the trees were removed and one after the Society had erected a new fence in place of the trees.

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Unfortunately the first photograph was taken after the trees were cut but before Hunters cleared the site. It seems that some readers may have mistakenly thought this was how they left it. “This was regrettable but completely unintentional,” explained John. “We have no complaints about the quality of their work and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a contractor.”

The Meadow The official consultation period for the Articles of Association for the Newtown Linford Lane Meadow Community Initiative Company ended on December 14th. As the Spotlight went to the printers there had only been a handful of comments.

Parish precept may be cut When the prices of most things are going up, and the only thing that seems to be going down in real terms is household income, it is good to be able to report that something most householders pay is also going down. The Parish Council has been considering how much it will need to collect from us in the year from next April and hopes to cut their part of your bill by 4.6%. It won’t put a huge amount in your pocket as most of what you pay goes to the County, Borough, police and fire authorities but, as they say, every little helps.

The tale of Topsy Turvy The homes in the Groby Conservation Area must have many stories hidden in their bricks and mortar, but can any reader match the tale of John Massey of Bilstone? The village, which lies between Market Bosworth and Twycross, has 19 properties has just been

declared a Conservation Area. John was a local wrestler who lived in the hamlet in the second half of the 18th century. He was nicknamed “Topsy Turvy” for his habit of winning bouts by throwing his opponents over his head. A heavy drinker with a violent temper he was found guilty of murdering his wife Lydia in 1797 after throwing her into the village mill pond, after which she died of her injuries. In March 1801 he was hanged at Red Hill, Birstall and gibbeted at Bilstone. It was said that his skeleton was still on public display in its cage in 1818 and his skull was used in an Atherstone public house as a candle holder. The gibbet post is listed and can be seen a short distance out of the village on Gibbet Lane. Hopefully Groby has no such unhappy tales.

Road repair imminent It’s nearly six months since the major disruption on Chapel Hill following a power cut on Sunday June 24th. The maintenance team worked until nearly midnight and in the darkness took away around 50 of the quarry setts with the spoil they removed from their excavations. The setts have proved hard to match and replace but at last Western Distribution are ready to replace the temporary black tarmacadam they used for reinstatement.

The first colour TV transmission was not entirely successful. They were filming a zebra playing the piano on a giant chessboard. So I said to my girlfriend, ‘Why have you got chocolate on your chest?’ She said, ‘I’m wearing a Mars bra.’ I was on a bus late last night. It was just me and the driver. It was really scary because he was sitting at the back with me.

Bradgate Lions Club News We have had a brilliant fund raising for Children in Need with a bucket collection in Groby on Saturday November 10th. And with Pub collections in Kirby Muxloe , Glenfield, Field Head. Copt Oak, Markfield, Stanton under Bardon. Thornton. Botcheston, and Ratby on the actual ‘Children in Need’ day, Friday 16th. Nov. And a Bucket collection in Anstey the next day. Altogether we raised £795.00 for the charity. We now have in place a total of 13 Christmas Prize Draw Baskets in various Public Houses and Restaurants throughout the district. Our members will be visiting these venues selling the spaces on the prize draw cards during the weeks leading up to Christmas. During December we will be holding bucket collections with Santa at Laundon Way, Groby on the 8th. We will also be out and about with our Santa Float in Anstey, Kirby Muxloe and Ratby during the three weeks up to Christmas. We will also be attending Christmas Gala’s in Anstey, and at Martinshaw School, Groby. And on the 20th. we will touring wards at Glenfield Hospital with Santa and a Choir from Groby Church, giving out a Present and a Card to each patient, whilst entertaining them with carols. If you would like more information about Bradgate Lions and their activities, or about how they can help you, please give Roger a call on (01530) 242912, who would be pleased to assist.

Lion Roger Gamble

I went to the petrol station and said ‘Fill her up.’ When I came back, he was stuffing my wife’s face with cream cakes.


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National Trust Leicester Association NEWS The Bricklayer’s Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite: Thursdays We now have SKY and ESPN Try our new menus! www.bricklayersarms.net The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open to Non-Members Sat 15th Dec: Retro Rockets - Classic To Modern Rock Covers Band Fri 21st Dec: Childrens Xmas Party Sat 22nd Dec: Phil’s New Band Wed 26th Dec: Boxing Day Teatime 5pm The Del Sharrons Sat 29th Dec: THORNTON’S GOT TALENT NIGHT! Prizes - Two Sections Under 16’s and 16’s And Over. Entries please to Karen - tel: 01530 230631. New Years Eve: To Be Confirmed A big thank you from the club to everyone for supporting us. We Also Have Bingo Every Tuesday Evening All Welcome. www.myspace.com/thorntonclub The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 Tribute Nights/£2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 14th Dec: ‘MICHAEL BUBLE & ROBBIE WILLIAMS’ Sat 15th Dec: ‘ABBA’ Fri 21st Dec: ‘MOTOWN & SOUL’ Sat 22nd Dec: ‘JULIA MARTIN’S WORLD FAMOUS PARTY NIGHT’ Mon 24th Dec: CHRISTMAS EVE PARTY NIGHT DISCO - 8pm12.30am - Free Entry Mon 31st Dec: 70’S GLAM NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY - starts 7:15pm - Tickets start from just £25.00 per person. Book early! See ad on page 34. The Bulls Head Forest Road, Markfield T: 01530 242541 Garden & Pub Games etc. Mon 24th Dec: JOHN STACEY Guitarist/Vocalist Wed 26th Dec: MORRIS DANCERS - 12 noon onwards Mon 31st Dec: TRACKER TRACKS - playing a selection of his 20,000 vinyl records from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats 15th December and 26th December with ‘King of the Road’. See ad on page 14. The Queen’s Head Ashby Road, Markfield. T: 01530 242 496 ALL SKY SPORTS & ESPN Bagworth Working Men’s Club, Station Road, Bagworth. Tel. 01530 230205 New members welcome. Live entertainment – last Saturday of the month Andy’s Charity Quiz £1.50 each - last Friday of the month Sequence dances Sunday Nights. £1.00 admission 8 pm Tea Dance Wednesday afternoon 2 – 4 pm. £1 admission. Winter Indoor Car Boot - 1st Sunday of every month - 10am till 2pm - Tables £5 to book. ASK ABOUT OUR FREE ROOM HIRE FOR THOSE SPECIAL FAMILY OCCASIONS. Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287 1809 www.grobyclub.co.uk Fri 14th Dec: Mr+Mrs Sat 15th Dec: Steve Del Rio And The Deltas Sun 16th Dec: Super Sunday ‘50’ Bingo And Quiz Fri 21st Dec: After Shock Sat 22nd Dec: Nya -whitney Houston Tribute Sun 23rd Dec: Super Sunday ‘50’ Bingo And Quiz Mon 24th Dec: Kellie Jens Fri 28th Dec: Elderly Brothers Sat 29th Dec: Crunch Sun 30th Super Sunday ‘50’ Bingo And Quiz Mon 31st Dec: Steve Raffles And Zoe Snow Fri 4th Jan: Tba Sat 5th Jan: Finch And Young Sun 6th Jan: Super Sunday ‘50’ Bingo And Quiz Fri 11th Jan: Tba Sat 12th Jan: Crackerjack Sun 13th Jan: Super Sunday ‘50’ Bingo And Quiz

Even though National Trust houses are closed from mid December, our parkland and estates remain open throughout the year, including our visitor facilities, and offer many interesting sights.

If you walk the section of the Pennine Way across Kinder Scout or over Bleaklow moors you have a good chance of seeing mountain hares. The hedgerows around our various estates across the East Midlands also offer vital food for winter thrushes and large flocks of redwings and fieldfares. Also the blackbirds seen on the estates are often winter visitors from Scandinavia as many of our native summer blackbirds spend their winter on the Continent. Calke Abbey is our nearest large estate with many interesting things to see and all the visitor facilities are open every day except Christmas Day. You may have read that television’s Time Team programme is to be discontinued after more than 20 years. This summer they investigated the First World War Machine Gun Corp training camp at Belton House – their first ever WW1 excavation. Starting with a couple of plans from 1915 and our archives, the team of over 60 people, recorded the digging of seven trenches across the site. As the camp consisted of tents and wooden structures the main finds were of drainage and pathways together with small items such as bullets, military belt buckles, hat badges and tea cups. The programme will be shown in the New Year. Staying with television, a family picnic scene for the last series of Downton Abbey was filmed in the gardens of Greys Court, the National Trust property near Henley.

The National Trust is continuing with its purchase of Stoneywell cottage at Ulverscroft (pictured above). For more information on this property go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stoneywell The National Trust Leicester Association has an evening meeting on Tuesday 8th January when Dr Wendy Freer will present an illustrated talk on The Lighter Side of the Census. The meeting will be held at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone West at 7.30pm. Admission is NTLA members £2.50 and visitors £4.00 including refreshments. For more information on the NT Leicester Association and its Talks Service call 0116 2229133.

Alan Tyler, Chairman

Grants for new public paths

Grants for the creation of new bridleways or footpaths – to attract visitors and improve local facilities - are on offer to communities, organisations and rural businesses. Natural England’s £2 million ‘Paths for Communities’ scheme is now being highlighted by the Leicestershire Local Access Forum. Farm shop-cafes or rural visitor venues could create walks as addedattractions; riding centres might gain more bridleways by getting footpaths upgraded; and villages could pursue new routes to make the local path network better connected and more attractive. The scheme is for rural locations which means places with less than 10,000 population. Natural England has local grant officers to help partnerships with applications. Full details are on the web at: www.naturalengland.org.uk/p4c

If my memory gets any worse I’ll be able to plan my own surprise party.


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GLENFIELD HOSPITAL

COULD YOU SPARE 2 HOURS ON A SUNDAY MORNING ONCE A MONTH? Every Sunday morning at 10.30 there is a Church service in Glenfield Hospital for any patients and staff who would like to attend. The services can only run through the help of volunteers who collect the patients from the wards usually in wheelchairs and bring them down to the room where the service is held. We urgently need more volunteers. Most of the volunteers help one Sunday each month, some do more, some do less – everything helps. If you would like to find out more information, please give me a call or ring the chaplaincy department at Glenfield Hospital. Many thanks

Kerry Sharpe

Tel: 01530 243445 or mobile 07979 607099

I hate Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and half of Friday.

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Glenfield U3A

On yer bike!

How’s Mary’s Factory Getting On? Most of us will be aware of this saying, generally meaning ‘get up and on with it’. Well, this is what Glenfield U3A does – both literally and metaphorically. Glenfield U3A is now in its third year, and in that time the membership has flourished, and got together and formed many interest groups – not least the Cycling Group. This stalwart group believe in the adage that there is no ‘wrong’ weather, just wrong clothing. So as can be seen from the photograph, they were well prepared for the odd spot of rain! Glenfield U3A is an ‘umbrella’ group which has monthly general meetings, but there are about twenty special interests groups available to members, ranging from Card Making to Walking, Computer Workshop to Tai Chi. (Newer ones proposed are German, Ballroom Dancing and First Aid.) There is no age, ability, or geographical location restrictions on U3A membership. If you would like to come along and try for yourself, you’ll be made most welcome! Meetings are at 2.00pm on the fourth Thursday of each month, at St Peter’s Church Centre, Glenfield. For more information, look on our website www.u3asites.org.uk/glenfield (click on the “Contact” tab and complete the form.)

BOOK SPOT Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients By Ben Goldacre ‘Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain’s finest writer on the science behind medicine, and ‘Bad Pharma’ is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them. AMAZON PRICE: £7.00 (Paperback)

Mary’s Bottom Line A year ago, Mary Portas launched her most ambitious and challenging project to date - to help reignite the UK’s clothing industry by starting her own production line, manufacturing British knickers. In this brand new episode, with Spring/Summer knicker sales going through the roof and Autumn/Winter pre-orders exceeding expectations, Mary’s dream to bring clothing manufacturing back to Britain could soon be a reality. As Mary and the factory work flat out to design and deliver orders for the all important Christmas market, Mary sees how other parts of the British textile industry can be transformed with the help of British-based manufacturing. The once faltering stretch lace industry has been given a huge boost by the Kinky Knickers brand and in an about turn a lace loom that was destined for foreign production is instead, delivered to Nottingham. Back at the factory with supervisors Lynne, Myra and Jackie overseeing training and quality control, the trainees tell Mary how the benefits of a steady job and regular pay packet have changed their lives. Mary believes that if the UK started making clothes again, consumers would be prepared to pay a little extra, safe in the knowledge that the clothes are produced ethically and that they are helping to create jobs and boost the British manufacturing industry. Determined to expand the brand and create more opportunities for jobs and manufacturing Mary is developing another all-British made product and roadtests her anti-cellulite knicker prototype on the bottoms of a group of factory workers from a local biscuit-making factory. With the initial nine month funding coming to an end and the trainees about to graduate, has the factory done enough to stand on its own two feet? Determined more than ever to make her knicker project last, can Mary really sustain a successful business for future generations? (Broadcasting 27th December on Channel 4)

RATBY VILLAGE SOCIETY

Clockmaking Talk Ever wondered “what makes a clock tick” well find out by coming to listen to John Thornton deliver his illustrated talk entitled ‘The Deacon Family of Leicestershire Clockmakers’ on 15th January 2013. The meeting will start at 8.00 pm in the Village Hall, Main Street, Ratby admission for members is £1.60 (Membership £5.00) and casual guests £2.50 refreshments included. All welcome. For further information call 0116 2395350.

I eat cake because it’s somebody’s birthday somewhere.


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Homing vulnerable children

New figures reveal quicker adoptions New figures show that adopted children in Leicestershire find loving and secure family homes faster than the national average. Scorecards for each area published by the government on 30th November reveal that Leicestershire County Council places children within 18 months - this is six weeks quicker than last year and better than the England norm of 21 months. To quicken up the process further, the council has recently brought in: • two new social workers to focus on finding families for children, freeing up other members the team to lead on recruitment • a more flexible and straightforward approach to approving adopters, helping to cut bureaucracy In the last 12 months, the council placed 28 children with adoptive families. Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “No one wants there to be delays in the adoption process and I’m pleased that we’re placing children quicker than the national average. “Finding a permanent home for a vulnerable child is our number one priority and although we’ve sped up our systems, we’re not complacent and are taking more steps to improve services further.” Anyone can be considered for adoption - whether you are on your own or in a relationship, working or not working, regardless of your race, religion or sexual orientation. To find out more, please visit www. spaceforachild.com or call 0116 305 3051 or freephone 0800 587 7767.

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Find 12 COMMON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS in this month’s Wordsearch Subscriber Login puzzle and you could win yourself a meal and a drink. This month we are offering a TASTY prize of: A Main Course for Two, plus A Bottle of House Wine at The FieldHead Hotel. To go into the draw, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through 12 New Year Resolutions we commonly make at this time of year.

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Here are the 12 New Year Resolutions you have to find: MORE FAMILY TIME • EXERCISE MORE • LOSE WEIGHT GIVE UP SMOKING • ENJOY LIFE MORE • DRINK LESS GET OUT OF DEBT • LEARN SOMETHING NEW • HELP OTHERS GET ORGANISED • FALL IN LOVE • GET A BETTER JOB Name: ................................................................................................. Address: ................................................................................................ .................................................................Postcode: .............................

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