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Anstey’s Rector moves on, after 12 years Simon and Mary Foster moved to Anstey in spring 1998 with their young family and quickly became part of the community. During 2005, Simon successfully took over the parish of All Saints – Thurcaston & Cropston and in due course we became a “joint benefice” with Simon working extremely hard to spread his time between both churches.

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Volunteers urgently needed in Anstey Can you offer a few hours of your time?

In December, Simon announced their move to Croydon. His Farewell Simon and Mary Foster and Family service (Parish Communion) will take place at 10.30 am on Sunday 28th February, at St. Mary’s Church Anstey. Simon has seen his role as trying to serve the whole community and has been involved as a school governor and also Chair of the Anstey Parish Plan Group. He has always been a strong supporter of Churches Together in Anstey, believing that all the churches must work closely together. Simon is very grateful for the support he has received and hopes to keep in touch with the people here. Mary and Simon have felt settled and happy in Anstey, having lived here three times longer than anywhere else! They are going to find it difficult to say ‘Goodbye’. However, Simon will be returning to the area where he was born (Lambeth). Simon has become a very well respected Rector, who will be sorely missed by members of the churches in Anstey and the wider community. We wish the whole family well as they begin their new lives in Croydon.

Anne Stenhouse - Churches Together in Anstey

The Library Home Delivery Service supplies books, CDs, ‘talking books’, and DVDs to the homes of people who are unable to get to their local or mobile library due to their age, disability or ill health. We depend on volunteers to help provide this important service which can make a very real difference to people’s lives. Opportunities to help include: • Choosing books and other library items on behalf of customers • Delivering books and library materials to people at home, usually on a fortnightly/monthly basis. All our volunteers are supported by a member of staff and given full training. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Library Service at Home, please contact Darshna Naker (Library Development Worker) on 0116 3058756 or Anstey Library on 0116 3053536.

If you don’t use it... freeuse it! A great new website is giving people the chance to find a hidden treasure or give away items for free. The online Freeuse resource offers a quick and easy way for residents to advertise their unwanted possessions, or search for an item that they could put to good use. The website - put together by the Leicestershire Waste Partnership - is designed to reduce the amount of waste generated by giving old household items a new lease of life. It’s estimated that £5.6 billion pounds worth of good quality usable household items are thrown away in the UK every year. Councillor Michael Rook, Chair of the Leicestershire Waste Partnership, said: “The new Freeuse site went live at the end of November and it has already saved its first tonne of waste from going to landfill. With more and more people using it, we are optimistic that Freeuse will make a difference in further reducing Leicestershire’s waste.” Visit for more information and to start giving and taking items for free!

Next Issue Out On 20th March 2010

Article & Advert Deadline: 6th March 2010

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Tel: 01530-244069 Email: Website: The opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Anstey Clarion Production Team. The inclusion of any group or organisation in this publication does not necessarily imply a recommendation of its aims, methods or policies. Anstey Clarion cannot be held responsible for the information disclosed by advertisements, all of which are accepted in good faith. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine, but no liability can be accepted for loss or inconvenience caused as a result of error or omission. Anstey Clarion reserves the right to amend, shorten or refuse to publish articles and/or advertisements submitted for publication. All contents © Anstey Clarion None of the articles contained in this magazine are to be reproduced in any way without first obtaining written consent from Anstey Clarion. ANSTEY CLARION is printed in Ellistown by Norwood Press This issue delivered between 19th and 21st February 2010 by our dedicated team of deliverers.

Anstey Parish Council News from John Alexander (Clerk to the Council) Email: • Tel: 0116 236 2646 Website:

Parish Council Tax and Precept - what it pays for Anstey Parish Council has gone through the usual annual difficulty of setting a budget and the resulting Council Tax. This is collected by Charnwood as part of the usual council taxes and the parish council part is a small part of the whole. It is called our Precept and this year will be a total of £ 154,062. It is our principle income although it is supplemented by income from hall lettings and rights for services across council land called wayleaves. The council discussed how to keep any rise as low as possible. As a result the Council tax figures for each band of house for the year will be as below:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H

£ 46.29 per dwelling per year £ 54.00 per dwelling per year £ 61.72 per dwelling per year £ 69.43 per dwelling per year £ 84.86 per dwelling per year £ 100.29 per dwelling per year £ 115.72 per dwelling per year £ 138.86 per dwelling per year

We are aware that this is a rise on last year but thought it essential so as to continue to provide and do all that we have before. To give you an idea some of the things done by your parish council are: 1. An office manned daily where the public get help, guidance on many issues and areas of concern that cover not just local parish problems but Borough and County. We also provide recycling bags. 2. Jubilee Hall and Recreation Grounds facilities 3. Cemetery and War Memorial maintained and improved 4. Link Road Playing Fields, Millfield Grounds provided 5. Anstey Clarion supported 6. CCTV to cover the Nook as well as the Recreation Grounds so making a safer environment (subject to getting various approvals) 7. Youth area to assist with combating antisocial behaviour and help keep youngsters away from residential areas 8. Development of the playgrounds to enhance the facilities 9. Hosting and support for key village events such as the Gala 10. Dog and Litter bins around the village

Some of the things your Parish Council helps to provide: (clockwise from top left): Hosting of Anstey Gala, support for Anstey Clarion, Christmas lights around the village and CCTV to cover parts of the village. 11. Bus shelters around the village to make travel more comfortable 12. 48 Seats across many parts of the village 13. Christmas Lights that have been admired and copied around the county 14. Protection and maintenance of village ancient heritage sites All for far less than many similar sized parish councils and much less than the rate charged to Loughborough residents. We will be posting our budget for the coming year on our web site. If any resident has a question about the budget or your parish council component of the tax please contact me in the office and I will be happy to explain any aspect of the budget.

John Alexander

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

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IS IT COMING TO ANSTEY? I would like to start this month’s article with a belated thank you to Anstey and District Funeral Services and Brookside Nursery for all their help and support in 2009.

Smartwater, it will be sent for analysis which will identify the owner and their address.

Smart Water

Where a group of people have invested in Smartwater, signs are available to place on lamp posts in their area FREE OF CHARGE.

We are trying to bring Smart Water to Anstey.

What is Smartwater and how will it help? Smartwater is a marking system which is similar in concept to a ‘DNA’ profile. It is for use on personal property in the home or garden and once it dries it is virtually impossible to remove. Smartwater is only visible under ultra light and only a microscopic amount is required for forensic scientists to identify the owner of the property or the criminal.

How is Smartwater applied? Smartwater is delivered in a small bottle and is applied using a small paintbrush, preferably to any crevices or grilles the items offer. It takes approximately one hour to dry. The mere presence of Smartwater is enough to trace the owner.

Can I mark any of my friends items? No. The bottle is for your property only. If stolen property is found to be marked with

How will the thief know my property is marked?

What sort of items can I mark? Almost anything. All types of equipment eg, TVs, videos, DVD players, car stereos, satellite navigation systems, garden equipment, plus jewellery, paintings and antiques, concrete statues.

Will Smarterwater damage any of my property? No. Smartwater is completely harmless and invisible to the naked eye. It will not damage you or your property. PLEASE NOTE: Smartwater, once applied leaves a mark similar to clear varnish. Consequently the purchaser may wish to seek advice from Smartwater before applying it to delicate or high value items [eg. Porcelain, fine art].

Voluntary Position

VACANCY A vacancy has arisen for a secretary to take, type up and distribute minutes of our monthly committee meetings.

in your home. You might also like to place a sticker in your car if you have marked your stereo or navigation system.

How do we get it? For Smartwater to appear in Anstey, we do need to know how many people in Anstey are interested. If you are interested in purchasing Smartwater can you please e-mail me at or via phone on 0116 2365745. REMEMBER WE CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOUR PARTICIPATION The more people that are interested, the more feasible it will be.


There may also be a small amount of general correspondence. May suit a retired secretary, this is a voluntary role for the Leicester and District Multiple Sclerosis society whose branch is at 27 Latimer Street Anstey, LE7 7AW. If you are interested in this position or would like to come along and have an informal chat, please call in at our drop-in on Tuesdays between 11am and 2pm and ask for Jane (01509) 414201.

WISE WORDS As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody’s good old days. Gerald Barzan

Caution when using Smartwater Always wear protective gloves when applying Smartwater to items. Stickers are provided to display

NEW DATES FOR FREE HEALTH CHECKS Would you like to find out how healthy you are?

Come along to Anstey library and book a FREE HEALTH CHECK SESSION with an expert. Due to overwhelming demand regular monthly sessions have been set up. • Tuesday 13th April 2pm – 4.30pm • Tuesday 11th May 2pm – 4.30pm • Tuesday 8th June 2pm – 4.30pm Health checks are FREE and cover: body fat %, weight, body water %, and visceral fat, muscle mass/bone mass, basal metabolic rate and blood pressure! The health check days are run by Active Together Charnwood! Booking is required. You can either come in person to Anstey library or book over the phone on 0116 3053536.

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start, and so on.

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NEXT ISSUE OUT 20th March Weekend

Deadline: 6th March for Articles & Adverts Village news items, forthcoming events, and community group news & programmes are all included free-of-charge, and are very welcome. Display adverts start from £11.50 incl.VAT. Full rate sheet available on the website at

David Snartt reports...

Could you use your Computer Skills to help your Community?

County Councillor for Anstey within the Bradgate Division Firstly may I take this opportunity to thank all the people who have given me support whilst my wife Joan was in hospital having major surgery. She is now back home and making steady progress.

Reporting Anti Social Behaviour Recently I have had reports from residents about antisocial behaviour occurring in certain areas within Anstey. As Chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership I am very keen that all incidents are reported to the relevant agencies. I believe that no resident should suffer from this type of behaviour which may cause a nuisance or distress. It is also my view that the more information agencies receive from residents the quicker they will be able to take actions against the perpetrators. Anti-social behaviour issues should be reported to Leicestershire Police, Charnwood Borough Council or Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing on the following telephone numbers. • Leicestershire Police; 0116 2222222 or in an emergency dial 999 • Charnwood Borough Council Anti Social Behaviour Team; 01509 634920 or 634533. • If you or the perpetrator are council tenants contact Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing; 01509 634666.

If you would like more information on how to tackle anti-social behaviour and deal with the issues a Safe and Secure booklet is available locally at the Parish Council office or Charnwood Borough Council.

Leicestershire County Council Budget The full Council makes the final decision on the budget proposals at the council meeting on the 24th February. Proposals to meet spending pressures, tackle a £66 million funding gap over four years and freeze Council Tax have been unveiled to balance the budget. The proposals include: • Freezing Council Tax in 2011/12-2013/14 depending on top up funding if a Conservative Government is elected. • Make £47 million of efficiency savings and increase income and save £19 million from services to meet an expected funding shortfall. • Invest £46 million to meet extra spending pressures, mainly in Adult Social Care and Waste. Recently the Audit Commission`s inspection system said Leicestershire County Council is “performing excellently” and provides good value for money. The report also said the council is good at managing its money and making savings to spend on the most important services and council tax is low compared with other areas.

Did you know that 11.5 million people are not able to use the Internet?

Highways Update I have been advised of the proposal to provide cycle facilities from Anstey, along Gorse Hill to the City boundary on Anstey Lane. This follows requests for improved safer routes for cyclists . I understand this will include the widening of the existing footway and moving a number of lamp columns. I have had requests from residents to improve the street lighting along Gorse Hill, therefore I have asked if this can be also be achieved whilst this work is in progress. I am pleased that the speed restrictions are now in place at the Roecliffe Crossroads. Although this is outside the Anstey Parish boundary I have had many residents asking for improvements in this area where we have seen several accidents recently. I am now hopeful these measures along with the new signage will make a difference to this stretch of road which also sees pedestrians crossing at the nearby golf club. If you need to contact me on any issues please write to 10 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford, Leicester. LE6 0HH, Email or telephone 01530 244804.

If you are a Computer enthusiast living in the Charnwood area with a few hours to spare each week, you could volunteer to become an E-Champion. You would receive free training and equipment to enable you to help people in your local community to gain the confidence to use a computer and access the Internet. For further information or to express your interest, please email Dave Palmer at dpalmer192@btopenworld. com

Meditation Courses in Stanton Introduction to Meditation on Saturday 10th April 2010 between 10.30am and 1pm, cost £10 with refreshments Included. Also available, Meditation 5 week Course starting Tuesday 13th April (morning 10.30am - 12noon) OR (evening 7pm – 8.30pm). Cost £35. Venue : Stanton Under Bardon. Tel: Suryacitta on 0791 059 8951.

When I was young, I could remember anything. Whether it happened or not.

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Cropston and Thurcaston Gardening Society Below is our programme for the year 2010: March 11th

Garden Ponds and their care

April 8th


April 15th

Garden Visit

May 13th


June 10th

Garden Visit

August 12th

Social Evening

September 2nd

Garden Visit

September 9th

Annual Open Show

October 14th

The Robin Man

November 11th

A talk on Maundy Money and how the Posies are made

December 9th

Christmas Social and Quiz Night

Paul Day Chairman

Improve your social life ... at the Newtown Linford Dance Are you Divorced, Separated, a Widow or Widower wanting to improve your social life? How about joining our friendly social gathering on a Sunday evening at Newtown Linford Club on Main Street. We chat and dance the night away to a wide variety of music in the function room at the rear of the club (which has its own bar) between 8pm - 11pm. We welcome new folk to join the happy crowd – any age welcome – the majority of us are 50 and over, and young at heart. We also organise other events – day trips and long weekends etc. The cost is £2 for the Sunday evening and after 3 visits – we invite you to apply for membership – this is just £4 per annum. If you would like to talk to one of the organisers first – then please call Mrs Godwin on 07969 207288.

Mexico Trip Fun Night! Saturday 27th February •

7.30pm – Midnight

At The Stamford Arms, Groby

Grand Raffle Draw • Buffet And Disco/Karaoke All Proceeds From The Night To ‘Rebuild Mexico 2010’ Tickets Available At £6.00 Each From Jane Hinds 0116 287 8595 Or Katie Brewin 07800 551512

Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job.

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COUNCIL INFORMATION & CONTACT DETAILS Your 14 Parish Councillors are: Parish Council Chairman

Vice Chairman

Martin Broomhead 170 Bradgate Road Anstey Tel 0116 236 4228

Michael Parker 124 Cropston Road Anstey Tel 0116 236 3525

Nigel Aston 10 Fulmar Road Anstey Tel 0116 221 0979

Vicky Ball 91 Cropston Road Anstey Tel 0116 212 5315

Steve Farmer 36 Charnwood Road Anstey Tel 0116 210 3391

Ian Grogan 52 Edward Street Anstey Tel 0116 235 1762

Dave Parker 21 Cherrytree Close Anstey Tel 0116 236 7914

Roger Peat 262 Link Road Anstey Tel 016 236 4863

Rachael Phelps 58A Bradgate Road Anstey Tel 0116 233 2151

Mike Roe 37 Stadon Road Anstey Tel 0116 235 9815

Brian Rowlinson 187 Bradgate Road Anstey Tel 0116 236 7548

John Sutherington 43 George Street Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643

Sarah Taylor 39 Hazelhead Road Anstey Tel 0116 220 4770

Chris Tunaley 41 The Green Anstey Tel 0116 292 1604

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

Your Two Borough Councillors are: Paul Day, 251 Bradgate Road, Anstey Tel 0116 236 4376

John Sutherington, 43 George Street, Anstey Tel 0116 220 4643

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

Your Member of Parliament is: Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA Contact Tel: 020 7219 4472 Contact Fax: 020 7219 5838 or email

Anstey & Glenfield Cricket club grant

A grant of £400 has been awarded by Sky TV to grass roots cricket to enable Clubs such as Anstey & Glenfield C. C. to send members on Coaching courses.

£400 cheque from Sky TV being presented to Anstey & Glenfield Cricket Club Chairman John Sutherington by Ged McDougall Cricket development manager of the Leicestershire & Rutland Cricket Board.

The club currently has 5 Level 1 and 1 level 2 coach, with others pending. The Club which is working towards Club mark, as also received thanks to Derek Jordan’s hard work a significant grant from Voluntary Action Leicester for the purchase of Coaching Aids, Junior Kit and to increase their Coaching Staff. Indoor nets continue at Soar Valley Leisure Centre, Mountsorrel, Sunday Evenings Juniors 6-7pm. Seniors 7-8pm.

It’s only £1 per session. Interested in coming along please ring Welfare Officer Colin Bennett 0116 2363939 or myself 0116 2204643. New members are always welcome both at playing and administrative level.

John J. Sutherington. Chairman. Email. john.sutherington@ntlworld. com

See Rod Stewart LIVE in Nottingham on Thurs. 20th May

Coach Travel & Show Ticket: £89.00

Tel: 01530 832399

Vote for your favourite councillor or clerk in the Local Council Awards The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) is once again running the Local Council Awards, recognising councils, councillors, clerks and workers who are making a real difference in their local community.

This year’s awards categories are: • Council of the year supported by AON; • Clerk of the year supported by AON; • Councillor of the year supported by the Commission for Rural Communities; • Council worker of the year supported by The Co-operative Bank; and • Much improved council of the year sponsored by Standards for England. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 March 2010. For further information about the awards and application details please see the awards brochure. (There’s a link to it from our website at

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


plumbing & heating

Central Heating Breakdowns and Repairs Boiler Installations / Replacements Free Quotes 30 Years Exp. Landlords Gas Safety Certificates No Callout Fee 10% Off for OAP’s System Power Flushing 0116 2879760 / 07925 802265 Servicing

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Anstey Surgery staff to take part in Triathlon for LOROS The Anstey Surgery has entered 2 teams into the East Leake Triathlon, which takes place on Sunday 28th March 2010. Our aim is to raise money via sponsorship and donations for charity, whilst at the same time promoting ‘Healthy Lifestyle’! Our chosen charity is LOROS because of the excellent care they provide to so many. If you would like to make a donation or sponsor us (however small – it all adds up), please call into the surgery and see the Receptionists. Raising a substantial amount of money will make all the training worthwhile!. The 2 teams entered are: Angie Robinson, Physiotherapist – 400m swim Kathy Platts, Practice Manager – 20 km bike Dr H Hughes, GP – 5 km run Mark Rouse – 400m swim (a husband on loan) Dr D Andrew, GP – 20 km bike Dr N Osborne, GP – 5 km run

What is a Triathlon? A triathlon is a multi-sport endurance event consisting of swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, bike, and run components.


How to make a nestbox From the BTO Nestbox guide

It is important that the inside of the box doesn’t get too cold or warm and that the box is durable. • Nest boxes should be made from wood (Woodcrete - a unique combination of sawdust and concrete is often used for commercial boxes). Metal and plastic are unsuitable materials as they may cause the contents of the nest to overheat or allow condensation to build up inside the box, wetting eggs and chicks. • The type of wood used is not critical but hardwoods, such as oak and beech, will outlive soft wood, such as pine. • Rather more critical is the thickness of the wood, which should be at least 15mm to provide sufficient insulation and to prevent warping. • It is better to nail your box together rather than gluing it (remember to use galvanized/stainless steal nails to stop rust) as this allows water to drain. • Make sure you drill a couple of holes in the base of your box to ensure that any rain that does get in can drain out quickly. • Do not put a perch on the front of the nest box as this is not necessary and may aid access to a predator!

Hole sizes Different size holes are suitable for different species: * 25mm or larger for Blue, Coal and Marsh Tit; * 28mm or larger for Great Tit and Tree Sparrow; * 32mm for House Sparrow.

Access for inspection and cleaning Nest boxes should have a means of easy access for both inspection and cleaning. This can be achieved by attaching a waterproof hinge to the roof of the box, so that it can be lifted easily but won’t fall off. Car inner tubes or Butyl rubber are ideal waterproof materials to use. Cut the rubber to the width of the box, and then nail the rubber along the back of the box and to the roof. Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.

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Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2009 I would like to thank the people of Anstey, Glenfield and Beaumont Leys for their contributions to the Poppy Appeal. Together we raised just under £14,000. I am still waiting for the contributions from those organisations who obtained wreaths from me (my contact details below) and this should push us to approximately £14,100. A big well done especially to those collectors who stood in the rain for hours on end, all of the shops and businesses who volunteered to have a collecting box, the schools who support the appeal and most gratefully again to the Edith Murray Foundation for the generous contribution. The total this year reflects the ever increasing need placed upon the charity supporting families of those killed and the injured in conflicts past and present. I hope that everyone will continue their support in the years to come as someone injured now will still need care in 50 years time long after the current conflicts are over and forgotten. Unfortunately we had a box stolen, once again, from a store. It is sad that some teenage boys undermine the good works and generosity of their peers. I hope that they will reflect upon their actions and feel ashamed of themselves. If anyone would like to volunteer to help with street or static collections please drop me a line. The appeal ends in September 2010 so I cannot give you the national total but if everyone is as generous as you the signs are good. For anyone interested the Branch meets in the Staddon Club, Bradgate Road on the second Wednesday alternate months at 7pm. Next meeting 10th March. Thank you all once again Arthur Jackson Poppy Appeal Organiser Anstey District, 67 Woodgon Road, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7ER

Old Thatched Inn, Stanton-under- Bardon

T: 01530 242460 MOTHERING SUNDAY (Sun 14 Mar): Meals~2 Sittings

2 Course~£12.95 3-Course ~ £14.95

Special Carvery + Veg/Fish Options (Booking Essential)

Wed 17 Mar: FUN QUIZ (St. Patrick’s Day) 8pm Start

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Democracy is a government where you can say what you think even if you don’t think.


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Clues Across 1 Hiding (8) 4 Just (4) 8 Thin cord (6) 10 Rubbish (6) 11 Winds (5) 12 Cut (5) 14 Short railway track (6) 17 Scorned (9) 18 Artfully (9) 22 Follow (6) 23 Fire‑raising (5) 24 Commonplace (5) 26 Cooks (6) 27 Wooden frames (6) 28 Animal (4) 29 Set free (8)

Clues Down 1 Box (4) 2 Altered (6) 3 Groups of mountains (6) 5 Fearful (6) 6 Uncomplaining (8) 7 Gum (5) 9 Outdoor workers (9) 10 Name (9) 13 Infective particle (5) 15 Transactions (5) 16 Looked for similarities (8) 18 Wrinkle (6) 19 Full of nuts (5) 20 Heavy oil (6) 21 Mountain calls (6) 25 Employed (4)

Turn to page 19 for the solution.

Coincidences - aren’t they great? Mendeleyev created the first version of the Periodic Table of the elements. Mendel is the ‘father of modern genetics”. Only the first 92 elements in the Periodic Table are naturally found. The Maximum number of Chromatids in a human cell is ... 92. (A chromatid is one among the two identical copies of DNA making up a replicated chromosome.)

Artzone takes to the roads in new workshops Artzone - Charnwood Arts’s highly popular Saturday morning art and craft workshops for children - has announced their three latest workshops. These will all be running at Loughborough’s Charnwood Museum on Saturday mornings between 10.30am and 12.30pm. These high quality arts workshops are for any and all young people aged between 8 and 14. • The next session is on Saturday February 27th and is called “Your Number’s Up”. But there’s nothing sinister about it! Popular artist Sue Clews will be asking How Old Are You? and then showing workshop goers how to make decorative wire numbers to decorate their ages. • The workshop on Saturday March 6th takes its inspiration from the current Charnwood Museum exhibition of the same name which charts the history of the County’s transport from pre-historic times to the present. Come along and explore the travelling life in this Gypsy inspired workshop. • Everything goes South on Saturday March 13th with “A Cornish View”. Are you looking forward to your summer holidays? ArtZone marks St Piran’s Day, the “National” Day of Cornwall, by looking at the work of Cornish artist Alfred Wallis. Explore Alfred’s point of view and make your own painting to take home guided by Quorn artist Jo Sheppard. And there’s much more Artzone to come. We employ a different local artist each week to run individual workshops. Coming up later in the year will be Well Dressing, Peg Loom Animals and Armour! The full workshop programme is available to download at Charnwood Arts also runs a volunteer programme so if you are a young person with aspirations to become a teacher or just want to spend time getting some experience working in an arts setting then please contact Jemma Bagley at Charnwood Arts on 01509-821035 or by e-mail to Each Artzone workshop costs just £5.00 each or £2.50 concessions. Prebooking is essential - just call Charnwood Museum on 01509-233754. ArtZone is designed to be fun and no experience is necessary. ArtZone is coordinated and supported by Charnwood Arts and Charnwood Museum. For more information, contact Jemma Bagley on 01509-821035 or by email to

Rummage Sale

At the Leicester Multiple Sclerosis Branch 27 Latimer Street, Anstey, Leicester, LE7 7AW Sunday 7th March 2010 • 10am till 2pm If you have any items for sale, please let Jean (07837 899976) or Elaine (01162 2841853) know. Books, clothing, bric-a-brac - no electrical items please Open to the public ALL PROCEEDS TO THE LEICESTER AND DISTRICT MS SOCIETY This will be repeated on the first Sunday of every month.

I laugh in the face of danger, except if I’m involved.

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Anstey Clarion goes international

News from Peru! It is great to be able to read The Clarion online here in Peru. Once again I am here, and enjoyed Christmas here. The work of the Peru Children’s Trust (http://peruchildrenstrust. continues as we help the poorest of the poor here in Huancayo. I had the privilege of helping the Mayor of our district open the road outside the Institute that we have for the children and young people, this involved breaking a ceramic pot of chicha (the local drink), cutting a ribbon and making a small speech, then we danced down the street to open the other end of the street, as you can see a great time was had by all. I have also visited other villages to take on a few more children for sponsors to help, all of them living in dreadful conditions. We had taken some Christmas presents to them, (just little plastic toys) and they were accepted as if made of gold, the first presents they had ever had ! A very moving experience. On my return I look forward to sharing my experiences with any who care to listen and to help care for these children. Thanks again for going on line.

ENJOY DRUM LESSONS • Full Ebony/Gold Plated Premier Signia Kit Provided • All Grades (Trinity Guildhall-Rock School)/All Ages/All Areas Rock/Pop/Jazz/Orchestral Qualified Professional Drummer Home Visits If Required. Beginners (& Advanced) Welcome • KITS BOUGHT & SOLD • • • •

A Friendly & Effective 1-2-1 Learning Experience

Jill Abell in Peru

The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realise you’re not in shape for it, it’s far too far to walk back.


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Springtime in full swing at Gorse Hill City Farm


In the bitter cold and snow, spring came early to Gorse Hill City Farm in Leicester this week, when three rare breed lambs were born.

All three young, are female Leicester Longwools and will stay at the farm to increase the existing flock, as numbers have been declining nationwide since the 20th century. Smartie gave birth to twins Effe and Easter on 8 February and Buttons welcomed the farm staff with Ethel on 10th February. Both mothers and babies are doing well but will stay inside until the weather picks up. Deputy Farm Manager, Hilary Marshall, explained why it’s important for visitors to come and see the new additions. She said: “This is what we do. People should come and see what happens in the countryside. Gorse Hill is a bit of the countryside in the middle of a city.” The farm, on Anstey Lane, Leicester, has more than 30 ewes, each one able to produce up to three lambs after a five month pregnancy. Farm staff are also working with a rare breed society to get their lambs registered. Leicester Longwools were first bred in England in the mid 1700s and have influenced many other breeds. Once fully grown they can weigh between 13 and 18 stone and have soft curly fleeces. For further information log on to uk or call 0116 253 7582.

• There is a duck up at the farm that thinks it’s a chicken. It has spent so much time around the chickens that it will not integrate with other ducks and fights with cockerels.

Events in March at Gorse Hill City Farm •

Saturday 13th - Make a Mother’s Day card - £1.50 per person - 1pm-3pm • •

Monday 29th - Decorate an egg - £1.50 per egg - 1-3pm

Wednesday 31st - Rabbit Extravaganza - £1 per person - 1-3pm

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Coronation Street Preview

Gail And Tina Devastated By Joe’s Death

When the police arrive at Gail’s house, she thinks it is because they know about Joe’s plan – so she is devastated to hear they have found a body and they think it is her husbands. Her and Tina identify his body but it looks like David’s text from Joe’s phone could confuse things – and possibly incriminate Gail in Joe’s death. Will she be in the clear? Tyrone’s Mum turns up at her son’s house in a bid to look after him after Molly has left him. She is on a mission to get to the bottom of the collapse of Tyrone’s marriage. Jackie suspects Molly of cheating and confronts her in the shop but will Molly have what it takes to stand up to Jackie? Norris is up to his usual tricks and stirring up some gossip. He recalls where he met Lewis before and tells Mary and Natasha that Lewis had a wife so Audrey must be his mistress! With such an outlandish claim all three of them decide to ask Audrey for themselves. As Dev and Sunita continue to keep up appearances to her fool her Aunt’s it seems it may be a case of fiction turning into reality as the divorcees are forced to spend so much time together. When the departure of Grishma and Upma means that Dev and Sunita no longer have to play the happy couple, Dev packs up his belongings and says his goodbyes but it’s obvious that neither Sunita nor Dev are glad to see the back of each other and agree it is a sign that they should give things another go. But Dev gets excited at the prospect. Does he blow his chances? And Trevor lets it slip to Carla that Janice and Kelly have a very low opinion of her but Carla has a plan to get them back. Meanwhile, Trevor tells Janice he’s found two kittens in a bin and wants to keep them in Janice’s flat. Keen to please Janice agrees although she’s allergic to cats. Leanne has a little thinking to do when George suggest that he takes Simon away to Spain for a holiday. She consults Ken about the offer, but he is dubious. Liz gives in to Ciaran’s charm and offers him a job behind the bar suggesting they have their very own lock-in at the end of the shift. Where will it lead?






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LIVE Entertainment RCC Community What’s On At Local Pubs & Clubs Engagement Seminar: 4th March

The Old Hare & Hounds 34 Bradgate Road, ANSTEY T: 0116 236 2496 EVERY Thurs: QUIZ (Free to Enter-various prizes) EVERY Day: WII Games The Coach & Horses The Nook, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 5816 Sat 20 Feb: GIRL DUO Sat 6 Mar: SOUL & MOTOWN EVERY Tues: KARAOKE EVERY Thurs: QUIZ(Music & General)

Stadon Sports & Social Club 62a Bradgate Road, ANSTEY Tel: 0116 236 4542 Sat 20 Feb: CARL STEVENS (Male Vocalist) Alternate Thurs: QUIZ 9pm March 4th & 18th (With Free Supper) The Crown INN Bradgate Road, ANSTEY Starting a QUIZ Night Every Sunday at 8.30pm As From Sun 28th Feb. Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 1809 NOTICE TO MEMBERS New Members Welcome Sat 20 Feb: KELLIE LEIGH Sun 21 Feb: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 26 Feb: Mark ANTHONY Sat 27 Feb: DOUBLE VISION Sun 28 Feb: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 5 Mar: SAM TANNER Sat 6 Mar: MICHAEL JAY Sun 7 Mar: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 12 Mar: CARL STEVENS Sat 13 Mar: ALIVE & KICKING Sun 14 Mar: Super Sunday ‘50’ The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, GROBY Tel: 0116 287 5616. Sat 6 Mar: DERELICT KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs JAZZ ~ Every Sun 3-6pm QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker~EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music~EVERY Tues The Brant Inn Leicester Road, GROBY LE6 0DU T: 0116 287 2703 Fri 26 Feb: KARAOKE (King of the Road) Fri 5 Mar: ALAN JONES & The MARTINS Fri 12 Mar: KARAOKE (Classic) Old Thatched Inn, Stanton. T: 01530 242460 Wed 17 Mar: FUN QUIZ (St. Patrick’s Day) 8pm

The Plough Burroughs Road RATBY T: 0116 2392103 EVERY Tues: QUIZ ~ 8pm. (General Knowledge, Music & History) £1 p.p. Max 6 in Team Cash prize + ‘Open the Box’ The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 TRIBUTE Nights All £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 26 Feb: Amy WINEHOUSE Fri 12 Mar: RHIANNA TBA: ELTON JOHN (Possibly 19th or 26th March) Fri 2 April: GLAMMA MIA Fri 16 April: BRYAN ADAMS Every 2nd Tues: QUIZ Nite The Coach & Horses Leicester Rd, FIELD Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats 20 Feb & 6 Mar (’King of the Road’) Sundays: QUIZ Night Skittle Alley/Room for Hire Classics SPECIAL Events The Manor House Barn, Donington le Heath. Sat 27 Feb: MURDER MYSTERY ~ Ticket £30 (Includes Dinner) Booking Essential T: 01520 817214 The Charnwood Arms Beveridge Lane, Bardon. T: 01530 813644 Every MON Night:POKER TOURNAMENT FREE ~ Starts 7pm. Every 2nd THURS:COMEDY CLUB Thurs 11 Mar: £5 TRIBUTE NIGHTS Every LAST FRIDAY £10 a Ticket Includes Supper & Disco Fri 26 Feb: TAKE THAT Fri 26 Mar: BEATLES

The RCC Annual Community Engagement Seminar will take place at County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester on the evening of March 4th at 7.00pm. Delegates are invited to attend from 6.00pm when a light buffet will be available in the members lounge where there will also be an opportunity to view a wide range of displays.

The event which will be held in the Sparkenhoe Suite will include a number of new projects and initiatives from around the districts with presentations on Affordable Housing, Community Buildings, Community Climate Change Initiatives, Inspire Leicestershire Rural Business Grants, Quality Parish Councils and Local Community Initiatives. A full programme will be available shortly. Come along and meet the new RCC staff and find out how they may be able to help you with projects in your area. From funding opportunities to advice on community buildings and play areas or the latest climate change initiatives there will be lots to find out. Places will be limited, so early booking is essential (no more than 2 people per organisation) To book a place or for further information please contact Diana Cook 0116 2689706 The RCC is indebted to Leicestershire Rural Partnership and Leicestershire County Council for their support and help in presenting this seminar.

The Latimer Players Drama Society 60th Anniversary Year: 1950 – 2010 Present: ‘Two Plays and a Platter’

“We Need A Man” by Derek Raby Interval Supper (supply your own drinks)

“A Bird in the Bush” by Ron Nicol Thursday 22nd April • Friday 23rd April • Saturday 24th April

All Information correct at time of going to press Well, this day was a total waste of makeup.

At The Memorial Hall, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston Curtain 7:30pm • Tickets £8:50 121 Leicester Road, Thurcaston

Tel: 0116 2362692

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POLICE MATTERS Anti-social behaviour This month the Beat team want to take the opportunity to raise a key concern that we believe is fuelling anti-social behaviour by groups of youths around the village, resulting in damage to property and disruption to the lives of local residents. We would also like to inform you of the measures that we will be adopting immediately to eradicate this behaviour by groups of youths – both local and visitors from outside the village.

Alcohol abuse It is clear from the incidents we attend, and the aftermath of reports of large groups of youths acting in an inconsiderate and rowdy manner, that alcohol in all forms is a major factor. This can be confirmed by the state of the youths themselves, some of whom have been required to be taken home for their own safety, and the smashed bottles and empty cans seen around the village. The ages of these youths can range from 14-17 and sometimes younger. We are confident, through regular operations in conjunction with Licensing Authorities, that no seller of alcohol and spirits in Anstey is selling directly to persons under 18. We are equally confident, through local intelligence and anecdotal reports from residents that some adults are purchasing alcohol and then passing this alcohol to persons under 18. Please be clear that; •

It is an offence for a person to buy, or attempt to buy alcohol for a person under 18 It is an offence to deliver alcohol to a person under 18.

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Two Prizes This Month!

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Send your marked entry forms to: SHAKEN NOT STIRRED, Anstey Clarion, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Wednesday 10th March 2010. Please remember to fill in your name and address. The sender of the first correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the £20 Red Lion Meal Voucher (see advert on back page). The sender of the second correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the Little Acorns Cream Tea, Good luck! Here are the 12 BOND CHARACTERS you have to find:

Just a minute while I collect my thoughts ... about COLLECTORS!

I read an article somewhere about a bloke who found some unopened packs of his ancient underwear stashed away in his attic. (Apparently he had bought several sets of string vests and pants years ago, but his wife banned him from wearing them so, rather than throw them out, he hid them in the loft.) But he has had the last laugh, because he’s sold them to ... wait for it ... a collector of oldfashioned underwear. Collectors - are they all bonkers? Who are these people who spend a large chunk of their lives putting together collections? Are they fulfilling their prehistoric need to hunt and gather? Or, as I suspect, are they just plain greedy? Surely, one or two of something is perfectly adequate for a normal person. Why do collectors have to scour the shops, car boot sales, and other people’s attics to find more and more of their chosen collectables? And it’s not as if they collect anything worth having. Beer mats, postcards, and match boxes - what use are they to anyone? These people should get a life and stop wasting their time assembling rooms full of unwanted rubbish. But I suppose collectors are good for the ailing construction industry. Quite a few home extensions are built because collections have grown out of control. And then there are the shelves and cupboards to construct ... so I suppose it’s not all bad news.


IS FRED RIGHT? Have all collectors got a screw loose? Or is collecting the Universe’s way of tidying up? TELL US WHAT YOU THINK by writing or emailing your thoughts to I’VE GOT A FULL SET, Anstey Clarion, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT (email:



Stamp Fair in aid of LOROS The next fund raising Stamp Fair will be held on Sunday 7th March from 10am to 3pm. It will be held at Newbold Verdon Primary School, Dragon Lane, Newbold Verdon. The usual raffle and refreshments will be available for sale. Donations of stamps would always be welcome. Roger Simmons has written to say that the team was able to hand over a cheque to LOROS for £5,000 in November which goes towards improving visitor facilities and patient benefits. Enquiries to Roger on 01455 822645 or LOROS on 0116 231 3771.

PLENTY O’TOOLE • PUSSY GALORE • ROSA  KLEBB

Last issue’s winner The winner of last issue’s Wordsearch competition was: MAGGIE WELTON of Cropston Road in Anstey. Congratulations! Your prize - a £20 Meal Voucher to spend at The Red Lion in Rothley - will be with you within 21 days.

I don’t consider myself bald. I’m simply taller than my hair.

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Mum’s the word in the garden As we celebrate Mother’s Day next month, it might be worth mentioning that according to a study conducted by the University of Northumbria, women are genetically predisposed to gardening thanks to an evolutionary divergence that had women ‘gathering’ whilst prehistoric menfolk ‘hunted’. Women also make the best plant people because they have better colour recall than men and recent research from the RHS has shown that women gardeners’ voices speed up growth of tomato plants much more than men’s. Coupled with the fact that 15% of the hours the average household devotes to work in the home is spent on gardening it is hardly surprising that a lot of gardening knowledge and expertise is handed down from mother to daughter. Mother’s Day, traditionally known as Mothering Sunday, was a day identified by wealthy employers and the aristocracy during the 1600s for domestic servant girls to take off work to visit their families and in particular their mothers. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, the servants and apprentices would bake cakes and make gifts or presents and collect flowers to make their mother’s day. Due to its timing, most flowers and plants associated with Mother’s Day are those that bloom in early spring such as daffodils and tulips although roses have grown in popularity. If you’re thinking of giving a plant as a gift you could always try one of these suitably named roses - My Mum, a profusion of fragrant scarlet blooms or Granny’s Favourite, a beautiful little patio rose, with masses of golden peach coloured flowers. Alternatively, if your Mum is your gardening guru, then perhaps some National Garden Gift Vouchers which allow her to choose her own gift. In addition to Mother’s Day, March is the month that things get going in the garden. Rake out moss and dead grass from the lawn and start mowing and divide perennials like hostas and asters so they grow bigger and better by being divided in half and replanted. Check if plants in pots have become root-bound and if they have, re-pot them and freshen up the compost by scraping away the top layer and adding some new. Clean

out any bedraggled or dead plants in borders and treat yourself to some spring bedding like primulas, forget-me-nots, wallflowers and pansies to fill in the gaps. March is also a good planting time for more mature plants, such as the versatile, evergreen Hebe. Named after the Greek Goddess of Youth and originally from New Zealand, Hebes like well-drained soil and partial shade so are ideal for a number of garden locations. There are over a 100 species of Hebe to choose from, everything from dwarf varieties that look great on patios or in pots to larger plants that really thrive in any size garden. In addition to a range of colourful leaves, from green and silver to bronze and red, Hebes really come into their own during summer. They can take long dry weather and still look beautiful, blossom profusely and are excellent at attracting butterflies. One of the most popular is Hebe Petra’s Pink – the first ever small-leaved hebe with pink flowers. It’s a low spreading shrub with dark green oval leaves that are tinted and edged with purple and light mauve-pink flowers.

National Garden Gift Vouchers can be bought and redeemed at over 2,000 outlets in the UK, with more than 90,000 garden plants and products on offer. Visit www. to view details of all the outlets that sell and accept them or call 0870 2408237 for more information. You can also buy them online. Anstey’s local outlet is BROOKSIDE NURSERIES.

Difference Between Men and Women Nicknames

If Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Suzanne, Debra and Rose. If Mike, Charlie, Bob and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.

Eating out When the bill arrives, Mike, Charlie, Bob and John will each throw in £20, even though it’s only for £32.50. None of them will have anything smaller, and none will actually admit they want change back. When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

Bathrooms A man has six items in his bathroom: a toothbrush, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel from the Holiday Inn. The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify most of these items.

Dressing up A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the garbage, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail. A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

Offspring Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

I hate flossing, I wish I just had one long curvy tooth.


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Bradgate U3A (University Of The Third Age)

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance When you see in the newspapers that the Air Ambulance has been required to attend a traffic incident or to fly a critically ill child to hospital, how many of us think of the men and women who work behind the scenes to keep this vital service operational? This was explained to the members of Bradgate U3A when Barbara Parish spoke to us at our last general meeting. Did you know that it costs £1.5 million to operate the service for one year? This money is raised by a dedicated group of volunteers throughout the county who organise events and occasions that will produce the finance that keep the service operational as no Government or Lottery funding is available to the service. When an incident occurs, the emergency call is received and the nature of the injuries sustained has been established, the air ambulance can have a doctor and a paramedic on the scene within eight minutes. This will usually apply to 40% of road traffic incidents and to most incidents that occur in remote locations. Since the 1st April 2008, 1,250 missions have been undertaken including the transfer of a diver from Stoney Cove to a specialist hospital in Hull, as this was the nearest hospital with the required decompression chamber. If this patient had had to travel in a land ambulance the chance of the patient surviving would have been greatly reduced. Whilst the specialist hospital was able to recover the cost of treating this diver (a sum in the region of £7,000) the Air Ambulance received nothing, but what is the cost of a life saved?

As can be appreciated the helicopter can only operate during the daylight hours as by the nature of the incidents it attends, the landing areas will not be illuminated and hazards such as overhead power lines can not be seen. The Air Ambulance lease an Augusta 109E helicopter (the fastest and most versatile civilian helicopter available) together with the services of the pilots. The crew of the air ambulance is made up of a pilot, a doctor and a paramedic. The crew are drawn from a team of 18: 3 pilots, 6 doctors and 9 paramedics. Members of the team usually stay with the air ambulance for a period of 3 to 5 years. Each member of the team has to be conversant with navigation and also the running of the helicopter such as refuelling etc. So the next time you see the air ambulance fly over when you are enjoying the countryside just think of the great job the whole team is doing from the pilot right down to the volunteer who stands outside your local store with a collection box. After the completion of the talk we could do no better than to pass round collection box in aid of this great service. Our next meeting will be on the 3rd March at the Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey starting at 2.30pm when we will be holding our Annual General Meeting. All members are encouraged to attend so that they may have a say in how they wish to see Bradgate U3A progress in the future.

Brian Rowlinson

I love club sandwiches, but I never joined the club. I don’t know how I keep getting away with it.

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Friends Of Charnwood Forest

Reintroduction of Raptors to Britain

Charnwood Borough Councillor’s Report From John Sutherington

Talk by Tim Mackrill:

7.30pm Mon 15th March 2010 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall

After centuries of persecution, Britain’s birds of prey have enjoyed something of a recovery in recent years. This is in no small part thanks to groundbreaking reintroduction work involving Ospreys, Red Kites and White-tailed Eagles. With a special emphasis on Ospreys, Tim Mackrill will explain how this work has enabled the three species to make a welcome return to the skies of the UK. He will also consider the future and how it may soon be possible to see all three species together in Leicestershire and Rutland. Tim Mackrill has been involved in raptor conservation for more than ten years. Having graduated with a degree in Ecology from the University of East Anglia, Tim has managed the Rutland Osprey Project since 2005. He has also carried out important fieldwork for the Highland Foundation for Wildlife in Scotland. Tim is an advocate of pro-active hands-on conservation. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject will make for an informative and interesting talk. The meeting will be preceded by a short AGM. Members are welcome to bring guests. A £3 charge is payable at the door.

Clifford Jones

Events Coordinator Tel: 01530 244046


Ah yes a New Year, 2010, the nights are gradually drawing out but my word hasn’t it been cold? Lovely to have the snow but, oh dear the aftermath around the village and the county was really bad. Have we THAT many new roads now that Leicestershire County Council can’t cope with it? All that up to date machinery and technology but couldn’t get to key places like Burgin Road, Caters and Papermill Close with their ageing populations for over a week. The re-routing of the 74 bus route on a couple of occasions left myself and others very annoyed (8 buses an hour are needed to get a route gritted). How ever did we cope when I was younger? It’s good that Anstey Parish Council is currently planning for the next period of chaos…

Concessionary Fares You may have seen in the local press (Loughborough Echo), the Charnwood Borough Council Chief Executive Geoff Parker stating that this scheme has become very popular and is costing more than expected. I am not surprised, it’s a great deal for the over 60’s and the disabled and needs to be carried on, even if it means dipping into the Council’s Reserve Fund. This could be necessary as it looks like the Government will be cutting its Grant substantially in 2010/11. I am hoping the present ruling group at Charnwood will not be looking to cut this service…

CCTV - The Nook. I have said to a number of residents that the scheme is ready but you can’t just go out and mount a camera on someone’s property

without their permission. We are, however, nearer to the plans implementation. I can tell you that the cameras on the Recreation Ground may have some interesting images following the recent problems around the area.

SHOPS Good to see the old Alldays shop now fully functional again with “Charnwood Home Improvements” in situ and I understand the old Local/Threshers shop maybe reopening soon. The “DELI” on Stadon Road, I am told, is still open but you have to be sharp because it doesn’t stay open for very long, and is closed on Saturdays!

MORE BUILD Yes we are soon to be having 8 more houses in the Village, this time it will fill the last bit of the old Airborne Shoe factory on the Albion Street, Rosebery Road corner. The original plan for 13 dwellings was rejected but 8 with, parking for 1.5 cars per household, was approved by Charnwood Borough Council Planning.

KIDS GOING WILD! Charnwood Borough Council Sports and Leisure Programme. February and Easter Holiday Activities for 5-16 year olds. This really is a brilliant scheme. Play and Photography Wed. 31st March for 5-16 years 2pm-4pm (FREE but you MUST book) Mini Olympics on Tues. April 6th. for 5-7 years. 2pm-4pm. (Full price £7. Wild cards £5.25 or £3.50.) Both events will be at the RECCY, Stadon Road, Anstey Get your “WILD CARD” for half

price before March 31st. For more information ring 01509 634673 between 1pm-4pm Monday to Friday. Or pop into: CBC Reception at Southfields, Loughborough. Anstey Library, Anstey Parish Council Offices. Or ring me (John Sutherington) for a brochure. Please note: If you don’t have a Wild Card you will be eligible to pay the FULL price for activities, so don’t delay get YOUR Wild Card today.

Finally ROBIN WEBBER JONES. Robin, from nearby Ratby, who will be the Liberal Democrat prospective parliamentary candidate at the next General Election will be delivering a questionnaire over the next few weeks to many of the houses within the Village. Please have a look through it and fill in as many questions as you feel able.

Any problems you think I can help with please: Tel. 0116 2204643 or 07939 070 603.  Email: cllr.john. sutherington@charnwood.  Post or Call in at 43 George Street, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7DT. Yours Sincerely. Cllr John J. Sutherington.

Useful Chemistry Preparation of oxygen using Potassium Chlorate Potassium chlorate decomposes at a low temperature if previously mixed with manganese dioxide which is a catalyst for the decomposition. Only the potassium chlorate is decomposed, and no perchlorate is formed: 2 KClO3 ==> 2 KCl + 3 O2

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I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.

Temp’s Revenge A Short Story by Local Writer Lindy Hardcastle They loathed me on sight. Saved time. It helped that they had decided I was a scheming, unscrupulous interloper before they met me. I had been so pleased to get the call from the job agency. I registered with them as soon as we moved, but I hadn’t expected to be offered work straight away. It was a bit of a challenge really, with the house to sort out and Jamie to settle into school, but I had rashly promised him a Wii for Christmas. The divorce and the move had been hard on him. He deserved a treat. Six weeks full-time work up to the end of December, with the possibility of a permanent position was too good to turn down. Or so I thought. I hadn’t realised department stores like Rumbold’s still existed. This, I thought, was why I’ve always wanted to live in a small market town. “We are a family firm, my dear” explained old Mr Rumbold. “We know our customers and they trust us. I hope you’ll be very happy here.” Fat chance. As soon as I walked into the accounts office, I knew I was going to be as happy as a goldfish in a tank of piranhas. The four young women huddled in a corner continued their conversation as if I was invisible. “Fancy sacking her – just like that. I know she’d had warnings for being late and that lunchtime she was a bit worse for wear ….” “Still, pinching that dress…” “She only borrowed it – it was for her sister’s engagement party…she was going to put it back…” “If only she hadn’t spilt red wine on it ….by the time she’d got it dry-cleaned, Mrs Thornton had spotted it was gone…” “Well, she’d taken it off a model, silly cow! Just like Kirsty to get caught trying to put it back…” They all dissolved into giggles. “We’ll miss her though - she was a right laugh, Kirsty” “And she’ll never get another job. Old Rumbum won’t give her a reference.” So that’s why they needed an accounts clerk in such a hurry. It wasn’t my fault Kirsty had got her marching orders but unfortunately, I seemed to be the only one who thought so. They would have hated anyone who, as they saw it, had taken Kirsty’s job, but that didn’t stop it feeling personal, especially in my raw, vulnerable state. I was missing my friends, my old work colleagues, my life. If only they had just continued to ignore me, it wouldn’t have been so bad, but the sly digs behind my back were hard to bear. Monday mornings were particularly difficult as they swapped hair-raising stories of their weekend exploits, bibulous and sexual, often involving the apocryphal Kirsty. Seeing me blushing over my keyboard they would speculate on my private life, noting my newly ringless fingers. “Bet old sour-puss never had a boyfriend ……..” “Mrs Homes says she’s got a kid though, so she must have done it at least once……” “Some poor blind bloke……….” And the giggles started again.

When I answered the telephone, they would mimic my accent and try to read some ridiculous double meaning into everything I said. Even an innocent phrase like “Would you hold on a moment please?” would produce hoots of dirty laughter. The work was ludicrously easy. As well as apparently being drunken, promiscuous and dishonest, Kirsty had obviously been bone idle. I could whip through her work before eleven, when my charming workmates would make each other coffee, share out the biscuits, ignore me entirely and continue their gossip. I had a quiet word with Mrs Holmes, Mr Rumbold’s secretary, a very pleasant woman with her own separate office, known to the harpies as “that stuck up cow”. I really needed something to do for the rest of the day to distract me from the vacuous conversations about footballers’ wives and celebrity diets. She set me to work chasing up ten years of overdue accounts. “Some of these are county families, dear, you’ll need to be very tactful.” I was very tactful, and extremely successful. The much-mocked accent served me well as I negotiated with “the county”. Well-educated Edinburgh always commands respect. Look at Jean Brodie. I also started to review the ludicrously outdated systems used to analyse the daily sales figures and issue bills to our account customers. The others all went out for long lunches together – often meeting up with the still unemployed Kirsty, so I had plenty of time to access their computers and see how the whole process could be updated and streamlined. I also kept a record of their computer activities. Very few of them were work-related. The afternoon before Christmas Eve was set aside for the office party. “We all bring in something to eat and Mr Rumbold provides the wine,” explained Mrs Holmes. She looked quite flushed at the very idea – it was obviously the high-spot of her social year. I popped down to the toy department at lunchtime to buy Jamie’s Wii with my staff discount, then ran into the Ladies to tidy my hair and spray on a little perfume. I smiled encouragingly at my reflection in the mirror. “You’ve done it. Survived.” Jamie and I would have a lovely Christmas with my parents and his cousins and the agency had promised me more work in January. With the glowing reference I would get from Rumbold’s I could afford to be choosy. While I was out, the office had been hastily decorated with dusty paper-chains and a few tired sprigs of holly. My workmates were exchanging cards and gifts (most of them courtesy of Anne Summers) with little squeals of delight. They had obviously made a start on their alcohol intake during their traditional liquid lunch. Determined not to be outdone by the Foul Four, I had made a beautiful cake. Another mistake. The rest of them had bought M & S snacks and Pringles. My cake sat there looking ostentatious and embarrassed until dear old Mr. R had a slice and told me how delicious it was. He really was a nice old thing. After three plastic cups of wine I felt quite mellow towards him and for once I didn’t mind being left out of

the crowd. At least it meant I was the only one not wearing ridiculous reindeer antlers. “Mrs Holmes has been telling me great things about you, my dear,” he beamed. “You know we are looking to make a permanent appointment in the New Year, and I think I can safely say we would be delighted to offer you the post. There might even be a little raise in your pay. I hope you’ve been made to feel welcome here, part of the family.” Poor poppet, it seemed a shame to wipe the smile off his face. If I hadn’t started on my fourth cup of wine, I might have been more tactful. I would still have said no, but I would have done it in a way less likely to induce a coronary. “Mr Rumbold,” I said sweetly, “I have been made as welcome as the herpes virus. The only family this lot resemble is the Borgias. I wouldn’t work here however much you paid me. The trouble is, neither would any of the rest of the young ladies in this office. Not one of them would recognise a decent day’s work if it bit them on the bottom!” I think my voice must have become a little shrill. The room fell silent, and my tormentors looked at me in open-mouthed astonishment, as if the photocopier had just turned on them. My turn to giggle. They looked so funny. Then the sight of Janine with a large chocolate éclair halfway to her mouth brought back unpleasant memories of her Monday morning revelations and strengthened my resolve. I turned to the bewildered Mr Rumbold and took his hand, solicitously. Poor lamb. He looked like Jamie when I’ve told him off for trailing his muddy shoes through the house. “Mr. Rumbold, I won’t take your job, but I will do you a huge favour.” I handed him a giftwrapped file. “This will tell you what software you need for your computers and how to monitor your sales figures, re-organise your stock control, and manage your accounts. One reasonably efficient person could do the job single-handed. Unfortunately, you haven’t got one reasonably efficient person, you’ve got four idle slobs whose knowledge of computers only extends to facebook, eBay and cheap flights.” I kissed him on the cheek and picked up my bag. Time for a quick exit, before the astonished sluts got their breath back. I paused in the doorway. “Of course, you could fire this lot, like you did the dreadful Kirsty, and employ me instead.” I knew he wouldn’t take me up on it. He was far to attached to his “family firm” ideal. But I had a dinner date with young Mr Rumbold. He’d been popping in for a chat while the coven was out for lunch and he was really taken with my ideas. And with me. I might be back in the New Year after all. I might even join the family.

ANSTEY CLARION • Issue 16 • Late-FEBRUARY 2010 • Tel: 01530 244069

Anstey Nomads Bulletin Still struggling but Anstey Nomads played well at top of the table Bardon Hill Sports on Sat 31st January. The score of 5-0 to Bardon did not reflect the game.

It was 1-0 to Bardon after a penalty and the Nomads gave them a fair game and were very unlucky not to equalize, but again some dubious decisions cost them dearly and Anstey struggled in the second half and lost heart. The following Sat 6th February, it was to be the Nomads 1st game at home since before Christmas against Radford FC who were only a few points above them in the table. The fans were expecting to pick some points up from this game as the Nomads had been playing well but not managing to pick any points up. The match started well but yet again the home team missed too many chances and Radford scored. The Nomads managed to equalize with a penalty, but they can’t seem to play well at home. Radford got another and finished the game off putting their penalty away. 3-1 to Radford final score. With the highest attendance of the season the fans were left frustrated. Hopefully when some of the new players settle in we might be able to gain some precious points . Sat 13th February will be the Reserves 1st game since before Christmas and under the new Management team against Saffron Dynamo Res let’s hope for a win. On the news front Anstey Nomads are hosting a charity curry night on Sat 20th February organised by Kay from Village News. Tickets are £10 and available from Village News. Proceeds are going to The Haiti relief fund. Thanks for all your continued support .


Useful tips from employees to their managers We came across these useful tips from employees to their managers. Do they strike a chord with anyone? 1.

Never give me work in the morning. Always wait until 4pm and then bring it to me. The challenge of a deadline is refreshing. 2. If it is a rush job, run in and interrupt me every 10 minutes to enquire how I am doing. That helps. Or even better, hover behind me advising me at every keystroke. 3. Always leave without telling anyone where you are going. It gives me a chance to be creative when someone asks where you are. 4. If you give me more than one job, don’t tell me which has priority - I’m psychic! 5. Do your best to keep me late. I adore this office and really have nowhere to go and nothing to do. I have no life beyond work. 6. If a job I do pleases you, keep it a secret, because if it gets out it might mean promotion or a pay rise for me! 7. If you don’t like my work, tell everyone. I like my name to be popular in conversation. I was born to be whipped. 8. If you have special instructions for a job, don’t write them down. In fact, save them until the job is almost done. No use confusing me with useful information. 9. Never introduce me to people who are with you. I have no right to know anything.. In the corporate food chain I am plankton. When you refer to them later, my shrewd deductions will identify them. 10. Tell me all your little problems. No one else has any and it is nice to know someone less fortunate. I especially like the one about the bonus cheque your received.

Mrs Helen Preston-Hayes

MUMBO JUMBO ... Or is it...?

Have YOU ever dreamt the answer to something? Some years ago, when developing a theory about the inheritance of coat colour in greyhounds, I had tied up all of the loose ends except one. I wrestled with the problem but no answer was forthcoming. Then, one morning, I woke up with the answer to the problem. My brain had worked out the solution while I slept! During the recent BBC programme about the periodic Table of the Elements, it was mentioned that Russian Scientist Dmitri Mendeleyev came up with his layout of the Table after seeing its structure in a dream. Similarly, the famous German organic chemist August Kekule was struggling to work out the molecular structure of Benzene until he had a dream about a snake seizing its own tail.

Have YOU ever discovered the solution to a difficult problem by dreaming the answer? Tell us about it: write to DREAMS, Anstey Clarion, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT (Email: Only in Britain... do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a DIET coke.


ANSTEY CLARION • Issue 16 • Late-FEBRUARY 2010 • Tel: 01530 244069

Advertiser Index Need help to find an advertiser in this month’s issue of Anstey Clarion? Fear not! We have listed them all below in alphabetical order of the trade or service they offer. How helpful can we be!

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Aerials (Digivision) P. 12 Accountants (Henstocks) P. 11 Beauty Mobile (Joanna) P. 18 Bereavement Support (Anstey Funerals) P. 23 Building Work (Wayne Loveridge) P.17 Care Services (Bosworth Home Care) P. 3 Carpenter (John Mallon) P.5 Cleaning (Molly Maid) P. 7 Computer Repairs (Anstey Computers) P. 15 Computer Repairs (Groby Computers) P. 5 Computer Repairs (I.C.N. Computer Services) P. 9 Decorating (Alan Cox) P. 11 Decorating (IDC) P.21 Decorating (Stanley Dunne) P. 11 Decorating (David Greenhow) P. 18 Decorating (Paul W. Yeomans) P. 15 Dentures (Dentures at Home) P. 9 Double Glazing (A1 Leicester Windows) P. 7 Double Glazing Repairs (Window Services) P. 5 Driving Lessons (Alliance Academy) P. 23 Drum Lessons P. 11 Electricians (P.L.E.S.) P. 13 Estate Agents (Kelly Estates) P.24 Fencing (Shooter Fencing) P.13 Framing ( Just Frames) P. 5 Funerals (Anstey & District Funeral Service) P. 15 Garage Services (Richard E. Smith) P. 24 Hairdressing (Snips) P. 24 Handyman (Vernon Spencer) P. 19 Homes ~ New ~ (Williams) P. 18 Jewellers, Watch Batteries (Sykes) P. 13 Joinery (Stanley Dunne) P. 11 Landscape Gardening (DA Landscapes) P. 9 Meat (Little Markfield Farm) P. 21 M.O.T. Testing ( Cropston Garage) P. 4 Plastering (Andy Merrall) P. 2 Plastering (R & B Day) P. 9 Plumbing (AP Plumbing) P. 11 Plumbing ( Lowes) P. 7 Plumbing (MRM) P. 15 Plumbing (Neil Clapham) P. 24 Pub Food (Old Thatched Inn) P. 9 Pub Food (Red Lion Inn) P. 24 Solicitors (Dodds) P. 7 Tea Rooms/Restaurant (Little Acorns) P. 20 Therapy (Cognitive Behaviour) P. 23 Tree Surgeon (Martin Page) P. 7 Upholstery (Simon Shuttlewood) P. 17 Veterinary Services (M.Leggett) P. 24 Vinyl Records (Jonny) P. 11

Reporting Anti Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour problems that are serious or that cannot be solved by talking to the person(s) responsible can be reported to Charnwood Borough Council, Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing and to Leicestershire Police. Charnwood Borough Council has a specialist team dedicated to investigating complaints of anti-social and nuisance behaviour and bringing to justice the perpetrators of such conduct. They coordinate the multi-agency responses given to anti-social behaviour issues, which occur across the borough and work closely with a number of partner agencies, in particular the Police. The team is able to offer advice and assistance to people who are experiencing anti-social behaviour and support people who wish to set up a witness support group to address particular anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood. If you are experiencing antisocial behaviour and neither you nor the perpetrator is a council tenant the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team should be your first point of contact. If you or the perpetrator is a council tenant then your first point of contact should be Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing. In addition, if individual agencies have been unable to resolve your concerns then you should also

contact the anti-social behaviour team so that a multi-agency response can be considered. To report your concerns to the Council please: Telephone 01509 634920 or 01509 634533. OR Write to: Charnwood Borough Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team Southfields, Loughborough LE11 2TR Or E-mail: Communitysafety@ More information is available in our Safe and Secure leaflet which can be requested via the contacts above or via www.charnwood. socialbehaviour1 To report a problem to the Police, phone: 0116 222 2222 in an emergency - dial 999 To report a problem to Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing: telephone 01509 634666 OR Write to: Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing Tenancy Services PO Box 8749 Council Offices Loughborough LE11 9EF E-mail: council.enquiries@cnh.

All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.

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Continued success for Anstey Crown FC Anstey Crown FC continue to build upon its great start to its first season in Division one. The team currently sit in second position in the table three points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Unfortunately there are no cup exploits to brag about this season having been knocked out of the Cobbin trophy at the last sixteen stage away to Premier side Loughborough FC. As the old saying goes ‘we are concentrating on the league’ which is in fact the truth as Premier Football is the overriding aim for the club. The league table shows that the Crown is part of a four team breakaway at the top of the table having won nine and losing three of its first twelve games. Goals are spread throughout the team with Tyrone Smith and James Peploe leading from the front with sixteen goals each. The Reserve side have found the going somewhat more difficult but results have improved recently as Manager Jock Coleman fields a more settled team, players have stepped up into the first team and played with distinction which bodes well for the future of the club as a whole. The Chairman and hard working Committee would again like to place on record its thanks to our loyal sponsors, THE VOJON RESTURANT, CO OP TRAVEL (ANSTEY BRANCH) TAG BUILDING, ANSTEY CASTLE HIRE and also Michael and Jocelyn Breward for their continued support, the Chairman would again like to ask players both past and present to support our sponsors to show our appreciation. The Club would like to welcome Heather and her staff from the newly refurbished CROWN public house to the Village, the old place never looked so good.

Rob Breward, Chairman and first team Manager, Anstey Crown FC.

IBSTOCK is the place to go for small pets & birds! Midland Parrots & Pets Sunnyside Garden Centre Leicester Road, IBSTOCK LE67 6HL T: 01530 263399

Ibstock Aquatics & Reptiles 43 High Street, IBSTOCK LE67 6LH T: 01530 263746


ANSTEY RUGBY CLUB NEWS Two wins, two losses, two lost to snow in 2010 After no activity for a couple of weeks due to first of all a frozen pitch at home, then a waterlogged pitch at Loughborough we had a visit from Aylestone St James 2nds for a league game. Again, a lot of injuries and work commitments left us bereft of backs, but with more than enough forwards. Combined with a lack of match practice in recent weeks and many players out of position Anstey failed to score a point, while the opposition scored 27 on 23rd January. A week later we took our revenge on their ground, playing a Jimmies 3rd team scoring 71 points without reply! Our tries were scored by Jay Afflick (3), Dave Bucknor (2), Shane Frear(2), Ian Pollock (2), Matt Belcher and, Rueben Ward. Into February and we were back into County Cup action, where Leicester Forest (who play several leagues above Anstey) sent over a powerful well drilled squad. Anstey’s pack were more than a match for the opposition, but their well organised and fast backs were able to score with relative ease, despite our best efforts. After knocking Anstey out of the cup 74-0, they now travel to South Leicester. A quote from the Leicester Forest Player/Coach: “Anstey battled really hard and were extremely solid up front. They gave us a better game than the scoreline might suggest.” Back into winning ways on 13th February when our team played away at Oadby Wyggs winning 24-23 in the last play of the game with a pushover try. Over the next few weeks we have some Leagues games to catch up on, a Semi Final in the President’s Cup as well as a Tour to Bristol, President’s Day on 2nd May and the Dinners Presentation Night at Tigers on 15th May. Anstey RFC are pleased acknowledge the financial help from our sponsors Ulverscroft Books and Words & Graphics.

Chris Apperley

Chairman Anstey RFC – visit for more information



As part of our aftercare service, we now offer a monthly Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group, which has been set up to provide a FREE support service, not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of every month (2nd Sat in April due to Easter)) in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

Next dates: Sat 6th March 2010 and Sat 10th April 2010 ARRAN BRUDENELL, Tel: 0116 234 0548

Whenever I read about the perils of drinking, I give up reading.

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