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Local History Group looking for new members Bagworth & Thornton Parish Plan Update Councillors’ Reports Gardening Notes - Ted Classic Telly - Tarquin Boiler Scrappage Uncle Eustace Church Services Local Pubs & Clubs Neighbourhood Watch News - Alex Letter from Australia Bagworth Sure Start 60-Year-Old Scouts! Competition Letters BookCase PLUS LOTS MORE!

Developer wants to build over 100 new houses

MAJOR housing SCHEME PROPOSED IN MARKFIELD A planning application for a major residential development off London Road in Markfield has been submitted to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.

The application (reference number 09/01009/OUT) was made by property advisors GVA Grimley on behalf of Leicester-based developer Jelson Ltd. Details of the Outline Planning Application, along with several letters from residents in response, can be viewed on the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council website at The application was received by the council on 24th December 2009. A Public Notice advertising the planning application appeared on page 40 in the 21st January 2010 issue of the Leicester Mercury. The Notice states that “Anyone who wishes to make representations about any of these applications should make them on line at or write to the Head of Planning within 21 days of this Notice, quoting the relevant reference number.” If you wish to comment on this application, either visit the website (address above) or write to: SIMON WOOD, Head of Planning, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Council Offices, Argents Mead, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1BZ. The Herald contacted the Case Officer dealing with this application on Monday 1st February 2010, and was informed that representations from residents will be accepted up to 19th February 2010.

• SEE ALSO: Matthew Lay’s article on page 4, David Sprason’s article on page 10, and LETTERS on page 34.

Morris Men dance in the New Year Red Leicester Morris Men braved the arctic conditions in Markfield to perform their annual post New Year dancing event on Sunday, Jan 10th.

As usual they began at The Queen’s Head on Ashby Rd and after a fortifying pint and a warm by the roaring fire they danced on the snowy car park. They then danced down Main St to the The Red Lion and then on to the church where hot sausage rolls where provided by WI member Gillian Sawden. It was then off to Croftway, where dancing was a trifle hazardous, to visit the Robson family who provided mulled wine and more sausage rolls. Finally to the Bull’s Head where some dancing was outside and some in the ‘tent’! Onlookers were grateful for the patio heater! The men then performed a Mummer’s Play inside the pub which was enjoyed by a large audience. The atmosphere in the pub was wonderful and clearly everybody was having a really good time. Red Leicester collected £175 for Cruse Leicestershire Area for which the YOU CAN’T BEAT A BIT OF RED LEICESTER: local fundraisers, Fran, Linda and Rosemarie are very grateful. Gillian Sawden supplies sausage rolls to the Morris Men This money will go towards providing the one to one support provided free of charge by Cruse Bereavement Support Workers to local people who have been bereaved.


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Spring Is In the air ...

Forthcoming events in Stanton under Bardon •

On Friday 12th March 2010 a ‘Spring Concert’ with popular songs in St Mary & All Saints church 7.30p.m. £4.00 tickets on the door, including refreshments. Fundraising for the repairs of the church.

On Saturday 27th March 2010 ‘Spring Fayre’ 2 - 4 pm, usual stalls, bric - a - brac, plants, cakes, tombola and raffle, we hope to see you there. Refreshments will be available.

Gail Massey

Evening All

New Police Officer for Markfield There has been a change of Police staff, and our new local officer replacing PC Nike Diaper is PC 4338 Sadie Harlock.

Any questions, problems or information you want to pass on just dial the usual 0116 222 2222 and follow the instructions. We have had a brief introduction to each other and I sense this experienced officer is going to be a very useful and practical addition to our Neighbourhood Watch Involvement. Having said that, I was delighted to receive the following farewell message from Nike Diaper. I quote, “It has been a pleasure working with you and the Neighbourhood Watch team in Markfield. I know without a shadow of a doubt if it was not for the dedication of NHW in Markfield the crime would be higher. Markfield is a great community that work together to keep crime down.” Hopefully, our new officer will feel the same way as we all get to know each other. All being well, she will be present at our next General Meeting on Thursday, the 18th February – 7pm at the Congregational Church Hall on Main Street so please come along to say Hello (and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chocolate biscuit while voicing your views, opinions and/or suggestions to maintain and/or improve our standards.)

Alex Ritchie



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 in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

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

Amazing! You just hang something in your wardrobe for awhile and it shrinks two sizes.

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That certain Je ne sais quoi

French evening planned by Bagworth Forward Group Bagworth Forward Group are organising a French evening at 7.30 pm Saturday 20 February.

This will include a meal and entertainment. It will be Beef Bourguignon (beef casserole for the less adventurous!) and creamed potatoes, a vegetarian option of quiche and a selection of sweets or a cheese board, followed by coffee. There will be a licensed bar. This follows on from our successful Italian evening last year. The cost will be £7 for adults, £5 for children, family ticket (2+2) £20. (Contact Rosemary 01530 230347.) Feel free to dress accordingly.

LETTER Dear Herald May I, through the pages of your magazine, express our Group’s thanks to those of you who braved the recent inclement weather to attend our Pantomime, “Robin Hood and the Widow’s Donkey” in January. Despite snow flurries, dropping temperatures and icy road conditions, we were able to complete our week’s run with appreciative audiences, only a little depleted in numbers. Happily, in Sherwood, all was sunny, the outlaws outwitted the wicked Baron and his cronies, and the donkey, apparently, coughed gold! We enjoyed ourselves tremendously, and hope that our patrons did , too. Our Publicity Officer, Imogen, will soon be publishing details of our next production. Do, please, come and see us!

Muriel Walker

(Writer & Director of the Pantomime) for all members of MTTG.

Dates for your diary: • 7.30 pm Thursday 25 March: Guthlaxton Band. This will be their fifth visit and it is always popular with the people who attend. • 7.30 pm Monday April 26: Spring Bingo, always good prizes to be won. • 6 pm Friday May 7: ‘Wind in the Willows’, a Centre Stage production. We have used Centre Stage on numerous occasions and their productions have been excellent.

Bob Austin

Every time I think I’ve hit bottom, someone lends me a shovel.

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The New Year has brought two major disappointments for Markfield Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald The New Year has not got off to the best of starts as far as Markfield is concerned anyway. First we had the news that the County Council are proposing to withdraw the subsidy they provide for the school bus from Markfield to South Charnwood. That was followed by the application from Jelson Homes to build a 100+ dwellings on land adjacent to London Rd on the Spiby farm. The two issues are both deeply disappointing and I along with others am opposed to them and hope that common sense will prevail on the two matters. I want to deal with the Jelson housing application first. I have often said how representing Markfield Stanton and Field Head at the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council can be a frustrating experience. I would say on this matter frustration has turned to anger at how the matter has been handled. The application was received on Christmas Eve and yet the Borough Council did not notify me, it was not until the 14th January that I found out. The clock had already started ticking by then, with a limited time in which to comment on the application. I have already complained to the Council about this and intend to bring a motion to the Council to ensure this does not happen again. The application itself is totally at odds with the Councils own planning policies. Indeed the application lies outside the settlement boundary in open countryside and as such, I would normally have confidence in it being refused. The difference being that in attempts to stop the building of houses in Hinckley on land suitable for development, the ruling group at the council have created a shortage of available building land throughout the whole Borough. This reckless approach has not only cost the Council millions of pounds but also has put additional pressure on land in the rural settlements throughout the Borough. In the recently adopted Core Strategy at the Borough Council, Markfield was allocated 80 houses which it needs to provide land for until 2026. Half of this is available in the settlement boundary leaving around 40 houses needed to be built on land outside the current boundary. The settlement boundary would change to accommodate this. The application from Jelson Homes is for 100 plus dwellings which is close to double the actual requirement for the whole village. It also spreads out over a much larger area than would be needed for a smaller development. The scale of the development swallows up attractive countryside in the National and Charnwood Forest areas and is land of natural scientific interest. The road network is already stretched as are many of the village services. It has been difficult to organise an effective campaign in such a short time but working alongside Dave and Sue Sprason and the Parish Council, we have put together a series of arguments against the plans and you should have received a model letter which you could copy or simply sign and send. The application can be viewed online at the Council’s website but it has proved difficult for many to find. You need to view applications; the application number is 09/01009/OUT. You click on ‘view associated documents’ and you need to ensure your Pop-Up blocker is switched off. The Herald will be landing on doorsteps in time for people to respond within the set times - although there was initially some confusion about the actual deadline for responses. If you have not yet sent anything in, please do so just to register your feelings. I hope that we are able to get these plans knocked on the head but until

those who rule the Council at Hinckley remember that it is a Borough Council we are likely to be up against it not just here but across the rural Borough. The second issue was the removal of the bus subsidy by the County Council on the route from Markfield and South Charnwood High School and it was again a surprise. The decision has been taken because the County Council is not obliged to provide the service as Markfield is within the 3 mile radius which means it is not statutory unless you are in your first term. The arguments about the school bus to Charnwood have been going on for years before even I went to the school. It has long been argued that the bus should be free because the walk to Charnwood is along unlit roads with stretches without proper footpaths and outside the settlement area. The walk to Charnwood is also not feasible in inclement weather the like of which, we have seen a lot of in recent weeks. The subsidy ensures the bus fares are kept at a reasonable rate and the scrapping of it will mean families are paying out so much more. Those without cars will have little choice but to pay the extra which on a tight budget will be difficult. The other concern is that if due to the increased cost less people use the service, the bus company have indicated they will stop providing the service. So what happens then I am unsure about, but the road network to South Charnwood is already under pressure and it will be a hazard with any significant increase in traffic. We can not leave our children high and dry on this issue and I hope some solution is found that is sustainable going forward. Let us hope a good dose of common sense prevails.

Dance the Night Away at Bagworth WMC Bagworth Working Men’s Club present a Modern and Sequence Dance at 8pm on Friday 5th March. Richard Keeling is the organist. There will be a bingo session and a raffle during the evening. Tickets are £2.50 from Anne, Josie or Ken or on the door. Contact number is 01530 230467.

Whitwick U3A BULLETIN The Whitwick and District U3A start 2010 with a membership of 107. Meetings are held on 3rd Friday of the month at 2pm at St Davids Church Hall, Broomleys Road, Coalville. Meetings are open to both men and women, who are retired or semi retired, although there is no lower age limit. Guest speakers are chosen to cater for all. At present there are 17 interest/activity groups in addition to the monthly meeting. Subjects range from history/play reading/ day trips and many more. Annual subscription is £15 which runs from April to end of March, however, anyone joining in Feb or March will only have to pay the £15 membership, covering them to end of March 2011. This price includes attendance to the monthly meetings. For each activity group joined, there is a charge, on attendance, usually 50p, but this can vary. All groups are led by volunteer members of the Whitwick and District U3A, so if you have a particular knowledge in a certain subject, and would like to join, please let me know. Some groups do not necessarily need a formal leader, although someone does need to keep monthly records. Further details can be obtained on or telephone 01530 833482.

Margaret Burdett, Membership Secretary Someday we’ll look back on this, laugh nervously and change the subject.

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Women over 50 don’t have babies because they would put them down and forget where.

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Does the name Hood Read ring a bell?

Thursday, 11th March at 7.30 p.m. at Thornton Community Centre

The SOS Fashion Show Company This should be a fun-filled evening with clothes by brand names such as M&S; Per Una; Principles; Wallis; Next; GAP; Monsoon and many more being shown and offered at half price at least and sometimes at much less! With the large variety of ladies’ clothes available, all age groups from teens upwards will be catered for. Don’t miss an opportunity to save money on quality clothing from brand names at reduced prices. All welcome.

THORNTON W.I. NEEDS YOU! What is there to do in the evening in a little village such as ours? Are you a lady sitting in Thornton or its environs who would enjoy an entertaining, informative evening in good company? We are sure that there must be quite a few of you out there! Our Institute meets on the third Thursday in the month, at 7.30 p.m. in Thornton Community Centre. Each month we have a speaker for the evening who talks to us for about an hour. The topics chosen are wide – sometimes humorous, sometimes serious - and are designed to offer a varied programme throughout the year. After we’ve listened to the speaker, refreshments are served and there’s time to chat and to make friends. Why not come along to the Fashion Show and see if you like what you find? There is absolutely no pressure upon you to do anything other than to enjoy the evening. VISITORS VERY WELCOME. (Visitor’s fee £2)

Muriel Walker

Letter from Australia!

Michael Hockaday, the Chairman and Secretary of Markfield Congregational Church, recently received an intriguing letter literally from the other side of the world. The letter was a request for help from Jean Tonkin, who lives in Australia. Jean is keen to trace her ancestral roots, and believes that her family has origins in the Markfield area. Here is Jean’s letter in full:

Dear Mr.Hockaday My name is Jean; I am the granddaughter of a Florence Hexter (maiden surname Hood Read). I am the great granddaughter of John Hood Read, who was married to Mary Anne Walton. John Hood Read’s parents were William Read (1813-1869) and Maria Hood, John and Maria had a family: Charlotte, Jonathan, William, John and Joseph Hood Read. The reason for my letter is that I have just found a small pamphlet amongst family papers. It is entitled “Past to Present 1852-1952: A century of Congregationalism in Markfield.” In it, reference is made to a Joseph Hood Read and a William Hood Read - both having a considerable amount to do with the beginnings of the Church in Markfield. The name Barrass is also mentioned and according to my records, Joseph Hood Read (son of William and Maria) was married to Mary Barrass. I am visiting Markfield in September 2010, so of course I am trying to find out as much as possible about where the family came from, etc. Would you know if there are any members of the Hood Read family still in the Markfield area? I presume the Church is still in Markfield and I should dearly love to visit it. Would there be any old photographs in Church archives of any of the Hood Read family? I would appreciate any help you could give me in this matter. Thank you for your time.

Jean Tonkin, Victoria, Australia If you can help Jean in her search for her roots, please let us know at the Herald, and we’ll pass on all information to Jean, via Michael Hockaday. Drop a line by post or email to: Australian Request, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or email:

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along comes today.

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The Hockey Stick Illusion;Climategate and the Corruption of Science by A W Montford Part scientific history and part detective story, The Hockey Stick Illusion tells the extraordinary tale of the iconic global warming graph (created by the US climatologist Michael Mann), the global panic about climate change that it has helped to feed, and the tireless efforts of a lone amateur researcher, Steve McIntyre, that have comprehensively discredited it. From the earliest attempts to reproduce the Hockey Stick graph, to the explosive publication of McIntyre’s work and the launch of a congressional inquiry, The Hockey Stick Illusion is a remarkable tale of scientific misconduct and amateur sleuthing. It explains the complex science of this most controversial of scientific findings in layperson’s language and lays bare the remarkable extent to which climatologists have been willing to break their own rules in order to defend climate science’s most famous finding. Already acclaimed by experts in the field, The Hockey Stick Illusion is an indispensable guide for anyone wanting to assess the credibility of global warming science.


Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

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High Drama!

Murdered to death in Groby Village Hall Tickets for Groby Players production, ‘Murdered to Death’ by Peter Gordon, are now on sale in Groby Village Hall, every Saturday morning from 10am-12md. The production takes place on March 11th/ 12th and 13th at 7.30pm, in Groby Village Hall. The play is an hilarious spoof, based on an Agatha Christie murder mystery, set in a country house in the 1930’s. The assembled cast of characters include Bunting the butler, an English Colonel with the prerequisite stiff upper lip, and a French art dealer and his moll! to name but a few. Trying to solve the murder is a bumbling police inspector, who makes ‘Inspector Clouseau’ look positively competent! Ticket prices are £6.00 ( £5.00 concessions on Thursday night only) and can also be obtained by e mail or Tel Text to 07790861033, or 0116 2877373 So come along and enjoy a great evenings entertainment.

Dot Hollins, Groby A minister, known for his lengthy sermons, noticed a man get up and leave during the middle of his message. The man returned just before the conclusion of the service. Afterwards the minister asked the man where he had gone. “I went to get a hair-cut,” was the reply. “But,” protested the minister, “why didn’t you do that before the service?” “Because,” said the man, “I didn’t need one then.”

Bagworth And Thornton Parish Plan Update Bagworth Community Centre redevelopment In spite of the extremely inconvenient wintery weather most meetings have managed to take place on time. The process of setting up the trust is well under way. The Bagworth Community Centre Project Board has held its first meeting and a project manager has been appointed. By the time you read this a further community consultation meeting will have take place in order to look at draft floor plans and provide further input to support the preparation of the submission to the planning authority. The Trustees will meet soon to start to draw up the business plan and a Management Committee will be required to run the Centre. If you can volunteer the skills and enthusiasm required to make the Bagworth Centre the well-run and successful facility we need and deserve, please come forward and provide your contact details to myself on 01530 230 990 or Eileen on 01530 230 476.

Community speedwatch The local Speedwatch organisers have received detailed feedback from the Leicestershire Speedwatch coordinators. From this feedback it is possible to state, from the before and after covert checks in the 30 mph areas of the two villages, that the top speed of 85% of the vehicles has been reduced (not to below 30 mph but a significant drop none the less). It is intended to run further checks in the spring and summer. It is now possible for Parish Councils to purchase flashing speed warning signs. These are not installed permanently but can be moved to various sites within speed restricted areas and can be set to 20, 30 or 40mph. If these are brought into use there should be no confusion as to whether there is a speed limit in place or not. This was one of several questions asked by motorists when they saw the volunteers at work and stopped to talk to them.

Parish council website The amount of information being added to the website is increasing steadily. This month you can find the latest Bagworth Preschool newsletter, the most recent parish council minutes, and the parish accounts for the financial year 2008-9. Let Eileen or myself know what you expect to see on the site and which items are currently missing. We shall do our best to rectify the problem as soon as possible. Don’t forget that you can add items too, or we can do that for you.

East Midlands Achievement Awards for Community Empowerment We have just heard that our group has been awarded £2000 by the East Midlands Empowerment Partnership to be used towards the capital costs of setting up the community shop at Bagworth. We have been involved with EMEP since last summer and the Bagworth and Thornton Parish Plan Group features on their website, complete with video. The awards have been given to community groups or enterprises who have made a real difference in empowering local people or improving their quality of life. It is very gratifying to get recognition for the work of the group, and everyone who supports us, in this way.

Joanne Brown

Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day watching TV. Instead, I will move my TV into the bedroom.

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Bown’s Homeware Opening Soon 100 Main Street, Markfield Tel: 01530 242057 for all your bits & bobs!

In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?


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County Councillor David Sprason’s Monthly Column

Housing Bombshell Winter for Markfield Maintenance Delivered Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council have upset local residents - and Borough Councillors - by appearing to be be slow in publicising the plans for a 110 housing development on land adjacent to London Road on ‘Spiby’s Farm’.

The application from Jelson Homes was submitted to the Borough Council before Christmas but they only notified a dozen residents in writing on the 21st January. You should have had a letter delivered to you with a model objection letter. This is to help people submit the correct reasons to object to this application. Your two Borough Councillors Matthew Lay and Sue Sprason, who were not notified by officers to this application, will be able to present your views to the planning committee when the application is heard at the end of February or in March. The communication from the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council has been extremely poor on this major proposal for Markfield. It is also interesting that all applications for housing in Hinckley that fall outside policy as this one does have been turned down, so we trust that the Borough Council will be consistent and do the same with this crazy plan.

South Charnwood School Bus from Markfield As I previously reported regarding the state of local government finances, that difficult decisions will need to be made regarding the budget. One of the areas in the budget is subsidies for some school buses that fall outside the statutory requirement. The service from Markfield to South Charnwood is one of these services which attracts a subsidy of £14,500 a year. It is this subsidy that is due to be withdrawn from September 2010 as the council is not legally required to provide this service. I am - along with many Markfield parents - not pleased to see this service disappear and we need to consider how we address how pupils will get to school. I am working with the school to look at other bus routes to see if we can have a staggered service, this will reduce the cost but it will mean an increase in the cost for parents. The other option is to develop a walking bus and increase the numbers of pupils who cycle to school this will obviously need the help and support of parents. The benefit of walking and cycling to school are well evidenced and is currently attracting funding from the National Health Service who actively promotes this initiative. I would appreciate contact from parents who would be willing to volunteer and organise the walking bus with the school and myself.





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I wish to thank the gritting team who have worked hard on keeping 45% of the County highway network clear they worked all over the Christmas and the new year. The County also delivered salt and grit to schools and the Borough Council for them to treat footpaths; grit bins were filled as much as possible however as fast as they were filled the grit was used.

The Cabinet considered at its meeting on 12th January the Council’s current winter maintenance service arrangements. On Friday 8th January 2010, Lord Adonis (Transport Secretary) had issued a statement calling on both the Highways Agency and local highway authorities to reduce the amount of salt used to treat roads by 25%. This appeal was based upon dwindling national stock salts and the potential of demand for salt outstripping supply due to the ongoing severe weather. Although a number of councils across the country have run short of salt and have had to cut back on gritting operations, Leicestershire has been able to continue to meet its target of gritting 45 per cent of roads. The Council had fully stocked its salt barns in readiness and Leicestershire’s gritters have been operating every day. The Council could have responded to the Government’s request to reduce salt usage by, for example, reducing the amount of salt spread during a normal gritting run (around 120 tonnes each time) or reduce the amount of network treated. The Council already uses a relatively low salt spread rate due to its use of Safecote (i.e. salt treated with molasses to increase adherence to the road surface) so further reducing salt spread rates would notably impair the effectiveness of the salt to counter snow and ice. The Cabinet was also very reluctant to reduce the amount of network treated as this had the potential to isolate villages around Leicestershire. Given the difficulties in obtaining rock salt, the Council has been acquiring white salt mixed with grit so as to ensure it has sufficient salt stocks to continue to treat Leicestershire’s roads. Having already taken this measure in advance of Lord Adonis’ appeal, the Cabinet felt that it did not need to take any further action. The Cabinet considered that it was entirely appropriate for the winter maintenance service to therefore continue to treat 45% of the road network. The Council is continuing to review its winter maintenance service provision. Lord Adonis issued a subsequent appeal on 12th January that local authorities should look to conserve significantly more than the 25% indicated the previous week (by up to as much as 40 to 50%). However, further deliveries of Safecote are now firmly scheduled for that week and the improved weather conditions would continue. The Cabinet agreed that any decision to either decrease the salt spread rate or reduce the extent of network treated will be resisted and conveyed to the media. For the time being, however, the cabinet continue to advise residents to take extra care during this period.

Old Thatched Inn Main Street, Stanton under Bardon will be hosting a

Candlelit Valentine Singles Supper Sun 14th 8.30pm - with disco, free admission and buffet available @ £2.50 per person

All ages welcome to come and eat and meet....

289 Main Street Stanton under Bardon LE67 9TQ

Tel: 01530 242460

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

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Book Your Place At The Chelsea Flower Show The biggest and most spectacular horticultural event in the world is back, and London breaks website Show and Stay has ticket and hotel packages for the Chelsea Flower Show from just £92.50 per person. Every spring the RHS Chelsea Flower Show’s mixture of inspiration and imagination attracts Royalty, celebrities and other greenfingered fans, and this year will be no different. Chelsea Flower Show breaks with Show and Stay combine tickets to the country’s hottest horticultural extravaganza and a room at a nearby hotel, just a short walk from the breathtaking show ground. With tickets and hotel starting at just £92.50pp, booking with Show and Stay offers great value and unrivalled convenience. Last year’s event sold out, so book your package now to make sure you’re definitely there to experience the imagination and inspiration of the 2010 Chelsea Flower Show. Go to for more information

Urban Photography A new exhibition by Leicester Forest Photographic Society showing the urban environment by day and night is currently running at the Record Office until 18th February 2010. After last year’s theme of Rural Leicestershire the members of the Leicester Forest Photographic Society have turned to the challenge of producing images of the urban environment. This exhibition shows how they have taken a fresh look at urban life, its streets, buildings and people to produce a collection of stunning and unique images. The fascinating collection includes many familiar land marks in Leicester, ranging from the Town Hall and The Curve to the former English Electric factory and also includes one or two images from further afield. Some of the rather more surprising titles such as ‘Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men’ and even ‘A Loo with a View’ depict every day life from a very new angle… The exhibition is free and runs until 18th February 2010 at the Record Office during normal opening hours. For further details please contact : Jess Jenkins at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Long Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester LE8 2AH. Tel : 0116 2571080 Email :

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



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Sumachs and SmokeBushes are so different in appearance but nevertheless closely related. Until recently both were listed as ‘Rhus’, but, no surprise when the aristocratic Smoke-Bushes were given a new family name – ‘Cotinus’. A Sumach might not figure on the discerning gardener’s most wanted list, whilst a smokebush could easily become your favourite shrub.


The only one commonly grown is the most aptly named ‘Stag’s Horn Sumach’ – Rhus Typhina. Usually grown as a small, flat-topped, tree about 7 or 8 feet tall. The long, fern-like, heavily cut leaves colour brilliantly in autumn to shades of red, orange and almost purple. The branches are covered with reddish/ brown fine hairs, reminiscent of a stag antler’s coating – hence the common name. Tempting to stroke; children would find it intriguing. The large, crimson, fruit clusters, upright standing, are another feature, particularly on male plants. On female plants too, but smaller. There is a noted female form, very worth acquiring, named ‘Dissecta’, where the leaves are even more incised. An interesting point, only realised whilst writing this article, that during 20 odd years selling plants, Sumachs were never stocked, and I cannot recall ever being asked for one. Could this be because surplus plants are passed around between friends and neighbours? Suckering can be a problem – disturb the root area – and a new plant, or plants, arrive!

Smoke-Bushes (Cotinus) Where space is available, hopefully, one of these superb shrubs will feature in most gardens. They are deciduous with good

Gardening Notes with Ted

Brown of Markfield

Sumachs, Smoke-Bushes, and a note on Snowdrops and Annuals. rounded foliage, again turning to outstanding autumn colours. The ‘Smoke-Bush’ name relates to the feathery, airy-fairy, flower panicles, supposedly like smoke-puffs. Other, less well used, local commonnames are ‘Venetian Sumach’, ‘Wig-Tree’ and ‘Powder-Puff-Tree’! The ordinary green form is good, but amongst the purple-leaved variants – in fact it is a hybrid – there is an exceptional one, Cotinus ‘Grace’. Truly magnificent, although

say. To repeat the annual warning that it is a risky hit or miss affair if buying dry bulbs in autumn, unless from a specialist grower. Garden-Centre shops are too warm for proper storage. The ordinary single or double-flowered ones are adequate for most, but a few hundred other species and varieties are out there for anyone wishing to extend their collection. Take care, it is easy to become an addicted ‘Galanthophile’. Just try one or two of the larger snowdrops, say Galanthus Elwesii or G. ‘S.Arnott‘. All Snowdrops readily seed around. Also, every few years, better to divide clumps into smaller sections. As for all bulbs, leave foliage intact to die naturally.

Annual Flowers from Seed vigorous in growth, particularly in spread. Easily pruned to keep in bounds. ‘Grace’ is named after the wife of Peter Drummer, who raised this plant, when the propagator at Hilliers Nurseries.

Snowdrops (Galanthus)

These miniature beauties, in focus now, whilst flowering, and time too to either purchase or order additional ones – we should always plant more flowers with winter interest in mind. Snowdrops should always be purchased as living plants – ‘in-the-green’ as they

An inexpensive way for lots of colour in any vacant garden spaces is by seed-sown annuals. Choose dual-purpose ones, selecting those that also make good cut flowers. Hardy Annuals are sown either in autumn or early spring, HalfHardies must wait until May for direct sowing. The latter could be started earlier, with protection, for later outside planting. (A little more trouble, and barely worthwhile, as the direct sowing usually catchup). Of the Hardies, Sweet-Peas are the No.1 choice, others being ‘Love-in-a-Mist’ (Nigella), Marigolds and the beautiful Cosmos. Two suitable Half-Hardies are Zinnia and Cerinthe. Green flowers still hold their fascination, by both gardeners and flower-arrangers. Try then, Zinnia ‘Envy’, a proven winner. Cerinthe (Wax-Flower) is something different and quite stunning, particularly for those growing it for the first time. In the seed catalogues, it will be Cerinthe Major ‘Purpurascens!

Miners’ Mornings are a big hit at Snibston Since October, Snibston Discovery Museum has been celebrating its roots with a series of monthly, miningthemed coffee mornings. Proving to be a great success, and with much interest, the sessions are set to continue through 2010. A Snibston spokesperson said: “The Miners’ Morning series is looking at many different aspects of the coal industry and its impact on the communities of Leicestershire and surrounding counties. This talk by a former National Coal Board surveyor will give a fascinating insight into the problems associated with mining subsidence.”

Future talks include: •

Thursday 18th Feb 2010 10.30-12.00 - The making of ‘Banded Together’ the CD, about the Whitwick Colliery Disaster – Brian Langtry Thursday 18th March • 2010 10.30 – 12.00 - The Mines of Memory project – Alison Clague, Project Co-ordinator, Leicestershire County Council Thursday 18th March • 2010 7.30pm -9.30pm - A special Miners’ Evening for National Science and Engineering week: The return of King Coal - Professor Paul Younger, University of Newcastle. Each session costs £3.50 per person to include tea, coffee and biscuits. Pre-booking is required by calling 01530 278444.

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Markfield Community Centre NEWS A BIG Thank you ... and an offer Finally nearly all of the refurbishments and extension works have been completed with just a bit of painting and tidying up to do, so we are looking forward to 2010 as a year of bringing things back to normality and even providing more services, clubs and activities for you all. 2009 was very disruptive for all our customers and by way of thanks fro your continued support and understanding - as well as helping us to raise funds through the “Buy a Brick” Appeal - the Committee would like to offer our residents and customers a special offer, From this month right through to 30th May you can book a FREE bar function for a family celebration or special event. It will cost you nothing except a returnable deposit (sorry, no 18th Birthday parties). To take advantage of this offer please contact the Centre manager Dawn Beesley.

An amazing amount going on! I am often surprised when I meet someone new at the Centre who has never darkened its doors, but once they have, the vast range of activities that go on here amazes them. The list of clubs, activities, advice and information contacts are endless and we aim to provide something for everyone in the village. For example we have arts classes and IT courses, Yoga and a variety of dance and keep fit clubs, slimming, healthier lifestyles, a range of sporting and other activities and clubs for all ages including parents and toddlers, youth clubs for all ages and of course clubs and activities for our more senior citizens. The Centre also provides access to support agencies and advice including the Police, Citizen’s advice, domestic violence, and antisocial behaviour and of course access to the Borough Council’s services through our Information café. So, if you have never been into the Centre please pop in and see what we have on offer – I am sure you will be surprised. If we do not have the activity you need perhaps we could help you in setting one up. All our activities can be seen in our main advert - see page 17.

One of the clubs we host at the Centre Zen Goshin Ryu Karate Club can be viewed on a new website and can be contacted direct on if you are interested in joining or require further information.

ZUMBA now at the Centre Just to remind you of an article in last month’s Herald, we now host ZUMBA sessions at the Centre every Thursday evening from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. If you require any further information please contact Tanuja Parmar on 07958 225040.

Easter opening arrangements Just to remind you that the Centre will be closed on Friday 2nd April (Good Friday), 4th April (Easter Sunday) and Monday 5th April (Easter Monday) however we will be open for the remainder of the Easter holidays.

Eyes Down: Bingo caller required The Friday night BINGO session has been an established part of the Centre for many years now. This session has become a weekly pilgrimage and social event of the week for many of our senior and not so senior villagers. Unfortunately we are struggling to provide a regular BINGO caller. Can you recall the old Bingo calls “Kelly’s Eye”, “Maggie’s Den”, “Doctors Orders”? If you can, but it’s not essential, would you like to help out? If so, please contact Bindi Brown or Lisa Lemmon via the Centre. For booking and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre, Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST or ring 01530 242240. Visit the Centre’s web site

Ron Grantham, Chair of Markfield Community Association

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Pete Waterman To Write UK Entry For Eurovision Legendary hit maker Pete Waterman will produce this year’s UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. The multi award-winning music maestro has been responsible for producing and writing more than 200 hits in over 25 years, and worked with pop sensations from Kylie Minogue, Donna Summer, Geri Halliwell, Westlife and Bananarama to Steps, Rick Astley and Dead Or Alive. The song will be performed at Eurovision 2010, which takes place in Oslo in May.

Classic Telly� with Tarquin Vandyke Has Telly lost its magic? Do you look back with affection to the time when we had only two or three channels to choose from? Didn't the programmes seem better then?

One of the early cowboy shows which still sticks in my memory is The Dakotas. This was an American (ABC) western series, screened in 1963, starring Larry Ward, and featuring Jack Elam. Unlike some of the other early cowboy series, The Dakotas was hard-hitting and had a really cool gunslinger character - J.D.Smith - who was like a wild-west version of Dirty Harry. The Dakotas didn’t last long - just 20 episodes were made. It was cancelled one week after viewers protested over a scene, which featured a shoot-out in a church. Jack Elam - star of The Dakotas The series followed the adventures of Federal Marshall Frank Ragan (Larry Ward) and his three deputies, J.D.Smith (Jack Elam), Vance porter (Mike Greene) and Del Stark (Chad Everett) as they try to maintain law and order in the Dakota Territory. Some fans believe that the viewing public weren’t quite ready for this type of western. I just remember it being exciting, gripping, atmospheric ... and different. One of the best cowboy series ever! WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TV WESTERN SERIES? Drop us a line by post or email and we’ll include a feature in the next Herald. Our contact details are on page 2

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Markfield Local History Group is looking for new members

Are YOU interested in local history? Are you fascinated by how your village has evolved over the centuries to become the Markfield that we know now? Would you like to meet up with like-minded people in a friendly social atmosphere?

If so, you sound the type of person who would enjoy attending meetings of the Markfield Local History Group. The Group is actively seeking new members, and their next meeting is being held on 16th March 2010. More details will be included in next month’s Herald, but in the meantime, Barrie Gannon has kindly sent us a few ‘Did You Know?’ Questions about Markfield, together with a couple of old photos.

Did you know? Markfield sits on some of the oldest rocks in the world. The rock called Markfieldite was formed about 603 million years ago in the southern hemisphere. In Cliffe Hill quarry a 550 million year old fossil loosely resembling a jellyfish was discovered. This is Cyclomedusa Cliffi and is thought to be one of the oldest complex fossils yet known on earth.

Did you know? There were no surfaced roads to Markfield until 1924 when a section from Field Head to Bardon station was tarred. Probably the first motor car in Markfield was owned by the Reverend Henry Chambers – a black Model-T Ford saloon named ‘Alice’ after his wife.

Did you know? In the 1870s there were eleven public houses and many more informal beer houses in Markfield to serve a population of Markfield of about 1500. Few people did their shopping outside the village and everyday needs were provided by village stores, bakeries and blacksmiths etc.

Miners Welfare Institute 1953 - Do you know anyone here?

Did you know? The Memorial and Miners Welfare Institute has been a focal point within the village since 1925. This building , also used as a cinema will soon be demolished but its history has been preserved in a booklet produced by Markfield Local history group.

Find out more about village life with Markfield Local History Group. Contact Barrie Gannon 01530242318 or Fran Johnson 01530243350

Sitting outside the Plough Inn on the corner of The Green, down below the old school c1900.

A thatched Markfield Co-operative Society c1900. The present day Co-op occupies the same premises.

Our marriage was a love match, pure and simple - she was pure and I was simple.


Keep Fit Art Club Yoga Kick Boxing Aerobics Slimming World Feathers Badminton Club


Citizen’s Advice Surgery Parents & Toddlers Keep Fit East Dance (Ballet and Tap) Royal Academy Baby Ballet (Booking Essential) Royal Academy of Ballet (Primary – Booking Essential) Royal Academy of Ballet (Junior – Booking Essential) Tae Kwon Do Circuit Training and Toning Karate Mixed Sports Club Yoga


I.T Class (Booking via Groby College) Guided Village Walk Apple & Pears Group Open afternoon Brownies Junior Youth Club (8+) *


Health Visitor Session Parents & Toddlers Friendship Club Karate/Self Defence Tae Kwon Do Circuit Training ZUMBA


Toddly Bops (Booking Essential) Dancing Tots (Booking Essential) Funky Kidz (Booking Essential) Funky Teens (Booking Essential) Royal Academy of Ballet (Senior – Booking Essential) Bingo

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Markfield Community & Sports Centre - a fantastic local facility We are proud to offer the following facilities: • •

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Two fully licensed bars. Extensions to Licensing Hours can be applied for on request. Kitchen. Serving hatches to two halls. Two toilets for the disabled. A ramp for access to the building. Two large sports halls. Indoor line markings for badminton, basketball and five-a-side football. One additional smaller hall. Football pitch. Changing rooms and showers. Multi Use Games Area with floodlights. Outdoor basketball court. Outdoor skatepark. Childrens play area on site. Access to on-line services from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Free car parking. Night time outside lighting.

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Markfield Community and Sports Centre is a community facility catering for a large variety of bookings and events, seven days per week, including the following: • Birthday parties. • Family functions, weddings, christenings etc.. • Sporting events, tournaments, classes and training. • Educational classes. • Meetings. • Indoor shows, including animal shows. We welcome new ideas for clubs and classes, if you feel that this area would benefit from your idea, please come and talk to us! We will do our utmost to assist you to set up a new facility. We take great pride in offering a personal service when helping to arrange a family function, we realise the importance of a special family event. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any assistance or advice. There is a twenty-four hour answerphone facility available for you to contact the centre, please telephone 01530 242240. Due to the operating hours of the centre, I work many varied hours! However, if you wish to contact me personally, please telephone 07966 202186, I will call you back at my earliest opportunity. Thank you.

Dawn Beesley (Manager)

Markfield Community & Sports Centre has a VOLUNTARY management committee. Markfield Community & Sports Centre is self funding and a registered charity.

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BAND B Lettings and hire to other clubs, groups and organisations. “These can be defined as regular club meetings where a charge is levied for instruction (eg. Sporting or dance sessions).

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With regret, Markfield Community and Sports Centre does not accept bookings for 18th Birthday celebrations.

For all bookings and enquiries (24-hour answering machine)

Tel: 01530 242240

Or call in to see us at Mayflower Close, Markfield (Off Oakfield Avenue), LE67 9ST


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Boiler Scrappage Scheme

Thornton & Bagworth Police NEWS Hello again, and a belated Happy New Year from the Beat Team. Can I start by just updating you on recent crime within Bagworth and Thornton. Over the last 31 days there has been a total of 14 recorded crimes, however the way in which the Police now record crimes means that ‘everything’ is recorded, domestic disputes, vulnerable people etc etc, so it is not as nearly as bad as you may think. We have also had some recent success in the constant battle against drugs in the area with a Police Operation whereby a number of properties were searched and quantities of drugs recovered and the offenders dealt with in the most appropriate manner. For us to be able to continue in this manner we will always need your help. Never feel that reporting anything suspicious is a waste of time. If you don’t want to ring the Police via the ‘seven 2s’, then contact us direct on the numbers listed below, or let your Coordinator know. Many Thanks. Market Bosworth Neighbourhood Beat Team.

PC565 Graham Anderson. Beat Officer, Market Bosworth P/Stn. Shenton Lane, Market Bosworth. CV13 0LA. Tel: 0116 222 22 22 ext 6140 or 6180. Fax: 0116 248 6127. E-Mail:

Get £400 off a new A-rated boiler or renewable heat technology, when you scrap your old, inefficient G-rated boiler There are currently around three and a half million homes in England with the very least efficient type of boiler (G-rated or worse). To address this the Government is offering up to 125,000 households £400 towards the cost of upgrading their boiler (if G-rated or equivalent or worse) to a high efficiency Arated one or a renewable heating technology. What are the benefits in upgrading your boiler? New boilers have rated efficiencies of 90 per cent or more meaning that they use less fuel, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and running costs. Renewable heat technologies do not use fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emissions still further. For example, this means by upgrading your Grated boiler to an A-rated one, your household heating bill should drop by about a quarter - a saving, on average, of around £235 a year. Who is eligible for the scheme? The scheme is open to 125,000 householders in England living in an owned or privately rented home. Please note: - If you are a householder (including tenants) under 60 you can only apply for the scheme if the boiler you are scrapping is in working order and is the main boiler used to heat the home. - If you are a householder (including tenants) and 60 or over you can apply for the scheme regardless of whether the boiler you are scrapping is in working order. However, it still needs to be the main boiler used to heat the home. Only householders and landlords who privately own and rent dwellings are eligible to apply for a voucher. Boiler installers and manufacturers, local authority registered social landlords, and housing associations are not eligible to apply. How can you tell if your boiler is G-rated? A good quick test for gas boilers is to see if it has a permanent pilot light -if it has then it is very likely to be a G-rated boiler. If it is gas fired and over fifteen years old it is likely to be eligible. If it is oil fired and over twenty five years old, it is likely to be eligible. For a better idea, why not see if your boiler make and model is listed as G-rated or worse by going to the: - Government Boiler Efficiency Database - SEDBUK Boiler Efficiency Database Alternatively, you can ask your nominated installer to assist you in determining whether your boiler is eligible.

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Want to register for the Boiler Scrappage Scheme? If you believe that your home has a G-rated or worse boiler and wish to register for the scheme to receive a £400 cashback voucher towards the cost of upgrading to an A-rated boiler then firstly arrange for your nominated installer to visit and provide you with a quote. Once you have the quote then please ensure you have the following information to hand before completing the online web form- or calling our Act on CO2 advice line on 0800 512 012: - Your full name. - The address of the property you wish to claim the voucher for. - The make and name of the boiler being scrapped. - The company name, address and contact details of the installer carrying out the work. - The type of replacement boiler to be installed e.g. gas, biomass. When will the vouchers be issued? You will receive the £400 voucher approximately ten days after application. Vouchers are valid for 12 weeks from date of issue. If the voucher is not redeemed within this time, it will be cancelled and reallocated. There will be only one voucher per household, but if the voucher expires, it will be possible to apply for another if funds are available. Installations made before receipt of your voucher will invalidate your claim and you will no longer be eligible to receive the £400 rebate. Who can carry out the installation of your new boiler? Installation of a gas or oil boiler must be carried out by an installer registered with a competent person’s scheme (such as GasSafe or OFTEC). Installation of a microgeneration technology must be carried out by a person qualified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme. How will payment of the £400 be made? Once you have received your voucher, you can then proceed with the installation. You will need to pay for the new boiler and installation before you can then claim back the £400 by sending the voucher and invoice to us. If you proceed with your installation before you receive your voucher, this will invalidate your claim and you will no longer be eligible for the £400 rebate. Payment will be issued within 25 working days of receipt of the voucher and invoice. Information courstesy of the Energy Saving Trust Website at:

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Extracts from Markfield Parish Council Minutes The following topics were among the items discussed at the recent meeting of Markfield Parish Council on 12th January. New member Mr Lay welcomed the new member, Mr PE Johnson, to Markfield Parish Council. Police Report PCSO R Leech gave the following crime figures: November Figures 4 x Burglary Dwelling:- Chambers Close (2) and Ratby Lane (2) 3 x Burglary other than dwelling:Thornton Lane, Forest Road and Bradgate Road 1 x Theft from Motor:- Over a period of time from Moto Services December Figures There had been 14 crimes in Markfield during the month of December. 5 x Burglary other than dwelling:Chitterman Way (2), Forest Road, Travel Lodge Little Shaw Lane and Hill Lane Close, 5 x Theft from Motor:- 4 of these Thefts happened on one night at the Fieldhead Hotel, plus One From vehicle parked over the Christmas and New Year period. PCSO Leech stated that a new PCSO would be joining the Ratby, Groby and Markfield Beat Team. He also stated that there had been a significant reduction in crimes last month as four of the thefts from vehicles had taken place at the same time from the Fieldhead Hotel car park. He informed the members that the office at the Community Centre was proving very useful and was being well used by officers, but there was currently an issue with the lack of network signal to the police computer which needed to be addressed. It was also reported to PCSO Leech that cars parked at the entrance of Park Avenue were obstructing the junction and had caused significant difficulties during the recent snow

and icy conditions. PCSO Leech agreed to look into the matter. Local History Group – Proposal to erect a War Memorial in Markfield Mr Gannon stated that Leicestershire County Council was currently running a pilot project to record all the work underway so far, and acts as a register rather that offering assistance/funding for new projects. Mr Browning stated that this project was part of a larger County Council project to erect a Leicestershire war memorial. The History Group would not be meeting until March 2010 so Mr Lay agreed to discuss the matter further with Mr M Hockaday to try to progress the proposal. Dog Waste Bin Bradgate Road/ Chitterman Way The clerk had obtained a quotation to supply and deliver a Glasdon Retriever 60 would cost £246.99 exc.VAT (with existing ground post). It will cost an additional £3.00 per week for Comm-Spray Environmental to empty the bin. Miners’ Welfare Institute Mr Lay stated that the agent had submitted the full planning application but the Borough Council had insisted that further work on the Ecological Design was required. A resident whose property was adjacent to the proposed development expressed concerns about siting of the proposed footpath to create access to the Millennium Garden, as it ran along the boundary of her property; she also voiced the concerns of other residents, worried about the potential increase in anti-social behaviour caused by opening up Continued on page 20

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Extracts from Markfield Parish Council Minutes Continued from page 19 the Millennium Garden to more members of the public. Mr Lay stated that the parish council had raised concerns relating to anti-social behaviour throughout last year and was currently taking steps to cut back and control the vegetation to remove potential hideouts for youths and fly tippers. He stated that it was the Parish Council’s intension to take this opportunity to resolve the issues around this “land locked” piece of recreational land and by creating easy access, more members of the public would use the garden as a community facility rather than an area of land where only youths congregate. After further discussion it was agreed that the Parish Council should request the installation of a metal lockable gate at the entrance of the footpath when consulted. The George Car Park and current empty shops along Main Street Mr Lay stated that under current planning conservation regulations, the current frontage of the building would have to be preserved. Bardon Quarry - Proposed New Extension adjacent to A511 The Parish Council had received a copy of the summary of the proposed planning application and non-technical summery of the environmental statement. Details could also be obtained at HBBC 2010/2011 Council Tax increase Mr Lay stated that the Borough Council was committed to proposing a 2.5% increase on its share of the Council Tax for the next financial year. Credit Unions Mr Lay stated the office set up at Earl Shilton was run through Clockwise Credit Union and would be manned by staff who had been trained as volunteers; a manager was yet to be recruited. He hoped that in the future there may be a possibility of opening more branches throughout the Borough. BMX Race Track at Jubilee Playing Fields Mr Sprason that there was no update regarding the proposals from British Cycling at this time. However, he stated that the proposal was for a national style track to be run by a local club and that the site contained adequate space for the envisaged car parking requirements. Leicester Road, Field Head, A50 – Sale of Cars Mr Sprason stated that no

enforcement action could be taken under current legislation. Leicestershire County Council 2010/2011 Budget proposals Mr Sprason stated that the County Council had proposed a 2.5% increase in Council Tax for 2010/11, with a 0% increase in 2011/12 and 2013/14, but this was dependent on a grant if a Conservative Government was elected. £66 million of efficiency savings and increased income would need to be found to meet an expected funding shortfall over the next four years. Free Personal Care The Prime Minister announced that free personal care for people with the highest needs living in their home would be introduced from October 2010. Mr Sprason stated that although £420 million grant funding would be made available by the Department of Health, a further £250 million from local authority efficiency savings would need to be made to meet the annual costs. Subsidised school bus service from Charnwood High School to Markfield Mr Sprason confirmed that the County Council subsidy to fund this service would be withdrawn next year. He stated that the service did not qualify for a statutory subsidy and due to the severe budgetary constraints placed on the County Council, the subsidy would unfortunately cease next year. He stated that this did not mean that the service would cease, but the financial management of the service would be placed directly under the control of the school. The Deputy Clerk would follow up on the matter. Memorial tree planting As previously agreed, the Parish Council would pursue the proposal for memorial tree planting on Parish Land. Planting time would be Spring and Autumn. The Scheme would be advertised through the Herald, residents can chose where tree will be located from the proposed planting schemes indicated by Tony Lockley. Parish Council Suggestion Box The Deputy Clerk confirmed there was no correspondence in the Suggestion Box/Post Box. A notice had been placed in the Parish Notice board to raise awareness.

“Lights, Camera ... Cashback!”

Markfield Co-Op to appear in the movies! The Co-Op store in Main Street, Markfield is to appear as the set for a new short film.

The shop was chosen by local, awardwinning film maker Tom Whitworth as the location for his soon-to-be-released short film, “The Cull.” Described as ‘kitchen-sink science fiction’ the film is set in the near future and centres on a devious government plan to control the UK population. Most of the filming was done outside normal trading hours, so cinema goers are unlikely to see any Markfield villagers selecting their broccoli - or buying a loaf - in the final cut. The film is due to be premiered at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester sometime later this year.

Jacqueline Wilson Comes Home To The Company Where Her Writing Career Began... DC Thomson, publishers of The Beano and awardwinning teen title Shout, announces the biggest girls’ magazine launch of 2010. The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag is based on the life and works of the popular and acclaimed children’s author. Jacqueline’s books have become synonymous with the best in children’s publishing. Her honest and warm writing style, coupled with signature Nick Sharratt artwork, resonates so strongly that she has sold over 25 million books in the UK to date. Jacqueline’s history with DC Thomson stretches back to her first ever writing job. She began her career as a young journalist on the iconic Jackie magazine. Jacqueline says, “I’ve often talked about my time as a very junior journalist with DC Thomson in the 1960s. I never dreamt that I would be connected to the company again in such delightful circumstances. It’s been a joy to work with the talented team there. They’ve done a wonderful job in producing the magazine. It looks so colourful, fun and entertaining, chockablock with creative activities. I’m sure it will be very popular, especially with fans of my books.” With the tagline For Girls Who Love Reading!, the magazine offers something new to a celebrity-saturated tween girls’ market. The first issue features an exclusive story and writing tips by Jacky and drawing fun with Nick Sharratt. Each issue will include a pull-out about one of Jacky’s bestloved books, plus quizzes, crafts and games. The launch covermount is an exclusive sampler from Wilson’s new book, Little Darlings (published 4th March), plus a My Story Notes notebook and pen. A new website,, takes the magazine experience beyond the last page. On launch it will contain information about each issue, discussion posts, puzzles, and an application to create your own stories. The Official Jacqueline Wilson Magazine will be available from supermarkets and independent retailers throughout the UK from 17th February 2010.

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Snibston’s Century Theatre ROCKS! Snibston’s Century Theatre is set to rock next month as it welcomes the first of its tribute bands for the year, The Floyd Effect.

The Pink Floyd tribute band will play at the Century Theatre, Coalville on Saturday, 20th February and will recreate the music and magic of the last four decades. Avid followers of the former super group will not be disappointed as the best- loved tunes are brought to life by this talented ensemble. With the latest lighting and projections to fill the atmospheric theatre, a fantastic time for all is guaranteed! Tickets for ‘A Tribute to Pink Floyd’ by the Floyd Effect are £15 on the night or £12.50 in advance. Start time, 7.30pm. Bookings can be made by calling 01530 278 444. Next at this unique venue is The Big Blues Tribe, a full nine-piece, highlyskilled blues band that will wow the audience with their R&B and Swing performance. Music from artists such as Ray Charles and BB King are familiar sounds played by the group, but their selection is varied and can be enjoyed by lovers of all genres. Tickets for the Big Blues Tribe for Saturday 27th March are £9 and can be booked by calling 01530 278 444. The show starts at 8pm. David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Century Theatre being used to bring music and live acts to the communities of North West Leicestershire. “It is such an atmospheric building and oozes charm and character. It is the largest item in Snibston’s collection but it is not just a museum object – it is a venue which serves the community and gives local and national talent the opportunity to perform.” The Century Theatre was built between 1948 and 1952 in Hinckley, Leicestershire and toured the country as an operating theatre until 1974, where it stayed in Cumbria until returning to Leicestershire in 1997. It houses an auditorium for up to 200 people and a full-size stage. It’s quite amazing to think that it could fold up into the back of a lorry!

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Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Sunday 7th February 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 14th February 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Afternoon Café Style Service Sunday 21st February (1st Sunday in Lent) 10.30 am United Service at Methodist Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 28th February 10.30 am Covenant Communion Service 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 7th March 10.30 am World Missions Sunday Service 4.00 pm Circuit World Missions Service at Anstey

Church Service Information Sunday 14th March 10.30 am Joint Mothering Sunday Family Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

10.30 am Family Service Sunday 7th March 10.30 am Morning Service

Friday 19th March 8.00 pm Taizé Style Service

Sunday 14th March 10.30 am Mothering Sunday Family Communion

Sunday 21st March 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 am Evening Prayer

Sunday 21st March 9.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday 28th March 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Palm Sunday Walk round Markfield 6.00 pm Evening Service

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 28th March 10.30 am Family Service

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Sunday 7th March 9.00 am Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

Sunday Club meets in the Church Hall on Sunday morning at 10:15am, and the Ladies Friendship meets in the Church Hall on Tuesdays at 2:30pm (except holidays and during January

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 7th February 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service Sunday 14th February 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 21st February 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 28th February 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 7th March 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 14th February 9.15 am Holy Communion (said)

Sunday 14th March 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper

Sunday 21st February 3.00 pm Songs of Praise

Sunday 21st March 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 21st February 10.30 am Family Service

Sunday 28th February 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Friday 26th February 7.30 pm Prayer and Praise

Sunday 7th February 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

There is a Sunday Club in our new hall for children & young people during the Morning Service. For further details, our contact list is on page 28.

10:15-11.30am Sunday Club for Children in the Congregational Hall on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays, term time Family Service in Church on the 2nd Sunday each month. Sunday 14th February 10.30 am Family Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 28th February 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th February 9.15 am Holy Communion (said)

Sunday 7th March 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 21st February 3.00 pm Songs of Praise

Sunday 14th March 10.30 am Mothering Sunday Family Service

Sunday 28th February 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Friday 19th February 8.00 pm Iona Style Service

Sunday 21st March 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 21st February 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Service at Trinity Methodist Church 6.00 am Evening Prayer

Sunday 28th March 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 28th February 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 14th February 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th March 10.30 am Mothering Sunday Service 4.00 pm Afternoon Café Style Service Sunday 21st March 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Communion Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Sunday 7th March 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th February 10.30 am Morning Service Wednesday 17th February 7.30 pm Ash Wednesday Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 21st February 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 28th February

Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 7th February 10:15am Morning Worship Sunday 14th February 10:15am Morning Worship 11:10am Followed by Communion Sunday 21st February 10:30am United Service in the Methodist Church Sunday 28th February 10:15am Morning Worship

Oops! Following a funeral service, the pallbearers carried the casket out of church when they accidentally bumped into a wall. From inside the coffin they heard a faint moan. Opening the lid, they find the man inside alive! He leapt out, performed a little jig, and lived another ten years before eventually keeling over. Once again, a funeral ceremony was conducted, and at the end, the pallbearers began to carry out the casket. As they headed toward the doors of the church, the wife of the deceased leapt to her feet and shouted, “Watch the wall!”

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Inspection, Inspection, Inspection: - it seems all things come in threes these days – remember Tony Blair’s Education, Education, Education?

Anyway, here at St Peter’s we have undergone three such trials. The first, which we passed with flying colours, was the Fire Safety Inspection. For those of us who know St Peter’s well this approval was not unexpected, because we have very few sources of heat to cause us any concern! The second, which I always dread – because however much we try to comply with the latest Regulation, there always seems to be some item we haven’t covered –, was the Health & Safety Inspection. I suppose my anxiety comes from the knowledge that things we have taken for granted for years – like the fact that the one step platform up to the lectern wobbles on the uneven floor – really is a potential accident in the making. Other, may I say, more dangerous things need to be brought to our attention of course and we will do our best to rectify them. The white strip edging to the entrance steps is an example of something that has been done. The third inspection was that of St Peter’s bells, for which we have a maintenance annual contract with Taylors of Loughborough. The inspection revealed that one of the two older bell ropes had been chafing on the bell frame and was only holding on one strand out of the three. Fortunately, due to the donations given last year in memory of loved ones, and a grant of £200 from the Midland Co-operative Community Fund, we had ropes in hand which have been fitted by our own bell ringing team. Hopefully, all is now ‘Shipshape and Bristol Fashion’ as we look forward to the work of installing a toilet and kitchen servery area, for which we have been recently fund raising.

RCC ahead of the game in tackling rural isolation As the face of rural Britain gets older, the RCC is ahead of the game in going some way to providing support to elderly people living in rural areas, with the Rutland Community Spirit project.

In a recent Countryfile programme John Craven reported that in 10 years time one in four of the UK’s rural population will be a pensioner, which will place increasing pressure on local authorities which are already over-stretched. Rutland Community Spirit was launched in March 2008 with the aim to provide low-level support and advice to people living in the county. Drawing from the shared experience of Gloucestershire Village Agents, which was highlighted in Sunday’s programme, the project has a team of Champions who are out and about in the community, providing advice and assistance to those who are most at risk of losing their independence. As with the Village Agents, Champions are seen as trusted friend and not authority. John Craven highlighted the need for ongoing funding to provide schemes similar to that of Rutland Community Spirit and Gloucestershire Village agents to prevent what is currently a social issue, becoming a crisis. Originally a two-year pilot, the success of the Rutland Community Spirit project has meant that additional financial support has been secured to ensure the project continues until spring 2011. The RCC is now working closely with the local authority and PCT in Leicestershire to work out how Community Spirit can be rolled out to incorporate the rural areas of Leicestershire as well as Rutland.

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Hinckley & Bosworth Young Musician of the Year The search is on for this year’s Hinckley & Bosworth Young Musician of the Year.

The Borough Council and the Matthew Fulham Foundation are offering a £1,000 bursary for talented musicians wishing to further their expertise in their chosen field of music. The bursary can be used for • Purchase of instruments or accessories • Music and/or singing lessons and master classes • Weekend music courses • Travel expenses related to the pursuit of their expertise or a combination of the above Shortlisted candidates will be asked to perform at a public showcase on 15 May and the winner will perform at Proms in the Park, held in Hollycroft Park on Saturday 12 June 2010. Peter Fulham said “This will be our 3rd year partnering Hinckley and Bosworth’s Young Musician of the year and Proms in the Park. We feel it is a fitting tribute to our son Matthew who died in the Sharm El Sheik bombings. For our family it has been a way to bring something positive out of our loss of Matthew (a talented musician who played in the JCC Orchestra at the Proms in the Park just three weeks before that fateful holiday). It also helps us to say thank you to the people of the borough who supported us during that trying time and to help other young musicians showcase their talents and obtain a bursary to move their career forward”. Last year all the short listed participants won a share in £1000 and the winner got the £1000 bursary as well. The organisers intend to repeat it again this year thanks to the generosity of the people at the Proms buying flags, drinks and giving generously to the donation bucket. Alice Gildea who won the bursary in the first year is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music. Wendy Moore, Executive Member for Open Spaces and Cultural Services said “This is one of our premier events and I’m delighted that it takes place in such a fantastic venue as Hollycroft Park. We are very happy to be involved with something positive for our talented young people who are a credit to their school and the town” Application forms are available to download from the council website at www. and the Foundation website at or by contacting Lindsay Orton at the Borough Council on 01455 255833. The deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday 19 March 2010.

The True Knitty Gritty: Markfield 1086-1930 Mrs.D.M.Lockley of Markfield dropped a line to The Herald recently together with her interesting book entitled: ‘The True Knitty Gritty: Markfield 1086-1930. Mrs.Lockley, who is currently working on the County Asylum Records at the County Records Office, often helps individuals trying to find out more of their family history. Her book gives an account of people working their lives away in the village. The true knitty gritty title relates to the villagers’ two prime occupations of framework knitting and quarrying. In 1844 there were 153 framework knitting machines in Markfield, and the noise of the motorway nowadays would be just a whisper in comparison to 153 frames all at work.

Drawing of Raunscliffe Mill in 1792 - which was put out of action by a memorable gale in March 1895

The 14-chapter book includes a drawing of Raunscliffe Mill, which was situated at Altar Stones Lane. The mill had been working for two days non-stop when a violent storm that was described as ‘a memorable gale’ on Sunday afternoon on 24th March 1895 put it out of action. This mill still has its four foundation corners remaining. Mrs. Lockley has kindly allowed us to include extracts from the book in future issues of the Herald.

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LOCAL PUBS & CLUBS The Bricklayer’s Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite – Thursdays

The Bulls Head Forest Road, Markfield T: 01530 242541 Sat 6 Feb: Gee’N’Us Sat 6 Mar: CHEEZE Sat 10 April: JOHN STACEY

The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats: 6 Feb~20Feb~6Mar (’King of the Road’) Sundays: QUIZ Night Skittle Alley/Room for Hire

The Red Lion Main Street, Markfield. T: 01530 242936 Sat 6 Feb: SHINE Female Duo Sat 27 Feb: LIVE Local BAND Tues Nights: Friendly POKER Live Screen SPORT Darts & Pool Teams

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)

The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open to Non-Members Sat 6 Feb: WARLOCK Sat 13 Feb: KAMAGRA Sat 20 Feb: DAWSON SMITH & The DISSENTERS Sat 27 Feb: T.B.A. Sat 6 Mar: TWO’S COMPANY (Music & Comedy) Sat 13 Mar: ALBERTS SHIRT

The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287 5616. Sat 13 Feb: STONE PARK 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

Bagworth WMC Station Road, Bagworth T: 01530 230 205 New Members Welcome Sat 6 Feb: JOHN LESTER Sat 13 Feb: SINGING POSTMAN Sat 20 Feb: RAY-VON Feb 27 Feb: LAURA ELSON Sat 6 Mar: CARL STEVENS Sat 13 Mar: ALAN CHAMBERS Every Wed: Tea Dance 2-4pm £1 Incl.Tea & Biscuits Last Fridays of Month: ANDY’S CHARITY QUIZ. £1.50 each. Every Sun ~ SEQUENCE DANCING Cost:£1. 7.30/8pm FUNCTION ROOM for HIRE (Our own Catering & Disco available if reqd.)

Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287-1809 NOTICE TO MEMBERS Great Entertainment Fri/Sat/Sun New Members Welcome

The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 TRIBUTE Nights All £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 12 Feb: Freddie MERCURY Fri 26 Feb: Amy WINEHOUSE Every 2nd Tues: QUIZ Nite Classics SPECIAL Events The Manor House Barn, Donington le Heath. Sat 20 Feb: BARN DANCE Ticket: £7.50 (No food Incl.) Sat 27 Feb: MURDER MYSTERY Ticket £30 (Includes Dinner) Booking Essential T: 01520 817214

The Charnwood Arms Bardon. T: 01530 813644 Every MON Night:POKER TOURNAMENT FREE ~ Starts 7pm. Every 2nd THURS:COMEDY CLUB (2 dates) Thurs 11 Feb: £5 a Ticket (Opening offer: Buy 1 get 1 Free) 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 Plough Inn Burroughs Road, RATBY. T: 0116 239 2103 EVERY Tues ~ QUIZ (General Knowledge, Music & History) £1 p.p. (Max 6 in team) Cash prize & ‘Open the Box’

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Markfield Neighbourhood Watch News From Alex Ritchie

Whatever Happened to Good Neighbours? Once upon a time national newspapers reported news and relied on quoting known facts. Now, reading some publications, it seems essential to have the opinions of some professional journalist or minor celebrity rammed down our throats often, apparently, with scant regard to the full circumstances involved. The above heading relates to one such article which went on to compare perceived past and present public attitudes and culminated in an allegation that we now live in a culture of neglect as far as neighbourliness is concerned. This was one of several I read recently in the wake of an elderly couple dying, albeit through natural causes, and their bodies lying indoors for some days before discovery. Unsurprisingly our own Neighbourhood Watch hierarchy quickly got into the act and a long winded “advisory” message soon arrived. I think I mentioned the subject, “how to suck eggs” in my last contribution. This is a classic example. With the headline:- Check Up On Your Neighbours - Health advice and tips for coping with wintry weather It then goes to great lengths covering all sorts of aspects of what can only be described as run of the mill attention and help normal, Markfield type neighbours give as a matter of course. Included are several references to hyper links, meaningless to non computer users which reaches greater depths and is even more, however well intended, patronizing. For example, can you imagine having to advise a neighbour to – “Have regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal to keep their energy levels up” or “Wear several light layers of warm clothes (rather than one chunky layer)” or “Keep as active as possible” or “Wrap up warm if they do need to go outside”. Our National Chair, Ms Lewis has since appeared on BBC television in Nick Campbell’s “The Big Questions” which discussed the subject “Are we Too Selfish to be Good Neighbours?” and a point I particularly noted was the apparent acceptance of a statement made that different standards applied to different parts of this country. This, of course, brings me to Leicestershire in general and Markfield in particular and my absolute belief that, here, a very high standard of good neighbourly interaction is maintained. Only a few weeks ago, here in Markfield, a N.W. member received a report from a resident concerned about the non appearance of a neighbour which, when checked out by our local Police Officer, proved to be a false alarm. Even, today, as I write, I can report another false alarm but one I greatly appreciated. I received a telephone call from a long term N.W. street coordinator, John who, when visiting a member was told that her son in far off New Zealand to whom she had sent a Markfield Herald had recognized my name as his soccer team manager of many years ago. I spoke to the lady on the telephone then popped round to show her some team photographs and have a chat. Whilst there she had a doorstep caller re sales bumph and I went out to him and, in effect, checked him out. Thereafter I rejoined my new friend and continued our reminiscing which included the facts my son had played in the same team as her boy and, also, I used to work alongside a former neighbour of hers. Additionally, we both know Marilyn, the

daughter of one of her present neighbours and wife of another Markfield street co-ordinator. However, there came another door knock and, this time, a determined looking male neighbour who had witnessed me initially enter the house, come out and talk to the salesman and then go back in again. He thought I looked suspicious and, as a good neighbour, had come to check ME out. I was delighted because, to me, that practical, no nonsense approach is what Markfield Neighbourhood Watch is all about. Just to prove that our existence is appreciated I have just heard of a Police staff change which will be common knowledge by the time you read this and am proud to pass on the following note received from PC Diaper who is leaving this area. “ It has been a pleasure working with you and the Neighbourhood Watch team in Markfield, I know without a shadow of a doubt, that if it was not for the dedication of NHW in Markfield, the level of crime would be higher. Markfield is a great community that works together to keep crime down”.

Next Meeting: Thurs 18th Feb. The next meeting is scheduled for 7pm. on Thursday 18th February at the Congregational Church Hall In Main Street and as members, which you all in Markfield and Field Head are, please come along and voice your views – critical or otherwise – of our Neighbourhood Watch. Any suggestions which can lead to an improved performance will be gratefully received and, in any case, you can be sure of a refreshing cup of coffee or tea and a chocolate biscuit. Hopefully our new officer PC 4338 Harlock will be in attendance.

Finally – a true story Quite early one morning whilst a serving Police Officer I received a concerned call from an elderly lady who reported that her friend of similar age who lived in an apartment above her had not responded to their usual method of morning communication. This involved the lady downstairs knocking, by walking stick, on her ceiling and the other, by similar method, on her floor. Apparently the lady upstairs was quite deaf but could feel the floor vibration. However, this morning she had not responded so upstairs I went and tried the door which, unsurprisingly, was locked. No response to my door knocking or shouts through the letter box and, by this time, somewhat worried, I took direct course of action and put my shoulder very firmly to the door which, to my amazement, just sprung wide open. I lost my balance and sprawled head first, in full uniform by the way, into the sitting room and found myself looking up at a very startled old lady in the process of putting her voluptuous red knickers on. I don’t know who was the most embarrassed – me I think. However, apologies made, and communication downstairs re- established, I asked the upstairs lady why she had not answered her friend’s morning knock. Her reply, “We had an argument last night and I just wasn’t going to speak to her today”.

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Coming Soon … Bagworth Sure Start Children’s Centre! In the New Year there are plans for a brand new Children’s Centre to be built at Bagworth Community Centre!

What is a Sure Start Children’s Centre? Sure Start Children’s Centres are national programmes for under fives and their parents. They have been developed to improve health, learning and other benefits for all pre – school children, babies and parents who need additional help and support.

Who can use a Children’s Centre? A range of weekly activities are on offer for everyone! Some Children’s Centre activities are by invitation only. Every activity run by Sure Start is Free for everyone!

Where is my nearest centre? There are currently six Sure Start Children’s Centre’s within the Hinckley and Bosworth district. Three in Hinckley, one in Barwell, Earl Shilton, Desford and plans for one at Bagworth! Alongside activities within a Sure Start building we also offer activities out in the community!

What’s going on locally?

‘Thornton’s Little Cygnets’ meet On Tuesday afternoons 1:30 – 3pm term time only, at Thornton Community Centre. Each week offers free fun and exciting activities for 0 – 5 year olds to enjoy, plus support and advice on a range of issues on offer for parents/carers. Everyone is welcome so come along and join in the fun! Call Laura Foster the Family Outreach Worker for more information on 07949783736. Gigglers is a FREE group which meets once a week in Markfield. The group is for parents living in and around the Markfield area who have a new baby 0 mths to crawling. The group offers advice and support about your baby, parental and family issues. It is also an opportunity for local parents to meet one another for encouragement and to share their own parenting experiences in a friendly welcoming atmosphere. We are always welcoming new parents and would like to meet you and your little one! You will find Gigglers at Markfield Community Centre on Mayflower Close, Markfield, LE67 9ST. On Thursdays Mornings in term time 9.30 – 11.30. There are also plans to have Sure Start activities running in Bagworth very soon, so look out for further information! If you have any questions feel free to phone Laura Foster the Family Outreach Worker on 07949 783736.

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

Skittles evening, Friday 15th January A very lively skittles evening was held at the Coach & Horses, Field Head, arranged by the Cross Hills Social Team. This is an annual event that is always well supported and enjoyed, particularly in the dark and often dismal days of winter.

Feb rua ry

Foremost in everyone’s minds at the moment are the terrible consequences of the massive earthquake in Haiti that we are witnessing on our TV screens every day. Moments of joy at another survivor found but many more moments of sadness at the devastation in people’s lives of the loss of family members and homes. A donation of £100 was sent from Cross Hills shortly after the earthquake to Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian charity that organises the annual Christmas Child shoebox appeal. They have a global network which is set up to respond swiftly to disasters such as this and they swiftly began providing medical care, hospital supplies, water filtration equipment, temporary shelter and other essential supplies through emergency personnel, doctors, nurses and water specialists. They are working with local long term partners on the ground to target help where it is most needed and to give hope and support as people struggle to survive. The following week we had a special collection for Haiti and the £120 raised was sent to the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal. We continue to pray for the situation in that country and that the large amount of money that has been raised throughout the world is used wisely both for immediate needs and for rebuilding lives in the future when the media spotlight has moved on.

-M ay ‘10

Earthquake in Haiti

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Parish Nurse & Pastor’s Coffee Morning, Monday 25th January This well supported event was held at the home of one of our members and it was a lovely opportunity for conversation and friendship together over tea, coffee and biscuits. Look out for the local posters or details in The Herald for our future events.

Visits to Cross Hills by local schools Children from local schools have been visiting Cross Hills recently and they were especially fascinated to see the Baptistry open where we hold adult full immersion Baptisms. For those of you who watch Coronation Street you will have seen a few months ago that young Sophie Webster made her commitment to her Christian faith and was baptised in this way, similar to how John the Baptist baptised Jesus. If any children who have visited have come home from school and spoken about their visit to the church, why not follow it up by bringing them along to any of our Sunday morning services at 10.30am when parents with

families will be made especially welcome. After the first part of the service the children go out with their leaders to the Sunday Club in our new hall where they follow a planned teaching programme with Bible stories and supporting arts and crafts. Parents are always welcome to join their children in the Sunday Club for a few weeks until they settle in and it is an opportunity to see what activities are on offer. Everyone is welcome to join us for tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat after the service. We are a very friendly church, firmly rooted in the word of God, and we look forward to welcoming you to any of our services - for details see the Church Service Information on page 22. Contact Numbers Pastor -Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 Secretary - Robert Holmes: 01530 231901 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 Parish Nurse - Vera Harding: 01530 230557

Glynis Straw

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The Bricklayer’s Arms 213 Main Street, Thornton Tel: 01530 230808

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Markfield Scouts are 60 years old this year! We will be having several events during the year and would like to invite past members of the group to attend, if you or you know someone who was connected to the Scout Group, please contact Dave Morris, 01530243804,

Thought for the Month

Your moment to act

You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done if you’ll just get busy and do it. You’ll be amazed at how much progress you can make if you’ll just get started and then keep going.

Also if you have any old photographs we could borrow, again please contact Dave Morris. Dates of the Diamond celebrations are:• Gang Show – 26th March, • Group Open Day – 17th April, • Parade and Church Service – 23rd May, • Group Camp – 3rd July. A competition was held to design a badge to wear on the Scout uniform to celebrate the anniversary and this was won by Ethan Mawby and his design is being made into a badge and will be worn by every member of the Group. Runners up in the competition were Lily Gibbins and Wesley Mawhinney, thank you to all members of the group who entered designs. The Beaver section has 4 spaces available, for any child who is 6 already and would like to join the group. Thank you

Dave. Morris GSL 1st Markfield Scout Group


Worrying, blaming, speculating, resenting, second-guessing and regretting won’t get anything accomplished. Action is what makes things happen. Complaining about how little time you have will take even more time away from you. So just simply accept that time is limited, and make full use of it. If you wait until conditions are perfect, you’ll be waiting forever. Go ahead with the way things are, with what you have, and get busy creating new value. You are surrounded by great abundance. Yet in order to benefit from that abundance, you must make positive and diligent use of it. Stand up straight, take a deep breath, put a smile on your face and get busy making good things happen. This is your moment to act, and to lift up the world.

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find the names of 12 FAMOUS ARTISTS in the Wordsearch puzzle below, and you could win yourself a nice prize. This month we are offering a first prize of:

A Main Course for Two plus A Bottle of House Wine at The Field Head Hotel and a SECOND PRIZE of:

A pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at the REEL CINEMA in Loughborough To go into the draw for the prizes, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - the names of 12 famous artists. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to BRUSH STROKES, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Monday 22nd February 2010. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the Editor’s brand new Panama Hat will win the Meal for Two, and the second will win the Cinema Tickets. Good luck! Here are the 12 ARTISTS you have to find:


















Name: ...................................................................................................

ANDYWARHOL Address: ................................................................................................ CLAUDEMONET .............................................................................................................. EDGARDEGAS .............................................. Postcode: ................................................

Thornton’s history

Iris needs your help! Iris Gleeson of Thornton has asked The Herald to publish a request that hopefully will attract some help with computer work to record for posterity the history of Thornton village.

Iris says: “We have in our possession many photographs and items regarding the village of Thornton which have been collected from many sources over the years and I need help to transfer them all onto a computer and discs for future generations. I do not have the knowledge and equipment to do this myself. “Many of these photos were collected when the book ‘Thornton Through the Years’ * was produced in 1997. These have been on display several times, including ones from the late 19th & early 20th Century and up to our recent Carnivals etc. “There are many family photos which cover several generations, with school ones going back to 1900. Would you be interested in joining a group to carry out this work? We would meet at the Community Centre off Main Street, Thornton at a convenient time. “Your help would be greatly appreciated.”

EDOUARDMANET Clean Sweep for Bagworth! EDVARDMUNCH The first correct entry drawn out of the hat last month came from: MRS. LYNN CRICK of White House Close, Bagworth. Congratulations! Your Meal & Wine JACKSONPOLLOCK Voucher to spend at the Field Head Hotel will be sent to you in the next 21 days. Contact Iris ~ Tel: 01530 230 453 PABLOPICASSO The second correct entry drawn out came from MRS. IRIS JOHNSON of The Square, Bagworth Congratulations! Your Pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at The * Still Available for Sale. PAULGAUGUIN Reel Cinema will be sent to you in the next 21 days. REMBRANDT What did the mother broom say to the baby broom? It’s time to go to sweep. SALVADORDALI

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Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay By John Lanchester There’s probably a word in German for that feeling you get when you can understand something while it’s being explained to you, but lose hold of the explanation as soon as it stops. A lot of writing about the credit crunch has that effect: you can grasp it while it’s going on, and then as soon as it’s over, you can no longer remember the difference between a CDO, a CDS, an MBS, and a toasted cheese sandwich. Whoops! makes it possible for all of us to grasp how we found ourselves in this predicament. What went wrong? In 2000, the total GDP of Earth was $36 trillion. At the start of 2007 it was $70 trillion. Today that growth has gone suddenly and sharply into decline, with an effect roughly resembling that of putting a car into reverse while doing seventy down a motorway. John Lanchester travels with a cast of characters - including reckless banksters, snoozing regulators, complacent politicians, predatory lenders, credit-drunk spendthrifts, and innocent bystanders to understand deeply and genuinely what is happening and why we feel the way we do.


Dove Bank Primary, Nailstone

The Safety Of Our Children We at Dove Bank, alongside many other schools in the area, take the safety of our children very seriously.

There is a lot said in the press about the importance of keeping children safe and all I can say is that staff in schools work very hard to achieve this. As Headteacher and the Designated Person for Child Protection, I take part in training every three years and also have to pass a Safer Recruitment course. The staff at Dove Bank receive Child Protection Training every year and all adults who work with children at the school have Enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks which are updated every three years. This includes any adult helpers who might hear children read or help with cooking and Governors who might help with gardening or monitoring the work of the school. Alongside this almost all my staff have received First Aid training and Positive Handling training. Some staff are qualified in Water Safety to enable them to teach swimming and a large majority are annually trained to administer an Epipen for children who may have an allergic reaction. As for the children, they also receive training on Road Safety, Fire Safety, Internet Safety and take part in termly Fire Drills. All schools` safety procedures are rigorously checked by the Local Authority and during an Ofsted Inspection. I hope you can see that at Dove Bank and at other schools in our area we do our best to keep all the children as safe as possible – we think so.

Bob Owen (Headteacher, Dove Bank Primary School Tel : 01530 262371) Shotgun wedding: a case of wife or death.



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Letter from Uncle Eustace

On the nonsense of a lavatory at church The Rectory St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren This year, the rigours of Lent have taken second place to a far more pressing matter: the installation of a lavatory at St. James the Least. Personally, I entirely disapprove of this additional sign of decadence in our moral fibre; we have survived perfectly happily for the last 800 years without one, so why is there such an urgent need now? And being surrounded by acres of fields, there seems to be a completely acceptable alternative.

It also spoils the pleasure I used to take, informing ushers at weddings, having liberally refreshed themselves at our local pub before the Service, that we have no facilities and that they would just have to wait. Their look of pained resignation, developing to clear signs of repentance as the Service progressed, was most cheering. It also meant that wedding parties did not linger after the Service but disappeared with commendable speed to safe havens. I anticipate that now we have the thing, a sub-committee will inevitably form to devise a commissioning Service for the person who will be in charge of its maintenance. I can already foresee Lady Bartlett proposing an appropriate set of robes for the office holder – although it will need some tact to select suitable insignia on the sleeves. In fact, the project has not been entirely successful; we still need to have a lock fitted and so at present, occupants have been advised to sing hymns loudly, preferably something rousing; “Onward Christian soldiers” would be ideal. A hymn book has been installed as an aide memoire. The greater difficulty arises from our antiquated plumbing system. A member of the congregation can leave a Service perfectly discreetly; they can enter the lavatory unseen by anyone, but on flushing, water is drawn through pipes running the length of the inside of the building with a thunderous roar that obliges me to stop preaching until the cataract has subsided. By the time the customer returns quietly into church, all noise has ceased and they remain oblivious of the chaos they caused and the stoic politeness of the congregation. I am sure that in your worship centre you will have lavish cloakrooms furnished with colour coordinated walls and towels, baby changing facilities and video monitors relaying everything going on, so that users will not be denied a single second of your hour-long sermons. . Our congregation should be grateful for what they now have. And to think that someone even suggested it should have heating!

Your loving uncle, Eustace

Markfield Homemakers Programme of Events

The Markfield Homemakers Ladies Group meets at Markfield Congregational Church on the second Wednesday of each month, start time 8pm. Here is their list of events planned for the coming year: Feb 10th ~ Ted Bottle - Talk on provincial theatre buildings

Churches launch guide to prepare for the 2010 General Election Who will you vote for in the General Election? Now there are online resources designed to help Christians prepare for it.

Eleven Churches and Church agencies have worked together to create an electronic booklet and website at It includes information on how to arrange a hustings meeting at local churches as well as a downloadable guide offering information on the important questions of this election campaign. The election materials do not support a particular Church view or political party line, but aim to help people engage with a range of important issues facing the country, however they may decide to vote. Faith in Politics covers issues including the economy, environment, health, education, equality and diversity, Europe, migration and sanctuary, poverty and criminal justice. The resource also provides a series of questions to facilitate personal or group reflection on political issues, or which could be used to quiz election candidates.

March 10th ~ Jeannie B ~ Talk on Life as a Victorian Housewife April 14th ~ Margaret Hudson ~ More tales about being a Tiller girl May 12th ~ Sandra Baxter ~ Healthy eating for the older person June 9th ~ Vist to Stonehurst Farm Aug 11th ~Skittles ~ 7.15 for 7.30pm At the Coach & Horses Sep 8th ~ Barbara Hewitt ~ Talk ~ History of Calke Abbey Oct 13th ~ Ros Barber ~ Talk ~ Clicks and Misses (Gone in a moment). Nov 10th ~ Anne Hughes ~ Foot Reading Dec 8th ~ Christmas Party

Brenda Featherstone Tel: 01530 242173

How does a pig go to hospital? In a hambulance.

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Extracts From Latest Bagworth and Thornton Parish Council Minutes The following topics are among the items discussed at the meeting of Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council on 4th January 2010 (extracted from the unadopted minutes): Impact Team County Councillor David Sprason praised the work of the Impact team and reported that a reduced level of anti social behaviour had been evident whilst the impact team were in situ. Planning Councillor Sprason reported that he had encountered struggles with the planning officers at the Borough Council, he asked if the clerk would write to the planning department on behalf of the Parish Council. Travellers Borough Councillor L. O’Shea updated the meeting on the court case regarding the travellers and advised that an injunction had been granted. A permanent injunction needs to be sought, but this responsibility lies with the land owner. Multi Use Games Area With regards to the MUGA the planning officers had interlinked with the NATS team. Planning permission is required for the engineering works. Questions from members of the public. Martin Foster, Church Warden St Peters Church, outlined plans for improvements to the Church which included a kitchen and toilet facility. He advised that the Church Council had approved the plans and obtained a faculty. The application now needed the approval of the Parish Council and the Clerks signature, the application was discussed, agreed to be in order and the application signed by the Clerk. Mr Foster expressed his gratitude to the Parish Council and left the meeting. Mrs Joanne Brown advised the meeting that she required copies of the last 3 years audited accounts in connection with the application for the re-development of Bagworth Community Centre. Copies of these are to be sent to Helen Harris at County Hall. Markfield Youth Club It was confirmed that the monies granted for the travel to Markfield Youth Club relates purely to Thornton and not Thornton and Bagworth. Sports Pavilion The subject of the sports pavilion was discussed and agreed the building should be condemned, a safety check carried out as a matter of urgency and advice on the insurance position sought. Neighbourhood Watch Co-Ordinator With regard to the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, it was decided this post needs to be advertised. Bagworth New Wood The clerk also advised he had registered the Parish Council’s interest in Bagworth New Wood as requested and had received an acknowledgement. Bagworth Community Centre Members had discovered whilst the building work was going on that the water pipes from the bowls club are running into the Community Centre, the Clerk was asked to investigate this Clerk please note and action. Thornton Community Centre John Walker had advised that the extension work was now complete.

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Markfield WI’s News Feb 17th - Maid in England - Jo Carter

Markfield Women’s Institute • The WI exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills. • Meet at: Markfield Trinity Methodist Church, Main Street, MARKFIELD, LE67 9UU When: 3rd Wed of month at 7.45pm • Contacts: President, Mrs. Fran Johnson, 197 Main Street, Markfield • Tel: 01530 243350 email:

What do you call a dinosaur that smashes everything in its path? Tyrannosaurus wrecks.


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LETTERS to the herald Residential Development planned Quarry extension would be ‘a for the land off London Road wound to our planet’s ecosystem’ Do Hinckley and Bosworth know what they are getting themselves into? On the 18th January a letter was delivered to less than 30 houses in the Markfield community, the letter held information which could change Markfield for the rest of its days, and the council hadn’t even set out to allow all of its community to learn about its plans! I have lived in Markfield for all of my sixteen years and never have I felt so cheated and hurt, I have a strong passion for my community and my home and I wish for it to stay the way it was since the day I was brought here. My house is situated on the London road and obviously the council found it important to give letters to those close to the proposal. I also know that those living on Birchfield Avenue have had letters on the ‘Residential Development’, but why only around this area? Why not to the whole community? My other main issue is that within the letter it does say you can make a complaint, via the internet. Although the internet is very popular the only problem is: “What about the people who do not have the internet, let alone a computer? It may seem like a judgement and I may be wrong, but to me it seems that the council are truly scared of the complaints that Markfield may have to offer. Have the council not done thorough research, because if they had they would know and understand that our doctors, and schools, could not cope with the overflow of more people - they can barely cope now. Also, have they not considered the wildlife that would be affected by this development? I know for a fact that bats live and nest around these areas, as myself and my family watch them in the summer months at night. I also know that on the lands there are water ponds which may hide living and protected species. We only have to turn to our Wildlife trusts to research into whether these lands are safe to build on and to use for housing, as I do not feel that the ‘environmental assessments’ have been thorough enough and are not knowledgeable enough to give evidence for the council to use these lands, not to mention the increase in traffic which will put a strain, on an already busy, main route. I am deeply saddened that this beautiful, rural village could be destroyed by greedy men who can only think about ruining our lands. They are destroying the rainforests day after day and they will never listen, but we shall not let our town become an abolishment, we shall make them listen and we shall make sure we are heard. I may only be sixteen years of age but I want to fight this, but I cannot fight this alone. I understand that those who do not have access to a computer are helpless, and so I am planning on taking a petition down to the local library for those who want to help fight for our village, and our community. But names must be put down quickly as we only have till the 6th February to send this off to the council. Please help me fight for our countryside and our community. Thank you.

Saran Burrows

School bus route 838 I feel parents need to be aware that this bus route may change drastically or be cut at the next County Council meeting on 24th February! This is because the budget for next year could see all subsidies ended for bus services which do not have to be operated by law. Our childrens bus fares may have to double from £5 to £10 and be paid for in advance. If passenger numbers drop then the route will have to be discontinued. We all know how unsafe cycling and walking to South Charnwood High School is so what can be done? I emailed Mr Morris the Headmaster who advised me to contact our Local Councillor, which I did, but as yet I have had no reply. Lets hope the article in the Leicester Mercury on 22/01/10 (pg 20) will make the County Council realise we will not take this lying down.

A Concerned Parent

At last Bardon Aggregates have submitted their proposals for a new quarry to the planners at County Hall. If they are given permission, a beautiful valley at the bottom of Bardon Hill which is part of Charnwood Forest will be totally obliterated. There will be a vast hole there approximately 1/2 mile wide x 3/5 mile long and 560 feet deep. All the wonderful ancient oak trees the thick holly hedges, the bats, the swallows and other forms of wildlife will lose their homes. This would be another wound to our planet’s ecosystem. I urge readers to write to County Hall and protest. Please send your objections to; The Planning Group, Community Services Department, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8TE The number of the application is 2010/C185/07

Dinah Freer

Getting miffed with Main Street! I would like to know who has the power to do something about people parking illegally outside the Co-Op? And in other areas around the village come to mention it! Main street is only a narrow road, and it is a very busy part of the community, so why do people insist on parking on the double yellow lines right outside the shop. It’s a sublect which has been raised in the Herald before, yet it still seems to be happening. The guilty parties are not just one stereotype group. It’s young, old, male and female who obviously think they’re above the law. What needs to be done to control this congestion causing problem? I know there can’t be a parking officer waiting around just in case someone parks on the double yellows, but why can’t the video footage from the cctv cameras outside the Co-Op be reviewed and used as evidence to issue a few penalties to the guilty parties? As for other parts of the village, outside Londis is another parking nightmare. At least there aren’t any double yellows outside Londis, so people aren’t parking illegally here. But people are parking in the bus stop, which, once again has been raised before in the Herald. The top of Neville Drive has recently become a bit of a tight spot with people parking very close to the corner, making it very hard to turn into the road. The road has been dug up and re-surfaced, yet the road markings have not been replaced (I will be getting onto the local council about this matter), so the people must think they’re parking legally. Thanks for listening to my moans,

Jamie Kirk

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

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FRIENDS OF CHARNWOOD FOREST Reintroduction of Raptors to Britain 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 ground-breaking reintroduction work involving Ospreys, Red Kites and White-tailed Eagles.

Look What’s On At The Palace, Ibstock 57 High Street, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6LH • Tel: 01530 267303

Forthcoming Events & Classes Friday, 19th Feb - Film Night at The Palace – ‘Morris: a Life with Bells on’ is a heartwarming feature-length comedy shot in documentary format that follows the fortunes of one of the leading Morris teams in the country, Milsham Morris, and in particular those of its leader, Derecq Twist. Starts 7.30pm. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7pm. Tickets*: £4.00/£3.00 concessions. Saturday, 20th Feb – The Ibstock Events Group present international organist, ‘Nichols Martin’, in concert. Doors open at 7pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar available. Tickets*: £6.00. MONDAY Mosaic Disability Service • 9.30am-3.30pm • Janice French • Tel: 07720 218571 Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness 5.30pm – 7.30pm • Judith Sell Tel: 0115 714 8480 Yoga Class • 7.30pm – 9pm Jan Fell • Tel: 01530 450485 TUESDAY Bubbles Playgroup • 10.30am – 12 Rachel Seabrook • Tel: 01530 452144 Adult Ballroom Dancing • 2pm-3pm • Tel: 01530 267303 Legs, Bums and Tums 7pm – 8pm • Michelle Scott-Worthing Tel: 07887 678367 Fitness Pilates • 8pm – 9pm Michelle Scott-Worthing • Tel: 07887 678367 WEDNESDAY 60+ Fitness Pilates • 9.30am – 10.30am Michelle Scott-Worthing Tel: 07887 678367 Movement to Music • 11am – 12 Tracey Smith • Tel: 07946 520596 Line Dancing for Beginners 12.45pm – 3.15pm Cliff • Tel: 01509 673597

Zumba Fitness class • 6pm – 7pm Julia Wilson • Tel: 01530 267303 Tai Chi Class • 7.30pm – 9pm Doug Gerrard • Tel: 07969 480684 THURSDAY Beautiful Bodies • 10am – 11am Julia Wilson • Tel: 01530 267303 The Outlook Group • 1.30pm – 3pm Elaine Hodgetts • Tel: 01530 260083 Bingo! • Doors open at 7.30pm Wendy Hall • Tel: 01530 260460 FRIDAY Tai Chi Class • 10am – 11am Michael Cashmore • Tel: 07714 215216 SATURDAY Fitness Hula • 9am – 10am Sarah Minshaw • Tel: 01530 267303 Child Ballroom Dancing • 11am-12 Tel: 01530 267303

*Tickets from Halls Electrical, High Street, Ibstock.

Tel: 01530 260460.

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

Safety Crew Message

Metals stolen in broad daylight One phenomenon of the recent recession and the financial downturn has been a significant rise in theft of metals from buildings and theft of materials and power tools from vans. Lead, copper and other metals have shot up in price and power tools are always an easy item to sell on to unsuspecting people. What is strange is that the thieves are committing these crimes in broad daylight and getting away with it. CCTV images from around the county clearly show thieves breaking into builder’s vans and loading their ill gotten goods into their own vehicle (often a plain white van) whilst members of the public walk blissfully by without any idea of what is going on. Equally it is strange how criminals manage to roll up lengths and lengths of heavy lead from roofs and get it away from the scene of the crime without anyone knowing about it. They must be using a van – perhaps the old plain van mentioned previously. I know we often see workmen carrying on their business without giving it a second thought but if you happen to see someone moving equipment from vehicle to vehicle or moving metal from a premises to a vehicle could you please at the very least jot down the registration number – it may help to solve a crime and help with an arrest. If you see something really odd and suspicious please call the Police or you can always ring CRIME STOPPERS anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ron Grantham Hedgehogs - why can’t they just share the hedge?

February 2010 Herald  

The February 2010 issue of The Herald Magazine.

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