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ISSUE 2: February 2011

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Major new foodstore planned for Shepshed Exciting proposals have been submitted to the Charnwood Borough Council Planning Department for the redevelopment of land at No. 25 Charnwood Road, Shepshed.

The proposals involve the introduction of a new modern high quality foodstore to serve Shepshed residents. The foodstore will provide a modern facility which will allow more of Shepshed’s residents to undertake their main weekly shop within the town, widening choice and providing a more sustainable and accessible alternative to travelling to towns such as Loughborough and Coalville. Whilst the foodstore operator has yet to be confirmed, it will be one of the key main national operators. A further foodstore would add diversity to the town’s retail offer and could also deliver significant wider economic benefits for Shepshed, including inward investment, greater retention of expenditure in the town centre, spin off benefits for existing uses and employment generation of up to 100 new job opportunities - all of which will be drawn from the local area. The design and layout of the proposals have been subject to significant work and input from a team of professionals and have been discussed extensively with Officers at the Council prior to the submission of a planning application. The development will be of an extremely

Residents bag prizes after dog fouling blitz SCHOOLCHILDREN and a responsible dog owner scooped prizes after helping Charnwood Borough Council’s campaign to reduce dog fouling in the Borough. Keep Britain Tidy praised the council for reducing dog fouling by 87% at Charnwood Water and 77% at Syston Memorial Park which were targeted during a four-week campaign last Autumn.

An artist’s impression of the proposed foodstore at Charnwood Road high design quality and result in the redevelopment and physical regeneration of a gateway site to Shepshed. Richard Wherry of Morgan Davis Wherry Ltd, the developers, said: “We understand there has been a long term requirement for additional modern foodstore to serve Shepshed residents. “We are delighted to be able to bring forward such an opportunity as we believe it will add real choice to the local food retail market to

allow residents to undertake their weekly shopping trip in the town. “The scheme has been carefully designed and a full application has been submitted to Charnwood Borough Council. A good deal of thought has been given to the overall size and offer and design of the proposed store including car parking and access and highways arrangements. We look forward to delivering such an important development for Shepshed and hope it will be welcomed by all”.

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As part of the campaign, Connie Mazzilli (above), a year four pupil at St Winefride’s Catholic Primary School in Shepshed, beat more than 100 other entrants from 11 schools to win a joint Charnwood Borough Council and Dogs Trust contest to design a ‘Scoop the Poop’ poster. She won a goody bag. TURN TO PAGE 6

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NEWS from Shepshed Town Council • Precept set On Wednesday 12th January 2011, Shepshed Town Council set the Precept for 2011/12 which equates to £313,014 a 0% increase on 2010/11. Breakdown: Finance & General Purposes £ 84,540.00 Community Welfare £ 68,024.00 Glenmore Community Association £ 21,775.00 Parks & Cemetery £ 131,325.00 Planning & Development £ 7,350.00

• Funeral Bier Shepshed Town Council has been approached by a Mr & Mrs Chris Scroby of Thurlaston to purchase a Funeral Bier from Shepshed Cemetery for their Natural Burial ground at South Croxton.

• Refuse department praised Shepshed Town Council praised Charnwood Borough Council’s refuse department for the manner in which it managed to dispose of the refuse during the heavy snow and over the festive period.

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Shepshed & District Twinning Association has finalised its calendar of events for 2011. A newsletter will be going out very soon to give details. Even though it is several months away, members are being asked to sign up for the Lille visit as early as possible.

2011 Programme: • March 12th: Crêpes evening • May 7th: Walk possibly in Derbyshire (TBA) • September: Domont fair • September: Cycle ride • September: Quiz • October 7th-9th: trip to Lille, meeting with Domont friends there. November: AGM • The Association also discussed the possibility of setting up a French conversation group. The association is also exploring the possibility of links between primary schools and swimming clubs in Domont and Shepshed. People who are not on the mailing list and would like full details of the Association’s programme can email or phone 07768 334161.

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Shepshed’s surrounding countryside is under threat

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Leicestershire County Council (LCC) wants to hear from YOU at the Shepshed and Hathern Forum at Shepshed High School from 6.30pm for 7.00pm start on February 14th please make every effort to attend. To find out more go to Charnwood Borough Council’s website at: recreation_study

What’s it about? The Coalition Government is introducing a new planning system that relies much more on local communities influencing how much development there should be and where it should be. The Government also intends to create a new planning designation for Green Spaces that are most valued by local people.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Most of Shepshed’s surrounding countryside has been identified in the SHLAA which include the Garendon Green wedge, (West /North West of Loughborough) that once developed would create urban sprawl linking Shepshed, Hathern to Loughborough and traffic free public access lost in one large housing estate. Other green areas identified are lands off Tickow lane, and Oakley Road. To find out more go to Charnwood Boroughs website http://www.charnwood. Whether you walk, jog, cycle, horse ride for pleasure or exercise. No cost, traffic free public access in the countryside, from the doorstep of our community, is fundamental to the well being of all and is part of our rural heritage.

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Eleven of Shepshed Tetsudo Club’s members put in outstanding performances at their National Association’s annual competition, which was held in Loughborough last November. Over 200 competitors from 35 clubs took part, with all 11 from Shepshed reaching at least the quarter finals of their events, with 2 going on to be outright winners, and 3 runners up for second place. Tetsudo is based on the teachings of Tambotetsura, a Tibetan Master who came to this country after WWll. Tetsudo means ‘The Way of Tetsura’ and blends elements of ancient Indian and Chinese Martial arts, including Tai Chi, Yoga and Kung Fu, with modern Japanese styles to create a harmonious relationship of mind and body, with respect for the individual. It is a fundamental principle of Tetsudo that training should be practical, safe and enjoyable. There are 6 coloured belts to be won before the ‘Black Belt’, each requiring a specific level of skill, knowledge and artistry. The Shepshed club is in its 21st year of teaching in the Town. It has 2 regular 2nd Degree instructors and senior students assisting, so that a high level of individual tuition is assured. It meets on Mondays at Newcroft Primary School on Trueway Drive LE12 9DU at 7.30pm. A new beginners’ group is now being formed. All beginners will be helped to develop according to their physical and personal needs. There is no need to be fit. All that is asked for is a desire to learn and improve. People with disabilities can be provided for. For more information, and to arrange a free trial lesson, please ring Peter on 01509 502 438 or go to The Tetsudo Association is a member of the National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools. (NAKMAS) All instructors are Fully Insured, CRB checked, and have First Aid and Child-Protection Training. It is a self-financing, non-profit making body. All administration, management and instruction is done by dedicated volunteers.

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I would like to praise those volunteering at the Passion Youth Centre, recognised for their work at the awards in Leicester, and also the dedicated team at the Shepshed Volunteer Centre. I have been involved a lot with the umbrella group Voluntary Action Charnwood and it is inspiring to see the number of individuals willing to help out their communities at a local level. I understand two of the Shepshed Volunteer schemes are going well, the buddy mentoring scheme, and the driving scheme. Obviously such services could not exist without the willingness of volunteers, and as such the Centre could always use more help. I would encourage anyone who feels they might be able to help to get touch with them on 01509 508 040, between 9am-11am Monday to Friday. I make it a priority to get out and about to all of the communities in my constituency. I have recently met with several small and medium businesses in Shepshed who have wanted to bring me up to speed on their work, quiz me on policy, or have me raise certain issues in Parliament. Prior to Christmas I visited HEX, Cobham Antenna Systems, and BOAL Aluminium, and was delighted to have the opportunity to do so. At Christmas I visited St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School to attend see the fabulous collection of Christmas Trees. This was a great start to the festive season. As part of my ongoing commitment to make sure I reach out to my entire constituency, I work closely with many of the local Councillors that represent Wards throughout Shepshed and Loughborough. I hold regular surgeries, and residents can book times through my office to meet with me one on one. As well as having regular surgeries at my Loughborough office, I have held surgeries across the constituency. My next surgery is in Shepshed at the Town Hall on Saturday 29th January. If you have an issue you would like to raise or a Government department case you require assistance with, please do get in touch with my office on 01509 262723, or you can email me at Best wishes for a safe and happy 2011 for everyone in Shepshed,

The next project will be starting up on Thursday 27th January running until June 2011. These classes allow children to create, rehearse and perform original pieces of theatre under the guidance of a professional director. The children are encouraged to create their own work alongside gaining experience in acting and theatre skills. The project is managed and facilitated by Leicestershire based theatre company Chorus Theatre. This exciting project is open to young people who are members of the local community aged 10 – 14 and costs £98 per child for the whole project (or £160 for two participants from the same household). Workshops are held every Thursday at the village hall in Diseworth near East Midlands Airport. Places are limited so please contact us to book a place. Telephone: 01530 417324 Mobile: 07779 973982 Email: andrew@chorustheatre. Web:

irstly I would like to congratulate the editorial team of the newly assembled Shepshed Eye Magazine; it is fantastic to see this come to fruition.


Methodist Church aims to raise £250,000 Christchurch Methodist Church in Shepshed has set a fundraising target of £250,000 to carry out refurbishment work. Among the proposals are the installation of a lift and improvements to access from the front of the church.

Local school sets up newspaper ST. BOTOLPH’S Primary School pupils are publishing their own school newspaper. The first issue of Chatter Bots was produced at the end of Christmas term and sold over a hundred copies at 20p a copy. The profits will be reinvested in the project to help pay for the next issue.

The D.Arts Young People’s Drama group in Diseworth is currently looking for new members to take part in their drama workshops and devised plays.

New lunch service at the Glenmore Centre Shepshed’s Glenmore Centre is aiming to set up a new Lunch service on Tuesdays for anyone who wishes to pop in for soup or sandwiches and a cuppa. To do this the centre’s management are searching for volunteers that would like to help them launch this new service and ideally run it. They are looking for a couple of people to help every Tuesday between 12noon and 2pm. They do not need to be experienced chefs, just able to knock up a tasty sandwich and serve tea and coffee. Anyone interested should contact Bill Sloane or Victoria Jacques at the Glenmore Centre on 01509 650662.

Whats on in The Studio at CURVE? The following productions are being presented at CURVE Theatre in Rutland Street, Leicester. • ‘Gandi & Coconuts’ Tues 22 – Sat 26 Mar £8.50 - £16.50

• ‘Time for the Good Looking Boy’ Wed 30 Mar – Sat 2 April £8 - £12 • ‘Schrodinger’ Wed 11 – Sat 14 May £8.50 - £16.50

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LETTER Received your first edition; read and returned to it several times. Well Done! Hopefully Shepshed Eye will be the communication medium that our community can feel connected by. It has certainly shown that there are plenty of things going on in the town and, particularly for people like me who work and are only ‘around’ for a few hours in the evenings/weekends I feel it could be a ‘vital nerve’. It certainly has renewed my hopes for retirement as there are a multitude of things happening during the daytime. I particularly welcome the Clubs and Groups columns and could I suggest, as well as a Readers Letters Page, that a ‘suggestions’ column be introduced where people with particular interests could be connected to others with same/similar interests; which could then facilitate new groups being created. At the moment, I am going out of town to pursue my interests/hobbies when I would much rather attend somewhere local. It could hopefully bring people into Shepshed as well, by word of mouth, and show other towns/villages what we have to offer and have a knock on effect to the economic/retail growth we sorely need. Looking forward to the 2nd edition. Keep up the good work!

Borough Councillor Information A new planning application for a super market has been lodged with Charnwood Borough Council at 25 Charnwood Road. I shall campaign for a zebra crossing and hope that I get the support of the Councillors as part of the planning consent. I shall look to retain a large number of the trees on this site, after I was successful in getting tree preservation orders on some of them, and ask where possible for good tree screening and the retention of the stone wall at the front of the site. I hold a monthly surgery in the Town Council offices from 10-11 on the last Saturday of the month except December, or I can be contacted any time on 01509 502974 or 07796 544817 or email

Christine Radford

Visit by Squire DeLisle

Squire DeLisle came to St Botolph’s Church in Shepshed in November to give an illustrated talk about the monuments in the church and to tell some interesting stories about the family and their history. For instance the “DeLisle” is a short form of the French which means ‘of the Isle’ (in this case the Isle of Wight) and the family came over with the Norman’s in 1066. The description of some of the Ambrose family as Turkey Merchants doesn’t mean that were poultry farmers! They were merchants who dealt in products from Turkey! The church was full of attentive listeners and afterwards they shared mince pies and a delicious mulled wine. Squire Delisle has dedicated much of his life to caring for the family monuments around the world and to recovering bits of Garendon’s history that were lost over the years.

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Poppy Appeal raised over £3000

Residents bag prizes after dog fouling blitz

Curate at St Botolph’s

The total amount raised through the Poppy Appeal in Shepshed for this year was £3,367.06 - what a fantastic effort. Well done to everyone who helped and donated.

School raises money for two charities ST. BOTOLPH’S Primary School has been raising cash for two national charities. The sum of £80 was raised for the NSPCC by taking part in the charity’s Number Day. The even more impressive amount of £200 was raised for Diabetes UK through collections at the Christmas school performances, including a special performance by the teachers.

Continued from Page 1 And Katie Kenny, of Shepshed, won a £15 Pets at Home voucher and a ‘Dicky Bag’ – a portable dog bag disposal unit - after she was ‘Caught Doing Right’ by council officers cleaning up after her pet. Both competitions supported the council’s campaign which was part of a national Keep Britain Tidy blitz on dog fouling and involved seven other local authorities in Leicestershire. Councillor Hilary Fryer, Charnwood Borough Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said: “This campaign was a massive success – especially as dog fouling is one of the biggest sources of complaints our street management team receives. “I’m thrilled that so many young people got involved in our poster competition which was extremely difficult to judge due to the high standard of entries. “I’m also pleased that we were able to reward someone for doing the right thing and cleaning up after their dog. They have set an example that everyone else should follow.” Where necessary, street warden patrols will be increased at hotspot sites to deter incidents of dog fouling. To report an incident, call the council on 01509 634564.

Speedway returns to Leicester!

Speedway is returning to Leicester after an absence of almost twenty-eight years. A new stadium is being built on Beaumont Park in Beaumont Leys and is near to completion in readiness for the start of the season which begins in April and ends in late October. The stadium will have seating for over four hundred spectators and on the opposite side of the track a covered stand will run the length of the back straight. The team will be known as the Leicester Lions and they will race their home fixtures on Saturday evenings. The Lions have entered the British Premier League which consists of fourteen clubs with tracks as far away as Plymouth, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The sport was one of the top spectator attractions in the city until the closure and demolition of the Blackbird Road stadium in the early eighties. Since then the Lions have been homeless, but now speedway will once again be part and parcel of Leicestershire’s sporting calendar. The team consists of seven riders and has taken on a cosmopolitan feel about it with riders from Great Britain, Australia, Denmark and Russia making up the side. Sergey Darkin, who has twice been crowned the individual champion of Russia, was the first to agree terms to join Leicester. He flew into Heathrow airport last month to sign his contract at a Supporters’ Club Christmas Party and received a warm welcome from fans.

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Reporting Hate Charnwood Project Brings Help To Victims

BORIS THE BOFFIN Shepshed Eye’s one-man think tank applies his strange brand of logic to those nagging little problems …

Human hamsters Throughout the UK every day, thousands of fitness fanatics pump iron, lift weights, or simply go jogging to keep fit. All of the energy they expend is wasted. An imaginative use of Lottery funds would be to install energy recovery equipment in every gymnasium and sports club throughout the country. The reclaimed energy would be fed into the National Grid, or used to supplement local heating systems..

Never lose your glasses If you are short-sighted, avoid the embarrassment of misplacing your glasses and being unable to find them by sellotaping a spare pair to the top of your head, for use in emergencies only.

Boil in the bag meals If you cook a boil in the bag meal last thing at night, and then suddenly lose your appetite before serving the meal, don’t despair. Simply use the bag with its hot contents as a makeshift hot water bottle, and enjoy a warm night’s sleep.

Keep flies out of your kitchen To rid your kitchen of flies in hot weather, simply place a large bucket of pig manure in your lounge.

Prevent overpopulation of the planet World leaders should take steps to avert a population explosion by making it illegal to possess nappies, rusks and gripe water.

Overcome water shortages Instead of snowploughs simply pushing snow to the side of the road in winter, the snow should be collected, loaded onto lorries and transported to reservoirs to top up supplies. Have YOU got the same sort of brain as Boris? Do you get flashes of inspiration on a regular basis? Share your wisdom with other readers by writing to: BRAINWAVES, Shepshed Eye, PO Box 8, Markfield,

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The Hate Incident Action Project is calling upon Charnwood residents to report all future hate incidents so that local authorities and agencies have a clearer picture of the nature and scale of the problem in the Borough and so that victims can receive the help and support so often needed but not always readily available. The Project, which is run by Human Rights & Equalities Charnwood, works closely with organisations such as the police and local councils, and is already providing support to people who have been targeted because of their difference or because of their belonging to, or association with, a minority group or community. Tony Kelly, Hate Incident and Support Officer explains:“Historically, hate crime has been seen mainly as an issue of race or ethnicity, for example through racist incidents. However this is a very narrow view, as hate crime can also be motivated by a person’s hatred or prejudice in regard to age, disability, gender or gender identity, sexuality, and religion or belief. We know also that there is massive under- reporting of hate crime. There is perhaps also a perception that hate incidents are mainly restricted to towns and cities. Our experience however shows that incidents are just as likely to occur in villages or more rural areas, and that the effects on victims can be even more devastating due to isolation and a lack of support. Through the Hate Incident Action Project we want to encourage more people to report hate incidents

whenever and wherever they occur so that we can get a much better picture of what is happening in Charnwood. By doing so we can help to ensure that various resources across Charnwood are better targeted, and that victims and their families receive the best possible level of support”. Several agencies have already joined forces with the project and are adapting the way in which they deal with hate incidents, through procedural changes and staff awareness. In doing so, those agencies have also become alternative reporting centres for hate incidents, providing an additional or alternative method of reporting should the victim or witness not wish to report an incident to the police. Anyone can report a hate incident, whether victim, witness or third party. For example, a shop customer may witness racial abuse being directed towards a shopkeeper, or it could be that a group of youths is seen by a passer-by to ridicule someone with a disability. Quite often the victims in these types of case do not have sufficient confidence or knowledge to report them, and so they continue to suffer. However, if the witness or in fact any third party reports the incident enquiries can be made by Project staff that can lead to positive action on behalf of the victim. If the report is for information purposes only, then at least the Project is aware and can look at alternative measures. Incidents can be reported in a variety of ways, either in person at a reporting centre, or by phone, or on-line. For further details please contact the Hate Incident Action Project on 01509 261651, or to report on- line visit

Have your say on housing and you could win £50 of vouchers Charnwood Neighbourhood Housing (CNH), which manages social housing on behalf of the Charnwood Borough Council, is holding a series of drop-in sessions to give tenants the opportunity to have their say on housing services.

Staff from CNH will be hosting the ‘What matters to you’ events at venues across the district asking tenants what matters to them and how they think existing services can be improved or what new services they would like to see. Everyone attending will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 high street shopping vouchers. The Shepshed event details are as follows:

Thursday 17 February 6pm – 8pm Shepshed Town Council Offices, Charnwood Rd, Shepshed Sally Harbey, Customer Services and Engagement Manager for CNH said: “We encourage all of our tenants and leaseholders to come along to these events to have their say. The feedback we receive will help us to develop and improve a variety of services and target funds towards the services that tenants feel are most important.” If you would like more information about these events or would like to get involved, please contact the Customer Engagement team on 01509 634 931 or email

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The benefits of having a Tree Warden for Shepshed Shepshed Probus Club is Are you a retired businessman? Why not join this club?

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Shepshed does not currently have a Tree Warden covering the area. The benefits of appointing a Tree Warden include access to the Tree Warden Free Tree Scheme that are run by the County Council each autumn and offers native trees for planting on community owned land. The Environmental Action Section of Leicestershire County Council also offer training and events for Tree Wardens. Tree Wardens are appointed in Leicestershire by the Town or Parish Council. Once appointed the County Council then add their details to the database so that they can benefit from the scheme.

What is the Tree Warden Scheme? The Tree Warden Scheme is a national initiative to enable people to play an active role in conserving and enhancing their local trees and woods. The scheme was founded in Leicestershire over 20 years ago and taken up by the Tree Council in the early 1990’s. It is coordinated by the Tree Council in partnership with National Grid, which has a well established policy of community involvement and environmental care. Tree Wardens are volunteers, appointed by parish councils or other community organisations, who gather information about their local trees, get involved in local tree matters and encourage local practical projects to do with trees and woods. The one thing Tree Wardens have in common is a love of trees. Tree Wardens are important contributors to Leicestershire’s environment in the following ways: • They benefit their community, and generate new tree related schemes • They care for existing trees and hedgerows including those with Tree Preservation Orders, and Important Hedgerows. • They are the point of contact in the community, to whom local people can turn to with tree questions. • They research grant sources for tree and hedgerow planting schemes for their area Their commitment and expertise regarding trees and the environment are encouraged through: • Training workshops, field visits evening meetings. • Regular information on tree matters and grant sources. • Quarterly Tree Warden News. Special Training Day and Information pack for all new tree wardens. • The amount of time individuals spend being Tree Wardens varies depending on the time they have available – essentially as much, or as little, as they like. To become a Tree Warden you must have the agreement of your Parish or Town Council. We would like to see at least one Tree Warden for every Parish in Leicestershire. Some Parishes have six Tree Wardens! Has your Parish got one? If you are considering becoming a Leicestershire Tree Warden or know someone who may be interested and would like further details please contact:

Andy Jackson / Sam Forster / Leigh Clewlow Leicestershire County Council 0116 305 7221 / 7264 / 7060

Poker Thurdays

Join the fun on February 3rd at Loughborough Town Hall’s fortnightly ‘Texas Hold’em’ poker evenings. Doors open at 6.45pm for play at 7.15pm in the Balcony Cafe. No tickets required – just turn up! Admission: £10 (which includes you rfirst poker chips). For over 18’s only (ID may be required). Finish time 11pm. (Box Office No. for shows is 01509 231 914.)

SHEPSHED Probus Club was formed in 1975 with the help of the Shepshed Rotary Club with whom we still have good ties. Our aims are to promote fellowship and friendship between members and create a supportive and enjoyable environment within the Club. We are non political and not involved in systematic fund raising but occasionally make donations to local Charities chosen by Club members . We hold monthly Lunches with visiting speakers and arrange two holidays each year, plus an Annual Lunch with entertainment. Currently. like many similar Clubs throughout the country, we are experiencing difficulties in maintaining an active membership, usually about forty, so this is an appeal to anyone who may wish to consider joining us . “Probus” is a Club for men who have, or are, about to retire, and have held Business or Professional positions in their working life, though this criteria is now more relaxed and anyone who would like to be considered for membership are asked to contact the Secretary, Wilf Shelton on Shepshed 506925 for an informal chat or arrange to attend one of our meetings to see if what we have to offer appeals to them. The next talk will be by Philip Moore, entitled “Camping Memories”, and will take place on Monday 7th February 2011. For more information, contact Wilf Shelton on 01509 506925.

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New free SMALL ADS Column From next month’s issue we will feature a regular ‘Small Ads’ column for Shepshed residents. This will be a FREE way for you to advertise your unwanted household items that are in good condition as well as a ‘Wanted’ Section for any second hand items you would like. All you have to do is write to us by post or email with a brief description of the article, the price you want for it and your contact phone number - all for publication. However, please let us know your home address for our purposes only – not for publication. Maximum 4 items in one posting please. Maximum cost for item: £300. Not for business use please. See ‘Copy’ deadline on Page 2, the time when you need to get your information to us so you can get into the next issue - then send it to:- Shepshed Eye Small Ads, P.O. Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or email:


Troika by Colin Pascoe

One man’s life spirals out of control after he learns a radical new theory about life and the universe. When the UFO intelligence services take an interest it descends into a nightmare... Colin Pascoe keeps his readers on the edge of their seats with this fast-paced thriller and, in a unique twist, allows the reader to choose their own ending, with a choice of four possible scenarios. A recent independent review by Bookbag explains: “It’s the sort of pursuit which leaves you holding your breath, too. Forget all the high-tech chases you’ve seen, this is a frightened man being pursued on foot through rough countryside. He’s tired, dirty and thirsty and there’s no way that he can stop until he finds a refuge, but even then he knows that his time must be limited and this is his one chance to tell his story. And that story is well told and particularly convincing. Like it or not there are points there that you are going to have to think about.”

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Tel: 01509 822 000 - BRANCH ASSISTANT and OFFICE ASSISTANT POSITIONS Shepshed Building Society is seeking to recruit the following staff to join its team:

Shepshed - Branch Assistants

This position is varied and challenging and will involve working at our Head Office, together with our branches Ruddington and Loughborough. Ideally we are seeking candidates who have experience of working in a financial establishment and who have the ability to actively promote the Society’s services and products. If you do not have financial experience but are someone with a positive attitude, excellent customer service skills and an aptitude for dealing with the public, we would also like to hear from you. Ideally you will need to hold a current UK Driving Licence.

Shepshed - Office Assistant

This position would ideally suit a school leaver who would like to gain experience of working in an office environment within the Financial Sector. This role will be varied and challenging on a day to day basis and full training will be provided. In return for your commitment and enthusiasm, the successful applicants can look forward to an attractive remuneration package including 4 weeks annual leave pro rata. Written applications should be made to Anna Jackson at the following address or by email, attaching a copy of your CV (including current salary) and any additional information that you consider relevant. Anna Jackson - General Manager (Admin & HR) Shepshed Building Society, Bull Ring, Shepshed, Leics, LE12 9QD - Closing Date 14.02.2011

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Regular User Groups at The Glenmore Centre Monday Luncheon Club

10.00am- 2.00pm


4.00pm - 7.30pm

Karate with Shoto Ryue (adults only)

8.00pm -10.00pm

Tuesday Tiddlywinks Parent & Toddlers

10.00am - 11.30am

Vista (2nd Tuesday of month)

2.00pm - 4.00pm

History Society ( 2nd Tuesday of month)

7.00pm - 9.00pm

Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club

7.30pm -9.30pm

Wednesday Yoga

9.15am -11.00am

Wednesday Welcome

10.30am -12 noon

Quilt Together

12.30pm -3.30pm


3.30pm - 6.30pm

Shepshed Model Railway Club

7.30pm - 9.30pm Thursday

Glenmore Art Group

10.00am - 12 noon

Tea Dance

1.30pm - 4.00pm


6.00pm - 7.30pm


7.00pm - 8.00pm Friday

Scallywags Parent and Toddler

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Musical Bumps

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Aimee Fardell School of Dance

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News and advice from Shepshed Fire & Rescue Shepshed has had a Fire Station for many years on several sites, the present one on Charnwood Road was opened in 2003 when the old Station was demolished. There is a total of twenty staff made up of one watch manager two crew managers and seventeen Fire fighters, each contracted to a number of hours during which they will respond to a “bleeper” day and night. As well as fires, road traffic collisions and floods, the firecalls can be varied and interesting. Some of Shepshed’s calls are to assist with incidents outside its own patch, and standby duties at other stations. There are two Emergency vehicles at Shepshed Station: a Fire Engine (pump rescue ladder) and a command support vehicle which goes to large incidents and is complete with laptop computers and communication equipment to assist in managing a large incident. I have been asked to contribute some Fire Safety advice in future issues of the Shepshed Eye, and I would like to concentrate this issue on smoke alarms. It is a proven fact that smoke alarms save lives! If there is a fire in the daytime hours we will see it, smell it, and hear it, but at night we rely on our smoke alarm waking us. That is why it is most important that it works. A smoke alarm should be tested weekly, and at some point make a safety plan so you and your family know what to do if the smoke alarm does go off. You need a clear way out of your house, and does everybody in the household know where the keys are ? Gather in a meeting area (it could be your front garden) and then raise the alarm. If you need any Fire Safety advice you can call our Fire & Rescue HQ on 0116 287 2241. Thanks for reading, and why not test that smoke alarm NOW.

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Ofsted praise Children 1st @Breedon House

‘Outstanding’ local nursery to hold an Open Day on 5th Feb

A Shepshed Nursery, which has received an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report, is holding an Open Day on Saturday 5th February 2011. Children 1st @ Breedon House is a family run childcare provider with over 21 years experience. Their main priorities are to nurture children in safe and secure environments and the nursery staff are carefully selected, qualified and experienced professionals. The Open Day will enable the local community to see the nursery and meet the staff. The event takes place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 5th February, but anyone unable to make it on the day can arrange a visit at another mutually convenient time by calling 0800 652 1052 or 01509 505 555.

Outstanding Ofsted Report Following the recent acquisition of the nursery, Children 1st have refurbished and redesigned the building and developed outdoor play facilities offering opportunity for adventure and exploration. The team were over the moon that their efforts have been recognised as outstanding in every area following a recent Ofsted visit. Jacqui Mason, Managing Director said “I was delighted with the outcome of the inspection and commend the new staff team for their hard work and commitment since the nursery opened in April 2010. “Our dedicated staff team provide a range of exciting experiences and opportunities for children 6 weeks to 5 years and our Out of School and holiday club children 5 years to 12 years.”

It’s a Magical Life! by Philosophical Phyllis

One part of our magical existence can be experienced by having a conversation with Life. When we first are aware that there is an easy-to-learn language in this subtle part of our world – the fun can begin. You need to construct your own personal alphabet – ‘letters’ that are meaningful to you. Symbols of any kind. Socrates dreamt of a Swan one evening and then when a new pupil came to him the next morning, by the name of Plato, the Swan became (perhaps it was to him already) a symbol of great wisdom and importance. Did Leonardo Da Vinci adopt the same symbol when he painted ‘Leda and the Swan’ depicting the marriage between ‘Heaven and Earth’ and the human twins below them on the ground hatching from egg shells. I too borrowed the symbol to add to my vocabulary. It was ‘a thrills down the spine’ moment one day when I was travelling by bus and considering a family problem. At the moment I thought of a possible solution - a flock of Swans took off from the lake we were passing. A definite indication that my solution would be the right course of action. Another example features a ‘Fleur de Lys’. It occurred whilst I was washing up and listening to a new recorded metaphysics lecture, which unbeknown to me, featured this symbol. At the very moment it was first mentioned, I looked down at the mug I was drying and it had the ‘Fleur de Lys’ on the side.

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Sing Christmas The Sing Christmas Event took place on 21st December in the Community Centre/Council Offices as part of BBC Radio Leicester Live interactive simultaneous broadcast.

The winner of this year’s Best Dressed Window was Age Concern. The plaque is being presented to Angie Bird and Kelly Moulds by Chairman of the Council, Diane Horn. Runners up were Passion and Shepshed Building Society.

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Shepshed Town Council hosted the event for the first time and supplied mince pies, mulled drink, sherry and hot chocolate for those who “sang for their supper”.

Christmas Day at the Glenmore Centre The Christmas Day meal for people who are on their own in Shepshed went off extremely well again this year. We were worried that this might not be the case due to the heavy snow a few days earlier.

33 people who live on their own and 12 volunteers ate lunch at the Glenmore Centre in Shepshed. Mince pies, teas, coffee and mulled wine was ready for them on arrival. They sat down to soup or melon, turkey or pork, trifle or Christmas pudding was the menu for the day and they retired to the lounge for cheese and biscuits, teas and coffee to listen to the Queens speech and a visit from Father Christmas. Thanks must be given to the chef, without who this day would not go ahead, the volunteers, the driver of the Community Bus, the Glenmore Centre who allows the use of the centre free for the day and last but not least for the donations of money, raffle prizes and vegetables.

Christine Radford

on behalf of the organising committee.

Christmas came at last for the Shepshed and District Stroke and Heart Club. Due to the weather the original date had to be cancelled. On 16th December the Club met and we had our Christmas party. The children from the choir of Oxley Primary School came and sang to us. We had a musician and a Santa Claus. All the members enjoyed a buffet lunch and returned home loaded with presents.

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French Connection Phil Hingley of Shepshed Twinning Association has been in touch to say that residents of Shepshed’s French twin town Domont are reading Shepshed Eye. Some of the computer savvy Domont folk are viewing the magazine on our website, but several others have requested their own hard copy. So, we’re looking for a volunteer deliverer who would like to nip across the Channel once a month with half a dozen magazines. Only joking. Phil is going to send some copies by Royal Mail.

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Conkers Ticket Winners! The winners of the Conkers Tickets Competition in Issue 1 of Shepshed Eye were: • Mrs. Carol Johnson of Newark Close, Shepshed • Danielle Leigh of Grange Road, Shepshed • Julie Rock of Harrington Road, Shepshed. Congratulations! Your prize - a One Day Conkers Ticket for Two Adults & Two Children - will be with you soon. The correct answer was: ‘Carols by Candlelight takes place on Thursday 23rd December’

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An enjoyable festive time for Shepshed Rotary Club The President, Rotarian Michael Fowkes,on behalf of all the club, wishes everyone a Happy New Year and a successful one too. We look forward to another happy new year in our club as working together in the right frame of mind we can achieve more of Rotary’s goals .We can help people and groups less fortunate than ourselves and what we have achieved over the years has largely been due to the wonderful support from the people of Shepshed. So we start this calendar year by thanking you. But first of all - how did we do in the latter part of 2010? We held a Bavarian Night at the end of October which was organised by our International Chairman Rotarian Robert Hall. It was a most enjoyable, exciting and different evening. Karl’s Bavarian Band - composed of excellent musicians - entertained the audience of about 90 people and involved them in various ways in most of the songs. Many of those attending had really entered into the spirit of the evening by dressing the part and wearing shorts, coloured braces, etc. The unanimous view was that everyone had a marvellous evening. In addition to the wonderful entertainment the evening was remarkable for the HOG ROAST. The scrumptious food was prepared by Rotarian Ngaire Hall and her family and was most enjoyable. We enjoyed the evening and the President, Rotarian Michael Fowkes, thanked everyone, particularly the organisers Robert and Ngaire Hall at the end of the evening. Happy and successful. We enjoyed it and raised over £750 towards the END POLIO NOW campaign about which you will have read in the last issue of The Shepshed Eye.The club, through the International Committee, raised enough money last year to vaccinate about 4,000 children against Polio. In November we held two Table Top Sales at Shepshed High School and raised about £100 each time , plus an amount of sponsorship. We have been asked to organise more of these and aim to do so. Details shortly. An amount of £100.00 has been allocated to Help For Heroes and the remainder is earmarked to respond to local community requests. At the end of November, for three days, we held a Christmas Tree Festival in St.Botolph’s Church. This was the first one to be held in Shepshed. There were over forty trees entered and the church

Shepshed Rotary Club attended the Town Council’s Christmas Fair on December 3rd looked magnificent. The excellent new facilities available made a truly wonderful setting for a most worthwhile cause .The Rotary Club is most grateful for the support of the church and its members who were assistance personified. Under the skilful leadership of Rotarian Nancy Page members of the club worked hard and were happy to be engaged in such a worthwhile activity. Visitors came in their hundreds, despite indifferent weather, to enjoy the varied and imaginatively dressed trees. The first prize, selected by secret ballot, went to the St John Ambulance Badgers Group, but everyone agreed that it was very difficult to choose from so many excellent trees. Through the hard work of so many Shepshed groups and people we raised over £850 which will again be identified for use in the community. We also attended the Town Council Xmas Fair at Shepshed High School on December 3rd. Whilst we had a small fundraiser going, the main purpose of the evening was to provide a presence and be supportive of the Town Council. We also, to some extent, promoted one of our identified charities for 2010/2011, namely Age/Uk which we will be addressing during the coming months. On Monday 13th December, the club held its Christmas Dinner. Although several club members were absent through colds etc. there were 41 attending in all. The Christmas message was given by Salvationist Tony Cooke and the music provided by Bill Brookman who not only accompanied the carols but also entertained us with

virtuoso performances on the portable harmonium and on the Piano Accordion. A very enjoyable evening. On Wednesday 15th December we took, by coach, the choir from St.Botolph’s school to

participate in a celebration of Christmas at Garendon High School, Loughborough. They shared the programme with the Garendon High School wind-band and everyone was very impressed with the quality produced by such young singers. They were wonderful. This choir has performed several times at Garendon over the years. Not only an enjoyable event, it was a money raiser too. Rotary provided refreshments and a raffle and the total raised after expenses provided £158 each for the three groups participating. Well done St.Botolph’s. They have already been asked to share in another concert in 2011. 2011 promises to be another interesting year and we shall bring you more news next month. We have some fascinating speakers lined up for our Monday evening meeting so, don’t forget, if you would like to attend just give our attendance officer Keith Cuff a ring on 01509 820881. Happy New Year.

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Beaver scout leader required in Shepshed Shepshed Scout Group is urgently in need of a Beaver Scout Leader.

The current leader, Sue Bird, is due to leave this month to move up to the Cubs, which means that Group Scout Leader Penny Hefferan is having to fill the post until a replacement is found. Penny has lots of other commitments, so she is urgently seeking someone to take over the group of six to eight-yearolds. If you think you can inspire these local youngsters - and have a lot of fun yourself in the process - Penny would like to hear from you. You don’t have to have been a leader or worked with children before - you just need to be over 18 and be very enthusiastic. Scouting provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for young people - boys and girls - aged between 6-14 years. The Shepshed Group meets at Shepshed Scout HQ, Hind Leys Campus, Forest Street, Shepshed, LE12 9DB on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings: Beavers 5¾ to 8½ years -Wednesday 6:30pm to 7:30pm Cubs - 8½ to 10½ years - Monday 6:30 to 8pm Scouts - 10½ to 14½ years - Tuesday 7pm to 9pm Contact: Penny Hefferan (Group Scout Leader), 29, Quantock Rise, Shepshed, LOUGHBOROUGH LE12 9JR Tel.: 01509 561791 or Mobile: 07815 682535 or Email:


Live Entertainment at Shepshed’s Pubs & Clubs Bull & Bush Sullington Road, Shepshed T: 01509 506783 Every Tues: QUIZ Night 9pm Free Entry Pied Bull Inn Belton Street, Shepshed 01509 503707 Entertainments Free Sat 29 Jan: CHRIS ROBIN 8.30pm (Male vocalist) Sat 5 Feb: OPEN MIC 8pm Sat 26 Feb: Live Eve Entertainment Sat 5 Mar: OPEN MIC 8pm Every Sun: Charity QUIZ £1 Entry The Black Swan Loughborough Road, Shepshed 01509 502659 Sat 5 Feb: CLAIRE MACEY (Acoustic Vocalist) 9pm. Free. Every Wed: QUIZ 9pm Free to entry & Free Buffet, Winning Team gets £10 Drinks Voucher. The Crown Brook Street, Shepshed 01509 504136 Entertainments Free & Start at 9pm Fri 28 Jan: KARAOKE/DISCO (Red Face Steve’s) also on:Fri 4 Feb, Fri 11 Feb, Fri 18 Feb, Fri 25 Feb & Sat 5 Mar. Sat 29 Jan: GLASTON Budget Band Sat 5 Feb: Revenge with Kisses Band Sat 19 Feb: MARTIN Vocalist Sat 26 Feb: CAFFEINE Bombs Band Fri 4 Mar: GLASTON Budget Band The Blue Ball Market Place, Shepshed SEE ADVERT ON PAGE 24 Entertainments Free & Start at 9pm Fri 28 Jan: SOUL & MOTOWN (with Dave Shepherd) Sat 29 Jan: KARAOKE/Comedy (Red Face Steve) Also Sat 19 Feb. Fri 4 Feb KARAOKE/Disco (Matty Blue Eyes) Also Fri 11 Feb, Fri 25 Feb & Fri 4 Mar. Sat 5 Feb: NIGHT SHIFT Duo (Featuring Ritchie Lee) Sat 12 Feb: RAY VON (Male Vocalist/Guitarist/All Rounder. Fri 18 Feb: TIMELESS Duo Sat 26 Feb: PREMONITION (Featuring Wayne Curtis) Sat 5 Mar: GEORGIE SURRIDGE (Excellent Female Vocalist) Every Sun: ‘Sunday’s Just Got Better’ Afternoon/Eve/Live Ent.

Revenge with Kisses The Red Lion Market Place, Shepshed 0751 718 0094 Entertainments Free/Most Start 9pm. Fri 28 Jan: FRESH FRIDAY 8.30pm Sat 29 Jan: KARAOKE (Soulfinger) Also Fri 4 Feb, Sat 12 Feb & Fri 18 Feb. Sat 5 Feb: THE REVIVALS 60/70’s Fri 11 Feb: VARIOUS ARTISTS (Rock/Pop Covers Band) Sat 19 Feb: MUZZ (Mr NXT Factor) Fri 25 Feb: ‘SMASHED’ Party People (Hip Hop/Electro/Dubb/D&B) The Britannia 28 Britannia Street, Shephed. 07981 849 141 Every Sat: KARAOKE 8.30pm Every 3rd Fri: FOLK Singaround held Upstairs in FUNCTION ROOM The Bottom Railway Charnwood Road, Shepshed 01509 506 572 Every Wed: BINGO 8.30pm Free Entry Every Sat: BINGO 8pm Free Entry

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LOUGHBOROUGH TOWN HALL Bottle Rocket Comedy Club: 4th February 2011 - 9pm Fantastic line-up with headline act Rufus Hound Not only a gifted presenter, stand up comic and actor, Rufus has also cultivated some of the finest facial hair in the business! Best known for being the blue team captain on the TV series ‘Argumental’ or for dressing up as Cheryl Cole for 2010’s Let’s Dance for Sport Relief, his wit has recently been described as ‘sharp, sarcastic and at times a little sick!’ Julian Deane • Naz Osmanoglu • Chris Martin Line-up subject to change at short notice • Suitable Age 16+ The Comedy Club contains strong language Tickets: £12 /£11 concessions • Box Office 01509 231914

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Hallcroft Opticians celebrate 20 years of trading in Shepshed Hallcroft Opticians of Shepshed are celebrating twenty years of trading in the town. The business, which is owned by Mrs. Bonita Irish, has been serving the local community from its current premises since 1991. The Hallcroft Opticians team comprises Bonita, who is a dispensing optician, receptionist Debbie, and trainee dispensing optician Charlotte (Bonita’s daughter). The sight testing is carried out by visiting optometrists Mr. Kent and Miss Marlton, who have been testing at the practice since the business was launched. Hallcroft Opticians offer a full range of services including eye examinations, home visits, and supplying contact lenses and spectacles. An extensive range of frames in a variety of styles are on display in the shop. Mrs.Irish believes that patients appreciate the personal service that independent opticians can offer. She says: “We like to think that we offer a professional and friendly service to the local community, and look forward to meeting our patients whenever they need our help or advice. “We have lots of loyal customers who have been with us ever since we opened twenty years ago.” To mark the anniversary, Hallcroft Opticians are inviting 20 of their original patients to a small celebration party on the morning of Friday 4th February 2011. Patients - past and present - are also welcome to drop in.

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G3RAL - G7RAL Loughborough & District Amateur Radio Club Programme for February & March 2011 FEBRUARY 1. 2m on air from home. 8. Your unfinished project, bring it along. 15. Computer Radio programmes, a review – Art G3KWY. 22. Practical evening. MARCH 1. Annual Dinner – venue TBA. 8. Portable 2m antennas – Art G3KWY. 15. Vintage Equipment, bring something along. 22. What keeps your lights on George G4EUF. 29. Practical evening. Further information: Chris G1ETZ on (01509) 504319 *Note: Programme may be subject to change Club Frequencies 145.425 MHz V34 (S17) 433.450 MHz U276 (SU18) 70.425 MHz FM 29.025 MHz SSB/FM New websites: - www.radioclubs. net/ladarc or uk Please Note we now meet from 19.30hrs on a Tuesday evening for the above programme of events at the Glenmore Community Centre, Thorpe Road, SHEPSHED, LE12 9LU. New members most welcome We look forward to meeting you soon....

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Part of my role as County Councillor I represent the County on the Leicestershire and Rutland Fire Authority so the police proposal to vacate their modern facility within the fire station building in Shepshed is I know of considerable concern to many. I am working with the Town Council to keep a police presence in Shepshed. As a school governor, I was interested to attend a meeting where I learnt of a local organisation which goes by the name of Twenty Twenty. This was set up 3 years ago and focuses on working with disadvantaged and ‘at risk’ 11-19 year olds. They educate and support those who are likely too, or have been excluded from school and help them to achieve qualifications and find work. They also have a mentoring scheme which provides one to one support. To find out more about the good work they do, you can contact them on (01509) 234234. When I was able to help the Boxing Club stay in Shepshed last year, I learnt that they also do supportive work with teenagers. I hold a monthly surgery at the Council Offices in Shepshed between 10-11 am on the last Saturday of the month (except December) You can contact me by email on or by telephone on (01509) 502974 or 07796 544817

News from Shepshed WI Shepshed WI meets on the first Thursday of the month at Christchurch Methodist Church, Field Street, Shepshed at 7.30 pm.

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In March it will be 25 years since the first Shepshed WI meeting was held and this will be marked by a special celebration evening. Some of the members who attended the first meeting are still members today. We have an active craft group and are keen to take part in community activities and fund raising events. Most months we have a speaker and at the next meeting on Thursday 3rd February the subject will be The Salvation Army, an organisation which holds a special place in many people’s hearts. Visitors are always welcome and a visitor fee of £3 is charged which includes a raffle ticket and refreshments. For further information please contact Lynne on 01509 503038.

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A Pocketful of Holes and Dreams Jeff Pearce is a self-made millionaire but, aged 50, had the reading and writing skills of a 7 year old. He started out with nothing in the Liverpool slums, made his first million before his 30th birthday and lost everything in the 90s recession. Jeff wasn’t one to give up though and, after returning to the markets he worked on as a child, within ten years he was awarded ‘Independent Retailer of the Year 2002’ - now he tells his story. Jeff ’s last battle to overcome was learning to read and write. As a middle aged and illiterate man, Jeff took on the mammoth task of penning his memoirs. He had hidden his illiteracy from his children and business clients. As a child he found his birth name ‘James’ so hard to spell he changed it to ‘Jef ’. However, with the help of Jeff ’s supportive wife Gina, he managed to conquer his fear of the written word. 52 publishing rejections later, Penguin are proud to publish this fascinating story of the triumph of human spirit. A Pocketful of Holes and Dreams (published 10th February) is about overcoming adversity in more ways than one. Through sheer tenacity and determination Jeff went from being a lad from the slums to playing polo with the social elite; from losing everything to winning the most coveted award in fashion retail; and from not being able to read a bedtime story to his daughters to writing and publishing his life story.

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Reporting highway defects Leicestershire County Council inspects every carriageway and footway at least once a year. Reports of defects are also very welcome. Defects can by reported by phoning 0116 305 0001 or via the website: roadsandtransport For complex reports, responses take around 10 working days. Highway emergencies (such as spilt oil or road traffic incidents) are always responded to immediately, working with the emergency services.

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Snow Warden Schemes Staff employed and insured by town and parish councils may be deployed as snow wardens to assist with clearing footways in town and village centres during times of severe weather, with the costs paid for by the County Council. Town and parish councils are invited to register their interest by calling 0116 305 0001 or emailing The County Council’s highways team will then contact the town and parish council to discuss the proposed locations, the equipment required and a suitable location for storing the salt/grit. The County Council will provide all reasonable equipment required, including personal protective equipment, and the salt/grit – refilling dependant on overall resources. The County Council will pay - on submission of an invoice - an agreed hourly rate for town and parish council staff whilst undertaking snow warden duties. When snow or frost are lying on the ground and expected to last for at least 1 day, and a snow warden scheme is in place, town and parish councils need not delay in sending out their snow wardens but notice should be called in along with a summary of local conditions to the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 0001 to assist coordination of snow clearing activities.

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The members of Shepshed and District Camera Club finished off 2010 with their Annual Dinner and prize giving recently when a large number of members and guests enjoyed an evening at the Greyhound Inn at Burton-on-the-Wolds. Following an excellent meal the Club’s new Chairman, Peter Harvey, thanked everyone for turning out on such a cold evening and commented that he thought this was the best attended dinner the club has held. He was pleased to say that he felt 2010 had been a very successful year for the club and several new members had been attracted by what the Club has to offer in its excellent programme. He is sure that 2011 will be another very good year for the Club. Club Competition Secretary, Mark Fallon, then proceeded to announce the names of the three trophy winners following the completion of the competition leagues which were decided over

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Over the years, many salt/grit bins have been installed across the County. If the local community wish to further enhance this service by provision of additional salt/grit bins, they may do so at a cost of £200 per bin, usually paid by the town and parish council, subject to the location being agreed with the immediately adjacent residents and the need and location with the County Council. The County Council will supply, install and fill the salt/grit bin once the location has been agreed and payment received. Refilling will depend on overall resources. Relocation of existing bins may be agreed and costs covered by the County Council provided this can be arranged during the filling or refilling of the grit/salt bins in that area. Requests for salt/grit bins should be made by telephoning 0116 305 0001 and leaving details of the proposed location. A site assessment will be undertaken and a response sent, usually within 10 days.



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Alan Blood (Past Chairman), Peter Harvey (Chairman), Mark Fallon (Competition Secretary) Pete Richardson five rounds during the year. The Open Prints Class was won by Peter Harvey, Pete Richardson was 2nd. and Phil Tapp was 3rd.overall. The Themed prints class was won by Pete Richardson with Brian Walbey and Peter Harvey in joint overall. The surprise came in the overall Club Championship made up of the combined results of the two classes when, for the first time in ten years, there was a tie between Peter Harvey and Pete Richardson with Brian Walbey in 3rd.position and Phil Tapp 4th. The Club recommences its weekly Tuesday meetings at the Council Offices in January and continues on to June. Prospective new members are welcome to attend. Full details about the Club are on their website, together with the 2010 winning images, at http://www.

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A big ‘Thank you’ from Shepshed Charnwood Rotarians!

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The Rotarians from Shepshed Charnwood Rotary Club wish to thank the residents of Kegworth, East Leake, Sutton Bonington, Hathern and Shepshed who gave so generously when they toured those areas with their Santa Float just before Christmas. At the Club’s Christmas Party, President Roger Hutchinson was delighted to announce that the total collected this year was £3200, a record amount. This will be distributed to local and International Rotary charities including Age Concern, Alzheimer’s Society, Rainbows, and End Polio Now. He thanked all those involved in making this such an impressive effort, especially in the current financial climate. He also thanked Brian Mee Associates for their generous help in supplying a vehicle and Kim and Janet Gayton-Pollard for providing storage facilities. The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at the Whitehouse Hotel in Kegworth at 7.30 for 8.00pm, and anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary activities is very welcome to come along. The picture shows members out collecting with the club’s Santa Float.

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Flower Arranging By Mark Welford And Stephen Wicks Flower Arranging, by Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks of Bloomsbury Flowers, is a stunning guide to selecting and arranging flowers for your home, for weddings and other special occasions, and to give as fabulous gifts. A gorgeous package full of fresh, contemporary designs, the book is a practical guide to flower arranging which gives you the confidence to create over 70 stunning, and crucially achievable, arrangements. Flower Arranging begins by setting out Mark and Stephen’s philosophy of “less is more”, explaining that by thinking creatively about flowers you can display any selection to their best advantage. They then guide the reader through considerations of colour, flower shape and foliage type, as well selecting the right container to create a stunning display for any type of flower. A skills guide follows, providing the reader with detailed visual instructions to creating the key shapes and styles that all the arrangements in the book are based upon, and which once mastered allow the reader to get creative.

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Tax freeze for residents CHARNWOOD Borough Council will seek to freeze council tax rates next year - despite massive Government grant cuts. The council’s formula grant, the amount it receives from the Government each year, has been cut by £1.5 million (13.8%) for 2011/12. That will be followed by a £1.07 million cut (11%) in 2012/13. Despite the cuts, announced on December 13, taxpayers will benefit from a zero increase in Council Tax next year which will be funded by the government. This would see Charnwood’s share of band D bills remain at £102.62 – among the lowest for an English district council. Although the grant cut is larger than anticipated, the council aims to manage the shortfall by making £1.5 million of on-going savings and by using £700,000 of reserves. £823,000 of savings will be from salaries and staff costs with senior management already reduced from eight to three directors. Total on-going savings of over £1.5 million are proposed, helping to reduce borough expenditure for 2011/12 to £17.7 million from £19.9 million in 2010/11. Councillor Mike Preston, Charnwood Borough Council’s leader, said: “The recession has affected everyone and the council is no exception which is why we have to review our services and the way we deliver them and help towards the budget cuts required across the country. “We recognise times are difficult which is why we are committed to taking advantage of the government’s offer to fund Charnwood for the equivalent of a 2.5% Council tax rise and at the same time saving money while trying to reduce the impact on services. “In 2011-12 we aim to save £1.5 million which will have a limited impact on services but will result in some redundancies, both voluntary and compulsory. “We will still need to save at least a further £1 million in the three years from 2012-13 onwards and we aim to review what the council does and how it delivers its services in order that we can provide the borough with good services that are both affordable and sustainable financially”.

ht g e u h o t r Th th n fo o M Small decisions The small decisions have a big influence on your life because you make so many of them, all day, every day. The small decisions are the ones that keep you focused and moving ahead. Sure, the big decisions, that you pay a lot of attention to, will set the direction for your life. However, the small decisions are what deliver and maintain that direction. Small decisions come so fast and so frequently that you can’t possibly have time to think through each one. That’s why the way to effectively take positive control of those small decisions is to develop positive habits. Instead of thinking through each small decision, program those decisions into your behaviour. Instead of being constantly tempted to wander away from the path you’ve chosen, make it your second nature to keep yourself positively focused on what really matters. Get all the powerful small decisions working in your favour by making them into solid, repeating habits. Invest in creating positive habits in your life, and your investment will continue to pay valuable dividends each day. Every moment is a choice. Create powerful, positive habits for yourself and all those choices will lead you precisely where you wish to go. Copyright 2011 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. Used by permission. Originally published in “The Daily Motivator” at


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World renowned ensemble heading for Loughborough University One of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings is coming to Loughborough on Wednesday February 2nd when the celebrated Schubert Ensemble performs at the Cope Auditorium of Loughborough University. The Schubert Ensemble has established itself over 27 years as one of the world’s leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving over 50 concerts a year, the Ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries. In 1998 the Ensemble’s contribution to British musical life was recognized by the Royal Philharmonic Society when it presented the group with the Best Chamber Ensemble Award, for which it was shortlisted again in 2010. The Schubert Ensemble can be heard at the Cope Auditorium, Loughborough University on Wednesday February 2nd. The concert begins at 7.30pm and, as with all Concert Season events, tickets are available now from the Loughborough Town Hall Box Office on 01509231914.


You’re Next By Gregg Hurwitz ‘I know you, don’t I?’ Five words - that’s all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn’t recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party ...but the stranger seems to know all about him. What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren’t safe anywhere -especially not their own home. He doesn’t know who they are. He doesn’t know what they want. But there’s no time to figure it out - because his enemies have killed before, and he’s next.

Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with cake.

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Church Service Information & Events

St Botolph’s, Shepshed Sunday 30th January 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist 6 pm Healing Service

Charnwood Road Baptist Church

Sunday 20th February 8.30 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Family Service 4.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 27th February 8.30 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm BCP Evensong

Sunday 6th February 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist 6 pm Parish Eucharist

Sunday 6th March 8.30 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm BCP Evensong

Sunday 13th February 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist 6 pm BCP Evensong Sunday 20th February 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist Sunday 27th February 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist Sunday 6th March 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Family Service 6 pm Parish Eucharist Ash Wednesday 9th March 10 am Holy Communion 8 pm Holy Communion

Feb 6th 10.45am Morning Worship & Praise - ‘Freed to Serve’ 6.00pm Evening Worship & Praise & Communion - ‘The Who of Encouragement Preacher at both services: Rev HW Ketton

Sunday 13th March 8.30 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm BCP Evensong

Feb 13th 10.45am Morning Worship & Praise - ‘Letters to a Friend’ 6.00pm Evening Worship & Praise ‘The How of Encouragement’ Preacher at both services: Rev HW Ketton

Sunday 20th March 8.30 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Family Service 4.00 pm Holy Communion

Feb 20th 10.45am Morning Worship & Praise & Communion ‘Jonah Mercy on a City’ Preacher: Rev HW Ketton

Sunday 27th March 8.30 am Holy Communion 6.00 pm BCP Evensong

6.00pm Evening Worship & Praise & Baptism Preacher: Rev Kim Goh

Holy Communion every Wednesday 10 am St Botolph’sChurch

Feb 27th 10.45am Morning Worship & Praise - ‘Mercy on a Man’ Preacher: TBA 6.00pm Evening Worship & Praise ‘The Secret of Encouragement’ Preacher: Rev HW Ketton

MESSY CHURCH 4 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall Sundays 20th February & 20th March - Games, stories, crafts, food and fun. All ages welcome.

Sunday 13th March 8 am Holy Coimmunion 10 am Parish Eucharist 6 pm BCP Evensong



Sunday 20th March 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist

For further details contact Sheila Bradford 01509 504444 • Tuesday 1st February 8 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall – Speaker Jane Payne – Christian Aid. • Tuesday 15th February 8 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall – Quiz • Tuesday 1st March 8 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall Ladies Evening. • Tuesday 15th March 8 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall Speaker – Deacon Jan Sutton Street Pastor & Deacon at University.

Sunday 27th March 8 am Holy Communion 10 am Parish Eucharist

St James’ Oaks in Charnwood Sunday 6th February 8.30 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm BCP Evensong Sunday 13th February 8.30 am Holy Communion 4.00 pm BCP Evensong

For further details contact Judeth Roper 01509 508863 • Wednesday 9th February 11.15 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall Annual General Meeting. Followed by lunch at 12.30 pm. ALL WELCOME • Wednesday 9th March 11.15 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall Lenten Talk followed by lunch at approximately 12.30 pm. ALL WELCOME .


Group for people with learning difficulties • Friday 18th February 7-9 pm St Botolph’s Church Hall For further details contact Kathy Cole – 01509 506119


For further details contact Janet

Quenby 01509 506154 • Monday 21st February 2.30 pm Oaks Storer Hall Annual General Meeting • Monday 21st March 2.30 pm Oaks Storer Hall Communion Service in Church followed by bring and buy in the hall.


(previously Childsplay) meet every Friday from 10-11.30 am term time only. Contact RoseMarie Manning 01509 504133.


meet once a fortnight on a Tuesday in Oaks Storer Hall.. Contact Sheila Bass 01509 502813. There are House Groups taking place in the Parish for further details contact Rev’d Cynthia Hebden 01509 506791 or The Parish Office 01509 502255.

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Alpha Course in Shepshed

Charnwood Road Baptist Church, Shepshed, will be running a 10 week Alpha Course starting on Thursday 3rd February. The Alpha course is designed for non-church goers or those wanting to learn more about the Christian faith. Each session begins with a meal - a chance to get to know others in a small group. Then follows a short talk and time for discussion where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinions. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed informal environment. There is no charge for the course. For more information contact the church office on 01509 503382.

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Celebrity Online Bra Auction! Jo Brand, Kelly Brook and Isla Fisher are among the dozens of celebrities who have tested their artistic skills and decorated bras for breast cancer charity Cancerkin and the JCC for London. Members of the public will have the chance to buy the bras decorated by their favourite celebrities. The auction will be live from 13th to 27th February 2011 at www.jccbigbraauction. Isla Fisher: sequins, stars & flowers The bras, which have been donated by Triumph, will also be displayed at an event at The Comedy Store in London on Monday 21st February.
















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The winner of the Wordsearch Competition in the last issue of Shepshed Eye was MRS. C. JOHNSON of Newark Close, Shepshed. Congratulations ! Your prize - a £20 Dining Voucher to spend at The Red Lion Inn in Rothley - will be with you soon.

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