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Markfield Colts win new kit in EON’s Power Kicks Competition MARKFIELD COLTS are dressed to impress after winning a full team kit through E.ON’s Power Kicks competition. The under 13 footballers are now proudly wearing their new team kit for their matches in the Leicester and District Sunday Junior League. Kate Everest, whose 12-year old son Matthew has been playing with the Colts for around five years, entered the competition on behalf of the boys. She said: “It was actually Matthew’s grandma – my mum – who spotted the competition, which we were thrilled to win. We’re a small village team, and the under 13 team were still playing in the same hand me down shirts they’d had for three years. “They’ve had a mixed start to the season, and now have quite a few games in hand due to bad weather and pitch conditions. They’re also still in the cup competition, so there’s everything to play for. They’re really keen to get on with the season and test out the new kit. “Markfield Colts run teams for all age groups, with an emphasis on having fun and keeping fit in a team environment. We welcome players of all abilities and with a love of football, with matches on Sunday mornings at South Charnwood High School and Tuesday night training at Newbridge School in the winter and South Charnwood through the summer.” Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON, said: “I hope this new kit brings Markfield Colts luck in their remaining matches this season! “We love running initiatives like this because just as we’re helping our customers in the way they need it most - helping them to only use the energy they need, when they need it, we try to work in a similar way in our communities, providing the support to local groups that they tell us they need.” For more information about getting involved with Markfield Colts, please contact Kevin Bush via kevin@ or on telephone number 07809 151993.

Sequins not required in Bagworth IF YOU ARE interested in dancing, by the time that you read this, you may well have missed the first Charity dance at The Club, Bagworth. It was on Friday 16th February and money was raised for Prostaid, a charity which helps those in Leicestershire and Rutland who are dealing with prostate cancer. However, there is a new system this year where the social dances at The Club are always on the third Friday of the month at 8 pm. Therefore the next two social dances will be on 16th March and 20th April, admission is £2. The next charity dance will be on Friday 18th May which will be the annual ‘Memories’ dance when the charity being supported will be Wishes 4 Kids. Admission is £2.50. The Wednesday tea dances continue as normal at The Club. These take place between 2 pm and 4 pm. Admission for these is £1. If you wish to take part in any or all of these events, sequins are not compulsory. All that is required is a desire to have a good time with like minded people. In addition you will also have the pleasure of knowing that, whilst you are having a good time, you have supported very worthwhile causes. Do give it a go.

JENNI BUTTERISS 1949—2017 I WOULD like to thank all my family and friends who supported me at my wife Jen’s funeral. The collection after the service raised £476 . This will be shared between Macmillan Nurses and Cancer Research. Can I also say a big thank you to Liz the Macmillan nurse and the wonderful ladies of the District Nursing Team and not forgetting my friends and colleagues at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation. Thank you.

Mick Butteriss

STANTON EVENTS DON’T MISS the following two events which will take place at St Mary & All Saints Church Stanton Under Bardon: • SPRING FAYRE to be held on Saturday 17th March at 2 - 4 p.m. Stalls include craft, baking and preserves, bric a brac, raffle. Plants. Tea & Coffee. • CONCERT IN AID OF “THE FIRST RESPONDERS” on Friday 23rd March at 7.30 p.m. Tickets on the door £5.00 including refreshment. Raffle tickets available on the door.

MARKFIELD HOMEMAKERS MARKFIELD HOMEMAKERS meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm • March 14th - Katie Bridger ~ Power in the Landscape: The Families of Grey and Hastings in Leicestershire For more information, call: Brenda on 01530 242173 or Iris on 01530 242436.



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Housing Needs survey of Bardon Park Chapel Markfield Parish

Parent & Toddler Group in Stanton

HERALD READERS in Markfield Parish will probably remember that, last Autumn, they were asked to fill-in a Housing Needs survey and return it to Midlands Rural Housing in Coalville.

I READ in the January issue that you will include details of clubs and groups in the area. I have been running a parent & toddler group in Stanton Under Bardon for the past couple of months and wondered if you would list the details? The group runs on a Friday morning, 10-11am at Stanton under Bardon Village Hall. We charge £2 per child to cover the cost of the hall, plus snacks/drink for the children. Free hot drinks are provided for carers/ parents. All children welcome, babies to pre-schoolers. Many thanks.

Jo Barrett

The Markfield survey is just one of the many, which are being undertaken across the Hinckley and Bosworth Council area, as part of a 5-year rolling programme. Of the 2,498 survey forms distributed to householders across the parish an encouraging 641were returned – giving a 25% response rate, which Midlands Rural Housing say is within their “expected range”. Their staff worked very hard to produce analyse the survey data and produce a 28-page report by the end of January. Its main findings are as follows: • 48% of respondents said they consider that no further homes are needed in the parish. Those that think new homes are required, specified homes for young people and small family homes as a priority. • 20% of family members who had left the parish in the last five years cited a lack of affordable housing as the main reason for leaving. • 63% of respondents said they would support the building of new homes for local people. • Question 23 asked – “Would you move to Markfield if suitable housing was made available?” – 20% said Yes. 80% said No. • 58 responses said they will require alternative housing in the next 5 years. Of these, 67% prefer to buy on the open market; 9% prefer to rent privately; 14% would like shared ownership; 44% would be interested in affordable rent. • 1,2,3, bedroomed properties are most in demand. • 77% think Markfield is a nice place to live; 50% think there is a good community spirit. • 57% think Markfield suffers with anti-social behaviour; 58% think there is a lack of facilities in Markfield. The survey’s results will help guide the development of the next Hinckley and Bosworth Local Plan and the Markfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

WORSHIP SERVICE: Every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. MONTHLY PRAISE MEETINGS: 1st Saturday in every month (except August and January) at 3.00pm. A lively meeting of singing, fellowship and uplifting testimonies and messages THURSDAY ART CLASS: Between 7pm and 9.00pm. Find us at the roundabout at the junction of Shaw Lane (A 511), Bardon Road (A 511) and Beveridge Lane (B 585), take the Leicester-bound (eastbound) carriageway of the A 511 road and the chapel is on the left after about 50 metres. There is a large car park at the back. For more details on any of the above please contact: Richard Norburn on Tel: 01530 242526

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South Charnwood School of Rock PROUD FRIENDS and relatives filled the hall at South Charnwood for two nights in January to see the school production of “School of Rock.” Over 40 pupils took part, which follows the story line of the film starring Jack Black and the West End Production with music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Well supported by the staff band, the cast produced two nights of singing, dancing, excitement and emotion. Every foot was tapping, all hands were clapping and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Congratulations to all and grateful thanks to Mrs Parrott, Mrs Edwards and Mrs Ackland for their hard work. Our picture shows Kwame Kandekore in the lead role as Dewey Finn and Katie Lane-Spouge as Rosalie Mullins, Principal of Horace Green School.

News from Markfield WI AT OUR MEETING in January we had a talk given by Professor Sarah Hainsworth, a forensic engineer. Professor Hainsworth’s talk covered how she became a forensic engineer and what her work involves. Amongst other things we learned about her work on the reasons for the failure of seat belts, the reasons for a lorry fire and how to distinguish which implements have been used to dismember different parts of a body. It transpired that what could have been a rather technical subject was totally fascinating and often humorous. Having been at Leicester University for 20 years Sarah Hainsworth is now at Aston University where she is the first female Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, a real role model for women. • OUR NEXT MEETING is on Wednesday 21st February and will be something completely different, but just as entertaining, when Alison Rockett will be talking about creating jewellery from rolled recycled paper.



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Bliss in Bagworth BAGWORTH Community Centre Trust is delighted to announce a new group of sessions. Bliss Mission is teaming up with Go Gongs to bring you a rare and wonderful opportunity for transformation through Yoga and Sound therapy. Over 8 sessions they will take you on ‘A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHAKRAS’ . Chakra is a Sanskrit word for wheel or disk. In Yoga there are known to be 7 main chakras (wheels of energy) which each have unique qualities, and run from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. This course is designed to cleanse and rebalance your chakras by removing blockages. Each session will focus on one chakra, with the 8th session as an opportunity to integrate the whole journey. This will take place at Bagworth Community Centre, LE67 1BH. It will be from 1 pm to 4 pm on the following dates: March 17th, April 22nd, May 27th, July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, October 7th, and November 4th. It will cost £25 per session, but there is a SPECIAL OFFER of £175 for all 8 sessions.

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Lily is planning to run up Leicester’s tallest building for charity LILY GIBBINS, who delivers Heralds to residents in the Stanton-underBardon area, is taking part in the Tower Run - a charity fundraising event in aid of LOROS. Lily will take her place in the starting line-up - which last year included some elite runners from as far away as Austria and Spain - to run up the 351 steps of St George’s Tower in the centre of Leicester. A glass of Prosecco and a medal await all the runners who can make it to the top - plus a chance to sample the incredible views across Leicester and surrounding countryside. Lily is delighted to have the support of local business Mee & Co in her fundraising challenge. Mee & Co, who are based in Lily’s home village of Stanton under Bardon, provide Will Writing and Lasting Power of Attorney services. They have generously offered to donate 10% of any Will or LPA fees to Lily’s chosen charity, LOROS. So, if you’re in the market for this type of service, and you’d like to help Lily Gibbins raise funds for LOROS, why not give Mee & Co a call on 07837 216213 (Jim Mee) or 07837 660284 (Dave Two of the elite athletes who took part in the Mee) or send an email to: quickquestion@St George’s St George’s Tower Run last year





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Markfield Mosque invites locals to visit, have tea and talk ON SUNDAY 18th February from 11am – 5pm, the Markfield Mosque based at the Islamic Foundation / Markfield Conference Centre, will be hosting an open day and inviting local residents of all faiths and none to explore the architecture and history of the building and the beliefs and practice of those who worship there. The organisers aim to assist the general public to become more familiar and comfortable with Islam, a religion constantly associated in the press with a minority radical element. In the spirit of dialogue and friendship, volunteers from the mosque are working in partnership with Mosques in Leicestershire and all over the UK to organise the event. The day will feature on site tours of the Mosque, the Library, refreshments in the reception cafeteria, an opportunity to observe prayer and other activities. Representatives from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough council as well as religious groups, the local police force, schools and community groups together with neighbours and friends from the surrounding area will be attending throughout the day. Mayor Laurence O’shea and the Lady Mayoress will arrive and attend the event at 12 noon. Farooq Murad, Director of the Islamic Foundation, said: “We at the Markfield Mosque, along with our valued partners at Muslim Council of Britain and Mosques throughout Leicestershire and across the whole of the UK, are delighted at the level of interest in this event. We look forward to giving our guests the chance to see for themselves what goes on in the mosque.” Local Cllr Matthew Lay of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said: “Having been present at this event previously and seen all the good work that is been done at the centre generally I hope the initiative will help people to associate the mosque with the valuable community work and rich spiritual life which it hosts week in, week out.”

Want to be creative? Have a cup of tea! TEA-DRINKERS have always known that almost anything is possible, with a cup of tea in your hand, and now it seems that the scientists are catching up with them. For there seems to be proof that a simple cup of tea can spark an instant burst of your brainpower and creativity, enhancing your mood and cognitive ability. Yet, although tea contains both caffeine and theanine, both of which increase attentiveness and alertness, these do not usually take effect as quickly as the simple act of drinking tea seems to do. Thus, researchers suspect that simply drinking the tea works to enhance your mood. Tests found that drinking tea helped people in both divergent thinking (the process of coming up with a number of new ideas around a central theme), and also with creativity. This must make tea the go-to drink for writers, artists and musicians, and indeed anyone looking for inspiration. So - go put the kettle on! The study appeared in the journal Food Quality and Preference.

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Watch the Markfield Carnivals from 1937 to 1939 Norman Griffiths finds local films on the internet THE MEDIA Archive for Central England (MACE) is a specialist public film archive for the East and West Midlands. It collects, preserves and documents moving images of the region as well as those filmed by people from the region, and aims to make film, video and digital materials as accessible as possible. Based at the University of Lincoln MACE is an independent company and registered charity. There are nine independent English regional film archives which work closely together and have links with the UK’s national film archives at the British Film Institute, the Imperial War Museum and the National Libraries of Wales and Scotland. MACE is also closely connected with the county record offices across the Midlands for whom they act as the specialist repository for moving images held on film, video and digital formats. Mace holds a treasure trove of digitised material, though not all of it is available to view online. It’s easy to search the archive and if you can view a video online you’ll see a thumbnail photo. George Weston, who ran the Majestic Cinema at Ratby, was busy between 1937 and 1939 filming carnivals in Markfield. The carnivals appear to be in aid of the Leicester Royal Infirmary. We see people standing outside shops and houses and in the streets in Markfield posing for the camera, children in costumes and prizes being awarded. Mrs Plowman crowns Miss Dorothy Cooper Carnival Queen with flower girls in attendance. There are colour shots of the parade including a marching brass band, decorated lorries and local people wearing costumes. In the 1939 sequence Bosworth Liberal MP Sir William Edge MP crowns Miss Rita Bown Carnival Queen, with shots of the crowning and a crowd of spectators, followed by scenes of the parade including more decorated floats. A compilation of home movies from 1942 has a sequence of fun on the ice at Groby Pool in January. The film starts with scenes of people ice skating on the frozen water. Dad seems very confident that he won’t go through the ice. There’s then a brief shot of the war memorial at Bradgate Park followed by scenes in the family garden including a boy riding a tricycle and preparations for a garden party. Next the family are seen walking up Beacon Hill near Loughborough which is followed by views of a windmill at Woodhouse Eaves; children in a playground at Wicksteed Park in Kettering and boys fishing at Abbey Park in Leicester.

One of the floats driving past Bowns in Main Street, Markfield

The family are seen again at Bradgate Park, followed by scenes shot in the family garden showing two boys with an improvised swing made with a ladder, and then using a stirrup pump to demonstrate how to put out an incendiary device in the yard of the family business. This cuts to a winter scene of the boys in the garden building a snowman (in the image of Adolf Hitler - “It’s That Man Again”). The final section shows a model railway layout. Other short films include • a 1976 television report on rehearsals for the 1976 Newtown Linford pageant. You may be impressed with the colourful costumes that the villagers created. • County Hall being completed in 1967 and featuring in a short film • from 1964 a short sequence showing the construction of the M1 • from 1965 footage of police staging a mock accident somewhere on the motorway between Lutterworth and Markfield. Searching for Leicester footage is more productive and includes a report on the reaction of shoppers to the opening of the country’s largest supermarket in 1961 at Lee Circle car park. It was opened by Sid James just in time for the Christmas trade. If you enjoy a wedding then you’ll want to see an amateur film of the wedding of Mr and Mrs Harry Willis at the Church of St John the Baptist, Knighton, on 3rd June 1944. A sea of ladies hats and a day of happiness after 5 years of war. Back in 1920 you can watch a fund raising film and share a day of happiness with the children of Leicester as they go on holiday to Mablethorpe with the Leicester Poor Boys’ and Girls’ Summer Camp and Institute. There are more films to watch but most of the archive isn’t online yet, so look out for those with thumbnail photos. They’re easy to find, just go to and enter your search term. And if any of the films bring back memories let the The Herald know.

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Bagworth, Thornton & Stanton-underBardon Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group Monthly Report THE STEERING GROUP are currently concentrating on preparations for the forthcoming Stakeholder Meeting in March (date to be finalised). The purpose of this meeting is to invite representatives of all businesses, landowners, farmers, religious organisations, clubs, sports clubs and public associations, such as Scouts and Guides and the Womens Institute, to learn about the purpose and function of the Neighbourhood Planning Group and to put forward their own ideas and suggestions for the development of our designated area during the next twenty years. The evening event will consist of short talks by appropriate speakers followed by the division of attendees into discussion groups to consider issues associated with the major planning processes and to obtain ideas and suggestions from attendees. Coffee and tea will be available. I would urge anyone who has a managerial position in any of the aforementioned organisations in the Bagworth, Thornton, Stanton-underBardon and Merry Lees areas to email me at ianbriggs118@gmail. com to obtain more information and to register their interest in this event. The Stakeholder Event is your opportunity to have a say in the future development of our area. A leaflet giving more information about the event will be distributed very shortly. Meanwhile, I would like to give you advance notice of another major public consultation process which will be carried out later this year. A Questionnaire seeking your views and opinions on many aspects of local development planning will be sent to all properties in our designated area. Please don’t ignore it! Your responses to the questions asked will be used to inform the draft Neighbourhood Plan and will have significant influence on the contents of the final Plan. More details of this in my next report to The Herald. Vice-Chairman, BT&SuB NP Steering Group



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Coming up at Thornton Club • • •

Sat 10th Mar: Eddie’s Classic Vinyl Night Sat 17th Mar: Wooden Dustbin - Rock Covers Band Sat 24th Mar: The Bemuzos - Rock & Pop Mash Ups Sat 7th Apr: Top Secret Covers Band

Stanton Village Hall NEWS As we enter another year, the calendar for the first six months for coffee mornings has been agreed – these are

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20th March 17th April 15th May 19th June

As before, opening times are from 10.00 am to 1230 pm. These dates all coincide with the published arrival of the mobile library van. If you are free in the mornings please do come along to join us. You don’t have to be a member of the silver haired brigade, we would really like to see people of all ages there. Whilst writing of dates for the diary, with regard to Cinema Night, a slip of the fingers gave the wrong date for the showing of Dunkirk. This should be 21st April. Many apologies.

Become a Trustee We are really in need of people to come forward to become Trustees and help us to run the hall. The main duties, apart from deciding upon its future, are the opening and

closing for bookings, making sure the hall is clean etc ready for hirers. This mostly happens at weekends. The Trustees run the hall for the village and really need the support of the villagers to ensure the future. If you can give just a few hours a month then please get in touch through our email address which is As I have said, the hall is for the villagers. Do you have any wishes for things you would like to see going on? It might be an organist,

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jazz band, indoor bowls, you name it and we will work with you to try to bring it about. The hall has been incredibly successful, and we want to build on that success and involve the residents of Stanton under Bardon. Contact us at the above email, drop in at Coffee Morning or leave a note in the letter box.

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Newbold Verdon Jazz Club THE FEBRUARY concert at Newbold Verdon Jazz Club was a return of the very popular band, New Orleans Heat. Once again we heard great playing from all of these talented musicians and also lots of vocals from Roger Bird, Dave Vickers and Richard Church. The programme varied from energetic ‘Panama’ to lovely old spirituals like ‘Take My Hand Precious Lord’. Roger gave us two much requested tunes on clarinet, ‘My Mother’s Eyes’ and ‘ St Philips Street Breakdown’ and Barry Grummet kept us on our toes with his energetic piano playing. The evening finished with an exhilarating version of ‘Caladonia’. All together a very enjoyable evening. • THE NEXT EVENT is on Friday March 2nd when Baby Jools Jazzaholics will be performing, a band not to be missed. Do come along to Newbold Verdon Social Club and join us. Admisson £9.00 with drinks and snacks at club prices. The doors open at 7.00pm and music is from 8.00 – 10.30pm. For more details ring Kelvin on 01455 822824 or Pauline on 01162 865496.

Spring forward in Bagworth DON’T FORGET the date of the Spring Fayre at Bagworth Community Centre.

It is between 1 pm to 4 pm on Saturday 24th March. This is organised by the Bagworth Forward Group (BFG) and so all of the profits are used to enhance the life of the village, for example the vast majority of the spring flowers in Bagworth. There will be the usual types of stalls at the Fayre as well as some more unusual ones. Come along and have a look. Admission is free. The Coffee Shop will be open selling drinks, cake, etc. All being well there will also be a fish and chip van in the car park, so come along and have Saturday lunch and much much more. If you wish to hire a stall please call Karen on 01530 230573.

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Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council Minutes Extracts from the Unapproved Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 9th January 2018, at The Village Hall, Stanton Under Bardon commencing at 7pm. • REPORT BY COUNCILLOR M LAY: The borough council have launched the directions for growth. There will be a public consultation which Councillor Lay urged parishioners to have a look. There will also be an open workshop/ conservation event on 17th January 2018 • REPORT BY COUNTY COUNCILLOR BEDFORD: The main concerns by parishioners were the gritting and the replenishing of the grit bins. •120 Bus Service – Still in review however Councillor Bedford reiterated his support for this service. Advised the council to look at how we can provide bus services such as a mini bus or taxi services. He stated that the continuation of the service depended on the number of people using it. He would welcome the views of parishioners. • CLERK’S REPORT: The Clerk presented a report updating the Council on matters arising from the last meeting. The Clerk was instructed to place an order with a local builder to install the War Memorial Benches and to provide Westleigh Partnership with the specification for the fencing.

• FINANCE: Budget 2018/19 – The clerk provided a budget for financial period 2018/19. After a council discussion the following amendments were APPROVED:• An increase in the precept to £11,875 • An addition for any village improvements of £5,000 • The inclusion for the Zip Wire subject to receiving a grant from the parish initiative fund. • Clerk to check the Insurance cover for the Village Hall and to allow for that expense. • To allow £1,000 for the appointment of a Data Protection Officer which will be a contribution from the parish to the LRALC. The precept was APPROVED for an increased amount of 2% based on the tax base for 2018/19 of £11,875 proposed by Mr Geary and seconded by Mr Briggs. • PARISH PROPERTIES Recreation ground inspection. It was reported that the blue gate hinge had broken and APPROVED that the whole gate needed to be replaced. It was reported that there were the usual mole holes and dog fouling on the field. The footpath needs work as water was pooling in some areas.

Allotments – inspections have been suspended. • LITTER BAGS It was AGREED in council that the Clerk discusses the possibility of stocking bio-degradable poo bags with the proprietor of Stanton Stores. • GRIT BOXES IN VILLAGE It was AGREED that the Parish Council weren’t responsible for the Grit Bins. Parishioners and the school should be advised to contact County Highways in this regard. • VILLAGE HALL LEASE It was AGREED that the lease be extended from Jan 2018 to Dec 2022. The utilities have now been transferred from the council to the village hall trustees. It was advised that the trustees be requested to investigate the need for re-decoration of the interior.

What the teacher says and what the teacher means…. IF YOU HAVE ever wondered what the teachers really think of your child, you may enjoy these snippets from real reports…. and the thought behind them! • James has a remarkable ability in gathering needed information from his classmates. (He was caught cheating on an exam.) • Karen is an endless fund of energy and viability. (Your hyperactive monster can’t stay put for five minutes.) • Fantastic imagination! (He’s one of the biggest liars I have ever met.) • Margie exhibits a relaxed attitude to school, indicating that high

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expectations don’t intimidate her. (The lazy thing hasn’t done one assignment all term.) Sue is a real athlete, with superior hand-eye coordination. (The little creep stung me with a rubber band from 15 feet away.) Nick thrives on interaction with his peers. (Your son never shuts up.) Nancy’s greatest asset is demonstrative public discussions. (Every time I give an assignment, she responds by sparking a classroom argument over it.) John enjoys the thrill of engaging challenges with his peers. (He’s an incorrigible bully.) Jane is an adventurous nature lover, who rarely misses opportunities to explore new territory. (Your daughter skipped class and nearly drowned trying to catch wriggly things in the school pond.)

Redgate Rabbits Report WE HAVE some lovely rabbits (and a guinea pig) at the moment: some to look at - i.e. the really big ones which are for specialist keepers - and some up for general re-homing. They are currently comfortably housed in the outside cat runs. (Don’t worry – no cats are outdoors at the moment!). You can just about see the bunnies in amongst heaps of hay and straw! But if you can’t have a rabbit as a pet, and would still like to help us, we would be very, very grateful for donations of rabbit food and treats. Rabbits and ‘Guineas’ also love vegetables and native British herbs such as Parsley, Borage and Mint. And as rabbits are very inquisitive and playful, they would love some more toys please! Please refer to websites such as the following for food ideas for rabbits: We would be extremely grateful for donations of the following for our feed-room at any time of year (and the goats, pigs and birds will help eat them too): Spinach, Spring Green, Beet Greens, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Carrots, Watercress, Radish tops, leafy Fennel tops, Brussels sprouts, Mange Tout peas, uncooked fruits and of course lots of Dandelions! Looking forward to seeing you; we are open every day: 11am – 3.30pm. Thank you! Tel: 01530 243 925 Email:

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Our NHS is not perfect but it does a remarkable job Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald A RECENT DIY mishap and a twitter storm involving the US president Donald Trump got me thinking this month about that great British Institution the National Health Service or as most know it, the NHS. Personally speaking I have always had a great fondness for the USA and have spent many happy days both working and relaxing over the pond ever since my first excursion back in 1991. It is a wonderful country of great contrasts - many of them good but some of them bad. It’s fair to say therefore that I was dismayed when the US President took it upon himself to denigrate the UK’s healthcare system. Whether that was intended we shall not know but it did get me pondering about our healthcare system and the massive challenges it now faces and why we should be prepared to make our concerns known before it’s all too late. Despite the many challenges it faces the NHS does a remarkable job with the resources it has at its disposal. It’s not perfect - far from it - and like any organisation it has failings which when it comes to healthcare, rarely go unnoticed or are without consequence.

Vision led to creation of NHS Yes, it has waste and inefficiencies, but what organisation doesn’t? It could be better but unless politicians are willing to stand up and be honest with us all about funding and demand, we might as well kiss goodbye to the sorts of universal coverage free at the point of need, which our grandparents’ generation fought so bravely for (particularly in the Second World War). It was a vision that led to the creation of the NHS and influenced almost every western nation bar the USA to provide universal healthcare to its citizens. How this is paid for, whether through forms of national insurance or general taxation, matters little; essentially it’s about universal coverage and needs-based care, not wealth-based care and it became the norm. This development led to big increases in life expectancy, reducing infant mortality, and many other health statistics. The biggest advances came amongst the working and middle class families who previously had needed

to ration healthcare themselves, due to its relative cost and access. A hospital visit was avoided not because it wasn’t needed but because it could be ruinous to family finances. So a couple of weeks ago I strayed into doing some DIY which included using a saw to cut some laminate flooring. Half way through the job and just as I was warming up, I dragged the saw across my finger leaving a nasty and deep gash which I immediately realised was beyond the humble plaster to mend. Off I went to the Loughborough Walk-In Centre not having to think about personal cost, insurance provisions (was this accident my fault and so not covered in the policy) or making sure I had my wallet. It was just past 7pm when we set off and I half expected it to be 7am in the morning before I would return; not because I would need the finger putting back onto my hand but because of the anticipation of massive waiting times. As it turned out I was seen, had 4 stitches and was on my way back to Markfield in just over two hours. The service was excellent and a demonstration of what can be achieved in a first rate facility. The sad fact is that the Loughborough Walk In Centre is the only one of its kind in Leicestershire - open 24 hours a day 365 days a year - when in reality every market town should have such a facility. When I was a non-executive director of the Charnwood and North West Leicestershire NHS Trust between 2000 and 2006, I was proud to support the expansion of the Walk-In Centre and the development of nurse-based practitioners who would lead it. Although a costly service, it was cheaper than the alternative of people ending up in the Accident and Emergency at the Leicester Royal infirmary, and far more convenient for those who needed its care.

Future felt brighter To get it going required significant up front investment but the commitment was there. Back then - between 2000-2006 - the future of the NHS felt so much brighter. Record levels of investment were poured in and outcomes vastly improved, including huge reductions in waiting times. Capital investment also took place

demonstrated by the building of new hospitals in Loughborough and Hinckley. The problem (which was recognised at the time) is that you needed to maintain and grow those levels of investment, not over 10 years but consistently if you are to meet the increasing demands of a population that is growing and in which people are living longer, often with chronic conditions. While it can be pointed out that investment in the NHS has risen over recent years this does not tell the full story. For a start the demands placed on the NHS have easily outstripped the resources going in. This is not an NHS phenomenon but something all modern healthcare systems have witnessed: sustained increases in the costs of providing healthcare for the reasons already explained.

Robbing Peter to pay Paul Another key point to understand is that at the same time as NHS funding increased, the funding for social care provided by the Government to local councils has fallen behind demand to such an extent that this is leading to rapidly increasing demand in hospitals. In a sense it is robbing Peter to pay Paul and eventually this becomes unsustainable. Examples of this include increasing re-admissions of elderly or vulnerable patients who are discharged too early to inappropriate settings for their needs and have to be readmitted. If the care available in the community was better resourced up front this might be avoided. It was felt that caring for more people in the community would provide better outcomes but to do this you need to invest first in more capacity in the community in a significant way, not reduce it. Anyway as most people are aware the NHS needs more money to retain its ability to provide universal care to all when needed. Without this alternative more people will feel obliged (those who can afford it) to take out private healthcare and before too long the NHS will exist only for those who don’t have private care. And the next step after that, is to reduce its service provision further. So would paying a bit more really be so disagreeable? If we look to the United States, a really basic healthcare insurance

Matthew Lay package would cost an individual around £350 per month (if they were in good health without preexisting medical conditions) but this comes with a huge excess (they call it a deductible) of around £5,000 which you would need to pay first before getting anything on your policy. This basic package also excludes many things we would take for granted, and there is no fixed price prescription costs as in the UK. Despite its basic nature, the US also has some 28 million people without any form of healthcare insurance who literally cannot afford to see a doctor or get any treatment without being forced to pay up front for treatment or taking out a loan. On a per head of population the US spends around £7,200 per year per person on healthcare. In the UK we spend just £2,989 (one of the lowest in the western world). For this we get to live longer than people in the US. And the complexity of the US system means that the Government in the US actually ends up spending more (and taxing more) on healthcare than we do in the UK and yet still it does not provide universal coverage to its citizens.

Easy to find fault This seems to me to be a little barmy but it is what it is. In fact the NHS actually makes private healthcare proportionately cheaper in the UK because it relies on the NHS to provide all emergency care and most primary care as well. Without this, premiums would be on a different scale. It’s always easy to take something for granted and it’s always easy to find fault but do we really want to end up with an insurancebased scheme to provide for our healthcare from cradle to grave, one based on the ability to afford it, not based on any clinical need and where the burden falls proportionately on all. The NHS needs more investment and the cost of this investment will be far lower to you and me than any alternative way of providing care.


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Markfield Local History Group news WE RECENTLY held our AGM at the Library in Markfield, where we reviewed the successes of last year’s programme and looked forward to the coming year. Speakers in 2017 gave us fascinating insights into Stoneywell Cottage gardens, the history of women’s suffrage, occupations of Markfield and the Ashby canal. We had a very informative visit to Leicester Cathedral where those who felt able climbed the bell tower and listened to a talk on the bells and their history. This was followed by a look around St. Nicholas’s Church opposite the Holiday Inn, where we marvelled at the Saxon and later features and heard about the part that the church played in the reinterment of King Richard III. The village walk proved very popular again – it is great to attract new visitors to Markfield from around the county and beyond as part of the national Archaeology Festival. We will be running the walk again this year.

Large Cabinet Required - Can You Help? Part of the work of the group involves research on a range of projects and this includes looking at the archive of photos and documents relating to the village and surrounding area which we hold. At present we are in need of a large cabinet to store some of the archive, so if anyone knows of one that we could have please let us know, either on the website or by phoning Rosie on the number below. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. There will be a number of events across Britain and we discussed what we might do in Markfield to commemorate this. The annual service at the new War Memorial on the green is always well attended, but there may be other ways in which we can observe the anniversary. The former Institute which for many years was the village war memorial has now sadly been demolished. Members recalled that there were memorials on the walls of the institute, although their present whereabouts are not known. If anyone has any information about this or any photos or other memorabilia which they would like to share with the group, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday March 20th. More details will be in next month’s Herald.


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LEICESTERSHIRE A HERITAGE AT RISK A 1970 CPRE Film and Talk by TONY STOTT MONDAY 19th March 2018 at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall at 7.30pm In 1970 the CPRE (Council for the Preservation of Rural England) produced a film highlighting the concerns for the countryside, loss of hedgerows, new houses, loss of village identities, new roads etc. Most of the issues raised, some 48 years ago, are almost the same today. The delightful aspect of this film is that it brings back memories of a quieter pace of life in rural Leicestershire and Charnwood Forest, but do the pubs look the same. After the film Tony Stott, acting Chair CPRE East Midlands, will look at the issues today and the impact of the current Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan. The meeting will be preceded by a short AGM.

~ April Event ~ Monday 23rd April 2018. “A Soldier’s Journey; from Headley Court to Stanford Hall” will be a talk by Luke Wigman of his own experiences of success over adversity. Luke is an ex paratrooper and an ambassador for the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) which is due to open at Stanford Hall this April. Luke, who is a truly inspirational speaker, has been in great demand all over the UK and overseas and we are fortunate that he can come and talk to us on the eve of the opening of Stanford Hall. Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall 7.30pm For further information contact Dick Howard or look at our website Visitors welcome £3 on the door. Tel: Dick Howard 01530 245373

For more information about the Markfield Local History Group, visit the website at or phone Rosie Woodland on 01530 244497

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It was traditionally a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together. Children and young people who were ‘in service’ would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers - hence the reason most children these days give flowers to their Mum on Mothers Day.

Leicester Comedy Festival

IT’S LEICESTER Comedy Festival from 7th to 25th February and the programme features over 830 shows in 69 venues across Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland with over 120,000 people expected to attend. To celebrate the festival here’s 5 rib-tickling books you can borrow from the library to get you laughing out loud without leaving your armchair.

Volunteers Needed many people are touched by dementia. LIKE ANY other charity we rely completely on volunteers, and like every The Road to Little Dribbling other charity our volunteers come and go. Everyone involved in the library, our Trustees; Management Committee; Librarians and leaders of all the groups and classes are volunteers and we need more volunteers to join us. You don’t need to have any specific qualifications as all the training and advice will be given. We are also totally flexible about how much time you can spare whether it’s a few hours a week or th help on an occasional basis. Volunteering in the library is a chance to meet new people and make new friends as well as facing new experiences and developing new skills. We not only need more volunteers to train up as librarians but also need help with our activities and displays. However, if you do have any special skills or interests that you think would benefit our library we would love to hear from you. If you would like to know more about volunteering in the library either call in anytime during our opening hours and have a chat with the volunteer librarian or email

More Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson ASE COME TO OUR FRIENDLY COFFEE MORNING

at MARKFIELD LIBRARY at 11am on Wednesday 18 January.

TWENTY years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the bestselling travel book ever, and was also voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the twentieth anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey round Britain to see what has changed.

ould you please spend just one hour to derstand a little more about dementia? Animal - The Autobiography of a uld help you, family, friends, neighbours Female Body by Sara Pascoe our whole community. Very-Belated Thank You SARA is a comedian who has talked and joked about A BELATED thank you to one of our volunteers Gabriella who knitted hundreds of tiny snowmen, elves and angels over the Christmas period and sold them to raise funds for both the Library and the Community Centre. She raised over £100 and we really do ap-preciate it, thank you Gabriella.

female psychology and the media’s portrayal of women on stage and screen. While researching her most recent live show, Sara realised that she had a lot more to say. Animal - how a woman is made, aims to be entertaining and informative and personal and universal and silly about lots of things and serious about some.

r free, valuable and interesting Dementia Friends ormation Session is just about asking everyone to Marie stand a bitCurie moreGreat aboutDaffodil dementia and how we might Appeal Coffee Morning ke life that bit easier and more pleasant for those Peas and Queues Saturday February 24th - 10.00am to 12.00 people who live with it. HELP US raise some funds for the Marie Curie Memorial by Sandi Toksvig Foundation by joining us for a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday 24th February. The Foundation believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left, and Marie Curie Nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. For people living with a terminal illness, they can help them stay in the place where they are most comfortable. Come along and help raise much needed funds whilst enjoying coffee, cake and a chat.

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World Book Day

MARCH 1ST is World Book Day. This year our library will be participating in World Book Day and we will be giving away £1 book tokens to pre-school children. World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and reading. In fact, its the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This year marks the 21st anniversary of World Book Day which aims to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading and giving them the opportunity to have a book of their own. The £1 book token is provided by National Book Tokens together with book publishers and booksellers. Take the book token to a local bookseller and swap it for one of the ten new and completely free World Book Day books or if you’d prefer, you can use the book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. The book tokens are valid from Monday 26th February to Sunday 25th March.

Mother’s Day

MOTHER’S DAY craft activities on Saturday March 10th between 10.00am and 12.00pm. Come along and make some Mothers Day cards and crafts to give to your Mum. Mothering Sunday goes way back to the 16th century and always falls exactly three weeks before Easter Day.

HOW DO you get rid of unwanted guests? What do you do if there’s a racket in the quiet carriage? How should you eat peas, and behave in queues? How to behave, like how to punctuate, is an aspect of life that many are no longer taught. Thankfully, Sandi Toksvig has come to the rescue with her entertaining guide to modern manners, with characteristic wit and perceptiveness.

Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse And Other Lessons from Modern Life by David Mitchell WHAT’S WRONG with calling a burglar brave? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion that someone has created chocolate toothpaste? Is there anything to be done about the Internet? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell as he delights us with a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats. Funny, provocative and shot through with refreshing amounts of common sense,Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse celebrates and commiserates on the state of things in our not entirely glorious nation.

A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English by Shappi Khorsandi IT’S 1977 and life in Iran is becoming unpredictable. The Shah will be

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THE HERALD • MID-FEBRUARY 2018 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: overthrown and events are about to take place on the world stage. But for five-year-old Shappi Khorsandi all this means is that she must flee, leaving behind a mad extended Iran clan and eve-rything she has ever known. Shappi and her beloved brother Peyvand arrive with their parents in London - all cold weather and strange food - without a word of English. If adapting to a new culture isn’t troubling enough, it soon becomes clear that the Ayatollah’s henchmen are in pursuit. With the help of MI5, Shappi’s family go into hiding. So apart from checking under the family car for bombs every morning, Shappi’s childhood is like any other kids’ - swings in the park, school plays, kiss-chase and terrorists. For more information about events or activities please visit our website at or email

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2018 Markfield National Trust Leicester Association COTTAGE at Ulverscroft, the only National WI Programme STONEYWELL Trust residential property in Leicestershire, opened to the February: Alison Rocket Creating Jewellery From Rolled Recycled Paper March: Maria Hanson Meanddee April: Jane Arnold Women’s Land Army May: Resolutions Evening Taste and Compare June: Linda Khalid Mindfulness July: Revd Canon Alan Haydock Confessions of a Country Vicar August: Dave Andrews Radio Leicester September: Louise Brooks Day in the Life of a Thoroughly Modern Milliner October: Jan Gaskell My Time as a Lady Mayoress November: Peter Wood Willow Weaving December: Christmas Party

Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7.45pm at the Methodist Church, Main St Markfield. Further information from Fran Johnson 01530 243350 or Jane Barrington 01530 243285.

“The Filling Station” Friday 2nd March

7.30pm at Markfield Congregational Hall Contemporary worship, prayer, teaching, sharing

public for its fourth season on 1st February.

The property is a large five bedroom cottage with two ground floor rooms all of which are open to visitors. In addition there is a beautiful 4 acre garden and 11 acres of woods to explore and a small tea room. Due to the size of the property and the narrow staircases almost all visits are by guided tour with just a few “free flow” openings on selected weekends. Visitors learn about Sydney and Jeannie Gimson who had the cottage built as a summer residence. They lived at the cottage from Whitsun to late autumn each year and returned to their Leicester townhouse just for the winter. A tour begins with details of the architect, Ernest Gimson, Sydney’s younger brother, and an explanation of his design and the construction of the cottage. The design of the cottage is based on the ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement and is the only Arts & Crafts cottage remaining in this country that has never been extended. Inside the cottage many items of handmade furniture are highlighted which were made for various members of the family including items made in 1899 specifically for the cottage and which have been there ever since. Whilst touring the cottage visitors also hear the story of the three generations of the Gimson family that have owned the cottage until it was sold to the National Trust. This also includes the stories of the various tenants who occupied the property, 365 days a year, from 1938 to 1947. Due to the conditions of the Planning Consent to open the building to the public all visits to Stoneywell have to be pre-booked either by logging on to or telephoning 01530 248048. During most of the year bookings can be made at only 24 hours notice. Stoneywell is now open 7 days a week until Friday 30th November, 10.00am to 5.00pm (4.00pm until 25th March) The NT Leicester Association has an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 28th February when David Ray will present a talk entitled “William Morris and the English Silk Road”. The meeting will be held at St Guthlac’s Memorial Hall, Holbrook Road, Leicester at 2.30pm. There will also be an evening meeting on Tuesday 13th March at The Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone at 7.30pm. Linda Thomas (NT) will present an illustrated talk entitled “The History of Attingham Park” Admission to both meetings is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00, including refreshments. For details of the NT Leicester Association and its Talks Service for other organisations please call 0116 2229133.

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Have your say on Letter dog fouling - could school term and Bagworth we have some dog bins please holiday dates

WE’VE RECENTLY moved to Bagworth from the Kibworth area.

RESIDENTS across Leicestershire are being given the opportunity to have their say on their preferred school term and holiday dates from Autumn 2019.

Leicestershire County Council has launched a consultation to capture the views of the public on three suggested options, one of which is to align with patterns in city schools. The options are: •

Retain the current Leicestershire pattern which includes an early Autumn half-term break and an early Spring half-term break;

A term time pattern based on Leicester City Council’s arrangements from Autumn 2019;

An alternative pattern, which includes a later Autumn half-term break from 2019 and a later Spring half-term break from 2020; The current term dates for our schools in the county end in Summer 2019 so, as a result, we’re required to consult on future term dates and I’m encouraging people to have their say. The feedback will enable us to determine if we maintain the current arrangements or align school terms with surrounding areas. Person:Councillor Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families To ensure schools and parents have sufficient notice, the consultation on term-time patterns applies for 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22. People can have their say at or to request a paper copy, call 0116 305 6324 or email The deadline for consultation submissions is 2 April 2018.

One of the first things I noticed on walking my dog, was the amount of dog mess on pavements and grass. I’ve even walked pass people allowing their dog to foul , and then walking on without bagging it up. I haven’t seen one single dog walker with a full bag in their hand. I’m sure they are out there, but I’ve yet to meet one. On the flip side of this, I’m disappointed that I have to walk around with a full bag in my hand. My dog is elderly, so our walks are limited to the Holyrood graveyard, Main Street and Station road. There are signs around warning of the consequences of not clearing up after your pooch, but I’ve yet to find a dog bin. Even regular rubbish bins are limited, whereas unsightly, large, black plastic planters are in abundance. Although I appreciate that dog bins won’t magically make this problem go away, but even if it encourages a few people to dispose of their dogs waste, surely this has to be a positive. I don’t believe that naming and shaming will help with village relations, but If you see someone not clearing up after their dog, you could offer a bag, and point them in the direction of a nearby dog bin.

Paula Rushen-O’Brien

Art Exhibition at Loughborough Town Hall 1st March to 14th April THE INSPIRATIONS Art Exhibition will feature work by local artist Ingrid Hill in watercolours, pen & wash, acrylics and oils. Join Ingrid on Saturday 3rd March between 10am and 1pm and talk to her about her work.

Bookings being taken for Mothering Sunday 11th March

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• Hanging Baskets 2018 – CJ Springthorpe had quoted £3487.50 to supply, install and maintain the baskets this year (3% increase). APPROVED • Cliffe Hill Quarry Liaison Committee: - A representative from Shaw Lane Community Action Group should be represented on Midland Quarry Products Liaison Committee. APPROVED • Parish Council owned grit bins – Requests for grit bins had been made by residents of: Birchfield Avenue, Neville Drive & Croft Way. APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE • COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT - 120 Bus service – Mr P Bedford was making representations to the Cabinet committee in support of continuing the existing service, but other options may need to be considered during quiet times. - Gritting service – Mr P Bedford has received many emails regarding the lack of highways gritting throughout Markfield during the recent freezing conditions and was currently seeking to clarify Leics County Council’s position on this. The LCC website suggested that residents could request that grit bins are filled so Mr T Lockley and Mr M Lay had requested 2 highway

monitor = £277.00 exc VAT. A member of JPFMC should check that the missing camera is not stored on site before approval. – This matter was to be held in abeyance. - New Patio area: A member of the committee was obtaining quotations. - Open Space – adjacent to the cricket pitch: Mr T Lockley had requested a quotation to flail the area.

Extracts from the Minutes of the Markfield Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at 8.00pm at the Methodist Chapel, Markfield. bins be filled – Mr P Bedford to clarify which bins were to be filled by LCC. Mr M Lay asked MR P Bedford to make representations for Chitterman Way to be made a “Priority 2 route,” as it was a bus route, site of Markfield Surgery, Pharmacy and Post Office. - Graffiti – A50 Bridge, entering the village and A50 underpass. These matters had been reported to LCC on several occasions but no action had been taken – Mr P Bedford to follow up. • BOROUGH COUNCILLOR’S REPORT - Mercenfeld Primary School, car parking at the Community Centre – It had been agreed that a limited number of spaces could be made for staff for a fee. The Library had made a space available for the Principle.

• COMMUNITY CENTRE AND MAYFLOWER CLOSE RECREATION GROUND - Approved maintenance contractors – Any maintenance service should be provided by approved contractors and any quotations received should be approved by a minimum of two Parish Councillors. APPROVED. • CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA AND MUGA - Safety surfacing – New surfacing to cover existing “Wet Pour” surfacing, new Sea-Saw and Tractor. 50% funding via Parish & Community Initiative fund maximum of £5,000. Ongoing JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS REPORT - CCTV Tranter Fire & Security Systems Ltd had provided a quotation to replace the missing

• CEMETERY MATTERS - Repairs to chapel roof – Mr J Wait would undertake the more urgent repairs to resolve the immediate issue of water ingress. APPROVED. Mr J Wait would attend a site visit later on in the year to discuss the renovation of roof, windows and brickwork. • PARISH LAND & MILLENIUM GARDEN - Open Space off Launde Road (Field Head) Barnes Bespoke fencing – Galvanised kissing gate quotation £1210 exc VAT. Picnic table and additional bench. Possibility of this being funded by Green Infrastructure grant from LCC – APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE

My dogs are excellent guard dogs. As long as the burglars remember to ring the doorbell.

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Beware tough laws on using phones as satnavs in cars IT IS NOW nearly a year (April 2017) since the Law clamped down on motorists who use their phones at the wheel. But many drivers may not realise that the laws also extend to using mobile phones as satnavs. Although it is not illegal to use a navigation app, drivers face prosecution if they touch the handset for any reason, while they are at the wheel, even if the vehicle is not moving. The maximum penalty has doubled, to a £200 fine and six points, or even disqualification. Pete Williams, road safety spokesman for the RAC, says: ‘More has to be done to educate drivers that any use of a hand-held phone at the wheel is both illegal and presents both a mental and physical distraction that could ultimately cause a crash and the loss of life.’ In 2015 there were 22 deaths on the roads, simply due to drivers using handheld phones.

Beautiful THE ENGLISH test had only one question: ‘Write an essay on “The Most Beautiful Thing I Ever Saw.”’ One of the students finished his essay in less than a minute. It read in its entirety: “The most beautiful thing I ever saw was just too beautiful for words.” He got the only A in the class.

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Letter from Uncle Eustace

On the perils of ladies cleaning the church The Rectory


St. James the Least My dear Nephew Darren I MUST begin with a confession. I know it is wrong of me, but last Wednesday I coveted your modern, purpose-built, user-friendly worship centre. Your concrete cube may have all the aesthetic charm of a suburban bus shelter, but it is clean, bright and does not have the propensity for sheltering dead animals in dark corners. March at St. James the Least brings an annual event I dread: the Boon Day. There is a certain irony in the ladies of the parish – who without exception employ dailies to do all their domestic cleaning and dusting – getting together to wash, polish and scrape 12 monthsworth of accumulated dirt from the church interior. Having very obviously put in hours of thought about correct dress – not looking as if they’re set for drinks at the golf club, but equally not giving the impression that wielding a mop and bucket comes naturally to them – they arrive equipped with the Cartier equivalents of bleach and dusters. I am slightly surprised Admiral Wetherspoon’s wife knows which end of a brush should be held. Miss Pemberton’s over-enthusiastic use of bleach for cleaning the sanctuary floor in the Lady Chapel makes one feel one is entering a public lavatory rather than a house of God. Books, service sheets and collection plates have all been so efficiently tidied away that it will take months before anyone can find anything. Lost coins are placed in the collection box, long-forgotten gloves and scarves put out for the next jumble sale, and dead pigeons and mice placed on the compost heap. Just as archaeologists date various layers of a dig from the artefacts they recover, the ladies cleaning the choir stalls have determined precisely when the tenors changed from spearmint to peppermint chews during the sermon, as they shovelled through 52 Sundaysworth of lost mints. Our great moment of crisis came when Lady Dawes decided to clean the statue of St. James the Least, standing in his niche above the high altar. An eight foot, 50 year-old step ladder and an 18 stone seventy year-old dowager are not an ideal combination. St. James had stood

Notice To Patients From Dr Trzcinski & Partners And Masons Pharmacy

The Doctors and the Pharmacy are finding that on a regular basis patients are requesting repeat medication at the last minute, or when they have run out. This is putting additional strain on both the Doctors and the pharmacy, both of which are already under pressure, can lead to errors being made, and causes frustration for both the patient and the pharmacy. on his plinth, unmolested, for the best part of 500 years, two fingers held in a sign of blessing. Until last Wednesday. For Lady D’s last flourish, removing the cobwebs from St. James’ head, caused her to lose her balance. She grasped for something for support, failed, and hit the floor still holding one of our saint’s two fingers. He now stands – admittedly very clean – but with only one finger raised to the congregation in a far from saintly gesture. A little judicious application of glue will be necessary before he makes his true intentions clear. And so we now live in a state of uninhabitable order and hygiene. Within a month, the skills of mice and men should hopefully return us to our preferred ambience for Christian worship. Your loving uncle,


The following is a reminder of the process which all patients should follow:• The repeat request slip should be completed in full with a tick in the box next to any medication required. If a box is not ticked that particular item will not be issued. • Patients should allow 3 working days for a prescription to be authorised and dispensed. This is from the day the request is put to the Doctors to when it is collected from the pharmacy. This allows adequate time for a good quality repeat prescribing system to operate and eliminates the number of errors made. If a request is placed on a Friday evening it will not be ready on Monday morning at the pharmacy. It is the patient’s responsibility to order their repeat medication in good time before their existing prescription runs out. The Doctors will accept a repeat prescription request for processing two weeks prior to the due date. If a patient has not allowed sufficient time it is not the Doctors or the pharmacy’s responsibility to issue the medication urgently and take priority over patients who do comply. If you run out of any of your medications your pharmacist can advise you if it is safe to miss any doses.

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Environmental Improvement Programme

Borough Councillors’ Report Chris Boothby & Ozzy O’Shea

THE BOROUGH Council’s Environmental Improvement Programme consists of small scale improvement schemes across the whole Borough. The schemes attract a considerable amount of match funding in providing built environmental benefits. The projects can be stand alone, others contribute towards larger comprehensive schemes. Examples of the types of projects include restoration of churchyard tombs, repairs to walls and installation of heritage nameplates and lights. The Council are currently looking to identify potential projects for next years programme (2018 / 2019). As in previous years we are looking to work with Parish Councils on projects, so if you have any project ideas please let us know. It is important that the projects have a conservation/heritage relevance to be considered. Please let us know of any potential projects, with as much information as possible including any quotes, by Friday 2nd March 2018. Contact Daniel Britton, Regeneration Project Officer, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, by email: daniel.britton@ or by phone: 01455 255872 or by post to: Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Hinckley Hub, Rugby Rd, Hinckley, Leics LE10 0FR

Community Safety Initiative Current threats

Theft from Vans – this threat continues to be an issue for our area. Police are working on this from an enforcement perspectivetargeting those responsible and aiming to bring offenders to justice. As a partnership we can support by passing on crime prevention advice. We will be sending out prevention advice to Parishes and

Cllr Chris Boothby Tel: 0116 216 1461 or 07880 711222 Email

community groups. Elderly scams – There have been an increased amount of scams across the county targeting the elderly. The link news-appeals/news/2018/01/10/ fake-police-scam-warningissued shows the warnings police have been putting out to communities and they have also been working with banks who have protocols in place to help spot these types of scams and alert the police.


Engagement with young people – we have continued to deliver workshops to young people

Cllr Ozzy O’shea Tel 0116 2394336 or 07808585825 Email

in both primary and secondary schools around topics such as good citizenship, anti-social behaviour, drugs and alcohol, healthy relationships, road safety and young driver safety. In the first three quarters of this year we have engaged with 1136 young people. In the next few weeks we are doing sessions in schools to find out what young people want the community safety partnership to focus on so that we can take their views into account when formulating plans. Friends Against Scams – this is a national trading standards initiative to get out messages about how to spot scams to members of the


community. This is something that the team will be developing over the next few months. You can find out more at https://www. but I will provide further information around this work in future updates. Campaigns- last quarter was busy with campaigns around hate crime, vehicle crime, seasonal Christmas Campaign and domestic abuse campaign. Domestic Abuse Literature- all of our domestic abuse outreach service literature has just been updated including posters, leaflets and wallet sized cards. If you would like hard copies of any of these please contact denise.bonser@ Adaptations in the home Residents should be aware that HBBC often carry out adaptations to properties right across the Borough to help people stay in their own homes . This includes both private sector and social housing. The Lightbulb Project was set up to do this and although based at Blaby District Council, it is county wide. These adaptations are for the elderly, infirm, disabled and those with learning difficulties. Schemes are varied such as • stairlifts • wheelchair lifts • ramps • handrails • hoists • door widening • wet rooms. Initially , the applicant will be assessed by an Occupational Therapist and then a referral made. Once a decision has been made, either HBBC or one of its contractors will make arrangements to do the installation. If you know of any person that may benefit because of this scheme, then please contact HBBC. Regards

Chris & Ozzy Working for you.

My missus says she hates the way I narrate every situation, and here she comes now.


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Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 25th February 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 4th March 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday 11th March 10.30am Joint Worship for Mothering Sunday at St Michael’s Parish Church Sunday 18th March 10.15am Morning Worship

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 18th February 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 25th February 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 4th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 11th March 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 18th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during Morning Service. For Family Services they join in with the main church. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section in this magazine.

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield FaceBook: Markfield Methodist Church Sunday 18 February 10.30am United Service at Parish Church 6.00pm Evening Communion Service Thursday 22 February 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café Sunday 25 February 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service

Sunday 4 March 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm Evening Taizé Service

Friday 30th March 2.00 pm Good Friday ‘Hour at the Cross’

Thursday 8 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 11 March 10.30am Morning Service 4.00pm Afternoon Café Service Sunday 18 March 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service Thursday 22 March 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café Sunday 25 March 10.30am Morning United Service at Methodist 6.00pm Evening Services

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield Friday 16th February 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 18th February 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield at St Michael’s Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 25th February 8.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 4th March 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 11th March 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 18th March 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 25th March 10.30 am “Something Different” Palm Sunday Service Thursday 29th March 6.30 pm Maundy Thursday Supper and Communion Friday 30th March 7.30 pm Good Friday Meditation

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 18th February 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 11th March 10.30 am All Age Service for Mothering Sunday 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 25th February 10.30 am All Age Service

Friday 16th March 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 18th March 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield at St Michael’s Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Wednesday 28th February 10.00 am Midweek Communion & Coffee Sunday 4th March 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 11th March 10.30 am All Age Mothering Sunday Service

Sunday 18th February 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 25th February 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 4th March 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 11th March 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 18th March 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 25th March 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Tuesday 27th March 7.30 pm Tenebrae Service

Catholic Church of St Wilfrid of York 53 London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JB Sunday Mass Saturday Vigil: 6 pm Sunday: 10 am See Newsletter on the website below for details of weekday Mass times, Benediction, Confessions, other events and Christmas services. Parish Contact: Parish Priest: Fr Tom Breslin – 01530 832098 www. Parish Website: www.stwilfscoalville. School Details: St Clare’s RC Primary School, Coalville: 01530 837747 De Lisle RC College, Loughborough: 01509 268739

Sunday 25th March Sunday 18th March 8.00 am Holy Communion (said 10.30 am Holy Communion service) 10.30am Palm Sunday Service at the Sunday 25th March Methodist Church and walk round the village 10.30 am All Age Palm Sunday Service 6.00 pm Evening Service Wednesday 28th March 10.00 am Midweek Communion & Coffee

Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace. 16th March

Sunday 25th February 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

Sunday 4th March 10.30 am Holy Communion

“Still Friday” 2018

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Sunday 18th February 10.30 am Morning Service

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

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No “Still Friday” in December

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

Friday 30th March 10.00 am All Age ‘Stations of the Cross’

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 4th March 9.00 am Holy Communion

“At some point between Verses 3 and 6, I’ll signal for you to do an emergency stop.”

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Methodist Minister’s Reflections


OW GOOD a listener are you? You may have been in situations where you are talking to someone whilst being aware that they are not really paying attention to what you are saying. Ask them to repeat back to you what you’ve just said and they would probably be lost for words. Or perhaps you have come across people who are so full of themselves that they don’t have the time or inclination to be interested in, or listen to, anyone else. I recently read a quote from David Augsberger, ‘Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.’ When we take time to really listen to another person, we are showing that we value them. One of the problems with our modern society is that we are confronted by an epidemic of busyness – everyone seems to be in so much of a rush that there hardly seems time to stop and listen. One of the remarkable aspects of the earthly ministry of Jesus is that although he was so much in demand, and crowds of people followed him wherever he went, he always had time to stop for the one. So, how good a listener are you?

Tim Lenton recalls some brilliant nonsense…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: first broadcast in 1978 THE FIRST episode of Douglas Adams’ science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 8 March 1978 – 40 years ago. Described by one commentator as “Dr Who meets Monty Python”, it was actually much better than that, mixing brilliant off-the-wall thinking with hilarious characterisation and situations. The radio series eventually evolved into a five-book “trilogy”, a TV series and a film. Adams himself died of a heart attack in 2001 before the film appeared, but his 2018 achievements in his“Still field haveFriday” probably never quite been equalled. The adventure opens with the destruction of Earth to make way for a Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, hyperspace bypass, and there is plenty it to Christians prayer, readings and responses and in last upupset to an hour. of a sensitive nature, reflecting as it does a universe not very to anything depicted All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the close peace. in the Bible, or indeed anywhere else. But although Adams described 16th February 16th March 20th April 18th May himself as a “radical atheist”, it was hard to view his work as anything but 15th June 20tht July 17th August brilliant nonsense. 21st September 19th October 16th November A memorial service was held for him on 17th September 2001 at St No “Still Friday” in December Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, London. It was the first Fridaysbroadcast 8.00 pmlive at St. Michael & the All Angels’ Church church service on the web by BBC.

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Get help when you urgently need it with the Street Safe Rescue App

A LEICESTERSHIRE woman has developed a mobile phone app to provide peace of mind for people who travel alone. The Street Safe Rescue App - available from most app stores from 14th February - enables you to alert nearby users of the app if you need help when you’re out and about. The £2 app - which has been in development for the past six months by Annette Wilcox - notifies anyone with the app in the close vicinity that you urgently require help, and they can respond or decline. If they respond, the app shows your location on their phone so that they can come to your assistance. Annette had the idea for the app after hearing that someone had been attacked outside her home. If the victim could have quickly called for help, then the attack might have been preventable.

Churches Together in Markfield initiative

Creative suggestions for reading, thinking and exploring prayer, with time and space just to be.

Congregational Church Hall - 6-7pm Thursdays 22nd February, 22nd March Come for as long as you wish and leave when you want. Refreshments available. All are welcome.

Women's World Day of Prayer Friday 2nd March All God’s Creation is Very Good prepared by the Christian women of Suriname

Markfield Retirement Village, at 11.00 am Mayflower Court, Markfield, at 2.00 pm Everyone (men, women and children) is invited to join in one of these services, which are always inspirational. Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement that invites women, from a different part of the world each year, to prepare a worship service through which their hopes and fears for their country may be brought before the whole world in prayer. Come along and find out more!

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Markfield Surgery and Patient Participation Group The PPG held its AGM in January when we looked back on the successes and issues of 2017 and discussed the new initiatives we would like to undertake in 2018. Members were able to talk to patients about a range of issues during the year, particularly during Patient Participation Group awareness week and also when they helped at the surgery during the Flu vaccination clinics. For example, we were able to ask about whether people would use an outdoor gym if it was made available and then liaised with the Parish Council to help put the case forward for such a facility. This is now part of the planned work at the Community Centre and hopefully will be in place sometime in the future. We are glad that we have been able to promote something which should benefit the community and provide more opportunities for exercise. Members attend meetings of the Clinical Commissioning Group and hear about important new initiatives which they can share with patients. Most recently we learnt about the campaign to prevent the spread of flu this winter. The CCG writes ... ‘Health leaders in Leicester,

Leicestershire and Rutland are urging people to protect themselves against the flu this winter. Once flu is circulating, apart from vaccination, good hand hygiene is the main way to prevent it spreading. Dr James Ogle, GP in Leicestershire said: “Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way to slow the spread of flu. And it’s easy to follow a few simple steps to help protect yourself and your loved ones this winter. “Good hand hygiene is important not only in preventing colds and flu but it also helps to limit your exposure for other infections such as norovirus, which is also prevalent in winter. To clamp down on germs, we urge everyone to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: use a tissue to catch coughs or sneezes, and then throw away the tissue. Finally, kill the germs by washing hands properly. You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, about the time it takes to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice, and make sure to use soap.

“These simple measures can make a big difference and will help protect you, your family and those around you.” Hand washing with warm water and soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Studies show it lowers the transmission of flu, colds and diarrhoea, both at work and home as well as in NHS facilities. Parents are being reminded to make sure that children are taught how to wash their hands properly, particularly if they’re around grandparents or friends and relatives that are ill. Washing hands properly should take about as long as singing “Happy Birthday” twice (around 20 seconds).’ You can find out more at homehygiene/Pages/how-to-washyour-hands-properly.aspx

Don’t eat so fast DON’T PLUNGE into your meal like a starving wolf: you could become five times more likely to develop metabolic syndrome – a cluster of dangerous health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. It seems that when you eat too fast, you are preventing your brain from noticing when you have taken in enough calories. And so – you just keep on eating. But sadly, unused calories are stored as fat, which places pressure on your heart. Eating too fast can also cause spikes of your blood sugar, which can stop insulin from working effectively. Metabolic syndrome affects one in four adults in Britain. It is bad enough to have either diabetes, or high blood pressure or obesity, but having all three at once is ‘particularly dangerous.’ Yet the British Heart Foundation points out that in many cases it is not our fault: ‘Many of us have hectic lifestyles, which may include eating quickly at the desk over lunchtime, or in a rush, commuting home.’

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THE HERALD • MID-FEBRUARY 2018 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: AFTER THE Christmas lull, Bagworth Community Centre is back to normal and is as busy as ever. It seems to be the right time to report on the regular users of the Centre.

Bagworth Pre-School Pre-School runs every week day in term time from 9 am to 12 noon. They have achieved ‘Outstanding’ once again on their latest Ofsted report. They accept 2yr funding and 3yr funding. They work in partnership with local childminders to deliver 30 hrs funding to those who are eligible. They pride themselves on their welcoming environment and working closely with parents and other professionals to ensure that the children receive a high standard of consistent care and are able to progress through their development. They say that they operate in a large bright community centre with their own outdoor space to free flow between activities both indoors and out. As well as activities covering vast experiences, for example, baking, music and movement, craft, role play, messy play etc., once a week they have PE to encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The children also attend speaking and listening sessions to develop communication skills. They are now taking bookings for September 2018. To arrange a visit or for more information contact Tracey on 01530 230628.

Whistle Stop Coffee Bar THE WHISTLE STOP café is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. It is run by an organisation called ‘Forever Savvy’ which is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise providing vocational training within a positive risk environment for young adults with learning disabilities. They will learn front of house duties, kitchen duties, cooking and baking skills, how to work safely and how to be a part of a team. Lovely home cooked food at very reasonable prices is provided during opening hours. This includes homemade soup, a variety of sandwiches and toasties, jacket potatoes, cake, etc. Hot drinks including coffees such as lattes and cappuccinos are also available. If you have not yet experienced this Bagworth delight, it is well worth a visit. You will be very pleasantly surprised.

Stay and Play STAY AND PLAY runs every Monday morning from 10.30 am-12 noon (in term time only). It’s a very friendly group with plenty of toys to keep the little ones occupied whilst parents/grandparents/carers can chat with each other. No booking is required and drinks and biscuits for the children are included in the £2 entry fee. This group is for ages 0-5 years Messy Play runs on Thursday afternoons from 1.45 pm- 2.45 pm. This group is usually on during half

All of this is happening at Bagworth Community Centre! terms too and during summer holidays as well as during term time and all of the up to date information is posted on Bagworth Community Centre’s Facebook page. It is a great session which allows the children to explore and experience different textures. No booking is required with this group either. The £2 fee per child includes drinks and biscuits. In term time this group is aimed at ages 0-5 years and during half terms and holidays it is for ages 0-8 years.

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Keely-Anna’s dance classes

THIS GROUP of people meet on a Tuesday afternoon in the Meeting Room between 2 and 4 pm. Hot drinks and cakes (often homemade and delicious) are consumed. Admission is £1.

THESE TAKE place on Monday afternoon and Saturday morning. Monday is Beatz Dance. This is a combined fusion of dance styles. It is a fun, vibrant class for all abilities. Participants will learn a wide variety of styles which will give them confidence in the fundamentals of Jazz, Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance. It will build their confidence, improve their technique and increase their flexibility. Spring along to these classes and move to the beat! The classes are: • Mini Beatz for ages 2-5 years, 15:45-16:30pm • Foundation Beatz for school years 1-3, 16:30-17:15pm • Junior Beatz for school years 4-6, 17:00-18:00pm Intermediate/Advanced Beatz for school years 7+, 17:35-18:40pm Saturday is Acrodance: his is a beautifully syncronised fusion of classical dance technique and acrobatic elements. It will improve flexibility and strength. Participants will learn foundation skills such as bridge, rolls, cartwheels and handstands through to advanced skills such as walkovers, aerials, balances and partner work. Boost your confidence and SHINE! The classes are: • AcroTots, ages 2-5 years, 09:0009:45am • Foundation AcroDance, school years 1-3, 09:45-10:30am • Junior AcroDance, school years 4-6, 10:10-10:55am • Intermediate/Advanced AcroDance, school years 7+, 10:4011:40am

Craft Club THE BUSY CRAFT CLUB meets every week on Mondays, providing a couple of hours away from distractions to further a current masterpiece or to try something new. The Club shares the love of all things created by hand. Regulars are knitting, crocheting, paper/parchment work, sewing and soutache (look it up!)- but they also try their hand at new things from time to time. £2 per week includes

Prize Bingo PRIZE BINGO takes place in the Front Hall on the second Monday of the month. Great prizes, often seasonal, are there to be won. In addition there is a raffle at each session. Half way through, there is a break where drinks and biscuits are sold at the Coffee Bar.

Drop in

Dog Training DOG TRAINING takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tuesday evenings begin at 6.30pm. This includes Ringcraft classes for people who would like to show their dogs. Help and advice is given so that owners can show their dogs to the best of their ability. They are helped to achieve their goals with the aim for most being the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts. On a Thursday evening, obedience classes are taught and these include puppy socialisation, beginners, intermediate and advanced courses. All of the courses aim to help all dog owners with sits, downs, recalls, leave commands, send aways and heel work etc. All training is done with positive reinforcement in a calm and comfortable environment and everyone is welcome. One-to-one training can also be offered if that is preferred. More information can be found on the website - www.

Dance-tastic THIS BALLROOM dancing group meets on a Wednesday evening. • 5 pm to 6 pm is for under 8 year olds who are working towards a rainbow award • 5.45 pm to 6 pm is when two classes overlap, enabling the participants to socialise and meet up with their friends and siblings to have a dance together. • 6 pm to 7 pm is for the over 8 year olds who are working towards medals in ballroom and Latin American dancing. • 7 pm to 7.30 pm is for couples and work on competitions. • 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm is when adults have private lessons. 8.30 pm to 10.15 pm is for adult group tuition and social dancing. Dance-tastic entered their first Ballroom and Latin American Competition recently in Nottingham. The dancers from Dance-tastic


performed brilliantly and came away with ten trophies. Some of the participants are being entered for national dancing competitions. The Qualifiers are in February in Nottingham and on 8 April in Whitby. The Grand Final is in September in Blackpool which is a two day event. They will also be competing at various other social dancing competitions over the next 12 months. The participants took their first examinations last December and they all passed with highly commended grades, the highest grade that they could get.

Karate The karate groups meet on two evenings a week: Wednesday between 5.00 and 8.00 pm and Thursday between 7.00 and 9.00 pm. The group use the name: ‘Zen Goshin Ryu’ which can be translated as follows: ‘Zen’ is derived from the Chinese word “chan” and the Sanskrit word “Dhyana”, which means “meditation”. Also one of the root meanings is “to see, to observe, to look”. ‘Goshin’ in its simplest form means self defence. One of the meanings of ‘Ryu’ is the word school. Therefore the club name can be translated as “to see the self defence school”. The name is also a sign of respect to the two main systems and instructors that have contributed so much to the development of the club. The ultimate aim of the Art of Karate lies not in victory or defeat but in the perfection of the character of its participants through hard training, sincerity, effort, etiquette and self control. Sincerity: Be faithful and sincere; Character: Exert oneself in the perfection of character; Effort: Cultivate the spirit of perseverance; Etiquette: Respectful and courteous; Self control: Refrain from impetuous and violent behaviour.

Women’s Institute The WI has just marked its 70th birthday in the village and achieved an amazing list of 70 ‘firsts’ to mark the year, boasting a zip-wire ride, skid pan session, clay pigeon shooting and guerrilla gardening amongst the new experiences. There is a full programme of speakers for 2018 and the aim is to have more fun than formality at meetings. Topics in the coming months include life as a ladies’ maid, dancing on the tables (stories from a primary school teacher) and a hands-on glass fusion session too. Visitors are welcome to attend (£3 fee) and the meeting is on the second Thursday evening of each month, at the Centre, from 7pm. (Please note the group is visiting for its February meeting so guests are invited to dropin from March onwards, if you are interested.)

Church THE CHURCH holds a service on the first Sunday of the month in the Meeting Room. This is between 9 and 10 am.

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Markfield Community Centre News Annual Family Trips To The Seaside JUST TO let you know that, by popular demand, we have booked coaches for our annual family trips to the seaside. On Wednesday 25th July we will be heading to Llandudno in North Wales and the cost is £16 per person. On Wednesday 22nd August our second trip is to good old Skeggy at a cost of only £13 per person. These trips are extremely popular and seats are quickly snapped up so, to avoid disappointment please book your places as numbers are strictly limited.

Mayflower Club’s Update ON THE 10th January we started back after the Christmas holidays with a British TV Films quiz. It was a highly contested quiz with three people going forward to a final round knockout. Bev Bailey emerged as the overall winner by astoundingly identifying the Z Cars theme in a matter of a second. The 24th January was a fantastic day as we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the opening of the Mayflower Club. Not unlike the day we first opened our doors in 2013 it was a wild and stormy day. The weather didn’t put anyone off as the as the Centre was “packed to the rafters” with members and invited quests. Our guests included representatives of organizations that have supported us over the last five years including the Borough and County Councils, AGE UK, and Hinckley and Bosworth Voluntary Community Service. After a quick review of what we have achieved over the years Councillor Mike Hall the Leader of the Borough Council opened the celebrations. Then the fun commenced with Borough Councillor Maureen Cook parading the ‘steaming hot beastie’ (haggis) into the room on a silver platter. Our old friend Hugh McKay suitably attired in his McKay clan tartan addressed the “beastie” with the traditional Burns address before dispatching it with his dirk. After a customary toasting of the haggis with a fine single malt whiskey we all tucked into a Burns Supper. The supper included

Members enjoying their Burns Supper

Hugh McKay addressing the Haggis haggis, Scottish savoury mince, tatties and neeps plus sausages for those who were not brave enough to sample the haggis. The main meal was followed by Scottish shortbread washed down with Iron Bru. AGE UK kindly provided a quiz on Scotland with a prize of a box of shortbread. Then the fun celebrations really began. Every person present was given a musical instrument of some description to bang, blow or rattle to form an impromptu “band”. Then to cheers and raucous applause in strode our very own “band leader” Carol “Mini the Minx” MacBerridge dressed in her Moffett clan tartan. Everyone joined in as Carol led us through a Scottish sing along. Instruments were playing, tables were banging as we sang old favourites such as “Donald Where’s Yer Troosers?”, “I belong to Glasgow”, “The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen”, “Scotland the Brave” before we all collapsed with exhaustion and laughter. Of course we concluded by holding hands and singing the traditional Auld Lang Syne. Like many others I had tears of laughter running down my cheeks. It was great fun enjoyed by all and we are looking forward to our tenth anniversary. The Mayflower Friendship Club meets on Monday afternoons and the Mayflower Club on Wednesday afternoons at the Centre. Both are from 2p to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome.

Coming Up Below are some of the events we have got planned for the coming months: • 21st February: A Day at the Races

Councillor Maureen Cook with the haggis, me on her right and Hugh on her left

The party

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28th February: St. David’s Feast and Quiz 7th March: Down the Garden Path Tales of the Privy 14th March: Pancake Day and Race 21st March: St. Patrick Feast 28th March: Easter Bonnet and Egg Hunt 11th April: Woodland Trust 18th April: St.George’s “Pub Quiz and Grub”

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25th April: Macmillan Cancer Support (TBC) Also look out for our Royal wedding celebrations in May.

Mayflower Good Times Together Club SADLY and barring a miracle, our new Good Times Together Club for people living with dementia or memory loss and their

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Words & Pictures from Ron Grantham carers has failed miserably and, due to lack of support we will not carry on with it. No one has turned up to any sessions and we have had no agency referrals . It is very disappointing but there seems to be no need or desire for such a facility in the village.

Crazy Badminton Special Offer DO YOU fancy a game of badminton or perhaps bring your kids along and have a game in the school holidays or at other times? We have some slots free from Mondays to Fridays where for just £7 per hour you can hire our badminton court. We can provide the nets and a fully marked court and we do have a limited supply of rackets and shuttlecocks if you do not have your own. The offer is subject to availability but contact the Centre if you are interested.

NEW AT THE CENTRE Tae Kwon Do Here is a chance for you to get yourself motivated for 2018 with lessons from the T.A.G.B martial arts organisation. Classes are now available at the Centre from 6pm to 7pm on Thursday evenings. Come along and have a free lesson to experience the fun and fitness you get from this great martial art.

Adult Ballet Classes This class is especially for adults of mixed ability and includes ballet fusion. It is being held on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8pm. For further information please contact Keely-Anna on 07500 554736.

Little Wrigglers This is a new class for pre-school children where they can have fun

whilst you relax. For further information please contact Keely-Anna on 07500 554736.

Yoga4me YOGA is not a religion it is the science of positive physical and mental health. Yoga4me classes are designed to be accessible to all levels, all bodies and abilities. Variations will suit every student. It is a dynamic and flowing way to free your mind and body, uplift your spirit and build your muscle strength and flexibility. Classes are now being held at the Centre on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 11am.

ME Sports Holiday Soccer Schools ME Sports will be holding soccer schools during holiday periods as follows: • 12th to 19th February • 26th March to 29th March • 3rd April to 6th April • 29th May to 1st June • AND throughout August

that “All dogs should be kept on a lead and under control whilst being exercised on the playing fields”. But this is being ignored to the point that recently TWO innocent people have been attacked and bitten by uncontrolled dogs at the site. This is surely not acceptable on a public park or indeed anywhere. I cannot blame the dogs as within a blink of an eye they will revert to their natural instincts and can quickly snap if not controlled. The blame must be levelled at their owners. How can they purport to love their pets if they risk not only a fine for themselves but prosecution, impounding of their pet and at worst having their dog put down. There are plenty of wonderful public walks on our doorstep where people can exercise their dogs even off lead - without endangering other people, other dogs and other animals. We do not want another summer of dog attacks and dog

fouling on the playing fields. The playing fields are for everyone to enjoy not just the few irresponsible dog owners.

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

National Blood Service

The next opportunity to donate blood via the National Blood Service will be on FRIDAY 9th March so, come along and “Do something amazing” by donating.

A Plea To Dog Owners YOU CANNOT have failed to notice the signs erected by the Parish Council around the Community Centre playing fields. The signs have been up now for some considerable time and states

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Open Invitation HAVE YOU ever thought that you might like to come to a church service but been unsure about taking those first steps through the church doors because you don’t know anyone there? One of our visitors on New Year’s Day 2017 found themselves in that situation and almost went back home from our car park. Fortunately, one of our church congregation, on their way to our service, turned up just at that moment and encouraged her to come in. She found that she enjoyed the Christian message and the welcome she was given in the hall afterwards when we had tea, coffee and biscuits, so she started coming along week by week. She has now become a much valued and participating member of our Christian church family. So, can we encourage anyone from our local area, or even further afield, who might be in the same situation to make this year 2018 the one when they actually take those first few steps and join us at one of our Sunday services at 10.30am. You can know that you will meet friendly people and, in time, gradually find out what being a Christian is all about. For those with families, we have an active Sunday Club during our services for children and young people and they would love to meet some new members. There will be opportunities for them to be part of the Cross Hills puppeteers and to take part in special services. So, what’s stopping you giving it a try?

Trainee BMS Missionaries’ visit, 14th January CHRIS and Steph took part in this service and told us about their mission training, learning a new language and their hope to

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

be working in Africa later this year. They know they will be going to a very different climate and culture compared to their life in England but feel that God is calling them to do this work and are looking forward to helping the local communities there. They were a lovely young couple and, as they are expecting their first baby, this makes their step of faith that much stronger, trusting that not only will they be in God’s hand, but that their precious first child will also be needing His protection. We will be praying for safekeeping for them and their child and for their work to be fruitful. Since their visit, Cross Hills Church have been partnered with them by the Baptist Missionary Society so we’ll have regular contact with them and are looking forward to hearing their stories about their time in Africa.

SASRA visit, 4th February 2018 is a significant year in connection with the Armed

Forces, being the Centenary of the end of the First World War.

place during their celebration year giving them the opportunity to visit local churches and groups to thank them for their encouragement, dedication and support, without whom they would be unable to fulfil their mission, as they receive no funds from the Ministry of Defence. The SASRA Readers are well respected and liked as they work alongside the chaplains and support, encourage and befriend serving military personnel, sharing the Gospel message to those who will listen. We were pleased to give them a donation of £50 to help them with their ongoing work. For more information about SASRA have a look at Watch out for Easter this year as it’s early, Palm Sunday 25th March and Easter Sunday 1st April when we’ll be having a special Family Service. The first of our Lent meetings will be starting on Tuesday 20th February and we will also be meeting together during Holy Week 26th to 30th March. Anyone is welcome to join us – just ring one of our contact numbers for more information.

Church Services It is also the 180th Anniversary of SASRA, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association, who are proud to have the Queen as their Patron, and we were privileged to welcome one of their representatives, Mark, to speak at our service. He told us that all their Scripture Readers are committed Christians, have served in one or other of the Armed Services and, after a period of training and assessment, are deployed with the agreement of the Ministry of Defence. Mark told us that the organisation started informally in 1818 amongst the troops in Woolwich Garrison and went on to tell us about the SASRA ministry nowadays and how they operate in today’s military environment. Their visit to Cross Hills was part of the SASRA ‘Deputation Tour’ taking

YOU’LL FIND our church service information in the special section in this magazine and we have tea, coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!) in our church hall afterwards so there is plenty of time to chat and make new friends. We are known as a very friendly and welcoming church and look forward to meeting you.

Contact Us Pastor Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 or 07816 616189 Secretary: Lynda Kelly: 01455 457802 or 07910 440243 Treasurer: Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 You can also find us on Facebook.

Glynis Straw

On behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

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Friday 16 March 2018 7pm

Piano Recital by

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(For more details of Andrey please see our Church website)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Music by Bach, Chopin and Schumann Tickets: £10 (under-16s £5) available from 01530 242742 | 07812 142361


February Small Ads • Gold coloured CARRIAGE CLOCK made by The London Clock co. Dimensions 12 cms high, 9 cms wide and 6.5 cms deep. Excellent condition. Price: £10.00 • Brass CEILING LIGHT FITTING with three branches holding translucent, ridged and scalloped glass shades. Very good condition. Price: £20.00. Tel: 0116 287 7870 (Groby) • White WASHING MACHINE. LG Direct Drive. Good working order and condition. Price: £85 ono. • Ladies Size 10/12: Raspberry POLO PIQUE with Short Sleeves @ £10 Brand New still in bag • Ladies Size 10/12: Striped Mauve POLO PIQUE with Short Sleeves @ £10 - Brand New still in bag • Ladies Size Small: Pink/Navy Embroidered Leisure Suit @ £10 Brand New still in bag. Tel: 0116 287 8987 or 07999 768 521. (Groby) • Frameless Vintage ART DECO MIRROR with bevelled glass and chain - size 49cm x 76cm (19ins x 30 ins) excellent condition - £40 • Large quality BELGIAN PATTERNED RUG -size 133cm x 193 cm (52 ins x 76 ins) mixed colours but mainly beige and blue - excellent condition - £25 • Complete bound 1933 set of CHARLES DICKENS WORKS, illustrated and in excellent condition. 16 volumes - Greycaine Book Company - £15 Tel: 01530 242318 (Markfield) The following items are for sale as separates or complete. All in working order and can try before you buy. Offers invited. • Hitachi DIRECT- TURNTABLE Model HT-505. • Technics Stereo DOUBLE CASSETTE DECK RS-TR232. • Hitachi AM/FM STEREO TUNER FT4500L. • Hitachi Stereo AMPLIFIER hA-3800 • Technics COMPACT DISC PLAYER SL-P222A. • Large VINYL RECORDS for sale. Tel: 07939 587035, Text is best for me as hearing isn’t too good. • TOURING KIT for Kawasaki versys 650 (2010-14). - 1 PLXR450 Quick Release Pannier Rack £75 ono - 1 Pair of Monorack Arms for Rear Rack £30 ono All in good condition. Tel: Alan on 0116 232 2541 or 07715 056674 (Groby) • Glass top metal frame COFFEE TABLE, (Dunelm), excellent condition. Price: £30 • GARDEN GAZEBO - metal frame, Approximately 6ft (hardly used) Price: £10 Tel: 07547 901657 (Groby) • Sapphire 2 DISABLED SCOOTER cost £2,000. Very good condition. Price: £500 • Electric TREADMILL Price: £40 Tel: 01530 244546 (Markfield) • KENWOOD MIXER - excellent condition, contains dough hook, balloon whisk & cake mixer Price: £30 o.n.o. Tel: 0116 222 3848 (Groby)

• Mahogany veneer DOUBLE CD CABINET, 80cm high by 65cm wide by 24cm deep. Holds 160+ CDs. V.G.C. Price: £25 • Mahogany veneer SINGLE CD CABINET, 80cm high by 35cm wide by 24cm deep. Holds 80+ CDs. V.G.C. Price: £20 • Mahogany veneer HI FI UNIT, 1m high by 50cm wide by 44cm deep. V.G.C. Price £25 • Mahogany veneer NEST OF 3 TABLES, largest table 55cm high by 55cm wide by 42cm deep. V.G.C. Price: £10 OR £60 for the lot. Can deliver. Tel: 07546 427771 (Groby) • HIGH CHAIR - converts to low chair and table. Light oak. Price: £25 • Teak VINYL RECORDS CUPBOARD, 48cm by 46cm by 56cm high. On castors. Price: £10 • Glass FISH TANK (30cm by 20cm) plus gravel. Price: FREE Tel: 0116 231 2109 (Groby) • Two CIRCULAR BAMBOO CHAIRS with cushions. • One small BAMBOO TABLE with glass top. FREE to a good home! Tel: 01530 245328 (Stanton-underBardon) • Partner 12 FARFISA ORGAN - bass pedals, built-in speaker. Price: £150 • 5-piece PREMIER DRUM KIT Price: £350 Tel: 07972 198802 • Morphy Richards compact BREAD MAKER. Little used. Good condition. Price: £25 Tel: 0116 287 5988 (Groby) • Indesit FRIDGE/FREEZER - good condition. Price: £50 • FLOOR LAMP - cream shade, black iron stand, with glass COFFEE TABLE. Price: £10 Tel: 01530 231928 (Bagworth) • Mothercare FOLDING COT with bedding, lie-back baby chair and play mat. Free to good home. Tel: 0116 287 6119.(Groby) • Tricity QUICK BOIL KETTLE - £10 • Tricity 4-SLICE TOASTER - £12 • Morphy Richards BREAD MAKER hardly used - £15 • 3 Glass Shelf TV STAND - £10 All in good working order. Tel: 0116 223 720 (Groby)

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Canon David Winter considers the difference between Mother’s Day and Mothering Sunday


Mothers and Mothering


HE AMERICAN invention, “Mother’s Day”, will be celebrated on Sunday 11th March, though the cards, boxes of chocolates and reservations for deliveries of flowers will be in the shops long before. It’s a very nice idea, as most of us love our mothers dearly and welcome a chance to celebrate their importance in our lives. I say “American invention”, because long before Mother’s Day there was a Christian event, marked nowadays in the Church Calendar, with the title ‘Mothering Sunday’. It’s still widely observed in churches on the fourth Sunday of Lent, and yes, that’s 11th March, too. The difference between them is subtle but profound. ‘Mother’s Day’ is about who she is, particularly in our lives. ‘Mothering Sunday’, as its rather awkward name implies, is about a quality which we recognise in mothers but can be present elsewhere – to ‘mother’ someone. We have all needed mothering, from time to time, and not simply when we were tiny and helpless, literally dependent on our mothers for our sustenance and survival. During the years of the last War I was ‘mothered’ by my grandmother. Sometimes a friend acts in this role for us, when we feel lonely or helpless. ‘Mothering’ means caring deeply, sustaining, supporting, whatever the cost. That is why God, whom we usually call ‘Father’, is sometimes spoken of in the Bible as ‘mothering’ us, gathering us in His arms of love, even feeding us like a mother. On ‘Mothering Sunday’ we celebrate so much more than our own beloved mums. We celebrate the whole glorious notion of care, compassion and nurture. And of that care, very often our own mothers are the very best examples.

When two plus one = loneliness BECOMING a parent is a wonderful thing, but it does bring enormous changes to your life. A new baby can take up so much time that it seems that half of all new mothers and fathers admit to feeling lonely, cut off from their friends and colleagues, and even family. Recent research by Action for Children and Mumsnet found that ‘having a baby changes your life in many ways, not all of them as joyful as you might expect.’ And so, a new twitter campaign, #startswithhello is encouraging people to offer a ‘hello’ coffee or playdate to new parents in their neighbourhood.

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“Still Friday” 2018

Tel: 0116 246 0686

to find out more today Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace.

Next LFE Film Evening 16th February

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17th August

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LFE Evenings onOctober Thursday16th 1 November 21stFILM September 19th March feature “The Sense of an No “Stillwill Friday” in December Ending”. Fridaysleads 8.00apm at St. Michael Tony Webster reclusive and quiet& All Angels’ Church existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love and the devastating consequences of Churches decisions made a lifetime ago. Together Cast: Jim Broadbent, Charlotte Rampling, in Markfield Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery initiative Venue: the Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LFE. Cost: £5. Creative suggestions for reading, thinking and exploring prayer, Doors open at 7.00pm; filmand show starts at to be. withthe time space just 7.30pm and runs for 1 hour 45 minutes. Congregational Church On arrival a complimentary hot drink and Hall - 6-7pm biscuits are provided, as well as a free raffle Thursdays 22nd March prize of a double ticket to 22nd be usedFebruary, at any future showing. Come for as long as you wish and leave when you want. Refreshments available. All are welcome.

Women's World Day of Prayer Friday 2nd March All God’s Creation is Very Good prepared by the Christian women of Suriname

Markfield Retirement Village, at 11.00 am Mayflower Court, Markfield, at 2.00 pm Everyone (men, women and children) is invited to join in one of these services, which are always inspirational. Women’s World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement that invites women, from a different part of the world each year, to prepare a worship service through which their hopes and fears for their country may be brought before the whole world in prayer. Come along and find out more!

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February 2018 herald magazine online  
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