Glenfield Gazette February 2022

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The Memorial Hall needs your help again

LAST YEAR we ran an article in the Gazette asking for volunteers to help out with the running of the Glenfield Memorial Hall and we had a good response but, due to individual circumstances, we now have some vacancies. If you are good with paperwork or figures we would welcome your help. Even if you can only spare a few hours a year it would be appreciated as we only have 4 meetings a year plus the AGM so it’s not too onerous and you will be helping an important local asset continue to provide a service for the community. We would also like to find a handy person to help with odd jobs around the hall but this will not necessarily be as a volunteer, depending on discussions. Please contact the Chairman at glenfieldmemorialhall@ or on the booking secretary’s phone 07709 797996 for more information.

Peter Knill

Glenfield Millennium Green News

We have exciting plans for 2022! USUALLY when I write anything about the Green in January I can say that Spring is on the way because the daffodils are in flower. However this year there only seemed to be about 3 of the bright yellow flowers showing when I went for a walk on the Green earlier today. When you receive this hopefully there will be more. Come and have a look. The extremely good publicity we have had from the Gazette recently has helped with our recruitment of new people to help with the management and funding of the Green. We have three new Trustees, a facebook page and lots of new ideas for community events and fund-raising so these can happen. If you want to know more please come to our AGM on Friday February 25th at Park House on Stamford Street in Glenfield, beginning at 7.30pm. After a review of the last year (not a lot to report but we’ll try to keep it interesting) you can hear our exciting plans for the rest of 2022 which begin with Easter activities on Saturday 16th April. We hope to be providing tea, coffee or fruit juice during the evening. Please come if you can.

Christine Tordoff


Fundraising for an Amazing Adventure! MY NAME is Charlie Jones, I’m 13 years old and live in Glenfield. I am a scout with the 42nd Glenfield scouts, I have been selected as one of the 36 scouts in Leicestershire to go to the 2023 World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. I have to raise £4200 in 18 months and some of the ideas I had were to wash cars and to walk dogs. I have created a website explaining when and where these are happening: It would really help if you could have a look at this website and at the dates of when I’m doing my fundraising. I’m not asking for a lot of money but every little bit will help. For the dog walking it is £5 for a 20-30 minute walk which I can do most days after school and at the walking and for a car wash it is a minimum donation of £5. At the car washing you will get a complimentary hot drink on your first visit and there will be snacks for sale! If your kid has football training you could come and get your car washed as it is right next to it. It will be held at the scout hut on Stamford Street LE3 8DL. I will be doing other fundraising events but the dates are not decided yet. I would love it if you could help me raise the money for this amazing adventure! Thanks.

Charlie Jones

A Half-Term Treat at Glenfield Memorial Hall!

A FREE puppet show for all the family is being presented at Glenfield Memorial Hall on Monday 14th February at 11am by the award-winning Garlic Theatre.

OLDILOCKS & THE 3 BEARS is a wonderfully funny and warmhearted celebration of the classic story starring an eccentric old lady, three cuddly bears who love their breakfast and some steaming bowls of porridge. Please note: Booking is required. See advert on page 14 of this issue for all the details.


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The Glenfield Ladies Co-operative Choir CAROL PICK REPORTS THE GLENFIELD LADIES Co-operative Choir are now well and truly back. They held their first concert since the Covid outbreak on 4th December in St Andrew’s Church on Glenfield Road East. Despite the horrible weather the choir performed to an appreciative audience who joined in with some Christmas Carols.

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In the interval everyone was treated to tea and cakes. If they had not eaten enough cake in the interval there were cakes, Christmas stockings and candle arrangements on sale in the foyer. The charity, Linking Lives benefitted from the ticket sales, with the choir and St Andrew’s adding some money to their funds as well. A worthwhile night for everyone despite the weather.

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• THE CHOIR’S NEXT EVENT is an Open Evening on Monday 7th March at 7:15 pm in the Glenfield Methodist Church on Station Road, Glenfield, opposite the Nag’s Head. Any Ladies who just enjoy singing are welcome to come along and sing with us. We welcome all ladies whatever their ability as long as they enjoy singing. No auditions! Just turn up or if you want to know more:

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Market News THE GLENFIELD COUNTRY MARKET is part of a countrywide not-for-profit organisation which enables producers to sell handmade goods for sale, paying a commission to cover running costs for this weekly event. Producers cook, craft and grow then display their wares at our popular weekly market held each Friday in St Peter’s Church Centre, Glenfield (LE3 8DP) from 9am-11am. After the Christmas break, we have returned with gusto and we have been very happy to see our regulars and some new visitors too. There are refreshments available as well as a wide range of hand-crafted crafts, bakes, preserves, chocolates and plants to tempt you! Our regulars tell us that they enjoy the opportunity to buy a treat for themselves but they also like the wide choice of items that make ideal gifts at any time of the year. We have a “Feature Table” at key times in the year so we prepare ourselves for events such as saints’ days, St Valentine, Mothers’ Day etc. In January we hosted a tombola for a charity and in February we will also have sales where stock can be reduced to make way for our next creations! As we are now able to take card payments it makes your shopping experience even better! Please don’t forget to put this date into your diary – Craft Fair, Groby Village Hall, Saturday 30th April, 10am-4pm. Why not give us a try? We hope to see you very soon!

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All the latest news from THE GLENFIELD SURGERY

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Staff WE HAVE recently welcomed three new Patient Service Advisers to our Reception team, Cienwen, Tracey and Natasha. This will hopefully help reduce the call waiting times when patients contact the surgery. In addition, two new Correspondence Clerks have joined the team, Justine and Lauren. They will be dealing with all incoming hospital correspondence along with referrals and other administrative duties.

Telephone System & Contacting The Surgery TELEPHONE - The surgery has recently had a call management system installed “MyCalls” This will allow all calls to be recorded for training and monitoring purposes. AccuRx - Patients now have the option to use an additional platform to contact the surgery – this is called AccuRX. Patients can use this service for non-urgent / admin matters. More information is available on the website; www.theglenfieldsurgery.

Vaccination Clinics The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is still ongoing with clinics still running for eligible patients and now also 12 – 15-year-olds. All clinics are now held at Glenfield Surgery. For those patients still to book in for their FLU, SHINGLES OF PNEUMO vaccines, we are still running ‘mop-up’ clinics – please contact reception to arrange an appointment.

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Think like a burglar Your home is somewhere you feel safe and secure, and where you go to take a break from the outside world. So to be the victim of burglary is to suffer more than simply loss of your property and personal effects; it’s a violation of your sanctuary. Prevention is better than cure, so put these measures in place before you are caught out. The way in Stand outside your property and imagine that you were trying to break in. Where would you start? Flowerpot on the front step with a not-sosecret key? Downstairs loo with the window that is always left open? Full height ladder stored at the side of the house? It’s like a written invitation. Security basics As you leave the house or are preparing to go to bed (surprisingly more break-ins happen during daylight hours), get into a routine of thinking about each room in turn and whether the windows or doors are likely to have been opened that day. Around 20% of burglaries don’t involve any force – the intruder has simply walked in the unlocked door or climbed through the window. You should extend this mental check to your car and garage too – easily overlooked because they are out of sight once you are indoors. Good locking Each of your windows should have a key locking mechanism fitted – standard with most doubleglazed units these days – and the key should be stored nearby but not within visibility of the window itself. If you have nothing like this at

the moment, and can’t afford to upgrade your windows just yet, make it a priority to have locks fitted on all the downstairs windows at least. Doors should have a good locking system such as an automatic deadlock or a mortice deadlock, and the frame should be solid and any glass panels laminated. Be flashy 80% of burglaries are spur of the moment so the only thing you should be showing off is your security measures. Don’t display your worldly goods to attract the opportunists in the first place. If you have an expensive bike keep it out of sight, don’t leave mobile phones on the windowsill, and don’t leave the empty box for your flashy new flatscreen TV standing by the bin for days. The same rules apply with your car. Don’t think that robbers don’t break in just to steal a handful of loose change. They do. Clues When you are away from home, don’t leave the curtains drawn all day – nobody does that if they are in the house. Use inexpensive timer switches for table lamps and a radio to come on when it’s becoming dark, both downstairs and upstairs. And ask a friend or neighbour to move your post each day, particularly where you have an outside box or you can easily see if the post is ‘on the mat’. These are all basic measures and will go a long way to ensure that your home and property stay safe.

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Railway Stories




IN 1965 at 15 I started work as Junior Porter at Arundel station on the Mid Sussex Line. Arundel is the home of the Duke of Norfolk and at this time he was a regular traveller to and from London by train.

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Now the usual procedure was the Duke’s man would bring his bag onto the platform and the Leading Porter would put it on the train and the Duke would tip him half a crown(12 1/2p).


This day I also had a bag to put on the train for a lady; she followed me into the train closing the door behind her. To stop me being carried away, I quickly made my exit via the other door where the Duke was standing. He gives me the tip, so I leave the train and try to get Paddy, the Leading Porter’s attention but he does not see me. As he passes the Duke, the Duke dips into his pocket for another half crown.

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After the train had gone I got a clip round the ear for being cheeky to the Duke! As far as I know Paddy never gave the second coin back to the Duke! Another time, I was on 12 hour shift (10am to 10pm) and as no one had checked the car park I had to do it first and it was pouring with rain. At 6pm the Duke came off the train from London and walked to the car park I panicked! In the rain I had not checked. The Duke stopped by the booking office and I ran out. He shows me the ticket, asking for two shillings car park to park on his own land! I quickly try to explain but he just laughs and throws the two shilling piece at me for my cheek and gets in the car still laughing! More stories from Ted via email

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Nordic Walking is very popular in Glenfield! JUST SIX MONTHS ago in July 2021, the community group Ministry of Nordic Walks started a “Learn to Nordic Walk” course at Ellis Park, Glenfield. Since then the group has really grown in popularity and has increased the different walks on offer around the Glenfield area. Little-known footpaths and green spaces have been discovered and explored as well as the many historical buildings and other interesting sites. Other Nordic walking members from further afield have also come along to take part in some of the longer Glenfield walks that have ended with a social drink in the outdoor area of The Forge. Nordic walking uses specially designed poles to promote better posture, balance and stability when walking as well as exercising 90% of your body’s muscles. It is a high intensity, low impact form of exercise burning the same amount of calories as jogging would but allowing more people to

participate with a wide range of medical conditions. The Glenfield Group has brought together a wide range of people who have all found something beneficial in learning how to Nordic walk for a variety of health and social reasons and have become a very friendly, supportive, welcoming and adventurous bunch of much fitter individuals over the past six months!

The group would like to say a big thank you to the Glenfield Gazette for the articles published letting residents know more about this increasingly popular outdoor exercise activity, and would like to invite those that have not tried it yet to come along to two free taster sessions to be held at Ellis Park, Stamford Street, Glenfield on Monday 7th February 11:30 am and Monday 21st February 12:00

pm. Please contact the group’s Nordic walking instructor, Penny Fielden to book your place as places will be limited. She can be contacted at ministryofnordicwalks@gmail. com

The group looks forward to welcoming more new members over the coming year and having even more adventures along the way.

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Charnwood Museum launches children’s writing competition THE MUSEUM is currently hosting an exhibition based on Judith Kerr’s children’s book, ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’. Now, the museum is calling on young writers to write their own short stories inspired by the exhibition Budding young writers are being given the chance to get creative and share their short stories to be in with the chance of winning a prize! The museum is currently hosting an exhibition based on Judith Kerr’s much-loved children’s book, ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, which runs until 5 March. Now, the museum is calling on young writers to write their own short stories inspired by the exhibition. There are categories for children under 7, 7-11 and 12-16. The stories need to be a maximum of 500 words. They can be illustrated as well, although that isn’t essential to the competition. The entries can be submitted by email on museum@ or dropped into Charnwood Museum during normal opening hours, marked ‘Tiger Writing Competition’. The name and age of the young writer should be included, along with the contact name and telephone number or email address of a parent/ guardian. The closing date for entry to the competition is 28 February and all entries submitted will not be returned. The exhibition, originated by Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, features facsimile illustrations from the Seven Stories collection and promises to bring this delightful book to life for a new generation of family audiences.

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It also includes a reproduction of Sophie’s kitchen, where young visitors can sit down to tea with a 4ft cuddly tiger, a reading area, dressing up, puzzles, games and lots more Tiger-related activities.

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Entry to the exhibition is free during museum opening hours. The museum is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 3pm. More information is available on the Charnwood Museum website at www.

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Loughborough Library is also hosting a Tiger Who Came to Tea Storytime on Thursday 17 February from 10.30am-11.30am. This session is aimed at over-fives who are invited to come and enjoy the full story of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, followed by a crafting session. Booking is essential by calling 0116 305 2420.

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National Trust Leicester Association NEWS

OVER THE LAST YEAR several initiatives have been taken by the National Trust in respect of climate change. Thousands of trees have been planted which will absorb carbon from the atmosphere and energy usage has been reduced in many of the Trust’s buildings. The latest initiative is the trialling of e-bikes as an alternative to the traditional vehicles used on Trust estates as another way to reduce the Trust’s emissions. Over the next few months, volunteers and staff will use the bikes, keep a record of the mileage covered and thereby calculate the carbon saving. Preliminary feedback from properties showed that e-bikes could be used when carrying out day to day work and when travelling on relatively short journeys. Raleigh cycles were keen to collaborate with the trial and donated 33 e-bikes, thus allowing properties to test, trial and study the suitability of e-bikes for the Trust’s particular needs.

Seventy seven properties applied to be part of the trial and eleven were selected. Unfortunately none of which were in the Midlands. Rob Rhodes, Head of Countryside Management and Rangers at the Trust said that as the climate crisis is one of the biggest threats facing nature and heritage the Trust is still keen to reduce its carbon footprint. He added that he hopes the e-bikes would also become a talking point between staff and visitors so that the effect of climate change on our properties and estates could be explained. In early January this year, Hilary McGrady, the Director-General of the National Trust, visited Downhill Demesne in Northern Ireland which is one of the properties which is trialling the bikes and had a short test ride herself. This cliff top estate contains sheltered gardens and the striking ruins of a grand headland mansion built in the 18th century. The bikes are already being used by staff for travelling around this countryside estate and along its long coastline. • THE NT LEICESTER ASSOCIATION has an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 23rd February when David Skillen will present a talk entitled “The Fall of the Alamo & the Rise of Texas”. 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 8th March at The Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone at 7.30pm. Colin Deeley will present an illustrated talk entitled “The Life & Work of Grinling Gibbins” Admission to meetings is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00, including refreshments. For details of the NT Leicester Association please call 0116 2229133 or visit our web site at

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A NEW APPROACH to weight concerns What is Mind Body Eating Coaching? MIND Body Eating Coaching is an exciting and cutting-edge approach developed by the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It effectively addresses weight concerns, binge eating, overeating, body image challenges, and various nutrition related health concerns. As a Mind Body Eating Coach, my approach is positive and empowering. I don’t see your eating challenges merely as a sign that “something is wrong with you” – but as a place where we can more fully explore some of the personal dimensions in life that impact food, weight, and health. As a Mind Body Eating Coach, I look to support you with coaching strategies and nutrition principles that are nourishing, doable, sustainable, and that yield results.

How is my approach different? FOR FAR too long, we’ve been inundated by negative messages about food, weight, and diet. We’ve been told that we’re willpower weaklings or that we need more control. The majority of nutrition experts promote conflicting advice. The result is people are confused about what to eat, and how to have a happy relationship with food and a healthy metabolism. In my professional practice, I combine many of the best strategies from nutrition science and eating psychology. By eliminating all the “shoulds and shouldn’ts”, I focus on what’s right for your body and your personal style. As we work together in this way, eating and health issues become a place of exploration. Instead of seeing such challenges as the enemy, they become opportunities for

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What is Dynamic Eating Psychology? DYNAMIC Eating Psychology is an important new field originated by Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. It’s a positive, empowering, and transformational approach that’s designed for anyone who eats. Each of us has a unique, fascinating, and ever-changing relationship with food. Dynamic Eating Psychology affirms the primary importance of this relationship. It sees our challenges with eating, weight, and health not as an indication that we’re broken, but as a beautiful opportunity to grow and evolve. Previously, eating psychology has been limited to those with clinical eating disorders. Dynamic Eating Psychology, though, is for everyone. Dynamic Eating Psychology is a powerful breakthrough approach.

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Corruptible By Bryan Klaas

DOES POWER corrupt, or are corrupt people drawn to power? Are entrepreneurs who embezzle and cops who kill the outgrowths of bad systems or are they just bad people? Are tyrants made or born? If you were thrust into a position of power, would new temptations to line your pockets or torture your enemies gnaw away at you until you gave in? To answer these questions, Corruptible draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world’s noblest and dirtiest leaders, from presidents and philanthropists to rebels, cultists, and dictators. It also makes use of a wealth of counter-intuitive examples from history and social science: You’ll meet the worst bioterrorist in American history, hit the slopes with a ski instructor who once ruled Iraq, have breakfast with the yogurt kingpin of Madagascar, learn what bees and wasps can teach us about corruption, find out why our Stone Age brains cause us to choose bad leaders, and learn why the inability of chimpanzees to play baseball is central to the development of human hierarchies. Corruptible will make you challenge basic assumptions about how you can rise to become a leader and what might happen to your head when you get there. It also provides a roadmap to avoiding classic temptations, suggesting a series of reforms that would ensure that better people get into power, while ensuring that power purifies rather than corrupts.


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Hinckley Parkinson’s Group News ONCE A MONTH (on the second Sunday afternoon at 2.30) those suffering from Parkinson’s and their families or carers meet together at the Mary Forryan Centre, on Leicester Road in Hinckley LE10 1LW. This is essentially a social gathering, often with a speaker for information or entertainment and is a chance for people with this disease to get together to discuss problems, ways of easing difficulties, to plan group visits out or just chat! Meeting together is so important to share information and experiences, but increasingly A section of the choir group performing at the there is an awareness that all Parkinson’s Christmas Social event in December. forms of exercise are useful in delaying the onset of Parkinson’s. Exercise actually includes singing and dancing and both of these feature strongly in the Hinckley Group programme each week. Leicestershire dance artists Helen Stirland and Philly Rule provide dance sessions for people with Parkinson’s at Elmesthorpe Village Hall on Fridays from 1.00 until 3.00. No experience is needed and the sessions can be seated or standing. There is no pressure to get anything ‘right’, the key word is enjoyment. It’s not like ‘Strictly’! Then after an hour’s social time from 3.00–4.00 there is an hour of singing with the informal ‘A-Choir’s Taste’ from 4.00 until 5.00. You don’t have to attend both groups of course but many are finding that they enjoy both. In addition, don’t forget that every Tuesday there is a weekly exercise class, a monthly afternoon tea at Dobbies at Stapleton, and Nordic walking on Burbage Common. You will be most welcome to attend any or all of these. For details contact the Hinckley & District Parkinson’s Group. Give Janet Kavanagh a ring on 07932 615233. So don’t let Parkinson’s dictate how you live your life, come along and join the Hinckley Group and see the benefits for yourself.

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NEWS FROM GLENFIELD PARK WI WHAT A GOOD JOB the WI is resourceful. When we knew that our speaker would not be able to come we obviously had a back-up plan. However as they say (whoever ‘they’ are) the best laid plans of mice and men - or even women - can go awry and they did. The plan failed. What to do for the evening. A light bulb moment! The committee remembered how successful the games evening was and lo and behold we had a plan as Baldrick would say in Blackadder.” I have a cunning plan, my lord.” I’m not sure it would be classed as cunning but a plan we had. One member had a good selection of children’s games.(thank you grandchildren) and we were all set. There were monkeys falling everywhere, not real I hasten to add but in the modern version of Kerplunk. Fortunately the new version is much quieter than the original. As for 3D snakes and ladders; it might say suitable from the age of 6 but we still couldn’t quite manage. I suppose a 6 year old would just grasp it immediately. Still it caused a lot of laughter which is always good. I think the success of the evening was not the games themselves but the fact that we were in small groups and could catch up with members’ news (and dare I say the “goss”) which isn’t always possible at a normal meeting. Plus the last months have not been conducive to socialising. So what might have been a disaster turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. • OUR NEXT MEETING is a talk entitled Motor Meandering by Alan Parker. Do come and join us. We meet on the first Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall at 7.30. You will be very welcome.

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FROM FORMULA 1 to One Direction: The most expensive number plates to ever be sold in the UK have been named. The car hire experts at have ranked the most expensive number plates to ever have been sold in the UK, some of which have now more than doubled in value. You can read more here. It is clear that not only are the owners of luxury vehicles splashing out on their flashy motors but on the number plates to match. For those who have particular initials may want to get a number plate to match whereas others may buy a plate for its look or as a status symbol. Some of the most sought after number plates in the world contain only a few numbers and letters, which can instantly make a plate recognisable on the road. A spokesperson for said: “It may come as a surprise to some that someone would spend hundreds of thousands on a custom number plate, but it’s actually very common. “There are several reasons why people splash out on them, some do it for pleasure, others for business and many see it as a worthwhile investment. “Whatever the reason, it’s always fun to spot custom number plates when driving out and about as they tell a story about the person driving that their car often doesn’t.” Ten most expensive number plates in the UK: 25 0 - £518,480 X I - £502 500 G I - £500,000 RR I - £472,000 F I - £440,625 S I - £404,063 I D - £352,411 I S - £340,000 M I - £331,500 GB I - £325,000 Officially crowned the most expensive number plate ever sold at a public auction in the UK, 25 0 was sold for an eye-watering £518,000 back in 2014. Narrowly missing out on the top spot is, X I. It is only the second

Creating an Oriental garden The new gardening year is under way, so now’s a good time to embark on a new era in your garden. Japanese-style gardens are always popular, both for their tranquil look and because they are relatively low maintenance. The Japanese style is simplistic and aims to create a relaxed, calm environment. In any garden you’re going to need walls, fences and pathways, and if you use natural materials such as wood or bamboo, they blend in better with the surroundings of an existing or a newly planned garden, and instantly help to create that oriental feel. Provided the surface is made relatively slipproof, a small bridge can be created quite easily using a simple plank of wood, allowing you to cross over an existing or new pond or other water feature. Stain the wood an interesting colour – perhaps even bright Japanese-style red if you’re feeling daring. Water and Japanese gardens go hand in hand. A simple ‘deer chase’, which is where water pours through a hollowed-out piece of bamboo, or a pond with beautiful koi carp, create exactly the right feel. If you don’t want the maintenance of fish, a pond with waterlilies will still look lovely. Gravelled areas raked into simple patterns resembling waves or entire circles also help to create a Japanese feel. These can take up the

plate to be sold for more than half a million in the UK and is currently valued at £1,000,000. In third place and also currently valued at a million pounds is G 1 – which sold at auction for exactly £500,000 in September 2011. 2018 saw the plate RR I be sold for £472,000 and it was labeled one of the most special plates in the world. Sold in 2088 for £440,625 but valued at ten million pounds, F I came in fifth place on the list. It is suspected that it has such a high market value due to its connection to Formula 1 racing. The first number plate ever issued in Scotland was S I and was purchased for a fee of £404,063. It is now worth over a million pounds.

majority of the garden space, be a relatively small area or perhaps link your existing garden into the Japanese ‘room’ that you have created. Concentric rings of raked gravel or sand look particularly dramatic if you place a sizeable, interestingly shaped boulder, stone or specimen plant in the centre of the middle circle. When it comes to plants there are several that instantly help to evoke that Japanese effect. The so-called Japanese maples with their intricately divided leaves are ideal and many will turn brilliant shades in the autumn. Japanese azaleas too can be used to great effect and can bring in some of those really bright colours, which look so good for the relatively simple garden surrounding them. Pine trees may be too large for most gardens, but you can gradually bend the stems of a smaller one to create a bonsai effect. Of course, if you’re a collector of bonsai then most of these trees actually enjoy spending the summer outside in a garden and, provided they are kept adequately maintained, will look great in your Japanese garden. A trip down to your local garden centre is bound to supply you with a few oriental-themed containers. Planting one or two of these up with a small acer, camellia, miniature azalea or miniature bamboo will really help you complete that oriental feel.

The next plate, 1 D was purchased for £352,411 in 2009 by a Lebanese property developer as a present for his wife. It is suspected that if the plate were to ever go on sale again that it might be purchased by one of the members of One Direction. At number eight on the list is the plate, I S, which was sold in March 2010 for £340,000 and it is the only plate on the list that isn’t currently registered to a vehicle. M 1 was the ninth most expensive plate sold in the UK. In 2006 it was bought for £331,500 and now belongs on the front of a Bentley Flying Spur. The patriotic GB 1 is the tenth most expensive plate ever sold in the UK. It was sold for £325,000 to a private buyer and is currently attached to a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

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Love Indian food? And lots of choice? Then Feast India is for you! FEAST INDIA - located a few minutes drive from Glenfield on Melton Road, Leicester - has been described as a food lover’s paradise.

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The restaurant has six live theatre kitchens ready to serve you an endless array of Indian cuisine in a beautiful setting combining ancient and modern day India. And you can try it all for just one set price. Enjoy a cocktail in the Pavilion Lounge and take in a history of Indian Cricket, sit back and relax with a dessert overlooking Marine Drive in Bombay, savour the fresh cooking aromas as you dine around the food bazaar, or simply let your mind wander through the years in the intimate Bollywood booths. Using only the best ingredients, the finest herbs and the most delicate spices, our team of chefs have been brought together from every corner of India to create the ultimate Indian dining experience. Savour the flavour of our truly traditional recipes as you wander around the kitchens and taste what the whole of India has to offer. With the menu changing on a daily basis, you’ll be sure to try something new each time you visit and all for one set price.

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Her quiet routine in a woodland cottage in France is a sanctuary, far away from her past life running a beauty salon. But even when she is sitting at the foot of a beech tree with her drawing pad, surrounded by birdsong, her mind is never still. If she keeps herself distracted and far away, her past can’t hurt her… can it? But then an unexpected phone call throws her calm world into chaos. Back in the UK, her estranged father Francis is dying. She hasn’t seen him for decades since he pushed her away and destroyed their family. And on his death-bed, Francis leaves her a gift – a diary, written in a code that only Pearl can understand. As she begins to read her father’s diary, Pearl discovers that for forty years he had been thinking of her almost every day. And as she reads on, secrets begin to emerge from the pages causing her to question everything she thought she knew. Reeling from the diary’s revelations, Pearl realises that the only way to heal and find true happiness is to face the past. But is she ready to confront her deepest secret, the one she’s been running from all this time?

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St Peter’s Church News APPARENTLY, our ability to hear our own name being spoken in a crowded and noisy room is called the ‘cocktail party effect’. I have to confess to not going to many cocktail parties, but I have noticed many times how my ears prick up if I hear my name mentioned.

It’s fascinating how our brain detects and processes this information – it all happens in a quite intricate and entirely unconscious way and shows quite how much is going on inside our heads that we’re completely unaware of. When we hear our name – whether it’s in a direct conversation or across a crowded room – it activates in a unique way. It’s one of the first sounds we learn to recognise and is intimately connected to our sense of identity. Hearing it sets off a (usually) positive reaction – it’s why salespeople always try to ask your name and use it as often as possible: hearing it makes you favourably disposed to them! My daughter has an interesting reaction whenever I try to call her by a nickname or a contraction: ‘No!’, she replies, ‘That isn’t my name, my name is ..’. She knows who she is! One of my favourite verses in the Bible is one which we read recently in church and features in the first episode of ‘The Chosen’ – a dramatization of the life of Jesus being shown at St Peter’s on Wednesday nights at 7.30pm (also freely available online): ‘I have called you by name – you are mine’ (from Isaiah 43). It’s a reminder of two things: one, that God knows each one of us personally, knows each of our unique identities and personalities – sometimes even better than we know and understand ourselves! And secondly, that he calls each one of us to him, by name, because he loves us. At a time when our ability to mix in crowded rooms is limited, but in the midst of busy and ‘noisy’ lives, if we listen, you can hear him call you, by name.

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Hiatus Hernia A hernia occurs when part of the body bulges through a weakened or damaged wall of muscle or tissue. One in ten people will suffer from a hiatus hernia where the stomach is the culprit, bulging through the hiatus (a gap in the diaphragm that allows the oesophagus to pass through). Over 90% are sliding hiatus hernias – the upper stomach pushes up through the hiatus, under the oesophagus. A paraoesophageal (rolling) hiatus hernia is where the upper stomach pushes up through the hiatus beside the oesophagus. It usually requires surgery and causes more pain than a sliding hiatus hernia. Smokers, women, overweight people and the over-50s are more prone to hiatus hernias and they’re more prevalent in the Western world, possibly due to unhealthy low fibre diets. There isn’t always an obvious cause, but common causes are: • Persistent / violent coughing or sneezing. • Persistent / violent straining on the toilet or vomiting. • Heavy lifting. • Pregnancy / delivery. • Sudden bending or straining to reach something. Typical symptoms are: • Pain in the left side of your chest or just under the ribs – this can be severe. • Acid reflux (heartburn). • Physical sensation of your stomach pushing upwards. • Shortness of breath. • Sometimes nausea, belching, loss of appetite, discomfort when eating, difficulty passing stools. Hiatus hernia symptoms can be mistaken

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IF YOU ENJOY gardening why not come along and lend a hand. We need help weeding the flower beds and trimming back branches. Normally about 5 people turn out to help but we really could do with a bit more help. Children can come with an adult.

Two and half storey and ils, call David 0116 2255712 or Christine 0116 299 1868, or look at our single storey rear extensions, alterations to roof to create second floor accommodation with dormer window to rear, single storey front extension and garage conversion, dormer window to front and associated alterations - at 11 Faire Road, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8EE

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Bring a drink, spade, fork, trowel, gloves, and a bucket (or trog to collect weeds in). Phone if you like to have a chat before you come, or just turn up. If you prefer you can garden at any time to suit yourself. We can show you which flower beds to work on.

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Block, Delete, Move On: It’s not you, it’s them By by LalalaLetMeExplain

HAVE YOU ever been on a disastrous date and vowed never to use apps again? Are you blaming yourself for the things going wrong in your love life? Do you always seem to become attached to people who treat you badly?

Apricot and apple strudel • 2 large cooking apples • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon • 85g no-need-to-soak dried apricots, chopped • 50g fresh white breadcrumbs • 1 tsp ground mixed spice • 7 tbsp demerara sugar • 6 large sheets filo pastry (approx. 200g) • 50g unsalted butter, melted • Icing sugar, for dusting

Serves: 4-6 Ready in: 1 hour

TIP Adding breadcrumbs to the fruit mixture helps to soak up any juices and stop the pastry from becoming soggy. You can replace them with ground almonds, if liked.


Layers of light and crispy filo pastry wrapped around a sweet fruit filling makes a delicious pud that tastes just as good warm as cold. Serve with tangy crème fraiche, thick Greek yoghurt or vanilla custard. 1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5. Peel, core and finely chop the apples and place in a bowl with the lemon zest, apricots, breadcrumbs, mixed spice and 3 tbsp of the demerara sugar. Mix well. 2. Place 2 sheets of the filo pastry, slightly overlapping, on a large greased baking tray. Brush them liberally with some of the melted butter then arrange 2 more sheets on top. Brush with more butter and top with the last 2 sheets. 3. Spoon the apple mixture along one long pastry edge, leaving a 3cm border. Sprinkle over another 3 tbsp of demerara sugar. Fold in the two short ends of the pastry then roll up loosely from one long side to enclose the filling, making sure the seal is underneath. Brush the pastry all over with any remaining melted butter and sprinkle over the rest of the demerara sugar. 4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-45 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Check after 25 minutes and cover loosely with foil if the pastry begins to go too brown. Serve warm or cold, dusted with icing sugar.

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The Cardiac Centre of Excellence on your doorstep welcomes patient involvement in research

T CAN COME as a shock if you are unfortunate enough to suffer a heart attack or find yourself opposite a consultant who tells you that you need heart surgery. But if it needs to be done, you can’t find a better place to have the procedure than at Glenfield Hospital, with its reputation as a Centre of Excellence. Not only is the quality of care high, the hospital is also home to the University of Leicester British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre (CVRC). To learn more, just Google ‘Cardiac Surgery Clinical Trials’ and click on the second result. Cardiovascular disease kills more than 160,000 people in the UK every year and the CVRC further strengthens and consolidates Leicester’s position as a leading international centre for heart research. It aims to bring together scientists, doctors and patients to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment available. The team at the CVRC is led by Professor Gavin Murphy, British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Leicester. “People who undergo heart surgery currently have a risk of suffering organ failure of up to 30 per cent,” he explained. “This is caused by the inevitable trauma and stress the body undergoes during these operations, which can lead to organ damage. Current research is focused on finding new treatments that could be used to try to prevent this organ failure.” Research such as this needs patient involvement and to help facilitate this, a Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group dedicated to the cardiac research project has been formed. The group meets to receive and comment on updates from the research teams and to help the professional staff by giving the patient and public perspective. Members also help make sure communication with patients is clear and easily understood and spread the word about the research that is going on at Leicester’s Hospitals. Public research money rarely changes hands unless the public have given an opinion as to whether they think it will have a real benefit, is value for money, and is likely to be achievable. But researchers sometimes struggle to find enough public opinion to get the money they need. If research is delayed because public involvement isn’t good enough, then everyone loses. If you think that you don’t know enough to help, think again. Do you have

opinions? Are you able to express an opinion? Then there are senior people in the NHS wanting you to get in touch with them. Your opinion matters, you shape the future of research. Under the leadership of Professor Murphy, there are teams of people working on answers to critical questions regarding heart surgery, and in every single team there are unpaid members of the public contributing to that conversation. One PPI member summed it up in a few words; “Don’t think your question is unimportant - yours could be the key that unlocks the door.” Commenting on the part played by the PPI group Professor Murphy said : “By making the PPI part of our research strategy we will ensure that it best reflects the needs and concerns of the community which it aims to help, We would be unable to deliver our current research strategy without the commitment and time kindly given by the previous patients and members of the public who make up the group. It is directly making a difference to both patient experience and research success to an unprecedented extent.”

Volunteers’ stories Those who get involved in volunteering for such groups often have first-hand experience themselves and one recalled how he provided practical help to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Team to re-develop a website called ‘Activate Your Heart’, which provides a self-management tool for people who are getting themselves back on track after a heart attack or other cardiac event. “Having been through the experience myself, I was able to give my perspectives on what information people in that situation benefit from knowing, including increasing their activity levels to build confidence,” he said. “A few years on, it is extremely rewarding to see the website helping so many people to get through what can be a tough time.”

Terry Finnigan, a Groby resident of 25 years, is another prime example. Over nineteen years ago, he suffered a heart attack and collapsed at a party. He was lucky, as there were four nurses there who gave him lifesaving resuscitation until an ambulance took him to hospital. Three weeks later he had surgery at Glenfield Hospital and had a miniature Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) inserted which automatically sends a shock to restart his heart if it stops beating. Terry is well aware that events could have gone the other way. His gratitude for such a lifesaving intervention, and the extra years of active life it has given him, found expression in tireless volunteer work for Leicester’s Hospitals. Until recently he was an active member of the Take Heart Adult Cardiac Patient Support Group and enjoyed the opportunity to talk to and give reassurance to patients on the cardiac wards. Now 83 years old Terry has had to slow down, but is still keen to help “in the background”.

Further information If you would like further information on research in cardiac surgery or would like to get involved in the Cardiac Surgery PPI group please contact Sue Page, PA to Professor Gavin Murphy on 0116 252 2188 or email To contact the Take Heart Support Group telephone Gerry 0116 2693754 or Hilary 07970 075039, email thl@ or drop in to one of their monthly meetings at the Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway Leicester LE3 2PP at 10.30am on the first Saturday of each month.

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Valentine’s Day is many things By Lindzi Mayann VALENTINE’S DAY has a somewhat confusing history. And so does my own experience of it.

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It’s supposed to be romantic, right? Yet it’s a tradition steeped in irony, desperation, murder and even rumours it orginated only as a big cover-up of another celebration in a bid for power. I’m not talking about my personal history anymore, just to be clear, although we’re not far off. Only one thing is for certain. It’s a tad commercialised. Over a billion cards are sent worldwide! Surpassing only Christmas in the world of holiday consumerism. But don’t be upset if one of those isn’t coming to you. After reading the history, I’ve concluded that Valentine’s Day is many things. But not romantic. If anything, it’s a fun excuse to let someone know you’re interested in them. I’ll celebrate love 365 days of the year. So, for entertainment purposes this February, here are some other examples of what has been viewed as romantic in the past. You’ll probably be glad you weren’t part of these crazes either. Putting slices of apple under your armpits as a form of deodorant and offering them to the object of your affection after a dance. That’s right and if he ate them, he’s game. Men were even advised to place sweets in their pits to give edibles their unique scent. Sending a miniature framed painting of your eye to be worn as a brooch by your lover.

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Yup. Freaky. And kind of cool in a spooky way, particularly the point that gifting just an eye painting was to preserve anonymity and decorum. The giving and receiving of “escort cards.” If direct messages and business cards had a baby, this would be it. If any of these should be revived, this most definitely is it. Messages such as “can I walk you home one evening” were passed to those taking your fancy, although so were more seedy and lurid notes. As I say, a physical version of the modernday social media message. But I do like this idea.

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Finally, Vinegar Valentine’s cards! Emerging in the 1800s these mean rhymes served the purpose of humiliating someone you dislike. Picking on poor personality traits and visual features, I’m thankful this was discontinued, as amusing as it sounds - I’m sure we all have that one ex who could do with a Vinegar Valentine. But, nobody likes a troll. So resist please! Happy Feb readers.


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