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Christmas Day for those alone EVERYONE who attended Christmas day for those alone in Anstey and surrounding villages had a great day, volunteers and guests alike. We catered for 84 people! All guests had a lovely 5 course Christmas dinner, a present each and a goody bag with lots of yummy treats. We enjoyed great entertainment with Nigel on his squeeze box doing a Christmas sing along and of course several games of BINGO! We would like to thank all the volunteers who came forward to help both prior to the day and on the day whether that be the initial planning, securing funds, setting up the room, wrapping presents, putting up posters, providing transport, hosting a table, and last but so very much not least all those involved in the catering. The meal was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and catering for 84 is not an easy task! A very grateful thanks to the companies etc.. who support us – to Next for again donating all the lovely presents for everyone, Anstey Parish Council, S J Langton Butchers in Glenfield for all the yummy cheese, Roots and fruits, Roy Greens, J.H property maintenance, ASW Anstey, Sainsburys local in LFE, Morrisons, Pladis Wigston for the biscuits, Aldi, Midlands CO-OP, Yorkshire Tea, Percol coffee, Tescos. Many thanks to all who have donated money and goods themselves, my friends, work colleagues and local people who donate what they can, everything helps - small or large - and all donations have helped make the day very special. Thanks also to St Mary’s Church, Anstey who don’t charge anywhere near the full amount for hiring the room and without the room this couldn’t go ahead so thanks very much for the use of the room once again. Thanks for reading and a happy New Year.

Kerry Sharpe

Diane is raising funds again Parachute Jump For Charity

THIS YEAR I will be doing a parachute jump for a charity close to my heart. I will jump on Sunday 11th February at Langar air fields.

Simon Hardy has kindly opted to be my sponsor and payed for me to jump, so all money raised goes to cancer research. I’m now asking all you kind people if you would sponsor me please, no amount is too small as every little helps. You can message me on 07748 915829. Or email me Facebook page: Raising for cancer. Thank you.

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Carol singing outside the Co-op in Markfield ONE WAY in which people came together to celebrate Christmas in Markfield was by singing carols outside the Co-op on Main Street. This was once again organised by ‘Churches Together in Markfield’ and took place on the morning of Saturday 23rd December. Over 30 members of the churches and their friends enjoyed singing familiar and less well-known carols, whilst shoppers stopped to listen and even join in. I understand that our carol singing could be heard inside the Co-op as shoppers went about their last minute Christmas shopping! It was great to be able to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hopefully add another dimension to the Christmas festivities for those who heard us. We were glad to share the meaning of Christmas with others and grateful for the opportunity to give out leaflets telling the story of Christmas. Very many thanks to the manager and staff of the Co-op for allowing us to hold the event and for their support, including bringing us out some biscuits and mince pies which were very much appreciated! Many thanks, too, to all those who took part and gave of their valuable time. Make sure that you watch out for the date for next year and do come and join us! Happy New Year to you all!

FESTIVE: Singing carols outside Markfield Co-op just before Christmas.



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Carolling around the Christmas tree in Markfield! ONCE AGAIN villagers and friends from further afield came together when over 40 people enjoyed singing carols around the Christmas tree on The Green in Markfield during the build up to Christmas.

SPORTING MARKFIELD FC, Markfield Vets FC and Markfield Rangers FC made a christmas presentation of gifts to Mayflower Court as part of their ‘Give something back to the community’ scheme. David Brown, Chairman of Sporting Markfield, presented three large boxes of goodies to Chris Mason at Mayflower Court, who was very thankful for the footballers’ generosity.

HAVE A GO workshops with a difference at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation REGISTERED CHARITY Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation, who provide support, care and friendship wellbeing services will be launching new activity sessions in 2018. The new monthly have a go workshops will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn a new skill, try something different and make friends in a supportive and inclusive setting. Helen Baxter, Activities coordinator at the Foundation said, ‘We are delighted to have been granted funding from Charnwood Borough Council to provide our taster workshops. ‘The sessions will be FREE of charge and will take place on the third Monday of the month throughout 2018 from 10.00am – 12.00noon. Each activity will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and enjoy trying out something with a difference! We would love to welcome you so why not come along, have a go….! ‘The sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities, try out belly dancing , glass fusing, Nordic walking, calligraphy, pilates and more!’ Details of the sessions will be available to view at www.shuttlewood-clarke. org in the New Year. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – For more information please call Helen Baxter on 01530 244914 or email

Adults brought torches and children used glowsticks to light the words of the carols on the sheets provided. The familiar carols were sung with gusto and at a good pace – although it was dry, the cold weather froze the toes and fingers very quickly! This meant that we soon repaired to the warmth of the Methodist Church school room where we enjoyed mince pies, biscuits, squash, tea and coffee as well as some mulled fruit punch which ran out! (Mental note – buy more for next year!) Everyone chatted with friends and acquaintances and new friendships were made. This was the third year that this event has been organised with the support of the Parish council and it was fantastic to see so many people, families and visitors, joining in the fun – including pets! Some people had seen the event advertised in the Herald whilst others had seen it on Social Media, which is proving to be a very valuable way to spread information about events around the village. Altogether it was a great way to start the Christmas festivities. Many thanks go to all involved including the Parish Council and the Methodist Church for letting us all use the church premises! We will certainly be repeating this event next year!

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ON FRIDAY 24th November, Ken, Glenda, Ann, Josie and others organised a charity dance at The Club in Bagworth. This was in aid of Wishes 4 Kids, the very worthwhile charity that helps certain children. By the end of the evening, £325 had been raised for this cause. This takes the amount raised by Ken and his small group of volunteers to over £24,200 in ten years. This has been gained by holding dances in the village and includes some donations by people who may have been personally linked to the charity being supported. In 2018 there will be a change in the programme. Instead of having some dances on a Friday and some of the dances on a Saturday, all dances will take place at The Club on the third Friday of the month, beginning at 8 pm. Five of these dances during the year will support charities and the proceeds of the other seven will be donated to the running of The Club. In addition, the dance at The Club on New Year’s Eve will continue, as will the Wednesday afternoon tea dance at The Club between 2 and 4 pm. Admission is £1. Friday Dances follow the same format, two sessions of dancing, one short session of bingo and a raffle. All prizes in the raffle will have been donated. Bagworth should be very proud of this small group of people, but they are not alone. There are many unsung heroes in and outside of the village, if you know where to look. They all help to make Bagworth a good place to live.


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PCC toasts the fruits of community-based crime prevention LEICESTERSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach has hailed the success of grassroots community work which is transforming the lives of vulnerable people and those at risk of committing crime. Since March, the PCC has invested more than £130,000 from his Prevention Fund into local projects which help victims recover from their experiences, address societal problems and rehabilitate offenders - with some £120,000 of the fund still available. The PCC has promised to plough £250,000 into community work in 2017-18 which helps keep Leicestershire safe and delivers lasting positive changes on vulnerable people. So far, grants have been invested in a wide range of areas and include those that support families affected by substance misuse, projects which provide “drop in” centres for vulnerable people and others that support domestic violence survivors to prevent reexploitation. A major part of this community work has also focused on tackling hate crime with projects aimed at encouraging victims to report

crime, services to deliver advice and schools-based help intervention for asylum seekers and refugees. This month, the PCC visited project leaders behind the Drop the Knife and Live Your Life initiative. The project, being delivered by Beaumont Leys training provider E2, was recently awarded £12,500 from the Fund for 2017-18 followed by £12,499.80 in 2018-19 to deliver youth consultation and research, analysis and educational intervention to tackle knife crime among young people in Leicestershire. With cash still available, organisations which require funding to support their crime prevention work are being reminded to apply as soon as possible. Willy Bach said: “Our partners on the ground are really making a difference to people’s lives, supporting them through trauma, hardship and life’s problems to close the door on a life of crime or victimisation. “Helping people tackle their problems is the most effective way of reducing crime and harm from our streets in the long-term and reinforces everything the police do to protect people. “We need to think outside the box to have a meaningful impact on



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Lord Willy Bach hate crime and mental health issues. Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health. The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police. uk/funding-2017-18.



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Stanton carol singers raise almost £250 for Wishes4Kids! THANK YOU to all the Carol Singers in Stanton Under Bardon who braved the evening of Monday 18th December, and also to those who contributed to the collection for ‘Wishes 4 Kids’ Charity, based in Leicester. The monies raised were £ £249.36 - wonderful! Thank you also to Phil, Tom and family for providing refreshments at the end of the evening in the ‘Old Thatched Inn’. Unfortunately due to weather conditions and illness, the Concert which was due to be held in St Mary & All Saints Church on Friday 15th December was cancelled, sorry to anyone who turned out on the night, we did try and contact everyone. We hope to do a concert in March which will be in aid of ‘The First Responders’. Hopefully this time we will be lucky for this deserving cause.

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Forward in Bagworth

THE BAGWORTH Forward Group (BFG) would like to wish you all a happy new year. We have made some changes in our annual programme. We have reduced the four sessions of bingo to just one. The one that we have retained is the Christmas Prize Bingo at 7.70 pm on Monday 26th November. Obviously, the Bagworth Show will continue as normal. This year it will be the sixteenth annual show and will take place as normal on the Saturday before the August Bank Holiday. This year that is August 25th. We held a Christmas Fayre last year and this proved to be very popular. Not only will this continue - this will be on November 24th - we have also decided to have a Spring Fayre, along the same format with various stalls in the Front and Rear Halls and food and hot drinks served in the coffee shop area. This will take place on Saturday 24th March from 1-4 pm. If you wish to hire a stall please call Karen on 01530 230573. Look out for more details of these events.

Remembering the Munich air disaster THE MUNICH air disaster took place 60 years ago, on 6th February 1958, when a plane carrying the Manchester United Football team – known as the Busby Babes – plus support staff and journalists, crashed while attempting to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport. Some 23 people were killed, among them eight players, including Duncan Edwards, widely regarded as the outstanding player of his generation and according to some potentially the best player in the world. The team was returning from a successful European Cup match in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and the plane had to refuel. The disaster happened when it crashed on its third attempt to take off, following technical problems. Slowed by slush, the plane ploughed through a fence beyond the end of the runway, and the left wing was torn off after hitting a house – whose inhabitants survived.

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Stanton Village Hall NEWS ON BEHALF of the Trustees, I would like to wish all users of the hall a very Happy New Year. I am pleased to report that our hall is still successful and we look forward to this continuing into the future. Regrettably, we have a vacancy as a Trustee following the resignation of Mary Briggs. Duties of a Trustee are not too arduous but commitment to making the Hall successful is necessary. You would be required to attend meetings to help move the Hall forward and open and close the hall for hirers. If you are interested, please contact me on the following email or speak to a Trustee at cinema night or coffee morning. Cinema nights for 2018 have been arranged for the following dates and are films which have been requested and which we feel will cover most people’s tastes. – •

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• 19th May Paddington 2 Doors will open, as usual, at 6.30pm with the film starting at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £4.00 in advance from Stanton Stores, or £4.50 on the door. Once again, we are being supported financially by Midland Quarry Products for which we are most grateful. To make the 10th February more memorable, we have made arrangements with Phil and Tom at The Old Thatched Inn to serve a curry before the showing of Victoria and Abdul. A curry and selected drink will cost £8.95 and they will have you served in time for you to get to the Hall for the show. If you wish to have a curry, please ring Phil or Tom on 01530 243976 to make arrangements direct. Mention that you are going to the cinema night and they will book a suitable time with you. Please make a note of the above dates in your diary. Coffee mornings continue into 2018, but it would be wonderful to see more people there. Homemade soup and a cob and butter costs just £1.50, coffee or tea with cake is a similar sum. This is an opportunity for you to get out of the house and meet to chat. The next coffee morning is 13th February. Tea and coffee from 10.00 and soup from 11.00am. Come along. All age groups are welcome. We hope to see you at the Hall soon.

Mark Stephens

Markfield Medical Centre Patient Participation Group AGM THE PATIENT Participation Group would like to invite patients to attend their Annual General Meeting which is being held on Monday 22nd January at 6:00pm at Markfield surgery. The Patient Participation Group is made up of a number of patients who have volunteered and are willing to engage and work with the practice to: • Contribute to the continuous improvement of services. • Improve communication between the practice and its patients. • Help patients take more responsibility for their health. • Provide practical support and help to implement change. The aim of the PPG is to create an environment which provides an opportunity to engage with patients in an open & constructive way. Please do come along to the meeting and find out more about what we do. All welcome. Markfield Medical Centre and the Patient Participation Group wish you all a Happy New Year.

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WOULD YOU like to know more about the developing Markfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan? If so please come along to a consultation event at Markfield Community Centre, on the morning of 17th January, between 9.30 and 12.30. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet planning officers from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and give them your views on their Local Plan Review. The work undertaken for the Neighbourhood Plan will help guide the next borough-wide Local Plan. Once approved, both plans will become statutory documents, which will have a significant role in guiding new development.

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Call to find 70 new Leicestershire adopters A DRIVE to encourage more people to become adopters and transform the lives of Leicestershire children has been launched. Leicestershire County Council have 34 children in their care who need adopters to offer them a loving, permanent ‘Forever home’. These include babies, pre-school children, older children and children with disabilities or health issues. The council is hoping to recruit 70 adopters this year to help meet the need. Anyone can be considered, including people on their own or in a relationship, working or not working. You can adopt regardless of your race, religion, sexual orientation or financial situation - and time is spent matching children to families who can meet their needs. Josh* and Adam* adopted their son Oscar* (names have been changed) through the council when he was just seven months old. Josh said: “We’d always wanted a family and decided to embrace changes in legislation made a few years ago that enable same sex couples to adopt. “We went along to one of the council’s adoption information events, which was really useful as we got hear firsthand the experiences of people who had already adopted, as well as ask questions. “We had been thinking about adoption for a while, but the event made us realise it was something we really wanted, and were ready, to do. “We were a bit concerned about the process, but we found the council to be very supportive. The training was really good and provided us with a wealth of information and we valued having a good, supportive social worker. “It’s been absolutely amazing having Oscar in our lives. We love him very much and live our lives through him. Every day is different and it’s really exciting seeing him develop.” Adoption is a lifelong commitment and is about providing a child in care who cannot return home with a permanent and secure ‘Forever family’. Councillor Ivan Ould, cabinet member for children and families said: “Adoption can transform lives; both for our adopters and for the children in our care who need loving, permanent ‘forever families’. “We’ve a friendly team who can explain a bit more about the process and answer any queries you may have. We also hold regular ‘find out about adoption’ events. You are welcome to come along and hear from people who have adopted with us before and meet some of the team.”

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Brighten Up The Dark Days Of January! “PUSS IN BOOTS”... A TRADITIONAL FAMILY PANTOMIME Written and directed by Muriel Walker Monday 15th to Saturday 20th January 2018 at THORNTON COMMUNITY CENTRE THE NEW YEAR will begin for the Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group with its annual pantomime! It’s such a pleasure to bring a happy production to our neighbourhood... continuing a tradition that began with our first pantomime, “Aladdin” which was staged at South Charnwood School in January in 1973 –forty-five years ago! This year, we revisit a well-loved story , which, it’s hard to believe, dates from 1550 in its original form! Puss in Boots”, is a story about a cat which, once given magical powers, uses its wits to gain power, wealth, and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master – a miller’s son. No pantomime is complete without a group of fearsome villains and these we have acquired by dredging the ditches and nasty fetid places in the neighbourhood whilst searching for goblins! You certainly wouldn’t want to meet any of them on a dark night! Fortunately, and in contrast, our “goodies” are as good as good can be. The folks who live at the mill are gentle, simple souls, wanting only to earn an honest living. However, the late miller’s will has surprises for them all. Then, of course, there are the “royals” with their own idiosyncrasies. King Opalous would just like a quiet life... but will never have one whilst the Queen is around. Princess Contraria hates the constraints of her position, but her life will take a dramatic turn thanks to a riverside picnic. Threaded through the telling of the story is music and merriment a-plenty. We have made sure that there is something to suit all tastes. Back again this year will be a Junior Chorus from the Linda Williams Academy of Performing Arts. These are children who love to perform, and who appreciate the opportunity to do so whilst being an integral part of the pantomime. Of course, pantomime is for children.. it is often a child’s first introduction to live theatre.. but it is not just for them! Quite simply, it is for all of you who remain young at heart; for all of you who appreciate spending an entertaining and happy evening in good company. Hiss, boo, but, whatever you do... DON’T MISS OUR PANTOMIME! It’ s not too late to purchase tickets! Performances are at 7.30 p.m. nightly, and there is a Saturday Matinee at 3.00 p.m. TICKETS (£5) can be obtained on 01530 469714.

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Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary – Urgent Kitten Food Appeal UNBELIEVABLY kitten season is already well underway. We have been very busy recently with our fundraising but as we all know, money doesn’t last long when the bills start coming in. At the moment our major ongoing item of expense is kitten food (sachets) and kitten biscuits. As at today we have lots of kittens and some young cats – girls and boys – all beautiful. Some will be ready for re-homing by the last week in January, most will be ready in February/early March. Then the springtime kittens will probably start coming in! They will all grow up fast, and will soon be making demands on our feed-room stores. If you are able to donate some sachets of kitten (and cat) food, or donate money for us to purchase food – we would be hugely grateful. We are also very pleased to receive your gifts of towels and cotton sheets and bags of cat litter (woodbased). We recycle fabrics at Redgate, and when towels and sheets can no longer be used for bedding they are cut up and used as cleaning cloths. Redgate Farm is based on the side of the A511, near the Flying Horse roundabout – half way between Coalville and Markfield. Visiting hours are 11am – 3.30pm, every day. Telephone 01530 243 925 / 01530 230 455; or email: or via the website. If you would like to meet the Redgate team and help us with our essential (and very varied) fundraising, please leave a message at the sanctuary for the fundraisers Jo and Jane.

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News from Bardon Park Chapel

Loughborough Homelessness Charity gives thanks to all who helped in any way INDIVIDUALS and families as well as the village churches contributed to Falcon Support Services Festive Shelter.

WORSHIP SERVICE: Every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. 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

The Markfield Churches Together Homelessness Service raised £212.10 in cash donations as well as many bags of gifts, bedding, clothes and food, all of which was very gratefully received by Falcon Support Services. The charity sends this very thankful response to the village: Falcon Support Service’s recent #festiveshelter appeal to provide emergency beds to the homeless over the festive period has been a resounding success, with an amazing response of £5,787 being raised so far. In addition to the Emergency Beds, Falcon Support Services put on a Christmas Lunch at the Falcon Centre which was opened up to vulnerable members of the community and attendees received a memorable meal and Christmas gift. Falcon Support Services would like to thank all those that donated gifts, food and monetary donations to the Centre, as well as those that volunteered their time. A service user who used one of the emergency beds was asked what it meant to have an emergency bed, knowing the community had funded it. This is what he said “It means everything to me. It shows that some people actually care and the world’s not full of nasty people.”

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Who is responsible for keeping roads and paths safe in winter? Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald CAN I START this month by wishing everyone a happy and peaceful New Year. The recent bad weather which affected Markfield, Stanton and Field Head before and after Christmas once again demonstrated the confusion and frustration that is common on the subject of which Council provides which services, the respective strengths of these bodies and the particular strategies they employ. In truth and in my experience, most people are not interested in who provides what, as they perceive that public services should be there to deal with the issues that arise and impact them, and it shouldn’t really matter who delivers it. In truth though, the reality is that it does matters greatly and as public services further deteriorate through lack of funding, many more of us will need to question who is doing what and why, so that the accountability required to you and me, can be placed with the right people as to the why things are the way they are. A good example of this took place in a conversation I had with a frustrated resident a couple of days before Christmas. I was asked why Hinckley and Bosworth had not been out and gritted the footpaths. When I explained it was not a Borough Council responsibility (they have no gritters or salt for this purpose), the resident said correctly ‘Well I pay my Council Tax to Hinckley’. That is correct because the Borough Council is the tax collection authority and it is they who issue the bills to every householder in the Borough. But once collected it passes over 90% of the tax receipts to other authorities, of which by some distance the County Council is the biggest recipient. Incidentally, despite the bad weather, the refuse and recycling services which are provided by the Borough Council, managed to maintain a full service to residents. As it has been very topical (as opposed to tropical which might be more preferable) let’s just quickly look at the subject of winter gritting (or lack of in some parts) and the challenges thrown up by this. The Leicestershire County Council is the Highway authority for all roads and paths (bar the motorways) in our community. This is a significant role as it means it is they who need to keep our roads

and paths in a decent condition. In fact it’s a statutory duty, meaning in essence it’s an absolute requirement set down by legislation. According to the Highways Act 1980 Section 41 (1A) it states that ‘A Highway Authority is under a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice’. It goes on further to say in section 150 (1) that ‘If an obstruction arises in a highway from accumulation of snow…the Highway Authority shall remove the obstruction.’ Of course, with over 1200 miles of roads - plus paths - under its jurisdiction, the County Council makes a number of economies and only grits certain roads which it believes are its priorities. This amounts to about 45% of the road network - but few if any pathways unless (according to their website) snow and ice remain for several days. The priority routes for our community (which can also be viewed on the LCC website – www. are the A50 which is classed as a Priority 1 route. The Priority 2 routes are; Ashby Rd, Leicester Rd, Forest Rd, London Rd, Main St, Launde Rd, Cliffe Lane, Stoney Lane, Main St –Stanton, Grassy Ln and Markfield Lane. The main problem with the prioritisation (which in principle has much to commend it) is that it doesn’t appear to me, to recognise local concerns or local issues. For a start, Markfield and Stanton are (geographically speaking) high villages in which air temperatures,

are often lower than elsewhere in the County. I can remember some older locals saying it could snow in the summer in Markfield. One only has to drive from Groby to Markfield along the A50 and see the thermometer in your car drop by 2 degrees C. Another issue is that as well as being high, both villages are hilly with a number of steep roads and avenues which can become impossible during very bad weather. Finally neither the Primary school nor the Doctor’s surgery is on a priority gritting route. One of the ways this can be dealt with is through the use of complementary gritting bins. A number of people have also commented to me on the situation with gritting bins. Until recently most gritting bins were provided by the County Council and it was they who kept them topped up with salt. As austerity impacted on the County’s finances, this situation became less clear and Parish Councils were informed that while they could purchase new gritting bins it would be the responsibility of Parish Councils to fill them. A number of gritting bins exist within the Parishes of Markfield and Stanton, but a number of them are bins purchased by Parish Councils on behalf of concerned residents. Information provided on the Leicestershire County Council in its website however suggests they will fill grit bins if the bin meets a specific criteria which is listed as being: not on a route that is treated before freezing; it has a steep incline or bend; the local council (the parish) has met the cost of

TRUE GRIT: Whose job is it to fill the grit bins?

Matthew Lay such provision; and a local site which is suitable can be found for the salt bin. I have asked for clarification on this important point because it makes far more sense for the County Council as the highway authority to keep grit/salt bins filled with salt. It is this confusion that I find frustrates people especially when incomplete answers are given by relevant authorities sometimes seeking to pass on responsibility. However, it’s not just winter gritting, in truth it’s a whole swathe of public services with multiple providers overlapping on parts of provision or not providing services to anyone anymore. It’s not efficient but more importantly, in the confusion over who provides what, the general level of services is withdrawn or reduced without proper scrutiny or a frank assessment of what damage is caused to society. Anyway back to the bad weather. The problem with the sudden onset of wintry conditions is that it always seems to surprise us. Part of the reasoning for this, is that we can go for years without severe winter weather. This means the justification for having expensive equipment and raw material on standby is problematic especially when the financial position is so fraught. It wasn’t just in Markfield and Stanton that people complained about the treatment of roads; in fact it wasn’t just in Hinckley and Bosworth or Leicestershire, but in most parts of the country or at least those that experienced the poor winter weather. It will likely be the same the next time we have prolonged winter weather and could be worse if services are reduced further. Still putting it into perspective, this was nothing compared to the winter weather being experienced in North America and in particular the poor inhabitants of Erie, Pennsylvania who witnessed a one-day snowfall record with 34 inches of snow on Christmas Day. That’s what you call a white Christmas. By Boxing Day morning, Erie International Airport had accumulated a whopping 53 inches of snow since Christmas Eve and guess what, it’s still snowing.

The postal service has become so slow that last month my flower seeds arrived as a bouquet.

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January Small Ads Pick Up A Bargain! • Zanussi freestanding ELECTRIC COOKER - ceramic hob with double oven in good working order. Price: £50 • B @ H VIBRO CYCLE - old but ln good order. Not had much use. Price: £10. Buyer to collect (Groby). Tel: 0116 287 9549 • Hotpoint PAS642HBK 58cm GAS HOB. Nearly new, Modern design with enamel pan support. Only used for 10 days. Bought from Argos for £127. Will accept £55 ono. It is now in its original package. Tel: 0752 851 9154. • Baby Start HIGH CHAIR bought for grandchild, little used, in good condition. Price: £20 o.n.o. Tel: 0116 231 1602 or 07778 393975 • TWO aluminium tubular BAR STOOLS with backs and round black leatherette seats; height from floor to seat 72cm, height

to top of back 112cm. Good condition. Price: £60 for the pair. Tel: 0116 287 6657 (Groby). • AOC 32” TV full working order VGC with instructions and remote control Price: £40 • 6 Box DVD set Claire Baldwin’s Horseracing - unused, still in sealed box. Price: £6 • Fidget Squares x 2 - for dementia sufferers - individually made. Price: £5 each Tel: 01530 839969 (Whitwick) IF YOU HAVE any household items which you’d like to advertise FREE in the Herald, please SEND DETAILS by post or email sorry, we can’t take them over the phone. Maximum EIGHT items please. Our postal address is Herald Small Ads, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or you can email details to: Please put ‘Small Ads’ in the subject line, and include your postal address (not for publication).

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THE HERALD • MID-JANUARY 2018 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived!” Anne Frank, written in her diary, 5 April 1944 For books about this, call into the library to borrow or order any book.

HAPPY NEW YEAR WE WOULD like to wish everyone a peaceful and happy New Year and look forward to welcoming existing and new members into the library during 2018. Don’t forget it’s FREE to join and not only will you have access to hundreds of books but also to ebooks, the internet and research tools including Geneology and The Which? magazine online. Don’t forget you can also just pop in to read the local newspapers, magazines and we also have lots of local information material.

CLUBS AND GROUPS AFTER A BREAK over the Christmas Holidays all our usual clubs and groups will be meeting again in the New Year.

Book Clubs - our afternoon book club meets the first Monday in the So many people are touched by dementia. month from 2.00pm to 3.00pm in the Library, while our evening book club


meets every 6 weeks on Monday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Writers Group - our writers group meet every two weeks on Monday evening from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. Art Class - our art group is every Tuesday evening from 6.00pm to 7.30pm We are welcoming the Guides from February, who will be meeting in the thevery Wednesday evening. library Thursday lunchtime from 1.30pm our Ancestry Expert is available to help you discover your family tree Thursday lunchtime also see our Knit and Stitch group meeting from 1.00pm to 3.00pm Friday morning from 9.15 am is our Reading and Rhymes group for under 5’s Our Social Walking Group meet most Mondays and usually meet up again sometime during the week. We are hoping to begin a couple of new initiatives in the New Year so please keep an eye on our website, our article in the monthly Herald, or call into the library. If you have an idea for a new group please get in touch and if you would like more information about any of our groups please email

WE WOULD like to say a huge thank you toTO whoever came PLEASE COME OUR FRIENDLY into the library a week or so before Christmas and donated 16 boxes of almost brand new MARKFIELD LIBRARY

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Among them were complete collections of authors such as Danielle Steel.


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Would you please spend just one hour to understand a little more about dementia? It could help you, family, friends, neighbours - our whole community. Three days before the launch

MARKFIELD writer, Di Lockley, held her book launch just before Christmas and it was a real success despite the weather.

Markfield was covered in a blanket of snow, so there was some uncertainty as to how many people would come along. However, during the morning session there were quite a number who came and enjoyed homemade cupcakes and coffee and Di was kept busy signing her books. If you didn’t get along and would like more information about the book , Drawn Together, call into the Library and ask our librarian for a copy.

Our free, valuable and interesting Dementia Friends Information Session is just about asking everyone to2018 BOOKS BECOMING TV SHOWS IN understand a bit more about dementia and how we might make life that bit easier and more pleasant for those people who live with it.


Di Lockley (right) handing over a signed book to Georgina Hargreaves

Please do be a Dementia Friend.

OUR NEXT quiz will be on Thursday February 8th at 7.30pm in the Library. As usual entry is £1 per person and although refreshments will be provided, please feel free to bring a bottle. Come along on your own as we will make up the teams on the night. Each member of the winning team will have the chance to choose a book from our donated book rack as their prize.

HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY - 27 January LIBRARIES are about books and words so we thought we would acknowledge Holocaust Memorial Day this year as the theme is The Power of Words. Holocaust Memorial Day is 27 January and a time to remember the millions of people who were murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides. It’s a day to honour the survivors of these regimes and learn the lessons of the past. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. Words can make a difference, both for good and evil, and words had a huge impact during the Holocaust through propaganda used to incite, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on. “I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful

LITERARY adaptations continue to dominate television, with an array of eagerly-anticipated book-inspired shows due to hit our screens in 2018. From true crime and sci-fi to ghost stories and childhood favourites, but if you like to read the book first, here are 10 to try before their appearance on the small screen.

McMafia McMafia is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil. A BBC One eight-part drama, inspired by Misha Glenny’s bestselling book of reportage, begins on 1 January, starring James Norton and Juliet Rylance.

The City & The City The multi award-winning novel by China Miéville is being adapted into a four-part drama series for BBC Two starring David Morrissey.

I’ve been sacked from my job. Or as I prefer to think of it, I’m on eternity leave.

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The novel follows Inspector Tyador Borlú as he investigates the murder of a foreign student, whose body is found in the extraordinary, decaying city of Beszel. As the evidence begins to point to strange and deadly conspiracies, Borlú must travel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own: Ul Qoma, across a border like no other.

Good Omens Amazon and BBC Studios’ upcoming adaptation should delight fans of the Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman novel Good Omens. The TV adaptation takes place in 2018, when the Apocalypse is near and Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity. Good Omens is written by Gaiman, and will star Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as well as Jon Hamm as the archangel Gabriel.

BURNS NIGHT AND CHINESE NEW YEAR ONCE AGAIN Scots will be celebrating Burns Night on January 25th, while this year on February 16th see the start of the Chinese New Year. For Chinese communities, new year begins on a different date each year which always falls somewhere between January 21 and Februrary 21 and the first day of the Chinese New Year is usually the second new moon after the winter solstice. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12 year cycle and 2018 will be the Year of the Dog. The year of birth, and the animal it represents, is believed to influence a person’s personality. People born this year are said to be brave, honest, loyal and with a strong sense of responsibility. Although negative traits include being self-righteous, stubborn, and critical.

VALENTINE’S DAY - FEBRUARY 14th FOR ALL you romantics out there, we have hundreds of books in the library about love and romance. Just pop along with your library card and you can borrow up to 12 books at a time. That should be enough to keep any romantic happy ! We look forward to welcoming you into the library during 2018 and for more information about our events and activities please visit our website

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Extracts from Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council December Minutes THE FOLLOWING are extracts from the minutes of the parish council meeting held on tuesday 5th december 2017, at the Village Hall, Stanton Under Bardon.

REPORT BY COUNCILLOR M LAY Councillor Lay reported that there was increasing pressure for development land. The Borough Council was continuing its work on revising the Local Plan. It was working with Leicestershire County Council in order to improve the infrastructure of development rather than just “bolting on” a development. To achieve this, it was looking at a large development to the west of Leicester which, it was hoped, would absorb some of the pressure. With regard to Neighbourhood Plans, he stated that it was important to plan for housing in areas of need and that the Plans should identify and fill that need. It was essential for air quality issues to be taken into account. Councillor Lay reported that the Borough was looking at providing a crematorium which would help to relieve the pressure on the existing facilities as well as potentially being an income stream for the Borough.

QUESTIONS TO THE CHAIR • Residents were concerned over the application for housing adjacent to the school: the main concern being the access road and increased traffic near the school. Councillors stated that these issues had been raised at the planning inquiry and had been taken into account by the Inspector. The planning permission had been granted and the Parish Council had no powers to change the permission and was left with no option but to accept the development. •A resident asked if the new gym facilities on the recreation ground would be lit. The Parish Council stated that they had no plans and to do so may cause friction with neighbouring residents. • In response to a question on the progress of the mobile vehicle speed indicator, Mrs Briggs stated that the Council was waiting progress from Markfield PC and Leicestershire County Council and would chase this.

PARISH PROPERTIES a) Recreation ground inspection. It was reported that all was in good order and a new inspection rota to be circulated for 2018. b) Allotments – inspections have been suspended although it was mentioned that some plots weren’t being taken care of. Mr Bridges agreed to inspect and report back.

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING Mr Briggs presented the latest minutes and cashbook and gave an update of the open days and the impending stakeholder meeting in the New Year.

PLANNING Planning Permission 12/015052/OUT erection of 25 dwellings to the land adjacent to the school. Joe Menna from Westleigh spoke about the new development and showed plans of the development. It was AGREED that the Council remove their objection to the development and that consultation continue with regard to the use of vacant land in return for boundary fencing.

SIGNAGE FOR THE RECREATION GROUND The signs for the recreation ground were approved with the suggestion to amend the bottom lettering colour to red. Mrs Briggs agreed to source two quotations.

TRANSFER OF UTILITIES TO THE VILLAGE HALL It was AGREED that the utility bills would be the responsibility of the Village Hall Trust and they be transferred in their name from 2018. Mr Briggs pointed out that the lease would shortly become due for renewal. Councillors were requested to review its provisions before the next meeting.

Thank you! WE WOULD like to express our thanks to Matthew Lay for clearing our driveway of snow on Sunday lunchtime, 10 December. It was much appreciated.

Geof & Chris Prattley

Jacqueline Road, Markfield

Markfield HomeMakers MARKFIELD HomeMakers meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. For more information, call: Brenda on 01530 242173 or Iris on 01530 242436.

AN ELDERLY lady of the local parish was walking to church with her friend. On this particular Sunday they were a little late and had to sit near the back of the church. The lady would not acknowledge the fact, but she was getting a little hard of hearing. As the Vicar game his sermon, she found it rather difficult to hear his words. Turning to her her friend she said, “The agnostics in this church are terrible!” (From ‘The Dalesman’ - sent in by a Herald reader - many thanks!)

65 years ago: Discovery of the double-helix B

RITISH SCIENTISTS Francis Crick and James Watson announced that they had discovered the doublehelix structure of DNA 65 years ago, on 28th February 1953.

In making the announcement, Crick said: ‘We have discovered the secret of life.’ This was true as far as it went, and is the subject of a compelling book by Watson called The Double Helix. In fact, however, they did not discover DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). That was achieved in 1869 by Friedrich Miescher in Switzerland. Nor, if you want to be precise, did they discover the double helix shape of it, since that feat was accomplished by x-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin. She had managed to take an X-ray diffraction pattern from a sample of DNA that showed a clearly recognisable cross or helical shape. One of her colleagues showed Watson the image, and it confirmed experimentally the correctness of the theoretical model that Crick and Watson were working on. The discovery of the double helix changed the world of medicine and science for ever. Crick and Watson, with Maurice Wilkins (Franklin’s colleague), won the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology in 1962. Tragically, Rosalind Franklin did not receive the praise or the prize, because the rules prevent it from being awarded posthumously, and she had died in 1958 of ovarian cancer. She was 37.

Why don’t we take this relationship to the next level and you lend me some money.

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How to improve your memory


ON’T FORGET to eat your greens – or you could be forgetting a lot of other things as well.

It seems that a portion of green leafy vegetables each day can go a long way towards safeguarding the memory of older people. In a recent study, it was found that people who eat greens regularly can have a memory capacity equivalent to the memory of a person 11 years younger.

Relax in Bagworth THE MEMBERS of the Trust which runs the Community Centre in Bagworth are delighted to announce that they have a new booking which will hopefully prove to be very popular and lead on to similar events. Hayley is organising a relaxation session based on yoga nidra. She says that one session is the equivalent of having four hours of REM sleep. It will take place on Sunday 4th February at 11.30 am at the Centre. If you require further information, Hayley can be contacted on 07760 888331. Prize bingo will continue this year on the second Monday of the month at 7.30 pm. There are always good prizes to win, both in the bingo sessions and in the raffle. Don’t forget that the Whistle Stop Coffee Shop is open every day from 10 am to 2 pm. If you have not yet discovered this delightful experience it is well worth a visit. Delicious hot and cold food and drinks are served for either eating in or taking away. The prices are unbelievably reasonable. Do make a date at your earliest convenience.

Where did the CHURCH ROOF go?! A recent study at Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago found that people in their 80s who ate just half a cup a day of certain green leafy vegetables (lettuce, spinach, kale and collard greens; all rich in vitamin K) had significantly better memory than those older people who did not.

AS THE value of lead continues to rise, so heritage buildings such as churches are increasingly becoming prey to organised gangs who, in some instances, have made off with entire church roofs, according to specialist insurers, Ecclesiastical. Although the Scrap Metal Dealers Act of 2013 ‘continues to be a powerful weapon’, according to the Home Office, still the ‘volume and severity of incidents of metal theft will also increase’, warns Ecclesiastical. As Robert Fells of the British Metals Recycling Association puts it: ‘The number of crimes has reduced, but they have got much bigger.’

My wife is going to leave me in three weeks because my psychic abilities scare her.



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Markfield Community Park plan


ARKFIELD PARISH Council is proposing to create a Community Park on the Mayflower Close Recreation Ground.

The Park will be significantly enhanced for use by all the Community and it will include; • A new enlarged floodlit multi use games area (which will have enough space for 2 five a side pitches or a 9 a side single pitch • An outdoor gym • A new children’s enclosed kickabout area with basketball hoops and goals • A circular pathway around the park which can accommodate wheelchairs, prams etc • A side terrace for the community centre which the small hall will open out onto • Benches, soft landscaping and tree planting. The total estimated cost of the project is £315,000. The Parish Council have already received grant offers from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council for £178,000 plus £44,000 in Section 106 funding and in addition £30,000 has been secured from the Bardon Aggregates Community Fund. The Parish Council will provide £13,000 from its precept income/reserves and they also intend to borrow £50,000 from the Public Works Loan Board. This borrowing will be paid back by Markfield Parish Council over a period of 20 years at a low fixed rate of interest. The annual repayment amounts (£2,750) are in line with the repayments the Parish Council was making for the Jubilee Playing Fields Pavilion. This loan has been fully repaid this year. Without this borrowing approval the project is unlikely to go ahead as the shortfall will be too great. The full proposals will be on display at the Markfield Community Centre on the 17th January between 9.30 and 1pm and you will be able to complete a short consultation questionnaire. If you are a Markfield resident you can also do this online at; Thankyou.

Bread, glorious bread According to children, love is… W G OOD QUALITY sliced bread is back in fashion this year.

After years of decline, when carbs were ‘out’, households all over the country seem to be waking up to the fact that they can easily create delicious lunches with ‘craft’ breads at home, and have no need to pay anything up to £15 for an ‘avocado brunch’ at trendy cafés. And so, inviting your friends over for a sandwich ‘brunch’ at the weekend is becoming a very sociable occasion, rather than going out. Pasta is also expected to make a major ‘return’ this year.

HAT DO children know about love? When questioned, some four to eight year olds came up with the following: • • • • • •

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SERVICE in the restaurant was abysmally slow.

My husband was getting very tense, so I tried to distract him with small talk. ‘You know,’ I said, ‘our friend Christine should be having her baby anytime now.’ ‘Really?’ my husband snapped. ‘She wasn’t even pregnant when we walked in here.’

• •

When you’re born and see your mummy for the first time. That’s love. Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired. If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who hates you. Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day. I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones. You have to fall in love before you get married. Then when you’re married, you just sit around and read books together. I let my big sister pick on me because my Mum says she only picks on me because she loves me. Love goes on even when you stop breathing, and you pick up where you left off when you reach Heaven. Love cards like Valentine’s cards say stuff on them that we’d like to say ourselves, but we wouldn’t be caught dead saying it. When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.

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

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Care for your own church building D

ON’T LOOK to the government for so much help. That is the message of an independent review which considered the Church’s reliance on government funding with regard to the upkeep of its church buildings. The review instead calls for a ‘cultural shift’, where communities contribute to their church’s upkeep.

The Taylor Report was commissioned in 2016 to report to the Chancellor and Culture Secretary. It recommends that from 2020, the Government provide £66 million a year, compared with the recent ‘exceptional hike’ of 2014 and 2016, when it was £90 million. The report says: ‘Long term, it is the view of the Panel that the Church of England should aspire to reach a position where its buildings can, as far as is possible, be financed sustainably with reduced reliance on government funding.’ It goes on: ‘The long-term survival of Church of England church buildings requires a change in the way many communities regard these buildings. ‘We need to create a cultural shift in attitudes towards church buildings such that communities realise they are resources they can use, and congregations have the confidence to share space and where appropriate, to ask for a fair income.’. The report also said that the main theme emerging from the thousands of churches who responded to the review was the ‘huge care that people feel for these buildings’.

Letter from Uncle Eustace

On the perils of parish cook books The Rectory St. James the Least of All My dear Nephew Darren THANK YOU for your contribution to our proposed parish cook book, “My favourite weekday dinner at home” – although I have to say that baked beans on a baked potato was a little unadventurous, even if I suspect, sadly, true. It is remarkable how many of my parishioners, when they know they will appear in print, apparently dine sumptuously every evening in their own homes. I could not help but feel that Miss Carruthers’ “weekday” recipe for “Gratinee de Coquilles Saint Jacques” was taking imagination rather too far, when everyone knows she lives on scrambled eggs on toast on a tray in front of the television. Asking the bishop to write the preface for our cook book has not turned out entirely successfully, since the greater part of it extolled the virtues of fasting. I suspect this may have something to do with his attraction to lean, muscular Christianity and his disapproval of my ample waistline. And when attending a social occasion at the bishop’s palace, “lean” would definitely be my description of the size of the sherry he pours. When you buy a copy of the book – which I am sure you will do as an act of solidarity – do not attempt to follow Colonel Humphrey’s recipe for a Madras curry. His father acquired a taste for it when he was serving in India and, regrettably, he brought the recipe back to England. It is guaranteed to reduce the bravest of men to tears; the Colonel’s four pink gins before dinner seem to give him a certain anaesthetic protection. The editor returned my own recipe, mentioning that the “two large glasses of red wine” specified in the list of ingredients was not mentioned in the recipe. I had thought it was perfectly obvious that they were there to be drunk while making the meal. The project is to raise funds to repair our medieval tower, which our architect tells us is largely held in place by its own weight. It is rather comforting to think that we shall preserve it for another generation by selflessly eating our way through roast pork, beef Wellington and chicken cooked in a wide variety of unpronounceable French sauces. Your loving uncle,


Do you take too many selfies?


RE YOU taking – and posting – selfies on social media every day? Then beware – you may be in danger of developing a genuine mental health condition. Recent research at Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management in India has concluded that ‘selfitis’ does exist, and is based on attentionseeking, lack of self-confidence, and therefore a constant need to boost your social standing. It seems there are three levels of being ‘selfie indulgent’- borderline (taking photos of yourself at least three times a day, but not posting them on social media); acute (taking photos of yourself at least three times a day and posting them all on social media) and chronic (uncontrollable urge to take photos of yourself and posting them more than six times a day). So – smile and click – but beware!

Special needs


FTER booking my 85-year-old grandmother on a flight from London to Amsterdam, I called the airline to go over her special needs. The representative listened patiently as I requested a wheelchair and an attendant for my mother because of her growing confusion, her arthritis and impaired vision to the point of near blindness. My apprehension lightened a bit when the woman again and again assured me that she understood and that everything would be taken care of. I thanked her profusely. ‘Oh, you’re welcome,’ she replied. I was about to hang up when she cheerfully added, ‘And will your grandmother want a rental car?’

2018 MARKFIELD WI PROGRAMME We have now finalised our programme for 2018 as follows: January: Prof. Sarah Hainsworth Forensic Engineering 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.

One day, I’d like to hit the refresh button and actually feel refreshed.

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A few facts about St Valentine’s Day coming up next month


HERE ARE two confusing things about this day of romance and anonymous love-cards strewn with lace, cupids and ribbon: firstly, there seems to have been two different Valentines in the 4th century - one a priest martyred on the Flaminian Way, under the emperor Claudius, the other a bishop of Terni martyred at Rome. And neither seems to have had any clear connection with lovers or courting couples. So why has Valentine become the patron saint of romantic love? By Chaucer’s time the link was assumed to be because on these saints’ day -14 February - the birds are supposed to pair. Or perhaps the custom of seeking a partner on St Valentine’s Day is a surviving scrap of the old Roman Lupercalia festival, which took place in the middle of February. One of the Roman gods honoured during this Festival was Pan, the god of nature. Another was Juno, the goddess of women and marriage. During the Lupercalia it was a popular custom for young men to draw the name of a young unmarried woman from a name-box. The two would then be partners or ‘sweethearts’ during the time of the celebrations. Even modern Valentine decorations bear an ancient symbol of love - Roman cupids with their bows and love-arrows. There are no churches in England dedicated to Valentine, but since 1835 his relics have been claimed by the Carmelite church in Dublin.


Thank you to Brewsters TRUSTEES, staff and volunteers at Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, Shaw Lane, Markfield, would like to thank the management and staff (and customers of course!) of Brewsters Cafe and Bakery at 99, Main Street, Markfield, who raised the grand total of £131 in the two weeks up to Christmas by raffling a huge hamper of delicious foods. It was so very kind of you and every penny will be put towards animal care. At the moment we are preparing 15 kittens for re-homing in the period late January - mid February, so every penny counts. Thank you again to all who work at, or visit, Brewsters Cafe and Bakery.

All at ‘Redgate’

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5th-24th March

MATILDA The Musical is the multi award-winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Suitable for children ages 6 and up.



Off-lead dogs are a problem at Thornton Reservoir THORNTON Reservoir also has a problem with Off-Lead dogs - who are ruining it for everyone else! I read with great interest all your readers letters in the November & December issues of The Herald - especially the one from Wendy Myers in Bagworth. I agree - there is also definitely a problem with bad dog owners at Thomton Reservoir. I too have experienced the same problems of random dogs running up and jumping at me, due to inconsiderate dog owners not keeping their dogs on a lead. Recently, I went for a walk around the reservoir. In front of me, were two different dog owners. One was a middleaged woman with 2 dogs, neither of them on a-lead. The other was-an older man,with 3 big dogs, also not on leads. Neither of these dog owners had any control over their dogs. As I was walking behind them, I had a great view of all the problems being caused by their dogs. All 5 dogs would run and jump up at other people walking past. I looked closely at the reactions of these victims, and needless to say, they were scared, and not happy with these dogs invading their personal space. Even more shockingly, both these dog owners walked ahead of their dogs - and never once looked behind them, to see where their dogs were, and what they were up to. This led to several people being jumped at by their horrible dogs, AND all the dogs did ‘poo’ on the grass verges around the reservoir - which was not picked up by their owners. At NO point did either dog owner take any notice of what their dogs were up to, and the problems they were causing - it didn’t seem to be of any concem to them! So, both these male and female dog owners were as irresponsible as each other. These dog owners made no effort to stop their dogs running off, and didn’t apologize to anyone for the upset caused. Most inconsiderate, awful people! These bad dog owners really are ruining Thornton Reservoir for everyone else. If Severn Trent enforced the “Dogs To Be Kept on Lead” signs with stiff penalties and enforcement, then it would solve both problems - of loose dogs jumping up and scaring other walkers, and owners actually noticing and picking up their dog poo. I fully concur with the letter in the last issue, “that ALL dogs should be kept on a lead, at ALL times. NO exceptions”!

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


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Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 14th January 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 21st January 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield United Service at Trinity Methodist Church

6.00pm Evening Service Thursday 25 January 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café Sunday 28 January 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service

Wednesday 14th February 7.30 pm Benefice Ash Wednesday Communion at St Peter’s, Copt Oak 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 28th January 10.15am Morning Worship

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

Sunday 4th February 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion

Thursday 8 February 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café

Sunday 25th February 8.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 11 February 10.45am Circuit Service at St Andrew’s GRE 4.00pm Afternoon Café Service

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 11th February 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 18tyh February 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield United Service at St. Michael’s Parish Church

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 14th January 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 21st January 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 28th January 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 4th February 10.30am Morning Service We are pleased to be welcoming a visiting speaker from SASRA, the Soldiers and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association Sunday 11th February 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 18th February 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 7 January 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm Evening Taizé Service Thursday 11 January 2.00pm - 4.00pm Music Café Sunday 14 January 9.45am Focused Prayer Fellowship 10.30am Morning Covenant Service 4.00pm Afternoon Café Service Sunday 21 January 10.30am Morning United Service at 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 Services

Sunday 14th January 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 21st January 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 28th January 10.30 am “Something Different” Service Sunday 4th February 10.30 am Morning Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Sunday 11th February 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 14th January 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 18th February 10.30 am Morning Service

Friday 19th January 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 21st January 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield at Markfield Methodist Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 28th January 8.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 4th February 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 11th February 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 25th February 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 14th January 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 21st January 10.30 am Holy Communion Wednesday 24th January 10.00 am Midweek Communion & Coffee Sunday 28th January 10.30 am All Age Service Sunday 4th February

10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 11th February 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 18th February 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 25th February 10.30 am All Age Service Wednesday 28th February 10.00 am Midweek Communion & Coffee

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

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Sunday 14th January 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 21st January 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 28th January 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 4th February 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 11th February 3.00 pm Praise Service Wednesday 14th February 7.30 pm Benefice Ash Wednesday Communion Sunday 18th February 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 25th February 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

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

I was enjoying a brilliant singalong last night, until I was asked to leave the opera.

Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, THE HERALD • MID-JANUARY 2018 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All News are welcome. along andWI enjoy the peace. fromCome Markfield ON 1ST DECEMBER Markfield WI put on a light hearted Christmas Celebration on behalf of the Bradgate Group of WIs.

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This was our second year of putting on a festive miscellany and we chose a theme of Christmas traditions. As well as the usual carols we had poems and humorous readings by members and friends together with a contribution from the Ukulele Band and a rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer which required audience participation. Over 70 people attended to enjoy the evening’s entertainment and refreshments. We look forward to attending next Christmas when it will be the turn of another WI in the Bradgate to entertain us. At our December meeting Gail Wooliscroft gave us a demonstration of decadent easy desserts. We sniffed in appreciation while the waffle pudding was cooking in the oven, held our collective breath when the Charlotte was turned out of its mould and agreed that the cheesecake was something we might try at home. Although we there had been a lot of tutting about the amount of calories involved there was a queue of ladies waiting to sample the desserts at the end of the evening - well it would have been rude not to! We now look forward to our new year programme with our first talk on 17 January by Professor Sarah Hainsworth, a forensic engineer.


16th November

No “Still Friday” in December

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The last person to question my masculinity got a face full of piping hot lavender tea.


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Free trees to make Leicestershire green F ARMERS, landowners and community groups are being encouraged to help improve the green areas of Leicestershire by applying for free trees.

Leicestershire County Council has teamed up with the Woodland Trust to encourage farmers and community groups to provide a habitat for wildlife by planting trees across Charnwood, Hinckley and Bosworth and Blaby areas. Applicants can apply for: • A MOREhedges pack – which includes a minimum of 100m of new hedgerow, 475 shrubs and 25 trees ideally for planting every 20m. • A MOREwoods pack– which consists of free trees and shrubs to plant a woodland, no less than 0.5 ha (1.25 acres) in size. Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for environmental issues, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Woodland Trust to provide free trees to farmers and landowners across Charnwood, Hinckley and Bosworth and Blaby. “There are so many benefits to the scheme. Trees enrich the landscape across Leicestershire’s countryside and also encourage wildlife and improve air quality.” The offer closes on Wednesday, 31 January. To register for a free pack of trees, email your name and contact details to, or call 0330 333 5303. Please make sure you quote ‘Leicestershire County Council trees’.

Markfield Medical Centre and Patient Participation Group (PPG) NOW THAT Christmas is over, and the New Year beckons, people often make a resolution to do something positive to improve their health. This might involve decisions about losing weight, quitting smoking or drinking less, or exercising more. But what is the best way to stick to our resolution? For example, although the days are slowly beginning to lengthen, as the temperature drops, we can be tempted to hang up our exercise gear and hibernate. The NHS advice is to stay active to beat those seasonal blues and feel on top of the world. Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. Regular exercise will make you feel more energetic and your body’s defences will also benefit. There is some limited research suggesting that moderate exercise can strengthen the immune system, thereby reducing the risk of coughs and colds. The NHS website – - is a very useful resource and has some great links to information regarding exercise and other ways to help improve your health and well – being during January and beyond. Exercise ideas include the Couch to 5K running plan which helps you to build up exercise slowly over a number of weeks ( c25k/Pages/Couch-to-5k.aspx ). And if you’re not keen on exercising outdoors, have a look at these ideas • 10-minute home exercise routines ( Pages/Tenminuteworkouts.aspx) • Home exercise videos ( Pages/Welcome -to-nhs-fitness-studio.aspx) • Gym-free workouts ( There is a wealth of information about a whole range of healthy living ideas – just visit the ‘Livewell’ hub ( Livewellhub.aspx) for more information. STOP PRESS – a representative of ‘Quitready ‘ (the stop smoking service) will be sending a representative to the surgery on Monday 22nd January between 3pm and 6pm to talk to people about stopping smoking, so if you have made a resolution to stop smoking then do come along and have a chat! Don’t forget the PPG AGM is on Monday January 22nd at 6pm – all welcome! We would all like to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

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I told my gran a knock knock joke, but she wouldn’t answer it until I’d shown her three forms of ID.

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Methodist Minister’s Reflections N EW YEAR, new opportunities, new beginnings? Some who are reading these words will be looking to the year ahead with excitement, optimism and high hopes for what is to come. There will be others for whom thoughts of the new year are tinged with sadness, uncertainty or foreboding.

However we may be feeling, the start of a new year does give us opportunity to reflect on our lives and to refocus. Are we going in the right direction, or do we need to make a change of course? Ought we to reassess our priorities? For each of us, the road ahead is unclear; the unexpected may lie around the corner. Our plans may not come to fruition; our fears may never materialise. Some wise person once said, “We may not know what the future holds, but we know the One who holds the future.” My experience is that whatever life throws up, if our hand is in God’s hand, he will lead us through.

Steve Clark, Markfield Methodist Church Minister FB Markfield Methodist Church

South Charnwood High School Remembers SOUTH CHARNWOOD High School staff and pupils paid their respects to the fallen in wars across the world by taking part in a Remembrance Service at school. The pupils themselves led the Remembrance Assembly, reading out a Roll of Honour of local soldiers who had fought and died in the two World Wars. Form representatives also placed a tribute from each tutor group under a Remembrance plaque in the school grounds. A minute’s silence was perfectly observed and The Last Post was played by Andrew Richardson, a local member of the Salvation Army. The bugle he played belonged to the Great Grandfather of Mr Stephenson (PE Teacher and Head of Year 8 at South Charnwood High School) and was played in Flanders during the First World War. Our picture shows Mr Haughan, Mr Richardson and Mr Stephenson with pupils who read during the service.

My wife is always accusing me of making stuff up. I wouldn’t mind but I’m not even married.



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Markfield Community Centre News New Year’s Resolution I BET, unlike me, many of you have made a New Year’s to lose some weight, get fitter or just get out and about more. Well, the Centre has a whole range of activities that will suit your age and ability. To find out more either go on our website, collect a brochure or give us a call. I am sure that we have something to meet your needs.

Parents and Toddlers Christmas Party ON THURSDAY 21st December our Parents and toddlers group held a Christmas party for all the kids, parents and grand parents. Organised by Donna and her friends I understand that they had a really good fun time. If you would like to join our group just pop down to the Centre with your Child on Thursday mornings 9am to 11.30m.

Mayflower Club’s Update APART FROM having to abandon one session due to snow and treacherously icy road conditions members of the Mayflower Club enjoyed our now traditional events leading up to Christmas. On the 13th December having been out and about in the freezing cold gathering holly, ivy and other winter foliage, members spent an afternoon making Christmas table decorations complete with candles, ribbons, baubles and artificial snow. The results were truly creative and wonderful. Dave from M.E.Sports and villager Steve Weston were commandeered to judge the decorations and after long deliberation declared Pat the winner. On the 20th December the hall was packed with members enjoying our annual Christmas party. The party included Christmas crackers, party hats and a wonderful buffet of party food plus trifle, meringues, puddings and other treats. Then there was a tinkling of bells and Father Christmas himself appeared with a huge bag of secret Santa presents. This year we had a special treat as he was accompanied by his Chief Elf Bev who helped him dish out the presents. To much amusement members took it in turn to sit on Father Christmas’s knee

(even the boys) and swear that they been good. It was hilarious. After Father Christmas bade his fond farewells and season’s greetings the Markfield Mayflower Magical Christmas Band formed up to lead the sometimes raucous singing of traditional children’s Christmas songs. The band was orchestrated by our enthusiastic Band Leader Carol “The Count” Berridge. At one point Carol got so enthusiastic she leapt onto a table to lead the finale of We Wish You a Merry Christmas with the band playing at full steam and members singing with gusto. Members said that it was the best ever Christmas party and I really don’t know how we will top it next year. On the 24th January we will be commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Mayflower Project with a special celebration party that will include a Burns Supper, a Scottish sing along and a display of what we have achieved over the years. We have invited special guests and organizations who have supported the project helping it to become the success it has. The Mayflower Club meets on Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. It only costs £1.50p per session and that includes a “cuppa” and biscuits. Come along, you will be most welcome.

Father Christmas with Chief Elf

Mayflower Friendship Club DON’T FORGET that we also hold a Monday afternoon friendship club and, once again, you will be most welcome to come along and have a good old social with friends old and new. Sessions are from 2pm to 4pm and you will be sure of a warm welcome and it only costs £1.50p per session with light refreshments thrown in.

Mayflower Good Times Together Club I AM SAD to say that our new Good Times Together Club for people living with dementia or memory loss and their carers is in serious danger of failing. We have held four sessions to date and absolutely no one has turned up. It is very disappointing as I am sure that there is a need in the village. If there is no take up for the project after the next few months I’m afraid that I will have to call it a day and return the funding that

Pat receiving award from Dave for best table decorations we managed to secure. However, if the project would benefit you and your loved ones and you would like to join us a cuppa, a chat, games, activities and sing songs in a safe, friendly, supportive and relaxing environment as well as getting out of the house, enjoying a social, having fun and good times together

then please come along. DATES • Friday 19th January • Friday 17th February • Friday 17th March All sessions are from 10.30am to 12pm.The cost is only £1.50p per person and includes a “cuppa” and

The closest I get to multi-tasking is ignoring more than one thing at a time.

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Words & Pictures from Ron Grantham light refreshments All welcome just turn up on the day. You will also receive a free “fiddle muff ” kindly knitted by members of the Markfield Women’s Institute Knitting group.

Many Thanks From The National Blood Service

THE NATIONAL Blood Service has asked us to pass on their thanks to residents who have donated blood over the year and indeed previous years. They always get a “good crop” of blood from Markfield. The next session will be on WEDNESDAY 31st January 2018 when you can “Do something amazing” and donate blood:

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Our Mayflower Club Project is celebrating its 5th birthday this year! Firstly on behalf of all at Markfield Community Centre and especially members of the Markfield Mayflower Club we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and we also wish you a Happy and Prosperous 2018. This year we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Mayflower Project and we have come a long and successful way since we first opened our doors on a stormy day in 2103. To mark this special time we are holding a celebration event at the Community Centre during the afternoon of Wednesday 24th January. So many people and organisations have helped and supported the success of the project either financially or otherwise members feel that they would like to invite you all along to our celebration party. Please find invitation attached. As well seeing what we have achieved over the past five years you will be treated to our now customary Burns Supper including Haggis, neeps, Scottish savoury mince, Scottish short bread and perhaps even a dram of whiskey. This will be followed by a bit of fun with our very own “Mayflower Magical Music Band” who will lead a sing along of favourite Scottish songs and melodies. Please come along, meet our members and have some celebratory fun. Kindest regards

Ron Grantham PS We would be grateful if you could reply by Monday 22nd January

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.


You and your organisation are cordially invited to attend our Special Fifth Anniversary Event at Markfield Community and Sports Centre 2pm to 4pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018 Please come along and enjoy: A celebration of events we have held over the past five years A Robbie Burns “Beastie” Supper A Sing along to favourite Scottish songs and melodies Meet our members and have a chat For catering purposes we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance by Monday 22nd January. Tel: 01530 242240 or email

My neighbours listen to some excellent music. Whether they want to or not.



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Christmas Carol Service, Saturday 23rd December MARWOOD BRASS Band led our carol service with familiar traditional carols and Bible readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus. Santa joined us to say a quick hello and brought some sweets for the children, and for the band members! There was also a gift for the adults – a copy of the Christmas “Hope” magazine and a booklet “The Real Christmas”. Sunday Club leader, Ruth, brought along Scruff the puppet and with his Nativity finger puppet friends (brought along by some of the Sunday Club puppeteers) they told the Christmas story through a lively song. We were pleased to welcome Rev Ellen Price, Regional Minister at the East Midlands Baptist Association, who gave our message and we also heard from Mrs Diana Morgan, Vice Chair of Hinckley Homeless, about some of the great work that goes on at Lawrence House. It was heart-warming to hear about some of those who have been helped by Lawrence House in the past and the things that they had gone on to achieve in their lives. Our new Ladies Singing Group (who meet at Cross Hills on Monday evenings) took the opportunity of making their debut performance and, singing a jazzy version of Silent Night, they amazed us all at how good they had become in such a short time! There was a wonderful warm atmosphere throughout the evening and mince pies, tea and coffee were enjoyed by everyone afterwards. Through

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

Charity Christmas Card SOME OF our members again contributed to a ‘charity Christmas card’ instead of writing individual cards and £10 was sent to the chosen charity, the Salvation Army.

Christmas party, Friday 29th December RUTH HOLMES, with the help of her family, kindly organised a Christmas party for us again in the church hall.

everyone’s generosity, the special collection taken during the evening for Hinckley Homeless raised a wonderful amount of £315.

Reverse Advent THE HAMPER and box in the church entrance were full to overflowing with the generous gifts of food, toiletries, etc that had been brought along for this new venture.

skilfully performed in harmony two Christmas songs for us. The children of the Sunday Club were then presented with their annual Christmas prizes of Christian books, Bibles or Bible stories. We are very grateful to Ruth Holmes and the other leaders for all their hard work in running the Sunday Club during the year and in preparing for this special service, and for the many appearances of Ruth’s puppets at some of our other services.

The gifts were very gratefully received by Diana Morgan on behalf of Hinckley Homeless and they were all squeezed into her car to be taken to Lawrence House. A very big thank you to everyone who helped in any way for us to achieve such a large collection of food and goods which will all help them immensely with their work.

Donations to Hinckley Homeless

Christmas Family Service and Children’s presentation, 24th December

With a late additional amount of £18 given by a church member to round up the total to £400, Pastor Garry Kelly had the pleasure of taking it to Lawrence House in Hinckley where it will assist them in helping more homeless young people find a way back into society in 2018.

THE CHILDREN and young people of our Sunday Club presented “Angels with Attitude”, a humorous look at the Nativity, skilfully written by one of our church members. It explored the Christmas story through 5 angels arriving back in heaven and discussing what they had seen that very first Christmas. Whilst some of their observations were very funny, there was the underlying serious message about Christmas. They then finished their presentation with a lively Christmas song. We had another treat when our ladies choir, 2 of whom are young people from our Sunday Club,

OUR CAROL service collection of £315 was added to our Christmas Day service collection of £67, making a wonderful total of £382.

Over 30 church members, family and friends enjoyed quizzes, traditional games such as Musical Chairs, Pass the Parcel and Musical Hats and a delicious buffet was laid out. It was a really enjoyable evening with lots of fun and laughter and it ended with a lively ‘Okey Cokey’! We all went home having enjoyed a lovely evening with good friends. The Cross Hills Church family would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2018 and we continue to hope and pray for peace to come in all the many troubled places in our world. If you would like to come to our Sunday services during this coming year, please see the Church Service Information section in this magazine showing the times of our services and our contact details are below if you need to speak to us about anything.

Contact Numbers Pastor - Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 / 07816 616189 Secretary - Lynda Kelly: 01455 457802 / 07910 440243 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272

Glynis Straw

Treasurer – on behalf of the Cross Hills church family

Exhibition aims to bring Anne Frank’s messages to Leicester AN EXHIBITION inspired by the life and writings of Anne Frank arrived in Leicester in December as part of its UK tour. ‘Anne Frank + You’ draws on themes from Anne’s diary that are still relevant today – such as racism and conflict – to create a thoughtprovoking and interactive visitor experience. The exhibition includes an almost life-size replica of the room in the secret annexe where Anne hid from the Nazis, powerful film footage, and replica artefacts from her life and the Holocaust. Recommended for adults and young people aged 10 and over, Anne Frank + You is presented by education charity the Anne Frank Trust UK in partnership with Leicester City Council. The exhibition - at Leicester’s New Walk Museum & Art Gallery continues until Wednesday 31 January. Admission is free.

I saw a kid earlier with a hairy face and horrible beady eyes. Saying that, I suppose it’s normal for a goat.

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From finance director to successful children’s book author WHEN DR PETE CROSS, Director of Finance at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) started writing a book for his two sons as a Christmas present, little did he know that it would be snapped up by a publishing company. His book, ‘The Rockwall Brothers’ has already sold out on Amazon twice, and he’s donating December’s royalties to LPT’s charity Raising Health. Pete explains: “The book was originally meant as a Christmas present for my two boys. They love travelling and I thought it would be a good way to take them on an adventure around the world! Over Christmas family members started to read the book and told me it was really good, and that I should consider publishing it”. After taking his family’s advice, Pete decided to set the ball rolling and delve into the publishing world, receiving offers from three different literary companies who wanted to publish his book. All royalties from December sales of the book will be donated to Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust charity Raising Health, Leicestershire and Rutland’s Community and Mental Health Charity. The Rockwall Brothers follows brothers Jack and Charlie, who end up on more of an adventure than they had anticipated. It begins during the October half term, with a family trip to London, where the two brothers come across and are unknowingly recruited into Mi60, ‘the most secret agent service’ where they are led to believe they are going on a parent-free trip to Disney World on their own private jet; little do they know they are about to be dropped off in the middle of the Mexican jungle as the newest and youngest members of the agency. They travel the world, from Mexico to Morocco, fighting and protecting the world against their arch enemy, The Shadow. Pete said: “It’s something I’d never thought I’d do, I’ve not really written a book but I want to share it. “My boys are really excited to be the stars of the book, they are reading it again and are showing off to their friends at school.” Buy your copy now from: Austin Macauley Publishers or Amazon Our registered charity, Raising Health (charity number 1057361), fundraises to support excellent care initiatives, equipment and innovations which go above and beyond core NHS provision to enhance the experience of our patients, service users and staff. See www.raisinghealth.

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At one time every family’s diet included bread which relied on a constant supply of fresh flour. So virtually every village had a mill of some sort, a watermill if there was a suitable stream, or if not, a windmill was placed on an elevated position where itsCreated sails could catch the Puzzlemaker wind. At by their peak in 1835 there were believed to be 152 mills in Leicestershire, and many were locally such as Woodhouse Eaves, Markfield, Mountsorrel, Shepshed etc. Mark has tried to gather together all the photographic images that have survived and has also made a collection of milling stories. He knows of the existence of many mills but as far as he knows their images have been lost.


FUTURE EVENTS Monday 19th March 2018 brief AGM followed by a 1970 film “Leicestershire a Heritage at Risk”, at Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall at 7.30pm. You will not be surprised that most of the issues raised are still the same today. It is a delightful film as it brings back memories of familiar sights 48 years ago of rural Leicestershire and Charnwood Forest. The meeting will conclude with a brief discussion of the issues raised led by the CPRE. For further information contact Dick Howard or look at our website www. Visitors welcome £3 on the door.

Dick Howard 01530 245373 The cashier told me: ‘Strip down, facing me.’ How was I to know she meant my debit card?

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~ Preservation • Conservation • Communal Interests ~ Programme 2018 Thursday January 25

Members Evening

Thursday February 22

Bradshaws and an Early Railway Tour Robert Mee

Thursday March 22


Thursday April 26

Victorian Optical Toys

Thursday May 24

More Made in Leicester

Bob Massey Brian Johnson

Thursday June 28

Calke Gardens-The Changing Seasons Celia Sanger

Thursday July 26

Eat My Weeds

Alison Coates

Thursday August 23

Reflections in Rhyme

Delia Bennett

Thursday September 27 Bitter is the Wind Tonight

Sandy Leong

Thursday October 25

David Bell

Leicestershire Ghosts & Legends

Thursday November 22 Fools and Horses Featherstone December


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Meetings are held at Groby Village Hall Starting at 7.30pm. The venue may have to be altered for some meetings. For Further Details Contact Hon. Secretary Mr. P. Castell Tel. 0116 287 9842. e-mail:- Non Members are Welcome

Next LFE Film Evening: Victoria and Abdul LFE Film Evenings will be showing on Thursday 1 February 2018 “Victoria and Abdul” Category: Historical/ Biography/Drama (PG13) UK 2017. Running time: 1hr. 55min. The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule. The two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Cast: Dame Judi Dench, Ali Fazel, Tim Piggott Smith, Michael Gambon, Adeel Akhtar Venue: the Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LFE. Cost: £5. Doors open at 7.00pm; the showing commences at 7.30pm On arrival complimentary hot drink and biscuits are provided. You also get a free raffle ticket: the winner gets a prize double-ticket for a future showing.

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