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Markfield Parish Stanton Village Hall events Neighbourhood proving popular with villagers Plan UPDATE


IRSTLY, a big thank-you from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to everyone who completed either a “Household” or “Youth” questionnaire. The information you provided us with will be invaluable when it comes to the next development stage of the Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

STANTON UNDER BARDON Village Hall closed 2019 with some very successful and well attended community events.

Our last Film Night, showing Fishermen’s Friends, was enjoyed by villagers from Stanton and surrounding villages, many of whom commented on the excellent quality of the film and the acoustics in the hall. The Hathern Band entertained us at our Christmas Party The Queen’s Jubilee charity had a very successful Christmas Party for the “Recycled Teenagers” of the village and we are all grateful to them for all the hard work that goes into this annual event. We also held our second Christmas Concert with the Hathern Brass Band on 8th December. We had a good turnout of people from Stanton and surrounding villages, with several villagers attending their first event in the hall, and the mulled wine and mince pies helped to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. We are grateful to everyone who helped make the event such a success and we have already secured a date with the excellent Hathern Band for another performance next Christmas. (TURN TO PAGE 2 ...>)

We received 372 completed “Household” questionnaires, which represents a response rate of18%. The Rural Community Council, who are working as our advisors, say that level of response is good. Although the Steering Group tried various routes to try and encourage 11 to 17-year-olds to complete the “Youth” questionnaire, only 39 were received. Thanks, must be given to South Charnwood School, Markfield Scouts and the Queen Bees for their assistance. Most of the completed questionnaires we received had been filled-in by hand and thus required manually inputting into the computer programme, which will analyse them. A big thanks to Di and Jacqui for doing that work for us. Although analysis of the questionnaires won’t be completed until early February, that doesn’t mean work on the NP can’t progress. This month the Steering Group, in conjunction with their planning advisor Colin Wilkinson, will be developing the plan’s overall structure as well as considering specific areas where more detailed information is needed. This could include plotting important viewpoints both into and out of the parish. For example, thinking about the possible planning application to expand Cliff Hill quarry, where can it be seen from and to what extent. Other areas of information gathering could include the condition of rights of way and important trees and hedgerows. All of this and other information will have to be carefully recorded, since, in due course, it will become supporting evidence for the plan’s policies. If you’d be interested in helping with the survey work then please email the steering group at npsg@markfieldpc.org.uk


Tony Lockley

Markfield resident

Carols on The Green was a lovely occasion I WOULD like to express my thanks to the organisers of “Carols on The Green”. With the backdrop of the spectacular Christmas tree and the arrival of Father Christmas in Markfield it was a lovely occasion for all ages, and the refreshments in the Methodist Church, courtesy of the parish council, were greatly appreciated. The Christmas tree on The Green has been a “beacon of cheer” during the festive period and has surely brought a great deal of pleasure to residents, visitors and all who have passed through the village. Many folks, including my family from the north-east and south-west of the country, have been seen having fun and taking selfies by the tree. Perhaps their images have been shared world-wide! Wishing a Happy New Year to all Herald staff and readers.



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Business Networking

Another successful SCUBA event at South Charnwood SOUTH CHARNWOOD High School hosted another very successful SCUBA business networking event on the 28th November. Colin Fyfe, CEO of Hinckley & Rugby Building Society, and Anoop Randerwala, Director of Inner Smile Design, provided excellent presentations outlining their businesses. Congratulations to Danny Gohil from Pencil & Coffee for winning the Speed Networking activity. Thanks to the following employers for their attendance at the event: • Amy Knight - Markfield Day Nursery • Richard Crowson - Watson Batty Architects • Ian Hughes - Nicholls Colton Group Ltd • Gerard Manley - Leicester & Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership • Dan Lamoon - Colab Creation • Kevin Bragg - Virtual Business Partner Ltd • Cassie Marvin - Consultant C Marketing • Jim Mee - Tavistock Partners Limited • Kate Blowfield - Cadent Gas • Sam Roberts - Hinckley & Rugby Building Society • Denis Sleath - STEM scheme • Jill Massingham - School Governor. Many thanks to our amazing Year 10 business ambassadors who did such a great job planning and organising the event. We have already started planning our next SCUBA networking event on Thursday 26th March 2020 where we have at least eight new delegates already booked. For more information or to book your place, email scuba@ southcharnwood.org

South Charnwood High School ‘encouraging excellence, valuing people’ Headteacher: Andrew Morris: Deputy Headteachers: Simon Andrews, Abigail Lear Assistant Headteacher: Kathryn Juszkiewicz Business Manager: Angela Preston

Lunchtime Supervisors We require as soon as possible Lunchtime Supervisors to join our caring team. This is a term time position (39 weeks). The hours are 1.00pm to 1.55pm daily (£8.70 – £8.81 per hour). If you are interested or require any further information, please contact Angie Preston, Business Manager on 01530 242351 or email: office@southcharnwood.org As this job is designated as a ‘regulated activity’, an enhanced DBS check with Barred list will be carried out by the school. ‘South Charnwood High School - Committed to Safeguarding Children and Young People’ www.southcharnwood.leics.sch.uk Broad Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9TB Telephone: (01530) 242351 Email: office@southcharnwood.org

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Letter Kevin Murby FOLLOWING the sudden loss of our son Kevin Murby, we would like to send our sincere thanks to everyone who sent sympathy cards and the wonderful attendance at the funeral along with fantastic eulogies from the family. Your support has helped us to get through these difficult times. Many thanks again to you all from Doreen, Sid, Dawn and Wayne.

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Coming up soon Looking forward to 2020, our next Film Night will be on Saturday 18th January featuring the comedy Book Club, featuring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. Doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts promptly at 7.00pm. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from Stanton Stores. There will be the usual tea, coffee and raffle during the intermission. We will also be holding our first Burns Night on Saturday 25th January in conjunction with Clan Clarke. There will be a classic 4 course Burns Supper and a bar will be available. To reserve your table please contact Phil Clarke on 07402 923219. Places are limited!

Would you like to join our team? The Village Hall Trust are currently seeking volunteers to join us as Trustees or key holders. We are a small, friendly group that manage the Village Hall. We work as a team, so the workload is spread between us. It is an excellent way to get to know your neighbours and take an active role the community. If you have a few hours a month to spare, and would like to help out, please get in touch through our website, or email stantonvillagehall@gmail.com with your contact details. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon, but meanwhile the Stanton under Bardon Village Hall Trust would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy 2020.

Mark Stephens

Chairman, Stanton under Bardon Village Hall Trust

One in four frogs is a leap frog.

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Time4Leicestershire: Give one hour, get one hour

Community scheme launched in Leicestershire AN INNOVATIVE scheme where residents are rewarded for helping others in their community has been launched across Leicestershire. Time4Leicestershire is a new skills exchange initiative, which will see people carrying out good deeds for others and being rewarded in return by having somebody do a good deed for them. Part of the national Timebanking UK initiative, Time4Leicestershire is being run by the County Council’s Public Health team, who are encouraging people to sign up, register what skills they can offer and see what expertise they could benefit from. The scheme is designed to help way of helping people across the people swap skills, connect with county to meet more people in their community by meeting new their neighbourhoods, get help with people, contribute to their local some practical jobs and improve community and receive help or their emotional wellbeing at the support with practical tasks, such as same time.” gardening. Timebanking differs from Councillor Lee Breckon, volunteering, as people swap skills. cabinet member for health and For every hour of time somebody wellbeing, said: “We want people gives helping, they receive an across Leicestershire to live as hour’s time credit to bank and use healthily and independently as on somebody helping them for an possible and this scheme will hour. encourage this, regardless of age Skills swapped can be anything or ability. from mowing a lawn or baking a “There are many positive health cake. People don’t have to meet in benefits for people from being person to benefit from the scheme, connected within their community and we very much welcome the Time4Leicestershire initiative as a

they can help online, for example helping someone with their CV or digitally editing photographs. The Public Health team are holding a series of information events for people to learn more about timebanking. People who sign up at the events will have their account credited with two hours, to help them get started. To find out more about the scheme and what skills people are looking for, or to see when the next information events will be taking place, visit www.time4leicestershire. org.uk or call 0116 305 0705.

Visit: www.time4leicestershire.org.uk

At a loose end, or would like to start a new hobby? Why not come and join us to craft and chat, or cook together.

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Thornton – 1pm – 3pm Earl Shilton Men’s Group – 12 noon – 2pm

Hour long weekly messy play sessions to support early child development.


Newbold Verdon – 10am – 12 noon


Ratby – 10am – 12 noon Barwell – 10am – 12 noon Groby – 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Designed and delivered by a qualified teacher and a mother of 4 following the EYFS framework.



Earl Shilton – 12.30pm – 2.30-pm Desford – 12.30pm – 2.30pm


Gwendoline Community House – 10am – 12 noon

Everything is provided, no commitment needed; join in as and when you want to, small friendly groups, new members always welcome. For more information on any of the above, or to find out about other activities at the Borough’s community houses, please call Rachel or Shirley on 01455 255941/255942 or email earlshiltoncommunityhouse@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

Themed weekly sessions for your child to explore at their own pace. Meet new friends in a relaxed informal setting.

Sessions held in : Stanton under Bardon, Markfield & Leicester Forest East To book a free taster session or for more information about our sessions please email: info@messymovers.co.uk or visit www.messymovers.co.uk

Had a row with my boss at lunchtime. One of the perks of working near a boating lake.


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Unleash your creativity ARE YOU a creative writer at heart? Have you always wanted to put pen to paper but you’re unsure where to start? Registered Charity Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation is delighted to announce a new monthly creative writing workshop. Here you will learn the skills and gain in confidence in your writing using photos, objects and snatches of a story to prompt memories and spark the imagination! The monthly sessions are led by Alison Mott, a writer and writing coach from Leicestershire. Alison is renowned for writing historical fiction and nonfiction, stories for children and producing educational materials for schools. The group will meet on the third Monday of the month – 10.00am -12noon at Ulverscroft Activity Centre. For more information or to book your place please contact Jess Turner on 07714 072828 –the class is suitable for all ages and abilities, now is the chance to unleash your creativity ...!

LFE Film Evenings Thursday 6th Feb:

Downton Abbey AT DOWNTON ABBEY the Crawleys and their staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England will unleash scandal, romance and intrigue that will leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery and Kevin Doyle. Running time: 2 hours 2 minutes. Venue: The Parish Hall, Kings Drive, LFE, LE3 3JE. On arrival complimentary hot drink and biscuits are provided. As we have no licence, please feel free to bring your own drinks. You also get a free raffle ticket for a double ticket prize to be used for a future showing.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of expected demand, and our limited seating capacity, admission to this film will be by ticket only. Tickets available by telephoning 0116 239 4983. Tickets already sold for Downton as a January showing will be transferable or refundable. Doors open at 7.00pm; showing starts at 7.30pm. Cost: £5.

I do 300 pull-ups a day. I really need to buy a belt for my trousers.

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WHAT DO YOU DO FOR YOUR VILLAGE? A HERALD reader dropped us a line this month to say that, during a clearing out session, they had found a couple of old copies of the Markfield Clarion. One of the items in the magazine struck a chord, and so they decided to send it in for publication in the Herald. The words - from Adam Butler MP in a Clarion article in 19811982 - really do have something to say about living in a close-knit community.


THE SOCIAL ORGANISATION FOR SINGLE PEOPLE Founded in 1995 and covering Leicestershire, South Derbyshire and South Notts, Amicus are a small social group for single, divorced, legally separated or bereaved people. We are NOT a ‘dating agency’ or a social ‘pick-up’ singles night. We meet weekly with a programme of events to suit a single persons budget.

• Meeting weekly, we have a two month programme of events. • Drinks evening on alternate Fridays at a local hotel. • Alternate Saturdays, events are organised at various venues. • Some Sunday events.

Give us a call and see how you can get involved?

 You can look for us on Facebook as: Amicus Social Organisation Telephone:

(01530) 457883

Find us online at: amicussocial.org or email: amicussocial@googlemail.com


Our local football league has a Greek mythological team. Their striker is half man, half horse. He’s their centaur forward.


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Carols Round Stanton raised over £350 for Rainbows

Christmas Day For Those Alone

Five-course dinner and Christmas fun for 89 people

WE WOULD be pleased if you could thank all the Villagers of Stanton Under Bardon who contributed to the Carols Round The Village collection on Monday 16th December 2019, for RAINBOWS CHILDRENS HOSPICE in Loughborough.

A number of children also joined the adults, even though it was a cold night. Thank you also to The Old Thatched Inn who supplied refreshments, for the Singers. A magnificent sum of £358.62 was collected.

Peter Massey

EVERYONE who attended Christmas day for those alone in Anstey and surrounding villages had a great day, volunteers and guests alike. We catered for 89 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 89 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, Nationwide in Anstey who’s lovely staff co-ordinated collecting chocolate oranges, others goodies and cash from the lovely folk of the villages who donated, Anstey Parish Council, Anstey Chippy, Britvic, Charnwood Brewery, Councillor Baines, Everards Brewery, Forget me knot, S J Langton Butchers in Glenfield, , Roy Green surveyors, Sainsburys local in LFE, Morrisons, Pladis (Jacobs) Wigston, Midlands CO-OP, Tesco, QD bargains, Whitfields, Yorkshire Tea. 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 for the use of the room again, without which this couldn’t go ahead so thanks very much once again. Thanks for reading and a Happy New Year.

Kerry Sharpe

I’ve got a new job drilling holes for water. It’s well boring.

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Love actually? “Hello, I am a millionaire and part-time army officer, and spend my time at my numerous houses and yachts throughout the world. Even though we have never met, I am in love with you. I would like to meet you, and share my paradise with you, but first I need you to send me £500 to pay the air fare. “I have also just sent you a present of jewellery worth thousands. All you have to do is to send me the customs tax on it. I also feel so sad because my beloved cat is ill, and I need to pay a vet bill of £1000. I will send you her photo, as I can see from your online pages that you love animals. God bless you.” SPOT ANYTHING fishy? Well of course you do. But lots of people get taken in, and they can lose thousands of pounds in scams like this.

Dating websites offer you contact with lots of people who are looking for someone special. But – they also offer you contact with lots of people who are looking to defraud or damage you. So, if you are using a dating website to look for romance this month, here are some guidelines to keep yourself safe: Use only a reputable, well-known dating website. It should have a section which spells out how they deal with fraud, and also a clear policy on how they ensure clients’ safety. This is vital: we all can be vulnerable when meeting complete strangers that at first look very attractive. If you have ‘met’ someone online who interests you, still keep to the safety provided by the dating website. DO NOT message or email them off of the site. Meet them first, and even then, keep your contact details private for the first few meetings. If they are genuine, they will understand and agree with your caution.

Never send money


Could ambulances even find you? YOU AND your friends know where you live, but could a 999 crew find you? Paramedics warn that too many people do not make their house numbers clear. That means paramedics are wasting valuable time looking for clues as to which house is which, while shrubs and rubbish bins often obscure the numbers. In an emergency, even a few minutes can mean life or death. So, make sure that your house can be quickly found. Make sure that your house number is easily visible from the street. If your house has got a name, put the house number next to it as well, so that in an emergency, the ambulances can reach you in time.

Don’t forget to send us your news! Thanks.

NEVER send money to someone you do not know. Ignore their stories about dying mothers needing medicine, cruel landlords about to evict them, and pets suffering for lack of a vet. In fact, someone wanting to borrow money early on in a relationship is a sure sign that something IS very wrong!

Treat Your Beloved to a Meal on Valentine’s Day!

Learn to spot the signs of fraud. In the above letter the person claims to be wealthy, and in the army: which will explain long periods when he does not keep in touch. He is rich but wants your money! In fact, he has looked online, found out what you like, and is using it to manipulate you into doing something for him. Google yourself. Find out just how much personal information about you is out there. It may come as a shock! Be VERY careful about sending a photo or video of yourself to anyone that you do not know. If you feel a relationship is developing with an online contact, do not keep it to yourself. Talk about this person to friends whom you trust, and make sure they know if you go to meet this person. Be careful. Leave a trail where you are going so that they can come after you, if need be – it is a jungle out there!

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Wednesday is

“STEAK NIGHT” 2 Steaks, With Hand-Cut Chips, Peas, Tomato, Mushrooms & Two Glasses of House Wine - £19.95

Traditional Sunday Lunch 1 Course - £9.00 2 Courses - £12.00 3 Courses - £15.00

With personal service to your table

Home-Made Pie Night - Tuesdays - £6.45 Lunches & Snacks: Tues-Sun Eves (Tues-Sat): ‘A La Carte’ or Snacks • Weekend Specials A Welcoming Homely Atmosphere, Garden & Great Food!

My Grandad was a dyslexic baker in the army. He used to go in all buns glazing.


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~ Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group ~ Meet the Gang! For your delight … here is the Dwarf Family! DALE PALMER joined us for “Beauty and the Beast”, playing one of the dauntless knights. Of all the characters he has played , he remembers most that of an inept policeman in “The Lying Kind” by Anthony Neilson - a challenging role he played at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley. His favourite role with MTTG was the character of the slimy baddie “Pond” Dale enjoys singing at local gigs though I’m not sure whether he serenaded his wife, Vicki, at their wedding in August 2019! KIM CHAMBERS, as a little girl, played a fairy in a school play and has flittered fairylike across our stage several times. Her favourite role with us was that of a cocktail waitress in “Shakers” by John Godber, with MTTG friends Julie, Charlotte and Grace as the other waitresses who never left the stage from beginning to end of the play. Kim loves walking and … wait for it… MUD RUNS! DEBBIE SHREEVE is a larger-than-life character who loves to entertain and has few inhibitions! Her favourite MTTG role was bearded lady Hairy Mary. I remember that it involved rolling round on stage under a camouflage net with Roderick.. and experience not to be forgotten or repeated! She Ioved playing Margaret in “Last Tango in Little Grimly” by David Tristram. Debbie is an enthusiastic knitter but can also play an African Drum or Jembe. Watch this space! ENA ILLIDGE began acting at the age of sixteen in her home town in Yorkshire. She prefers plays to pantomimes – though we do remember her adorable squeaking mouse in “Dick Whittington”! Ena’s favourite role was as Lady Bracknell in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Ena has portrayed Miss Marple several times and has played three ‘Talking Heads’ Alan Bennett monologues . Her favourite of these was ‘A Cream Cracker under the Settee’ written for Thora Hird.  GRACE HILL has played principle girls “Goldilocks” and “Princess Cherry Blossom” and other roles in plays. We had trouble convincing her that she could pass as a teenager in last year’s “Caught in the Net”.. in which she gave an excellent performance. Grace enjoys being part of a team on stage and, like Kim, she says that her favourite role with us was as a waitress in “Shakers”. Grace looks forward to being cast as an evil character! EMILY MARLOW joined MTTG just after her sixteenth birthday. We knew that, having been a front-row audience member for years, she was just waiting to follow her Mum, Julie on to the stage. Emily’s favourite role was playing the permanently-perplexed, novice Genie of the Ring in last year’s panto. In September , she relinquished her youngest-member-of-theGroup title to sister Lucy. We’re delighted to have these youngsters with us and hope that their participation encourages others to join in the fun! RODERICK LAY - a founder member of MTTG- brings much laughter and fun to the Group. Of all his MTTG roles, his favourite was “Dad” in Ray Cooney’s “Caught in the Net”. This involved falling over more times than I care to mention, having a door slammed in his face and appearing in his underwear! Roderick has appeared in all our pantomimes except one ... and for that one he was on the spotlight! So, there they are! Snow-white should be safe in their hands. If you’d like to get to know all of us, we meet every Wednesday night, at 7.30 p.m. at Thornton Community Centre. You are most welcome to come along!

Muriel Walker (Writer and Director) • Our Production runs from 21st to 25th January 2020, at Thornton Community Centre, at 7.30p.m. nightly, with a matinee performance

at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets, (all £5) are on sale at Thornton’s Corner Shop or on 01530 46 9714

I saw Michael J Fox in the florists this morning. He had his back to the Fuschias.

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Things to do in Bagworth! A

S YOU are reading this, the activities at Bagworth Community Centre are getting back to normal after the Christmas break. Dance-tastic as usual have a great deal of positive things going on. 100% of the candidates achieved the highest level in their recent exams. The lowest marks were 86% and the highest marks were 93%. Excellent comments and feedback were received from the examiner who said that Dance-tastic had displayed a very high standard both technically and also in their performance. The examiner came from Northampton and had never examined the Bagworth dancers before. Classes have resumed as normal both for children and for the adults. The new Dance-tastic Solos class on a Friday morning is proving to be very popular. The dancers are all preparing for their competition in Birmingham on 26th January, so expect to see more good news in the next edition of the Herald. Another of the Centre’s regular users is the Zen Goshin Ryu martial art school and Independent Martial Arts Association (IMAA). On the 17th November 2019 they hosted a charity event at Bagworth Community Centre. The event brought together 11 top instructors and over 70 students from across the country to raise funds to support local resident Elliott Raynor with his fight with Cystic Fibrosis.  Elliott’s parents, Stefan and April, have thanked all those involved with organising the amazing event and for the generosity of the people taking part. The event also gave the IMAA the opportunity to present Andy Walker, the Zen Goshin Ryu’s Chief Instructor, with his 6th Degree

A recent fundraising event for local resident Elliott Raynor Black Belt.  The award was in recognition of the 39 years that he has been involved in Martial Arts. For more information about the Zen Goshin Ryu martial arts school, please contact Andy on 07975 833078 or visit www.leicestermartialarts.co.uk The Bagworth WI are also regular users of the Centre. They kicked off a busy 2020 year with a visit behind the scenes at the ‘Curve’ theatre and then a talk on the art of tea at their January meeting. They aim to make the most of any talks and workshops that the Leicestershire Federation organises, so people are already signed up to an environmental crafts day and the annual meeting in spring. The programme continues with speakers from the Dogs’ Trust, a herbalist, a personal colour stylist, some playing card trivia and tricks and a speaker from the Woodland Trust. In addition, they have arranged to do some pottery in the autumn and a DIY session in April. Add in attempts at bowls, accompanied by some delicious desserts and that covers most of the year. Food

features a lot in their plans, so cakes are always served at their meetings and they are grateful to their members for providing some lovely treats. They have had some new members in 2019 and, although they are a small group, they can proudly boast that they were Leicestershire WI Quiz champions in 2019. All of their meetings are open to everyone. So if you are looking for a chance to try out new activities or hobbies, have made a resolution to be more active in 2020 or just want to find some like-minded (but not too serious!) people to try something different, they meet on the second Thursday of the month at Bagworth Community Centre (Meeting Room) at 7pm. It is £3 for visitors to include the meeting and refreshments. They look forward to seeing you soon! Sandra Crompton (Tel 01530 231171 or email sandra@unitysoftware.co.uk for more info) As always the Bagworth Community Centre Trust are very proud and delighted to see that people who are using the Centre are achieving great things. Well done to all of you. Long may your successes continue.

I had a bottle of Omega 3 pills thrown at me the other day. Luckily I escaped with just super fish oil injuries.



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The beetles in Bagworth AFTER ITS FIRST successful Beetle Drive, the Bagworth Forward Group (BFG) is organising a second one at 7pm on Friday 31st January at Bagworth Community Centre.

Beetle is a pencil, paper and dice game which can become very competitive. There will be a prize for the winning team (and a wooden spoon for the losing team!). Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for children. The price includes a supper consisting of jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings to include chicken curry, and cheese/baked beans. There will also be a side salad and coleslaw. The second course will consist of cake, much of it homemade. There will also be a raffle. All of the profits will be used to enhance the life of the village. Please feel free to bring your own choice of alcohol on the night. Hot drinks will also be available. Do come and have a good time. Many of the people who attended the first evening enjoyed it so much that they requested a repeat of the experience. Another event that BFG are organising is a Table Top sale on April 25 between 10 am and 2 pm. It will cost £10 to hire a table. Food, including bacon butties, and drinks will be available. Look out for more details about how to book a table but do put the date in your diaries or on your calendar.

Keeping love going HERE IS some good news: the divorce rate has fallen to the lowest level for nearly 50 years. It seems that the many children of divorce have in their turn decided to stick at their marriage, and thus avoid the trauma of splitting up. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that divorce has decreased to the lowest level since 1971. That means that couples who married five years ago have experienced 50 per cent fewer divorces than couples who married in the late Eighties. Family lawyers believe the reduction in divorce is due to the children of divorce wanting to protect their own children from the financial pressures and emotional devastation that a split family can bring.

St Peter’s Church in Thornton AFTER A very eventful year this Christmas season has been one of great joy at St Peter’s Church in Thornton. The Christmas Tree Festival was the first celebration of Christmas with 13 beautifully decorated trees filling the church with light and colour. Many people visited and took delight in the differing ways folk had decorated their trees representing the theme Christmas Critters. The winning trees were: children’s tree sponsored by Trish Tyers ‘While Shepherds Watched their Flocks’, adults tree by Friends of St Peter’s ‘Birds of the Air’, and the most ingenious by Sue and Steve Gilder, ‘Au Naturel’. A huge thank you to everyone who supported this event in any way and helped to raise £145.80. The service of 9 lessons and Carols took place on the Sunday of the Christmas Tree Festival weekend. Singing Carols and listening to the Readings was enjoyed by many as was William’s, now famous, Mulled wine and mince pies, tea and coffee. The Christingle service, always popular, saw the church completely full. Christingles were built, Carols sung, and the meaning of Christmas shared. The collection all of which goes to the Children’s Society every year amounted to an amazing £235.39. This year we reverted to proper candles in the Christingles. These were lit and the lights switched off as we sung Away in a Manger. It was all quite magical. We were very grateful to The Venerable Claire Wood, Archdeacon of Loughborough, who led our service of Holy Communion at midnight, when finally we could sing the last verse of Oh Come all ye Faithful. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given! Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. Adding to the joy this Christmas season was the sound of our 6 bells ringing out for the first time before the Christingle service. How wonderful was that sound. Someone made the comment that we sounded like a cathedral. A huge thank you to Eric for all his vision and work to bring this project to fruition. Thank you very much to everyone who has helped, supported, encouraged or just been there during this very special time of year.

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Carol singing outside the Co-op in Markfield SURPRISINGLY, Saturday 21st December proved to be a dry and not too cold day, which was very good news for the members of the various churches in Markfield who met to sing carols outside the Co-op on Main Street, Markfield. Young and old (and not so old) sang with gusto and worked their way through two carol booklets, with several requests from passers – by who stayed to sing their favourite carols. The Manager of the Co-op very kindly donated some biscuits and chocolates which were shared amongst those going in and out of the store, and we also had the opportunity to give out booklets telling the story of Christmas. On behalf of ‘Churches together in Markfield’ I would like to thank the Co-operative organisation, as well as the manager and staff of the Co-op for allowing us to hold the event and for their support each year. Many thanks too to all those people who took part at what is always a very busy time of year. We hope you can come and join us next year! Happy New Year to you all!


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Away from the distractions of modern living Borough Councillor Matthew Lay samples some Scottish peace CAN I START by wishing every one of you a happy new year and let me say I hope it’s a good one. We start the New Year never quite knowing what is in store for us, individually, as families, and as a community. We hope for the best but we know for sure things will come along that will be unfortunate or leave us unhappy. Still we will face up to these challenges as we always do. I started 2020 in one of my most favourite places on this planet, the North West coast of Scotland. In a world which at times can feel very frantic and driven, in which sometimes we have no time to care or simply absorb what is happening around us, the rugged landscapes, the peace and tranquillity and simplicity of the area is like a healing tonic for the ills of modern living. Saying all that I really did eat and drink too much, certainly more than is good for you and the long walks don’t really compensate. For me one of the advantages of being in remoter parts, is being partially cut off from some of the modern world. I say some, because in reality it is almost impossible to remove oneself from the world, and the gradual spread of mobile communications and 4g networks closes the gap. It used to be that you couldn’t get mobile data out on the remoter parts of these Isles, but not so today and I sadly lack the discipline not to look at my phone and do a bit of browsing and let the modern world in with all its troubles. Strangely I can now get a better mobile service on the Morven peninsular than I can get down at Jacqueline Road in Markfield. We at least don’t have a television signal in our remote hideaway and this is at least one temporarily welcome absence, as it forces me to read books which I do really enjoy but can be easily distracted from. I appreciate the ability to still read a good book and it is a pleasure, but one that appears to be dying out in the young. I hope I am mistaken in that, but I think my two sons would certainly swap a good book for the PS4 or the internet. The time spent in the remoter parts away from some of the distractions of modern living does also give you an ability to ponder what is important and satisfying at a deeper level. Simple things like chopping wood and building a log pile gives a deeply satisfying feeling. I wonder if this is to do with some long distant biological connection with survival. You associate the stacked pile of logs with warmth and comfort of the fire and when it is winter and cold this is very reassuring (despite knowing you can flick a switch and turn on an electric heater). I suppose since the dawn of time humans have been gathering fuel for warmth and we are predisposed to want to do this activity as it was essential for survival. Is the happiness one derives from such a simple activity the opposite end of the spectrum to feeling at times dissatisfied with one’s situation in modern life, despite having in relative terms, almost everything one needs and an ability to procure the essential ingredients for life with ease? I don’t profess to have the answers to these deep questions but recent attitude surveys detect a broader malaise with our present lot and it’s not always easy to understand why. Generationally almost all statistics point toward improving living standards (although in the last decade this has plateaued somewhat) and material wealth and goods are far more common than even as recent as 20 years ago. But is all this supposed convenience and access really what we need to be content? I am really not that sure. Another great thing about being in wilds of Scotland or anywhere similar really is the space and scenery. Whilst Markfield and Stanton don’t fully

match some of the wilder and remote places we know, it still has its own attractions and sits on the edge of a lovely area of countryside we know as Charnwood. It is my home and it is where I was born and grew up like so many others who still live in our communities. For a long time we have been able to treasure this area and enjoy what it has to offer. It gives us a feeling of still being part of the countryside and not part of the Matthew Lay Leicester urban sprawl. In the coming year and years to follow, we will need to defend this countryside and the space we enjoy. We do face many challenges on this front including the Bardon 3 industrial estate extension, the Cliffe Hill Quarry extension and I am sure more requests for housing land. These and more will potentially change the very nature of where we live and our quality of life. It is possible that on some we may well be defeated but not without a fight, and we must never lose sight of what we deem to be special about the place we call home, the countryside that surrounds it and the beauty and nature around us that we have come to so treasure.


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St Peter’s New Bells WHAT AN exciting end to 2019! The year has been fraught with problems at St Peter’s church, Thornton, but on Thursday 19th December the year ended on a high note with all six bells ringing out across the reservoir for the first time ever. What a beautiful sound they made. And again, they were all rung to herald the start of the Christingle service. In 1939 three bells were rehung at St Peter’s and a frame to accommodate six was installed. Attempts have been made over the years to augment the three to six but without success. The Tower Captain Eric Roberts, having been somewhat frustrated ringing all these years on three bells had the vision to attempt again to augment to a full peal of six. The Keltek Trust came onto the scene and firstly offered a bell from a redundant church at Foxhills Yorkshire and shortly followed with offering a second redundant bell from a church in Lancaster. Matters began to move quite quickly, and a quotation was obtained from The John Taylor Bell Foundry and the project was up and running. Fundraising had begun for the additional two bells when Keltek Trust informed us that a well-known Leicestershire bell-ringer John Jelley had passed away and his estate included a substantial legacy to Keltek Trust. Immediately the Trust offered us a brand-new treble in John’s memory {suitably inscribed). Further quotes were obtained for fittings etc. and all of a sudden, we were six! We are extremely grateful to Keltek Trust and to the following charities who have supported this project and we can now enjoy listening to the wonderful sound of six bells pealing as opposed to “three blind mice”. • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council Community Initiative Scheme • Leicester Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers • The Jack Parson Charitable Trust • Barron Bell Trust • Sharpe Trust • Garfield Weston Trust • Leicestershire Historical Charitable Trust • All Churches Trust Ltd • Friends of St. Peter • Local donations from the community and donations from further afield


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ny people are touched by dementia. A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR and THANK YOU to all our supporters.

We appreciate your donations and gifts and your comments welcoming our success in keeping open Markfield Library. Some of our sessions are very lively, with either a dozen adults all talking or half-a-dozen small children enjoying the space in the library. Other sessions can be very quiet with a single customer at any time. That is when your approving comments are very cheering to the volunteers’

COME TO OUR FRIENDLY COFFEE MORNING at MARKFIELD LIBRARY at 11am th Social Evenings 18 in December on Wednesday January. OUR THANKS to Bradgate Rotary Club for their help to bring SANTA to our grotto again in December.

There was a lively and excited queue of children to meet him and receive a gift-wrapped book. The following week we held a supper party for our volunteer helpers with chatter and laughs. Thank you to the Community Centre for their hospitality.

d you please spend just one hour to stand We a Have little about Been more Awarded a New Grant dementia? WE ARE very proud to report that we have been awarded a Bradgate Rotary Club brought Santa to the library help you, friends, neighbours grant from Hinckleyfamily, and Bosworth Borough Council. - our whole community. As part of the HBBC/VCS Partnership we will receive funding in 2020 to support further improvement of the ‘Sensory Garden’ behind the Library. This follows work done in 2018 with the support of Bradgate Rotary Club when undergrowth was cleared to open up the garden. Watch this space for news of the progress of our further improvements. We hope to enhance the experience of both groups and individuals using the garden.

formed a registered Charity, appointed Trustees and the rest is history. I took over as Chair from my predecessor David Pegg around three years ago who if it were not for him (and Ann Aveling, Secretary) the library would have closed. My role is Chief Executive, Trustee and occasional banging of heads together. I find that on the odd occasion I am needed to cover a shift I have not entirely lost my touch ... however, the photocopier is a mystery to me. It seemed dreadful to me and others that such a facility could disappear. There has been a rebirth in that the Library is no longer just a place to find a book. It now hosts many groups all of which help raise funds for the upkeep as well as engaging local people. People say that they really enjoy coming to the Library and we are very proud of what we have achieved. I look around the people who have been connected to the Library and those that still are, and I did not know any of them when I moved into Markfield in 2006. Trustees and volunteers have become valued friends and the Library is very much part of my life in Markfield. Please support the Library in any way you can, however small – library volunteer, Trustee, member, odd jobs, run events, fund raise etc. To the wider village community – USE US OR LOSE US!

e, valuable and interesting Dementia Friends Here is the Profile of Another Volunteer: Margaretasking everyone to tion SessionOurisChairman, just about I HAVE always had a special fondness for libraries. My degree, after all, is about BA (Hons) in Library and Information Studies d a bit more dementia and how we might from Loughborough University and I subsequently became a Chartered Librarianbit workingeasier in Academic and Public Libraries. Whenpleasant Leicestershire e that and more for those County Council (LCC) decided to consult on closing 32 village libraries, I found myself at the first consultation in thewith hall, at Mercenfeld people who event live it. Primary School. There must have been nearly a 100 people there. When it actually came to putting your head above the parapet involving forming a committee of three - Chair, Secretary and Treasurer – I volunteered as Treasurer. I thought that was the lesser evil of the three. Over many months we passed the hurdles to become approved by LCC to run the Library,

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The Worst Driving Habits Revealed: Are you guilty?

Flea circus? HERE’S SOME news to make you itch: it seems that fleas are infesting British homes. The national flea population is believed to be on the rise.

WHETHER you’ve been on the roads one week or 10 years, everyone has their own opinions on what driving habits annoy them.

A HEDGE around your property is good for you. A recent study has found that the humble hedge, when in full leaf, can cut air pollution around it by up to half. A recent study by the University of Guildford measured traffic pollutants on either side of a hedge in a park on the road to Guildford. The survey found that the level of particulate pollutions – those tiny particles of soot and other matter that cause illness – was cut by half after the hedge reached full leaf in April. So – if your home is along a busy road, grow a hedge!


Studies have shockingly revealed, that 80% of drivers admit to road rage. But what driving habit infuriates people the most? To find the answers, Click4Reg.co.uk conducted a survey yielding 1,023 responses (all licensed UK drivers), to find out what habit infuriates drivers the most. Top 3 Most Infuriating Driving Habits: 1. Not indicating is the worst driving habit, according to 55% of our respondents. Besides this habit being very dangerous, it appears to really annoy people too! 2. Leaving full beams on was rated the second most annoying driving habit - for obvious reasons. Click4reg.co.uk revealed that women find this habit more annoying than men (55% of women stated it annoyed them, compared to only 49% of men). 3. Driving 10 mph below the speed limit, seems to infuriate many UK drivers, with 39% finding it the most annoying driving habit. Despite this behaviour falling under ‘inconsiderate driving’, it seems as no surprise that it was rated the 3rd most annoying driving habit; with 39% of respondents admitting to speeding. www.click4reg.co.uk/

A spokeswoman for the British Pest Control Association said: “Our industry is being more conscious of the chemicals used, so there is a chance that new products are not as effective.” In other words, current health and safety rules probably mean that we are producing less toxic stuff with which to kill the fleas. Around 95 per cent of flea eggs, larvae and pupae live in your house, and not on your pet. People think that if they have a flea infestation, it means they are dirty, but that is not necessarily so: fleas are just as happy living in a perfectly clean home. Their only demand is for a warm-blooded host to be around, like your cat or dog.



STOP THE WOOD FARM DEVELOPMENT Application to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council ref: - 19/00507/SCOPE Location: WOOD FARM, STANTON LANE, ELLISTOWN, COALVILLE, LEICS. LE67 1FF “Stop the Wood Farm Development” Action Committee request your support in signing this petition objecting to the above SCOPE application. This proposed development is within the Charnwood and National Forest. If and when this application is fully submitted to the council, we would like to see it refused.

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If permitted this huge site of 32.6ha would deprive Stanton under Bardon of an important area of agricultural land which is a natural green buffer between the Bardon 2 industrial site and the village, it also provides a much needed visual and recreational area for residents. There would be problems during and after construction with increased traffic, noise, dust, light pollution and significant environmental and ecological effects. The infrastructure is not in place locally for the number of units built, in construction and sites with planning approved. Potentially there could be an increase of traffic in excess of 3,000 cars and that does not consider HGVs if this development goes ahead. Please support us by signing this petition which in turn will be presented to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Visit the website at: www.change.org/p/hinckley-bosworthborough-council-stop-wood-farm-development (Alternative website address: http://chng.it/DRS4TgPFgh)

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Only here for the bier in Bagworth ONE OF THE few remaining historical buildings in Bagworth can be found on Main Street. This is the Bier House, you could easily pass it and not register its existence. A bier is a moveable frame on which a coffin is laid. Thomas Morton Bloxsom built the Bier house in Bagworth in 1932. He lived in Thornton where he married Caroline his first wife who was a year younger than he was. They had two children who both died when they were young and were buried in Thornton graveyard. Caroline died in 1909 when she was 62 years old. She was also buried in the graveyard in Thornton with their children. Thomas then married Lucy Annis the daughter of a Bagworth farmer. The family farm was on Station Road and was called Station Farm. (It was demolished in the 1960s and two modern houses now stand on part of the site next to The Community Centre and playing field.) Lucy and Thomas Bloxsom seem to have married when they were both in their 60s. It is thought that Thomas Bloxsom then moved to Station Farm to live, though he still owned Ivy House Farm in Thornton. His farm land extended round one side of the reservoir there. He was said to be a familiar figure in the village of Bagworth in his pony and trap, resplendently dressed, at times in morning clothes, cravat, silver grey waistcoat and top hat when heading to the Royal Show or similar farming attractions. Lucy was the organist for many years at Bagworth Parish Church and she also taught in the Sunday school. She was remembered by a few older residents of Bagworth for her very long dresses and formidable ways. She was once described as ‘sailing down the church aisle like a ship in full sail, bowing from side to side to people in the congregation’. It was said that she had to loop her long frock over her arm. Other people remember her as being a small lady with grey hair in a bun. Lucy died aged 77 years in 1930. She was buried in Bagworth graveyard with her mother, father, brother and sister. Thomas gave a funeral bier to the residents of Bagworth in memory of Lucy. The bier was for the use of all of the inhabitants of Bagworth, at any place of worship or burial place within the parish. It is hand pulled and has four wooden wheels with solid rubber tyres. It is steered by a front swivelling axle via the long handle. He also built the small stone

caress the hair speed passions ebb as you greet its flow To have – to hold – and in time let go The Coalville Times of Friday September 30, 1932 carried the following story:

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faced building in 1932 in Main Street, Bagworth to house the bier. The land the Bier House stands on was given to the village by Frances Evelyn, Countess of Warwick. It is said that there was a great deal of ‘wrangling’ by the Parish Council before this gift of land was given. It seems that Thomas Bloxsom was getting irritated about all of this and in a letter stated, “If it cannot be at the Church Lane site I will buy a wood building and the Council can fix it where Mr Payton and they can agree and I will have nothing to do with it. I am not going to spend a lot of money that is not appreciated.” The Bier House is described as ‘about the size of a single garage’. The conditions attached to the gift were that the Parish Council was in charge of it and should maintain it. The building was opened at 3 p.m. on 24 September, 1932. Alan Reed, who at that time lived very near to it, had an early memory of playing in the sand and talking to the builders when the Bier House was

being built. He lived at Ivy Cottage. He left the house in 1971 but only remembered the bier being used one or two times in all of the years that he lived there. The building and bier still remain in the village. It was restored during 1999 with grants from Leicestershire Local Landmark Grants and The Coalfields’ Rural Initiative Fund. An inscription in the Bier House on a slate plaque with letters in gold reads: A gift to the Parish of Bagworth in memory of Lucy Bloxsom wife of Thomas Bloxsom for 57 years a resident in Bagworth and Thornton 1932 Wisdom For this is wisdom to love to live To take what fate or the Gods may give To ask no question to make no prayer to kiss the lips and

An interesting event at Bagworth on Saturday afternoon was the formal acceptance by the Parish Council of a building in the main street of the village given by Mr Thos. Bloxsom, for the purpose of homing the bier which he also gave to the Parish some time ago. The gifts are in memory of his wife who was for some years organist of the Bagworth Parish Church. A short service outside of the building was conducted by the vicar of Bagworth and Thornton, Rev J T Goodchild, others taking part being the Rev E J Garnham (Baptist minister) and the Rev G A Howard (Methodist minister). The building is of white stone with ornamental gates and bears a tablet with the inscription stating that it is in memory of Mrs Bloxsom. During the time he lived in Bagworth and Thornton, Thomas Bloxsom was to become a noted Leicestershire agriculturist who was said to have grown the best wheat in Leicestershire in his time. Some of it was displayed in the House of Commons. He treasured this wheat, which was six feet in length, and he requested that he was buried with it. He was also Leicester’s oldest cheese maker, during his life time. He even made cheese for export to America. Thomas Bloxsom lived in Thornton in Ivy House Farm, after Lucy died. He had a housekeeper called Sarah Smith. He was still farming in 1936 and was seen around his fields in his pony and trap till a few days before he died aged 88 years. He was buried in Gilmorton graveyard with many of his family. His gravestone reads: RIP. In loving memory of Thomas Bloxsom, son of Wm. and Mary Bloxsom, Grandson of Wm. and Harriot Bloxsom. Born at Gilmorton, for years a resident of Thornton and Bagworth. 18751936. Died July 23 1936 aged 88 years. In 2006, the Bagworth Historical Society mounted a display of the village’s history in Holy Rood Church. A woman attended the exhibition and she disclosed that it had been her father who constructed the bier. She produced the receipt for it.

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Markfield Medical Centre and Patient Participation Group NEWS from Rosie Woodland

FIRSTLY, a happy and peaceful New Year to you all from everyone at the surgery and the PPG. I find it amazing that we are into the third decade of the 21st century as it seems like only yesterday that we welcomed in the year 2000! As usual, the adverts on the television at the moment include those promoting exercise, healthy eating or diets, and other ways to improve our lifestyle at the beginning of a New Year. I know personally that I have eaten too much over the Christmas period, including presents such as chocolates and biscuits which I don’t eat so much during the rest of the year and I have put on weight. As the NHS website says, ‘Weight gain occurs when you regularly eat and drink more calories than you burn through normal bodily functions and physical activity’. That is certainly true for me at the moment! If you are unsure whether you are at a healthy weight and would like to check then visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-weight where there is a range of advice and help available. Information on a balanced diet can be found here www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well including recipes and food tips. I shall definately be watching what I eat during January and will try to eat sensible portions too. One way I have decided to try and keep healthy, and hopefully lose weight, is to do more exercise! My preferred form of exercise is walking, and I have so far enjoyed walking around part of Swithland Woods and also along the canal at Moira. However, I don’t always feel like driving somewhere in order to exercise. I have discovered that there are some ‘Instructorlive’ exercise videos at www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio which I might try at home. I find it easier to watch someone and copy what they do whilst exercising so this is ideal for me! There is a great deal of other information at www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise which I will work my way through. Also, I mustn’t forget the exercise equipment which I can use near the Community centre in Markfield – it’s there to help us keep fit! Cervical Cancer Prevention Week runs from 20th to the 26th January 2020. The aim of this week is for as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease as well as to educate others. More information about this can be found at www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/ campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week. If anyone would like to book a smear test, please telephone the Surgery and arrange an appointment with the nurse. Don’t forget the PPG AGM is on Monday January 27th 2020 at 5.00pm. This is a great opportunity for patients to come along and find out how the PPG works. Everyone is very welcome to attend!

Repair of Windows at Copt Oak Church THE WINDOWS of St Peters Church have been deteriorating over the years. The worst five are in the west wall of the nave - they are exposed to the prevailing southwesterly winds. The windows are leaded lights held onto a supporting framework of iron bars - saddle bars, by copper ties. Unfortunatelt this framework is on the outside exposing them to the weather. Many of the ties have become detached and the iron bars rusted - in some places completely. Also the openers at the top of the windows are rusted and fail to work. Our Architect has advised us that repairs to the nave windows are essential. The PCC has decided to undertake this work which will begin in March and take 6 weeks. A specialist contractor has been appointed. We need to raise £10,000 by a combination of events, donations and by applying to charities. Should anyone like to donate to the appeal, please contact the Churchwarden - Mr Les Gammon on 01530244229. All donations will be acknowledged by engraving the names onto a glass plaque for posterity.

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Get involved in research into M.E. MANY OF YOUR readers will know at least one of the 250,000 children and adults in the UK with myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.), also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or M.E./CFS) – though they may not see the devastating toll this serious neurological condition can take. A lack of research means that we don’t yet know the cause, or have an effective treatment – but a large, planned genetic study could change that. With scientists and patients working together, the M.E./CFS Biomedical Partnership is applying for funding to test DNA samples from 20,000 people with M.E. Readers can show their support for this potentially game-changing biomedical research, and sign-up for updates, at www.mebiomed.org. uk/get-involved Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive, Action for M.E.; and Andy Devereux-Cooke, patient and CureME Biobank Steering Group member, on behalf of the M.E. Biomedical Partnership

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Main Street LE67 9UU Friday 6 March 2020 at 7.00pm

Piano Recital by Tanya Avchinnikova

ON 3RD DECEMBER we invited members and friends of our local group of WIs to our Christmas concert. The theme of the concert was ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies was certainly one of the many highlights along with the Twelve Days of Christmas and The Princess and the Pea. After all our hard work we were pleased to see so many people attend and join us for festive refreshments afterwards. Our December meeting was our Christmas party complete with food, crackers and a Secret Santa. We were joined by the Ukulele players; we think they must have heard good reports about our Christmas parties as a large number of them turned up for an evening of Christmas songs and we thank them for a delightful evening. At our meeting on 15 January Matthew Copley will be talking on ‘Love your Clothes’.

Music by Schubert, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Liszt and Medtner Tickets: £12 (under-16s £6) Please see our website for information about Tanya and details of how to purchase tickets www.markfieldmethodistchurch.org

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Singing carols near the Christmas tree in Markfield! UNBELIEVABLY, this is the fifth time that this event has been held in Markfield!

THE YEAR started well with a good crowd of people gathered to hear the Savannah Jazz Band at Newbold Verdon Jazz Club. The band has been appearing at the club in January for well over twenty years now and is always well supported. Starting off the evening with “When you and I were young Maggie” they went on to play many well loved pieces including vocals from Roger Myerscough and Bill Smith. Brian Ellis proved he could play piano and trombone equally well, with a very lively version of “Nothing Blues” and Roger’s clarinet playing of the lovely “Hymn to Freedom” was a treat. The evening finished with everyone joining in to sing “I want to be happy” which gave John Meehan the chance of a rousing drum solo to send us all home feeling happy. Next month Friday, February 7th we have the return of New Orleans Heat who always give us a great evening of jazz. Do come along and join us at Newbold Verdon Social Club; admission is £9.00 and music is from 8.00 – 1030pm For more details ring Kelvin on 01455 822824 or Pauline on 01162 865496.

Luckily, despite the weather of the previous days and weeks, it was a dry evening on Friday 6th December when villagers and their friends gathered on the lower green in Markfield to sing carols. This year there was an added bonus as Bradgate Rotary Club had arranged for Santa to travel through the village on his way to the Library, and he stopped on the Green to join in with our singing! Santa was able to park on the path at the side of the green, and his helper elves joined him. It was great to see so many children who came to see Santa and sing. The Parish Council had this year provided a new artificial Christmas tree with multicoloured lights, as well as lights in the chestnut trees on the green, all of which looked very colourful and festive. As the grass was so wet it was good to be able to stand on the path to the side and admire the tree from afar! I did print off more carol sheets (after running out last year) but we still had to share since there were so many people who came. After the singing some families followed Santa to Markfield Library where the children were able to visit his grotto, whilst others came to the Methodist Church school room across the road to enjoy mince pies, biscuits, squash, tea, coffee or mulled fruit punch. The atmosphere was very festive and people met old friends or made new ones. Many thanks go to Markfield Parish Council who helped to organise this event and start the village Christmas celebrations; to Bradgate Rotary for bringing Santa to join in the singing, and to the Methodist Church for letting us use the church premises! We will certainly be repeating this event next year so watch out for adverts in the Herald and around the village as well as on Social Media. Happy New Year to everyone!


Thank You to Katie PLEASE could you print a ‘Thank You’ to lovely Katie. We had been to a Diabetics Meeting in Leicester when she saw me at the bus stop. She knew I was going to Markfield and she made sure I got home safely. So very kind, lovely Katie.

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Community Initiative Fund opens for applications

COMMUNITY GROUPS in parishes across Hinckley and Bosworth are being encouraged to apply for their share of the Parish and Community Initiative Fund for 2020/21. A total of £150,000 has been made available to support community projects in the parished areas of the Borough and grants are available for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost. For example 42 individual projects funded last year included: • Community building improvements, new mower, footpaths and footpath improvements • Play area improvements, woodland improvements, outdoor gym and new seats and benches • New notice boards, lighting improvements, speed indicator signs and traffic calming measures • Community kitchen and catering improvements, emergency door and bathroom facility improvements Grants for 2020/21 will be provided on the following basis: 1. Projects must be within a parished area of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council 2. Applications can be submitted by any Parish / Town Council or formally constituted community group with a bank account 3. Maximum of £12,000 per project 4. Maximum of 50 per cent of total project costs funded by the grant 5. All projects should be completed and the funding claimed before the 28 February 2021 6. Projects must demonstrate that they meet the Borough Council’s corporate aims and that they are of a community benefit. 7. Completed projects must offer a photo and press release opportunity with the Borough Council’s executive member for Parishes at the time of completion of the grant funded project. Executive Member for Rural Communities and Environment at the Borough Council Councillor Martin Cartwright said: “As in previous years, I would like to see the grant money spread as widely as possible across the 24 parishes in Hinckley & Bosworth and a variety of different schemes, with special emphasis on the smaller organisations, charity groups as well as Parish Councils.”


Applications are invited from now until the closing date of 7 February 2020. Application packs will automatically be sent to parish and town councils. Further copies are available by contacting the Green Spaces team on 01455 255707 or by emailing greenspaces@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk

Letter from Uncle Eustace

On why pews are better than chairs The Rectory, St James the Least My dear Nephew Darren


HILE it was good to see you when you visited us last Sunday, your suggestion to our churchwardens that chairs would be far more comfortable than our pews was not well received. You must remember that a significant proportion of any congregation firmly believe that the more uncomfortable they are, the holier they must be. Pews, generally designed several centuries ago when legs were shorter and bottoms smaller, are conducive neither to comfort nor sleep – although Colonel Marchington achieves the latter unerringly every Sunday within minutes of arrival. At least with pews, parishioners can make some pretence at kneeling, adopting that peculiar crouch only ever seen in church life. Attempt that with chairs and you are assured of sending the one in front sliding across the floor with a shriek. Chairs may be all very well in your own church, so you can create space for the delights of liturgical dance and baby clinics, but we prefer something more immovable. Little Miss Thripp has, over the years, created something of a nest where she sits, quietly bringing in cushions, travelling rugs and her own supply of books and peppermints. As for Major Hoare, I suspect he is installing a drinks cabinet in his pew. Pews, unlike rows of chairs, also create territorial behaviour. If a visitor should sit in a pew where regulars have sat for the last 50 years, it is regarded as if it were the invasion of Poland. One innocent family once chose the pew where generations of the Smith family have sat since dinosaurs roamed the land. The Smiths had no intention of ceding territory peacefully and so for the whole of Mattins, one pew which should have held 6 people sat 9. When they stood to sing, the line exploded into the aisles on both sides, returning to their compressed state, necessitating staggered shallow breathing, when re-seated. I will concede, however, that we made one mistake some years ago when the pews were re-varnished without having been fully cleaned first. The result is that every time the congregation stands, the organ is drowned out by the sound of tearing, while coats and jackets reluctantly part company with wood. No, your congregation may relax in the luxury of padded chairs, but we will stoutly maintain our holy discomfort.

Your loving uncle, Eustace

They say you shouldn’t eat right before bed so now I just wait until I’m in bed.

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Borough Councillor Andy Furlong’s UPDATE big metal boxes that will meet the expanding demand for on-line shopping is seen as an attractive way of securing the pensions of Gulf War veterans and other American servicemen.

HAPPY NEW Year all. I trust that everyone had a great Christmas and is ready for whatever the year ahead brings. ‘All politics is local’ is a saying first used in America way back in the 1930s. It makes sense. People are generally most concerned about issues that impact directly on their personal lives and local communities and they vote accordingly. I’m sure this explains why my friend and co-councillor, Matthew Lay, has been repeatedly re-elected over the last 25 years. Few would question his track record on defending our villages and speaking up for people in Markfield, Stanton & Field Head - regardless of their politics. I have pledged to live up to Matthew’s high standards; nonetheless, as 2020 begins it looks like we are both going to have our work cut out.

New year, new government We start the year with a new government in Westminster. We also have a new local MP, Dr Luke Evans, and I congratulate him on his election win here in Bosworth. Dr Evans represents a governing party that has a good working majority in Parliament. He supports a government that has pledged to get things done, but it remains to be seen if that includes addressing the worries and challenges facing our villages. Because, let’s face it, Parliament is where the power lies. Local councils like Hinckley & Bosworth are far more accountable to central government than they are to readers of The Herald. Money is always an issue. Money and power go hand in hand so I thought it would be worth following the money and taking a look at where the big decisions that affect local people are being taken.

Stanton Industrial Estate Let’s start with the proposed ‘Bardon 3’ industrial estate development that threatens a huge swathe of greenfield land close to Stanton. The developer is a company called Mountpark based in Luxembourg – the tax haven of choice for many companies. Mountpark are involved in a joint venture with USAA, a 30-billion-dollar investment company based in Texas which provides financial services to members of the US armed forces. Swallowing up farmland in Leicestershire to build

Poundstretcher At the other end of our patch we have the Poundstretcher site at Kirby Muxloe. Poundstretcher is owned by Aziz Tayub, one of the richest men in Leicestershire. Mr Tayub, who has a personal fortune in excess of £200 million, is also looking to take advantage of the changing face of British shopping. We are all used to seeing leading retailers fleeing our towns and cities, often to be replaced by discount shops like Poundstretcher. Bargains don’t sit on the shelf for long and it’s not surprising that the company wants to clog our country roads with HGV traffic to keep the cash tills ringing.

Cliffe Hill Quarry Moving a few miles up the road we come to the ‘Old’ Cliffe Hill Quarry, which looks set to take on a new lease of life via an expansion proposal that will gobble up more of our precious countryside. The quarry is operated by MQP a company that is wholly owned by Hanson UK. In turn, Hanson is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group. Headquartered in Germany, Heidelberg is one of the largest manufacturers of building materials in the world and it made a profit approaching £1billion in 2018. The proposal will extend the life of the quarry by around 20 years, prompting concern about noise, vibration, traffic and pollution. I have arranged a Public Meeting at Markfield Community Centre on Friday 17 January 2020 at 7.30 pm MQP have been invited and everyone affected is invited to attend.

foot distribution centre in open countryside. Last, but not least, we have the UK’s pre-eminent owner of ‘big boxes’, Tritax Symmetry, bidding to concrete over a large area of farmland next to the M69 near Hinckley to build a new rail-freight interchange. Much of this activity falls within the scope of something called the ‘Midlands Engine’. It’s a partnership of public sector bodies and businesses who are supposedly focused on productive economic growth and improving quality of life for communities. Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is excluded from the partnership because we are not a ‘top tier’ authority. We are entirely dependent on Leicestershire County Council to defend our local interests. County Hall has a pretty dismal track record in this area and you won’t be surprised to hear that Matthew and I are not exactly brimming with confidence.

Where do we go from here? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-business, nor is Matthew. Like most people reading this column, I drive a car on roads constructed with concrete and tarmac. I live in a fairly new house made of bricks. I

do Internet shopping. I run my own business and the performance of my pension is tied to the strength of the economy. I also recognise that people in the Midlands have missed out on the riches heaped on London and the South East, but growth and prosperity cannot come at the cost of our local environment and the quality of life for those of us who already live here. Our concerns must be taken in account. The world economy is in a state of flux. We are facing a climate emergency. We are seeing power and wealth shift away from ordinary people, particularly our children and grandchildren. Our country is changing rapidly as a result and much of this change doesn’t feel like change for the good. But at the end of the day all politics is local and alongside Matthew Lay, I will continue to defend the interest of people in Markfield, Stanton and Field Head in the coming year. All the best for 2020…

Andy Contact me on 01530 231377 or via andy. furlong@hinckleybosworth.gov.uk

A511 upgrade I suspect that all of these businesses are big fans of the proposed £49 million A511 improvement scheme, which aims to provide a fast link between the M1 and the A42 and boost housing and employment in what is viewed as a rapidly growing part of Leicestershire. Unfortunately, the initial proposal looks a cut price job, and one that will make local journeys for the residents of Markfield, Stanton and Thornton more difficult, rather than easier.

Further afield Within just a few miles we have the massive East Midlands Gateway project at Kegworth. Then there’s the new Forterra brickworks at Desford, which is set to more than double the production of house bricks. Meanwhile, over in Appleby Magna, planning permission has been granted to allow Jaguar Land Rover to build a three million square

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Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 19 January 10.30am United Service at Trinity Methodist Church Sunday 26 January 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 2 February 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday 9 February 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 16 February 10.30am United Services at St Michael’s Parish Church

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 19th January 10.30am Morning Service

Other Events at Trinity Methodist Church - Everyone Very Welcome QUIZ NIGHT – Friday 31st January @ 7:00pm - Tickets Available via the Web Site MUSIC CAFÉ 2:00pm to 4:00pm 23rd January, 13th & 27th February SPARKLERS GROUP – Monday 3:15pm to 4:15pm - For Children Zero to Reception Age & Carers CHURCH CLUB – Monday after School until 4:30pm - For Children from Mercenfeld School - Every Week during Term Time

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield Sunday 19th January 10.00 am CTiM at the Methodist Church Epiphany 3 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 26th January 9.00 am Holy Communion (said service) Epiphany 4 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 26th January 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 2nd February Morning Service

Sunday 2nd February 10.30 am Holy Communion Candlemas

Sunday 9th February Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper 9.40am Prayer Meeting before service

Sunday 9th February 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 16th February 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 16th February 10.30 Churches together in Markfield 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 23rd February 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 23rd February 9.00 am Holy Communion (said)

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.

Sunday before Lent 6.00 pm Evening Prayer


Wednesday 26th February Benefice service at St Peter’s, Thornton Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm Holy Communion

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St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 19th January 10:30am United Covenant Service 6:00pm Evening Service

19th January 10.30 am Morning Prayer Epiphany 3

Sunday 26th January 10:30am Morning Worship 6:00pm No Evening Service

26th January 10.30 am Something Different Service Epiphany 4

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield

Sunday 2nd February 9:45am Focused Prayer Fellowship 10:30am Morning Communion Service 6:00pm Taizé Service

9th February 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 9th February 10:30am Morning Worship 4:00pm Café Church Service Sunday 16th February 10:30am No Service at our Church – United Service @ St Michael’s 6:00pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 23rd February 10:30am Morning Worship 6:00pm No Evening Service

02nd February 10.30 am Morning Prayer Candlemas

16th February 10.30 am Morning Prayer

23rd February 10.30 am Something Different Service Sunday before Lent Wednesday 26th February Benefice service at St Peter’s, Thornton Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Thornton 19th January 10.30 am Holy Communion Epiphany 3 26th January 10.30 am Morning Prayer Epiphany 4 2nd February 10.30 am All Age Service Candlemas 9th February 9.00 am Holy Communion 16th February 10.30 am Holy Communion 23rd February 10.30 am Morning Prayer Sunday before Lent Wednesday 26th February Benefice service at St Peter’s, Thornton Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm Holy Communion

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Sunday 2nd February 9.00 am Holy Communion at the Community Centre Candlemas Wednesday 26th February Benefice service at St Peter’s, Thornton Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak 19th January 9.15 am Holy Communion (said Service) Epiphany 3 26th January 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Epiphany 4 2nd February 6.00pm Holy Communion Candlemas 9th February 3.00 pm Praise service 16th February 9.15 am Holy Communion (said Service) 23rd February 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday before Lent

Wednesday 26th February Benefice service at St Peter’s, Thornton Ash Wednesday 7.30 pm Holy Communion

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, Confessions, and other events. Parish Contact: Parish Priest: Fr Gabriel Offor – 01530 832098 www.stwilfspriest@gmail.com Parish Website: www.stwilfscoalville. blogspot.co.uk School Details: St Clare’s RC Primary School, Coalville: 01530 837747 www.st-clares.leics. sch.uk De Lisle RC College, Loughborough: 01509 268739 www.delisle.leics.sch.uk The Markfield Catholic Community is part of Markfield Churches Together and participate in the monthly United Services detailed in the Markfield Churches’ service details. Markfield Masses • Wednesday 18 March 2020 • Wednesday 20 May 2020 • Wednesday 16 September 2020. at Congregational Church Hall, Main Street, Markfield (next to the Chinese takeaway) at 7pm.

Happy 15th birthday, YouTube! THE POPULAR videosharing website YouTube, which for most young people seems to have been around for ever, was in fact founded only 15 years ago, on 14th February 2005. It was launched officially in November that year after more development and testing. It is now one of the most visited sites on the internet. YouTube was started by three former PayPal employees – Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley – and is based in California. The company was bought by Google in 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars after an agreement was made with mainstream media companies to avoid copyright lawsuits.

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Bardon Park Markfield slimmer defeats diabetes Chapel www.bardonchapel.co.uk

FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE: Come and worship the Lord with us on the 1st Sunday in every month at 10.00 am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. THURSDAY ART CLASS: Between 7pm and 9.00pm. Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane, Bardon, Coalville LE67 1SY There is a large car park at the back. For more details on any of the above please contact: Richard Norburn on 01530 242526 ADVENT SUNDAY SERVICE: 10 am Sun 1st December CAROLS: 6.30 pm Sunday 15th December MIDNIGHT MASS: 9.00 pm Tues 24th December Christmas Morning Celebration: 10.00 am Wed 25th December New Year Celebration: 10.00 am Sunday 5th January

ALAN ANDERSON joined Slimming World in November 2014 and to date has managed to lose over 5 stone by following the Food Optimising plan. But this incredible weight loss is nothing in comparison to the other health benefits that Alan has seen since joining Slimming World. Before joining his local Slimming World in Markfield, Alan suffered from a number of medical conditions. These included; high blood pressure, very high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. When Alan moved to Markfield and had his new patient check with the doctors, they suggested that these conditions could be controlled by losing weight. Alan was then determined to change his health and joined Slimming World. Since joining, Alan became a target member within 10 months after losing 6 stone. Alan says “I cannot stress enough how Slimming World has helped me. I love it!” He continues “I can bend, move a lot more, and clothes fit me better. Attending group each week is one of the best experiences I have had. I enjoy the friendliness and sociability of my Slimming World companions.” But more impressive still is that on the 27th of December 2017 Alan was given the all clear at the doctors after defeating his type 2 diabetes, as well as now having low cholesterol and a good blood pressure. Alan has said that these health benefits have come as a result of losing the weight, which he found a lot easier thanks to the help he received from his local Slimming World group. Slimming World in Markfield runs every Monday at 5:30pm & 7:30pm in South Charnwood High School.

The ‘Male Breadwinner’ factor is stressful for men MEN’S STRESS levels increase when their partner starts earning more than 40 per cent of the household income. Their stress levels are also high when the man is the sole earner. “Neither of the extreme scenarios is good for male mental health,” according to Dr Joana Syrda, a researcher at Bath University. It recently published a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. It seems that social pressure on men to be the ‘male breadwinner’ is a factor. “For generations, in many cultures, there has been an expectation that men will be the primary income provider,” Dr Syrda says. And so, “faced with a change in this outcome… men are likely to experience high levels of psychological distress.” The research team now plans to look at women’s psychological reactions to mismatched earnings. Certainly, when the financial contributions to a home are too ‘lop-sided’ in either direction, it affects the ‘balance of power’ in the relationship. Who gets to decide what money is saved, and how the money is spent, and other key decisions?


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What’s Been Happening at Markfield Community and Sports Centre Words and pictures from Ron Grantham • Tel: 01530 242240 • www.markfieldcommunitycentre.com Happy New Year Firstly on behalf of all the staff and volunteers at the Community Centre may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year. If 2019 was the decade of the “Millennials” I wonder what the 2020 decade will be known as. Perhaps it will be the decade of the “Leavers”! How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If one of your resolutions is to get healthier, fitter or join in with a social activity then the Centre has many activities, groups and clubs that may help you. You can go on line or pop into the Centre to view our extensive range of activities for young and old and I am sure that there is something that would suite you.

Farewell Jean On a sad note I must mention the passing of Jean Lemmon over the Christmas period. Jean was a stalwart voluntary member of The Community Centre’s Management Committee for many years. Jean was always willing to help out with Centre activities and functions including helping to run the Bingo Club and even being roped in to doing the “tuck” and helping behind the bar. She was also well known in the village for her work at Charnwood High School and Markfield Library. Our condolences go the all of Jean’s family and we really appreciate all the support she gave us over the years. Photograph of Jean with Dave Moss and Dave Illingworth from the Centre’s Management Committee at a Centre event

Christmas at the Community Centre Father Christmas had a busy old time in Markfield during the lead up to Christmas. On the17th December he popped into our Parents and Toddlers Christmas party and, to the delight of the Children he handed out presents and posed for photographs. The parents and toddlers also enjoyed Christmas party food and games. Thanks go to Donna, Carol and all the other parents who helped put on this wonderful party for the little ones. On the 18th December Father Christmas he also made time to call into the Mayflower Club’s Christmas Party. This time Father Christmas brought along Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer as well as his Carol Christmas his chief elf. After a splendid Christmas buffet Father Christmas visited each member dishing out his “secret santa” presents. We then had a Christmas sing along with local singer Marie Underwood. We even managed a few laps around the hall doing the conga and ended up singing Auld Lang Syne. It was great fun and much enjoyed and we are all looking forward to the next party. On Friday 13th December Markfield Library held its annual Christmas fish and chip Supper. The aroma of fish and chips wafting through the building we truly mouth watering. There then followed a Christmas theme quiz and an exciting game of bingo. The supper was a tribute and thank you to all the volunteers who, through their stalwart work over the year have kept

our village library open and also contributed towards it continued success. On Saturday 14th December the Markfield Colts held their Christmas party at the Centre. It was great to see so many youngsters and their parents enjoying disco dancing and a karaoke. There was even a “best Christmas” jumper competition. The evening also provided an opportunity for the Colts to raise funds for their clubs with a raffle and an auction. It is heartwarming to see so many parents offering their time to run football teams for the youngsters of the village – well done and thank you to you all.

Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme We are aiming to have the new Markfield Good Neighbour scheme up and running later this year. The next planning session for the project will take place at the Community Centre at 6pm on Wednesday 29th January where we will start to finalise the project procedures. Although we do have a good number of volunteers to start off the project we could always do with some more. If your New Year’s resolution is to do more in the community and help others then this is an opportunity for you to volunteer a bit of your time for a worthwhile cause. You will be most welcome to come along to the meeting and learn more.

Mayflower Club Update During the lead up to Christmas members of the Mayflower Club Christmas had a busy time doing Christmas arts and crafts plus Christmas Table decoration and wreath making. I am always amazed as to how creative our members can be and how much effort they put into creating lovely items. We are now starting to plan our programme of activities for 2020 and, to date, the following events are in place: • 22nd January: Burns “Supper” • 29th January: 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz commemoration ALL WELCOME TO ANY OF THE ABOVE If you are interested in coming along to any of our Mayflower Clubs simply turn up either on at Monday Afternoon Friendship Club or on Wednesday afternoons for the main Mayflower Club. Both clubs are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session. You will have fun, meet new friends and be most welcome.

Improving Your Health and Wellbeing As mentioned previously we have many activities at the Centre that will help you to get out of the house, enjoy a social life and improve your health and well being. Below are just a few examples of what we can offer you. New Age Kurling Club New Age Kurling is a fun game for all ages and abilities. It is similar to Curling on ice but played on an indoor surface. I can assure you that you will have a laugh doing it and, as a bonus, it is a good form of exercise. Our new club takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12noon. The initial sessions will have an instructor to “show you the ropes”. These two hour sessions will only cost you £2 and includes a “cuppa” and biscuits to

Regarding my family, I’m the youngest of three; my parents are both older.

THE HERALD • MID-JANUARY 2020 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: info@markfieldherald.co.uk keep your energy levels up. Just come along and give it a go and I promise that you will enjoy it. Walking Football Another good way of keeping fit and active but at the same time having fun is our Walking Football sessions that take place on Tuesday mornings starting at 10.30am. Our members really enjoy themselves and I have heard on the Grapevine that members have been asked to join in with the Leicester City Walking Football sessions. Perhaps we might even see them in the City Squad – who knows.

Steady Steps Exercise If you: • Are over 65 • Feel unsteady on your feet • Had a fall or worry about falls • Would like to improve your balance Then this is for you and it’s FREE. The Borough Council is putting on a series of 24 rejuvenating exercise sessions to help you develop strength and balance. Sessions take place at the Centre from 10.30am to 12pm on Tuesday mornings. Booking is essential and you can do this by contacting Liz Causon on 01455 255870 or emailing her on liz.causon@hinckley-bosworth.gov.ok or by contacting the Community Centre.

Family Parties and Social Events Offer 2020 Due to its popularity the Centre’s Management Committee have decided to continue with our special offer of only charging £10 per room for any event or function with a bar (excludes 18th Birthday Parties). So if you are planning a family or other event during 2020 consider using the Community Centre. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you a lot of money. Just contact the Centre and we will sort out what you want and see to your needs. For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Community & Sports Centre, Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email markfieldcomunitycentre@hotmail.co.uk or you can visit our website www.markfieldcommunitycentre.com to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.


MARKFIELD METHODIST CHURCH Reflections on 2019 2019, our 125th anniversary year, was busy to say the least. With a Birthday Club event taking place every month there was never a dull moment. We have had coffee mornings, a ploughman’s lunch, cream teas – one which included a men’s cake competition - , a beetle drive, film evening, seated exercise, an Easter fayre, coffee and crafts, and finally we came to sing carols and have turkey and cranberry cobs. We also had a river cruise which became a “river mooring” due to the high water level and dangerous flow. However, we still enjoyed a three-course meal on board the boat followed by the captain’s guided tour with a map showing what we would have seen had we sailed! During the year we also held a celebration weekend, flower festival, quiz night, Christmas concert and three music recitals as well as having a church family weekend away at Willersley Castle, Derbyshire. Yes, a busy but rewarding year with a lot of fun and Christian fellowship. Our recent Christmas celebrations began with Café-Church Christingle when young and old joined in making their own Christingles with equal enjoyment, and flashing Christmas jumpers added even more sparkle. Sparklers and Church Club had fun together at their Christmas party playing games, having tea, watching a short nativity film and concluding with the hokey cokey which the under-twos managed to join in with amazing fortitude and enthusiasm. At our Christmas services, which were the traditional carol and Christmas Eve communion services, as well as a less formal Christmas morning family service, we have been privileged to see new and old friends and, as always, we welcome you to join us throughout the year – on Sundays or for any of our other activities and events in 2020.

Linda Walmsley

I love face-painting. It’s a lot of fun. Although you do need the person’s permission.


THE HERALD • MID-JANUARY 2020 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: info@markfieldherald.co.uk

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Herald Small Ads • KIRBY SENTRIA upright hoover for sale. All attachments complete. Hardly used. Price: £100.00. Collection only. • THETFORD PORTA POTTI. Can be used in boats, caravans, camping, garden. Hygienic to use and is constructed from high quality raw materials. Price: £30.00 Tel: 01530 242451 (Stanton under Bardon) • PRO POWER MULTI-GYM in excellent condition. Originally bought for £350, selling for £130 due to lack of space. For more information or pictures give me a call on 07511 641318 (Groby). • New WHEELCHAIR - unused, fold-up. Cost £130.00. Accept £60.00. • Fold-up COMMODE. Price: £20.00 Tel: 0116 287 6866 (Groby) • Large VASE - wide base, narrow top. Attractive. Price: £10.00 • Ralph Lauren TEDDY. Immaculate condition. Price: £12.00. • Two LACE BOBBIN CASES, SCARF and two TOILET BAGS. Price: £5.00 • Two PENCIL SKETCHES of QUENIBOROUGH in frames and three other LARGER PICTURES. • Six matching oriental 1950s CUPS & SAUCERS. Price: £15.00. • Hand-held metal TOOL BOX with TOOLS. PRICE: £15.00 Tel: 01530 243660 (Markfield). • CHERISHED TEDDIES - 30 in total. Price: £50.00 Tel: 01530 245482 (Markfield)

• SET OF CHISELS and one HAMMER. Price: £15.00. • WELSH DRESSER. Price: £50.00. • Gentleman’s WARDROBE SUITCASE. Price: £25.00. • RADIATOR (for gas central heating system). Price: £30.00 • Panasonic COMBINATION OVEN. Price: £50.00. • Old used EXTERNAL DOOR. Price: £15.00. • Miele automatic WASHING MACHINE. Price: £150.00. • Miele TUMBLE DRYER. Price: £150.00. Telephone: 0784 5241817 (Markfield). • Denby Daybreak TEA/COFFEE POT, MILK JUG,10 CUPS AND SAUCERS. Price: £20 • Denby Daybreak 2 FLAN DISHES AND LARGE SOUFFLÉ DISH Price: £15 Tel: 01530 242793 (Markfield)

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Organ donation changes this Spring THE LAW around organ donation is changing in England. This means that from spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered an organ donor when they die unless they had recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This is commonly referred to as an ‘opt out’ system. Your family would always be involved before donation takes place, so it is really important that you choose whether you want to be a donor and discuss what you want to happen with your family, so your decision is clear and they can have peace of mind knowing that your decision is being honoured. For more information, visit www. organdonation.nhs.uk

~ News from Cross Hills Baptist Church ~ Serving the villages of Thornton & Bagworth plus the surrounding area Christmas Carol Service, Saturday 21st December Marwood Brass Band led our very popular Carol Service again and we enjoyed Bible readings from church members telling the Christmas story of the birth of Jesus and sang lots of traditional and familiar carols. Sunday Club leader, Ruth brought our puppet Eddie the donkey along to tell us a story and he also sang us a lively Christmas song. Santa paid his usual visit and brought some sweets for the children and the band members, which were given out by his helper, a very smart looking elf! Our Ladies Singing Group also sang some beautiful pieces for us. We welcomed Mrs Diana Morgan, Chair of the Hinckley Homeless Group who we support, who told us their latest news that they are close to securing Moveon Accommodation for homeless young people in Hinckley. This will be for three young people from Lawrence House to live in, they will still receive support from the Project Workers they got to know at Lawrence House but they will be be able to be a bit more independent. This should give them an easier transition into independent living, increasing their chances of long term success, and will also free up some spaces in Lawrence House for other homeless young people from their waiting list. She also told us a heart-warming story about how one particular resident moved from homelessness, through the help provided by Lawrence House, and eventually found a suitable job that she enjoyed and a flat to live in and moved back into society with much more confidence. Diana thanked us warmly for the overflowing hamper and boxes of goods that had been collected for our Reverse Advent (thank you to everyone who helped with that), which were then all squeezed into her car to be taken back to Lawrence House after the service. The church was full, there was a wonderful warm atmosphere throughout the evening and mince pies, tea and coffee were enjoyed by everyone afterwards.

Donations to Hinckley Homeless, Christmas 2019 The special collections from our Christmas services together with personal donations, etc totalled £380 this year which we know will be of great help and support for their day to day running expenses and their exciting ‘Move-on house’ project. If anyone is interested in supporting their new project, please contact Garry Kelly on his contact

number below for information on how to do this.

Christmas Family Service and Children’s Presentation, 22nd December The children and young people of our Sunday Club gave us yet again a wonderful presentation called “A Super Duper Christmas”, a Nativity with a twist which included Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus but also some very worried Superheroes who thought that they wouldn’t be needed once the new ‘Superhero’ Jesus arrived! All was well in the end and they finished their presentation with a lively Christmas song. The Worship Group accompanied our songs and hymns during the service and we were treated to some beautiful music again by our Ladies Singing Group, with the two young ladies from the Sunday Club bravely singing solo pieces in one of the songs. The youngsters of the Sunday Club were then presented with their annual Christmas prizes of Christian books, Bibles or Bible stories. A very big ‘thank you’ to our Sunday Club leader and her team for all their hard work in preparing the youngsters for their Christmas presentation each year.

Charity Christmas Card We were pleased to be able to support three charities with our charity Christmas card this year – UNICEF, Crisis UK and the Salvation Army. The Cross Hills Church family would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2020 and with so many troubled places and troubles in our world, we continue to live in the hope that Jesus brings and pray that one day peace will come and love, kindness and reconciliation will overcome all the many divisions in our world. If you would like to try our Sunday services during this coming year, please see the Local Church Services information section in this magazine that gives the times of our services. You will also find information about our activities on our Facebook page and our contact details are below if you have any prayer requests or 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

If a man says he’ll fix it, he will. There’s no need to remind him every six months about it.

THE HERALD • MID-JANUARY 2020 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: info@markfieldherald.co.uk







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The monthly news and information magazine for Markfield, Stanton-under-Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head.

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The monthly news and information magazine for Markfield, Stanton-under-Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head.