Bradgate Rotary Christmas events raise over £2,000
GROBY SINGS Under The Stars was the theme for our community choir Groby Sings’ winter concert weekend at the end of November. Whilst the weather gave us a very chilly couple of days, the choir’s enthusiastic singing of songs such as We Built This City, To Dream The Impossible Dream and Rewrite The Stars soon warmed things up. Our conductor, Helen Hayes, looked very much The Greatest Showman in her ringmaster outfit as she guided the choir and band, and encouraged the audience, some of whom had travelled from many miles away to support family and friends in the choir, to join in with some of the songs. There was a wide variety of numbers relating to the ‘stellar’ theme, some more obvious than others. The children’s section was boosted by several new members this time and they particularly enjoyed singing the ‘Klingon’ chorus in Star Trekkin’, a 1987 parody of the original Star Trek television series. That was a fun song but in contrast there were two beautiful choral pieces, So Many Stars and O Holy Night which told the Christmas story. The final number, the very powerful This Is Me, from The Greatest Showman, was chosen for an encore as it epitomises the ethos of Groby Sings, a choir that aims to be totally inclusive and to value everyone for who they are.
~ Our next event ~ After a new year break, singing will resume on Monday 24th February at the Groby Club when the theme will be Groby Sings On The Road. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy singing songs from Calamity Jane and Simon & Garfunkel. For enquiries, please contact us via our website www. grobysings.org (Groby Sings is a Registered Charity no. 1180490.)
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BRADGATE ROTARY held several successful events in the run-up to Christmas, with the proceeds being donated to local charities.
The Christmas Fair at Groby Village Hall raised over £1000, and a series of appearances by Santa and his Sleigh during December raised a similar amount. One of the Santa events was a joint one with the Laundon Way Co-op, and another took place at Bradgate Park when Santa’s Sleigh joined the Advent procession to the ruins of Bradgate House. A Bradgate Rotary spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank everybody who came along and supported us. All of the money raised will be given to local charities, including Canine Partners and Prostaid.” Bradgate Rotary members meet for breakfast at the Stamford Arms on the first three Wednesdays of the month. For more information, visit: www. bradgaterotaryclubleicester.weebly.com
Another successful Groby Christmas Tree Festival! ST PHILIP & St James Church, Groby would like to thank everyone who provided trees for our Christmas Tree Festival last month. There were 24 trees, and about half of them were prepared by children’s groups or schools. As usual, we asked visitors to the Festival to select their favourites, and a prize was given to the two trees that received the most nominations. Although not every visitor voted, there were about 350 votes for each category. The winners were: Children’s tree - Lady Jane Grey School with ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ (pictured) Adult’s tree - Let’s Walk Groby with ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Lady Jane Grey School also won last year, while Let’s Walk Groby was participating for the first time. Runners up for the children were Groby Nursery Playgroup, and Girlguiding Groby. For the adults, Groby W.I. and HooTs Groby were second and third.
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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.”
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Groby Village Society Programme 2020 Thursday January 23 Members Evening Thursday February 27 From Mother’s Knee to University Alison Coates Thursday March 26 A.G.M. - Meeting to be held at the Library Thursday April 23 Lady Horsemen of the Road Bob Massey Thursday May 28 A Storm in a Teashop Ann Featherstone Thursday June 25 South Africa - A walking Safari Wendy Martin Thursday July 23 Hotels in the Sky Mike Ogden Thursday August 27 The Closed Country of Yemen Mike Kelly Thursday September 24 Our Rare and Unusual Wildflowers Dave Hollis Thursday October 22 Lost Windmills of Leicestershire Mark Temple Thursday November 26 Oasts, Coasts and Orchids Peter Amour December ~ No Meeting ~ Meetings are held at Groby Village Hall Starting at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise. For Further Details Contact Hon. Secretary Mr. P. Castell Tel. 0116 287 9842 e-mail:- firstname.lastname@example.org Non Members are welcome
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Christmas Day For Those Alone
ARE YOU a creative writer at heart? Have you always wanted to put pen to paper but you’re unsure where to start?
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!
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 ...!
Five-course dinner and Christmas fun 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.
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Hedges are good 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!
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. 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.
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Patient.info - a health website you can trust THE NAME Sarah Jarvis might not mean much to many readers, but her face will be very familiar from her television years of collaboration as a clinical appearances. She has been doctor to the One Show on BBC One for the last 10 years, and also appears on Good Morning Britain on ITV and BBC World News. Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE has also been the resident doctor for the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio 2 for the last 16 years, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 live, Channel 5 news and LBC. In addition, Sarah writes regular columns in Good Housekeeping and My Weekly magazines. She is the author of six books, including The Welcome Visitor, a book on the ethics of dying co-authored with John Humphrys; Women’s Health for Life, winner of the BMA Book Award for best lay publication in 2009; and three books in the popular ‘For Dummies’ series. Her latest book is the third edition of Diabetes for Dummies. After training in medicine at Cambridge and Oxford, Sarah became a GP, and entered partnership in a busy inner city London practice in 1990. Four years later she became a GP trainer, and has trained no fewer than 27 aspiring GPs. In the 2018 New Year’s Honours list, Sarah was awarded an MBE for services to general practice and the public understanding of health. You’ll find any number of internet sites giving health advice, but it can be difficult to assess how reliable they are. This is why our patient’s Group Newsletters rely heavily on information taken from the NHS websites. Finding a site that has Sarah as Clinical Director gives confidence that this is also a source that can be relied on. She became Clinical Director in 2017 after four
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Village should receive Section 106 contributions in return for new housing development I’M WRITING regarding the recent Spotlight article concerning the developers of the former A50 site on Leicester Road asking to waive the Section 106 contributions, which means that they will pay no money towards schools, the Parish Council, doctors and library. This is not a one-off thing as it has happened elsewhere where developers PRINT HxWmm build and pay nothing for amenities. DIGITAL WxHpx I find this disgusting as the village needs something in return for new housing. Lots of times our land is being devoured for new housing, warehouses and roads adding more pollution. It seems that wherever you look, new housing or warehouses are being given the go-ahead, with land and trees being lost. Will any new trees be planted by the developer in Groby for the loss of 80 or more?
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ANTHONY F. PELUSO (March 28, 1950 – June 5, 2010) was an American guitarist and record producer. He was lead guitarist for pop duo the Carpenters from 1972 to 1983. In 1972, Richard Carpenter and John Bettis had written a new song, “Goodbye to Love”, for the Carpenters. While the Carpenters 1196_UKG_Notts_LocalNews.indd were working on the song, Richard decided that there should be a fuzz guitar solo on it. He recalled Tony Peluso from a time when Mark Lindsay and Instant Joy opened for the Carpenters. Karen Carpenter called Tony Peluso and asked him to play a guitar solo. On the DVD Close to You: Remembering The Carpenters Peluso recalled: “At first I didn’t believe that it was actually Karen Carpenter on the phone but she repeated her name again. ...It was at this point that I realized it was really her and that I was speaking to one of my idols.” She told him that she and Richard were working on a song called “Goodbye to Love” and they were both familiar with his work with another band, and that he’d be perfect for the sound they were looking for. In the studio, Peluso first played something soft and sweet, but then Richard said “No, no, no! Play the melody for five bars and then burn it up! Soar off into the stratosphere! Go ahead! It’ll be great!” The solo was played from the electric guitar through a fuzz box straight into the mixing console onto the tape. Peluso subsequently joined the Carpenters recording and touring band as lead guitarist.
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National Trust Leicester Association LAST MONTH I mentioned that January 2020 was the 125th anniversary of the formation of the National Trust and that at its first Council meeting it accepted the gift of Dinas Olea, an area of land in Wales. However it only began to achieve its objectives quite slowly, mainly due to lack of finance. The Trust’s second property, and first building, was Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex. This was a small Oak framed medieval hall built around 1350 which was practically derelict. The local vicar was however aware of its historical significance and the Trust were convinced to buy it for £10.00 in April 1896. Extensive renovations were eventually completed and a tenant took residence in 1898. In 1899 the Trust acquired 2 acres of Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, an area of fenland and an unofficial nature reserve. Over the years the holding has increased to almost 2000 acres and it is now the largest area of undrained fenland in the UK. Also in 1899, Duffield Castle, near Derby, was purchased. It was the site of a Norman Castle built about 1190 but only the outline of the foundations remained. This was the first archaeological site owned by the Trust. Long Crendon Court House, near Aylesbury, purchased in 1900, became the second building
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Alfriston Clergy House in East Sussex was the first building purchased by the National Trust ... for £10 in 1896 acquired by the Trust and only the fifth property in the first five years of existence. It is a two storey timber framed building that had had a number of uses over the years. From 1900 onwards properties were acquired most years. However the first large country House purchased, Barrington Court, was not acquired until 1907. This property was again in ruins and was not renovated until the 1920’s, with the work being paid for by the tenant, Colonel Lyle, of Tate and Lyle. • THE NT LEICESTER ASSOCIATION has an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 22nd January when John Martin will present a talk entitled “Agatha Christie”. The meeting will be
held at St Guthlac’s Memorial Hall, Holbrook Road, Leicester, at 2.30pm. • THERE WILL ALSO be an evening meeting on Tuesday 11th February at The Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone, at 7.30pm. Celia Sanger (NT) will present an illustrated talk entitled “Servants at Calke Abbey” Admission to meetings is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00, including refreshments. For details of the NT Leicester Association and its Talks Service for other organisations please call 0116 222 9133.
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Since Alice’s fiancé walked out on her, she never thought she’d meet ‘The One’. But all that changes when she meets Dominic. Handsome, charming and kind, Alice can’t believe her luck when he proposes a few months later and moves into her West London home. Three years on, Alice’s catering business is thriving and she is married to a man she adores. So when she sees that little blue line, it should be the happiest moment of her life: they’re going to have a baby. But then the police knock on her door and Alice’s whole world is turned upside down… Dominic is dead. Distraught, Alice goes to identify the body. There’s no doubt that it’s her husband. Yet when his estranged brother comes to view the coffin, he insists the man lying there is not Dominic. Alice refuses to believe it at first, but when confronted with irrefutable proof she finally has to face the truth: The man she married is not the person he said he was. And if he lied about that, what else was he hiding from her?
Letter Please think before paving over your garden IN THE 18 months or so my wife and I have lived in Groby at least four front gardens within a short distance of our house have ‘gone sterile’, ie concreted, tarmaced, bricked over, or in some other way rendered devoid of life. Further, two rear gardens have disappeared under bricks and decking. We have no way of knowing how widespread this is as a phenomenon. I am no hippy-drippy tree-hugger, but even I have realised that humanity, and especially those of us in industrialised countries, can not continue in the way we have been. Yet despite rising temperatures, wonkier weather, and population crashes of very necessary animals, it seems that
all of this comes a very poor second to whatever advantage there is perceived to be in destroying any and all forms of life in a garden at just the very point when one should be doing the complete opposite. As someone with High-functioning Asperger’s I suffer in many different ways in hot weather and so global warming, and ever hotter summers, are of a very personal concern to me, let alone the fate of the planet as a whole. I wonder why people do this. The most recent example has taken a serviceable garden of approx 3/4 grass and plants, 1/4 driveway, and enough space for the small hatchback that lives there, only to remove all plant life for a whopping, massive, sterile off-road parking area that still only has one small hatchback on it. Has there not been enough public-
ity about planting to encourage very necessary insects ? Do people still not grasp the benefits of shrubs and trees ? Or is it that this publicity is in the wrong places, ie it’s in documentaries and books not in soaps, sports programmes or talent shows ? As I do not know what it is that would cause someone to take a perfectly serviceable, ordinary, boring, yet very necessary front garden of grass and shrub border and render it sterile, please can someone write back to this magazine and inform ne. Until then I can not provide a viable alternative, merely write this letter in the hope that the next person who decides to destroy rather than create may stay their hand and think again.
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MANY RESIDENTS don’t bother reporting low level crime and anti social behaviour (ASB). It’s easy to understand why – the police service is overstretched and undermanned. Officers have to cover huge geographical areas, and because of these limitations the police force has to prioritise, and this may mean lighter touch policing in what are considered to be low crime areas and a focus on the areas with the greatest crime problems. The presumption is often that incidents will not be properly investigated. Locally councillors have urged residents to report all incidents because they know that if they are not reported the level of crime and ASB will be understated, and the area may be considered a low priority as a result. The latest consultation announced by Blaby District and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council supports this belief. Borough residents are being asked for their views on what they think are the most important types of crime for the Community Safety Partnership for both areas to focus on in the next three years. Whilst residents’ views will help to determine priorities for the partnership for the next year, with the results of the survey being used to inform the Crime and Community Safety Priorities for the Hinckley & Bosworth and Blaby areas until 2023, there is a second dimension to the conclusions the Partnership will reach. The residents views will be considered ”alongside actual crime and disorder data.” You may be greatly concerned, for example, about anti-social behaviour, and this will be taken into account when the responses are analysed. But if you haven’t reported incidents to the police your concerns may not be supported by actual crime and disorder data. No doubt the message from local councillors will continue to be to report all incidents. Encouraging residents to complete the survey Councillor Michael Mullaney, Executive Member for Community Safety at the Borough Council and Joint Chair of the Blaby and Hinckley and Bosworth Community Safety Partnership said: “It is really important that we, as a Partnership, are addressing the issues that are of most concern to the people in our borough. We would really like to encourage residents to complete the questionnaire as the more responses we get the more we can be sure we are focusing on what local people feel are important to them.”
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Groby Community Library News WELL, HERE we are, a New Year and a New Decade. All the volunteers at Groby Community Library hope you had a great Christmas and that you all have a very Happy (Reading) New Year. When was the last time you read a book, or a substantial magazine article? Do your daily reading habits centre around tweets, Facebook updates, or the directions on your instant porridge packet? If you’re one of countless people who do not make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out. Reading has a significant number of benefits, and here are 5 benefits of reading to persuade you to start: 1. Mental Stimulation 2. Stress Reduction 3. Knowledge 4. Vocabulary Expansion 5. Memory Improvement So, apart from the usual “lose weight, drink less, exercise more”, why not resolve to read more? It is free entertainment from your Local Community Library.
Teen Collection AS WELL as our usual stock of paperbacks for teens and young adults, Groby Communiry Library now has, for a limited time, a collection of fiction for teens which is circulating round County Libraries. All the books are new and range from titles like “Angel”, “Wonder”, and “Holes” through to Alex Rider, Harry Potter and thrillers by Charlie Higson. We also have the complete trilogy of “His Dark Materials”. So if you like a bit of “Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging”, or if your thing is more “Red Nemesis”, come and immerse yourself in our great range of books for young adults.
Adult Fiction Top Ten Books from the Sunday Times Bestsellers list, in stock at Groby Community Library David Baldacci Peter James Heather Morris Dilly Court Lucinda Riley Jenny Colgan James Patterson and Brendan DuBois James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Katie Flynn Wilbur Smith and Imogen Robinson
Redemption Dead at First Sight The Tattooist of Auschwitz The Christmas Wedding The Butterfly Room An Island Christmas Out of Sight 18th Abduction A Christmas Gift King of King
All of our regular events at the library will be continuing in 2020 – Wriggly Readers, The Knitting Group and Crafternoon sessions on alternate Wednesdays run by Community Houses. So, give yourself some well-earned time out, and while you do, don’t forget to visit our Time Out Café for delicious cakes and drinks. See you there!
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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.
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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CUSTOMERS and staff at Leicester’s libraries are being invited to vote for their favourite books of the decade. Throughout the month of January, anyone aged 12 and over can vote for up to three titles of any genre. You can vote for any adult or junior book, either fiction or non-fiction – they just need to have been published between 2010 and 2019. Voting slips will be available in libraries, and you can also send in your votes by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All libraries will have displays up and a box for people to post their votes. Titles that are being tipped as books of the decade include The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, and Becoming, by Michelle Obama. Junior books of the decade could include A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. But you can vote for anything! Results will be announced in February and featured in Book News, the libraries’ newsletter, and on social media. Only one voting slip or email is allowed per person, and voting closes at midnight on 31 January.
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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
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I MUST apologise to WI members and Spotlight readers that there was no WI news in the October edition of Spotlight but I was unwell and could not attend the meeting. Unfortunately there was not time to ask anyone else to do it. In November I did write an article but there was a technical hitch between myself and the Spotlight team so it did not appear. Hopefully things are now back to normal! Our meeting on Thursday 21st November was our AGM and it was amazing to see so many members although that could have been due to the much anticipated making of Christmas lighted bottle decorations to follow the business part of the meeting! The AGM was chaired by Lyn Mellor. Diane Brown had prepared a comprehensive statement of our finances and will remain as our treasurer. Ailsa Jelley summarised the many trips, walks and talks that the WI had enjoyed over the last year and confirmed that she would continue as secretary. Angela Taylor thanked the committee members who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of our WI. Margaret Gamble is retiring from the committee after many years and thanks were given to her for the hard work that she has done. Sadly she was not at our meeting due to illness but a very big thank you to you Margaret from all the members of Groby WI. There were no other changes to the committee for the coming year. We were asked to give some thought to the shortlist of resolutions for the 2020 NFWI Annual Meeting which will need to be submitted to the Federation before 14th February 2020. It is important for all members to have a voice as WI resolutions have previously carried a lot of weight both locally and nationally. The resolutions for next year are: A call to increase potential stem cell donor registration; Female crash test dummies; End modern slavery; Time to talk about death and dying; Protect our precious helium, all extremely important issues. Next came the fun of cutting and sticking to produce stunning Christmas lighted bottle decorations as seen in the pictures! We started with a clear (sadly empty) wine bottle and stuck a plain white serviette around the bottle followed by the same procedure with a decorated serviette. Sounds simple doesn’t it but believe me it isn’t! Next came the insertion of the lights which were attached to a plastic stopper with an on/off switch. Finally some of us chose to add more glue and glitter and a pretty ribbon to complete the works of art, just like a normal day trying to amuse the grandchildren! There was both hilarity and seriousness on all the tables as the masterpieces were produced and at the end of the session, when the hall lights were turned off, the effect of the lit bottles was beautiful. I VISITED the Christmas Tree Festival in St Philip and St James Church as I am sure
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
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many of you did and it was absolutely beautiful. The theme was ‘A Christmas Carol’ and all the trees were very representative of carols and christmas songs. Many thanks to Enid Watson and her helpers for the WI tree which was titled ‘In The Bleak Mid Winter’ and personally I thought it was stunning. It is so lovely to see that so many groups and also individual families made the effort to produce a wonderful show of Christmas trees. OUR MEETING on 19th December was our Christmas party complete with sparkly jumpers, refreshments and a tombola. Unfortunately I was unwell again (I think I get all the bugs from grandchildren bringing them home from school, bless them!) and unable to attend but I am sure members had a wonderful evening. I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and on behalf of the WI I would like to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year.
A recent study has found that one in five Londoners below the age of 45 are struggling to pay their debts, because of the ease of making ‘tap and go’ payments. Now more than one in 10 young people are thinking of stopping their contactless and online payments, and moving back to cash, as a better way to control their spending. The study was carried out at the University of London. It comes after data from the Insolvency Service showed that the number of young people going bankrupt has increased 10-fold over the past three years.
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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.
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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.
BEN can’t believe his luck when Bella walks into his life, just when he needs her most. Sexy, impulsive and intelligent, Bella is everything he ever wanted. And Bella wants him. All to herself. In fact, Bella decides that everything is better when it is just the two of them, making it harder for Ben’s friends and family to stay in touch. And then a sudden tragedy triggers a chain of events which throws Ben headlong into a nightmare. Secrets, lies, vengeance and betrayal are at the heart of this utterly twisted story about a family that is destroyed when SHE becomes part of it…
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County Councillor’s Report from Ozzy O’shea Equality Strategy 202024 consultation THIS strategy helps inform how the council meets its legal obligations and work on equality, diversity, human rights and better communities. It also helps us to plan future work and continue to make our services and employment fair and inclusive for all. The council’s previous Equality Strategy 2016-20 was built around specific aims in relation to developing and supporting a diverse workforce, developing and providing inclusive and responsive services, and fostering good relations with and within communities. Equality Strategy 2020- 24 The new Equality Strategy 2020-24 puts a greater emphasis on how the council’s equalities duties link to peoples’ experiences in their daily lives and the things we need to do as an organisation to meet our vision for a fair and equal Leicestershire. Have your say This is an opportunity for county residents and community organisations to help shape the council’s future strategy. To take part in the consultation, read the draft Equality Strategy and then complete the on line questionnaire by typing in the following link to this consultation. www.leicestershire.gov.uk/haveyour-say/current-consultations/ equality-strategy-2020-24consultation If you require this consultation in any other format, or have any questions please contact equality@ leics.gov.uk or telephone 0116 305 5501.
National Roast Dinner Day Groby Campus KNOWING my late wife Jenny’s and my involvement in setting up the community kitchens for cook and chat sessions in both Ratby and Groby, I was invited to join both students and senior citizens for National Roast Dinner Day on Wednesday 13th November 2019. BGLC arranged for a group of local senior citizens to come and have their lunch with some of our students. Students and guests chatted over a lovely roast chicken dinner followed by apple
crumble and custard! What a lovely community initiative. This is something the campus says they would love to continue to do, on a regular basis
Advance Notice of Restricted Parking on Station Rd/Desford Lane/Main St, Ratby 10th February 2020. THE PURPOSE of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order is to allow Leicestershire County Council to undertake gully and manhole repairs and any other associated work to the highway. The TTRO will incorporate a temporary parking restriction at this location so please be aware. The duration of the restriction is not anticipated to exceed a period of 5 days commencing on the 10th February 2020.
Online Shopping Advice NOW THAT Christmas is over and the New Year Sales begin, I wanted to share the below information from Leicestershire Police, Cyber Protect Officer, to help keep you safe if you are shopping online. First and foremost, before you start shopping, please ensure that your devices are up date as this is your first line of defence! And ensure that passwords are unique, don’t reuse the same password on different sites! • Rule Number One – if it sounds too good to be true, it more than likely is • REMEMBER the green padlock and ‘https’ DOES NOT mean that the site is legitimate, just that data is securely transmitted – fraudsters use this to make you think the page is legit • To AVOID fake pages, DON’T click on pop up ads or links in emails or messages with offers – search for the offer yourself on a browser – that way you won’t end up on a scam fake page. • Stick to names that you’re familiar with to avoid the fraudulent ones. • Don’t make purchases on public Wi-Fi – it’s often insecure and your details could potentially be intercepted. Use your mobile data instead. • When you’re ready to complete your purchase, check for the padlock and ‘https’ when checking out – Often shown as a green padlock in the address bar, this means that your data being
transmitted is encrypted. • Payments – use trusted payment methods such as PayPal – remember to check you are paying “Goods and Services” – if you change to “Friends and Family” you LOSE your PayPal protection! For goods over £100, you have far more protection if you pay by Credit Card. If you are asked to pay by bank transfer, be very wary, as you have no protection at all! • Beware of phishing emails – these could be fake offers taking you to fake pages, or they may be regarding a purchase or delivery. Make it a rule, never log in via a shortcut or link in an email or a text – log in the way you normally would • Watch out for those great offers posted on social media – fraudsters use social media to post very enticing offers, via fake websites, but these offers don’t exist! Your money will be paid, but your goods will never arrive. Be aware that just because a page is “sponsored” on Facebook, does NOT mean that it’s legitimate, they do not carry out checks! • “Sponsored” pages on social media HAVE NOT been verified, it just means they have paid for advertising. The biggest giveaway is too good to be true prices. For more info, please visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk/ shoponlinesafely https://www.getsafeonline.org/ christmas/
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents for your continued support during the past year. I hope you all had a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and I want to take this opportunity to wish all residents and councillors a very Happy, Healthy and prosperous New Year. Remember I am only an Email or a phone call away. Kind Regards
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Thinking differently about TRANSPORT THE FOCUS of our HootS meeting in December was Transport.
through exercise but also the health of those around you – less journeys in the car means cleaner air for us all to breath. When you use public transport you have the opportunity to interact with your community – to make new friends – as well as being freed from the stress of finding a parking space. When you holiday in places you can get to by road and rail (or even by walking and cycling), you appreciate what we have nearby and build relationships with near neighbours. The New Year will have already begun by the time you read this but it’s not too late to think about changing the way you travel to benefit yourself and the planet. Maybe you could take a pledge to be Flight Free in 2020 (Google this!) – flying is the most harmful way to travel and we simply cannot carry on travelling in this way if we are to reduce our carbon emissions to the extent we need to. Or maybe you could consider becoming a car-free family (think of the money this could save!) – replace your car with: cycling; walking; car-sharing; public transport. Each of these has its own benefits.
When we consider how we respond to the climate emergency, and cut our carbon emissions, we have a bit of a problem here. In the 20th century we fell in love with the car and the plane (and other carbon emitting forms of transport). Having a car has become something that we take for granted: a necessity that gives us freedom and independence. Flying to destinations of our choice has become more and more affordable, and - whether it be flying within Europe for a weekend break or a family holiday, or travelling further afield to have that ‘once in a lifetime’ experience – flying is something that many of us don’t think twice about doing. In the 21st century we are facing a climate crisis, yet it seems that freedom, independence, speed, convenience, are all too important to us to let go of our preferred ways of transport. But can we at HootS encourage you to think differently about transport? Changing the way you get from A to B does not need to be a sacrifice but can be the opportunity it really is. At our meeting in December we shared some of the benefits from choosing a different way to travel. For example when you walk and cycle more, and drive less, it is not only your own health you are improving
Leicester Car Sharing Club At HootS we have found out about Leicester Car Sharing Club which was established in 1976. It has around 25 members and 5 cars. The cost of using a car is: a one-off mem-
bership fee of £20 to join; a monthly subscription of £7.50; and a mileage rate of 52p/mile for local journeys and 38p/mile for longer trips. That covers everything: petrol, tax, insurance, repairs, breakdown cover and replacement vehicles. At the moment the cars are kept in the south and east of Leicester but if there was a minimum of 2 or 3 people/households in the Groby area interested then we could have one of the vehicles in this area and have easier access to it. Of course what we really need to achieve these kinds of changes is a strong community. Groby is a strong community but hopefully through these kinds of initiatives, through depending on each other and working together, we can make it even stronger, and then have the courage to do more. If you are interested in changing your transport, finding out more about Leicester Car Sharing Club, giving Groby a Spring Clean, or educating yourself more about what we can do to respond locally to the climate emergency we face, please contact us or just turn up at one of our meetings. We meet at 2:30pm on the first Sunday of each month at Groby Village Hall – all are welcome. Email us at: hoots-groby@ hotmail.com
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Hazel celebrates in style with Chatty Man Alan Carr A SLIMMING WORLD Consultant from Groby celebrated their group’s success by meeting chat show host and comedian, Alan Carr.
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?
Alan, a well-loved TV personality, co-hosted the annual Slimming World Awards with the organisation’s founder and chair Margaret MilesBramwell OBE. Margaret opened her first group in 1969 and over the last 50 years Slimming World has become the nation’s favourite way to lose weight, supporting almost one million slimmers. Hazel Adcock, who runs a Slimming World group at Brookvale High School, Leicester and Groby Community Centre, Groby every Thursday, was delighted to get a chance to meet Alan, and said it was the perfect end to a fantastic year for the Groby Slimming World group. “The members at our Groby group make me burst with pride, not only have they seen big changes on the scales, many have improved their health and completely changed their lives too. “For many people, taking that first step into a Slimming World group takes a huge amount of courage. But they’re always certain of a warm welcome and introduction to our fabulously flexible eating plan which means you’re never hungry while you’re losing weight. And when you join a group and stay each week members support each other with motivation, tips and ideas, cheering each other on and boosting each other to face any challenges. “Watching people grow in confidence each week and take on things that they didn’t think possible before losing weight absolutely amazes me. I feel proud of the small part I play in supporting people to achieve their dreams and to celebrate alongside them when they do, so I was honoured to represent the Groby group at the Slimming World Awards. Alan was left in awe of the difference Slimming World makes to people’s lives too.” Alan, who presented comedy chat show Chatty Man on Channel 4, said it was great to meet Hazel at the event, which was held at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. He said: “I met so many people who had transformed their lives and it was clear how much the support they received from their ‘Slimming World family’ meant to them. Every one of them spoke passionately about how they couldn’t have made those changes to eat more healthily and become more active without the support of Consultants like Hazel and their group every week. I left the awards feeling so uplifted and positive, I wish I could’ve bottled that Slimming World feeling. Hazel continues: “Last year was our 50th year, which was full of celebrations and successes. We’ve supported more people than ever to achieve their
Groby Slimming World Consultant Hazel Adcock with ‘Chatty Man’ Alan Carr at the Slimming World Awards Event dreams and we’re so excited about what 2020 has in store.” “For anyone who may be thinking of taking that step to lose weight and improve their health this New Year I truly believe that joining a local Slimming World group is the best way for people to learn new habits and make long-term healthy changes. At the Groby group they’ll discover a whole world of support to help them achieve their dreams and stay slim for life – with lots of fun along the way too!” To find out how you could get that Slimming World feeling call Hazel on 07817 303018 or visit www.slimmingworld. co.uk to find your nearest group.
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Alex’s Wish Raise Magic £1,000,000!
Romance is not everything! LOCALLY BASED charity, Alex’s Wish, revealed at their recently held annual ball that they had achieved their initial fundraising target of raising £1,000,000. Emma Hallam, founder of Alex’s Wish and Mum to Alex, after whom the charity is named, said, “Six years ago when I set up Alex’s Wish I set ourselves the ambitious target to raise £1,000,000 to help fund vital research and clinical trials to help bring about effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for the devastating, life limiting muscle wasting condition - Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. “Six years later I was able to announce at our recent ball, that we had done it! It’s with thanks to our fabulous supporters and the local business community who has helped us achieve our initial target – and we would like to thank every single of them for their support so far. “The money raised has been invested in several research projects, clinical trials and supporting trial centres in the UK to run clinical trials, helping us move ever closer to effective treatments for Duchenne. Our latest commitments include promising gene therapy and stem cell therapy. A huge amount of progress has been made, but we still have a long way to go. We are committed to continuing to drive this momentum forward to help THIS generation of children living with Duchenne. We are now working towards securing our next £1,000,000 and will not stop until a cure is found.” The new fundraising challenge has received its first contribution from donations made at their annual ball. Zoe Edwards, Fundraising Manager said, “We raised an amazing £20,000 at this year’s event. Donations were made via our raffle and ‘Win a Holiday’ prize draw as well as from a silent auction and exciting live auction! Prizes for the live auction included afternoon tea at the Ritz which was kindly donated by New St Chambers, a Fab Clinics beauty treatment which was donated by Fab Clinics, as well as a Belmond British Pullman experience for two and a Europa Park Germany getaway which were both donated by our headline sponsor – Next. I would also like to thank our drinks sponsor - Morgan Sindall - as well as 2XL Commercial Finance for their support of our event. We are now looking into where best to invest these funds.” Next year’s date for the Alex’s Wish Ball has already been set for Saturday, 14th November at The Hilton (East Midlands) Hotel. Adds Emma, “Every single week in the UK two families will receive the same diagnosis that we did and we will not rest until we find a cure for all boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and stop this terrible disease in its tracks.” To find out more about Alex’s Wish and Duchenne or to get involved in any of their planned 2020events and fundraising activities, please visit: www.alexswish.co.uk
ALMOST TWO thirds (60 per cent) of the single adults in the UK have deliberately chosen their single lifestyle, with more women (66 per cent) than men (53 per cent) opting for the single life. There are two good reasons, according to the findings of a recent study: a desire for independence, and a weariness when it comes to dealing with relationship problems. The research, carried out for Lloyds Bank, also found that love can cost you financially. According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, single people spend £300 less on living costs each month – or £3,600 a year.
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Lost in translation TWO AMERICAN preachers were visiting in Germany and attended Sunday services.
Since they couldn’t speak German, they decided to do as the man sitting in front of them did. A few minutes into the service the preacher from the pulpit said something and the man in front of them stood, and they stood also. The congregation burst into laughter. They then sat down when the man did. At the end of the service, they met the pastor and found that he spoke English. They asked him why everyone laughed so much when they stood? The pastor explained that he had announced that they would have a christening service that evening, and would the father of the child please rise.
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.
Groby Gardening Society News
THIS WAS the Society’s Christmas social event, comprising this year a few games of bottle-top bingo (very ecofriendly – reusable laminated bingo cards and recycled bottle tops) which had the large attendance full of suspense and anticipation. Or possibly suspicious depending on how many you needed to get a house! Winners were Marilyn Lawrence, Cis Cockett and Tina Hurst. Many thanks to Molly Matson for arranging this. The photos show the tension building in the room, and the copious and varied amount of food made by and brought in by the members for sharing. It was a successful way to round off the society’s events for the year, which included a fairly substantial raffle too. By the time you read this in the Spotlight, the first meeting of 2020 – the first one of a new decade! -will have been held. December and January tend to be quieter months in the garden, but many will be already planning what to plant, what changes to make, and wondering if we’ll get a repeat of a very soggy 2019 or another hot dry year as in 2018. Gardeners are only too aware of the local effects of climate change on plants and animals, and how the effects seem to vary from heavy rain to absence of rain, with seemingly wider variations on temperature, and unreliable seasons. At the time of writing, these effects are being seen on a much larger scale with raging bush fires threatening large areas of the Amazon, Australia and California, with 2019 having recorded abnormally cold weather in North America, Victoria Falls dwindling almost to a trickle, heatwaves in Europe and the ice-sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica melting faster than ever. Whatever the weather throws at us this year, I’m sure someone will find something to complain about! • OUR MONTHLY MEETINGS are held at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month in the United Reformed Church rooms on Chapel Hill, Groby. Entry is £2 for non-members (an annual subscription is just £15), and you’ll be sure of a warm welcome, along with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. The Society’s AGM will be held on February 13, by which time next year’s program of events will have been finalised. The following month on March 12th, we have a talk by Tracy Beaty urging us to ‘Save Our Weeds’. I hope you all had a very merry Christmas, and wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year!
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Glenfield CO OP CENTRAL ENGLAND Co-operative have confirmed that their supermarket in Glenfield will shut on 25th January. The store - on Station Road, Glenfield - has a petrol station and a Post Office inside the premises. A spokesman for the Central England Co-op said that the last day of trading at our Glenfield store will be Saturday, 25th January. An agreement has been made to sell to site to Morrisons. The Post Office within the current Co-op is also set to close. However a Post Office spokeswoman said: “Any retailer interested in incorporating a Post Office in their premises should email ND.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0333 345 5560, then select option 2. The vacancy will be advertised on www.runapostoffice.co.uk.”
Murder on the pier ... in Groby! GROBY PLAYERS’ next production is into rehearsal stage, with some new faces, as well as the usual suspects! The play centres around an amateur dramatic group rehearsing in a theatre at the end of the pier. Storms rage and the doors are locked – they are trapped! Panic sets in as they realise a murderer is in their midst! The play is to be performed in the Village Hall, Groby on 26th / 27th / 28th March 2020 at 7.30pm. It will be café style seating. Tickets can be reserved /obtained by Tel / text 07790 861033 or by email: email@example.com or Tel 0116 287 7373. Tickets will also be on sale in The Village Hall, Groby every Saturday in March between 10am-12noon.
LOROS Tower Run attracts top runners for its 5th year The LOROS Tower Run, which sees people race up 351 steps to reach the top of Leicester’s iconic St George’s Tower is attracting global climbing talent this year. The LOROS Tower Run which will be celebrating its 5th year on Saturday 14th March, has now become a key date in the Tower Running World Association calendar. The day will see competitive tower runners and charity fundraisers alike join together to walk or run up the iconic blue building and raise money for local charity, LOROS Hospice. Last year’s event was extremely popular, with more than 400 runners Tower Runner Sarah Frost taking part, raising an impressive £20,000 for the Hospice. Among the confirmed participants for this year is British newcomer, Laurence Ball. Ball made his debut on the Tower Running circuit just last year, when he took first place at the Walkie Talkie Tower Climb in London. “I won that race – much to my surprise – I remember stumbling out the top of the building, panting, and there were lots of people staring at me and I didn’t know why.” Now second in the UK and ‘the one to watch’, Ball has a hectic calendar of races for the coming year, including the LOROS Tower Run. “There aren’t many races in the UK, especially outside London. I heard that it’s a short and very fast run, which is a bit different for me - the idea of a sprint is exciting. Of the races in the UK, it seemed like an ideal one.” Competing against Ball for top spot will be Hendrik Holstad, Norway’s reigning Tower Run champion, who is making his first ever trip to Leicester to take on the challenge. “I read about the LOROS tower run on the Tower Running Association homepage. It’s not too far away for Norway and I find it very exciting to travel in the UK. I’m really interested to see how the race model will differ over there.” LOROS Challenge Events Co-ordinator, Tom Price, said, “It’s absolutely amazing to see how far word of the LOROS Tower Run has spread. We attract some terrific talent to Leicester each year, helping to build the city’s profile and of course, raise essential funds for the charity too.” As a reward for completing the climb, participants will each receive a finisher’s medal and be able to enjoy stunning views of across the whole city from the finish line on the top floor. Entry costs £17 or is free for anyone that pledges to raise £50 for LOROS. For more information or to find out how you can sign up, visit: www.loros.co.uk/tower
When I Was You By Minka Kent AFTER barely surviving a brutal attack, Brienne Dougray rarely leaves her house. Suffering from debilitating headaches and memory loss, she can rely only on her compassionate new tenant, Dr. Niall Emberlin, a welcome distraction from the discomfiting bubble that has become her existence. But Brienne’s growing confidence in her new routine is shaken when she stumbles across unsettling evidence that someone else is living as…her. Same name. Same car. Same hair. Same clothes. She’s even friended her family on social media. To find out why, Brienne must leave the safety of her home to hunt a familiar stranger. What she discovers is more disturbing than she could have ever imagined. With her fragile mind close to shattering, Brienne is prepared to do anything to reclaim her life. If it’s even hers to reclaim.
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School Games Award THE LEICESTERSHIRE, Leicester and Rutland School games is now in it’s ninth year as part of the national ‘School Games Programme’. It aims to keep competitive sport at the heart of schools and provide more young people with the opportunity to compete and achieve their personal best. It is open to all young people between the ages of 6 and 18 years of all abilities and backgrounds. Students from the School were invited to an awards event hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE and, after an inspirational speech by paralympian Claire Cashmore, the school was presented with a prestigious Gold School Games Mark for their excellent provision in Sport and PE at the school.
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AT WHAT is now a traditional annual event, the school choir visited the Greys of Groby to sing a few Christmas songs both for and with the members. The audience are always encouraged to join in and they do, with gusto. The choir was met by the Chair of the Greys, Jane Marsden, who commented that she now knew it was the start of Christmas and the visit was in fact one of the highlights of the festive period for the members. The children, now under the leadership of teacher Anna Jones, performed with enthusiasm as always with the tenor, alto and bass lines provided by the members themselves. A very much enjoyable visit for both the choir and audience. Later in the week the members were invited in to school for cakes, baked by the children and tea served by the children and to take part in the school carol service led by the Rev. Ed. As a way of singing for their supper, so to speak, they were invited to judge the school Christmas Tree decorating competition, awarding the prize, donated by the MSA [Martinshaw School Assoc.), for a very spectacular tree to this years winners, year 2.
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Robins & Rainbows smash their fundraising target! THE LAST FEW weeks of 2019 were very busy for the Robins & Rainbows team in their final efforts to reach their goal of raising £3,500 for Together Against Cancer in memory of Kim Pye. The highlight being a very successful and fabulous Fashion Show held at The Royal Oak in Kirby Muxloe. It was so well attended with over 100 lovely ladies coming together to see a fantastic show case of beautiful clothing and accessories presented by DC Boutique, a gorgeous boutique in Kirby Muxloe. We had such a fun night with some of us hitting the catwalk for the first time ever (and quite possibly the last!) We had a mega raffle and mini auction which was made possible by the generous donations received from friends and local/national businesses. The night raised a massive £1,302 which took us over our total target of £3,500. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and helped make it such a great night! The Fashion Show was very quickly followed by the team completing the Rutland Water 10k Night Run on a cold but clear night with beautiful lighting to guide the way. Normanton Church lit up provided a wonderous sight to keep us going. And lastly, Sunday 1st December saw us all come together for a Santa Walk & Fundraising Finale. The walk took place at the beautiful Market Bosworth Country Park and was hosted by Market Bosworth Rotary Club. There were Santas everywhere on this beautiful sunny morning! What a great start to the festive season and fantastic end to an incredible year of fundraising. OUR FINAL TOTAL STANDS AT A WHOPPING £4,120! We have been completely overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and support and would like to say a huge thank you to every single one of you for supporting our events and challenges. This money means so much to Together Against Cancer who do not receive any government or statutory funding and rely on public donations to continue their important work in supporting cancer patients, their carers and the wider community. More information about Together Against Cancer and their Education and Wellness Centre in Thurmaston can be found at www.togetheragainstcancer.org.uk 2019 was a truly amazing year raising money in memory an amazing and inspirational lady. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year from the Robins & Rainbows xx
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Classic Old Football Joke WE CAME across this old football joke which made us laugh ... England drew Scotland in the Euro 2000 play-offs. The England manager, Kevin Keegan and the England team were having a chat in the dressing room before the match. “Look guys, I know they’re rubbish,” explains Kev, “but we have to play them to keep the football authorities happy.” “I’ll tell you what,” pipes up Michael Owen, “You guys go down the pub and I’ll play them on my own, how does that sound?” “Seems reasonable.” replies Kev and the other lads, and with that they all go down the local and start playing pool. After an hour or so, Shearer remembers the match and flicks on the pub TV to see the scoreline England 1 (Owen 10min), Scotland 0. Confidently, they resume their pool match for the next hour until switching back to the TV, the final score reads: England 1 (Owen 10min), Scotland 1 (Collins 89min). “WHAT!” they exclaim and run back to Wembley where they find Owen sitting in the dressing room with his head in his hands. “What on earth happened, Michael?” bellows the manager. “Sorry lads,” Owen replies, “Stupid referee sent me off in the 11th minute.”
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Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family. As we begin 2020 the start of a new decade in this will no doubt face many challenges.
Correction Firstly an apology as I accidentally published an incorrect address in my December 2019 Spotlight article to e-mail Jenny Brader regarding Hello Homes and the removal of section 106 money from the Leicester Road homes. The correct e-mail address to e-mail your objections is jenny.brader@ hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk As I highlighted in the article the application to remove the S106 money by Hello Homes will be heard by the Planning Committee at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council and that the earliest date for this is the February 2020 meeting. You still have time to submit your thoughts if you wish to. If you submitted an e-mail on this subject to HBBC as a result of my article please check the e-mail address you used.
Leicester Road former Highway Land – New Homes I wrote fairly positively in my November article within the Spotlight around the provision of 10 Affordable Rent and 20 Shared Ownership homes about to be completed on Leicester Road, Groby by Hello Homes. That positivity was very short lived as only days later I learned of an application being submitted to HBBC planning department to remove all the S106 (Section 106) money originally agreed to. S106 Money is agreed and given to Schools, Parish Council, Library, and Doctors etc to mitigate the impact the new homes have on the community in which they are located. Without going into too much detail the application to remove all the money to be paid in the form of S106 monies will deny Groby and its infrastructure the vital money it needs to be sustainable. The reason for the application from Hello Homes for this is that they now say this money is unaffordable and they can prove this by a viability assessment. The two points that I wish to express are: 1. That the Planning Committee at HBBC determined the planning application in the first place so the planning committee at HBBC should also consider and determine this application to
remove the money payable by legal agreement 2. Where is the negotiation? They have gone from Hero, agreeing all the contributions in the original application to Zero requesting that all the monies agreed in respect of S106 money be removed. Following my talks with officers it has been agreed once the application documents are online and HBBC have had the opportunity to have the figures submitted by Hello Homes independently inspected then there will be a further 21 day consultation period before the application goes to the Planning Committee. That basically means the February 2020 meeting as the earliest possible date. You have up until the day before the Planning Committee meeting to make your comments. Either e-mail your comments to the case officer for this application Jenny Brader jenny.brader@ hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk or write to Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council at: Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, Hinckley Hub, Rugby Road, Hinckley LE10 0FR In either case please add the reference number 19/01060/S106 to your correspondence.
Hensons Hardware change of use to Indian Takeaway The planning application to change the use from retail formerly Hensons Hardware shop to an Indian fast food takeaway has been refused by planning officers under delegated powers at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. The application attracted a high level of objection from individual properties surrounding the area. The reasons for refusal are listed below. 1. The proposed hot food takeaway, by virtue of the proposed hours of operation and associated vehicle and pedestrian movements is likely to result in significant adverse impacts on the amenity of the occupiers of adjoining and neighbouring residential properties
and the general quiet, low-key character of this predominantly residential area, particularly in the evenings, and is therefore contrary to Policy DM10 of the adopted Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (2016). 2. By virtue of its size, design, height and utilitarian appearance, the proposed kitchen extraction equipment would result in an incongruous feature that would have a significant adverse effect on the visual amenity and character of the surrounding area and the outlook of adjoining and neighbouring residential properties contrary to Policy DM10 of the adopted Site Allocations and Development Management Policies Development Plan Document (2016). The applicant has the choice now to appeal the decision to an independent inspector appointed by the Government who can uphold the Borough Council’s refusal or overturn it and grant planning permission subject to conditions. Whilst no one could predict the outcome of an appeal the planning history on the block of shops at Lawnwood is not favourable to the applicant in this case. On four separate occasions a planning application to change the use of the surrounding shops (but not Hensons) have resulted in the change of use from retail to fast food takeaway being refused, two of which went to appeal and were upheld by the planning inspector at the time. As I write it is unknown if the applicant will appeal the refusal or not.
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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.
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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 revarnished 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
The Worst Driving Habits Revealed: Are you guilty? WHETHER you’ve been on the roads one week or 10 years, everyone has their own opinions on what driving habits annoy them. 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/
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HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH BOROUGH COUNCIL NEWS
Councillor Ted Hollick reports I WISH everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Peaceful New Year
Fireworks Following a fairly quiet time at the Borough Council due to the General Election and Christmas and New Year, it seems an opportune time to report on a national initiative backed by the RSPCA which is drawing attention to the suffering caused to humans and animals as a result of very noisy fireworks which are particularly prevalent around the last quarter of the year. This is not surprising when we have Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night and New Year’s Eve with the inevitable organised displays, family gatherings as well as the occasional Wedding Celebration. It seems quite a few Councils are supporting the idea of “quieter” fireworks and I understand Hinckley and Bosworth are being asked to do so too.
Young Correspondents As I reported in December the letters I received from Primary Schoolchildren were concerned with (in no particular order) Home Safety ie. Burglaries, Homeless people, food banks, excessive use of plastic, inconsiderate and illegal parking, unsightly litter, a lack of school places, and a request for a wildlife park and they would like somewhere to cycle safely such as a park. I will reply to these individually after the school holiday.
P.S.P.O ( Public Space Protection Order ) At the November meeting of the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council an updated PSPO was endorsed and recommended to Council, the order bans the use of intoxicating substances, psychoactive substances on public land across the Borough, imposes Dog Control and bans the use of Motor Cycles, Barbecues, Fires, Remote controlled vehicles and aircraft. It should be noted that some Parish Councils have already upgraded their own Bylaws.
Grass Cutting and Wild Flowers I was contacted recently by a resident concerned about the vanishing wild flowers from our grass verges, the resident was aware that road safety was of prime importance and that overgrown verges were a traffic hazard. The verges are the responsibility of the County Council’s Highways Dept. In Groby it is the Parish Council’s contractors who cut the verges on behalf of the County Council. Where possible they endeavour to leave the rear of the verges uncut to preserve a natural habitat. Last year the Parish Council operatives collected seed from the wildflower meadow (Butlers Field) and scattered them on the wildflower area on Castell Park.
Engagements On Friday 6th of December as Deputy Mayor of Hinckley& Bosworth I attended the Menphys Carol Concert at the De Montfort Hall Leicester accompanied by Miss Carole York as my Consort for the evening. On Tuesday 7th January as Deputy Mayor I Officially opened the new Veterinary Specialist Skin and Ear clinic at 15 Ratby Road Groby, This is not a Standard veterinary clinic for routine vaccinations or everyday problems but is run by Mr David Bentley who is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in small animal dermatology. Anyone in the area who has a pet with an ear or skin problem would be eligible to make an appointment. David Bentley (right) looks on as Deputy Mayor Cllr.Ted Hollick cuts the ribbon to officially open the new clinic.
Councillor Ted Hollick Call: 0116 287 5955 Mobile: 07962 373983 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Write: 7 Shaw Wood Close, Groby, LE6 0FY
Allotments NEWS Volunteering Days We have had a couple of volunteering days on the Ratby Road allotments recently to do several maintenance jobs needed on site. We had lots of helpers to dig some new foundations for a storage shed and to lay the slabs for it, making the moving of the shed so much easier. It was an amazing amount of work done in a short space of time, so many thanks to all concerned! The volunteer maintenance team have also been laying a path to the shed to ease access when the weather is wet, as it has been quite a lot this year. All maintenance on site relies on plot holders volunteering their time on an ad hoc basis, to make the allotments better for everyone and it is so good to see people keen to help out so often! Many, many thanks You know who you are!
Slug Wars There is much reduced activity at this time of year on the plots, but I am determined to try and reduce the number of hiding places for those pesky slugs on my plot this next growing season. Slugs like dark, damp places to hide under, such as large stones, bits of wood or discarded plant pots. They also seem to make a beeline for those yellowing brassica leaves as they fall to the soil, so I must be sure to remove those to the compost pile as soon as possible to prevent attracting them to my cabbages. I have also found several slugs hiding around the rim of my compost bin and have been researching whether they are good or bad for my compost. Several organic gardening articles emphasise that slugs actually help break down the contents of the pile, as that is what they do, and so are beneficial but as the the compost heap is also a great hiding place, if the temperature of your compost doesn’t get high enough, it may be that their eggs will survive to infect your plot next year when you spread the compost over your plot! I guess it will remain a conundrum and so I will probably have to keep asking my brother for any bottles of out-of-date beer to put in my slug traps as well!
How to improve your harvest this year Like many of my fellow allotmenteers at this time of year, I have been spending more time reading about growing plants than actually doing anything out there in the garden or on the plot. However, I came across an article on how to improve your vegetable harvest in the coming year. The advice consists of doing three things to improve your vegetable harvest and they are ... 1. Improve your soil by adding a
layer of well-rotted organic matter or compost to your plot on top of the soil to allow the nutrients to slowly add the nutrients back into the soil. Heavy winter rains may tend to wash those nutrients off your plot though instead of letting them go down into the soil, so many people cover the top-dressing with cardboard or a weed membrane. The only drawback to doing this is that the cover may well serve as a brilliant hiding place for slugs! You will have to decide which is best for you! 2. Use companion plants. I am totally in agreement with this as I used them for several crops last year and was most impressed with the results. I have found that they act in a few different ways. Planting various companion plants such as nasturtiums, marigolds and other companion flowers and herbs amongst your veggies attract lots of lovely pollinators to your plot to improve the setting of your vegetable plants but they also act as protectors from the various unhelpful bugs and pests on the plot. Companion plants such as poached egg plant, pot marigold (calendula), Californian poppy and coriander that has flowered will also attract the good predator bugs to your plot, such as ladybirds, lacewings and hover flies which eat caterpillars and aphids. Nasturtiums will also act as a sacrificial plant, attracting all the aphids away from your tender vegetable plants as well as repelling the little bugs which attack brassica plants such as cabbage, broccoli, sprouts, cauliflower etc. Marigolds (French or common marigolds, also known as Tagetes) deter many insects as well as repelling nematode worms. I found them excellent last year when planted closely with my dwarf beans as they seemed to act as a deterrent to a blackfly infestation. Onions are often planted close to carrots as the smell of the onions is supposed to confuse the carrot root flies from finding the carrots but I have found that covering my carrots with the insect- mesh has had better results overall. 3. Keep the weeds down by regular hoeing. Weeds, if allowed to grow, compete with your vegetables for the nutrients in the soil, as well as the amount of water in the soil and the available sunlight, especially those with large leaves. If you let the weeds grow on your plot, it won’t endear you to your neighbouring allotment holders either, especially if you allow the seeds to set and so blow all over their pristine plot, so it’s good advice to stay friendly with the neighbours too! Happy New Year to you all and good gardening!
They say you are what you eat. So I’m going to start eating skinny people.
Strongest link yet between nitrites & cancer - but ‘not all processed meat has same risk’ RESEARCHERS from Queen’s University Belfast have questioned the World Health Organisation’s blanket classification of processed meat as carcinogenic after finding significant evidence gaps between processed meat treated with nitrites and nitrite-free processed meat. Dr Brian Green, Dr William Crowe and Professor Chris Elliott OBE, all from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s, reviewed existing peerreviewed literature on the relationship between processed meat and the development of bowel, colon and rectal cancers. The results of their metaanalysis have been published in the highimpact journal Nutrients. They found that not all processed meats carry the same level of cancer risk. They initially reviewed all recent, Englishlanguage studies into consumption of processed meat and cancer risk and found the results inconclusive – around half the studies evidenced a link with colorectal cancer (CRC). This explains the appearance of contradictory claims in the media in recent years. But when the researchers isolated research which only tested the consumption of processed meat containing sodium nitrite – a preservative used to extend shelf life and enhance colour – evidence of a link with CRC jumped from half to just under two-thirds – 65%. “When we looked at nitritecontaining processed meat in isolation – which is the first time this has been done in a comprehensive study – the results were much clearer,” explained Research Fellow Dr William Crowe. “Almost two-thirds of studies found
a link with cancer.” The WHO classified all processed meat as a carcinogen in 2015 – including bacon, sausages and ham as well as continental European products like prosciutto and salami. Not all processed meat, however, contains nitrites. British and Irish sausages, for example, are not processed with nitrites even though many of the Continental and US sausage equivalents –
like frankfurters, pepperoni and chorizo – are. Some newer types of bacon and ham, processed without nitrites, are also appearing on the market. In its 2015 statement, the WHO did not distinguish between processed meats containing nitrites and those without. Based on the results of their meta-study, the IGFS researchers now believe there is a need to define the health risk of both types of processed meat – separately. Co-author Professor Chris Elliott OBE, who carried out the UK Government’s inquiry into food safety after the horsemeat scandal, said this latest research brought more clarity to what has been a confusing area for the food industry and the public. He said: “Because there have
been conflicting claims in the scientific community and the media about which types of meat may be carcinogenic, this study couldn’t have come at a better time. It brings much-needed rigour and clarity and points the way for further research in this area.” So should the public immediately stop eating processed meat containing nitrites? “It’s important we eat a healthy, balanced diet in line with the government’s ‘Eatwell Guide’,” said study lead author, Dr Brian Green. “The current Department of Health guidance advises the public to consume no more than 70g of red or processed meat per day. “That remains the guidance, but we hope that future research investigating the link between diet and CRC will consider each type of meat individually rather than grouping them together. Our findings clearly show that not all processed meats, for example, carry the same level of risk. “There is more research to be done before we can definitively prove causality regarding processed meat and cancer – there are so many variables when it comes to people’s diets. But based on our study, which we believe provides the most thorough review of the evidence on nitrites to date, what we can confidently say is that a strong link exists between nitritecontaining processed meat, such as frankfurters, and CRC.” The IGFS team intends following up its evidence review with a preclinical study probing the effects of nitrite-containing meat on CRC.
• The paper in Nutrients is open-access and can be read at https://www.mdpi. com/2072-6643/11/11/2673
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All the Rage By Cara Hunter
HISTORY doesn’t repeat itself. Does it? A distressed teenage girl is found on the outskirts of Oxford. The story she tells is terrifying: grabbed off the street, a plastic bag forced over her head, then driven somewhere remote and subjected to an assault. DI Adam Fawley is doing the best he can to investigate, but the teenager refuses to press charges. All he can do is try to ignore the sickening feeling he’s seen something like this before... But when another girl goes missing, Fawley knows his time is running out. Because if he ignores the past any longer, this girl may not be coming back.
Never underestimate a tortoise THEY MAY be asleep at the moment, but tortoises are not the stay-at-homes couch potatoes that you may think they are. In fact, so many have been leaving their homes to go on walk-about, that now the RSPCA is advising that they be microchipped. The charity rescued almost 1,000 tortoises last year. Experts advise that once Spring and Summer comes, tortoises will be able to climb, dig, and push their slow but determined way through barriers. They should be microchipped and kept in a secure enclosure. “Tortoises are actually quite active and can move at quite a pace when they want to.”
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CANDELA COULOMB FARAD HENRY HERTZ JOULE LUMEN YOU MAY have noticed that the willow tunnel down has MOLE been cut down. Don’t worry it will grow back in the next NEWTON two years. OHM It will then be made from new growth that will be easier to maintain and PASCAL bend over to form the tunnel roof. We have also had the footpath raised TESLA and resurfaced at the bottom end of the green to reduce the amount of puddles.
Glenfield Millennium Green News
Carols on the Green
Created bycame Puzzlemaker On Saturday 21st of December approximately 70 people to the Carols on the Green event. We all enjoyed singing carols while listening to the Ratby Co-op Youth Brass Band. Ady Dayman from Radio Leicester introduced the carols. We enjoyed Mince pies and Hot fruit drink afterwards. Thanks to Becky, the conductor and all the Band members for entertaining us.
AGM: 26th February Please come along to our Annual General Meeting to hear what plans we have for 2020 and enjoy a cup of Tea or Coffee. It is on Wednesday 26th February at 7.30pm in Park House, Glenfield
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She requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she explained: “They wouldn’t take me out while I was alive, so I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead.”
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Elizabeth Woodville School News Amazing Christmas Performances It has been wonderful to end the year with three superb Christmas performances, which have delighted our audiences! Well done to Foundation for their performance of ‘A King is Born,’ it was delightful to see the children take to the stage so confidently after only a term at school. Foundation thoroughly enjoyed their first school nativity and did incredibly well to remember all of their lines. Year 1 and 2 excelled in ‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’ demonstrating their incredible singing talents. Our Year 3 and 4 classes also produced a spectacular show that brought the Elizabeth Woodville stage to life with their accomplished acting skills in ‘Children of the World.’ Later in the week, we were also privileged to enjoy a concert by the folk band ‘In Any Order.’ The joyful band took us on a journey through time, singing traditional Christmas folk carols and songs, that captured the very essence of this festive time. This visit has always been a highlight of the autumn term, and this year was no exception. What a wonderful start to our seasonal celebrations! We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and we would like to wish all Groby Spotlight readers a very Happy New Year.
Elizabeth Woodville General Election Turn out at the Elizabeth Woodville General Election was at an all-time high! The children in Year 5 organised the Polling Station, Poll Cards, Ballot Cards and Electoral Register for the school and each constituency (class) was invited to vote on Thursday 12th December. The four parties presented their manifestos to the school during the week and although the result was very close the winning party was ‘Progress,’ who promised policies in the areas of Health, Environment and Poverty. Congratulations to Year 5 for all their hard work making this election a great success!
Glenfield Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG)
THE GLENFIELD PPG will be asking patients of the surgery to participate in a new survey about the practice facilities soon. This survey focuses on the telephone service to the surgery and whether patients can access the services they need in good time since the telephone system was changed in November 2018. As surgeries get busier, especially at this time of year with all the various viruses and bugs around, it is important that patients can get through to the surgery and access the service they require in a timely fashion. But it is also equally important that patients are directed to the best person to deal with their query, so as to free up the phone lines for more urgent cases. Please, if you are registered with Glenfield surgery, please look out for the survey and help us find out your views on telephone access by filling it in. As a Patient Participation Group, our aim is to improve the surgery experience for all patients. We meet about 8 times a year at the surgery to discuss a number of topics with practice managers and clinicians. If you think you would be interested in joining the group, please either contact the surgery direct on 0116 233 3600 or fill in the form on the ‘Have Your Say’ section in the main menu of the website.
Leicester Tigers Experience
If you enjoy reading the Spotlight, On Saturday 7th December, children from Year 5 & 6 braved the cold weather and attended an incredible ‘Warm-Up’ experience at Leicester Tigers. We started the day please pass it on to a friend or relative with unprecedented access into the home team dressing room. The children then had when you’ve finished with it. Thanks! a Q&A with first team regular Will Spencer, who gave an incredible insight into life as a professional athlete, during which he gave pupils some top tips for development. As the first team players arrived for the game, the children were given the opportunity to meet with them. Rugby balls and shirts were signed and all players took the time to converse with the children. Weekly in term time for children for 6’s to 14’s World Cup hero Manu Tuilagi Every Saturday morning on Mon evenings, at 6.00pm or 7.45pm. We meet also spent time with the pupils at the United Reformed Church on Chapel Hill. 10.00am—12.30pm recalling the excitement of Along with our work in schools, these are run by England’s very recent successes the two churches in Groby under the group in Japan. name EXTEND. The children then had front row CATCH meets for play, craft, story & seats to watch final preparations chat for pre-school children with a for the game from the dead-ball parent or carer 9.30-11.30am every zone. This remarkable experience Friday at Groby URC Chapel Hill culminated with watching the Tigers beat Calvisano 59-7. Elizabeth Woodville would like to For further information please see websites and church magazines Fair Cuppa for FairTrade St. Philip and St. James Rector – Rev Ed Bampton 01162396520 thank Alex Jewitt of the Leicester www.grobychurch.org.uk refreshments in fairly Tigers and all the players and staff United Reformed Church Phil Holmes (Church Secretary) 0116 225 3335 traded mugs. for facilitating such a memorable www.grobyurc.com Every Thursday 10.30experience. Youth, Children's & Families Colin Udall 07776 157511 firstname.lastname@example.org 12am at the Village Hall We cannot wait to do it again! People say worrying about something is pointless. I think it works, 90% of everything I worry about doesn’t happen.
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