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June 2011

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DON’T MISS Open Farm Sunday 12th June

Diane’s Snowdon climb raises £2,500 for Cancer Research

See Page 7 Auction Success

Miners’ Institute property makes £160k at auction Auctioneers R. Michael Fallowell FRICS of Newton Fallowell achieved 100% success at a recent auction of two redevelopment properties. The bidding was keen on both properties in front of a very well attended auction. Lot 1 – a derelict farmhouse at Donington-le-Heath which was withdrawn at the sale was sold immediately afterwards within the guide price of £325,000 - £375,000 and Lot 2 a re-development site at Main Street, Markfield with planning permission for three terraced houses made £160,000 which was well in excess of the guide price. Auctioneer Mike Fallowell said he was delighted with the result saying it was a sign that properties which go to auction at the right price and are marketed properly will achieve excellent results. He went on to say that it is certainly a sign that the property market is by no means dead. Mike said that as a result of his success he is planning similar auction sales and looking for the right properties for the next sale.

Diane Dowell and her friends and family - pictured above - climbed Snowdon in May raising over £2,500 for Cancer Research. Diane is also doing a charity family disco at Markfield Community Centre on Saturday 2nd July 2011. Tickets are priced at £2.50 each, which includes a buffet. There will be over 75 great raffle prizes. For tickets, contact Diane on 07748915829 or Tracey on 07590427191. Everyone is welcome - all proceeds to go to Cancer Research.

Stanton May Day Fete Report from sally wilkins This year’s fete was opened by the 2011 May Queen Chloe Hauton and her attendants Florence Coleman & Sarah Paget. The girls led the fancy dress procession from the Youth Club at the top of the village to the recreation ground where Chloe cut the ribbon and lead us all onto the field. The weather was kinder than in the previous years, we had sun and wind, the wind keeping us all on our toes with our equipment getting a bit of a bashing. The Winner of the May Day Fancy Dress was Alia Disu, aged four, with a great costume of a “Little Robot”. Continued on page 3

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News from Stanton under Bardon Continued from page 1 Music was put on by Gavin Broughton and team and we hope that his band will play live for us in 2012. With all the support we had on the day we made a profit of £1,020. This will be used for the annual “Recycled Teenagers Party” in December and the rest will help pay for an event next year. Other local groups made in excess £300. Thank you for the support of the committee member ts and all those who helped to put the day together, you know who are you are... Thanks We have been approached by a lot of people asking what we will do in 2012 as it will be the Diamond Jubilee. We will be celebrating our tenth anniversary, as we set up the group to celebrate the Golden Jubilee... Any ideas to celebrate in a similar style to the Golden Jubilee, please contact any committee member or Sally on Tel: 01530242847 We will need some more ideas and helpers to assist in increasing our funds...

Scarecrow Competition 2011 - 30th April This year was Stanton’s fourth scarecrow competition with the theme being Prince & Princesses. We had 18 entrants this year - not as many as last year - but we thought the turn out was great especially being the Easter holidays and of course the Royal wedding. Our local Borough and County Councillors again kindly judged for us and provided great certificates that were awarded at the May Day Fete. The finalists were

1. Princess Fiona - Yvette Callaghan + Casey & Molly Henshaw 2. Princess Aurora - Ellie & Hayden Gray 3. Princess Royal Wedding - The Clements Family 4. Warrior Princess - The Drexler Family The Winner for 2011 was “The Royal Wedding - The Clements Family” - see photo on right. Thank you to all who entered this year and all those that supported the event. Next Year will have the Olympics as the theme, date and details to follow.

Sally Wilkins

Markfield WI News The May meeting of Markfield WI saw us voting on the two resolutions to go to our annual conference in Liverpool in June. Our resolutions were concerning closure of local libraries and proposed mega farms and we were helped to come to decisions by excellent presentations from Maggie Gondolo and Sue Gammon. Both the resolutions were carried and will be further discussed and voted on at the AGM to be held in Liverpool in June. Following the resolutions discussion and vote members enjoyed a Taste and Try supper with some delicious food provided by members. We were able to take away some of the recipes to ‘try’ at home. The group continues to be active in a variety of areas. Next month we have Laraine Tucker who will be introducing us to Tai Chi and in July we have Ian Risely whose subject is Animals in Pastels. Also in June a group of WI members and friends will be travelling to Kilworth House for a pre show picnic before we enjoy a performance of the Pirates of Penzance. We are hoping for a lovely June evening like last year, but who knows!! Whatever the weather I am sure we will enjoy the evening. June 18th and 19th sees us providing teas and lunches for Markfield Open Gardens, an event held in conjunction with the Methodist Church. Some members will also be opening their gardens and whilst we can’t aspire to Chelsea gardens we are sure you will enjoy wandering round some of our village gardens, gathering ideas and meeting old friends or making new ones. Again we are hoping for the sunshine. Lots of nattering at Knit and Natter Our Knit and Natter evening at the Bull’s Head continues to be well supported. We managed to fill the lounge bar at the May evening and the nattering was continuous. Not sure about the knitting though! I have decided that you need to bring knitting especially suited to these evenings, ie not too complicated. But don’t be put off if you’re thinking of joining us, there are plenty of people to help if you would like to learn a new craft or brush up on knitting or crochet skills you may have forgotten, patterns can be exchanged and if you would like to knit small garments for neo natal units we can lend you needles, patterns and probably provide some wool too. WI membership is not necessary, everyone is welcome.

Fran Johnson

Quarry extension approved

Aggregate Industries’ plan to extend Bardon Hill Quarry, near Coalville, was approved unanimously by Leicestershire County Council’s planning committee in May. The firm said the new operation, to quarry 132 million tonnes of granite from a 163-acre site, would secure the future of the quarry and 300 jobs for the next 40 years. Hundreds of people had signed a petition opposing the scheme, arguing it would ruin the countryside, destroy wildlife habitats and increase traffic, noise and dust. Colin Parke, the director who will be overseeing the project for Bardon Aggregates, told the Leicester Mercury that the firm was determined to honour its commitment to the community. Conditions of the planning permission include screening embankments, conveyor belts to transport stone and clay instead of dumper trucks and a visitor centre which will showcase wildlife and bio-diversity. The company said it would invest 5p for each tonne of mineral sold from the extension area – up to a maximum of £400,000 – into a fund for community groups and projects.

What’s the best cure for sea sickness? Sit under a tree.

Stanton Snippets St Mary & All Saints Church STANTON UNDER BARDON are privileged to host another

POLICE SURGERY on Wednesday 13th July from 6.30 – 7.30 pm Please come and talk freely about any concerns you may have. CONTACT IS VITAL

Thursday 14 July from 10.30am – 12 noon

A COFFEE MORNING to help support

RAINBOWS at which a choir of children from STANTON PRIMARY SCHOOL will entertain us WE DO HOPE YOU WILL COME

Sunday Fun at Stanton Church

Thornton St.Peter’s Church Spot It is recorded, by a plaque on the instrument, that the organ at St.Peter’s was installed by the Nuneaton firm of F.W. Burns & Son in 1911. To mark this hundredth anniversary, I have agreed to a request from the Friends of St.Peter’s to play a selection of favourite tunes on the organ on the afternoon of Sunday 12th June. This event coincides, very nearly, with my birthday (readers of this column will remember my reference to a ‘bonus’ year some twelve months ago!) so there will be tea and refreshments provided at the end of the concert. There is no admission charge but it is a ‘sponsored’ event - forms can be obtained from me. We have called it Music in a Country Church and everyone is welcome. It begins at 2.30pm and will last for an hour. Please come if you can. To other things ... it is my pleasure to report that the stonework repairs to the building are complete and that outstanding plaster work inside has been done. We are grateful to William and Shirley Garlick whose initiative has resulted in the installation of a much needed drainage channel across the threshold of the porch. Other repairs have been carried out on the bells, and leaking gutters have been attended to.

Martin Foster, Churchwarden

Markfield, Stanton & Field Head Ward Borough Council Election Result Candidate: FURLONG, Andrew Charles Description: The Labour Party Candidate Votes: 896 Candidate: JOYCE, Colin George Description: Liberal Democrats Votes: 101 Candidate: LAY, Matthew Russell Description: The Labour Party Candidate Votes: 1391 ELECTED Candidate: ROBINSON, Noel Description: Liberal Democrats Votes: 91 Candidate: SPRASON, Sue Description: Conservative Party Candidate Votes: 1158 ELECTED

On the third Sunday of each month in Stanton Church we celebrate something of our Christian faith in ways that might seem a bit unorthodox to some. If you would like the chance to sing, to chat, to drink (tea or coffee!) while drawing or sticking or whatever ….. please come along. We start at 10.30 for slightly less than an hour and we do have fun! It Would Be Good To See You

Candidate: WHITE, Barry Description: Conservative Party Candidate Votes: 802

Turnout: 52.61%

Proms in the Park: 11th June

Bagworth Ward Parish Council Election Result Candidate: AKERS, Andrew Description: Managing Director Votes: 161 ELECTED Candidate: AUSTIN, Robert Description: Secretary Bfg and History Group Votes: 201 ELECTED Candidate: BROWN, Joanne Description: Retired Pharmacist & Chairman Parish Plan Group Votes: 164 ELECTED Candidate: FISH, Carol Description: Resident of Parish for 20 years Votes: 107 Candidate: GEE, Mary Elizabeth Description: Retired Public Health Doctor Votes: 148 Candidate: HARRIS, John Ian Description: Retired Teacher Votes: 110 Candidate: JOHNSON, Eileen Description: Votes: 151 Candidate: MILES, Robert Description: Bagworth Resident with young family Votes: 247 ELECTED Candidate: Sinfield, John Graham Description: Votes: 110

Turnout: 41.29%

HINCKLEY’S Hollycroft Park will come alive with the sound of music when it hosts the popular Proms in the Park concert on Saturday 11 June. Organised by the Borough Council, together with the Matthew Fulham Foundation, this year’s free concert will feature two local school orchestras, as well as the winner of the 2011 Hinckley and Bosworth Music Bursary, Atticus Hall-McNair from Burbage. The event will start at 6.30pm and the programme is due to finish at 9.30pm.

MARKFIELD OPEN GARDENS Organised by Markfield WI and Trinity Methodist Church 18th June - 11a.m. - 5p.m. 19th June - 12noon - 5p.m. 20 Gardens open around the village. Admission by programme - Adults £3 - accompanied children free. Programmes available from The Methodist Church, The Scout Hut or the Gardens Lunches, Teas and refreshments available. Sue Gammon, on behalf of the Organising Committee

HAMLIN’S PLUMBING SERVICES All Types of Plumbing Work Undertaken No job too small Call Mick on 01530 245155 or 07813 065538 Qualified Local Plumber with Years of Experience I cheated the railway company the other day. I bought a return ticket and didn’t go back.

Sunday School Anniversary

The Sunday Club leaders and the children are working hard to keep this tradition going and will be leading this special service on Sunday 19th June at 10.30am. If you can, please come along to give them your support.

The Awesome Holiday Club

The school holidays will soon be here! If you are looking for something interesting and lively for your children to do in August, why not bring them along to the Awesome Holiday Club from Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd August from 9.30am to 11.30am (Registration from 9am). Suitable for children from ages 3 to 11, there will be crafts, games, songs, memory verses and prayers – a fun packed and lively programme every day with our puppets helping to end the day with

a song. If you need any more information please ring one of the contact numbers below. Please don’t miss it this year as it is a fortnight earlier than usual. Details of our Services are in the Church Service Information section in this magazine if you wish to join us on any Sunday. We serve tea and coffee after our services and always make anyone who is visiting for the first time feel welcome.

Glynis Straw

Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

Contact Numbers Pastor: Garry Kelly: 07816 616189 Secretary: Lynda Kelly: 07903 774491 Treasurer: Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 Parish Nurse: Vera Harding: 01530 230557


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Hospice Hope Sponsored Walk Please join the 2011 Hospice Hope Sponsored Walk on Saturday 30th July 2011! Help make it a day to remember, and raise much needed funds at the same time. The 5.5 mile walk will start at 1.00pm at the Breedon Priory Garden Centre, Breedon on the Hill, and will take approximately 2 hours to complete at a gentle pace. Children under 16 are welcome if accompanied by an adult and able to complete the distance. Dogs on leads are very welcome! The walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs due to stiles on the route. Registration fee £3. For a sponsor pack and further details, please contact Carol Smith on 01530 411896/Teresa Jones on 01530 810018, or email

Moonlight becomes you, but total darkness suits you even better.

County Councillor’s Report from David Sprason A tribute to a true gentleman I would like to pay tribute to Stu Ball who recently passed away. I along with many others attended the funeral of Stuart and it was truly a real celebration of his life. I will miss Stuart as he was a great advocate for Bagworth & Thornton and worked tirelessly to improve these sometimes forgotten villages. Although Stuart was not of the same political persuasion as me he worked with me and others to achieve a number of recent improvements for the villages. These improvements include new play equipment in Bagworth and Thornton, a youth shelter, improvements to the two community centres and his long battle to integrate the gypsy and traveller community. So thanks Stuart, I know you will still have a watching eye on us to make sure the improvements are completed and delivered, I along with others will do all we can to make it a reality and we will remember what you often said to us all “Life’s not too bad”.

Congratulations I wish to pass on my congratulations to Sue, Matthew, Ozzy and Chris for being elected as our Borough representatives for the next four years. I am sure they will all continue to work hard to make sure that the Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council do not discriminate against our area in these tough financial times and we do get our fair share of resources. I will also congratulate the Multi Agency Traveller Unit which recently sprang into action in

Markfield and then Stanton to move on a unathorised traveller encampment. The first site was on Markfield Parish Council land off Launde Road, as this was trespass the Police moved them off this site in two and a half hours with the Borough Council securing the site in the same timescale. They were moved on to highway land near Stanton and the Traveller Unit managed to assess them apply to the court for an order and move them on in 11 days. I wish to thank all the agencies involved the County, Borough, Parish Council, Police and the Courts for the prompt and decisive action it shows that this Multi Agency Unit is a very good investment. I will finish this month with another plug for Snibston and I will probably get some comments about this one, answers on a post card please !

Naughty knickers and clever corsets seduce visitors! Unusual items of underwear including an inflatable bra from the 1950s and a corset busk stamped with a secret love message will be featured in a fascinating new exhibition. The exhibition which charts the changes in underwear over the last three hundred years is going on display at Snibston Discovery Museum on Saturday 28th May. Entitled ‘Support and Seduction’, the exhibition depicts the changes in fashionable, practical, alluring and sporting underwear from the 18th century to the present day. The exhibition will display over 200 individual items of male and

Markfield Homemakers Programme Markfield HomeMakers meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm. Contact No’s: Brenda on 01530 242173 or Iris on 01530 242436 • June 8th ~ Outing to Shenton Glass Blowing • Aug 10th ~ Skittles ~ 7.15 for 7.30pm At the Coach & Horses

female underwear, some from Leicestershire’s famous Symington Collection of corsetry which has an international reputation. The exhibition is arranged in seven themes: Allure, Shape Makers, Doctor’s Orders, Super-Modern Wardrobe, Cleanliness is next to Godliness and Sporting Underwear – all them with their own wonderful examples of the forever evolving undergarments. The oldest items on display are a woman’s corset from the 1770s and a man’s shirt from the 1780s. The most recent garments are items from Next’s current lingerie collection. The exhibition includes images from the Symington collection and from the Wolsey archive at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland and, from the Next collection which is curated by Leicestershire County Council’s Museum’s Service. Underwear is important to us all not only because it’s something that we all wear but also because it has been vital to Leicestershire’s local economy through companies like Wolsey, Symington, Corah’s and many others. This tradition continues in Leicestershire with Next and innovation is being driven through the contour fashion design course at De Montfort University. The exhibition reflects

changing styles of and attitudes to underwear and charts the technological and design changes that influence the first things that we put on in the morning. Snibston holds one of the finest collections of fashion and clothing outside of London and I would urge everyone to go along to the museum and see this amazing exhibition.

Osgathorpe Garden Festival Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June A warm welcome & something for everyone from midday. Open Gardens, music in church, Farmers’ Market, Art Trail, Classic vehicles, children’s events, BBQ, Cream Teas & licensed bar. In aid of St Mary’s Church, Osgathorpe LE12 9SZ. For more information please visit Or call 01530 224579.

People always complain about the weather, but no-one ever seems to do anything about it.

Memories Dance at Bagworth Ken and Glenda Hill who helped, amongst others, to organise the ‘Memories’ dance at the Bagworth Working Men’s Club on Friday 13 May would like to thank everyone who made it a success. This dance is in memory of friends and club members who supported the club over the years. Despite the date they had a ‘brilliant night’. They raised £346 which will be donated to the Working Men’s Club. On the evening, as well a good session of bingo, when cash prizes were won, 32 prizes were also raffled off. A successful evening, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Bagworth Forward Group News Please make a note in your diaries about the Bagworth Show, the ninth annual garden, craft and produce show, which is on Saturday August 27 at Bagworth Community Centre. We hope you are already growing vegetables, flowers and fruits and planning your arts and crafts entries. More details nearer the date. As part of the Show, there is a prize for the best large front garden and the best small front garden in the village. You do not have to enter, all homes in the village are automatically entered. I can tell you that the judge will be considering all of the front gardens in June and July so now is the time to spruce up your land, if you want to win the prize. Don’t leave it too long before you get organised. Before the Show we are having another prize bingo night on Thursday 23 June at 7.30 pm in the Community Centre. This is to raise money for the new trust which has taken over the running of the Community Centre. The changes to the Hall are in two phases. The first phase, the extension, is virtually completed. The second phase, the refurbishment of the old hall, requires more money. The profits from the bingo session will be passed on to the trust to help with this. Please support us and win some excellent prizes. There will also be a raffle.

Bob Austin

Visit a farm on Open Farm Sunday ... and discover the story behind our food

A day for everyone to meet the people who grow our food and care for our countryside.

Sunday 12th June 2011 Where: Little Markfield Farm, Forest Road, Markfield, LE67 9UN. Time: 10.30am to 5pm Contact: Brenda 01530 242173 or 07774047571 Activities Come and see sheep being sheared, wool being spun, Cows, Sheep, Pigs and Chickens with their babies; feed the lambs! Farm walks, Hot dogs & Beef Burgers using farm produce, Home made Cakes & Pies, Beer festival, Meet Pen the Red-Tail Hawk, Modern & Vintage machinery, Crafts stalls, Sausage making, Pumpkin growing competition for the children, £1 entry fee per adult Children Free We will be raising money for LOROS, Rainbows and Markfield Churches



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“ ...the next four years will be crucial for Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald A big ‘Thank You!’ is the first thing I wanted to say this month. With the Herald coming out in May just as the ballot boxes were being counted, I did not write an article in that edition, so this is the first opportunity to express my gratitude to nearly 1,400 people who put a cross by my name. Alongside those who voted, I also had a very strong team of helpers without whom the campaign we fought would have been almost impossible. I am deeply indebted to those friends, family and party members, who delivered leaflets, stuffed envelopes and came out knocking on doors during April and into May. I will not name all those who helped but they know who they are and I could not have done it without your support. One person who does a deserve special mention is Paddy Casswell who was mine and Andy Furlong’s agent. Paddy Casswell was a great organiser yet again and knows his way around the associated bureaucracy of elections. Through his coordination we were able to

contact more people directly than we had since 1999 and this was quite an achievement on its own. The actual election took place on May 5th - which coincided with my 40th birthday meaning that any celebrations would be put on hold until after the count, which for the first time took place on the Friday rather than the normal practice of counting straight after polling closed. The change was linked to having the referendum on the same day and the combination of the two elections pushed turnout up by some margin in the Borough. Having to wait until Friday merely delays the suspense further and by the time I got to the count on Friday morning at Hinckley, I felt worn out by the whole experience. The count for the Council elections lasted around 3 hours (it went on for a while longer to count the referendum votes) and it seemed that the Markfield result was one of the last to be called. It ended up with myself topping the poll and the second seat going to Sue Sprason to whom I express my

congratulations and best wishes for the next four years. The turnout in Markfield, Stanton and Field Head was for recent times a record at nearly 53% and one of the highest in the whole of Leicestershire. The results on the Friday left me with mixed blessings and emotions. I had won and won well, but my running mate Andy Furlong had missed out, despite getting enough votes to have won the second seat in all the preceding Borough elections that I had fought since 1995. I cannot pay a high enough tribute to Andy because he worked very hard alongside me giving up his time to fight a very concerted and intelligent campaign, but in the end it was not enough and I am very sorry for that. The count also saw my fellow Labour Councillor for Earl Shilton lose his seat and perhaps put an an end to over 25 years of public service for him working in his community. The results have left me as the only Labour Councillor in the Borough despite our total vote across the Borough being

Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious.

significantly higher than the last Borough elections in 2007. The Lib Dems also bucked a national trend and kept control of the Borough Council although with a narrower majority. The Conservatives made a couple of gains but also lost a seat to the Lib Dems in Groby following the defection of the conservative councillor to the Lib Dems just before the election. Ending up as the sole councillor from a political party means in effect you are no longer recognised as a political group and this can place you in a weaker position. It also means that when I am looking to introduce council resolutions I do not have someone I can guarantee will second any resolution so it would automatically be rejected. In fact to get anything done will require the support of members from other political groupings. I was however pleased at the annual Council meeting following the elections, to be chosen to chair the Scrutiny Commission a key role at the Borough and one I had performed during the previous

Markfield & Stanton” Council term. I have enjoyed this role and sought to ensure that the executive at Hinckley are scrutinised effectively by fellow councillors and that appropriate checks and balances are in place. Scrutiny does not however have a veto over policy making and so the ruling group can of course ignore recommendations. So it is back to business for me, seeking to represent my community to the best of my ability and giving voice to local opinions. Putting Markfield, Stanton and Field Head first, is what I was elected to do and I shall make sure this is what happens. The next four years will be crucial ones with an uncertain economic future and cuts being implemented at Hinckley and Bosworth. We will have the challenges of the new housing set to be built off London Road and ensuring that no more housing is allocated in future years. We need to ensure we get the resources that should be allocated to us to enable to work towards projects like a new swimming pool for Markfield

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David at The Coach & Horses is looking for someone to oversee a weekly Poker Night at the pub. and village hall for Stanton. We can also look forward to positive developments with the long awaited redevelopment of the Co-op site in Markfield. Much has been achieved over recent years but much more is still needing to be done. The work has already started. Once again thankyou.

Anyone interested should contact David on 01530 242312 Little Johnnie is performing in the school play when he falls through a large crack in the floor. Johnnie’s father turns to his mother and says, ‘Don’t worry. It’s just a stage he’s going through.’

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Things are progressing well on the Open Gardens front and we have 20 gardens open for viewing. They are well spread around the village from two at Field Head, one on Ratby Lane and the rest around the more central part of the village. We also have the school garden open so altogether there should be plenty to interest everyone. Refreshments are planned at the Methodist Church and the Scout Hut on both days and there will be exhibitions at the Methodist Church. Make sure you put the date in your diary, Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th June and cross your fingers for a weekend of wonderful sunshine! Admission by programme - Adults £3 - accompanied children free. Programmes available from The Methodist Church, The Scout Hut or the Gardens

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At Copt Oak Memorial Hall Field (LE67 9QB)

Saturday June 4th 9a.m - 1p.m. Cars £5 Vans and Trailers £7 Visitors 50p Refreshments including teas and Sausage and bacon rolls Home made Cake Stall To Book ring 0116 267 4746 Proceeds to St. Peters Church Copt Oak

Charity event at Markfield Community Centre Thanks to a generous contribution of £3,000 from The Lord’s Taverners, pupils at South Charnwood High School are enjoying the Cricket Season on brand new turf. The non-grass pitch was installed in the Spring and the teams are already reaping the benefits. South Charnwood currently has 3 teams, which are all actively involved in the Leicestershire Schools’ Cricket League. The Lord’s Taverners is the leading youth cricket and disability sports charity in the UK whose aim is to encourage participation in youth cricket.

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Charity Car Boot Sale

On Sunday June 26th 2011, we are raising funds for the Leicester Kidney Patients’ Association and also raising awareness of this chronic illness. We have on the day a Golden mile sponsored walk and lots of stalls and games, so hopefully people will come and join us and have lots of fun. It all starts at 11am.

Ann Carter Hinckley & Bosworth



All proceeds towards building of Phase 2 of the NEW Community Centre

Admission FREE Hog Roast £5

Admission by ticket only £5.00 Includes a two course lunch at the Concordia Theatre Morning and afternoon tea and coffee Dance, exercise, hobbies, crafts, talks & therapies Swimming/Exercise voucher for Hinckley Leisure Centre Carrier bag packed with information and shopping discount vouchers

PLUS— YOUR chance to As well as locally made jams, pickles, chutneys and cakes

For further information please contact Rosemary 01530 230347 Or Rachael 01530 231648

The Atkins Building and The Concordia Theatre 10 am to 4 pm

Bagworth Forward Centre Trust

For more information phone 01455 250462 Email: This event is organised by the Hinckley & Bosworth 0lder Voices Partnership, which comprises local voluntary and statutory agencies, supported by volunteers.

It’s easier to suffer in silence if you’re sure someone is watching.



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Success for local ballet students

It was big smiles all round this month when Miss Keely-Anna’s ballet students received their exam results. Each student entered for the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance examinations (RAD) performed fantastically, passing with either a Merit or a Distinction. “This was the first class that my dance school has entered for

DANCERS: Beth Thorne, Ella Rushin, Grace Mackin, Jade Walker and William Clarke exams, so I was really nervous for the students.” said Miss Keely-Anna. “But everyone did brilliantly! In the ballet world RAD qualifications are really the gold standard, so for everyone to get a Merit or above just speaks volumes about their talent and commitment.”

Two men are out on the lake enjoying a couple of beers and fishing when one suddenly says, ‘I think I’ll divorce my wife. She hasn’t spoken to me in six months. ‘ The other replies, ‘Better think it over first. Women like that are hard to find.’ The older someone is, the further they walked to school as children.

The meek shall inherit the Earth, but not till the rest of us are done with it.


Extracts from Bagworth and Thornton Parish Council Minutes Here are brief extracts from the minutes of the Annual meeting of Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council held on 16th May 2011 at 7.00pm at Bagworth Community Centre.

Election of chairman Mr B White was elected as Chairman and Mrs.Brown was elected as Vice Chairman.

County Councillor’s Report County Councillor David Sprason gave and update on the Community Centre and Surestart projects. Details of an event for service users on 18th June was outlined. The Big Lottery application is ready to go, and the wording has been amended slightly to hopefully ensure it goes through. The sum of £129,000 has been received from Leicestershire County Council and thanks were recorded for this.

Maynard Pub Borough Councillors C Boothby and L’Oshea gave an update on progress with the Maynard Pub development. It was envisaged that the pub would be re-developed alongside the retail units, however it is proving difficult to find a brewery that is interested.

STWA Land – Jackson Road/ Hawthorn Road. Nefarious activities have been reported to the Borough councillors on the entrance road to this site. It was recommended that the entrance is gated to prevent this.

Bowls Club A complaint had been received from the Bowls Club to the Bagworth Forward Group as the water supply to the green has been cut off, whilst the building work is in progress. The clerk was asked to look into this situation as a matter of urgency.

Bagworth - lack of amenities Residents had mentioned to the Borough councillors the lack of amenities in Bagworth. It was agreed to set up a working group, incorporating the Parish Council, County and Borough council members, Police and the NAT, to produce a shortlist of projects which are achievable over the next 4 years.

Beacon View Anti social behaviour has been reported at this site and the police are aware of the problems. Planting is required to alleviate the problem, the Clerk was instructed to look into as a matter of urgency.

Questions from members of the public.

• Parking at Thornton Reservoir - A resident reported problems associated with parking on the pavement on the land opposite Thornton reservoir, and asked the PC to put some pressure on Severn Trent Water Authority to see if it would be feasible to park cars anywhere else in the vicinity. • Maynard Pub - A resident asked if the outside of the pub could be tidied up, as it was becoming an eyesore to local residents.

Rural Housing Survey Councillor will report updated position to council before next meeting.

Bagworth Forward Centre Trust Councillor White outlined the problems that had been encountered with the original figures that had been provided for the business plan. The income streams need to be re-reviewed and projections prepared for the next 5 years.

Thornton Community Centre An environmental assessment had been carried out and revealed that the hot water in the taps is too hot and dangerous, temperature control valves have to be fitted to alleviate the problem.

Clerk’s job description The clerk has a contract with no job description, a draft job description is to be obtained from the LRALC. The Chair made observations on the financial information presented to council and advised it is not satisfactory in its present form. The information needs to be a comparison of year by year figures and actuals against budget. New financial regulations are to be drawn up based on the NALC model. A finance sub committee was formed comprising of Councillors Brown, Walker and the Chair Councillor White, terms of reference are to be drawn up.

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What’s been happening at Markfield Community Centre News from Ron Grantham - Markfield Community Association Local Election Firstly, on behalf of the Centre may I congratulate Matthew Lay and Sue Sprason on retaining their seats on the Borough Council. Both Matthew and Sue fully support and make representations on behalf of the village at Borough and even County levels on our behalf. In particular Matthew has over the years been an avid supporter of the Community Centre both at Borough and Parish levels and we really appreciate all the hard work he has done on our behalf.

Any Old Stamps A local gentleman has contacted the Centre to ask whether we can collect and supply him with any old used stamps. The stamps are bundled up and used to raise funds for charity. People have already started to bring in piles of used stamps which we will forward on to him. Rather than throw them away please take the time to remove them from your envelopes and pop them into the Centre so that we can support this worthwhile cause.

Family Celebrations On the evening of Saturday 14th May Chris Higham of Thornton walked into a darkened Centre to be met by family and friends who had organised a surprise 21st Birthday Party for him. All his friends and even his girl friend Kayleigh were wearing identical tee shirts sporting Chris’s name and 21st Birthday. They must have had a great time as the planned trip “up town” never materialised with them all staying at the Centre to enjoy

Chris Higham’s 21st - with girlfriend Kayleigh

themselves – perhaps it was the impromptu musical chairs competition that took them back to their childhood days and they stayed put.

Joint Family Celebrations The afternoon of Sunday 15th May was absolute chaos with four family celebrations taking place all at once. There were three joint birthdays and a wedding anniversary celebrated through one huge family party. Isobella and Max Jones celebrated their fourth and third birthdays respectively and Harvey Bushell his third birthday. Harvey’s mum and dad Alyson and Stuart also celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. As you may gather there was a family connection. Alyson and Isobella and Max’s mum Leanne are childhood friends and spookily were only five beds away in the maternity ward when Harvey and Max were born. It was a great if not chaotic afternoon and how the parents managed to sort out the largest pass the parcel game I have ever seen, supervise the kids (and parents) on the bouncy castles and organise all the children to collect their party food your guess is as good as mine. Many congratulations to you all.

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New at the Centre If you are interested in trying a sport for the first time or would like to experience a new and exciting sport ASTAR Sports have started new sessions at the Centre on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 6pm. You can try your hand at basketball, American football, dodge ball or hockey or have a go at frisbee throwing or golf. For further information see posters at the Centre or ask a member of our staff.

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As previously mentioned and due to reduced funding Citizens Advice no longer provided a service directly at the Centre. This is rather unfortunate as many local people often pop in and ask for advice on a whole range of matters that are worrying them. However, the service is not lost as you can still contact the Hinckley Branch for advice on 0844 8269710 for general matters or for financial advice on 0844 2480040 they are only too willing to try and help you.

Skate Park Undoubtedly the Skate Park is one of the most popular facilities for young people in the village. Now that the lighter nights and warmer weather is here the skate park is being constantly used all day by keen and active youngsters. The trouble is the skate park gets such a bashing by its constant use it continually needs repairs especially to the wooden boards to keep it safe. Obviously this is an ongoing burden for the Parish Council and with funding opportunities rare these days a group of our intrepid young skate park users are aiming to organise fund raising events to help pay for the cost. I believe that their first event is to be a sponsored walk to around Bradgate Park. So, if they approach you for help please try and support them

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Saturday 11th June - Markfield Churches Together Christian Aid Charity Evening featuring the Ratby Mid Band and includes a bar, raffle and refreshments. Sunday 26th June - National Kidney Patients Association Charity Fun and Games Day that includes a GOLDEN MILE WALK aimed at raising funds for promoting and supporting the health and welfare of renal patients and their families. Run and fund raising event. The day includes races, fancy dress, bouncy castle, tombola and much more. You can also support the day by donating raffle prizes, unwanted gifts cakes and confectionary. For further information please contact Ann Carter on 07702 703882 or see posters at the Centre. Saturday 2nd July - Cancer Research Family Disco and fund raising event. Tickets £2.50 all welcome. For further information contact Dianne on 0774 8915829 Saturday 13th August - Jane Thompson’s Charity Jazz Night in aid of Butterfly Syndrome Children 28th September - National Blood Service

We are now starting to plan our annual charabanc trip to the seaside. By popular request this year’s trip will be to Llandudno in North Wales. The proposed date is Wednesday 27th July. If you are interested in coming along please book your place early to avoid being disappointed. Featured Activity of the Month One of our Centre led activities for our more less abled or older residents are the keep fit sessions run by our very own Jane Thompson. These sessions are held at the Centre on Mondays 10am to 11am and Tuesdays 2pm to 3pm. The sessions provide gentle keep fit activities for the elderly even those with mobility problems and Jane will fit the exercises to meet your individual needs and abilities. It is also a good opportunity to get out of the house and socialise with others and have a bit of fun at the same time. Don’t forget you can view all the Centre news and activities on our website

For booking and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre, Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST or ring 01530 242240.

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Old Thatch landlady Janet says farewell to her customers

News from Bardon Park Chapel Christian Fellowship

I pulled my last pint at the Old Thatched Inn, Stanton under Bardon, on April 30th when I laid on a free BBQ and Disco along with half-price drinks to say farewell and thanks to all those who have supported me over the last four years. My last day was certainly a memorable one! I am so very sad not to be able to continue the role of Landlady, but time, tide and Marston’s are against me with trade over the last eighteen months being dire and overheads have not been covered by poor sales. However, I wish every success and best of luck to the new tenants Marcus and Sue who will warmly welcome old and new customers with the help of familiar faces. I am hoping to stay in or around Stanton and keep in touch with friends and neighbours. I now hope to finally complete my book on Stanton and surrounding villages now I have more time for research and publish my ‘labour of love’! I would be grateful for any local history and/or photos that I can include in my book. Please leave any information you have with John at Stanton Stores – will collect, scan, and return quickly. I’m hoping to take Meredith moo-cow mascot with me as a souvenir. After a brief disappearance, Meredith Moo came back this morning – thank you to whomever showed her the way home...

Monthly praise evenings are held at the Chapel on the 1st Saturday of every month at 7.00pm. We invite you to join us for a lively time of praise and sharing, Sound bible teaching and healing prayers. Tea, coffee, biscuits and fellowship after the meeting in the school rooms. Family Worship Service every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Everyone most welcome. For more details contact: Richard on telephone 01530 242 526.

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THORNTON VILLAGE CARNIVAL 2ND JULY AT THORNTON COMMUNITY CENTRE FROM 1-4 P.M. “WE’RE ALL GOING ON A SUMMER HOLIDAY!” Yes we are! So come along and bring all the family! With its summer days theme, Thornton Carnival promises to be an event to anticipate with pleasure this year. The event will take place in the Community Centre grounds, (Indoors if wet!), and will have something for everyone. Back,by popular request, is the young band, “Guilty Pleasures” who entertained us so well last year. A variety of stalls will be selling hand-crafted items, jewellery, home-brewed wine, books, bric-abrac, cup cakes, cards, ceramics, silk flowers, original paintings and many other items. There will be the very popular tombola stalls and games to play, including beach volleyball and the (wooden) Donkey Derby for our youngest customers. The Leah Kelly Dance School will give a dance display, and Youth Club members will perform Summer Street Dance for us. A Bouncy Castle will be there

for those with youthful zest (and bounce!) and we’ll have a Penalty Shoot Out, too. We hope for a Punch and Judy Show to add to the holiday atmosphere because, of course, “That’s the way to do it!” Maybe you would like to try to outwit the human fruit machine, or to chance your luck at the bingo sessions? We hope you won’t forget to buy raffle tickets for the Grand Raffle or to take the opportunity to challenge yourself in the “Summertime Quiz”. Face-painting will ensure that some little ones go home in exotic guises……tigers, butterflies, or….. well, take your pick! We’ve been working hard to try to cater for all tastes… and, on the subject of taste, we mustn’t forget that you will be able to purchase

appetizing lunches and teas freshly prepared in our kitchen, or to dine al fresco at the BBQ! Of course, the ice-cream man will be there! What we’re NOT sure about is whether YOU will be there. Why not give yourself and the family a happy day out in a friendly atmosphere? All you have to do is come along and enjoy yourself. PLEASE DO TRY TO COME ALONG TO SUPPORT THIS VILLAGE EVENT. All proceeds from the Carnival go to Community Centre Funds, to help us to maintain and improve the Centre for the benefit of the community. (Finally, if you have any bric-a brac which you would like to donate for our stall, you can leave it at 210 Main Street, Thornton , opposite the Bricklayers’ Arms. We would also appreciate offers of help to set up the stalls on the morning of the Carnival – it’s heavy work! Please ring 01455 822148 if you can help.)

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Too much ambition results in promotion to a job you can’t do.

Ratby, Bagworth & Thornton Ward Borough Council Election Result Candidate: BONSER, Joshua Robert Malcolm Description: Liberal Democrats Votes: 160 Candidate: BOOTHBY, Christopher William Description: Conservative Party Candidate Votes: 1434 ELECTED Candidate: CASWELL, Patrick Ian Description: The Labour Party Candidate Votes: 542 Candidate: GALLAGHER, Terry Description: The Labour Party Candidate Votes: 501 Candidate: O’SHEA, Ozzy Description: Conservative Party Candidate Votes: 1464 ELECTED Candidate: WHITE, Jeremy Nicholas Description: Liberal Democrats Votes: 153

Turnout: 42.74%


Markfield Local History Group News On Monday evening, 16th May members of Markfield Local History Group were given a tour of Ulverscroft Manor by the chief executive of the Shuttlewood Clarke foundation, Alan Norman.

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Alan began with a short tour of the grounds where we were able to see the stone situated alongside a now disused pond which bears the inscription LTL 1916. It is believed that this stone relates to Luke Theodore Lillingston who lived at The Manor with his parents William and Olive Lillingston-Johnson. Luke Lillingston’s mother Olive Theodora was active in Markfield village where she became the President and trustee of the Memorial Institute in 1925. Alan also told us about the walks and outdoor facilities which have been developed at the Manor, by the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation and which are available to schools, the disabled and other members of the community. We then moved into the house for a fascinating tour of the warren of rooms, many of which had beautiful, original panelling. Some of these rooms are now available for hire for conferences and meetings whilst some retain their use for visiting groups of disabled people who wish to spend some social time in the wonderful surroundings of the Ulverscroft Estate. The evening ended with light refreshments and time to browse through some of the photographs and information about the house and the Lillingston family. The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation have now opened a tea room at The Grange, situated on the Copt Oak Road, which serves coffee, tea and light refreshments and is open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. There is also a Charity Shop and on Tuesdays the opportunity to take a Well Being Walk in the grounds for about an hour. For more information see the poster on MLHG’s notice board in the library. After some discussion with Alan Norman the group has been offered a space to store our growing archive and we are very grateful for this. Some adjustments have to be made to the space but hopefully before long our photographs and other material will have a safe and accessible home at the Manor. There will be more information on this once everything is in place. The next meeting of the group will be Tuesday, 21st June and will be a guided walk round the village led by Barrie Gannon. The walk will start from St Michael’s Church at 7pm.

Fran Johnson

Expansion in street light energy savings scheme to save £700k Leicestershire County Council has announced a major roll-out of its scheme to save money through dimming and switching off street lights overnight. Over the next few months, the council will begin surveying another 18,500 of the county’s 68,000 street lights to see if they can be fitted with new energy-saving cells and control gear allowing dimming or part-night lighting. The move builds on the success of the first phase of the programme, which has seen the county turn off more than 5,000 lamps in 26 towns and villages across Leicestershire between midnight and 5.30am (GMT). A further 700 have been dimmed between 7pm and 7am (GMT) and 1,000 switched off permanently. Those changes – only made after consultation with parish councils and the emergency services – have already saved Leicestershire County Council £40,000. By 2014, the council believes it will have adapted three quarters of its street lights to be either dimmed or part-lit overnight. That programme will put the authority on course to cut £700,000 a year from its current annual energy bill of £3million.

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“We don’t live together he just comes each morning to fill up his flask”. “I wasn’t using the ladders to clean windows, I carried them for therapy for my bad back.” “I had no idea my wife was working! I never noticed her leaving the house twice a day in a fluorescent jacket and a Stop Children sign.” “My wallet was stolen so someone must have been using my identity, I haven’t been working”. “I didn’t know I was still on benefit.” “I didn’t declare my savings because I didn’t save them, they were given to me.” “He lives in a caravan in the drive, we’re not together.” “He does come here every night and leave in the morning and although he has no other address I don’t regard him as living here.” “It wasn’t me working, it was my identical twin. “I wasn’t aware my wife was working because her hours of work coincided with the times I spent in the garden shed.”

Groby Street Fair & Ceilidh

Don’t miss the Groby Street Fair & Ceilidh on Saturday 25th June. It promises to be a fantastic event - and runs from 12 noon till 8pm. It takes place on Markfield Road, Groby. There will be loads of exciting things to do, entertainers and over 35 various stalls.


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Cryptic Fruit & vegetables Quiz Stanton’s Quiz Queen, Sheila Fox, has sent us another of her fiendish cryptic quizzes - this time on the subject of fruit and vegetables. Have a go - see how may you can get. Answers are on page 23. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Can you figure out this fruit? Light in a theatre A line for a builder’s job Ozzy Osbourne’s wife’s fruit? Aid for a drink May you find this clue easy Residents of Stockholm like these! 8. Sour or hyacinth? 9. Is it your complexion? 10. Indian chutney?

11. You could slip over on this clue 12. Popeye’s favourite vegetable 13. Are they worth their weight in gold? 14. Two is the clue for this 15. Sheepdog’s baking ingredient! 16. Welsh one 17. Mind your sweet ones! 18. The hay’s interred 19. Do these appear in Belgium? 20. Bouncing smelly Allium plant

Why bother asking? Last month the Great British Public were asked whether they wanted to change the voting system, and the resounding answer was ‘No!’ The result didn’t surprise anyone. But it was a bit of a shock to be asked the question. Our leaders only seem to give us a say on subjects we’re not concerned about. Be honest - do you care tuppence about how the voting system works? No, I didn’t think so. Me neither. Boring issues produce low election turnouts - and typically around half of the electorate can’t be bothered to vote, even during general elections. I’m not against having a referendum now and again, but let’s have them about topics which excite and stimulate us. Simon Cowell manages to get millions of people voting - and paying for the privilege - to keep mediocre performers on Britain’s Got Talent and The X-Factor. Channel Four’s Big Brother made fortunes from viewers who voted to kick people out of the house. Maybe that’s the answer ... how about a monthly televised nationwide phone poll to get rid of our least favourite MPs. No need to leave the comfort of your sofa - just make one low-cost phone call and, at the end of the month, and another one bites the dust. There would be no more safe seats, and our MPs would need to be on their best behaviour all the time. Let’s make politics a bit more like showbiz.

IS FRED RIGHT? Should our excellent MPs be judged like performers on the X-Factor? Would this make politics more interesting? And will Cheryl Cole be available to act as a judge? Tell us what you think by writing/emailing to: I NEED YOUR VOTE PLEASE, SIMON, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT (

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Next Meeting “S.O.S. for Honey Bees” – a Talk by John Randall at Thornton Community Centre on Thursday, 9th June at 7.30 p.m. VISITORS ARE MOST WELCOME TO ATTEND. (Visitor’s fee £2) Members’ Competition – A bee-themed object.

Was Einstein Right? Albert Einstein, famously said that “if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, man would have only four years to live”. Fortunately for us, such an apocalyptic prediction is rather countered by the fact that staples of corn, wheat, and rice are all pollinated by wind. However, animal pollination is essential for nuts, melons and berries, and plays varying roles in citrus fruits, apples, onions, broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, courgettes, peppers, aubergines, avocados, cucumbers, coconuts, tomatoes and broad beans, as well as coffee and cocoa. Between 80pc and 90pc of pollination comes from domesticated honey bees. Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees. These foods provide 35pc of our calories, most of our minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, and the foundations of

News from Thornton W.I. gastronomy. Yet the bees are dying – or being killed – at a disturbing pace.

Do we need to worry? Just consider the facts. Numbers of bumblebees in Britain have fallen by around 60 per cent since 1970 with three species becoming extinct and seven suffering serious declines. Honey bee numbers have halved in the past 25 years. We, at Thornton WI, are fully backing the ‘SOS for honey bees’ campaign which is aimed at highlighting the plight of the honey bee and the vital role the bees play . It was in 2009 that the campaign began, with the National Federation urging members to plant bee-friendly flowers – or set up their own hives – as well as urging local authorities to plant derelict spaces, roadside verges and even car parks with trees or flowers that feed the bee population. With raised awareness, we began to consider the bees….. are there as many in our gardens as there used to be? What are we doing to encourage their survival? One of our members told how, on a seaside walk along the clifftops, she and her husband became aware of the fact that the path was littered with hundreds and hundreds of dead bees.

Although our government is now investing in research programmes to investigate the problems, we can’t just leave everything to the experts! So Thornton WI members decided to buy our own hive. We sought advice from the experts of the Leicestershire & Rutland Bee-keeper’s Association, which is strongly involved with the Bee-keeping course at Brooksby College. They were glad to undertake the job at setting up a hive for us, obtaining the bees and tending them. We are very fortunate in the fact that we were able to pay for the hive and the bees from the legacy left to us by the late Mrs. Kay Chaplin. Mr & Mrs Chaplin came to live in Thornton in their retirement and spent many happy years at the heart of our village community. They loved the countryside and would both have approved of our purchase in Mrs. Chaplin’s memory. As an ex-city Headmaster, Mr. Chaplin would have been very pleased that our hive is being used to enable the art of beekeeping to be taught to ten more students from Brooksby College. We’re not quite sure where our hive is… yet! It will have been taken to a site which is conducive to ensuring the welfare of the bees. However, very soon, we are going to visit it and the Rearsby Bee-Keeping Yard. In the meantime, we are greatly looking forward to our June Meeting when

John Randall from the Leicestershire and Rutland Bee-keeper’s Association is going to come to talk to us about bees. It will such an interesting evening that we are hoping for SWARMS of visitors, and we promise to BEE very welcoming and not to tell anyone to BUZZ off! Seriously, we would love to have some visitors to share Mr. Randall’s talk. If you are interested i n joining us for this meeting, then, please, just come along. You will be made very welcome.

A Reminder To Members! We are to have a Bring & Buy Book Stall at the meeting, so please try to bring some books so that we can all stock up for our holiday reading! Those that are unsold on the night will be saved for our stall at the Village Carnival on 2nd July… so we need lots! For the Carnival we need all kinds of books to suit all kinds of interests and ages. We would also like to have CD’s, boxed games or jigsaw puzzles. Also, if you have any unwanted bric-a-brac which you could donate to another Carnival stall, then please bring it along to give to Muriel. Every little helps! There is no monthly meeting in July, so please watch this space for details of our September meeting.

Muriel Walker

I’m not saying my husband is fat, but we’ve been married six years and I still haven’t seen all of him.


LETTER Dear Readers

My name is Phoebe Whittington, I live in Markfield and I am one of the people who deliver the Herald each month. I have been given the opportunity to go to Tanzania with Camps International for four weeks in 2012 to work on community projects.

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My friend Sarah and I are working together to raise the money required to go on the expedition and support the projects in Africa. We have organised a skittles evening at the Coach and Horses, Markfield, on the 10th June and we are having stalls at the Copt Oak car boot on the 4th and Ratby Primary School on the 18th June. Tickets are still available for the skittles. We have lots of ideas that we want to do throughout the year and are asking Herald readers to support us where they can by coming along to our events, sending donations, items to sell or raffle, old mobile phones to recycle or asking us to do odd jobs like babysitting or dog walking. Any other ideas are welcome. This is an opportunity for us to help others and at the same time develop some useful life skills. Please look out for our events and let us know if you can help us in any way. We can be contacted on 01530 249576 or by email Thank you for reading this.

Phoebe Whittington

Morrismen’s Summer Visit Markfield residents will be familiar with the redfaced guys who dance down the village every January, rejoicing in the name of Red Leicester and collecting for charity. You may not realise that in summer these same dancers appear in a different guise, as the Leicester Morrismen, dressed in white with straw hats bedecked with flowers, performing dances from the Cotswolds. They go all over Leicestershire and it so happens that in June they will be coming this way. Come and see one of England’s oldest customs at the following venues, all on Wednesday 15th June. • 7.45pm The Old Thatched Inn, Stanton-under-Bardon 8.30pm The Bull’s Head, Markfield • • 9.15pm The Bricklayers’ Arms, Thornton

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Fashion show raises over £1,000 for Chernobyl Children Charity A ladies fashion show and shopping evening held at Thomas Estley Community College in Broughton Astley on Friday May 13th raised over £1,000 for Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leics). Following a very successful inaugural show last year, this popular evening looks set to become a permanent fixture in the charity’s fundraising calendar. Despite a few nerves, the charity’s volunteer models took to the catwalk like true professionals and presented a range of fashion garments from major High Street retailers that were provided by Smarty’s Ltd. After the catwalk show, the audience had the rare opportunity to purchase the garments with savings of up to 75% on original store prices. A fabulous range of shoes, handbags, jewellery and accessories by Pink Confetti of Broughton Astley were also on sale. The evening was kindly sponsored by Zoe’s Hair Studio of Broughton Astley. Proprietor, Zoe Tacy-Barrett styled the budding models for their debut on the catwalk, bringing an extra touch of glamour to the evening, which was beautifully captured in photographs by award-winning photographer, Ian Pickering and his wife Jo of Sharnford. The Markfield based charity is raising funds to bring a group of 14 disadvantaged children aged 7-10yrs to West Leicestershire for a 4-week recuperative holiday in August. The charity targets needy children whose lives continue to be adversely affected by the ongoing radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and undertakes to bring each child back to the UK for five consecutive years. The belief is that a month in the UK breathing clean air, eating uncontaminated food and receiving medical care, boosts the children’s immune systems, improves their self esteem and enables them to live fuller, healthier lives. FOCC (West Leics) is one of over 30 satellite groups of a national charity that was founded in 1994 which helps over 600 children nationwide each year. For further details please contact Group Coordinator, John Buckby on 01455 285799, email or visit

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Sponsored Organ Play of Favourite Tunes by Martin Foster The ‘Friends of St. Peter’s’ are pleased to invite you to come along to our special fund-raising event marking the installation of the organ in Thornton Church 100 years ago this year.

Sunday 12th June at 2.30pm Tea & refreshments served afterwards SEE ARTICLE ON PAGE 27


Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot celebrates fifth year

This year sees the 5th anniversary of the Charley Mill Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot, held on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th June. This popular event, in aid of two very worthy causes, has raised over £160,000 since it started. The clay pigeon shoot was originally part of a plan by Tom Barton to raise funds for the Rainbows Children’s Hospice in Loughborough, where due to the illness of their daughter Beatrice, Tom and his wife Jane were regular visitors. Tom got together with a willing group of shooting friends over a drink in their local pub, and the first Charley Mill Charity Clay Pigeon Shoot was arranged for the following summer. The first shoot had 40 teams and raised £11,000 towards a specialist coach for Rainbows. The following year James Blick joined the committee. James was no stranger to charity fund raising, having previously raised over £70,000 for CHECT (Children’s Eye Cancer Trust) through his hotel, Donington Manor. This charity was particularly close to his heart as his son had received excellent care from CHECT. James’s involvement meant that the fundraising efforts received a boost and the shoot itself grew into a bigger occasion with entertainment for all the family including a charity ball and gourmet food and wine event. Darren Cook of Cooks Midlands, Stanton under Bardon, is a keen supporter. He donates agricultural machines each year to assist in the running of the event and says “it’s great to support such a wonderful cause”. By the end of the second year, the group achieved their initial aim of buying the special needs coach for Rainbows and in subsequent years they have purchased a brand new cryotherapy machine for CHECT, and made a significant contribution towards a new wing at Rainbows.

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Mercenfeld School News

KS2 Summer Concert

We had the great pleasure of holding a summer concert for our KS2 instrument players together with our choir on Wednesday 25th May. Performance after performance wowed the crowd leaving us all feeling immensely proud. The concert was a great example of how confident our children are and the real benefit that extra curricular activities provide for children. My thanks go to all the teachers who worked with the children to make the evening a success.

Gardening news

We had another successful community gardening day on Sunday 15th May. We were able to complete all of our paths, lay out a maze and continue to extend and develop our gardening area. Thank you to all the families who helped out, it is really appreciated and the children benefit greatly. We will be having another community gardening day on Thursday 9th June. Together with the children we want to work on our sensory garden which links us to the library. Please let the office know if you can help at any point that day.

Reminder: Mercenfeld Summer fair will be taking place on Saturday 18th June from 11am. This coincides with our open gardens with activities for all ages. We look forward to seeing you there.


Ratby Village Society Annual Show Ratby Village Society is looking forward to its Annual Show on Saturday 13th August in the Church Rooms, Church Lane, Ratby. Classes include vegetables, fruit, flowers and floral arrangements, cookery, wine, preserves and bread, as well as handicrafts, a Young People’s Section and poetry. The poetry section consists of three classes: adults, young people nine years and under, and 10 years to under 16 years of age. The theme for this section is: ‘RATBY - What do you like about Ratby? What does Ratby mean to you?’ Perhaps you enjoy the countryside around Ratby or you have fond memories of days gone by that you would like to share. Poems should be handed in at ratby Library by 6th August 2011. A schedule of classes (open to all) will shortly be available from the library and other locations around the village. If you would like to reserve a schedule or want further information, please telephone 0116 239 5350 for details.

Hinckley & Bosworth Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) Review 2010 for Hinckley & Bosworth was completed in April 2011 and is available to view on the website at

Jane Rayne, Ratby

Car Boot Sale at Stanton under Bardon School Sunday 26th June 9am - 12pm set up from 8am. £5 per pitch, pitch fees will be donated to school.

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Thornton Community Primary School

SUMMER FAYRE Saturday 25th June • 2pm-4pm

Fun for all the family! Lots of games, activities and stalls • Bouncy castle Great Prize Raffle • Adult and children’s tombola Delicious Cream Teas and refreshments Excellent Barbecue! Admission 50p All proceeds to improve outdoor play spaces for all the children and provide equipment to extend their experiences of the environment. Come and join the fun!


The Willett Family For a number of years I have been researching the Willett family of Stanton under Bardon Thornton, Markfield, Bagworth and Anstey. I wonder if it would be possible to appeal to readers who connect to the family in any way to get in contact in order to share information and advance the family history ? Thank you.

Keith Hammond

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The Bulls Head Forest Road, Markfield T: 01530 242541 Garden & Pub Games etc. The Queen’s Head Ashby Road, Markfield. T: 01530 242 496 ’Take Your Pick’ ~ 50p a ticket Every Fri: 7.15-7.45pm. Ongoing Jackpot (Min £25) ALL SKY SPORTS & ESPN The Bricklayers Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite – Thursdays (See Advert Page 15) The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open to Non-Members Sat 4 June: SAINTS of SOUND (Formerly ‘Soul’d Out’) Sat 11 June: FATHER TED Sat 18 June: KAMAGRA Fri 24 June: ‘PLUG & PLAY’ with RIOT ACT (B.line & Drums Prov) Sat 25 June: MOJO HAND Band Sat 2 July: THE CHEEZE Sat 16 July: THE FREEZE thorntonclub The Steam Trumpet 286 Main Street, Thornton T: 01530 231 258 Bagworth WMC Station Road, Bagworth T: 01530 230 205 New Members Welcome FREE Sat Entertainment Sat 4 June: RICHARD DEVEREUX Sat 11 June: GET RHYTHM Sat 18 June: KATHY K Sat 25 June: CHRIS ROBIN Thereafter Live Entertainment – On Last Sat of each Month only Last Fridays: ANDY’S CHARITY QUIZ. £1.50 each. (+ usual Tea & Sequence Dances)

The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 Tribute Nights/£2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 10 June: MOTOWN Fri 24 June: OASIS Fri 15 July: PHIL COLLINS Fri 29 July: TINA TURNER Fri 12 Aug: ROLLING STONES Quiz Nite: 2nd Tues of Month (See Advert on right) The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats 4th & 18th June & 2nd July (’King of the Road’) (Coming Soon – Poker Night Presently Seeking Overseer) (See Advert Page 7) Classics Donington le Heath The Manor House Barn T: 01530 817214 Thurs 9 June: JUST DESSERTS £12.50 (3 Courses of 3 Sweets) Booking Essential. Fri 17 June: CEILIDH £7.50 (No food) Booking Adviseable Ellistown WMC Whitehill Road, Ellistown T: 01530 260323 New Members Welcome ALL SKY SPORTS The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287 5616. (SUNDAYS are 3 ~ 6pm) Sun 5 June: New Orleans Hotshots Sat 11 June: FIRE & SKILL KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker ~ EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music ~ EVERY Tues Send details of your LOCAL pub and club entertainments and we’ll include them in this column FREE! Tremendous!

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Markfield Medical Centre News

Reducing medicine waste – it’s in your hands The cost of medicine waste is costing the NHS a considerable amount of money. Last year in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as much as £6million could have been wasted. This figure is based on the value of medicines that were returned either to a pharmacy or a GP practice for destruction. During a time when the NHS faces tough demands on its finances, we can all do our bit to help. Patients can help in the following ways:• Make sure that you understand why you take your medicine, how to take it properly and what are the side effects, benefits and risks of your medicines. If you are unsure please ask your GP or pharmacist for advice. • Only order repeat prescriptions when you need to. • Always check your medicines before leaving the pharmacy. • It is best not to stockpile medicines. They could go out of date or be taken by someone they are not intended for. • Your medicines are prescribed for you. It is not safe to share them with others. • Your GP should review your medication at least once a year and the surgery will usually send out a reminder – help us to help you by booking an appointment after the first reminder. If the money that is wasted can be saved, then it can be redirected to introducing and improving medical services in both GP practices and secondary care.

A study of economics usually reveals that the best time to buy anything is last year.


Community groups celebrate funding awards COMMUNITY groups in parishes across the Borough are celebrating after learning that their schemes have been awarded a share of this year’s Parish and Community Initiative Fund.

The aim of the Fund, which is administered by the Borough Council, is to enable people who live in the parishes to improve local facilities and the quality of life in their communities. A total of £668,685 will be spent on 21 schemes this year, of which the Borough Council will be contributing £104,130. Since 2005 the Fund has awarded over £480,000 towards 94 different schemes run by local community groups, organisations and parish councils. Councillor Bill Crooks, Executive Member for Rural Affairs, said: “Once again it’s good to see these grants spread right across the borough with 13 parishes being successful. Not only that, but the grants are proving to be very popular as the fund was oversubscribed for the first time this year. “However, I would urge some of the smaller villages to submit requests for funding this year especially those that have received none or little in the past.” This year’s successful projects are as follows: Bagworth Community Centre - £12,000 for renovation of the Miners Hall which forms part of a bigger project to extend and improve the community centre. Barlestone Parish Council - £1,012 for new basketball nets for the play area at Bosworth Road Park. Elohim Church, Barlestone - £5,000 for a crèche extension in existing outbuildings George Ward Community Centre, Barwell - £5,592 for a new community garden with landscaping and seating. Barwell Parish Council - £6,408 for a new pavilion and car parking at Dovecote Way. Burbage Parish Council - £3,616 for a footpath linking Brookside gym trail to recreation ground. Burbage Congregational Church - £5,000 for a new front boundary wall. St Martins Church, Desford - £500 for new church blinds. Sport In Desford - £11,500 for a new tennis court. Earl Shilton Town Council - £5,000 for lighting to improve Church Park safety. Groby Parish Council - £11,437 for outdoor gym equipment on Quarry Park. Markfield Parish Council - £1,750 for multi-use games area refurbishment at Mayflower Close. All Saints Church, Nailstone - £5,000 for refurbishment of toilets and kitchen. Sheepy Magna Memorial Hall - £2,585 for new kitchen in village hall. Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council - £11,067 for play area improvements at Main Street recreation ground. Without Walls Christian Fellowship, Stanton Under Bardon - £933 for replacement windows at Church hall. Stoke Golding Parish Council - £3,889 for play area improvements at Hall Drive. Sutton Cheney Village Hall - £4,848 for new floor in village hall. Sutton Cheney Parish Council - £3,121 for new bus stop at Dadlington Green. Sutton Cheney Parish Council - £904 for replacement notice boards. Norton Institute Committee, Twycross -£2,968 for new basketball nets at Main Street recreation ground.

An aeroplane flies into turbulent weather and starts bucking around like a boat in a hurricane. To try and keep the passengers’ minds off the disturbance, a stewardess wheels out the drinks trolley. “Would you like a drink?” says the stewardess to one of the passengers. “Yes, please, “ says the passenger. “I’ll have what the pilot’s having.”

I love her so much I worship the ground her father found oil on.


Local Church Service Information

Without Walls Christian Fellowship, 135 Main St Stanton Under Bardon Sunday June 5th Morning meeting 10.30am Sunday June 12th Morning meeting 10am, note earlier time Sunday June 19th Morning meeting, 10am, special Fathers day meeting with kids involved

Sunday 10th July 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper

There is a Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during the Morning Service. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section of this magazine.

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Sunday 5th June 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday June 26th Morning meeting 10am, Breaking Bread Sunday July 3rd, no morning meeting at Building in Stanton, Church in the Community day

Sunday 12th June – Pentecost Sunday 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship

Sunday July 10th, Morning meeting 10am

Sunday 19th June – Trinity Sunday 10.30 am United Churches Together ‘Open Air’ Service on The Green 6.00 pm No Evening Service

Markfield Congregational Church

Sunday 26th June 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Taizé Service

Sunday 12th June 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 19th June 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield United Service on The Green Sunday 26th June 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday 3rd July 10.30am Visit to Bardon Park Chapel for Morning Worship Sunday 10th July 10.30am Joint Service with St Michael’s at St Michael’s Sunday 17th July 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield United Service in the Congregational Church Sunday 24th July 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 31st July 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 7th August 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 5th June 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service

Sunday 26th June 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 3rd July 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service

Sunday 10th July – Action for Children Sunday 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship Sunday 17th July 10.30 am United Churches Together Service at Congregational Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 24th July 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 31st July 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 6.00 pm Evening Reader Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield 10:15-11.30am Sunday Club for Children in the Congregational Hall on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays, term time All Age Service in Church on the 2nd Sunday each month. Sunday 12th June 10.15 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 12th June 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday School Anniversary 10.30am Sunday 19th June

Sunday 3rd July – Methodist Conference Sunday 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Service

10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 19th June 9.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday 3rd July 10.30 am Service at Bardon Park Chapel

Sunday 26th June 10.30 am Family Service

Sunday 10th July 10.30 am Joint All Age Service for Sea Sunday 6.00 pm Holy Communion Friday 15th July 8.00 pm Taizé Style Service Sunday 24th July 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield - Service at St Michael’s Church 6.00pm Evening Prayer Sunday 26th June 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 31st July 6.00 pm United Evening Service at St Peter’s, Copt Oak

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 3rd July 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 10th July 10.30 am United Communion Service Sunday 17th July 10.30 am United Family Service at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon Sunday 24th July 10.30 am United Communion Service Sunday 31st July 10.30 am United Communion Service at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: This service will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 3rd July 9.00 am Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

Sunday 12th June 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 12th June 9.15 am Holy Communion

Sunday 19th June 10.30 am Family Service

Sunday 19th June 3.00 pm Praise Service

Sunday 26th June 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 26th June 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 3rd July 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 3rd July 6.00 pm Evening Service

Friday 8th July 7.30 pm Prayer and Praise Evening

Sunday 10th July 9.15 am Holy Communion

Sunday 10th July 10.30 am United Communion Service at St Peter’s, Thornton

Sunday 17th July 3.00 pm Praise Service

Sunday 17th July 10.30 am United Family Service Sunday 24th July 10.30 am United Communion Service at St Peter’s, Thornton

Sunday 24th July 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 31st July 6.00 pm United Evening Service

Sunday 31st July 10.30 am United Communion Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 12th June 10.30 am Holy Communion

Friday 17th June 8.00 pm Iona Style Service Sunday 19th June 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Open Air Service on The Green 6.00pm Evening Prayer Sunday 26th June 8.00 am Holy Communion

What’s the difference between a viola and a cello? A cello burns longer.


Herald Film Review from Tom Flowitt

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (12A) Starring: Johnny Depp, Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz 136 minutes

Captain Jack Sparrow (Depp) is back for the fourth instalment of the swashbuckling franchise. His quest this time takes him on a voyage to find the Fountain of Youth where he must go up against some old foes as well as some new ones to claim his prize. The first film in the franchise was a classic but each one since has been a disappointment in comparison. Unfortunately the new addition continues the trend. It really does beg the question ‘why make a fourth film?’ If you said ‘money’ then you would be right on the errr ... money. The film starts poorly but gets better as it goes along. The plot though is overcomplicated and has enough holes to sink a ship. I hate to say it but at times it becomes boring which is made worse by the fact it is on for nearly two and a half hours. There is however plenty of action throughout with some impressive set pieces but this has never been something that the films have struggled with. Where they have fallen down in the previous two outings is the dialogue in between. This is another example of where 20 words are used when 5 would do. Captain Jack has, for reasons unknown, been toned down considerably and no longer steals the show. It feels as though the charm is beginning to wear off which is a shame for one of the most iconic characters of the last few years. Ian McShane has real presence on the screen as Captain Blackbeard and outshines his fellow Captain throughout. Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom are absent this time around, being replaced by Penelope Cruz and Sam Claflin who do a good job but don’t quite fill the shoes of their predecessors. Stephen Graham brings some well needed light relief to the table. Overall: You can’t argue that for the most part this film entertains and will be right down the street of fans of the first three. For most of us however this will simply disappoint. 2 Stars

Exhibitions at Markfield Methodist Church on 18th-19th June There will be exhibitions by Markfield Art Group, Markfield History Group and Melbourne Photographic Society at Markfield methodist Church on Saturday 18th June (11am-5pm) and Sunday 19th June (12 noon-5pm).

Look What’s On At The Palace, Ibstock 57 High Street, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6LH • Tel: 01530 267303

~ Forthcoming Events ~ • Friday, 10th June – Line Dance with Honky Tonk Cliff. Dancing from 7.45pm. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Tickets: £4.00 from Hall, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. • Friday, 17th June - Film Night at The Palace - ‘Tamara Drewe’ (15) Inspired by Thomas Hardy’s classic Far From the Madding Crowd, this witty, modern take on the romantic English pastoral is a far cry from Hardy’s Wessex. Tamara’s present-day English countryside, stocked with pompous writers, rich weekenders, bourgeois bohemians, a horny rock star is a much funnier place. When Tamara Drewe returns to the village of her youth, life for the locals is thrown upside down. Tamara, once an ugly duckling, has been transformed into a devastating beauty (with help from plastic surgery!). Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. • Saturday, 25th June – Ibstock Events Group presents ‘Transport of Delight – A Musical Journey’. A concert with the theme of ‘transport’ to be performed by Ashby Concert Band. Doors and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £6.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. ADVANCE BOOKING RECOMMENDED. • Saturday, 2nd July - Palace Craft and Gift Fair - from 10.00am until 3.00pm. FREE ADMISSION. Large variety of interesting stalls including; Jewellery, wooden toys, hand-knitted goods, ceramics, cookies, books, bags PLUS craft supplies, Fair-Trade and much more! • Saturday, 2nd July - Palace Social Dance – Ballroom, Latin,

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served throughout. Hot and cold lunches will be available between 12noon and 2pm on the Saturday. Markfield Open Gardens programmes will also be on sale.

What do you call a Spanish streaker? Senor Willy.

and Sequence with Eddie ‘The Collector’, (D J and host). Doors/ box office/bar open at 7.00pm. Dancing from 7.30pm ‘till 11.00pm. Tickets: £5.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. • Friday, 15th July – Film Night – ‘From Time to Time’ (PG) A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. Starring Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Alex Etel, Timothy Spall. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. Friday 22nd July - Charity Organ Concert - with Chiho Sunamoto. Chiho, who has been described as the Vanessa May of the organ and keyboard world, brings a breath of fresh air onto the keyboard scene. Originally from Matsuyama, in the South of Japan, Chiho began by learning the piano at the age of 3. Tickets: £6.00 from Halls, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460 or Mr Martin, Tel: 01455 290145 or Mr Lines, Tel: 01530 457274. Saturday, 6th August – ‘ROMANS IN IBSTOCK’ – Free fun and educational day for all the family. 10am – 4pm. Try on Roman armour and join The Roman Army. Outdoor ‘Roman Dig’ (Sand Pit) Free ‘Roman Britain’ Face Painting. Identification of Roman finds by onsite expert with ‘Hands-on’ collection. Free ‘Roman’ arts and crafts. Free bouncy ‘Roman’ castle and children’s rides. Free indoor Roman exhibition. Play Roman games. Free ‘Roman road’ street trail. lots more stuff!


Famous Poets

Wordsearch find 12 FAMOUS POETS in the Wordsearch puzzle below, and you could win yourself a nice prize. This month we are offering a first prize of:

A Main Course for Two plus A Bottle of House Wine at The Field Head Hotel and a SECOND PRIZE of:

A pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at

REEL CINEMA in Loughborough WordtheSearch Puzzle

To go into the draw for the prizes, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - 12 Famous Poets. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to: STANZA, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Tuesday 28th June 2011. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the Editor’s Stetson will win the Meal for Two (see ad on page 26), and the second will win the Cinema Tickets. Good luck! Here are the 12 poets you have to find:



















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GEOFFREYCHAUCER Address: ................................................................................................ JOHNBETJEMAN

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JOHNKEATS JOHNMILTON LORDBYRON PERCYSHELLEY The first correct entry drawn out of the hat last month came from: RUDYARDKIPLING BESSIE WILLETT of Beech Drive, Thornton SAMUELCOLERIDGE Congratulations! Your Meal & Wine Voucher to spend at the Field Head Hotel will be TEDHUGHES sent to you in the next 21 days. The second correct entry drawn out came from WILLIAMWORDSWORTH ANGELA BERRY of Park Avenue, Markfield.

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Last month’s winners!

Congratulations! Your Pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at The Reel Cinema in Loughborough will be sent to you in the next 21 days.

Markfield NHW Update from Alex Ritchie A Matter of Opinion I never imagined for one moment all these years ago when, as a serving Police Officer, I came in contact with a vociferous group of locals who called themselves “Neighbourhood Watch” that now, umpteen years later I would be a member of such a group, albeit in a different area.

Curtain Twitchers

Watch works over here. (I wonder who will be making the inevitable return visit –all expenses paid no doubt) Also mentioned was the confirmation of our Public Liability Insurance for this year but as that had already been sent and I had dutifully downloaded all forty pages of information this was a bit pointless and late. In fact, as you will probably have already gathered, this is not the side of Neighbourhood Watch that interests me. LOCAL is a word I use often and that is where we start and finish. Know and communicate with each other, with the Police and with our local Authorities. N.W. Weeks, Lunches, Big Society – Stop me before I say B…. S….,

Being called nosey parkers and/or curtain twitchers was par for the course in these early days and it was not many years ago I, when my local involvement was first announced, received a letter demanding to know who did I think I was?, was I going to spy on my neighbours etc.? and concluded A real N.W. example by telling me to forget I had been a The other day we had an incident, policeman. where prompt local resident action My response to that? - just let us undoubtedly saved local taxpayers’ a say that facts speak for themselves Subscriber Loginlot of aggravation and, also, money. and the main fact is, that when This resident, observing certain acI first came involved,Passcode/New I inherited Users tivity rang Mathew Lay who promptly a list of well under twenty street attended the scene. Police, fellow Help coordinators and that list now concouncil members (including one with tains over eighty such coordinators STORE conspicuous red hair?) and County all registered with the Police and Hall officials were contacted and whose names and addresses our loappeared within minutes and the cal officers carry for reference and situation, at that particular site, sorted help under varying sets of circumthere and then. stances throughout Markfield and By coincidence, I attended a meetField Head. Recent Crime Level ing at Police H.Q. within the next few statistical improvement reflect the days and had great satisfaction in resuccess of our existence and as far laying to the Chief Constable and his as I, personally, am concerned, I Deputy just how pleased our locals will never have any hesitation in reare with our local officers, not only on porting to the appropriate authorithat occasion, but generally. ties any suspected illegal activities, Our Linda be it merely, for example, benefit fraud, that I become aware of.

My Despair Having referred to the practical involvement of our street coordinators I read, with great interest, our latest National newsletter and was appalled to read our National Chair’s statement that, and I quote, “ There is more to the organisation than curtain twitchers and nosy parkers” as I do not know any member who is either, far less both. He then went on to say that “Watches get involved in all sorts of things with the “Big Lunch” and National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Week in June being a great time to be celebrating and sharing all the community events they organise and take part in”.

Guess What! Highlight of the June week, 18th – 26th , is the focus of moving into the digital age with the launch of our new web site which will be an instrumental part of developing and delivering the “Big Society” – (Wow). That is followed by the date of the lunch which, apparently, will encourage neighbours to get together and enjoy food, conversation and, with any luck, a good time. (So what about our coffee mornings then?) Others items touched upon included standards required regarding security providers and details of some visitors from Vienna who came to study how Neighbourhood

Things improve with age. I’m approaching magnificent.

I have not yet met this lady but referred to her in last month’s update as she is now our Headquarters’ contact for regular updates and I said how well the new system was progressing. What I did not say was that several of our members, mainly the senior males, had commented on her verbal clarity and style of pronunciation. That being so, I thought it only fair that we listeners should know what our new young lady looks like so she, Linda Spencer, has kindly supplied the above photograph. Next month I will try to supply one of local officer Sadie, in her Summer attire, on her bicycle – definitely a sight for sore eyes. OOPS – will I be in trouble?– again!!



You are warmly invited to join us for lunch at

Without Walls Christian Fellowship 135 Main St, Stanton under Bardon From 12 pm on Thursday 16th June

There will be a small charge of £2 to cover costs.

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June 2011 Herald Magazine  

The June 2011 issue of The Herald magazine for Markfield, Thornton, Bagworth & Stanton-under-Bardon in Leicestershire UK