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Ozzy O’shea is new Chairman Groby Street Fair – fun of County Council for the whole family! THE NEW county council chairman is Ozzy O’Shea

Ozzy first entered local politics as a parish councillor in Ratby in 1996. He was elected to the county council in 2013, representing the Groby and Ratby electoral division, and is now serving in his second term of office. During his year as chairman, the former policeman has chosen to support Care of Police Survivors (COPS). The charity supports the families of police officers who have tragically lost their lives on duty, helping them to rebuild their lives. Ozzy spent much of his working New County Council Chairman Ozzy career employed by O’shea with his wife Jenny Leicestershire Police, joining in 1973 and retiring in 2016. His 43 years of service saw him serve as a police officer in both the city and the county, later working in a civilian capacity as a supervisor in the force’s operations room. He has been married to Jenny for 41 years and they have two sons, two daughters and nine grandchildren. Councillor Ozzy O’Shea said: “It is a great pleasure and honour to be taking up the position of chairman of the county council. Jenny and I are very much looking forward to undertaking our civic duties and to meeting many people and organisations who contribute to the life of Leicestershire.” Ozzy takes over the reins from Councillor Janice Richards. Councillor David Jennings is the council’s new vice chairman.

Are you a netball player? Charity Netball Tournament in Groby on 11th July GE are hosting a Charity netball tournament at Brookvale School on the 11th of July 5pm until 9pm. Each individual person will be entered into a team of both GE employees and Groby residents to compete for the title of champion. The entry is £5 per person and this money goes to LOROS, a very worthy cause. To enter you must email your name to hollie.critchlow@ - entry fee to be paid on the day.

THE LINE UP for the Groby Street Fair on Sunday 24 June includes lots of familiar names and a good helping of new ones. All the information you need is on the, but don’t worry if you don’t use the internet as you’ll be able to pick up a list of all the traders, caterers and organisations participating when you arrive. With a wide range of refreshment options available you’ll be spoilt for choice. Fundraising for good causes is an essential part of community events and you’ll find that organisations such as the Scouts, Churches Together, Groby CIC (the meadow) and Fair Trade all have stalls. And if you are interested in homeless dogs or have a dog that needs training there’s also something there for you. Managing your money is more important than ever so you may find it worthwhile to talk to the Nottingham Building Society about Kevin Burke - very tall your savings or the Utility Warehouse about your spending. For some in our community life can be pretty tough. The Carers Centre will be represented - by giving family carers ongoing dedicated support they can help them cope with their situations within their own homes. Their work makes a huge difference to carers struggling to cope with disabled and critically ill loved ones. The main stage of earlier years has been dispensed with and entertainment will be found throughout the Fair. It will be no surprise to hear that the popular Kevin Burke will be back, supported by singers, dancers, barber shop singers and jazz. For a quiet moment of reflection be sure to call in the church to see the WWI Centenary Exhibition

How to play in the Table Football Tournament We mustn’t forget the table football and the opportunity to form 2 person teams to compete in the Tournament to win prizes.(A nominal charge of £1 per person is charged for team games, at other times playing is free). Tournament team games will take place periodically throughout the day • Go to the entry gate at the A50 end of the Fair, past the church • Buy your tickets (tickets aren’t timed) • Wait for the referee to blow his whistle • If there’s a table available you can play whenever the whistle blows • Go to the Table Football Marquee and present your ticket • Good luck!

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All the latest news from Groby WI THE FIRST part of our meeting held on 17th May was to discuss the resolution : ‘Mental Health Matters’. It is hoped that the WI nationally could lobby Government to provide more support for anyone suffering from the many forms of mental health. Also for WI members to encourage other members as well as the general public to talk about mental health issues in the same way that physical illness is discussed. The Resolution was agreed albeit with some concerns from members that there was little detail as to how this could be achieved. Diane Brown was given discretion by our members to change our vote if she felt that this was the appropriate course of action after discussions at the Council Meeting.

Currently 410 families are being supported by Dr Sat Jassal, Medical Director, and his team, the age of the patients ranging from newborn to 30 years of age and Rainbows becomes a lifeline for these families with a dedicated team of professionals providing care 365 days a year. The care can be palliative, end of life, symptom management, emergency care, respite or short breaks and there are 14 bedrooms providing stays of up to 16 nights. There are family support workers who will do home visits and arrange whatever support is needed and there is also ongoing bereavement and psychological support given to parents and siblings. Five and a half million pounds is needed annually to run Rainbows and only 15% is funded by Government bodies so that it is very much dependant on charitable donations. Gary explained that there are many ways that we can all help either financially or by giving time: become a volunteer, have a collecting tin at a place of business, church or school, form a Friends of Rainbows group, organise a fundraising event, participating in a fundraising event, join the Rainbows lottery, donate pre-loved items to the shop or a gift in a will to name but a few. One of the long term plans for Rainbows is to provide more outreach support over the next five years thus being able to help more families. Rainbows Open Day is on Saturday 15th September and if you haven’t already been, I would recommend that you go to see first hand what an amazing place this is.

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The last item on the agenda was the presentation of a stunning new tablecloth for the chairperson’s table. It was made by our own Lynn Mellor and is modelled beautifully in the photograph above! Thank you so much Lynn from all the members. Our speaker for the evening was Gary Farnfield, a community fundraiser for Rainbows assisted by Yvonne who fundraises with the Rainbows Handbag Amnesty. Pre-loved handbags are donated to Rainbows and sold at different events. Yvonne had an impressive selection of handbags for sale, including some lovely designer bags which were quickly snapped up by members. All the money raised from the sale goes directly to Rainbows. Gary explained that Rainbows was opened in 1994 by Gail and Harry Moore after the death of their daughter, Laura, from leukaemia. They wanted to create a place where families who had children with life limiting and life threatening conditions could come for support and respite. Rainbows were Laura’s favourite things, hence the name given to the hospice. There are now four family flats at Rainbows which allows families to enjoy time together whilst their poorly children are cared for by medical staff. I am sure that anyone who has visited Rainbows will agree that it is a very happy, calm place with many areas, such as the sensory room, the soft play room, the music room and the hydrotherapy pool, allowing the patients to participate in many enjoyable activities. There is even a beautiful ‘Romany caravan’ called Esmeralda in the gardens which was donated by an elderly lady!

We met Sue, an old friend from WI who now lives in Wales, at an overnight hotel. After an early start we arrived at the executive lounge at Heathrow (a table was reserved for us and we felt a bit special)! We eventually arrived in our hotel in New York to find that they had supplied a free buffet with wine - what a good start to our hols! Over the next four days we visited all the recommended places including Ground Zero which was amazing and so moving. On the third day it rained all day but of course, we had to sit on top of the open top bus even though the seats were wet. They gave us bright yellow ponchos which made us look like canaries. We laughed so much when the wind kept blowing us up, making us look like Mr Blobby! We said we would never go into Leicester looking like this in case we saw someone we knew. We had a wonderful time and although this wasn’t a WI trip, it is where we all met. That is what the WI is all about - a place where you can make some really good friends.

June is going to be a busy month for WI with trips to Crazy For You at Curve, Phantom of the Opera at Hinckley, a narrowboat trip with the Peter Marchant Trust and our 65th birthday meal, in lieu of the June meeting, at Devonshire Place with Cathy Stephens speaking about her amazing jewellery business. Our next ‘normal’ meeting will be on Thursday 19th July and the speaker is Janet Wroc talking about ‘Fun with Antiques’ so please come along if you fancy joining us, new members are always welcome!

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Friends of Chernobyl’s Children FRIENDS OF Chernobyl’s Children is a registered charity that funds and organises yearly visits for Belarusian children from disadvantaged social backgrounds to the UK, where they stay with host families for temporary recuperative care. The charity targets particularly needy children from seven to twelve years of age, who are often in need of dental and medical attention, education, and tender loving care. The children, from the badly contaminated areas of Belarus, come for one month every year for five consecutive years, which has been shown to have a significant effect up on their overall quality of life, their happiness, health and well-being. In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster thirty two years ago, whole swathes of land were deemed unsafe to live or farm upon. These Restricted Zones are part of the countryside in today’s Belarus, and are often bordered by villages and active farms. Some have been re-opened to allow settlement and farming while others remain strictly controlled, often requiring

permission to even be allowed to travel through them. Once known as the breadbasket of Europe, these contaminated lands are no longer commercially viable, and what little agriculture remains is used to feed the local population. In places cattle still graze the land providing milk and meat, and poverty ensures that the local people continue to be exposed to the radiation through the local food chain. The children that FOCC bring to the UK are from The Republic of Belarus, particularly from the worst affected areas following the Chernobyl explosion in 1986. These children are in desperate need of healthcare, nourishment and love. Most of the children come from single parent families, foster carers, and families with many children. All start the programme in desperate need, often with heart-breaking stories that have already shaped their young lives. The children often live in poverty, with little money for food, heating or essential medication. Their homes frequently lack services that we take for granted such as running water, and it is not uncommon for them to routinely share a bed, or sometimes even just a sofa with

several of their siblings. Much of what we would consider to be the basics of life are simply beyond the reach of these children. “Luba’s dream is to have her own doll.” commented her 10 year old big brother Slava.“ They have three dolls to share in her class at school, and sometimes she goes into the woods with her friends and they make dolls with sticks and moss. These children are usually brought to the attention of FOCC by the Belarusian Health or Education authorities. They also find many deprived children through visiting children currently on the programme and meeting siblings, cousins and other children from the same villages and schools. Prior to joining the FOCC programme they meet the children and their family or guardians at their home and fully

assess their circumstances to ensure that only the neediest of children are invited to the UK. In excess of 80,000 children have very little hope in life due to a disaster of someone else’s making. Each year FOCC organise and fund UK visits for hundreds of children like the ones described above; those with little hope of a happy, healthy future. They place them with kind host families who care for them and feed them nutritious food for a month, before sending them home with suitcases packed with vitamins, medication and food. With kind regards,

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Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology 2018 Sat 14th – Sun 29th July THE PROGRAMME for the 2018 Leicestershire and Rutland Festival of Archaeology – the biggest Festival of its kind in Britain- has been announced. 80 events will be held all over the two counties to celebrate local archaeology. Events run through July with the main Festival between July 14th and 29th. The programme is overflowing with family friendly events, guided walks, talks and displays. These are as diverse as ever - ranging from trips to Prehistoric hillforts at Beacon, Breedon and Burrough Hills, to tours of medieval Launde and Leicester Abbey and visits to industrial sites likes the Glenfield Tunnel and Swannington coal mines with lots in between. One highlight will be a City centre display of the amazing ‘Stibbe’ Roman mosaics discovered by University of Leicester archaeologists last year in Great Central Street, which were lifted and have been conserved. This

will be at BBC Radio Leicester’s building on Jubilee Square. Have a go at being an archaeologist by joining the Bosworth Links project which is digging test-pits in Market Bosworth, or visit an archaeology day at Oakham Castle or one of our counties’ many museums. The Festival brings together local archaeological organisations, heritage groups, museums and archaeologists to show off all that is good in the County’s archaeological heritage. Festival convenor, Peter Liddle, commented ‘we are very pleased with this year’s programme: there really is something for all the family from children’s craft events at museums around the county to serious lectures. We are particularly proud of the guided walks programme that grows every year – this gives people the chance to see sites with a local expert who can explain their unique history. Festival leaflets will soon be available Festival leaflets will be available for collection from late May from libraries, museums and hostelries around the county as well as at Tourist Information Centres

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Garden Party in Groby THE GROBY GATHERERS would like to welcome you to their 2nd Charity Garden Party to be held on Saturday, June 16th from 12 noon – 3 p.m at 10 Jonathan Close, Groby. This year all proceeds will be in aid of the Toc H Children’s Camp (Derby). Like last year’s event, along with tea, coffee and soft drinks, there will be delicious homemade cakes, fudge and scones for sale, plus some savoury treats (sandwiches, quiche etc.) Our plant sale, bric-a-brac, and 2nd hand books will also be there, along with the Tombola and a selection of jams and other preserves to buy. Come along and enjoy the community spirit – Meet friends, old and new! This is a social event with the added bonus of supporting a very worthy cause. There will be gazebos and sheltered seating should our June weather become inclement. We hope very much to see you there!

Food lovers grow their own HOME-GROWN fruit and vegetables are becoming increasingly popular as more and more of us try to avoid plastic-wrapped supermarket food. A spokesman for the National Allotment Society said that many councils have seen an increase in demand for allotments, with waiting lists in some London boroughs stretching for decades. Raymond Blanc, the French chef, says that British people are demanding ‘individuality and flavour’. Tommy Banks, TV’s Great British Menu winner, says: ‘Using your own produce for home cooking will naturally taste better.’


Are you an online dating addict? ARE YOU a 40 or 50-something who uses dating apps? While you are not alone – recent studies on social trends show that more and more older people are dating via apps – beware becoming addicted to using the apps. For here is the problem: when you join a dating app, the opportunities for dates seem endless. But as one behaviourist warns, you will instead find yourself ‘participating in a depressing hierarchy of desirability…. You spend part of your time trying to recover from all these lovely people who won’t give you the time of day, then the rest of your time avoiding people you have no interest in. It can take over your life.’ Even when you find interesting people who also like you, it is not all plain sailing. One 40-something confessed that, although she is on many dating apps, she rarely goes as far as meeting a man in person. ‘I want to meet someone. But then I’m worried if I go out on dates with one person, I might be missing out on dating all these other men.’ One life counsellor says that many people who join apps ‘just can’t stop searching for more. They all say they never meet anyone decent, but even if they do, they are convinced there might well be someone better around the corner…’ And the next corner, and the next….!

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Glenfield Millennium Green Garden Party COME and join us for this year’s Garden Party. This is always a good time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. There will be one or two stalls, a raffle, and a few games to pass the time as well as a delicious afternoon tea. The 100 Club will be drawn. A lovely way to spend the afternoon - in the garden if it is warm, if not there’s plenty of room inside.

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Learn more about how amazing dogs can transform lives VISITORS are to be welcomed to the Canine Partners Midlands Training Centre to learn more about how the charity’s amazing dogs can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The information sessions, which are to be held on 17 July, offer members of the public a fantastic opportunity to find out more about Canine Partners, what they do as a charity and how to support them. Information sessions are held at the training centre in Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, throughout the year, where you can see a demonstration and hear from an established partner about the difference their canine partner has made to their lives. The dogs are trained to carry out a range of everyday tasks including picking up and fetching items, opening doors and dressing a person. They can even help load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. By attending an information session, it helps to raise awareness and vital funds for the charity, which will lead to Canine Partners being able to re-open their currently closed waiting list for new applicants. The information sessions will take place on Tuesday 17 July at 11am and 2pm. Canine Partners ask for a suggested donation of £5 per person, which includes the costs for the event and refreshments. The session includes a presentation, a short film, a demonstration by dogs in training and a talk from an established partner. For further information and to book your place, please visit or call 01730 716000 and select 1 for fundraising.

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County Councillor’s Report from Ozzy O’shea Honoured To Have Been Elected Chairman of Leicestershire County Council At the annual meeting of the County Council on Wednesday 16th May, I was elected the 44th Chairman of Leicestershire County Council. I was humbled to have been elected to such an honourable position after just finishing serving 12 months as the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth. Jenny and I will be proud to represent Leicestershire over the next 12 months.

Earth works Sacheverell Way Opposite Laundon Way, Groby I have received numerous enquiries in relation to the earth works and construction traffic working on Sacheverell Way opposite the Laundon Way junction in Groby. I visited the site and was told they were upgrading the footpath to line up with the old railway line. I checked with my planning officers at the County Council who also visited the site to investigate the works. Officers confirmed that contractors are upgrading the Ivanhoe line on behalf of Wilson Bowden Properties, a planning condition of the Optimus Point development in Glenfield. This will improve footpath links. They have a 13 week works programme to carry out these works. They currently have a permit to use Stop/Go boards as required on Sacheverell Way to assist deliveries going in and out of their compound.

Old Highway Land Off Leicester Road/Bluebell Drive, Groby Leicestershire County Council are due to exchange contracts with Westleigh Homes any day now. Following exchange Westleigh will be submitting an application to the Borough Council for a reserved matters application for the residential housing scheme. I will keep residents updated.

Groby Pool Closure Local residents will know that I have been working with both the police and the Borough Council over the past 2 years to try and resolve the lewd sexual anti-social behaviour taking place around Groby Pool. I arranged a meeting with Council officers including the AntiSocial Behaviour Manager from the Borough Council the Police, Borough Councillors and members of the Parish Council on Tuesday 22nd May.

It was unanimously agreed to look at other ways to put a stop to this behaviour. One such proposal was to close the car park on a temporary basis from Monday to Friday allowing the car park to open at weekends for families to enjoy the area. This measure as I said is temporary and will operate up until the school holidays.

Vehicle Crime Ratby and Groby I would again remind van owners to please remove your tools and electrical equipment from your vehicles overnight. I appreciate it is a hassle to do this, but it will save you in the long run. Unfortunately there are thieves that have no morals and will break into your van and take whatever tools and goods they find. One such incident happened over the night of Friday 11th May. I believe 11 vans were attacked between the two villages. I have spoken with the police and they happened in various locations and they do not believe these targeted attacks can be attributed to darker streets.

TSB Customers Please Be Aware of Phishing Attacks There has been a sharp rise in fraudsters sending out fake text messages (smishing) and phishing emails claiming to be from TSB. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target people with this type of fraud. Since the start of May there have been 321 phishing reports of TSB phishing made to Action Fraud. This is an increase of 970% on the previous month. In the same reporting period, there have been 51 reports of cybercrime to Action Fraud which mention TSB – an increase of 112% on the previous month. Fraudsters are commonly using text messages as a way to defraud unsuspecting victims out of money.

Known as smishing, this involves the victim receiving a text message purporting to be from TSB. The message requests that the recipient clicks onto a website link that leads to a phishing website designed to steal online banking details. Although text messages are currently the most common delivery method, similar communications have been reported with fraudsters using email and telephone to defraud individuals. In several cases, people have lost vast sums of money, with one victim losing £3,890 after initially receiving a text message claiming to be from TSB. Fraudsters used specialist software which changed the sender ID on the message so that it looked like it was from TSB. This added the spoofed text to an existing TSB message thread on the victim’s phone. The victim clicked on the link within the text message and entered their personal information. Armed with this information, the fraudsters then called the victim back and persuaded them to hand over their banking authentication code from their mobile phone. The fraudsters then moved all of the victim’s savings to a current account and paid a suspicious company. Protect Yourself: Don’t assume an email or text is authentic: Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Phone numbers and email addresses can be spoofed, so always contact the company directly via a known email or phone number (such as the one on the back of your bank card). Clicking on links/files Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected text or email. Remember, a genuine bank will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your full PIN or password. If you have received a suspicious TSB email, please do not respond to it, report it to us https://www. phishing and also forward it to

Ozzy O’shea TSB Port Out Alert From Action Fraud There has been an increase in reports made in May by TSB customers relating to “port-out” fraud. Fraudsters are number porting a victim’s telephone number to a SIM card under their control and then using the number to access the victim’s bank accounts. The increase in the number of reports corresponds with the timing of TSB’s computer system update, which resulted in 1.9 million users being locked out of their accounts. Opportunistic fraudsters are using TSB’s system issue to target individuals, which follows the increase in phishing and smishing communications also targeting TSB customers this month. Victims’ bank account and personal details including their phone number are collected by the fraudster, providing them with the information to execute the fraud. Number porting is a genuine service provided by telecommunication companies. It allows customers to keep their existing phone number and transfer it to a new SIM card. The existing network provider sends the customer a Port Authorisation Code (PAC), that when presented to the new provider allows the number to be transferred across. This service can, however, be abused by fraudsters. To gain control of the victim’s phone number, fraudsters convince the victim’s mobile phone network provider to swap their number on to a SIM card in the fraudster’s control. Once the fraudster has control of the number they are able to intercept the victims’ text messages, allowing them to use services linked to the victim’s phone number. This can include requesting an online banking password reset or access to any two factor authentication services. Victims have reported large losses as a result of this fraud. One victim initially dismissed text messages received from their network

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Groby & Field Head Spotlight • MID-JUNE 2018 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: provider containing a PAC number. Two days later £6,000 was removed from the victim’s TSB current account. The victim subsequently contacted their phone provider and was informed that someone contacted the provider purporting to be the victim and had cancelled their contract and transferred their number to a new SIM. This action allowed the banking fraud to take place. Protect Yourself: PAC Code notifications If you receive an unsolicited notification about a PAC Code request, contact your network provider immediately to terminate the request. Also notify your bank about your phone number being compromised. Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Port-out Fraud versus SIM Swapping Port-out fraud is often incorrectly referred to as SIM swap fraud. SIM swap fraud works in a similar fashion, however, instead of porting the victim’s number to a new network provider, the fraudster impersonates the victim and requests a new SIM card for their account. Once they have access to the new sim, they have access to the number. TV Providers Discount Fraud The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) have noticed an increase in Action Fraud reports where fraudsters are offering a discount on Television service provider subscriptions. Fraudsters are cold-calling victims, purporting to be from a Television (TV) provider offering a discount on their monthly subscription. Victims have been told the following: their subscription needs to be renewed; that part or all, of the TV equipment has expired and they are due an upgrade on the equipment/ subscription. In order to falsely process the discount, the fraudster asks victims to confirm or provide their bank account details. The scammers may also request the victim’s identification documents, such as scanned copies of passports. The fraudsters are using the following telephone numbers:

“08447111444”, “02035190197” and “08001514141”. The fraudster’s voices are reported to sound feminine and have an Asian accent. Later victims make enquiries and then discover that their TV service provider did not call them and that the fraudster has made transactions using the victim’s bank account details. This type of fraud is nationwide. Since the beginning of this year (2018), there have been 300 Action Fraud Reports relating to this fraud. From the reports received, victims aged over 66 seem to be the most targeted. What you need to do • Don’t assume a phone call or email is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Criminals can exploit the names of well-known companies in order to make their scams appear genuine. • Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: a genuine company won’t force you to make a financial decisions on the spot. Always be wary if you’re pressured to purchase a product or service quickly, and don’t hesitate to question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. • Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. Always contact the company yourself using a known email or phone number, such as the one written on a bank statement or bill. Visit Take Five (takefive-stopfraud. and Cyber Aware ( for more information about how to protect yourself online. Finally I would like to thank you all for your continued support and remind you that should you need my help or advice, I always pride myself on making myself available to residents. Remember I am only a phone call or email away.

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EXCITING plans for a new heritage hub, bringing together unique artefacts telling Leicestershire’s story, have been published. The centre wouldhouse over one million fascinating museum artefacts, archives and specialist resources for schools, currently stored at the Records Office and five sites around the county. It’s proposed to locate it at County Hall in Glenfield, making it easier for people to access the historic documents and collections reflecting fashion and design, art, natural history, home and family lives and more. The vast collection includes the only surviving letter from Leicester-born Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, unique records documenting the Suffragette movement and the internationally important Symington collection of corsetry and swimwear. Two options set to be explored further are detailed in a report published by Leicestershire County Council: • refurbishing the Eastern Annexe – this has upfront costs of £17m and would be paid for using one-off pots of capital money and potentially, external funding • building a brand new centre at the Western Annexe – this would cost another £18m - totalling £35m - and would only happen if a significant contribution can be secured from national bodies or benefactors The new hub would bring together: • The Record Office of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – over 11,000 archives are housed at the site in Wigston, run on behalf of the county, city and Rutland councils. • Collections – over one million museum artefacts reflecting fashion and design, archaeology, art, natural history, tools and products of local industries and home and working life are stored at sites in Lutterworth, Coalville, Barrow and Glenfield. These facilities are in varying states of repair and are accessible by appointment only. • Creative Learning – provides a wide range of resources and professional help to stimulate reading for pleasures and creative learning across the curriculum. • Registration Service records – these are currently stored at County Hall.

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Two local musicians share billing with 1960’s blues band TWO GENERATIONS of Groby rock and blues musicians have appeared on stage supporting the 1960’s band The Pretty Things, though their appearances have been separated by more than 50 years. Local musician Jim Coley has been playing since those A 1960s Pretty Things Album Sleeve early days and back in the 1960’s his band Smokestack also supported many other well known names including The Birds,The Yardbirds and Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours at the George Hotel in Hinckley. “It was one of the main UK tour spots and we were on the books of Klock Agency who booked that venue, so were The Farinas ( who became “Family”) and many Leicester Rock bands as against the pop bands who played at the Working Mens Clubs,” explained Jim. “The great thing about The George was the variety of bands that performed there and the mix of both local Hinckley area groups and well known groups that had great chart success were billed together,” Mervyn Wallace of Hinckley District Past & Present told the Hinckley Times. “From the moment that Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner from Coronation Street) opened The George, with Jimmy Justice the headline act, for many years it was the premier place to go probably in the country.” “Sometimes there were as many as five live bands performing on the same bill, and the groups could hardly move an inch on the tiny stage. The band room behind the stage was hardly big enough for a four piece group and entourage, let alone 30 people or more when an a large orchestra appeared there. When we were teenagers we saw virtually every top band there was between 1963 and 1969 at The George.” A generation later the Pretty Things are still touring and, unlike some bands, two of the original team are still there. Last month they headlined at a blues festival, supported by Groby’s Aynsley Lister, who in his formative years also played with Jim Coley. Jim’s current band, Monkey Business, will be giving a free concert in Hinckley at Argent’s Mead on Saturday July 7th between 1 and 3pm, with a short interval in the middle.

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Lucas Spence: Track & Field Champion! BROOKVALE Groby Learning Campus, Year 9 student, Lucas Spence, competed in the Leicestershire County Track Championship in Corby on Sunday 13th May. He came FIRST in Leicestershire in the under 15 boys 1500m race and did it in a time of 4:37, which is a personal best for him! WELL DONE LUCAS!

Burning calories as you garden THE AVERAGE British gardener burns 51,428 calories a year in their garden, and mowing the lawn is one of the highest ways of using energy – about 600 calories a month. Mowing the grass takes 5.7 calories per metre. Weeding takes 4.5 calories, as does potting plants. Digging burns 5 calories per metre, while raking uses only 3.8 calories a metre. Gardening has long been known to be extremely good for you – giving you a chance to be outside, time to think, and beneficial exercise – all at the same time.

Inner peace If you can start the day without caffeine, If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles, If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it, If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time, If you can take criticism and blame without resentment , If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without wine, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs, …..then you are probably the family dog.

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

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LETTER Marcus Richmond

IT IS with sadness that we tell you that Marcus Richmond has died age 12. He died at home on 23rd May after a 20 month battle with a rare bone cancer called Osteosarcoma. His Mum, Johanna Partridge, is a Chiropodist who has many patients and friends in Groby. She and Marcus’ dad and sister wish to thank everyone for their support over the difficult months. Thanks in particular to Mes Enfants nursery (who raised funds for Marcus) and his friends who attended the nursery with him especially, Evie and Melody who are presently trying to raise some funds in Marcus’ memory on a ‘Just giving’ page. Some of you may remember that Melody cut her hair to raise money for Marcus last year (it was in the Spotlight). Thanks also to Groby Prayer circle. Marcus’ funeral details are yet to be finalised but everyone who knew Marcus is invited to attend. Whilst this will be sad at times, it will also be an occasion to celebrate the life of a brave, bright, energetic and kind young man.





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Don’t miss Ratby’s Annual Show on 4th August RATBY’S Annual Show takes place at Ratby Sports Club, Desford Lane, Ratby, LE6 0LE on Saturday 4th August at 2pm with presentation of trophies at 3.30pm. It is open to all exhibitors and our judges are from Leicester and Leicestershire Horticultural Judges’ Guild. We have 100 classes to enter including 6 classes for young people up to the age of 16. Sections include vegetables, fruit, floral and flower arranging, preserves, wine, bread and cookery, handicrafts, poetry and photography. The show is open to everyone to enter - you don’t have to come from Ratby. Our entrants and visitors make our show what it is – you are all welcome. Tea, coffee, and cakes are available in the refreshment area of the marquee, and the Sports Club bar will be open to everyone. The tombola will be in place as usual and, weather permitting, a cricket match will take place on the sports ground during the afternoon. We look forward to seeing you.

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Fieldhead Hotel giving away Wedding Party Package to mark the Royal Wedding ROYAL WEDDING fever is in full flow, with the big day just around the corner. The Fieldhead Hotel in Markfield, part of Old English Inns, want to celebrate alongside Meghan and Harry by giving one lucky couple a wedding party to remember. The stunning venue, on Markfield Lane, is searching for an engaged couple to help make their wedding dreams a reality. It may not be able to give you Meghan’s designer wedding gown and Windsor Castle to match the royal couple’s nuptials, but it is looking to give someone’s wedding or civil partnership budget an impressive boost by giving them and their guests a wedding party at the historic hotel. Ben Cameron, General Manager for the Fieldhead Hotel, said: “Here at the Fieldhead we are all very excited about the Royal Wedding and cannot wait to see Harry and Meghan tie the knot. We love nothing more than hosting weddings at our beautiful hotel and we want to give one lucky couple a helping hand towards the cost of their big day.” Included in the prize wedding package is a three-course wedding breakfast and drinks for up to 50 guests. The venue will be beautifully decorated, and a dedicated wedding coordinator will help plan the wedding reception to ensure you and your guests have a day that is truly unforgettable. Old English Inns create the perfect setting for weddings and celebrations – the historic inns and hotels are full of character and charm to make a unique day truly unforgettable. Many of the hotels have wedding licences so services can be held there too. There are packages to suit all budgets, with prices starting from £999. To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning your wedding party, simply visit and explain why you think you and your partner deserve to win in no more than 200 words before June 30th. One lucky couple will be selected by an independent judge and will win their wedding party. Full terms and conditions can be found on the Old English Inns website.

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Exercise chases the blues away

Letter from Uncle Eustace

IF YOU exercise for even a mere 20 minutes a day, you will cut your risk of developing depression.

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King’s College London has found that meeting the recommended weekly guideline of 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as cycling or brisk walking, can have a huge impact on the numbers of depressed people. 31 percent fewer of them will develop depression. As one doctor said, ‘some physical activity is better than none, and the more you do, the better your chances are.’ Around one in four people in Britain will experience a mental health problem each year. And 3.3 in 100 (2.14 million) are suffering from depression at any given time. 91 million days are lost each year in the workplace due to depression, anxiety and stress, costing the British economy about £26billion. They say life speeds up as you get older. Which is why you sometimes see a pensioner holding on to a lamp post.


On the perils of the Ladies’ Guild annual outing… St James the Least of All My dear Nephew Darren And so once again we start the annual round of parish treats. While the bell-ringers prefer public houses, and the choirboys want fast food outlets, the Ladies’ Guild are centred on lavatories. The itinerary is unchangeable: Coach drive to coffee stop and lavatory. Coach drive to luncheon stop and lavatory. Coach drive to some arbitrary attraction – provided it has a tea shop and lavatory. Coach trip home with a lavatory (stop en route). A sub-committee will have been hard at work for the previous six months deciding where to visit. The most disastrous course of action is to present the group with a choice; if two options are provided, they will attract almost equal numbers in favour, thus ensuring that half of the group will rejoice in saying throughout the day that the other option would have been preferable. When it comes to decision-making, Stalin had a lot going for him. My predecessor in this parish left me a terrible legacy; he always accompanied the Guild on their day out, thus obliging me to do the same. I do, however, travel equipped with armaments. “The Times” crossword rules out any possibility of conversation for at least the first two hours. Three years ago, Mrs Phillips had the audacity to look over my shoulder and give me 12 across; she will not make that mistake again. A brief nap after these intellectual exertions, assuring those around me that I am meditating on the theme for next Sunday’s sermon, ensures a morning almost free from having to comment on the weather, other members of the party, or why I so rarely drop in on the Pram Service. The ideal destination is one where I have a clerical colleague, so while the ladies wander about, shop and analyse why I still wear the same suit I arrived in 30 years ago, we have an agreeable afternoon assassinating the characters of bishops and archdeacons and bemoaning the standards of a new generation of curates. After our different therapies, we all re-assemble at the coach for the return journey. Naturally, there is the traditional wait for those who have forgotten where the coach park is. As far as I am concerned, a deficit of less than 10% should be entirely acceptable. I can think of several husbands who may be rather thankful that their wives may not be back as soon as they had feared. Our ladies return, invigorated with the thought of all the bits of information about other members in the party that can be discreetly shared over the telephone, while I am exhausted from 12 hours of attempting to be polite. Meanwhile the sub-committee gets a date in the diary for planning next year’s lavatorial sequence. Your loving uncle,


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National Trust Leicester Association NEWS

A walk in the Channel Islands for Charity THIS YEAR I will be taking on the course of the Saffery Rotary Walk on the Isle of Guernsey, often referred to as the ‘friendly walk’.

IF YOU are going to the UK coast this summer you will never be far from a National Trust property. The greatest number of coastal properties are in Devon, all with gardens running down to the sea. Agatha Christie’s holiday home “Greenway” (pictured above) is a romantic and atmospheric Georgian house overlooking the Dart estuary. Christie was a prolific author outsold only by Shakespeare. Further down the estuary lying deep in the hillside is Coleton Fishacre, a beautiful large house built in 1925 and influenced by both the Arts & Crafts movement and the Art Deco style. It was built as a retreat for the d’Oyly Carte family who also owned the Savoy Hotel. Along the coast, Overbecks, near Salcombe, is an Edwardian house with a six acre garden which was the home of inventor Otto Overbeck. Just outside Plymouth “Saltram” is a large country house built in 1712 which for many years was the country estate of the Parker family. At the other end of the country, in Northumberland, Lindisfarne Castle, originally a Tudor fort, was converted into a holiday home for the editor of Country Life magazine in 1905 and Dunstanburgh Castle, built in 1316, became a ruin in 1464. On the White Cliffs of Dover the South Foreland Lighthouse was the first lighthouse to be powered by electricity. Near Wareham in Dorset, Corfe Castle built by William the Conqueror is another spectacular ruin. Here there is very scenic path running down to the sea. Plas Newydd House on Anglesey was substantially rebuilt in 1790 and is the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey. The estate runs down to the shores of the Menai Strait. In addition to coastal houses the Trust also owns coastal land and shore line in every county of England, Wales and Northern Ireland except Lincolnshire. For details of the NT Leicester Association and its Talks Service for other organisations please call 0116 2229133.

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It takes a route as close to the edge of the island as possible and totalling 39 miles, starting and finishing at St Peter Port the capital. The official event has been taking place for 20 years and this year is to be held on 9 June. However, due to other commitments I am unable to make the main event but plan to follow the official route during the last week of August. Planning and training is well under way and again I hope to raise funds for ADAPT. The local premature baby charity is based at the Leicester General Hospital and Royal Infirmary where our eldest daughter Sophie was born 14 weeks early way back in 1995, topping the scales at just 780 grams (1 Ib 11oz)! My fund raising events have always received fantastic support from family, friends and residents in Groby, which I am extremely grateful to, and hopefully this year’s challenge will be just as successful. If you would like to sponsor me then please catch me on my post round in Groby or pop into Groby Post Office.

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70 years of the National Health Service THE NATIONAL Health Service began operating 70 years ago, on 5th July 1948, when Sylvia Beckingham, 13, was admitted to hospital in Manchester to be treated for a liver condition. It was the climax of a hugely ambitious plan by Labour Health Secretary Aneurin Bevan to bring good health care free to all at the point of delivery. The health service would be available to everyone and financed entirely from taxation, which meant that people paid into it according to their means. It was based on a report by William Beveridge in 1942. The problem with it remains the huge increase in costs resulting from, among other things, advances in medical science, drugs and machinery. As Andy McSmith wrote in The Independent ten years ago: “It seems no amount of money will satisfy the infinite demand for better NHS care.” Within a few years prescription charges were introduced, as well as a charge for dental treatment. The current prescription charge is £8.80 per item, and dental charges are huge. Saving the NHS seems to be a national preoccupation in the 21st century. The Christian Medical Fellowship is campaigning to emphasise the vital and radical need for Christians within it.

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Cats and Wildfowl in Groby

NESTING TIME has been in full swing throughout May – starting with a swan on the public side of Groby Pool in plain sight from the path. She laid four eggs but then disappeared – leaving the eggs for any passing fox. The nest has not gone to waste – a female mallard has moved in with her eight ducklings. On my most recent visit to the Pool, just one of the ducklings had been left on the Naughty Nest – I wonder what he had done wrong? On the glorious early May bank holiday weekend I sat in my garden and watched fascinated as a blackbird built her nest. She flew to and fro all day carrying nesting materials in her beak, using the picnic table as a launching pad to dive deep in the ivy that covers our fence. Lovely. Except that next morning I discovered that she had completely vandalised the newly prepared straw-lined hanging basket I had foolishly left on the table in order to line her nest. I visited the Pool late on Bank Holiday Monday – knowing that the waterfowl would be stuffed to the gills after such a fine weekend- and sure enough, the feeding area was knee-deep in bread. Even so, my lovely Simon the cygnet came out of the water when I call him – just for a stroke and a chat. The Barn Hills woods were thick with bluebells and I was lucky enough to see a badger making his brisk

way home. At least one pair of swans has mated successfully – they and their four cygnets have taken up residence in a quiet little backwater at the far end of the Pool. Simon is flourishing as there are fewer adult swans about. I even spotted him recently with his wings raised over his back as he sailed across the water to meet me. Little show-off Our cats have been enjoying the warm weather and so far they haven’t brought in any nestlings. I doubt if Peter, our young ginger cat is capable of catching anything that moves. Even when he is offered a piece of chicken he has to walk round it three times, sniff it and pat it with his paw before he finally decides to eat it. He’s such a large and ponderous creature it’s easy to forget he is still technically a kitten, albeit a teenage one. Olaf seems to be growing more eccentric as he gets older – hurtling round the house, up and down the stairs, in and out of the cat flap. I’m sure he can see things that are not visible to us mere humans. I visited his banished sister in Skipton this weekend. She clearly loves being an only cat, spoiled rotten by my granddaughters and safe from her mad twin brother.

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Special new homes sought for four very special senior Cats OVER THE PAST few weeks, Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary in Markfield has taken in several cats with sad backgrounds, but four of the saddest stories are those of these four in the photographs. Young Albert, (‘Albie’ for short), aged 4, and lifelong friends Lola and Ray-Ray, both aged 10, who all came in together. Not forgetting sweet and gentle Billy, also about 10 years old, who was found abandoned and starving on a golf course during the dreadful weather of February this year. We call Albie, Lola and Ray-Ray our “LOROS cats” - all belonged to a kind and lovely lady who, unfortunately, was suffering from cancer and moved into LOROS. She has sadly since passed away, but we have been told it made her happy to know that her three cats were being cared for at the

Sanctuary. Her beloved Albie is a real star - a big, cuddly bear of a tabby cat with bronze and black stripes and the most charming big round nose. He loves to chat and he loves a comfortable lap. Albie would be happy to be re-homed without his older friends. Lola and Ray-Ray will have to be re-homed together as they have never been apart in their 10 years of life and they love to cuddle up together. They were obviously shocked and grieving at first, but

are now ‘coming round’, and will make someone the most perfect quiet and elegant pets. Billy wants nothing more than love and peace and a bit of spoiling after his truly terrible ordeal. We have no idea why anyone would dump such a gentle creature in the depths of winter especially, but he came to us with cuts and knotted fur and caked in mud; he was so thin we could see his ribs. But after three months of care he is now clean, white and fluffy and getting quite

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Work starts on installing new average speed cameras LEICESTERSHIRE County Council are starting work to install new average speed cameras as part of a scheme to alleviate safety concerns across the county. The first of the new devices were installed in early June in Sharnford, Walcote and Measham this week as part of a year-long trial to discourage motorists from speeding. The speed cameras will cover four villages and three key main and rural routes which have various issues and concerns around speeding and safety. Councillor Blake Pain, cabinet member for environment and transport, said: “There are communities across the county whose lives are blighted by the effects of speeding motorists. We have listened to what people have been telling us about the problem. Hopefully the scheme will address the concerns of residents and make a positive change to drivers’ behaviour.” The 12-month trial and enforcement, funded by the County Council, is due to start in the summer and will cost around £500,000. The locations of the speed cameras will be: • B4114 Coventry Road and Leicester Road, Sharnford; • A4303 Lutterworth Road, Walcote; • A6 Harborough Road and Glen Road, Oadby; • A50 Leicester Road, Markfield Road, Bradgate Hill, Groby; • Burton Road, Measham; • Beacon Road, Woodhouse Eaves; and • B676 Saxby Road, Wyfordby, Freeby. Following the trial, the County Councilwill look to widen out the camera programme, should a proposed new approach to funding be supported by the Government. At present, funds generated through camera fines are retained by HM Treasury. The County Council has asked the Government to consider allowing this revenue to be retained by local authorities to cover the capital cost of the average speed cameras, after which the revenue would revert to Government. This would enable further roll-outs of this type of enforcement measure across the county.


Henson Hardware - the end of an era in Groby THE TRANSFER of the Henson Hardware business to the Pricegate store on Ratby Road marks the end of an era for the Lawnwood Road shops. Although John Henson, who still lives in the village, retired 13 years ago the new proprietors kept the trading name alive when they took over. Over the years the businesses have changed hands or closed, and in these days of larger supermarkets and internet shopping some will be surprised to hear that in addition to convenience stores, one of which became a video rental outlet, an off licence and a hardware store, there was also a wool shop. John took over an existing hardware store back in the early 1960’s and enabled customers to pick up household, wood and DIY needs locally, and also benefit from his extensive practical knowledge gained during his 30 years in the building trade. After 46 years the association of the name Henson Hardware with the Lawnwood Road shops has come to an end.

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Girls County Cup Triumph

Praise for GE’s Village Flower Display

Brookvale Groby Learning Campus Year 8/9 and Year 10/11 Grls Football Teams were both crowned Team Leicestershire County Champions at Harborough Town FC in May!

The Year 8/9 girls ran out 5-1 winners against Belvoir Academy. Brookvale Groby played tremendous football during the first half, with three goals to match. Mackenzie Smith opened the scoring with a spectacular strike with Darcy Warden adding a brace to give Brookvale Groby a three goal cushion at half-time. The second half proved to be a tighter affair with Belvoir pulling a goal back. This proved to be a consolation when Mikayla Wildgoose scored direct from a 25 yard free kick. Dulci Binns completed the scoring towards the end of the game. The Year 10/11 girls won 4-2 in a tight contest against Ashby School. Ashby took the lead against the run of play with an excellent strike from distance. Brookvale Groby hit back with Harleen Thandi equalising having earlier hit the post. Tilly Clark struck late in the first half to send Brookvale Groby in at half-time ahead. We continued to create chances, but Ashby looked dangerous on the break. They equalised with another excellent goal from distance leaving Lana Timson in goal with little chance. The game took another swing when an inswinging Elspeth Cunningham corner was turned home by Rebekah Garratt. Ashby again threw everything at the Brookvale Groby defence, but they held firm against a number of corners. From one of these corners Lana Timson made a good save followed by a quick counter attack that led to Harleen Thandi breaking away to put the game beyond doubt. Well done to all who were involved.Of the ten football finals held by Team Leicestershire this year, we have appeared in four and won four!  A fantastic achievement by our football teams and we still have the matter of the Year 8/9 girls futsal regional finals!

The flower bed at the corner of Fir Tree Lane and Ratby Road is attracting many compliments from residents this year. The bed is looked after by GE.

Stop! Hedgehog! HEDGEHOG ‘warning signs’ are going up on our roads, at animal casualty black spots. The aim is to stop the drastic decline of their population – around 100,000 of them are killed on our roads every year, and it is feared that this level of mortality is unsustainable. The People’s Trust for Endangered Species reports that hedgehog populations fell by a third between 2004 and 2017. Sadly, hedgehogs do not flee danger, but instead curl up into a tight ball – not much defence against a speeding car.

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Gogglebox’s Baasit Siddiqui visits the Brookvale Groby Learning Campus ON WEDNESDAY 16th May, Baasit Siddiqui, from Channel Four’s most watched programme, Gogglebox, came to Brookvale Groby Learning Campus to run a workshop with some lucky Year 8 students!

Baasit worked with the students to come up with an idea for a new television show – students have the chance to enter their pitch into a national competition for the chance to win some exciting prizes!

Three coffees are good for you THREE CUPS of coffee a day can do you good. At least, scientists at the University of San Paulo have found that people who drink three cups of coffee a day have fewer calcium deposits in their arteries, which means you have a better blood flow, and hence less heart disease. On the other hand, the European Food Safety Agency advises that no more than four cups of coffee should be drunk in a day. Too much caffeine may increase heart problems and overall anxiety.

‘Silver cyclists’ are on the rise MORE AND more people over the age of 55 are getting into cycling, thanks to the increasingly popular e-bike. ‘Silver cyclists’, in fact, account for nearly two thirds of e-bikes sales in the UK, according to research by Halfords. And no wonder: the e-bikes have a built-in battery to help riders on more difficult hills or terrain. Now all we need are safer places to cycle: more than a third of us would cycle more if British roads had dedicated cycle lanes.

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Groby Community Library News Update “Summertime and the reading is easy” THE RECENT hot weather has convinced us that Summer is here and that means it is time for the Summer Reading Challenge. Children, Parents and Grandparents will all be excited about this year’s theme because it is based on the BEANO.

Parish meeting WE WERE pleased to be able to host the Parish meeting in the newly refurbished Library on the 22nd May. This meeting is the annual opportunity for all social groups in the Village to hear what each other has been doing and their plans for next year. The meeting was directed by Chairman of the Parish Council, Brain Rigby and Parish Clerk Alixe Taylor with style and efficiency.

That’s all for now folks! I’LL BE back in August to regale you of tales from the Chatsworth trip 8th June, The Summer Reading Challenge and Time Out Café.

Are you ready for the 2018 Summer Reading Challenge? TO CELEBRATE the 80th anniversary of the Beano, children aged 4-12 can join in the fun by reading six library books throughout the summer. Children will explore a colourful map of Beanotown to find the mysterious buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! Dennis, Gnasher and friends will help them solve clues and collect stickers and rewards, having lots of fun and adventures along the way! So come along to Groby Library from 7th July to register and start the Challenge, it finishes on 8th September!

Roz Smith

Groby Community Library Trustee

Time Out Café GREAT NEWS the coffee machine has been installed. We researched the type of machine to be used with care and consideration, it was a long process. For those of you who enjoy knowing details, it is a WMF 1100 Bean to Cup machine. It can at the touch of a button serve Cappuccino, Latte, Americano, Expresso and Hot Chocolate, not forgetting hot water for tea. All we need to do now is to make sure all the Health and Safety/Food Hygiene requirements are in place; our volunteers are trained and we have bought enough cups and saucers. We are looking forward to seeing you in the Time Out Café. When we open, we know you will think it has been worth the wait.

Dr. Janet Harrison

Groby Community Library Trustee.

Another excellent Leicester Rowing Regatta LEICESTER Rowing Regatta again surpassed all expectations and held over 200 races over the day. Leicester came away with a host of wins including 6 from the junior squad. Excellent weather ,food and atmosphere with highlight of former Leicester Rower and Groby college student Jonny Walton racing once again for Leicester. Jonny who rowed in the Rio Olympics in 2016 and recently Gold Medal in Belgrade. The Junior squad have also represented Freya Talbot pictured Leicester and with Jonny Walton brought home wins at Peterbourough, Nottingham Masters, Nottingham City, Shrewsbury, Dorney, JIIR, Boston and Northampton all in 2018.

Café Opening Hours INITIALLY we shall open the Time Out café for the majority of the opening hours of the Library: Mon-Wed 2-5pm, Thurs 10am-1.00pm, Fri 2-7pm and Saturday 10am1.00pm However, in the future, following Public consultation, we may change the Library and Café opening hours depending on the results. Watch out for notices of the Time Out café opening on our Face Book page and our Website and of course in the Library.

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Beware addictive games HOW WILL your children be spending their time this summer?

A BIG THANK you to every Groby resident and business who supported this year’s Christian Aid Week which took place over the period 13 20 May 2018. This year volunteers from Churches Together in Groby* with the help of local businesses collected over £2,500 towards a national appeal to help rebuild homes in Haiti and help people recover from devastating hurricanes which left them destitute. Many people completed GIft Aid statements increasing the value of their donation by 25% As a result of this the total value of the donations is likely to be closer to £3000. At the time of writing we are still receiving late donations! If any reader wishes to contribute they can still do so online at https://www.christianaid. On behalf of the people of Haiti and Christian Aid we would like to thank you, Chaplin’s Butchers, Classic Cuts and Laundon Way Coop, for your generosity and help. We would also like to thank our many helpers who voluntarily give up their time each year to deliver and collect campaign envelopes - it is always rewarding when we #StandTogether to help others. Acts 20:35 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”New International Version (NIV)

Mary Pringle & Christine Davies

(*Churches Together in Groby, Groby United Reformed Church and St Philip & St James Church of England.)

Hopefully not in playing too many highly addictive video games such as Fortnight. Fortnight pits 100 players against each other and is free to play on mobile phones and consoles. Since its launch last July, it has been downloaded more than 40 million times, and has been endorsed by numerous celebrities from footballers to rappers. But experts are concerned. Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner, says: ‘Many parents are really worried about the power some games and apps have over their children’s lives, and the way they encourage them to keep buying new features…’ Nigel Huddleston, a Tory MP, warns: ‘Some highly addictive games consume huge amounts of young people’s lives, when that time can be spent on more valuable, real-world activities.’


11-17 Years Old? Want To Try A New Sport Over The Summer Holidays? LEICESTER Rowing Club are hosting a Learn to Row Juniors Course. July 30th-August 2nd Mon-Thurs 9.30-4pm. There are some spaces availiable. Interested in having a go? Want to learn the key skills and techniques? Have fun and get fit? See if you would like to join? Want to know more? Talk to Freya -Junior Rep on 0116 287 8313, visit on a Saturday morning 8.30-10.30 or contact us via email. sit it us on Saturdays 8.30-10.30am or email us at: The cost per person per course is £80, which is payable on enrollment. Form available on website at

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Government must address needs of older age renters or social care crisis will only get worse The Salvation Army fears that the one-in-four people over the age of 75 who do not own their own home are still not a focus for the government in the lead up to the release of its green paper on adult social care. A national survey commissioned by The Salvation Army reveals that 84 percent of people over the age of 50 who do not own their own home, do not feel financially prepared for any care or support they or their families may need in the future. This growing pressure and financial uncertainty can leave older age renters especially vulnerable as they approach later life. The Salvation Army is calling on the government to prioritise the needs of older renters, who are finding themselves without choice of where and when they receive the care they need, and their family members struggling to afford ‘topup’ fees, which are not covered by the local authority. In the East Midlands, 58 percent of people surveyed (over the age of 50) said that they felt financially unprepared for their own care or support in the future. Additionally, 43 percent of disagreed that they

would be financially prepared to provide care for a close family relative. When asked about how assets can be used to fund care for future support, 29 percent of people were not aware of the advantages of home ownership compared to local authority funding with respect to provision of care. Head of Public Affairs for The Salvation Army, Dr Helen Cameron, says: “What we have found through the work we do with older people in our care homes, and confirmed in this survey, is that older people who don’t own their home not only feel less financially prepared for their future care, but in most cases are also unaware of the situation they and their families may soon find themselves in with regards to the costs of care. “As an organisation that supports people who are marginalised, we want to ensure that the government is addressing the needs of this highly vulnerable group in its forthcoming green paper. “We must have a care system built on fairness, inclusion and choice, and at the moment this group is not being treated fairly. All older people, whether they own their own home or not, must have an equal say about the future of their own care.”

An evening of music with the

Hesperides Quartet Saturday 16th June at 7.30pm Markfield Methodist Church, Main Street, Markfield Mendelssohn’s String Quartet op 44 no.2 in E min Schostakovich’s String Quartet no.1 in C Stravinsky’s 3 Pieces for String Quartet featuring local violinist and music teacher, Karen Silverwood Tickets £10.00 including refreshments available in advance from Karen 07739 555015 karensilverwood@

Formed in 2016 the Hesperides Quartet is a group of musicians exploring repertoire for string quartet from the Romantic period to the present day. Rooted in their years of experience as professional instrumentalists, their approach combines close attention to the composer’s wishes with musical creativity. As well as their lives as players, the members of the quartet are all committed teachers with a belief in holistic music education. Friendship and humour are at the heart of their music making.

Currently, older people who own their own home are able to use the equity in their property to offset the costs of any residential care they require. Older people who are able to self-fund their care in this way often enjoy greater choice about where and when they are able to enter a care home. They are also able to defer the costs of their care to a later date agreed with the local authority. However, for those who do not own their own home and have their care home fees paid by their local authority, their choices are limited. Additionally, where funding from their local authority falls short, their family will generally be expected to pay top-up fees to make up the difference. In addition, 28 percent of over 50s in the East Midlands said they had not thought about any care or support for themselves or a family relative, or that it was something that could wait. Elaine Cobb, The Salvation Army’s Director for Older People’s Services, explains that almost half of residents living in the charity’s care homes receive local authority funding. However, the shortfall between funding and cost of care can be anything from £129 to £360 per week per person – equating to between £6,000 and £18,000 per year, depending on the local authority’s budget for adult social care. “Most of our residents who don’t own their homes come to us in their early 90s, often at the point of crisis where residential care is

needed urgently,” she says. “Their children are often in their 60s or 70s and are at, or coming to, the end of their working life so they don’t have high incomes and simply don’t have the money to pay top-up fees where the local authority falls short.” With an ageing population, increasing pressure on local authority funding, and a growing number of people not being able to afford their own home, The Salvation Army fears this problem will only get worse unless it is addressed now by the government. CASE STUDY: Mr and Mrs T forced to live apart after 48 years of marriage Mr and Mrs T live in Lewisham, and until recently lived together in their rented house where Mrs T still receives local authority-funded care at home. However, when Mr T had a stroke earlier this year, he needed to move into residential care. Mr T was accepted at The Salvation Army’s care home, Glebe Court. However, local authority criteria means Mrs T doesn’t have a choice about the care she receives – she isn’t able to live in the same care home, despite receiving funding for care at home. After 48 years of marriage, Mr and Mrs T are now forced to live separately and are only able to see each other during ‘visiting hours’. If they were home owners, the couple would have the choice to be together.

Bands bring free music to city’s parks this summer MUSIC will fill the air in Leicester’s parks this summer as the city council’s annual Bands in the Parks season gets under way.

The programme sees a live band performing in a different park each Sunday afternoon from June until September – and it’s free for everyone to enjoy. Aylestone Hall Gardens welcomes the Ratby Co-Operative Band on Sunday 17 June, while the Ratby Junior Band will be in Braunstone Park’s walled garden on Sunday 24 June. Two concerts will take place on Sunday 1 July, with the music of the Fleckney Village Silver Band filling Evington Park, and the Enderby Youth Band performing in Western Park. All of the performances run from 3pm – 4pm, weather permitting. The Bands in the Parks season continues until Sunday 23 September, with the full programme available at

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News from the Allotments Slug Wars DESPITE the fact that we haven’t had too much rain lately, unlike other areas of the country, the slugs are out in force on my plot, merrily munching their way through my tender seedlings and vulnerable plants. I’ve tried all sorts of remedies in the past to try and get rid of them, to no avail. I’ve never used the normal Slug Pellets containing Metaldehyde as, apart from killing the slugs, they also poison all the hedgehogs, birds and frogs that eat the affected creatures. I have tried all of the other slug repellent remedies, including wool, organic slug pellets containing Ferric Phosphate, egg shells etc. without much success but I have now found a really effective method of ridding my plot of slugs and snails – alcohol! I’ve been saving small yoghourt and hummus pots and I sunk them into the soil near my vulnerable plants and seedlings, leaving only a cm or two above the surface (so poor unsuspecting beetles and bugs don’t fall in) and then went to the supermarket to buy the cheapest beer I could find and filled the pots with it. Result! The next day there were 32 dead slugs lying in the beer traps from only four pots. I don’t like killing things generally but am reassured by the fact that the slugs died happy! Mind you, I got some funny looks from fellow plot holders as I walked down to my shed carrying four cans of beer! I did assure them it was only for the slugs! I scooped the dead slugs out of the pots (using rubber gloves, yuk!) and left them on the soil, and will top up the pots as necessary, so if you see some drunken birds staggering around near the allotments during the next few days, you now know the reason why!

Annual Parish Meeting ON A MORE sober note, two of our committee, Kathy and John, represented our Society at the Annual Parish Meeting whilst I was on holiday in May. This annual village event gives groups and Societies a chance to present themselves and to explain their past year’s activities and for the year to come. As I attend the Parish Council meetings as an observer as often as I can, I am no stranger to the Councillors so my absence was accepted. Kathy and John described the excellent work that our site managers and other volunteers were achieving and how well the new committee were working together. The resident chickens were of interest plus the new Health & Safety rules recently installed. The establishing of the disabled beds was also appreciated. The Police Commander was present and explained that recent damage on the plots was now over and the perpetrators had been dealt with. It was explained that Kathy and John had together worked jointly together for the Society for over sixty years which drew a round of applause from the meeting and ended with the Council Chairman explaining that our Society had stolen the show!

Carol Lincoln

Men, get a grip IT SEEMS that women prefer to marry men who have a strong grip. Recent research has found that men with a sturdier grip are more likely to be married than those with a weak grip. And there may be good logic to this, for manual strength is an established measure of health, and has been linked to the ability to cope independently, and also to lower levels of cardiovascular disease. The findings came from researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. One researcher explained: ‘Our results hint that women may be favouring partners who signal strength and vigour when they marry. If longer-lived women marry healthier men, then both may avoid or defer the role of care-giver, while less healthy men remain unmarried and must look elsewhere for assistance.’

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Come and join us for this year’s Garden Party This is always a good time to catch up with old friends and make new ones. There will be one or two stalls, a raffle, and a few games to pass the time as well as a delicious afternoon tea. The 100 Club will be drawn. A lovely way to spend the afternoon - in the garden if it is warm, if not there’s plenty of room inside 60 Overdale Avenue Glenfield Leicester LE3 8GP Saturday 23rd June. 3 pm – 5pm. £4 entry - includes free refreshments. Accompanied children free. Charity Reg. No. 107 5162

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News from Elizabeth Woodville Primary School Outdoor Classroom Day 2018 THIS MONTH, we have been enjoying the weather and taking our classrooms outside, inspired by our support for the global campaign, ‘Outdoor Classroom Day.’ Last year, Elizabeth Woodville was part of over 2 million children worldwide who moved their classroom into the outdoors to enhance learning experiences for pupils, hopefully that number will be surpassed this year! Learning outdoors surrounded by the natural world improves children’s health and supports an increased connection with nature and the world around them. We regularly use and appreciate our outdoor learning environment; this month we’ve created lessons to enable our resilience, teamwork and appreciation of nature to thrive!

Stone Age shelters DURING OUR ‘Misty Mountain Sierra’ topic, Class 3 have been learning all about the Stone Age. We have looked at what people’s lives were like, how they survived and compared their houses to our houses. As we looked at some of the houses over that period, we thought it would be a fantastic idea to build our very own authentic Stone Age village! We wanted to make our Stone Age village suitable for minibeasts and other small animals that may want to hide away (e.g. hedgehogs!). We put on our overalls, ‘gathered’ equipment to help, and found the perfect spot in our school grounds. We collected stones, grass, and sticks and discussed how the Stone Age people would use animal skins to keep the heat inside their houses, thankfully, we opted for leaves and grass instead – PHEW! We looked at how we could create a base to help the stability of the house; the children decided that clay would be good as it is a type of stone, that they may have used! We worked extremely well within our teams and created the most amazing Stone Age village – take a look at our fantastic photos! The children decided to call it Skara Brae (#2). What a fantastic outdoor learning day!

The ‘natural’ art of den-building YEAR TWO embraced the outdoor learning experience this week with a project to create amazing dens and artistic structures using natural materials. Our pupils demonstrated their excellent team building, leadership and creative skills whilst working together to create some amazing dens and shelters. Everyone enjoyed testing them out and making improvements to ensure they were stable and able to shelter the entire team! In addition, our woodland animal collages brought the outdoors to life using a variety of natural materials, collected from the school grounds and also during our recent trip to Conkers. Well done Year 2!

An enchanted woodland – in our own school grounds! YEAR ONE have had an amazing half term. We have had so much fun with our outdoor learning unit, the enchanted woodland. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn from the natural world! In our science lessons, we examined the different parts of a plant firsthand and learnt about the best conditions for growing. We then grew our own broad beans to demonstrate our new-found knowledge, ensuring we nurtured our beans, providing them with everything they needed. We look forward to tasting them soon! It has been inspiring to learn about our own environment at school and we have looked at the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees to help classify the types of trees around us. This led to detailed observational drawings to capture the beauty of our natural environment; we evaluated our work and supported each other, making useful suggestions for improvement. It was wonderful to see the taught techniques of shading and proportion in the final pieces of work. Finally, we celebrated our hard work with a garden tea party to celebrate The Royal Wedding, we enjoyed sandwiches and biscuits. We all sampled Olivia and Roman’s homemade cress too. It was delicious!

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OUR FOUNDATION children are outdoor experts and have been enjoying the lovely weather in our outside area to continue their learning about the continent of Africa. Practical science is always more fun on a large scale. Our children excelled when solving the problem of how to move water from a well to their village (on the other side of their playground), a fantastic feat of engineering! The children have been using their senses to create mud pies and potions in our mud kitchen, mixing materials to create different textures and solutions. They enjoyed spending time at the African market they designed (see picture) and taking on different roles such as the shopkeeper and the customer. They used a wide variety of coins to make specified amounts. What amazing imaginations and practical mathematics skills on display!

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• Carp Fishing Equipment: various rods, reels, pods with attachments, large bait buckets, chair, holdall, weight sling, plus other miscellaneous items. Will sell as job lot or individual items. • Set of 13 Golf Clubs, with golf bag and accessories. Price: £40. Tel: 01530 244115 (Markfield). • Hammock with carry case. Foldaway steel frame and central hanging. Like new condition, ideal for garden or camping and very easy to put up. Price: £25 • Electric Car Bodywork Polishing Machine, handheld electric and like new condition. Large orbital pad. Boxed and good working order. Price:£10 • Exercise Bike, Pro Fitness model with digital speedo & calorie count. Adjustable resistance settings and hydraulic action. Price: £22 • Kawasaki Racing Motorbike Leathers, Men’s Blue with white trim, 2 piece, 36” waist. Price: £25 • Exercise trampete, black with red padding. Good condition. Price: £6 Tel: 0116 287 0375 (Groby) • Stainless steel 3ft square kitchen table, glass-topped with 2 chairs. Price: £20 • Portable gas heater with 2 bottles. Price: £50 Tel: 0116 232 1922 (Groby) • 2 in 1 Single Bed. Second bed fits underneath the single bed. In good, clean condition, with mattress. Price: £60 Tel: 0116 287 6761. • Recliner Chair - 6 months old. Cost £950. Will accept £400. Genuine reason for sale. • Bathroom Stool for disabled person. Price: £200 Tel: 01530 242789 (Markfield)

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• Black leather office chair on roller casters. Rise & fall height positioning. Excellent condition - as new. Price: £60 Tel: 0116 291 6192 (Groby) • Two ‘Quick-Grip’ bar clamp spreaders. Max jaw width: 18”. Price: £5 each. • Halfords Rapid Digital Tyre Inflator. Very good condition. Used once only. Price: £7. • Halfords Black & Decker Carvac Super. Price: £6 • One roll of Wickes Shed Felt. Unopened. 5 metres by 1 metre. Price: £5 • Halfords Twin barrel Foot Pump. Price: £4 o.n.o. • Panasonic FM/AM Clock Radio in good working order. Price: £3. Tel: 0116 287 5973 (Groby) • Electric Outboard Motor, 12 volt, Minn Kota Turbo 5-speed. Little used. Price: £75 o.n.o. • Garden Swimming Pool, new, 12 feet diameter, 40” deep, tubular metal frame. Steps in and out. Electric circulating pump. Price: £100 o.n.o. • Electric sewing machine - FREE. Tel: 01530 245 328 (Stanton-underBardon) • Two-door mirrored bathroom cabinet. Price: £8 o.n.o. • Two fold-coloured towel rails. Price: £3 each. Tel: 01530 243778 (Markfield)

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St Philip & St James Church, Groby NORMAL church services at St Philip and St James will be cancelled on Sunday June 24th as Markfield Road will be closed for the Groby Street Fair. There will, however, be a short service of outdoor worship at 12noon for all Street Fair patrons who wish to attend. Everyone welcome.

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PARENTS with children due to start at primary schools in Leicestershire in September 2019 can now apply for places at their preferred choice of schools. More information about schools in Leicestershire and the application process can be found at . Parents then have until Tuesday, 15th January 2019 to submit their applications. Ivan Ould, county council cabinet member for children and families, said: “We want to remind parents to allow enough time to research and shortlist up to three primary schools that they want to include on their application. “There’s no automatic entry system for any school in the county so we’d encourage parents to make direct contact with the schools to arrange any visits.” Nearly 7,300 applications were received for the start of the autumn term this year and resulted in: • 92.82 per cent (6,774) securing their first choice - that was compared to 91.3 per cent in 2016; • 4.39 per cent (321) securing their second choice; • 0.83 per cent (61) securing their third choice; • 98.05 per cent (7,156) securing one of their top three choices The county council is encouraging parents to make an online application - 97 per cent of them did for the Autumn 2018 term - so they receive an automatic acknowledgment that the application has been submitted. Late applications, says the council, have to be given the lowest priority as they have to be processed after the applications made on time.


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Borough Councillors’ Monthly Report Changes to Groby’s Refuse Collection Day

From Monday 11th June 2018 the refuse and recycling collection in Groby will be on a Monday. Groby • Monday 11th June: - Blue Recycling & Brown Green Waste • Monday 18th June: - Black Bin • Monday 25th June: - Blue Recycling & Brown Green Waste • Monday 2nd July: - Black Bin Field Head Tuesdays from 12th June will become the day the refuse, recycling and green waste is collected from Field Head households. • Tuesday 12th June – No Collection of any waste • Tuesday 19th June – Black bin – see note below Please note: As Field Head residents will have gone 18 days without a black bin collection every household will be allowed to put out an additional two black bags of refuse on Tuesday 19th June and this will be collected. • Tuesday 26th June Recycling & Green Waste • Tuesday 3rd July – Black Bin

Pricegate Sold – Now Pricegate & Henson Limited

After 17 years in Groby Pricegate has been sold to the owner of Henson Hardware of Groby. Nizam Farook (Sam) & Razina Farook have recently handed over the keys following the sale to concentrate on their other business Abdul Enterprise on Green Lane Road, Leicester. Ted & I wish Mr & Mrs Farook all the best for their future. Many customers of Pricegate will have fond memories of their time in Groby. Congratulations to Henson Hardware who have now relocated their previous business at Lawnwood Shops to Pricegate calling the new business Pricegate & Hensons Limited. I would imagine there will be a greater supply of hardware goods than before but that much of what was on offer at Pricegate will continue. Good Luck to you!

Martinshaw Development The HBBC Scrutiny Task And Finish Group meeting was held in Groby at the Parish Council Chamber. Numerous affected residents turned up to either witness the proceedings or to raise their

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questions and concerns to the panel members. The scrutiny panel was set up as a result of a motion to Council by Cllr Cartwright in support of the affected residents at the February 2018 HBBC full Council meeting by a political split of Three Conservatives, Two Liberal Democrats and One Labour member. On the evening two Conservative members selected to sit on the panel failed to turn up. This effectively gave a political balance of One Conservative, Two Liberal Democrats and One Labour member, who was the Chairman. A PowerPoint presentation and video was played to the committee members by several of the affected residents. Cllr Cartwright as ward member raised concerns to the Task And Finish Group panel on behalf of the residents that were both present and unable to make the meeting. The meeting was well conducted with many of the issues expressed to the panel members by the residents affected.

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Cllr Cartwright concluded the meeting by passing a dossier of 150+ questions to each panel member. These questions will now be taken away by the Scrutiny Task & Finish Group and a report published in due course. I will advise you when this work has been completed. In relation to the issues themselves some are obviously more serious than others. The most serious one being that the HBBC issued planning permission to itself, this in itself is correct, but then may have failed to abide by some of the planning conditions laid down (pardon the pun). Without going into great detail here, HBBC and the contractor allegedly failed to invite the County Council Highways department on site before commencement of the road to witness test digs and form an opinion on the road structure. The ramifications in these alleged failings are that the road will not be able to be adopted as per the specification at the outset set out by HBBC. Failings to comply with planning

conditions are serious by anyone involved in a planning application and nothing removes the same liability from the Borough Council to comply. How can the Borough Council by its own alleged failings therefore take any credible enforcement action on behalf of any planning application when HBBC itself fails to comply? Quite simply in my opinion there needs to be an independent investigation, as how can HBBC effectively be Judge and Jury of its own alleged failings. The Scrutiny Panel once it has reviewed all the submissions may well form the same view, only time will tell. As the Spotlight takes a well earned rest in July the development is likely to be completed by the time I can bring you further details in August.

Concrete Guttering

Please be aware that residents in this area have been receiving letters from a company suggesting that they had a contract with the Council, HBBC to replace guttering. However, HBBC have had no dealings whatsoever with this company. Groby has a number of properties with this type of guttering. If you receive a letter stating that the company concerned has been let down by a delayed contract they had with HBBC, I can assure you that this is not true. The letter will go onto say that the works to your home will be completed by the end of June and also offers 12 months interest free option to pay. This is a scam, if you receive such a letter please let me know on 07850 707050. Trading Standards advice is best to always be wary of such approaches. If you do require work doing on your home, always seek more than one quote and listen to recommendations from friends and neighbours who have received good service from a company in the past rather than unsolicited letters or doorstep sellers.

Van Power Tool Thefts

Inspector Emma Maxwell has asked me to inform you that there have been a number of van breakins overnight in the Ratby and Groby area. Thieves have been targeting tools in vans. I have been assured that the police will be progressing the investigation and will be ensuring that teams patrol these villages and those neighbouring. Power tools and equipment are extremely sought after by

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from Martin & Ted opportunist thieves. These tools can be worth more than the van itself to a criminal. The advice from the Police is to remove tools from your van at night where possible and to hide them from view in all circumstances day and night.

Woman guilty of Littering in Hinckley

A Barwell woman has been fined £80 by Leicester Magistrates Court on Wednesday 16 May 2018 after pleading guilty to littering in Hinckley. In addition to the fine, she was ordered to pay costs of £330 and a victim surcharge of £80. The court was told that a Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council member of staff witnessed the woman throw a cigarette end out of her car in Hinckley on 5 October 2017. The member of staff reported the incident and made a witness statement that enabled the council to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN). The FPN went unpaid and a further reminder letter was issued; however at the end of the period the FPN remained unpaid and consequently the Borough Council decided to prosecute the woman for the littering offence. When the case was called on the court was advised that she had pleaded guilty by post. It costs council tax payers a lot of money to clear up after those who don’t dispose of their litter responsibility. It only takes a couple of seconds to use a litter bin or take their rubbish home with them. The Borough Council has a zero tolerance to littering and where it can will issue fixed penalty notices and if they remain unpaid will prosecute offenders.

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World Scout Jamboree UPDATE Hi everyone. Great news - thanks to all of your support and help I am just over half way to my fundraising total & still have over 12 months to go! Over the past few weeks I’ve joined forces with other local Scouts who are going to the Jamboree. Between us we raised almost £450 at Woodlands Garden Centre on the 21st April and on the 14th May we held a charity curry evening at Spice 45 in Narborough where we made a similar amount. Thank you to any of you who supported either event. I mentioned last month I`m holding a FAMILY DETECTIVE TRAIL on the 19th August. Why not join forces with your family and friends and see if you can work out who stole the King’s Crown? Follow the trail instructions and make your way round the village, answering clues as you go. A picture trail for our younger adventurers follows the same route. Things you need to know:• Start the trail from the Groby Scout HQ between 2.00 & 4:30 • Collect a trail booklet and follow the clues to work out ‘who done it’ • The Trail will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. • The route is all on tarmac, so is pushchair, scooter and bike friendly. • Tickets are £5 per family • Refreshments will be available at the Scout HQ all afternoon. In the meantime don’t forget to come and visit us at the Groby Street Fair on the 24th June where we`ll be offering some ‘pocket-money’ games & a ‘Selfie Photo Frame’ I hope you all had a lovely half enjoying the lovely weather and if you have any questions you can email me at scoutjam2019@gmail. com Thanks again for all your generosity

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All the latest Martinshaw School News from Owen Lawrence Trim Trail

IT IS THE ambition of the Martinshaw School Assoc - PTA - to raise in excess of £4000 to purchase a ‘Trim Trail’: various, sets of exercise equipment: Ladders, walls, rope swings, balance beams, etc. Letters have been distributed to various businesses in the area, but the MSA is also actively devising schemes involving school staff and pupils to raise the much needed funds. The first two events have already, successfully, taken place. Firstly, ‘The Great Martinshaw Sleep -Over’ or as it is known to the volunteers and staff supervising ‘The Great Martinshaw StayAwake-Over. 101 children from years 2 to 6 enjoyed a night of stories, games, films and generally organised mucking about with their mates, with lights out, officially anyway, at 10.00 pm, culminating next morning with a great breakfast and a weary return home, leaving behind absolutely shattered volunteers. Secondly, the return of the ‘Martinshaw Fashion Show’. Another successful, well attended evening with models displaying fashions ranging from size 8 to 20. A quote from the MSA, ‘Arranging and putting on these events takes a lot of time and effort, but it is well worth it if it helps us to achieve our target. I would also like to thank the staff and volunteers who help to make these events possible.’

Hairdressing in Foundation Stage

WHAT A wonderful idea you would think letting 4/5 year olds cut your hair, a brilliant fund raiser. As a year one student once asked me if I went to the hairdressers, I answered in the affirmative only to be asked,’Why, you haven’t got any hair’. I soon found out that you can’t have an ego if you volunteer in a Primary School. Anyway, obviously I couldn’t volunteer to be a model for our young Tonsorialists. However, with no cutting allowed I am reliably informed that a couple of staff members let the children

have a little go. They were the ones in the bathrooms later, frantically trying to get the tangled hair rollers and brushes out of their locks. Whoops ! The children really did set up, by themselves, a hairdressing salon in the theme area of their classroom. A great learning tool for maths reading, science etc.

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Year 5 Urban Scene

YEAR 5 have been learning about their own village and city, Leicester. They have been mainly investigating local amenities and how they could be improved. One of these amenities, in both Groby and Ratby, are the Skate Parks and they have been running a Forensic eye over them, looking at ways to not only make them safer, but also more user friendly. They have designed their own parks and written to both Groby and Ratby Parish Councils, putting forward their ideas. They have been particularly inspired by the visit of a local ‘Graffiti Artist’. He shared tips and advice on how to produce successful pieces of art work and what the various ‘tags’ (signatures) mean, as well as emphasising the need to get permission if you intend to paint on anything that does not belong to you. It was a well received talk which encouraged the students to use their new found artistic skills in the design of their skate parks. Perhaps a little Graffiti on some of Martinshaw’s large blank walls wouldn’t go amiss. Watch this space !

THREE MEMBERS of the Early Years staff and a year 6 LSA looking ‘Pretty in Pink’, turned up for the Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course at Prestwold Hall and left looking as if they had been wrestling crocodiles on the banks of the Zambezi. All in the aid of a good cause, Cancer Research.

Romans invade Year 3

FROM ROMULUS and Remus, through the invasion of Britain to the Fall of the Roman Empire, year 3 have been studying the Ancient Roman Empire. This culminated in a ‘Roman Day’, with the visit of a Roman Soldier reenactor complete with legionary uniform with shields and weapons for the students. After being put through their various drills, such as form a shield wall, testudo (tortoise, shields for a barrier to the front and above) and of course ‘Chaaaarge’, they practised writing names and sending messages using Roman letters, they handled unusually shaped pottery and made clay votives of body parts, to sacrifice to the gods to ask for those particular parts to be healed. Having learned all about the Romans, I asked one student which bit he liked the best, his answer, the fact that they used a sponge on a

They negotiated : tunnels, slides, knee deep in mud pits, bouncing on space hoppers and an extra obstacle specially selected by Mrs Jackson, stinging nettles. They raised together in excess of £600. Well done ladies, 10k next year then ?

Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary now recruiting Trustees and Committee Members DO YOU love animals ? Do you also like helping young people find work experience and volunteering opportunities that will enhance their life skills? Would you be interested in volunteering at Redgate Farm yourself – as an (unpaid) Trustee or a Committee member? Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary is a registered charity. The Sanctuary is a busy place but also a precious ‘green’ oasis, in the midst of roads and developments. Could you become part of our team supporting and promoting animal welfare and

education in our area? There are currently seven Trustees and six Committee Volunteers (the latter position is similar to that of ‘Friend of ’), and between us we cover every aspect of managing and supporting a small, local charity which was set up 32 years ago. In an average year we rescue/re-home approximately 100 – 120 cats and kittens; 35 - 45 rabbits and guinea pigs, and countless birds. In the past fifteen months we have also re-homed 4 ponies, 5 goats, 1 pig and a small flock of sheep. We also look after elderly animals, for example some of the goats, sheep and horses, on site as permanent residents. We are looking especially for people interested

in finance, finding and completing grant applications, fundraising/social activities and marketing. Also, D.I.Y., baking, and writing and photography skills are always in demand! If you would like to discuss any aspect of being a Trustee, Committee member/Friend or Volunteer to help keep this vital animal (and human) charity going, please call Jo Leadbetter on 01530 230 455 or Dianne Esmond on 01530 230 123. Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, 233 Shaw Lane, Markfield, LE67 9PW. We are open to the public every day from 12 noon until 3.30pm.

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Groby Gardening Society News Groby Gardening Society meeting, 10 May 2018 The May meeting was the society’s social evening, a variation from the usual format of a talk from a visiting expert. This took the form of a beetle drive, with approximately 40 members and guests engaging in some friendly rivalry for the prizes on offer. The rules were modified slightly – no need for the winner on each table to move to the neighbouring table – and everyone seemed to quickly get to grips with the rules. Tables varied in number from 4 to 7 competitors, and the action sped along at a good rate. There were wide variations in the quality of the beetles being drawn, some quite artistic, and a couple that resembled a silhouette of Gary Lineker! After seven rounds, the top scorer was Jane Rayne, with 62 points, who selected the pop-up garden bag as her prize, and hinting that she was looking forward to the world championships next year! Second place went to Beryl Barrett, with 54 points, who commented that she’d enjoyed the outbreak of chaos and friendly rivalry that evening. Pat Humprheys “Have dice will travel” finished third top scorer, and she and Beryl both received a heuchera plant as their prizes. Not everyone can win, sadly, and Jackie Fisher posted the lowest score (16 points), who declared that the dice were loaded against her! Everyone seemed to find the evening enjoyable, despite the occasional comment that there were no actual beetles in sight!


Above: A superb display of Sweet Peas. Right: Narcissi. Below right: Tulips. Below left: Lilies

Action from the beetle drive.

The society’s annual plant sale took place at the village hall the following Saturday, May 12, and proved very successful, with a steady stream of visitors selecting flower and vegetable plants grown by members of the society, with more supplied by Thornton Nursery. Thanks must be given to all the helpers involved in the setting up, and the clearing up afterwards, and to the Groby WI who provided refreshments on the day. The following day, Sunday May 13 saw approximately 40 members of the “Groovy Gardening Society” – that’s what was printed on the ticket, honest! - make the trip to the Malvern Show in Worcestershire. Our regular driver Phil from Roberts coaches took us on a pleasant scenic route to the showground, and we arrived to a bright, warm and sunny early summer’s day to browse around the show gardens, plant and trade stalls, and live appearances from gardening celebrities such as Carol Klein, Joe Swift and Johnathan Moseley, not forgetting the wide range of refreshment stalls. The weather was kind, no rain on the day, and there were many bargains to be had as the exhibitors sold off their remaining exhibits on what was the final afternoon of the show, many of which were secured safely in the hold of the coach. A pleasant return journey saw us safely back in Groby in the early evening, after a very enjoyable trip. The photos on the right show the standard of some of the exhibits within the flower marquee.

A reminder of the Society’s forthcoming trips • LLANDUDNO, Wednesday July 25 to Friday July 27. • WATERPERRY GARDENS on Wednesday September 12. If you like the sound of what we get up to, why not come along to a meeting and try us out. Our monthly meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of each month in the United Reformed Church rooms on Chapel Hill, Groby. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome, along with a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit! Details about membership and the events programme can be obtained from Eric Atherton. (Tel. No. 0116 287 6637) or Email The next meeting is on Thursday July 12th, when we’ll be welcoming Colleen Powell as our guest speaker, with a talk on “Helping Hedgehogs”.

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IF YOU can find 12 TENNIS WORDS AND PHRASES in this issue’s Wordsearch puzzle, you could win yourself a meal and a drink. This month we offering a tasty prize of: A Main Course for Two, Solutions forare Districts Free plus A Bottle of House Wine at The FieldHead Hotel.








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Peta Guinness (known universally as Bunny) HALFVOLLEY has been a major player in the horticultural NEWBALLS world for many years. She qualified as a landscape designer at Birmingham City TIEBREAK University, where she recently received an TOPSPIN honorary doctorate, and now runs a landscaping consultancy. She has exhibited at major shows and has won no fewer than six gold medals at Chelsea. She is best known to the gardening public as a journalist and broadcaster, writing a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph and appearing regularly as a panellist on the radio programme ‘Gardeners’ Question Time’. We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious gardening expert to our village and we invite visitors to join us on this occasion. Tickets will cost £12 and can be obtained by ringing 01530 242452 or emailing At the time of writing around 75 percent of the tickets have already been issued so we anticipate that the hall will soon be fully booked.

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As ever the band had an impressive array of reeds, from melody flute (penny whistle) to alto sax plus a couple of clarinets, all played excellently by Chris Pearce and Andy Leggett. The front line was completed by Dave Deacon playing trombone. The rhythm section of Tony Sharp on bass, Roger Wells on drums and Phil Probert on banjo and guitar completed this superb jazz band. They played a varied selection of trad jazz including ‘Sugar’ with impressive solos from the front line and a trombone solo from Dave Deacon playing ‘Sultry Serenade.’ This all added up to an excellent evening’s entertainment which the audience thoroughly enjoyed. Next month we have The Eagle Jazz Band led by Matt Palmer. Do come along to Newbold Verdon Social Club on July 6th and enjoy an evening of live music. Door open at 7.00pm with the music from 8.00 - 10.30pm. Admission £9.00 with drinks and snacks at club prices. For more details ring Kelvin on 01455 822824 or Pauline on 01162 865496.

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Ruth Pitsillides Will Writing


Anstey Funeral Service


Groby Computers


Simon Shuttlewood Upholstery


Anstey Skip Hire


Guy Weisner


SJS Carpet Cleaning


Appliance Home


I.C.N. Computers


Slimming World


Bodytalk Beautician


Johanna Partridge Foot Care


Speak Wright Speech Therapy


Charnwood Living Estate Agents


Julies Pet Care


Stagecoach - A Show in a Week!


Chris Foulds Plumber


Keith Smith Electricals


Swift Fitted Furniture


Classics Cuts


Kneller & Kneller Electrician


Sykes Jewellers & Watch Batteries


Control Electrics


KR Hair


Tim Greaves


Cook’s Farm Shop


Loft Storage Solutions


Total Refurbs


County Contractors


Martin Allen French Polishers


UK Gas


Cropston Garage M.O.T


Martin Page Tree Care


Vinyl Records Jon Lapworth


Dan Hardy Lawn Mowing


Nigel Billing Building Services


Whites Hairdressers


Dennis Colledge Motor Engineers


Nottingham Building Society


Window Services


Fensit Tim Hendry


NP Plumbing


Woodlands Carpentry & Joinery


Field Head Hotel


Oaktree Lettings


Yeomans Painting & Decorating


When I ask someone about their weekend, it’s usually because I just want to brag about mine.

June 2018 spotlight online  
June 2018 spotlight online