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Another dog attack at Little Markfield Farm Some readers may remember that in November we had a dog attack on our sheep, killing three of them.

THE Borough Council has ‘frozen’ its council tax for 2011/12 to the same level as the current financial year.

We suffered another attack on our sheep in the late afternoon of the Saturday 19th February resulting in injuries to one of the pet/show sheep that you may have seen at the Markfield fete in August She has had one of her ears badly torn and our parents were up until late looking after her and checking on the other sheep. What makes it worse is that she is very close to lambing for the first time, but due to the stress that has been caused from the attack she may lose her lamb(s) at the least. What upsets us the most is the fact that she is so down and hurt, when she is normally full of energy. The owner of the dog will know that their dog had attacked the sheep because of the blood and sheep’s wool on it.

Coralie Featherstone (16) & Alice Featherstone (11)

Do You Know Anything About This Attack? If anybody has any information about the attack please could you let us or Sadie Harlock (the beat officer) know on Sadie’s collar number is 4338 and could people walking there dogs please keep there dogs under control and on the lead at all times when on farmland as they will be shot if off the lead and near the animals.

Car Boot Sale at Stanton under Bardon School

Sunday 13th March 9am - 12 noon, set up from 8am. £5 per pitch, pitch fees will be donated to school.

Phone Jayne 07759 122603 to book a place.

Council Tax frozen – without hitting frontline services

This means that someone living in an average ‘Band D’ property will continue to pay £112.35 per year for the services provided by the Borough Council; with the borough remaining the 10th lowest council of the 201 districts in England. Despite having to find budget reductions of over £900,000 for the coming year, mainly to match cuts in grants from central Government, the council has been able to set a balanced budget, without hitting frontline services - an essential requirement in its medium term strategy. Efficiencies have been made totalling over £725,000, with the remainder being secured from staff generated savings during 2011/12 and contributions from balances and reserves accrued in the last few years against such an eventuality. Looking ahead, however, the council has acknowledged that even more savings will be required in 2012/13 and beyond, which reserves and balances will not be able to cover in the longer term. Whilst new income is anticipated from national changes in planning fees and the New Homes Bonus (as well as potential changes in income from non-domestic rates), the level of this income will not be known for at least 12 months, as proposals are still under consultation by the Coalition Government. TURN TO PAGE 2

Medals presented to two Markfield residents

St. Michael and All Angel’s Church

Lent Lunch

in aid of Tear Fund At the Congregational Hall Main Street, Markfield, on Sat 19th March 12 till 1.30pm

£3.50 ~ Menu ~ Jacket Potato, Cheese, Beans, Home Made Coleslaw, Apple Pie & Custard Everyone welcome

Tickets from Iris on 01530 242436

Two residents of Markfield have received medals from Lady Gretton for serving in Burma. David Cattell and Ron Sprason, who are are both ex-Leicestershire Regiment, also received medals for three Australian residents. The photo shows (l-r) County Councillor David Sprason, Ron Sprason, David Cattell and Lady Gretton.

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Bradgate Flower Club

Forthcoming Events for Spring Bradgate Flower Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. On March 2nd, we are at our regular venue - Newtown Linford Village Hall. The Club welcomes new members and visitors for whom a fee of £4 is charged at the door. On Wednesday 16th March at 7.00pm, Bradgate Flower Club is holding the first of its 2011 workshops at Copt Oak Memorial Hall. This will look at the arrangement of spring flowers. On 6th April, our Open Meeting will be held at Groby Community College, when the Club welcomes Sarah Horne (International Designer & Florist) to demonstrate on the theme “Spring has Sprung”. Further details of these and other events can be obtained from Geraldine Abbott on 01530 415378.

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Commenting on the position, Sanjiv Kohli (Deputy Chief Executive Corporate Direction, responsible for Finance), said: “The council has an ongoing obligation to provide the best possible services to our community at the lowest possible cost and we intend to fulfil that role not only in 2011/12 but beyond that. “However, we have a responsibility also to give maximum value for the public money we receive. “We believe that the hard work of our staff, our partners and our elected Members, has managed to achieve this once again for 2011/12 and we will adopt the same collective approach in dealing with further financial challenges beyond the next financial year”. Executive Member for Finance, Councillor Keith Lynch, paid tribute to the work of the council departments in achieving a measure of efficiency savings which allow the council to continue to deliver high quality front line services while still being able to maintain council tax within the 10 lowest in the country.

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Free Entertainment Sat: 5th March HAZZARD Accoustic Duo

MARKFIELD MEDICAL CENTRE The partners at Markfield Medical Centre are pleased to inform patients that with effect from 7th March, the surgery will be open throughout the lunchtime period, and will remain open until 6.15 in the evening.

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Extracts from Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council Minutes Here are brief extracts from the unapproved minutes of the meeting of Stanton under Bardon Parish Council held on Tuesday 8th February 2011 at The Youth Club, Stanton under Bardon:

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Community Police Comments The Police were told about the problems with the Flying Horse Roundabout regarding the sequence of the Traffic Lights and the speed in which vehicles approach the lights. They will contact the Traffic Unit at Force headquarters to request that the Camera Team come out and monitor the area. They will also liaise with Leicestershire County Council with regard to re-painting the arrows on the roundabout as these have faded and it is unclear which lane cars need to be in to go straight ahead.

Borough Councillor’s Report Matthew Lay confirmed that the Grant Application for Funding towards new play equipment has been applied for, he is querying whether the Council can apply for the full £12,000 as this may only be available for deprived areas and Stanton may only be eligible for £10,000. He also advised that due to the FLAG grants being discontinued that the Parish Council should write to the Treasury asking what is this going to be replaced with as it was originally founded because of the close proximity of the Quarries to the nearby Villages. The Borough Budget has been reduced by 15% but there will not be any Council Tax increase for this year. There is also a new homes bonus to encourage villages to have new homes built this would be to the sum of 6 years of Council Tax. This should go to the Village but the Borough and the County council want to use this money to provide more services. No more progress has been made on the Local development framework and no further decisions will be made until after the election. There have been a few issues

with regard to the new recycling service - if anybody has any missed collections they should contact Matthew Lay directly who will raise the issues with the Borough Council. Matthew has also reported the problems with the back lane off Main Street, down from the Post office, as it is unadopted it does remain under the Borough Council rather then the County Council to maintain. The residents have complained about the state of the road and also the height of the kerbs as many of the residents are elderly it was suggested that a double kerb be put in to assist them.

Signs for the Fields Mr Evans has enquired if signs could be put in the Fields at the back of Main Street requesting dog owners to keep their dogs under control as many let them run free over the crops in the field. A similar problem has been reported for the Recreation Ground where dogs should also be kept on leads. Clerk to contact Footpaths Department to see if any signs are available.

Donation to the Youth Club Due to recent bad weather the Felt was blown off the Youth Club. The Council agreed to donate £250 to pay the excess on the insurance policy so the felt can be replaced.

Next Meeting The next meeting of Stanton under Bardon Parish Council is to be held on TUESDAY 8th MARCH 2011 at 7.00pm at Stanton Youth Club, Main Street, Stanton under Bardon, Leicestershire.

A TOP England badminton player was the guest of honour at Hinckley and Bosworth Local Sporting Alliance’s fourth Sports Awards Evening. Donna Kellogg, one of the country’s most successful badminton players of the past decade, joined the borough’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rob Mayne, in presenting the awards at a gala evening held at Bosworth College, Desford. Donna has won 88 caps for England, claimed 11 English national titles, won Commonwealth Games gold medals, European gold medals and represented Great Britain in three Olympic Games. Since the award scheme was introduced four years ago, it has grown in stature and now celebrates the contributions made by local volunteers, as well as the achievements of individuals and sports teams in the borough. Those who won awards were as follows: • Sportswoman of the Year: Sarah Padbury (rowing) • Sportsman of the Year: Jamie Thorpe (swimming) Disabled Sportsman: • Jamie McQuillin (football) Disabled Sportswoman: • Zara Jurenko (tennis)

WELL DONE: Winners of the Hinckley and Bosworth Local Sporting Alliance’s Sports Awards celebrate their success. • •

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Junior Sportsman (U16): Jason Gravelling (sailing) Disabled Sportsman (U16): Luke Wardle (swimming, tennis and football) and Matthew Chilvers (football) Veteran Sportsman: Arthur Cross (table tennis) Veteran Sportswoman: Nicki Nealon (athletics) Club of the Year: AFC Barwell and Desford Lawn Tennis Club.

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Active Lifestyles: Sue Morris (walking) Health Referral: Christine Mead

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Young Volunteer of the Year: Alex Franklin (football) Adult Volunteer of the Year: Anthony Gill (sailing) Unsung Hero: Harry Matty (tennis) Lifetime Achievement: Barry Fry (cycling) Making A Difference: Tom and Matt Hayward (sailing)

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County Councillor David Sprason’s Column County Council Budget agreed The County Council has agreed the budget for the next three years that will freeze council tax, freeze wage increases and freeze members allowances. The Cabinet agreed to include in the budget some extra funding for; two years of transition funding for the children & young peoples service, extra specialist youth service, housing support for vulnerable people, increased offer for concessionary travel, the continuation of participatory budgets, a new ‘Big Society’ budget, extra funding for the voluntary sector, funding for the trading standards Scambusters scheme, funding for school sport partnerships and sport apprenticeships. The total budget for 2011/12 will be £349 million the growth of £24 million is included mainly due to the increased number of older people and savings of £33 million helps to meet this growth. So the decisions taken last year in tackling funding reductions leaves us in a better placed than other authorities including our nearest neighbours in the City.

Green Spaces What green spaces do you value? Local people are being urged to have their say on the green spaces they value. The county council wants to hear from people about their favourite green spaces, whether they are parks and meadows or large green wedges between towns. What is a green space? A green space is generally defined as a managed or more natural space, which is publically accessible and/or provides visual amenity. The visual amenity might be to retain an important view within or beyond a settlement, or on a larger scale to provide an area of separation between settlements or parts of settlements. However, we are interested in your views on all

green areas, whether or not they match this definition; the vital factor is that the green space is valuable to you. There are a number of protected areas in Leicestershire that we already know about, such as Billa Barra, Bradgate Park, Hill Hole Quarry, Bagworth Heath Woods, Conservation Areas and Green Wedges. So we are particularly interesting in hearing about more local areas that are important to you in the community. It could be a small strip of waste land that local children play on, a roadside verge that provides particular wildlife habitat, a village green or public garden, or even large areas of green space between towns and villages. Why are we asking? The county council launched the idea because the Government’s localism policy aims to give local communities a greater say on planning decisions affecting their areas. Ministers are also proposing to create a new “valued green spaces” designation. Understanding which green spaces local people particularly value will help local communities and councils decide where new homes and other developments needed by local communities are best located. Residents have been campaigning for further green wedges around our villages to be designated and other areas of countryside such as Thornton Reservoir to be protected. How you can have your say; There are two ways to make your views known one is by attending your community forum the second is by using our interactive, online map of the county - at www.lsronline.org/greenspaces Just enter a postcode or click on the map to find an area of interest, zoom in and select a particular place, then let us know what it is you value about that green space. You can tell us about as many areas as you want – just repeat the process. The consultation covers the county area of Leicestershire only; you will be able to identify areas that cross the County/City boundary, but not areas completely within the City. What will we do with the information? The information

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My name is Anita Beeby and I am the Neighbourhood Watch Development Officer for Bagworth & Thornton.

gained will be used to produce a map of each community forum area highlighting valuable green spaces. This will be available to the community and can form part of the evidence base for preparation of community-led plans, including the new neighbourhood development plans proposed by the Government. It will inform responses to consultation on emerging national policies, including the expected policy around new designations for ‘locally important green space’ and district local development frameworks. It will inform a potential countywide policy document on green spaces. It will inform programmes aimed at enhancing and improving access to and quality of green spaces for people and wildlife. This is the first time that local communities can actually inform and change policy although it has come too late for the London Road housing site we can use the Green Spaces initiative to protect ourselves from any further unwanted development. For further information please email greenspaces@leics,gov.uk or contact me David Sprason on 07940 626507 david.sprason@leics. gov.uk

My aim as Development Officer for the Parish is to help reduce the opportunity for local crime and increase a personal sense of security with neighbours looking out for each other and the general community. I need your help to do this! By setting up a NHW group with your neighbours, which only takes a few minutes of your time each week, we can work together as a community to reduce local crime and make our village a safe and more enjoyable place to live. How you can get involved: 1) You can become a co-ordinator which involves setting up a NHW group with your neighbours (the main task involved is forwarding a weekly crime update by email to your neighbours). Raising awareness of what criminal activity is taking place locally can benefit us all – we can be more vigilant to what is going on around us and we can report any suspicious activity. 2) You can join my neighbourhood watch group, which means you will receive weekly crime updates from the police as well as quarterly NHW newsletters which includes crime prevention information as well as general community news. Please contact me on the following information to get involved:

Anita Beeby m: 07889 219843 e: nwdo@btinternet.com

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Calling all Beauticians, Complimentary Therapists, Sports Massage Therapists & Students. The new Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) Local Support Group, for Leicestershire (Coalville) is starting. We will provide local events for updating First Aid Training, learning new skills and just meeting together to share experiences. At each meeting there will be a top class speaker. Refreshments will be served. FHT is a non-profit making organisation for qualified Complimentary Therapists, Beauticians, Sports Massage Therapists and Students studying these therapies. They provide - professional registration for therapists, education, training, insurance and regulation of training providers etc. Meetings will be bi-monthly – March, May, July, September, November, with two Away Days (for members). 2-4pm, The first Saturday of the month, meeting at The Library, High Street, Coalville, Leics, LE67 3EA. Entry for Registered Therapists and Students £5. Also, we welcome others who are just interested, Family and Friends £6. More details will be on my website http://www.therapeutic-touch.co.uk Also, the FHT website http://www. fht.org.uk

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I am writing to thank Markfield villagers for their support and kind wishes after my dog was attacked on Chitterman Way at the beginning of February. I would also like to thank the two people that stopped their cars and came to help get the pair of aggressive dogs off my Westie and without whose help his injuries would have been far worse. Both myself and my dog needed medical attention and it was an horrific event that has unnerved us both - so much so that we now do not venture far from home. I find it hard to believe that such pets roam free and are not safely secured. The dogs had my Westie in their sights even crossing a road to get to him, they came from nowhere. Above all is my concern that they may have attacked a child or even a dog being walked by a young owner. Markfield has some wonderful, picturesque places to walk and it is a shame that irresponsible dog owners are spoiling it for the majority.

Markfield Resident

Planning passed by default I was disappointed when I read the Borough Councillors report, in the February Herald, about the planning application 10/00811/FUL, which seemed to have been passed by default at the January planning meeting of Hinckley and Bosworth Council. The application was passed on the recorded vote of 7 for and 4 against. 6 councillors abstained, I felt compelled to write to these councillors, individually, to ask them why, as an elected public officer, they did not use their vote, despite known objections of the residents, together with the two borough councillors, representing that ward, who voted against the application. This does not give us confidence in the democratic proceedings of the planning department, if councillors decide not to use their vote. I asked the aforementioned councillors for their comments and their reasons for abstaining. To date I have received no response.

Local Resident

T. 01530 263330.

Dog owners urged to vaccinate DOG owners in the borough are being urged to make sure their pet’s vaccinations are up to date to protect against a preventable and distressing illness. The call comes after two dogs from the Burbage area died last week shortly after contracting the potentially fatal and highly contagious canine parvovirus.

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Markfield Women’s Institute • The WI exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills. • Meet at: Markfield Trinity Methodist Church, Main Street, MARKFIELD, LE67 9UU When: 3rd Wed of month at 7.45pm Contact: President, Mrs.Fran Johnson, 197 Main Street, Markfield Tel: 01530 243350 email: markfieldfran@hotmail.com

Let’s Beat It Together!This spring, we’re challenging communities to join our campaign, lose weight and give the whole community the gift of a healthier future! 62% of adults in the UK and Ireland are overweight or obese – our families, our friends, our communities – and the problem is rising. Being overweight can cause unhappiness, low self-esteem and lack of confidence and at worst it leads to health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. And that’s why it’s vital we all join together to beat obesity! At Slimming World we’ve been helping people live healthier lives for over 40 years – women, men, children – whole families! Most members who stay with Slimming World for 12 weeks lose between 5% and 10% of their weight, reaping numerous health benefits and boosting their energy! And with all the amazing recipe, shopping and money-saving tips they share in group, members tell us they spend less on food shopping too! So between 28th February and 12th March. We’re encouraging all our members to be a true friend, and bring their friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues along to their Slimming World group – to see what goes on each week, to try some delicious Slimming World recipes and to share in the fun. So come along! If you choose to join, you can enjoy our special offers – either by paying half price membership, saving £5 or join with a 12-week Countdown courses which gives you 12 weeks for the price of 10 and Free membership – a total saving of £19.90! Our campaign also sees the start of our annual 12-week Slimathon in aid of a local good cause, so if you’d like to lose a few pounds – or would love some long-term help to lose more – join one of our friendly groups and take part! Parties to celebrate the launch of our Let’s Beat It Together campaign are all happening w/c 28th February, so find your nearest group today and join in with our life-changing, community campaign.

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10 Cross Hills Baptist Church News

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Quackers Quackers is a parent and tots group that has recently started at Cross Hills. It takes place every Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am and makes full use of the new extension to the Church. Our first meeting saw 6 parents, one was even from Loughborough,

and one a childminder, who all enjoyed socialising whilst the children enjoyed playing with the toys and creating a glitter picture. Refreshments are served, for which we ask a £1 donation. If you would like more information please contact Bekki on 01530 231901 or r.holmes.314@btinternet.com

Lent Course A Lent Course, led by our Pastor Garry Kelly, will be starting on Saturday 12th March at Cross Hills Church and will continue each Saturday for 6 weeks. We will be meeting for coffee at 10am then the course starts at 10.15am and finishes at 11.30am. Anyone is welcome to join us. For further details please ring 01455 457802. We look forward to welcoming you to our services during 2011 - for details of the times please see the Church Service Information section in this magazine.

Glynis Straw

Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

Contact Numbers Pastor -Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 • Secretary - Robert Holmes: 01530 231901 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 • Parish Nurse - Vera Harding: 01530 230557

News from Markfield Local History Group

A meeting of Markfield Local History Group was held on Tuesday, February 15th the subject of which was the research which has been carried out into the names to go on the proposed new War Memorial. At the meeting members discussed the criteria for deciding which names should go on the memorial. A set of draft criteria was agreed and this will be sent to the Parish Council and the churches for consideration. The next meeting of the group will be held on Tuesday, 22nd March at Trinity Methodist Church at 7.30pm. The speaker will be Peter Liddle, the Community Archaeologist, and the subject of his talk will be Fieldwork in Leicestershire. This will be an open meeting with a charge, to include refreshments, of £1.50 to non- members. We look forward to seeing anyone who is interested in the subject or maybe thinking of joining our group.

Fran Johnson

Old photos of Markfield wanted Steven Woolman would be interested in hearing from any Herald readers who may have old photos of Markfield. He is particularly interested in any photos showing the Cooper family. Steven would also be keen to obtain information or photos of the old house that stood in the field where the industrial site is now. He believes that the house belonged to Lizzy Cooper. Steven can be contacted on 01530 244664 or by email at linda.woolman@btinternet.com

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Send us your group news! If you run a club, community group or sports team in Markfield, Thornton, Stanton or Bagworth, and you’d like to tell readers what you’re up to, email a few words to us and we’ll give you a mention. Email to: info@ markfieldherald.co.uk

Roof repairs at Markfield Congregational Church By the time that this issue is published there should be scaffolding on Main Street outside the Congregational Church. This is because the roofing felt has to be renewed. Following the appearance of a damp patch on the ceiling which was newly decorated less than 12 months ago inspection revealed the expensive truth: the existing felt had shrunk over the years allowing moisture to go through and the recent snow when it thawed did just that! So off with all the tiles and laths (and the old felt, of course) then on with the new felt, new laths and the refitting of the existing tiles (that at least is a blessing). We were in the process of having the Church Hall ceiling renewed to the latest building standards when the problem with the church roof was found. The Church Hall had to be closed for the whole of January to allow the work to be carried out but our regular users were very understanding - and we thank them most sincerely for this. It is now available once again for anyone who wishes to make use of its facilities - please contact Mrs Pam Wright tel. no. 243810. The Church building will NOT have to be closed whilst the work is in progress so Sunday services are as advertised elsewhere in The Herald. The two lots of work are very expensive jobs as anyone who has had to do anything similar to their own property will know and although we have been able to finance them completely ourselves our reserves are almost completely exhausted. We have therefore opened a ROOF FUND in an attempt to recover to some degree. Both our buildings are available for the general use of the village and we pride ourselves in trying to keep them so. I believe that many folk are appreciative of the fact that the buildings are there - and available. So we are inviting anyone who so wishes to send donations large or small so that we can again have something in reserve in time for the next unexpected problem -it does not bear thinking about if either of these two buildings could not be maintained satisfactorily. Cheques should be made payable to Markfield Congregational Church and sent to me at 23, Narrow Lane, Hathern, Loughborough, Leics, LE12 5LH or alternatively cash can be given to Dot Pickering at 2 Avery Drive, Markfield.

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Local businessman donates cash for police bike Neighbourhood officers covering the Markfield area will now be able to cycle round their beat, thanks to a local businessman and neighbourhood watch.

Royal Wedding Lunch on Saturday 30th April At the Congregational Hall Main Street, Markfield, 12 till 2pm Contact Brenda on 01530 242173 Everyone welcome Menu to follow

Have you lost your keys? A bunch of keys have been found in the bus shelter on the Leicester-bound side of the A50 at Field Head. They were found on Sunday 20th February. Are they your keys? If you think they may be, contact the Herald on 01530 244069 and we’ll put you in touch with the person who found them.

Mr Joe Kinch, a local businessman from the Markfield area, donated money to his local neighbourhood watch so that a pedal cycle could be purchased for the local beat team. On Wednesday February 16 2011 neighbourhood watch chairman Peter Dorans donated the cycle to beat officer PC Sadie Harlock on behalf of Markfield neighbourhood watch. On receiving the cycle, PC Harlock said: “We cover a large area and this will mean I can get out further afield and meet more of the community” Neighbourhood watch chairman Peter Dorans said: “We believe that Sadie and her team are a deterrent the more visible they are on the streets. The cycle will enable one of her team to cover more of the district quickly whilst staying in touch with the local community.”

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Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group News - from Muriel Walker

Another comedy production planned for April It was a delight to hear the audiences’ laughter during the run of our recent production of “Friends and Neighbours” and to have their appreciative comments afterwards! “I just rang to say how very much we all enjoyed the play – so good to have something to make us smile.” “I thought it was one of your best productions ever….. I had to tell my husband to stop laughing so loudly!” “My grandson never took his eyes of the stage….it occurred to us that he had never seen live comedy before”. “I laughed from beginning to end and then I wanted it to all happen all over again.” “You look such a happy team”. Therefore, we have decided to embark upon another comedy for our Spring production. “The Legend of Bockinge Hollow” written and directed by Muriel Walker, will run from 6th to 9th April, 2011. Jimmy and Verity Turnham have invested their all in Bockinge

Hollow, hoping to make it a successful guest house. The house is built in the shadow of Gibbet Hill, and is, reputedly, where Bold Jasper Duval, a highwaymen, met his end. The resident guests and staff are quite strange, to say the least, but anticipate the coming Bockinge Fair with pleasure - especially so when they find that it is to be opened by a world-famous clairvoyant! Then, the Turnhams discover that the legend of Bold Jasper may be made into a film – which project would greatly affect the viability of their guest house. How, in the meantime, can they cope with their decrepit gardener, the maid from Transylvania, the obsessive Simon Puddyfat, and the former owner of Bockinge Hollow who has no intention of leaving? As other guests arrive, confusion mounts, deceptions deepen,

identities are mistaken and only a monumental discovery can save the day! We do hope that this brief synopsis of what promises to be a riot of fun, has whetted your appetite. If you came to see our last production, then please do come again and tell your friends about us. If you haven’t been to see a production before, we would very much appreciate your support and you can be assured of a warm welcome. The play will be staged at 7.30 each evening at Thornton Community Centre. Tickets are on sale at Lloyd & Sue’s Corner Store in Thornton, or can be booked on 01455 822148. They are priced at £5 Adults and £4 Concessions. The play is entirely suitable for a family audience. Finally, may we add a plea for new members? After every

“I thought it was one of your best productions ever….. I had to tell my husband to stop laughing so loudly!” I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

production we wait for someone to come and say, “I’d like to join you!” We are sure that there’s dramatic talent out there somewhere in our vicinity! Perhaps you don’t ever want to set foot on stage, but would like to be part of the backstage or front-of-house teams? We are a really friendly group, and everyone is valued as an individual, whatever his/ her contribution. We meet on Wednesday evenings at Thornton Community Centre at 7.30 p.m. We do have a lower age limit of sixteen but… good news…. there is NO upper age limit! IF you want to know more, then rung Muriel on 01455 822148 and she will be very happy to talk to you about the Group. PLEASE BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR “THE LEGEND OF BOCKINGE HOLLOW”!


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Extracts from Markfield Parish Council Minutes The following items were among the topics discussed at the Markfield Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday 1st February 2011: POLICE REPORT: January Figures • 3 Burglary Dwell: Thornton Lane, Ratby Lane and Jane’s Way; vehicles also stolen. There was also one attempted burglary from Leicester Road. • 1 Burglary Other: Turnpike Way - Tools Stolen • 5 Thefts From: Bracken Way/ Hill Lane/A50 Travel Lodge/ Forest Road/Grassy Lane • 1 Theft of Motor Vehicle: Main Street PC Harlock reported that Mercenfeld School had also been burgled and that two computers had been stolen; there were no suspects at this time. She stated that the Crime Prevention Officer had arranged to visit the school. At the moment Markfield and Groby seemed to be targeted but there was no pattern emerging as to times etc.

PC Harlock also asked if the Parish Council could provide her with the details of the landowner of the piece of land adjacent to Hill Lane where motorcyclists were again causing problems using it for off-road motorcycling. The clerk agreed to email PC Harlock the relevant details. Tree planting projects throughout the village during the Winter/Spring: The clerk had circulated copies of the planting schedule to the councillors so that the details of the scheme could be studied and agreed. As previously resolved in principle pending successful funding application the quotation from Leics County DLO at £3682.60 exc. VAT was accepted. The clerk informed the members that the Stepping Stones application for £830.00 had been approved. The clerk had submitted the application for FLAG funding of £1659.60, which would total 75% funding from Leics County Council. Kate Knightingale had informed her that that the application had only scored 9 points on the 26th January 2011; 12 points were needed for a successful application.

In order to gain the extra 3 points the Parish Council needed to commit some voluntary works. After discussing the matter with several parish Councillors the following voluntary works had been agreed on the 26th January 2011: • Install Bird Boxes (either made voluntarily or purchased by the Parish Council) to many of the newly planted and existing trees within the design. • Build and install insect habitats at various areas amongst the hedges, (the wood from this was currently being stored at the Millennium Garden, so they would use the parish council trailer and their own vehicles for this. • Mulch around the base of the hedges to prevent weeds inhibiting the growth of the new hedges. The mulch was also stored at the Millennium Garden so they would use the parish council trailer and their own vehicles for this. The volunteers would primarily consist of: Mrs Ann Lay, Mrs Maggie Gondolo-Gordon (Vice Chair) and Mr Bill Walmsley. They were willing to commit 6 hours each over a week (total 18 hours) Kate Knightingale had

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telephoned the clerk to inform her that the application was being reconsidered. Local History Group – Proposal to erect a War Memorial in Markfield: Mr Gannon stated that there was a very good attendance at the AGM and social evening held on Tuesday 18th January 2011. He said that there was a possible three new members who wished to join and a programme of future events was being drawn up. A meeting had been arranged for Tuesday 15th February 2011 to look at the War Memorial research findings; from this a draft list for consultation would be drawn up. Parish Hanging baskets 2011; Quotation from H & BBC: - To supply and maintain 33 baskets; 20


15 baskets @ £76.10 per basket and 13 baskets @ £128.22 per basket. Total £3188.86 exc. VAT compared to £3095.84 last year. Resolved, the quotation was accepted, the clerk would order the baskets. For all lamp columns that were to display hanging baskets the Parish Council had to make arrangements for them to be surveyed by Leicestershire County Council for health and safety reasons. The baskets were all installed onto new columns, which should be surveyed on a 3 yearly basis; Leics County Council inspected them in April 2008, so the next inspection was due in April 2011, which the Parish Council would become responsible for. British Cycling – BMX Race Track – unused land at Jubilee Playing Fields: Mr Lay had made further enquiries regarding the Borough Council’s request for a full Ecological Survey to be undertaken. He stated that the land in question had indeed been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 Amended 2000. Therefore the full survey would be required in accordance with current legislation; he had informed Mr Sprason. County Councillor’s Report The County Council budget is going through the normal process

going to full council later this month. The headline figures are a council tax freeze for four years, £46 million growth for service improvements and demand pressures, £4.6 million health funding to support adult social care, 33% formula grant reduction, £80 million of savings with 70% coming from efficiency savings, 1000 reduction in posts and joint commissioning. The Concessionary Travel scheme transfers to the County Council from the District/Borough Councils from April. The amount allocated from central government is £4.7 million with the actual cost of running the basic scheme is £6 million so the County Council have included the extra £1.3 million in the budget. The discretionary part of the service offered by some of the District/Borough Councils would add a further £0.5 million to the scheme. The results of the consultation on the scheme supported some of the discretionary elements; if these were included a further £273k would need to be found. Included in the budget is a new scheme to encourage good quality care homes. The intention is to drive up standards in the county’s 106 private residential and nursing homes for older people and show that they treat people with dignity. The County

Council want to increase the number of homes providing high quality services which is good news for older people who need their services and better value for money for the Council Taxpayer. The new payment arrangements, known as the Quality Assessment Framework, homes can obtain one of three awards – gold, silver and bronze – which are based on strict criteria and reviewed annually. Only homes who can demonstrate they are providing quality care can apply, If a home breaches its contract, due to safeguarding issues or poor practice, payments will be stopped immediately. In addition the council is launching a dignity in care kitemark, which will show that care homes put their residents’ needs first. Environmental Improvement Scheme 2010/2011: Some work had commenced; Rose beds had been planted in the grass verge on the junction of Main Street and Neville Drive. Bardon Quarry - Proposed New Extension adjacent to A511, Planning application: The plans could be viewed at www. leics.gov.uk/eplanning searchform. htm H & B B C Budget proposals for 2011/2012: Mr Lay stated that the council was sticking to its previous pledge of no compulsory redundancies

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during 2011/12 and a proposed 0% Council Tax increase. New Homes Bonus: Mr Lay stated that the Borough and County Councils were already lobbying for a greater share but hoped New Homes Bonus would ensure that those communities that developed new housing would directly reap the benefits of the development. New kerbside recycling service: Mr Lay stated that an improved recycling service was launched on 17 January 2011, although several locations within Markfield had been accidently omitted from the new crew’s routes. This problem had now been rectified and in the future the service should be easier for residents to use and more cost effective. After some further discussion it was agreed that Mr M Brymer from the Waste Management Services to attend a Parish Meeting to clarify the Borough Council’s recycling process.

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Snibston bridges the gap between science and engineering!

LETTER

Exclusive Arts, Crafts and Gifts ran their first event on Sunday 6th February at Markfield Community and wanted to say a big thank you to all those who supported the event. We had over 200 people attend on the day and our charity raffles raised over £350 for TinkerBella’s Wishes. A huge thank you to Next, Field Head Hotel, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Top to Toe Beauty Salon, Twycross Zoo and all stallholders who generously donated a prize to the raffle.

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POLICE Message From Markfield’s Beat Officer PC 4338 Sadie Harlock

Leicestershire’s award-winning Snibston Discovery Museum is offering students the opportunity to take part in practical workshops inspired by the excavation of a medieval bridge. The workshops, which are free, have been organised to mark National Science and Engineering Week (14th – 18th March 2011).

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The medieval Hemington bridge timbers were found during excavations at Hemington Quarry in North West Leicestershire between 1993 and 1998. Following their extraction, the timbers were immersed in a sucrose solution for over a decade to preserve them. They have now been moved to Snibston Discovery Museum for the final stages of the conservation process. Last year, Leicestershire County Council in partnership with British Sugar, was declared Champion of Champions at the Jaguar Land Rover Awards for Arts and Business 2010 for its work to preserve the bridge. Students taking part in these hands on workshops will learn about the forces involved in designing bridges, test the properties of a range of different materials, investigate different bridge structures and build up their teamwork skills whilst designing and building their own bridge. David Sprason, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Communities, said: “Snibston Discovery Museum continues to offer fun and interactive learning opportunities that inspire students’ creativity and encourages engagement in science, technology and engineering.” The workshops will take place from 10am – 2.30pm. Activities are broken down by Key Stages. Key Stage 2 – Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th March. Key Stage 3 – Tuesday 15th, Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March. Students must be accompanied by teaching staff. Places are limited and early booking is advised. For more details or to make a booking please call: 0116 305 3424 email: muslearningteam@leics. gov.uk or visit: www.snibston.com/nsew

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Extracts from Bagworth and Thornton Parish Council Minutes The following items are among the topics discussed at the meeting of Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council on 7th February 2011 at Thornton Community Centre.

Caravan in Thornton Borough Councillors C Boothby and L O’Shea reported on a caravan that has been placed on agricultural land at the back of the reservoir in Thornton. The land owner has applied for planning permission for change of use from agricultural to equestrian at which stage the caravan will have to be removed. Councillor O’Shea will keep the PC informed of developments.

Wood Road application Councillor Boothby advised the meeting that the planning application for the site at Wood Road had been refused on highways grounds.

Play equipment for Jackson Road Borough councillors have been approached by parishioners regarding the lack of play equipment on Jackson Road. The situation with regard to the Section 106 monies would be checked.

Maynard Pub The building is now derelict and parishioners are asking what the situation is. The Parish Council agreed to investigate.

Bagworth Shops The Parish Clerk was asked to ascertain up to date situation and advise council accordingly.

Dunlop Site The planning application had been re-submitted and was awaiting validation. The Section 106 agreement had not yet been signed.

Resignation of Mr. S. Ball Mr Ball has resigned is position of Chair due to ill health, but wished to remain as a councillor. Mrs Johnson asked that the thanks of the Council be recorded, to Mr Ball for his hard work. To elect a chairman for the remainder of the Council year - Mrs Johnson was nominated to stand

as chair for the remainder of the council year (i.e. to May 2011). She advised she would take on the role of Chair for the time being, but did not want to serve for the next year.

Old Colliery Sports Association The clerk had met with Damian Moore regarding the football club who had been advised they are not to use the facilities until the lease and the constitution have been received and agreed by the Parish Council. However they can play until the end of the season and complete the planned fixtures. The building had been electrically tested and urgent repairs carried out.

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Financial Matters Mr White advised he had made several observations regarding the budgeting process used to arrive at the precept figure for the next financial year. Discussion then took place as to the best way forward. The Council already has the Sage accounting package and better use is to be made of this to produce financial reports for the council. The annual accounts have still not appeared on the web site, neither have the minutes or agenda. The clerk agreed to contact the relevant person to rectify this.

Bagworth Community Centre and Surestart Surestart is scheduled to open after half term in February. Phase 1 of the building work at the Community Centre is still ongoing. Council had seen the business plan submitted by the forward Trust and had reservations about the viability of the plan, however the responsibility for administering the plan rests with the Trust and not the PC.

To keep up to date with what’s happening at Bagworth & Thornton Parish Council, visit the website at: http://bagworthandthornton. leicestershireparishcouncils.org/

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Positive response to swimming Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald Well, first of all let me say a big thank you to all those who have pledged support to save the Mercenfeld Primary School swimming pool. The response has been very good and despite me getting the email address wrong (it is markfieldswimpool@yahoo.com not the .co.uk that I had published last time) a number of people have been in touch to offer their help and expertise. The range of people is encouraging and this is only the start. I also had a very warm response from the School PTA and was interested to learn that they themselves had been thinking about how they could support the swimming pool. The school has a new head who has shown an interest and this will be important going forward. So far I have had a builder who has some experience of building swimming pools take a look and this has led to a further specialist also having a look to give us a better understanding of the options. It is looking already that we

would be better served by looking at a new build, especially if we have an ambition to have a larger pool. The larger pool would be important to ensure the project is able to pay for itself. Anyway what I plan to do is await the initial thoughts of those who have taken a look and when we have something tangible to build from, I will call a meeting of those interested in the project to get the ball rolling. As I said last time this will be substantial project and a large amount of money will need to be raised. I do not underestimate the scale of the task but I believe we should at least try and let us draw inspiration from those involved in village life back in the late 60’s who built the pool in the first place. They started with nothing and it was built without any significant grant aid. I think this project will secure grant aid and if the money is out there I say let us get our share of it.

New Homes Bonus - but for whom? Talking of grant aid I am following with interest the development of what will be known as the

‘new homes bonus’, which the government has introduced and which is supposed to be operational from April this year. The new homes bonus is supposed to act as an incentive to local communities to engage more with development proposals for housing. In theory, with supposed greater local determination in where houses are built, this incentive becomes important. The incentive is a cash equivalent which will match the full amount of council tax paid for a period of six years. So let us say for example that each new house would pay a council tax of £1400, an extra £1400 is then matched and paid by the government (not the house owner) and it is paid every year for six years. So in theory that house would deliver an extra £8400 (£1400 x 6), but the question is to whom? And it is that question that is concerning me right now and should also concern you. With the 112 houses now due to be built off London Road in Markfield - of which some 44 will be affordable houses (these receive an additional £350 per annum) - we could be due a sum of £656,000. Yes that’s right £656,000 - enough to pay for

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the swimming pool in one go. So the concern I have is: we will see any of this money that we are entitled to? Well I have been pursuing this with some vigour and I have found that currently both the Borough Council and the County Council administrations, are haggling about how much each should have. The Borough Council want an 80/20 split of the money and the County 70/30. And what do they want the money for? Well from what I have learnt they want the money to make up for the huge reductions that the government has announced in the grants it gives to them to provide services. They say with some justification that this is not new money but simply money taken off them in the first place. They want to decide how it is spent and they will not commit to ensuring the money is spent (even a proportion of it) as local people wish in their communities. Having looked for information on the subject I noticed that Grant Shapps the Housing Minister suggested that local people should be ‘talking to their council about how they would like to spend


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pool project the money ... like providing local facilities like swimming pools or leisure centres’ . I have raised this issue with the Borough Council and made my views known that here in Markfield - and if houses are built in Stanton than Stanton too - that we want a decent share of the proceeds and we want to decide how to spend it, after all it is local communities like ours that absorb the development. I await developments with interest.

FLAG funding has been axed One source of grant aid that will not be available in the future and which has benefited Markfield and Stanton enormously over the past 8 years is the FLAG Fund. This fund comes from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, and was introduced when a new levy was placed on the quarrying industry in 2003. The fund was used to make grants (play area at Stanton, skate park refurbishment at Markfield) to local communities particularly those in areas which have suffered from mineral extraction. This grant funding has been well used here in

Stanton and Markfield and rightly so, as we have two large quarries in the ward. I was therefore angry to hear that the FLAG funding run by the County Council is being axed by the Government. They will of course still be applying the levy to the industry but the ability to get money to compensate local communities will be no more. It is fortunate that right at the end of the scheme further money was secured to carry out some planting schemes throughout the community and to help part pay for some of the refurbishment of the children’s play area at Markfield.

Sale of the Institute Finally one development that I hope will in the future release some money back into the local community took another twist last month. The proposed sale by auction of the former Markfield Institute (Stute’ by its local name) was cancelled at short notice. The reasons I understand were due to technical and legal matters which had not been fully resolved. These matters are now progressing and I am informed a sale by auction

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in April or May is now likely. The level of interest in the auction was very good and one hopes that this demand will be carried forward to when the auction does take place. The sale of the Institute still stirs up mixed emotions in me and many in the local community but I for one am convinced that no alternative option remains and we should seek to secure the best legacy we can for the village and for all those who have given time and money over the years to provide this community facility.

Owing to lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled.

Guthlaxton College at Wigston is a Performing Arts College. For the past few years they have brought their Big Band over to Bagworth Community Centre. Everyone who has attended the evenings has really enjoyed the experience. They are returning again this year. Normally they also bring the Soul Band with them. However, as students involved in this have moved on, this group has been disbanded. In its place a new group has appeared called ‘The Islanders’ – an Irish band. Both the Big Band and The Islanders will be appearing on Thursday March 24 March at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £4 for adults and £2 for children. Ex students from the College have gone on to greater things. Don’t miss the chance in the future to say of someone famous, ‘Of course, I was there and saw him/her perform at Bagworth’! Don’t miss it.

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What’s been happening at Markfield Community Centre

Finally Recovered from that Cold Snap

It seems a long time ago now that the village resembled an arctic ice field and the centre suffered from the nearly catastrophic effects of burst water pipes in the ceilings with cascading water pouring everywhere. With a lot of hard work by the staff and others we are now “dried out” and fully back to normal. In fact the centre is really buzzing and we are finding it harder and harder to slot people and bookings in!

Love Your Neighbourhood Week As part of the Borough’s Love Your Neighbourhood Week organised by the Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, our Local Police Beat Team and Neighbourhood Watch held a Community Safety and Crime Prevention Information event at the Centre during the afternoon of Monday 14th February, Valentine’s Day itself. The main purpose of the event was to seek people’s views on and gather reports of any anti-social behaviour in the village and to give crime prevention advice, especially around household burglary that is showing an increase across the county at the moment. Judging from the low attendance, anti-social behaviour does not appear to be the problem it once was in the village. One factor could be the strength of our Village Neighbourhood Watch, plus the fact that our local Police Beat Team is based at the Centre rather than at distant Market Bosworth. It is certainly very reassuring to know that the Police are popping into the Centre at

all times of the day and we have built up an excellent relationship with them. So, if you have any concerns over crime or anti-social behaviour or simply need advice you can pop into the centre and we can put you in touch with the Local Beat Team or the Borough Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour, Neighbourhood Wardens and Domestic Violence officers. Don’t forget, you can also report criminal and drug related activity as well as anti-social behaviour anonymously on the CRIME STOPPERS number 0800 555111. One other recent innovation by the Police is that you can now view any recorded crime in your street or neighbourhood by going on the Leicestershire Constabulary’s website.

National Census 2011 You may or may not be aware that the next National Census Day will take place on Sunday 27th March. Questionnaires will go out by post to all householders during March 2011 ready for completion before, on or as soon as possible after census day, 27 March. If you don’t receive one in the post, you will be able to call the census helpline and ask for one to be sent to you. You can even do the 2011 Census online if you prefer. Further information can be obtained from the 2011 Census website. As part of the National Census separate public sessions aimed at seeking your additional views and feelings will be conducted through the Office for National Statistics at the Centre on the following dates: • 6th April • 13th April • 20th April • 27th April See posters at the centre nearer the dates. Your views are important, so please try and attend one of the sessions.

Internet Café Just a reminder that you need not go all the way to the Council Offices in Hinckley or spend time on the phone as the Borough Council’s public internet café at the Centre is available to anyone during opening times where you can go online and: •

Love Your neighbourhood Week Event - Kim Butler (Borough Council ASB Officer) PC Sadie Harlock (Local Police beat team) and Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Warden

Do benefits calculations to see if you qualify for Housing and Council tax benefits • Pay your Council tax and rent on line • Submit planning applications • Notify Change of address or circumstances • Report graffiti, anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and benefit fraud • Link into information on the community guide In addition you can also read the latest news from the Borough Council, express your views, see what’s going on in the Borough, what jobs are available, view Council reports and much more.

My wife accused me of being self-important. I nearly fell off my throne.


21 All the Latest Community Centre News from Ron Grantham of Markfield Community Association

Centre Activities Soccer Coaching Our ever-popular Soccer Coaching Courses will be holding further school holiday sessions over the next few months as follows: • • •

19th to 21st April 26th to 28th April 31st to 3rd June

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Dates For Your Diary • • • • • •

5th March Friends of Chernobyl Charity Beetle Drive evening 5th May Local Elections 1st June National Blood Service 11th June Christian Aid Charity Evening featuring the Ratby Band 2nd July Cancer Research Family Disco 28th September National Blood Service

News about Groups and Clubs Over the next few months we will be including a small feature about some of our groups, clubs and activities at the Centre. You, members of your family or even your friends may be interested in coming along and joining in. Our first featured group is the FRIENDSHIP CLUB that meets at the Centre on Monday’s starting at 2.30pm. This club is for our more senior residents who get together on a weekly basis for a chit-chat, days out, a few indoor games a cuppa or two and a friendly get together. If you would like to join simply turn up on the day. Don’t forget you can view all the Centre news and activities on our website www.markfieldcommunitycentre.com

“Any Old Iron?” You will recall that in a previous edition of the Herald we put out an appeal for some kind person to donate a cooker for use at the Centre. Well we are extremely pleased to tell you that we received numerous kind offers and the old and worn out cooker has now been replaced. To quote the saying “We are now cooking on Gas (well, electric actually). Our sincere thanks go to the person who donated the cooker and also to all those who kindly offered.

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

Markfield Friendship Club meets Mondays at 2.30pm

I should really stop confusing sign language with kung-fu.


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aybe, after experiencing the recent winter, we are encouraged to plant more of these; mostly small bulbs, some perennials and also shrubs. All those mentioned are perfectly hardy. Wood Anemones, Winter Aconites, Snowdrops, the earliest Iris species, (include the beautiful ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ and Iris Unguicularis the so called Winter Iris), Crocus, the earliest Narcissi and, maybe supreme, various Hellebores. For Shrubs – and most very early Shrubs are fragrant – choose Witch-Hazels, Viburnums, early Clematis, Winter Jasmine, Camellias, the Daphnes Mezereum and Bholva, the small growing very fragrant Christmas Box (Sarcococca) and the Winter Honeysuckle. Although the latter is renowned for its heady scent it does look untidy when out-of-flower. Lonicera Fragrantissima may sound best of these but it is outclassed by its hybrid Lonicera x Purpusii. An unfortunate name – think of it as Super Fragrantissima!

Snowdrops Most of these will be over by the time this article appears.

Galanthus Elwesii

Gardening Notes with Ted Brown of Markfield

Snowdrops, Hellebores & Potatoes Consequently a good time to purchase Snowdrops ‘In the Green’; that is as growing plants just going over after flowering. However, in one’s own garden, the ideal time for propagation by division is in August, just as rooting is starting after their summer sojourn. For most of us the ordinary small common Galanthus Nivalis is adequate. For a larger one choose ‘Elwesii’ or ‘S. Arnott’, both reasonably inexpensive. Fervent Snowdrop collectors – ‘Galanthophiles’ – pay extremely high prices for the rarer forms. Believe it or not, only recently, a single bulb of a rather special hybrid (bred from Galanthus E.A. Bowles) sold on the internet for £357. On a more modest scale, I recently baulked at the asking price of £19 for a single bulb of ‘Wendy’ – yellow markings instead of green.

Hellebores Favourite perennials of many gardeners. The Orientalis types are fool-proof, once established. Prefers semishade. Many colours to choice, but never ever an ugly one. Some brilliant recent new hybrids on sale at most Garden Centres. Also worth visiting specialist Nurseries. Ashwood Nursery and Garden Centre at Kingswinford, West Midlands is one of the best. Good seed strains are available to provide many plants at low cost. Sow upon receipt, leave exposed to elements (protect against mice etc.), germination follows in spring of following year. Culture is easy; just remove all foliage during autumn or early winter. This ensures clean flowering without the old rather tatty leaves. If the latter are affected

with brown fungal spots should be destroyed, not composted. The Christmas Rose (Helleborus Niger) is a difficult plant for most gardeners. Choose a white Orientalis type instead.

Potatoes Etc. Much too early for most vegetable sowings other than Broad Beans and the very hardy Pea varieties (say Feltham First). Gardeners mostly restrict Potato growing to only ‘Earlies’ and ‘Second Earlies’ and these are delayed in sowing to avoid frost damage. (Best method of frost protection is to ‘Earth-Up’ and cover with fleece at time of planting). However why not risk a short row planted very early. In my vegetable growing days I always planted a few by the end of February. With careful ‘EarthingUp’ and using newspaper, anchored with stones, for protection, I always managed a crop. And so to planting in containers – notice how special potato growing bags are heavily advertised? These take up to 40 litres of compost, so it does, or could, prove to be rather expensive potatoes! If using containers at least plant early (easy frost protection) and why not choose varieties not available in supermarkets. Now a word for any reader not interested in growing potatoes, and maybe bewildered with the increasingly large selection retailers offer. Keep life simple, restricting buying to just two varieties, for example ‘Charlotte’ and ‘Maris Piper’. ‘Charlotte’ is a salad variety, brilliant cooked whole as a new potato, or sautéed in a little oil. ‘Maris Piper’ is supreme for mash, baking, roasting and unsurpassed for chips.

Helleborus Orientalis

Male zebras have white stripes, but female zebras have black stripes.

Maris Piper


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Holy Week and Easter Special services across the Benefice Why not experience the old story in a new way this Holy Week and Easter?

Tenebrae Tuesday 19th April at 7.30 pm St Peter’s, Copt Oak Tenebrae services of worship date back to the 4th century of the Christian Church. ‘Tenebrae’ means shadow, and lighted candles are extinguished one by one as we trace the steps of the Passion from the shadow of the Betrayal to the Shadow of the Cross through Bible readings and hymns. Silences give us opportunity for meditation and renewal of commitment to Christ as Lord.

Fish and Chip Supper and Holy Communion Maundy Thursday 21st April at 6.30pm at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

Family Stations of the Cross Good Friday 22nd April 10.00am at St Peter’s, Thornton An opportunity to spend 30-40 minutes remembering the story of Good Friday and Easter, as we travel round the church, looking at pictures, singing songs and sharing readings and prayers. Followed by tea, coffee, cold drinks and Hot Cross Buns. Suitable for all ages.

Meditations Good Friday 22nd April 2-3pm at St Michael’s, Markfield An hour reflecting on the story of Good Friday and Easter, with hymns, readings, prayers and silence. 7.30pm at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon. An opportunity to reflect and meditate on the Passion narratives from the Bible

Lent Lunch The Lent Lunch, in aid of TEARFUND will be held in the Congregational Hall on Saturday 19th March from 12 noon till 1.30 pm Offers of help will be greatly appreciated. Tickets are£3.50 and are available in the churches in Markfield and in the Benefice. Everyone welcome. See you there!

Lent Courses This year there will be Lent Courses at 7.30pm on Mondays starting 14th February at 174, Main Street, Stanton u B Wednesdays starting 16th February at The Rectory, Markfield Everyone welcome

Local professional tradesmen caring for your home

Charnwood Property Improvements Specialising in high quality: garage conversions kitchen refurbishments bathroom installations • General building work • Plastering • Electrical work • Tiling • Carpentry

• Decking • Landscaping and patios • Fencing • Roof and gutter repairs

Tel: 01530 243922 Mobile: 07917645382 email: charnwoodproperty@btinternet.com

Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up.


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Pet Cockatiel lost A pet Cockatiel - Coco - owned by Sue and Paul Barratt at Sevenoaks Garden Centre escaped at the end of January. He was carried by strong winds towards Groby Pool. If anyone has seen Coco or knows of his whereabouts, please contact Sue or Paul on 01530 249815. (The photo above is of a very similar Cockatiel.)

Whitwick U3A Open Day on Thursday March 10th Whitwick and District U3A are holding an Open Day which will be an opportunity for those who are retired or semi-retired,to see what happens within the Group,and the various interest and activities available. It is a chance to make new friends and continue learning into retirement, but in a non-formal atmosphere. The Open Day is being held at St Davids Church Hall (small hall) Broomleys Road, Coalville. 2pm-4pm. Further details on 01530 833482.

Margaret Burdett Membership Secretary

STREET FAIR & CEILIDH 25th June 2011 12 NOON TIL 8PM Ceilidh will start at 5pm Applications are invited from anyone who would like a stall. We would also like to hear from local Bands and Artists who could perform a 20-30 minute spot throughout the day. There will be fun and games for all age groups with many attractions. Everyone is invited. Further details can be obtained from: 0116 287 6724 01530 243469 ab.johnston@talktalk.net csturgesssmith@aol.com Keep watching the Herald for more information

Macho Law forbids me from admitting I’m wrong.


25 Markfield Local History Group

Original copies of The Markfieldite Newspaper donated to group A donation has been made to the Markfield Local History Group (MLHG) of original copies of The Markfieldite dating from 1961/64. They are news sheets printed in newspaper fashion on a printing press and replaced the original newsletters printed by the Cliffe Hill Granite Company Ltd in their office. They are very fragile and later this year the group will loan these originals to The County Records Office for safe storage but we will be able to access them when we need to for exhibitions/talks etc. We have also photocopied them and they will form part of our archive collection currently being catalogued and developed. We are very grateful to Mrs Sonia Wardle nee Matts, daughter of Shipley Matts who was a long serving employee at Cliffe Hill for the donation and to Maurice Wardle, also a former employee who actually collected the news sheets and kept them. The news sheets are a record of the history of the Company during the early 1960s and makes fascinating reading including those seemingly small and unimportant details of daily work, matters of common interest and fascinating facts about those who worked there. The names of some of the men carved into the organ at St Michael’s Church, Markfield who fought in WW1 and mercifully returned are in the news sheets, often pictured and almost always mentioning their war record. One example is Joe Bent who we are told was born in 1880 in Desford and came to work at Cliffe Hill in June 1905. At the outbreak of war in 1914 went to serve in France with the Royal Horse Artillery and returned to the quarry when he was demobbed in 1919. He went on to be one of the longest serving employees clocking up some 57 years. There are matters of common interest such as gardening hints and driving

Shipley Matts (pictured above) was an expert on drilling granite at Cliffe Hill Quarry. The May 1961 issue of The Markfieldite featured Shipley in a Personality Profile feature. It says: “Shipley is a little reticent about his age, but he was born at Broad Lane, Stanton under Bardon before the turn of the century. He learned the art of drilling granite working on the old steam drills, before the introduction of compressed air.

and road safety. The Cliffe Hill men over the years seem to have included someone in most of the older families in Markfield so there was a strong connection with Markfield. These men provided the main source of strength and skill by which the stone was extracted and prepared for sale. Furthermore, geologists gave the name Markfieldite to the particular type of granite extracted at Cliffe Hill which is some of the oldest rock known on earth. It was an inspired choice for the title of the news sheet. MLHG is always happy to receive donations and loans of material associated with the history of the village and surrounding area. We are currently very excited about a further discovery of several handwritten volumes of Dr. William George Robinson who came to Markfield in 1931. They contain copious handwritten notes of medical matters and their treatment. I would stress that there are absolutely no patient details in the notebooks. More about this later in the year........

Margaret Bowler Markfield Local History Group Margaret is at present working on archiving our material and would be happy for you to contact her on 01530 243656 should you have any historical data, photographs etc which relate to Markfield.

Therapy is expensive. Popping bubble wrap is cheap. You choose.


26 Census forms are on the way

The census in our community Ever wondered what the census is all about? Read on to find out how it affects your daily existence. When you dig below the surface it’s actually quite amazing how census statistics affect day-to-day activities. Far more than simply tracing family trees, the census provides the statistical blueprint for every community – including ours. You may not realise it, but from the moment you get up in the morning and take a shower, run a bath or even fill a kettle the census has had a part to play. Based on the number of people living in an area, water companies can plan the infrastructure – the size, width and volume – of the pipes running into and out of your property for both clean and wastewater. The Office for National Statistics produces the rich source of census statistics – and these are used by local authorities for policy planning, academics for predicting trends, businesses for product development and central government to help share out funding. But what does this mean to you? If you have children of school age, previous censuses have helped work out the number of school places needed locally. While you drop them off at school, it’s worth remembering that you’re walking into another section of the blueprint – census statistics feed into central government’s equation for sharing out funding – and your local authority receives money for services like schools, health and transport, based on the number of people living in an area. More than simply counting people, the census also looks at characteristics. This is the number of males and females, the number of people in specific age brackets, the number of people belonging to a particular ethnicity, the number of cars / vans a household owns etc. The census describes the population at a national, regional and local level. In March the next census will ask how you travel to work. The statistics from this answer are used to help determine how much – and which type – of public transport is needed. Also, travel patterns can be predicted and the effects of placing new traffic lights in an area, or a pedestrian crossing, or even making a town centre pedestrianised, can be ascertained.

PLOT WANTED At lunchtime you might pop out to your local supermarket for a bite to eat. Supermarkets use census statistics to work out which food to stock in which areas. So, for example, if the census shows that there are a high percentage of a particular ethnic community, or religious group, living locally (but never who they are), the supermarket can make sure it is stocking food to cater to its local population’s tastes. And, the census statistics help to plan the number of car parking spaces each store needs. Many stores locate their branches based on census statistics, opening in areas where they will be of use to the community, from bank branches, to opticians and chemists and leisure chains. After work you might be visiting an elderly relative in a care home. Again, census statistics will have been used to plan out the long-term care requirements for your area. Emergency services also use census statistics. The Police for example, can map out potential crime hotspots and work out where to concentrate their crime prevention efforts. Fire brigades can allocate resources (appliances / personnel / fire engines) and plan home safety visits. Having the correct number of resources to respond to fires in the shortest time, and making visits in areas of high risk, can save lives. So when the white envelope pops through your door in March, with your census questionnaire in it, you’ll know that your confidential answers will help identify the services and facilities needed locally.

Person seeking building plot (approx. ½ acre) for bungalow. Genuine inquiry for health reasons. Long-time resident in the area. Contact Vicki on 01530 230389.

Find out more at www.census.gov.uk Your ridiculous little opinion has been noted.


27 News from Markfield WI

Zoe shows us how to decorate cupcakes We have begun 2011 well with existing members eager to hand over their subscriptions and also with some new members joining us. A warm welcome to them and we hope they enjoy our friendly chat and varied selection of speakers and activities. January saw us learning about the history of the Music Hall and singing some songs which harked back to a time we didn’t remember and yet the tunes and words were very familiar. This month we were entranced by Zoe Higgins who demonstrated how we could decorate cupcakes in a variety of ways to provide attractive afternoon teas for guests or cheer someone up with a beautifully decorated cake. Her hints and tips were simple but produced wonderful effects and we were all inspired to go home and bake! Zoe was born and brought up in Markfield and may well owe some of her creative skills to good teaching at Mercenfeld and South Charnwood. She is now a primary school teacher and mother to two young children so we did wonder how she found the time for all the baking. She said it was her way to relax. We were all happy to go home and relax as we ate our cupcake provided by Zoe. A little bird tells me that Zoe has applied to go on the next series of The Great British Bake Off and I’m sure that Markfield WI will be crossing our fingers that she gets the chance to show off her skills to a wider audience. Our speaker next month is Bridget Ovey who is coming to teach us Circle Dancing, hopefully a way to use up a few of the calories in the cupcakes! Future events include a visit to De Montfort Hall to see Calendar Girls, a visit to Kilworth House for the Pirates of Penzance and of course, together with the Methodist Church, Markfield Open Gardens.

Fran Johnson

Interested in Field Walking?

Farm Open Day

There will be an open meeting of Markfield Local History Group on Tuesday, March 22nd at Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield starting at 7.30pm.

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

The speaker will be Peter Liddle who will talk to on the subject of Field Walking. The cost to non-members will be £1.50 to include refreshments. This is with a view to starting a field walking group, which does not necessarily have to be composed solely of members of our group.

Fran Johnson

Your Advert Could Appear Here For Just £13.50 Reach lots of local readers with an advert in The Herald! Call 01530 244069

Stall Holders Wanted

A day for everyone to meet the people, who grow our food and care for our countryside. Date: 12th June 2011 Where: Little Markfield Farm, Forest Road, Markfield, Leicester, LE67 9UN. Time: 10.30am to 5.00pm Contact: Brenda 01530 242173 or 07774047571 Activities: • Come and see sheep being sheared, wool being spun, • Cows, Sheep, Pigs and Chickens with their babies; feed the lambs! • Farm walks • Hot dogs & Beef Burgers using farm produce, • Home made cakes & Pies, • Beer festival • Modern & Vintage machinery, • Crafts stalls, • Sausage making • Pumpkin growing competition for the children,

£1 entry fee per adult Children Free We will be raising money for LOROS, Rainbows and Markfield Church.

House Share Available For One Person

in Groby For more information, telephone Jan on

01530 242151

Most nudists are people you don’t want to see naked.


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Thornton Women’s Institute

Two Meetings in March! In the month of March we look forward to TWO W.I meetings at Thornton Community Centre! The first is our monthly meeting on THURSDAY 10TH MARCH 2011 at 7.30 P.M. There was a time when the WI was famous for its home-making crafts… after all, we were labelled with the slogan “Jam and Jerusalem”! Nowadays, the role of women in society is ever-changing, so one never knows what kind of topic will pop up at a WI meeting. However, it is a pleasure to anticipate a “crafty” evening with our speaker, JILL CRAWLEY, whose subject is MODERN QUILTS . It will be interesting to see how the old, traditional craft has changed with the times, and Jill is sure to bring some examples of her work for us to admire. Then on THURSDAY 31st March. 2011 , we are to host a Group Meeting when we welcome ladies from other WI’s in the Bardon Hill Group. For this occasion, we have a very special speaker. Pollyanna Pickering (pictured above) is widely recognized as Europe’s foremost wildlife artist, and is the most published fine artist working in Britain today. Her original work has been exhibited in top galleries internationally, including the Royal Academy. Her paintings hang in private and corporate collections world-wide from Siberia to Australia, and celebrity collectors of her work include John Hurt and David Bowie, while Sheik Mohammed has a specially commissioned series of paintings of his Ascot winners. Her work has been presented to Princess Anne, and she has even been commissioned to paint Her Majesty the Queens’ favourite racing pigeon! Pollyanna Pickering is passionate about wildlife and equally passionate about accurately interpreting her subjects. She is a champion of environmental conservation, both on the national and international stage, and is an indefatigable campaigner for the welfare of endangered, sick and vulnerable creatures. Pollyanna is a remarkable woman who has embarked on an ongoing series of expeditions to study and sketch wildlife in their natural habitats. She believes that the unique quality of her work comes from the time spent studying real animals in their natural habitat. Her paintings are wonderfully observant and realistic. Of her paintings of owls, naturalist David Bellamy said, “If you have never seen a barn owl in all its colourful magnificence, this is your chance, for Pollyanna’s paintings are so good that you can almost feel the softness of the feathers and hear the swoosh of their flight as they hunt through the night air.” The subject of Polyanna’s talk to us is to be “The Wild West”,and concerns her trips to the wild west states of North America, to study the native wildlife. This is a meeting not to be missed and we very much welcome visitors. Please come along and enjoy good company. Refreshments will be provided.

Muriel Walker Sometimes, too much to drink is not enough.


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The Bulls Head Forest Road, Markfield T: 01530 242541 Sat 12 Mar: JAYNE (Back by Popular Demand!) Sat 2 April: GEE’N’US Sat 16 Apr: Waxies DARGLE (Local Irish/Skiffle Band) Sat 14 May: TYME BEINGS (Local Band) Pool etc. The Queen’s Head Ashby Road, Markfield. T: 01530 242 496 Sat 5 Mar: KARAOKE Night:(’King of the Road’) ’Take Your Pick’ ~ 50p a ticket Every Fri: 7.15-7.45pm. Ongoing Jackpot (Min £25) ALL SKY SPORTS & ESPN The Bricklayers Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite – Thursdays www.bricklayersarms.net (See Advert Page 7) The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open to Non-Members Sat 5 Mar: MAXIMI££ION (Fun Eve/Fancy Dress Optional) Sat 12 Mar: TEN 2 TEN Band (Rock Covers) Sat 19 Mar: MOJO HAND Band (Mick Ridgeway’s) Fri 25 Mar: ‘PLUG & PLAY’ (Backline & Drums Provided) Sat: 26 Mar: TBC Sat 2 Apr: Mr IMPORTANT (Local Rock Covers Band) www.myspace.com/thorntonclub The Steam Trumpet 286 Main Street, Thornton T: 01530 231 258 Every Sun: QUIZ 7.30pm – Cash pot prize roll-over.

Bagworth WMC Station Road, Bagworth T: 01530 230 205 New Members Welcome FREE Sat Entertainment Sat 5 Mar: MARTYN RUSSELL Sat 12 Mar: RISKY BUSINESS Sat 19 Mar: DAVE ROSS Tues 22 Mar: AGM 7pm Fri 25 Mar: ELVIS TRIBUTE (Simon Hendley) £5 Doors 7.30pm Sat 26 Mar: AXIS DUO Sat 2 Apr: JOHN LESTER Last Fridays: ANDY’S CHARITY QUIZ. £1.50 each. (+ usual Tea & Sequence Dances) The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 11 Mar: MEATLOAF Fri 25 Mar: UB40 Usually Fortnightly Thereafter. Quiz Nite: Every 2nd Tues (See Advert Page 30) The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats12 Mar & 26th Mar (’King of the Road’) (See Advert Page 21) The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287 5616. (SUNDAYS are 3 ~ 6pm) Sun 6 Mar: LAZY Alligators KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker ~ EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music ~ EVERY Tues Send details of your LOCAL pub and club entertainments and we’ll include them in this column FREE! Tremendous!

ANSTEY & DISTRICT FUNERAL SERVICES

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT

As part of our aftercare service, we now offer a monthly Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group, which has been set up to provide a FREE support service, not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

Next dates: Sat 19th March & Sat 16th April ARRAN BRUDENELL, Tel: 0116 234 0548

If a thing is worth doing, it would have been done already.


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Gold Cup

Wordsearch Come On My Son!

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

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

A pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at the REEL CINEMA in Loughborough To go into the draw for the prizes, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - 12 Gold Cup Winners. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to: GIDDY UP, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Friday 25th March 2011. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the Editor’s Riding Cap will win the Meal for Two, and the second will win the Cinema Tickets. Good luck!

Here are the 12 GOLD CUP WINNERS you have to find: BEST MATE • COOL DAWN • DENMAN IMPERIAL CALL • IMPERIAL COMMANDER • KAUTO STAR KICKING KING • LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE • MASTER OATS MR MULLIGAN • SEE MORE BUSINESS • WAR OF ATTRITION

Markfield Interfaith Group News At our February meeting of Markfield Interfaith we were given a fascinating reflection of two famous scholars who contributed much to Interfaith dialogue. Dr Alan Race and Dr Jamil Sherif enriched our knowledge by presenting information about Professor John Hick and Abdullah Yusuf Ali. Professor Hick is among the most prominent and respected philosophers of religion in the academic world of the study of religion. Dr Race told us that his main work has been in the areas of faith and knowledge, the problem of evil, arguments for the existence of God, and issues in religious pluralism. He is the leading exponent of what is known as the pluralist view in the theology of religions. This is the view which accepts the validity of different paths to spiritual fulfilment and transformation. He has published many books and lives in Birmingham. Abdullah Yusuf Ali was a scholar and man of letters born in the reign of Queen Victoria and who died soon after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He had devoted his life to translate the Quran into English and his translation is widely read across the globe. Dr Sherif traced his multi-faceted career and his passion to build bridges between East & West that affected all aspects of his life, from the very personal to the public. He believed that Religion could lead to mutual understanding and fellowship, while remaining true to one’s own doctrines and methods of worship. Our next meeting is in April – date yet to be decided. New members most welcome. Please contact Sheila Lammiman by email if possible: ericelammiman@talktalk.net or T: 01530 245947.

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Last month’s winners!

The first correct entry drawn out of the hat last month came from: Mrs M.Cox of Leicester Road, Field Head, Markfield. Congratulations! Your Meal & Wine Voucher to spend at the Field Head Hotel will be sent to you in the next 21 days. The second correct entry drawn out came from Mrs J.Christie of The Blossoms, Markfield. Congratulations! Your Pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at The Reel Cinema in Loughborough will be sent to you in the next 21 days.

LETTER

Someone stole my recycled papers! I am a monthly putter outer of newspapers for the Scout and Cubs of Markfield. Last night I put my papers out as I have done for years for collection on the Sunday morning. As I work in a library I recycle a large amount of newspapers so you can imagine my surprise on getting up today to find half of them had gone! Are people that desperate for old newspapers that they have to feel the need to steal them? This is a good cause so please think before helping yourselves in the future.

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Tales of crime, war and mobile phones coming to Coalville Library A popular crime author and an Antiques Roadshow-style workshop will be visiting Coalville Library for some of several events in March. R.J. Ellory, writer of seven bestselling crime novels including the awardwinning A Simple Act Of Violence, is appearing at Coalville Library to discuss his work and sign copies of his books. His talk takes place on Saturday March 5th at 2.30pm, and will cost £1.50 per person. There will also be other crime-fiction related events at the library in March, including a talk on the queen of the genre, Agatha Christie, on Tuesday 15th March at 7pm for just £1. Later in the month, war veterans can bring their photos, films, badges and Royal British Legion memorabilia to Coalville Library to discuss the fascinating stories behind these objects with a historian. This free workshop, which takes place between 10am and 1pm on Saturday 19th March, is part of a landmark project, led by Leicestershire County Council, designed to mark the 90th anniversary of the Legion. To find out more about the project please contact Margaret Bonney, Project Coordinator, at The Record Office on 0116 257 1080 or email margaret. bonney@leics.gov.uk . More details are available at www.leics.gov.uk/ britishlegion Also at Coalville Library there will be a free taster session for complete beginners who want to know how to use a mobile phone. This Myguide course takes place on Wenesday 16th March between 10am and 12noon. There will also be bargains galore from Wednesday 16th March until Monday 21st March when Coalville Library has its Big Book Sale. Surplus books, CDs and DVDs will be on sale at discounted prices throughout the day.

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Borough Councillors’ Report Chris Boothby & Ozzy O’Shea

Cllr Chris Boothby Tel 0116 238 8301 or 07704 345637 Email chris.boothby@hotmail.co.uk

Cllr Ozzy O’Shea Tel 0116 239 4336 or 07808 585825 Email ozzyoshea@hotmail.com

A Councillor’s Right to Speak Out! As your local Borough Councillors for Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton Chris Boothby and I have always been committed to ensuring that local people receive the best possible representation at Hinckley. The Borough Council is responsible for many key local services but our villages are not always the priority in an Authority dominated by councillors keen to push the interests of areas such as Hinckley, Burbage and Barwell. However, we have never let this, or anything else, deter us from being very vociferous about what’s right for local residents. However, in these politically correct times, councillors expressing forthright views on behalf of local residents are not always looked upon kindly by the ‘powers-that-be’ at the Lib Dem controlled Borough Council as Chris found out following a recent meeting of the Planning Committee. Having made robust comments on a number of issues of great importance to local residents Chris was subject of a complaint to the Standards Board of England but after a no doubt very costly investigation he was completely exonerated. Both Chris and I take our duties and responsibilities as your Borough Councillors very seriously and we make no apologies for the fact that we will always put the interests of local residents before any other consideration. We would both like to thank residents for their full support over the past 4 years.

School Girl’s Love-ly Poem Wins Housebuilder’s Valentine Competition

Markfield Seminar Sun 20th March

‘Past Lives Indicated in the Birthchart’ A 10 year old girl from Ellistown has beaten off stiff competition from fellow schoolmates to win a Valentine’s Day poem competition that was run by Bardon-based housebuilder, David Wilson East Midlands. Abigail Pickering from Ellistown Community Primary School on Whitehill Road impressed the panel of

David Wilson EM’s Sales adviser Richard Matthews and Wilson the Dog with (L-R) Sebastian, Abigail and Jake.

judges with her clever use of words to create a poignant yet romantic verse about love. Winner Abigail received £30 Toys R Us vouchers, whilst second place Sebastian Horne, seven, and third place Jake Hodge, 10, received £20 and £10 vouchers respectively.

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Markfield NHW Update from Alex Ritchie Daily Routine Like most people who use email I check my computer regularly for messages which, until recently, consisted, domestically, of general correspondence from family and friends plus, from one or two particular sources, a series of jokes which, quite often, I pass on to others who might also appreciate them. Normally Neighbourhood Watch information used to consist only of our weekly update of local incidents from Hinckley Police HQ plus occasional circulations originating from our N.W. County hierarchy some of which were pretty irrelevant. However, as I write, I am being bombarded by them with long winded epistles on varying subjects. Latest examples have included Anti Social Behaviour Consultation regarding more effective responses, National Communication System questions and answers, Volunteer Police Patrol overview etc. which I have dutifully downloaded and printed copies of for reference, if need be, at our next local general meeting. The one item of good news is that our Public Liability Insurance cover renewal cover is safe.

New Sergeant & Bicycle Presentation My paper and printing ink supply were getting pretty low as were my spirits until just the other day Chairman Peter Dorans and I met up with our new Sgt, Mathew Trott and our regular beat officer, PC Sadie Harlock. Not only did we take the opportunity to hand over a brand new bicycle on behalf of Markfield Neighbourhood Watch (pictured below) which had been purchased entirely from a very generous donation to the Police made by local and highly respected N.W. member, Joe Kinch, but were able, later, to set out a routine, communication wise, for the immediate future. In a nutshell the Sergeant will email direct to our IT man Vice Chairman Michael a regular and relevant news update which will then be forwarded to all our email contacts (current total 54).

Just over half of these have now been allocated (and accepted) responsibility to pass these on to designated non email users (total 28) either by printed copy or a telephone chat. Additionally, for anyone else interested, a regular copy will be on display in the local library and it will also appear on the Markfield and Field Head Villages’ web pages under the N.W. banner. For the technically minded any member can join Sgt Trott’s “Facebook” list of friends and be kept aware of interim items of interest but any of these that require wider immediate transmission will also be done in the manner described above. Hopefully, this will not occur too often and we can settle down to a quieter, less time occupying, routine.

Keeping Up to Date A habit I have, and one that will continue, is to check the Leicestershire & Rutland Neighbourhood Watch site and Leicestershire Villages’ “latest news” column plus, last but certainly not least, the Leicestershire Police web site news updates. It is amazing how quickly anything of real interest there appears in the local and national daily press and on television – I look at East Midlands teletext. No need for masses of extra communication. In other words, hopefully, we are getting back to Neighbourhood Watch basics - being ground floor eyes and ears and communication amongst ourselves and with our local Police Officers kept at a practical level. Name Dropping – Again! Finally, and as usual on a lighter note, I do have practical experience of a Volunteer Police Patrol situation when many years ago a certain gentleman used to join whichever one of us was on night duty along the main street of Weymouth and do his share of commercial door checking. He was a lively soul, full of humour although he had a hearing defect that meant he had to walk on one particular side of us but he really concentrated on his responsibilities. His reason for joining us was simple. His stage partner with whom, and her husband, he shared a rented house during their Summer theatre season used to hold lively, late night parties which he could not tolerate so Eric Sykes just came along and we certainly enjoyed his company. Much, in fact, as I did the lady I met on holiday whose name most people who have seen our photo seem to have guessed – rightly or wrongly?? By the way my wife took the photograph.

Archaeologist: someone whose career lies in ruins.


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Local Church Service Information Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Sunday 6th March World Missions Sunday 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Circuit Service at St Andrew’s, GRE Sunday 13th March First Sunday in Lent 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship Sunday 20th March Second Sunday in Lent 10.30 am United Churches Together Service at Congregational Church 6.00 pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 27th March Third Sunday in Lent 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 3rd April Mothering Sunday 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 10th April Passion Sunday 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship Sunday 17th April Palm Sunday 10.30 am United Churches Together Procession of Witness starting at the Congregational Church Hall 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 24th April Easter Day 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 6.00 pm No Evening Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield 10:15-11.30am Sunday Club for Children in the Congregational Hall on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays, term time All Age Service in Church on the 2nd Sunday each month. Sunday 13th March 10.15 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion Friday 18th March 8.00 pm Taizé Style Service Sunday 20th March 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield at Congregational Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 27th March 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 3rd April 10.30 am All Age Mothering Sunday Service joint service with the Congregational Church

Sunday 10th April 10.30 am Holy Communion 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 24th April 10.30 am Easter Day Holy Communion

Friday 15th April 8.00 pm Iona Style Service

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth

Sunday 17th April 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Palm Sunday Walk Palm Sunday walk round the village starting at the Congregational Church Hall 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Friday 22nd April 2.00-3.00 pm ‘Hour at the Cross’ Meditation Good Friday Sunday 24th April 8.00 am Holy Communion Easter Day 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Please note: This service will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 3rd April 9.00 am Holy Communion St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Sunday 13th March 9.15 am Holy Communion Sunday 20th March 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 27th March 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Markfield Congregational Church Main Street, Markfield Sunday 13th March 10.15 Family Service followed by Communion

Sunday 3rd April 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 20th March 10.30 United Service in Our Church with a Music Group from St David’s, Coalville

Sunday 10th April 9.15 am Holy Communion

Sunday 27th March 10.15 Morning Worship

Sunday 13th March 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 17th April 3.00 pm Praise Service

Sunday 3rd April 10.30 Mothering Sunday Joint Service at St Michael’s

Sunday 20th March 10.30 am Family Service

Tuesday 19th April 7.30 pm Holy Week Tenebrae Service

Sunday 10th April 10.15 Family Service followed by Communion

Sunday 27th March 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th April 6.00 pm Easter Day Holy Communion

Sunday 3rd April 10.30 am Mothering Sunday Family Service

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton

Without Walls Christian Fellowship, Main Street, Stanton Under Bardon

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Sunday 10th April 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 17th April 10.30 am Family Service Thursday 21st April 6.30 pm Maundy Thursday Fish and Chip Supper and Holy Communion Friday 22nd April 7.30 pm Good Friday Meditation Sunday 24th April 10.30 am Easter Day Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 13th March 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 20th March 9.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday 6th March 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service Sunday 13th March 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 20th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 27th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 3rd April 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service There is a Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during the Morning Service. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section of this magazine.

Sunday 27th March 10.30 am Family Service Sunday 3rd April 10.30 am Mothering Sunday Service Sunday 10th April 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 17th April 9.00 am Holy Communion Friday 22nd April 10.00 am Family Stations of the Cross

If we are what we eat, I’m fast, cheap and easy.

Every Sunday - morning meeting at 10.30am. All Welcome. Children’s meeting also runs from 11am.


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Herald Film Reviews

Anstey & District Funeral Service

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The Fighter (15) Starring: Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale 115 minutes

Micky Ward (Wahlberg) is a boxer going nowhere. Held back by his family, particularly his controlling mother and addict brother, Micky is about ready to throw in the towel. The Fighter is the true story of how Micky overcame the odds to become world champion. At its heart this is a boxing movie but the reason why it stands out above the crowd is because it puts the story first and the boxing second. The film goes through the full spectrum of emotions, from lighter moments that will make you laugh to moments of real despair. Christian Bale puts in a performance that I thought was beyond him. His portrayal of Micky’s brother Dickie is out there but right on the money. A powerful performance that deserves an Oscar nod. Even Wahlberg pulls off a heavyweight performance of his own. Overall: Cleverly makes the film about the story and not the boxing, making it a great film rather than a good boxing film. 5 Stars PPPPP

Paul (15) Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Seth Rogen 103 minutes

Graeme and Clive are on a road trip across America where they plan to take in as many of the sites linked to extraterrestrial encounters as they can. It’s safe to say they just don’t fit in but along the way they pick up a passenger who may be right up their street. For the most part this feels like your typical Pegg/Frost project but clearly has an American audience in mind. As a result some of the comedy is dumbed down for the audience and for the most part plays on the fact that Paul loves to say the F word. Pegg and Frost aren’t classic actors but certainly know comedy. Their delivery and timing is as always impeccable. They have written a film that appeals to a wider audience, which at its core is still very funny. Overall: A very funny film, but not consistently throughout. Aiming it an American audience stops it from being at the same level as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. 4 Stars PPPPH

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