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Wow ... And Thank You! Giant Raffle raises 0ver ON SATURDAY 16th February we saw a whole new take on community engagement - what a turnout of eighty-four residents across the three villages. The Bagworth, Thornton and Stanton Under Bardon Neighbourhood Plan Group would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERY single person that turned up and supported us. Whether it was to find out more about what a neighbourhood plan is or to show your interest in helping develop our plan - you truly overwhelmed us. It was really lovely to see how many people are conscious about their village and protecting it in such a positive manner from future development. We are very excited to say our theme groups have been formed for our three target areas and we look forward to seeing everyone again at the respective meetings (see below for details). As ever, we encourage anyone that wasn’t able to make it to get in contact and we can discuss any questions you may have or any input you would like to have for the plan. THANK YOU The following Theme Group Meetings have been arranged: • HOUSING: Thursday 7th March at 19:00 Thornton Community Centre [Group Leader: Gemma Whittingham - cllr.whittingham.] • ENVIRONMENT: Saturday 9th March at 10:00 Thornton Community Centre [Group Leader: Russell George -] • COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY: Saturday 9th March at 10:00 Stanton under Bardon Village Hall [Group Leader: Steve Malcherczyk]

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Bagworth Spring Fayre THE BAGWORTH Forward Group are looking forward to seeing friends old and new at the Spring Fayre on Saturday 30th March. The event will run from 1pm till 4pm and entry is free. A number of stalls will be there displaying their wares including handmade gifts, cards, jewellery and foods for both humans and doggies! We are excited to see all the wonderful Easter Bonnets and Decorated Eggs. Young people, up to age 16, should bring their works of art on the day and have them registered with the judges for entry into the competition. The coffee shop will be open on the day serving hot drinks, soft drinks and a range of cakes and snacks. We will also have a variety of lunch options available and plenty of seating. We hope as many of you as possible will come along to support this event which continues to raise funds for the village. Come rain, (or preferably) shine, this promises to be a lovely community event.

£600 for charity

LOTTIE Slaney, mum Sharni Slaney and nanny Dianne Dowell have done a giant raffle to raise money for Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Outpatients and Ward 10. We managed to raise £620 with the help from friends and family. We raised money for this charity because Lottie has dislocated hips and has needed two major hip operations and has stayed on ward 10. She is now on the road to recovery.


Markfield needs a dog warden I AGREE that not clearing up after your dog is unacceptable. But what are the Parish Council and the Environment department of the Hinckley and Bosworth Council doing about it? They are making it clear that if a person not clearing up will face a £1000.00 fine. I wonder if a freedom of information would show that no one from the Markfield Area has ever been fined. I have walked my dog twice a day for 5 years in the Markfield area and have never seen anyone policing the order. After walking my dog this morning I met a great dollop of POO on the new recreational path - if you are to walk after dark there being no lights you are likely to step in it. Why can’t we have a Dog Warden that would patrol now and again and challenge anyone who did not carry a Poo Bag which would be a fair indication that they did not intend to pick up the waste. I would back imposing a fine for not carrying a poo bag.

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PUBLIC NOTICE Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (England) Order 2015 NOTICE UNDER ARTICLE 13 (CERTIFICATE C) OF APPLICATION FOR PLANNING PERMISSION Notice is hereby given of a planning application for the construction and operation of new Brickworks with ancillary development (including office, welfare, canteen accommodation, gatehouse, stockyards and clay preparation plant); extension to quarry workings and amendments to the approved working and restoration scheme for the existing quarry workings at Desford Brickworks, Heath Road, Bagworth, Coalville LE67 1DL, by Forterra Building Products Limited. A copy of the application documents, including a site plan of the land affected, may be inspected at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA. Any owner of the land or tenant who wishes to make representations about this application, should write to Katie Ferguson, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8RA within 21 days of publication of this advertisement. Statement of owners' rights: The grant of planning permission does not affect owners' rights to retain or dispose of their property, unless there is some provision to the contrary in an agreement or lease. Statement of agricultural tenants' rights: The grant of planning permission for non-agricultural development may affect agricultural tenants' security of tenure. 'Owner' means a person having a freehold interest or a leasehold interest the unexpired term of which is not less than seven years. 'Tenant' means a tenant of an agricultural holding any part of which is comprised in the land.

Markfield Mayflower Club Enjoy Making Chocolate! A GROUP OF LOCALS in Markfield tried their hand at Chocolate making for the first time recently at the Mayflower Club held at Markfield Community Centre.

Local expert Tom Phillips, from Handmade by Hannah’s in Quorn introduced the art of chocolate making to the Mayflower Group who meet regularly in Markfield. The free chocolate-making workshop was part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service and Prudential to give older people in Leicester (and across the UK) an opportunity to try something new for free in their local community. Staying active and social have been proven to be important to keeping fit and well in older age. Research by Royal Voluntary Service last year found that two thirds (65 per cent) of people aged 60 and over wanted to try a new activity, but three in ten (29 per cent) felt there weren’t enough local opportunities to do so. Keen to address this, the charity joined forces with Prudential to launch the First Time for Everything programme. Rachel Gray, Royal Voluntary Service activity co-ordinator for Leicestershire, says: “It’s been wonderful to see so many local people enjoying our First Time for Everything activities. Thanks to funding from Prudential, we have lots more exciting events coming up and hope that even more older people, their carers and families will come along. It’s never too late to try something for the first time.” Jillian Lobban, Director of Regulatory and

Legacy Projects, said: “The First Time for Everything programme has had a significant impact in the communities where it’s already run. We want to help create experiences that enhance the lives of older people and at the same time help address the epidemic of loneliness in the UK, particularly amongst the elderly. We’re therefore delighted to be supporting Royal Voluntary Service. We hope that even more older people will enjoy trying First Time for Everything activities in 2019.” The next Prudential First Time for Everything event in Leicestershire will be Pottery workshop in Loughborough on 15th & 29th March 2019. For more information on this or other events across Leicester and Leicestershire please contact Rachel Gray, Activity Coordinator, on 07795 450602 or Royal Voluntary Service relies on support from local volunteers to help run First Time for Everything events and other social activities and is looking for more volunteers to join its friendly, dedicated team. Rachel Gray says: “For anyone with a few hours to spare, volunteering is a great way to get involved in the local community. Our volunteers are a wonderful bunch of people – many are aged 60 and over - and they really enjoy the buzz they get from helping others.” For more information about Prudential First Time for Everything activities and other services for older people in Leicestershire, and to find out more about local volunteering opportunities, contact Royal Voluntary Service on 07795 450602, email or visit get-help/social-activities/social-events

Friends of STANTON UNDER BARDON Charnwood Forest VILLAGE HALL NEWS THE TRUSTEES are delighted to announce that, thanks to the Stanton under Bardon Parish Council, the Village Hall has now been equipped with air conditioning.

THE TALK following a very brief AGM on March 18th at 7.30 pm will be given by Peter Tyldesley on ‘Colourful characters of Bradgate Park’. Peter was born in Leicester in 1967. After university he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1993 whilst working for the Ministry of Defence. Following a varied career including roles as an independent school bursar and Director of Countryside & Land Management at the Brecon Beacons National Park, Peter took over the reins at the Bradgate Park Trust in 2012. Do come along to hear this very entertaining talk. Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall, 7.30 pm. Members free, visitors £3.

This should ensure that the hall is a lot more comfortable for large parties and events if we are fortunate enough to have another hot summer this year. Our final Film Night of the season will be held on Saturday 16th March, with doors opening at 6.30 pm and the film will commence at 7.00 pm, with the usual interval for tea, coffee and a raffle. The film showing will be the award winning Bohemian Rhapsody, showcasing the life and music of the amazing Freddie Mercury and Queen and featuring their glorious performance at the Live Aid Concert. If you missed it at the cinema here is your chance to share the experience with friends, or indeed see it again and perhaps join in with the songs that everyone knows so well. Rami Malek recently received a well earned Oscar for his brilliant portrayal of Freddie Mercury in this emotional film. Tickets are available in advance for £4.50 at Stanton Stores, or at the door on the night for £5.00. We will again be serving freshly cooked bacon cobs at our next Coffee Morning on Tuesday 19th March. We open at 10.00 am and close around 12.30pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you come for coffee and stay for lunch, or just pop in for a quick chat. As mentioned previously, the Village Hall Trust are urgently seeking volunteers to join us as Trustees or key holders. We are a small, friendly group that manage the Village Hall. We work as a team, so the workload is spread between us, and meet up about once a month to make sure that everything is running smoothly. It is an excellent way to get to know your neighbours and take an active role the community. If you have a few hours a month to spare, and would like to help out, please get in touch through our website, or email with your contact details. We are keen to encourage volunteers that represent all the village community from 18 to 80. We hope to see you at one of our events soon.

Mark Stephens

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I’ll Be There For You By Kelsey Miller

Lifesaving fundraising for Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation defibrillators

OVER TWENTY years since its low-profile debut and Friends is the most streamed show on UK Netflix. But has it stood the test of time? Are some parts of it more problematic than we remember? And who was the cast’s least favourite guest star? Join Kelsey Miller as she answers all of these questions and more. And as she relives the show’s most iconic moments, examines some of its controversies, and shines a light on the many trends it inspired – from oversized coffee cups to the much-copied 90s haircut, ‘The Rachel’. Weaving incisive commentary, revelatory interviews and behindthe-scenes anecdotes involving high-profile guest stars, I’ll Be There for You is the most comprehensive take on Friends yet, and the ultimate book for fans everywhere.

WISE WORDS “If you want something you never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Thomas Jefferson

Why we are turning to soap bars IT’S OFFICIAL: we are buying more soap bars these days. And that is a good thing. SHUTTLEWOOD Clarke Foundation was thrilled to have been nominated as charity of the year in 2018 by Bradgate Rotary Club and Arthur J Gallagher Insurance. The charity is delighted that the monies raised have now been used to install invaluable equipment at the Grange Community Support and Wellbeing centre and Ulverscroft Manor properties. Helen Baxter, Activities Coordinator said “We are so grateful to Bradgate Rotary and Arthur J Gallagher for their generous fundraising for the Foundation. We are delighted to have purchased important lifesaving equipment for the Foundation’s Ulverscroft Grange

Lianne Boyall, Flo Dennis, Louise Moore, Stephen Webb, Martyn Freeman and Manor properties’ She added ‘To help someone who is in cardiac arrest effectively, a defibrillator needs to be found as quickly as possible to give someone the best chance of survival – the new defibrillators are essential to this and we wish to convey our thanks to everyone for supporting the fundraising efforts to make the purchase of defibrillators possible’ For more information regarding the Foundation and its supportive services please contact - Helen Baxter on 01530 244914 - email or visit www.shuttlewood –

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Calling Classic Car, Truck & Bike Owners

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Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7.45pm at the Methodist Church, Main St Markfield. Further information from Fran Johnson 01530 243350 or Jane Barrington 01530 243285. WI Programme 2019 March ~ Farmhouse Cookery Brenda Featherstone April ~ Local Artist - Art Workshop Sally Matterson


MARKFIELD HOMEMAKERS meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, LE67 9UU on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. March 13th ~ Roy Mitchell The things we did not know about King Richard III Burial April 10th ~ Allan Rimmer The Gary Gap Year

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Join us for Drive it Day on 28th April

You Were Gone By Tim Weaver

JOIN US at Little Markfield Farm for a road run around the local area. Meet at the farm at 10am for a cuppa, before setting off at 11am taking in the local scenery before returning to the farm. Meals will be available at the farm on your return see Little Markfield Farm on Facebook for menu. We will be raising money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, £2 donation per vehicle to be paid on the day. • Last but not least have a good day, enjoy the run, the company and the nostalgia. • Obey the speed limit • The event is open to all classics cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and kit cars, however in order to avoid congestion we have limited the number of vehicles to 50 so entry will be on a First come first served’ basis. All entries to be received by the April 21st 2019 please. • For more information contact Brenda on 07774 047571 • Please book your Vehicle in via our Facebook page event or contact Brenda Little Markfield Farm is on Forest Road, Markfield, Leicester, LE67 9UQ.

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The extraordinary success of Robinson Crusoe IT WAS almost 300 years ago, on 25th April 1719, that Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe was first published. The book is believed to be second only to the Bible in the number of translations made. The author was born Daniel Foe in London in 1860 and added the De to his name when he was 40. His father was a butcher and a Presbyterian, and he himself had thoughts at one time of becoming a Presbyterian minister. He had various business and commercial interests and was declared bankrupt more than once. He was also a journalist and pamphleteer, and in 1703 he was jailed for publishing The Shortest Way with the Dissenters – a rather unsuccessful satire seen as a ‘seditious libel’ – but was released after five months and became a government agent. He turned to fiction and published The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe at the age of 59. Presented as an autobiography by Mr Crusoe, the book was at first thought to be true but was later believed to be based on the experiences of Scottish castaway Alexander Selkirk, who lived for four years on a Pacific island 400 miles west of Chile. Now renamed Robinson Crusoe Island, it bears little resemblance to the island in Defoe’s novel.


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Groby Village Society Thursday March 28 Annual General Meeting To be held at the Library Thursday April 25 “Rest in Peace” Brian Johnson

Meetings held at Groby Village Hall Starting at 7.30pm. unless stated otherwise For Further Details Contact Hon. Secretary Mr. P. Castell Tel. 0116 287 9842 e-mail:- Non Members are Welcome

~ REMINDER ~ Markfield Local History Group Presents a Talk ‘Buried between road and river: new insights into the people of Roman Leicester.’ Mathew Morris Project Officer, University of Leicester Archaeological services (ULAS) Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 pm The Methodist Church Rooms, Main Street, Markfield Non-members £3 to include refreshments

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Level 2 Award In Food Safety In Catering FOOD HANDLERS who have not received any formal training are being encouraged to sign up to a food safety course. Charnwood Borough Council runs the Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering and offers people the opportunity to learn the basics of food hygiene. The course is aimed at people who are starting out in the catering industry and require some formal training. Cllr Margaret Smidowicz, the Council’s lead member for regulatory services said “It’s important that people who handle and serve food to the public understand the basics. “Our food safety team has developed this course which is a nationally recognised award to improve people’s knowledge and understanding. I would like to encourage those who have not had any formal training before to sign up for one of the courses available this year.” The course will be held on several dates throughout the next 12 months at the Council’s Southfields Offices in Loughborough. Dates include:

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People who attend will learn about legislation, food safety hazards, temperature control, food handling and principles of safe food storage. The cost of the course is £50 (including VAT) per person. There are a limited number of places available on each course, so booking early to avoid disappointment is advised. For further information and to book, please contact a member of the food safety team on 01509 634656 or visit foodsafetycourse

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Newbold Verdon Coming up at De Mont

JAZZ CLUB THE LATEST band to play at Newbold Jazz Club was Baby Jools and the Jazzaholics who always give us a great night of jazz.

They started by playing ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ and included many favourites in their sets finishing with a rousing ‘High Society’. The band line up of Mike Owen on trombone and also vocals, together with Karl Hird on reeds and Danny Illet on trumpet were backed up by the rhythm section provided by Jim Swinnerton, who has a style of his own on double bass, Brian Mellor on banjo and of course Baby Jools on drums. This is a band that never fails to please the audience. We look forward to seeing them again later in the year. • NEXT MONTH we look forward to the return of The Wabash Jazzmen another very good band. Do come along on April 5th to Newbold Verdon Social Club and join us. Doors open at 7.00pm and music from 8.00 – 10.30pm. Admission £9.00, with drinks and snacks at club prices. For more details contact Kelvin on 01455 822824 or Pauline on 01162 865496.

Horrible Histories WE ALL want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for two amazing shows with Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips!

Awful Egyptians From the fascinating Pharaohs to the power of the pyramids, discover the foul facts of death and decay with the meanest mummies in Egypt. Are you ready to rumble with Ramesses the Great? Dare you enter through the Gates of the Afterlife? It’s the history of Egypt with the nasty bits left in! Performances: Thursday 18 April 7pm, Friday 19 April 2pm, Saturday 20 April 7pm, Sunday 21 April 11am

Terrible Tudors From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Meet Bloody Mary and see Ed fall dead in his bed. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience! Performances: Wednesday 17 April 7pm, Thursday 18 April 2pm, Friday 19 April 7pm, Saturday 20 April 2pm, Sunday 21 April 3pm To book, visit or tel: 0116 233 3111.

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The Establishment And How They get Away With It By Owen Jones BEHIND our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite. In fact, they represent the biggest threat to our democracy today - and it is time they were challenged.

If you want to get ahead, get a hat! AT OUR FEBRUARY meeting we had Louise Brooks from Hats from the Hall to talk to us about ...hats! It was a lively evening with Louise giving us an overview of how various styles of hats are made and the do’s and don’ts on choosing a hat that suits you and the correct way to wear it. We agreed with her that these days when trying to buy a hat it’s one size fits all and Louise offers a bespoke millinery service to create a unique hat (which fits properly) for that special occasion, or just because you want one. We had fun trying on the various hats and we were very interested to learn from Louise that she also holds millinery workshops where you can spend the day learning new skills and go home with a unique cloche or fascinator. I think a quite a few of us will be signing up especially as lunch and afternoon scones are included. For our meeting on 20th March, Brenda Featherstone will be telling us about farmhouse cookery and the competition will be a favourite recipe.

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Friends of Charnwood Forest Upcoming Events Monday 18th March. 7:30. Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall AGM followed by a talk be Peter Tyldesley,


Come along and hear a little more about the association and listen to a fabulous talk by Peter, the Director of the Bradgate Park Trust. Who are these Colourful Characters who inhabit or have inhabited our beloved Bradgate? Come along and find out more about our wonderful Charnwood Forest. Monday 15th April. 7:30 Woodhouse Eaves Village Hall Talk by Roy Mitchell,


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WISE WORDS “You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.” Jim Rohn

Call for volunteer Nordic walkers to help fight Parkinson’s

PARKINSON’S UK has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers across East Midlands with a passion for walking - and supporting local people with Parkinson’s. The charity is looking for people to undergo a short, free course, that is being run in partnership with British Nordic Walking. The training will see the volunteers graduate as Nordic Walk Instructors, then put their skills to good use by supporting and inspiring people with Parkinson’s to try the exercise out. Parkinson’s is a serious degenerative neurological condition which can happen at any age and has a major impact on everyday life. It develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. Around 145,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with the condition, including 10,256 in the East Midlands. Nordic walking is an activity that has been shown to have positive effects on mobility, posture, brain activity and balance in an inclusive, enjoyable and social environment - all of which are vital benefits to people living with Parkinson’s. Katie Smith, Area Development Manager, Parkinson’s UK, said: “We’re looking for around 10 people across the East Midlands who are passionate about walking and improving life for local people with Parkinson’s to volunteer for around 10 hours a month. “As a volunteer you will give group “This is an immensely ‘taster sessions’ and demonstrations rewarding role for anyone as well as work with people on an individual basis to mentor their who enjoys walking, confidence and skills to be able to enjoy loves being outdoors, Nordic walking safely. and supporting others to “In addition to instructing the technique of Nordic walking, you will achieve their potential.” also gain the opportunity to visit local Katie Smith, Area Development Parkinson’s groups to introduce them to Manager, Parkinson’s UK Nordic walking, and benefits it can bring. “This is an immensely rewarding role for anyone who enjoys walking, loves being outdoors, and supporting others to achieve their potential. “We can of course fit your volunteering hours around your other commitments, so if you’re interested please get in touch to find out more.” All volunteers will be provided for free with any equipment required to deliver in this role and help with travel expenses is also available. The charity is happy to consider joint applications from prospective volunteers who wish to work as a team to deliver this role. Parkinson’s UK’s partners in this venture, British Nordic Walking, are a member of the International Nordic Walking Federation (INWA), the global governing body of Nordic Walking. For more information volunteering for Parkinson’s UK please email or call 0344 225 9863.

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Much has changed in the last 24 years Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald TWENTY FOUR years ago on the 4th of May 1995 and at the age of 23, I was elected to serve my local community at the Borough Council of Hinckley and Bosworth. It was a proud moment. I was to become the Councillor for the community of Markfield and Stanton, a community in which I had lived almost all my life and in which generations of my family had lived long before that. Since that day much has changed in the world (in 1995 can you believe - according to wikipedia that only 1% of the UK population had domestic internet access ) and so have my personal circumstances, not least in the fact that that I got married to my wife Julie (who I was dating at the time) and I have been fortunate to have two wonderful sons in Callum and Cian, who I am immensely proud of. Both my sons have attended the same local primary school as I did (although can you believe I am old enough to have spent 2 years at the school on the Green) and Callum is now at South Charnwood. You could say they are following in my academic footsteps but I wasn’t much of an academic back then. Not many people though can say that they have attended the same school as their Dad and the same schools at which their Grandad was the schools art and design teacher. Along with the changes in the world, things haven’t exactly stayed the same in Markfield and Stanton. In many ways it is a different place but at the same time so much is familiar. You can still connect with the past, not least the memories of the many good people who I first called on for support all those years ago and are on longer alive. The loss of community figures,

characters, people’s mothers and fathers, grandparents and parents is a reminder of our own mortality but also the need to do good things while we can. One thing that has not changed over the 24 years is my belief in our local community and the important role communities play in addressing the complex needs of human beings living on this planet. I have long been a strong advocate for more autonomy and decision making to be taken at the level closest to the ground. Real accountability is achieved by working face to face with the people who live in close proximity to you and share the same hopes and concerns. Remaining in touch is essential to this and involving yourself in the difficult decisions or resolving concerns brings its rewards in time. It’s not however all plain sailing and I am all too aware aware of my own failings and know that some will have been disappointed in my actions or lack of, maybe in not returning someone’s call or satisfactorily resolving a problem. I apologise up front if anyone has been let down over the years. Often people will let you know if they are unhappy and you can address outstanding concerns but I appreciate this is not always the case. I also know that some of my biggest frustrations are when you cannot help because it’s either not possible, resources don’t allow it or it’s an authority which you are not responsible for and have little influence over. When local councils were better resourced, resolving problems was easier than today in which resources are much tighter. I am clear however that many of the solutions to improving our quality of life will be found locally and not in the acrimonious bear pit of Westminster or further afield. A number of people over the years

have asked me why I have never gone further politically and sought office at a higher authority. For me it’s simple: I am motivated by doing the best for our community and in trying to improve what we have around us. I am part of this community and I can still have a degree of positive influence on the life of all who reside here. It’s not always easy and in the past few years particularly it has at times been emotionally draining but I have remained wedded to a simple set of beliefs which I know many locally still share. Along with this, it is also true that over the years I have at times struggled with the reality of party politics and some of the destructive and petty features of total observance some give to this priority. I have witnessed too often decisions being taken for purely political reasons which were poor decisions and which did more harm than good. Decisions which in private Councillors have told me they understood to be harmful or negative to the people you were supposed to represent but decisions they took regardless because they felt obliged to do so. I have often asked what kind of local Councillor puts party politics before the community they are elected to serve? You may well ask but it is more common than you might imagine. Party politics is tribal and demands loyalty. It also requires a fateful requirement to pour scorn on those who are not of the same persuasion regardless of the merit of the solution they are offering. In my time I can confidently say that I have seen good and bad across all the political divides which is hardly surprising when you think that this is what you find in society in general. Still an ability to work with others regardless of

Matthew Lay politics is an essential requirement if you are to achieve long lasting improvements and get things done. In my time I have worked across the political spectrum without too much difficulty to achieve positive outcomes. I see that as both necessary and also normal but it only works because others recognise your motivations of putting community first. If you put political allegiance first, others will only ever see your efforts as political. I believe that is the case when successfully seeking re-election time and time again. Many in my community have placed their trust in me regardless of any political badge I carry, precisely because I won’t sell out our community for any political advantage it might bring personally. I have long known that many in Markfield, Stanton and Field Head have given me personal support despite my party badge being of a different colour precisely because I will account for my actions. I am appreciative of this and I hope that support can continue. We live in strange times politically, one could say almost uncharted waters, in which political debate has at times become poisoned. But by staying rooted right here, holding true to a simple set of beliefs and trying to work for the benefit of those around us, together we can elevate ourselves and our community and prepare for the challenges ahead.


I’m so fat, I was diagnosed with a flesh-eating disease and the doctor gave me 13 years to live.

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Offer of Horse Chestnut Trees THREE YEARS ago I germinated a number of horse chestnuts, over the past three years I have presided over their ongoing growth. I believe now is the time to plant out these saplings. Unfortunately my efforts to offer these saplings to local parish and county councils have proved fruitless. As we approach the ending of the planting season for saplings, as a last resort, I am offering them to anyone who would be willing to plant them out. However please understand that these are Horse Chestnut trees which over time can grow to approximately 30 to 40 feet high with a width of similar proportions, and are therefore not appropriate for local gardens. People with extremely large acreage such as farmers or large estates would be the ideal solution. Trees of this nature when fully matured will provide shelter and shade to farm and common animals alike, and in turn provide plenty of ammunition for any budding professional conker players. These of course will be provided free of charge to anyone who wants them. Please note that these saplings are still very young and are only approximately 3 to 4 foot tall at present, however I’m a local resident with an average sized garden with limited space, therefore if these are not claimed this year then I will be forced to dispose of them which would be a shame. My telephone number for enquiries is 07505 963 910. Thank you for taking the time to read this request.

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Details of Bank Holiday Closing

note that Markfield Library will be closed on these ny PLEASE people are touched by dementia. Easter bank holidays: Good Friday and Easter Monday, April 19th and 22nd 2019. Otherwise we will be open in the school holidays at the usual times.

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COME TO MORNING OUR NEW group on Friday mornings from 10am to at MARKFIELD 11.20am is very popular. LIBRARY at 11am If you wish to join it please contact the libraryth or email on Wednesday 18 to register January. Great start for Queen Bee Youth Project

February 28th was so well attended thatjust there is now a d you please spend one hour to waiting list for those thinking of joining. stand a little more about dementia? help you, family, friends, neighbours Community Centre Open Day MARKFIELD Library will be visiting the Community Centre - our whole community. Open Day on March 23rd, 2019. THE OPENING meeting of this group on Thursday,

Please check their facebook page or contact Zoe on 07861 642239 to enquire. We wish every success to this promising weekly event for teenage girls.(SEE ARTICLE ON PAGE 19)

Our volunteers can tell you about what we do and when we are open. You will have the chance to join the library as a member, which is FREE. And would you like to be a volunteer and help us for about two hours a week?

e, valuable and interesting Dementia Friends Art Exhibition creates lots ofasking interest everyone to tion Session is just about WE HAD considerable in the ARTabout dementia and how we might d a interest bit more EXHIBITION held in e that bitduring easier and more pleasant for those the library February half-term. people There were 14 children who live with it. who came and painted and made book marks. Well done to all of you! Mrs Riddington persuaded nearly all staff and visitors to paint part of the picture she had prepared after the style of Cezanne. Some of the pictures are still on display in the library. One of our pictures shows an artist at work. The other shows one of the displays of art work created by the members of the weekly class, held in the library each Thursday from 12.30 to 2.45pm. Several of our visitors said they were impressed by the standard of work and by the variety of art media used. Do come and give it a try. There are more spaces in the class so you will be welcomed. All materials are provided and the subscription of £5 a week also makes a donation to the library.

lease do be a Dementia Friend.

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Nominate a person or group

Awards will honour volunteers who ‘make a difference’

THE HUNT IS ON to find Hinckley and Bosworth residents who make a difference to the lives of others through volunteering. The council is urging residents to nominate a person or group that deserves recognition for the help they give to others. The Making a Difference community awards are sponsored by the Borough Council and include individual and group categories as follows: Inspirational volunteer(s): An individual or group that you admire or feel are inspirational in respect of their voluntary work Young volunteer(s): A young person or a group (under 18) who volunteer and contribute their time and skills to benefit others within our community Creating a sense of community: Volunteers who help individuals or groups of people to feel included, supported, involved and enabled to enjoy life within their community Protecting, improving or supporting our environment: An individual or group who contribute to, and benefit our environment, making it a better place for us all Contributing to our local heritage, culture or tourism offer: An individual or group who enable others to appreciate and benefit from our local heritage and cultural offer, making this a borough for us all to enjoy and attract visitors Keeping people safe and well: An individual or group who volunteer for the benefit of others safety and wellbeing Leader of the Borough Council, Councillor Mike Hall, said: “These awards are a great way to recognise the individuals and groups who voluntarily help to support their communities. I am delighted that we can take this opportunity to celebrate the work of some of the most selfless people in our borough, who work to improve themselves, the people around them and the places they live. If you know somebody who deserves a public thank-you, then nominate them for this year’s ‘Making a Difference Awards’ and let them know how much you appreciate the work that they do”. You cand find out more about the different categories or nominate an indiviual or group for our making a difference award Alternatively contact the council’s Community Planning Officer, Tracy O’Grady, for a nomination form on tel: 01455 638170, email: tracy.o’ Nominations must be received by Friday 10 May 2018. A judging panel will consider all of the nominations and the awards will be presented at the voluntary and community sector celebration event on Thursday 6 June. All nominees will receive a medal and the overall winners in each category will receive a trophy.





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Make an Easter Garden for St. Peter’s Dance success in Bagworth SPARKLE and glamour Church, Thornton Easter Display! were the key words

And ‘All Age’ service on Sunday 28th April at 10.30am

WHATEVER age you are, we would be delighted if you would participate in this year’s Easter Garden display in St. Peter’s church, Thornton. Visitors and congregations will then be able to view your gardens against the backdrop of this lovely mediaeval building. N.B. All under 16’s who have made a garden will receive a small Easter Egg to say “thank you” for taking part. “What’s this all about” you may ask? Well; it will be similar to the Christmas Tree Festival except we are requesting portable, home-made miniature gardens to be brought to St. Peter’s church to help us all celebrate the Easter season. The church will be open to receive your garden on Friday 26th April between 3pm & 6.30pm and also Saturday 27th April between 10am and 12 noon. “When can the Gardens be viewed?” The church will be open for the All Age Service at 10.30am on Sunday 28th April, please do come along and see what we’re all about. The church will also be open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, 27th and 28th April, from 2pm – 5pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available to buy. “How could I make my own miniature Easter Garden?” If you have access to the internet and Google “Easter Garden Ideas” you will be amazed at what people create. They usually take a plant pot, small trough, washing-up bowl, shoe or gift box, a plate, a box lid or a biscuit tin, baking tray or similar, let’s say approximately 12” x 8” or similar (size and shape are up to you – they are dictated

by what you have to hand – but must be easily portable). Then, using anything you have available, you could either create part of the biblical Easter story, or if you prefer, a beautiful spring garden, or meadow with animals in or a pond etc. etc. You are only limited by your imagination . When St. Peter’s last hosted an Easter Gardens display about 8 years ago, we had an allotment, the Sea of Galilee with boats, a Roman fort with soldiers, and a Fairy Garden (with a unicorn of course!). It is lovely to see imagination at work and we know that many of you are very artistic. Moss, scrunched-up crêpe paper, plasticine, tree bark, gravel and sea-shells are good for landscape. Mirrors are great for representing ponds and plastic trees, people and animals are perfect. And you could even use real flowers like the tiny tête-à-tête daffodils (or sugarcraft versions). If you want to create the Empty Tomb you would need to think of ways to make that (papier mâché or a half-coconut perhaps?). “Could I chat about this event with anyone?” Please do join in and help Thornton celebrate the Easter season. If you would like to chat in general about plans for this event, please call Jo on (01530) 230 455. And ... MESSY EASTER! And don’t forget MESSY EASTER which will take place at Bagworth Community Centre on Saturday 13th April, 3pm – 4.30pm. It is a lovely craft, play and prayer afternoon for children and families, with refreshments and a lot of laughter. Please contact Revd Pauline Ashby on 07866 721 655 or email paulineashby@googlemail. com for more information about Messy Church.

at Dance-tastic’s inaugural Awards Presentation evening back in February.

Everyone was dressed to impress as the pupils showcased their dancing, including two ensemble pieces to Viennese Waltz and Rock n Roll rhythms as an extra treat for their families and friends. Children and adult pupils collected their exam certificates and medals from special guest, NATD Examiner Mrs Valerie Burnett. But it wasn’t just the pupils who danced. There were many opportunities for everyone to get up and join in and there were outstanding exhibitions from Morgan Viles, Bethan Keen, Amber Donnington and Hollie Tinlin who had travelled from Nottingham for the event. The raffle raised £75 for The Alzheimer’s Society and £112 for the dancing school’s funds to buy some folding mirrors to be used in classes to improve the styling of their moves. Just two weeks later the school competed in their first social competition of the year in Nottingham with 5 new pupils having a go for the first time. The number of entries was enormous and the standards were very high in this epic 12 hour long competition but 17 semifinals, 19 finals and the collecting of 25 trophies helped to blow away the cobwebs.

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Everyone hates me because I’m so universally liked.

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Assistance dog charity to hold special Pre-Mother’s Day afternoon tea MOTHERS will be treated to a special afternoon tea to raise vital funds for assistance dog charity Canine Partners. The event will take place on Saturday 30 March 2019 at the charity’s Midlands Training Centre near Osgathorpe, Leicestershire, and aims to raise money to train amazing assistance dogs to transform the lives of people living with disabilities across the UK, boosting their confidence and independence. The dogs are taught a range of everyday tasks including picking up and retrieving items, opening doors and undressing a person. They can even help to load and unload a washing machine and they can fetch help in an emergency. Relax and enjoy a fantastic selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries, all whilst raising much-needed funds for our charity that transforms lives every day – you can even upgrade your tea for £2.50 to include a glass of fizz! The event starts at 2:30pm and tickets cost £10 per person. Please note advanced booking by 22 March 2019 is essential. For more information and to book your place please visit caninepartners., call Cat Howourth on 01530 225937 or email

We had to get rid of the kids - one of the dogs was allergic.



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The Friends Of Charnwood Forest

Letter from Uncle Eustace

The Martins of Leicestershire

On why a vicar should avoid wedding receptions

ON MONDAY 18th February, a packed meeting of the Friends of the Charnwood Forest were given a talk which would make any family genealogist turn green with envy, for Col. Robert Martin gave us a potted history of his family.

The Rectory St James the Least of All

The talk began with a picture of “The Ship” at Anstey where his family had lived during the 19th century – to get away from it all – but then wound the clock back to 13th century, or possibly 12th. Col. Martin had been able, through records of the Merchants’ Guild (later the Guild of Freemen), to trace his family back to that date. Succeeding members of his family had also been members of that Guild, so dates, names, places and titles flowed forth in the story. One particular ancestor had been the Mayor of Leicester in 1334, then again in 1338 before becoming an M.P. The family owned ‘Anstey Pastures’ an area of land which lay between the city and Anstey long ago; it is now ‘developed’. The family moved to the Brand in the late 19th century when there was a need to retreat before the advance of the city. It seems that, before they arrived, a ghostly sighting of a lady in black had caused the then owners to demolish the original building and then rebuild it. Whilst this did not deter the ghost, it seemed to have given up after appearing once more, and there have been no recent sightings. Col. Martin lost his grandfather in World War 1, killed in action whilst covering a retreat. His great uncle and a cousin survived and took over the family business, which included by that time the Mountsorrel granite quarry. His great uncle was also instrumental in promoting Loughborough college to university status. Knowing the tendency of Victorian families to have large numbers of surviving off-spring, I was tempted to think that my (late) neighbour, who was a Martin, and my lady-friend’s daughter’s ex, who was also named Martin (son of an American airman), may just be connected. And then I way. The Friends meet in the village hall at Woodhouse Eaves, once a month, on a Monday evening. The e-mail address of the secretary is secretary@focf. for anyone interested in its programme.

My dear Nephew Darren My generous offer to take last week’s marriage service for you in your church, so that you could attend your weekend plumbing course, proved most unwise.

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You may now be qualified to unblock church hall kitchen sinks, but I will not be taking another marriage ceremony for you again, no matter how much you have set your heart on that electrician’s course next year, so that you can re-wire the vestry. At first, I was delighted when the bride’s mother called, inviting me to the reception. I assumed that somewhere called Charnley Hall would be a most fitting location, full of oak floors and waiters bearing sherry to guests. I did not realise until too late that it is only the rather dubious pub next door to your church. At least I had been placed with the happy couple and both sets of parents. Then it slowly dawned on me: I was there to stop the bride’s mother from attacking her newly-acquired son-in-law. My presence may have kept an uneasy peace at our table, but it had no such effect on some of the others. Well before the speeches, bride’s and groom’s supporters were exchanging snide remarks and bitter looks. Then all hell broke loose: a bridesmaid slapped an usher and burst into tears. That was the starting signal for the liveliest wedding reception I have ever attended: chairs were knocked about, plates broken, wedding cake thrown, flowers snapped in two, and memorable insults exchanged. Of course, I could cope with all that, but then someone snatched the bottle of champagne that had been placed in front of me. They were going to waste it by breaking it on someone’s head. I knew then that things had gone far enough. It took but an instant for me to leap to my feet, lean over the table, and grab my bottle back. Unfortunately, that was when the police arrived. Were our churchwarden, Lord Jelleby to have been on the bench that day, matters could have been settled quite amicably. It was not to be: you may enthusiastically pass the peace in your church; I am now bound over to keep it.

Your loving uncle,


Open Day at Gynsill Lawn Tennis Club

ARE YOU a young adult looking to try something new, meet new people and get active? If so, come along to the Open Day where there will be an opportunity to have FREE tennis sessions and Wimbledon-themed refreshments. The Open Day takes place on Saturday 13th April 2019 between 2.30pm and 4.30pm at Gorse Hill, Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AN. For more information, email:

My father hated radio and couldn’t wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.

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Queen Bee Youth Project

THE LAUNCH of the Queen Bee Youth Project at the Markfield Library was a massive success. The turnout was brilliant and the girls had a great time meeting each other and learning about the various projects they will be a part of. Our Queen Bees put their suggestions forward for sessions & we’ve got some fantastic activities lined up for them. We introduced the girls to #instacoach this week, a local child counselling & coaching service ran by Stacie. We are very lucky and grateful to Stacie for giving up her time & offering #instacoach services to the youth group. The girls also got their hands dirty planting tomatoes & flowers with the assistance of Alpaca Gold Fertiliser courtesy of Little Markfield Farm’s gorgeous Alpaca. Next week is a special treat for the girls at our pamper party night. They will be making their own organic face masks and enjoying a makeover demonstration and tips on doing their brows from the amazing Chloe Simone MUA & Aesthetician. In the upcoming weeks the girls will enjoy visits from Frenzy youth theatre, local actress Jodie Blowfield, local lady Jade Perry leading a talk on her time in Malawi, a yoga session with Charlotte Warden, a taste of Muay Thai with Tyree Stevens of Leicester’s Team Assasins and be busy bees making & creating during our Thursday night sessions. We have got off to a fantastic start and the Queen Bee Youth Project is causing a real buzz around the village! Follow us on Facebook @QueenBeeYouth We currently have a waiting list to join us, email queenbeeyouthproject@ with name & age to be added.


Methodist Minister’s Reflections THERE HAS been quite a lot in the news recently relating to concerns over the amount of time children and young people spend on social media.

Some who are reading this may be aware from personal experience of the powerful influence, for good or evil, which social media can have on a person. I have occasionally heard people misquote Jesus by stating that he said that money was the root of all evil. In fact, he said that the love of money was the root of all kinds of evil. In other words, money of itself is not bad, but if we allow money or possessions to control us, that will have a detrimental effect on our lives and on the lives of others. Like money, social media of itself is not a bad thing, though it can in some instances be very harmful. On the other hand, it can be of great benefit when approached in the right way. The other day I came across a saying which someone had put on social media. Apparently, it comes from the Celtic Christian tradition, and is titled, “Practice the Pause”. “Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” It seems to me to be helpful advice, and perhaps in particular when using social media!

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“And finally - here is a summery of the nudes” IT CAN BE exasperating watching television and relying on subtitles for explanation. When you are hard of hearing, it is occasionally quite funny when words incorrectly captioned construe a totally different interpretation to the one the news writer intentioned. But, add it to all the other frustrations that the deaf and those suffering from loss of hearing shoulder and you realise how difficult it is for us to make sense of communication. Sometimes, the subtitles trail so far behind that the task is abandoned and the viewer left with a tantalizing message such as ……… “... as a result, Alice Meadows, a nurse from Bromwich will not now be able to get…” Get what? A job, half a dozen eggs, her pension? Subtitles are useful; other things help too. We know it is irritating for our hearing friends and family to have to repeat sentences constantly – even if you don’t actually tell us, we can see it written on your face. And technological advancements have improved our lives no end. Audio devices and hearing aids, loop systems, agencies for the hard of hearing that devise aids and awareness to help us hear more clearly, are invaluable. What a long way we have come from the unwieldy, crackling contraptions that our grandparents wore to help increase the volume. For many of us, using a hearing aid will help. Up-to-date technology now offers us better clarification and sound quality. For some, surgery will offer an improvement in hearing. But there are limitations as well as benefits with most forms of help and learning lipreading skills can be such a help to us. Lipreading is a technique to aid speech understanding by watching the movement of lips, face and tongue when their accompanying sound is not sufficiently loud

or clear to hear. Contextual comprehension can further clarify what the speaker might be saying. It takes time and patience to learn and the expertise of a good tutor to teach the skill. But we desperately need more tutors to teach lipreading. Not just to us but to our friends and family as well – so we can all communicate with each other more effectively. Facing the listener when we speak, enunciating clearly, checking out whether the deaf person has understood. It all sounds so serious but believe me, there is plenty of humour in the process too, particularly when mistakes are made. One of the lighter features of lipreading classes is sharing some of the embarrassments and funny moments with others in the same position. It makes us feel less silly somehow about what we’ve misunderstood. Yes, there are many disabilities more severe than deafness – we know that well. Because many of us suffer from other illnesses and disabilities as well as coping with not being able to hear clearly. We know what it is like to receive an unwelcome diagnosis without fully understanding it, from a consultant who unwittingly delivers it in a muffled voice with his or her head averted. So come on – a plea to you good folk out there. There must be plenty of people with the potential to make good lipreading tutors. People who care enough to help us communicate more productively

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The Herald is a monthly local magazine delivered free to approximately 4,000 homes and businesses in Markfield, Field Head, Stanton under Bardon, Thornton and Bagworth. with them and with each other. We need you - particularly we need you in the Leicestershire/ Nottinghamshire area. THE LESLIE EDWARDS TRUST is offering the opportunity to train as a lipreading tutor by offering a professional qualification which involves a one-year distance learning course. The cost of course fees, travel and books will be covered by the Trust. Tutors are freelance but paid the ATLA (Association of Teachers of Lipreading to Adults) recommended hourly rate, plus travel and expenses. Being a tutor is a part-time occupation and generally involves teaching on average three twohourly sessions weekly, based on a 30 week year. If you would like to find out about this challenge, please email: leslieedwardstrust@ Thank you for reading this.

Voters urged to make sure they are registered to vote WITH around seven weeks to go until the local elections, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is encouraging its residents to make sure they’re registered to vote. On Thursday 2 May local voters will go to the polls to elect their borough and parish councillors. To register to vote visit: register-to-vote (GOV.UK). Residents can also check whether they’re registered to vote by calling 01455 255835.

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Council maintains one of the lowest Council Tax rates in the Country The Borough Council will increase its council tax charge for 2019/20 by a little under four per cent - following a decision of the full council at its budgetsetting meeting on Thursday (21 February 2019). This means the average Band D council tax (including the Special Expense Area) for the Borough Council will increase by £5, resulting in a charge of £132.09 for the year. This figure will be supplemented by the charges levied by Leicestershire County Council (£1,292.18), the Police and Crime Commissioner (£223.23) and the Fire Authority (£66.64). Bagworth and Thornton Band D will be £1,809.50 Ratby Band D will be £1,760.77 The difference cost between Villages is due to the Parish Councils setting their own Precept. Residents are reminded they can pay their bill annually, half-yearly or monthly. In a full year the monthly instalments will normally be paid from April to January, however residents can also opt to pay their council tax over 12 instalments if they prefer. In 2017 the Government gave dispensation to those councils who have low levels of council tax (in the lowest quartile) to enable a rise of up to £5 a year, in recognition of their prudence. The Borough Council for 2018/19 had the 14th lowest council tax set by district councils in the country and will remain well within the lowest quartile, even after it increases Council Tax by £5 for 2019/20. The council’s Medium Term

Borough Councillors’ Report Chris Boothby & Ozzy O’Shea


recyclingchanges Once again, we take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and remember we are only a phone call or email away. Regards

Chris & Ozzy. Working for you.

Cllr Chris Boothby Cllr Ozzy O’shea

Cllr Chris Boothby Tel: 0116 238 8301 or 07704 345637 Email

Financial Strategy, covering the period up to and including 2023/24, also includes a commitments to make efficiency savings, as part of an agreement with central government to secure a four year ‘deal’ to ‘lock-in’ levels of government grant up to 2019/20. Overall, this package of measures has enable the council to plan with much more certainty over the four years to 2019/20, to operate a balanced budget, to maintain and improve services year on year, and to deliver other priority projects and initiatives suggested by local communities. Councillor Mike Hall, Council Leader and Executive Member responsible for Finance, said: “This budget shows that the Council has its finances under control and that is good news for our residents. We are able to continue to improve the range and quality of services that we provide, and also to invest in community facilities and activities.”

Recycling is set to get even easier Recycling for residents across the borough is set to become even easier from this month. From 4 March, Hinckley and

Cllr Ozzy O’shea Tel 0116 2394336 or 07808585825 Email

Bosworth residents can recycle a host of common items including carrier bags, cling film, plastic film, bubble wrap, books, crisp tubes and egg boxes alongside other plastics, paper, cardboard glass and cans in their blue lidded recycling bin. The changes are possible now that recycling material is being sent to a plant in Leicester that is capable of handling the materials. To reduce the risk of contamination, residents are reminded that all materials should still be clean and free from food residue. Additionally black plastic – including black plastic bags and film - is unsuitable for recycling due to the carbon black pigments it contains which means it cannot be sorted by the optical sorting systems used in plastics recycling. Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at the Borough Council, Councillor Mark Nickerson, said: “This welcome change has been brought about by the hard work of all districts, led by our own senior officers, and will further enhance our efforts to increase our already excellent recycling rates.” • For more information on what’s changing please visit:

Tel (Chris) 0116 2388301 or 07704345637 Tel (Ozzy) 0116 2394336 or 07808585825 Email: Chris.Boothby@hotmail. Email

Bardon Park Chapel

FAMILY WORSHIP SERVICE: Come and worship the Lord with us on the 1st Sunday in every month at 10.00 am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. THURSDAY ART CLASS: Between 7pm and 9.00pm. Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane, Bardon, Coalville LE67 1TD There is a large car park at the back. For more details on any of the above please contact: Richard Norburn on 0116 332 9634

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Local Church Services Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 24 March 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday 31 March 10.30am Service for Mothering Sunday in St Michael’s Parish Church Sunday 7 April 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday 14 April 10.30am United Service for Palm Sunday in Trinity Methodist Church

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 17th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 24th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 31st March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 7th April 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 14th April (Palm Sunday) 10.30am Morning Service with Lord’s Supper with the Cross Hills puppets Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during Morning Service. For Family Services they join in with the main church. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section in this magazine.

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Facebook : Markfield Methodist Church Sunday 17th March 10:30am No Service at Markfield United Service at Bishop Street, Leicester with the President and Vice President of the Methodist Church Churches Together in Markfield United Service at Congregational Church 6:00pm Evening Service Sunday 24th March 10:30am Morning Communion Service 6:00pm No Evening Service Sunday 31st March – Mothering Sunday 10:30am Morning Service 6:00pm No Evening Service Sunday 7th April – Passion Sunday 10:30am Morning Service 6:00pm Taize Service Sunday 14th April – Palm Sunday

10:30am Churches Together in Markfield United Service 6:00pm Choir Palm Sunday Service Sunday 21st April – Easter Sunday 10:30am Easter Communion Service 6:00pm No Evening Service Sunday 28th April 10:30am Morning Communion Service 6:00pm No Evening Service

Other Events at Trinity Methodist Church Everyone Very Welcome Music Café 2:00pm to 4:00pm 28th March, 11th & 25th April Sparklers Group – Monday 3:15pm to 4:15pm For Children Zero to Reception Age & Carers Church Club – Monday after School until 4:30pm For Children from Mercenfeld School Every Week during Term Time 1-2-5 Birthday Celebration Events Saturday 16th March 10:00am to 12:00noon: Coffee & Crafts Morning Saturday 6th April 10:00am to 12:00noon Easter Coffee Morning

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield Sunday 17th March 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield Service at Markfield Congregational Church 6.00pm Evening Prayer Sunday 24th March 9.00am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00pm Evening Service Sunday 31st March 10.30am Joint All Age Mothering Sunday Service Mothering Sunday 6.00pm Joint Holy Communion

5.45am Easter Sunrise Service at Hill Hole Easter Day 10.30am All Age Easter Service 6.00pm Easter Holy Communion Sunday 28th April 9.00am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00pm Evening Service

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon Sunday 17th March 10.30am Morning Service Holy Communion Sunday 24th March 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 31st March 10.30am “Something Different” Mothering Sunday Service Sunday 7th April 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 14th April 10.30am Holy Communion Thursday 18th April 6.30pm Maundy Thursday Supper and Holy Communion Friday 19th April 7.30pm Good Friday Meditation Sunday 21st April 10.30am Easter Holy Communion Easter Day Sunday 28th April 10.30am “Something Different” Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 17th March 10.30am Holy Communion Sunday 24th March 10.30am All Age Service Wednesday 27th March 10.00am Midweek Communion & Coffee Sunday 31st March 10.30am Mothering Sunday Service

Sunday 7th April 10.30am Holy Communion

Sunday 7th April 10.30am Morning Service

Sunday 14th April 10.30am Churches Together in Markfield Palm Sunday Service Palm Sunday at Markfield Methodist Church 6.00pm Holy Communion

Sunday 14th April 9.00am Holy Communion

Friday 19th April 2.00pm Good Friday “Hour at the Cross” Good Friday

Sunday 21st April 10.30am Easter Holy Communion Easter Day

Sunday 21st April

Friday 19th April 10.00am Good Friday Family “Stations of the Cross”

Sunday 28th April

10.30am All Age Service

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 7th April 9.00am Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Sunday 17th March 9.15am Holy Communion (said Service) Sunday 24th March 6.00pm Evening Prayer Sunday 31st March 6.00pm Joint Holy Communion at Michael’s, Markfield Sunday 7th April 6.00pm Holy Communion Sunday 14th April 3.00pm Praise Service Tuesday 16th April 7.30pm Tenebrae Sunday 21st April 9.15am Easter Holy Communion Easter Day Sunday 28th April 6.00pm Evening Prayer

Catholic Church of St Wilfrid of York 53 London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JB Sunday Mass Saturday Vigil: 6 pm Sunday: 10 am See Newsletter on the website below for details of weekday Mass times, Confessions, and other events. Parish Contact Parish Priest: Fr Gabriel Offor – 01530 832098 email: Parish Website: www. School Details St Clare’s RC Primary School, Coalville: 01530 837747 De Lisle RC College, Loughborough: 01509 268739 www.delisle.leics. Markfield Masses There will be Markfield Masses this year. Dates will be published next month with details of the Easter Services.

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Diary Dates for Local Events in March and April

A lot going on at Leicester Animal Aid in Huncote! EVERY MONTH at the Centre there are fixed dates for fundraising events to help support the animals of Leicester & Leicestershire Animal Aid (LAA), a well-regarded Sanctuary and pet re-homing centre based near Desford (address: Elmwood Farm, Huncote, LE9 3LE). It would be lovely to welcome you to any or all of these events: please do help spread the word, and put the dates in your diary! First of all, on the first Saturday of each month, from 10am – 1pm, there is a Table-Top Sale and Coffee Morning (bacon rolls also available, together with delicious home-made cake). The next one will be Saturday 6th April. A great opportunity to meet up with friends. Also, on the third Saturday of alternate months is the very popular MiniMarket (food and refreshments also available). The next market will be the ‘Spring into Easter’ Mini-Market to be held on Easter Saturday, 20th April from 10am – 12.30pm There are always loads of wonderful ‘pre-loved’ bargains on offer, as well as brand new items, beautiful handicrafts and home-made jams, marmalades, chutney and cakes. It really is worth coming to browse and buy on these days. As well as these fixed dates, there are also fun and educational events, including dog shows and dog training. Do keep your eye on the LAA website and Facebook page, but, as an example, these events include: • Saturday 23rd March & repeated Saturday 27th April: 9.00am 12.30pm - ‘TTouch Workshop’ both to be held at the Leicester Animal Aid site Introduction to “Tellington TTouch Training for Dogs” workshop. Do consider booking onto this course if your dog: pulls on the lead, has separation anxiety, dislikes being groomed, barks or chews excessively, gets overly excitable or nervous, or jumps up. This course also covers helping a dog recover from illness or surgery, and helps you bond more closely together, working towards enhancing your pet’s life. See website http:// for more details. The workshop costs £35 (payable in advance). To book your place call Jane Harvey, Tellington TTouch practitioner, on 07887 652 007 – 01455 289 121 or email: Or speak with Jane in the LAA Fundraising Office 01455 888 257. • Sunday 14th April; 12 noon – 3pm, “Barrie’s Got Talent” Dog Show, in the City Centre at BrewDog, 8 Friar Lane, Leicester, LE1 5RA We are delighted that Barrie Stephen has organised a fantastic fundraising event to support Leicester Animal Aid. Join Barrie, along with your four-legged friends for a Doggie talent show! There will be four categories to enter and impress the panel of judges. • Best Trick - be that the ‘Waggiest Tail’ or the ‘Best High Five’, we are open to all levels of talent! • Most Glamorous/Prettiest Bitch • Most Handsome Dog • Our Veteran Hero (aged seven and over) It’s just £10 per entry and £5 per adult to come along and watch (children are welcome to watch for a small donation). If you would like to take part, please first email to request an information Joining together with Christians from other traditions for01455 sharing,888 praying, pack. Or speak with Jane in the LAA Fundraising Office 257. contemporary worship, refreshments If you would like to fundraise for us, or if you are interested in arranging a talk, or a tour, or would like to invite us to have a stall Congs at yourHall, event, store Markfield or organisation, please get in touch with our7.00pm Fundraising Team on 01455 888 257 or by email to Thurs 1st Nov. - sharing Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid is open every day from 10am – food 2.30pm. The cattery opens at 11am. We are looking forward to seeing you!


Don’t let the scammers fool you

SCAMMERS use clever techniques to part people from their money and gain their personal details that are then used to commit fraud. Trading Standards has some tips as to how you can avoid becoming a victim of scams and protect your personal and financial information. • Don’t assume those contacting you, whether that is over the phone, by e-mail or in person, are genuine, even if they tell you information about yourself or show you some kind of identify card that looks ‘official’. Contact the organisation they claim to be from to check they are genuine using the details on their website rather than any the caller gives you • Remember, a genuine organisation will never ask you for security details such as your PIN or passwords. If you’re not 100% sure who you are talking to, DON’T give out ANY personal or financial information, even if you are told you have been a victim of fraud or a scam. • Be confident to refuse unusual requests for your personal or financial information. Don’t be afraid to end conversations you’re not comfortable with. • Sign up to the Mail Preference Service (0207 291 3310) and Telephone Preference Service (0345 070 0707) to stop unwanted e-mails and telephone calls To report a trader to Trading Standards or for consumer advice contact Citizens Advice on 03454 040506. You can also report non-emergency matters to your local Police on 101. Furthermore Severn Trent Water has recently advised us that they can setup a password if anyone has to attend your premises. This is obviously to reduce the fraudsters faking they are from the company cold calling at your door and to reduce Distraction Burglaries. Only the owner will know the password and so should the ‘real’ staff from Severn Trent Water.

Jane Walters Fundraising Assistant

(Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri – in office from 11.15am to 4pm) - Tel No. 01455 888 257 Leicester and Leicestershire Animal Aid Association, Elmwood Farm, Forest Road, Huncote, LE9 3LE. LAA founded in 1956 is a registered charity; Registered Charity Number: 242560 • A Member of the Association of Dog and Cat Homes (ADCH) Affiliated to Wood Green Animal Shelter

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What’s Been Happening at Markfield Community and Sports Centre Words and pictures from Ron Grantham • Tel: 01530 242240 • Adventure Rural Play Afternoon AS MENTIONED in last month’s edition, on Saturday 23rd March the Centre will be hosting an exciting afternoon of fun and games provided by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. The event is from 12.30pm to 3.30pm and is open to families and people of all ages. This fun event will include a climbing wall, story adventures, den building, creative arts and other fun games. It is FREE and you can also get food refreshments and the bar will be open if you would like a drink. So, come along on the day and enjoy the fun with your children.

Annual Family Trips to the Seaside YET AGAIN the popularity of our annual family trips to the seaside has resulted in the trip to Skegness being fully booked already. We have now opened a reserve list for anyone who still wishes to go and, if there is sufficient demand, we may be able to put on an extra coach. There are still some seats available for the trip to Llandudno on Wednesday 24th July. It only costs £16 per person and to book your place please contact the Centre.

Markfield Community Park WHAT A difference in weather we have had this year. Last year we were suffering from the freezing weather brought on by the “Beast from the East” and this year we delighted in one of the warmest Februarys on record. This fine weather coincided with half term and people and children were able to enjoy the outdoor facilities provided by the new Community Park improvements. It was wonderful seeing so many people and children playing on the park, using the picnic tables and walking around the new walk way or playing on the new outdoor sports area. Literally dozens of people have come up to us and expressed their delight with what has now been provided. On the warmest day where the temperature nearly reached a balmy 20 degrees we were able to put out tables and chairs on the new patio and provided outdoor refreshments. The photograph shows our first customer using the patio area and enjoying the fine weather along with a refreshing pint. Talking about the new patio area we have obtained some funding from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Volunteer fund. The plan is to get volunteers from the Mayflower Club and our Parents and toddlers group to help the little ones to plant some wooden flower planters and hanging baskets. Not only will this give our toddlers a fun opportunity to plant and grow flowers it will also provide a nice splash of colour for the patio area. I wonder how many of you know that the arc of trees through which the

new pathway meanders is dedicated to villagers who lost their lives during both world wars. With the support of the Parish Council we are now planning to enhance this area with the help of volunteers and children. The plan is to turn the dedication plaque round to face the pathway and for children to plant 100 daffodil bulbs in the vicinity of the plaque. The site will become a constant reminder of the sacrifices made during the wars.

Mayflower Club’s Update THIS MONTH we had some real treats at the Mayflower Club. On the 13th February, as part of our Valentine’s event, Tom, a chocolatier who has his own sweet shop in Quorn, came along and gave us fascinating talk on the history of chocolate and a live demonstration on how to make chocolate sweets as well as how the various forms of chocolate can be molded and shaped into chocolate sculptures. We all had a go at making liqueur flavoured chocolate truffles. Hand -made chocolate making is certainly more complex than we realised but at the end of the day they are very tasty. Tom’s finale was the creation of a chocolate frog made from all the various types of chocolate he had made. The frog was raffled off to members with Carol from Markfield Court being the lucky winner. On the 27th February we held a St. David’s Day celebration with a lunch consisting of Leek and Potato soup, Welsh cakes and Bara Brith tea cake. We also had a quiz on the English translation of Welsh place names. Our one and only Welsh representative Peter Clissold brought along his Welsh national flag and some memorabilia of his life in Abergavenny. The tables were decorated with daffodils and Welsh songs such as Land of My Fathers and Men of Harlech played away in the background

Last night I fell asleep on a bed of rice. I was out as soon as my head hit the Pilau.


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National Blood Service THE NEXT session will take place on Friday 26th April. You can book your blood donation appointment on line so please book your place with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.

Money Saving Special Offer DON’T FORGET that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room.

We are now planning our session for the coming months which includes:: 13th March Fun With Antiques 20th March St.Patrick’s Day at the Races 27th March Easy Keep Fit 3rd April Experience a real life Magistrates Court “Mock Trial” 10th April Hanging Basket Making 17th April Easter party and Bonnet Parade 24th April St. George Pub Quiz and supper 1st May Old Mother Riley’s Jungle Treasure Show 8th May Vinyl Records Memory Lane 15th May Copper’s Tales 22nd May Local Government 29th May Alzheimer’s Society Please note that the above may, for various reasons, be subject to change If you are interested in coming along to any of our Mayflower Clubs, simply turn up either on at Monday Afternoon Friendship Club or on Wednesday afternoons for the main Mayflower Club. Both clubs are from 2pm to 4pm and only cost £1.50p per session. You will have fun, meet new friends and be most welcome.

This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money. For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre and Sports ,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email or you can visit our website www.markfield to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.

“Still Friday” 2019 Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace. 15th March

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No “Still Friday” in April or December

Fridays 8.00 pm at St. Michael & All Angels’ Church

Line Dancing Group IN LAST month’s Herald I featured our Line Dancing Group and quite a few of our members are now taking part. If you would like to join in the fun, the group meets on Monday evenings at the Centre from 7.30pm to 9pm. Apart from having fun line dancing is also an excellent way of keeping fit. Beginners and those wanting to brush upon their line dancing skills are most welcome. Sessions are only £3.50.

New at the Centre LITTLE GIGGLES THIS IS a baby and parent group that now meets at the Centre on Wednesday mornings from 10am to 12noon. Little Giggles offers a friendly environment to come and meet local parents and their babies for general baby chit chat and play. It includes baby play mats, sensory toys, ball pool, relaxing music and baby scales. The costs is £3 per parent and baby and 50p for nay additional children

INFINITYFIT This is a new Circuit Training Class that started at the centre on Monday 11th March from 6pm to 7pm. All fitness levels welcome.

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Local companies rally round to revamp church car-park THE CAR PARK at St Peter’s Church Copt Oak has been in a poor condition for some time. Years of weathering has caused most of the gravel chippings to be lost and organic matter deposits — mainly leaf mould - have resulted in parts of the car park being very muddy, especially after heavy rain. Other parts were covered in weeds. Over the years both Cliffe Hill and Bardon Quarries have been very generous by giving the church materials. (Records show that in 1948 Cliffe Hill Quarry supplied granite chippings for the then small car park. In 2000 Bardon Quarry gave the church a large stone to mark the commemoration of the copting of an oak tree in memory of a previous vicar. The Church Council wanted to address the situation and so applied to the Bardon Community Fund (Aggregate Industries) and Cliffe Hill (Midland Quarry Products) for support. Bardon Community Fund awarded £2,000. This was used to pay for a contractor. Midland Quarry Products gave the church a lorry-load of sub-base and 4 loads of granite chippings. The surface of the car park was first scraped to level it and to remove the top soily layer, areas needing repair strengthened with sub-base. The chippings were spread and rolled to solidify them. The contractor, Mr Richard Gibbins, has done a superb job. The new car park looks excellent—fit for use for the foreseeable future. The Church Council would like to thank both companies and the individuals involved.

Cancer patient who uses LOROS services scoops £2,000 after winning Hospice Lottery A WOMAN who accesses the services at LOROS has won the Hospice’s Lottery, clinching £2,000.

Shobhna Valand said that she “could not believe it” when she received a phone call telling her she had won the LOROS Lottery. “My son and daughter were with me when I received the phone call and they couldn’t believe it either,” said the 58-year-old, of Thurmaston. “We were jumping around the room in excitement. “It definitely took a couple of minutes to sink in.” Shobhna started attending the drop-in service at LOROS, which takes place every other Tuesday, around a year ago, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. “I started playing the LOROS Lottery around four years ago, before I was diagnosed,” added the mother-of-three. “But now I’ve seen for myself just how much of a difference money from things like the Lottery make. “The drop-in service is really good. We all have such a laugh, I really look forward to coming. “It’s become more than just a drop-in, we also plans to go out together outside of LOROS.” Shobhna says that playing the LOROS Lottery was her way of giving something back for charity and now more specifically, to the Hospice. “The money comes out of my bank and I don’t even think about it,” she said. “You can easily spend £10 here and there without even thinking about it but when you play the LOROS Lottery, you know that money is being used in a good way. She is now planning on putting the money towards a new car, which she is hoping to treat herself to. Shobhna wanted to share her experience to raise awareness of the LOROS Lottery and to encourage others to play. “I want more people to have a go, you never know, you might be in with a bit of luck too.” You could be in with the chance of winning £2,000 just like Shobhna, by becoming a LOROS Lottery player. Sign up now:

Herald Small Ads • EMU sheepskin EAR MUFFS. New. Ladies adult. Price £25.00 • COBRIDGE CHINA,was part of Moorcroft. Blue vase,and Hosta vase. Price £35.00 • Bernina artista 200 SEWING MACHINE AND EMBROIDERY UNIT. Good working order. Price £300.00 Telephone 0116 233 6974 (Groby) • Mercia portable beauty THERAPY/MASSAGE BED. Adjustable height, white upholstery and navy carry case. Price: £10.00 Tel: 01530 243328 (Markfield) • Morphy Richards mains-operated HEATED FOOD CABINET. Keeps food really hot prior to serving. Teak finish. Width 16”; depth 17”; height 36”. Price: £50.00 o.n.o. (was £199.00) Tel: 01530 249735 (Markfield). • MOBILITY SCOOTER - Pride Elite Traveller LX (takes apart for car boot).Immaculate condition, no marks, scratches or damage. Two sets of panels, red or blue, new batteries fitted in July, charger. Price: £350. Tel: 01530 244189 or 07855 973056 (Markfield). • Viva COMPUTER DESK (from John Lewis) Aluminium frame with 3 tempered frosted glass shelves (2 moveable) and casters. H 75 cm, W 68 cm, D 49 cm. Excellent condition, WhatsApp photo available Price: £40.00 Tel: 07960 056049 (Markfield) • ATTRACTIVE CREAM LEATHER SOFAS - 1x2 seater (68”L X 42”Dx39”H), 1x3 seater (89”L X 42”Dx 39”H). Both with button back & detailed stitching. 2 seater hardly used, 3 seater worn in couple of places. Price: Will sell separately £120/£90 or £180 for both (smoke free home). Tel: 0116 231 1802 (Groby) • TRAILER FOR SALE - 4ft x 6ft x2ft, with many extras - call for full details. Tel: 01530 243469 (Groby)

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My doctor told me that I’d be lucky to reach 50. That’s the last time I give him a lift in my Reliant Robin.

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Markfield Medical Centre and

Patient Participation Group THE PPG recently held its AGM, which gave members the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to set new objectives for 2019. During the past year the PPG has helped with a number of initiatives such as distributing questionnaires and analysing the results during the flu clinics, helping review the appointment system, talking to patients and giving out information on nurses’ appointments and the winter health initiative, and approaching schools to encourage students to get involved with the PPG. We are keen to recruit new members particularly from groups less well represented, such as younger patients and families, and this will be one of our objectives for 2019. Other areas include work on the antibiotic scheme on reducing antibiotic prescribing, Cancer Care Packs for newly diagnosed patients, and being available in the surgery to talk to patients. Despite the fact that the first PPG was set up in 1992, most people do not know what they do. It is important to note that there is no single model for a Patient Participation Group and this means that each group can develop according to the wishes of the patients in each Practice - the Practice Population. The PPG should work closely with the Practice and it is normal for members of the Practice Team, including General Practitioners to be part of the Patient Participation Group. Patient Participation Groups are not set up to be a ‘forum for moaners’ but nor are they ‘doctor fan clubs’. They are a route for patients to advise and inform the Practice on what matters most to patients and to help identify solutions to problems. Members of PPGs should think about the wider patient interest and not just their own personal concerns when serving on the PPG. Every PPG should be clear about what it is there to do and hopes to achieve. It should have wellthought out core objectives so that if someone asks what the Group does, there is a clear answer. These goals and aspirations need to be realistic and achievable because

the PPG is run by volunteers. In most instances, the PPG will work in partnership with the Practice and significant other partners and, in that way, it can achieve a great deal more. If you feel that you would like to find out more about the PPG please contact the surgery in the first instance.

New phlebotomist THE SURGERY has recruited a new phlebotomist called Amanda who will be trialling 2 afternoon blood clinics a week. It is hoped that the majority of the simple blood test appointments will to go to Amanda and this will move them from the HCA list enabling the HCAs to do more dressings and injections. This in turn will reduce the pressure on the nurses and they will be able to do more long term management of health conditions. The nurse Prescriber will then be free to hold more minor illness clinic. As she is a prescribing nurse she is able to prescribe for conditions like chest infections. This will allow GPs to have more appointments available to see patients with more complex issues.

Easter holidays PLEASE NOTE that the Surgery is closed on Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22nd April. Please make sure you put a repeat prescription into the Surgery in plenty of time for it to be signed and dispensed by the pharmacist before the Easter break.

Many thanks.

Easter Egg Hunt at

Little Markfield Farm on Saturday 13th April from 11am to 3pm £3.00 per child Food available Tombola and Plant Stall Raising money for St Michael’s and All Angels Church

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If you enjoyed reading this issue, please pass it on to a friend or relative when you’ve finished with it. Thanks! Every time I go to the pool in my bathing suit I can feel all the women dressing me with their eyes.



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More recent Bagworth eye witness history

BAGWORTH COUNTY Primary School was situated between Church Hill & School Hill in front of the churchyard.

scare everyone. For bonfire night Mr Fearnehough would tell the story of the gunpowder plot and use a paper Houses of Parliament and a trail of gunpowder. In his version Parliament always got blown up not once but twice which we found quite amusing. He would show us all the fireworks we had and explain what they did. The bonfire would be built on the site where the old primary school used to stand and some of the juniors would be allowed to help build it. Near Christmas we'd have a pantomime, which took some organising. The costumes and sets had to be made and lines had to be rehearsed and learnt. Before the performance we had a full dress rehearsal in front of the local OAPs which always went down well. We always did a popular fairytale but with added jokes and ad libs that Mr Fearnehough had written into the scripts. Also at Christmas we had a party. The infants always had a present hidden somewhere which they had to find, but the juniors had to win their presents. So, the earlier you won, the more choice of presents you had. In later years, after Battram School was demolished, their school moved to Bagworth and was sited on the ground where we had our bonfire, which didn't go down too well with us. They also had a double-roomed mobile and another large mobile came which we all used as a dinner hall and a better place for activities and, of course, our pantomimes. Just before I left Primary School in 1980 plans had started being made for the new site for a school in Nailstone, now Dove Bank. Bagworth Primary School is long gone now, but the memories are still alive in all the old pupils who attended the school.

At this time it consisted of two double-roomed mobiles, a mobile toilet block in the playground between the two mobiles, and a mobile for the kitchen. Well I say kitchen; the food came from Market Bosworth and was just loaded onto heated trolleys at Bagworth. You knew it was dinnertime when you heard trolley wheels rolling down the ramp to the side door of the mobile. At dinnertime the tables were set up in Mr Fearnehough's office side of the mobile. Each table had 3 big chairs and 5 smaller chairs. Older juniors used the bigger chairs and served the food to everyone around the table. It made you feel quite grown up. Every morning Lorna and Karen Marriott, Leigh Price and myself walked up to school, yes walked! Mrs Taylor would see everyone over the road at the bottom of Church Hill and we'd call in to the Barrel Pub owned by Johnny Riley for our supply of 1p and 2p sweets to see us through until break time. At break time Lorna and I used to run the tuck shop selling various sweets and crisps sited in the corridor between the 2 rooms. Mr Fearnehough was headmaster and taught the juniors and Mrs Sell taught the infants. Mrs Reed was school secretary and Mrs Watkins used to come in and help with the cooking and making things. We had turns at cookery and, the week before it was your turn, you had to pick a recipe and write down all the things you needed to bring from home. There were usually three people at a time for cooking. It was quite exciting when my name got to the top of the list. For sports and sports days we'd troop down to the field behind the W.M.C. which at that time was always used by the school for sports and sponsored walks. Once a week we'd go by bus to the swimming baths at Coalville which were opposite the Technical College. A block of old folks flats are there now. On the way we'd sing songs, which always ended up being silly, on the back row of the bus. At school we also had a National Savings Bank, which was run each week by Christopher Clamp, Leigh Price, Lorna Marriott and myself, as we were the oldest. We were in charge of taking everyone's savings and recording them on savings account cards and making sure everything tallied at the end of the session. Every year for Halloween Mr Fearnehough would dress up as a witch and

I woke up at the Police Station this morning with no memory of the previous night. I really need to stop drinking on duty.

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FIND 12 FILMS FEATURING ANIMALS in this month’s Wordsearch puzzle and you could win yourself a meal and a drink. This month we are offering a tasty prize of: A Main Course for Two, New Forgot username or password? Passcode/Create plus A Bottle of House Wine at The FieldHead Hotel. To go into the draw, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - 12 FILMS FEATURING Solutions for Districts Free ANIMALS. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to: Resources What We Are Leics. LE67 Teachers S AS FREE AS THE WIND BLOWS, The Offer Herald, POWho Box 8,We Markfield, 9ZT to arriveParents by Saturday 30th March 2019. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the Meal for Two at The Field Head Hotel. Good luck! L T E C S U S T G











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Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is the most successful Latin crossover performer in the history of pop music. In addition to her 38 number 1 hits across the Billboard charts, Gloria recorded the Oscar-nominated song ‘Music of My Heart’ and has received numerous honours and awards over the course of her illustrious career. Emilio Estefan is a founding member of the pioneering Miami Sound Machine, who created a brand new Latin crossover sound – fusing infectious Cuban rhythms with American pop and disco. Combined, they have won a staggering 26 Grammy awards. The Tony Award® nominated show ran on Broadway for two years, playing for over 750 performances. It is currently on a two year US tour, whilst the production in Holland continues until August. On Your Feet! is directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman). MON 3 JUN — SAT 8 JUN 2019 To book, visit or tel: 0116 242 3595

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News from Cross Hills Baptist Church Serving the villages of Thornton & Bagworth plus the surrounding area

AN INVITATION to all babies and pre-school children - and their adults - to come and ‘Praise and Play’.

Lent – “The Geography of Jesus” The river and the desert, country villages and a lakeside, across borders into “foreign” places, market towns and eventually the big city were the locations for the ministry of Jesus. This Lent we are following the story from place to place to place in our morning services. In a week night Home Group we will share together how we seek to follow the example of Jesus as we live in our villages and daily situations. We will be pleased to welcome you at any or all of these services and meetings, which will be led by our Pastor, Garry Kelly and Rev. David Butcher.

Mothering Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday is a very important day so at our special service our Sunday Club children and young people enjoy presenting a small gift from the church to each of the mothers at the end of the service, which they have made or crafted in their Sunday Club class. We also don’t forget those who have sadly lost their mothers or don’t know the pleasure of being a mum, so there will be plenty of the little gifts for them too! On Sunday 14th April Cross Hills puppeteers will be giving a Palm Sunday performance. We will bringing some of our new puppet friends including Eddy the donkey to share the story of Palm Sunday with the congregation of Cross Hills. We look forward to seeing you there!

Advance Notice - Holy Week Prayer Breakfasts, 15th to 19th April During the week we’ll be meeting

Little Angels

for a short time each morning at 9am at the church for a time of reflection and prayer in the lead up to Good Friday, the day when Jesus was crucified over 2,000 years ago. If anyone would like to come along and find out more about the real story behind Easter, please ring us on any of the numbers below for more details.

Advance Notice - Easter Sunday, 21st April We are pleased to be welcoming to our service Helen and Wit, pioneer church planters who are working with BMS World Mission and who will be telling us something about their work. More information about our Easter service will be in the mid April issue of The Herald. Every Sunday, tea, coffee and biscuits are served in our hall which gives everyone the chance to spend a little time together before going home or on to enjoy the rest of the day. You’ll find we are a very friendly church and we’ll make you welcome whether you come alone or with friends or family.

Contact Numbers

We meet on the first Thursday of the month during term-time from 2pm-3pm. There’s no charge. Forthcoming dates: April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th and July th. Contact Lis Muller on 01530 231502 ( for more information.

NETBALL NOW sessions in Syston

NEW NETBALL sessions are giving women a flexible way to play the sport. Charnwood Borough Council’s Active Charnwood team is hosting the Netball Now sessions at Wreake Valley Academy in Syston. They’re aimed at women over 16 who simply want to turn up and play without any coaching or commitments. Sessions cost £3 and all you need to do is turn up and bring appropriate footwear. The sessions get underway on Thursday April 18, 6.30pm-7.30pm. If you want more information, contact Sam Chamberlain at samantha.chamberlain@charnwood. or tel: 01509 632534.

MARKFIELD METHODIST CHURCH EVENTS 2019 Thurs 21st Feb: Beetle Drive Fri 8th March: Piano Recital Sat 16th March: Coffee Morning and Crafts Sat 6th April: Easter Coffee Morning Sat 11th May: Seated Exercise Friday 17th May: Saxophone Recital Sat 22nd May: Songs of Praise & Cream Tea Sat 13th June: Wimbledon Tea & men’s cake competition 24th-26th August: Flower Festival weekend Sat 28th Sept: Ploughman’s lunch Thurs 3rd Oct: Boat Trip Fri 1st Nov: Piano Recital Sat 9th Nov: WI Coffee morning Sat 7th Dec: Sitwell singers Sat 14th Dec: Sing carols plus turkey cobs! All are very welcome at any of our services, events and activities. Further details plus much more can be found on our website www. markfieldmethodistchurch, on the notice board outside our church and also of course in the Herald! Please “like” our Facebook page to follow us!

Pastor - Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 or 07816 616189 Secretary - Lynda Kelly: 01455 457802 or 07910 440243 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272

Glynis Straw

Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

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Squirrels always act like it’s their first day of being a squirrel.

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Plant Treats for Garden Lovers at the 1620’s House & Garden

SPRING is in the air and it’s time to get out in the garden and get planning and planting for the year ahead and where better to get inspiration than at the fabulous Plant Hunters’ Fairs at Donington Le Heath 1620’s House and Garden on Saturday 4th May. Over the last 5 years this Plant Hunters’ Fair has become firmly established in the gardener’s calendar as the place to go to get something different and special for your garden. The plant fair has a brilliant line up of top nurseries from across the country who will come loaded with a brilliant mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience with a wide range of perennials, shrubs, rare species and old heritage varieties. The nursery folk will be more than happy to give you the benefit of their experience in how to plant and care for the plants you buy so you can get the best from them. Entry to the plant fair and gardens is just £1.00 with the entrance fee going directly for the benefit of the house and garden. The Old Barn Tea Room will be open and serving refreshments. Entry to the Manor House is optional at normal rates. The plant fair runs from 10am-4pm on Saturday 4th May. For full details of nurseries attending please see www.

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Mid-March 2019 issue of The Herald  

The free monthly news and information magazine for Markfield, Stanton-under-Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head in Leicestershire UK

Mid-March 2019 issue of The Herald  

The free monthly news and information magazine for Markfield, Stanton-under-Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head in Leicestershire UK