March 2022 Glenfield Gazette

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MARCH 2022


Whistle Stop Tour of the village

Glenfield village ‘has more facilities than Time to get walking again! some towns’ says Police & Crime Commissioner NEWSLETTER & DETAILS OF THE PARISH PRECEPT FOR 2022/2023 - SEE PAGES 14, 15 & 16

AT THIS TIME of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Leicestershire has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place. John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Leicestershire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’. With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy. So home or away, check out the websites and get walking! Website: Email:

We are pleased to tell you that the 85 completed shoebox gifts sent from Glenfield this year have been sent to Central Asia and the Middle East, a first for us and a warmer climate than usual. Many thanks to all who contributed to this appeal and I’ve heard from some of you that you’re already collecting for 2022’s appeal. Linda & Wally

FOLLOWING a successful meeting with the Police & Crime Commissioner at police HQ, Councillors Roy Denney and Nick Chapman invited Rupert Matthews to spend an afternoon in Glenfield which he did mid February.

All three tiers of local government met with the County’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Rupert Matthews. Pictured (right to left) Rupert, Richard Bowers (Chair of Parish Council), Roy Denney (Parish & District Councillor) and Nick Chapman (Parish, District and County Councillor)

The Parish Clerk, Bev Greenwood, had attended Enderby with them when a fairly wide range of issues had been discussed and Rupert was happy to come out and see for himself

He met with The Chair of the Parish and the ground staff and was shown around Park House which surprised and impressed him. He was also very pleased to see the part time policing unit the Parish had created for them within the new crew facilities built on the Ellis Park campus. Roy and Nick then gave him a whistle stop tour of the village. He was shown round Ellis Park and admired the kiddies play area, the multi-use all weather games courts and the bowls green before being driven off to visit the sports ground and new dog exercise area, taking in various other sites on the way there and back. He was shown the Liberty Road and Station Road speeding problems and told that the parish council had bought an expensive speed camera but that the police had then refused to cooperate CONTINUED ON PAGE 7 ...>


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ON SATURDAY 12th of February, 17 volunteers turned up for the Millennium Green’s ‘Dig It Out’ gardening morning. The bushes near the entrance have been dug out to make way for some flowering cherry trees soon to be planted.

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A skip was generously donated by Baker Waste Services Ltd and was filled to the brim by the hard working volunteers who were also able to tidy other areas of the green and trim back bushes. An apple tree has been planted just down from the compost bins. It was a busy morning and there was a great sense of community spirit as all the volunteers worked together and the two hours quickly flew by. We would like to thank everyone that came along to support the Big Dig and to Bakers Waste Services for donating skip services. We achieved what we aimed to do so it was a huge success. If you would like to join us for future gardening mornings these will be held monthly on Saturdays the next two are coming up on March 12th and April 2nd. Children are welcome to come along with adults. They are fun, friendly and sociable way to spend a Saturday morning. We will also be hosting a open day with an Easter Egg Hunt for children on April 16th 2022. You can keep up to date with all the goings on at the Millennium Green by visiting our website www.glenfieldmillenniumgreen. or by following the Glenfield Millennium Green Facebook Page

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Glenfield to get its Post Office back

THE POST OFFICE service will open in a new location in Glenfield on Monday, March 7th. Previously based at the Co-Op supermarket in Glenfield, the new service will be located at the newsagents and off-licence at 9 Dominion Road. The Post Office counter in the shop is set to open for the first time at 1pm on Monday, March 7, and its opening hours will be from 9am until 6pm every day.


WITH THE HELP of the Woodland Trust, The Tree Council, the County Council and the Parish Council, Councillor Roy Denney has organised the planting of another 500 trees this spring ready for the growing season to start.


GREEN is good for everybody’s sense of well being and as Tree Warden Roy considers trees about as green a you can get. 350 or so of these latest trees are whips, not much more than twigs but which will grow fairly quickly, 100 are small pot-grown trees but there is a LIBERAL SPRINKLING OF MATURE TREES included. All have been planted on the numerous green areas the Parish own with a number of purposes in mind. All are aesthetically a big plus and are good for the environment and biodiversity but also some will patch gaps in hedges, some mask ugly outbuildings etc, some soften straight lines (not something nature would have) and two are allocated as dogs urinals would you believe. The picture shows 24 mature trees stacked on the parish vehicle most of which are over 3 metres high Asked how many have now been planted Roy is quoted as saying he had lost count it was a lot and certainly over 2000 and if we include those planted recently by the developers on what is now amenity land it is probably over 5000

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Railway Stories BY TED COOK

AT 16 I was Box Boy at Haywards Heath Signal Box on the London to Brighton line. One of the signalmen I worked with was John. Now he was always one for practical jokes so you always had to be on your guard. However the day I thought he was playing a joke was not really a joke. It was a hot sunny summer’s day and we were both on a 12 hour day shift due to holidays of other staff. At mid day, John said he was going across the road to the local pub to get something for lunch and of course unofficially have a quick pint and as a thanks for doing the job he would bring me back a coke and crisps. Now the Test Match was on the radio - another thing that was not allowed. John Arlott was describing the England innings when all of a sudden the Area Inspector walks in! First thing he says is turn the radio off and then asks who and where is the signalman. I tell him he asks if I am alright I say yes but forget to tell him I am .... myself thinking we are both going to be sacked!! The Inspector goes across to the pub I carry on doing both jobs! An hour goes by and no sign of them coming back - I could not understand it! After just over two hours, two well lubricated men come back! John says to put the kettle on for coffee! I do but still carry on doing all the signalling as John does not seem to want to do anything! After a couple of coffees the Inspector goes back to get his train to Brighton. I ask John if we still have a job. He says of course but it cost him a few whiskies! On top of that I never did get my coke or the crisps! More stories from Ted via e mail

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Police & Crime Commissioner’s Tour of Glenfield - From Page 1 with its use. He briefly saw the Millennium Green and Brantings Park with the new Jubilee Wood, Gynsill Meadow and Woods, both allotment sites and Optimus Point . There were drive by glimpses of Brookside Meadow and Clanfelde Hills as well. They also visited the Annexe and Food Hub, the war memorial and the old Church. Parting comment was he had seen towns with far less facilities. With seven rooms available for hire bringing in about £100,000 p.a., seven properties and eighteen open spaces to maintain, nearly 12,000 population and an obviously needed workforce of nine it was nothing like he had imagined. His concept of Glenfield had been the conservation area around the square. We gave him a run down of investment in the last ten or so years amounting to over £1,000,000 in the Parish while keeping our average council tax rises to no more than inflation. It was also pointed out that 10% of the population of Blaby District did live in Glenfield. Perhaps it should be called Glenfield District? After all there are far smaller cities!


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Glenfield Primary School News A message from Glenfield Primary Well, with another half term over we are officially halfway through the school year! As ever, we have had our challenges at times, but as we reflect on the weeks since Christmas, We are really proud of all the children, their attitude and their achievements and we are already looking forward to what the next few weeks will bring. Below is a snapshot of some of the great stuff they have been doing at Glenfield Primary School.

Safer Internet Day at Glenfield Primary school. The theme this year was all about online gaming and developing positive relationships. The children produced some fantastic work, discussions and acting. The children were all incredibly knowledgeable about online safety.

Science The year 6 pupils had great fun applying their science skills to create board games with working electric circuits. The children couldn’t wait to test their classmates’ fantastic creations.


The Year 2 pupils have been super scientists! They created flying straw rockets which they tested outside. The children had really enjoyed watching their creations fly. Year 5 have been immersing themselves in all things space related. During the science lessons, they have been learning about the solar systems and making mobiles structures.

History In Year 4, this term, they were finding out more about Boudicca and her revolt against the Romans. The children loved learning about this and couldn’t wait to re-enact the scenes.

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The Glenfield Gardeners’ Association OUR MONTHLY meetings have resumed in earnest and we are very much looking forward to a normal year with many fantastic guest speakers. Plans for our fabulous August garden show have started so there is a lot to be excited about. Despite the rather dramatic weather recently, March is the start of the gardening year and a good time to get planning and sowing. The days are definitely getting longer so any seeds sown now shouldn’t get too straggly and as the soil dries out and warms up, early potatoes like Accent, Charlotte and Red Duke of York can go in. Roses, particularly climbers should also be pruned now if not done so already as the new shoots will have started to appear. Training them in horizontally to wires will ensure a good show of flowers. We kicked off our year with a talk by Jeff Bates who spoke about ‘cut flower gardening’. He took us through the gardening year and suggested which flowers were best to cut for vases and flower arranging and we were all surprised by the amount of plants that we had not considered to use and probably already had in the garden. Good advice was given on how best to prolong flowering once cut. Jeff was highly entertaining and knowledgeable as always.

OUR NEXT TALK on March 22nd will be by Linda Heywood, who holds the National Collection for Echiums. It will be about ‘the World of Echiums’. It is a very dramatic flower to have in the garden. April’s meeting TBC. On May 24th, our talk will be ‘The Secrets of Garden Design’ by Nick Turrell, an award winning garden journalist who works on BBC TV and radio and appears regularly on Radio Leicester’s Down the Garden Path. In June (28th) Neil Timms will talk to us about ‘The World of Ferns’ and bring some of his fabulous plants from his nursery. Our Annual Garden Show is on Saturday 20th August. It’s a chance to celebrate your gardening successes and show off your cooking and craft skills. All are welcome to come along to our meetings. You don’t have to be a member. We meet at 7.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month in St Peter’s Church Hall. Yearly membership is just £14 or you can come for the evening for £2.50, an absolute gardening bargain and there is always tea and biscuits. Check out our facebook page for more details: ggaglenfield/ or ring us on 07791 488784 / 2313732 / 2321120.

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All the latest news from THE GLENFIELD SURGERY


THE SURGERY has recently welcomed Wendy Beech, Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Wendy is a highly trained ANP who deals with acute, on the day appointments. Wendy is also trained in Mental Health and will hold a clinic once a week at the surgery.

ALL VACCINATION CLINICS • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS: The surgery will no longer be offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Patients can still get their COVID-19 vaccinations in any of the walk-in centres. For further information on these sites, please dial 119. • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR 5 TO 11-YEAR-OLDS: We are now planning COVID-19 vaccinations for 5 to 11-year-olds in the ‘at risk’ group. Invites for those patients eligible for the vaccination will be sent out shortly. • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS PASSPORT PROOF: The surgery has been receiving a lot of requests for COVID-19 passport proof. Please note: These can only be obtained in two formats, either via a smartphone device or in paper-format. Paper-formats can only be obtained by dialling 119. COVID-19 Passport requires a QR code. • PNEUMOCOCCAL & SHINGLES VACCINES: We are still contacting patients who are eligible for pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations. If any patients feel they are eligible, please call the surgery.

MEDICATION REQUESTS PATIENTS no longer need to attend the surgery for medication requests. Requests can be written on a piece of paper but must include the patients name, D.O.B, and the name of the medication. This can then be dropped in the green box outside of the surgery at any time. Alternatively, an easier method would be to sign up to the online services for your repeat prescriptions. Patients choosing this option will need to bring in two forms of identification to obtain their username and password. These forms can also be obtained via the surgery website If patients need any help, reception staff will be happy to help with this process.

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The new “Netflix for seniors” that can help reduce loneliness WITH MILLIONS of vulnerable elderly people stuck at home and with limited social contact, a new online service could offer them a valuable lifeline. Dubbed “Netflix for Seniors”, Living Memories Online brings memories back to life through archive films and newsreels from the 20th Century capturing everyday life at home and work as well as important national events. It’s been launched by Living Memories C.I.C., a not-for-profit social enterprise, to reduce isolation and help improve the health and wellbeing of older people. As well as sparking memories, the old films encourage elderly people, including those with dementia, to reminisce with families, friends and carers. These archive films give a fascinating insight into all aspects of life in the past. For a monthly subscription of just £5, individuals, care homes and other organisations can search for films by decade, topic (such as home, travel and work) and subject (eg. fashion, shopping, cars). They can make a collection of their own favourites, which can be shared with other users. They can also access online reminiscence resources to help trigger conversations. Brian Norris, founder of Living Memories CIC, says: “Archive films are a wonderful way of prompting older people to share memories and life experiences. Long-term memory is usually one of their strengths, so reminiscence encourages them to communicate and feel more confident about themselves. Living Memories Online makes reminiscence activity much more widely available. Living Memories was developed by Brian and his wife Leonore after long practical research with older people, including those with dementia. It already publishes DVDs and

reminiscence resources and for some time has been running Tea and Memory groups where archive programmes and newsreels are shown to community groups. Brian says: “At the group sessions we found that many older people, including those living with dementia, who had previously been reluctant to talk started to reminisce about their lives and shared experiences, to make new friends and get to know their neighbours.” NHS social prescribing nurses in Brian’s local area of East Devon started referring people to the sessions, and demand was so high that Brian and Leonore decided to develop Living Memories as an online service that could be used by care homes, local memory cafés and in people’s own homes. The pandemic gave added urgency to get their new project up and running nationally. The Abbeyfield Society, a charity which operates over 450 retirement houses across the UK, has already signed up to use Living Memories Online for its residents. It is also partnering with Living Memories to create virtual and live Tea & Memories reminiscence groups around the UK in the communities in which Abbeyfield operates. Abbeyfield Society Chief Executive, David McCullough, said: “The new excellent Living Memories Online streaming service helps us engage older people within our own Abbeyfield homes and also to connect with local communities to reach elderly, lonely people. It is an exemplar of the strategy for people to come together and open up friendships and initiate conversations, particularly in these difficult times of the pandemic. It is exciting to be finding new ways to be creative and to have a positive impact on people’s lives. We know that our residents’ wellbeing is lifted from the testimonies we have received.” At


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Graham Osborn, former Chair of the Abbeyfield Society Trustees in the Devon town ran both sessions. The first, which centred around a film called Marvellous Milk, was for a small group of six residents: “It was a roaring success, with the event almost running itself with just a little direction from me as the residents’ enthusiasm triggered lots of memories which led to others and so on. There was plenty of involvement, laughter and overall enjoyment and after 45 minutes, which went so quickly, we ended for a cup of tea - with milk! “We had nearly a full house of residents present, so there was a vibrant and stimulating environment with much laughter and discussion about the past. The topic from the Living Memories was on a 1958 film excerpt entitled Lovely Launderette. My vice-chair on the House Committee was helping out and I know she was quite surprised at the interaction between residents, some of whom normally are very quiet, but as she said to me afterwards, they came to life when talking about events some 60 years ago.” “I encouraged the residents to describe what this reminiscence means to them and they told me how watching the films immediately brings a smile to their faces as they start to remember those ‘good old days’. One told me how “with the demanding challenges we face as we get older it is refreshing and stimulating to be taken back in time and to experience once again individual precious memories of joyful opportunities and adventures - moments that we never wanted to end.” Visit: https://livingmemories.


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SCOUTING: A successful past and an exciting future SCOUTING is the country’s largest and fastest-growing youth organisation. It engages and supports young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We are guided by the values of integrity, respect, care, belief, and co-operation. This year Glenfield Scout Group celebrates its 70th anniversary. Over the past 10 years, membership has more than doubled, and we have doubled the number of meetings we have each week. We have had members who attended the World Scout Jamboree in 2019, and we have one member who has been selected for the jamboree next year.

The Push

By Ashley Audrain BLYTHE CONNOR is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter–she doesn’t behave like most children do.

We now provide activities and challenges for 160 male and female young members aged from 6 to 18 years old. During Covid lock-down we continued to hold meetings via Zoom, and we set many home-based challenges. As a result, we continued our growth throughout that period. This is all a testament to the tremendous efforts that our amazing team of leaders and other adult volunteers continue to make, and, as a community, we owe them all huge thanks and congratulations. We have a healthy waiting list, so we need to continue to do what we are doing, and to do that we have to expand our team of adult volunteers – we must add to our current strengths and plan for succession because; • In the past 4 years, whilst membership in the sections has grown by 37%, the number of adult volunteers (including leaders) has shrunk by 20%. • By the middle of this year, three key leaders and two of our management (Executive) committee will be 70 years or older, with others not far behind. Volunteering with Scouts develops skills for life and employability and is fun. No previous Scouting experience is necessary since training and peer support is excellent. We could, however, benefit from a range of business or trusteeship skills on our Executive Committee. You, or someone you may know, can be part of our success. Volunteering roles can require anything from just a couple of hours per school term right through to a weekly commitment. Please don’t be shy, we are providing a great start in life for the young people of Glenfield, and we need to continue to do so. If you value what we are doing and you want to know more, then please contact

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well. Then their son Sam is born– and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth. The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive novel that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about what we owe our children, and what it feels like when women are not believed.

It’s Easter soon, so it must be Pantomime! I HEAR YOU say Easter is not pantomime time but for the Latimer Players this panto is coming early, or late depending on how you look at it. Regrettably last November we had to cancel our production of Goldilocks and the Three Bears due to COVID and precautionary isolation. We are pleased to say that we are going ahead with Goldilocks and the Three Bears this coming April on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th at 7.30pm and

Saturday 30th at 2.30pm. Children 5 years and under are free, 6-12 years £4.50 and Adults £7. Tickets are available from Christine Deavin at or by phoning 0116 237 6855. The venue is Thurcaston Village Hall, Anstey Lane, Thurcaston, Leicester, LE7 7JA. The action of the pantomime takes place in a circus where we meet all the usual circus characters, including the strong man, jugglers, tightrope walkers, magician and lots more.

Dame Gertie and her hapless son Billy run the circus but are failing to make it profitable. Enter evil Heinkel and his side kick Snot who want to steal the circus by tricking Dame Gertie into believing he is a goodie. Goldilocks saves the day with the help of the Three Bears. As always, they are helped along the way by the good fairy or, in this case, Mystic Sharon. Find out what Goldilocks’s father’s big secret is and if Goldilocks and Billy can finally live happily ever. The Latimer Players are

grateful for your support and understanding over last year’s cancellation. With several am dram groups closing we consider ourselves lucky that we are still going strong. If you would like to take part in this or any of our forthcoming productions ring Christine on 0116 237 6855 or email christinedeavin@gmail. com. We are always looking for actors, set builders and backstage people. No previous experience is required, just enthusiasm!

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Memorial Garden – Park House THE PARISH COUNCIL is considering the installation of memorial plaques placed around the Memorial Garden in remembrance of loved ones.

New Council Facility - Annexe THE PARISH COUNCIL is pleased to announce that the newly renovated room at the Annexe is now available for hire.

We are assessing whether this is something that would interest local residents. Should you be interested please contact the Parish Office at

Visit from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Rupert Matthews

ON THURSDAY 10TH February 2022, Mr Rupert Matthews visited the Parish and attended the Council Offices. He can be seen here within our new Memorial Garden and was very impressed with both the facilities at Park House, Gynsill Lane Sports Ground and the Annexe but also the numerous open spaces in the Parish. Discussions also took place with the two District Councillors, Nick Chapman and Roy Denney, in regards to the speeding issues blighting the village, and Mr Matthews advised that he would raise the issue with the local Beat Team as a priority.

Dates For Your Diary Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations •Thursday 2nd June 2022 – Lighting of a Beacon in Ellis Park, Park House – 9.45pm. (Event commences 9.30pm) • Friday 3rd June 2022 – BBQ party to be held at Park House (car park area). The event will run from 12.00 – 4.00pm – just bring your own liquid refreshments. More details to follow in the April/May edition.

It offers conference facilities including its own kitchenette and toilets as well as its own front entrance. Car parking is also available.

Meetings of the Parish Council are open to the press and public and all meetings are publicised on the Parish Council’s notice boards and web site ( There is an opportunity for members of the public to raise any comments or queries that they have with the Parish Council. It is helpful if you contact us prior to attending the meeting so that the Council is better informed and able to help you.


A word from Glenfield Parish Council’s Ground Staff A NEW DOUBLE gate has been fitted to the Glebe Allotments entrance from Main Street making access to the site more user friendly. The pond at Gynsill Wood has been cleared of pond weed and new duck houses have been installed as well as a very welcome bench. The new play trail located at the far end of Ellis Park within the trees has now been completed and is proving very popular with children of all ages – two new seats and a waste bin have also been fitted at the location. And finally the new dog exercise area located at Gynsill Sports Ground is open and awaiting the installation of the dog agility equipment.

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SPRING Garden Competition 2022 NOMINATIONS are now open for our Spring Garden Competition. The closing date for the entries will be 25th April 2022. The Chair of Council will invite the winner to the Annual Meeting of the Parish to receive their award. Nominations will only be accepted for the FRONT GARDEN of the property and the award is for ‘The Best Front Garden’. To nominate a garden, just contact us or complete the form below and send it to Spring Garden Competition at the Parish Council offices, Park House, Stamford Street, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8DL or e-mail admin Please get your nominations in by 25th April 2022


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NOW APPROACHING its third year of operation the Community Food Hub is still helping out those in need with essential supplies. Donations of food items (in-date) can be dropped off at the Parish Council Offices, Stamford Street (Mon – Fri) or at the Community Food Hub itself (located at The Annexe, near to Morrisons store car park entrance) on Saturdays between 9am and 1.00 pm. If you know of anyone who needs assistance, please contact Cllr Nick Chapman direct on 07710 174 005.

SUMMER Garden Competition 2022 REMEMBER this is all about acknowledging the hard work of everyone who has gone the extra mile to make our village look the best it can. The judges will only be viewing the front gardens of properties. Prizes are presented at the Glenfield Gardeners’ Show. The categories are: 1. Best Floral Display 2. Best Front Garden. The closing date for entries will be 5th August 2022. Further details will follow in due course.

CONTACT US: Glenfield Parish Council, Park House, Stamford Street, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8DL Telephone: 0116 231 2498 • Email: • Twitter: @GlenfieldPC


The precept requirement of Glenfield Parish Council for the year 2022/2023 is £354,173 which is based upon the The Precept Requirement of Glenfield Parish Council for the year 2022/2023 is £354,173 which estimates of expenditure and income as set out below. is based upon the estimates of expenditure and income as set out below: Income and Expenditure



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The small element of your council tax which comes our way has increased this year in line with the Consumer Price Index as at Autumn 2021 (3.1%) and an average band D household will now pay £93.47 for the year, an increase of £2.33. Included within the services provided and/or subsidised by the Parish Council are: • Multi-sport facilities at Ellis Park • Leisure facilities within the Millennium Green • Ellis Park Bowling Green • Subsidised community use of facilities • Community use of the Glenfield Sports Pavilion • The Glenfield Parish Council Annexe • Open spaces – Barley Close Greens (2) / Blackthorn Green / Peartree Green / Wheatfield Pond / Wollaton Green / Gynsills Woods / Gynsill Meadow

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Ellis Park and Station Park Public Amenity Areas Glenfield Meadow Wildlife and Recreation area Normandy Green Amenity Area Allotments – Main St and Mill Lane sites Mill Lane Dog Exercise Area

• Christmas lighting scheme and Christmas events • Hanging baskets and planters

To keep up to date with Parish news residents are encouraged to read the latest edition of the Glenfield Gazette which includes the “Glenfield Parish News” newsletter. Copies may be downloaded from the Parish Council’s website:

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Neighbourhood Plan Update

Clean and fresh Clear the clutter, sort your stuff and make everything in your home spick and span – your home will feel revitalised and so will you. Are you closer to being the goddess of grime than the queen of clean? Spring sunshine means that it’s the ideal time to don your apron, snap on your Marigolds and refresh your home from top to bottom. So, where to begin? The obvious place is with a good, old-fashioned tidy up, paying attention to all your tables, shelves, floors and other surfaces, inside kitchen and bathroom cupboards, bedroom wardrobes and chests of drawers. Once you have cleared the space, you are almost ready to begin. But not quite. Make a list of what needs doing (this may be rather time-consuming, but will be worth it in the end) and allocate some time for each chore. Then dig out appropriate clothing. What to wear will depend on the task at hand, but should include an old shirt and trousers, and could also mean rubber gloves, sturdy shoes, an apron and a dust mask or safety goggles. Next, assemble your equipment – from brooms and scrubbing brushes to buckets and cloths. Having it ready beforehand will save time and effort later.

Lastly, find the cleaning products you’ll require, including an allpurpose household cleaner, washing-up liquid, furniture polish, non-chlorine bleach, anti-mildew tile and bath cleaner and window cleaner. Now you are ready, so refer back to your list of what needs doing – you’ll see it divides into five main areas: vacuuming, dusting, mopping/scrubbing, washing and wiping, and polishing. It’s also time to realise that some jobs are better outsourced, such as steam-cleaning the carpets, having the chimney swept and cleaning the oven. These jobs often need specialist equipment and take several hours to do. Before you embark, bear in mind the basic principles of cleaning: work from top to bottom (dust the light fitting before polishing the table beneath) and tackle dry before wet (vacuum before mopping, obviously). Try to be organised, whether you work in one room at a time or at one task at a time. With a little forethought, preparation and organisation, spring cleaning can be a rewarding activity that will restore your home to its rightful place as a peaceful haven that is well-kept, tidy and gleamingly, squeaky clean.

Five old-fashioned cleaning tips • Polish chrome taps with vinegar, a little baking soda on a damp cloth or a gentle rub of white toothpaste. • To dust carved wooden furniture, put a dab of furniture cream on a damp cloth and hold it over the bristles of a soft toothbrush – you will be able to work your way into all the cracks and crevices. • De-grease a vinyl floor (under the oven, for example) by rubbing with a halved lemon, then mop with an allpurpose cleaner. • Spot-clean upholstery by gently rubbing in a little foamy shaving cream and removing with a clean, damp cloth. • Beat a rug by hanging it over a washing line and using a tennis racket.

GLENFIELD’S plan has now finished its first formal consultation. Thank you to all of you who took the trouble to send in comments. The responses are being worked through and every one is logged as part of the plan submission and a reaction is also logged. This can take the form of a justification for something which has been questioned or may be acknowledgement of some comment suggesting an adjustment or addition to the plan. Once these late minor changes are completed the Parish Council as the Qualifying Body will submit the plan to Blaby District Council whose role it is to check it is in general conformity with their formal plans and meets government requirements. It may conflict with their ambitions and intentions but it is not their brief to make changes on that basis. They will then check it is inline with the wishes of the villagers by carrying out their own consultation and must then present it to an examiner who will decide whether it is sound or might suggest some changes. Ultimately, the Plan will pass or fail on the outcome of a Referendum here in Glenfield. All the responses will be made public (with names removed) on submission. As always, we have done our best to incorporate the views of residents. That is the purpose of the exercise.

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MARCH 2022 GLENFIELD GAZETTE • Tel: 0116 287 3122 • Email:

Letter Traffic on Kirby Road

I WOULD JUST like to say I agree with the letter you printed in February’s Gazette regarding the amount of traffic using Kirby Road. When I moved here 4 years ago, I could literally walk down the middle of Kirby Road at the weekend’s or during the day; the only time it was busy was during the morning and evening rush hours. Morrison’s had not taken over the Coop and the DPD depot was still a field. These two events have brought a significant change to the whole village but notably the volume of traffic. Kirby Road is now busy all day, 7 days a week as cars travel to Morrisons via Kirby Road from the M1/A46 junction. Whilst the DPD depot has brought double traffic, firstly from the members of staff arriving/leaving on different shifts - through to the delivery vans themselves which ‘fly’ over the speed-humps and take the ‘blind bends’ near the White House at speed, quite often in the middle of the road without any consideration for on-coming traffic or members of the public trying to walk along the very narrow paths in this area. DPD vans are not the only culprits, as many vehicles travel too fast in this narrow area. It is a miracle that there hasn’t been a serious head-on collision and I feel it is only a matter of time before somebody is seriously injured or worse. I really feel the council do not consider the volume of traffic when ‘passing’ new developments, and think they should either consider a one-way system along this road, or more effective traffic calming.

A very concerned Glenfield resident

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A message from Parish Council Chairman Cllr. Richard Bowers IN RESPONSE to the reader’s letter in February’s edition of the Gazette regarding speeding in Glenfield. It should be noted that over the years your Parish Council have spent a significant amount of money obtaining a speed camera and signage that could identify offending vehicles and significantly reduce the problem. This was done following our concerns and several complaints. However, during trials of the device, having had initial agreement from the Police following 3 months of negotiations that they would co-operate with us with a data sharing protocol, that even included the Council offering to help with administration costs, but in the end, they refused to help us. The County Council were equally unhelpful by threatening the Parish with prosecution if the signage and device wasn’t removed. Efforts to get permission and co-operation since, have failed. We even tried to engage with the Community Speed Watch group, but they were also reluctant to monitor Glenfield placing conditions on us, that we could not meet. We have now taken our concerns to the new Police and Crime Commissioner to see if he can intervene. We will keep you all informed of any developments.

Cllr Richard Bowers Chairman Glenfield Parish Council

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The story behind Glenfield Hospital’s Mansion House THE GROBY ROAD area is peppered with vestiges of Leicester’s healthcare past. Many visitors to the Glenfield Hospital, in their hurry to get in, get treated, and get out, may not have noticed a gracious house to the right of the main entrance. MANSION HOUSE, tucked behind the trees, is steeped in a history that provides an illuminating window on the development of mental health services in the 20th century. Many things have changed, including the terminology and descriptions. Expressions like “mental deficiency,” “imbecile,” and “the feeble minded” are no longer appropriate or acceptable. There had been a house on this site since at least the 17th century. In the early 19th century Sherman’s Lodge and the surrounding land was acquired by William Oldham,, the Leicester architect and builder. He partially rebuilt it in 1816 and, at this point, it was called Frith House. By 1837 his daughter Lucretia Oldham was the occupier. The house and estate were put up for sale in 1861 but, whilst some of the land was sold the house and grounds remained in the ownership of Eleanor Mackie, who had inherited the property from her brother, William Oldham. Three years later she married Thomas Swift Taylor, a Leicester cotton merchant or thread manufacturer. As High Sheriff of Leicestershire he attended at Court at Windsor in the presence of Queen Victoria in March 1881. A new mansion was built alongside the old house and, completed in 1871, it had extensive “pleasure gardens.” The 1891 Census shows two gardener’s cottages, and ten years later Eleanor, now 83. is widowed and living there with her niece and servants. Thomas had died in 1899 and Eleanor survived until 1906. The entire property was put on the market, including the walled kitchen garden and its structures. The estate was purchased by Leicester Town Council. In 1909 The Home of Rest, a charitable institution, was leased from the Corporation by a charity to provide nursing and care for “ladies and gentlemen of reduced circumstances.” The garden was supplying all the fruit, vegetables and eggs required. The Disabled Warriors’ Fund bought Leicester Frith House during the First World War and adapted it for use as a home for shell shocked soldiers. It was a centre for neurasthenia, a group of symptoms, including chronic physical and mental fatigue, weakness, and generalized aches and pains, formerly thought to result from exhaustion of the nervous system and now usually considered a psychological disorder. An annexe was built and from 1921 it was used by the Leicester Royal Infirmary as a convalescent home, until it was dedicated to a new use in 1923. This period up to the creation of the NHS makes fascinating reading, but the story really begins 20 years earlier. In February 1903 the After-Care subcommittee of the Leicester Education Committee, an entirely voluntary association, was founded with the aim of maintaining contact with the children who had passed through ‘Special Classes’, and to monitor their behaviour outside the care of these special classes. This was carried out by a system of home visits two or three times a year. Four years later a small residential home for 12 girls was established at ‘Sunneyholme’, 155 King Richards Road, under the management of the After-Care Committee. The girls placed in this home usually came from Union Workhouses and were assessed ‘as being unable to take rational responsible care of their own lives.’ From 1907-1916 the home depended upon support from payments from the Guardians and private subscriptions and donations. It was eventually handed over to the Local Authority, and in 1916 the home moved to premises in Belgrave known as ‘Cross

Corners’ and came under the auspices of the Local Authority’s “Mental Deficiency Committee.” Leicester Frith opened on 30 August, 1923, providing for 30 male and 30 female children and 60 female adults, half of whom were transferred from Cross Corners. In 1925 the majority of the residents were transferred to Leicester Frith, where the site would be subsequently developed to provide six villas, each for 60 patients. During the Second World War injured troops were once more cared for on the site. The Leicester No.3 Hospital Management Committee, after the creation of the NHS in 1948, administered Leicester Frith, Mountsorrel Institution, Stretton Hall and hostels in Stoneygate and Billesdon, all known collectively as Glenfrith Hospital, and the Towers Hospital. Two further hospitals, Glengate at Desford and Kibworth Hall, were added to the Glenfrith group in the 1950s. As the NHS grew and developed the use of the property also evolved and by the 1960’s it was home to the Occupational Therapy Department. In common with similar institutions part of the grounds were given over to gardens, giving patients the opportunity to grow crops. That’s a story that deserves an article of its own in a future edition. This article has been compiled from internet sources, some of which are contradictory. For a definitive history of Mansion House in pictures just Google Mansion House Pictorial History to watch Wendy Pell’s video. Wendy was an assistant librarian at the Leicestership Partnership NHS Trust, and knows the building well. “It was a modest effort made on a zero budget,” she explained , “and in the end I simply ran out of time. I loved the building with it’s ghosts and quirks and I was trying to capture something of its years as a learning disability hospital.”

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25coving, years of quality assured plastering and Plastering, rendering, coving, partitioning, partitioning, related finishing services across dry lining and project management The UK government are making 3 very important changes Leicestershire the East Midlands dry liningand and project to the Highway Code, which will affect all road users. management All of jobs welcome These changes will come into effect on 29 January and 25 years quality assured plastering and No job too large or small include: related finishing services across Free quotations Leicestershire and the East Midlands 25 years of quality 1) New hierarchy of road users prioritising pedestrians and then Friendly, clean and reliable service assured plastering cyclists over other road users and related finishing All jobs welcome 2) Priority for cyclists over cars when cars are turning Phone: 01530 244 514 services across Mobile: 07720479792 3) Pedestrians having priority over cars at junctions plus changes No job too large or small E-mail: Leicestershire and the to cyclist positioning to ensure better visibility Free quotations East Midlands More information and details of the changes here: Table of Friendly, clean and reliable service changes to The Highway Code (

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ON A COLD dreary February evening it was pleasant to be transported elsewhere thanks to Alan Parker and his Motorhome Meanderings. We visited Norway and saw some spectacular scenery enjoying the photography which was accompanied by some appropriate music. We visited lots of Fjords. I have to say I lost track of all the names. Ferry crossings were often necessary to be able to get around. Some might take 30 minutes others a number of hours. We travelled up one side of Norway and returned on the other side. (forgive my lack of geographical terms ). Roads were often very narrow and sometimes made driving somewhat on the “shall we say difficult” side. Nevertheless Alan and his wife managed to visit the Arctic Circle. It was on their bucket list so well done to them. I must say I expected lots of snow but since their visit was in the summer the sun was shining. Alan commented on how expensive it was in Norway but it was definitely worth visiting. He then swapped countries and showed us a different perspective on London with some unusual views. An interesting evening!

They’re crafty and they stitch ... they’re the Crafty Stitchers Wish You Were THERE HAS BEEN a group meeting to share our interests in embroidery and textiles for over 50 years, we celebrated the 50th anniversary in 2018 with an exhibition at Newarke Houses Museum. Until 2020 we were a branch of the Embroiderers guild to which we remain affiliated, but are now an Independent stitch group. We share our knowledge together, through invited speakers and workshops and group led practical sessions. We meet on the second Saturday of the month at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, off Braunstone Lane, Leicester LE3 3FT 2.00pm for 2.15 start, with time to socialise. Everyone is welcome, we have a varied mix of members of all abilities and interests. This month we had a Show and Tell meeting where we shared some of the items we had made during lockdown. If you enjoy being creative, like any sort of stitch and would like to join us please contact Susan Flint Chair 0116 4299458 or Briony Wilig Secretary 0116 2872531 or Briony Wilig Secretary 0116 2872531 or just turn up on the day.


By Jodi Picoult

DIANA O’Toole’s life is going perfectly to plan. At twenty-nine, she’s up for promotion to her dream job as an art specialist at Sotheby’s and she’s about to fly to the Galápagos where she’s convinced her surgeon boyfriend, Finn, is going to propose. But then the virus hits New York City and Finn breaks the news: the hospital needs him, he has to stay. But you should still go, he insists. And reluctantly, she agrees. Once she’s in the Galápagos, the world shuts down around her, leaving Diana stranded albeit in paradise. Completely isolated, with only intermittent news from the outside world, Diana finds herself examining everything that has brought her to this point and wondering if there’s a better way to live. But not everything is as it seems . . .

New Groby employment park proposed near A46/A50 roundabout PLANS TO CREATE a new net zero ready employment park and increase coverage of the National Forest in Groby are being unveiled as part of an initial consultation. Development of the 57 hectare site, located next to the A50, would respond to a continuing need for employment sites in Leicestershire and support long-term growth of the local economy – with the potential for over 2,000 jobs across the manufacturing, light industrial and logistics sectors, which offer an increasingly diverse range of employment opportunities. The plans are at a very early stage and include proposals to increase coverage of the National Forest, with plans to create a new five acre community woodland on a nearby site known as the Klondyke. The vision for the new employment park is being brought forward by Midlands-based property company, IM Properties which aims to provide a home for local and national companies needing to expand and improve their existing accommodation, while also attracting successful new businesses to the area. When completed and fully operational, the development has the potential to generate an estimated £182 million GVA productivity boost and support a more resilient local economy.

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RECENT GLENFIELD PLANNING APPS Two storey and first floor extensions, associated alterations and erection of detached garage - at 53 Loxley Road, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8PG Part single storey part two storey side and rear extensions, roof alterations and dormer to rear (amended scheme to 20/1395/HH) - at 13 Torcross Close, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8AP Erection of detached dwelling with associated parking and creation of new vehicular and pedestrian access - at 69 Station Road, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8BU Outline application for the erection of 2 dwellings (access and layout); demolition of existing dwelling (amended scheme to 20/1356/OUT) - at 6 Ashleigh Road, Glenfield, Leicestershire LE3 8DA Single and two storey rear extension and internal alterations to house - 16 Fairefield Crescent, Glenfield, Leicester LE3 8EH

For CONSPIRACY Fans... Did We Go To The Moon? Controversial researcher, filmmaker and author Bart Sibrel delivers a 2022 update on his research claiming the Apollo missions never went to the Moon - on Howard Hughes THE UNEXPLAINED podcast Edition 612 of 21st February. (


Bringing up babies A visit to any nursery or garden centre at this time of year will reveal a brilliant array of herbaceous perennials. Right now they might be small and not look particularly enticing, but just take a look at the illustration on the label and you will see that these small plants have great potential. They’re also great value. It’s essential that newly planted perennials are given that little bit of extra tender loving care. Small plants such as these are more likely to be susceptible to weather extremes, and even plants in larger pots should be well-established. When you ease the plants out of their pots, if you see a really plentiful supply of roots that usually means you have purchased a good plant. Check the plant labels to see the ultimate spread of the plant. For the best effect you generally want to grow several individuals of the same species and ideally choose an odd number – three, or five for a much larger garden – as this invariably makes for a better display. It may be tempting to put the plants close to each other but, although this will provide a better-looking display initially, overcrowded plants are less likely to become well established, will have to be moved in the near future and in the meantime will be more prone to numerous diseases. It’s also essential to plant at the correct depth. With herbaceous perennials you need to make sure that you place the plant in the ground to the same depth that it was in the container and, although you may decide to mulch the soil afterwards, do remember not to mulch right up to or over the crown of the plant, as this is likely to lead to poor growth and maybe even dieback. Weed control is essential and you can either hoe regularly between the plants to prevent the weeds causing competition, or you can use a deep mulch or perhaps even place squares of landscape fabric or black polythene around

each plant. Do remember, however, that if you use polythene, rain will not be able to penetrate through it and so the plants are more likely to suffer from drought. With landscape fabric this is not a problem. Once you have dug over the whole bed, then it’s well worth adding a general fertiliser. If you notice that the soil is on the heavy side, incorporate plenty of bulky organic matter and grit. Similarly, if the soil is excessively dry then you could try to improve its texture by incorporating large quantities of any good bulky organic matter. Once the plants are in position, firm the soil thoroughly and take care not to compact it if it’s on the heavy side. Regular watering is essential, and if the ground is not already quite moist you should water the plants in well. Check them regularly for signs of any pests or diseases, as it will be much easier to stop something in its tracks if you take action early on in the season.

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When bias goes bad By Lindzi Mayann

INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, March 8th, asks the world to unite and Break the Bias with the focus trained on reducing stereotypes. Now I’m a feminist. I also laugh at some sexist jokes and make some myself. And I believe that having some kind of preconceived expectation is not only natural, but useful, in engaging with new and familiar people alike. So where do we draw the line?

Confidence and assertiveness, for example, take a man far in his career whilst they do the opposite for a woman.

How are labels like “bad driver” and “caregiver” impacting on those that aren’t bad drivers or natural caregivers? It’s easy to become distracted over whether either are credible statistically but the only relevant fact is such categorisations can be damaging, from limiting opportunities to affecting selfesteem and wellbeing. Official figures, published late 2021, showed the pay gap has widened since 2018. The only positive here is since companies are forced to publish such stats, evidence of active campaigning for equality across many industries can be found. So how has bias, discriminations that arguably flow both ways, been bad for women? Here are a few examples for where stereotypes are posing problems. • NOT ALL FEMALES want to or will start a family. There’s a rising number of childless-bychoice women, yet this deep rooted assumption can have big impacts when it comes to employment and promotion. Plus added personal pressures due to traditional expectations. • THERE ARE THINGS that are seen as qualities in men yet women are penalised for.

Plus women who do make it to positions of authority are viewed predominantly as cold - in my own experience they have to act this way to succeed in their environment. • CRYING DOES NOT always mean a person is upset! This is a soul-destroying assumption because crying, particularly in females, equals anger, frustration, even intense rage. It isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a physical show of strong feelings. • WOMEN ARE CARETAKERS. They are assigned additional responsibilities, beyond their role and things not expected from male counterparts due to a view that, “it’s a woman’s job.” Additionally they’re guided into roles assumed to suit them, like office work, cleaning and nursing. We should be open about the potential of every individual we meet. Regardless of appearance. We can always rewrite our understanding as we go along. • INTERNATIONAL MEN’S DAY is November 19th - for those who always ask :)

Did you spot all 10 differences?

1. Clouds, 2. Butterfly changed colour, 3. Bird changed direction, 4. Rabbit’s eyes, 5. Crease under rabbit’s right eye, 6. Easter egg lost a spot, 7. Easter egg missing, 8. Mark missing from bear’s tummy, 9. Rabbit’s tail. 10. Bear’s teeth.

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Gazette Small Ads • Set of 6 boxed tall PROSECCO/WINE GLASSES with silver rims. Unused. Price: £7.00. Tel: 07963 412666 (Glenfield). • Eleven 500 piece JIGSAWS all used once. Price: £20. • AL-KO GARDEN SHREDDER 1100s. Very powerful. Excellent condition. Price: £40 o.n.o. Tel 07740 082471 (Glenfield) • 3 Black ENGLISH MARTYRS BLAZERS. 28-30-32. Girls - excellent condition. • Numerous White Short Sleeve Shirts. Price: £50.00 Tel: 07548 750206 (Glenfield). • The William Morris Collection, fine bone china, SIX CUPS & SAUCERS complete with HANDGILDED TRAY. Price: £25 cash. • Carved wooden FRUIT BOWL complete with 8 ARTIFICIAL FRUITS. Price: £6. Tel: 0116 287 4978 (Glenfield) • Black ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE (Viking). As new. Small wheels. Includes quality lock. Cost £850. Sell for £550. Tel: 0116 233 0145 (Glenfield)

• Beautiful red leather Italian DOUBLE BED SETTEE. Bed never used. Has been kept in spare room. Cost over £1,000. Price: £400 o.n.o. for quick sale. • Revitive Advance FOOT MASSAGER. Used 3 times. Cost £185. Price: £80. • Automatic PRESSURE COOKER. 14-in-one functions. Never used. Still in box. Price: £45.00 Tel: 01530 244450 (Markfield)

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IF YOU can find 18 CLASSICAL MUSIC TERMS in the Wordsearch grid above, you could win yourself a meal for two and a bottle of house wine at The Stamford Arms in Groby. ALLEGRO All you have to do to go into the draw is find - and mark a line CAPRICCIO through - the names of 18 WORDS ASSOCIATED WITH CLASSICAL MUSIC. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and DIMINUENDO backwards!). Send your marked entry forms to: TREBLE CLEF, Glenfield Gazette, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive MAZURKA by MONDAY 21ST MARCH 2022. Please remember to fill in your ORATORIO name and address. (Some people don’t!) The sender of the first correct entry drawn out of the hat RONDO will win the voucher for a Meal for Two and a Bottle of House Wine at The Stamford Arms, Groby.







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