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Jamie Thorpe joins the British Elite

On 31st March 2010, local swimmer Jamie Thorpe produced a scintillating performance at the British Gas Swimming Championships held at Ponds Forge Sheffield. Jamie smashed the British Gas 17/18 yrs Age Group Record on his way to a Bronze medal finish in the Men’s 50m Butterfly. After progressing through the Heats and the Semi Finals, Jamie’s long quest to break a British Record TURN TO PAGE 2

BMX Track wins £10k grant The Groby BMX Project has been awarded a £10,000 grant under the Parish & Communities Initiative Fund Scheme - see page 10.

Time Team visits Groby! The people of Groby have always known that the village has a rich, interesting and diverse history. Now Channel 4’s Time Team programme has unearthed, in the heart of our settlement, more proof of the important buildings that housed our ‘ancestors’. For 3 days, 13-15 April 2010, a large group including archaeologists, a film crew and a production team, took over the Old Hall land. After John Gater’s group surveyed the site with ‘lawn mower’ technology, mechanical diggers, spades and trowels were quickly in action to delve more deeply. Tony Robinson (alias Baldrick) enthusiastically skipped from trench to trench while Mick Aston and Phil Harding got down to the dirty work. Phillippa Gregory, a well-known author, also visited the site. She recently published “The White Queen”, a novel following Elizabeth Woodville through a turbulent life, to become wife of Edward IV and mother of the “Princes in the Tower”. Before this, Elizabeth lived here in Groby for some years as the wife of Sir John Grey, who was killed during the 2nd Siege of St Albans. The churchyard of St Philip and St James allowed many onlookers to witness the uncovering of ancient stones that have remained hidden for so long. the evidence that people have lived continuously on this site since the 11th century. The mound, that is near the bypass, which supported a small Norman castle, built by Sir Hugh de Grantmesnil, was first investigated in the early 1960s when the bypass was planned. A young recently qualified archaeologist, with the assistance of local people, including the Richardson family, found evidence of stonework digging deep into the mound. The Time Team spent three days digging the mound and elsewhere in the grounds of Groby Old Hall and seemed excited with their discoveries. The whole team were friendly and welcoming to onlookers, informing people of their findings and posing for many photographs. We have to be patient, the programme will not be screened until next year. The information they have gleaned, will also take a year to be collated and to appear on the Time Team website.

Gill Waldram, Groby Heritage Group More photos on pages 18 & 19

A taster of what was found

Time Team went further than the 1960s dig on the mound and got to the bottom of a flight of stone steps into a stone-walled room inside the castle mound. Elsewhere they found various medieval walls, 2 large pillar bases, the base of an oriel (or tall bay) window which would have been at the best end of the Great Hall, a black and white tiled floor and pottery from the 12th to 15th centuries, some of very high quality. So we had a very large and high status, manorial building. We look forward eagerly for the interpretation in the programme, which we expect, will explain why Groby’s Old Hall was once so grand and important.

Alison Coates, Groby’s Heritage Warden

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LETTER Bloors’ Housing Proposal Planning Application No. 09/00798/FUL As you may remember, at the December 2009 meeting of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council’s planning committee, the Bloors application for planning permission to build new homes alongside Groby Cemetery was refused. The applicant has six months from the refusal date to lodge an appeal. If Bloors intend to launch an appeal, they would have to do so by 21st June 2010, with the appeal likely to be held sometime in October or November. I will keep you informed of the progress.

Martin Cartwright Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Councillor for Groby Ward & Groby Parish Councillor was finally achieved. In his age group his time of 24.65 seconds gives him a 1st place National and European ranking position. Only a week earlier Jamie set two new County records for the 100 Individual Medley and 50 Butterfly events in the Leicestershire County Championships. He is the Men’s Open County Champion in 7 out of 8 events, second in one event and received the Frank Warner Trophy for the lowest aggregate time over the four 50m events. A Coach’s report said: “The new Thorpedo, Jamie, wowed the audience with displays of power in the 100m Individual Medley, 50m fly and 50m front crawl, claiming more county records.” Jamie trains hard six days a week with the City of Leicester Swimming Squad. It requires a great deal of dedication and sacrifices made for his given sport, his ultimate aim being to represent his country in the 2012 Olympics.

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Charity Fashion Show and Sale

Ginny Staps receives a Long Service Award

Don’t miss the Charity Fashion Show and Sale on Tuesday June 1st at 7.30pm at the Field Head Hotel, Field Head, Markfield. The ticket price is £5 and the proceeds will go to Rainbows Childrens Hospice. The show is courtesy of SOS Clothing Company and the clothes are all famous major high street brands such as M&S, Per Una, Jane Norman, Monsoon, River Island, Gap, Evans, Principles, Wallis, Next etc. and will suit not just the young and trendy but the mature and elegant too. The garments are all either current season; fabulous samples; Italian and French designers or simply end of line clothing and all at Half Price or less !! You will have the opportunity to try on the garments & there will be facilities to pay by Credit Card. Why not come along with friends and shop for your summer outfits while saving lots of money and having a great evening out too. You could even treat yourself to a meal before the fashion show starts. We are also looking for ladies of all ages, shapes and sizes to model the clothes during the evening. You will be able to pick the outfits out yourself before walking among the audience displaying the clothes, and you don’t have to be Naomi, Kate or Elle, just you! You will also be given the chance to have your make up professionally done before stepping onto the catwalk! So if you think you would enjoy being a model we would love to hear from you. To purchase your tickets, or for more information call Beverley on 07831 101278 or email

On 23rd March 2010, Ginny Staps, the long serving Bursar at Martinshaw Primary School, Groby, was summoned to County Hall where she received a School Governor’s Long Service Award from the Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Roger Wilson. Ginny has been the school bursar for 23 years and has given her free time during those years to serve as a school Governor. Afterwards, she said that it was an honour to have served such a great school and that it was a privilege to have been given the opportunity to use her experience for the benefit of both children and staff at the school.

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Small birds in Leicestershire struggled to beat the snowy winter

Big Garden Birdwatch results Nearly 530,000 people took part in this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, counting over 8 and a half million birds. Seventy-three species were recorded in 280,000 gardens across the UK over the weekend of 30th and 31st January. In Leicestershire, just short of 8,400 people took part. It has helped the RSPB get an idea of just how the bad weather at the start of the year affected bird populations. As predicted, small bodied birds like the long-tailed tit, coat tit and goldcrest were the worst affected with average numbers of all three species dropping significantly since the 2009 survey. Smaller birds like the long tailed tit are particularly susceptible to the cold, having to eat almost continuously to stay alive. Longtailed tits flew into the top 10 for the first time last year suggesting they were getting used to feeding on seeds and peanuts in hanging feeders and on bird tables. The weather was also responsible for many more sightings of countryside birds like fieldfares, redwings, bullfinches and yellowhammers in gardens. More usually found in fields and farmland trees and hedgerows, these birds visit our gardens for food when they can’t find enough in their usual

haunts. As well as redwings and fieldfares, other members of the thrush family, including song thrush, mistle thrush and blackbird, were seen in much higher numbers this year also looking for food. Big Garden Birdwatch is the biggest wildlife survey in the world and provides the RSPB with a fantastic snapshot of how garden birds are faring. Big Garden Birdwatch coordinator Sarah Kelly, said “We were particularly concerned for small birds over the winter, asking people to make sure they kept feeders topped up and supplied fresh water to help them. These results highlight the importance of feeding and gardening for wildlife, especially during prolonged cold periods.” An unusually high number of blackcaps were also seen. In this harsher winter we might have expected their numbers to decline but more blackcaps than

seen per garden. The blackbird rose from third to second place with an average of 3.3 per garden. The starling dropped to third with 3.1 per garden, the first time it has been out of the top two in more than 10 years.

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Utilities – what next?

Last month’s speculation concerned whether the telephones were to be the next utility to be affected in Groby. But it seems it doesn’t pay to speculate as within a week some households were being told that their overhead telephone lines were being replaced in order to meet the latest height standards. “We’ll be here at 7.30am on Tuesday,” they were told. Tuesday came but the technicians didn’t. Customer Service was notable by it’s absence. When queried with an Essex call centre the response was that the job was scheduled for June 8th. The following Friday a different caller arrived and checked the height of the existing cables with a long fibreglass rod that would make an angler envious. “We need to replace that pole,” he said. “We’ll try and do it next Friday.” On Thursday afternoon Customer Services weren’t sure, but ‘it might be tomorrow.’ But Friday came and neither the pole nor the technicians arrived. Again there was no contact from anyone to advise what was going on and customers were left wondering which day they would be without their telephone service in order that they could plan to have have their emergencies on other days. But it was all resolved on the following Wednesday when two ‘cherry picker’ trucks arrived complete with a new pole and two technicians who just wanted to do a good job. Did anyone complain? Not likely, when someone has a drill the size of a telephone box you just put the kettle on for them and look for the biscuits.

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Norman Griffiths reports on the Christmas lights consultation and the County Council plan to switch lights off

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As Groby Parish Council is planning to turn more lights on next Christmas, following the recent consultation with residents through the Groby Spotlight, the County Council is to experiment with turning off street lighting throughout Leicestershire. The local Christmas lights consultation did not get a huge response but the number of replies was about as good as one expects for this kind of issue. Villagers who responded overwhelmingly endorsed the policy of Groby Parish Council to spend money on street lights at Christmas. Of the 142 who voted in the consultation which closed on April 16th only 20% were against spending money on lights. A majority of the 80% who supported the lights want the Council to increase spending next Christmas up to the £10,000 that was provided for in the 2010/2011 budget and this has been adopted as policy by the Council. The traditional support for Carols around the Tree at the Stamford Arms car park is in addition to the lights project. The County Council is planning part-night lighting in residential areas which will affect 60% of street lights and mean lights are switched off between midnight and 5.30am. In rural areas lights may be switched off completely if this does not affect road safety and lights in locations such as through routes will be dimmed when there is less traffic. The plans are still being developed but the first lights locally to be named for the big turn off are on Sacheverall Way and possibly the A50 between the A46 and Field Head. “As part of County Council plans to save £700,000 and cut carbon, it’s been agreed that lights on Sacheverall Way in Groby (excluding junctions) will be switched off - this is due to start in June,” said a spokesperson for the County Council. “Details about this and the other agreed locations in the south of the county will be published on our website shortly. The A50 falls under the north of the county and we are currently considering sites in this area. When these have been agreed, we will be able to provide more information.”

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Fundraising Morning

Tuesday 25th May 2010 9am-12 noon at 150 Leicester Road, Groby Groby Nursery Playgroup is holding a fundraising Coffee Morning. There will be a tombola, a cake stall, a white elephant stall, and lots more! Tea and coffee will be available throughout the morning. Entrance fee of £1 - includes a cup of tea or coffee, and a raffle ticket to win a prize. Please invite your relatives and friends everyone will be very welcome.

Zumba is coming to Groby Village Hall

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ZUMBA is a Latin-inspired, easy to follow, calorie burning fitness workout/party. It is a combination of the four basic Latin American moves: Merengue, Salsa, Regaetton (Hip Hop), Cumbia, together with other international rhythms. Basically it’s fun, and not like any other workout. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavour and international zest into the mix and you’ve got a Zumba® class. It starts on Monday 24th May (7pm-8pm) at the Groby Village Hall and costs £3.00 per session - pay as you come. Just turn up. For more information, contact Mrs.Tanuja Parmar on 07958 525040.

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Volcanic ash, cruise shambles and rambles in Valencia Norman Griffiths reports on how holidays can go wrong


oon after the dust, or rather ash, had settled on the controversy of the closure of airspace following the Icelandic eruption the recriminations and accusations about whether the response was too cautious began. Little was written about those who don’t fly but just gaze at the jets and the condensation trails in the sky. The damage that an intact jet could cause on a town if it dropped from the sky would be a massive. Many stranded passengers or travellers who lost their flights had a miserable time and unforeseen expense, but they are still alive. Thankfully no plane dropped from the sky causing mayhem and anguish. But perhaps things could have been done better and TUI Travel Chief Executive Peter Long said: “The Government’s response to the crisis has been a shambles.” The most well known of the TUI brands is Thomson Travel, and seeing the words Thomson Travel and shambles in the same paragraph brought to a Groby couple memories of holidays spent with the company. (We’ll call them Eddie and Vera.)

The weekend cruise shambles A weekend cruise to Bruges and Amsterdam seemed a wonderful way to get a taste of cruising. You go to bed and wake up in another city with all the organisational problems taken care of. The brochure said that “if you prefer to explore on your own you’ll find our direct transfers perfect for taking you to the heart of the action without any of the hassle.” and promised “outstanding service that takes care of every detail.” The onboard newsletter went further and said “time in port is precious- you don’t want to waste it trying to find your bearings.” Although the promise of a direct transfer to Bruges wasn’t kept it was only a short train ride from the ferry port. But the Amsterdam stop was not at Amsterdam but 18 miles away. Once on board they found the only remaining

option for a day in Amsterdam was a free shuttle to be provided each way to the ‘flying ferry.’ The cruise news later confirmed this, though there was now a charge which could be paid on the bus. This seemed fine but when they left the ship the following morning they saw a long queue for the shuttle. There were no Thomson staff anywhere to assist. After queuing for some time they heard that tickets now had to be purchased at the kiosk. But the assistant had stopped selling tickets, as he had to try and match demand to capacity. Holidaymakers might have to wait 30 minutes, two hours or may not travel at all. He said it was impossible to get a taxi and it would take an hour to walk to the ferry point. An alternative was to visit the annual harbour festival in the local port instead of going to Amsterdam. Thomson Holidays seemed to have no local information.

Angry passengers “There were very many angry passengers in the same situation as us, all of whom saw their Amsterdam visit evaporating before their eyes,” said Eddie. “We decided to walk through the warehouses to the festival but by noon were left wondering what to do with the rest of the day. Eventually we found a bus link to Amsterdam, arriving at 13.45pm. The bus terminus was not in the centre of the city, so we made our way through the town, stopping for lunch. By late afternoon we decided to avoid the long walk back to the bus station on the edge of town and to catch the flying ferry back to the port instead, then take a taxi to the cruise liner. We knew that it would be unwise to leave it any later as they only ran every 30 minutes and were also struggling to carry the large numbers of Spirit passengers.”

Customer Service impenetrable The Groby couple were unable to get past the barricades set up by Customer Services to prevent communication with any senior management. Customer Services apologised but there was to be no compensation for extra costs or

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“Because of the crowds and road closures the bus had to drop passengers on the outskirts of the centre and the rep planned to escort around sixty holidaymakers through the busy streets to the bull ring, the assembly point for the return journey,” Eddie said. “By the time the rep admitted that he was completely lost he had also lost half of his group in the crowds. His misery was just beginning. On the return trip he had to face many unhappy passengers. They had paid for a shopping tip they hadn’t received and had ended up lost amongst a town packed with Spanish speakers and fireworks exploding on every corner.” And to top it all the thousands of festival visitors made an ideal environment for pick pockets who practised their art on the innocent visitors from Benidorm, many of whom went home with lighter wallets or indeed no wallets. “The Festival was like nothing we’d ever experienced,” he added, “and hopefully will be the closest we’ll ever get to feeling that we are in a war zone. But we’ll remember the day for all the wrong reasons.” Holidaymakers caught in the present crisis will have much to thank Thomson and the other travel companies for the way they have been looked after but there are customers who would hope for the same standard of care at all times. “I know just what he means when he speaks of a shambles,” reflected Eddie, “and although it may seem rather harsh I wonder whether the old saying ‘it takes one to know one’ is appropriate.” Shuttle bus hopefuls failing to deliver on promises or misrepresenting the service. Thomson did write and say that the shore agent encouraged some of the passengers to take the service by public bus to the train station. “If this is the case they must have been doubly disappointed,” explained Vera, “as the Port Authority confirmed that there is no public bus service near the arrival pier, the nearest being a 40 to 60 minutes walk away. If anyone had made it they would have been disappointed again as we were told the train station closed in 1999.”

A ramble through Valencia They also recalled a visit with Thomson to Spain, and a day trip by coach to the famous March Valencian Festival in which huge papier mache effigies are constructed and subsequently set alight. Each week there were regular shopping trips to Valencia but in Festival Week the day was changed to provide a Festival visit. Sadly the trip description wasn’t changed, so the shoppers were disappointed when they arrived in a packed city with most shops shut for the festival.

Improvements at Thomson Holidays After reading this report of the experiences of the holidaymakers from Groby, Thomson Holidays said that efforts have been made in recent years to improve their Customer Services support. “Our After Travel team has relocated and as a result of this a brand new team has been recruited to handle any issues our customers may have once they’ve returned home,” said a spokesperson for Thomson Holidays. “We also have new teams of overseas staff and all of our teams have attended customer care courses to ensure that the service we offer our customers is excellent. We have learnt from mistakes made in the past and at the heart of everything we do are our customers. I’m sorry that these Groby residents had a different experience to this and we’d love to welcome them on another Thomson holiday to show that their experience really was a one off.” If you would like to read another account of the cruise written by a couple from Cheshire, or would like to watch You Tube videos of the unbelievable Las Fallas Festival in Valencia, log on to www. and follow the links. And if you have a holiday disaster story why not share it with other readers?

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great news for local community groups • CHURCH news

Community groups celebrate Initiative Fund awards COMMUNITY groups in parishes across Hinckley & Bosworth Borough are celebrating after learning that their schemes have been awarded a share of this year’s Parish and Community Initiative Fund. The aim of the Fund, which is administered by the Borough Council, is to enable people who live in the parishes to improve local facilities and the quality of life in their communities. A total of £561,882 will be spent on 20 schemes this year, of which the Borough Council will be contributing £91,284. Since 2005 the Fund has awarded over £390,000 towards 74 different schemes run by local community groups, organisations and parish councils. This year’s successful projects are as follows:

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Groby Parish Council - £10,000 for a new BMX track on Marina Park. Thornton and Bagworth Parish Council - £5,474 for a new BMX facility on Jubilee Fields, Markfield. Markfield Parish Council - £4,526 for new play equipment in Markfield. Thornton, Bagworth and Stanton Parochial Church Council - £7,250 for improvements to toilets and kitchen at St Peter’s Church. Ratby Church Rooms - £5,000 for new boiler. Barwell Parish Council - £6,090 for new equipment on Waterfall Way play area. Barwell Parish Council - £3,000 for cemetery paths’ improvement.

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Nailstone Parish Council – £624 for new noticeboard. Higham Parish Council - £750 for repairs to St Peters church yard entrance. Peckleton Parish Council - £6,813 for village hall roof repairs.

Burbage Parish Council will receive £8,384 for a fitness trail on Brookside recreation ground. Burbage Parish Church - £1,616 for a new door to the south porch at • St Catherine’s Church. • Sheepy Memorial Hall Committee - £4,753 for community hall improvements. • Desford Parish Council - £2,040 for a new village sign in Desford. • Desford Bowls Club - £2,315 for bowling green improvements. • Twycross Parish Council - £7,694 for new play equipment. • Newbold Verdon Parish Council - £2,500 for safety cameras and lighting on Alans Way recreation ground. • Newbold Verdon Parish Council - £2,455 to upgrade the showers and changing rooms on Alans Way recreation ground. • Barlestone Baptist Church - £6,190 for the refurbishment of toilet block. • Elohim Church , Barlestone - £3,810 for new toilets for new community facility. Councillor Bill Crooks Executive Member for rural affairs at the Borough Council said: “I am pleased to see the spread of the grants awarded across the Borough and that once again some of the smaller parishes are to benefit. I would encourage the few parishes that do not enter to take part in this scheme.”

Churches Together in Groby Fair Cuppa: an opportunity to meet with friends at the village hall. Please note the change of time. All tea/coffee is fairtrade Every Thursday, 10.30—12noon.

Christian Aid Week is 9th – 15th May and the churches will be distributing and collecting envelopes as in previous years. The Groby collections are always very successful; last year we raised £4395.98 …let’s beat that in 2010! Urban Saints During term time, held at the URC chapel: games, friends, crafts and a Christian basis to discussions. - for 5’s to 14’s on Mon evenings at 3.45pm, 6.30pm or 7.45pm - for 15-18’s on Wed evenings at 7.30pm - for 15-18’s o Fri at 7.30pm More details on the church websites

Sunday services: please see websites and church magazines St. Philip and St. James Revd. Louise Corke 231 3090 United Reformed Church Mrs Norma Whittaker 287 6606 Children/Youth Worker Deb Goodhead 07730 596309

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What a great month. We had the most wonderful speaker at our meeting, Marion Canning, Toastmaster. Enter Marion, immaculate in a bright red barathea officer type dress jacket, waistcoat (Saville Row made) and dicky bow. Hello, I thought, this is going to be a very formal talk, how wrong could I have been. From the minute she spoke she had us laughing. Marion spent her working life with BT hence her lovely, clear voice. After retirement at a formal dinner she found herself discussing with the Toastmaster how speech standards had dropped. He then suggested that Marion had a go at being a Toastmaster. She looked into it and after several months of lessons (apparently there is a strict code of Toastmasters) she was taken into the Malvern Hills and tested out. So began her new career. Marion explained that a Toastmaster has to be someone of many parts including an early arrival at the event extremely necessary. To begin with, find out exactly what does the host require, where the toilets are and what are the seating arrangements etc. Marion then began to regale us with examples of what can go wrong. A special birthday party where the cake had so many candles it set the fire alarms off. A speaker who dropped his false teeth, Marion picked them up in a napkin and handed them back. With a lovely smile at her as he returned them to his mouth, he continued speaking. A lady who had planned a very lavish Ruby Wedding Dinner to the last detail, including covering everything with roses and arranging for the Best Man of forty years ago to give a speech which he did making a great one. Then it was the husband’s turn. He said “For the past forty years, I have given my wife everything she wanted but enough is enough, now I’m s…ing off ”. She never saw him again. Another huge gentleman’s

Another busy month for Groby W.I. Margaret Gamble’s monthly report

The £44,000 bronze statue of Billy Fury, at Albert Dock, Liverpool zip broke, he whispered to her could she fix it with a safety pin as he couldn’t manage it. She refused, she had to draw the line somewhere she said but handed him a napkin to make his hurried escape to the gents where he collared some poor attendant to perform the task. She witnessed great family rows, red wine being thrown over a wedding dress and a wedding cake which the Chef quietly whispered to her he couldn’t possibly serve as it was mouldy. On a very hot day, a tiered cake made of chocolate just melted, the tiers sinking into one another. Marion just went on giving us one laugh after another. She finished off by showing the

contents of the small case she always carried around. There were the usual tights, belts, safety pins, prompt card, emergency items, even unmentionable items and of course a gavel. Marion was a great comic turn but looked so prim you wouldn’t have thought butter would have melted in her mouth.

Liverpool Trip Then we had our annual trip which this year was to Liverpool. Now it is years since I last visited there and how the place has changed, I think it’s fantastic, The coach dropped us by the Albert Dock. The Dock and its buildings have been completely renovated, all along side the waterways are

cafes with outdoor tables and chairs (especially lovely as it was glorious weather). On one whole side are the International Slavery and Merseyside Maritime Museums, all free. As is the norm we all did our own thing. My friend and I went into the Slavery Museum which was great but left us feeling terrible at how events like that could have happened, unfortunately in some places it still goes on. We then went on the Liverpool Wheel, similar to the London Eye. We had our own pod and they work on the same principle as fairground ferris wheels. We had wonderful views of the City and as far as the Welsh Hills. Some went on the Yellow Duckmarine (an amphibian small bus which ran along the road, down a slipway and into the water) or one of the many circular bus tours to see City sights. Others visited the two Cathedrals, Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story or Bug World. Two even took a train ride to Crosby to see the Antony Gormley figures in the sand which they thoroughly enjoyed. We heard music and followed the sound. A statue to Billy Fury was surrounded by dozens in teddy boy type clothes. It appeared that it would have been Billy’s 70 birthday and they were celebrating it. A very enjoyable trip.

Luncheon Club Our Luncheon Club was more local this time. We had a really lovely meal in Newtown Linford. I know I keep saying how everyone enjoyed themselves but it is true. The odd event doesn’t always come off but our event organisers just seem to have the knack of getting it right. Next month’s meeting on the 20th May is our Resolutions Meeting. As there is only one this year, there will be plenty of time to do something else. I haven’t a clue what that will be but you can be sure it will be fun.

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90th birthday celebrations of Mrs Kath Jones Kath Jones is a well known figure in Groby having lived in the area all her life, many years on Markfield Road, Groby and later in the centre of the village. A great number of people remember her as their very kindly dinner lady at Martinshaw School and also seeing her in many productions from the Groby Players, an alien from outer space (complete with bald head and Spock-like ears) and the Old Man of the Sea spring to mind. I received an invitation to attend the 90th birthday celebration for Kath Jones at Kilworth House Hotel on 17th April. “Afternoon tea 12.30 pm until the teapot runs dry” was the message on the card. However, knowing the Jones family, coupled the fact that her daughter Celia, together with Richard McKay own Kilworth House Hotel, I knew it would be special. The “afternoon tea” turned out to be a wonderful 5 course lunch and a scrumptious birthday cake! The weather was perfect and we began the celebrations with champagne on the terrace overlooking the beautiful grounds at Kilworth, followed by lunch which was served in the Orangery, decorated to their usual high standard. After the starter and main course, we were treated to a most amusing “This is Your Life” style show compiled and presented by Kath’s son, Alan and although he was only a

mere babe at the time, he told of Kath’s first driving lesson with policeman husband, Dennis, in charge. According to family legend, all went well until she was instructed to go straight on at the island – AND SHE DID! That was also her last lesson. I am not sure who made the decision, Kath or Dennis. When we were much younger I organised a drama group which provided entertainment at retirement homes etc and Kath was a member, having a good voice and being a good sport. For the party, Celia approached Beryl Miller, also an ex member, to trace the music of Kath’s speciality number, an old music hall song “My Mother said always look under the bed”. This was found in Beryl’s archives and, without hesitation, Kath sang three verses and three choruses without a copy of the words, although a necessary prop had to be found, a candlestick, but Kath firmly refused to begin until the candle had been lit. Celia (aka lighting manager) solved the problem and the show

went on. I did wonder what went through the mind of the pianist having entertained us with beautiful Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein etc. melodies, then having to lower the tone to a music hall song! Our thanks went to the Jones family, including all the very well-behaved children and the staff at Kilworth House who made the event so memorable, a fitting tribute to a lovely lady.

Evelyn Ward

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THOUGHT • New MS Centre in anstey • jottings • wi programme


Thought for the Month Nothing wrong

News in Brief with Norman Griffiths

There is nothing wrong. There is simply what is, and what you choose to make of it. If you spend all your energy on judgment, there’s no energy left for progress. And judgment doesn’t pay the bills. You have the opportunity to create something beautiful. It starts with accepting and valuing what already is. Life’s energy comes to you, and you can do with it whatever you please. Very little of what comes your way is under your control before it gets to you, but every bit of what you do with it is yours to decide. Instead of fighting battles that are already over, simply accept that things are as they are. Then look closely with a positive purpose, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities for creating meaningful value. Life is bringing you amazing possibilities right now. Let them come, let them be, and find joy in making the very best of them. Copyright 2010 Ralph S. Marston, Jr. Used by permission. Originally published in “The Daily Motivator” at

New centre improves support for people with Multiple Sclerosis A newly converted coach garage is set to provide people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) across Leicestershire better access to vital support as part of plans for a new drop-in centre. After 25 years as a storage facility, the building in Latimer Street Anstey has been renovated by the Leicester and District branch of the MS Society thanks to generous donations and fundraising by the local community and businesses. The new facility offers the use of a meeting room for approximately 50 to 60 people, fully fitted kitchen facilities and two disabled toilets and is the first phase of works set to make the building a hub for people affected by MS offering physiotherapy, exercise classes and information events. The long-term intention of the Branch Committee is to hire out the facilities to other community groups who need to hold meetings and classes. There is still some way to go before our plans are complete though with the addition of a lift and an upper floor with offices and therapy rooms. The premises will be open to everyone affected by MS, and we will be arranging information events for newly diagnosed MS patients and carers. We also hope to arrange fundraising events such as coffee mornings and jumble sales and occasional quiz evenings. We also hope to reach out to the wider community as well by offering space to meet and hold small events but will need to raise funds to continue renovating the second floor. The centre will now be used every Tuesday between 11am and 2 30pm as a drop-in centre for everyone affected by MS. For more information on the branch and what it can offer, please call 01509 414201 or email

Charity Cycle Ride At 6am on 5th June 2010, Steve Johnson the branch President, formerly the Tigers captain and the voice of rugby on Radio Leicester will be joining approximately 100 riders in a sponsored cycle ride to Skegness. He is being joined by many old Tigers rugby players (DROGLITES) It is hoped they will raise sufficient money for the Leicester and District Multiple Sclerosis Society, to complete the building work at the drop-in centre at Anstey. Some riders expect to complete the 92 miles in five hours, they hope to get there for dinner/supper at 6pm. If you wish to support them please give generously-you might even wish to join them? If you do please e-mail your details to martinjisaac2003@yahoo. and an application/sponsorship form will be forwarded to you. Please send any cheques to Martin Isaac, 22, Prince Drive, Oadby, Leicester. LE2 4SB. Please ensure that you give your full name, address and postcode in order that we can claim gift aid from the government.

Compost bins again The price of those subsidised compost bins that look like Daleks seems to vary from year to year. Last summer they were on offer for £13.50. This year the price is £12 including delivery for the 220 litre or £13.50 for the larger 330 litre version. If you need two or can share an order with a neighbour, the cost drops to £7.75 and £8.75 each as the second bin is half price and there’s only one delivery charge. Full details can be found on http://www.getcomposting. com.

Village sign proposal Following the involvement of local schools in designing a new village sign the Parish Council is close to making a decision on the one to be adopted. The Council plans to offer the schools that participated the gift of a tree to commemorate their involvement.

GE Sensing to get tough over employee car parking A representative from GE Sensing(Druck) attended the Parish Council meeting in April to explain the steps that are being taken to reduce the parking nuisance in the village. There has been criticism that the car park that was constructed to take cars off the road often has many empty spaces. “My commitment is that we will get very tough with our employees,” he said. He explained that many more permits had now been issued and dedicated name spaces created so that it would be easier to see who was not using the facility. In addition staff who park on the street are being encouraged to say where they park and to move their cars onto the car park if monitoring shows that space is available on any day. The idea of offsite parking and a shuttle bus service suggested in 2004 is being looked at.

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He also spoke of the involvement of the company in the community but had to deal with criticism of GE Sensing from a resident who is organising sporting facilities aimed particularly at young people. An approach had been made to the company to consider whether they could support the initiative but it took repeated emails and phone calls before any response could be obtained. It was alleged that the company had failed to act in a professional manner and the representative acknowledged that they appeared to have fallen short of their normal GROBY W I PROGRAMME FOR 2010 standards on this occasion. 21st January

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JOTTINGS FROM NORMAN • two local events


News in Brief with Norman Griffiths

Charnwood Borough Council causes electoral mix up Some voters in Groby who wanted a postal vote for the general election on May 6th were misinformed by Charnwood Borough Council. Groby falls within the Charnwood parliamentary constituency and recently cards were delivered to local households advising voters to contact the Charnwood Electoral Services at their office in Loughborough. Callers were then advised that this was incorrect and they should contact Blaby District Council, who then advised callers to contact Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Staff at Hinckley, who were not at fault, apologised for the mix up. There has been no response to enquiries about the matter from Charnwood Borough Council.

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theatre production • medals for local rowers Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group

Happy Campers Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group are busy rehearsing their next production - HAPPY CAMPERS - a comedy by Richard James. The production - directed by Anne Dobrowolska - is described as a comedy with a bite to it. The play tells the tale of a family gathering in the Yorkshire Countryside where they are meeting to carry out a very important task….but there are revelations all round! Performances run from 19th May to 22nd May at Thornton Community Centre, Main Street, Thornton. Curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £5 adults/£4 concessions and are available on 01455 822148 or from Sue & Lloyd’s Corner Shop, Main Street, Thornton.


Oliver Talbot is Rowing To Success! Oliver Talbot age 11 years from Groby has been rowing to success with fellow team mate Daniel Byrne. Both are members of the Leicester Rowing Club based on Upperton Road, Leicester. In March, a group of the juniors travelled to Cambridge to compete in the Cambridge junior sculling head where Oliver and Dan won a medal in the doubles. In April it was the the Annual Leicester Regatta seeing over 170 crews from around the country competing in some breathtaking races.The sun shone and the crowds were out in force to see an excellent day of superb competition and Dan won a double and the team won the Junior Victor Ludorum Cup for the most junior wins overall. Rowing is a sport of strength,skill, co-ordination and team spirit. Next race meet for Oliver and team mates is in Shrewsbury on May 16th. Good luck to all the juniors for another successful meet.

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Tony Robinson and Time Team visited Groby in April

Time Team visit Groby: 12th-15th April 2010 By Henry Sykes Channel 4’s time team visited Groby in April, and actor and presenter Tony Robinson spent the best part of a week filming an episode for what is to be the shows 18th series. A team of about 40 began work on 12thApril setting out to uncover as much as they could about the archaeology and history of the site in three days. Archaeologist Neil Finn showed me around the site saying the episode is to focus on a Motte and Bailey Castle and 13th Century Manor house all situated in the grounds of Groby Old Hall. The Castle, built in the late 11th century by Hugh de Grantmesnil, is thought to be on the site of an even earlier Saxon manorial complex. It was destroyed in 1172 on the orders of Henry II. The present Groby Old Hall dates from the 15th Century and was home to the Grey family while their home in Bradgate Park was constructed. Filming finished on 15 April for what promises to be an exciting episode. Those of you hoping to be caught on camera in the background shots will have to wait until 2011 to see yourselves. (Photos: Henry Sykes and Ted Hollick)

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Groby Allotment Society News From John Thornton

“Can Tony Robinson plant potatoes?”


he word went around the village like wild fire. Time Team are here and the camera helicopter is coming, Groby is at last recognised not only for the best allotments but its history. First it was a secret rumour which everyone knew about but don’t tell anyone ‘Time Team’ are coming to Groby. No it can’t be true people were saying, “what have we got?” Well actually we have got quite a lot, we were the home of the Greys and Ferrers families and have a Norman motte complete with an outer bailey and of course the allotments. A friend in the RFS who surveys for English Heritage and has contacts with the Team told me many months ago that it was likely. The down side was they may wish to investigate on the Orchard Close allotments which has a section of suspected ancient brick wall all of which is within the outer bailey. This depression runs up Markfield Road (hence the sunken road) across the plots then turns, under the bypass, back through the fields to return roughly in front of the Old Hall and back to Markfield Road. My comment was that they could work on the plots as long as they return them back to the condition as found. Then I wondered could Tony Robinson plant potatoes? He is good at digging things up but can he plant? However the occasion didn’t arise, they kept within the Hall grounds. The Village has not glazing must be witnessed such excitement for many polycarbonate, no bushes or trees years, the churchyard providing overhanging the boundary and a a grandstand for spectators; the clear metre of unimpeded walkway church has never had so many to all the inside boundary. These visitors. The spectacle of seeing basic rules will be enforced, so will a television programme being all plot holders please check and made and identifying many famous archaeologists and authors excited many people watching. Some Orchard Close plot holders were pleased that the activities were contained within the Hall Grounds as the plots are now being brought up to full cultivation for the season after a delayed start because of the cold weather. An inspection by The Health and Safety inspector on both sites (yes it applies to our allotment gardens) has revealed that work is needed to bring both sites to H&S standard. It all comes down to common sense really, no glass is to be stored on site unless it is being used in a cold frame or a shed, future

conform before another inspection. Allotments are not dumping grounds for domestic rubbish; we have spent many hundreds of pounds providing skips. So please help by identifying and removing

any rubbish on your plot to your home dustbin. The resent volcano activity has brought to the fore how much we rely on imported vegetables. A recent television Country File programme told us that the emerging nations that produce the food that we import would one day retain it to feed themselves. Where will we be then? Allotments will not feed the nation but those with them will benefit, our plots have never looked so productive. Professor Mick Aston is demonstrating to Tony Robinson how deep to replant potatoes if they have to dig on Orchard Close. On a newly acquired plot Mr. Pinnock – Thornton and family are digging for their own treasure, food grown by their own labours. What could be nicer? Will these children be the allotment holders of the future? Lets hope so.

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The Voices of the Valleys come to Loughborough on 22nd May

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happenings from the past 200 years ago - 3 May 1810 British poet Lord Byron swam across the Hellespont (now called the Dardanelles), a tumultuous four-mile strait in Turkey that links Europe to Asia. He did it to emulate the legendary Greek hero Leander 100 years ago - 1 May 1910 Halley’s Comet was a spectacular object in the sky throughout this month. The Earth passed through part of the comet’s tail on 18th May, leading to dire (but unfounded) predictions of death and destruction in the press 80 years ago - 24 May 1930 British aviator Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia 70 years ago - 15 May 1940 The first McDonald’s restaurant opened, in San Bernardino, California, USA 60 years ago - 9 May 1950 American writer L. Ron Hubbard published his book ‘Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health’ 50 years ago - 16 May 1960 The first working laser was demonstrated by Theodore Maiman at Hughes Research Laboratories, Malibu, California 40 years ago - 8 May 1970 The Beatles released their final album ‘Let It Be’ 30 years ago - 5 May 1980 Operation Nimrod – The British SAS stormed the Iranian embassy in London after a six-day siege 20 years ago - 30 May 1990 France banned the importation of British beef and live cattle because of fears over BSE (‘mad cow disease’) 10 years ago - 7 May 2000 Vladimir Putin was inaugurated as President of Russia

Letter from Uncle Eustace

On why Arts Festivals in church are a bad idea The Rectory St. James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren Your decision to hold a Summer weekend Arts Festival in church, bringing culture to your inner city streets, was most commendable. Pity, how it all turned out. The Friday evening started well with the concert of Scott Joplin piano music. Obviously knowing that the pieces were originally played in seedy bars on pianos wildly out of tune with several notes missing, your committee must have gone to endless trouble to find precisely the right instrument. Your stage hands, were, however, less careful and hadn’t noticed that the platform had a noticeable list to port. After each piece, the pianist had to relocate the piano stool closer to his nomadic piano, with the last piece being performed with both entirely out of sight behind the pulpit. It created much innocent entertainment for the audience, but the fault really should have been remedied before the Saturday evening choir concert. Discarded kneelers and rotting hymn books do not form a stable base for a stage supporting an 80-strong choir. So when it came to the enthusiastic rendering of hits from “Oklahoma”, with copious hand movements, it came as something of a relief that the stage took this as the moment to signal defeat, tipping the tenors behind the altar. The audience’s thunderous applause, assuming this was a carefully choreographed part of the performance, was quite touching. I am sure all the compensation claims will soon be sorted out. Your one great mistake was to take on responsibility for organising the refreshments afterwards. Church entertainments committees have centuries of collective experience in judging the numbers of ham sandwiches and bottles of milk required. I am forever proud that our own ladies – through years of experience – can now get 34 cups of tea from every tea bag and can butter bread so thinly that one pack can last several months. What you now do with 89 surplus loaves of bread is a problem you have brought upon yourself. You could possibly use them for supporting the stage next year.

Your loving uncle,


Newbold Verdon Open Gardens: 11th July On Sunday JULY 11th Newbold Verdon are having an Open Gardens Day from 11.00am - 6.00pm. There will be 12 gardens open. Various exhibitions in Village Churches. Lunches from 12.00 noon - 2.00pm. Teas and Live Music from 2.30pm at St James Church Hall. Library open in afternoon with children’s activities Programmes £3.00 on the day at St James Church Hall, Main St. Village Square.


Don’t Miss the Redgate Farm Fete & Garden Party! Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary is staging a Fete and Garden Party on Sunday 6th June 2010 between 11am and 3.30pm. There will be loads of attractions including Craft Stalls, Hot & Cold Food, Teddy Bear Tombola, Ice Creams, Bouncy Castle, Side Shows, Bric-A-Brac, Games, Raffle. It’s a day for the young and the young-at-heart! Entrance is FREE and there’s plenty of parking - access off Billa Barra Lane. If you would like to have a stall at the fete, please call the Sanctuary on 01530 243925 . There is no charge for participating stall-holders (although a donation towards the work of the Sanctuary would be more than welcome).

Forthcoming event at Mercenfeld Primary School Friday 9th JULY 2010 PARTY IN THE PLAYGROUND 7pm-10pm - Summer fund raising PTA event. Barbeque, Band & Boogie. Raffle Prize Draw, tombolas, and many more summer fair stalls To be held in the school grounds OAKFIELD AVENUE, MARKFIELD, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE67 9WG.

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plant sale on 15th may • TITANIC SECRETS • FUN DAY IN ROTHLEY

Groby Gardening Society NEWS From Alvar Johnson

At first glance it may seem strange to welcome a speaker to the Society who professed “to be no gardener”. At our April meeting, Val Williams came to talk about An English Country Garden. She then enthralled members with a magnificent slide show of flowers from a typical English garden that can be seen as the year’s seasons progress. One member was moved to announce that it was probably the best such slide show that she had seen. Hindsight suggests that Val was being somewhat modest in her admission of little gardening knowledge as her non-stop commentary included many plant names. However, it was obvious that her great love and expertise lay in the hobby of photography. She was keen to pass on tips about the techniques of capturing such stunning images.

Plant Sale at Groby Village Hall The delivery day for this edition coincides with our annual Plant sale. We are all keeping fingers crossed for another good turnout. Schedules for the Village Show on Saturday 21st August are available from the village library, or any committee member. Last month, I indicated some of the new classes for this year, but of course the backbone of the show remains the longstanding classes. These include five stems of penstemons, a single hosta leaf, a foliage plant and a cucumber. There are ninety one classes in all and all are aimed at ordinary domestic gardeners. Without the support of people willing to “give it a go”, the show would not continue. Let’s hope that all the regulars and many first-timers will come along with their exhibits. Sections include container plants, fruit and vegetables, flower arrangements, cookery and preserves, handicrafts, a floral section, a vegetable tray and a young person’s section.

Forthcoming events • May 15th Plant sale at The Village Hall June 10th Evening visit to Jackie and Gary Manship’s garden • July 8th Light-hearted quiz followed by scones (+ jam/cream) and strawberries and cream • July 9th/10th Hampton Court Flower Show/ overnight stay/ Waddesdon Manor trip • If any members have not managed to sign up for the evening visit and would like to be included, please give Alvar a ring. If you feel like becoming involved and sharing in our activities, we always welcome new members and casual guests at our monthly meetings that are held at 7.30pm on the second Thursday of the month, usually in the United Reformed Church rooms on Chapel Hill. Details about membership and the events programme can be obtained from Alvar Johnson. (Tel. No. 01162877870) or E mail

STRIDE Family Fun Day: Rothley Join us for our Family Fun Day and 5-A-Side football tournament on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May 2010 at Rothley Sports & Social Club, Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel.

Bouncy Castle • BBQ - 12pm - 2.30pm • Pony Rides • Penalty Shoot Outs • Facepainting • Bikini Car Wash • Fancy Dress Competition - Under 12’s • Raffle Prizes • Cake competition • Refreshments • Prize draw to win a car worth £3000 donated by STRIDE Automotive • Baked Bean Bath • Stocks • Hook a Duck • Plus much more! Adults £1.50 • Children FREE The 5 a Side football tournament starts at 11am and any teams wishing to enter can email or call 0116 223 0636. Entry price per team is £25. This is a fundraising event with all proceeds going towards helping David Robinson to get to America for treatment for his brain tumours. Please take a minute to visit David’s website for more awareness of this cause

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Who is best at the wheel? Children feel safer in the car when their mother is driving, according to a recent study by GEM Motoring Assist. Youngsters 5 to 16 said their fathers drove too fast, were more aggressive and lost their temper at the wheel. Six out of ten children said their mother’s driving was best, even though she was more likely to stall the car or find it hard to park.

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Quick Quiz: Test Your Brain! Think you’re clever? Then try this little quiz. 1.

Some months have 30 days, some months have 31 days. How many months have 28 days? 2. If a doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one pill every half hour, how long would it be before all the pills taken? 3. I went to bed at eight o’clock in the evening and wound up my clock and set the alarm to sound at nine o’clock in the morning. How many hours sleep would I get before being woken by the alarm? 4. Divide 30 by half and add ten. What do you get? 5. A farmer had 17 sheep. All but 9 died. How many live sheep were left? 6. If you had only one match and entered a COLD and DARK room, where there was an oil heater, an oil lamp and a candle, which would you light first? 7. A man builds a house with four sides of rectangular construction, each side having a southern exposure. A big bear comes along. What colour is the bear? 8. Take 2 apples from 3 apples. What do you have? 9. How many animals of each species did Moses take with him in the Ark? 10. If you drove a bus with 43 people on board from Leicester and stopped at Birmingham to pick up 7 more people and drop off 5 passengers and at Bristol to drop off 8 passengers and pick up 4 more and eventually arrive at Plymouth 20 hours later, what’s the name of the driver?

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LETTER Independent Age - can you help?

I have recently become a volunteer with independent Age, the UK-wide charity which helps to keep thousands of older people independent and out of poverty. I discovered from the Charity that 4 in 10 older people say that television is their main form of company and 1 in 10 say they are always lonely. There can be many reasons for this :- they may be the only surviving members of their family or circle, they may have lost their partner or may be new to the area. Yet they don’t have to feel that way as sometimes even the simplest gestures can help to brighten somebody’s day. Some of the people visited say that the most important thing they get from a volunteer is the contact, which can vary from popping in for tea and a chat to simply phoning them from time to time. Independent Age supports 5,600 older people throughout the UK and needs more people to get involved. You can choose to give as much or as little time as you have available but your involvement, whether to help raise vital funds or offer a friendly hand to some of the older people we support, could prove invaluable in helping to improve their life. If you would like to find out more about the volunteering opportunities with Independent Age, please contact local Area manager Nicola Franklin, on 0116 244 2220, or email Nicola.Franklin@independentage. Your help could provide a lifeline to older people in need, helping to dispel loneliness and keep them connected to their communities. Thank you.

Barbara Yates

1. All of them. Every month has at least 28 days. 2. 1 hour. If you take a pill at 1 o’clock, then another at 1.30 and the last at 2 o’clock, they will be taken in 1 hour. 3.1 hour. It is a wind up alarm clock which cannot discriminate between a.m. and p.m. 4. 70. Dividing by half is the same as multiplying by 2. 5. 9 live sheep. 6. The match. 7. White. If all walls face south, the house must be on the North Pole. 8. 2 apples. I HAVE 3 APPLES, YOU TAKE 2, WHAT DO YOU HAVE? 9. None. It was Noah, not Moses. 10. YOU are the driver.


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Live Archaeology Week at Calke Abbey Were you interested in the Time Team dig at the Old Hall in Groby? If so you might also be interested in the Live Archaeology week at Calke Abbey from 13th to 20th June. This is to celebrate the festival of archaeology and a range of archaeological activities for all ages will take place throughout the week, most of which will be hands on. In recent months I commented on happenings at National Trust properties further afield and here are a couple of updates. Wordsworth House in Cockermouth was badly affected by the floods in the Lake District. The main house from the ground floor up miraculously escaped the worst. However, the cellars and the ground floor of the shop and visitor reception were flooded, the property’s eight-foot oak gates were swept away, but have now been recovered and both the front and back gardens were destroyed. Also the famous terrace where William and Dorothy Wordsworth played as children will have to be demolished and rebuilt. In spite of the fact that there is still a lot of work to do the house reopened to the public on the published date of 13th March due to the exceptional hard work of an army of volunteers and some outside contractors. There is even an incredible photographic exhibition documenting the flood and its aftermath. I have also recorded that the National Trust was purchasing Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, an 18th Century mansion designed by Sir John Vanbrugh. That purchase is now complete and the Hall opened to the public on 1st May. Although some restoration work is required the hall and gardens are open as well as the tearoom. Now details of a property purchased by the Trust in 2002, Tyntesfield, a large Victorian Gothic Revival country house just off the M5 near Bristol. Renovation work has recently commenced on the roof and scaffolding 55 metres wide and 22 metres high has been erected to facilitate the work. Usually visitors would be kept away but this summer in addition to visiting the house and grounds you will also be able to climb the scaffolding (via a staircase) to view the work at close quarters. So if you are on holiday in any of these areas of the country why not visit these interesting properties. For more information on the Leicester Association of National Trust members and its Talks Service for other organisations call, 0116 222 9133.

Alan Tyler, Chairman, NT Leicester Association

Groby Village Society Programme for 2010 Thursday May 27

The History of the Cinema in Leicester

Thursday June 24

Understanding Boundary Features and the Landscape Mr. Trevor Parr

Thursday July 22

The Victorian Internet

Mr. Graham Fortey

Thursday August 26

An Armchair Tour of Old Nottingham

Mr. Robert Gregory

Mr. Brian Johnson

Thursday September 23 The Great Plague

Mrs. Sally Henshaw

Thursday October 28

Mrs. Virginia Wright

In the Steps of Susannah Watts

Thursday November 25

Canal Boat People

Mrs. Wendy Freer

Thursday December 23

The Christmas Truce 1914

Mr. Peter Cousins

Meetings are 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


New & Future Releases on DVD It’s Complicated (15) Two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin star in this hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between. With a thriving bakery, a new romance and her divorce finally behind her, Jane Adler (Streep) has her life all figured out… until her exhusband Jake (Baldwin) decides he’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

Sherlock Holmes (15) On a quest to solve a string of mysterious and brutal murders, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and his trusted ally Watson (Jude Law) plunge into a world of dark arts and startling new technologies, where logic, and a good right hook, are the best crime fighting weapons. Explosive action, baffling mystery and astonishing intrigue follow the two in a race to uncover and foil a terrifying plot that threatens to destroy the country. Director Guy Ritchie helms the all-action adventure reintroducing the great detective to the world. Robert Downey Jr. is the new Sherlock Holmes.

Did You Hear About The Morgans? (PG) Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker play an estranged husband and wife, both die-hard New Yorkers; while trying to patch things up, they witness a murder and have to go into witness protection in backwater Wyoming. Encounters with bears, bingo, and rodeo clowns ensue.

Alice in Wonderland

(PG) Inviting and magical, Alice In Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – Alice In Wonderland is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.

Wolfman (15) Inspired by the classic Universal film that launched a legacy of horror, The Wolf Man brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic origins. Oscar winner Benicio del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother... and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.

If it weren’t for electricity we’d all be watching television by candlelight.



Music in the Mead

AN EXCITING range of musical performances will take place in the bandstand in Hinckley’s Argents Mead throughout the summer, with something guaranteed to suit every age and taste.

National Family Week 31st May – 6th June 2010

The season opens on Saturday 22 May and continues until Saturday 5 September and includes the sounds of rock, pop, indie, popular classics, jazz, swing, soul, blues and even oompah. July is Summer Festival month, with a performance on every Saturday of the month. The concert series has been organised by the Borough Council and all the performances are from 1pm to 3pm and free of charge. Refreshments will also be available this year, provided by a variety of local charitable organisations. The programme is as follows: Saturday 22 May – Citizens of Swing - A 7-piece swing band, playing tunes from the 40s and 50s Saturday 5 June - The Enderby Wind Band - A traditional concert band performing a wide range of popular and classical band music. Saturday 19 June – Swinging Bass - A professional jazz and dance quintet Saturday 3 July – The Kez - A 60s and 70s rock n roll band playing Elvis, The Beatles, T Rex, Mud, Sweet and more. Saturday 10 July – The Kosmiks - Irish jigs and reels, as well as popular Irish folk tunes. Saturday 17 July – Little Boy Blue - A 5-piece rhythm and blues band playing a variety of blues, soul and rock and roll.

Saturday 24 July - Phoenix - A local 5-piece band playing a mix of rock and pop covers and original songs. Saturday 31 July – Von Winkler’s Bavarian Band - An authentic sound of the Bavarian Alps. Saturday 14 August – Rocking 60s - Music from the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll. They also all have the distinction of being within their 60s. Saturday 5 September – Kids in Cars - A local 5-piece indie rock band

For more information contact Paula Padmore on 01455 255856 or visit the council’s website at: www. events_calendar.asp

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A number of activities and events are taking place across the county to celebrate National Family Week. National Family Week is the UK’s largest annual celebration of family life aiming to highlight the importance of quality time together and promote the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Leicestershire and Rutland Sport are also running a competition to find the county’s most active family. For the chance to win great prizes just send us your family’s story, in 100 words or less, with details of how you are all active together and the benefits that it brings. For more information visit

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Blaby Probus Club for retired business people Have you recently retired from business and enjoying your new lifestyle, but feel you would like to be involved in spending a few hours a month, in the company of others who have also move into the ‘Autumn’ of their life? We ‘Probians’ have the perfect answer for you by joining our ‘Blaby Probus Club’, it is a friendly gathering of retired business people, (ladies and gentlemen) who meet on the third Thursday each month for an enjoyable luncheon with a speaker to follow. The Westfield Hotel Blaby is where we hold our monthly meetings and where you will be sure to receive a very warm welcome. As many of you will have endured a stressful business life, you are entitled to relax and enjoy yourself in the slower lane. Probus could become a small part of your well deserved retirement. We also have a social side to the club, which caters for trips to various venues, nothing too hectic for we ‘Golden Oldies ‘. There is nothing pretentious about our meetings; we just enjoy our friendly get together. Should you be interested in joining us, please telephone for more information from: Richard Vincent 0116 2871116 or Ray Newcombe 0116 2774382

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Drop a line to Groby & Field Head Spotlight, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leices. LE67 9ZT or email:


Deadline of 25th June

Funding for small creative businesses

Free seminars outlining funding options for small arts, design and media businesses are taking place across Leicestershire and Rutland in the next few months. These events are hosted by Creative Leicestershire and will outline the different types of finance available such as grants and loans plus what funders are looking for. There will be information on specific schemes including Creative Leicestershire’s bursary scheme plus Inspire Leicestershire’s grants for rural businesses, and funds from Arts Council England, Princes Trust and Business Link. The seminars will take place on: • Tuesday 18 May at Catmose Gallery, Catmose Community College, Cold Overton Rd, Oakham, Rutland LE15 6NU. • Tuesday 8 June at The Factory, Spencer St, Hinckley LE10 1QH All seminars start at 6.00pm and end at approx 8.00pm Creative Leicestershire’s Development Bursary Scheme has a deadline of 25 June. The schemeis open to any small Leicestershire/ Rutland-based arts, design or media business with 3 employees or less which has been trading for over a year. You can apply for up to £2,500. More information on the scheme is on the funding pages of

To book on to any of these free events please email

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Leicester City Ladies (u16’s) looking for new sponsor & players for next season

MUSIC CENTRE Stereo (tuner, amplifier, CD player, tape recorder & 2 speakers). Price: £25ono, Slide PROJECTOR & screen. Price: £10, BATHROOM CABINET mahogany. Price: £5. T: 0116 231 4862.

Advertise your items for sale FREE. Send us the details, cost of item and your contact phone number for the display box, together with your home address for our purposes only (not for publication). Max FOUR items, please. Max price asked: £300 Our address is: Groby & Field Head Spotlight, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or email:

Leicester City Ladies (U16’s for next season) are looking for a sponsor for next season. If you are a local business and would be interested in sponsoring the team kit please give us a call. We are also looking to recruit additional players to our successful squad in preparation for next season.If you are currently in years 9 or 10 and are interested in coming down for a trial/training session. Please contact us on 01530 243172.

The Princess and the Pea Saturday, 5th June at The Palace, 57 High Street, Ibstock LE67 6LH The Banyan Theatre Company presents ‘The Princess and the Pea’. (Suitable for 2+) Once upon a stormy night, while the wind and the rain were howling outside, the Royals were all tucked up warm in bed. Suddenly there came a knock at the door and a very wet, very untidy girl was brought inside. This quirky and inventive adaptation of Hans Andersen’s bedtime tale is played out among sheets and blankets with puppets, objects and dreamlike projections. Performance starts at 3pm. Tickets: Under 5’s -free, £3 child / adult, £10 family of 4. Contact Kelly Baker on 01530 454830 or for tickets.


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Saturday 5th June, 2010 9am to 1pm Copt Oak Memorial Hall Field – LE67 9QB next to Copt Oak Pub STALLS set up 8am PUBLIC admission 9am CARS £5 CARS WITH TRAILERS £8 VANS £10 Entrance 50p - children free Booking advisable @ 0116 2674 746 Refreshments available Proceeds in aid of St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

LETTER The Friendship Force of Leicestershire I am writing on behalf of a Leicestershire organisation The Friendship Force of Leicestershire. The organisation is world-wide and there are 20 clubs in the UK.

Our aim is to spread peace and friendship globally. This is done by hosting groups from other countries in the world, and by our group travelling to many different countries. During the course of these ‘exchanges’ we learn a lot about one another, and begin to understand other cultures. In May we shall be hosting a group from Hiroshima in Japan. Some of the ‘ambassadors’ (visitors) will be staying in Markfield and the whole group will get together at a member’s home in Markfield for a typical ‘English cream tea’. We hope that our Japanese visitors will enjoy this experience as much as our members enjoyed attending tea ceremonies in Japan when the Leicestershire group visited Osaka. Our outward exchange later this year will be to USA and Mexico.

Pamela Sutton

President of The Friendship Force of Leicestershire






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WORDSEARCH COMPETITION 1st Prize: A SUNDAY LUNCH FOR TWO plus Word Search Puzzle a Bottle of House Wine at The Plough, Ratby! 2nd Prize: A £10 DVD Hire Voucher to Spend at Glenfield Moviezone!
















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CENTAUR CERBERUS Address: ................................................................................................ CYCLOPS GORGON .................................................................Postcode: ............................. HOBGOBLIN INCUBUS If you can spot the names of 12 Legendary Creatures in the LEPRECHAUN Wordsearch grid above, you could win a SUNDAY LUNCH FOR MERMAID TWO plus a Bottle of House Wine at The Plough, Burroughs MINOTAUR Road, Ratby (see ad on page 30) - or a £10 DVD Hire Voucher to spend at Glenfield Moviezone (see ad on page 21). UNICORN AllVAMPIRE you have to do to go into the draw is find - and mark a line through - the names of 12 Legendary Creatures. These can run vertically, ZOMBIE horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your marked entry forms to: LEGENDS! Groby & Field Head  Spotlight, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Thursday 3rd  June 2010. Please remember to fill in your name and address. The sender of the first correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the Meal at The Plough and the sender of the second will win the Moviezone DVD hire voucher. Good luck!

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT There’s always lots happening at your local pubs and clubs. Rather than sitting in front of the goggle box, why not nip out for some live entertainment, or take part in a quiz, or play Bingo! Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Club Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287-1809 NOTICE TO MEMBERS New Members Welcome Fri 14 May: PHIL-SKI Sat 15 May: OWEN Sun 16 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 21 May: STEVE BEECH Sat 22 May: CHRIS ROBIN Sun 23 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 28 May: GEE’N’US Sat 29 May: DAVE B Sun 30 May: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 4 June: The GREAT GABBO Sat 5 June: ALAN TURNER (X Factor) Sun 6 June: Super Sunday ‘50’ Fri 11 June: COLIN WINDER Sat 12 June: DANNY GRANT Sun 13 June: Super Sunday ‘50’

The Stamford Arms Leicester Road, Groby Tel: 0116 287 5616.

Sat 15 May: HAZZARD Sat 22 May: (No ‘Band’ 2nite) Sat 29 May: TRIBUTE ~ PLANET ABBA+Support (Ticket:£10 ~ Buy in Advance) Sats Entertainment in June on hold~World Cup on Wide Screen. KARAOKE ~ Every Wed OPEN MIC ~Every Thurs JAZZ ~ Every Sun 3-6pm QUIZ – General Knowledge + Find the Joker ~ EVERY Sun QUIZ – Music ~ EVERY Tues

The Brant Inn Leicester Road, Groby LE6 0DU T: 0116 287 2703 Fri Fri Fri Fri Fri

21 May: LIVE BAND 21 May: (also) Psychic Nite 28 May: KARAOKE (Classic) 4 June: ALAN JONES 11 June: KARAOKE (Tim)

The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats: 15th & 29th May (’King of the Road’) Sundays: QUIZ Night

The Plough Inn Burroughs Road, RATBY. T: 0116 239 2103

EVERY Tues ~ QUIZ Sat 15 May: FORGOTTEN SUN Wed 19 May: AMERICAN Custom & Classic Car Show Sat 5 June: DERELICT (Classic Punk & Rock Covers) (See Advert Page 30)

The Charnwood Arms Bardon. T: 01530 813644 TRIBUTE NIGHT:FREDDIE MERCURY Fri 28 May: £10 Ticket (Includes Supper & Disco) Every MON Night:- POKER (Tournament) Free~Starts 7pm.

Forest Hill Golf & Country Club, Markfield Lane, Botcheston Tel: 01455 824 800 Mon 31 May: FAMILY Fun Day FREE Entry ~ 12 – 6pm.

Bagworth WMC Station Road, Bagworth T: 01530 230 205 New Members Welcome Sat Eve Entertainments. Fri 28 May: Tick Tock Rock (£3 on the door) Every Wed: Tea Dance 2-4pm £1 Incl.Tea & Biscuits.

Old Thatched Inn, Stanton. The Field Head Hotel T: 01530 242460 Sat 15 May: UNPLUGGED Markfield Markfield Puzzlemaker atLane, Sat 22 May: THE MARTINS Tel: 01530 245454

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TRIBUTE Nights All £2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 14 May: MOTOWN S/down Fri 28 May: TAKE THAT Every 2nd Tues: QUIZ Nite

(See Advert on Page 4)

All information correct at time of going to print.

Last Issue’s TWO Winners Last issue’s first prize winner was MRS.GILLIAN WINFIELD of Ratby Lane, Field Head. You win a £20 Dining Voucher to spend at Broughtons Luxury Coffee Lounge, Cropston Road, Anstey. The winner of the second prize - a £10 DVD Hire Voucher to spend at Glenfield MovieZone - was MRS. SUSAN L. SMITH of Highfield Road, Groby. Congratulations! Your vouchers will be with you within 21 days.

I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.



Grants available from Leicester Rural Partnership Leicester Rural Partnership has announced the availability of £400,000 worth of funding to support businesses in Leicestershire’s market towns and rural areas up to October 2012.

The INSPIRE Leicestershire programme will provide much needed support to help deliver the Leicestershire Rural Partnership’s economic priorities. A major element of the programme is the provision of grants direct to individual businesses. In total £400,000 of funding is available across 5 priority grant schemes. These include:

• Shop Front Improvement Grant • Working Over the Shop (WOTS) Grant • Rural Redundant Buildings Grant • Rural Visitor Grant • Equestrian Development Grant Full details about this element of the INSPIRE programme, including the funding criteria, eligibility and application process, can be found on the LRP’s Oakleaves website at For more information about funding available through the Leicestershire Rural Partnership please contact either Fiona Walker (Rural Services Officer) 0116 305 5673, or Tom Fisher (Rural Economy Officer) 0116 305 7034.

Glenfield Millennium Green News

If you have passed the Green recently you will have noticed the hedge, cut and laid in February, is now looking green again. We would like to thank Leicestershire County Council for a Stepping Stones Grant towards the cost of this and Steve Budding for doing the work so promptly. The daffodils will be over when you read this and the large area of the Green has had its first mow of the year. The dry, sunny weather after Easter has encouraged more families than usual, for the time of year, to enjoy the open space. Several picnics have already taken place and while we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves we would appreciate it if left over food was wrapped securely or taken away from the site. The bins are not emptied by the District Council but by volunteers and food waste is not pleasant to handle. The Gardening Group meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month and more help is always welcome. We also need more helpers for our fundraising activities. If you would like to help please phone 0116 2991868 or 0116 2879705.

Annual Plant Sale Our annual Plant Sale is taking place on the morning of Saturday May 22nd from 10.30am to 12.30pm on the Millennium Green. We welcome any spare plants that you do not need. You can bring them along on the morning or phone 0116 2991868 if you need us to arrange collection before the day. Tea and coffee will be available and let’s hope the sun shines! The Summer Garden Party will take place on Saturday July 10th from 3.00pm. There will be more details in next month’s Spotlight.

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It is a little-known fact that Numbers play an important role in our lives. A personal Numerology Chart is made up from your Birth Date and your Full Name that appears on your Birth Certificate. A sample can be seen on together with more information. Chart (Only) Cost is £20 Chart with Phone Consultation after you’ve received and read your Chart is £30. T: 0775 192 5247



As part of our aftercare service, we now offer a monthly Bereavement Aftercare & Support Group, which has been set up to provide a FREE support service, not just to our clients, but to ANY bereaved person, irrespective of their age, creed, religion and length of bereavement. The group meets on the 1st Saturday of every month (except at Bank Holidays) in the catering suite at Anstey & District Funeral Services between 10am and 12noon.

Next dates: Sat 5th June 2010 and Sat 3rd July ARRAN BRUDENELL, Tel: 0116 234 0548

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Memorial safety testing I’m writing in response to the letter from a local resident which appeared in the last edition of the Spotlight regarding memorial safety testing in the village cemetery. Although the memorials in the cemetery were purchased by, and are the responsibility of, the owners the Parish Council has a statutory duty to ensure that the cemetery is a safe place to work in (for its employees and contractors) and to visit. This is no different to any other workplace or anywhere visited by members of the public. An important part of this is, of course, memorial safety. The costs of undertaking the survey are very modest in comparison to the potential legal costs and damages of a successful legal claim against the council in the event of a personal injury shown to be the result of negligence on behalf of the Parish Council. Needless to say the cost of any such claim would fall to local taxpayers. I’m afraid that there were more than “a couple of wobbly memorials”. Twelve memorials failed the safety test in the village cemetery. It also takes a good deal more than “a bag of ready mix concrete” to put things right, as I am sure the owners of the memorials which have failed the test will attest to.

Jack Fargher, Clerk to the Parish Council

Manners - What Manners? I would like, through your magazine, to express my heartfelt thanks to all members of Dance Sensation for the superb show which I was privileged to attend on Saturday afternoon, 1st May at Groby Community College. However, the rudeness exhibited by some members of the audience was disgraceful. Within 5 minutes of the start of the show, what appeared to be a sponsored walk began, with children, mostly of school age, repeatedly going in and out while dancers were performing. The compere did attempt to control the situation by appealing at the commencement of the second half, for anyone needing to leave the auditorium only to do so between dances in order to minimise disturbance to the dancers and to the audience. This lasted only for the duration of the first song, then the “walk” resumed. (What were they doing during the interval I wonder). The final insult was a man at the front of the audience using a mobile phone during the finale. No – this was not London theatre production. Had it been, I have no doubt that the offenders would have been asked to leave and not return. Yet every one of those dancers, and everyone associated with that production put every bit as much effort into the show. (They must have wondered why they were bothering) So sincere congratulations to dance Sensation for another stunning show. To anyone thinking of attending one of their productions, you are in for a treat, but PLEASE - respect costs nothing.

Mrs W M Lee, Groby Eighth Page

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Uppingham Summer School Courses If you are looking for a local mini-break that will teach you a skill or develop a hobby – then do have a look at what’s on offer at Uppingham Summer School. Residential and non-residential courses are on offer. They vary from Bridge, 3 Language Courses, Glass Painting, Cricket, Tennis and more. Contact Details & Website: - T: 01572 820800, 34 Stockerston Road, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9UD.

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TWO MONTHS WORTH OF Local crime figures • BOOK about WORK


Crime Figures for March & April March 2010 crime figures for Groby and Field Head The following incidents were reported to the Police in the local area during March 2010. Description


Field Head

House Burglaries Actual: Windsor Avenue, Sycamore Drive Attempted: None

2 Actual 0 Attempted


Garage, Shed, Outbuilding Burglaries Actual: None Attempted: None

0 Actual 0 Attempted


Theft of Motor Vehicle: Stamford Drive



Theft from Motor Vehicle: Stamford Drive



Damage to Motor Vehicle: Not known



Non-Domestic Assaults



Robbery: None



Crimes That Don’t Affect Residents Homes or Cars



TOTAL (Actual)



TOTAL (Attempted)



Theft: 9 / Damage: 2 / Other: 14

April 2010 crime figures for Groby and Field Head The following incidents were reported to the Police in the local area during April 2010. Description


Field Head

House Burglaries Actual: Bradgate Hill, Forest Road, Oakmeadow Way, Beacon Close, Hilary Crescent Attempted: None

5 Actual 0 Attempted


Garage, Shed, Outbuilding Burglaries Actual: Bradgate Hill, Newtown Linford Lane, White House Close Attempted: None.

3 Actual 0 Attempted


Theft of Motor Vehicle: Oakmeadow Way



Theft from Motor Vehicle: Newtown Linford Lane, Markfield Road



Damage to Motor Vehicle: None



Non-Domestic Assaults



Robbery: None



Crimes That Don’t Affect Residents Homes or Cars



TOTAL (Actual)



TOTAL (Attempted)



Theft: 5 / Damage: 4 / Other: 17


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Please note within the other crimes Police now log incidents of reported anti social behaviour that was previously unrecorded in the crime figures. Because of the additional reporting this is why this figure has increased and will continue to stay at a higher level unless incidents of anti social behaviour are reduced. The figure along side other is also specific to other crimes that do not affect the intrusion into residents properties such as home out buildings or motor vehicles such as fraud etc and should not be seen as purely incidents of anti social behaviour. I am sure Pc Kelly will update you more thoroughly in one of his next Police report updates for you shortly on the change to reporting types of incidents.

Local crime news in more detail is available at Information supplied by Martin Cartwright - Secretary - Groby Branch Neighbourhood Watch - Tel: 0116 2874500 • Mobile: 07850 707050 Email:

In An Emergency dial 999. Contact the local police on 0116 222-2222. CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555111 Next Meeting: Thursday 10th June 2010 at 7.30pm at Groby Village Hall, New room to the rear of the main hall. Everyone welcome

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