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MAY 2013

Bagworth Twilighters raise £500 Charity & Thornton Family Parish Council Disco & Precept Setting 2013/14


BAGWORTH & THORNTON Parish Council recently received a complaint that the precept it had set resulted in the Council Tax demand and band D was amongst the highest in the county and that the overall increase in the band D requirement was over 9%. Whilst this is true this simple fact overlooks the significant changes made by central government to the funding of Council Tax benefit which is now funded by District Councils. Although the Councils receive a grant to assist with funding benefit, the amount made available by the government is not sufficient to cover the amount paid out. Consequently all precepting authorities have been asked to share the burden of the deficit. The Parish Council precept for 2013-14 is £89,709, in 2012-13 it was £90,000. Whilst the precept has marginally decreased the amount payable by households has increased due principally to fund Council Tax benefit. The Council carefully examined all elements of expenditure and concluded that no realistic savings could be made. Additionally the Council’s reserve funds had shrunk to a dangerously low level for a number of reasons and it was essential that a contingency reserve was established to ensure the Council was able to meet its financial obligations. This has been achieved without an increase in the precept.

South Charnwood High School staff raised over £500 in aid of Loros by completing the Twilight Walk on Saturday 13th April 2013. The ladies (pictured above) are all Learning Support Assistants, apart from Kathryn Juszkiewicz, who is an English teacher and Head of Year at the school. The ladies received sponsorship from friends, family and colleagues at the school and all completed the course successfully. Congratulations to them all. The Twilight walkers from left to right: Amanda Burgess, Gina Barnes, Megan Clay, Kathryn Juszkiewicz, Sarah Brackett, Becky Crayfourd, Sheryl Kidd, Barbara D’Amore

Saturday 11th May 7.30pm Till Late At Markfield Community Centre, Markfield Tickets £2 Per Person Come along and enjoy a good night and help raise money for a great charity. Everyone welcome. There’s a raffle, tombola plus more. A guest star from Leicester City Football Club will be attending. All proceeds are going to Cancer Research 1089464 For tickets contact Diane: 07748 915829

Waddo’s Upbeatles and an Enge tribute! The fabulous Upbeatles, great supporters of county charities, are returning to Thornton Club on Friday 31st May to give a fund-raising concert of 1960’s music in aid of two local causes. Also appearing will an Engelbert Humperdinck tribute act. SEE PAGE 16 FOR MORE DETAILS ...

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Markfield Library Mega Book & DVD Sale! Head over to Markfield library and bag yourself a bargain! Our sale includes both adult and children stock and will be held from Saturday 4th of May until Saturday 18th of May. Stock up your book shelves with popular authors and recent best sellers and check out our ex-rental DVDs and talking books too. All items are very reasonably priced - don’t miss our bargain book sale! For more information call the library on: 0116 3053642. Leicestershire libraries offer free access to books and learning resources. They also promote the value of literacy through reading, and offer informal learning opportunities for residents and community groups. Alongside books, libraries offer free use of internet ready computers and music and films for hire from as little as £1 per week. Did you know that Leicestershire has: • 54 libraries and 6 mobile libraries • Nearly 4 million library visitors • Over 400 library computers • Around 24,000 DVDs to rent • Nearly 790,000 books to borrow For more information please visit:

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May Fayre Saturday 11th May at Congregational Church Hall from 10.30 am till 1.30 pm

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Drop in to the Christian Aid Coffee Morning on Saturday 25th May at the Congregational Church Hall, Main Street, Markfield 10am to 12 noon Everyone welcome

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Markfield Rangers secure County Cup victory Markfield Rangers 3 – 1 Gaunt FC The saying goes that ‘you wait all day for a bus and then two come along at once’. Well Markfield Rangers waited nearly 35 years for their first silverware, The William Davis Trophy, and just one season later they are the best the County has to offer.

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Their opponents, Gaunt FC, came into the game full of confidence. So much confidence in fact that they had booked out the function room of their local club for an all night ‘victory party’ (lets hope that the deposit was refundable). Initially though, this confidence seemed to be well placed as the early stages of the game were dominated by Gaunt. Assisted by the sort of wind that hasn’t been seen since Kansas in the 1930’s, Gaunt had two great chances. The first was a header from a corner that was smartly saved by Jamie Staples, followed by a one on one that went narrowly wide after some neat work from the Gaunt striker. Markfield grew into the game and nearly took the lead themselves when Adam Eames’s header was cleared off the line. The Rangers weren’t to be denied for long though as Byron Quilter calmly slotted home to give them the lead. For those keeping count, that’s two goals in two cup finals for Quilter. From here on in the Rangers never looked back as they doubled their lead shortly after. Good work from Adam Eames led to a teasing cross that was met by Ben Cooper, who rounded the keeper before slotting the ball into an empty net. The Rangers finished the half strongly but struggled in the wind to create any more clear cut chances. Gaunt came out of the traps quickly in the second half as they desperately searched for the goal that would bring them back into the game. Solid defending from the Rangers back line ensured they saw out the early periods without giving away any real chances for the opposition. In fact it was Markfield that nearly extended their lead as Paul Pallet narrowly missed from 40 yards and then hit the post after a strong run into the box. Jack Fletcher saw his long range effort well saved before Paul Pallet finally got the third goal the Rangers had been looking for. Pallet weaved his way into the box before hitting the post and clinically dispatching the rebound. Gaunt managed to pull one back in injury time but the Rangers were not to be denied their second trophy in two seasons. A huge congratulations goes to the players and staff at Markfield Rangers for this tremendous achievement. Markfield Rangers would like to dedicate this victory to the memory of ‘Nobby’ Clarke, who contributed so much to sport in the local area and sadly passed away last year. Team: Jamie Staples, Tom Grew, Ben Cooper, Joe Clayton, Nathan Baker, Gaf Brown, Jack Stafford (Aden Bates), Jack Fletcher (Ben Richardson), Adam Eames (Callum Rousseau), Byron Quilter and Paul Pallett Subs not used: Andy Eames and Jack Richardson

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 Memories Charity Dance at Bagworth WMC

Take your partners This is the final reminder for the Charity dance on Friday 10th May at 8.00 pm at the Bagworth Working Men’s Club.

Of all of the charity dances that occur during the year, this one is called ‘Memories’ because the event is in memory of friends and club members who have supported the club over the years. The beneficiaries of the ‘Memories’ charity dance this year is ‘Prostaid’, a very worthwhile local charity. They offer local support, information, befriending and raise awareness of Prostate Cancer. They also fund two Prostate Cancer specialist nurses, one at the point of diagnosis and one working in the community giving palliative care for local men with advanced prostate cancer (the first nurses of their kind in the UK). In addition they fund new treatment equipment for local hospitals. Tickets cost £2.50 and can be bought on the door. There will also be a raffle and bingo at this event. This is always a good night which is enjoyed by everyone who attends. The next social dance at the club is on Saturday 18 May also beginning at 8pm. The cost of this dance is £1.50 which is usually paid by most people on the door. This is also a very enjoyable evening. Information: 01530 230467.

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Get involved in Local and Community History! Have you been inspired by the discovery of Richard III, or always wanted to trace your family tree? If so, Local and Community History Month is for you. Throughout May you can take part in an exciting range of events and learning activities across Leicestershire to find out more about local and family history. See new exhibitions, enjoy fascinating talks and guided walks, or take inspiration from the past in a creative taster session, in areas such as writing, jewellery making, painting, drawing and textiles. View the full programme of events or visit the website ( to find out how you can get involved.

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Markfield’s Main Street is being brought back to life Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald It looks as if the blight, which has afflicted Markfield’s Main Street, may be coming to an end at long last. Development is seemingly taking place down the whole street, hopefully bringing back to life key commercial sites and returning the street to something of its former glory. The once busy commercial heart of an extended community has clearly been in the doldrums, much to mine and many others’ frustration. Once boasting many shops and community facilities, it has in recent years been a pale imitation of its former self. The hard efforts of existing shops and businesses has been hampered by the lack of progress at key sites which one hopes is now coming to an end. At the Red Lion, building works are underway to turn this once venerable drinking house into a new Indian restaurant and public house. The works are creating a bigger ground floor for the restaurant. Opposite the Red Lion we see the former Miner’s Welfare and Memorial Hall. The building has been empty for some years and was sold with planning permission for three terraced houses. The buyer of the site however had different ideas and pursued a plan to turn the Institute into business use and construct two separate dwellings. Although not a fan of the plans (due to the lack of public access to the land at the rear) it does mean the site will see redevelopment and new opportunities. Final approval was granted for this site last year and we could perhaps see something happening this year. Further down the street, we see that that the former Masons chemist building which has been empty for a few years awaiting sale, is at last now under offer, hopefully meaning a sale is imminent. What the new owner intends for the old chemists is not known, but it is a key site and sits, of course, next to the Coop. There was plenty of commercial interest in the building but only on a rental basis, which is understandable in the current economic climate. Suggested uses had included a restaurant, discount store and specialist retailer. It is well placed with good proportions and

street scene. All told this is an exciting development which will clearly improve the area but one which has seemingly taken an age to get off the ground. It would however appear that, at last, some movement is being seen to get things underway. Let’s just hope this is not just another false dawn as the scale of this redevelopment makes it somewhat critical to the economic vitality of the area. Opposite the Coop, sits the small stand-alone white building that has no name. It has been many different things in my lifetime. I can think of hairdresser, grocer, flower shop, equine goods, and latterly Bradgate home care. So signs of redevelopment at the site are to be welcomed, and a bonus, although I am again unsure what will be unveiled and when. In total if all these developments progress as expected it will be transformative for the Main Street and the community, bringing some new jobs, more choice and an improved appearance. The old saying however is not to count one’s chickens, before the eggs are hatched. Let’s hope this time we see this early promise made good for everybody.

has always presented plenty of opportunity for the right buyer. It is the Coop which many people are interested in simply because it is one of the most frequented shops in the vicinity. Since the Coop purchased the George public house, it has always been a question of when they might begin the redevelopment of the site. To recap: the plans approved at the Borough Council, involve the Coop refurbishing and redeveloping the old George building. Entrance to the new larger store will be from the side

and a new car park will be created with 25 parking spaces. The side entrance should make it less attractive to park on the street to shop reducing congestion. To the rear will also be 4 new houses. Once the new store is built, the next stage of the development involves the knocking down of the existing Coop store. This phasing allows the Coop to continue trading, as the new store will be open prior to demolishing the old one. The old Coop will then be replaced with two new terraced houses complementing the existing

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FREE adult cycling courses in your area!

Little Markfield Farm Open Day 2013

Free adult cycling courses are being run across the county this spring, summer and autumn. The courses, run by Leicestershire County Council, are aimed at developing confidence and skills for riding both on and off the road. They are ideal for people who have never been on a bike before, riders who want to improve their confidence and people who haven’t cycled for years. Training is delivered by experienced instructors qualified to a national standard. Participants don’t need their own bike as bikes and helmets can be hired, subject to availability, for a small, refundable deposit. Last year over 350 people took part in the courses across Leicestershire. Cycling is great fun and a good opportunity to get fit, save money on fuel and help the environment. So whether you are looking for a new leisure activity or planning on cycling to work, why not give it a go? The courses are run over five two-hour sessions. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment. For more information and to book a place visit:, email choosehowyoumove@leics. or call 0116 305 8307.

To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; Whenever you’re right, shut up. Ogden Nash

This year’s open day is on the 9th June, and we hope that it is going to be bigger and better than the last year as the family is celebrating 100 years of working the land at Little Markfield Farm. This year we will be having cookery demonstrations, sausage making demonstrations along with craft and food stalls, vintage tractors and machinery, stationary engines, and of course all the animals. Last year’s event raised £1200 for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance as well as for St Michael and All Angels Church of Markfield. There are a few stalls left - if you would like one, contact us on (01530) 242173.



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Thornton St.Peter’s Church Spot I noticed, during my recent travels to the Southern counties of Sussex and Wiltshire along the motorways, how dark and dreary the countryside is. I recall only spasmodic bursts of blackthorn blossom, and practically no green shoots of Spring on the trees or hedgerows. I understand that farmers are digging potatoes out of soggy fields and nursery men and women are composting early flowers and bulbs that they have been unable to sell. And yet, as I write this on which is, as yet, the warmest day of the year, there is an unmistakeable promise of brighter things to come. It’s like a sprinter at the starting blocks who is waiting for the pistol shot. It’s like that for us at St Peter’s, as we look forward to the challenges of the programme that the Friends have planned for the year. Details of all of these events will unfold in due course and I encourage you to look out for them. The Friends are looking for someone to represent them on the Community Centre Committee, whose exciting Jazz in June concert is planned for June 8th. Thornton Open Gardens is planned for the next day. At St Peter’s our new heating system, which is run for an hour each weekday has dried out the plaster above the Choir 80 that we can now proceed to repair it. This means that, once again, we shall have to put up with the inconvenience of scaffolding in church. All being well this work will all be done before the wedding season is upon us. The Friends meanwhile are investigating the possibility of installing some form of wheelchair access. Finally, as I am putting down the Churchwarden’s wand - there’s not much magic about it - this is likely to be my last ‘Church spot’ contribution to the Herald. My thanks are due to the editorial team for proofreading, and sometimes correcting, my contribution(!) and to all those readers of those many issues who have been kind enough to say that they have been appreciated.

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iPad on the lunch menu at South Charnwood High School

Healthy hot meals were the lunchtime focus for local pupils as they took part in a competition to win an iPad. Organised by the School Food Support Service, pupils throughout Leicestershire were entered into a prize draw each time they ate a Hot Meal Deal with water. The lucky winner was Nicole Wood in 7JL at South Charnwood High School, who was presented with her prize by Jenny Jordan from the School Food Support Service. Congratulations Nicole!



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David Wilson backs Flexible Learning Centre at Groby Community College

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David Wilson has given his backing to a new centre designed to help students develop basic construction skills at Groby Community College in Leicestershire. The programme will be in partnership with Leicester College where expert teaching and progression routes at post 16 will help support those students wishing to access construction apprenticeships. The new Flexible Learning Centre at Groby Community College will open in September 2013. Made possible by an £80,000 donation from the David Wilson Foundation, the new purpose-built Centre gives students the perfect opportunity to study the three main trades – bricklaying, plumbing and carpentry – in a realistic working environment with all of the tools and equipment linked to each trade available to them. The centre will provide access to up to 50 students each year. Vocationally based courses delivered by the Centre include the City and Guilds Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Basic Construction Skills, with students taught by staff from Leicester College. In addition to Groby Community College students, the Centre is also used by Brookvale

High School who share the campus with the college. Endorsing the new Centre, David Wilson said: “A key aim of the David Wilson Foundation is to help young people acquire construction skills for their future. This new Construction Centre is the perfect example of that aspiration in action, giving young people an ideal introduction into the construction industry and the skills needed to succeed.” Commenting on the future success of the Centre, Sue Varnam, Groby Community College’s Curriculum Leader for Flexible Learning said: “The grant from the David Wilson Foundation has given the students who need it most on our campus an exciting opportunity to follow a programme in construction, which will play a part in significantly engaging those students who find it hardest to secure proper progression routes at college and long term employment.” “Not only will students develop knowledge and understanding as they work towards their

qualifications, but they will also gain skills that will prove invaluable in their future careers.” Groby Community College’s Principal, Robert Coles, said: “We are so very grateful to The David Wilson Foundation in helping to make this Construction Centre a reality. This opportunity will help some of our most vulnerable students gain a real insight into the world of work and will help to provide them with relevant skills which will support them in securing long term jobs and a prosperous future.” It is anticipated that the new Construction Centre will open for the first students in September this year. For further information contact: Robert Coles, Principal of the college. David Wilson, CBE, DL established The David Wilson Foundation to support young people through education. Specifically the Foundation helps young people overcome barriers to succeed, develop skills in the construction industry and achieve their potential for a successful working life.

To raise awareness of Lupus & support research

Saturday, June 8th 10.00 – 12.00 MARKFIELD METHODIST CHURCH (Opposite The Green)

Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship. Oscar Wilde

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NEWS from Markfield Community Report from Ron Grantham

Barn Dancers had a great time!

Skate Park Update Finally and with great relief the weather has improved and spring has arrived at last enabling work to start on the new skate park. Early on Monday 15th April the construction gang arrived to set up security fencing and site huts and start ground preparation work. By the following Friday the ground had been cleared and sections of the concrete surface have been laid. There is a lot of work to do yet before completion so patience is the order of the day. We are starting to plan an opening event to celebrate this new and wonderful facility for the young people of the village. If there is anyone out there who would like to volunteer to bring a band or disco along to help us celebrate please contact the Centre. With eternal relief I must take this opportunity to thank the Parish Council, Funding Groups, fund raisers and of course our young people for supporting us in getting this project from the planning stage to reality.

On Saturday 13th April the Centre’s dance floor was jam packed with both adults and young people having fun and enjoying the intricacies of Barn Dancing.

Markfield Colts Under 8’s

It was even more fun just to watch the often confused melee of people trying their best to master the dance moves though I have to say that despite all the laughing and giggling, they all got there in the end without too many mishaps. They even had a chance to relax at half time with a ploughman’s supper. The event was organized by Claire Critchley to raise funds to send her daughter Emma and other local Guides on the Guides Jail Break Challenge 2013 as well as raising fund for the Over the Wall Charity. The Jail Break Challenge commences on the 27th July when Emma and her fellow Guides are challenged to visit a minimum of three designated European countries in just eight days. The teams get 50 points for each country they visit and can collect additional points for the following: • Sharing a meal with scouts/guides from the home town of a country visited • Finding out about and tasting a local speciality • Taking part in a cultural, sport or rural event • Having a team photograph with a policeman in each country visited • Visiting a place of worship other than your own religion • Renewing their Guiding promise in one country in an unusual way and in the language of that country • Bringing back photographic evidence of what they have done and seen • And on the B for Break theme - visiting a place, using transport, having a photograph next to a village or town and bringing back the tackiest souvenir all beginning with the letter B. Sounds like a fantastic experience and we wish Emma and her team all the very best for a wonderful and enlightening time.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS Charity Disco and Auction Don’t forget to support Dianne Dowell’s Charity Disco and Auction to be held at the Centre on Saturday 11th May. Tickets cost only £2 and all proceeds go towards life saving research. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Dianne Dowell on 077489 15829

Brass Band Concert On Sunday 7th April Markfield Colts under 8’s team and their families gathered at the Centre to thank their manager Dave Hill for all of his hard work and success in managing the team this season. The team has had formidable success being unbeaten all season and scoring 60 goals in the process. Dave is moving on to manage the under 9’s team. Perhaps with all of this success Dave and his assistant manager Mark “Ozzie” Osborne should consider management posts at Leicester City if anything happens to Nigel Pearson?

A reminder that the Christian Aid Brass Band Concert will take place at the Centre on Saturday 15th June, performed by the Ratby Mid Brass Band. Please contact your local church representatives or the Centre for tickets.

Charity Fun Day The Leicestershire Kidney Patients Association is planning a family fun day at the Centre during the afternoon of Sunday 30th June. Watch this space for further details nearer the time.

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& Sports Centre National Blood Service The National Blood Service will once again be at the Centre all day on Wednesday 8th May to “harvest” your much valued and appreciated blood donations. If you miss this opportunity there will be a further session on Wednesday 21st August.

Youth Work In partnership with the Leicestershire County Council Youth Service and the Next Generation project we will be holding sessions for young people at the Centre on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm commencing on 1st May for ten weeks. The 637 Bus will be parked on the car park where young people can come along and enjoy the games on board or simply chill out.

Summer Programme We are starting to plan the Centre’s School Summer Holidays activities programme for children and young people with funding kindly received from the Miner’s Institute Trustees last year. The programme will include the ever popular Mark Schulz Football Training camp and fingers crossed the annual family trip to the sea side. Let us know if you would like anything specific included in the summer programme. More details will be published in next month’s edition of the Herald.

Annual General Meeting Just a reminder that the Centre’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 7.45pm on Thursday 23rd May 7.45pm. As mentioned many times before the Centre is a registered charity with a voluntary Management Committee. This is your chance to hear how the Centre is performing, what has happened of the past year and more importantly what it is planning to do for the village over the coming year. This is your chance to have a say and, YES we are looking for new blood to help us develop the centre. So, if you can spare a little of your time, please come along and join in you will be most welcome.

Photo Quiz In last month’s edition of the Herald I challenged you to guess what the snow sculpture was. You can find the answer on page 26. By the way – no one guessed what it was and now that the spring has arrived it is quite obvious.

Book Your Money Saving Special Offer I am pleased to tell you that many people are taking advantage of our offer of free room hire for bar functions. In this time of financial austerity this offer will save you a lot of money if you want to hold a special event, family occasion, party or even a wedding. For further details please contact the Centre. For booking and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre, Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST, ring us on 01530 242240 or email at Visit our website at to see our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre

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Rhubarb, Rhubarb! The first tender pink sticks of Rhubarb have been in the shops for the last month or so. These have been forced in dark tunnels or barns and picked by candlelight, mostly in the socalled Yorkshire Triangle. Some is also grown in Kent, and more is imported from Holland. Brilliant for pies and crumbles, Rhubarb is also delicious as a breakfast ‘fruit’. But is it a fruit? Strictly speaking, it’s a vegetable but generally used as a fruit. Vegetable gardeners often force one or two clumps, using inverted containers of various kinds. The old metal dustbins were rarely discarded when no longer fit for purpose, but used for Rhubarb forcing. So as not to interfere with neat vegetable rows, Rhubarb is often planted in odd corners. That’s okay, but like all perennials, it needs both a well fertilised soil and also dividing when the clumps are losing vigour. Replant only the outside portions, discarding the centre. If without a vegetable garden, Rhubarb may be container grown. Good depth is essential, i.e. like those used for potatoes. Also, certainly a well-grown clump is attractive enough to fit into an ornamental border. After all, several Rhubarb species are grown purely as ornamentals. One of the best of these is Rheum (Rhubarb) palmatum ‘Atrosanguineum. Magnificent in size and colour,

Garden Jottings with Ted Brown of Markfield

please don’t ask if this is edible! I suspect it is, but thankfully I no longer have stock of it to try! It may surprise that in the UK there are over 100 different varieties of eating Rhubarb available. Good ones to try include Hawke’s Champagne, Timperley Early, Grandad’s Favourite and the newer, highly recommended Fulton’s Strawberry Surprise. The latter is not yet widely available. I notice it is included in the Thompson & Morgan’s Spring catalogue at about £12. After planting, allow at least one year - better more - before pulling

the first sticks. Notice ‘pulling’ not cutting. Thankfully the Vine Weevil problem has lessened, but still with us. I mention this as Rhubarb is very much prone to attack.

they say. That is, as living plants just after flowering. Snowdrops should grow naturally from bulbs. Problem is that they dry out rather quickly. Usually therefore it’s a waste of money to purchase in Autumn the pretty packets on offer. Bulbs purchased from reputable

suppliers, who have stored them correctly, will perform well. After Snowdrops - and before the golden mass of Daffodils - we have the glorious Hellebores. Firstly the Christmas Roses, which rarely flower before January, then the Lenten Roses. Careful gardeners remove all old foliage before flowering. This serves two purposes: one to better appreciate the superb flowers, also to clear foliage often suffering with leaf-spot infections.

Snowdrops In spite of the dreadful weather, snowdrops have given their usual wonderful display. Those wishing to commence, or increase, a collection, may now purchase plants ‘in the green’ as

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Emily Sproston, Humanities teacher at South Charnwood High School has returned from a Teacher Study Visit to Lithuania run by the Holocaust Educational Trust from the 4th-7th April. The visit, which was attended by 24 teachers from across the United Kingdom, was the first time that the Trust has led a teacher study visit to Lithuania, having previously organised similar teacher training visits in Berlin and Paris. The unique course aims to expand participants’ historical knowledge of the Holocaust and offer valuable teaching methods for their classrooms and on overseas school visits. The site-based course took place in Vilna, and participants engaged in interactive discussions while visiting authentic sites associated with the Jewish Community in Lithuania including the former Jewish Quarter and Jewish Cemetery, and toured the Vilna Ghetto sites. Participants were privileged to hear from Fania Yocheles Brantsovsky, a Jewish partisan fighter who spoke about her experiences in the Rudnicki Forest, as well as film maker Saulius Berzinis and Rachel Kostanian, Director of the Green House Museum. The course also included a day visit to the interwar capital of Kovno, where participants were able to explore remnants of Jewish shtetls, Jewish villages that were once a core part of Eastern European Jewish civilisation. The group also visited the killing fields of Ponar and the forests of Rudnicki, powerful memorial sites where massacres once took place. Emily commented: “Visiting historical sites in Lithuania with fellow teachers and experts from the Holocaust Educational Trust was incredibly important and it will inform my teaching going forward. The Holocaust can be a challenging topic to teach, which is why opportunities such as these to learn from authentic sites and share good practice are so valuable.” Alex Maws, Head of Education at the Holocaust Educational Trust added: “This is the third Teacher Study Visit we have organised, and the enthusiasm that the teachers participating on the Course have shown demonstrates their commitment to delivering the most effective Holocaust education. Teachers rightly regard the Holocaust as an important and challenging subject – and the Holocaust Educational Trust aims to equip them with the tools they need to teach about it in an effective way.”

For the members of Newtown Linford Gardening Club the highlight of the year in 2013 will come in October when our guest speaker will be the television gardener Christine Walkden. It is a real feather in our cap to be able to attract someone who has achieved such national recognition. Anyone who has watched ‘Gardeners’ World’ or the ‘One Show’ will have no difficulty in recognising her and her extremely extrovert and effusive style of delivery. We will be opening this special event to non-members and to members of nearby gardening clubs so we advise you all to mark Tuesday October 22nd in your diaries and watch this space for further information in future months. Tickets are now available at £10 each They can be obtained from the secretary at 32 Groby Lane, Newtown Linford LE6 0HH or by ringing 10530 242452 or by e-mail at

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Extracts from Stanton under Bardon Parish Council Minutes The following topics were among the items discussed at the meeting of Stanton-under-Bardon Parish Council, held on Tuesday 2nd April 2013 at The Youth Club,


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COUNTY COUNCILLOR’S REPORT County Councillor David Sprason asked that any flooding concerns in the area should be reported to him or the Highways Department, this also includes any frost damage that has happened to the roads. In relation to the election, all the manifestos have been published bar one and they all promise to bring Rural Broadband.

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PARISH PROPERTIES Recreation Ground Everything looks O.K. The Gate closers need to be mended. The new bench has been put up and the Drain has been put in on the Recreation Ground. The mole man will come to the do pest control when the weather is suitable. Mr & Mrs Worley asked if the pot-hole at the top Right of way access from Main Street could be repaired. Mrs Fletcher’s Allotment Damage The area has been looked at. The fruit bushes are slightly bent. Clerk to write to Mrs Fletcher asking if this affects their yield or growth to notify the Council. Bottom Allotment Requests The following requests were agreed: Mrs J Hauton requested fruit bushes, Mr Morris asked for 4 dwarf fruit trees and fruit bushes with cage. The following need to be looked at by the Councillors before the next meeting. Movement of sheds for Mr & Mrs Yeomans, Mrs Hauton and Sarah Hendley. Sarah Hendley also wishes to include a greenhouse as well. Mrs Drexler has written to the council to say the track was not useable for transferring things from the old to the new allotments this has now been made useable. Mrs Drexler also requested fruit bushes; this was agreed but the Council asked for specifications to be provided on the wooden frame to protect them.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS/PERMISSIONS/REFUSALS Mr Milner’s Planning Application has been refused.

NEXT PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The next meeting of Stanton under Bardon Parish Council is to be held on TUESDAY 7TH MAY 2013 AT 7.00PM At Stanton Youth Club, Main Street, Stanton under Bardon, Leicestershire

Brain Teaser A man parked his car in front of a main street bank. He left the engine running, dashed into the bank and held up 30 people. He ran out of the bank with £5,000 in cash. A policeman on patrol duty, who saw the whole incident, gave the man a severe warning not to do it again but then let him go on his way. Why? Answer on page 26.

A ‘Friends of St. Peter’s’ event Calling Thornton villagers and surrounding villages Calling Thornton villagers and surrounding villages

To make this a really memorable event we want as many gardens as possible to be opened by Thornton villagers. If you enjoy your garden and would like to pass on that enjoyment to others please contact us: John  230610 Phil  230385 Kathryn  230372 To make Open Gardens a really memorable event we want as We were going to open the gardens on the Saturday and Sunday but most of the many gardens as possible to be opened by Thornton villagers. villagers that have offered to open their gardens much preferred to open on the If you enjoy your garden to pass on that enjoyment to others Sunday only, so that’s what and we’rewould going like to do. please us: a varied selection of gardens, full steam ahead to the garden We will contact be opening John 01530 230610 • Phil • Kathryn 01530 230372 with the steam trains puffing and01530 visit the230385 garden which has a 2 acre naturereserve attached which includes the remains of Saturday a hundredand yearSunday old dovecote. We were going to open the gardens on the but most Thethe proceeds from the ‘Open Gardens’ eventtheir will be shared between two of villagers that have offered to open gardens much preferred to charities: ‘The Friendsonly, of Peter’s’ ‘sense’ open on the Sunday that’s and what we’re going to do. The will ‘Friends of St. Peter’s’ is a charity based in Thornton was formed in We be opening a varied selection of gardens, fullwhich steam ahead to the 1995 with thethe aimsteam of conserving and improving Thornton’s medieval garden with trains puffing and visit the garden whichchurch has a 2 acre which is a beautiful GRADEwhich 1 Listed Building.the remains of a hundred year old nature-reserve attached includes ‘sense’ has worked with deafblind people and their families for over 50 years, it dovecote. is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and The proceeds from the ‘Open Gardens’ event will be shared between two adults who are deafblind. So the Thornton villagers that open their gardens and charities: ‘The Friends of St. Peter’s’ and ‘sense’ the visitors that will get pleasure from seeing them will all be contributing The ‘Friends of St. Peter’s’ a charity basedsee in Thornton was formed towards two worthy causes. is Children under16 the gardenswhich for FREE. in 1995 with the aim of conserving and improving Thornton’s medieval Pete Shaw church which is a beautiful GRADE 1 Listed Building. (Publicity) ‘sense’ has worked with deafblind people and their families for over 50 years, it is the leading national charity that supports and campaigns for children and adults who are deafblind. So the Thornton villagers that open their gardens and the visitors that will get pleasure from seeing them will all be contributing towards two worthy causes. Children under16 see the gardens for FREE.

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Latest news from Markfield WI There was a buzz in the Methodist schoolroom on Wed April 17th April when we welcomed Penny Hodgson to speak to us on the subject of A Skeleton in the Cupboard. Whether it was the title of the talk or the fact members had not had to brave the freezing temperatures we have become used to I’m not sure but we had a n almost full turn out of members plus a visitor. Everybody was cheerful and chatty, just how the WI should be and we thoroughly enjoyed Penny’s talk which was on the subject of family history. Penny has spent some considerable time and effort delving into her own history and finding some skeletons on the way so she was able to give us plenty of tips to get us started plus some very amusing tales of the relations she found during her searches. Our competition for the evening was A Family Memento and the table was covered in a range of interesting objects which all had tales to tell. Good news from WI is that the

Open Gardens event is to go ahead on 29th/30th June with a total of thirteen gardens opening, some on both days and some on one of the days. It has been a struggle to get the gardens largely due to the awful weather we have experienced this year but hopefully the weekend itself will be fine and warm and plenty of visitors will come and support us. WI will be providing refreshments at the Scout Hut on both days and there will be a Local History Group exhibition there as well. Even if you can’t manage to do the gardens do pop in for a drink and homemade cake or even your lunch on Sunday. The Methodist Church will also be providing refreshments both days and will have and Art Exhibition and Photographic Exhibition. Our May meeting will be our

Resolutions Meeting where we vote on the resolution to be taken to the Annual Meeting in June. This year’s resolution is on the subject of the decline of our high streets and town centres. This will be followed by an extended social time with supper provided by members. If you have been thinking about joining us please do come along as the extended social time will provide an opportunity to talk to members and find out about WI and what we do within our own Markfield WI. In June we welcome Ian Rogerson with a talk entitled Smile Please, Say Cheese. Just the one if you are a lover of cheese! If you require further details of WI please contact: Fran Johnson on 01530 243350 or Jane Barrington on 01530 243285

• A joyful noise No matter what a racket they may make at first, do encourage your youngster to take up a musical instrument. It seems that learning to play something musical before the age of eight can boost their brainpower later in life. For taking music classes when they are young speeds the development of children’s motor skills, the part of the brain which plans and carries out movement. (Though sadly, it does not guarantee they will ever become musicians!)

Bradgate Flower Club NEWS Bradgate Flower Club members and guests are invited to join the Anstey garden visits on Wednesday 8 May. The gardens are open from 6.30pm. Details from Lilian Coleman on 0116 236 3191.

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The Upbeatles & Engelbert tribute at Thornton Club: Friday 31st May The fabulous Upbeatles, great supporters of county charities, are returning to Thornton Club on Friday 31st May to give a fund-raising concert of 1960’s music in aid of two local causes. Also appearing will an Engelbert Humperdinck tribute act. The two charities being supported are: • Little Elliott’s Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis, a campaign set up to increase awareness of Cystic Fibrosis and to raise money for a physio vest for Elliott, which he is not able to get on the NHS but would dramatically change his life and give him a brighter outlook for the future. The vest vibrates to loosen & thin mucus on the lungs. Elliott is a Thornton boy and was born with CF, which is a life shortening illness caused by a faulty gene within the body that causes sticky mucus to form in nearly all of the organs, particularly clogging up the lungs – making it hard to breathe. It also affects the digestive system, making it hard to digest food and gain weight. • Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, a registered charity (founded 1986) based near Stanton-under-Bardon, which looks after stray, abandoned and injured animals and also provides a local re-homing service. There are currently 9 horses, 12 dogs, 26 cats and kittens, 15 rabbits, 4 guinea pigs, a bull, 2 cows, 7 goats, 5 pigs, a flock of sheep, various aviary birds and wildfowl in their care, but every day brings in new patients who need care straight away. The Sanctuary also provides an ideal place for work experience for young people who want to work with animals. Redgates’ income is through local fund-raising and most of the cash raised is needed for Vet’s bills, food and heating. So please put the date in your diaries: Friday 31st May; starting at 7:30pm; £5 entrance on the door. And don’t forget to bring some money for the (in)famous raffle! See you there!

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The Bricklayer’s Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite: Thursdays We now have SKY and ESPN Try our new menus! See ad on page 19. The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open To Non-members Fri 3rd May - Rockin’ Robins - Rock N Roll Evening Fri 10th May - Emily Tom & Red Rob - Entertaining You (Free Admission) - suppers available for £2.50 Sat 11th May - The Decade Runners - Young Energetic Covers Band Fri 17th May - Rockin’ Robins - Rock N Roll Evening Sat 18th May - Cern - Classic To Modern Day Rock Covers Band Sat 25th May - Phatt Chance - Music / Fun Evening Fri 31st May - The Upbeatles & Englebert Humperdink - Charity Evening Sat 1st June - Sort It Out - Young Band With Girl Singer Modern Day Rock Covers Fri 7th June - Susie Tom & Lesley - Free Admission - £2.50 Suppers Available Sat 8th June - Ltd Edition - Pop Covers Band With Female Singer Sky Sports Are Back - Bingo On Tuesdays - thethorntonclub Club Thornton The Queen’s Head Ashby Road, Markfield. T: 01530 242 496 ALL SKY SPORTS & ESPN Bagworth Working Men’s Club, Station Road, Bagworth. Tel. 01530 230205 Find us on FACEBOOK - search Bagworth WMC New members welcome. Live entertainment – last Saturday of the month Andy’s Charity Quiz £1.50 each - last Friday of the month Sequence dances Sunday Nights. £1.50 admission 8 pm Tea Dance Wednesday afternoon 2 – 4 pm. £1 admission. Sat 4th May - FREE FAMILY DISCO - 7.30pm start Fri 10th May - MEMORIES CHARITY sequence DANCE - for Prostaid - £2.50 on the door - 8pm start Sat 18th May - SOCIAL SEQUENCE DANCE - £1.50 on the door - 8pm start Sat 25th May - FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT with ANDY SUMMERS

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

Easter Egg Hunt Following the disappointment of having to cancel the original Easter Egg Hunt due to the heavy snow, this was re-arranged for Good Friday at Bagworth Community Centre and we were really pleased to welcome over 40 children and their families! The children had a lovely time searching for the paper eggs tokens in bran tubs, on washing lines, in the paddling pool and many other places which were then exchanged for a chocolate egg once they had a full set. There were also Hot Cross buns, delicious cakes and tea or coffee to enjoy. Leaflets were available on the tables giving the Easter story about Jesus and the reason for his death on the cross and details of the forthcoming Awesome Holiday Club on 1st to 3rd August. Thank you to Bekki, Robert and all the Holmes family for all their time and effort in organising the event, which proved to be such a success.

Puppet Performance: Easter Sunday The second of the “Cross Hills Puppeteers” performances was on Easter Sunday when they did 2 songs sharing the Easter message (you’ll find these online on YouTube under Cross Hills Baptist Church). Some new puppets made their first appearances and everyone at the Family service really enjoyed it. Also during the service the cross was decorated with fresh colourful flowers brought along by members of the congregation and it was then put outside the church as a symbol of the joy of the resurrection of Jesus on that special Easter Sunday over 2,000 years ago. For details of our services, please see the Church Service Information towards the back of this magazine. We are well known as a very friendly and welcoming church and look forward to meeting you. Tea and coffee are always available after our services giving the opportunity for friendship and fellowship together. We are always here for the community’s spiritual needs and our Pastor’s and Parish Nurse’s contact details are below. Contact Numbers Pastor - Garry Kelly: 07816 616189 Secretary - Lynda Kelly: 07910 440243 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 Parish Nurse - Vera Harding: 01530 230557

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Looking from the past to the future The Bagworth Forward Group and the Bagworth Historical Society have joined forces in their latest venture. We want to create and erect historical information signs that can be sited around the village in key locations. We are already working on a village sign, which villagers had an input into some time ago. Now we would like you to help us again by looking at the work we have done on the historical signs. There are people in the village who know more about its history than we do, so we would be grateful for your help. If you are a newcomer, you might still be able to offer us some constructive criticism. We would like to invite you to a coffee morning on Saturday June 15 between 10 am to 12 noon at the Bagworth Community Centre. There you can see the work that we have done along with the work on the village sign. Please put the date in your diaries. We are still on the lookout for old photos of Bagworth, especially related to the boards, such as pubs, shops, church, school, mine, railway, etc. Please bring them to the coffee morning or contact me so that we can see them. My number is 01530 230429.

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We are fortunate indeed to be able to bring to our village this group of talented, dedicated and highly-acclaimed musicians. It will be a rare treat for us, and we do hope that you will be able to join us on the evening. Please tell your friends about it! All profits from the concert will go to Thornton Community Centre Funds




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Busy local writer shortlisted for East Midlands Book Award Local writer John Gallas, of Billa Barra Lane, has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award for ‘Fresh Air and the Story of Molecule’. The winner will be announced at the start of the Oakham Festival, at Barnsdale Lodge, Oakham on 20 June 2013, and will receive a cheque for £1,000. John has also been elected Fellow of the English Association for ‘achievements in writing’, had his 14th book (‘52 Euros’) – which will be launched at the first Leicester Book Fest – published, and won the Slipstream Open Poetry Competition. All of this happened in March and April. He also gave readings at the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and King’s College London. As John commented, ‘It’s been a good month!’ For more information, visit and www.

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News from Bardon Park Chapel Bardon Park Chapel is the home of Bardon Park Christian Fellowship & The Bardon Park United Reformed Church.

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Family Worship Service every Sunday morning at 10.30am. Everyone most welcome. Monthly praise evenings are held on the 1st Saturday in each month and the third Monday in each month at 7.00pm. We invite you to join us for a lively time of praise, music, singing, sharing, sound bible teaching and healing prayers. Tea, coffee, biscuits and fellowship after the meeting in the school rooms. For more details contact: Richard on telephone 01530 242 526.

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WILL THERE BE A COMMUNITY CENTRE IN THORNTON? Just over forty years ago, that question must have been in the minds of the villagers of Thornton as they worked hard to lend support to a small team of people who made great efforts to raise the money to build our Community Centre. At its inception, Thornton Community Centre was set up as a Charitable Trust to provide a venue for social, recreational and educational facilities for the villagers. Built on former allotment land, which is leased from the Parish Council, the Centre belongs to the afore-mentioned Trust. It is managed by a Board of Trustees, consisting of representatives of all village organisations using the Centre on a regular basis, (thus being affiliated), plus elected representatives of the village community. The trustees each have a legal obligation to maintain the stated aims of the Trust.

As part of its affiliation, a Group may use the Centre’s facilities FREE OF CHARGE, in return for an annual donation according to its own means and at its own decision. We know of no other Community Centre or Village Hall that operates under such generous terms. Each affiliated Group must elect a person to serve as its representative trustee and is expected to support the trustees’ endeavours in organising events and in raising funds to maintain the Centre. (e.g The driveway to the Centre has recently been resurfaced at

a cost of £6,500 which amount came from the Centre’s Funds. We are now fund-raising in order to be able to refurbish the toilet block.) What it means to be a trustee. S/he must offer the commitment:To attend the Trustees’ monthly meetings which are held, (usually), on the third Thursday of each month at the Centre. (There is, usually, no meeting in either July or December) This means that there are only ten meetings per year. Meetings begin at 7.30, and have usually finished before 9.00 p.m. To liaise with the Group s/he

represents, so that relevant information is shared and good communication is maintained. To support the Trustees’ work in managing and maintaining the Centre. In addition to the trustees who represent the user groups, up to six trustees can be elected from the residents of Thornton village. As we approach our AGM, it is worrying to note that very few people are willing to undertake the role of trustee for the Centre or, indeed, to be involved in its management. If this state of affairs continues, we will again be asking the question with which I began this article. Our AGM is on Thursday, 23rd May 2013 at 7.30p.m. at the Centre. Please come along to, at least, show an interest in the management of the Centre and its future. It is a wonderful asset to the village, and one which benefits the life of our community greatly.

John Walker (Chair of Trustees)

The Village Link needs your help

Come and join our friendly team! We, the editorial team of 3 (all from Thornton) need volunteers from Bagworth and from Stanton under Bardon to join us. We meet once a month for a couple of hours (usually the first Tuesday) to decide on the content and layout for the following month’s issue. We also meet annually, over a very social lunch, to review all aspects of the magazine and to check we are still producing something that is up to date and informative. Proof-reading is done on a rota basis. The Village Link magazine has been in existence since 1922 though there have been a couple of gaps, for example during the war years. Over time, its style, format and content have changed considerably, (it did just consist of 2 pages at one time), until now when it consists of 40 pages of news, views, local event information and articles of interest. 2010-11 it was considered to be one of the top six Parish Magazines in the county. Please do consider joining us. Despite the fact it is parish-centred, you do not have to be a church-goer and you do not need any experience or qualifications – just a willingness to get involved. It could become an enjoyable hobby. Perhaps you have a particular interest such as short-story writing, cookery, gardening, history, book/film reviewing or creating quizzes? Perhaps you like putting together and running children’s competitions? Contact any member of the editorial team for more information. Shirley Garlick, 01530 230 422, Jo Leadbetter, 01530 230 455 or Bessie Willett, 01530 230 670. We would love to hear from you! If you can use Microsoft Publisher (or would like to learn) then that would be a real bonus! Contact email: The Village Link is only 30p per month and there are 10 issues each year.

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I joined my weight loss group on the 18th July 2012 weighing in at just over 17st. Obviously this is far too much weight to be carrying around and I suffered with many health problems. My husband had died in December 2008 having suffered from cancer for 7 years and through all that time, I turned to food for comfort. After he died, I put on another two stone and just carried on baking and eating, deluding myself that I would be able to lose it whenever I wanted to. In November 2011 I’d had a serious fall in the garden resulting in broken ribs, toes and damage to my left hip. This made my normal activities such as walking the dog, climbing the stairs, cleaning the house etc, all really difficult and extremely painful and again, I turned to food for comfort. One of the deciding factors for losing weight came when I realised that sooner or later I was going to have to let my doctor have a look at my hip. The very idea of an examination brought me out in a cold sweat because I was so embarrassed about my weight, so I decided there and then that I would need help this time in losing the weight. I found myself a local weight loss group and went to the next meeting. I was absolutely terrified, I’m normally a very shy and unconfident person. When I walked through the doors that first night and saw all those people there, I was ready to run away. I was convinced that I would be the largest person there and that everybody would laugh at me, but of course, none of this happened. The consultant explains everything to you and I was amazed at how much food you can eat on the Extra Easy plan. I started losing weight from that day and have continued to lose it steadily ever since. I have now lost 6 and ½ stones in 33 weeks, going from dress size 24/26 to size 12. I attend my group every week, not just for the weighing in, but staying afterwards as well for Body Image Therapy because you get tremendous support from everyone, not just your consultant. If you’re having a bad week, its nice to hear from other members how they’ve coped through their difficulties and it can encourage you to continue. I know that I wouldn’t have been able to lose the weight and maintain it without the support of my consultant and the group. We have both ladies and gentlemen attend, all ages and sizes, and there is usually a group near you that fits in with any busy lifestyle. Exercise is an important factor in looking and feeling good. I now walk the dog everyday for miles, swim and do aerobic sessions at least five times a week. I feel fantastic, not just physically but mentally as well, and am confident that I can do anything I want to do now.

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Hinckley Summer Car Boot Is A Great Way To Raise Funds For voluntary and community groups times have never been so hard. If you or your group would like to raise funds to support your work why not join us at the Hinckley Summer Car boot here at Westfield on Saturday mornings starting May 18th. As well as organizing the event we are asking our members and supporters to donate second hand goods that we can sell. Why not ask your members and supporters to do the same. If you are interested in having a stall or want further details please visit the Hinckley Summer Car boot site at http://hinckleycarboot.wordpress. com/ Or contact me, Dave Roberts on 07980 631255

Markfield WI: Next Events May 15th: Resolutions Evening followed by a Take and Share supper June 19th: Ian Rogerson Smile Please, Say Cheese July 17th: Birthday Supper Venue TBA Aug 21st: Margaret Rampley Corsets & Camis, Swimsuits & Smiles Sept 18th: Alison Chapman - Kilworth House Theatre Oct 16th: Mary Pepper Romania – experiences with children and young people

A new opportunity to access funds for courses and training Whatever your age, whether you are retired and want to advance your knowledge, are working and want to boost your career prospects or want to study for a professional qualification, Leicester College can help you.

• We have a range of full and part-time courses at levels 3 and 4 to suit you, from hair and beauty to business, IT and care. • Completing a course or training has also been found to have a positive impact on quality of life, increasing self-esteem and confidence. For the first time from August 2013, due to changes in government funding, learners will have the option of accessing a loan to pay their course fees from the Student Loans Company (SLC). Learners will only need to start repaying the loan once they have completed the course and are earning over £21,000 per year. This new funding means that many more people over the age of 24 will have the opportunity to study on level 3 and level 4 courses, allowing them to experience the related benefits such as increased wages and job satisfaction. What options are available to cover course/training costs? Self Funded: Pay for the course up front, or in instalments (up to10) for eligible courses Loan: Take out a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the course/training costs. Who are the new loans for? The 24+ Advanced Learning Loans are for anyone who is: • Aged 24 and above at the start of their course • Studying at Level 3 and Level 4 in Further Education and training • Resident in the UK for at least the last 3 years • Has not previously had a loan to do the same type and level of qualification. The loans will not be means tested or subject to credit checks. How do they work? There is no upfront cost to the individual. The loan is taken out at the start of the course but repaid after the course has finished and earnings are at last £21,000. When will they be available? For courses starting from September 2013 onwards, loans will be available for courses including Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships, QCF Diplomas/Certificates at levels 3 and 4, Access to HE courses (full and parttime) and A levels. How much will the loans be for? For all eligible courses the loan will be up to the 100% of the cost of the training including course and material fees. How do I apply?

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Fundraising Fun Day on 30th June The Leicestershire Kidney patients Association are holding a Fundraising Fun Day at Markfield Community & Sports Centre on Sunday 30th June. There will be various stalls, children’s games, bouncy castle & slide, food and drinks, a sponsored Golden Mile Walk and much more. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm, with registration for the walk at 10.30am. The walk starts at 12 noon.. Sponsorship forms can be downloaded from the website at - or ring Ann Carter on 01530 481221.

My mate tries hard to get to work early to beat the crowds. He’s loving his new job with the riot police.



St George’s Day celebrations prove popular in Thornton!

Churches Together in Markfield are hosting a concert on Saturday, 15th June by The Ratby Mid Band.

Ratby Mid Band was formed in 1997, primarily to assist in the progress of players as they move from the Junior Band to the Senior Band. Nowadays the band comprises players who have returned from successfully studying music at university, and older experienced musicians who now want to bring on intermediate players whilst still enjoying their own music. In September last year the band had a double celebration. They won three trophies at the Hardraw Scar competition on the weekend that they celebrated their 15th birthday. Congratulations on both achievements! We invite you to come and hear this talented group of local musicians at Markfield Community Centre on Saturday, 15th June at 7.30. Tickets are priced £6 adults, £3 children and are available from the centre and from church reoresentatives. The evening includes a bar, tea & coffee and a raffle. We look forward to your support at what promises to be a most enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

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The Thornton St George’s Day celebration event was a great success. Over 30 people watched the Thornton Bellringers ringing the bells to celebrate “Ringing for England Campaign” on St. George’s Day along with many hundreds of other churches throughout England. Tremendous interest was shown by all kinds of people who had a taster of handling a bell rope.Thankfully no one was hoisted up the tower although there were one or two near misses.!,It was lovely to welcome the local Brownies pack who eagerly queued up to have a go at chiming the bells.This meant we stacked up wooden boxes for them to stand on to reach the “Sally” (the fluffy bit”) The evening continued when 40plus engulfed The Brickies”, delightfully decorated with bunting,flags and hats, to taste Jans famous home made pies such as Dragons Pie, Damsel in Distress Pie etc.After food the evening was rounded off with singing famous songs whilst watching The Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall with renderings of “Land of Hope and Glory”, Rule Britannia etc.A St. George’s Day quiz proved to be most challenging and a raffle raised much needed funds for Redgate Animal Sanctuary. Hopefully this will become an annual event.

Eric Roberts (Tower Captain) PS Those interested on “The art of Campanology” then you are welcome to come along to our bellringing practise night on Mondays. Please ring Eric Roberts on 01530-230743.

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Markfield HomeMakers Markfield HomeMakers meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. Call: Brenda on 01530 242173 or Iris on 01530 242436

Call MARTIN on 01530 230745 or 07925 325634 The Chuckle Brothers have just been signed up by British Gas, to meter you.

24 Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 12 May 10.15am SUNDAY CLUB DAY Joint service with St Michael’s in Our Church Saturday 18 May 2.30 pm SPECIAL CELEBRATION SERVICE - see details elsewhere Sunday 19 May 10.30am Churches Together United Service in Our Church Sunday 26 May 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday June 2 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion June 9 10.15am Morning Worship

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 5th May 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 12th May Christian Aid Week, joint service 10.30am at Cross Hills Sunday 19th May 10.30am Morning Service

Church Services Sunday 16th June 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm Evening Communion Service

Sunday 12th May 10.15 am Sunday Club Anniversary at the Congregational Church 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd June 10.30am Morning Communion Service 6.00pm Evening Service

Friday 17th May 8.00 pm “Still Friday”

Sunday 30th June 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm No Evening Service

Sunday 19th May 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Christian Aid Service at the Congregational Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Without Walls Christian Fellowship, 135 Main St Stanton Under Bardon Sunday 5th May Meeting at 10amArtistic morning, allowing God to unlock your creativity! Monday 6th May Please note no Coffee morning because of bank holiday Wednesday 8th May Prayer meeting 7pm Thursday 9th May Pure Gold drop in 10am Sunday 12th May Meeting 10am

Sunday 26th May 10.30am Morning Service

Monday 13th May Coffee morning 10am

Sunday 2nd June 10.30am Morning Service

Wednesday 15th May Gathering in our community, from 6.30 pm, Please call 07875378628 for details

Sunday 9th June 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper There is a Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during the Morning Service. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section of this magazine.

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Sunday 5th May 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm Evening Taizé Service Sunday 12th May - Christian Aid Week Starts 10.30am Morning Service 4.00pm Café Church Service Sunday 19th May - Pentecost & Aldersgate Sunday 10.30am Churches Together United Service at Congregational Church 6.00pm No Evening Service Sunday 26th May - Trinity Sunday 10.30am Morning Communion Service 6.00pm No Evening Service Sunday 2nd June 10.30am Morning Service 6.00pm Evening Taizé Service Sunday 9th June - Methodist Homes Sunday 10.30am Morning Service 4.00pm Café Church Service

Thursday 16th May Pure Gold 10am Sunday 19th May meeting 10am Monday 20th May Coffee Morning 10am Wednesday 22nd may Bible School 7pm Thursday 23rd May Pure Gold 10am Sunday 26th May No morning meeting, Cafe 4U at 4pm Monday 27th May Coffee morning 10am- despite bank Holiday Thursday 30th May Pure Gold 10am Sunday 2nd June meeting 10am Monday 3rd June Coffee morning 10am Wednesday 5th June prayer meeting 7pm Thursday 6th June Pure Gold 10am

Sunday 26th May 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 2nd June 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 9th June 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 19th May 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 26th May 10.30 am All Age Service Sunday 2nd June 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 9th June 10.30 am Holy Communion Wednesday 12th June 10.00 am Holy Communion and Coffee Sunday 16th June 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 23rd June 10.30 am All Age Service Sunday 30th June 10.30 am Single Service at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre

Sunday 16th June 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Cafe Style Service at Trinity Methodist Church 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 2nd June 9.00 am Holy Communion

Friday 21st June 8.00 pm “Still Friday”

Sunday 12th May 9.15 am Holy Communion

Sunday 23rd June 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am Open Church 6.00 pm Evening Service

Sunday 19th May 3.00 pm Praise Service

Sunday 30th June 6.00 pm Joint Service at St Peter’s, Copt Oak

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon Sunday 12th May 10.30 am Joint Christian Aid Service Sunday 19th May 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

Sunday 26th May 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 2nd June 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 9th June 9.15 am Holy Communion Sunday 16th June 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 23rd June 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 30th June 6.00 pm Joint Service

Sunday 26th May 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 2nd June 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 9th June 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 16th June 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Sunday 23rd June 10.30 am Holy Communion

10:15-11.30am Sunday Club for Children in the Congregational Hall on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays, term time All Age Service in Church on the 2nd Sunday each month.

Sunday 30th June 10.30 am Single Service Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 12th May 10.30 am Joint Christian Aid Service

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 1st June Copt Oak Memorial Hall Whitwick Road Copt Oak LE67 9QB (next to Copt Oak Pub) Cars £5 - set up from 7.30am 9am - 1pm - Admission 50p Refreshments available Proceeds in aid of St Peters Church, Copt Oak To book ring - 0116 2674746

At hospital over the weekend I heard a lot of patients reciting Scottish poetry. Apparently it was the serious Burns unit.


Look What’s On At The Palace, Ibstock 57 High Street, Ibstock, Leics. LE67 6LH • Tel: 01530 267303

~ Forthcoming Events ~

Saturday 29 June 11.00 – 4.00 Sunday 30 June 12.00 – 4.00

Friday, 10th May - Film Night – ‘Hope Springs’ (12A). After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, weeklong counselling session to work on their relationship. Starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, 01530 260460. Tuesday, 14th May – The Palace Community Centre Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Palace and will begin at 7.00pm. Open to the general public, but membership is required in order to vote. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member contact Tel: 01530 260460. Friday, 17th May – ‘The Ibstock Dolly Mixtures’ present ‘Fun and Frolics’, a musical review in aid of ‘The Air Ambulance Service’. Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £6.00 from Halls, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460 or from Lois on Tel: 01530 261686. Friday, 24th May - Film Night – ‘Quartet’ (12A) Dustin Hoffman directs a stellar cast in this bittersweet tale of ageing opera singers forced to face their mortality. ‘Moving, amusing and truthful’, starring Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, 01530 260460.

Markfield Open Gardens 13 gardens open to visitors

Saturday, 1st June - Pelenna Valley Welsh Male Voice Choir – Following last years’ sell-out concert at The Palace, this world famous Welsh Male Voice Choir make a return visit. Tickets: £10.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. Sunday, 2nd June – ‘Tea at The Palace’ to celebrate the Coronation Day of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. From 2.30pm tea and light refreshments will be served and events of the day and tributes to the Queen will be shown on the large screen. Come along and join the party!

Refreshments at The Scout Hut & Methodist Church, both on Main St  Art, Photography & History Group displays   Charity fundraising in some gardens 

Admission by programme

From Scout Hut or Methodist Church or any of the gardens

£3.00 per adult Accompanied children free No dogs except guide dogs

Organised by Markfield W.I.

Tuesday, 14th May – The Palace Community Centre Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held at The Palace and will begin at 7.00pm. Open to the general public, but membership is required in order to vote. If you would like to find out more about becoming a member contact Tel: 01530 260460.

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Brain Teaser Answers Hold Up - Page 14 The man had committed two offences. First, he left his engine running and secondly, he held up 30 other drivers by causing a traffic jam. He did not rob the bank. Murderer - Page 21 The man was one of Siamese twins.

If you have love in your life, it can make up for a great many things that are missing. If you don’t have love in your life, no matter what else there is, it’s not enough. Ann Landers

The boy that used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. He serves up a great burger and fries.



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The May 2013 issue of The Herald magazine for Markfield, Thornton, Bagworth, Stanton under Bardon and Field Head in Leicestershire UK