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November 2011

Changes planned for parish and community fund CHANGES are being made to Hinckley & Bosworth’s popular Parish Community Initiative Fund to ensure it is still meeting the needs of the rural community. Over the past six years the Borough Council’s fund has awarded grants totalling £585,000 to local parishes and voluntary organisations to help pay for 115 schemes. But after this year’s grants were awarded the council reviewed the scheme and consulted with parishes, community groups, grant recipients and councillors to see if it could be improved. As a result of the review, the following changes have been adopted for 2012/13: • Funding will be prioritised towards schemes such as children’s and young people’s play and community buildings • Medium priority will be given to nature conservation features, sports and fitness equipment, footpaths and trails, and historic features • Boundary walls and fences, bus shelters and car parks will no longer be funded • Help in kind will be offered where possible (dependent on project, and capacity of services to assist). • In the event the fund is over subscribed, then priority will be given to applicants who did not receive a grant the previous year. • The maximum grant £10,000 will be per project and £10,000 per parish. • Value for money and evidence of need will be the priority areas for assessors. • The total fund available for distribution next year will be £100,000.

Mercenfeld School’s 150th Anniversary Mercenfeld School celebrates its 150th anniversary during 2011. The first pupils attended the new school on the Green in 1861 with younger children starting in 1862. It is intended to mark the occasion with a number of events towards to end of the year and during 2012. The school would like to put on a display, which will be open to the public and which will illustrate the many past events that have taken place in and around the school buildings on Oakfield Avenue and at the original school building on the Green. If anyone has any old photographs or documents that show school life in Markfield over the years and which could be considered for inclusion in the display they would be most welcome. If you are able to help with photos/ material or even memories please contact the school on Oakfield Avenue - telephone 01530 243151 or email Material can be left at the school or alternatively arrangements can be made to collect any material. All items loaned will be returned. If it is possible any original photographs and papers will be copied and returned as soon as practical. There will be updates in future copies of The Herald and it is hoped that as many people as possible will be able to join in with the celebrations by adding their recollections and memories.

Top Scout Award for Tim Featherstone

St Michael’s Church Fayre

Saturday 12th November 10 am till 12 noon In Congregational Hall Main Street, Markfield Stalls include Cakes / groceries, Bric-a-brac Raffle, Tombola, Come and enjoy a Cup of Tea / Coffee, Hot Dog /Jacket Potato, All welcome

She’s so evil! On 19th September 2011, Tim Featherstone (pictured above, left) of 1st Markfield Scouts was presented with the Gold Chief Scout Award by the High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Resham Singh Sandhu MBE DL, at a ceremony at the Blaby Scout Centre. The CSA Gold is the highest award available in the Scout section and to achieve this Tim completed tasks in a wide range of activities, including projects in outdoor skills, service to the community, adventure and international activities. T im was able to achieve the international and also some of the adventure challenge awards during a trip to the International Scout Centre at Kandersteg in Switzerland in 2009.

Dave Morris GSL 1st Markfield Scout Group

Arachne’s back! Rumour has it that the Fairy Arachne, who vanished into the depths of time, (somewhere near Hill Hole), two years ago, is planning to return Terminator-like - in the next MTTG panto.

For the full horrific details, see page 14!

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Don’t miss the Christmas Market at Markfield Court! A Christmas Market will be held in the Social Centre at Markfield Court Retirement Village on Saturday 19 November 2011 between 10:30am and 1:00pm. The Raffle will be drawn at 12:30pm.

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Carols in the Library Come and join children from Mercenfeld School for a festive morning at Markfield Library on Friday 9th December from 10 11.30am.

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The children will perform a selection of seasonal music while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a mince pie. Refreshments are free but donations are welcome for the “Wish upon a star” Children’s Charity which aims to grant the Wishes of children with life threatening conditions.

Art Exhibition and Sale at Groby Village Hall

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Calling all Bagworth Folk

Bagworth Forward Centre Trust needs you! This exciting community centre project in the village of Bagworth has already attracted some really positive comments from local residents.

The Trust Board has been established to work with the Parish Council to manage the Community Centre and develop local services. We have a good nucleus of members but are looking for new members to join the Trust Board. So have you an hour to spend a month to help develop the project and work for a better Bagworth, if so please contact us on 07940 838507.

A large collection of work by local artist Mark Wilde will be on show at his new exhibition in November. Christmas Exhibition 2011 will be held at Groby Village Hall on Saturday 26 November from 10am to 5pm. On display will be watercolours, acrylics, pen and wash, and pastels by one of the area’s most prolific artists. Both framed and unframed pictures will be on offer, with framing available. For more information, ring Mark on 01509 673064.

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Christmas Craft Fayre Saturday 12th November 10.30 am to 3.30 pm Thornton Community Centre Special guest Father Christmas Crafts and gifts, raffle, tombola stall, home-made cakes, games Martin’s quiz, Parish calendar, lunches and refreshments Entrance 50p, children under 14 free if accompanied by an adult.

Offers of help, cakes, raffle and tombola prizes very welcome. Contact Kathryn 230 372 Shirley Garlick 230 422. A Friends of St Peter’s Church Event

Santa Supports Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation is delighted to announce that Santa will be making a special appearance at Ulverscroft Grange Community Support and Wellbeing Centre on Saturday 10th December. For one day only; Ulverscroft Grange Community Support and Wellbeing Centre, with Tea Rooms and Charity Shop, will be opening a Santa’s Grotto, between 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Alan Norman, Chief Executive of the Foundation, said “this is a wonderful opportunity to bring the children along to see Santa, whilst relaxing in the Tea Rooms, browsing the charity shop and enjoying the magnificent views.” Admission to Santa’s Grotto is £5.00 per child. For more information please contact the Admin Team on 01530 244914 or via admin@ Ulverscroft Grange, Whitwick Road, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire, LE67 9QB Fundraising income is extremely important to the long term development of the Foundation and your support in publicising this event is greatly welcomed and appreciated. Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation – Registered Charity Number 803525

Thornton St.Peter’s Church Spot The deadline of October 22nd for articles to be submitted to the Herald prevents me from commenting on the Murder Mystery evening, scheduled to take place at Thornton Club on that day. What I can report however is that, judging by the interest shown and the wealth of preparations in hand it promises to be a most successful occasion. We are grateful to Elaine and Karen for their special expertise in organising this event. The next issue of the Herald will arrive on your doorstep just in time to remind you of St Peter’s Annual Christmas Fair, which is planned for Saturday November 12th (10.30 - 3.30). As well as the many Craft stalls it is pleasing to hear that Santa Claus has found time in his busy schedule to be with us, and is looking forward to seeing the village children. (I expect he will want to see the Stanton children at their own Christmas Fair on November 26th.) During Simon’s Sabbatical it has been our privilege and pleasure to welcome other clergy to our Services - and we thank them for that. In the immediate future I commend to you the Bereavement Service, planned for 3pm on November 6th, which will be taken by Rev Peter Evans. Celebrants at Holy Communion on the next two Sundays are Rev Geoffrey Mitchell and Rev Peter Brown. Finally I conclude this ‘Church Spot’ by reporting that work on the tarmacadam path to the church has been done, the Notice Board on the reservoir side has been replaced and the lightning conductor re-affixed to the tower. And - last but not least - our thanks to John Brown for doing his own ‘Community Service’ (his words, not mine) in mowing the church field.

Martin Foster Churchwarden

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Baby & Children Nearly New Sale Sat. 19th November 2011 Equipment, books, toys and games (no Clothes) 1.30 - 3pm (1pm for NCT members) At Beaumont Leys School Anstey Lane, Leicester, LE3 0FL £1 admission (in aid of the NCT) • Children Free

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Enjoy an evening of festive entertainment at St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Each year St Peters Church at Copt Oak is decorated beautifully for Christmas and want to show it off to as many people as possible. As well as our regular services and Young Farmers’ Carol Service (Tues Dec 6th at 7.30pm) we organise a seasonal concert. This year we are fortunate to have an international pianist Mariko Terashi - to entertain us. This will be on Sat. Dec 10th at 7.30pm followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets are £5 - Tel 244229 or 249101 to book.

Don’t miss Art in Ratby on 5th & 6th November Ratby Village Society presents Art in Ratby, Ratby’s Fifth Annual Art Exhibition and Craft Fair in the Church Rooms, Church lane, Ratby.

Sue Gammon

There will be Christmas gifts and paintings for sale, and the guest art critic this year is Michael Warr of Market Bosworth. In addition, for Saturday only, the church is open with more artisans, including two painters demonstrating their work, and at 11am and 2pm guided tours of the church will take place led by a member of Ratby Local History Group. Delicious refreshments will be served daily. The exhibition and craft fair will include jewellery, traditional wooden toys, cards, cakes, puddings & preserves, exclusive designer scarves, felt corsages, woolly things, spinning & knitting, photography, hanging baskets, wood turning, home accessories, floral crafts, Christmas decorations, Local History group surname research & history books, walk books - plus many more unique and individual Christmas gift ideas. The event takes place from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 5th november and Sunday 6th November 2011 - admission 20p - families 50p.

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LETTER: Dog mess in Bagworth I am writing regarding the park in Bagworth off Maynard Walk. Many times I visit the park with my two young children but over the past few months I have noticed the ever increasing amount of dog mess in the park. I have to warn my children everywhere they walk to watch for mess. I have been there today and counted at least ten lots. One even at the top entrance to the slide. I find it disgraceful that people should take there dogs in there and not clean up after them knowing it is where children play.

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Horse Riders - Be seen on the roads Horse riders in the East Midlands are being advised to wear reflective clothing in an effort to give drivers a better chance of seeing them. Sylvia Hull of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said there are about 3,000 horse related accidents each year. She said: “It is safer not to ride on the road at night or in poor visibility, but if you do, make sure you wear reflective clothing and your horse has reflective bands above the fetlock joints and a fluorescent tail guard. “A light that shows white to the front and red to the rear should be strapped to rider’s right leg.”

Indeed sometimes they are, but it is not the case that the dull things do not matter. In fact some of the issues we debate although appearing dull will over time have a considerable impact on the community you are representing. Take the current boundary review that is being undertaken by the boundary commission for England. This review will alter the parliamentary landscape around us and despite this little public comment has been made of what is happening. The current Government have instigated a boundary review of parliamentary constituencies, they have passed legislation to reduce the number of constituencies across the UK by 50 and they have set out to ensure that each averages around 76,641 electors per constituency. The Boundary Commission is an independent and impartial public body which undertakes reviews of parliamentary constituencies every five years - although this time it will do so under a different set of rules. The review is being undertaken across the UK and although each nation has its own commission they will all be operating under the same rules and will in the end report back to parliament with a set of final recommendations. At present we are being consulted on a set of initial proposals which the Boundary Commission for England has published. The Commission has separated England into regions and it looks at each region in isolation to ensure that it meets the requirements laid down. Within the East Midlands there has been further division into what have been called sub regions and we find ourselves in the

Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire sub region. To start with across the East Midland, as a result of the changes, we will see the number of constituencies (and MPs) reduced by 2 from 46 to 44. So the 44 remaining are then allocated to ensure that they remain within 5% of the 76,641 average. This will leave us with 27 in our sub region. The need to remain within 5% of the average leads to a series of changes, with only 7 existing constituencies of the sub regions 27 unaffected, 5 of which are actually in Leicestershire. We, however - and I include all the Herald catchment area in this - will see changes, as will other surrounding neighbouring communities. The draft proposals place the Markfield, Stanton and Field Head ward in a new parliamentary constituency set to be called Mid Leicestershire. This new constituency, similar in part to the current Charnwood seat occupied by the MP Stephen Dorrell, would also include Bagworth, Thornton, Newbold Verdon and Desford. It would mean that we would cease to be part of the Bosworth constituency - to which we have belonged for as long as anyone can remember, although of course the Bosworth seat itself has changed in the past, as it once included Coalville. The Bosworth seat itself would in fact change again, losing Earl Shilton and Burbage to a new Blaby constituency but gaining large parts of the North West Leicestershire constituency (Ibstock, Hugglescote, Measham and Ashby) which used to have the late David Taylor as its MP. Coalville including Whitwick, Thringstone and Castle Donington will join together with a number of wards in South Nottinghamshire centred around Keyworth to create a new seat called Coalville and Keyworth.

It seems to me that we have two separate set of issues to deal with here. The first is to consider the impact of the move to reduce the number of MP’s and set a rigid formula of electors per seat and the second the local impact of changes here in our community. Dealing with the first is somewhat academic because the changes have already gone through parliament, but it is worth noting that compared to all our international peers and the home nations excluding England we have the least democratic influence over government already, without the proposed changes that will reduce it further. We have been told it is being done to save money, but at the same time this parliament has created yet another batch of entrants into the House of Lords. These figures are unelected and although costing less than MPs there are many more of them in the House of Lords than the elected Commons. The final point I would make is that the Electoral Reform Society estimate that as much as 10% of the eligible electorate are not registered. This figure is highest in the very seats that had the lowest number of registered electors suggesting that the differences between constituencies was never as a big as some made out. The second issue is what impact we might see locally. The concern I have is the clear break between the parliamentary constituency and our local authority. This is important because I think it helps ensure that both the Council and the MP can be held accountable not least by each other. The days when local media played a part in this have long gone, as local newspapers have merged and rid themselves of local community reporting, which at least shed light on what both were doing. It will also mean that we see further uncertainty in

Wise Words “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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writes in the Herald people’s minds about which local body represents them and their concerns. I have for years been fighting to ensure the voice of Markfield, Stanton and Field Head is heard at Hinckley, these sorts of changes could make that task harder. One thing is for sure, by requiring constituencies to always be within the 5% of the average size, changes of constituencies will become more frequent as they are reviewed every 5 years. So what now? Well we are still in the 12 week consultation period for these initial proposals which will finish on the 5th December. If changes are required to the initial proposals then a revised set will be published with further consultation. All of this will need to be completed by October 2013 which is the final date the government has set. You can view the proposals by visiting the website www.consultation. boundarycommissionforengland. or just search on google for boundary changes. I would however say that I found this quote on the Electoral Reform Society website, commentating


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of the public are invited to participate and make their views or objections known, any objection will need to be accompanied with a counter proposal setting out the composition of each constituency in the area. It is therefore unlikely that many voters will be able to meaningfully contribute to the process which instead is likely to be dominated by political parties themselves.’ Perhaps that’s a more apt summary of what this process is really all about.

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Bagworth’s Community Orchard have you visited it yet? Bagworth is the site of a Community Orchard. Have you yet been to collect apples? There has been a very good harvest this year and the trees are loaded. The access point is on Main Street. There is a small metal gateway into the field at the end of the small lane before you get to the Thornton turn. Go through this gate into the field - turn left and head for the large tree. Go down the slope looking towards your left. You will see a wooden fence with both a large and small gate, these lead directly into the orchard. Have you been to see the new Community Centre hall yet? This has made a huge improvement to the facilities and the Bagworth Forward Centre Trust is keen to encourage still more activities. It is hoped that the Parish Council will actively seek the funding to renovate the original hall to the high standard that has now been set. Some money has been allocated by Hinckley & Bosworth B.C. to replace windows, insulate to a high standard and provide a modem efficient heating system but this needs to be match funded and the work needs to be completed by February 2012. Some of the match funding has been identified so it is hoped the money already identified will not be lost. There are already a lot of activities which can be enjoyed by everyone. Just turn up at the appropriate times and enrol with the people concerned. During term time there is an excellent pre-school (which has just received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted) Mon - Fri 8.00 - 12.30 •

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1st Monday of each alternate month Parish Council

2nd Monday of each month. Bagworth Angling Club



Drop- In for tea/cake and chat each week 2 - 4

Black Belt children 6 - 7

Circuit Training 5.30 - 6.30 and 7.30 - 8.30 adults


Zumba Dancing 6.45 - 8.15


2nd Thursday each month Womens’ Institute 7 - 9

Crafty Moments 7 - 9

Bagworth Forward Group alternate Thurs 7.30 - 9.00


2nd Friday each month Big Wave Youth Club.

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Black Belt adult 6 - 7


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Four points to ponder Mary Smart of Markfield has sent The Herald some amusing points to ponder: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Why does the person who snores always fall asleep first? Why is the word ABBREVIATION so long? Which word, when written in capital letters, spells the same forwards, backwards and upside down? Name a famous English bandleader with three Os in his name.


I often quote myself; it adds spice to my conversation.

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Young people’s award scheme launches The search is on for the area’s most inspiring teenagers. An award scheme has been launched to acknowledge the achievements of teenagers across Leicester and Leicestershire. Nominations are open for the 2012 Lord-Lieutenants Awards which have seen new categories introduced to commemorate the 30th Olympiad and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. In partnership with organisations offering services to young people, including Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils, and with the business community, the awards seek to identify and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people locally. Young people aged 13 – 19 by March 29th 2012 are eligible for nomination. This year’s categories are: • Young Community Citizen of the Year: Someone whose actions have helped generate pride in their community • Young Innovator of the Year: A young person who has inspired others with their creativity and innovation in engineering, technology, music or the arts • Young Volunteer in Sport Award: Someone who has given their time and energy to volunteer in local sport • Young Sports Personality of the Year: A young person who has exceeded expectations in their individual achievement or team work • Young Disabled Sports Personality of the Year: A young person with a learning and / or physical disability who has exceeded expectations in their individual achievement or team work The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady Gretton, said: “This year is an extra special year due to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games and, to celebrate, we have introduced these new categories. “We want to hear about the achievements of as many inspirational young people as possible and recognise and celebrate the wonderful work they do. “There are many good examples of what young people have achieved, sometimes despite great disadvantage and obstacles placed before them. I would urge people to nominate people they know and who they think should be recognised by these awards.” There will be a separate award for each category - the winners will all receive a trophy and a prize to the value of £500. From the winners of these categories one person will be announced as Lord-Lieutenant’s Young Person of the Year. This outstanding achievement will be marked by the presentation of a special trophy. The closing date for nominations is January 31, 2012. *Nominees need to be aged 13-19 as of March 29th, 2012. Nomination forms and more information can be found at: uk/llawards or Alternatively call the Lieutenancy Office at County Hall on 0116 305 6060.


Dear Herald Readers You may remember that I wrote an article about the trip to Tanzania that my friend and I hope to go on next year where I hope to be able to help the local community there. Firstly I would like to thank all the people that contacted me with offers of help with my fundraising or that came and supported me at an event. So far we have had a Skittles night which raised double what we had expected. We have had a lot of items donated for car boots and we have been up early on Sunday mornings at the car boot sales. To date we have raised about half of the money needed. We are swapping the car boots for warmer activities in the near future with a Race Night and a Coffee Morning with a Toy, Book and Cake Sale. Please come along and support us on the 19th November at 10.30 – 12.30 at the Congregational Church. Thank you again to all those people who have kindly sent donations. If you would like to contact me please email sarahandphoebetanzania@hotmail. or telephone 01530 249576.

Phoebe Whittington

CHURCH WITH A DIFFERENCE Every month at the Methodist church we have a ‘service with a difference’, we call it Cafe Church. Tables and chairs are set out to enjoy a drink and something to eat, usually cake and biscuits but sometimes something a little more adventurous. We have a theme which we explore through discussion and activities which are geared to a wide age range and there is always something suitable for the very youngest as well as the more mature members of our community. It is a time for sharing and learning, singing and laughing, relaxing and enjoying the fellowship, and in the process finding a bit more about ourselves, our relationship with God, and the part we play in our community and the wider world. Why not join us this month at Trinity Methodist Church on Sunday 13th Nov at 4pm, you will be made most welcome.


Painting exhibition was a great success During the month of August, a painting exhibition was held in the 92.2FM Radio Station coffee lounge, in Coalville, in support of the charity NSPCC, aided by John and Jan Sketchley, Susie Hudson and Elena Garcia. Considering the continuing need for us all to be careful about our spending, I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the people of Coalville and surrounding villages for the support they gave to this exhibition and the NSPCC. A full £112 of paintings were sold.

Deidre Ann Cook

Watercolour Artist

I am not interested in working out. My philosophy is no pain, no pain.


THORNTON W.I. News Thursday, 10th November at 7.30 p.m. at Thornton Community Centre

“Rainbows Children’s Hospice” A Talk by Emma Ludgrove

“Rainbows” hospice for children and young people describes itself as a place where children are able to play, laugh and love life. As the only hospice in the East Midlands for children and young people, “Rainbows” is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. Its incredible team of people helps to relieve symptoms and to improve quality of life. They care for children until the end and then continue to support parents and siblings through times of bereavement. On 10th October, Emma Ludgrove will be coming to talk about the hospice from its inception fifteen years ago and to tell us of its plans for the future.

Donate a Christmas Gift In a break from our usual practice, there will be no Members’ Competition at our meeting. Instead, we will give our members the opportunity to donate a Christmas Gift for the children at “Rainbows.” The gifts are not to be wrapped and can be suitable for all ages of children up to teenagers. It is asked that cuddly toys are not donated, but gifts such as toiletries, DVD’s, CD’s and Arts & Crafts materials will be most welcome. Particularly appreciated are items which appeal to the senses – such as books with touch and feel features or toys which light up or make a noise. Please come along if you would like to join us on the evening. There is a VISITOR’S FEE of £2.

Muriel Walker

Your chance to meet council leaders PEOPLE in Hinckley & Bosworth who have any concerns, comments or suggestions about the Borough Council’s services will get an opportunity to take their queries to the very top next month. They will be able to talk directly to Council Leader Stuart Bray and Chief Executive Steve Atkinson at a drop-in session being held on Monday 14 November from 4.30pm to 6pm. Everyone who wishes will be given a 10 minute slot with the two people who lead the Council from a political and operational perspective. Slots will be allocated on a first come – first served basis. This initial session has been arranged to gauge whether the format is a success or not and whether it is worth continuing in the future. Councillor Bray said: “The Administration have always said we want to listen to what people have to say and this drop-in session is just one of the ways in which we are trying to achieve this.” Anyone wishing to take part should contact Jane Stew on jane.stew@ or 01455 255606.

Laugh and the world laughs with you; snore and you sleep alone.


Can you make space for a baby?

Fostering can be one of the most rewarding experiences there is and makes a huge difference to the lives of the children who need it. Leicestershire County Council is looking for more foster carers to look after young babies to give them a safe and caring home while they are unable to live with their own families. Since June in Leicestershire there have been 38 placement referrals for children under the age of 18 months to be placed in care. They may need to live with foster carers for a few days, a few weeks or for longer. No professional qualifications are required to become a foster carer. Anyone who likes children and wants to put their needs first can make a real difference. Foster carers can be: • Working or unemployed • Single or living with a partner • Male or female, from any race or culture • A home owner or tenant • Any age whether from your 20s or your 60s Currently in Leicestershire, there are 197 foster carers, who look after 316 of our children in care. The children are from all ages and have a number of different needs. One family who knows all too well about the rewards of fostering are the Lambert family. Tim and Marie Lambert from North West Leicestershire have three children and are fostering a teenager and also a five-week old baby girl. Marie said: “Tim and I love children and decided to look into fostering and adoption. We’ve never looked back; fostering is a truly worthwhile experience for us. It gives us a great sense of achievement and pride knowing that we are giving children the chance to lead a normal happy life where they can feel safe, secure and loved. Looking after a young and innocent little baby brings out the best in us and although she keeps us on our toes, it is hugely rewarding especially knowing that we are giving her the best possible start in life that we can.” Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “Fostering makes a huge difference to the children who need to be looked after and also to those that find the kindness in their hearts to foster a child. At present we are particularly looking for carers to look after young babies and provide them with a loving home. “Heightened awareness because of cases like that of 17 month old Peter Connelly, known as Baby P, has brought child protection to the forefront of people’s minds. Following this, there was a lot of concern about making the right decisions and choices especially when it comes to babies. This in turn has lead to an increase in the number of babies in our care, a trend that is occurring throughout the rest of the country. “The County Council offers good support, advice and a comprehensive training programme for carers. If you are interested in fostering then please do get in touch and help make a difference to the lives of these young children.” If you believe you have what it takes to foster and can make space in your life, your home and your world please contact us today: Call on: 0116 305 4912 or on freephone: 0800 587 7767 Visit: Email:

On the peril of choosing new kneelers The Rectory St. James the Least of All

My dear Nephew Darren After all these years, I now understand why the noncomformist denominations sit down, rather than kneel, to say their prayers. That way, no decisions have to be taken over the number, size, shape, colour, material and design of kneelers in church. Our present set was donated by a retired Major-General in 1899 to celebrate the relief of Mafeking and a century of use by the pious and notso-devout has taken its toll. Like certain members of our congregation, they now look a little worse for wear. Many have sprung leaks, so that when used, a jet of flocking is emitted all over the clothes of their neighbour, who then has to leave Mattins looking like a Yeti. Other kneelers have been occupied by grateful mice, who find them most congenial for nesting and who leave in high umbrage, creating chaos as Miss Mapp chases them down the aisle with her umbrella; that this provides her with the perfect excuse to leave before the sermon is, I am sure, entirely coincidental. The final straw came when my own, by some quirk in its design, now sounds like a whoopee cushion every time I kneel. It may cause the choirboys much amusement, but lends nothing to the dignity of our worship. So we have decided to have a completely new set – and therein lies the problem. Who makes them? What will be the designs? Who co-ordinates the whole project? There is enough here to occupy the combined minds of our Church Council for the next Millennium and there will be enough scheming, manoeuvring, signing of non-aggression pacts and formation of tactical truces to make the United Nations look like amateurs. Unfortunately, we do not have the ecclesiastical equivalents of the blue berets to enforce peace. The more patriotic members of the congregation have suggested they all show the Union Jack – presumably so they can be waved at appropriate moments in our services; one belligerent individual wants to see depictions of St. Michael slaughtering the dragon, John the Baptist’s head on a platter and other such tasteful scenes; on the other hand, dear Miss Timmins wants them all to depict doves or small fluffy creatures, which would make the church look more like pets corner. Cutting through these vital issues, I have suggested that the entire congregation converts to Roman Catholicism.... and then we could stand for our prayers and do without kneelers entirely. Your loving uncle,

Eustace In Jane’s Christmas drawing, two of the camels were approaching the inn, over which was pictured a huge star. The third camel and its rider were going directly away from it. “Why is the third man going in a different direction?” her mother asked. Jane replied, “Oh, he’s looking for a place to park.”

Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.


Markfield & Thornton Theatre Group Presents: Mother Goose… the Gallivantings at Gooseberry Green

a traditional family pantomime written and directed by Muriel Walker at Thornton Community Centre Monday 9th January to Saturday 14th January 2012 at 7.30 p.m. nightly, with a matinee performance at 3.00 p.m on Saturday 14th. Tickets (£5 & £4) Concessions may be booked on 01455 822148 “Mother Goose” is one of the oldest pantomime stories and perhaps the one with the most obvious struggle between good and evil. Mother Goose is tested to prove her worth as a good, kind person. She has great wealth bestowed upon her, in the form of a goose which, believe it or not, lays golden eggs. However, she craves beauty and is tempted to enter the “Pool of Beauty”. If she does, she must give up all that she holds dear – and that includes Priscilla the Goose! Our version has all the elements that are beloved by Pantomime audiences. If you come to see us, you’ll meet the delightfully dotty Dame Gloria Gertie Goose and her beau, the bashful Billy Buttercup, the delectable Principle Girl and the courageously upright Principle Boy (who always fall in love with minutes of meeting), the Wicked Squire, (whose intentions are always dishonourable) and his sidekick Clodhopper - together with a bevy of beautiful fairies whose Queen may be Britain’s Next Top Model! To add a little more wickedness to the plot’s melting-pot, rumour has it that the Fairy Arachne, who vanished into the depths of Time, (Somewhere near Hill Hole), two years ago, is planning to make a comeback! Oh, of course, we mustn’t forget the Goose herself – Priscilla Hermione May – to be precise. We are fortunate indeed to have, as our Chorus, pupils from the Linda Williams’ Academy of Dance and Drama which is based in Desford. Linda’s own background as a West End dancer and choreographer are brought to bear upon all her teaching and her pupils’ dance routines are a pleasure to watch. Young dancers from our precious pantomimes are now, under Linda’s guidance, embarking upon or pursuing their own theatrical careers in prestigious London Dance Colleges. With all this on offer, can we persuade you to come along and support your local Drama Group? Pantomimes are only one part of what we do, but we have always been concerned that we maintain a good reputation for presenting colourful, happy shows which are entirely suitable for a family audience. We have worked hard over the years to bring good theatrical productions to the locality. If you haven’t been to see any of them, then I urge you to speak to someone who has, because a personal recommendation is, perhaps, more effective than any publicity article I write. AN APPEAL FOR HELP: Could you spare some time in January to come and help backstage for the pantomime? Rolling backcloths and shifting scenery is demanding work, physically – so, if you think you can help, please give me a ring on the number above and we can talk about it. The backstage helpers are a much appreciated team, and often have just as much fun as those on stage! Finally – tickets , we’re happy to note, are selling very quickly, so PLEASE RING AND ORDER YOURS!

Muriel Walker My one regret in life is that I am not someone else.


Bagworth Forward Group News We have our annual Christmas Prize Bingo on November 28. Eyes Down at 7.30 pm. Some very good Christmas prizes to be won. An evening which everyone enjoys. All of the profits will go towards enhancing the village. Bagworth Forward Group is a small group of volunteers who feel they have made a difference to the life of the village. We first met in October 2001. To mark our anniversary, we have renovated the water pump in Main Street and have added a brass plaque to mark this 8th occasion. Page advert: 95 x 65mm We would be very grateful if you would like to join us and help to enhance the life of the village. We normally meet every other Thursday in the Community Centre. We have organised fewer events this year due to the changes in the Community Centre. We are looking forward to getting back to normal. If you would like to join us or require further information, please contact Rosemary (01530 2303476) or Bob (

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Our Community School and St Mary’s Church Stanton under Bardon invite you to a


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12.00 – 1.30 p.m. “Drop in for a cuppa or stay to lunch.” “We would love to see you!” The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.


What’s been happening at Markfield Community Centre Yvonne Retires If you are a regular user of the Centre on Monday and Tuesday evenings you cannot have failed to notice the absence of one of our duty officers Yvonne Lem.

Hoots Mon! A Scottish Ceilidh

Yvonne has been a duty officer at the Centre for over six years but has finally decided to retire and spend more time with her husband Mick enjoying holidays and all those things that you want to do in retirement. Yvonne really enjoyed her time at the Centre and I know she will miss all the customers, the friendliness and just being part of our team. To mark her retirement we presented her with a lovely bouquet of flowers and a couple of hard earned gin and tonics. Happy retirement Yvonne, enjoy yourself and don’t forget to keep in touch.

On the evening of Saturday 8th October the Centre was awash with kilts, tartan, dancing and even the strains of bagpipe music as a Scottish Ceilidh was in full swing raising funds on behalf of Christian Aid and the St.Wilfred’s Development fund. People enjoyed both watching and trying out traditional Scottish dancing with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society plus listening to a marvellous Piper and even a couple of renditions of amusing folk stories. The evening was concluded by everyone getting together to sing Auld Lang Syne

Skate Park Kids Sam’s 30th Birthday Villager Sam Greasley celebrated her BIG Three-O birthday at the centre with family and friends on the 2nd October. Sam describes herself as an entrepreneur and perhaps we will see her with Sir Alan Sugar in the future. Sam also seems to be a secret candidate for next year’s Olympics as apparently she thrashed every one else in a Sumo Wrestling Competition perhaps she will be a Gold medal winner for us. Happy Birthday Sam from all at the Centre.

Young people are often knocked by us adults for their behaviour however, our management Committee have asked me to mention our skate park kids and some of the positive things they have done. OK they can be noisy and sometimes leave litter but overall they are a great bunch of young people who love the skate park and enjoy meeting at the skate park to simply socialise in a safe place and improve their skills – better than staying in and watching the telly or using their X-Boxes I would say. You probably don’t know this but they have helped to repair the skate park, tidy up litter and even raise funds to help support the Parish Council maintain the skate park. They now want to start their own Magic Markfield BMX/Skate Park Club that will give them somewhere to go when they can’t use the skate park, make them aware of personal safety, give them a voice, help them to fund raise, improve their skills but most of all have their own club and identity. I must applaud their enthusiasm and commitment to the point that we are currently applying here there and every where to provide some funds for them to kick start this great opportunity for them. If anyone can help out please get in touch as these young people deserve your support.

There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

17 Monthly update from Ron Grantham of Markfield Community Association Diamond Jubilee - 3rd June 2012 Don’t forget we are planning a village celebration event to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June. We need all the help and support we can get. Things are falling into place bit by BUT surely there must be someone out there that can help us with organising a Royal Fancy Dress parade, Village Queen and perhaps a village tug of war competition so, don’t be shy, step up to the plate and please give us your support.

And finally - a SPECIAL OFFER Once again, as a way of rewarding our customers, we will be offering free bar function booking hire of the Centre from January to March 2012. This means that you can have a family celebration without the cost of the normal room and bar hire costs. This was a very popular offer last year and many took the opportunity to benefit from this great offer. So, if you are planning a family event early next year don’t miss out and contact the Centre Manager for terms and conditions and secure your booking. Don’t forget you can view all the Centre of the news and activities on our website at For booking and enquiries please contact Markfield Community and Sports Centre, Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST or ring 01530 242240

Ibstock’s Community Art Gallery is up and running Ibstock’s Community Art Gallery is in the Community information Centre at Ibstock Business Centre, 57 High Street, Ibstock. The gallery will host a rolling exhibition of artwork created by local artists and is open every week day between 9.00am and 5.00pm. New exhibitors are most welcome.

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Markfield Homemakers Programme Markfield HomeMakers meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, on the second Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm. Contact No’s: Brenda on 01530 242173 or Iris on 01530 242436 • Nov 9th ~Malcolm Warner ~ Christmas in words and music • Dec 14th ~ Christmas Party • Jan 11th 2012~ Dinner

One in six people will have a stroke, but most strokes can be prevented The theme of this year’s World Stroke Day on 29 October was “One in Six”, referring to the facts that one in six people will have a stroke at some point in their lifetime, and that a stroke will be the cause of someone’s death every six seconds. These, says the World Stroke Organization (WSO), are everyday people leading everyday lives, but around 85% of them will have risk factors which, if identified, are preventable. There are now more than one million strokes per year in Europe, and stroke, along with heart disease, cancers diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, is a non-communicable disease whose risk is increased by cigarette smoking, an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol. Global predictions indicate that the incidence of fatal stroke (along with heart disease and cancers) will continue to rise, from around 6 million per year in 2010 to almost 8 million per year by 2030. The European Society of Cardiology emphasises that most of these same risks for stroke are also the major risks for coronary heart disease. Moreover, atrial fibrillation, the most common disorder of heart rhythm, has also been clearly associated with an increased risk of stroke. Professor Freek Verheugt, from the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam and speaking on behalf of the ESC, says: “Stroke is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, so by identifying and modifying risk factors there are opportunities to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of this devastating condition.” According to the World Stroke Organization, there are six steps anyone can take to reduce their risk of stroke : • Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol. • Be physically active and exercise regularly. • Avoid obesity by keeping to a healthy diet. • Limit your alcohol consumption.

• Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop. • Learn to recognise the warning signs of a stroke. The WSO also emphasises the importance of time if any of the warning signs are apparent: a sudden numbness, especially at one side of the body; sudden trouble speaking or seeing; loss of balance or sudden vertigo; and a sudden severe headache with no apparent cause. Any of these signs are a cause for alarm, because, says Professor Verheugt, stroke is a medical emergency and any minutes saved now can make a big difference to survival. “Time lost is brain function lost,” says the WSO. It is also now clear that stroke survivors will do better if they are admitted to dedicated stroke units staffed by multidisciplinary teams. Hospital care, medication, vascular surgery and rehabilitation are the cornerstones of treatment. Stroke (which is also known as cerebrovascular disease) occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen to the brain is either blocked by a clot (ischaemic stroke) or bursts (haemorrhagic stroke). Without oxygen and nutrients, brain cells begin to die, and it is the extent and location of this damage which determines the severity of the stroke. In 1976 the World health Organization defined stroke as “a neurological deficit of cerebrovascular cause that persists beyond 24 hours or is interrupted by death within 24 hours”. ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, which were updated in 2007, list stroke alongside coronary artery disease, heart failure and peripheral artery disease as cardiovascular diseases within the scope of prevention initiatives. The ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines distinguish between haemorrhagic stroke (around 15% of cases) and

ischaemic stroke, but add that the cause of many strokes remains undetermined. The Guidelines note that “antihypertensive treatment reduces risk of both ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke”, and that “stroke prevention is still the most important effect of antihypertensive treatment”. The Interstroke study, which was reported in 2010 following an analysis of stroke data from 22 countries, indicates that ten risk factors are associated with 90% of the risk of stroke.(1) The highest attributable effect of individual risk factors was 35% from hypertension, 26.5% for waist-to-hip ratio, and 19% for current smoking. Moreover, a study of activity in the reduction of stroke risk in almost 50,000 people in Finland (and followed up for almost 20 years) found that “high physical activity” was associated with a lower risk of stroke than low physical activity. Similar reductions in risk were found with “daily active commuting”.(2) As defined in the European Heart Health Charter, the ESC’s declared targets for cardiovascular health throughout the European Union are : • Zero smoking • Three kilometres daily walking • Five portions of fruit and vegetables per day • <140/90 mmHg blood pressure • <5 mmol/l total cholesterol • <3 mmol/l LDL-cholesterol • Zero diabetes Professor Verheugt also emphasises that some patients with irregular heart beat run a significant risk of stroke. He says: “All individuals with irregular heart beat should see a doctor, who can diagnose whether this heart rhythm disorder is likely to lead to stroke. If so, blood thinning medication can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 70%.”

“Stroke is not an inevitable consequence of ageing, so by identifying and modifying risk factors there are opportunities to reduce the incidence and mortality rate of this devastating condition.” Professor Freek Verheugt

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Markfield Rangers are up for the Cup! After a terrific start to the season both teams had a difficult October. The 1st team had started with a fantastic win in the County Cup against the hotly tipped FC Britannia. In a high scoring cup tie the Rangers managed to come out eventual 4-3 winners.

Unfortunately this form didn’t continue when they returned to league action with a disappointing loss at the fortress Altar Stones to Sporting Loughborough followed by an away thrashing to league leaders Swannington. Swannington weren’t able to celebrate their victory long however as they travelled to Altar Stones the next Sunday, where they were dispatched 4-1 with a performance that the Rangers faithful would be more accustomed with. The ever improving Reserves began the month with an equally impressive away cup win against the oddly named Office Update FC. The Reserves coming out 6-3 winners. Unfortunately the team suffered a similar cup hangover to the 1st team and went on to lose the following week against Birstall Trees Reserves. The Reserves finished the month with a 1-1 draw against Cropston Reserves before a 6-4 defeat against Coalville Athletic. A difficult November looms but I’m confident that both teams can return to form and set themselves up for a successful season. The Rangers are having a Race Night on Saturday 26th November at the Queens Head, Markfield and you are all invited! The night kicks off at 8pm and will help to raise much needed funds for the club. We hope you can join us!

Tom Flowitt Chairman

THE LUKE JACKSON CHARITY The 2011 year end payments of the Luke Jackson Charity will take place as follows: • Bagworth Community Centre - Saturday 3rd December - 10am to 12 noon. • Thornton Community Centre - Saturday 10th December - 11am to 12 noon. To qualify, you must have been resident in the village for at least 12 months and be receipt of a State Retirement pension. New applicants should bring the necessary proof of eligibility. A letter of consent should be brought if collecting on behalf of other people.

Table Top Sale Inside at Bagworth Working Men’s Club Saturday 3rd December 10 am to 3 pm £6 to rent a table. Contact 01530 230205

The Divorce Diary Of A Psychic Housewife Would having psychic powers help you through a divorce? Shelley Palmer discovered the true extent of her psychic powers when the word ‘divorce’ was mentioned in 1997. Psychic experiences prior to that had been limited but were not unusual. However, it did seem unusual when a disembodied voice began dictating a diary one morning in a humorous style, quite unlike Shelley’s own style of writing! Shelley quickly realised that reinventing herself as a main character in a diary/book could prove very therapeutic.Experiencing the day-to-day events associated with divorce, such as moving house, stress-related health problems, advice from various sources etc., became an adventure.She saw herself in third person and in a very humorous way. Shelley’s humour is dry, caustic and often ‘bitchy’ as she herself would admit. She expresses herself in a self-deprecating way as do many housewives when a stage in their life knocks their confidence. The beginning of the book gives an insight into Shelley’s character and motivations. There was always a theme of ‘A Big Romance’ which she had not quite achieved.This ‘Romance’ finally materialised after marriage, via a third party and ultimately did not live up to expectations.It was part of events that then led to divorce. Characters appear throughout the book, some expected, some unexpected, including: friends, husband, doctor, neighbours, financial advisor, son, ‘other woman’ and boyfriend. Many of these appear in scenarios which would would have proved upsetting or unhelpful had it not been for the positive and humorous slant achieved through the writing of the diary. In the latter part of the book Shelley focuses on her psychic aspirations and learns tarot and reiki (a form of alternative healing). She details these experiences, which include some rather ‘interesting’ characters, with the same humour throughout. Her down-to-earth approach for life, rises over all the newage influences to make for a very colourful narrative. Shelley’s writing overall is creative and entertaining and almost has an element of fantasy in some parts, but the whispers of truth are there and will be recognised by every woman on the verge of divorce...

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Don’t miss the Hospice Hope ‘Lights of Love’ service The annual Hospice Hope ‘LIGHTS OF LOVE’ service will take place on Sunday 4th December 2011 at 4pm, at the Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold. Please join us and celebrate the life and love of someone special by dedicating a light on the Christmas tree in memory of them. Featuring Concordia Choir and the Oddfellows Brass Band. For further details please contact Carol Smith on 01530 411896 or Kate Last on 01530 415129, or email

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Ratby Village Society Programme For 2012 Meetings start at 8pm in the Village Hall, Main Street, Ratby, and are held on the third Tuesday monthly, except July and December when there are no meetings. The AGM takes place in February. All meetings include refreshments. Admission: members £1.60 - casual guests £2.50 • 17th January - Leicester’s Lord Mayor, Cllr.Robert Wann will be interviewed by Andy Cereseto for the ‘Personalities Revealed’ evening to support The Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Fund. These funds are used to help the serving and former members of the Royal Anglian Regiment and their dependants who are in need, hardship or distress. Private Chris Gray of Ratby was a member of the Royal Anglian Regiment who was tragically killed in action in Helmand Province on April 13th 2007. A picture painted specially for this evening’s occasion by artist Peter Griffin is to be raffled, and all proceeds will go to the fund. • 21st February -Annual General Meeting. • 20th March - Brian Leader and Dawn Tudor talk on ‘First Steps to Researching your Family History’ including information on photo scanning and restoration. Please bring a notebook and pencil with you. • 17th April - ‘The Secret Diary of Susiecue aged 65¾ Light-hearted memories of a baby boomer. • 15th May - Mrs Taylor - ‘Post Office Patter’ - the other side of the counter! • 19th June - A friendly ‘Table Quiz’ with a Royal theme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne. Come dolled up in

your glitz and glamour - bow ties and tiaras are the order of the night, and bring a flag to wave if you have one. • There is no meeting in July. • 11th August - Ratby’s Annual Show. Give a thought to the fruit and veg you will grow for this year’s event. Also floral, plants, cookery, preserves, poetry, handicrafts, photography and many more classes this time. Encourage your friends and neighbours to take part. You don’t have to live in Ratby to enter; everyone is welcome. Refreshments available. • 21st August - ‘Against the Odds’ a talk by David Scott touching on the lives of some remarkable blind people. • 18th September- ‘My duties as H.M. Coroner’ by the Leicester Coroner, Mrs Catherine Mason. • 16th October - Anne Halsey delivers her talk entitled ‘Rails and Rockies’, in which she describes a rail trip from Toronto to Vancouver and into the Rockies via the Rocky Mountaineer. • 20th November - ‘The Lives and Music of George and Ira Gershwin’ with Chris Simpson. Chris delivers his talk and plays the musical recordings of this famous couple. Refreshments include seasonal mince pies. • There is no meeting in December.

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November Fayre Saturday 12th November 10 am till 12 noon Congregational Church Hall Raffle, Gifts, Cakes / Groceries, Household Goods, Bric-a-brac, Refreshments All welcome Offers of help & contributions appreciated

Charity Dance raised £216 The recent Charity Dance at Bagworth Working Men’s Club raised the impressive total of £216 for Breast Cancer Research, It was a great night, and everyone enjoyed it.

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Volunteers required by Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation The Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation require volunteers to assist in the tea room and charity shop at Ulverscroft Grange. If you would like to help and become a part of this unique charity please ring 01530 244914 or call in and see us. Any support you can give will be very much appreciated For further information please visit: www. Telephone 01530 244914 or email: Ulverscroft Grange Community Support and Wellbeing Centre, Whitwick Road, Ulverscroft near Markfield LE67 9QB.

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

Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2011

Markfield WI visit the Palace

All the details about this appeal were printed on page 18 of the October issue of The Herald. There is just one week left before the boxes need to be completed and leaflets should still be available at Stanton PO or Thornton shop if you want to take part, or by ringing Glynis on 01530 230272. Thank you to everyone who has brought boxes so far – please bring any remaining boxes to our Sunday morning services at Cross Hills on either 6th or 13th November or to Glynis Straw at 110 Main Street, Thornton between 8th and 13th November. We will be taking all the completed boxes to our usual drop-off point, The Hall School, Glenfield, on Monday 14th November. If you have any questions, please ring the number above.

Christmas Fayre Saturday 26th November

The sun shone on members of Markfield WI and friends on Sept 28th when we set off on a day out in London, the main objective of which was to visit ‘The Palace’ and see ‘The Dress’. We travelled by train from Leicester, a smooth and uneventful journey in contrast to last year’s trip when the reserved seats didn’t exist. On arriving at St Pancras we split up into smaller groups to pursue our own interests, some visiting the National Gallery, some shopping in the West End and some spending time drinking coffee, eating lunch and browsing in Covent Garden Market. All of these in glorious sunshine. We met up outside the Palace and joined the queue for the 2.45 tour and after security checks, fortunately no repeat of the confiscated wine incident at the races, began our tour. All the State Rooms were visited and the audio tour gave us plenty of information as we went round. It was all very impressive but we were glad we didn’t have to do the dusting! A Faberge exhibition was also part of the tour and we saw some amazing objects collected by various monarchs since Queen Victoria’s reign. Then we entered the ballroom and were able to see Kate’s dress in all its glory. There was also a presentation on video by Sarah Burton, the designer of the dress, which showed us what went into the designing and making of both the dress and the shoes which was fascinating. This also gave us a chance for a brief sit down which was very welcome. We also saw the shoes, very high, earrings and bouquet and in the next room the wedding cake which had been decorated by a lady from Melton Mowbray. Is she a WI member we wondered. We then completed our tour of the State Rooms and emerged into the sunshine to enjoy a welcome cup of tea! After photos and a visit to the shop we made our way out of the Palace along a path round the lawn and lake which was bordered by trees just beginning to turn golden with Autumn colours. A lovely end to a most enjoyable day. So where to next year girls?

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Come and join us at Bagworth Community Centre between 11am and 2pm for our annual Christmas Fayre. This year we have a special performance by The Faith Academy dancers at 12 noon. Come and have your photo taken with Santa Claus and get a present, have a go on the tombola, cakes to buy, a raffle, £1 in the bucket and lots more. Stay and have a cup of tea or coffee and some delicious home-made cake. We look forward to seeing you there. Look out for local posters in the villages in late November for full information.

Emmaus: The Way of Faith Anyone is welcome to this friendly and informal course, which takes place monthly on a Saturday morning, whether you attend Cross Hills, another church or just want to find out more about the Christian faith. We were pleased to welcome some friends from Barlestone Baptist church at the October meeting and there was plenty of interesting discussion between all of us. Please contact Garry on the

number below for the dates of the meetings if you wish to join us.

Tots Quackers has now merged with a former Bagworth Tots group. If you want to come along to this group, it is now being held in the hall at Cross Hills Church on a Thursday afternoon from 1.30 to 3pm. Lots of play equipment and activities and everyone is welcome to come along. A donation of £1 is requested per family and includes tea, coffee or squash. For further information please contact Bekki on 01530 230272 or at r.holmes.314@

Christmas Lunch Outing We are hoping to arrange a Festive Christmas Lunch for Cross Hills members and friends on either Wednesday 7th or Wednesday 14th December and, after seeing their menu, have decided to try a new venue this year, The Forest Hill Golf Club. The cost would be £16.95 for 3 courses with coffee and mince pies, so if you would like to join us please ring Glynis or David on 01530 230272 as soon as possible as we will have to make our booking soon. • Details of our Services are in the Church Service Information section in this magazine. We serve tea and coffee after our services and offer friendship to anyone visiting for the first time. Contact Numbers Pastor - Garry Kelly: 01455 457802 Secretary - Robert Holmes: 01530 231901 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272 Parish Nurse - Vera Harding: 01530 230557

Glynis Straw Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

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Extracts from Stanton Under Bardon Parish Council Minutes Below are brief extracts from the as-yet unapproved minutes of the meeting of Stanton under Bardon Parish Council held on Tuesday 4th October 2011 at The Youth Club, Stanton under Bardon, Leicestershire at 7.00pm

Community police comments No further crime reported. PC Harlock was notified of an incident near the Primary School where a child was nearly run over. The Council have asked if speeding can be monitored near the school especially at home time. Sadie is going into the school next week and will speak to the Headteacher about the Councils Concerns and also for it to be raised with the parents. She will also email County Hall to request for traffic calming, but if no incidents are reported to the police it is unlikely that anything will be done by the Council.

Conclusion of Audit The Audit has now been passed and concluded and was advertised on 18/09/11 for anyone who wished to view it.

Access from houses on to Recreation Ground It was agreed that all houses that have created an access on to the Recreation Ground are to be written to, to ask them to block the access off and not to use this.

Planning applications/permissions/ refusals With regard to the David Wilson Planning Application, LCC Highways may be withdrawing there objections to this. The Council encouraged Parishioners to write to David Sprason with their concerns. With regard to the land owned by the Parish Council near the Bottom Allotments there has been interest from Taylor-Wimpey, Persimmon Homes, Bellway, Davidson and Cadeby homes for development of this land. Nothing has yet been agreed.

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Charity Go Karting Event raises £585 for underprivileged children


A charity go-karting day organised by Sapcote Tile Centre raised £585 for a charity supporting underprivileged children from Belarus whose lives continue to be adversely affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

The event was hosted by Geoff Deacon and Ken Oldham, proprietors of the Sutton Circuit in support of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leics), and was attended by local businesses, each of whom put forward a team of four competitors. A total of nine teams took part in the two hour endurance race with many more spectators coming along to support their teams. The aim of the event was to raise £500 to sponsor 7yr old Palina - pictured above - from the Mogilev region of Belarus, who will be returning to Leicestershire next August on the second year of a 5-year program designed to give her respite from the difficult conditions she endures in her homeland. FOCC’s Group Coordinator, John Buckby said “The charity is extremely grateful to Geoff and Ken for their generous sponsorship of Palina and to Dez Bright of Sapcote Tile Centre for promoting the event amongst local businesses. The holidays that we are able to provide make a real difference to the lives of these children, and also provide a lifeline for their struggling families”. For information on the charity, please contact John Buckby on 01455 285799, e-mail: or visit the charity’s website at

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County Councillor’s Report from David Sprason Car sales on the highway Sometimes the law and bureaucrats get in the way of dealing with what seems a simple issue. This is certainly the case when it comes to the cars being sold on both sides of the road at Field Head. The law through The Town and Country Planning Act, The Clean Neighborhoods and Environment Act and Section 147a of the Highways Act allows councils to deal with the unlawful use of public land for the sale of vehicles. Councillors, residents, Police have all complained pointing out the nuisance and the distraction to drivers. You would have thought then that the bureaucrats at the councils would use these powers to address the situation on behalf of the taxpayer. The reality is that the bureaucrats are actually giving us reasons why they cannot do it, finding excuse after excuse as to why the law favours the seller and not the safety of the road users. The simple solution is the bureaucrats should get out of their comfy offices get together and use the law to deal with this clear unlawful use of taxpayer’s public land. I would point out one area that the HBBC planners have acted;

the prevention of sponsored roundabouts. The highways authority has been told that this is a clear distraction to road users and will not be allowed resulting in the County Council losing out on extra income. All County and Borough Councillor’s have been pushing officers to get this issue addressed. I would urge as many of you to send letters or emails to HBBC planning enforcement officers and County highways officers expressing your dissatisfaction at their lack of action.

New initiative to support social enterprises working with vulnerable adults Leicestershire County Council is providing support and advice for social enterprises, local small business individuals and groups that provide or want to provide community based services to local people with support needs. The move aims to create more local and personalised choices for vulnerable adults. The availability of a wider range of services will benefit those who wish to have

more control over the kind of support they receive by enabling people to buy services directly from local ‘micro’ providers if they choose. Micro Enterprises can be made up of individuals, social enterprises, volunteers or small businesses with less than five employees that are independent of any larger organisation. The County Council is looking for people with talents, skills and local knowledge who can offer valuable community based services to people. The Council is currently providing support to a number of individuals and small groups in the process of setting up their own enterprises and is keen to hear from those already up and running. The range of services currently offered in Leicestershire by Micro Enterprises includes: • Physical activities, health and well being • Domestic services for frail older people • Creative workshops and community participation • Enterprise and support into self employment for vulnerable adults • Art based programme for dementia suffers and carers • Alternative therapies and self

One In Four Middle Class Fiftysomethings Expects To Work Past 70 Two thirds expect to become semi-retired A new study by Heartwood suggests that semi-retirement among wealthier people is becoming an increasingly necessary and complex life stage, with nearly a quarter (24%) of middle class workers aged over 50 delaying retirement until they are at least seventy. Almost two thirds (63%) expect to enter semi-retirement and four in ten (41%) are planning to remain in work for an average of five years longer than they had originally planned. This is a growing trend, as in contrast only 31% of retired people said they had been semiretired and on average they were in semi-retirement for less than two years prior to leaving work for good. It is expected that this movement will continue over the coming years, enhanced by the announcement this week that the default retirement age in the UK has now been fully abolished, making it easier for people to put off full retirement for longer.

For the majority, this is not driven by a love of their job but by concerns of their ability to fund their retirement. When asked why they were delaying full retirement, a third (33%) of higher-earning semiretirees said they couldn’t afford to while 18% blamed the higher cost of living. One in five (20%) said they needed to keep working in order to support their children and 18% cited the fall in the value of their pension. Simon Lough, Chief Executive of Heartwood comments: “Longer periods of semi-retirement are increasingly becoming the norm amongst even wealthier people in their fifties and sixties. In many cases they are being faced with

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greater demands being placed on their pension pots, rises in the cost of living and unexpected financial commitments such as supporting their children for longer than they originally anticipated. “Even compared to a year ago the number of semi-retired people has grown by 43% and we would expect this trend to continue as economic pressures force people into having to generate additional income for longer, making it more important than ever to start planning as early as possible.” Heartwood offers retirement planning services, usually in parallel with investment management. For further information on Heartwood, visit

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A pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at the REEL CINEMA in Loughborough To go into the draw for the prizes, all you have to do is find - and mark a line through - 12 former Prime Ministers. These can run vertically, horizontally or diagonally (and backwards!). Send your entry to: ORDER, ORDER!, The Herald, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by Wednesday 23rd November 2011. Remember to include your name and address. The first all-correct entry drawn out of the Editor’s Trilby will win the Meal for Two (see ad on right), and the second will win the Cinema Tickets. Good luck!





















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Last issue’s Wordsearch winners!

Congratulations! Your Pair of Adult Tickets to see a film at The Reel Cinema in Loughborough will be sent to you in the next 21 days.

Zen Goshin Ryu Club News It has been an incredible year for the Zen Goshin Ryu Martial Arts School. In May the club was invited to carry out a number of demonstrations and displays at the TMAS Martial Arts show held at the NEC. The show is the largest of its type in the UK with displays by Martial Artists from around the world. The following month the club carried out a display at the Riverside Festival in Leicester. In recent months 9 students have passed their Brown Belts including Paul Stinson who at the age of 12 became the youngest Brown Belt in the club. In October the club gained two new Black Belts. After a demanding 2½ hour grading, Keith Turner and Richard Morris passed their 1st Degree Black Belts. They are pictured being presented with their certificates and belts by Chief Instructor Andrew Walker and Sensei Gavin Walker. Andrew commented “that they have trained with the club for over 5 years and have shown amazing dedication and effort. During this time they have become outstanding Martial Artists and fully deserve their Black Belts.” The club runs 10 classes in the Markfield area with over 130 dedicated members ranging in age from 4 to 50+. For further information about the club and training times please contact Andrew on either 01530 231714 or 07975 833078 or visit

  I’m quite easy to get along with, once you learn to beckon at my every call and yield to all my desires.

27 HAMLIN’S PLUMBING SERVICES All Types of Plumbing Work Undertaken No job too small Call Mick on 01530 245155 or 07813 065538 Qualified Local Plumber with Years of Experience

Extracts from the Minutes of Markfield Parish Council’s Meeting on Tuesday 4th October The following topics were among the items discussed at the meeting of Markfield Parish Council on Tuesday 4th October 2011: September 2011 Crime Figures 1 Burglary Dwelling: Ratby Lane 2 Burglary Other: Little Shaw Lane and Leicester Road 3 Theft From : 2 at Little Shaw Lane and 1 at Hill Lane Industrial Estate

Inspector R Ward Mr Lay explained that the Parish Council had invited Inspector R Ward to attend the meeting to discuss their concerns relating to the changes to the local Beat Boundaries. The initial concern was that officers would once again be pulled away from Markfield to attend crimes in other areas therefore reducing the police presence in Markfield as in the past. However over the last few months the Parish Council had found this not to be the case and had found that the very good relationship built up over the last few years with the local beat team was continuing very successfully. Inspector Ward stated that the recent restructuring of the Local Policing Units was more of an administrative change to improve the Unit’s efficiency and that he was very keen to keep PC S Harlock as the local main beat officer as she had proved very effective. He also stated that the Community Office at the Community Centre had been a great success and would continue as a base for the local beat team. He reported that crime throughout the borough had fallen significantly over the first six months of the year; total crime was down 17.6% meaning 550 fewer victims of crime. House Burglaries were down by almost 26%, serious violent crime had dropped by just over 27% and all violent crimes fell by 19%. Mr Lay thanked Inspector Ward for attending the meeting commended

the commitment and dedication of the Local Policing Unit for the benefits accomplished for the residents of Markfield.


Local History Group – Proposal to erect a War Memorial in Markfield

Mr Lay stated that trustees had written to the Charity Commission giving the details of local organisations’ projects they proposed to benefit from the proceeds of the sale. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons Part of the main programme of events over the Jubilee weekend in June 2012. The Beacons would be lit between the hours of 10pm10.30pm on Monday 4th June 2012. Two types of Beacons are being used for this occasion: a traditional Bonfire Beacon and the

Mr Gannon stated that The History Group discussed the War Memorial project at the last meeting. Their preferred option was a memorial sited on The Green, either the Upper Green and away from the church wall or Saw Pits Green opposite the Methodist Chapel. The other proposal was to let the Community Centre take over the memorial role of the Miner’s Institute. The reasoning was that the closure of the Institute was occasioned by the growth of the village and the consequent need of a larger Community Centre to accommodate this growth. Some form of war memorial in or by the Community Centre would achieve continuity of memorial.

CISWO (Coal Industry and Social Welfare Organisation) Miners’ Welfare Institute

Church Tower Beacon fuelled by two small bottles of Propane Gas. After further discussion the Parish Council: • Resolved to take part in the event. • look into the possibility of holding the event at the Hill Hole site • look into the suitability of purchasing a “Church Tower” Beacon at a cost of £299 exc. VAT.

Questions To The Chair Mr Walmsley stated that he had been very disappointed with the hanging basket display this year; the members of the Parish Council agreed and asked to clerk to look into alternative suppliers for next year.

National Planning Policy Framework The consultation on the NPPF offers some improvements to the current system; it is clearly the intention to have a locally plan-led approach. It also suggests new community led-plans and a new tool for green space designation. It will give parishes a new tool (subject to a vote) giving a greater say in were local development takes place. It should benefit our area as current plans (HBBC Core Strategy) could be reviewed and amended. The proposal is a good opportunity to take the control out of the hands of bureaucrats in town halls.

Youth Provision The County Council decision to divert its funding into the Youth Offending Team and Youth Impact Team has proved to be a success with youth offending decreasing considerably. The number of young repeat offenders has also been reduced dramatically. The decision to invest in early intervention and to target families at risk has been a clear success and a better use of

I have gone to look for myself. If I should return before I get back, keep me here.


Local Church Service Information

Without Walls Christian Fellowship, 135 Main St Stanton Under Bardon

Hills News section in this magazine.

November 6th, November 13th, November 20th, November 27th Family meeting at 10am, children involved

Sunday 6th November 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 6.00 pm Evening Service

Markfield Congregational Church Sunday 13 November 10.15 am Remembrance Day Service followed by Communion 6.00 pm United Remembrance Service in St Michael’s Parish Church Sunday 20 November 10.15 am Morning Worship Sunday 27 November 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield United Service in Trinity Methodist Church Sunday 4 December 10.15 am Morning Worship in the Church Hall followed by Communion

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 6th November 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service Sunday 13th November Remembrance Service 10.45am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Please note the later start time Sunday 20th November 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 27th November 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 4th December 10.30am Morning Service 5.00pm United Praise Service Sunday 11th December 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. Occasionally, the evening Praise Service unfortunately has to be cancelled, so please contact our Pastor, Garry before coming along. Our contact list is in the Cross

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield

Remembrance Sunday 13th November 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship 6.00 pm United Churches Together Service at St Michael’s Parish Church Sunday 20th November 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 27th November 10.30 am United Churches Together Service at Methodist Church 6.00 pm Taizé Style Service Sunday 4th December 10.30 am Morning Communion Service 4.00 pm Circuit Service at Anstey Methodist Church Sunday 11th December 10.30 am Morning Service 4.00 pm Café Church Worship Sunday 18th December 10.30 am Morning Service 6.00 pm Evening Carol Service Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Morning Christmas Day Service

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

10:15-11.30am Sunday Club for Children in the Congregational Hall on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays, term time All Age Service in Church on the 2nd Sunday each month. Sunday 13th November 10.30 am All Age Remembrance Parade Service Remembrance Sunday 6.00 pm Churches Together in Markfield Remembrance Service Friday 18th November 8.00 pm Taizé Style Service Sunday 20th November 10.30 am Open Church 6.00pm Evening Prayer



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

Next dates: Sat 19th November and 17th December ARRAN BRUDENELL, Tel: 0116 234 0548

Sunday 27th November 8.00 am Holy Communion Advent Sunday 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield at Trinity Methodist Church 6.00 pm Evening Service Sunday 4th December 10.30 am Holy Communion and Baptism Sunday 11th December 10.15 am Nativity Service at the Congregational Church 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 18th December 10.30 am Holy Communion 6.00 pm Carol Service Saturday 24th December 6.00 pm Christingle Christmas Eve 11.30 pm Midnight Communion Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Benefice Holy Communion Christmas Day at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon Sunday 13th November 10.30 am Remembrance Service Sunday 20th November 10.30 am “Something Different” Sunday 27th November 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 4th December 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 11th December 10.30 am Morning Service

Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Benefice Holy Communion Christmas Day at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 4th December 9.00 am Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Sunday 13th November 6.00 pm Remembrance Service Sunday 20th November 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 27th November 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday 4th December 6.00 am Evening Prayer Sunday 11th December 9.15 am Holy Communion Tuesday 13th December 7.30 pm Young Farmers Carol Service Sunday 18th December 6.00 pm Carol Service Saturday 24th December 9.00 pm Christmas Holy Communion Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Benefice Holy Communion Christmas Day at St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon

Copt Oak

Sunday 18th December 6.00 pm Carol Service

Sunday 6th November 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Saturday 24th December 4.00 pm Christingle

Sunday 13th November 6.00 pm Remembrance Service

Sunday 25th December 10.30 am Benefice Holy Communion

Sunday 20th November 3.00 pm Praise Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton

Sunday 27th November 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 13th November 10.30 am Remembrance Service Sunday 20th November 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 27th November 10.30 am Family Service Sunday 4th December 10.30 am Morning Service Sunday 11th December 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 18th December 6.00 pm Carol Service Saturday 24th December 4.00 pm Christingle Christmas Eve 11.30 pm Midnight Communion

My three children were in the Christmas pageant. I was so proud. My daughter was playing Mary. One son was a shepherd. And my other son was a Wise Man. My shepherd son had practised his lines over and over, but when the time came, he was nervous and said, “We found the babe wrapped in wrinkled clothes.” To which Mary replied, “That’s not wrinkled clothes, that’s dirty rotten clothes!” Giggles from the audience followed, but the play went on. My Wise Man son, wearing his father’s bath robe and paper crown knelt by the manger and said, “We are the three Wise Men and we are bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur.”

I installed a skylight in my apartment. The people who live above me are furious.


Herald Film Review from Tom Flowitt

Contagion (12A)

Starring: Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne and Kate Winslet 106 minutes An unknown virus breaks out in Hong Kong and just days later it’s global. Contagion follows the many stories of those who have been affected and those who are trying to prevent a worldwide epidemic. The film starts with an intensely fast pace which almost has you gasping for breath. The pacing cleverly makes you feel as if you are being brought along for the ride. Sadly it loses its momentum mid-way and is unable to recover. A great job is done in building paranoia throughout and showing the desperation of those affected. In fact the virus itself is at times portrayed as the lesser threat compared to the panic of the global population. This appears to be a frighteningly realistic view of a very feasible scenario (certainly enough so that I am quite concerned about the sniffles I have had recently). In fact it could very well be described as a horror film. It doesn’t have your obvious scares as it won’t make you jump and there is no masked serial killer on the loose but the scares here are much more powerful and will have a more lasting impact. The film does many things right and often very subtly. Each time the destination we are witnessing is displayed on screen it is accompanied by its population which thrusts the sheer magnitude of the horror upon you. Even more affecting is the constant zooming in on door handles, mugs and anything else characters may have touched that could very well be transferring on the virus. The film does however have yet another unnecessarily all star cast, which seems in itself to be quite contagious at the moment. No star apart from Damon is given enough screen time which begs the question as to why they are there in the first place. Fortunately it doesn’t affect the story too much particularly as Damon is as solid as always.

Overall: A very affecting film that will be with you for some time after and have you jump every time someone so much as coughs. 4 Stars

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

~ Forthcoming Events ~ Friday, 4th November – Film Night - ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ (15). Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. They were promised oranges and sunshine, they got hard labour and life in institutions. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. Friday, 11th November – Holmsdale Manor Nursery hosts a Xmas shopping evening at the Palace between 6pm-9pm. All proceeds to Rainbows Children’s Hospice. There will be lots of gifts, toys and Christmassy things, plus seasonal activities, arts and crafts for children. Raffle, tombola, mince pies and mulled wine. Everyone welcome Friday, 18th November – Film Night – ‘The Way’ (12A) - A powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this everchanging and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de SantiagoHe meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives. Doors, Box Office and Licensed Bar open at 7.00pm. Film starts at 7.30pm. Tickets: £4.00/£3.00 from Halls, High Street, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460. Saturday, 19th November – Ladies indulgence day in

aid of ‘wishes for kids’. 10am 4pm. Variety of stalls and beauty treatments on offer, including: jewellery, makeup, handbags, handmade chocolates, cupcakes, clairvoyants, Avon, gifts, facials, manicures, minx nails and much more. Entrance £2 including free drink, children free. For more details contact Claire on (07891) 766008.

Sunday, 20th November - The Palace Indoor Car Boot Sale Calling all bargain hunters! Doors open at 9.00am ‘til 3.00pm. For more details or to book a stall contact Maureen on Tel: 01530 452028. Friday, 25th November – Charity Organ Concert featuring Dave Smith Tickets: £6.00 from Halls, Ibstock, Tel: 01530 260460 or Mr Martin, Tel: 01455 290145 or Mr Lines, Tel: 01530 457274. Saturday, 26th November – The Ibstock Traditional Singing Weekend - An afternoon and evening of traditional singing, music (and perhaps even a bit of dance) featuring 5 of the top traditional singers from Britain and Ireland: Niamh Parsons (Dublin), Rosie Stewart (Fermanagh), Maureen Jelks (Dundee), Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham (Ashbourne) (plus other singers / musicians / dancers) Afternoon singing session: 1.00pm -5.30pm Evening: 8-11.30pm Tickets: £15 all day / £10 evening only, from Corinne Male: 01530 451725 cjh. Friday, 2nd December – Storytelling event – An enchanting evening of storytelling. Starts at 7.30pm. More details to be announced Saturday, 3rd December – The Palace Christmas Gift and Craft Fair from 10.00am until 3.00pm. FREE ADMISSION. Large variety of interesting stalls including; Jewellery, wooden toys, hand-knitted goods, ceramics, cookies, books, bags PLUS craft supplies, Fair-Trade and much more.... A perfect opportunity to find that special Christmas gift! Friday, 9th December & 10th December – Ibstock Christmas Festival – Santa will be in The Palace grotto on Friday, 9th between 4.00pm5.00pm. The Christmas Parade will leave from St Denys Church at 7.00pm at arrive at The Palace at 7.30pm. On Saturday, 10th December there will be a Christmas Community Morning at the Palace, including Santa’s grotto from 10.30 until 12.30pm. Entertainment by local children at 3.00pm.

Maybe I’m lucky to be going so slowly, because I may be going in the wrong direction.


The Bulls Head Forest Road, Markfield T: 01530 242541 Sat 26th Nov: JOHN STACEY - guitarist/vocalist Sat 24th Dec (Xmas Eve): THE MARTINS Sat 31st Dec (New Year’s Eve): THE CHEEZE Garden & Pub Games etc. The Queen’s Head Ashby Road, Markfield. T: 01530 242 496 Sat 19th Nov: KARAOKE with Mark Sat 26th Nov: RACE NIGHT fundraising event. ALL SKY SPORTS & ESPN

Come and Enjoy a Three Course Home Made Meal & help raise money for Markfield Churches In the Congregational Hall Main Street, Markfield On Friday 25th November 2011 - From 7pm Soup, Melon, ******** Beef Mince served with potato & seasonal vegetables, Baked Salmon & Aubergine Cannelloni ******** Mincemeat & Almond Tart Pumpkin Pie ******** Tickets £8.00 each for all 3 courses or £6.00 for 2 courses For tickets and more information Tel Brenda on 01530 242173 All welcome if you need a lift it can be organised.

The Bricklayers Arms 213 Main Street Thornton T: 01530 230 808 QUIZ Nite: Thursdays (See Advert on page 8) The Club, Thornton Main Street. T: 01530 230251 Open to Non-Members Sat 5th Nov - “Murder 0f Crows” Rock And Punk Band Sat 12th Nov - “The Generators” 50’s 60’s 70’s Band Sat 19th Nov - “Kamagra” Rock Covers With Female Singer Sat 26th Nov - “The Johnnie Eisenhower Blues Band” Sun 4th Dec - The “Austrian Stones” 3.30pm Sat 10th Dec - “Mick Ridgway’s” Mojo Hand Band Sat 17th Dec - “S Punk 7” Band New Years Eve - The “Dirty Water” Band thorntonclub

The Steam Trumpet 286 Main Street, Thornton T: 01530 231 258 Bagworth Working Men’s Club, Station Road, Bagworth. Tel. 01530 230205

New members welcome. Fridat 18th Nov: CHARITY DANCE in support of WISHES FOR KIDS. Also Bingo and Raffle. Admission £2.50. Friday 25th Nov: FORTIES NIGHT with KAREN WEST. £5.00 on the door. Doors open 7.30pm. Fancy dress optional. Live entertainment – last Saturday of the month Last Friday of the month – Andy’s Charity Quiz £1.50 each Sequence dances Sunday Nights. £1.00 admission 8 o’clock. Tea Dance Wednesday afternoon 2 – 4 pm. £1 admission. Contact: Glenda 01530 230467

The Field Head Hotel Markfield Lane, Markfield Tel: 01530 245454 Tribute Nights/£2 Entry after 7pm. Fri 11th Nov: ROCK & ROLL Fri 25th Nov: BLUES BROTHERS Fri 2nd Dec: ABBA Sat 3rd Dec: ELVIS Fri 9th Dec: SWING MUSIC Sat 10th Dec: MCHAEL BUBLE Quiz Nite: 2nd Tues of Month Wedding Fayre: 6th November (See Advert on page 26) The Coach & Horses Leicester Road, Field Head Tel: 01530 242 312 KARAOKE Nights:Sats 5th Nov Sat 19th Nov Sat 3rd Dec (’King of the Road’) (See Advert Page 11)

Send details of your LOCAL pub and club entertainments and we’ll include them in this column FREE! Tremendous! A local priest and a pastor stood by the side of the road holding up a sign that said, ‘The End is Near! Turn yourself around now - before it’s too late!’ They held up the sign as a car approached. “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!” yelled the driver as he sped by. A moment later, from around the curve, they heard a big splash. “Do you think,” said the priest, “we should just put up a sign that says ‘bridge down’ instead?” Catching her in the act, I confronted our 3-year-old granddaughter. “Are you opening your little sister’s presents?” I demanded. “No,” she innocently replied, “I’m just helping her share.”

Markfield NHW There was a mistake in last month’s NHW article. The next Quarterly Meeting is on MONDAY the 5th of December at the usual Congregational Church Hall venue commencing at 7pm and on the following Saturday 10th December at the same venue we are holding a Coffee Morning get together - 10am-12 noon. Donation of raffle prizes welcome and can be left with Evelyn or any committee member. My contact number is 01530 245908. Thanks.

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