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Spotligh potlightt Groby & Field Head MID-NOVEMBER 2021

The Monthly News & Information Magazine For Groby, Field Head & The Brantings

News from the Groby Gatherers

Fundraising success in aid of Hedgehog conservation THIS YEAR started much the same as the last, in lockdown! So, with no time to lose, I began collecting donations from any source I could and sold them on Marketplace, the social media site.

630 new houses “highly likely” for Groby DRAFT PLANS published by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council state that a minimum of 200 new houses will be built in Groby over the next 20 years. However, national government policy and the need to provide additional homes for Leicester’s growing population make it highly likely our final housing quota could see around 630 new houses being built in Groby by 2039 – a number which once set by local government, we will be powerless to refuse.

This ensured a steady trickle of funding throughout the year to ensure our gorgeous, spiny friends received their much needed funding for medicines, food and specialist care for their recuperation.

Act now to help shape the future of Groby While further house building in Groby is inevitable, 630 new homes would undoubtedly put significant extra demand on already stressed schools, nurseries, doctors, dentists, and sports and recreation facilities, and we should all be prepared to challenge the numbers where necessary.

The local team who care for our struggling population very much appreciate all donations as this allows them to carry on with the vital work of saving the dwindling numbers of hedgehogs here in Britain. We had an amazing response to the appeal and soon surpassed last years collection!

In our recent survey you told us you’d like to see “more sports facilities”, “better parking”, “a bigger primary school” and “a modern surgery building for Groby residents”. Our Neighbourhood Plan is ensuring these voices are being heard as plans for our village develop.

In May, much to my delight, the A47 car boot re-opened and by August the staggering sum of £2000 had been reached. Huge thanks go to everyone who de-cluttered and donated again this year. We cannot do it without you! The year ended with a resounding total of £2152 collected. We shall of course continue fund raising in 2022 and if you are able to donate, the following items would be much appreciated.. Men’s and Ladies’ clothing, shoes and handbags - In good condition please! Tools, garden ornaments, clean soft toys and household goods also sell well, but not drinking glasses, mugs or plastic items unfortunately as these are not popular. Many thanks. Please email me on and I will endeavour to collect any donations from the Groby area if you are unable to deliver. Looking forward to next year, hopefully a bright and productive one is ahead of us.

Debra Clark, Groby Gatherers

As a small group of local volunteers, we’re working to ensure our Neighbourhood Plan protects the green spaces, woodlands and historic buildings we love, as well as the shops, services and facilities we all rely on. But we need your voice to make this happen – and before it’s too late. So join our survey today to ensure your views can help shape the future of Groby too. Groby is growing. Be part of it! To find out more and have your say, visit us online at Alternatively you can write to Groby Council Offices, Village Hall, Groby, Leicester LE6 0DQ or call 0116 287 6985 for further information.

Groby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

Queen’s 70 years as Monarch - 3

The Real Christmas Tree - 12

Groby Library News - 22

Feed a cold - 4

Recipe: SACHERTORTE - 14

Electric Refuse Lorry - 24

County Council Consultation - 5

Ted Hollick’s Report - 15

Groby WI News - 25

Net Zero Health Service? - 6

Favourite Christmas Carols - 16

Spotlight Small Ads - 26

National Trust News - 7

Allotments News - 19

Prize Wordsearch - 27

The Christmas Diary - 8

Ozzy O’shea’s Report = 20

Martin Cartwright’s Report - 28

HGV Working Conditions - 9

Letter from Uncle Eustace - 21


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How is Groby planning to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years as Monarch? IT WOULD be a great opportunity to come together as a community to commemorate this historic event.

What could it be? Listed below are just a few ideas. We are a really vibrant community with such a lot going on, and I’m sure residents will have lots of ideas too. • a village fayre • an exhibition of arts and crafts, • contributions from local musicians, • sports including children’s activities, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT


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The Spotlight is a monthly compilation of articles, press releases, events, general items of interest and news items submitted to us by local residents, groups, associations, sports clubs and local authorities. The opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the Spotlight Production Team. The inclusion of any group or organisation in this publication does not necessarily imply a recommendation of its aims, methods or policies. Groby & Field Head Spotlight cannot be held responsible for the information disclosed by advertisements, all of which are accepted in good faith. Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information in this magazine, but no liability can be accepted for loss or inconvenience caused as a result of error or omission. Groby & Field Head Spotlight reserves the right to amend, shorten or refuse to publish articles and/ or advertisements submitted for publication. All contents © Groby & Field Head Spotlight. None of the articles contained in this magazine are to be reproduced in any way without first obtaining written consent from Groby & Field Head Spotlight.

NEXT ISSUE OUT ON: 11th December 2021 DEADLINE: 27th November 2021

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How should Groby celebrate the Queen’s 70th year on the throne?

• 50’s style dress competition, • a 50’s disco, • children taking part from the schools, • churches and clubs (cubs, scouts, brownies etc), • a Groby churches together presence, • hog roast and evening dance, • BMX tournament or exhibition, • Groby Crufts for all our proud dog owners.

Whilst not being responsible for organising, Groby Parish Council would like to know if the residents would welcome the idea and would be willing to form an organising committee themselves, with the Parish Council acting as facilitator. If you are interested, please contact the Parish Clerk on 0116 2876985 or

The Nativity in your window THIS CHRISTMAS, why not think about putting a Nativity scene in your front window, to remind passersby of the real reason for Christmas? And next Easter, you could put up a Christian poster or a Christian cross in your front window.



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LETTERS ‘Spot the litter bin competition’

Feed A Cold Despite vaccinations and the measures in place to reduce the chance of catching the Covid-19 virus, that’s no guarantee that you won’t still catch a cold. Having a cold is so common that it’s often dismissed as a minor inconvenience, but it can make for a miserable Christmas and the after-effects can linger for several weeks. Given that prevention is better than cure it’s worth learning how to boost your immunity and ward off those winter bugs. Your diet is key, as vitamins and minerals, naturally found in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, all play a huge part in cold-proofing your body. Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet can help to improve immune function. Foods rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that plays a key role in the body’s immune system, include orange and yellow fruit and vegetables such as apricots, mango, sweet potato and carrots. Vitamin C is a super immune and all-round health booster that can also be effective in minimising asthma symptoms. Dietary sources of vitamin C include kiwi, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, steamed broccoli and green peppers. Vitamin E is another great immunity booster due to its high antioxidant levels. Fruits such as berries are antioxidant-rich so fill up on these at snack or dessert times whenever possible. Vitamin E-enriched foods include avocado, carrots, almonds, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds.

WHEN I picked up most of a discarded magazine strewn near the cemetery in Groby, I embarked on a search for a litter bin. If the early signs of a cold are already present, zinc is an important immunity-boosting addition and can also help you to recover more quickly. Foods rich in zinc include dark leafy greens, pumpkin seeds, tofu, lentils and sesame seeds. Omega-3 oils, which are naturally found in oily fish varieties plus flaxseeds, linseeds, almonds and walnuts, can also help to boost immune function, reduce our susceptibility to infections and reduce the inflammation associated with colds. It may not be the most obvious, or the most popular smelling food, but garlic is a fantastic natural antibiotic. It has anti-viral properties due to its active ingredient allicin, which is effective in opening up airways and easing allergy and asthma symptoms. Try to minimise your intake of refined ‘white’ food items such as bread, rice and pasta (choose wholemeal instead) as these can depress the immune system. If you struggle to eat a varied colourful diet, opt for a good-quality multivitamin and mineral supplement. However, experts warn that although taking a multivitamin will help to fend off cold infections, they will not replace all of the immune-boosting benefits of a healthy diet. Finally, being physically active and getting a good quota of sleep can additionally help to boost your immunity. Don’t fall into the habit of using the cold weather as an excuse to stay indoors. Getting outdoors, even for moderate exercise such as a brisk stroll, really helps to boost the immune system by strengthening the body and making it better able to fight seasonal viruses and infections.

After a walk of nearly half a mile, having passed numerous red dog poo stations, I finally deposited the rubbish in the Co-op car park bin. It’s hardly surprising our village has lots of unsightly litter if it’s the Council’s intention to have nowhere to throw rubbish. Do they really want us to discard it ‘willynilly’?

Grumpy of Groby

Thank you

PLEASE could I thank and congratulate the “hedgestylist” who has so beautifully cut the hedges and shrubs along Sacheverel Way recently. The term ‘hedge-trimmer’ seems so demeaning for such a professional and quality exercise. The result is truly exceptional and achieved with such a massive piece of machinery. The “stylist” in question must surely be a high class barber in his spare time!

David Knight Garendon Way

Long gone Customer (to headwaiter): “Just for a point of information, did the waiter who took my order leave any family?”

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Leicestershire County Council

Key consultation to launch on future plans

TACKLING climate change, conserving our heritage and keeping people safe are just some of the priorities set out in a major new blueprint – and this month, residents will get the chance to have their say. Creating jobs, celebrating diverse communities, improving transport and supporting children to thrive and more are part of Leicestershire County Council’s refreshed ‘strategic plan’, which sets out its aims for the next four years. This week, the council’s cabinet gave the thumbs up to the draft and in November, a new consultation will launch where people can comment on the proposals and help shape the Leicestershire of tomorrow. Councillor Pam Posnett, cabinet member for communities, said: “This is a an important document guiding how we deliver services for residents. And it builds on what residents, businesses and others told us two years ago when over 4,300 had their say on our future priorities. “Not only do we want to build a green, safe, resilient and prosperous Leicestershire, this is also about us being innovative, embracing digital technology and delivering value for money. “Your views on our strategic plan – and other key proposals – will help shape the future of our county. We’d like to know whether we’ve included what’s important to you and your community and I’d urge you to get involved.” With Leicestershire’s population set to grow by around 20 per cent in 20 years, the council is planning for the future to make sure front-line services which support vulnerable people are protected. The draft strategic plan focuses on: • Building a clean, green future – where nature flourishes and our economy is low carbon • Keeping people safe and well – with support to live fulfilling lives • Supporting diverse and resilient communities – where local heritage is enjoyed and conserved • Creating a strong economy - with the right homes and infrastructure in the right place •

Giving every child the best start in life – with access to good education

The consultation is due to launch in November.

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Will we have the world’s first net zero national health service? THE CONSEQUENCES of climate change are increasingly in the news, as countries and organisations across the world take a look at their activities and assess how they can help reduce CO2 discharges on a path towards net zero emissions. This is particularly challenging for a complex system as large as the NHS, and in order to understand how and when the NHS can reach net zero an Expert Panel reviewed nearly 600 pieces of evidence and conducted extensive analysis and modelling. The stated aim is to be the world’s first net zero national health service. Global warming is seen not only as a climate emergency, but also a health emergency. “Unabated it will disrupt care, and affect patients and the public at every stage of our lives,” said Sir Simon Stevens, who retired as Chief Executive of the National Health Service in England this year. “With poor environmental health contributing to major diseases, including cardiac problems, asthma and cancer, our efforts must be accelerated. As the largest employer in Britain, responsible for around 4% of the nation’s carbon emissions, if this country is to succeed in its overarching climate goals the NHS has to be a major part of the solution.” The NHS Net Zero Expert Panel concluded that more intense storms and floods, more frequent heatwaves and the spread of infectious disease from climate change threatens to undermine years of health gains. “Action on climate change will affect this, and it will also bring direct improvements for public health and health equity,” the report says. “Reaching our country’s ambitions under the Paris Climate Change Agreement could see over 5,700 lives saved every year from improved air quality, 38,000 lives saved every year from a more physically active population and over 100,000 lives saved every year from healthier diets.”

Two Headline Targets •

For the emissions controlled directly (the NHS Carbon Footprint), reaching net zero by 2040, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032; For the emissions the NHS can influence, reaching net zero by 2045, with an ambition to reach an 80% reduction by 2036 to 2039.

Early steps being taken to decarbonise include: 1.

Developing a framework to evaluate carbon reduction associated with new models of care as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.


Working with suppliers to ensure that they meet or exceed the commitment on net zero before the end of the decade.


Requiring all NHS trusts to have a green travel plan as part of their annual planning and reporting, which should include targeted interventions that encourage staff and patients to reduce vehicle use. It is estimated that approximately 3.5% (9.5 billion miles) of all road travel in England relates to patients, visitors, staff and suppliers to the NHS. Work is progressing on road-testing the world’s first zeroemission ambulance, with a shift to zero emission vehicles by 2032 for the rest of the fleet.


Ensuring the digital transformation agenda aligns with the ambition to be a net zero health service


Supporting the construction of 40 new net zero hospitals and a new Net Zero Carbon Hospital Standard.


Completing a £50 million LED lighting replacement programme, to improve patient comfort and save over £3 billion by 2050.

Whilst much of the work towards Net Zero goes on in the background some aspects, like the electrification of the ambulance fleet, provide good photo opportunities. The first fully-electric ambulance is already in service in the West Midlands, but at the United Nations Global Summit held in Glasgow the NHS unveiled the world’s first zero emission ambulance capable of travelling up to 300 miles before re-charging. “The NHS is doing its bit as the first health system to commit to being net zero and now road-testing the world’s first zero emission ambulance capable of getting to patients within minutes and lasting hundreds of miles without refuelling,” said NHS Chief Sustainability Officer, Dr Nick Watts, in a Sun report. Some readers may comment that having a vehicle that can get to patients in minutes isn’t quite the same as getting to patients in minutes, but that’s a different issue. The Sun report added that discarded plastic bottles caught by Spanish fishermen are being turned into protective scrubs across several English NHS trusts. Since 2010, the NHS has reduced its emissions by 30%, moving well ahead of the requirements under the Climate Change Act, whilst acknowledging that there is much further to go.

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National Trust Leicester Association IN SPITE OF restrictions at some NT properties and as long as we do not have another lockdown, at least three NT properties in the East Midlands will have events this December.

At Calke Abbey near Ashby de la Zouch there will be the festive light trail and illuminations throughout the Pleasure Grounds and up to the estate church, with the elevations of the house also lit up in festive lights. The trail will be illuminated for the first three weekends of December from 4.00 to 6.00pm and also on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week. Calke will also host a Gift Market in the large indoor riding school on the 4th & 5th and 18th & 19th December from 10.00am to 6.00pm. There will be an indoor food and drink market on 11th & 12th December, also from 10.00am to 6.00pm and a Pop-Up Gift and Food market on 20th & 21st December from 11.00am to 5.00pm. The usual estate entry fee will apply to all of the above events but there will not be any extra charge for the light trail or any of the markets.


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Ex-Servicemen’s Club

Friday 17th December 2021



At Belton House, near Grantham, there will be an “After-Dark” illuminated trail throughout the gardens. The trail will contain over a million lights as well as larger-than-life illuminations. Admission is adults £20 and children (3-16) £14. Refreshment outlets will be open and pre booking is required. At Canons Ashby, a large Elizabethan house near Towcester, all rooms in the house will be decorated in the fashion of Christmas past. The fully decorated house will open every day from 2nd to 24th December and normal admission prices will apply. The tea room will also be open. The NT Leicester Association has an afternoon meeting on Wednesday 24th November when Stephen Flinders will present a talk entitled “John Glovers Sketch Book”. The meeting will be held at St Guthlac’s Memorial Hall, Holbrook Road, Leicester at 2.30pm.

Jamie Caven is carrying out a round robin of different venues in Leicestershire. Groby Club have secured Kevin Painter to star alongside him. Tickets are £8 each or £30 for 4 tickets. Visit the club to purchase your tickets. Event starts at 7PM. This event is open to All.

Breakfast with Santa


SANTA AND GROBY CLUB would like you and your family to join us on Saturday 11th December from 10-11.30am for breakfast and festive fun. Have a delicious breakfast followed by a meet with Santa, listen to him read a Christmas story, chat with the children and sing some Christmas songs. Children will also receive a gift. The only rule - attending adults must also purchase a breakfast (win-win!) Please be aware there are limited spaces. To book your table, please use the booking form inside the club, stating your membership number, number of adults/children along with ages (so a suitable gift can be selected). The event is aimed at children of 6 and under, but all are welcome.

Full Tradesman Liability Insurance held

Groby Ex-Servicemen’s Social Club Ltd, 16-18 Leicester Road, Groby LE6 0DJ

There will also be an evening meeting on Tuesday 14th December at The Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue, Braunstone at 7.30pm. Lynette Watson will present an illustrated talk entitled “Behind the Scenes of Theatre & Television” Admission to meetings is NTLA members £2.50, visitors £4.00, including refreshments. For details of the NT Leicester Association please call 0116 2229133.

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The Christmas Diary 1st December Glen came back from repairing Sally’s fence and said he had good news and bad news. The bad news was that he had ‘accidentally’ volunteered us to do Christmas dinner for our friends this year. Gulp, Christmas dinner for thirteen people – I don’t even own that many glasses. The good news was that candles are on special offer at the moment.

EVER WONDER why Jesus was born when He was? The Bible tells us that “when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son…” The Jewish people had been waiting for their Messiah for centuries. Why did God send Him precisely when He did?

4th December Glen measured up the dining table. There’s a foot per person at a push. He said I should put up the gazebo and have Christmas outside. A gazebo in the middle of winter, I ask you! 6th December Sally messaged to say that her family like everything organic and free range. She knows some farm where the turkeys are all given names. I’ve had to pay out £70 for a turkey called Tim. 10th December Melanie rang. Her Chris came over all peculiar in the lingerie department and now he’s being tested for coeliac. She said could I hang fire on flour until the results come in? I said didn’t the same thing happen at that tarts and vicars party? She muttered something about bad vol-au-vents and hung up. 14th December Good news. Sally’s Matt and his girlfriend have split up so she won’t be coming; apparently there was a misunderstanding over a photo on Facebook. That gives us an extra inch per person to play with. 16th December Glen decided to test his homemade crackers and caused an explosion that took the fairy off the tree. He said he might have to rethink given that his mum is on tablets for angina. I said I think they’ll be fine. 18th December Matt and his girlfriend are back on – he’s proposed! Sally says we should make Christmas a double celebration and have champagne. I told Glen to buy that cheap cava and serve it up in the kitchen.

Why the world was ready for Christmas

21st December They had to call the paramedics to Chris’s works do. Apparently the girls from admin dressed up as sexy Santas and made him eat mince pies. Now he’s on complete bed rest and milky drinks until New Year. At least we’ll have elbow room now. 23rd December Tim was delivered today, or Tiny Tim as Glen calls him. I said is it a turkey or a budgerigar? Glen had to hotfoot it down to the supermarket for the last pick of the butterballs. 24th December Disaster of Biblical proportions! Glen put the butterball turkey in the bath to thaw and left the tap running. It was like Niagara Falls in the dining room. 25th December We managed to salvage the day. Glen put the gazebo up. It was draughty but the sparks from the crackers and the bargain candles gave off some warmth. I’ve put my feet up now with a well-deserved sherry. I wouldn’t normally drink out of a vase, but we’re short on glassware.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Many biblical scholars believe that the ‘time had fully come’ for Jesus because of the politics of the time. The Roman Empire’s sheer size and dominance had achieved something unique in world history: the opportunity for travel from Bethlehem to Berwick on Tweed without ever crossing into ‘enemy territory’ or needing a ‘passport’. For the first time ever, it was possible for ‘common’ people to travel wide and far, and quickly spread news and ideas. And all you needed were two languages - Greek to the east of Rome, and Latin to the west and north. You could set sail from Joppa (Tel Aviv) and head for any port on the Med. And the Roman roads ran straight and true throughout the empire. So, the Roman Empire achieved something it never intended: it helped spread news of Christianity far and wide for 400 years. After that, the Empire crumbled, and the borders shut down. Not until the 19th century would people again roam so freely. The time for Jesus to be born, and for news of Him to be able to travel, had indeed ‘fully come’.


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Groby Village Society Meetings Groby Village Society (GVS) – due to concerns about the venue, we had to cancel the October meeting at short notice. The November meeting should go ahead as planned. See you there. Alison Coates, Chair GVS


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Thursday November 25

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

Positive Thoughts “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne “To live a fulfilled life, we need to keep creating the ‘what is next’, of our lives. Without dreams and goals there is no living, only merely existing, and that is not why we are here.” Mark Twain


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Improving HGV working conditions THE LOST TEN YEARS


HE RECENT BUDGET included £32.5million of funding for lorry park facilities to try and resolve the staffing shortages which have been blamed for supply chain problems for shoppers and industry. If only we had a crystal ball and could have seen it coming. But perhaps we shouldn’t be completely surprised. In 2011, ten years ago, a Groby Spotlight headline read “More truckstops planned” and reported the Unite union’s campaign to improve conditions. A clean bed, a hot meal and a secure night’s sleep isn’t much to ask, they argued. They said that for far too many drivers the end of the day was followed by a sleepless night, as they struggled to find an affordable meal and a safe place to park with their cargo. There were nearly 400 thefts from lorries in Leicestershire alone in 2010. They may have been pleased with this announcement made by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport Mike Penning in June 2011 who said “I am introducing a change to the policy to permit the development of truckstops on the motorway network. A consultation identified strong support from the haulage industry for truckstops. Proposals for dedicated truckstop facilities will now be considered in the context of existing and/or proposed rest facilities on the strategic road network. Where demand for lorry parking exceeds supply, the development of truckstop facilities at existing service areas would be viewed favourably.” Mike Penning added that he was considering ways to reduce regulation, increase competition, identify what might instead be better determined locally, and improve the quality of motorway service areas. A great plan, but even great plans need someone to steer them through, ideally an element of stability rather than Parliamentary Musical Chairs. He was appointed Minister of State for Transport in 2010, but he moved on in 2012 and held another 3 jobs in the next 5 years. No doubt a very able Minister, but not in the job long enough to ensure that the problems facing HGV drivers were resolved.

How the problem evolved

liable if their goods are stolen. If they do find a service station, they are often in complete disrepair. One truck driver, said: “ If you don’t get parked up sometimes as early as 5pm you’re not getting in. Even if you make it to a service station, the shower facilities in some of the service stations you wouldn’t put pigs in.” In the run up to Brexit the Government revealed proposals to grant itself extraordinary powers to build facilities in 29 council areas across the country, including Leicestershire, without giving local residents a say over the construction of the sites. The powers put all the authority over the building of the sites in the hands of ministers, the opposite of Mike Penning’s 2011 objective of a strategy that “with the Government’s twin aims of decentralisation and localism, reduced the burden of bureaucracy and strengthened local accountability.” At Ashby de la Zouch the full force of local accountability has rallied to oppose a truckstop at the Flagstaff Island. The health and safety of hotel guests at the Premier Inn could be seriously compromised if plans for a lorry maintenance park on its doorstep are approved, warned Whitbread, the hotel owner. Meanwhile, residents on Nottingham Road have also voiced concerns about the site, and Ashby de la Zouch Town Council opposed the plans three times. We are told that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps applied for £50 million in funding to upgrade lorry parks, to be spent on increasing the parking capacity by around 2,000 spaces and improving facilities. Whether the Chancellor’s £32 million is his scaled down response is unclear, but according to a Treasury spokesman the fresh funding is intended to improve existing facilities such as upgrading toilets, showers and adding security fencing, rather than building new stops. Rod McKenzie of the Road Haulage Association said: “Somewhere safe to park with good toilet and shower facilities is crucial if we are to attract more people. It is disappointing that the funding will not go on new facilities.”

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An online ‘history of truck stops’ website says that, before motorways, cafés for lorry drivers (often providing cheap accommodation) were to be found on the A-roads. “This allowed the government to develop an attitude that HGV parking was a business matter, and if more accommodation was needed then they knew somebody would build it for them.” When motorways came they had short stay service areas, but these required a business that was willing to adopt them. The Government decided against creating motorway service areas for lorry drivers only. The arrival of sleeper cabs created a new culture where HGVs would park anywhere and everywhere they could. By 1982 the motorway service area operators were asking the Department of Transport to do something about the amount of HGVs taking breaks in their short stay parking areas. They were happy to charge them, but because of lack of capacity were turning away lorry drivers, some of whom were then parking in dangerous or disruptive locations. There was a market for a new generation of larger truckstops, but only limited interest because of high construction costs, low profit margins, and resident opposition. There was some success by the early 1990s, but within 15 years the industry appeared to be in retreat. More facilities have closed. High running costs and limited income streams and security have been blamed for the closures. Although new truckstops did open, few businesses would consider it, probably because of the price of suitable sites and the high development costs. New safety standards led to many unofficial parking areas being closed. In 2020 new regulations permitted truckstops which are directly accessible from the motorway, but apparently none have been built.

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NOVO NORDISK has announced the launch of PenCycle, a recycling initiative for pre-filled injection pens – a firstof-its-kind in the UK, designed to address the challenge of recycling injection pen devices, used by people living with diabetes, obesity and growth disorders, which otherwise end up in landfill or incinerated. The pilot initiative will launch initially across Greater Manchester, Leicestershire & Rutland, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde, ahead of a planned national roll-out next year.

Users of Novo Nordisk’s pre-filled FlexPen® and FlexTouch® devices, used to dispense insulin and other medications, will be able to recycle their empty pens as part of this initiative. This can be done through returning their pens via local participating community pharmacies, via pre-paid Royal Mail boxes, or through an ‘at home’ collection pilot service for people using growth hormone pens. As a circular initiative, the pens will be returned to Denmark where the plastic will be recycled into a range of items, such as chairs and lamps. Participating pharmacies will receive a The pilot alone aims to recycle over 150,000 pre-filled plastic injection pen devices, ensuring over two tonnes of plastic materials is diverted from UK landfill. At the end of 2022, it is expected that 1.1 million pre-filled plastic injection pen devices will have been recycled, with a potential to recycle over 3 million pen devices in 2023, preventing over 56 tonnes of plastic waste. For more information on Novo Nordisk’s initiative please visit



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THE REAL CHRISTMAS TREE IF YOU’RE worried that real trees are not good for the planet, don’t forget that a British-grown tree is most definitely not an ecological disaster zone – they’re a crop plant rather like a field of wheat. Here’s our guide to buying and caring for your real tree.

By Wendy Clarke When Mel is set up on a blind date by her best friends Chris and Simon, she’s as anxious as any woman would be.

Options THE NORWAY SPRUCE (Picea abies) is the traditional tree.

It has gorgeous dark green pointed needles and that unmistakable pine aroma, but sadly it is the most likely to drop its needles. Having said that, if you treat it well, it won’t perform that badly and you can enjoy the lowest cost of the real trees. The Scots pine is now a regular option as a Christmas tree and with its long paired blue-green needles it’s quite distinctive. The needles are fairly densely packed on the branches and they also hold quite well. The Serbian Spruce (Picea omorica) has long been the favourite festive tree in central Europe, as it’s good looking and has good needle holding but there’s no Christmas-tree smell. The Nordman fir (Abies nordmanniana) has become increasingly popular in recent years, and with its shiny green needles being almost impossible to shift is a good choice for those who hate any mess. The Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) is less regularly available, but the combination of its good looks and needle-holding capacity make it well worth considering.

Choosing The Best One IT’S IMPORTANT not to buy a real tree too early as the longer they hang around after they’ve been cut, the more likely they are to go downhill. Check that your tree has a good, full shape and that it’s not too gappy or lopsided. The needles should be glossy (for those varieties where this is a characteristic) and the correct colour for the type of tree you’ve chosen. They also need to be free from pests and diseases – basically avoid anything yellowed or inclined to shed, or with white fluffy bits.

Keeping It Fresh IF YOU do buy one quite early then the most important thing is to keep it outside – just recut the end of the trunk and put the tree in a bucket of water in a sheltered spot.

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If it was in a net when you bought it, remove this as it’s important to have air circulating around the needles. When you bring the tree inside, try to avoid putting it anywhere too warm or close to a heat source and make sure that you use a stand with a water reservoir with water levels really well topped up. If kept well supplied with water, then even the notorious (but lovely) Norway spruce Christmas tree should hold its needles well.

Recycling WHEN CHRISTMAS is over and it’s time for the tree to come down, complete the green loop and make sure you recycle it.

They’re not the easiest things to recycle or compost at home, but many councils and garden centres now offer a recycling and Christmas tree chipping service.

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Hinckley Parkinson’s Group November Plans

THE HINCKLEY & District Parkinson’s Group have been welcoming so many members back to their gatherings during the past two months, and they have been joined by so many new members, many having been made aware of the Group from articles like this one.

Looking ahead to the coming month our Sunday meeting at the Mary Forryan Centre [LE10 1LW] in Hinckley will be at 2.30 on November 14th. At the October meeting members were treated to ‘Those Radio days’, an afternoon of pure nostalgia, with memories of radio programmes, their themes and personalities, from the 1940s to 60s. The Saturday morning ‘Children’s Favourites’ with Uncle Mac on the Light Programme was well remembered [for younger members substitute ‘Junior Choice’ with Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart on Radio 2!] and as a result a further afternoon of nostalgia will recall those most requested records. Members are to be asked to vote for their favourites and a musical afternoon, perhaps with a singalong, will be planned for the future. Our Tuesday exercise class, Nordic Walking and Friday choir [‘A-Choir’d –taste’] are all being well attended, while the new dance class on Fridays at Elmesthorpe has proved a great success, for both people with Parkinson’s and their carers – even those who reckon they have two left feet! There are so many benefits from singing, dancing and general exercise for those with Parkinson’s. Our monthly social drop-in at Dobbies [‘Woodlands’] at Stapleton will be on Monday November 15, between 2.00 and 4.00. Just buy a drink [and perhaps a cake] at the restaurant counter and join us in the Soft Play Conservatory area. No, sorry, we don’t actually use the soft play facilities! With Christmas fast approaching we are also planning a Christmas Lunch for members and a visit to the Hinckley Concordia for the pantomime. To check on any events or to contact the Hinckley & District Parkinson’s Group give our Chairperson Janet Kavanagh a ring on 07932615233. So don’t let Parkinson’s dictate how you live your life, come along and join the Hinckley Group and see the benefit of being part of a group for yourself.

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Councillor Ted Hollick reports Groby Quarry Engine - help needed ON SATURDAY 30th October I attended the Hinckley Model railway exhibition at which there was a very impressive display of model making of not only model railways of different scales but large models of meccano as well as lego. One gentleman I spoke to revealed that he and a friend were in the process of rebuilding a Groby Quarry engine that used to work in the bottom of the Quarry - not a model but the REAL THING. The name of the engine was apparently Sextus which was later renamed Lady Madcap. The gentleman concerned is eager to get as much information as possible to help him with this project and would be pleased to receive any information, photographs, details or even parts! He believes the engine was disassembled when no longer needed. The first part of the project - the rolling chassis - is pictured above. This is complete and the next stage is to find someone to build the boiler. I would be very pleased to pass on any information to him.

The Queen’s Award ON TUESDAY the 2nd November I was privileged to represent HBBC at a presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services to the Wigston based Menphys Hub. This award is the highest accolade that a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The award was presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Leicestershire Mike Kapur OBE. Menphys has been going for over 50 years providing support to children and young people with disabilities throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The award recognises the outstanding work by the volunteers of Menphys for the benefit of the community.

East Midlands in Bloom MARKET BOSWORTH is the only community to be awarded a Gold award in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. In this respect was considered to be the best large village in the East Midlands.

Covid concerns AT THE TIME of writing the Borough has the unenviable status as having one of the highest rates of Covid infections in the country. I personally can’t help noticing that people seem to have abandoned the wearing of masks, especially in shops. It is now even more important to remember Hands-Face-Space.

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Favourite Christmas Carols

CHRISTMAS CAROLS in English first appeared in a 1426 work by John Awdlay, a Shropshire chaplain, who lists 25 “caroles of Cristemas”. These were probably sung by groups of ‘wassailers’, groups who travelled from house to house, singing carols, for which they were often rewarded with an appropriate drink.

SILENT NIGHT One of the most beloved Christmas carols, Silent Night originated in the tiny village of Oberndorf in the Austrian mountains. The story goes that the day before Christmas Eve in 1818, Father Joseph Mohr, pastor of Saint Nicholas church, discovered that the church organ was broken, meaning there would be no music for his midnight mass. Taking a verse he had written two years previously he travelled several miles through the snow to his friend Franz Gruber, a school teacher and musician, and Gruber set it to music. At midnight mass, Father Mohr and Gruber, accompanied only by Gruber’s guitar, sang the gentle song “Silent Night, Holy Night” for the first time. The carol has been translated into nearly 300 languages and dialects and its message of heavenly peace sets the theme for Christmas celebrations around the globe. The song was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops during the WW1 Christmas truce of 1914, as it was one of the few carols that soldiers on both sides of the frontline knew.

GOOD KING WENCESLAS This famous carol tells the story of a Bohemian king going on a journey and braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor

peasant on the Feast of Stephen (26 December, the Second Day of Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather but is enabled to continue by following the king’s footprints, step for step, through the deep snow. In 1853, English hymnwriter John Mason Neale wrote the ‘Wenceslas’ lyric in collaboration with his music editor, Thomas Helmore, and the carol first appeared in Carols for Christmas-Tide, published in the same year.

O HOLY NIGHT Listeners to Classic FM have consistently voted O Holy Night to be their favourite Christmas carol. Originally based on a French-language poem by poet Placide Cappeau, written in 1843, with the first line “Minuit, chrétiens! c’est l’heure solennelle” (Midnight, Christians, is the solemn hour), was set to music by composer Adolphe Adam in 1847. The English version is by John Sullivan Dwight. The carol reflects on the birth of Jesus as humanity’s redemption.

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER Based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, this carol was written sometime before 1872 in response to a magazine request for a Christmas poem. The poem became recognised as a carol after it appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906, with music by Gustav Holst.

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National fostering film project launches in Leicester & Leicestershire A POWERFUL short film aimed at encouraging more foster carers to come forward has been released. Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils have joined forces with 32 other local authorities and fostering organisations from across Britain for the national release of a new short film, called ‘Out There’. The unique film project, developed by the West Midlands Regional Fostering Recruitment Forum, is now working with councils around the country who have jointly funded its creation. ‘Out There’ highlights the ways fostering can make a difference to the lives of everyone involved, from the children and young people who live with foster carers, to those who come forward to care for them. The aim is that it will be shared on social media in cities, towns and villages right across the UK, reaching countless people and showing them the many benefits fostering brings and helping children and young people into safe, nurturing homes. Councillor Deborah Taylor, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children & family services, said: “While we already have many brilliant

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together to make the production of a high-quality film that will be a real asset to our recruitment of new foster carers for Leicestershire.”

“There are currently almost 700 children in the care of Leicestershire County Council and we are always looking for those special people to come forward to volunteers as foster carers and to make a real difference to the lives of these children.

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Starring Renée Zellweger, this film captures the waning days of a beloved performer with clear-eyed compassion.

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MY HUSBAND was not a monster. No matter what they say… The day my husband, Michael, stepped in front of a lorry after being questioned by the police, my world fell apart. He was devoted to me and our six-year-old daughter. But they’d connected him to the disappearance of a young mother from our tiny village. Now I stand at Michael’s funeral, clutching my little girl’s hand, with tears in my eyes as I insist to all our friends that he died an innocent man. Yet the questions have started, and nothing I say will stop them digging for the truth. But none of them can read the secrets in my heart, or know about the phone I found hidden in his toolbox… I’m determined that my daughter will not remember her father as a monster. I will erase any hint of wrongdoing in this house whatever the cost. Because to keep my daughter safe, the last thing I need is for people to start looking at me…

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Groby Allotments News Pumpkin Competition

At the moment (the end of October) I’m still picking lots of ripe cherry tomatoes from the greenhouse and lovely they are too! The allotment is still producing lots of kale and broccoli and I still have the leeks and parsnips to harvest but I must remember to harvest all of my beetroot, carrots, winter squash and pumpkins before the first frosts arrive. Not only do they not taste too good after being frosted, I also struggle to get the fork in the ground to lift them out!

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Believe it or not, our heaviest pumpkin weighed in at a massive 60.27lbs (over 27kilos) this year, that’s over 4 stones in weight!!! I can imagine that it will keep Di Stevenson, the lucky winner, in pumpkin soup all winter long!! The next heaviest pumpkins weighed in at 38lbs (17kilos) each and the two runners up were Sean Sarson and Pol Law. Well done to all of you!! These whoppers will make some really scary Halloween lanterns as well as lots of lovely soup!

Jobs to do now I have just brought a couple of my chilli plants in from the greenhouse to the house to overwinter. I did that last winter and managed to get a few more chillies off it. I am tempted to do the same with some of my sweet pepper plants as, amazingly, they are still producing buds and flowers and baby peppers in the greenhouse! It must be all the mild weather we’ve been having recently.

A lot of the plots on the allotment are being ‘put to bed’ now if people don’t intend to grow any vegetables over the winter months. So, the ground is covered up with compost, manure or leaf mould to enrich the soil ready for next Spring and keep the weeds down. I don’t like to tidy my plot up too much although I do get rid of the seeding or creeping weeds. I like to grow quite a few things over the winter, broccoli, onions, garlic, and green manures, or plants which grow and offer shelter to some ‘good’ beasties over the bad weather. These plants are then dug in or left to rot down as manure early next year. I also like to leave a few dead brown plant stems in the ground for ladybirds and other beneficial insects to hide in until Spring. I have a small wood pile in one corner of the allotment where I put all the woody stems, broken bamboo canes etc. as shelter and generally try to do my bit for nature. It looks like we will all have to do a bit more to help our wildlife in the years ahead with the ravages of climate change getting ever more destructive. With the strange

weather this year having an impact on my vegetable harvest, I’m sure our farmers are also going to need all the help they can get to keep the nation supplied with food. Let’s hope some action comes from the Climate Change conference in Glasgow so we can all continue to enjoy plenty of fresh food and stay safe.

Bonfires As of 1st November, allotment holders are allowed to burn the woody waste which cannot easily be composted on their plots. Not everyone burns their woody waste as it does rot down eventually. The ‘burning season’ lasts until 31st March next year, when bonfires are banned again till the following autumn. We always make sure to remind all plot holders, and as we are coming to the bonfire season, can I remind everyone to check your pile of waste to be burnt, and if possible, move it to a slightly different location before setting light to it. This is because your pile of woody waste may be just the place where a hedgehog or other creature has decided to make their home for the winter and hibernate there. It would be dreadful if they were burnt alive so PLEASE CHECK BEFORE LIGHTING. On a general note, we always ask that no-one lights bonfires on the plots when the wind is blowing in the direction of nearby houses or if there is a lot of smoke which is likely to cause a problem for adjacent roads or nearby fellow allotmenteers.

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Double Yellow Lines Ratby Road, Groby RESIDENTS will be aware that double yellow lines have now be installed along Ratby Road. I have since received complaints from some local residents that the lines were not required or should have been on the opposite side of the road. Over the last 3 years I have received numerous complaints from the both the Parish Council and the two Groby Borough Councillors demanding that something be done and requesting double yellow lines. This was due to cars now parking on both sides of the road something that had not occurred before. I arranged a meeting at County Hall with Parish councillors, the police and highways officers over this issue. I had previously attended a meeting of local residents, Parish Councillors and the police over safety concerns. I had also arranged for Highway Officers to attend a Parish Council meeting, where all councillors were able challenge them on safety concerns. Again double yellow lines were requested along the right hand side of the road coming into Groby from the direction of Ratby. I had also received numerous complaints from residents who raised safety concerns regarding the parking. As your County Councillor I took on board all of these safety concerns and the strong requests from both the Parish Council, Borough Councillors and residents. I then arranged for a public consultation to be carried out. The consultation was on the proposal to put double yellow lines along Ratby Road. The consultation was democratically carried out and was well advertised where residents could have their say. The result of the consultation was that the majority supported the proposal.

Domestic abuse strategy - let us know if we’re proposing the correct priorities THE DOMESTIC Abuse (DA) Act received royal assent in April 2021. The act places a duty on tier one local authorities (the county council) to provide accommodation based support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation. It also provides clarity over governance and accountability,

requiring tier two councils (district councils), to co-operate with the lead local authority. A strategic needs assessment must be undertaken to assess the need for accommodation-based domestic abuse support across Leicestershire for all victims. It is a requirement of the DA Act 2021 to produce a DA Reduction Strategy. The needs assessment will further inform the development of this strategy for the provision of support to cover Leicestershire and inform commissioning / de-commissioning decisions. An eight-week public consultation is taking place from 26 October to 21 December 2021 seeking feedback on the five priorities and to co-produce the strategy. Feedback from the consultation will be incorporated into the final strategy. Please let us know whether you think these are the correct priorities or not. You can do this by emailing; uk or by calling 0116 3056056 The proposed priorities are: 1. Early Intervention and Prevention 2. Targeted Support 3. Reachable Services 4. DA Act (Part 4) – Safe Accommodation 5. Strong Partnerships Full details of these can be found via the following link. https://www.

Road Closure Ratby Lane Kirby Muxloe PLEASE NOTE Ratby Lane as you come out of Ratby towards Kirby Muxloe will be closed from 25/10/21 to 28/11/21. To access the A47 you need to follow the diversion from Main Street, into Desford Lane Ratby and through Kirby Muxloe via Main Street to access Blood Hill.

Stamford Park, Groby I HAVE received complaints regarding dog faeces on the park, including the following from a local resident: “Good morning, arrived for my son’s football match this morning at Stamford Park and have had to clear up five bags of dog faeces before they could. I know many people don’t like that the children are using this park for football, however this is absolutely

disgusting. I would kindly ask the small number of dog owners who are responsible to please pick up after your dog. I appreciate the majority already do. I have asked the Borough Council’s Community street warden to monitor the area.

Streetsafe - New Pilot Service Available To All YOUR LOCAL police beat team would like to tell you about a new service that has launched recently for anyone to use for a number of issues.

this ‘marketing survey’ email and the site it takes you through to have nothing to do with the supermarket. The survey and its offers of free ‘rewards’ are fake, and eventually encourage you to part with sensitive personal information. Here’s what the email looks like:

StreetSafe is a pilot service for anyone to anonymously tell us about public places where you have felt or feel unsafe, because of environmental issues, eg street lighting, abandoned buildings or vandalism and/or because of some behaviours, eg being followed or verbally abused. Please note: ‘StreetSafe’ is not for reporting crime or incidents. Please go click Police.UK: Home then scroll down and click on StreetSafe.

Scam Emails Purporting to be from Primark EMAILS promising Primark gift card ‘rewards’ have been circulating, but they’re fake and absolutely nothing to do with the retailer.

ASDA phishing email THE BELOW Phishing email is circulating it will take you to a fake site nothing to do with Asda. Please do not get caught out.

Fraudsters are impersonating some of the UK’s most well-known brands, this is another gift card scam relating to a famous high street store. This time the phishing emails are promising ‘Primark Rewards’, claiming that you need to ‘activate the delivery’ in order to receive them: Simply do not click

Phishing warning: fake Sainsbury’s marketing survey email scam SAINSBURY’S has confirmed that an email promising £90 for taking part in a ‘marketing nothing to survey’ has do with it. We’re all used to seeing slick marketing from brands. Many feature recognisable logos and familiar brand colours to promote their offers across emails, social media, TV adverts. But Sainsbury’s has confirmed that

Finally I would like to thank you all for your continued support and remind you that should you need my help or advice, I always pride myself on making myself available to residents. Remember I am only a phone call or email away.

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My dear Nephew Darren After all these years, I now understand why the nonconformist 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 after more than a century of use by the pious and not-so-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 leaves 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 it 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 coordinates 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




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Heating, lighting, insurance, alarms, amongst other things, are on-going expenses that we have to pay. We also want to develop what we IT’S BEEN great to see our visitor numbers picking up over offer at the library for people in the village. We the last few weeks. are always looking for sources of income and We’re especially pleased that the café is proving so popular, no doubt due we regularly apply for grants. We are delighted to the delicious cakes, brownies and my favourite the rocky road supplied that we have once again been chosen to by our very own Lisa Clarke. For a trial period leading up to Christmas we receive funds via the Co-op Community fund. If will be opening the café on Saturday afternoons as well as the mornings. you’re already a Co-op member and shop at the So from 10am until 4pm on 13th , 20th , 27th November and 4th, 11th Laundon Way Co-op please choose us as your and 18th December. The library will close at 1pm and will not be open on cause to support, it costs you nothing and you benefit too. If not already these afternoons. We’re still looking for volunteers to help out in the café so a member why not join? Other ways to support us, at no cost to you, are are delighted ‘Time Out’ caféand isAmazon OPENSmile again. The c pop in for an application form or email if Wethrough Give as Youthat Live the you’re interested. If you’ve yet to try one of the cakes why not buy some to August the library and café will be open 6 days a week. Hou take home. We can wrap them for taking away.

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Christmas Trail WE’RE WORKING with Bradgate Rotary on the 12 days of Christmas trail around Groby.

Thurs 10-12 Fri 2-4Charts! and Sat 10-12. Groby Library

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Can you spare a couple of hours a week? We’re looking for volu list, in stock at Groby Community Library: or perhaps you’d like to be a trustee? If you’re interested email 1. Kathy Reichs: The Bone Code application form in the library. 2. Santa Montefiore: Flappy Entertains

This will be on 11th Dec 10am-1pm. Pick up your map from the library, find the letters on the 12 days of Christmas posters around the village and work out the Christmas word answer. Return to the library with your answer Haig: Libraryto continue to wear face cover We 3. are Matt asking allThe ourMidnight volunteers sheet to be entered in to a prize draw. We’re hoping that Santa and his 4. Taylor Jenkins: The Seven Husbands of so too to keep everyone safe and the Covid rates down. We co sleigh will be there too!

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ON 27TH NOVEMBER we’re delighted to welcome local author Anita Sivakumaran who’ll be at the library 2.303.30pm reading extracts from her books.

We 6. were sorry to say goodbye to Janet Harrison, one of our tru Stuart MacBride: The Coffinmaker’s Garden the ‘Time Out’ café offEvening the ground. wish her well in her futur 7. Ken Follett: The and the We Morning

5. Victoria Hislop: One August Night

8. Harlen Coben: Win She’ll have some available to buy too. So if you’re interested in crime you seen our new picnic tables? These have been purcha novels for adults pop in to see her. The Times describes her as “An exciting Have 9. John Grisham: A Time for Mercy new name in crime fiction” The café will be open so grab a drink and cake and Bosworth Borough Council. We’re hoping that, while the we 10. Linda LaPlante: Judas Horse and find out more about her books.

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coffee and cake outside. We hope to use them for activities and ROZ SMITH, TRUSTEE disappointed, however, to find that within days of being installed scratched on to them. We do have CCTV covering the patio so the tables but please treat them with respect. We’d also apprec bins for their rubbish.

You can use Borrow box for eBooks & eAudiobooks, Press Reader for eNewspapers & eMagazines and Libby for eMagazines & eAudiobooks. Check out the digital services section of our website Over for more details of how to access the services.

Raising money for Groby Community Library SINCE TAKING over the library from the County Council a few years ago the trustees knew that the library had to be self-financing when all grants from the Council ended.

the last few weeks we have received a stock of great new them are on the best seller lists.

Groby Library Charts! Books from the Sunday Times Bestsellers, in stock at Groby Co Bill Clinton and James Patterson The President's Daughter Matt Haig The Midnight Library Peter James I Follow You Maggie O'Farrell Hamnet Philippa Gregory Dark Tides Douglas Stuart Shuggie Bain Stephen King If It Bleeds Ian Rankin A Song for the Dark Times Lee Child and Andrew Child Sentinel.

We are so pleased that we are once again offering children age This year it’s the ‘Wild World Heroes’. Help the heroes to save t receive your folder, stickers and gifts. You need to visit the libra need to hurry as it finishes on 5th September. While you’re there

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Zinc benefits: taking tablets could ‘cut how long respiratory infections last’ and ease symptoms

A ZINC supplement may reduce the length of respiratory tract infections (RTI) while also easing symptoms, a new study suggests. The study found taking zinc orally or through a nasal spray may ward off infection and could make people feel better more quickly. RTI’s can affect sinuses, the throat, airway or lungs, but most infections get better without treatment. Symptoms of an RTI include coughing, sneezing, stuffy or running nose, sore throat, headaches and a high temperature. What did the data say? The new research, from the journal BMJ Open and experts including those from Western Sydney University, did not include data specifically related to Covid-19 cases. Researchers found that taking zinc may prevent five RTIs in 100 people per month, and on average, symptoms resolved two days earlier if zinc was taken through an under-the-tongue method or as a spray. In the group that did not take zinc, it was found that 19 more adults per 100 were still likely to have RTI symptoms seven days into their illness. There were “clinically significant” reductions in how people graded their symptoms three days into their illness. The authors concluded: “In adult populations unlikely to be zinc deficient, there was some evidence suggesting zinc might prevent RTIs symptoms and shorten duration. Where can zinc be found? Zinc, found in foods like meat, mushrooms, chickpeas, spinach, broccoli, kale, oysters and crab, is important for wound healing as it helps the immune system to function properly. In the study, the most common zinc formulas were lozenges, followed by nasal sprays and gels containing either zinc acetate or gluconate salts. The researchers said zinc is “a viable ‘natural’ alternative” to manage RTI symptoms at home, although an ideal dose was not mentioned.

Beware junk food driving IF YOU are out on the roads this month, beware: drivers who eat fast food may increase their risk of crashing cars. That is the finding of a recent study into the effects of what happens to drivers when they eat snacks high in sugar and fats. Such foods were found to cause drivers to drive at higher speeds, and to also reduce their concentration at the wheel. The recent research at Tartu University in Estonia found that people with poorer diets have higher accident and driving convictions. Yet an estimated £1.25 billion is spent on food at service stations each year, with sweets the most popular choice for hungry, tired motorists.

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Trial of electric refuse and recycling bin lorry

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IN THE DRIVE towards fossil fuel alternatives to power vehicles, the Borough Council have been trialling an electric refuse and recycling bin lorry for waste collections. The Dennis E-Collect Refuse Collection Vehicle was with the council for one week and collected garden waste bins in Hinckley and Burbage on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On a single charge, it picks up waste from around 1,100 properties during a single day, before travelling to the local farm composting site where the garden waste is tipped and then composted. Once the round has been completed, it is recharged at the council’s depot in around seven to eight hours. The fully electric lorry has five battery packs which gives the vehicle 300kWh of power and a 200kW electric motor. The lorry is much quieter than a traditional vehicle and weighs around 26 tonnes. The emissions from the fleet currently make up over 40% of the council’s emissions and reducing them is critical to achieving the council’s net zero carbon ambitions. The council has already committed to assessing any infrastructure improvements that may be necessary to move to greener alternatives. Cllr Martin Cartwright, Executive member for Climate Change at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said “We are getting more used to seeing electric cars on the road but as yet not electric refuse trucks. “Moving weight over distance presents challenges, it was great to see and ask questions from representatives of Dennis about their electric refuse truck. This trial is a short one only lasting a few days but vitally important to us as a Borough Council to see how it performs out there in real life. “Further trials will take place but from what I saw this will undoubtedly be the way forward. I would also like to thank all our crews for the first class service they provided to our residents especially throughout the pandemic.”

BUY YOUR children some books for Christmas. It seems that more books in your home in childhood can help stave off dementia in later life, according to a recent study.

It found that children who are exposed to the written word from a young age, form more resilience against degenerative processes which can lead to Alzheimer’s. Nurturing our brain in our early years boosts our ‘cognitive reserves’, as intellectually stimulating activities like reading create extra connections in the brain. That acts as a long-term buffer against cognitive decline in later life. The study was done at the School of Public Health at the University of Haifa in Israel.


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Make it 7,000 WALKING 7,000 steps a day, or the equivalent of a three-mile stroll, is enough to reduce the likelihood of death in middle age by 72 per cent. The study was done by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Their findings also suggest that there is negligible, if any, benefit to walking 10,000 steps a day, as compared to 7,000 steps.

New bank MOTHER decided that ten-year old Cathy should get something ‘practical’ for Christmas. “Suppose we open a savings account for you?” she suggested. Cathy was delighted. “It’s your account, darling,” mother said as they arrived at the bank, “so you fill out the application.” Cathy was doing fine until she came to the space for ‘Name of your former bank.’ After a slight hesitation, she put down ‘Piggy’.

News from Groby WI UNFORTUNATELY, I was not able to attend this month’s WI meeting so I don’t have anything to report apart from photographs sent to me by other members and I apologise for the short report! The speaker demonstrated making owl paperweights. As you can see, they are charming little fellows, stuffed tightly with a bag of dried rice grains and in many different combinations of patterns and colours. There was a great deal of hilarity and chatter going on and it was just the thing to cheer the 33 ladies who attended. I was informed by my six-year-old grandson today that there are only 53 days before Christmas and I think these sweet little owls would make delightful Christmas presents!



We have a WI theatre trip booked for 11th November to see ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ at Curve, another return to some sort of normality particularly as many of us have now had our Covid booster vaccination. The next meeting is on Thursday 18th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

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Christmas is Coming Christmas Trail- 12 days of Christmas AN EXCITING Christmas Trail around the village of Groby with a theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has been created by members of Bradgate Rotary. Visit Groby Library to collect a map and find the letters on the trail. Maps are only £1. Answer sheets need to be returned to the library to be entered into the prize draw. Santa is also likely to make a visit.

Santa to visit Groby, Markfield and Anstey! WEDNESDAY 15th December – with the help of Bradgate Rotary. Santa will be visiting the Laundon Road Coop Store, for a couple of hours during the afternoon. Santa, on his sleigh, will be available for photos and a quick chat, as well as handing out goodie bags to youngsters. • Monday 20th December – Santa will be visiting pupils at Mercenfield School, Markfield. Further visits are still to be planned for The Nook in Anstey, Glenfield, and several others. Come and join us and make a difference to your community Anyone interested in joining their local Rotary and helping the community please email your contact details to Adrian Walker – • Bell & Howell Super 8 Movie Projector. Reasonable offers invited. • Imperial 65 Typewriter. Reasonable offers invited. Tel: 01530 230476 (Bagworth) • Two stand alone fridges for sale. Larder fridge. Good condition. Price £25. • Curry’s larder fridge. Like new, little used. Price £40. Tel: 01530 231089 (Thornton) • Large frameless mirror, as new condition 1200 x 1000 complete with fixing kit. £25.00. Tel: 0116 2876715 (Groby)

SEND DETAILS by post or email - sorry, we can’t take them over the phone. Maximum EIGHT items please. Our postal address is: Spotlight Small Ads, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT or you can email details to: PLEASE ENSURE that you put ‘SMALL ADS’ in the subject line, and INCLUDE YOUR FULL POSTAL ADDRESS (not for publication, just to know where you are).

Planning Apps Single storey rear extension measuring 6.00 metres in depth; 4.00 metres in height to the ridge; and 3.00 metres in height to the eaves at 6 Carmen Grove, Groby, Leicestershire LE6 0BA Single storey rear extension measuring 7.70 metres in depth; 3.00 metres in height to the ridge; and 3.00 metres in height to the eaves at 102 Leicester Road, Groby, Leicestershire LE6 0DN

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WORDSEARCH This is your Word Search!

IF YOU can find 15 TYPES OF GEMSTONE in the Wordsearch grid above, you could win yourself a meal for two and a bottle of house wine at The Stamford Arms in Groby. AGATE AMBER

All you have to do to go into the draw is find - and mark a line CARNELIAN CITRIN through - 15 GEMSTONES. These can run vertically, horizontally orJADE diagonally (and backwards!). LAPISL Send your marked entry forms to: DIAMOND GEEZER, Groby MOONSTONE ROSEQ Spotlight, PO Box 8, Markfield, Leics. LE67 9ZT to arrive by SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 2021. Please remember to fill inTOPAZ TIGERSEYE your name and address. (Some people don’t!) The sender of the first correct entry drawn out of the hat will win the voucher for a Meal for Two and a Bottle of House Wine at The Stamford Arms, Groby - thanks to the generous sponsorship of Brian Rigby - owner of The Stamford Arms.

Find the word in the puzzle. Words can go in any direction.

Here are the 15 GEMSTONES you have to find:

Words can share letters as they cross over each other


TRAIL 10am-1pm 11th December Pick up your map from the library for only £1 Santa and his sleigh will be there too!


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Councillor Martin Cartwright reports

Tel: 0116 287 4500 Mob: 07850 707050 E-Mail:

Put an end to Bank Scammers - Connect to your Bank by dialling 159

Land Adjacent 30 Markfield Road, Groby DEVELOPMENT is currently taking place alongside Groby Church the address of which is: Land Adjacent 30 Markfield Road, Groby.

YOU RECEIVE an unexpected telephone call from someone claiming to be your bank.

A number of residents have asked how this can be, given that no recent planning application has been made for the site.

1. Stop: 2. Hang Up:

Planning permission was granted on 24th April 2007 for 9 Two Bed Apartments and 11 One Bed Apartments on the site making a total of 20 units.

3. Dial 159 to connect to your bank You do not need to look up your bank’s telephone number using this method. How will ‘Call 159’ work : Try it now, dial 159

Groby’s ‘Tommy’ on Leicester Road they’re from your bank – even if they are not suspicious. • You receive a call asking you to transfer money or make a payment – even if it seems genuine. • You receive a call about a financial matter and it seems suspicious.

A powerful new tool that puts power in the hands of ordinary people in stopping the bank scammers from defrauding you. If you think someone is trying to trick you into handing over money or personal bank details… …Stop, Hang up, Dial 159 to speak directly to your bank. It’s that easy. A new fraud hotline will let you check whether a call from your bank is genuine or not as the financial industry battles against unprecedented levels of fraud.

Dial 159 – Diagonal left to right, top to bottom, across the telephone keypad Then press when instructed to do so: 1 Barclays Bank 2 Bank of Scotland 3 Santander 5 Lloyds Bank

Dial 159 offers a practical way to check whether a caller is a fraudster.

6 Natwest 7 Royal Bank of Scotland 8 Starling Bank 9 Ulster Bank Northern Ireland If your bank has not been mentioned press 0

Remember that 159 will never call you. But you can ‘Call 159’ if: • Someone contacts you saying

If you don’t bank with one of the banks above and you call the service, you will be advised how to contact your bank directly by

Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council – Groby Ward. Executive member for: Licensing, Environmental, Climate Change, Rural Issues & Klondyke Community Hub

Call: 0116 287 4500 Mobile: 07850 707050

E-Mail: Write : Maverick House,10 Pine Tree Avenue, Groby, LE6 0EQ


More banks and telecoms firms are expected to join as the pilot progresses. 159 is the memorable, secure number that connects you directly to your bank if you think you’re being scammed. 159 works in the same way as 101 for the police or 111 for the NHS. It’s the number you can trust to get you through to your bank every time.

Remembrance 2021: Lest We Forget THANK YOU to everyone that placed a Poppy on the Groby Tommy at the entrance to Groby on Leicester Road. The purple Poppy is in remembrance of the tens of thousands of animals who also gave the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them.

Borough Council’s Parish Community Initiative Fund

Cllr Martin Cartwright

Cllr Martin Cartwright

You can call 159 from your home or mobile telephone, it works exactly the same.

Dial 159 to connect to your bank.

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Last year criminal gangs stole over £470m by pretending to be your bank or other service provider.

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A REMINDER the Parishes and communities initiative grants application process is still open. Please refer to last month’s Spotlight for further details. Closing date for applications is 7th January 2022.

Much is wrong with the current planning system not least that once planning permission has been granted and a material start agreed by the planning authority, the completion date for construction completion is not defined. Back in 2007 the SUMMARY OF DECISION Particulars of decision, stated: 1. The development hereby permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three years from the date of permission. In this case 24th April 2007 – Expiry date 24th April 2010. Close to the expiry date the developer lowered the kerb stones to the Markfield Road access point to the site and then claimed a material start had been completed. If you look you can see for yourselves these lowered kerb stones that go to nowhere. Planning officers at HBBC accepted this as a material start. Both Groby ward members at the time fought against it as in the ward members’ view this did not constitute a material start. (So as to avoid confusion at the time the ward members back then were Cllr Cartwright and Cllr Batty.) In current planning law which has changed since 2010 no argument would need to be made by the ward members as it simply would not constitute a material start to the development and the planning permission would have lapsed. Quite frankly, and sadly, the day the planning officers at HBBC agreed that the lowering of the entrance kerb stones was a material start in planning terms back in 2010 this was like a lottery ticket for the developer as they could then take 1, 10, 100 years to complete the development from

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St Philip & St James Church, Groby

Christmas Carols & Songs that point so long as they abided by the original permission in terms of layout. For this reason the developer has to build exactly what was approved back in 2007 or a new planning application would need to be submitted. All the details, drawings, layout etc can be found on the Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council web site at www.

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Click planning and development control link, click comment or view on an application and enter the reference number: 06/01322/FUL or type 30, Markfield Road, Groby. Public Footpath R34 runs adjacent to the site. Condition 3 states: That the existing footpath should be incorporated within the development to a minimum width of 1.8 metres and be surfaced to a specification approved by the Southern Area Public Footpath Rights Manager. Condition 4 states: The developers should ensure that the footpath R34 is maintained in a satisfactory condition for pedestrians to use and is kept free from obstructions. If the developers consider that safety of pedestrians is unable to be assured, a report will need to be submitted to the Southern Area Manager for the public rights on foot to be suspended. A suitable temporary alternative route would need to be identified and put into place. Summary: Because a material start was agreed by HBBC planning officers the developer can build at this time or any time in the future as there is no defined date for completion of a development. That said the developer can only build what was approved back in 2007. In respect of the footpath R34 this needs to be kept clear at all times and available to use by the public unless a footpath closure is applied for and agreed with an alternative route put into place during the closure.

Please remember if I can ever be of help to you or your family please do not hesitate to contact me. My contact details are listed in the panel on the left.

Cllr Martin Cartwright

Saturday 4th December 10.00am - 6.00pm Sunday 5th December 12noon - 6.00pm Mon 6th / Tues 7th / Wed 8th 3.00pm - 6.00pm

The story of mince pies DID YOU KNOW that mince pies have been traditional English Christmas fare since the Middle Ages, when meat was a key ingredient? The addition of spices, suet and alcohol to meat came about because it was an alternative to salting and smoking in order to preserve the food. Mince pies used to be a different shape cradle-shaped with a pastry baby Jesus on top.


Bradgate u3a

THE u3a is a United Kingdom wide movement of locally-run interest groups that provide a wide range of opportunities for people to meet up and to explore new skills and activities together. We are an organisation for people, who are no longer in full time employment or looking forward to retirement, who wish to meet new people and enjoy exploring a wide variety of interests at low cost. We provide the opportunity for lifelong learning in its broadest sense, enabling members to share their interests, knowledge and skills. The range of activites is so broad that there really is something for everyone. The local Bradgate u3a has groups for art, canasta, card making, Come & Sing choir, carpet bowls, croquet, dry crafts, garden visits, heritage group, Knit & Natter, mahjong, military history, National Trust, petanque, stitching crafts, reading, Ride & Amble, scrabble, stitching crafts, strollers, table games, tenpin bowling and walking. There are also monthly meetings with a speaker. There are also national groups for more specialist interests. To join up see our website at bradgate/home for contact details or telephone the Membership Secretary on 07805 717416. On 1st December there will be a Christmas party at Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road, Anstey.

Ian Welch

Both of our churches here in Groby are open as below Please see our on-line links below for up to date information.

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A Cool Yule Do you love gaudy baubles? Or are you more of a minimalist Christmas decorator? Here are five guidelines to help you create a stylish seasonal look for your home.

THE TREE No Christmas is complete without a tree, and this is where ideas of pared-back décor tend to go astray amid a chaotic surge of baubles and assorted hanging things that you’ve accumulated over the years. Less is more, so stick to a colour theme: you could use plain silver balls with white or coloured lights, for example. Or go for a natural look, perhaps using ribbons, green twine and cinnamon sticks. For those leftover decorations that you’re desperate to display, pile them onto a small tree in a pot, or create a separate mantelpiece or fireplace arrangement. THE CARDS Even with the rise of e-greetings, the demise of the traditional Christmas card seems far away. Propping them up randomly around the house might make for a jolly, ad hoc look, but if you arrange them it’s far more effective. If you’re short of time, the best solution is simply to clear a side table or shelf and arrange the cards carefully with the largest at the back. But if you want to go for effect, try using painted mini wooden pegs to attach cards to a string, or punching a hole in each card and tying it on with bright ribbon, raffia or yarn.

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THE WREATH Natural materials such as holly, ivy, bay and twisted willow are lovely for a homemade wreath and you can finish it off with berries and ribbon for a traditional effect; alternatively, wire and palecoloured beads are subtle and sophisticated. Just avoid the pine-cone-sprayed-with-goldpaint look.

THE TABLE Simple colour coordination is key here, from tablecloth (or runner) to serviettes, plates, glassware and any extras. The colour doesn’t just have to be red or green – with some lateral thinking a gorgeous display can be created around an unusual colour theme: pastels, icy whites and silvers, dark and moody or contemporary brights, perhaps. Start by picking one colour and accessorise with touches of coordinating tones. There’s no need to splash out – much can be achieved by carefully choosing accessories such as candles, crackers and flowers. GENERAL DISPLAYS There was a time when chains of coloured paper hung from corner to corner of the room were the height of Christmas chic. This may no longer be the case, but home-made decorations can still be a wonderful thing. It could be as simple as a row of chunky candles, wound round with ivy, a wooden bowl filled with clove-studded oranges or a string of white fairy lights clustered in a glass vase.

Positive Thoughts “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” — John Lennon

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