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Bagworth Show raised £1,500 THE SEVENTEENTH annual Bagworth Open Show took place on Saturday 24th August, one of the hottest days of the year. It was organised by the Bagworth Forward Group (BFG). As well as the exhibits, refreshments and Tombola (well run by Mrs Martin and her family), there were stalls inside and outside of the Sure Start Centre and the Dog Show on the adjoining field (see article elsewhere in this magazine for more details). The Show was successful in more ways than one. More than £1500 was raised which will be used to enhance the life of the village of Bagworth. In addition this is very much a well enjoyed community event and is no doubt the biggest one of the year in the village. There is a real buzz around the Show. 73 exhibitors displayed 489 exhibits which could be viewed after judging in the Community Centre’s two halls. There were 22 trophies to be won as well as cash prizes. A new exhibitor, Dave Gammon, won the Adrian Smith trophy for Best in Show. Other trophies were won by Hazel Smith, Diane Palmer, Tuyet Loan Duong, John Flamson, Pete Stretton, John Bennett, Penny McDonald, Mary Gee and Eileen Johnson. The young people’s trophies were won by Elliot Wydell, William Miles and Sophie Ainsworth. CONTINUED ON PAGE 3 ...>

Charity Family Disco TICKETS ARE now on sale for the charity family disco event on Saturday 9th November at Markfield Community Centre, 7pm till late. Tickets are limited so please book in advance. Prices are: £5 per adult and £2.50 for over 5 years. Under 5 years free. This will be a great family disco and buffet, with some amazing prizes to be won. All proceeds are going to Air Ambulance Service & Wishes 4 Kids Contact Dianne for tickets on 07748 915829.

Happy Retirement!

ON 31ST AUGUST people from across the Benefice of Markfield; Thornton, Bagworth & Stanton under Bardon, and Copt Oak joined together for afternoon tea at Stanton village hall to say farewell to Rector, The Reverend Simon Nicholls and his wife, Rosemary.  They have now both retired, having served us since 2004.   Sixty people gathered together to enjoy the fellowship of the afternoon and, as ever with ‘come and share’ church functions, there were plenty of savouries and delicious cakes for all to enjoy.  Though tinged with sadness, it was good to have this opportunity to thank Simon and Rosemary for all their work across the benefice: their support, encouragement, teaching and care.  They will be moving to Derbyshire and their gifts from the Benefice of gardening items and gardening vouchers will be useful in creating their new garden there.  A service was held at St Peter’s Church, Thornton on Sunday 1st September, serving as Simon and Rosemary’s last in the Benefice.  The bells were rung, people sang, the organ played as a wonderful service of worship was held. Simon’s sermon, Pauline’s prayers and words, and Rosemary’s poems all focussed God’s faithfulness and constancy, even in times of change.    Refreshments were served after the service – yes, yet more cake!  There were many farewells and much encouragement for them to enjoy their well-deserved and new-found freedom.  We wish them all the best for the future. 

Shirley Garlick

On behalf of the Junction 22 Group of Churches



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Jade Perry has been fundraising again!

Dogs should be kept on leads I WRITE in response to the letter last month calling for dogs to be kept on a lead in public spaces. I agree wholeheartedly with the reader that there is a growing number of, sadly, inconsiderate and, yes, ignorant people who allow their dogs to hurtle up to another (on lead) dog with the retort ‘oh he’s friendly’. A dog is generally on a lead for a reason and it would be beneficial for people to acknowledge and respect that whilst also understanding that it is not ‘dog etiquette’ to greet nose to nose! That can be seen as threatening and therefore cause undue stress or worse. I now have to use a yellow ‘I Need Space’ lead in places like Bradgate Park and the Outwoods to try to warn people to keep their dogs under control. Sadly, I have also suffered extreme verbal abuse due to this growing problem. The problem on the community field is now totally out of control as no one adheres to the (now extremely small!) signs and it is generally a free for all at all times of the day. It is very sad that this problem has escalated so much and that those of us who are responsible and considerate will be the ones who suffer, but the reader has made a very valid point. The public should also be reminded that walking dogs alongside a road with no lead is irresponsible and worse, no collar, which is illegal.

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Triathlon raises over £1,000 for young people in Malawi I WOULD LIKE to say another big thank you for all of the sponsors and kind donations from the people of Markfield. On July 21st I took part in my first Super Sprint Triathlon. I am always thinking of new ways to help raise money for the two charities that I support in Malawi, Love Support Unite and Tilinanu Orphanage. Together me and my friend Ian Spacey - who also took part in the triathlon - have raised over £1,000. This amount of money goes such a long way in Malawi and will help to change lives for the better. I would like to give special thanks to my customers in Bowns Homeware, also to the regulars at the Bull’s Head Pub for their continued support. I am looking forward to returning to Malawi in October until May next year to continue helping at the orphanage.

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Are you worried that your child likes gaming too much? THEN YOU are not alone. Half of all parents are worried that their children are addicted to computer games, as more and more family routines are disrupted by hours spent online. Many families admit that it is especially hard to get boys to break for meals, or to go to bed, especially if they feel close to winning a game. The survey was done by Internet Matters, the e-safety group which says that peak gaming age is 11 to 13, when some children play for nearly six hours at weekends. Fortnite was named as the most worrying game.



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South Charnwood High School ‘encouraging excellence, valuing people’ Headteacher: Andrew Morris: Deputy Headteachers: Simon Andrews, Abigail Lear Assistant Headteacher: Kathryn Juszkiewicz Business Manager: Angela Preston

SPORTS FACILITIES OFFICER We require additional members of the Facilities Team to co-ordinate events, bookings and activities on the 3G artificial grass pitch and other areas, ensuring a quality of service for all users Facility is open Monday – Friday 5.00pm – 10.00pm and Saturday/Sunday 9.00am – 6.00pm Part time available/job share available/hours to suit Hourly rate £8.70

The trophy for the best cake in the Show was presented for the first time in memory of Rosemary Smith who was heavily involved in the organisation of the Show and is sadly missed. Hazel Smith had the honour of winning this cup. Richard Kind won the trophy for the best Bagworth allotment and the front garden competitions, where all of the front gardens in the village are judged throughout the year, were won by Karen and Tony Chapman and Ann and Mick Powley. Sadly, yet again, the trophy for a selection of vegetables grown on a Bagworth allotment was not awarded as there were no entries in this class. This respectable trophy comes with a £5 prize. The trophies were presented on the day by Russell George, Chair of the Parish Council. The winner of the ‘complete the limerick’ competition was Kirk Moore. This is his winning entry:

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A lass came to Bagworth in May Decided she’d make the world pay She wrote down a plan To destroy every man But the wind came and blew it away Thanks go to Glynn Martin for stepping in as auctioneer at the last minute. He did a very good job. Special thanks also to Wendy and Helen who very ably increased the number of class sponsors, thus adding to our takings. Thanks also to everyone who helped to make the day a success, whether it was by helping with the running of the Show or by exhibiting and by attending. Some people we only see once a year at the Show but it is like seeing old friends when we meet. Special thanks also to the judges who, I know, enjoy attending the Bagworth Show. Finally can we mention Midland Quarry Products who donated £200 (thanks to Annette for her help in arranging this) and to Presscuts who, as usual, donated £100. To both organisations we are very grateful to you and we want you to know that we do not take your help for granted. It is a great delight to us to hear so many positive comments about the Show. To the one or two people who make negative comments, we are more than happy for you to join our small group of volunteers who work throughout the year on making this day a success. (I’m not holding my breath!)

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Harvest Ploughman’s Lunch Saturday 28th September Any time between 12 – 2pm Raffle, ‘White Elephant’ Stall, Tombola Tickets £4 available from from Rosie 01530 244497 or pay on the door

Groby Village Society Thursday September 26 The Viking Way of Life Sandy Leong Thursday October 24 A Tibetan Journey Alan Clements

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

Bagworth Dog Show is a great success! THE BAGWORTH Dog Show runs alongside the Bagworth Show and we are very grateful to Bob and Liz for organising this event. I know that it is well enjoyed by both the people who take part and the spectators. The Dog Show is divided into two categories, Pedigree classes and Novelty classes. These were ably judged by Becky and by Ann-Marie who both enjoyed the day. The Best in Show was a Bearded Collie puppy called Cloughie, with his owner Angela Butler. Cloughie also won the Best Puppy in the Show. The winning dog overall in the Best in the Novelty section was Murphy, owned by Sue. Eagerly anticipated was the class where the dogs had to chase and retrieve a sausage, without eating it. Three dogs were entered in this class and all three successfully returned the sausage in one piece, uneaten. To decide the winner, the judges counted the number of teeth marks in the said sausage, the winner having the fewer marks. Mentioned in dispatches is the dog which was well behaved until he was asked to walk up and down once too often. He promptly stopped and refused to move until he managed to shake off his lead at which point he beat a hasty retreat. He was caught and returned to his other owner. I’m guessing he might be having words with his owners about being entered again next year. Overall the Dog Show was a great success. It was said that it was good to see lots of people who had never been to a dog show before, who were enjoying themselves and picking up tips on how to show their dogs to best effect. Bob raised around £200 for a dog rescue charity. He is hoping to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind at next year’s Show. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the event a success and special thanks to Liz and Bob. They should be proud of their endeavours.

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The rise of selfemployment

THOSE AGED over 50 now make up nearly half of all self-employed workers. That is about 2.27 million people, up from 1.45 million a decade ago. And almost one in five of the self-employed workforce is over 60. There’s good reason why older people turn to self-employment. With a rising state pension age and a longer life expectancy, they need the money. But companies tend to discriminate against older people who have had to take time out of their careers, perhaps to look after grandchildren or an elderly relative. So many older people have no choice but to venture into the world of self-employment, to make ends meet. But it is not all bad news. As one researcher points out: “Self-employment can offer opportunities for flexible, fulfilling and rewarding work.” The study was done by Rest Less, a jobs and advice site catering for older people.

Farewell to my Mum, Daisy Sharpe ...


In praise of grandparents!

ON 18TH JULY we lost our lovely mum, at the age of 92 years, I thought she would live forever, Until recently she lived and loved it at Mayflower Court along with all her caring friends. Always very chatty and friendly to whoever she met and would always say what she thought (not always a good idea). She was a very popular member of the village, who knew just about everyone and had endless friends. She will be greatly missed by us all. At the funeral a collection box was in place for the Air Ambulance, and I had the pleasure in sending them a cheque for £156.00 from all her friends. Bye Bye Mum X

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SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER is ‘Grandparents Day’. Grandparents in the UK number about 17 million, or more than one in four of the adult population. Grandparents average out at 68 years of age, have four grandchildren who live 10 miles away, and who spend five hours per visit. Grandparents have multiple roles as their grandchildren grow up: playmates, teachers, confidants, spiritual guides, mentors, role models and nurturers, as well as pray-ers.  They also can keep children’s milestones, family history and family events alive. Grandchildren will often discuss their personal concerns with a trusted grandparent. Grandparents are also important for the UK economy!  Nine million of them looked after their grandchildren in 2017.  On average they did so for eight hours a week, and 96% received no payment. 

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Markfield WI

Meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7.45pm at the Methodist Church, Main St Markfield. Further information from Fran Johnson 01530 243350 or Jane Barrington 01530 243285. WI Programme 2019 September ~ What it means to be a Magistrate ~ Suzi Felstead October ~ AGM followed by Craft Workshop ~ Lynne Mellor November ~ Local Jewellery Designer~ Cathy Stephens


MARKFIELD HOMEMAKERS meet in the Congregational Hall, Main Street, Markfield, LE67 9UU on the second Wednesday of the month at 8pm. Sep 11th ~ Geoff Harris Toastmaster Oct 9th ~ Anne Featherstone Nov 13th ~ Rosie Woodland

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ONCE AGAIN, our Cake & Coffee Morning will soon be upon us. Please do come along and bring a friend. • Date: Friday 27th September 2019 • Venue: The Residents’ Lounge, Willow Court, Upland Drive, Markfield • Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm. Looking forward to seeing you!

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You may love him, but ...! YOUNG WOMEN are less and less likely to share their finances with their ‘significant other’. A recent survey has found that nearly half of women aged below 34 prefer financial independence. As one accountant explained: ‘With women increasingly entering marriage later in life, after years of earning their own income and controlling their own finances, it’s unsurprising that many are turning their back on a ‘what’s mine is yours’ approach. Meanwhile, as women tend to outlive men, more than 60 per cent of the UK’s wealth is expected to be in the hands of women by 2025. The study was carried out by Netwealth.

SAY GOODBYE to mess, clutter and weekends spent tidying and cleaning! Gemma Bray (a.k.a The Organised Mum) is a firm believer that there is more to life than housework, and over the last decade she has perfected The Organised Mum Method (TOMM).* The Organised Mum Method is a structured, manageable and ultra-efficient cleaning routine that ensures all areas of the home are taken care of. It’s easy to follow, effective and ensures that everything gets done in just 30 minutes a day, Monday to Friday ... and you get weekends off! *Don’t worry dads -- it works for you too.

“Still Friday” 2019 Each evening will include simple reflective worship songs, silence, prayer, readings and responses and last up to an hour. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace. 20th September

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A suspect was charged with killing a man with sandpaper. In defence he said, “I only intended to rough him up a bit.”

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Recycling Simplified across Leicestershire DISTRICT COUNCILS in Leicestershire have joined forces to make recycling easier than ever by providing a more consistent recycling service for Leicestershire residents. The majority of county residents are now able to recycle exactly the same materials in their recycling wheelie bins wherever they live in the county. Six district councils have worked together to produce one simple list of what can and cannot be put into the recycling bin. It is hoped that not only will this offer better consistency for residents countywide, but that it will also encourage residents to recycle more things, more often.

• A complete list of items that can be recycled can be seen here: Until recently, when recycling bins were emptied by crews in each council area, the contents were taken to several different recycling sites for sorting. Each recycling site had different rules and different processes which meant items that could be recycled in some districts could not be recycled in others. That changed last year and now recycling collections from most districts - Blaby, Charnwood, Harborough, Hinckley & Bosworth, Melton and Oadby & Wigston - are now taken to a single materials recycling facility in Leicester which has enabled the councils to team up for the first time. Up to date information on what the recycling is used for is also available at Beverley Jolly, Joint Chief Executive of Harborough District Council and Leicestershire Districts’ Lead on Waste said: “It’s been a source of some frustration to Leicestershire residents for some time that items that can be recycled by some councils cannot be recycled by others. It’s also an issue that WRAP, the national waste and resources action programme, is keen to tackle as their research says that inconsistency leads to confusion and puts people off recycling so we were keen to work together to produce a single list for recycling that applies countywide. We really hope this will make recycling easier than ever for Leicestershire residents, leading to more recycling and less waste going to landfill.”

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Markfield Local History Group Presents A Talk By Michael Ball On

The care of the village poor from the reign of Elizabeth I to the age of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’

Tuesday September 17th 7.30 pm The talk will be chiefly based on the records of the Overseers of the Poor in Markfield and the surrounding parishes of Thornton, Newtown Linford, Ratby, Groby and Anstey. The Methodist Church Rooms, Main Street, Markfield Non-members £3 to include refreshments

Anyone for Badminton? FRIENDLY Badminton Club requires players at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus, Ratby Road, Groby. Wednesday 7pm-9pm Telephone Mrs Stanley on 0116 2675 800. Kirby Grange Village Association

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I don’t want my dog to be kept on a lead I WOULD like to respond to the recent article by an unnamed Markfield Resident regarding the new notices on Markfield Park about dogs having to be on their leads. Firstly I thought the park was for everyone? Second if my dog or any dog was to attack or bite anyone I would seriously take this up with the police as it’s classed as a vicious dog. And needs a serious review - see Dangerous Dogs act 1991. However having had a dog for many years including those that are deemed a dangerous breed I find it nothing to do with the dog but more to do with the owner. Thirdly surely it’s time to train children or others to ask if the dog is peoplefriendly - our furry friends have rights too. I wouldn’t expect someone I didn’t know to approach me with a stroke and hug until I was reassured that I knew them! Surely that’s common sense. The majority of dog walkers in Markfield and on Markfield Park have a huge respect for everyone. I personally have poop-scooped other dogs’ poo as it’s totally unacceptable and really annoys me. I have also reminded dog walkers to clean up after their dog. I personally have seen friendly dogs approach people and been kicked for nothing other than being friendly. I also recognise how important the sociable aspect of dog walking is to all generations, particularly those who don’t drive or live alone, with the daily dog walks being their only contact on a social level. In society today mental health and isolation are big topics, and having a dog has such health benefits. How will my dog chase her ball if she is on her lead? The best part of her day is meeting up with her friends and playing, running and simply being a dog. She has good recall and if I felt she wasn’t under control I would put her on a lead or muzzle her. Having a dog is the owner’s responsibility, and sadly it is a very small minority who are ruining it for everyone. This is so unfair. Markfield is a wonderful community and these dog walkers who socialise all together form a big part of this community. Why would we want to lose that community? It’s the reason so many of us today love our village. Let’s not persecute all - let’s address the people who are in that minority by filming them, taking their addresses and stop them, rather than a blanket ban on all? The biggest culprits of the dog mess are very early or very late at night walkers, so how do we police that? Perhaps next time there is a parish council meeting, it’s made totally transparent for all to be invited to so we all can have our say, instead of such secrecy, where only a few residents have there say. I also would like to know who will be policing this new rule ? I’m sure our Leicestershire constabulary have enough to do, dealing with actual crime rather than checking if our dogs’ poo is being poop-scooped. Let’s be sensible and pull together to address these issue head on because putting dogs on leads won’t stop it - it will only divide us further!

Dog friendly Markfield resident

The Club, Thornton Sun 15th September The Austrian Stones Band (Rolling Stones covers) Sat 21st September Will’s Karaoke Sat 28th September The Dirty Water Band Sat 5th October The Levi Band Sat 12th October The Jadi Band Fri 18th October The Fantoms 60’s Band Fundraising for Thornton Church Sat 19th October Whiskey Jean & The Chasers Rock N Roll band

“I blame it all on you” I used to be a loner Like some old northern stray Now I have it all together I know where I shall stay. I didn’t do this by myself I’d never have made it through I think I’ve got to tell you I blame it all on you. I blame you for the love you gave That I never did deserve I blame you for your selflessness that taught me how to serve. I blame you for your children Who gave us so much fun And tied us so together We had no space to run. I blame you for our garden I blame you for the sun That shone on everything we did You are the only one. I blame you for the time which passed So quickly by your side I blame you for the happiness I feel so deep inside Did I tell you today that I love you And that all I’ve said is true I want you to know forever I blame it all on you.

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Another year of outstanding GCSE results at South Charnwood YET AGAIN, South Charnwood Year 11 pupils have achieved outstanding GCSE results. Despite the ever changing educational landscape, the pupils have outperformed and surpassed their challenging targets.

As far as attainment is concerned, 12% of pupils achieved a Grade 9 (the highest grade possible) in at least one subject, over a quarter of the pupils achieved Grade 8 or better in at least one subject and 43% of pupils achieved a Grade 7 (equivalent to an old A grade) in at least one subject. Amazingly, one pupil (Kristopher Arveschooug Harby) from Markfield, achieved TEN top grade 9s in all his subjects, a feat which was only achieved by 837 pupils in the country. Just as important, was the outstanding progress made by all pupils at the school. Early indications show that over 80% made better than expected progress with some achieving more than two grades higher than their target. Mr Morris, Headteacher said, “once again, our pupils have excelled themselves and achieved outstanding GCSE results. They have shown resilience and determination, and thoroughly deserve their success, which is just reward for their hard work and conscientious attitude. They should be extremely proud of themselves. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the pupils, to thank parents and carers for their help and support during this time and also to thank all the staff at the school for the vital contribution they have made to our pupils’ success.” Our pictures below show Kristopher Arveschooug Harby, Louise Vernon and Holly Carvell with their results

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New Dementia support group is launched at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation EARLIER THIS year registered charity Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation launched a new dementia support group for behaviours that challenge. Helen Baxter Activities Coordinator at the Foundation said ‘changes in behaviour can be one of the most difficult aspects of living with dementia, both for the person with the condition and those around them’ She added ‘Challenging behaviours usually happen when a person is feeling confused or distressed and trying to make sense of what is happening around them – our new support group aims to offer individually tailored activities for people living with dementia together with their partners, friends or carers’ The group will meet on the third Thursday of the month - 1.30pm3.00pm at Ulverscroft Activity Centre. The new social group is for people under 75 years of age living with dementia with behaviours that challenge, together with their partners, friends or carers. For more information regarding the sessions please telephone Kathleen Wass on 07860 639693.

Bagworth Community Centre AS YOU read this, the summer holidays are over and the Centre is getting back into the regular rhythm of school term work. If you are looking for something to do, there is something here for everyone. On the first Sunday of each month the Church has a service in the Meeting Room between 9 and 10 am. Leon runs an activity for children who are 5 and under in the Rear Hall between 11 am and 12 noon. These are ball based activities organised by Super Star Sports Midlands. On Mondays there is Stay and Play in the Front Hall from 10.30 am to 12 noon. The Olive Branch meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month in the Meeting Room. In the evening the Craft Club also meets in the Meeting Room from 7 to 9 pm. On the second Monday of the month Prize Bingo takes place. On Tuesdays Debbie Wallace has an exercise class from 9 to 10 am in the Front Hall. The Drop in group meet from 2 to 4 pm, enjoying a hot drink, lovely cake and a natter in the Meeting Room. On Wednesdays Sign and Rhyme takes place between 11 am and 12 noon in the Meeting Room. Debbie Wallace organises an adult fitness class and children’s play in the Front Hall from 1 to 3 pm. On Thursdays there is Messy Play in the afternoon in the Rear Hall. The Bridge Club meets from 1 to 4 pm in the Meeting Room. The Women’s Institute meet on the second Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the Meeting Room. In addition to these we have regulars who use the Centre more than one day a week. The very successful Dance-tastic group is led by Jo. Ballroom dancing is taught in these sessions. They meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and sometimes in the daytime on Fridays. The Martial Arts group meet on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.. The dog training club meets on Tuesday and Thursday evening. Also the outstanding (judged so by Ofsted) Bagworth Pre-School takes place from Mondays to Fridays in the Rear Hall from 9 am to 12 noon. The Coffee Shop, organised by Forever Savvy, is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. They have very reasonably priced and delicious food as well as a wide variety of drinks. They are well worth a visit. If you require further information about any of the above please contact Dave on or on 01530 230628 Tuesday to Thursday mornings.

Good food for you EATING PLENTY of fruit and vegetables slashes your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by nearly a quarter, a recent study has found.

And adding whole grains, legumes and nuts also protects against diabetes, as they improve sensitivity to insulin (the hormone that controls blood sugar) and reduce weight gain. A senior nutritionist at the Harvard T H Chan School said: “Overall the data highlighted the importance of adhering to plant-based diets to achieve or maintain good health.” The findings were published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. They support evidence that diet is crucial in tackling diabetes, which now affects about four million in the UK.

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Nosh for Students By Joy May This is the 5th edition of NOSH for Students, a book originally inspired by the author’s son, Ben, who left for university with no cooking skills. Toasted sandwiches and Mars bars were his staple diet, but these didn’t serve him too well! What was needed to encourage him to cook was an easily attainable taste of home, oh, and pictures with every recipe! Nosh for Students was born. Since then, Joy has helped over 300,000 students get cooking with her straightforward and simple approach. Joy helps to take the chore out of cooking, giving students a taste of success and making the experience so much fun.

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A celebration of the life and work of Louise Hay LOUISE HAY - who passed away 2 years ago on 30th August 2017 - was a renowned Metaphysical Lecturer, Motivational Teacher and Author of over 27 books, with more than 50 million books sold worldwide, including her International Best seller ‘You Can Heal Your Life’. Louise helped millions of people transform their lives over the past 30 years by helping them to discover and use the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. To celebrate the life and work of Louise Hay and to keep her legacy going, Carol Deacon who is a certified and licensed Heal Your Life Workshop Teacher and Coach, will be leading a 2-day transformational workshop based on the work and philosophy of Louise Hay. The ‘Love Yourself – Heal Your Life’ workshop will help participants identify negative beliefs that are limiting them and teach them simple, yet transformational techniques to release limitations and go beyond them. Participants will learn that loving themselves is the foundation for making positive changes. Whilst this easy to say, it is often not easy to do! Using affirmations and visualisations along with other techniques, they will experience transformation as they heal the past and allow barriers to dissolve. Every area of life can be improved with this workshop: relationships, health, career and prosperity. This 2-day transformational workshop ‘Love Yourself – Heal Your Life’ will be held: On: Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2019 (9.30am – 5.30pm) At: Ulverscroft Manor Activity Centre Priory Lane, Ulverscroft, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67 9PH For more information about this workshop or to book a place - please go to


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Pupils and staff of the Coalville Grammar school are invited to a reunion, taking place on SATURDAY OCTOBER 13th 2019. Venue. Newbridge High School. Forest Road, Coalville: Time: 1pm to 5pm Cost to attend £5. Book in advance or pay at the door. The School can provide refreshments. Ploughman’s £7.50 (served from 3pm). Tea and cakes are available at nominal cost. The meal MUST be pre-ordered by 21st September All details can be obtained from Geoff Haynes: Tel No: 0116 2546591, or email Do come, meet friends and browse all the old photographs. It is the 110th Anniversary of the opening of the school in 1909. Help us to celebrate this together. You will be most welcome. Elizabeth Riding, Reunion Committee

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Lack of 5-year land supply makes villages vulnerable to developers Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in the Herald SINCE 1995 when I was first elected onto Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, I have managed to avoid being a member of the Borough Council’s planning committee. I have in the past substituted on the committee and I have on many occasions attended the meetings to speak on behalf of local residents, often against applications which are not supported by the community. I was therefore especially glad in May that my fellow Councillor for Markfield, Stanton and Field Head – Andy Furlong, agreed to take our seat on the planning committee and he has been involved in the work of committee since day one. It goes without saying, that we are up against it (you could argue we have been for years) in our attempts to limit any new developments to those which are proportionate to the needs of our local communities and which will not change beyond recognition the fabric of where we live and the things we take for granted in a rural setting. I write this because I am especially concerned that, after the Council elections in May we were suddenly informed that the Borough Council no longer had its required 5 year land supply and so were vulnerable once again to speculative development, which would be approved regardless of the application’s merit or the harm it might cause. The timing of this announcement caused a degree of anger and rightly so as it’s a very crucial issue which many councillors have grave concerns over and should have a focus of the Council elections debates. The 5 year land supply is a calculation made to determine that a planning authority has 5 years of land supply to develop housing at an agreed level of development to sustain demand for (guess what) 5 years. The substantive reason we no longer have the 5 years land supply as required, is a good example of everything that is wrong with the planning system and why it needs to change (but probably will not) to be responsive to local concerns. Essentially some years ago when setting out how Hinckley and Bosworth was going to meet its targets for ensuring we had enough developable land, a plan was put into place to develop substantially the towns of Barwell and Earl Shilton. These proposed

developments were referred to as the SUE’s – Sustainable Urban Extensions. They were to help regenerate the two towns and bring substantial investments with it. That was the plan anyway. At the time the developers formed consortiums to work with land owners to bring things forward. Except after a while nothing much came forward as internal arguments and game playing got in the way of what was needed. Move forward over 10 years and still nothing has happened. In fact it’s worse, some of the developers spent much of the time asking to reduce the social investments they committed to make in the first place, despite the housing market improving substantially from when the proposal was first brought forward. Land owners quibbled and the developers haggled and thousands of new homes didn’t get built. The Borough Council did try to move things on with all parties, but as the situation failed to progress so the incentive not to develop increased. This was because without the developments at Barwell and Earl Shilton the Council would fall behind its development target and not achieve a 5 years land supply. This would result in developers having a free hand when it comes to progressing other plans across the Borough because without the 5 year land supply the Council is supposed to approve all applications if they are sustainable. You may ask why the Council didn’t change tack and support other sites which might have been easier to bring forward. The problem with that is simple - we are talking about thousands of new homes and whenever you plan for developments on that scale you run into trouble, and so it proved. The Council doesn’t have the ability to force a developer to progress a development even when it’s critically important, and so developers are able to hold the pace at which they bring sites forward to suit their own commercial objectives. The Government has long placed the blame (conveniently) on Councils for the slow pace of housing developments in the planning process while refusing

to acknowledge that developers might be playing the system to their advantage. It is one of the reasons we have nearly 700,000 housing plots with planning permissions granted but not being built. It pays developers to slow down the delivery of new housing far more than it ever benefits the Council. Despite this the Government have continued to load the dice against local Councils and stack them in favour of developers. So with no 5 year land supply in place it is going to make it harder to defend our communities. Not impossible but harder. We have, though, been here before as a community and discussions are at least continuing at the Council with developers and land owners to try and resolve matters at Barwell and Earl Shilton. On a positive note both Markfield and Stanton have been working to develop local neighbourhood plans which will offer some defence against speculative developers. These plans when adopted should direct any development to areas

Matthew Lay identified by the community and which are proportionate to its needs. It will also mean that for those communities the Council will only need a 3 year land supply in place, not the full 5 year. The Council has this, so it will definitely help. Whether we have a 5 year land supply or not, we know that developers will continue to look to bring forward new sites in our community. It is therefore important we have robust arguments in place to push back against those not supported by those living in our community and to ensure any that do get passed, bring with them proper infrastructure improvements not simply token gestures.


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Dogs should be kept on leads at ALL times at Thornton Reservoir A MARKFIELD resident wrote an excellent letter in the August issue of The Herald. I agree with everything the writer said. I would like to add there is also definitely a problem with bad dog owners at Thornton Reservoir. I too have experienced the same problems of random dogs running up and jumping at me, due to inconsiderate dog owners not keeping their dogs on a lead. Just this afternoon, I went for a walk around the reservoir. In front of me were two different dog owners. One was a man with three dogs, none of them on a lead. Another was a woman with 4 dogs, also not on leads. Neither of these owners had full control of their dogs. As I was walking behind them, I had a great view of all the problems being caused by these dogs. All seven dogs would run up to and jump at other people walking past. I looked closely at these victims, who appeare scared and unhappy. Bad dog owners would say the dogs were ‘just playing’. Even more shockingly, both owners walkede ahead of their dogs, and never once looked behind them to see where their dogs were, and what they were up to. This led to several people being jumped at by the dogs, and ALL of the dogs did a ‘poo’ on the grass verges around the reservoir, which was not picked up by their owners. The owners made no effort to stop the dogs running off, and didn’t apologise to anyone for the upset caused. Bad dog owners really are ruining Thornton Reservoir for everyone else. Other countries have designated fenced-off ‘dog areas’ within public areas so that dogs can run off the lead only within the fenced-off area, with their owners, and have dog poo bins provided. Could the Woodland Area bit of Thornton Reservoir be fenced off for such a use, preserving the rest of the walk around for the general public to use? I fully agree with the writer of the letter in the last issue that all dogs should be kept on a lead at all times with no exceptions. Bad dog owners who let their dogs off the lead in public places and who do not pick up their dog’s poo, should be named and shamed.

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Read Looshkin! PARENTS of 10 and 11 year olds – if you do one thing this next academic year encourage your child to read Looshkin by Jamie Smart. It charts the madcap cartoon adventures of Looshkin, a small blue cat it is impossible to ignore, who creates chaos wherever he goes. This book will encourage and motivate primary school children to read for pleasure and enjoyment. Markfield Community Library can also recommend: • I swapped my brother on the Internet by Jo Simmons • Kick by Mitch Johnson • The 1,000 year old boy by Ross Welford • Bird & Squirrel On the Run by James Burks • I Don’t like Poetry by Josh Seigel All the books are available at the library.

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“In the early days we had a week of training in the basic tasks needed from shelving books to locking and unlocking the doors. Gradually with practice we gained confidence with the computer system through which we issue and return library stock. Now, as when we started, we have over 20 helpers in our team of volunteers as new people come to join us but we can always do with more. These days we give “hands on” training to new recruits. Proper care and training of volunteers is just as important as for employees. There are always two of us together ‘on duty’ so we are never alone. “I became involved right at the start of the Community Library passing into the community as a Trustee, therefore part of the management team who now manage the library. As a Trustee I have responsibility with my fellow Trustees in running a Registered Charity. “There is a Management Committee who advises and helps the Trustees run the day-to-day operation of the library. We also plan special events and hold regular clubs and arrange to hire the building to other suitable groups. That is how we keep open the Markfield Library.”

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“My name is Ann. I am over 70 and a widow who moved to Markfield seven years ago. “Joining the group of volunteers who help in the library has been a great way to meet new people, make friends and begin to feel part of the Markfield community. Many of the group are much younger than I which is very interesting and challenging. I am a great reader, browsing as many as six books a week in my retirement as well as tidying my own house and garden and tending an allotment. I love helping in the Markfield Library and find looking after books is as good as having doll’s house to play with!

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Responsible dog owners ‘feel intimidated’ by new signs IT SADDENED me to read that a Markfield Resident (Letter - Dogs should be kept on a lead, in the mid-August edition) was “pleased” to hear of new signs being erected around the community centre, that would seek to restrict the perfectly harmless activities of other residents. There has been for some time now, an almost daily gathering of a fair-few cheerful, responsible dog owners, who have, prior to these new signs being installed, felt able to allow their pets to play and socialise harmlessly with their doggie friends, whilst also “chewing the cud” & “putting the world to rights”. Since the Parish Council (shame on you all) installed these signs , many of these law-abiding, responsible dog owners, now feel intimidated by the intimation in these signs, that they would somehow be seen as “bad people”, or even criminals, if they continued to allow their dogs to run and play harmlessly, so some now reluctantly comply with the council’s instructions. Your correspondent says “you can’t have one rule for one and another rule for someone else” and they are correct. You have one rule for responsible people and let the law deal with those who are not responsible. What you must not do, is place restrictions on those who behave responsibly, just to prevent bad behaviour by the minority who will only flout rules anyway. I would put a simple solution to your correspondent. There are ample places around the village where dogs are walked on a lead, so perhaps they could avail themselves of those opportunities, instead of trying to spoil the enjoyment for those who have taken the time to train and socialise their dogs, in order to enable them to play and chase balls (or each other) harmlessly for a few minutes each day. To quote directly from the “Dogs Trust” Website; Such bans are ineffective and are often ignored by those causing the problem. It is then responsible owners and the wider community left with the burden that the restrictions bring. These include, but are not limited to: • Possible health and welfare implications for dogs not getting enough off-lead exercise • Dogs lacking social interactions with other dogs, leading to possible behavioural problems • People lacking social interactions with other people, possibly affecting social well-being • Responsible dog owners being given a bad name • Impact to local dog friendly businesses – dog walkers are one of the most common users of open spaces Finally I would like to say a few words about these new signs. The Parish Council must be very careful here, as it may well in fact be them, that is seen as the real transgressor. The signs are simply disingenuous and are composed in such a way, as to mislead the public. The council has listed several perfectly legitimate “rules” (such as cleaning up after your dog – no argument there) but have also slipped-in, this silly dogs on leads edict, (at the top of their list, no less, so clearly a priority for them) to give the impression that it is enforceable, along with the other rules (which currently, it isn’t). They have also constructed the signs in such a way as to infer (to the casual reader) that the Borough Council’s “Public Spaces Protection Order” (and its inherent fines) apply to everything on the sign, which clearly, (on proper reading) they do not. Should the Parish Council be intimidating law-abiding citizens with such misleading notifications? (Not to mention wasting, yet more of the village’s minimal budget, on yet more sign-clutter).

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Spring 1971 in Bagworth THE FOLLOWING material is part of the Bagworth County Primary School newsletter for Spring 1971. It contains the letter from the Head. (Spot the spelling mistakes and the sexism!).There are also examples of the children’s work. In the newsletter there are several letters to Mr Lowe, the school crossing person, thanking him for the chocolates they received at Christmas. Other example of work include poems and stories about Winter. I have included two examples of these.

Dear Friends, A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all. I do hope that you all have had a wonderful Christmas. What a marvellous time it is; the children hanging up their stockings (or was it pillow cases!), the early morning waking to see what “he’s” brought, the Christmas dinner with all its trimmings, and so on. How lucky we are to be able to experience all this, and yet there are some children who do not know what joy really is. If we do make resolutions I do hope one will be to help others less fortunate than ourselves to a more dignified life. In school we are looking forward to the work continuing satisfactorily, with as little absence from the children as possible. This term the drive will be on reading, although we will be continuing our extensive work on environmental studies for the Schools Council. It does help your child with his reading if you could spare a little time each evening to hearing him read aloud to you. If your child is learning to read in the Infants Class, then don’t be put off by the fact that the book your child will bring home will be in the Initial Teaching Alphabet. He should be able to read this to you and I am sure you would find little difficulty in reading this alphabet yourself. If you wish your child to have additional reading material, the County Mobile Library assure me that they will bring a supply of ITA books with them to Bagworth. Elsewhere in this newsletter you will find details of this years holiday dates, which I ask you please to save as they will not be issued again. Also a letter and questionaire, from the Director of Education, about holidays. I ask you to kindly complete the questionaire as soon as possible and return it to me. There is also a selection of the childrens work, which I hope you will enjoy reading.


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I WOULD LIKE to welcome Mrs Chamberlain to our school, as the Cook-in-Charge. Mrs Chamberlain has many years experience in the School Meals Service and we look forward to her having a long and happy stay with us at Bagworth. May I also add my thanks to Mrs Prime for the help she gave us between Miss Berdinner leaving and Mrs Chamberlain taking up her appointment. Many thanks Mrs Prime. Also thanks are due to Mr and Mrs Holmes and Mr Siddons, the area supervisor of caretakers, for spending extra time during the Christmas holidays oiling and polishing the floors and making the school look so pleasant for us, A team of ladies, who I am beginning to regard as part of my staff because of the excellent help they have been giving us on one afternoon per week during this last term must also be publicly thanked. This is truly working together in a community and I think this is really grand. Thank you so much ladies. Finally to the rest of my staff. Your hard work does not go unnoticed and I am sure all the parents will join me in saying how grateful we are to you for the extra time and effort you put in to helping their children learn. Thank you.

Fund Raising IT NOW appears that we will have to vacate the school for about six months, for the repairs and renovations to be carried out. Because of this we will not be holding a Summer Fair this year but instead will be holding a Christmas Fair, to be held sometime in late November 1971. The drive this term is for waste newspapers. This will involve a team of parents spending about two hours an evening each fortnight collecting newspaper from people in Bagworth. If you wish to volunteer to do this, please let me know. We shall also be holding a grand raffle with many valuable prizes and a restriction on the number of tickets, thus giving you a genuine chance of winning a most valuable prize. This is for later on in the term but please support us when the time comes.

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Voters urged to make sure they are registered to vote HINCKLEY & BOSWORTH Borough Council is encouraging its residents to make sure they’re registered to vote to ensure they are able to vote in any upcoming General Election. Reminders are going to every household this week as part of the annual canvass which checks that the information recorded on the electoral register is up to date. Households are urged to respond to the canvass as soon as possible if they have not already done so. Any new names added to the canvass form will not automatically be registered to vote. Anyone added to the canvass form will also need to register to vote. This can be done online: register to vote (GOV.UK) Bill Cullen, Chief Executive at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, said: “I am encouraging everyone eligible to vote in Hinckley and Bosworth to take action now if they haven’t registered to vote already, particularly residents who have recently moved and young people who will be 18 on or before 27 September. “Our message is simple: if you are not registered by 27 September, you can’t vote if a General Election takes place on 15 October. It’s easy to do and only takes a few minutes online at If you’re not sure, please double check.” To register to vote visit register to vote (GOV.UK). Residents can also check whether they’re registered to vote by calling the council on 01455 255835.


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Markfield Congregational Church Markfield Methodist Flower Festival WE CONTINUE to look to the future as a Church and fund raising events go a long way to support our two buildings and Minister.

This becomes more difficult due to the age of the buildings. We are very grateful to the community who continue to support our events, the dates of our upcoming activities are as follows:• Harvest supper and bingo 13th September 7.00pm £8.00 inclusive of supper and prize bingo. • Just Sing Friday 27th September 3.00 to 4.00pm all welcome. This will be the last one until the spring. • Flicks in the Sticks Friday 25th October starting at 3.00pm, join us to watch a film with light refreshments. There is no charge however if you wish to you can make a donation you can. • Mini Market Saturday 26th October 10.00 to 12.00, raffle, coffee, tea, biscuits and good company. • Coffee and mince pies Saturday 7th December 10.00 to 12.00 come and have a chat. • Jay Brothers Christmas Special Saturday 7th December 7.30pm tickets £6.00 at Markfield Community Centre. For any further information please contact Angela Berry on 07971 254165 or 01530 242578.

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In the main we succeeded! The festival theme was “Celebrate and Give Thanks” and arrangements by church members were based on festivals, sacraments and groups within the church. Once again we were privileged to have the support of Markfield village groups and we thank the WI, Art Group, History Group and Rainbows who added to our festival by providing displays celebrating their work, talents and interests. WI members also filled jam jars with flowers for every window which were inscribed with words reflecting all that the organisation stands for. It’s not “just jam and Jerusalem”! The Art Group’s display was an amazing, ingenious construction which showed what very creative and talented people we have in our community. Part of the History Group’s display was an account of the church in the village which made interesting and informative reading, and the Markfield Rainbows’ display was appropriately bright and celebratory and explained the work of this worthwhile organisation. We were also introduced to the talents of local artist and photographer, Patricia Hardy, who had prints and photos for sale. Refreshments were an important feature of the weekend when we could enjoy fellowship and some respite from the outdoor heat over the usual biscuits and cake as well as bacon butties, Sunday lunch and toasted teacakes. So, to all who contributed towards making the three days of the Flower Festival a successful and happy time - a big thank you for coming, and for your hard work and support. We look forward to seeing you at future events.

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The Second Sleep by Robert Harris The year is 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts–coins, fragments of glass, human bones– which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? Fairfax becomes determined to discover the truth. Over the course of the next six days, everything he believes–about himself, his faith, and the history of his world–will be tested to destruction.

Date Night By Samantha Hayes Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing… Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning. I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for. I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen. I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night… But will you believe me?


Don’t miss Bookshop Day on Saturday 5th October BOOKSHOP DAY takes place on the week of the biggest day of new book releases of the year, which will see the likes of Philip Pullman, JoJo Moyes, Zadie Smith, Ben Okri, Scarlett Curtis, John Le Carré, Sophie Dahl, Terry O’Neill, Nigel Slater, Henry Firth, Chris Riddell and Peter James enter the running to be this year’s Christmas number one. To celebrate bookshops, events and exclusives will take place up and down the country. Dean Stott will be signing Relentless at WHSmith Fosse Park, Leicester: come and meet Special Boat Services soldier, Dean Stott signing his autobiography Relentless (Saturday 5th October, 1pm) Bookshop Day takes place on the first Saturday after “Super Thursday” (3rd October), the biggest single day of new book releases of the year. Bookshops across the UK will be stocking the new titles from authors with books out on Super Thursday, as they vie to be Christmas number one. Books released on Super Thursday include: Philip Pullman’s The Secret Commonwealth, JoJo Moyes’ Giver of Stars, John Le Carré’s Naïve and Sentimental Lover, Scarlett Curtis’ It’s Not OK to Feel Blue, Terry O’Neill’s Elton John, Bill Bryson’s The Body, Zadie Smith’s Grand Union, Henry Firth’s Bosh How to Live Vegan, Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Autumn Winter, Ben Okri’s A Prayer for the Living, Chris Riddell’s Poems to Fall in Love With, Peter James’ Secret of Cold Hill, Nicci French’s Lying Room, and Sophie Dahl’s Madam Badobedah. Emma Halls, Director of Campaigns at the Booksellers Association, commented: “Bookshop Day 2019 is gearing up to be our best yet, with more bookshops participating than ever before and loads of really exciting instore activity. We’re hugely grateful for the wonderful support we’ve received from publishers and wholesalers this year. There are so many great reasons to visit your local bookshop on Saturday 5th October!” Bookshop Day showcases and celebrates the vital role of high street bookshops. Bookshop Day is part of the year-round Books Are My Bag campaign, which also includes Independent Bookshop Week and the Independent Booksellers Children’s Book of the Month. For more information visit / @BooksAreMyBag / #BookshopDay

Active social life may help cut risk of dementia

IF YOU CAN continue a healthy social life during middle age and onwards, you might be able to prevent the onset of dementia. It has been found that people of 60 or over who see family and friends almost every day have a 12 per cent lower risk of developing the disease. According to the research done at University College London (UCL), frequent social contact builds cognitive reserve, or greater brain resilience, against the damage that occurs in neuro-degeneration. As one scientist explains, “Dementia is a major global health challenge, with one million people expected to have the condition in the UK by 2021. But we also know that one in three cases are potentially preventable.”

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Markfield, Bagworth and Thornton Colts Us13s - Players Wanted

ALTHOUGH this football season has just begun we are still looking to strength our developing squad. The team is supportive and welcoming and would be ideal for any boy/girl looking to start or restart playing. We train at 5:30 on a Tuesday evening at South Charnwood High School where we also play our home games on Sunday mornings. We would welcome participation from any players wishing to play up a year (eg. School Year 7) and we would particularly welcome any girls from years 7 and 8 wanting to play. Coaches are qualified, safeguarding trained and DBS checked via the Football Association. If you are interested just come along to training or email

Marriage registration changes on the way! THE GOVERNMENT plans to introduce a new system of registration for marriages, including church weddings, in England and Wales. It is anticipated that the new system will replace traditional marriage registers with a new ‘marriage document’ to be signed by the couple at the wedding and lodged with the local register office. Although no date has been set for implementing the new system, representatives of the Church of England, together with the Church in Wales and the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, have been in discussion with the General Register Office on how it will be introduced. It is expected that the General Register Office will provide training and information for clergy. Details will be announced as soon as possible. More details at: http://www. marriage-law-news/

Markfield Medical Centre The Herald Box 8, Markfield, and Patient Participation POLeics. LE67 9ZT Group (PPG) news Tel: 01530 244069 THE NIGHTS are drawing in now and, believe it or not, it will soon be time to hold the ‘flu vaccination sessions again. Vaccines have been on order almost since last October, and those for the over 65s should be available in September. However, there is a delay for vaccines for the 18-64 year old age group. Watch out for notices in the Surgery giving the dates for the sessions and the age ranges which will be catered for at each one. In the last PPG article we mentioned that some patients do not attend their booked appointments, for a number of reasons, and the problems this can cause including contributing to a shortage of appointments for patients. However, the lack of available appointments is down to a number of factors. The following letter is one practice manager‘s attempt to summarise the different issues related to appointments. A shortened version is reproduced below, with permission:

‘I am always grateful to patients, or their family or friends, for contacting me when they feel the standard of care received at the XYZ Medical centre was less than they would expect since, if we are not informed, we may arrogantly assume that we are always offering a good service when, in reality, that is not the case. We are only too aware of the problems our patients have when trying to book a routine appointment and the system is very far from ideal. There are many reasons for this, not least of which is that on average, 35 patients a week simply don’t turn up for their pre-booked appointment. If those same patients cancelled the appointment that they no longer needed, this would significantly help with appointment availability. The funding we receive per patient per year is about £89. For this fixed amount patients can have as many appointments, home visits and telephone calls as they need. For this money we don’t just aim to provide a low-rate service, we aim to provide high quality and safe care. Realistically, this fixed amount of funding is enough for each patient to have two appointments per year. Ten years ago this was the average number of times a patient visited their GP. However, the average now is six appointments per year with some elderly and vulnerable patients seeing us ten to fifteen times a year. The workload has trebled with no increase in funding. So, demand is not matched by resources, funding and therefore staffing. Appointments are used up far more quickly than we can provide them, despite the GPs working flat out. Many patients attend with conditions that would get better with self-care. Studies show that 25-40% of consultations with a GP are unnecessary so it would help if patients only booked an appointment with a GP if they really need to. For our patients this means difficulty getting an appointment, reduced satisfaction and more complaints. For the GP it means more work and stress and therefore the proportion of doctors in the NHS who are GPs has dropped, as GPs actively leave or retire early. There is a continued push for seven day GP services when there are not enough staff and resources for five day working. Inevitably this will lead to more practices going bust. This has happened to several practices already in the Midlands. Yours sincerely Practice Manager’

• OTHER NEWS - You may have seen that the tree in the car park next to the surgery has had to be removed. It is hoped to replace this in the future, once a suitable tree has been chosen. If anyone would like to donate a tree, the surgery would be pleased to hear from you.

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Hinckley Academy & John Cleveland 6th Form Centre Bath Lane, Hinckley LE10 1LE Sunday 13th October 2019 10am-3.30pm


Wide range of collector stalls Refreshments LOROS ‘stampman’ Graham will be selling stamps, postcards, cigarettes & coins.

If you would like to donate collectable items to LOROS, contact Graham on 01455 822774

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Free volunteering event ANYONE interested in volunteering and community groups is invited to attend a free event which aims to promote volunteering opportunities in the borough. The Making a Difference Volunteer Fair, which has been organised by the Voluntary & Community Sector and Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council, will be hosted at the Concordia Theatre on Stockwell Head, Hinckley, on Tuesday 8 October from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The event is open to anyone who is interested in volunteering in the Hinckley and Bosworth area. Local charities and community and voluntary groups are seeking volunteers who have an hour or more to spare each week, who would like to use their skills to benefit the community or would like the chance to update their skills, meet people and make friends. The event will provide information about the opportunities on offer and enable potential volunteers to speak to local organisations and current volunteers who will help to inspire them to make a difference in the community. Executive Member for the Voluntary Sector at the Borough Council, Councillor Keith Lynch, said: “In these days of financial constraint the work of volunteers is more important than ever. Just an hour or two a week can make a world of difference to some people’s lives. There are well over a thousand local charitable organisations, some of them of only a few people but who make a contribution far beyond their numbers. If you are able to lend your help in any way please go to the event and see what you can offer.” For more information about the event or volunteering , please call Next Generation on Tel. 01455 632984, or email Anyone who is interested in volunteering at the Concordia Theatre, which is run entirely by volunteers, is particularly welcome to come along and see back stage and what happens behind the scenes at the popular town theatre. There are tours at 11.30am and 1.30pm. No booking is necessary.

Village Quiz

Quiz Night Monetary Prizes - Card bingo Bring your own buffet and drinks ~ to share with your team mates



Saturday 21st Sept 2019 Doors open - 7pm

Thornton Community Centre 175 Main St Thornton LE67 1AH

Tickets - £5 per person. Maximum number per team = 6. (Teams can be arranged on the night – pre booking essential)

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Local Church Services Markfield Congregational Church Sunday September 15th 10.30am United Service at Trinity Methodist Church Sunday September 22nd 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday September 29th 10.15am Morning Worship Sunday October 6th 10.15am Morning Worship followed by Communion Sunday October 13th 10.15am Morning Worship

Cross Hills Baptist Church, between Bagworth & Thornton Sunday 15th September 10.30am Harvest Service Sunday 22nd September 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 29th September 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 6th October 10.30am Morning Service Sunday 13th October 10.30am Morning Service with The Lord’s Supper Sunday 20th October 10.30am Morning Service There is a Sunday Club in our hall for children & young people during the Morning Service but during Family Services they join in with the main church instead. For further details, our contact list is in the Cross Hills News section of this magazine.

Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield

. Facebook : Markfield Methodist Church Sunday 15th September 10:30am Churches Together in Markfield Service 6:00pm Evening Communion Service Sunday 22nd September 9:45am Focused Prayer Fellowship 10:30am Morning Service No Evening Service Sunday 29th September 10:30am Harvest Service No Evening Service

Sunday 20th October 10:30am No Service at Our Church 6:00pm Evening Service Sunday 27th October 10:30am Morning Worship 6:00pm No Evening Service Other Events at Trinity Methodist Church Everyone Very Welcome Music Café 2:00pm to 4:00pm 26th September, 10th & 24th October Sparklers Group – Monday 3:15pm to 4:15pm For Children Zero to Reception Age & Carers Church Club – Monday after School until 4:30pm For Children from Mercenfeld School Every Week during Term Time 125 Birthday Club Events Everyone Welcome Saturday 28th September 12noon until 2pm Harvest Ploughman’s Lunch Tickets £4.00 from Rosie Woodland and Rona Church-Joness

Sunday 8th September 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd September 6.00 pm Harvest Evening Prayer

Sunday 15th September 10.30 am Morning Prayer

Sunday 29th September 6.00 pm Joint Service of Holy Communion at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Sunday 22nd September 10.30 am Harvest “Something Different” Service Sunday 29th September 10.30 am Parish Service of Holy Communion Sunday 6th October 10.30 am Morning Prayer Sunday13th October 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday 20th October 10.30 am Morning Prayer Sunday 27th October 10.30 am “Something Different” Service

St Peter’s Church, Thornton Sunday 8th September 9.00 am Holy Communion

St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Markfield

Sunday 15th September 10.30 am Holy Communion

Sunday 8th September 10.30 am All Age Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion

Sunday 22nd September 10.30 am Harvest All Age service

Sunday 15th September 10.30 am Churches Together in Markfield Service 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Friday 20th September 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 22nd September 9.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Prayer Sunday 29th September 6.00 pm Joint Service of Holy Communion Sunday 6th October 10.30 am Holy Communion Sunday13th October 10 30 am All Age Harvest Service 6.00 pm Holy Communion Friday 18th October 8.00 pm “Still Friday” Sunday 20th October 10 am Churches Together in Markfield Service at St Wilfred’s 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 6th October 10:30am Morning Communion Service 6:00pm Taizé Service

Sunday 27th October 9.00 am Holy Communion (said service) 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Sunday 13th October 9:45am Focused Prayer Fellowship 10:30am Morning Communion Service 4:00pm Café Church

St Mary and All Saints’ Church, Stanton under Bardon

Wednesday 25th September 10.00 am Midweek Communion and Coffee Sunday 29th September 10.30 am Parish Service of Holy Communion at St Marys and All Saints, Stanton Sunday 6th October 10.30 am All Age service Sunday13th October 9.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 20th October 10.30 am Holy Communion Wednesday 23rd October 10.00 am Midweek Communion and Coffee Sunday 27th October 10.30 am Morning Prayer

Holy Rood Church, Bagworth Please note: Services will be at Bagworth Community Centre Sunday 6th October 9.00 am Holy Communion

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak Sunday 8th September 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 15th September 9.15 am Holy Communion (said Service)

Sunday 6th October 6.00 pm Holy Communion Sunday13th October 3.00 pm Praise Service Sunday 20th October 9.15 am Holy Communion (said service) Sunday 27th October 6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Catholic Church of St Wilfrid of York 53 London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JB Sunday Mass: Saturday Vigil: 6 pm / Sunday: 10 am See Newsletter on the website below for details of weekday Mass times, Confessions, and other events. Parish Contact: Parish Priest: Fr Gabriel Offor – 01530 832098 Parish Website: www.stwilfscoalville. School Details: St Clare’s RC Primary School, Coalville: 01530 837747 De Lisle RC College, Loughborough: 01509 268739 United Services The Markfield Catholic Community is part of Markfield Churches Together and participate in the monthly United Services detailed in the Markfield Churches’ service details. Markfield Masses Congregational Church Hall, Main Street, Markfield (next to the Chinese takeaway) September Cancellation: Due to unforeseen circumstances arising simultaneously for the three organisers, the September Markfield Mass has been cancelled and rearranged for Wednesday 16 October at 7 pm in the Congregational Church Hall as usual. All are welcome.

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Bardon Park Chapel

St Peter’s Church, Copt Oak

Harvest Weekend Saturday, September 21st

Decorating for Harvest 10am-12 noon Church open for Coffee/Tea.

Musical Entertainment


Come and worship the Lord with us on the 1st Sunday in every month at 10.00 am. Our gatherings are fairly informal. THURSDAY ART CLASS: Between 7pm and 9.00pm. Bardon Park Chapel, Shaw Lane, Bardon, Coalville LE67 1SY There is a large car park at the back. For more details on any of the above please contact: Richard Norburn on 01530 242526

The Nibbthwaite Minstrels Harvest Platter & Glass of wine 7.30p.m. Tickets £7.50 Tel. 01530 244229 Sunday September 22nd - 6pm

Harvest Festival Service

Methodist Minister’s Reflections ONE OF THE many things I like about the Bible is that it is not afraid to deal with difficult issues, nor is it fearful of showing people “warts and all.” Many of the Bible characters, some of whom God used in amazing ways, were flawed individuals who, although they sometimes messed up, were not written off by God. One of the characters we looked at recently in church was the prophet Elijah. Although at times he showed tremendous faith in God, there was a period when he was so depressed that he prayed to God that he might be allowed to die; he felt that life was no longer worth living and he had no sense of selfworth. Sadly, suicide is a major issue in our society. One of the ways in which God encouraged Elijah was by reminding him that he was not alone. Depression can bring with it a great feeling of isolation. It can be hard, perhaps especially for men, to talk about this kind of issue, but I know from personal experience that being able to talk openly about what’s going on inside us can be a helpful release. It is two decades since BT’s “It’s good to talk” campaign, but the saying is just as true.

Steve Clark With your favourite harvest hymns. Everyone Welcome.

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What’s Been Happening at Markfield Community and Sports Centre Words and pictures from Ron Grantham • Tel: 01530 242240 • Markfield Good Neighbour Scheme Just a reminder that there will be an information evening concerning the setting up of a Markfield Good Neighbour Befriending Scheme for people who are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping others in need. The meeting will take place at the Community Centre from 5.30pm to 7pm on Wednesday 18th September. You will be most welcome to come along and see how you can support others and make a difference

•MAYFLOWER CLUB UPDATE Whilst other members of the Mayflower Club were away at Skegness on the 21st August Carol Kemp organized a special tea party for those who did not go on the trip. The event also marked the 91st Birthday Pat who is one of our long term regular members. From all accounts they had a marvellous time with a quiz, raffle and cream tea thrown in. Happy 91st Birthday Pat from us all.

Annual Trip to “Skeggy” Early on Wednesday the 21st August we have a coach load of villagers of all age ranges set out for the east coast. Once again the weather was perfect as it was dry and warm for the whole day. We enjoyed a walk around the promenade, pier and other sea side local attractions including donkey rides, playing on the beach, fairground rides and of course savouring the delights of fish and chips, candy floss and cream teas. There were no major hic cups except that I managed to get soaked on the water flume. People really enjoyed the day out so much so that we have already been asked to book another trip next summer

Engagement Party ON SATURDAY 31st August the Centre was packed with family and friends of villagers Laura Gilbert and Peter Wardle who were celebrating their engagement. Laura and Peter have “been going out” together for FIVE years when Laura decided to take matters into her own hands. She “lured” Peter to Swithland Woods which was carpeted with blue bells. She presented him with a box that contained a special surprise. Similar to the cryptext code in the Da Vinci Code, Peter had to work out the code to open the box. He eventually worked out the code which was “I love you” and opened the box. Inside was the engagement ring and of course Peter said “YES”. How romantic was that. The couple have not set the wedding date yet but I bet it will be as unusual and romantic as the proposal. Many congratulations to you both from all at the Community Centre.

SUMMER ACTIVITIES • SNAP DRAGON Parents and Toddlers Summer Play Sessions Once again the summer play sessions were an enormous success. This year we managed to put on a session for each of the six weeks of the school holidays. The children aged from toddlers to 12 years old enjoyed games, play, arts and crafts as well as football and indoor games sessions. The last session included a party for the kids which they and their parents/guardians really enjoyed. Many thanks to Donna and all the volunteers who helped make it a wonderful event for the children. Don’t forget that if you and your toddlers would like to come along to the weekly sessions that are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Just turn up on the day and have a great time.

Alexander the Great is what happens when men get to name themselves.

THE HERALD • MID-SEPTEMBER 2019 • Tel: 01530 244069 • Email: Talking about nonagenarians, our oldest member Joyce really showed up the “youngsters” during our end of Summer Caribbean BBQ. Wearing her RASTA hat and dark glasses she romped home in our fun “knock down the tins” skittles match and won a coconut for her efforts. To the sounds of calypso and steel drum music members enjoyed a feast of BBQ chicken, beef burgers, sausages, rice, spicy potatoes followed by Jamaica Ginger Cake and sliced peaches and cream. It was all washed down with my “special” Caribbean punch with secret tropical ingredients!! On the 7th August we had our very popular fun with antiques session. Four teams had to guess the value of a whole range of antique items ranging from a top hat to a candle snuffer. It was good fun and you could tell who had been watching the Antiques Road Show. The “Boys and Girls” team came out on top with some extremely good valuations. On the 14th August members were treated to a special visit by volunteers and members of the Markfield Queen Bee Youth Project. The girls and boys served members with a cream and strawberry tea. We all agreed that they did a splendid job and were very polite and a credit to the village. In return our members sat down with the girls and showed them how to play dominoes, ludo, cards and other board games. Our members were so delighted that they have invited the girls to a good old fashioned “conkers” competition during the half term holidays in October. By the way, many congratulations to the Queen Bees for winning the Hinckley and Bosworth Making a Difference Award 2019 for the young volunteer category – you truly deserve it. We have got many more exciting events coming up during the Autumn so, if you want to join in please just turn up on Monday or Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm.

Older People’s Day ON THE 1st October to mark the United Nations International Day of Older Persons a special event will take place at the Community centre. The event starts at 10am and concludes at 4pm. It includes: MORNING • 10am Doors Open • A Harvest Food and Toddler Craft Workshop with soup and rolls • A drop in session on Hinckley & Bosworth Food Bank & Crisis Charities • Quiz • Market Stalls • Produce and Flower Arranging • Prize Giving AFTERNOON This session MUST be booked by contacting Jean Collins on 07852 180846 and includes:


• 4 Fun Charity “Horse Races” • Cream Tea • Quiz Come along and have a fun day out.

A511 Information Day ON THE 4th October the Leicestershire County Council’s Highways Department will be holding a Public Information Day on their planned A511 improvements scheme. This is your chance to view the planned improvements and put forward your thoughts and ideas. The event will take place from 2.30pm to 8pm and all interested parties are welcome.

NEW AT THE CENTRE 80’s KEEP FIT THIS NEW activity for our older villagers starts on Monday 23rd September from 7pm to 8pm. This involves light exercise and body strengthening.

Tai Chi Taster Evenings Tai Chi at the Centre is so popular that an additional session is starting from 8pm to 9pm on Tuesday evenings. This offers a four week taster course perfect for absolute beginners. The course is run by a qualified instructor. Booking is essential.

Football Development BY POPULAR request we have arranged new football coaching sessions as follows: • • • •

Girls Football Coaching Boys Football Coaching Mini’s aged 2 to 4 years Boys Football Coaching

Monday Evenings 5pm to 6pm Wednesdays 4.30pm to 6.30pm Fridays 2pm to 2.45pm Saturdays 9am to 11am

Half Term Holiday In addition to the above there will be football coaching from 14th to 18th October inclusive

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY OLDER VOICES DAY Just to let you know that the Borough’s Older Voices Day will be held for the very first time in Markfield on Monday 1st October 2pm to 4pm. Further information on programme for the day will be published nearer the time.

CHARITY FAMILY DISCO DIANNE DOWELL is organizing a special family disco to raise funds for the Air Ambulance and Wishes for Kids. It will take place at the Centre during the evening of Saturday 9th November. Tickets are £5 per adult and £2.50 for children. To book your tickets please contact Dianne on 07748 915829

JAY BROTHERS CONCERT THE NEXT Jay Brothers Concert will take place on Saturday 7th December. This will be a Christmas songs concert.

NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE THE NATIONAL Blood Service have arranged further sessions at the Centre for the following dates. 16th October and 13th December. You can book your blood donation appointment on line so please book your place with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.

MONEY SAVING SPECIAL OFFER DON’T FORGET that if you are planning a special family event, party or function with a bar we only charge a modest hire fee of £10 per room. This hire fee is very competitive to other venues in the area and will save you money. For bookings and enquiries please contact Markfield Centre and Sports ,Mayflower Close, Markfield LE67 9ST on 01530 242240 or email or you can visit our website www. markfield to view our facilities, latest news, photo gallery and information about the Centre.

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Borough Councillor Andy Furlong’s UPDATE I’M DELIGHTED to write my first piece for the Herald following my election as a borough councillor for Markfield, Stanton and Field Head back in May. I want to thank all of those residents who put their trust in me by marking an ‘X’ against my name. I ran for election as a Labour & Coop Party candidate, but I serve on behalf of all in our community and party politics takes a back seat in my work at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council. Congratulations go to my friend and colleague, Cllr Matthew Lay, who was re-elected for a seventh time. Matthew’s track record in our community is second to none. We share the same values and believe in fairness, equality, social justice and cooperation. I will work closely with Matthew and do my best to live up to the standard that he has set during 24 years of service to the community. Thanks also go to the many local people who helped our campaign by knocking on doors and spreading our message. They were all volunteers and they did a great job, not least by ensuring that our leaflets ended up on your doormat rather than littering the streets! A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME A quick introduction. My home is just outside the ward in Thornton but I make regular use of community facilities in Markfield, Stanton and Field Head. I live with my wife, Sarah, who manages the delivery of NHS childrens’ services. Our daughter Rebecca attended South Charnwood and Groby College. ‘Rab’ has just started studying for a PhD at the University of Bath. I set up my own business in 2017 after 35 years working first in manufacturing industry before moving on to an international engineering organisation where I spent 19 years in a variety of senior management roles. Away from work and politics, live music is a passion and you’ll often find me down the front at gigs all over the East Midlands. During the election campaign, Matthew and I pledged to focus on several issues of concern. Here’s an update on progress to date. PLANNING MATTERS I was nominated to sit on the council’s Planning Committee. This has thrown me into the eye of the storm on several controversial matters, including the proposal by Crown Crest Ltd. to extend the permitted hours for HGV movements at the Pound Stretcher site on Desford Road. The site sits outside the ward boundary; however, the proposed additional

vehicle movements late into the evening, on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and Bank Holidays, presents a threat to the peace and quiet enjoyed by residents on Thornton Lane, Ratby Lane, Launde Road and those living nearby. The application comes to the Planning Committee on 17 September and I will be raising several points. First, I cannot understand why the restrictions put in place back in 2008, intended to protect people living nearby from unwarranted disruption, can be removed at the whim of the council. It’s clear that the disturbance caused by the Pound Stretcher operation is far worse today than it was a decade ago, so why should the restrictions be lifted? Second, I have been advised by the Leicestershire County Council Highways team that, “no formal traffic reviews have taken place since 2008”. If this is the case, how can they possibly comment on the impact of more HGV movements on Markfield residents? I was astounded when the borough planning officer recommended that we approve the application. Rest assured, I was elected to represent the views of local people and it will take a good deal of persuasion to convince me that more lorries thundering in and out of Markfield via the Flying Horse roundabout is beneficial to our community. SAFE ROUTE TO SCHOOL? There is better news to report in another area of concern raised during the election campaign: traffic congestion at the school gates. As promised, I have met with the leadership at Mercenfeld Primary, Stanton Primary and South Charnwood schools. All of the heads and school managers acknowledged the problem and confirmed that they are actively seeking solutions. Money is an issue. In the case of South Charnwood, the problem is compounded by the lack of a free bus service from Markfield. A free service is ruled out on the basis that a safe walking route exists for pupils. During the summer I walked the route with my County Council colleague, Cllr Amanda Hack. We discovered that the path was overgrown, obstructed and some sections were less than two feet wide and dangerously close to traffic passing at 50mph. It’s little surprise that parents are using their cars rather than pay for an overpriced bus pass, or forcing their children to tackle a risky journey on foot. I raised the issue in the Mercury and was heartened to see a County Council road gang spend a full week clearing the path from Markfield to the school gates.

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I’m still not convinced that the properly maintained path meets the standard required for a ‘Safe Route to School’ and I will be seeking an independent risk assessment in a bid to secure further improvements to the walking route, or better still a free bus service. Read the Leicester Mercury coverage here Thin blue line In other news I have also built a positive relationship with Sergeant James Cross and the local neighbourhood police team. Ten years of government cuts have left the police badly stretched in Leicestershire. James covers a large rural area supported by just two constables and a PCSO. Over the summer the team took delivery of brand-new patrol vehicle; frankly they need a Tardis! Nonetheless, I will keep in contact with the police and ensure that local intelligence and public safety concerns are flagged on a regular basis. Pizza all round! Finally, I want to give a special mention to Paddy the chef at the Bulls Head in Markfield. Paddy opened up the kitchen on a Sunday night in June for our election victory party. Check out his homemade pizzas. They’re fab! You can contact me on 01530 231377 or via andy.furlong@


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BUGS everywhere you touch THIS IS THE kind of story which makes you want to put gloves on. It seems that ‘disturbing’ levels of antibiotic-resistant superbugs have been found on cash machines and escalator rails, not to mention ticket machines, soap dispensers, door handles, armrests and lavatory seats. There were other infected surfaces in Tube stations, shopping centres, hospitals, and public washrooms. Researchers from the University of East London found that of the many surfaces which they swabbed, nearly half had bacteria which showed resistance to two or more antibiotics, including penicillin and erythromycin. As one researcher said, it was “disturbing” that such general public areas can be in fact “reservoirs for multi-drug-resistant bacteria.” The findings were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Information Notice From Markfield Parish Council


Markfield WI NEWS

OVER THE LAST two years the Parish Council has delivered a series of improvements to the recreation ground at Mayflower Close. The intention of the Council was to create a community park for all residents to enjoy and make use of. It was purposefully designed to be accessible to all and improve the range of play equipment for both formal and informal recreation. Over £350,000 has been invested in the park and we are grateful for the significant contribution received from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council alongside a further grant from Bardon Quarry Community Fund. We have had a lot of positive feedback since the park was fully completed however we are aware of issues surrounding dogs on the site. It was never the intention of the Parish Council neither to ban dogs from the site nor to insist on dogs on leads. It was for that reason we gave advisory information that dogs should be kept on a lead. Whilst we appreciate that the overwhelming majority of dog users either complied with the advisory notice or maintained sufficient control over their dogs, a small minority sadly did not. This has resulted in this summer alone their being four separate and fully documented incidents in which users of the park have been bitten by dogs not on a lead. This has included a child being bitten. We are also aware of park users and dogs being bitten, which were not (for various reasons) reported to the Council and other concerns resulting in damage to property. Despite it only being a small minority of users the Council believes it is not possible anymore to allow park users to be put at risk in this way. It is with regret therefore that the Council felt it had no choice following advice, but to insist that Dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times. We are not banning dogs from the site (except from the fenced in recreational areas which is already in force) we just expect them to be kept on a lead. Markfield is fortunate to have other public spaces in a close proximity where dogs can exercise off a lead. These include Hill Hole nature reserve and Billa Barra Hill (both sites have public car parks) in addition the large public space off Launde Rd is available without restrictions. At all times owners should continue to exercise caution and good sense if letting a dog off a lead in a public space. We would also advise owners to ensure they have appropriate public liability insurance, which usually comes with pet insurance in case any issues do arise. The Parish Council in partnership with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council will soon be seeking an enhanced public spaces protection order (PSPO) for the Community Park. One already exists for the site prohibiting certain matters and this will remain. The enhanced order which will include dogs being kept on a lead will allow officers of the Borough Council to enforce this point and issue fines to those who do not follow the provisions of the order. A consultation with all residents will shortly follow on this and details of this consultation will be published so those resident in the Parish can respond. Once again the Parish Council thanks all those responsible users of the park and restates its regret that a small minority of users have made it impossible not to insist on dogs being kept on a lead to ensure dogs can continue to be walked at the Community Park.

Scarecrow Drive in Newtown Linford DO YOU remember Beetle Drives that we played in our younger days with our children ? Well this time we will throw a dice to draw a scarecrow, 6 for the body, 5 for the head etc. No artistic merit is required just a bit of competitive spirit and a lot of fun. So why not come and join in the fun on the Friday evening (27.9.19) of the ‘Scarecrow weekend’, in Newtown Linford Village Hall. Doors open at 6.30 and the fun starts at 7.00. The tickets are £10.00 for adults and £5.00 for children and a Ploughman’s Supper is included. There will also be a bar. Profits from the evening will go towards the much needed re-decoration of the Church. Tickets available from Dick and Sue Howard 01530 245373.

WEDNESDAY 14th August was a day of torrential rain but luckily the thunderstorms forecast for the evening did not arrive as the ladies of the WI made their way to Little Markfield Farm for what is now an annual skittles match against Markfield Homemakers. Many thanks to Brenda and her team at the farm who always make us very welcome and provide a wonderful supper (and puddings), this year it was the WI’s turn to win and we look forward to the return fixture next year. The speaker at our August meeting was Sandy Leong who talked about superstitions and their origins. Some like not walking under ladders seem understandable, others just bizarre and a surprising number seem to have arisen in Victorian times and are therefore relatively modern. An interesting and enjoyable talk. Once again the WI took part in the Methodist Church Flower Festival with ladies providing the jam jar posies for the windows and a beautiful display celebrating the WI arranged by Sue Gammon and Mary Pepper. It was a busy weekend for Sue as she and husband Les opened their garden on the Saturday in aid of Copt Oak church. Despite Les’s protestations that there were weeds the garden looked as immaculate as ever. This is a lovely long garden with lots of secluded corners for people to sit and enjoy the tea and cake provided by Sue and her helpers and I hope lots of people took the opportunity to visit. • ON 27 AUGUST we again played skittles, this time a WI League match against Thurcaston & Cropston and Astill Lodge WIs at the Royal Oak, Cossington. Despite our warm-up match with Homemakers we came second. It was a fun, friendly evening with a very good supper so we didn’t mind especially as the winners Astill Lodge are celebrating 30 years of their WI. • AT OUR NEXT MEETING our speaker will be Suzi Felstead telling us What it means to be a Magistrate and in lieu of a competition we will be bringing an item of harvest produce. • LASTLY A DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES; the WI will be having a coffee morning on 9 November at the Methodist Church. Amongst other attractions there will be a chocolate tombola! More information in due course.

My wife said she wanted something black and lacy for her birthday,so I bought her a pair of football boots.


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Letter from Uncle Eustace

On what to do when some of the PCC ‘goes green’

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Our Lord said that we will always have some poor with us; were He to have been speaking to the clergy that day, I suspect He may well have said that we will always have some awkward parishioners with us.

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St James the Least of All My dear Nephew Darren

My cross at present is Mr and Mrs Wartleby, our resident ‘greens’, who have adopted ecological attitudes with evangelical fervour. They do not possess a car and travel everywhere on bicycles, have installed a wind turbine, knit their own muesli and I suspect use the village stream for washing. I can picture Mrs W bashing her husband’s shirts on stones on the riverbank while singing a native African folk-song. Everything they wear is home-made; one has a beard and smokes a pipe – possibly Mrs Wartleby. Their helpful suggestions for church life have been legion: the organ uses electricity unnecessarily and should be replaced by a piano; the Rectory should be sold and the money given away while I board with parishioners on monthly rotation; we should only use home-brewed alcoholic drinks at social functions – clearly they have yet to sample Colonel Tewksbury’s elderberry wine, which our ladies have discovered is ideal for cleaning the brass in church. Unfortunately, I made a deeply regrettable mistake last month in not cancelling our church council meeting when I was away at my annual college re-union. In my absence the Wartlebys seized the opportunity. The parish of St James the Least of All is now a deep green, ecologically committed, nuclear-free zone and I am to report back to the next meeting about what steps we will take to save the planet. I may have made one error of judgement, but I will not make another. My list of suggestions is now complete: 1.To save paper, no minutes of meetings will be printed; I will simply tell people at the subsequent meeting what was decided at the previous one. 2. To save electricity, no lights will be used at Evensong (the Wartlebys attend Evensong), although parishioners may bring their own candles – which must first be checked by our health and safety committee (two can play at their game). 3. To economise on fuel, the church heating will only be turned on when the temperature reaches minus five degrees. 4. To reduce the use of unnecessary electronic equipment, the Rectory telephone will be disconnected. 5. A monthly relocation of the Rector will be too disruptive, so I will stay at each house for one year at a time; my first place of residence will be with the Wartlebys. I anticipate that the original resolution will be overturned at the next PCC meeting – most probably by the Wartlebys. Your loving uncle,


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Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield Friday 1st November 2019 7pm CARAVAGGIO CLAUDEMONET DIEGOVELAZQUEZ JOHANNESVERMEER LEONARDODAVINCI MICHELANGELO PABLOPICASSO PETERPAULRUBENS Renata is a Hungarian concert pianist RAPHAEL based in London, having studied at REMBRANDT the Royal Academy of Music and the SALVADORDALI Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She VINCENTVANGOGH first performed for us in 2017 at the inauguration of the beautiful new piano at the Methodist Church - an evening of wonderful music by Chopin and Liszt. Created by Quite simply Renata was breath-taking, with a staggering technique and depth of musical maturity.





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Piano Recital by Renata Konyicska

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Everyone loved her and she immediately accepted an invitation to return last year and again wowed us with another spectacular performance. We are therefore extremely excited to be welcoming her back for what promises to be another outstanding performance. Renata has performed all over the world, winning many competitions and performing at the highest level. She has said how she feels very much ‘at home’ in our church. Following her last recital, we now arrange the audience seating so that as many people as possible can see her play; we feel this makes for a more intimate and special performance. 50% of the tickets have already been sold without this being advertised, so please secure your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets: £10 (under-16s: £5) PayPal now available as well as cash or cheque Please email or call 07979 607099 Further info about Renata and much more on our website: or FB page

At the end of the day, life should ask us: ‘Do you want to save the changes?’


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~ News from Cross Hills Baptist Church ~ Serving the villages of Thornton & Bagworth plus the surrounding area Annual Harvest Service, Sunday 15th September Our central Harvest theme this year is Christian Aid’s “Season for Change/Harvest”, with the focus on India. Because of the caste system, millions of people in India are excluded from society, living with prejudice and exclusion from birth. 1 in 5 people in India are Dalits, regarded as outcasts and without rights to secure a sustainable, independent future for themselves, affecting women in particular. Rarely owning land, and often working long hours in fields belonging to others, they do backbreaking work that also exposes them to dangerous agricultural chemicals. Christian Aid’s partner, SAAL is determined to change this exclusion and there will be a short video and other useful information about the Call for Change. Our Harvest table will be open for donations of fresh and storecupboard goods that will be taken to the Hinckley Homeless Project at Lawrence House, together with the monetary collection that will be taken during the service, to help to support their vital work with homeless young people in the Hinckley area. We look forward to welcoming you and your families.

Thornton Scarecrow Festival, 12th-22nd September As I write this, some members of our church are busy preparing our scarecrow, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Prayer Coat, ready for Thornton’s first ever Scarecrow Festival. You’ll find him opposite the village school between the Festival dates 12th to 22nd September. If you have loved ones you would like us to pray for, or if you feel that you need prayers for yourself, whatever

your situation, please bring your prayers along and put them in his Prayer Box. Also, if you have particular prayers for this difficult and hurting world of ours please bring them along too and put them in his box. We can then include all your personal prayers and prayers for our world in our church prayer life, which is so important to us as Christians.

2019 Christmas Shoeboxes Thank you for bringing smiles to children’s faces over the many years that we have been collecting filled shoeboxes for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Appeal.

A small shoebox can have a big impact, giving unimaginable excitement, joy and hope to children in need around the world and we are pleased that Operation Christmas Child ensures that shoeboxes especially get to hard-to-reach groups such as refugee children. If you take part in this appeal you can rest easy knowing that your shoebox gift will be delivered through church and community leaders who’ve been trained to lead safe, well organised celebrations. If you would like to be involved, you will need a leaflet that gives you all the information about what can, and what can’t be put in a box, and there are unfortunately a number of items that can’t go in the boxes this year. Please make sure that you pick up a leaflet so that you can check these before you

pack your box - this also has a label for the outside and an envelope for the suggested donation of £5 to cover shipping, distribution and project costs. Give online through ‘Follow your box’ and include a barcode in your box to discover its destination. Flat-pack, pre-printed shoeboxes are available again at 50p each from Glynis (contact number below), and all boxes need to be ready by mid-November. Find lots of ideas for what to put in your boxes in the ‘News from Cross Hills’ piece in the August Herald but please note that the new 2019 leaflet, recently received, outlines some of the important changes this year, in particular: “DUE TO IMPORT REGULATIONS, TOOTHPASTE AND SWEETS CAN NO LONGER BE INCLUDED IN SHOEBOXES” We realise that this is disappointing, but please don’t let that disappointment stop you taking part, the children will still love all the other gifts in their boxes. Another idea is to include a photo in your box and a Christmas card or short message to the child that opens the box. There will be a further information and a deadline reminder in the October issue of The Herald. The Church Service Information section towards the back of this magazine gives details of our weekly services each month. We are a friendly and welcoming church and we would love you to join us on any Sunday, whether you come alone or with family or friends. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served in our hall afterwards giving everyone the chance to spend a little time together before going home or on to enjoy the rest of the day.

Contact Numbers Pastor - Garry Kelly: 01455 457802/07816 616189 Secretary - Lynda Kelly: 01455 457802/07910 440243 Treasurer - Glynis Straw: 01530 230272

Glynis Straw

Treasurer - on behalf of the Cross Hills Church family

Markfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group logos AS MENTIONED in the last issue of The Herald, the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan Steering group were delighted that Mercenfeld School Council could help with the design of a logo for the group. We have combined the Key Stage 2 designs into one logo and have also decided to use the Key Stage 1 design as it shows so many aspects of the Parish in one picture. The winning designs are shown below.

Look out for the designs on future Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group bulletins, posters and the forthcoming questionnaire. We would like to thank the staff and pupils at Mercenfeld School for their help and we look forward to future collaboration.

It’s good to share! If you enjoyed reading this issue, please pass it on to a friend or relative when you’ve finished with it. Thanks!

David Winter remembers the arrival of postcodes….Dropping

a line

LIKE MANY older readers I can remember being taught how to write a letter. Address, date, recipient, signature, and then we had to address the envelope, buy a stamp (two pence at that time!) and post it. The first change to that routine came exactly 60 years ago this month, with the introduction in the UK of the postcode – a combination of seven or eight letters or numbers which precisely located our address. It took 14 years to enlist the entire country, but eventually virtually the whole world took on the ingenious postcode. We were now part of a world network of communication. It was the first big change to our postal system in a century, but we happily took it on board. More recent changes have been more revolutionary: fax, e-mail, texting and their many refinements. Letter-writing or ‘snail mail’ as it is referred to now, is rapidly dying out. I would guess many under thirties have never written a personal letter or received one. Paper, envelopes, stamps are too complicated. I think that it is sad, but probably unavoidable. I don’t think many people will be preserving their love-texts for posterity. Products of a moment can be forgotten in a moment.

My dad’s like a laptop, if you don’t touch him for 10 minutes he will go to sleep.



Stanton Under Bardon Village Hall

The bank holidays are over until Christmas, children are back at school and nights are drawing in. I thought I might let you know of the things that are going on in the village hall. If you are interested in any of them, contact details are given.

THE BANK holidays are over until Christmas, children are back at school and nights are drawing in.


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8.30pm    I thought I might let you Wednesday 10.30am -  PARENT AND know of the things that are 12md   BABY GROUP  going on in the village hall. Wednesday 1pm - 3pm   LINE DANCING If you are interested in any Wednesday 4pm - 6pm  TAP DANCING of them, contact details are Wednesday 6.30pm -  EXERCISE given. 7.30pm    CLASS  The Village Hall now has st 1   7pm - 9pm    BREAST air conditioning, so if it Wednesday FEEDING  should be warm, it can be alternate  ANTENATAL  switched on to ensure your months CLASS    Thursday 5pm - 6pm    TAP DANCING comfort. If you wish to hire the hall Thursday 7pm - 9pm  BALLROOM please contact the booking DANCE  clerk on stantonvillagealll@ PRACTISE Friday 10am -  PARENT AND 11am    TODDLER  The Village Hall Cinema GROUP  Night Team has again Friday 4pm - 6pm   IRISH DANCE secured sponsorship from CLASS  Midland Quarry Products. Friday 8pm -  HOTON DANCE Films start on SUNDAY 10.30pm   CLUB 22nd September with STAN Sunday 5pm - 7pm    CHRISTIAN  AND OLLIE. A flyer will 29 Sep PRAISE be issued soon, will together 27 Oct Each evening include simple reflective worship songs, silence, 24 Nov  with a schedule, thatresponses you prayer, readingssoand and last up to an hour. can put dates in your diary. All are welcome. Come along and enjoy the peace. Hope to see you there. now has air conditioning, so if it should be warm, it can be switched on to ensure You may noticed a big The Village 20thhave September 18th Hall October your comfort. yellow box at the back of the Hall. The Parish Council have agreed with 15th November No “Still Friday” in December the Air Ambulance charity to put a clothing there. All profit from clerk on If you wish to hirebank the hall please contact the booking the clothing goes to support theSt. AirMichael Ambulance, receives Fridays 8.00 pm at & All which Angels’ Churchno money from the Government.

“Still Friday” 2019

Mark Stephens, Chairman ~ Please come and support ~

Stanton under Bardon Flower Festival at St Mary’s Church

Thursdays 26th Sept, 24th Oct, 28th Nov

Saturday 21st September 10am-4pm Refreshments available Donations welcome to Trussell Trust and Friends of the Glenfield Project

Also, there is a Something Different Service on Sunday 22nd September at 10:30am. All welcome to join.

My boyfriend and I are both in our late 20s. He’s 29. I’m 34 .


OPEN EVENING The Headteacher, Staff and Governors warmly invite you to visit the school on:

Wednesday 2nd October 2019 6.00pm to 8.00pm

All welcome To arrange a personal tour of the school ‘at work’ at any time, please contact the Headteacher, Mr Andrew Morris, on the number below. Broad Lane, Markfield, Leics LE67 9TB - Tel: 01530 242351

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