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News From The Friends of St Peter’s in Thornton

Bagworth Village Fete

THE FRIENDS of St Peter’s was started in 1995 by Kathryn Shaw and Shirley Garlick who both felt that there was a need to raise funds for the improvement of St Peter’s Church, Thornton.

Let’s begin with the good news. The Bagworth Forward Group (BFG) decided to arrange a Village Fete on August 28th. This would have been Bagworth Show Day which sadly had to be cancelled for the second year running. BFG aims to enhance the life of the village and it was decided that the main aim of this event would be to bring villagers together. On the field next to the Sure Start Centre were lots of stalls as well as amusements for the younger people and the not so young. These included a raffle and table tennis. There was a colouring competition. Hannah Pickering was the over 10 years winner and Wensday Shukla was the under 10 years winner. There was a fancy dress competition which included some really good entries. Finally was the limerick competition. Martin Foster of Thornton won the limerick competition where candidates were given the first line and were required to complete it. Martin’s winning entry was the following: A Bagworth young lady once said To octogenarian Fred “Come on – don’t be shy The time’s rushing by Should you and I get ourselves wed?” Debbie and her team provided some very tasty food and drinks at the Community Centre kitchen. These could be enjoyed al fresco whilst being entertained by the children who were having a go on the bouncy castle. Many people agreed that it was a successful afternoon. New people to the village attended as did lots of others who have lived in this lovely village a lot longer. Despite the main aim of the afternoon not being to raise money, we did raise £260 which will be spent wisely by BFG. MORE ON PAGE 3 ...>

With the support of the local community and friends far and wide the group has raised in excess of £90,000. From this fund new hymn books, a dehumidifier, kettles, mats, a storage box, and microphones and a stand have been purchased. Covered cushions have been provided for all the pews and for the Communion rail. The kitchen and toilet have been installed, which included piping water to the church and a system for the drainage of waste water put in place. A new heating system has been installed. The tympanum has been cleaned, roof repairs completed, and some electrical work undertaken. The aim of current fund raising is for the access to the building to be improved, the creation of a comfortable multi-use area, help with church repairs indicated in the quinquennial report, and help with the repair of the plaster on the internal church walls. Over the years many events have been organised to raise money including flower festivals, ‘Open Gardens’ events, coffee mornings, Table top sales, Ratby Brass Band concerts, Christmas concerts, recitals, open air concerts, BBQs, craft fayres, dances, St Georges’ Day celebrations, Craft mornings, Fashion shows, sponsored walks, a Treasure hunt, a poetry book and trips to places of interest.

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Couple celebrate 30 years of service THIS MONTH at Cross Hills we celebrate 30 years service for Pastor Garry Kelly and his wife Lynda.

Two more events for the rest of this year are planned: the annual Craft Fayre on 20th November and a Christmas Tree Festival in December. We have many supporters from the Parish, across the county and beyond, but are always pleased to see new faces. As well as supporting us by attending events you can become a Friend of St Peter’s. The cost of a subscription is £5 per year per person. To become a Friend or for more information please contact Mary Gibson, Shirley Garlick (01530 230422) or Eric Roberts (01530 230743).

Over the years, Garry has been a part of so many peoples lives and part of different events, experiences and achievements, and has been a major part of our community. More recently, Garry has thrown himself into ensuring the wider community have had support during their times of bereavement particularly due to Covid-19. Cross Hills would like to say a heartfelt and huge ‘Thank You’ to Garry and Lynda for their efforts, support and service this past 30 years. God Bless you Garry and Lynda.

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Bagworth Village Fete - from page 1 The intention was to announce the winners of the best allotment and the best front gardens but an idiot forgot to do this so here they are now: the best allotment was won by Richard Kind. The best large front garden was judged to be that of Rob and Liz at 71 Main Street and the well deserved best small front garden went to Keith and Mary at 4 Meadow Close. Congratulations to all of those and they will receive a trophy for 12 months once they have been suitably inscribed. So what is the bad news? BFG raises money to enhance the life of the village and the biggest bill is for flowers in the planters. Usually these are planted for spring/ summer and autumn/ winter. The majority of BFG money is made through the Bagworth Show and, as this has been cancelled in the last two years, there is less money to be spent on those flowers. As a result the decision has been taken this year not to have autumn/winter flowers planted by BFG. This is where we need you. BFG would be eternally grateful if people who live near planters plant them with flowers that will look good at that time of year. BFG HAVE TWO more events planned before the end of the year. There will be a Christmas Bingo session at 7.30 pm in The Rear Hall at Bagworth Community Centre on Monday November 15th when there will be some lovely Christmas prizes to be won. In addition there will be a Christmas Fayre at the Centre on Saturday 27th November. Santa YOUR HELP NEEDED TO PLANT OUT has agreed to take some SOME OF BAGWORTH’S PLANTERS time off his busy schedule in order to talk to young people who attend. If you wish to rent a stall at this event, then please contact Karen on either 01530 230573 or at karen. More details of these events will appear in future issues of the Herald.


Nominations now open for the 2021 LGIU & CCLA Councillor Awards IN AUGUST, the only national awards ceremony celebrating the vital work of individual councillors across England opened its call for nominations.

Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) and CCLA are proud to officially launch the 12th annual Cllr Awards, honouring the achievements of councillors that so often go unrecognised. This year’s award categories celebrate the essential and varied work of councillors and include the coveted Community Champion, Leader of the Year and Young Councillor of the Year awards, alongside a new Resilience and Recovery category for 2021. Nominations can be made by anyone who would like to recognise a councillor doing outstanding work for their community.

They are open until Friday, 24 September with the shortlist unveiled at the end of October. The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. They will be revealed at this year’s ceremony, taking place on Wednesday, 1 December. Due to the ongoing Covid-related restrictions, it will be held as a hybrid event with virtual link ups to a central London venue. This year’s Awards are made possible thanks to the generous support of founding partners, CCLA. Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGIU, said: “Local government supports all of us, each and every day. On every street, in every town, up and down the country, it is the vital work of councillors that keeps things moving. “Now is the time for us to support our local heroes by nominating those councillors who have stepped up to the plate during extraordinary circumstances to deliver for their communities. As we officially open nominations for Cllr Awards 2021, we welcome contributions from any member of the public as well as other councillors, officers and leaders. We look forward to once again receiving the highest calibre of nominations and showcasing the essential work of councillors in December.”

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Message from Dr Luke Evans MP


HE CHANGE of pace between Westminster and here in our lovely constituency is one of things I’ve found most striking since being elected as your MP, but this month events in Afghanistan and the recall of Parliament made this contrast all the more noticeable.

The summer recess is undoubtedly my favourite part of the year, giving me an opportunity to get out and about right across our community, as well as being able to hold more surgeries to hear your concerns, and how I can help. Over the summer, I was lucky enough to able to visit some brilliant local businesses, as well as local charities. With Parliament being recalled for the day, it was a sudden dash back down to Westminster to hear how the UK will continue to play its part amongst its allies in the global community. It was also a moment to pause and reflect on the 457 British soldiers who tragically lost their lives fighting for the British cause. Unfortunately, due to the number of colleagues who wished to speak in the debate on Afghanistan, I was unable to speak myself, and this is the gamble in our system, but none the less I was glad to be there. The debate, and what has happened, will have far reaching repercussions at so many levels for years to come, and will no doubt be debated many times in the House, and I hope to play an active part. In the immediacy, what is not lost on me is that for those who served in Afghanistan, recent events may have been extremely distressing. If you are a veteran and there is anything I can do to help, please do get in touch. There is also dedicated support available for veterans, through the Veterans’ Gateway charity, or through your local GP. On the theme of reflection, the summer recess was a useful time for me to think about the last eighteen months, and everything we’ve experienced in that time. In August, I was back down on Burbage Common, and couldn’t help but think of the first time I was there in December 2019, helping volunteers plant trees – my first visit as an MP! Luckily, I am glad to report the trees we planted are doing well, and I’ll continue to keep a close eye on them! In that time, it has already been my absolute privilege to serve the people of Hinckley and Bosworth, and I can’t wait for the next eighteen months and beyond. Although the pandemic has sadly prevented me from being able to get out and about as much as possible, I’m so pleased to see our fantastic community continuing to bounce back, and I’m always amazed by the wide range of fantastic projects everyone is working on. My particular highlight from the community this month was the work done by the Hinckley Group of the National Citizen Service (NCS). The NCS was started by the Government in 2011 to help 16- and 17-year-olds develop personal, as well as career, skills. For their social action project, the

Hinckley Group repainted the play park in Barwell Skate Park, held a fundraiser there, and produced a lovely video highlighting everything Barwell has to offer. I was so impressed by their efforts that I had to go down and see their hard work myself! My thanks to Barwell Parish Council in addition, who supplied the materials and assisted the group with preparing for the fundraiser. I wish this column was longer so I could include all of the amazing activities and people I have come into contact with over the summer, from the likes of Market Bosworth Rotary Club, to Heathbrook Pharmacy in Newbold Verdon. There are so many stories to tell of the many hundreds of hours of time which people give up every week to help and support our fantastic community, and we are all indebted to you.

Our community, and in fact our country, has a passion for service beyond self, and the recent events over the past eighteen months continues to prove that. If you are running a community organisation or group, and would like me to come down and see, or promote, your hard work, do get in touch with me at:

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Overwhelming vote in favour of Markfield Neighbourhood Plan Borough Councillor Matthew Lay writes in The Herald I AM PLEASED to report (in case you hadn’t already been made aware) that the outcome of formal referendum on the Markfield Parish Neighbourhood Plan was positive. In fact it was an overwhelming vote of acceptance and a justification of lots of hard work by a dedicated group of local people who I hope have helped shape the future of the village. The statement issued by Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council said the following: THE REFERENDUM held on Thursday 9 September 2021 in the Parish of Markfield posed the question: ‘Do you want Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Markfield Neighbourhood Area to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?” The count took place overnight on Thursday 9 September 2021 and greater than 50% of those who voted were in favour of the Plan being used to help decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area. The results of the referendum were as follows: • Ballot Papers Issued: 977 • Number cast in favour of a ‘Yes’ : 912 = 93.34% • Number cast in favour of a ‘No’ : 61 = 6.24% • The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: 4 • Percentage Turnout: 26.11% Therefore, in accordance with the regulations, Markfield Neighbourhood Development Plan is ‘made’ and planning applications within the Neighbourhood Area must be considered against the Markfield Neighbourhood Plan, as well as existing national and local planning policy such as the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance, and the Borough Council’s Local Plan 2006- 2026. ALTHOUGH SOME may worry about the modest turnout, it is actually a better turnout than one might have expected. The rules on promoting the referendum are incredibly limiting so unlike a normal election reminders and material to increase turnout was not available. The Parish Council were able to produce a simple information leaflet which was delivered to householders and information was in the website but that was all that was really possible. Further to that, the referendum did not fall at the same time as another election (such as the general or council elections) so we were aware this would inhibit turnout. Looking at other referendum in these circumstances the Markfield outcome is actually very good and a positive sign. Yes, we would have liked an even bigger turnout, but in the circumstances it was good enough and it is hard to mistake the preference of those who did get out and vote. A FURTHER POSITIVE NOTE was that the Borough Council the very next day issued the statutory notice which makes the Markfield Neighbourhood Development Plan part of the Borough Council’s Development Plan. This in effect means that all planning applications within the settlement area must be decided in light of the Markfield plan now being in passed and in force. THIS OUTCOME does not mean the battle to protect our communities is over, it will continue, and we still need to see what the Government’s planning reforms will bring to our door which do not look at all favourable. These remain challenging times, but we are in a much stronger position with this plan now fully enacted, setting out where development can happen to meet our housing targets while seeking to manage this in the best way possible while protecting unallocated land for future generations. Well done to all involved and thank you to all who took the time to vote, and to make that vote count.

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Bagworth’s Jewel in the Crown EVEN IF YOU are not an ardent player of Monopoly, you cannot fail to have noticed one of the very important roads on the Monopoly board in Bagworth, namely Park Lane.

This is so called because it leads to one of the most important places in Bagworth and arguably the jewel in the crown – Bagworth Park. There are very few places in the village where this can be seen. If one continues down Park Lane and over the railway bridge, the footpath divides and it is necessary to take the right hand path. This follows the line of the railway incline, at the top of which and on the left hand side is the site of the Round House. (For more information on this see the August 2021 edition of the Herald.) At the bottom of the incline the footpath directions clearly point which way to go. It is important to keep to these as the owner does not like trespassers. Here it is possible to see the house and outbuildings that make up Bagworth Park. BAGWORTH PARK has a long and varied history. It has had a variety of owners, usually people who were friends of the monarch. Twice there was an attempt to crenellate it or turn it into a castle. Although this did not happen, we do sometimes read of Bagworth Castle. One of the owners who was given permission to do this was Hastings. He had transformed Ashby Castle and was working on Kirby Muxloe Castle when he died as a result of his head being removed. Bagworth was to be have been his next project but this was not to be. In 1399, John Lovel of Tychemersshe, chivaler brought a case against Alurred de Lathbury, chivaler, Robert Morton, Walroun Appulby, William Gardener and others because they had broken his park at Bagworth and had hunted there and had taken away his game. Similar charges were brought against, William Kynwolmersshe in 1436. He was the parson of Bagworth Church! (Farnham, Leicestershire Medieval Village Notes, Volume V.) A ‘park’ was a common feature of a medieval landscape. It was usually about 150 to 300 acres, often well wooded to provide cover for deer, but there would also have been some pasture land as well. Its primary purpose was to provide a hunting ground for the lord of the manor and so it was usually stocked with a variety of deer. In order to keep the deer in the park, there had to be an enclosure. This was usually a combination of three elements, firstly a substantial earth bank. This was topped by a stout fence usually of split oak pales. Finally, a deep ditch was built, the soil from this having been used to build the continuous earth bank. The ditch, bank and fence were known as the pale. Sometimes a quickset hedge or a stone wall might replace the paling fence. The enclosure was broken by gates and by ‘deerleaps’. The deer-leap enabled deer to easily jump into the park but not to jump out again.

However, the deer outside of a park were royal animals and so the Crown was reluctant to sanction the creation of such deer-leaps. At Bagworth, small remnants of the pale remain today. In Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, (reigned 15581603) Henry, Earl of Huntingdon, Lord Hastings, was owner of Bagworth Manor. His son Sir Edward Hastings was Steward or Town Clerk of Leicester. In 1591, the latter wrote to the Mayor asking for the arrest of one Andrew Dale on a charge of assault on the highway and was further guilty of hunting and killing deer in Bagworth Park. A warrant was issued and the description was: His apparell is browne myllyan (Milan) fustian, both dublet and a peare of round howse (hose) and a peare of morre (mulberry-coloured) stocking with a lytle boy foloing him in a rusat clocke (russet cloak) a canvis tublet, his age is about XIIII yearis (14 years). Sir Robert Banaster did actually erect a ‘fair and noble’ house which was surrounded by a great moat. It is not clear whether Hastings had made the moat, prior to the building which he never achieved, or whether Banaster created it. The house was built in 1616. Other evidence suggests that it was more like 1621. It certainly must have been a house of some size and grandeur because it was sometimes referred to as Bagworth Castle. LEICESTER aimed at being a neutral town in the Civil war. In July 1642, Charles I had passed through on his way to Coventry, only to quickly return in humiliation after Coventry refused him access to their town. He then raised his standard at Nottingham and the war officially began on 25 August 1642. The neutrality of Leicester did not last long because of the two most powerful families in the county. The Greys were for Parliament, the Hastings family supported the Royalist side. In the winter of 1642-43, Lord Grey of Groby secured Leicester for the Parliamentarians and was able to hold it for the next three years. During the Civil War, Bagworth Park was garrisoned by members of the army of Charles I (reigned 1625-1649). Lady Manners (if she was still alive) obviously gave shelter to

Royalist soldiers, being closely linked to the Manners family, the Dukes of Rutland, based at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire. The local Parliamentarian Leicester forces, numbering about 400 with two of their best cannon, moved to Old Hays (the moated farmhouse near to Ratby) to besiege Bagworth House in May 1643. The Governor of Bagworth House was Captain Devereux Wolseley. He was confident of beating off the enemy but he was short of ammunition and so he sent to Hastings for supplies. The messenger arrived at Ashby with the request, the letter is still said to be in existence. However, the supplies did not arrive in time. When Hastings did arrive, the Roundheads came out of the House and, in a fierce skirmish on what came to be known as Battle Flat, Hastings was severely wounded. He escaped back to Ashby but was out of the fighting for some weeks and he had also lost an eye from a pistol shot. After the fight, the garrison fell and we hear no more of Wolseley. This was an isolated success for the Parliamentarians that summer. Their fortunes were at a low ebb. Grey garrisoned the house with a troop of Horse for the rest of the war. When the Bagworth House garrison was ordered to join Grey’s main body they set fire to the house before they left to keep it from falling into the hands of the enemy. They did not have enough people to defend such garrisons.

After the Civil War, and at the time of the great Rebellion (Nichols’ words), Bagworth Park was demolished, having been devastated and deparked. Writing at the end of the 18th century, John Throsby [whose work, ‘The Supplementary Volume to the Leicestershire Views’, was published in 1790] wrote that the Lordship of the manor belonged to Lord Maynard. Including the common fields, there were 2,000 acres of land. Bagworth Park was extensive. The site of the old hall was discoverable by its moats and the coach road was easily traceable. The Duke of Rutland was the proprietor of the park. The ruins of Bagworth Park were taken down and a farmhouse was built on the site of the old mansion in 1769. (John Nichols – The History and Antiquities of Leicester.)

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County Councillor’s Report from Peter Bedford Email: • Tel: 01455 824733 Web: I WRITE THIS months update having just enjoyed the delights of Desford Scarecrow Festival over the Bank Holiday Weekend having been asked to judge the business/community group category… …And what a festival it was! Some of my favourite entries included: Rapunzel, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mad Hatters Tea Party. Enormous thanks the many groups and individuals across the area that make events like this possi-ble. The hours (days and weeks!) of planning that goes in cannot be understated; so Thank You for all you do to create that community feel!

FOLLOWING the approval of the Members Highways Scheme, a £25k fund for small highways improvement projects, I have had meetings with officers on a number of schemes across the area.

Residents of Thornton will shortly receive an informal consultation from LCC/B&T Parish Council on a scheme to help alleviate the parking issues around Thornton Reservoir. This is a long-standing problem, with 101 different views on a solution, but the collaborative working between myself and B&T PC has enabled a proposal to be developed for local residents to consider. So please look out for notification of this via the Parish Council, LCC and my social media pages. I continue to work with residents on a range of local issues and if I can be of assistance please do not hesitate to get in touch. Best wishes,

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OVER RECENT months I have written about the need for measures to reduce speeding across the area, and I am pleased to report that progress is being made.

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In particular the collaborative working between Markfield Parish Council (MPC) and Leicestershire County Council (LCC) Rapunzel has let down her hair! at rolling out Mobile Vehicle Activated Signs (MVAS). At the request of MPC I am also working with colleagues at LCC on further measures at key speeding hotspots to further help reduce this important problem in the villages. During the month I signed off on remedial works to the drainage cover and surrounding road surface on Launde Road, Markfield. Whilst this may sound a trivial matter it has been a real noise nuisance to local residents living in the vicinity; so it is pleasing that this matter will be rectified shortly!

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By Elizabeth Day SOMETIMES Marisa gets the fanciful notion that Kate has visited the house before. She makes herself at home without any selfconsciousness. She puts her toothbrush right there in the master bathroom, on the shelf next to theirs. In Jake, Marisa has found everything she’s ever wanted. Then their new lodger Kate arrives. Something about Kate isn’t right. Is it the way she looks at Marisa’s boyfriend? Sits too close on the sofa? Constantly asks about the baby they are trying for? Or is it all just in Marisa’s head? After all, that’s what her Jake keeps telling her. And she trusts him – doesn’t she? But Marisa knows something is wrong. That the woman sleeping in their house will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Marisa just doesn’t know why. How far will she go to find the answer – and how much is she willing to lose?

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The Centre’s Re-Opening

WE ARE pleased to say that the Centre is nearly back to normal with many of our popular clubs and classes having returned or are about to.

But we are remaining cautious and, as I write this article, we have seen cases of infection rising to 40,000 with an average of 112 daily deaths in a week. No one is safe even those who have been double vaccinated. This nasty virus is not going away any time soon. To continue to protect our staff, volunteers and Centre users we ask you to please be careful, wear a face mask on entering the building and in our designated FACE MASK ZONES where there is the greatest risk of passing on infection. We would also ask you to sanitise your hands on entry.

Parents And Toddlers’ Sessions

THE PARENT and Toddlers’ sessions have been closed since March 2020 and have been sorely missed. The good news is that the sessions will resume this month. Sessions will resume on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm. This will allow parents/guardians time to collect other siblings from school. It only costs £1.50p per child per session and refreshments are available for purchase. This is a chance for parents and carers to meet up with old and new fiends, have a natter and watch their children play with all our kiddy toys. For further information contact the Centre or just turn up on the day.

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the winners sharing a bar of Old Jamaica Rum and Raisin chocolate. Due to emergency call outs the Fire and Rescue Service were unable to attend our session but they have promised to re-schedule in the coming months. We are now planning the programme for the coming months and hope to include a “Day at the Races”, the latest Scams, a visit by the Fire and Rescue Service and our local beat Police Officer, a Quiz on Sayings Relating to Animals, plus our annual Conkers Competition and Halloween Party. Members are continuing to enjoy trips out for lunch and even cash Bingo. Organised by Carole Kemp and Helen Fisher the club is holding regular raffles and “Bring and Buy Sales” to help support their trips out. If you would like to join in, please come along on Wednesday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. The cost is only £1.50p per session and you also get a cuppa and biscuits. Please remember to still bring your face mask and sanitise your hands when you come into the Centre.

Monday Afternoons

IF YOU ARE at a loose end or want some company, the Club also has sessions every Monday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.

At these sessions you can play dominoes, cards, and other indoor games and meet new friends over a cuppa. Again, it is only £1.50p per session and you will be most welcome.


THE CENTRE’S programme of activities contains a host of activities for you to enjoy including, Arts, Dance Classes, Fitness sessions, Football and other sports Coaching, New Age Kurling and much more. These can be seen on our website or you can get a programme of activities from the Centre or give us a call. In addition, we have two new sessions as follows: SW Performance Football Coaching at various times on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Strictly Fun Fit Steps (Keep Fit) on Tuesday evenings from 6.10pm to 6.50pm and Thursday and Friday mornings from 9.30am to 10.15am.


IF YOU HAVE any unwanted or damaged gold or silver items that you want to turn into cash please bring it along to the Centre from 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday 2nd October. Your items will be honestly valued by an expert who will give you a fair price.


DESPITE RETAINING some COVID restrictions, August has been a busy and enjoyable month for club members.

• Jennifer Kiaakye the Rehabilitation Officer for the charity VISTA gave us a talk on the problems caused by loss of sight especially for the elderly. The talk gave us information on common causes of sight loss and how the Charity can provide support and advice to help people overcomer problems caused by sight loss. • Jenny and Esther from the County Council showed us their current project aimed at capturing and recording memories from days gone by. The session was an audio and picture presentation on past memories of sounds from the kitchen. Members were soon laughing and chatting about their memories such as mother doing the weekly wash, the old kettle on the stove and its whistle when it was boiled, the sound of bacon sizzling in the pan and many more memories. We even managed to pull in a Caribbean BBQ with members enjoying jerk chicken, rice and peas, sweet potato mash, tropical fruit salad and Jamaica Ginger cake. Members sampled my “special” Caribbean Punch with the sound of Caribbean Steel Drum music playing away in the back ground. Instead of limbo dancing we had a more sedate quiz on the Caribbean with

WE MUST take this opportunity to mention Pat Fossey who celebrated her 93rd Birthday in August.

Pat has been a stalwart member of the Mayflower Club for many years. Pat is a truly lovely lady and really enjoys coming along to club sessions. She is always keen to join in our activities and try her hand at anything. The photograph shows Pat sitting on Father Christmas’s knee having a little smile and a giggle. Father Christmas sadly missed last year’s Mayflower Christmas party but has been in touch to say that, “fingers crossed” he will be back this year and is looking forward to seeing Pat and all the gang once again. I understand that Pat celebrated her birthday with a family meal. Happy birthday Pat from all at the Centre and the Mayflower Club.


PLEASE REMEMBER that the Markfield Good Neighbours Scheme is still here to help and support you if you need it. “IT’S STILL OKAY TO ASK” and if you need any help, support or advice just ring us on 07885 243033 and we will do our level best to help.

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YOU MAY or may not be aware that the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee in June 2022, marking 70 years since her ascension to the throne.

It will be the first time a British monarch reaches such an incredible milestone, so, to mark this special occasion we are starting to plan a Village Platinum Jubilee event at the Centre. It will be part of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend. Ideas mentioned include a Jubilee Children’s Party, an evening Family Disco and other celebrations. Perhaps we may even manage to get a fly past by the RAF Memorial Flight or a firework display. If you have any ideas, would like to join in or donate to the event in any way please let us know.


THE NATIONAL BLOOD Service really appreciate using the Community Centre for blood donation sessions so much so, they have provided a list of sessions for 2021 and 2022. The dates are shown below. You can book your blood donation appointment on line with the National Blood Service and “Do something amazing” by donating your much needed blood.

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Harvest Supper With Quiz Prize for the winner: A Two-Course Meal At Little Markfield Farm Forest Road, Markfield On Friday October 8th 7pm for 7:15pm Tickets £10.00 each In Aid of Churches Together in Markfield. Everyone is welcome to attend. • Vegetarian option available • • Licensed bar •

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Markfield Patient Participation Group THE MARKFIELD Patient Participation Group has held two virtual (Zoom) meetings this year and we hope to be able to meet in person in the autumn, albeit socially distanced and probably wearing masks too.

Therefore, you may be wondering why we have not continued with our regular updates in this publication during this time but quite simply this is because there has been really only one major topic on the agenda, and we felt that readers of The Herald probably would have had enough of being bombarded with ever-present and changing Covid infection and vaccination progress elsewhere in the media. So, although it is appropriate to briefly mention Covid now, it is refreshing to be able to cover a broader range of matters involving our local surgery that we hope will be of interest to patients. In case you have forgotten who we are in the PPG and how you can contact us should you wish to do so, our names and contact phone numbers are available on the practice website: www.

Covid-19 Restrictions ALTHOUGH the lifting of government restrictions has been widely welcomed the pandemic is still very much with us and this is evidenced by a rise in infections in the last few months.

Therefore, the risk of catching the virus remains, notwithstanding those who have been double vaccinated have more protection and may be fortunate enough only to suffer relatively mild symptoms, if any at all if they become infected. For the general public, basic hygiene, sensible mask wearing and social distancing continues to be recommended where appropriate but relaxation of the rules does not apply to the practice which is still required to continue to adhere to strict infection control procedures, including the wearing of PPE for it to safely operate. So, patients are requested to continue to wear a mask or face covering to protect themselves, fellow patients and members of the practice team when visiting the surgery. It also means that telephone consultations continue to be the norm but should a GP, Prescribing Nurse or Clinical Practitioner decide there is a clinical need to see a patient, an appropriate

face-to-face consultation will be arranged. However, to minimise the risk of overcrowding in the waiting room when other clinics are taking place, and to avoid inadvertently spreading the virus, such appointments will be staggered at various times throughout the day.

Covid-19 Booster Vaccinations IT IS NOT yet clear whether booster jabs will be offered to patients, other than those with severely weakened immune systems.

But if the government does give the go-ahead to a more extensive programme then in all probability eligible patients will be individually contacted by text message or letter and invited to attend clinics starting possibly as soon as September at local hubs such as the one run by a consortium of GPs at Measham Leisure Centre during the national vaccine rollout earlier this year. Patients are recommended to periodically check the practice’s Facebook page or website for details of any developments in this regard.

Regular Clinics Regular Clinics, such as Childhood Immunisation, Maternity, Physiotherapy, Nurse and Health Care Assistant Clinics by their very nature have been, and are continuing to operate on a face-to-face basis.

Flu Vaccination Clinics THESE ARE planned to commence at the surgery in late September on alternate Saturdays and on some weekdays.

Eligible patients starting with the over 65s and those between 18 and 64 who are clinically vulnerable with certain medical conditions are already being individually contacted by the surgery and invited to book an appointment slot for their jab. Plans for remaining under 65 qualifying patients (aged 50 and over by 31 March 2022) will be released in due course.

Pharmacist Simran Ohbi PHARMACIST Simran Ohbi is working with the surgery on one day per week to help with medication reviews, hospital discharge letters and home blood pressure monitoring results.

Also, in some instances telephone appointments will be made for her to discuss medication issues directly with patients.

Clinical Practitioner Corinne Palmer Clinical Practitioner Corinne Palmer, a former community paramedic, is working in the surgery and in association with the duty GP, two full days and one morning per week to assist with acute on-the-day problems, minor injuries, minor illness, routine home visiting and care planning.

She has a mix of telephone, faceto-face and home visit appointments allocated to her.

Salaried GP Dr Vijay SALARIED GP Dr Vijay has joined the practice on a permanent basis following the departure of Dr Bird.

Many patients will know him as he has regularly worked with the practice for a number of years as a locum GP. He will be working on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Routine Blood Tests halted - tube shortage AT THE time of compiling this update, GP surgeries, including Markfield Medical Centre, have been directed by government to temporarily halt all nonurgent blood tests due to a national shortage of tubes for blood test samples.

Any blood tests deemed to be urgent by GPs will continue to be taken. Regrettably, this shortage is outside the practice’s control and it is unclear at present when supplies of test tubes will improve and the restriction lifted.

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COALVILLE BINGO PLAYER CALLS ‘HOUSE’ ON £50,000 JACKPOT A LUCKY Coalville bingo fan received an unexpected boost to her night at Palace Bingo, Coalville, when she called ‘house’ on a life changing £50,000 Jackpot on the National Bingo Game.

A grandmother of six, the lucky winner has lived in Coalville for forty-seven years and been a regular at Palace Bingo for more than twenty years, attending three times a week to catch up with friends and enjoy time out. On 22nd August her regular Sunday session became more exciting than she had ever imagined while playing the National Bingo Game: all her numbers were coming out and she hoped she would be the first to ‘call’. The last number popped out and she made her winning shout for what she thought would be the club prize, but her claim was checked, confirmed as valid, and the caller announced her prize - £50,000! At first the lucky winner could not believe it. When the announcement was made that she had in fact won the top National Bingo Game Jackpot Prize of £50,000 the club erupted in cheers. When asked what she thought she might do with her winnings treating her family was top of the list, along with redecorating her whole house and going on a cruise. Peter Woolley, Manging Director of Palace Bingo said, “Sunday nights are always a great night at bingo, especially when you win £50,000 like our lucky Coalville winner. “It’s always exciting to have a National Bingo Game big winner in the club, it brings a real buzz to the club and everyone who was in on the night: it has been a bit of a a shock for the winner, but I am sure that she will enjoy redecorating her house and treating the family.” Alastair Stewart, Head of Commercial Operations at the National Bingo Game said: “We are thrilled for our lucky National Bingo Game £50,000 Jackpot winner at Palace Bingo Coalville. I am sure when the realty settles in she will enjoy spending her winnings and the planned cruise.” To find a participating club and for further information on the National Bingo Game visit or follow us on Facebook ( and @ nationalbingo. All players must be aged 18 or over. The National Bingo Game is played under the provisions of The Gambling Act 2005 and played under National Bingo Game Players’ Rules. Players should always gamble responsibly. For more information and advice visit


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HERALD SMALL ADS • Medium sized foldable Dog Transport Cage. Price: £10. • Wall mounted Mirror. Size 1200mm x 1000mm - undamaged and complete with fixing kit. Price: £20. Tel: 0116 287 6715 (Groby) • Vanhous Lawn Scarifier, little used. Price: £20. • Flymo Garden Vac/Blower. Price: £10. • Essentially Cuisine Heated Buffet Server, 3 serving dishes. Price: £5. Tel: 01530 243810 (Markfield) • John Lewis black TV stand for 38” TV. Very good condition. Price: £25. • Bosch Drill PSB 650 RE.Corded Hammer Drill. Price: £10. • Black & Decker DN 56/D3 Circular Saw. Price: £10. • B&Q Angle Grinder PAG 600D 41/2inch 600w 115 MM. Price: £15. Above in good working condition • Mastech MY64 32 position Multimeter with temperature gauge. Price: £5. Tel. 01530 245944 (Markfield) • Wooden Tray - 59x40x8 cm. Price: £1. • Overbed Table - 41x61 cm. Height adjustable between 61 x 92cm. Price: £5. • Coopers wheeled Walking Frame, width 53.5 cm. Price: £5. • Coopers narrow wheeled Walking Frame - width 46cm. Price: £5. Tel: 01530 242884 (Markfield) • Caravan Electric Hookup Cable, 25m, as new. Price: £10. • Panasonic Television, 24 inch screen. Full working condition. Remote control with Netflix button. Price: £65. Tel: 01530 230037 or 07792 756258 (Bagworth) • Wicker basket & leather straps for ladies shopping bike. New, unused. Price: £20. • Roller Skates - girls, black & pink, adjustable size. Used, good condition, 12j - 2. Price: £15. • Manfrotto Camera Bag 15x10x10cm. New. Price: £15. • Ridge Cycling Glasses. New. Price: £7. • Halfords 12 function wireless Cycle Computer. New. Price: £10. • Bike Bottle Holder. New. Price: £3. • Tacx Bluetooth/Ant Heart Rate Monitor. Price: £25. Tel: 07584 344719 (Groby) • Morphy Richards Slow Cooker. Price: £15. • M&S Health Grill. Price: £15. Tel: 01530 243778 (Markfield)

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‘Silver splitters’ try love again ARE YOU over 65? Want to get married again? Then you are right on-trend. Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that ‘silver splitters’ – those who have divorced in later life – are remarrying in ever greater numbers. In fact, the number of brides and grooms aged 65 and over has gone up more than any other age bracket in the past decade. Having better health into older age, access to dating websites, and financial independence are thought to encourage this surge in later-life marriages.

Leicester group MiNT are back on stage

FANS OF much-loved Leicester harmony group MiNT will be pleased to hear that the lads are performing again. MiNT was formed in the late 60’s in Leicester by Alan Jones to play in Germany. He was originally accompanied by Rick Martin, George Moorley and Phil Cartwright After several changes to the line up eventually with Leigh Catteralll and Dennis Stansall (ex Dennis and The Rockets), The MiNT 4-piece toured the UK and Europe and received national recognition with record releases, and Radio 1 and TV appearances. Moving from a 4 piece to a 5 piece in early 70’s,with Pete Brogden on lead vocal the group’s popularity moved up a level. MiNT became the only act to win shows on both Opportunity Knocks and New Faces - the top TV talent shows of the time - and secured a recording contract, with Pye, featuring Martin Wright on lead vocals. Following a successful club and cabaret circuit tour, they eventually called it a day. The group still get together to perform gigs locally with other well known Leicester musicians the current line up is Robin Pizer (ex Gypsy, Legay), Keith Chaplin (ex Myst, Plumb Loco) and Peter Surridge (ex Love Affair and Street Life) Alan Jones (ex Berkeley Squares The Rockets and the Martins). MiNT actively support several charities including Humberstone Hall/Help for Homeless, Alzheimers Society and Help for Heroes. Details of the band’s next few shows:

Friday 24th September at The LINFORD, Newtown Linford • 8:30 till 11:30 • Admission FREE Friday 8th October John Darrell (ex Rockets) Memorial at West End Club, Braunstone - Admission FREE Saturday 23rd October THORNTON CLUB, Thornton For more information: FaceBook link alan.jones.1671897

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The latest news from Markfield WI Lynda Owen REPORTS

Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support

MACMILLAN Cancer Support needs our help more than ever.

AUGUST was a busy month for our WI. At the beginning of the month we once again went to the Grey Lady for our anniversary meal. 19 members were able to attend and as always the food and the company were excellent.

MONDAY 16th August saw several members at Little Markfield Farm to meet the Alpacas. Whilst we were enjoying feeding the Alpacas we learned a great deal about their care and management, Brenda and her family are certainly very knowledgeable. After feeding there was an opportunity to walk the Alpacas following which we enjoyed one of Brenda’s lovely cream teas; we would like to thank Brenda and her family for a very enjoyable afternoon. The speaker for our August meeting was Paul Taberner. Paul, who spoke about the real CSI, is the ex-head of Warwickshire Police Forensics Team. His talk did not blind us with science as we might have expected, he spoke about crime scene investigations as they really are and not as we see them on TV. We heard stories of real life criminals both clever and not so clever and about liaising with TV and film producers about correct procedures. All in all it was a very interesting and amusing evening. • IN SEPTEMBER we are once again at the Library when we will be meeting the Cocktail Shaker Boys to learn about (and possibly sample) cocktails.

Please come along to our fundraising Coffee Morning at The Residents’ Lounge, Willow Court, Upland Drive, Markfield on Friday 24th September 2021 from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Looking forward to meeting old and new friends.

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Didn’t mean that! HERE ARE some more reallife extracts from church bulletins and notices that didn’t come out quite in the way intended! • The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment, and gracious hostility. • Harvest Supper Friday at 6pm. Prayer and medication to follow. • The Men’s Group will meet at 6pm. Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, wine and dessert will be served for a nominal feel. • Jumble sale: The ladies of our church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon. • For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. • At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.

“Minding My Own Football Business”: The Inside Story Of Leicester City’s Success In The 90s By Barrie Pierpoint

A NEW ‘tell it all’ book by one of Leicester City FC’s most renowned board members of the 90s promises to relive the glory days of the Foxes’ journey to the top. “Minding My Own Football Business” by Barrie Pierpoint, Leicester City’s first Chief Executive, chronicles the Club’s journey, on and off the pitch, from the brink of relegation to the Third Division to the heady heights of the Premier League. But this isn’t just Barrie’s story - there were hundreds of people responsible for City’s remarkable success. This book features contributions from over forty people, from directors, staff, fans and journalists to corporate clients, team managers and players, including Brian Little, Mark McGhee, Steve Walsh, Emile Heskey, Matt Heath, Simon Grayson, Gary Mills, Jamie Lawrence, and Tony Cottee. This book tells the story of a struggling football club to one of the best teams in England, told by those who were there and were pivotal to the Club’s success.

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Job Vacancy – Markfield Court Retirement Village

Part-time Village and Social Centre Assistant

Markfield Court Village is a retirement village with people living independently in their own bungalows or flats and has a Social Centre at its heart. We are a small team and we are looking for someone who has a genuine interest in people. The role is varied and includes the upkeep of the Social Centre, helping with events, liaising and at times supporting residents. If you would like more information regarding the role please call Emma on 01530 244930 or email: Closing Date: 30th September 2021

A Charitable Opening ONCE MORE I plunged into my copy of the Garden Visitor’s Handbook. My first foray had taken me to a stately home, Rutland, and rain. My second visit was to a farm near Bitteswell in south Leicestershire, and my third – a 20th century house in Hinckley. In each case there was cake. What more could one ask?

This visit was to a long, fairly narrow suburban garden crammed with colour and diversity. A neatly trimmed hedge, a silver birch and an apple tree rose from a mass of plants, many of spectacular form, a lawn with more grass per square inch than mine has in total, and better cut, and pathways which, as I heard one person put it, an ideal arrangement for a game of hide and seek if you happened to be about 5 years old. There was evidence that this may be true, for I found in the grass the top of a plastic spaceman. The weather thankfully held off on this occasion. There were a number of conveniently placed chair, and I sat for a while watching the bees buzzing busily around the flowers. The occasional wood pigeon flew over; they drew attention to a tall white dove-cot which appeared to be growing out of the hedge. It was not clear whether it was the neighbour’s or not. At the far end of the garden, where clear signs of the labour involved in its maintenance could be examined, there was a plant sale. I bought two. Having viewed the comings and goings of visitors for a while, cake called. It was served in a conservatory with a comfortable settee and two visiting ladies plus a dog, the latter being apparently part of the household. I settled onto the settee with my cake – and suddenly became aware that I was being stared at. It was dog. It was not a stare of curiosity, it was a stare of ‘give me cake’. I tried to ignore it. No way. Dog came closer. Dog stared. In the end I carved off a small piece and threw it down. I do not think it even hit the ground. But it was not enough for dog. I was stared at long after I had finished. The charity being supported by this event was for cancer sufferers. Whilst to date at least I am not one of them, my cousin, the daughter of another cousin, the previous owner of my house and one of its neighbours all have or had the condition. Thus I appear to be surrounded with it; for me, therefore, it is a very worthy cause to support, and I hope they did well in raising money for it.

Dr D McNeil

Planning Apps Two storey extension to the side of the dwelling, linking to the existing garage, with an annexe formed to the garage loft - at 222 Leicester Road, Field Head, Leicestershire LE67 9RF Erection of single storey outbuilding in rear garden space - at 10 Ratby Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9RJ Single storey rear extension measuring 5.00 metres in depth; 4.00 metres in height to the ridge; and 3.00 metres to the eaves - 10 Forest Rise, Groby, Leicestershire LE6 0BB Two storey side extension - at 6 Oakfield Avenue, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9WG Single storey side and rear extension - 272 Main Street, Stanton Under Bardon, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9TR Proposed single storey side and rear extensions - Forest Edge, Cottage Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PH Single storey rear extension Hedgerows, 39A Highfields, Thornton, Leicestershire LE67 1AE Single storey rear extension - 67 Station Road, Bagworth, Leicestershire LE67 1BJ S73 Planning Application to vary the site layout previously approved under Condition 2 of planning permission ref. 2020/1191/07 - at Interlink Way South, Stanton Under Bardon, Leicestershire Change of use of residential site to mixed use site comprising a Class C3 dwellinghouse and Class E wellbeing studio - at 55 Highfields, Thornton, Leicestershire LE67 1AE

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Markfield Congregational Community Church is now complete and ready for use



THE HARD work over the past few months is now complete and we have a beautiful functional 21st century building ready for use by the community.


We would like to say a big thank you to Harbot Builders who were our main contractors. We also thank Sign Direct and MP Steel. These are all locally based companies. Our thanks also go to Mark of Kay News who sorts and delivers newspapers from our building for his continued support before and during the renovation process. We shouldn’t forget our minister the Rev Joy Langford and were fortunate enough to be able to use the completed building for her farewell service on the 29th August as she now moves on taking up a new challenge with the Methodist Church in Leicester. Joy leaves with all of our prayers for her future. Thank you Joy for 8 great years. Renamed Markfield Congregational Community Church we hope our newly renovated building will truly become a community asset whilst at the same time continuing to be used as a place of worship with a seating capacity of 50. We are a small group of people who wish to continue using this building to serve the village. This work started in 1852 as a Congregational Chapel and we are very proud to think that in 2022 we will be able to celebrate 170 years of work in this village. We are in the process of looking at having broadband installed which will complement our multimedia and audio set up. This will be suitable for presentations and business meetings. If you are looking at hiring somewhere for your events, our building will be suitable for numerous activities. James Colledge of JC music will be one of the first to start using our building giving guitar tuition, commencing on Monday 13th September. We will be having an Official Opening Day (keep your eyes open for the announcement). Please come and view our building to see for yourselves what we have to offer. We look forward to hearing how you would like to use our building.

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KIRBY GRANGE Village Social Committee are holding a Coffee Morning on Friday 24th September from 10am -12 noon.

The event is in aid of the Air Ambulance, and takes place at Botcheston Village Hall. All are welcome. •THE RECENT BREAST CANCER AFTERNOON raised the fantastic amount of £1,125. Thank you to everyone who helped to support this event.

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Markfield Library News Yarn Bomb reminds us to be kind THE YARN BOMB currently on view in the library car park was the result of workshops in August led by Cosby Crafters as past of our participation in the Leicestershire Festival of Stories.

Hearts were made of felt and wire and the magnificent arms around the tree were knitted by Gabriella Palmer. We hope that it reminds everyone to support each other and being kind to each other and above all, spreading love.

A successful Family Story Trail

Mercenfeld’s Wednesday Visit MERCENFELD Year 3/4 are visiting the library on Wednesday afternoon for a story and to choose books.

They are a credit to the school and we are very pleased to welcome them.

Friday Group 10am (Term Time) THE POPULAR Friday group has resumed at the library led by Helen and Amanda. A small group for birth to nursery age to meet and socialise and their accompanying adults can too! Reading stories, rhymes and play. If you are interested, please leave your details at the library desk and Helen or Amanda will get back to you. There is a limit on numbers.

Library Opening Hours WE HAVE now settled on a change to our opening hours and as of 7th September, we will be opening:

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Monday 9-10am and 1-3pm and 6-7pm Tuesday 9-10am and 1-3pm Wednesday closed Thursday 9-10am and 12.30-3pm Friday 9-10am and 1-3pm Saturday 10-12.30pm

Margaret Bowler Chair – Markfield Community Library

How to shorten – or extend – your life EVERY TIME you eat a hot dog, you have shortened your life by 36 minutes. But if you eat a portion of nuts, or even better a peanut butter and jam sandwich, you will have added 30 minutes to your life. These are just some of the findings in a recent study at the University of Michigan. It created a Health Nutritional Index on almost 6,000 foods, which calculated the health burden of one gram of food, and then scaled it up to a standard serving size. Thus, processed meat, trans fatty acids and sodium in the hot dog take their toll, while the high nut content in the sandwich is very nutritious.

THE FAMILY Story Trail was also a huge success and thank you to all the families that took part.

Children and families seemed delighted with their prizes for completing the Trail. Thank you to Louis at Markfield Fish Bar, Jo at Brewsters, Hazel at the Methodist Church, Alicia at Ivanhoe Hair Studio and Dawn/Carole at the Community Centre for displaying some of the clues. It was a pleasure to work with the Participation Team at Leicestershire County Council with their Festival of Stories project. A special mention must go to Chris and Rosemary Robson for making over their window to a cave to support the Bear Hunt clue!

As one professor explained: “Small targeted substitutions offer a feasible strategy to achieve significant health benefits.”

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I held a Festival of Peace and Meditation, but my neighbours complained about the quiet.

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Catholic Church Of St Wilfrid Of York 53 London Road, Coalville, LE67 3JB Sunday Masses – Saturday 6 pm and Sunday 10 am. Weekday Masses – on Zoom. Please see Parish Newsletter on the website. Happily, due to the lifting of COVID restrictions, booking a place at Mass is no longer required but masks and hand sanitizing are still necessary to ensure everyone feels safe and comfortable in Church, as well as giving details for track and trace.

There is a system in place to enable everyone to socially distance if they wish and now you may come and go as you want without the direction of stewards. Thorough cleaning is also still in place. Joyfully the congregation can sing once again! Sacrament of Reconciliation: You can book an appointment with Fr Gabriel to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation. Please call the presbytery to book an appointment on 01530 832098.

Parish Contacts WParish Priest: Fr Gabriel Offor – 01530 832098 Parish Website: School Details St Clare’s RC Primary School, Coalville: 01530 837747 De Lisle RC College, Loughborough: 01509 268739 Village Contact: Margaret on 01530 243292

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Church Services 19th September 2021 St Michaels & All Angels, Markfield 3.00pm • Evening Service St Peter’s, Copt Oak 3.00pm • Holy Communion St Peter’s, Thornton 10.30am • Holy Communion St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon 10.30am • J22 Community Service

26th September 2021 St Michaels & All Angels, Markfield 2.00pm • Pet Service & Community Picnic St Peter’s, Copt Oak 6.00pm • Harvest Service Holy Communion St Peter’s, Thornton 10.30am • Morning Prayer St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon 10.30am • Something Different Service

3rd October 2021 St Michaels & All Angels, Markfield 10.30am • J22 Community Service St Peter’s, Copt Oak 6.00pm • Holy Communion St Peter’s, Thornton 10.30am • All Age Service St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon 10.30am • Holy Communion

10th October 2021 St Michaels & All Angels, Markfield 6.00pm • Holy Communion St Peter’s, Copt Oak 3.00pm • Praise Service Service of the Word St Peter’s, Thornton 10.30am • J22 Community Service St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon 10.30am • Morning Prayer

Services at Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield

Dear Friends, We’ve had the Olympics…and now we have the Paralympics. Again a wonderful range of sports, impressive displays of skill, speed and strength. Sometimes the Paralympics can be all the more aweinspiring when we consider what these athletes deal with day to day.

Attitudes to disability have, in some ways, vastly improved in recent years. Access to mainstream school, further/higher education, and jobs, has improved at least for some. But thoughtlessness can still put barriers up for people- like one famous occasion when Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson couldn’t access the stage where she was to be presented with an award. Some workplaces, when a person with a disability applies for a job, still see first and foremost what the person can’t do, and not their gifts. In a world that values strength and independence, not being able to do things that we used to, or having to do life differently from others, can cause low selfesteem. In his 1st letter to the Corinthians, Paul talks about the “Body of Christ” where all are different, yet valued. No part can stand alone, but each is essential. Whatever our gifts, whatever we struggle with, may we know we are all made in God’s image, all valued. May we also remember this applies to everybody, and love and value others accordingly.

Judith Lincoln Minister, Trinity Methodist Church, Markfield FB Markfield Methodist Church FB:Markfield Methodist Church

Sunday 19th September 10.30 a.m. Churches Together in Markfield Christian Aid Service with Holy Communion

Sunday 26th September 10.30 a.m. Harvest Festival. Supporting the work of the charity “Starfish Malawi”.

Sunday 3rd October 10.30 a.m. Morning worship

Sunday 10th October 10.30 a.m. Morning worship

Sunday 17th October No service at our church. 10.00 a.m. Churches Together in Markfield united service at St. Wilfrid’s RC Church, Coalville

Sunday 24th October 10.30 a.m. Morning worship

We extend a warm welcome to everyone to join us for worship and praise.

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17th October 2021 St Michaels & All Angels, Markfield 3.00pm • Evening Prayer St Peter’s, Copt Oak 3.00pm • Holy Communion St Peter’s, Thornton 10.30am • Holy Communion St Mary’s, Stanton under Bardon 10.30am • J22 Community Service

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“The universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts - it gives you what you demand with your actions.” Steve Maraboli

Can YOU spot the 10 differences in the cartoons above? Answers are on page 27. Good luck! I recently turned sixty. Practically a third of my life is over.

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They’re Crafty, and they Stitch ...

The Crafty Stitchers of Leicestershire MAY I INTRODUCE you to ‘Crafty Stitchers Leicestershire’. Our main aim is to meet together, enjoy each other’s company and our hobby of embroidery.


Letter from Uncle Eustace The Rectory St James the Least of All My dear Nephew Darren IT HAS ALL been excitement and activity here this last week, with a period drama being filmed using our church. It was remarkable how many people felt the need to drop in to church to collect magazines, check the reading rota or arrange flowers, just happening to stumble over the film stars en route. If only they were filming every week, then our brasses would be permanently gleaming, woodwork smothered in beeswax and the notice board kept in a state of perpetual tidiness.

At our meetings we have stitch afternoons, learning new techniques or new stitches from each other or from an expert. We also have speakers and these range from those telling of their journey through stitch or maybe their travels abroad or how they had come across a particular idea and had made it their life’s work, bringing with them some of their beautiful work to show us. During lock down we have had some very interesting Zoom meetings and have completed two joint projects, making quilts for the ‘Linus Charity’ We meet from 2.00-4.30 on the second Saturday each month at Braunstone West Social Centre, St Mary’s Avenue (off Braunstone Lane), Leicester, LE3 3FT If you enjoy being creative, like any sort of stitch and would like to join us, you would be most welcome. If, however, you are interested in finding a new hobby and don’t have any previous experience, I’m sure you would enjoy it too. Please contact Briony on 01162 872531 for further information or just turn up on the day.

Susan Flint

Our Ladies Guild was thrilled to be asked to take part in a crowd scene. I saw little point in the wardrobe department taking hours fitting them out with Victorian dresses, as the result was little different from normal. The only awkward moment came after filming, when Mrs Simms was told she could now remove her bustle. She told the girl she already had. The producer thanked me for taking the trouble of going round church before they arrived, removing all those modern conveniences that would not have been there in the nineteenth century. I hadn’t the heart to tell him that nothing was any different from normal. Lord Marchmount was thoroughly miffed that they were not also using his castle for filming, even though the producer explained with exemplary patience that they needed a nineteenth century setting, not one which looked as if the cast had just returned from the Crusades. His revenge, getting the farm staff to spread slurry in all the surrounding fields throughout filming, has apparently meant that film stars now have a clause in their contracts protecting them from rural life. When all was finished, I thought it only right to invite the film crew and actors to the vicarage for sherry. When the producer left, I was delighted to be told he had just discovered the perfect home for filming his next project – which is about Elizabethan poverty. Your loving uncle,





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ET AGAIN, the battle lines are drawn between the residents of a quiet Leicestershire village and the far-flung boardrooms of a US pension fund and offshore companies with an eye on our green and pleasant land.

Last month I reported that the borough’s planning committee had rejected a bid by Luxembourg-based logistics development company, Mountpark, to build a major industrial estate within shouting distance of Stanton under Bardon. I ended my column with the words, “Continued vigilance will be required”. I wasn’t wrong. As the August Herald was hitting the doormats, an appeal against our decision landed in the in-tray at the Planning Department in Hinckley. Here we go again!

~ David and Goliath ~ A five-day appeal hearing has been set for 19 October. The government’s planning inspector will consider both of the applications submitted by Mountpark - their original ‘three big sheds’ application and the scaleddown ‘two sheds plus a few trees’ version, which was refused during the summer. This has all the makings of a ‘David and Goliath’ style showdown. In the red corner, we have Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council represented by the experienced planning barrister Ian Ponter, assisted by a wellregarded planning consultant Andrew Boothby. Support will come from the good folk of Stanton under Bardon Parish Council, worried residents and Councillor Matthew Lay and myself. We will argue that the questionable economic benefits of the Bardon 3 development do not outweigh the loss of open countryside, disruption, and climate change impacts of the proposed development. The costs of defending our position will be funded by you, the Council Taxpayer.

~ Fighting to win ~ In the blue corner, we’ll have a legal team funded by Mountpark and USAA Real Estate. If you want to see what we’re up against, check out the expensive suits and fancy dentistry on their website. If you can’t stomach that, just imagine the cast from the hit movie Wall Street instead. In July 2019, the USAA’s investment and brokerage business was bought for $1.8 billion US by the Charles Schwab Corporation. Mr Schwab was a big fan of Donald Trump, donating to his election campaign in 2016. This may look like an unfair fight, but I recall that David came out tops against Goliath back in my Sunday school days. We’ve argued against this threat to Stanton under Bardon before, we’re ready to do so again, and we’ll be fighting to win.


Shaw Lane Safety Battle Continues

EANWHILE, over at Shaw Lane, the juggernauts keep thundering along the A511, and residents sleep uneasily in fear of a major traffic incident within yards of their front doorsteps.

Again, this is an issue that I’ve written about before, but there are new developments to report. In May, I was pleased to see my Conservative Councillor Colleague, Ozzy O’Shea, promoted to the Cabinet of Leicestershire County Council, where he now leads on highways and environment issues. Ozzy is a decent bloke, and I think that his new seat at the top table can be good news for local people. I invited Ozzy to meet Annie Duggan, the Chair of the Shaw Lane Community Action Group. The three of us took a look at the situation on the ground at the end of August. Ozzy clearly recognised the scale of the problem, and he agreed to investigate possible solutions. He also promised to enlist the help of his political colleagues Cllr Peter Bedford (also now a member of the ruling Cabinet) and our local MP, Luke Evans. Ozzy, Peter and Luke have far more influence over the Conservatives’ ‘build, build, build’ agenda than Matthew or myself. The County Council’s

growth and expansion plans, which will see the A511 upgraded from Markfield through to Coalville to cope with extra traffic for new housing and industrial development, presents a perfect opportunity to limit traffic speed and install additional safety measures to protect people living on Shaw Lane. The boys with the blue rosettes hold all the cards; let’s hope they can turn their supportive words into meaningful actions. I’ll keep you posted.


Thank You Lorraine

ACK IN Markfield, it’s great to see that Lorraine Davies, the new Parish Clerk is really getting her teeth into the role and sending regular casework in my direction.

Among other things, I’ve investigated several fly-tipping problems off Chitterman Way, overflowing waste bins at Billa Barra Hill Nature Reserve and a couple of footpath obstructions in and around the village. All issues have been reported to the relevant authorities, and whilst it isn’t always the borough council’s responsibility to deal with a particular problem, I always try to ensure that my request for action lands on the right desk – and when I don’t hear back within a reasonable time, my reminder emails can have pointy elbows!


And Finally ...

VER THE summer a comment from me concerning an inflatable fantastic beast caused a minor political kerfuffle for which I have issued a fulsome apology – this is best explained over a pint in the Field Head Hotel! I’ll say no more on these pages, but there is other news to report on the fantastic beasts front. Over the Bank Holiday weekend, I joined the crowds at Little Markfield Farm for another great open day organised by Brenda Featherstone and the team. In addition to making a few purchases from the craft fair and enjoying a lengthy discussion on the joys of owning a classic Austin A30, I reacquainted myself with our local alpaca herd. I don’t know about other readers, but I cannot drive past these wonderful animals without breaking into a smile. Life in Markfield is pretty good all in all, but as far as I’m concerned, Brenda’s alpacas make it even better.

Andy Furlong

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Visit the 10th Annual Motorshow In Hinckley Town Centre NOW COMPLETELY full, 550 entries have been received for Hinckley BID’s FREE 10th Annual Motorshow on Sunday 19 September. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to see a wide range of beautifully restored vehicles from all over the UK parked up throughout Hinckley town centre.

As in previous years, the town will be crammed with eye-catching vehicles of all ages, shapes and sizes, on show from 10am to 4.30pm – from a 100-year-old steam engine to the latest state-of-the-art police car. Reg Price will again be showing his 1915 Model T Ford (that’s 106 years old!), Coventry Motor Museum will be bringing a surprise ‘special vehicle’ and nearly every marque representing different eras will be on show including huge retro-Cadillacs and Chevrolets - luxurious Aston Martins, Porsches, Rolls Royce and Jaguars – and for the speedsters, there will be the odd Lamborghini and Ferrari to drool over. There will also be motorbikes and scooters showcasing how they have developed through the ages and some specialist heavy vehicles including amazing tractors which will be located in the borough. Fun and FREE for all the family to attend, this really is a great day out! Not only will there be a host of shops, pubs, bars, cafes and takeaways open in the Town centre, but there will be additional free entertainment for any restless children in and around Argents Mead. For those driving to the event, the Council owned car parks are free on Sundays. Locations of car parks can be found at (Church Walk car park will not be accessible to the public on Motorshow day). For the latest details please go to

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Did you spot all 10 differences? 1. Player on left Moustache missing, 2. Different coloured hair, 3. Number 7 on shirt, 4. Shirt is missing the cross on the neckline, 5. Centre player has different eyes, 6. Missing an upper tooth, 7. Missing a fingernail, 8. Ball has stitches in one picture, not in the other, 9. Player on right is missing an eyebrow, 10. Streak in sky is missing.


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The Herald September 2021  

The village magazine for Markfield, Stanton under Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head in Leicestershire UK.

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The village magazine for Markfield, Stanton under Bardon, Thornton, Bagworth & Field Head in Leicestershire UK.

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