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MaMites, Village Hall Zumba, Village Hall First Friday, White Hart MaMites, Village Hall Mobile Library (School 12.00, Leys Crescent 12.30, North Road 12.50) Zumba, Village Hall Kilworth Korks, The White Hart Weekday Holy Communion, St Nicholas Church MaMites, Village Hall Zumba, Village Hall 9th Sunday after Trinity, Holy Communion, St Nicholas Church MaMites, Village Hall Mobile Library (School 12.00, Leys Crescent 12.30, North Road 12.50) Zumba, Village Hall Luncheon Club, Kilworth Springs 10th Sunday after Trinity, Avon Swift Holy Communion, Misterton Marmites, Village Hall Zumba, Village Hall

ADVANCE NOTICE Saturday 3rd September Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September Saturday 8th October Saturday 5th November Saturday 19th November Saturday 3rd December Saturday 17th December

Kilworth Family Challenge “Fawlty Towers”

North Kilworth Sports Club Village Hall

10 year Village Hall Celebrations Bonfire Night Safari Supper Church Bazaar Children’s Party

Village Hall Village Hall / Playing Field

The South Kilworth News is edited by Ann Saunders Please send copy for the September edition by 23rd August to Ann Saunders Smithy House, Welford Road Tel: 575 338

Village Hall Village Hall

Email: am.saunders@virgin.net

The South Kilworth News is printed by Colin Olle. Advertising enquiries to Colin Olle Croft Acre, The Belt Tel: 575 791 Email: colin.olle@tiscali.co.uk

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS Contact Michael Murphy on 01788 861877 or 0777 6065385


TEAM VICAR’S LETTER Take a holiday – on God’s orders! Of all the months of the year, perhaps it is August which we most associate with holidays. It is the only month which is usually completely enfolded within school holiday time, and even though many who do not have school-age children may avoid the expensive Summer school holiday time to go away, statistics tell us that two-thirds of the British population still do take a holiday during this period. The word ‘holiday’ is derived from ‘holy day’, a day of religious observance, when work would not be done. Indeed, the concept of resting from our work and everyday tasks is inherent within God’s plans for us. The fourth commandment exhorts us to keep the Sabbath day holy and to refrain from work. It refers back to the beginning of Genesis when God rested after the work of creation. Sabbath is God’s command but also God’s gift. It is important to God that we recharge our batteries, spend time with those closest to us and enjoy the fruits of God’s creation and our own labour. Many may still remember a time when Sundays were kept as Sabbath days with few people at work or straying too far from home. Nowadays, this has all but disappeared as we take advantage of our place in the global community and live in a ‘24/7’ world. The advantages of our modern living include the ability to fit in what we want to do more or less when we want to do it. The disadvantages surely include the loss of value which is placed on taking a day off and allowing ourselves rest and recuperation. We may have lost Sundays as the designated day of rest, but that is all the more reason for us to build in sabbath time elsewhere, and this traditional holiday time of the year is a good time to remind ourselves of the benefit of doing this. Most importantly, we must build in Sabbath-time with God, resting in his presence, wasting time consciously with God. Holidays give us physical and mental rest, and a different perspective on our busy lives. Taking a holiday with God, whether it is only a few minutes or much longer, will help us to find new life and new perspective for our spiritual selves. Just as it is possible to take a holiday without physically travelling anywhere – the word ‘staycation’ has been recently coined for those who stay at home or in their locality for holidays – so, in the same way, we can holiday with God just where we are – and it doesn’t cost anything! May August bring us all holiday time, new life and new perspectives - wherever we are. Revd Emma Davies

All enquiries regarding Church matters should be directed to:The Revd. Emma Davies, The Vicarage, 5 Church Lane, Gilmorton, Telephone:-01455 556 573 The Revd Jane Kennedy, 17 Cromwell Close, Walcote, Lutterworth, Telephone: 01455 554 065 Please Note: Due to holidays, there is no Family Service on 14th August.

FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS FUNERAL: We say farewell and commit to Almighty God: Frances Tanser

aged 96

on 30 June

at South Kilworth


LUNCHEON CLUB On Thursday 21st July a depleted number attended luncheon in the village hall. This was an indication of the peak holiday period. The main course was an excellent ham salad with pork pie, cheese and beetroot. The dessert of tasty strawberries and cream was accompanied by “melting moments” homemade shortbread baked by Rachel. Though the number partaking was down the enjoyment of an excellent luncheon was well up with our highest expectations. The next luncheon will be held at Kilworth Springs on Thursday 25th August. David Burd

TEA & TAT We can't thank you enough for your support and donations for Menphys. Mollie took cheques totalling £385.00 into the nursery with her on the last day of term. They will let us know what they have put the money towards when they get back after the summer break, and we will then let you know. Nicky and Tina Mathias

Thank you once again. .

KILWORTH KORKS Twenty four Kilworth Korks went to the White Hart in July – it was a great opportunity to meet with friends old and new.

Kilworth Korks Plans for 2011 Month

Date

Event

August

Friday 12 Aug

Pub meal at the White Hart Pub from 8.00pm

Sept

Friday 9 Sept

Foxton Locks Boat Trip and Meal - £30 per person ( bring your own drinks for the boat trip) –

Oct

Thursday 6 Oct

Bring your dancing shoes to the village hall!

Nov

Wednesday 2 Nov

Dec

Provisionally Friday 9 Dec Friday 13 Jan

Theatre Trip to see Calendar Girls (Ticket price approx. £25 - £30) Christmas Gathering

Jan 2012

All Kilworth Korks to get together for 2012 planning meeting (venue tbc)

If any more ladies would like to join the Kilworth Korks please e-mail Claire Hubbard (Email to chris_hubbard8@yahoo.com) so that you can be included in future Kilworth Kork communications. Email addresses will only be shared amongst other Kilworth Kork members. For those people without an email address please give your name and address to Claire so that the e-mails can be posted to you instead. (Claire Hubbard, Little Acorns, North Road, South Kilworth).

PARISH COUNCIL

There is no parish council meeting in August. The next parish council meeting will be on Monday 5th September 2011.


W.I. MEETING At this months meeting members welcomed quite a lot of visitors who joined us to listen to James Perowne give a talk on “Peacetime Submarine Accidents”. James told us about accidents that had occurred over the years and various safety procedures that have been brought in. He spoke about the different types and classes of submarines and how countries have dealt in the past with accidents, including denial as to anything actually having happened. The talk was extremely interesting and informative and was very much enjoyed by everyone. There is no meeting in August, but our next meeting is on 20th September when Kris Bullard will be demonstrating “Quick Christmas Cards”. New members are always welcome. Joanna Wilson

OIL & GAS UPDATE The KLPG Buying Group is born On a somewhat rainy night at the beginning of July, the Kilworth LPG (KLPG) Buying Group was born. (We dropped the ‘S’ given that the group also consists of people from North Kilworth as well!) People agreed to sign a 2 year deal with Calor, to supply their LPG. The first 12 months will be at a fixed rate of 45 pence per litre. The offer of 41ppl for 6 months was rejected on the basis that prices are going one way and the group would almost certainly be paying more than 45ppl beyond the 6 months. The deal will start from 1st September and includes £150 of free gas for each customer signing up to the deal. For those who are tied in to their current supplier, you will be able to join the deal once you’re free to move. If you haven’t yet expressed an interest and would like to sign up to the KLPG Buying Group and all of its benefits, get in touch today! I’d like to extend my thanks to Andy Mathias for helping with negotiations, investigating other buying groups and for clarifying the Competition Commission rules – the latter meant at least 2 people who thought they were tied in weren’t and could join the group immediately. “KOIL” is in the making… OK, so now it’s time to tackle oil. Does anybody have any better suggestions than the painful-sounding “KOIL” Buying Group? I have already spoken to one or two suppliers who suggest that the best way to get the cheapest price possible is to co-ordinate the purchase of at least 10,000 litres of oil at a time and get it delivered together. My plan, therefore, is to gather contact details of everyone who wants to have the chance of benefiting from this bulk-buying. I will email 2 weeks in advance that a delivery is being arranged and you will have the chance to say yes or no. If someone gets desperately low on oil, you can notify me and I will email out to see if anybody else wants a delivery. In the first instance, PLEASE CAN YOU EMAIL ME WITH YOUR DETAILS, INCLUDING AN INDICATION OF HOW MUCH OIL YOU USE EACH YEAR. I can then make sure you’re on the mailing list for any future orders. I’m personally running quite low, so I’m hoping to get the first delivery in August – let me know ASAP if you also want to take a delivery soon. One last thing (and, I’m sorry, I know I sound like a broken record)…this is NOT a profit making scheme. There’s nothing wrong with YOBCO making money out of co-coordinating a bulk purchase of oil, as a business, but the KOIL Buying Group is designed to pass that margin on to the buyers, therefore potentially making it cheaper for you. Please feel free to email with any questions – I’ve tried to give enough information to get people interested, but not too much so that you fall asleep reading it! Thanks for your continued support. Sarah Langeveld Email: sarah@360degreebusinesssolutions.com / Tel: 575227

ART CLUB There are no meetings in July and August. The South Kilworth Art Club meetings will recommence on Thursday 1st September at the Village Hall at 7pm. New members will be welcome. Contact Stephen Agar 01858 575520.


INTERESTED IN JOINING A BOOK CLUB? South Kilworth Book Club will be starting with its first meeting in September, to discuss what people would like to get out of this book club and to choose its first book. Anybody and everybody are welcome as the aim of this group is to enjoy and discuss great books, as well as taking people out of their reading 'comfort zone'. We are hoping to meet once a month over Autumn and Winter, with the first meeting at Yew Tree House on North Road in the last week of September. If you’re interested please give me a call or send me an email. Tel: 01858 571030 Email: robynboffey@ymail.com Hoping to see you in September, Robyn Boffey

POLLUTION CONTROL – BONFIRES There are number of things that need to be taken into account when setting up a bonfire in your garden. If you have a bonfire please follow these rules: ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 1990 GARDEN BONFIRES Garden refuse can be burnt in gardens providing smoke nuisance is not caused to the inhabitants of the neighborhood. The following Code of Practice is suggested: 1. Compost as much garden refuses as possible. 2. Large woody cuttings etc, unsuitable for composting, should be thoroughly dried before being burnt. A quick, hot fire will produce the minimum of smoke. 3. Remember your neighbour. 4. Do not light a bonfire if the wind is going to cause the smoke to be a nuisance to anyone. 5. Try to limit your fires to not more than one a month and, if weather conditions are suitable, have a good quick blaze around sunset when the minimum of nuisance should be caused. 6. No fire should be left unattended. Never leave a fire to smoulder but douse it with soil or water. 7. Never add household refuse to a garden bonfire. 8. The local authority is prepared to collect garden refuse, at a small charge, provided that it is properly bagged or bundled. 9. Disposal points under the Civic Amenities Act have been provided by the Leicestershire County Council for disposal of bulky refuse, free of charge. Information relating to these sites or the special collection service, can be obtained by contacting the Waste Management Section at this office (Tel No. 01858 828282). A smoky bonfire could be actionable under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. If the local authority is satisfied that a situation prejudicial to health or a nuisance has occurred, even though it has temporarily ceased but is likely to recur, an Abatement Notice can be served on the person responsible. If this code is followed problems should be minimised.

AN OPPORTUNITY? Do you have a few hours each month that you could spare? Yes? In that case, please come and join the team to become the newest Parish Councillor for South Kilworth. It may not sound like the most exciting way to spend the first Monday evening of each month but, being a Parish Councillor will give you opportunity to: * make key decisions that affect our village *collaborate with local government and community groups *shape the future of our community Interested? Want to know more? Please contact southkilworthpc@hotmail.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you...thanks! Jessica Childs


SOUTH KILWORTH BIRDS – JULY 2011 This month we also have reports from two young birdwatchers in the village.... Bird Ringing at Stanford – By Louis Scott, Age 9 I have spent three great mornings with the Stanford Ringing Group. I have to wake up early about 5.30am on a Saturday morning. There are lots of birds to see like the linnet, treecreeper, tree sparrows (on the amber list), whitethroats, reed bunting, sedge, reed and garden warbler. The first week there were 200 birds ringed. The leaders of the group are John and Mick who are very interesting and have been ringing for many years. They catch the birds in large nets put up around the reservoir. The birds are put in breathable bags and then they measure their wings, weigh them, work out their sex and age, ring them and then let them go. If you would like to follow them on the internet please go to www.stanfordrg.org.uk. My Visits to Stanford Reservoir – by Olivia Hubbard, Age 8 On two days in June I went to Stanford Reservoir with my dad to see what birds we could find. When I looked through my dad’s telescope I saw a kingfisher. The kingfisher was catching fish from a tree. I also saw two green sandpipers, a mallard, a great crested grebe, grey heron, a kestrel and 2 little egrets. The great crested grebes were on their nests in the water. Through our telescope we could even see the eggs! Other News You may have noticed recently that the level of the reservoir has dropped quite dramatically. This is great for attracting wading birds. In the past 3 weeks there has been oystercatcher, green sandpiper, common sandpiper, curlew, little ringed plover and greenshank. In addition there have been 2 little egrets frequenting the muddy fringes at the bridge end of the reservoir (still present 17th July at least). Other interesting sightings include a red kite over North Road on the 10 June (thanks to Jason Timms for phoning me about this). There are a number of spotted flycatchers around especially along North Road and the Belt and I was lucky enough to have a nuthatch in the garden at the end of June. Chris Hubbard little egret

CAN WE IMPROVE THE BROADBAND SPEED FOR SOUTH KILWORTH? The speed of the internet for most of us is slow and in some cases it’s awful. Over the last few weeks we've had a series of really bad days that have only served to highlight the problem. The Parish Council have noted this as a real issue for villagers and we've contacted BT who own and manage the exchange at Welford, where our phone and broadband connections come from. The news from BT is that, over the next 6 months they are upgrading exchanges in smaller and provincial towns, such as Lutterworth and the outskirts of Northampton. They will eventually get to villages but they cannot tell us when that would be. Even so, there is something we can do to highlight our plight and raise BT's interest in bringing the Welford exchange up the list of BT's priorities. To do this we register interest in a faster internet product called BT Infinity. This does NOT commit


anybody to purchasing anything from BT but if we register as many households as possible, BT will note the interest and look at our exchange more favourably for upgrade in the near future. Welford Parish Council have agreed to join us in this campaign to get as many registrations as possible, What you have to do: 1. Log on to www.bt.com 2. Use the search box to find BT Infinity or type in this link: http://www.productsandservices.bt.com/consumerProducts/displayTopic.do?topicId=29017&s_intcid=co n_search_KR_Btinfinity 3. Scroll down the Bt Infinity page to find a grey box titled "Check if you can get BT Infinity": 4. Key in your phone number including the STD code, leaving no spaces, and click Search. 5. Once the results come up, click the option at the bottom of the list to register interest. Jessica Childs

EDITORIAL The reduced number of items on the diary page and a lower number of articles in this months SK News reflects the fact that it is definitely the holiday season. As usual I look forward to more articles from you all next month. I have registered my interest for BT Infinity as described in Jessica Childs article and as recommended by the BT engineer who visited me recently. Unfortunately he also said that it would be at least 2013 before the Welford exchange was upgraded and so at least then before we would get the 40MB speeds we would like and are advertised. Since then iTunes have blamed the problems I have experienced with downloading their software updates on our poor broadband speeds – not sure that I believe this or is it just that I don’t want to ? What next – is it time to write to an MP ? On a happier note it seems that the forecasters now think that summer might be about to happen. It has certainly got a bit warmer over the last few days but being demanding I would also like to have blue skies. Ann Saunders

To fill the space …. hoping these have not been any of your complaints "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

"No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled." "There was no egg slicer in the apartment..."

"I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

"We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish..."

"It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time - this should be banned.”

A guest at a Novotel in Australia complained his soup was too thick and strong. He was inadvertently slurping the gravy at the time.

"We booked an excursion to a water park but noone told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

"Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

A tourist at a top African game lodge over looking a water hole, who spotted a visibly aroused elephant, complained that the sight of this rampant beast ruined his honeymoon by making him feel "inadequate".

"We bought' Ray-Ban' sunglasses for five Euros (3.50) from a street trader, only to find out they were fake."

"The beach was too sandy."

"It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."


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