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1912 Scout Camp at Hunstanton 2018 sees the 110th Birthday of Syston Scout Group. In January 1908 the Scouting Movement was officially launched and Syston registered in February 1908. Syston became the first official enrolled troop in Leicestershire consisting of 12 members with two patrol leaders. As part of an alternative programme a drum and fife band was started - the first Scout band in the UK, which is still active today. The Scout Association has progressed

people to get jobs, save lives and even over the years, such as change the world. including female members, however Lord Scouts take part in activities as diverse as Baden Powell’s kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, principles are still the photography, climbing and zorbing. As a basics of scouting from Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, its laws, promise and computer programming, or even how to fly commitment to young a plane. There’s something for every people. young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your Scouts are the UK's creativity and experience the wider world. biggest mixed youth organisation which If you would like to join the adventure. change lives by offering Please contact six to 25-yearolds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. Scouting helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. Scouting helps young 2018 Beaver Sleepover at John’s Lee Wood

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Eastfield Golden Anniversary Gala Saturday 7th July will see Eastfield School in Thurmaston throw open the doors in celebration of 50 Golden years. Visitors will be able to enjoy a Summer Gala with entertainment and stalls galore. Tours of the school, which has changed dramatically since opening in 1968, will be available and it is hoped that teaching favourites and staff from years past will be in attendance.

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were David Brown; Leicestershire Life Education, Roger Brewin; Dementia Nurse Appeal, Maureen Proctor, President of the Wreake Valley Inner Wheel; The Inner Wheel, Simon and Helen, Warning Zone which was On Wednesday 14th March, the editor Melissa’s chosen charity on behalf of was invited to record the presentation ASDA, Liz Dunn; Soar Valley Music of cheques to local charities that the Centre, Charlotte Wright; InterCare, club had raised funds for over the past Dennis Powell and Wendy Rid; Syston year. Town Band, Ivan Brookes; Rainbows. President Richard Bowler welcomed all All the recipients individually thanked of the guests including members of the Wreake Valley Rotary Club for the their satellite group Syston Rotary Club generosity in giving the donations and and explained that over £4800 had said how it would help towards their been raised from a variety of events charity to continue to provide their services. including the Santa Sleigh and being able to use Asda for which he thanked A donation of £600 had already been Melissa, Asda’s community champion. sent to the victims of the gas explosion in Addington Drive, Birstall. Other charities that will receive benefit include Mosiac, LOROS and Living with Abuse. After the presentations, everyone enjoyed a buffet provided by The Britannia, Queniborough, which is where the members of the Wreake Valley Rotary Club L-R: Liz Dunn, Dennis Powell, Roger Brewin, hold their weekly meetings. President Richard Bowler, Charlotte Wright, David Anyone interested in Brown, Maureen Proctor, Helen, Ivan Brookes and becoming a member should Melissa contact them via The charity representatives present

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Brain Tumour Charity Fundraiser Local man John Walters was diagnosed with a grade 4 Globlastoma brain tumour in July 2016. For his wife Rachel and 15year-old son Charlie along with their family their world was turned upside down. Rachel’s parents suggested fundraising for the Brain Tumour Charity by holding a raffle evening at their local bowls club.

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John’s tumour was successfully removed in the August of that year and after several weeks recovery, John wanted to get involved as much as possible with the fundraising and



said he would like to have a sportsman evening with an auction. So Rachel took this onboard and although she thought she didn’t know any sports personalities, she managed to get it all organised, and on 30th September 2017 they held a dinner at Scraptoft Golf Club with 120 guests and seven sports personalities, with the help of Neil Back who invited George Chuter, Brett Deacon, Matte Poole, Steve Walsh, Chris Jones and surprise guest Martin Johnson, whom the family didn’t know was attending until the evening. The evening was a great success, with an after-dinner speech from Vajiha from the Brain Tumour Charity. Rachel said she couldn’t thank the sportsmen enough for giving their time. She also wants to thank all of the businesses who donated items for the auctions and raffle, these include Natural World Pet Store, Gamble & Hollis Butchers, Co-op, Pukka Pies, Paper Moon Gift Shop, Wilkinson’s and Tesco to name just a few. An amazing amount of £11,624.92 was raised from various functions over the year including Bowls club events, Rachel’s first ever marathon, donations and raffle.

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Many of the activities are suitable for parents to play on, such as our golf course, interactive play system, Events. It is a large children’s festival bungee run and log roll. You can even which is touring the midlands have a bounce with your little ones on throughout the summer of 2018. The our ‘parents and tots’ castle! tour kicks off in Sheffield on the 6th “We established Funtopia last year, to May and finishes Loughborough on provide families with a value-forthe 26th August. The Festival comes money day out” explains Mark to Syston on Saturday 19th May. Hanson, the Senior Event Manager at Pick ‘n’ Mix Events. “I’m a father of four and I can rarely find a family day out for less than £100, this ends up being a very expensive six week holiday! My kids love Funtopia. We can enjoy Funtopia is a fantastic fun-packed a full day out, without it costing our event which is perfect for tots to usual full price”. tweens. Filled with bouncy castles, Wristbands are very reasonably priced obstacle course, activity inflatables, crazy golf, under 5's area, circus skills, at £7 for children (1-16 years) and £2 interactive play system and much for adults (17+ years). more! Delicious BBQ, refreshment The event is being held at Central stands and our craft & gift fayre will Park, Syston, LE7 1HN. All tickets are appeal to visitors of all ages. sold on the day and can be purchased Funtopia at Syston is 'pay and play all on the gates from 9.30am. day'! So when you've purchased your The event is open 10.00am to 4.00pm. wristband you can go on any activity Unfortunately there is very limited as many times as you like - all parking at the Park. included in the price! We strongly advise visitors to use Please note: some activities have public transport or find alternative height/age restrictions attached. parking as spaces are filled quickly. These activities will be signed on the Funtopia is organised by Pick ‘n’ Mix day. Toddlers will love playing in our Events, who are also the organisers Under 5's area, which is filled with Magical Dress Up, Soft Play, Ball Pool, of the new Fresh ‘n’ Tasty Food Fest, Play Farm and Bouncy Castles. Older which is coming to Syston on the 2nd June. children can compete on our high energy Bungee Run, Log Roll, Sumo Visit our FB page Suits and Lights Out Table. for a And it’s not just for kids, we encourage full list of event locations and more all parents to join in the fun as well! details.

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Out in UK cinemas 6th April 2018 A Quiet Place Ray Palmer The Office US’ The Oscars have come and gone, John Krasinski Spring is upon us and soon the ventures behind Summer blockbusters will be bursting the camera for a onto the scene. Saying that, one of the fifth time and joins films I cover this month is an almighty his wife Emily blockbuster – it’ll no doubt smash the Blunt in a starring $billion mark too. Let’s get into it… role for his latest project, A Quiet Wonderstruck Place. The film Director Todd follows a family Haynes returns who live an to the big isolated existence screen following in utter silence, for fear of an unknown his 2015 threat that follows and attacks at any masterpiece, Carol. This time, sound. It feels slightly ‘Black Mirror’ coupled with some ‘Cloverfield he brings us a suspense’. Critics have been raving movie that about this little movie since it’s festival simultaneously tells the story of appearances and it should provide a hit with audiences too – my pick of the a young boy (Oakes Fegley) month. in Midwest Out in UK cinemas 5th April 2018 America alongside the tale about a Avengers: Infinity War young girl (Millicent Simmonds) in New York from fifty years ago as they The war of all wars will arrive later this month. The Avengers and their allies both seek the same mysterious must be willing to sacrifice all in an connection. I caught this film in attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos October last year and was pleasantly surprised, it has quite a bit of depth to (Josh Brolin) before his blitz of it with some magical cinematography. devastation and ruin puts an end to It’s not quite Carol, but worth a watch. the universe. This big-budget mega-

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Christmas Wordsearch Age Concern Syston Plea for Volunteer Winners As promised here is a picture of our winners when they received their prizes from Callum, Grocery Manager on World Book Day. L-R: Freya, Will,Thomas and Callum. Thank you again to Tesco for their continued support of this competition.

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Minibus Drivers Would you like to help people in your local area by becoming a volunteer minibus driver? Volunteers can give as little or as much time as they wish, whatever fits around their other commitments. Age Concern Syston is a small self-funding help and information centre for the elderly serving Syston and district. We run day care groups and a respite care group and also organise trips out to pubs, restaurants, garden centres, museums and theatres in our minibus. All our drivers are volunteers and we would not be able to function without them. We would give you a test drive of our minibus to make sure you are happy, and then add you to our rota. Please get in touch with Elaine or Sharon on 0116 260 1476 between 8.30am and 12.30pm Monday to Friday or call in at the Methodist Church Centre, High Street, Syston during those hours.

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Mothering Sunday What a joyous occasion this was as members of the 10am and eleven30 congregations met to worship together. Revd. John Leonard conducted the service which was led by the Pioneer team with the theme of thanksgiving using the story of the ten lepers, only one of whom thought to return to Jesus after they were cured, to thank Him. During the service the children created small thanksgiving gifts to give to their parents and members of the congregation. After the service there were refreshments in the hall. Eleven30 The youth group members of this congregation have been exploring their faith with the Junior Alpha course and have included a visit to Costa Coffee!


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Poppy Appeal Syston & District The total collected for the area was £12,106.06. The branch would like to thank all the businesses for allowing the collection boxes on their premises, but most of all to thank all the people that donated their hard earned money, this will be used to help veterans that have fallen on hard times. 2018 marks the centenary of the end of WW1 and plans are being made to mark this occasion with the return of the remembrance parade to being the 3rd largest in the county. More details in next months issue of the Stn.

At the last service they took up the Jenga challenge. They were reflecting on their decisions and the consequences of their actions, linking with Jesus in the temple when he became angry because people were using the temple as a market place. (John: 13-22) This group meets during the usual eleven30 services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month as well as at additional times. Night at the Music Hall This evening, which was a party for members of the congregation, organised by the social committee had to be postponed due to the bad weather so we are looking forward to seeing if we can organise for late April! Women’s World Day of Prayer The Christian churches in Syston met in the Methodist Church on Friday 2nd March for this service created by the women of Suriname. The theme of the service was All God’s Creation is Very Good! During the service a PowerPoint presentation showed views of this beautiful country in the north east of South America where many religions all exist in peace. The official language is Dutch but also a Creole language is widely spoken. The theme of the service was concentrated on the overuse of plastic, for example a bunch of bananas was presented but in a plastic bag. The bag was dropped on the floor and the bananas placed on the table. Later the plastic bags were collected from the floor to highlight how much plastic is used. It was an intensely thoughtprovoking service. The service concluded with refreshments in the Link.

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This month in the garden This is our monthly gardening feature by our own local expert and regular panellist on “Down to Earth”. During early March, Bridget Blair, a program producer from BBC Radio Leicester, along with Josie Hutchinson, Chris Gutterridge and I went along to Kilworth Conifer Nursery to record a program with the owner Derek Spicer. Derek is the number one conifer expert in the UK and when I was a director of Goscote Nurseries, Del, as I then knew him supplied us with many new and outstanding conifers.

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Derek Spicer, together with a fellow European conifer expert spent over two years writing and photographing so many species and varieties of conifers that the Royal Horticultural Society had to produce their work in two volumes, which weigh around 4 kilos. The colour of each conifer is outstanding, so much so that we spent almost half an hour just browsing through them. We then walked around the nursery looking at the numerous conifers, not only debating their merits in form and colour, but also which would be suitable for the average small garden and also those that would make good container plants for a terrace, or balcony. If I had to choose just one of all of those we had seen it would be Pinus mugo

‘Winter Gold’, a Swiss mountain Pine whose foliage turns an outstanding gold during the winter. After our two hours meandering around the nursery, Del’s wife Caroline invited us into the house for an excellent lunch. Here I had better point out that Kilworth Conifers is a wholesale nursery for the trade. The other Caroline, Miss Muddy Knees, is once more busy in my garden doing jobs like clearing all of the moss, which the snow has brought down off my house roof, also cutting back all of dead foliage from perennials. I also got her to dig out many of the Forget-me-not and Arum italicum seedlings that were starting to seed themselves amongst many of my choicer perennials. This year most of my daffodils started to come into flower almost three weeks later than previous years, so during early March my wife Vi had to purchase Daffodils in bud from a local supermarket. However, all of my Helleborus came through very well. The hybrids were bent down with the snow, but as the snow melted they came back upright and will give me flowers from March until late April. Many of my Helleborus have beautifully freckled spots which cover a great deal of the flowers, so I decided to cut a number of the flowers off and float them in a dish of water to show you how attractive they are, see picture above right. Many Helleborus, especially the double flowering ones are inclined to hang their heads so you have to both bend down and turn the flowers up, or have them in raised containers to enable you to admire them.

Helleborous ‘Walbertons Rosemary’ is different in that it holds its flowers outward facing so they look you in the face. This has a lovely pink flower and as it seems reluctant to set seed it flowers over a longer period. I have now planted my chitted first earl potato ‘Swift’ and my second early ‘Charlotte’ in 50 litre black tree tubs. Not outside, but in my cold greenhouse. I use a mixture of one third each of multipurpose compost, John Innes Number 3 compost and my own twelve month old garden compost and into every 50 litres of compost I incorporate a handful of Osmacote slow release fertiliser. When planting in containers or potato grow sacks, first put six inches (15cm) of compost in the container and then, according to container size, place three, or five potato tubers on the compost and cover the tubers with a couple of inches of compost. Then, as they grow, add more compost, but always leave a few green leaves above the added compost until you get to within an inch (25mm) of the top of the container or sack. In my cold greenhouse I have also sowed my ‘St George’ and ‘Firestorm’ runner beans in cell trays and as soon as these had grown their first true leaves they will be potted on into 9cm pots. If there is a risk of frost always cover the plants with horticultural fleece to help prevent frost damage.


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Syston Police Beat News Meet & Greet Meet your local police officer on Saturday 21st April, 10.00am to 11.00am at Syston Library. Coffee with a Cop – Thursday 12th April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm at The Hub Café, High Street, Syston. Please pop along for a chat. Farewell Many will already be aware that I am leaving the beat in April, to start the role of Police Officer. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone I have worked with on the Syston beat over the past 5 years for their help and support. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time and will miss the many wonderful residents I have been privileged to have met and work with. PCSO Matt Harburt will be taking over from me, you can contact him through 101, collar number 6001, Email: matthew.harburt@leicestershire.pnn. Crime Prevention Advice Internet Safety: Few tips to bear in mind

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and cookies cannot be included in email files. UK websites must gain your permission to enable cookies. Good News A Christmas reindeer decoration was stolen from outside a property following identification from CCTV, a local female has been charged with theft. An out of area criminal failed to stop for the local sergeant in Syston. After a chase he was caught and arrested for driving whilst disqualified and vehicle seized. For the latest information on crime in Syston please visit: Register your property free of charge at Follow us on Twitter @CharnwoodPolice. Facebook: Loughborough Police Instagram: Leicestershire_police Contact details PCSO Jo Freeman – 6612 T: 101 – collar number 6612 E: josephine.freeman@leicestershire.pnn. You can contact the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

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Vice-president, Mrs S. Franklin welcomed members and visitors to New Barkby WI’s March meeting. A recent social evening had raised £76.00 for Denman College appeal. After business matters were dealt with, there was a warm welcome for Mrs Brenda Featherstone, accompanied by her husband, David, who acted as deputy chef, while Brenda talked about ‘Cooking for Spring’. She is a sheep farmer, but away from her farmhouse she demonstrates several cookery dishes, from soup to a chicken and tomato crumble, then onto a shepherd’s pudding (no shepherd involved!) and a pineapple and mandarin cheesecake. Everyone’s taste-buds were tingling, and on a chilly evening, everyone was rewarded with plenty of tasty morsels to sample. Brenda talked about her family life, the types of food she cooks, using a variety of ingredients and different gadgets to assist the processes. David made sure that the dishes were well-cooked and just the right temperature for tasting. Also, most of the utensils were Brenda’s own, so with disposable cups and bowls, there was very little cleaning away to do. The vote of thanks was given by Mrs S. Franklin. The competition for a decorated hen’s egg was won by Mrs V. Cobb. The raffle prizes were won by Mrs M. Gamble and Miss E. Loder. The tea hostesses were Mrs V. Cobb and Mrs J. Goulden. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 4th April, Recycling with a Difference, Sue Drage. 7.30pm at Syston Community Centre. Visitors always welcome.

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With a work project completing nicely, it’s time to catch up with your most favourite friends. Expect fun and antics as they’re ready to inspire and cheer you! One may surprise you with an exciting work opportunity. It’s also a good time for making long-term plans and a partner has something to say.

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beautiful – and physically challenging New Chapter countryside, including Broombriggs Farm Country Park and Billa Barra Hill Nature Bereavement Support Reserve. Taking place on Sunday 23rd September Group 2018, Charity Link hopes that this year’s The group was formed 15 months ago to challenge will beat the fantastic sum of offer friendship and emotional support to £6,000 raised last year after 60 those feeling lonely and isolated following challengers took part in the challenge. the loss of a loved one. Charity Link works throughout Leicester, Leicester based charity, Charity Link, are Our members range from those who have Leicestershire, Rutland and looking for people to take on its annual recently lost a loved one, to those who Northamptonshire to support individuals Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge in have been on their own for some time and and families facing hardship and crisis. September to help improve the lives of still feel lonely. The charity provides essential items, local families living in hardship. The group is open to all and meets every including beds, cookers and clothing to fortnight on a Thursday at the Thurmaston help improve quality of life and to enable Health Centre, 573a Melton Road, (behind people to fulfil their potential, no matter the Manor Health Centre), for a friendly what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty chat over a coffee. they may be facing. As the group grows and develops we have Due to the unique way it works, for every started to have meals at local pubs, also £10 donated to the charity it can raise £50 visiting garden centres with a cafe, and we from Charitable Trusts around the are also planning a mid-week break away. UK. This means that every challenger If you are interested and would like more raising £100 in sponsorship will actually details please contact Lin Bell on 0116 help to provide £500 worth of essential 269 3542. items to local people in need. Launched in 2016, Charity Link’s Forthcoming events: To find out more about the challenge or to Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge is a Monday 30th April register visit unique 16 mile route which beings and Royal Hotel, Skegness, one single room is leics3peaks or call 0116 222 2200. ends at Bradgate Park and takes in the available. Charity Link would also be delighted to peaks of Beacon Hill, Bardon Hill Wednesday 16th May hear from local businesses interested in (Leicestershire’s highest point) and Old Boat trip to Mountsorrel some places still John Tower in Bradgate itself. Tahe target supporting the event, with Bawdon Lodge available. Farm in Nanpanton once again offering time for challengers to complete the Contact Lin Bell on the telephone number challenge is seven hours. Challengers can challengers a welcome coffee stop above if you are interested. also choose to run the route which en-route and Charnwood Accountants includes some of the county’s most sponsoring challenger medals. You’re Not Alone!

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Feedback on MUGA Consultation As many of you will be aware, Syston Town Council have potentially been allocated monies for a multi-use games area (MUGA) for the benefit of the youth of Syston. This facility, funded as a result of Charnwood Borough Council S106 allocated monies, consists of a fenced all weather surface games area similar to, but significantly smaller in size (21 metre x 11 metre) to that at Wreake Valley Academy which is a full size pitch. Various locations for the MUGA were considered and following discussions at Council, the location favoured by members was decided to be the Memorial Park on Necton Street. In an effort to engage the views of residents, the Council carried out a public consultation on the matter. This took the form of public notices on the town’s notice boards, information on the website and a mail shot to residents in the immediate vicinity of Memorial Park; a public meeting was also held just before Christmas.

Results of the consultation are shown below. Letter drops to houses 56 Notice boards 7 Returns 17 For 2 Against 15 Consultation Forms were also placed in the library and local shops, schools and on Syston Town Council social media sites as well as being referenced in Syston Town News along with the Consultation Meeting date. As you can see, the majority of replies returned a negative response. Again, in an effort to listen to the views of residents, the matter was returned to the Amenities Committee for discussion. The result of this was to decide not to install the MUGA on the Memorial Park but to look at other potential sites; this will be included in the agenda at the next Amenities Committee meeting on 10th April. We would welcome the views of any Syston residents on this; please contact us either by email or by writing to the Council at The Town Manager, Community Centre, School Street,

Syston Leics. LE7 1HN Additionally, you are most welcome to attend the meeting of the council Amenities Committee at the community centre on Tuesday 10th April at 7.30pm.

LETTERS The views and opinions expressed on our Letters page are those of the respective authors and do not reflect the opinion of the Syston Town News.

Dear Syston Town News I have been a resident in Syston for 44 years and have always supported my local shops etc, I was sorry to hear that the Co-op was closing on Saturday 24th February, having used it over the years and talking to local people it was a local way of life for many. When my husband died, the staff and everyone was so kind in the store, they gave me a coffee and a sit down in the office until I was able to carry on with my shopping as I had a bit of a panic attack. I would just like to say a big Thank you to all concerned at the Co-op for helping me all those years ago. Good Luck for the future. Thanks Mrs C Tebbutt

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Syston U3A Once Again Setting the Pace The Syston Bowling Club was packed to capacity on Tuesday 13th February when 10 teams, accompanied by a number of enthusiastic supporters, took part in a Syston U3A Pub Quiz. The event was, in fact, a ‘test drive’ of the format which, it is planned, will be used in the first ever inter-U3A event involving the 23 active groups in the Leicestershire and Rutland Regional Network. Six rounds of questions, set and presented by Syston U3A Chairman, Colin Grimes, put the groups through their paces. At the close of the final round, ‘The Birders’ (57/70) emerged as winners, narrowly beating ‘Brij’ by a margin of only two points (55/70). Dave and Jacqueline Hitchin, The Kate Hall and John Winter of Bowling ‘The Birders’ proudly display their winners’ medals. They Club had will now represent Syston at kindly arranged the main event in March. for their Bar to be available and refreshments were served at half-time under the supervision of Gillie Clarke and Joyce Burdon.

THIS SPACE COULD BE WORKING FOR YOU! Chris Ringrose, Michael and Pat Wherton and Janet Downes, “SAD”, ponder their answers in a packed clubhouse.

Pleased with the way the evening had gone, Colin Grimes said: “Once again, Syston is leading the way. We are the first U3A to take up the challenge of organising a Regional inter-U3A competitive event. We have fourteen teams from nine U3As due to take part in the main event in the same venue on 13th March. The experience gained in our internal “test drive” indicates that we have the right structure for the occasion and the resultant scores indicate that we have achieved the right level of difficulty in the questions. There was universal enthusiasm for the event – so much so that it is possible that such evenings might become a regular feature of the Syston U3A calendar. We look forward to welcoming the other U3As to Syston and, hopefully, on the back of this experience, to some of them devising and offering other inter-U3A events in the future. We are, of course, grateful to the Syston Bowling Club for their hospitality and co-operation.”


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villages; and that we protect our precious countryside from overdevelopment, particularly given the high volume of development locally in recent years. In view of this I am concerned about the various While the recent cold snap and snow developments being suggested by may have briefly distracted us all developers in the area to the east of locally, I know that proposed Syston around Queniborough and East development in and around the Goscote, and I am joining local area continues to be a major local residents in asking the Council to concern of many in Syston. Decisions reject these proposals which I believe on planning matters, rightly, fall within fail to satisfy the above criteria. the powers of the Council, and as an Because the Council has recently MP I have no power over local fallen just below its nationally required planning decisions, however where 5 Year Land Supply for new houses, a proposed development is of a scale the strong planning policy protections that would fundamentally alter the character of a town or village, or where Charnwood Council have in place for our villages and towns to prevent it would add significant pressures to development in the wrong places are local infrastructure, I believe it is right temporarily weaker, meaning that as your MP, I do what I can to developers can try to get permissions support local residents in ensuring in areas that would normally not be those local voices are heard when approved. I've encouraged the Council major developments are proposed. to do all it can to address this shortWhile we all recognise the importance term issue to restore those protections, of having the right housing, in the right but in the meantime also to continue to place, to meet changing local needs, it be firm in rejecting applications in is vital that any new developments areas where they would have a have the right transport and service negative impact. In parallel with this it infrastructure in place to support them; is of course also important that that they preserve and enhance rather national steps are taken to get than threaten the distinct, rural, developers to actually build the houses character of our local towns and they have existing permissions for,

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rather than applying for new ones, and that we are wary of nationally imposed targets where the local demand is simply not there. Alongside these current local development proposals, the Leicester and Leicestershire long-term ‘Strategic Growth Plan’ to 2050 is also currently out for consultation until 5th April 2018 ( Among the measures proposed in the plan is the creation of an ‘A46 Expressway’ by-passing Leicester to the east and cutting through the land just to the east of Thurmaston, through the western edge of Syston and connecting up to the ‘Hobby Horse Roundabout’. I know there is real concern that this would further eat in to the rural surroundings of the village, leading to further in-fill housing development, with the added pressures on existing infrastructure. I will continue to work hard to make sure the views of our town are heard loud and clear, and would encourage any Syston residents who have particular views on the ‘Strategic Growth Plan’ proposals to read and respond to the consultation, and to copy them to me at: so that I can ensure they are reflected in my responses to the authors of the proposals.

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Queniborough. Planning applications can be expected for 150 houses off of Barkby Road opposite the Barley Fields Since September there have been a development just north and west of Syston number of developments in the unfolding Rugby Club. The developers have story of the NE of Leicester SUE (the established a website for comments 4500 houses) and other nearby housing An projects, a controversial decision on application is also expected for 250 parish boundaries and a good deal more houses off of Melton Road. BABTAG will information on the A46 expressway object to both on the grounds of additional project which turns out to be the traffic on Barkby Road and through the centrepiece of Leicester and village and pressure on services, e.g. Leicestershire’s Strategic Growth Plan. health services and education. The 4500 houses Traffic Restrictions The developers, CEG, are still finalising a CEG submitted its proposals on traffic revised programme with CBC for management in Barkby and Barkby conditions on such matters as mix of houses, social housing, landscape, etc. for Thorpe parishes to County Highways some months ago. Only recently have Melton Brook Village. (Stage 1 of the they had a meaningful conversation with overall development). Progress has been Highways officers. At this meeting council slow because of changes of staff in the officers were asking detailed questions on planning department of the council and in minutia of the proposal with CEG regard County Highways. as an encouraging sign that the package In terms of timescale CEG are now not of measures is likely to be accepted and expecting any house building to start will be implemented before housing starts before the end of this year or even the beginning of next year. They are currently are made. The CEG plan envisages traffic calming measures and speed restrictions in talks with County Highways and in both Barkby and Barkby Thorpe to Charnwood about access onto Barkby mitigate the increase in traffic which will Thorpe Road for the first residents of be caused by the housing development. Melton Brook Village. You will recall that Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic the diversion of Barkby Thorpe Road and Growth Plan – The A46 Expressway the requirement for access via the yet to All local authorities in Leicestershire have be built southern link road only comes in once 500 houses have been built and signed up to the Strategic Growth Plan, occupied. An increase in traffic on Barkby the centrepiece of which is a new Thorpe Road is therefore inevitable in the expressway linking the A46 near Syston first stage of the 4500 houses. Concerns with the M1 near Lutterworth and thence over pedestrian safety in Barkby Thorpe to the M69 to be built by the 2030s. New on roads without footpaths have been settlements are envisaged along the route raised with CEG. of this road which will have to pass north of Barkby and close to Queniborough, The 150 houses at the Duckpond Beeby, Keyham and Stoughton on its way The planning application for this south. Online comments are invited via development has been withdrawn. It would appear that the expense of meeting the councils’ website Network Rail’s requirements for the new bridge underlies this decision. Much more BABTAG comments will question the need for such a road and point out the damage land than anticipated would have been it will cause to the environment and taken up by the approach roads to the landscape of rural Leicestershire. bridge and the costs had escalated on a bridge structure future-proofed for the Change in Parish Boundaries eventual electrification of the Midland On 22nd January Charnwood Borough Mainline. Council approved changes in parish New Housing Developments at boundaries necessary to accommodate Queniborough the 4500 houses. The original plan Yet more houses are being proposed for supported by BABTAG for a new parish


council for the SUE was changed following a change of mind by Thurmaston Parish Council which had originally supported the idea but then decided that it would like to bring all the 4500 houses into an expanded Thurmaston. This solution was highhandedly endorsed by Charnwood without any further consultation with Barkby parish, BABTAG or the developers of the SUE. Another original proposal supported by BABTAG did get accepted. The new 330 houses off of Hamilton Lane will, by 2019, have its own new parish meeting which will one day become a parish council. Remember you can find out more about the big housing developments for our area by visiting our Facebook Page Babtag 1 Owen Bentley Chairman BABTAG

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Residents of East Goscote were first alerted to the proposed Gladman development by the Syston Town News Facebook page on 1st March 2018. The post by Syston Town News shared Gladman’s link to their website inviting feedback and also stated that Gladman had sent out brochures notifying 400 affected residents in the area. Gladman were to hold an exhibition at East Goscote Village Hall on Wednesday 7th March 2018. The proposal is for 300 homes adjacent to and at the rear of the Rearsby Roses/Lilac Way in East Goscote. Gladman Land/ Developments are a land promoter and generally work on a ‘no winno fee basis’, applying for planning permission on the landowner’s behalf and then taking their commission when the land is sold to the highest bidder. BBC One’s Countryfile recently described Gladman as ‘speculative’ and criticising them for not considering the needs of local people. A group of neighbours in East Goscote were discussing the Gladman plans and found that they were all strongly opposed to the development and decided to hold a meeting to decide what to do about the proposal.

In the last two months there have been several planning and pre-applications for houses in our area. You can contact Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) planning office to make your comments. The planning application (P/18/0611/2) for 220 houses on Melton Road Queniborough was submitted 16th March 2018. The total number of houses, if all these developments go ahead and including the ones already being built, would bring the total new homes to over 1200! This is addition to the 4,500 planned around Barkby and Barkby Thorpe. Add to that the plans for a major link road the A46 Expressway which would go cut through Syston at a point yet to be decided. We feature two articles here that highlight the problems our area faces with this sudden bombardment of plans. Please make your comments to CBC. Since Owen’s BABTAG update another two pre-plannng applications have emerged. 300 homes at East Goscote and up to 195 joining the Barkby Road Estate to Turkey point near the junction for South Croxton, Syston.

The main issues around the development are: ● A 30% increase in residents in a rural village without any proposed plans for new infrastructure or services eg. doctors, dentists, schools ● Loss of identity between the Wreake Valley villages ● Increased traffic in the local area ● Destruction of local wildlife and open space ● Increased pollution and reduced air quality The meeting uncovered that none of the


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residents had received a brochure from Gladman. They decided to deliver leaflets to as many of the residents of East Goscote and Rearsby as possible, informing them of the plans and Gladman’s exhibition. It seemed clear that Gladman wanted to keep the exhibition (and its plans for development) as quiet as possible so as not to attract opposition. The group decided to set up a Facebook page to gather support for their campaign and set up ‘Keep East Goscote Green’ (KEGG), which now has 371 members. The group also spoke to the committee leader of ‘Keep Rearsby Rural’ and was deeply encouraged by their advice and support following their own campaign in Rearsby. KEGG and Keep Rearsby Rural have offered to support each other wherever possible in their respective campaigns. Over a three-day period, and with the help of many Facebook group volunteers, leaflets were delivered to the residents of East Goscote and Rearsby. It wasn’t until 5th March that some brochures from Gladman were received by the residents of East Goscote (none were received in Rearsby, residents of Broome Lane or the central village). Due to the Facebook campaign there were approximately 200 residents at Gladman’s exhibition. Not one person who spoke to KEGG was in support of the proposed development. Lots of residents realised the need for housing across the country but felt that it was entirely inappropriate in the area, particularly taking account of recent past development in East Goscote, Syston, Queniborough and Barkby. At the exhibition, there were three Gladman representatives. None of the representatives took notes of the feedback from residents, they weren’t able to answer many of the questions asked, and couldn’t provide examples of where their past developments had been shaped by residents’ feedback. Also in attendance at the exhibition was Parish Councillor Sue Gerrard and County Councillor James Poland who were in full support of KEGG’s campaign and echoed the objections of the group. On Saturday 10th March, Councillor Sue Gerrard held a local surgery, with record numbers, at East Goscote village hall with Edward Argar MP. Edward Argar had done his research into the proposal and made it clear that KEGG would have his full support in opposing the plans. He made it clear that, although he had no influence in local planning matters, he completely understood the concerns of the local residents and would be writing to the Council with his objections as soon as the planning application was lodged. APRIL 2018

Huge amounts of work are now going on behind the scenes at KEGG to prepare material objections for when the planning application is submitted by Gladman. Although the Gladman exhibition was dressed up as a ‘consultation’, attendees were told that the proposal would be formally submitted to the Council within a month, a ‘done deal’ in effect. KEGG hopes to continue to welcome the fantastic support they have so far received from East Goscote residents, they couldn’t continue their campaign without their heart-warming support. KEGG believe that although the fight to protect the village may, at times, get tough, the community will prevail and these nonsensical plans will be refused. Rebecca Smith on behalf of KEGG

Give Our Birds an Eggcellent Easter Easter is a time when many gardeners’ like to tidy up and trim back, but this is the also when many birds start to build their nests and lay their first clutch of eggs. It only takes a moment to accidentally destroy a nest, so a few minutes carrying out some simple checks before starting any work could be the difference between life and death.

Writing For Wellbeing Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland are working with Beauty & Utility Arts to offer older Carers (60+) the opportunity for some valuable ‘ME’ time through their professionally-led, ‘Writing for Wellbeing Workshops’ at Charnwood Museum. It doesn’t matter if you have never considered writing before, just come along and have some fun and get creative with support from experienced tutor Katie Soar. This kind of creative writing can be good for your wellbeing and relaxation. It is for anyone of any writing ability. It is not about creating a finished product but using the process of writing, in a supported environment, as a way to calm the mind. All you need to do is commit to giving yourself two hours each week out of the 168 hours you often have to be available for caring! The Course lasts for four weeks and will be held every Wednesday in April from 10.30-12.30pm and Wednesday 2nd May at the same time. The venue is Charnwood Museum, Granby Street, Loughborough with parking nearby. Previous course participants have said: “I was taken out of my busy thoughts, and transported right into a memory, I feel relaxed and it hardly took a minute!" and “It was surprisingly easy to switch off from all that is expected of me at home. Now I look forward to coming and doing something just for me.” Places are limited to 10, so please book or have your queries answered by calling Jeanette Silver at Age UK Charnwood Office on 01509 260 327 or 0773 882 0997.

This picture, courtesy of the trust, is of a linnet’s nest with eggs. Linnets were common hedgerow nesting birds but are now on the RSPB Red List of endangered species

Garden favourites such as robins, sparrows and blackbirds are in decline and need all the help they can get, especially after a harsh winter, and they also help us by controlling aphids, caterpillars, snails, slugs and bugs. Neil Pilcher of the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust said “We ask everyone to be careful and to quickly check for nests just before starting work. Dense hedges such as Leylandii are popular nesting sites, but any hedge, tree, shrub and even ivy could be home to a growing family. If not doing the work themselves, householders should ask their contractor to check for nests too. If in doubt, the work should be postponed until the end of August when the breeding season is over”. All birds are legally protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act whilst nesting, and protection starts the moment they begin building the nest until their young have fully fledged. Give our birds a boost this spring, a little extra care could make all the difference to our feathered friends.


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Your local directory of Businesses, Clubs, Societies and Other Useful Information. USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS Post Office, Syston. 0116 260 3765 Age Concern Syston. 0116 260 1476 CRIMESTOPPERS. 0800 555 111 Parkinson's UK. 0844 225 3625 Roadline. 0800 62 63 63 Samaritans. 0116 270 0007 Syston Volunteer Centre. 0116 260 7888 Councils: Charnwood Borough Council. 01509 263 151 Leics. County Council. 0116 232 3232 Syston Town Council. 0116 260 7150 Hospitals/Healthcare: Glenfield Hospital. 0300 303 1573 Leicester General. 0300 303 1573 Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573. Direct Dial to Patient Bedside. 0900 906 1515 Accident and Emergency: Leicester Royal Infirmary. 0300 303 1573 NHS Direct. 0845 46 47 Syston Health Centre The Jubilee Medical Practice: 295 0600 The County Practice: 295 0500 District Nurses & Health Visitors: 0300 300 7777 Chemists: Boots. 0116 269 8218 Sunlit. 0116 260 2695 East Goscote Pharmacy. 0116 260 6734 Leisure: South Charnwood Leisure Centre 0116 264 0057 Syston Community Centre. 0116 260 7150 Syston Library. 0116 305 3500 Syston Northfields Tennis Club. 0116 260 5926 Syston Rugby FC. 0116 260 1223 Syston Twinning. 01509 813 723 Wreake Runners. Dave 07710 448 253 Police: Syston Police. 101 Schools/Colleges: The Merton Primary School. 0116 260 8150 Roundhill Community Academy. 0116 269 3896 SS Peter & Paul Primary Academy. 0116 260 7577 Wreake Valley Academy. 0116 264 1080 Biffa Waste Issues: Biffa Transfer Station. 0116 269 6492

ACCOUNTANTS Baker & Co Tel: 0116 264 0889 CP Accountancy Ltd Tel: 0116 230 3973 Mob: 0774 965 0129 or email:

AERIALS Image Aerials, Syston Local, friendly service,competitive rates, repairs, alterations & TV tuning. Free quotes. Tel: 0116 260 3481 Mob: 0797 020 2125

BAKERY Barkby Bakehouse Ltd Mob: 0751 319 1428 email:

BATHROOM AND TILING Souter Bathrooms Ltd Tel: Darren 0116 260 4105 or Mob: 0776 668 5901

BUILDERS Dave Hutchings Tel: 0116 260 7716 Mob: 0777 078 5400 email: Sharp Construction Tel: 0116 260 1566 Mob: 0798 955 1994

CARPETS Colby Carpets Tel: 0116 260 7394 Mob: 07973 776 240 email: Costcutter Carpets Tel/Fax: 0116 264 0745 email:

CELEBRATION CAKES Sharon’s Sugar craft Tel: 0778 974 2635

CHARITY GROUPS Age Concern Syston The Methodist Church Centre, High Street, Syston LE7 1GP. Tel: 0116 260 1476. Help and Advice Centre open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm.

CHILD CARE GROUPS Childminders New informal support network for local childminders and minded children, to share best practice in a friendly environment. Free resources. Meets the first Tuesday of every month. 9.30am to 11.00am, at the Syston Methodist Church. £1 per adult. email: In B Tweenies A parent, baby and toddler group for parents with children who have been on a neo natal unit. The group meets on Tuesdays from 10.00am until 12 noon at Queniborough Dance Co. 109 Broad Street, LE7 1GJ. Telephone Lindsay on 07847 264 382. Make & Play (Mondays and Fridays) Syston Methodist Church, 9.45am until 11.00am both days term time only. £2 for the first child and 50p for subsequent children. For more information about the group contact: Georgina at systonmakeandplay or Make & Play - Syston. St Peter & St Paul's Church Tots at Ten Pre-school Group Every Tuesday in term time 10.00am to 11.45am Church Centre, Lower Church Street. £1.50. Fun, fellowship, stories, activities etc.

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the month at Syston Hub Café, High Street, 10.15am - 12.15pm. Parchment group - meets on the third Wednesday of the month at St Hilda’s Church Hall, East Goscote, 2.00 to 4.00pm.

CHIROPRACTIC Melissa Fairbrother Tel: 07810 727 176

CHURCH GROUPS Broadway Gospel Hall Activities Mondays 3.45 to 4.45pm (term time only) Children's Bible Discovery Club, five to 10 yrs. Its free to attend and you can come straight from school, and enjoy crafts, songs, games and stories all with a Biblical theme. Parents are welcome to stay with younger children. Tuesdays 6.00 to 7.15pm (term time only). Bible Encounter for 11-16 year olds. Its free to attend, enjoy a Bible discussion, games, crafts. Wednesday 2.30 Ladies meeting. Come and share Christian Fellowship, you will receive a warm welcome. Transport is available. All meetings take place at the Broadway Gospel Hall, Broadway, Syston Leicester LE7 1GA. Syston Girls Brigade A church based uniformed organisation for girls, we meet at the Methodist Church, High Street on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.00pm in term time. We are now recruiting girls aged 5-12 years and we offer a varied programme of fun and activities with experienced, DBS checked leaders. If you want to find out more, please contact Marie Vernon 0778 648 6504.

CLEANING SERVICES Done & Dusted Quality Counts: Domestic and Commercial Cleans, all cleans catered for. Tel: 0116 260 2828 Mob: 0788 754 2884 Mister Cleaner Est. 2008 Driveways, Patios, also Carpets & Upholstery Cleaned. Text Rob: 07899 990 591 or Call 0116 260 0686 email:

COMPUTER SERVICES C & E Consumables Tel: 0116 260 5300 email: Microsis Tel: 0116 260 4217 Mob: 0759 502 1206 email: Paul’s Computer Services Tel: 0116 212 9748 Mob: 0796 172 9055 Repairs, upgrades, PC rebuilds, wireless Internet & network set-up. Remove all viruses and spyware, speed up your PC. No call out fees. Tech support. To your door service.

DRIVING SCHOOLS BELT UP n GO Driving Tuition Covering all of Leicestershire Mob: 07868 718 227 Find us on Facebook. Wheel Pass Mob: 0795 121 5161 Find us on Facebook Lessons to Suit Your Timetable

ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES Byrite Electrical Ltd 1286 Melton Rd, Syston Tel: 0116 260 2299

ELECTRICIANS Guy Bacon Tel/Fax: 0116 260 5012 Mob: 0797 626 3229 Letts Electrical Services NICEIC registered Tel: 0116 259 7137 Mob: 0786 651 6286 All Electrical Work Undertaken. M A Skinner Electrical Services Syston Based, reliable, no job too small. Mob: 0799 098 1297 FENCING & GATES Fensit Tim Hendry Mob: 0786 798 1427 FENCING/PAVING ETC Dave Hutchings Tel: 0116 260 7716 Thurmaston Fencing Company For a Free Quote call Alan on Tel: 0116 269 2039 Mob: 07783 596 792


CONSERVATORY ROOF CLEANER Clean Start Well Established, Professional Conservatory Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. Contact Wayne Mob: 0797 750 5453 or email:

CRAFTS North Leicestershire Beaders Meets second Saturday of the month 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Old School Hall, Thurmaston. A friendly group, open to all, experienced and beginners. For more information contact: Mrs Anna-Maria Bromley 0116 260 7221 or Syston & District U3A Craft Groups Crochet group - meets on the third Friday of

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DOMESTIC APPLIANCES Kevins Domestic Appliances Sales & Repairs Washing Machines, Dryers, Dishwashers & Cookers etc. Tel:0116 269 7168 Mob: 0771 160 4297

Allotment Society We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at Syston Social Club 7.45pm for more details contact Richard Thorpe on 07973 443 945. Birstall Flower Club Meet on the fourth Wednesday in Birstall Village Hall at 7.15pm. (not July and December). Visitors welcome, £5. Contact either Sylvia: 0116 267 4206 or Mary Linnett: 0116 267 2247. Brooksby Gardening Club Meets on the third Wednesday from September to May, Queniborough Village Hall, 7.30pm. Day trips and a holiday are organised in the summer. For more details contact Barbara Bromley on 0116 269 6130. Roundhill Flower and Garden Club Wednesday 25th April - The Music of Flowers, Gill Mills (Nottm). 7.30pm The Divine Infant of Prague, Broad St. Syston. Visitors welcome, Entry £5.

FINANCIAL ADVISORS Furnley House Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) 1165 Melton Road, Syston Tel: 0116 269 6311

Spenser Lees – Financial Adviser Ashwood Law Wealth Management Ltd Mob: 07925 116 086

FITTED FURNITURE Swift Fitted Furniture Ltd. Manufacturers of fitted bedrooms and home offices. Contact: 0116 246 0686

FOOT HEALTH CARE David Bramley Foot Health Practitioner SAC DIP FHP Mobile Foot Care Practice. Nail Trimming, Corns, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care Etc. For an appointment call 0116 221 3532.

FUNCTIONS & EVENTS Syston R.F.C. Tel: 0116 260 1223/260 7719 email:

GARAGES Queniborough County Garage Tel: 0116 260 0081/260 2288

GARDEN SERVICES I.C.Garden Care Tel: 0116 260 6864 Mob: 0790 259 8344 Lancaster Landscapes Tel: 01509 814 280 Mob: 0797 985 1976 PGM Services Garden Maintenance Grass & Hedge Cutting, Pruning, Digging & Weeding. Turf Laying. Reliable Service. Discount Prices for Senior Citizens. Mob: 0751 634 4439.

GAS SERVICING Gas-Servwell Tel: 0116 236 7923 Mob: 0786 073 5066 Unigas Heating Services Tel: 01664 434 742

GUIDING IN SYSTON Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section & Trefoil Syston District of Guiding caters for girls from age 5 onwards. Rainbows age 5 - 7: Brownies age 7 - 10: Guides age 10 - 14: Seniors age 14 - 25: Trefoil 25 + We welcome volunteers to join our unit leaders too. To join or go on our waiting lists please visit

HAIRDRESSING Antehc Hair and Skin Studio (New Refurbished Salon) Specialist in hair loss and anti-ageing. Mob: 07877 981 877 Tracey’s at Syston Tel: 0116 260 9582

HEALTH AND FITNESS Ballroom and Latin Dance Lessons Every Saturday in Gaddesby Village Hall. Beginners lessons start at 7.30pm and more experienced at 8.00pm. A social dance follows. Cost is £5 per person for beginners and £7.50 per person for more experienced. Refreshments are available. For further information please contact Barry and Audrey Preston on 01664 840 381. Over the Hill Walking Club This club is for singles in the 40 plus age range. We have organised walks in Leicestershire and surrounding counties every Sunday and some Wednesday evenings in the Summer. To find out more contact Dave Gooder on 0116 285 6271 or visit our website

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HEALTH AND FITNESS Cont’d Syston Games Club Would like you to join their various games club on Tuesday afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Syston Community Centre, School Street. Tel: 0116 260 0693 or 260 6931. Syston Methodist Church Centre Dancing every Wednesday afternoon. 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Ballroom, Latin, American, Sequence, Line dancing etc. Syston Wellbeing Group Monday evenings 7.00pm Syston Methodist Church All very welcome - a warm welcome awaits. Contact Tina on 0746 593 8146 All discussions confidential (Self-help group for depression and anxiety) Syston Young at Heart Group We are a friendly group which caters for the elderly and housebound of Syston, meeting every Thursday at the Community Centre from 10.00am to 1.45pm. Transport can be provided, places now available. Please phone Judy Jordan 0116 260 8528. Thrummy Drummer Dementia Group meet 2nd Thursday each month for those affected by Dementia and their families/carers. Elizabeth Park Sports Centre Thurmaston between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Informal get together with support and entertainment. 'Why Not Come Dancing' Saturday evenings, 7.30 pm. Gaddesby Village Hall. Friendly instructors teaching Ballroom, Latin and Jive. All welcome from complete beginners to more experienced dancers. The evening costs from £5 per person. Contact us on 01664 840 381 or just come along.

HERBAL CLINIC Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic Ltd Ayurvedic massage therapies Tel: 0116 266 3939 Mob: 0780 102 7571

HISTORY GROUPS Barkby Local History Group We meet irregularly for trips out and talks by invited speakers. For more information contact Sandra Moore 0116 236 3739. Syston Local History Group Monday 16th April - Annual Generl Meeting 7.30pm, at the Methodist Church Centre, High Street. Visitors £2 per meeting.

HOME MAINTENANCE Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188

KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS LFI Kitchens & Bedrooms Tel: 0116 260 0150

LANDSCAPING Lancaster Landscapes Tel: 01509 814 280 Mob: 0797 985 1976

LEGAL SERVICES HPLC Tel: 0116 260 8990 Mob: 0750 149 5503 email:

MONUMENTS De Montfort Memorials Tel: 0116 260 1851

MORTGAGE ADVISORS A & A Mortgages Ltd (Annu) 1 Barkby Road, Syston



Tel: 0116 269 8008 Your local independent Mortgage Advisors. Furnley House Independent Mortgage Advice 1165 Melton Road, Syston Tel: 0116 269 6311


PLASTERER R.H. Plastering Tel: 01509 812 190 Mob: 0794 117 0230

PLUMBING Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188 S. A. Plumbing & Heating Tel/Fax: 0116 291 9116 Mob: 0780 289 4895

Acoustic nights at QRBL Club 45 Main Street, Queniborough. SCOUT GROUPS All levels and listeners always welcome. Queniborough Scout Group Free entry. Very relaxed atmosphere. Queniborough Scout Hall, Syston Road, Mondays twice monthly, from 8.00pm. Just come along! April dates: 9th and 23rd. Queniborough. Beavers: Thursday 6.30pm to 7.45pm. Syston Band Cubs: Wednesday 7.00pm to 8.30pm Meet at ‘The Hut’ - next to the Bowls club Scouts: Tuesday 7.30pm to 9.00pm. (Central Park). Every Monday at 7.30pm to Contact: Clive (Group Chairman) 0116 269 practice. New members of any standard 3532. welcome. Contact via email on Rearsby Scout Group Meetings are at Thrussington Village hall U3A Ukulele Group meets every Friday Beavers: Wednesday 6.00 to 7.00pm 2.00pm to 3.30pm at the Hub, Syston Cubs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm Methodist Church Centre, High Street. For Scouts: Monday 7.45 to 9.00pm more information contact Len Abraham on Explorer Scouts/DofE: Wednesday 0781 278 7238. fortnightly - 7.30 to 9.00pm Ukulele Classes at Thurmaston Bowls Club, Contact: Jennie Angell on 0793 043 3622. Elizabeth Park, every Wednesday afternoon Syston Scout Group 2.00pm to 4.00pm. £2 includes refreshments. Syston Scout Hall, Oxford Street, Syston. All welcome from beginners to experienced. Beavers 6-8yrs: Monday 6.30 to 7.30pm. Contact Len on 0781 278 7238 for more Cubs 8-10yrs: Thursday 6.45 to 8.15pm. information. Scouts 10-14 yrs: Tuesday 7.00 to 9.00pm. Explorer Scouts 14-18yrs : Friday 7.00 NATURE GROUPS 9.00pm Birstall Bird Watching Club Network 18-25yrs : Monday 7.30 to 10.00pm. Meet second Tuesday of the month at the Scout and Guide Band 8yrs +: Wednesday Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. 7.00 to 9.00pm. Visitors welcome. For more information For more information, please contact, Chris contact Marion Vincent on 0116 237 5156 Bodycot on 0788 424 5089 or


Broad Street Playgroup Catholic Church Hall, 63 Broad Street. Funded places for 2, 3 and 4 year olds. Mob: 0770 250 4113. Charnwood Nursery & Pre-School Charnwood Five Star Club Tel: 0116 269 6162 Hamilton Hilltop Nursery School. Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. 25 Hilltop Road, Hamilton, Leicester. LE5 1TT Tel: 0116 274 3090 St Peter and St Paul Pre-School School Lodge, Upper Church Street, Syston. Tel: 0116 269 8638 Tangent House Day Nursery. Quality childcare, purpose built facilities. Funded places for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. 640 Melton Road, Thurmaston. LE4 8BB. Tel: 0116 264 0333

OPTICIANS Henry Smith & Hamylton Tel: 0116 260 2517 Your Sight Opticians 1176 Melton Road, Syston. Opposite Aldi. We provide home visits for those who can’t get to us. Tel: 0116 260 7075

PAINTING & DECORATING Jamie Heggs Tel: 01509 812973 Mob: 0780 384 5465 Rob Toon Painter & Decorator Tel: 0116 260 2856 Mob: 0798 177 1164

email SOCIAL GROUPS East Goscote Friendship Club We are a friendly group of over 50’s who meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm at St Hilda’s Church Hall, Ling Dale, East Goscote. Everyone welcome. Contact: Gill Morton on 0116 260 1977. Lavender Club Social Group Every Wednesday 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Over 50’s Club meet at Thurmaston Community Centre, Silverdale Road, Thurmaston. Tel: 0756 115 6675 or 0333 011 2406. Leicester Railway Society (Formed 1939) Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month. Start 7.30pm at the Cricketers, Grace Road, Leicester LE2 8AD Contact: Michael Chapman (secretary) 0116 260 3336 or Brian Holland (programme Organiser) 0116 236 8328. New Chapter Bereavement Support Group Meet Thursday Afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Thurmaston Health Centre, 573A Melton Road, Leicester LE4 8EA Come along and meet others living with loss. Meet new people that can offer companionship and understanding without judgement. For more information and an informal chat contact Lin on 0116 269 3542. Rearsby & District YFC Meetings every week on Thursdays at 8.00pm in Barkby Village Hall. Call Catriona on 0789 022 6035.

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SOCIAL GROUPS Cont’d St Peter’s Court Club Social Fund Bingo every Wednesday at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments, bingo, raffle. Fun and friendly atmosphere. Everyone welcome. Coffee morning every Thursday 10.00am until 11.00am. St Peter’s Court, Melton Road, Syston. Syston Chess Club Meets every Tuesday at the Syston & District Social Club, High Street, Syston at 7.30pm. We offer a friendly and comfortable environment and play chess at all levels. We enter local and national competitions. We will teach anyone who wishes to learn! Syston & District Volunteer Centre Hold their Community Lunch every third Monday in the month. Transport available, cost of lunch £7. Everyone welcome. Call our office to book your spot. 0116 260 7888. Syston Family Activity Group Meets every fortnight at different locations on a Tuesday night, plus days out and camps. Arranging anything like archery, canoeing, climbing, biking, bushcraft, cooking etc. For details please get in touch with Stu on 0797 003 4597. Syston Friendship Group A meeting of friends with learning difficulties, our member’s ages range from 20 to 75. We meet weekly on most Thursday nights from 7.00 to 9.00pm in the Syston Community Centre where we have a range of activities including crafts, bingo, games, Lego, general socialising etc. Minibus pickup is part of the service that our volunteers can provide. Contact Anne & Trevor Carter 0788 990 3907, email: Syston Ladies Friendship Circle 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month St Peter and St Paul’s Church Hall at 7.30pm. Guests welcome. Syston Rotary Club A new club meets on the first Monday of the month at 7.30pm at the Hub Café, Syston Methodist Church, High Street Syston. Interesting speakers and a varied social programme. Contact 0116 367 2892 for more information. Syston Twinning Association Syston is twinned with Deville les Rouen, Normandy. If you would like more details about joining us please contact our Secretary, Mrs Kathryn Grocock-Matts on 01509 813 723. U3A Syston Canasta Card Group meets every Monday (except bank holidays) from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Syston Community Centre, beginners and experienced players most welcome. For more details contact Tony Hill on 01664 424 905. Technology Help Drop in 2nd and 4th Wednesday Monthly. Jubilee Room, Syston Town Council Community Centre, School Street, Syston LE7 1HN 10.00am-12noon. Regular group run by Age UK offering FREE 1:1 help and support with Laptops,Tablets, iPads or Smartphones. Thurmaston Ladies meet at Thurmaston RBL, Melton Rd. Tuesday 10th April - Cheese and wine. Tuesday 24th April - Blood Bikes. Thurmaston Senior Citizens Playgroup The Old School in Thurmaston every Tuesday afternoon from 2.00pm until 4.00pm. If you are retired, interested and would like any more details please ring Pat on 0116 269 4938 or Maureen on 0116 261 1419.

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Syston Syclers An enthusiastic group who meet on The Green, High St. Syston each week. For more details please contact Phil on 0771 778 1501 or, of visit Syston Town Cricket Club The club has three senior teams and junior teams at all age groups from Kwik Cricket to SOFT FURNISHINGS Under 17 level. New players at all ages are D. P. Soft Furnishings always welcome and for general information Tel: 0116 269 8271 about the club contact Ivan Spibey on 0771 113 9711. Practice nets for all age groups SPORTS CLUBS are available both winter and summer and Badminton Club Soar Valley College further details can be obtained from Scott Meet Tuesdays 7.00pm to 9.00pm, both Cooper on 0792 950 2012. juniors and adults. Have a team in the local Syston Town Juniors F.C. Leics League, but need new members. For We have sides in most ages, boys and girls more details contact: Kiran on 0781 278 and are recruiting players for next session. 0174 or email: We have qualified coaches for each side and Leicester Penguins Swimming Club want to strengthen the teams. We train on Leicestershire’s Number One Swimming Club. Memorial Playing Fields, Necton Street, Training at South Charnwood Leisure Centre. every Saturday from 10.00am. For further The club has 270 members competing to information please contact: National level. Are you 6-10 year olds and can swim more than 200 metres, give us a call on Syston Town Juniors F.C. Girls Football 07077 401 602 for more details and to Academy arrange a trial. For girls of all ages and ability, S.T.J.F.C. Fosse Company of Archers FREE girls football academy Memorial Saturdays 1.00pm onwards, October to Playing Fields, Necton Street, Syston. LE7 March at Wreake Valley Academy (indoors, 8HF every Saturday during football season gym building). April to September outdoors from 10.00am to 11.30am. at Syston Rugby Club. New and experienced archers welcome. For more information All Managers/Coaches are DBS checked and visit hold FA qualifications. Please come along on the day or contact: Samantha Chambers Riverside Utd Junior Football Club S.T.J.F.C. (Chairperson) Mob: 0777 629 We are always looking for new players to come and join our fantastic football club. We 1355 or train kids from 4 years and upwards at Tae Kwon-Do Wreake Valley Academy in Syston. Please Four to eight years Friday 4.30pm to 5.15pm contact Paul Cassidy on 07712 792353 or Juniors & Adults mixed classes Tuesday visit for further 6.30pm to 7.30pm Sunday 4.00pm to details. 5.00pm. St Peter and St Paul’s Primary Academy, Upper Church St, Syston. Syston Bowling Club First month free. Provides opportunities for all to gain or Contact James Freer on 0116 264 0432. develop skills, make friends and enjoy a Thai-Tanium Boxing Club year-round social programme, clubhouse. Free coaching with equipment provided. For Various classes for beginners, advanced, kids, juniors, ladies and adults. As well as more details contact Rob Wilbourn (men) on 01664 424 813 or Val Foreman (ladies) 1:1 sessions please contact us on Facebook or Contact Jamie - 0797 365 6778. Now on 0116 260 9635. based as 760A Melton Rd, Thurmaston. Syston Kickboxing Club Wreake and Soar Valley Athletics Club Training on Tuesdays from 7.00pm to Running - Middle/long distance/sprints club 8.00pm at Syston Community Centre. for all the family with experienced qualified Suitable for all ages and abilities from coaches, junior athletes from age seven. beginners to experienced. Cost £3.50 for Adults from absolute beginners to existing children and £4 for adults, pay as you go. runners looking to improve. Contact John Contact Brent Penniston on 01664 562 0781 769 3777 email: 286 or email Syston Northfields Lawn Tennis Club Website: Tennis for mixed membership. All levels, all Wreake Runners ages. Coaching given. Monday and Contact: Dave on 07710 448 253, email: Wednesday, Senior Club Night, Tuesday, Junior Club Night. Syston Northfields Tennis Web site: Club, Northfields, off Melton Road. LE7 1HW. TAXI Contact Edd Whetton (Coach) on 07800 599 057 or email: Apollo Cars for further information. Tel: 0116 260 7070 Syston RFC TELEVISION The club runs sides from aged five to fifty Glenfield Television years. The U6s to U17s play and Tel: 0116 287 1762 train Sundays/ Tuesdays/ Wednesdays THEATRE GROUPS September to April we have over 300 members. The Senior Club 18yrs -50yrs Syston QT Theatre Group play Saturdays. We have five sides training A small, friendly, local group, we meet every Monday and Thursday from 7.00pm all Tuesday (and Thursdays during rehearsal periods) at the Old Chapel in Chapel Street, welcome. Contact the club 0116 260 1223 Syston. There are two main productions a or Wreake Valley Rotary Club Meet every Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Britannia Inn, Queniborough. Visitors made most welcome. Syston Veterans Breakfast Club meets on the third Monday of the month at Brooke Cafe, 8 Brookside, Syston. 9.00am to 11.00am.

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THEATRE GROUPS Syston QT Theatre Group con’td year. We welcome those who enjoy acting, the technical side, props, stage management, costumes, etc., and we are always looking for new members. Visit our new website: or email: or Contact QT theatre on 0738 859 3913.

TILING Curnock Home Maintenance Tel: 0116 260 7188

TREES Charnwood Tree Services Tel: Freephone 0800 371441 Unicorn Tree Care and Fencing For a FREE Quote contact Alan

Tel;0116 269 2039 Mob: 0778 359 6792 WATER SPORTS CLUBS Roundhill Subaqua Club Meet every Thursday, term time only, 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Either in the swimming pool or classroom for theory. Plus Social club. We offer Try-Dives for £15.00 (which only covers the cost of oxygen and pool use as we are a non profitable club) so you can try the experience and find out more about diving. For further details contact Carole Gilbert, Diving Officer on 07968 388 377. Wanlip Sailing Club Small friendly local club. Learn to sail, just cruise or race. Families very welcome. Social sailing Saturdays, racing Sunday afternoons. For further information please contact Sue, daytime on 0116 210 2254. Neil, evenings on 0116 260 8049, or the clubhouse 0116 260 7864 at weekends to arrange a visit.

What’s On Diary for BROADWAY GOSPEL HALL SERVICES Sunday 1st April 4.30pm Family Service followed by tea. There will be activities for the children during the service. Stay for tea afterwards, everyone is welcome.

COUNTY AND BOROUGH COUNCILLOR SURGERIES Saturday 7th April 10.00 to 11.00am Syston Community Centre. Your opportunity to meet and speak with your County and Borough Councillors. They are available to discuss any problems or issues you are concerned about and where possible help you to overcome them.

FILMS IN SYSTON SARIC Films at The Old Chapel, Chapel St, Syston. Monday 9th April - Murder on the Orient Express (not the first Mon as it’s Easter) Monday 14th May - Paddington 2 Doors open 1.00pm for coffee, Film at 2.00pm. Tickets £4.50 available from The Card Shop, Syston, 0116 260 6095 or on the door.

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POLICE BEAT EVENTS Coffee with a Cop – Thursday 12th April, 2.00pm to 3.00pm at The Hub Café, High Street, Syston. Please pop along for a chat. Meet & Greet - Meet your local police officer on Saturday 21st April, 10.00am to 11.00am at Syston Library.

FASHION SHOW AND SHOPPING EVENT Friday 13th April 7.00 for 7.30pm Rearsby Village Hall High Street Brands at greatly reduced prices. Tickets £5 to include Tea/Coffee and Biscuits. Cakes available to purchase and there will of course be a Raffle For Tickets Contact: 01664 424 516 01664 424 376 01664 424 311. Please do come and join us. The Friends of Rearsby Church

COFFEE AND CAKE EVENT Saturday 14th April 11.00am to 2.00pm Syston Methodist Church, High Street, IG7 1GP In aid of the Church Hall Roof Fund.


Wednesday 18th April 6.00pm to 8.30pm Syston Town Council invites residents, businesses and all other interested parties WINDOW CLEANING to attend a consultation in the Brookside Clarity Windows, Doors, Facias, Conservatories and DEMENTIA FRIENDLY FILM SHOW Suite so you can give your views on the Guttering cleaned. To discover why people initial proposals following a recent survey. are switching cleaners, please contact us for Tuesday 10th April Your views will be the basis to formulate a 2.30pm - 4.30pm a free friendly quote. business plan and strategy for Syston for Mob: 07533 991 561 Fearon Hall, rectory Rd, Loughborough. the next ten years. Film - Laurel & Hardy Clean Start Please confirm your attendance to Well Established, Professional Window Tickets £5 includes tea, coffee, biscuits, or telephone Cleaner. Fully Insured and CRB Checked. ice cream. To book: Tel: 01509 230 629 or 0116 260 7150. Contact Wayne on M: 0797 750 5453 or email: email:



Wednesday 11th April Barkby and Beeby W.I. Meets third Tuesday of the month. Barkby 7.30pm Village Hall, Beeby Rd, Barkby 7.30pm. Barkby Village Hall. £5 to Include a Glass Visitors Welcome. For more information of Wine. Clothing to Purchase on the contact 0116 260 9274. Night from All of Your Favourite High Charnwood Wigs W.I. Street Stores. For More Details Contact Meets last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. Heidi on 0116 260 1025. 26th April - Resolutions 2018 - Campaign for Change. Beedles Lakes Golf Club East EAST GOSCOTE COMMUNITY Goscote. Visitors £4.00. For more details LIBRARY FUND RAISING EVENTS please ring President Sharon Astill on 0784 988 8752. The library is hosting presentations to raise funds. These will be on the 3rd New Barkby W.I. Meets First Wednesday in the month 7.30pm. Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm. 4th April, Recycling with a Difference, Sue These will be 'Pay as you feel' events Drage. Syston Community Centre, School (suggested donation £2) and will be a way Street. Visitors always welcome. of ensuring that the library receives the For more details contact President Mrs regular funding it needs to stay open. Kerstyn Fryman on 0116 260 0330. Wednesday 11th April - Dr Phillip Mills Queniborough W.I. Mclfa. 'Leicestershire Archaeology Meets first Wednesday in the month, 7.30pm Roman tiles and pottery' Queniborough Village Hall. Dr Phillip Mills will talk about the Roman For more details contact President Wendy heritage of the local area, including the Taylor 0747 872 9929. 24


CHARITY FAMILY QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 21st April 7.00pm St Hilda’s Church Room, East Goscote. Teams of 4 to 6 people, £6 per person including ploughmans supper with tea or coffee. Bring your own drinks. Tickets available to purchase from East Goscote Library. In aid of East Goscote Library

LADIES LUNCH FOR RAINBOWS Friday 27th April 12.00noon for 12.30pm Felicity Austin and her friends are organising a special Ladies’ Lunch for Rainbows. It will be held in St Peter and St Paul’s Church hall on Lower Church Street. The cost is £12 which includes a delicious two course buffet lunch plus coffee and a glass of wine or other drink on arrival. As a special feature there will be a display of APRIL 2018

garments that were made in Leicester factories from the 1920s onwards. Tickets are available from Joan on 0794 460 6782 or from Jennings’ shop on High Street. So, ladies of Syston, dress up in your best ‘bib and tucker’ (whatever they are!) and come and celebrate the spring with us on this special day.


Show. Picking up from outside SPECSAVERs, formally HSBC bank, Syston at 7.30am. Cost of coach and ticket is £37.00. Only a few places left, so if you would like to join us please call Maureen on 0116 243 2781 or mobile 0780 294 7445.


10.00am to 10.30am viewing 10.30am to 12.30pm Auction Please come along for an enjoyable morning to help us raise funds for Age Concern Syston. If you have any saleable items you wish to donate, contact the office via the number below. A list of Catalogued Items are available from the Age Concern Office or Ring 0116 260 1476 for further details.

Saturday 28th April FRIENDS OF BELGRAVE CEMETERY Doors open 7.00pm - Quiz starts 7.30pm Saturday 12th May Teams Max of 5 people per team. 10.00am to 12noon £15.00 per team Annual General Meeting will be held on Questions form all decades. No alcohol on At Birstall Methodist Church. sale so bring your own, tea, coffee. THE DOUBLE A COUNTRY MUSIC Wanlip Lane Birstall. LE4 4JS Snacks on sale. CLUB Syston Scout Hall, Oxford Street, Syston TABLE TOP SALE Friday 27th April Le7 2AT. Sunday 13th May Doors open 6.00pm. Call Mark on 0777 889 6170 or email: 10.00am to 2.00pm Darren Busby (Solo) Barkby Village Hall The artists perform three x 45 minute sets. Entry is £5 on the door. Anyone wanting further information or Please note all Country nights will now be interested in having a table at a cost of on a Friday. £10 Holwell Institute (The Stute), 41 Welby Rd, Please contact Sue on 0116 260 3997. Asfordby Hill LE14 3RD Tel: 01664 812 080. HOBY & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY For more information contact John SOCIETY LECTURE Gallagher on 0795 226 7226. Friday 27th April 7.00pm for 7.30pm Skittles with buffet, £12.50 per person The Royal Oak, Cossington. To book Tel: Sue on 0116 260 0906.


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Editor’s report on Syston Full Town Council Meeting held on Tuesday 27th Tuesday 2018

There were 15 Councillors (Cllrs), two County Cllrs and one member of the public present. The Reflection was read by the Chairman Cllr P. Henry Apologies were received from Cllrs M. Carnal, L. Gill, S. Hampson, J. Midgley and P. Knight. There were no Declarations of interest relating to any items on the agenda and no matters arising from the public. The Town Manager, Catherine Voyce reminded members that there was to be a meeting on 18th April in relation to the Syston Regeneration Project. There were no police present so their report was tabled and only one comment was made by Cllr K. Pacey related to a number of hedges being set on fire in the Avenue’s area of Syston. These had been reported to the police. County and Charnwood Borough Council (CBC) Cllrs reports CCllr J. Poland spoke about the public consultation on plans to bring together services re children’s centre, youth offending, which runs up to 22nd April 2018. This would serve all young people across the county, through 15 centres as they need to reduce the cost by £3.8m. He continued by saying that if government funding was removed the service would not be able to continue. He also told members that Syston library will be closed for two weeks from 3.00pm on Saturday 31st March for some refurbishment it will re-open on Monday 16th April at 8.00am. CCllr D. Slater tabled his report and offered an opportunity for members to ask questions, none were asked.



Borough Cllr E. Vardy spoke about an exhibition that will held in the Community centre from 12th March to 5th April for residents to view how the County and City Councils want to shape local plans and make bids for government funding to support growth including expressway from east of the city, see article in March issue for details. He encouraged everyone to visit and make comments to help move the plans on and have your say. He then spoke about the Social economic review which will take place on the 18th April and said he sees it as an important way forward for the future of the town, how it is going to be shaped. There will be workshops and an opportunity for you to your say. See our ‘what’s on page’ for details. Cllr T. Barkley talked about the lifeline service which helps elderly and vulnerable people to get help in an emergency at a cost of about £4 per week with provision for those who can’t afford that. He went on to say that CBC had received accreditation for training of Cllrs. He said that the budget at CBC had been approved and capital plan to see £6m and £19m in housing stock. He told members that the Mayor Elect is Cllr Chris Harrison and that Cllr Brenda Seaton would be the Deputy Major. CBC have made available £80,000 to help businesses who are struggling with council business tax. Cllr K. Pacey spoke about licensing and that there had been new personnel to the committee who are receiving training. There had been two appeals and one license had been removed for selling alcohol to under aged people in Loughborough.

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He also said that CBC had approved the right to remove a licence if someone has been convicted for a serious offence. All Minutes were agreed without amendments. There was a request for members to consider joining the Pavillion and Christmas event panels, those interested were asked to let the Town manager know. Deville update Cllr P. Henry said he had contacted the Cllr in Deville and will meet in May when he travels with the Syston Twinning. He said he would feedback at the June meeting. Town Managers report - Catherine Voyce, Town Manager, welcomed new Cllr, Lara Towell who is considering which committees she wants to take part in. Payment of the grant for the refurbishment of Winfield Park had been received. The LED lighting across the community centre except the Brookside room had been completed. All toilets now have sensors to prevent lights being left on. There was a Cemetery panel meeting booked with the project manager for 12th March. The Chairman Cllr P. Henry, head grounds man Mr D. Smith and herself had attended an East Midlands in Bloom feedback event at Kegworth and had a walk round with judges to give them advice for this years entry. A date for members diary is the SOS fashion show on Friday 4th May, all proceeds will go to the Chairman’s chosen charity ‘Warning Zone’. There were no Members questions. Actions from previous meeting - the town manager said that work had already started on plans to commemorate the end of WW1. As there was a confidential item the public including the press were asked to leave. Fiona Henry, Editor. For the official minutes of this and other Town Council Meetings please visit their website: You can attend any council meeting held on Tuesday evenings 7.30pm. Details are posted across all town council notice boards.

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as well as up and you may not get back as much as you put in. Investors do not pay any personal tax on income or gains, but ISAs do pay Tax Efficient Method of unrecoverable tax on income from stocks and shares received by the ISA managers. Saving and Investing 2. The Junior ISA With one tax year ending (April 5th) and First introduced on November 1st 2011, a another beginning (April 6th) it’s a good Junior ISA can be opened on behalf idea for all of us to make sure that we’re of anyone who is a UK resident and under maximising the various tax allowances the age of 18. It can be invested in Stocks offered by the Government. and Shares and/or cash. One of the best known of these is of The Junior ISA (or ‘JISA’) is aimed at course, the ISA allowance, which gives encouraging long term tax free savings for those savers canny enough to use it, the children and gives parents/guardians a welcome benefit of tax-free returns and great way to make savings for their withdrawals. children out of their own earnings as well ISAs were introduced on April 6th 1999 as any earnings that the child may and whilst successive Governments and possibly have themselves. budgets have increased allowances The maximum allowance for a Junior ISA significantly and even introduced several in the new tax year (2018/19) is £4,260 different types of ISA with different objectives, they all have the same general per year – although if the child is aged goal: to enable savers to make the most of between 16 and 18 they are also entitled to open a standard (adult) ISA and use up their savings and keep some (legally!) the annual allowance in that as well. from the taxman. Control of the money in a Junior ISA There are a number of types of ISA at the passes to the nominated child when they moment, but we’ll look briefly here at the turn 16, but no withdrawals can be made main three, the primary purpose of each until their 18th birthday. At this point, the and the allowances being offered for the ISA converts to a basic adult ISA. new 2018/19 tax year: 3. Lifetime ISA 1. The Basic ISA (sometimes called ‘New’ ISA or ‘NISA’) The Lifetime ISA only launched in April 2017 and can be opened by anyone aged This is one most people have, or at least between 18 and 40. It should be used to think of when considering an ISA. It help save for a deposit on a property, or shelters cash savings, and/or stockmarket investments from both income and for retirement as an alternative to a pension. capital gains tax. It allows up to £4,000 a year to be saved, You have to be at least 16 years old to with the government adding a 25% bonus; open one (18 in the case of shares or this means that for every £4 that you pay investment funds) and from April 2018 up to £20,000 can be put into a basic ISA; into the account, the government will this can be all in a single Cash ISA, all in a contribute £1. And these bonus payments single Stocks & Shares ISA, or any split continue until the age of 50. between the two. But the bonuses are only paid on the And remember, it’s £20,000 per individual Lifetime ISA if the money is used to buy a so if you have a partner, you can taxfirst home or if it is withdrawn after the age efficiently invest a whopping £40,000 of 60. Withdrawals for other purposes or between you both (although only in sole before the holder’s 60th birthday will mean names of course). the government imposes a 25% penalty, which effectively offsets any bonus Given the tax advantages, a basic ISA should be most people’s first choice when payments. it comes to putting money aside. Any contributions made into the Lifetime Continues on page 30 The value of the investment can go down

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ISA are subject to the maximum of £20,000 a year for all ISAs. For Wigs example, if you pay £4,000 into a In February we had a Lifetime ISA you can only pay visit £16,000 into any other ISA in that from Peter Wood, year. pictured right, from Savers will be able to open more than Green Wood one Lifetime ISA but can only pay into Days. one in each tax year – just like the A traditional current standard ISA rules. This woodturner, means you could shop around for making freshly best rates or different investment turned out items options. such as rolling If you’d like advice on how to make pins, garden the most of your tax allowances, dibbers, pictured below, and beautiful including ISAs, and discuss the most chairs out of tax-efficient routes for your savings chunks of wood, and investments, then book a turned on his no-charge, no-obligation initial DIY lathe made appointment with Spenser Lees today of wood and on 07925 116 086 or email string, and operated with his foot ! A beautiful tradition that he You can help keep our parks and streets clean teaches in the and safe by cleaning up after your dog, if you are woods, so a dog owner. But also by using waste bins hopefully it will not be lost. provided throughout Syston to dispose of your rubbish! Or Take it Home! Thursday April 26th - will be our resolutions night and campaign for change.

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they fall in. Pat is always in need of towels to January saw 17 ladies from Barkby & wrap them in and brought a small Beeby WI join others from WIs around hedgehog in to visit wrapped in towels Leicestershire for a break in Cricket St in a carrier with a hot water bottle to Thomas. It was a lovely week and the keep him warm. Really cute! weather was kind to us. We visited Exeter, Weymouth and Portland Bill, with some also spending some time in Taunton. Those who didn’t go to Taunton enjoyed walks in the extensive grounds, the leisure centre as well as the entertainment provided. A few of us hardier souls had a go on Clean up after your Dog! the shooting and archery ranges with two of us having a go at fencing, I think we may have been a little too Easter Holiday enthusiastic with that one though! AllFootball Courses in-all it was a lovely week and we would like to extend our thanks to the Mark Hedley Soccer Schools are organisers. running a football course at Syston At our February meeting Pat Wadd Rugby Football Club, Barkby Rd, came to tell us about her work saving Queniborough. LE7 3FE between hedgehogs. Pat takes in many Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th April. hedgehogs throughout the year, The courses run from 9.00am to rearing lost or abandoned babies and 3.00pm and are open to both boys caring for the injured and sick, all and girls aged five to 13 years of all brought to her by the public or bodies abilities. such as the RSPCA. There are up to 10 awards given I was surprised to learn that per course and include Star Player, hedgehogs have been around for 20 Penalty King and more! million years and although they have The course prices are as follows: 1 survived all the climate changes and day £15, 2 days £28, 3 days £39 other catastrophes that have and 4 days. Discounts are available happened on Earth it would seem for siblings. they are now in decline, mainly due to To book a place email: mankind. With slug pellets, building, removal of or call 0116 279 1560 and leave a trees and hedges and rubbish, they message on the answerphone. can get trapped and endure a daily Alternatively you can download and struggle. As well as telling us a little fill in a booking form from the about their birth and habits she also website: expressed that If you are lucky enough to have one in your garden to Mark Hedley is a qualified UEFA ‘B’ look after it, feed them dog meat as Licence coach and has over 20 milk is poisonous to them and if you years experience of teaching have a pond make sure there is a children of all abilities and ages. stepping stone to help them escape if

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Local Gymnast Isla On Sunday 11th February, Isla competed at the English Championships held in Ilford. After a long period of injury this was Isla’s first all round competition in 15 months.

Isla is still building up her routines, she came a very respectable 33 out of 68 with a small error on bars, a particular highlight was a stunning beam routine where she achieved 5th place. Isla also competed her new floor routine for the first time and gained 12th place. She is now back in the gym working hard to build and perfect her routines ready for the British Championships held at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. She has also been selected for the east Midlands Squad following a successful trial. A big thank to Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) who have awarded Isla a ‘talented athlete grant’ for another year, and thank you to South Charnwood Leisure Centre who have given her 12 months Gym membership.

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APRIL 2018

Cricket Is Just Round The Corner In 2018 Syston Town C.C. 1st XI will be featuring in the Premier Division of the Leicestershire and Rutland Cricket League for the eighteenth consecutive season. They start on Saturday 21st April with a trip to face Kegworth Town followed by a home match with Market Harborough before they go on the road again to play Leicester Ivanhoe. In the last two seasons Syston have lost by narrow margins in the semifinal of the County Cup. They will hope to go one better this season and kick off their campaign with a visit to Uppingham Town on Sunday 20th May. In the League Cup Syston start on Sunday 27th May with a trip to face Houghton and Thurnby and in the Premiership T20 competition, Syston face group matches against Loughborough Town and Kegworth at Loughborough on Sunday 6th May. The 2nd XI retained their Division 3 status on the final game of last season and face another very competitive year with eighteen of their twenty-two games against first teams. They start off on April 21st with a home match against newly promoted

Shree Sanatan followed by an away game against Bardon Hill before Narborough and Littlethorpe are the visitors to Potter’s Lane. The Sunday XI once again have a full fixture list in Division 1 of the Grantham and Melton Cricket Association. They start off on May 6th with a home match against Bingham followed by an away game against Rothley Park before they return home again to entertain Belvoir. The club will be fielding teams at Kwik cricket, Under 11 Hardball and Incrediball, Under 13 and Under 15 age groups, with all fixtures posted on the club’s website.

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Barkby United held their annual dinner and presentation night at Barkby village hall. Chairman Hugh Asher praised the teams for their efforts last season and thanked the 1st team captain Steve Flowers for his leadership of the team for the last five seasons, Steve has decided to stand down as captain, his brother Tom Flowers will be taking over this season. Club patron John Pochin presented the first team awards to Steve Flowers for batting and young spinner Cameron Sharp took the bowling award, Steve Flowers was the players player of the year. 2nd team awards were presented by club president James Johnson to Martin Troop for batting, Dave Botting won the bowling award and Martin Troop took the players In place of an Under 17 side, Syston player of the year trophy. have entered a team in Division 3 of 3rd team awards were presented by the Burrough & District Evening cricket manager Tom Flowers to Scott League. It will be a mixture of youth Moore for batting, Josh Grant received the and experience and starts off on May bowling award Josh also took the players 8th with an away fixture against Asian player of the year trophy. Sports. New members both senior The Sunday batting award went to Jack and junior are always welcome at any Wood and the Sunday bowling award went to Michael Lilley. stage of the season and general The Burrough league team batting award information or details about practice and the bowling award were both won by nets and coaching can be obtained Steve Flowers. from Ivan Spibey on 0771 113 9711 or Club person of the year voted for by the Scott Cooper on 0792 950 2012. players was jointly won by Steve Flowers Roger Pole and Scott Moore.



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Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper April 2018  

Welcome to the April Issue, Syston's only dedicated newspaper.

Syston Town News Your Independent Community Newspaper April 2018  

Welcome to the April Issue, Syston's only dedicated newspaper.